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Titus Norton

April 25, 8:33 pm

DWI, Navajo Charge

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Elreno Henio was patrolling County Road 1 as part of the DWI task force when he noticed a car coming toward him at a high rate of speed. He engaged his radar and clocked the vehicle going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

He conducted a...

Car rolls off cliff, leaving man dead

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Reports of a car rolling off of a cliff brought officers and medical personnel three miles southwest of RA 181, Remnant Mesa Road, at roughly 6:50 pm April 29, where they began to search for an injured man.

Deputies, unable to find the vehicle described to them as a black truck, began looking for access points to the bottom of the cliff around State Highway 602.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Elreno Henio walked on foot to the scene of the accident, where they then saw a group of people attempting to revive an unresponsive man, with one bystander performing CPR.

MCSO Dep. Paul Davis Jr. approached the man, identified as Karl Yazzie Slim, and checked for a pulse. He was unable to find...

Whooping cough outbreak continues in McKinley County

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NMDOH encourages vaccination for vulnerable residents

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health reported additional cases of whooping cough May 2 in an ongoing community-wide outbreak in McKinley County. The DOH urges New Mexico residents in at-risk groups to protect themselves by getting vaccinated.

As of May 1, there are 26 laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough and an additional 39 probable cases. When NMDOH first announced this outbreak on March 14, there were eight laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough, with 15 probable cases. These cases continue to be primarily occurring in school-aged children and their close household contacts.

Whooping cough, also called...

President Begaye’s daughter facing DWI charges

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The daughter of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is now facing DWI charges after getting into a crash with a semi-truck late April 29.

V TV, out of Camp Verde, Ariz., reported May 2 that Karis Begaye, 41, who is a special assistant in the president’s office, was charged with extreme DWI, endangerment, and criminal damage after colliding with the tractor-trailer near Kachina Village around 9 pm.

Officials for the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported, according to the news channel, that Begaye’s vehicle was disabled and she received minor injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the accident.

An investigation at the scene revealed that Karis Begaye was...

Workers unite for May Day event, celebrate recent non-passage of right-to-work ordinance

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Working class citizens and their supporters gathered at the Gallup Cultural Center to celebrate International Workers Day during the evening hours of May 1.

Community organizer Elsa Lopez of Somos Gallup, the Gallup chapter of a statewide community organization promoting worker and racial justice, led the marchers from the train station to the county courtyard.

A banner that read, “SOMOS GALLUP,” including Aztec designs, was front and center, guiding participants through downtown via Coal and Aztec avenues before ending at the courtyard.

“We have eight affiliate groups all over the state and today, we’re celebrating with at least four affiliate groups to commemorate...

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