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Sec. Padilla tried to help former client with tax audit

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On Oct. 15, 2014, Kevin Sourisseau sent a message to his boss with the subject line “Harold’s Trucking Audit.”

As second and first in command of the state Taxation and Revenue Department’s audits, Sourisseau and his then-director Lizzy Vedamanikam were in charge of making sure individuals and businesses paid their...

Teec Nos Pos Chapter to receive $500k for Chapter House overhaul

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TEEC NOS POS-Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed legislation on Friday, Nov. 20, appropriating $500,000 dollars toward renovations to the Teec Nos Pos chapter house.

The signing ceremony was held at the current facility. President Begaye said he wanted to show the chapter that he was personally aware of their need.  Begaye said he had attended a chapter meeting at their former facility.

“We came here to sign the document and make those dollars available to you,” he said. “It’s important that your community have a proper facility to conduct business.”

Currently, the chapter runs all of its administrative services out of a modest hogan while conducting larger...

Dems push ethics bills after year of scandals

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House Democrats gathered in Santa Fe to unveil a slate of ethics and transparency bills Nov. 24.

The bills come after a year that saw a state Senator resign after violating the state constitution and the Secretary of State resigned after pleading guilty to six crimes, including two felonies.

One bill that they included was instituting a state ethics commission, legislation that has been introduced in one form or another for over a decade without ever passing. New Mexico is one of just eight states that do not have an ethics commission.

House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is the latest to attempt to bring the legislation to the governor’s desk. In the 2015 legislative...

Judge Aragon to decide on move to recall Nez

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***Outcome of today's hearing on the case that would determine whether Larry King can move forward with his petition to recall Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education President Titus Nez:
Judge Robert Aragon denied the position of defendant, Titus Nez, to dismiss the recall. Aragon said he could have an answer as early as tomorrow morning on his decision whether to allow the recall to proceed.

It's unclear what prompted King to take the step to recall Nez, but some sources say that the board behaved unethically when they placed Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on administrative leave. The Sun will continue to provide updates on this matter.

Gallup Fitness Center renamed to honor late councilor

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The Gallup Fitness Center will soon have a different name called the “Cecil Garcia Fitness Center” by the end of this month. The new name will be in memory of former City Councilor Cecil Garcia and his total life commitment to physical fitness.

The idea for the name change was pitched to the Gallup City Council on Nov.10, by two close friends of Garcia’s, Joe Milosevich, owner of Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co., and former Mayor, John Pena. It was approved unanimously with a vote of 5-0.

Garcia has been described as an avid fitness guru by all that knew him, including longtime friend, Milosevich. He knew Garcia since he was in junior high and after high school, they...

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