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Westbound I-40 reopens after derailment fire

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Part of Interstate 40 has reopened after a train derailed and caught on fire on April 26.

Around 9:30 am on April 28, McKinley County Fire & Rescue announced that westbound I-40 at mile marker 126 is back open to traffic following the derailment fire near the New Mexico-Arizona state line.

Eastbound traffic remains closed...

Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’íyáti’ Committee voices support to reform workplace sexual misconduct laws, policies

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley placed the topic of sexual harassment prevention, awareness, and response on the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee’s agenda on April 25 to provide an overview of current Navajo Nation workplace policies provided by the Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources.

The Naabik’íyáti’ Committee voiced overwhelming support to initiate legislation aimed at reforming and creating new measures within Navajo Nation policy to prevent and appropriately respond to allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and assault, and to provide more resources to victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

“The 25th...

Evacuation restrictions reduced near derailment fire

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As of 7 am on April 28, conditions at the site of the train derailment near the Arizona border continue to improve.

Constant air quality tests are being performed around the site and reportedly do not indicate any concern for the quality of air.

The evacuation area has now been reduced to a one-mile radius from the incident site.

Heavy machinery is being utilized to remove debris, while firefighters and hazmat personnel protect the area from the release of any hazardous materials and control fire growth and development.

BNSF operations is working alongside fire responder teams to safely extinguish the fire.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation its' bridge inspector is...

MCSO needs help finding a missing juvenile

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The McKinley County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing juvenile.

Alyssa F. Becenti, 17, was last seen leaving her residence in Gamerco on April 18. She was last seen wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Alyssa is asked to call Investigator Tsethlikai at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 979-7300 or Metro Dispatch at (505) 722-2002.

Train derailment forces overnight closure of I-40, remains ablaze

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McKinley County Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a BNSF train that had reportedly derailed and caught fire off Interstate 40 near the New Mexico/Arizona state line around 12:45 pm on April 26.

When they arrived at the scene, they discovered that approximately 35 rail cars carrying mixed freight derailed, six of which contained Liquified Petroleum Gas, otherwise known as propane.

Multiple agencies responded to the incident, including McKinley County Fire & Rescue, McKinley County Office of Emergency Management, Gallup Fire Department, New Mexico State Police and BNSF Railway Police. There were no injuries reported.

To mitigate existing conditions and for the safety of the surrounding...

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