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Nez, Lizer honor the life of Navajo veteran Louis Jones

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation in honor and remembrance of Diné veteran Louis Jones on Sept. 19. Jones passed away on Sept. 13 at the age of 96. He was originally from Chinle, Ariz., located on the Navajo Nation.

“On behalf of the Navajo...

New Mexico to deliver $10.9 million in utility assistance

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department  announced on Sept. 19 that  a second supplemental payment was issued on Sept. 16  to New Mexicans who were approved for the Low Income Home Energy Program between Oct. 1, 2021, and Aug. 31, 2022.

HSD received $22 million from the Federal American Rescue Plan as additional funding for LIHEAP, a program that provides qualified, low-income families with one yearly payment to assist with home heating and cooling costs. Payments are directly made to the HSD LIHEAP customer’s utility vendor.

“This assistance will help New Mexico families alleviate the stress of the additional burden by the rising utility costs,” Deputy...

New Mexico to deliver $89 million in food assistance

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SANTA FE – Families for almost 228,000 New Mexico students will receive benefits starting on Sept. 18 through Sept. 26 to cover the summer months of June and July 2022.

Over $89 million in Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer will be issued to cover summer meals for K-12 students who were eligible for free or reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch Program or attended a Community Eligible Provision school that received free meals as of June 30 for school year 2021-2022. The one-time amount will be $391 to eligible students.

Parents and guardians will be able to check whether their child qualified for the latest P-EBT issuance at the VERIFY P-EBT Information section of...

City council takes leap of faith on mixed-use housing

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A development that could eventually mean as many as 140 new homes in Gallup will be allowed to proceed after protest from a handful of residents failed to sway the City Council to do otherwise.

As a result, the builder hopes to have the first few homes ready to move into by next spring or summer in what appears to be the first new housing development in Gallup since Mentmore went up in the 1990s.

The project will start with nine or 10 single family homes at the northern end of the property, said architect Ryan Stearns, who’s been shepherding the plan through the city process for more than two years.

“I’m still waiting for the phone call that tells me we’ve done something...

Man threatens woman in bar, grocery store

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A man threatened a woman twice in one day at two different locations.

On Sept. 5, around 4:30 pm, Gallup Police Officer Cindy Romancito was dispatched to 980 U.S. Hwy. 491, Safeway Supermarket, after a man threatened to kill a woman.

When Romancito arrived at the store she met the business’s security guard. The guard said that a woman had approached him and told him that a man was threatening to kill her.

Romancito was able to speak to the victim, who explained that she works at Third Street Tavern at 510 N. Third St., and that afternoon a man walked into the bar and asked for a cigarette. When he was told that no one in the bar had a cigarette, the man, who was later identified as...

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