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Navajo Nation leaders address Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial parade violence

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon met with the City of Gallup Mayor, Louie Bonaguidi, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial Director Melissa Sanchez, and state legislators on Aug. 5 to address the events that occurred during the Gallup...

Law enforcement agencies input sought on distribution of $67 million

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SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Omnibus Crime Bill reserved more than $67 million for criminal justice reform efforts and for New Mexico law enforcement to train, recruit, and retain certified police officers, which was signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham earlier this year.

Law enforcement agencies are being asked for their input to determine how House Bill 68, the Omnibus Crime Bill, will be distributed via the Public Safety Survey. The survey was released on July 19 by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and will be due August 5. New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration will manage the fund distribution.

“We need feedback on how to best utilize the $50...

Nominee for congressional seat visits Gallup

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A New Mexico congressional candidate recently visited Gallup to speak to voters.

On July 15, Alexis Martinez Johnson, environmental engineer, wife, mother, and Republican nominee for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District hosted a “Gathering in Gallup Event.”

Martinez Johnson grew up in Roswell, N.M., and was raised by her grandparents. It was through their hard work and sacrifice that Martinez Johnson learned about New Mexican family values, which she has carried with her throughout her life.

Martinez Johnson’s career has been focused on ensuring high environmental standards in the Permian Basin while making sure energy was produced and jobs were kept so that New Mexico can...

NMDOH reports probable monkeypox case in state

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SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health reported the state’s first probable case of monkeypox in New Mexico on July 11. The patient returned from out-of-state travel and was likely exposed through contact. Initial testing was completed the night of July 8 by the DOH Scientific Laboratory Division and confirmatory testing is being completed at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The individual is doing well and isolating at home.

“Monkeypox is a very rare disease in the United States, and it’s important to keep in perspective that monkeypox does not spread as easily among people,” Acting Department of Health Secretary, David R. Scrase, M.D., said. “While the...

Gov. Lujan Grisham objects to Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke about her objection on July 13 after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it intends to issue a license to Holtec International for the construction and operation of an interim nuclear water storage facility in New Mexico.

“Despite my strong objections and concerns over public health, economic, scientific, natural resource and environmental justice – and those of tribal leaders, local governments, and the people of New Mexico – the NRC is effectively choosing profit over public interest,” Lujan Grisham said.

She voiced her concern about the health and safety of New Mexicans.

“The NRC has unilaterally decided to...

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