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Auditor warns government agencies of scam targeting public money

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SANTA FE — State Auditor Wayne Johnson is warning state and local agencies today that a scam artist could target their finance employees with fraudulent invoices for significant amounts of money. In the past, some New Mexico entities have fallen victim to such fraud, costing taxpayers thousands.

“These criminals are...

Heinrich meets with FCC Commissioner on tribal broadband, net neutrality

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., met with Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn April 24 to discuss improving access to high-speed internet in Tribal communities and protecting net neutrality.

“Access to a free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement,” Heinrich said. “Commissioner Clyburn has been a champion of defending net neutrality and closing the digital divide in our rural and Tribal communities. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to work with Commissioner Clyburn on improving broadband infrastructure and grateful for her support for our Tribal...

NMDOH reminds parents to vaccinate

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April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week

SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Department of Health reminds New Mexico parents about the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Observed annually, National Infant Immunization Week highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States.

“Delaying your child’s vaccines or refusing vaccines leaves your child vulnerable and puts vulnerable members of our community at risk,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher said. “Giving babies the recommended...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Getting high in Colorado

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In what may be one of the few cases so far of a New Mexico resident being arrested for bringing into McKinley County marijuana he purchased legally in Colorado, a Ramah man is now facing drug charges in state court.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Brandon Salazar said he was driving south on U. S. 491 near the four-mile marker when he noticed the car in front of him cross the fog line twice.

He did a traffic stop and talked to the driver, identified as Richard Martin, 64. As he was explaining to Martin why he was being stopped, Salazar said he could smell what seemed to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

He asked Martin where he...

Routine stop leads to drug trafficking bust on Highway 66

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Johnson Lee was traveling west on Highway 66 just before 1 am April 19 when he saw a speeding car and made what he thought would be a routine traffic stop.

Lee walked over and saw two men in the car. One of the two was shaking and appeared to be nervous, according to Lee’s report. As he came closer, the officer spotted a box of ammunition in the driver-side door.

Lee had the driver, Franklin Warren, 43, of Gamerco, step outside of the car while he issued a citation. Warren told Lee his license was suspended, and when the officer asked where the two men were headed, Warren said the Redwood Lodge, a nearby motel.

Warren continued to seem “very...

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