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City Council condemns troubled property

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A home located at 705 W. Aztec Ave is slated for demolition, but owner and Utah resident Louis Rocco has 10 days to file an appeal, which could delay the razing of the property.

The City Council voted unanimously to condemn the home Aug. 11.

According to city documents, the request for cleanup began in 2012, with...

Begaye to hold EPA accountable for toxic spill

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced that he intends to take legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the massive release of mine waste into the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado.

Begaye made this announcement on Aug. 8 at the Shiprock Chapter House, which was packed to capacity with concerned community members living along the San Juan River.

“They are not going to get away with this,” he said of the destructive impact to natural habitats and ecosystems that traditional Navajo culture relies on.

He said the sludge has migrated into the San Juan River and is wending through the Navajo Nation. The plume is expected to...

Gold King Mine Spill’s ground water investigated in NM

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Sediments left behind

FARMINGTON– Seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency  to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico Aug. 11.

“Although the Gold King Mine Spill’s heavy metals plume has mostly passed through the area, the sediments left behind are capable of influencing groundwater quality,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said. “We are operating with an abundance of caution, on behalf of New Mexicans’ health and safety, by advising that no water from San Juan County’s domestic wells or from the Animas...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Dean Miller, 45, of Las Vegas, NV was attempting to deliver products to the Family Dollar store in Ramah Aug. 10, when he saw a red Jeep blocking the delivery doorway. When he “kindly” asked the driver to move his vehicle, the man grabbed his genitals and then accused Miller of “coming onto him.” The suspect is described as a Native American male in his 20’s with glasses. The clerk at the store told McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Turney that he had been parked “for a long time.”

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MCSO Deputy Arthur Rahimi took a property damage report Aug. 8 on Rust Ave. According to the report, the complainant told Rahimi that her roommate’s...

Two mothers found intoxicated, arrested

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The Gallup Police Department arrested two mothers after they found them intoxicated in the care of their children.

Woman arrested after fight with kids, parents

GPD Officer Charles Steele arrested Rebecca Harrison, 32, July 29 after being called to the residence on Clark Ave. to investigate a domestic dispute which had turned physical.

“Upon my arrival – the front door was open and we could hear commotion,” Steele said in his report. “The front screen door had what appeared to be blood smears along the glass.”

In the back room, they found Douglas Harrison, 57, of Window Rock, Ariz. holding down Rebecca. Her mother Geri was emotional and crying.

Douglas and Geri told...

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