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NNOSHA deems education center restricted area due to rodents

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On July 19, the Navajo Nation Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an order restricting the Department of Diné Education building with limited access, and the education facility will not reopen without the approval by NNOSHA.

The order is a result of rodents within the facility. There...

NM Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau eliminates backlogged enforcement cases

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63 Enforcement Cases Now Triaged and in the Progress Pipeline

Santa Fe – On July 20, the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau announced substantial progress toward reducing a backlog of air quality violations in New Mexico.

“While remaining up-to-date with the current oversight of air quality permittees, the Air Quality Bureau as a whole, and its enforcement section in particular, have pushed through a backlog of enforcement issues—63 to be exact,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said. “Under new leadership in the enforcement section, the previously dormant and backlogged enforcement cases, dating as far back as 2006, are now triaged and each...

Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory met to discuss sediment

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Group discussed effects of lead in soils, EPA’s gladstone treatment facility, and spring runoff

Santa Fe – New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee, based out of San Juan County, met July 25 at the San Juan Community College Student Center-SUNS Room.

Bruce Yurdin, program manager with the New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau provided an update on the Long-Term Impact Review Teams’ acquisition of x-ray floresence technology for the testing of lead in soils and the current status of sediment in the Animas/San Juan watershed. Yurdin also discussed the Environment Department’s observations at the Environmental Protection...

Martinez ignored Trump’s phone calls to vet her for VP slot

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New Mexico journalists shouldn’t feel too upset that Gov. Susana Martinez’s office doesn’t return phone calls or emails—the governor reportedly did the same to Donald Trump’s campaign manager.

That’s part of a story in The New York Times about how Trump came to choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

A list of 16 names put together by then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, did not include Martinez. It did include five women.

From the Times story:

Before the list was drawn up, Trump also expressed interest in Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, but after Martinez did not return repeated phone calls from Lewandowski, Trump...

Begaye meets with NM Indian Affairs Committee

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MENTMORE – President Russell Begaye gave the welcome address and provided a status update before the New Mexico Indian Affairs Committee July 19. The New Mexico Indian Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Representative Sharon Clahchischilliage and Sen. John Pinto both in attendance along with other members of the Committee.

Committee member Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, has question for President Begaye after the welcome address and status update on Transportation, which was the agenda topic for this session.

Although, transportation was the topic Lundstrom provided additional information regarding the New Mexico States’ Gold King Mine clean up initiatives. Within the update...

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