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Washington Federal Bank robbery suspect ID'd

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Police are seeking the public's help in locating the suspect

UPDATE: Richard Johns Jr., 46, has been identified as the man who allegedly robbed Washington Federal Bank Tuesday afternoon. Johns whereabouts are unknown at this time, possible locations are motels on the west side. Please do not approach, call police.

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Charter schools face uncertain future under Senate Bill 1

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Gallup Middle College weighs in on proposed legislation

The fate of future enrollment in charter schools across New Mexico looks bleak if Senate Bill 1 passes and becomes law.

But for now, the bill is in its infancy and can die before it even reaches the governor’s desk.

SB 1 was introduced during the first session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature Jan. 16 by Senators Mimi Stewart, Gay G. Kernan, and William P. Soules.

The Education Committee recommended that the bill pass Jan. 28, albeit with some amendments. As of Feb. 7, the revised bill is pending approval from the Senate Finance Committee.

The bill’s intention is to make changes to the public school funding formula...

County approves amendments to NMDOT Local Government Road Fund

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners discussed a pair of amendments to a resolution from last year that pertains to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Local Government Road Fund. County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. spoke for the item at the Feb. 5 regular meeting.

According to information given during the meeting, the FY19 CAP Funding prior to the amendment was $472,357, with $354,268 coming from a grant and $110,089 coming from a match.

The amount for FY19 CAP Funding after the amendments are approved will be $766,610, with $574,958.00 coming from a grant and $191,652 from a match.

Potential issues that could come up involve utility companies that the county has to...

Holloman Air Force Base receives violation notice for groundwater contamination

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SANTA FE - The New Mexico Environment Department issued a Notice of Violation to Holloman Air Force Base on Feb 6 in response to detected toxic pollutants in groundwater. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances were found in groundwater on base at levels nearly twice the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water health advisory in monitoring wells covered by Holloman’s groundwater discharge permit.

Violations of the discharge permit trigger corrective action requirements for the Air Force.

The Air Force reported concentrations of PFAS at 137 parts per trillion at monitoring wells. The EPA’s drinking water health advisory for PFAS is 70 parts per trillion. The Air Force...

Navajo Nation seeks bi-partisan support for Utah Water Rights Settlement Act

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WASHINGTON D.C. – President  Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and Speaker of the 24th Navajo Nation Council Seth Damon met with U.S. Senate and House members this week to advocate for the passage of House Bill 644, the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, sponsored by Congressman Rob Bishop, R-UT of Utah and co-sponsored by Utah Reps. John Curtis, R-UT and Chris Stewart, R-UT.

President Nez and Speaker Damon met with U. S. Senator Mitt Romney R-UT, who will sponsor similar legislation in the Senate, as his predecessor, Orrin Hatch had done during the 114th and 115th Congresses.

They also met with Sens. John Hoeven R-N.D. and Tom Udall D-N.M., the Chairman and Vice...

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