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NM served two million meals to children in need

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SANTE FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Sept. 23 that the state served more than two million nutritious meals to low-income children over the summer. The Children, Youth, and Families Department, through its partnership with the US Department of Agriculture, provides free nutritious meals during the summer months to...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Generator Theft

Sept. 1

Gallup Police Department Officer Ciney Romancito was dispatched to 1710 2nd street in reference to a disorderly male. Romancito observed several males around a handcuffed male in a black jacket, identified as Michael Gruber. Romancito spoke with a witness to the incident Jason Null. The victim David Notah said he had his Generation-Brigs and station 500 watts, valued at $1,500 fixed and was picking it up to take home. It was tied down in the back of the truck. When Null witnessed Gruber stealing it. Gruber was charged with burglary a 4th degree felony.

Un-attended death

Sept. 8

Officer Roxanne King was dispatched to #26 Williams Acres RD in reference to...

Human plague case confirmed

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SANTA FE—The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Sept. 23, a laboratory confirmed case of plague in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County. The case was confirmed at the Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division.  This is the fourth human case of plague in New Mexico this year and the second in Santa Fe County. The woman was hospitalized and is back home recovering. The other cases in the state occurred in a 52-year-old woman from Santa Fe County, who died from the illness, and in a 65-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman, both from Bernalillo County, who have recovered.

“This is the fourth case of plague in New Mexico with the patient presenting clinical...

Legislators hoping to ‘ban the box’ in NM

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A national conversation about criminal justice reform and employing convicted criminals is making its way back to New Mexico.

After an unsuccessful attempt to pass legislation that would prohibit asking applicants about past criminal convictions, Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Alb., brought the discussion to an interim legislative committee Sept. 22.

O’Neill and Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas, fielded questions and concerns from the committee. Rep. Rick Little, R-Chaparral, said he was concerned about the hiring of teachers and faculty who might be working with children. He cited the recent Albuquerque Public School scandal involving a former deputy superintendent.

Baldonado assured...

Heinrich urges National Guard to fully compensate state service members

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–US Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is urging the National Guard Bureau near Washington D.C. to conduct an audit. This is to ensure all New Mexico National Guardsmen are being properly compensated for their service. After a New Mexico National Guardsman, who said he wasn’t fully compensated for his re-enlistment bonus, contacted Heinrich’s office. Heinrich received confirmation that there was no record of his payment being processed. In response, Heinrich sent a letter to the National Guard asking that it immediately rectify the situation.

“My staff inquired about the status of this payment and we have since received confirmation from the Army National Guard that...

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