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FBI honors Mescalero Apache Tribe program

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Violence Against Women Awareness gets award

The Albuquerque FBI Division has presented the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award to the Mescalero Apache Tribe Violence Against Women Awareness Program.

Started in 2015 as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the program provides services to victims of...

Police shooting involving Valencia County Sheriff’s Office

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LOS LUNAS, N.M. – On May 1, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.

State Police agents learned that on May 1, at about 12:07 am the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in Los Lunas for a report of a stolen firearm. Deputies were told by the victim that the suspect, Isaac Pineda, 37, of Los Lunas, had stolen the victim’s firearm. The victim also said that the suspect threatened to harm the suspects own family with the firearm.

When deputies arrived at Pineda’s residence of 682 Meadowlake Road, Pineda announced to the deputies that he had a rifle...

Community Health Fair at Rio West Mall

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‘Destination Health’

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital will hold The Community Health Fair, May 4 from 10 am-2 pm at the Rio West Mall, 300 West Maloney Avenue in Gallup, in conjunction with the University of New Mexico-Gallup, the New Mexico Cancer Center and the Rio West Mall.

This year’s theme is “Destination Health” and 2019 marks the fair’s thirty-first year. Last year it attracted more than 500 visitors who visited the Rio West Mall to explore a variety of products ranging from traditional vitamins to herbal healthcare remedies offered by vendors.

“We believe that the best way to fight for better health is to be an advocate,” says David Conejo, CEO, RMCHCS...

Kachina Invitational holds tournament

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Players from New Mexico, COLORADO, ARIZONA

Nearly 40 players from across three states gathered at the Garcia Recreation Center in Gallup April 25-28 for the Gallup Competitive Racquetball Kachina Invitational, now in year 39.  Men and women competed for titles in eleven divisions.

Here are the results:

Women’s Singles

Melissa McCullough

Men’s Open

Mike Ginn def Ramon Gomez   15-12, 15-10 3rd (tie) Max Cloud & Carlos Juarez 5th (tie) Mike Ytuarte & James Garcia

Men’s A

Gary Flores def Daniel Juarez 15-12, 15-7 3rd Mike Morales 4th Mike Ytuarte     1/4s Malcolm Justice, Tucker Green, Larry Macias, Derrick Bonney 9th (tie)  Justin Mazon, Kris Dearnley, Gabriel...

Victim of hidden crime becomes advocate

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Connects sex-trafficking to missing native women

Disturbing Sex Trafficking Facts

23,500 endangered runaways reported in 2018

One in seven endangered runaways’ likely victims of child sex trafficking

Average age of child sex trafficking victims: 15 years old

Child sex trafficking reported in all 50 U.S. States

*Source National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Kimberly Wahpepah has taken her response to a secret and personal violation, and turned it into a mission.  Wahpepah, who was sexually assaulted when she was a child, has become a spokeswoman for human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and missing and murdered native women.

Wahpepah says these violation...

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