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Becenti-Aguilar working temporary Senate stint

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SANTA FE – Following through on a personal goal to serve the New Mexico public, former Public Regulation Commissioner Theresa Becenti-Aguilar now works an attendant to the Sergeant at Arms with the New Mexico Senate Office of the Chief Clerk at the Roundhouse. Becenti-Aguilar started the paid position Jan. 19 – the same...

‘Teacher of the Month’ Duane Yazzie: Determined to help the struggling student succeed

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Fifth grade teacher, Duane Yazzie, from Tsehootsooi Intermediate Learning Center took it upon himself to give a batch of 18 students the patience and learning they needed to enhance their learning capabilities in reading and writing.

The students are fifth graders that are considered “ELL”, which stands for English Language Learners, which means that they are not proficient in using English, and need help with improving their reading and writing skills.

“I knew it is going to be a challenge,” he said. “I’ve had those nights that seemed like it was sleepless. Wondering, how much are they going to progress in a given time period? They know with me that my expectations...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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2/16, GALLUP

A body found behind Duke City has been identified as Floyd Becenti, 54, of Coyote Canyon. The cause of his death is pending an autopsy and toxicology reports, but upon initial investigation, Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said that no foul play is suspected. He said that Becenti had been taking some medication for diabetes and seizures, so there’s some speculation that his health could have played a role in his death. White said this marks the eighth “open area death” in Gallup this winter season.


2/15, GALLUP

State Police are investigating an accident involving GPD Officer Jeremy Shirley. The accident...


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Renus E. Barker

Jan. 19, 5:13 pm

7th DWI

Already on the District Attorney’s DWI felony list, Barker decided that six DWIs weren’t enough. MCSO Sgt. Eric Jim witnessed Barker pull into the Trademark plaza off South Second Street “at a high rate of speed,” according to the report. Barker, 29, also drove in circles around the Teriyaki House restaurant at a high rate of speed.

That prompted Jim to pull him over. Barker appeared intoxicated and struggled with field sobriety tests. Jim was able to secure a search warrant for a blood draw, but the results are still pending.

Randall R. Chee

Jan. 13, 6: 10 pm

2nd DWI, Aggravated

Chee, 20, is not even of legal...

Volunteer firefighter dies from injuries sustained during hit and run

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Ramsey James, 24, of Window Rock died Thursday evening at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque from injuries sustained during an alleged hit and run Feb. 6. Cameron Smith, 18, of Gallup reportedly hit Smith with his black Ford pickup truck and fled the scene.

While on patrol, at about 1 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte found the critically injured James in the middle of the road, across from El Charrito Restaurant, 2003 W. Highway 66.

Hughte said James had sustained serious head trauma and a leg injury.

While on scene, police received a message that one of Smith’s parents had called and said that he was involved in the accident and had been...

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