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Weekly Crime Blotter

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Gallup, 11/23

Deputy Roberta Jaramillo responded to a call that a man had been stabbed, but while in route to the scene of the alleged crime at Grand Canyon Trailer Park, she was told by Metro Dispatch that   the victim was walking toward Navajo Shopping Center.

According to Jaramillo’s report...

GOP governors choose Martinez to lead RGA

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As was widely expected, Republican governors selected Susana Martinez to lead the Republican Governors Association.

The governors picked Martinez to be the next chair of the organization on Nov. 19 at a meeting in Las Vegas, which pushes Martinez even further into the national spotlight. The selection will surely prompt more discussion of Martinez as a possible Vice Presidential candidate or cabinet member of a Republican presidential administration. Martinez has denied any interest in national office each time she is asked.

Martinez previously was the vice chair of the RGA, which is an organization that represents Republican governors throughout the country and seeks to get more...

NACC selected to operate Navajo Nation BHP Mine

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – North American Coal Corporation (NACC) is a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. and traded on the New York Stock Exchange as NC. NACC has been selected by Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) to be the new operators of the Navajo Nation owned BHP Billiton mine.

NACC mines and markets lignite, bituminous and metallurgical coal primarily as fuel for power generation and for steel production.  The Corporation has been around since 1913 with corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. NACC has 1,800 employees, had revenues of $172.7 million in 2014.

On Nov. 23, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye was introduced to the new mine operators executive team from...

Bennett Freeze update

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Begaye, Nez sign MOU

NATAANII AREA-President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have been actively addressing the lack of infrastructure issues that exist in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA).

On Nov. 21, both leaders traveled out to Lorrena Sheppard’s residence, in what is known as the Nataanii Area near Black Falls, to formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region to develop an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) addressing the FBFA.

An interdisciplinary team will be composed of both Navajo Nation and BIA personnel that will develop and address an Environmental Assessment/Impact...

Navajo DOJ presses EPA on Gold King Mine Spill

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – In a letter sent this week to US Environmental Protection Agency General Counsel Avi Garbow, Attorney General Ethel Branch questioned the agency’s efforts to address claims for damages caused by the Gold King Mine spill.

Earlier this month, Garbow sent a letter saying that a decision had not been made as to whether the Navajo Nation could assert claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

“Despite the USEPA’s repeated commitments to members of Congress, to the press, and to the Navajo Nation regarding fair, effective and expeditious compensation for harms caused by the Gold King Mine Spill, your letter appeared to take several steps back,” wrote Branch...

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