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Chippewa woman named Secretary of Indian Affairs

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate unanimously confirmed Josett Monette as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department on Feb. 5.

“Secretary Monette’s extensive background in serving Indigenous people uniquely positions her to address the challenges facing our tribal communities and realize the...

Zuni man charged with stabbing

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A Zuni man has been charged with assault after he reportedly stabbed a man in the throat.

According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 4,  Joey Luarkie, 23,  was at a woman’s home when her boyfriend knocked on the door. The couple went outside and argued for a short time before the man came back inside to get his stuff.

Luarkie, a member of the Zuni Pueblo, followed the couple into the woman’s bedroom, where a physical altercation allegedly ensued, and the boyfriend was stabbed in the throat.

The victim left the house and collapsed in the front yard, where responding officers from the Zuni Police Department found the woman performing CPR on him. The victim was transported to Zuni...

Weekly DWI Report

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Featured DWI

Morgan Sterling

Jan. 27, 3:19 pm

Aggravated DWI (Third)

Staff at a Thoreau gas station called and reported a suspected drunk driver, leading to Thoreau man, Morgan Sterling, 48, being arrested and charged with his third DWI.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Bittony was dispatched to Shamrock Gas in Thoreau after Metro Dispatch advised of a driver and passenger of a white Ford Expedition appearing intoxicated at the gas pump. Bittony arrived at the scene and found a vehicle matching the caller description about to pull out of the station.

Bittony pulled the vehicle over and conducted a traffic stop. He met the driver, Sterling, and asked for his...

Tohatchi man sentenced to federal prison

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Charges include repeated assault, harassment

A man from Tohatchi is facing 37 months in prison after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend.

According to court records, on Aug. 13, 2022, Anthony Joe, 38, assaulted the victim as she was trying to leave his residence. Joe, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, punched the woman with a closed fist in the back of her head and in her side while she was holding their child, then kicked her in the back and pulled her away from the door by her hair. The victim eventually escaped from the residence without her child and ran to a nearby gas station where she called law enforcement.

When the victim was later interviewed by the FBI...

City receives funding for regional senior center

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A new senior center has been on the Gallup City Council’s priority list for a while now, but things are finally moving in the right direction.

At the Jan. 16 and 30 city council meetings, the council accepted large amounts of funding from the State of New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

Both amounts came from a Capital Appropriation Project Grant, with the first amount coming out to just over $4.5 million. The council approved that on Jan. 16, and another grant that totaled almost $7.5 million on Jan. 30.

During the meetings the city’s Planning and Development Manager C.B. Strain said that the money is meant to help plan, design, construct, equip, and furnish the...

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