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Obama commuted sentences of two New Mexicans this month

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In his latest batch of commutations, Barack Obama commuted the sentence of someone with New Mexico ties arrested for a drug offense, the third time he’s done so in the last 13 months.

Obama announced the commutations of sentences to 111 individuals Aug. 29, bringing his total to 673 commutations, more than the last 10...

Navajo Nation raises flag at Dakota Access Pipeline blockade camp

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CANNON BALL, N.D.-On Tuesday, Aug. 30, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez traveled to Cannon Ball, N.D., to speak with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, show their support for the tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and present the blockade camp with a Navajo Nation flag.

“Tribes from other nations are going there to show their support,” President Russell Begaye said. “As tribes, we all face encroaching environmental and spiritual destruction. We need to support each other in carrying on the fight. If we don’t, no one else will do it for us.”

The Standing Rock Sioux opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has elicited...

Heinrich highlights new security enhancement measure at Sunport

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Aug. 26, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, joined Director Roderick Allison of the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service, a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, at the Albuquerque International Sunport to highlight a legislative measure the senator led to enhance U.S. airport and mass transit security.

The measure was included in the bipartisan, bicameral Federal Aviation Administration extension.

In the wake of the terror attacks over the last year in Paris, Brussels, and Istanbul, Heinrich led the effort to expand the number of Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response...

How did an alleged killer fall through the cracks?

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Among questions following the gruesome rape and murder last week of an Albuquerque girl that sent shockwaves across New Mexico is how one of the alleged perpetrators was present to commit the violence in the first place.

Fabian Gonzales, one of three being charged in the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, was supposed to be on supervised probation for a separate crime for a year-and-a-half before the night of Martens’ death.

In February 2015, a judge sentenced Gonzales, 31, to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to battery and abandonment of a child.

This two-year probation sentence, however, was never enforced.

The sentence prohibited Gonzales from using illegal...

NNPD officer killed in highway collision

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Staff Reports

A Navajo Nation Patrol Officer was killed today in a head-on collision that took place near Mile Post 15.5 on Navajo Route 64 between Chinle and Tsaile, Ariz.

The Navajo Nation Police Department has identified the patrol officer as Leander Frank.

According to Jesse Delmar, director of the Division of Public Safety, Frank had been dispatched to a call in the Tsaile area.

It was reported that Frank’s vehicle was approaching another vehicle. Both vehicles tried to avoid each other but collided head-on in the middle of the highway.

Frank was killed instantly. All passengers from the other vehicle survived the crash.

The accident is currently being investigated by the...

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