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Robbing His Own Gal

Gallup, 11/5

Tina Begay, a.k.a. “Cindy Escobar,” was driving her reported husband Chico Escobar to an appointment at Gallup Indian Medical Center. But, he had been drinking that day and when Chico asked his five-month pregnant wife for money, she refused. So, he proceeded to take it anyway...


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By Babette Herrmann

Robbie R. Daniels II

11/5,  8:17 pm

DWI 3rd Offense, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department Officer Harland Soseeah was training an officer as part of the field officers training program, when the officer in training noted that a vehicle exiting the Gilbert Ortega Shell gas station on east Highway 66 had no headlights on.

Soseeah pulled the vehicle over, and Daniels, 31, presented a revoked/suspended drivers license. The license stated that he can be arrested if caught driving. Aside from the obvious, Daniels took the field sobriety tests, which were not fairing well for him.

Next, he blew a .18 on the Breath Alcohol Content test and was booked into...

Gov confirms FBI spoke to her, staff about investigations

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Gov. Susana Martinez dismissed complaints that have led to an FBI investigation of her top political operative, speaking publicly Monday afternoon for the first time in person to reporters about the matter since it rocked news headlines over the weekend.

In doing so, she acknowledged to reporters that federal authorities had talked with her and members of her staff. She also told reporters that she has talked with Jay McCleskey about the investigation which reportedly is looking into money that he controlled.

“I speak to him every day,” Martinez said. “And when I talk to him—he’s working right now, I’m working right now, we’re moving forward, we’re doing our...

Lujan’s statement on Manhattan Project National Historic Park

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SANTA FE – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Nov. 10 on the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.  The MOA officially establishes the Manhattan Project National Historic Park as a unit of the National Park System.

“Today’s signing of the Memorandum of Agreement to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is the culmination of the tireless efforts by so many to preserve the story of the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos’ contributions to...

Big PAC spending in Las Cruces elections gets national attention

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LAS CRUCES –The big spending by a political action committee in the recent Las Cruces elections is receiving national attention.

USA Today cited the spending by GOAL WestPAC in trying to defeat incumbent mayor Ken Miyagishima as one way that money is increasingly flooding into local elections.

In New Mexico, the focus of the Goal WestPAC is “the economic and business climate” in the state, said Mark Murphy, the PAC’s chairman and president of Strata Production, an oil-and-gas exploration company in Roswell, N.M., about 180 miles northeast of Las Cruces. Murphy and his company also have donated $35,000 to the super PAC, records show.

PAC officials decided to target...

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