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Water-related projects top city’s FY 2025 spending plans

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Water projects top the city’s list of capital improvement projects for the 2025-2029 fiscal years.

Replacing cast iron lines throughout the city is at the top of the list. That project will cost about $30.5 million. Long-needed wastewater treatment plant improvements are estimated to cost $15 million; updating and...

President Nygren honors Navajo Code Talkers

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren began the celebration of Navajo Code Talkers on Aug. 14 with a 5K run.

The President briskly walked and ran the course before changing into his famous Navajo Presidential attire to join the parade that honored the brave Navajo men who used the Navajo language 80 years ago to help win WWII in the Pacific. The Code Talkers developed an unbreakable code based on their native language during World War II.

Since the likelihood of the enemy being able to understand or decipher messages was extremely low, the idea of using the Navajo language for military code was proposed in May 1942. Twenty-nine Navajo men were recruited to become...

Heinrich, Luján deliver over $5 million in federal public safety resources to N.M.

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WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice disbursing over $5 million of federal resources the lawmakers secured to support law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and courts, survivor services, community safety, and violence prevention in New Mexico.

The senators secured these federal resources through Congressionally Directed Spending in the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Agreement.

“Serving as a member of the Appropriations Committee gives me a direct shot at delivering federal resources to New Mexicans who are taking proven, community-based...

Suspected explosive device found on Arizona school campus

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RED VALLEY, Ariz. —  A possible bomb threat led to a hectic day at a Red Valley, Arizona school.

The Shiprock District of the Navajo Police Department received a call from the Red Rock Day School about a possible explosive device on campus on the morning of Aug. 16.

Before NPD officers arrived, a quick-thinking school employee removed the suspected device out and away from the school building to a safe location.

Additionally, the school initiated protective measures to ensure the safety of all the students and staff.

When NPD officers arrived on scene, they determined that the suspected device was an old expended or inert military flash diversionary device.

The Farmington Police...

Luján, Marshall introduce legislation to strengthen drought protections

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NAMBÉ, N.M.  — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.,  and Roger Marshall, R-Kan.,  introduced the Protecting Farmers from Drought Act – bipartisan legislation that extends existing federal protections for farmers in communities experiencing extreme drought on Aug. 15. This extension of coverage will allow producers an additional year for water conditions to improve without losing crop insurance coverage while maintaining the integrity of the crop insurance program.

Prevent planting coverage pays when a producer is unable to plant an insured crop due to an insured cause of loss. Originally created as a way to ensure crops were not planted in wetlands known as the prairie pothole...

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