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Secretary of State files lawsuit against Otero County Commission

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Lawsuit concerns illegal actions to disenfranchise 2022 primary election voters and harm primary candidates

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a writ of mandamus with the New Mexico Supreme Court on June 14 seeking to compel the Otero County Commission to certify the 2022 Primary Election results...

Winners, losers and…huh?

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Late withdrawal creates chaos around District 1 Commission seat

Most of McKinley County’s June 7 elections have clear outcomes, but the District 1 County Commission seat is still undecided – at least temporarily – and two candidates are still standing in the Sheriff’s race.

The District 1 confusion arose because the winner, Ernest C. “Charles” Becenti III, withdrew from the race after the deadline for the county to submit ballot information to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office.

That meant his name was still on the primary ballot, and he won with 44%  of the vote (1,266). Young J. Tom trailed with 30% of the vote (877) and Vincent Muskett got...

City Council declares a housing emergency

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Local Realtor Jason Valentine built his career on selling homes in Gallup. And over the years, he’s noticed that the demand for homes has skyrocketed, but the inventory hasn’t grown with that demand.

It was a problem he couldn’t just walk past, so he launched the Gallup Housing Summit in March 2019. Yet, despite some deep conversations about what to do, housing problems remain the same.

And for this year’s summit he wanted to hear from a wider group of community leaders — both in politics and business.

Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, and Brett Newberry of the accounting firm Newberry and Associates, and many more, joined in to discuss Gallup’s...

Commissioners place a fireworks ban on McKinley County

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Drought conditions have still not improved, and with the Fourth of July less than a month away, the McKinley County commissioners have made the decision to ban certain fireworks.

According to the Drought Monitor, McKinley County is now in the D3 (extreme) drought zones, with a small part of the northwest corner of the state in the D2 (severe) zones as of May 26. The Drought Monitor is put out by the the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to Weather Underground, a website that provides long-range weather reports, McKinley County hasn’t...

Navajo Nation pays tribute to fallen White Mountain Apache Police Officer Adrian Lopez

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Whiteriver, Ariz. ­– Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joined family members, law enforcement officers from across the country, and the White Mountain Apache tribal community, to honor and remember fallen White Mountain Apache Police Officer Adrian Lopez during a funeral service held at the Chief Alchesay Activity Center in Whiteriver, Ariz. on June 9. Lopez lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a call on June 2.

On behalf of the Navajo people, Nez presented a condolence letter to Lopez’s wife, Lushana Lopez, their two children, and relatives. The funeral service drew support from law enforcement officers from across the country, numerous counties, and many other...

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