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Navajo leadership asks public to spay/neuter, vaccinate pets

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WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a 2017 proclamation this past week to challenge and encourage the people of the Navajo Nation to be responsible pet owners.

“We want our people to be active and play outdoors, but many are discouraged with many free-roaming dogs...

Senate passes legislation to expand voter registration time period

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate passed by a vote of 19 to 11 Senator Jeff Steinborn’s, D-Doña Ana, bill to allow qualified New Mexico residents to register to vote up until three days prior to an election at certain locations March 1.

Current law allows voter registration to occur only until 28 days preceding an election.  If enacted, SB 224 would enable the largest expansion of voter registration rights in many years in the state.

“I am grateful to the Senate for supporting this important voting rights reform today. It is imperative that the Legislature expand voting opportunities in New Mexico, and remove hurdles where they exist,” Steinborn said. “ This bill will do...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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TOUGH LOVE

2/28, THOREAU

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Shane Bennett responded to a late night call from a concerned relative about a case of domestic abuse underway involving several household members, including two children. He arrived at the scene on 40 Rose Street to find John W. Gibson, 21, combative and intoxicated with blood on his face.

Gibson had started drinking before 1 pm, and according to one household member he had been drinking all day. The face of the household member who had witnessed his early drinking was discolored from serious bruising that allegedly been inflicted by Gibson earlier that night.

Gibson was outside in front of the house when...

Dead body found in Allison Road area

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Gallup Police Department was dispatched to Allison Road near Maloney Avenue Feb. 24, in response to a deceased male that was found under the Interstate 40 overpass,.

GPD Public Information Officer Capt. Marinda Spencer said they received the call shortly before 10 am, and the man found had no identification on his body. He’s believed to be Native American, between 40-50 years of age. She said he’s about 6 feet tall and weighs between 200-230 pounds.

Foul play isn’t suspected at this time, but Spencer said the Office of the Medical Investigator is working the case.

In an update Thursday, Spencer said the department has ID’d the body, but hasn’t been able to make contact with...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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The legal limit is .08

Pernall Begay

Feb. 21, 11:44 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Justin Benally was called to a scene at  the Mootel Motel, 1305 Hwy 66, in response to a report of an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The victim, 23, was lying on the ground as the officer arrived on the scene.

The man had been arguing with Begay was a family member, who had arrived at his motel room intoxicated. The victim told him to come back when he was sober. According to the report, Begay, 31, did not cooperate with the request and began throwing objects at the victim.

The situation escalated even further as Begay entered his minivan, revved his...

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