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Shiprock man sentenced to prison for federal assault conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Aaron Curley, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Oct. 31, in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in prison for his conviction on an assault charge.  Curley will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison...

Heinrich joins forces with Collins over Russia interference, elections security

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During the 2016 election, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security didn’t know which state officials to communicate with to relay the threat of attempted Russian interference.

That confusion is one thing U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich wants to fix with the Securing America’s Voting Equipment (SAVE) Act, which he introduced with Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins.

“I think overall, over the course of the last few decades, we may have become complacent as a country as to the potential for this,” Heinrich said of attempts to influence elections in the United States.

“There were cases where they were maybe engaged with the wrong decisionmaker or talking to the vendor...

Grants to Celebrate 92 Years of Aviation History

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Cuts ribbon for new $4 million runway

GRANTS, N.M. – City of Grants officials are requesting your presence.  On Nov. 17, at 2 pm, they will be celebrating 92 Years of Aviation History at the Grants-Milan Municipal Airport with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the City’s brand new $4 million runway upgrade. The project also includes new state-of-the-art LED lighting.

According to Airport Manager Ray Jenkins, the February 1926 issue of the Aeronautical Bulletin listed an emergency landing field at Grants. The emergency landing field was a 1320’ by 3960’ rectangular field (a dry lake bed) located less than a mile south of the current airport.

“This...

FBI, Albuquerque PD still searching for ‘Red Bandana Bandit’

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November 1, 2017 marks the first anniversary of the unsolved robbery of BBVA Compass Bank, located at 1201 San Pedro Drive NE, in Albuquerque.

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are still searching for this suspect, nicknamed the Red Bandana Bandit.

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300, or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP.

Tips can also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

Information about other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found at bankrobbers.fbi.gov.

Gallup Land Partners get tax break on mine land

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Tax rate lowered for proposed recreational AREA

With one dissenting vote against the proposed recreational development, the McKinley County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.75 million tax break for the Gallup Land Partners to proceed in creating a multi-purpose recreational park on land with numerous closed-down coal mines.

On Oct. 17, Commissioners Carol Bowman-Muskett, chair, and Bill Lee approved the resolution that grants the county to lower the annual tax rate per acre from $405 to $1.  Commissioner Genevieve Jackson cast the dissenting vote.

The vast open land, 6,792 acres, sits just north of the Gallup outdoor market, up to the south end of China Springs, east of U.S...

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