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Is the latest REAL ID threat for real?

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New Mexicans may not be able to use their state-issued driver’s licenses to board airplanes by next year, according to a letter from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The federal agency recently rejected a waiver the state applied for to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Congress passed the law 10 years ago...

Man in critical condition post stabbing

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Ryan Plummer was critically injured after being stabbed in the abdomen by one of two men that accosted him while he and a female friend headed southbound on the 700 block of South Second Street Oct. 27.

It’s not clear what prompted the stabbing, but after exchanging some words, Plummer, 30, reportedly tried to grab a knife from the man’s hands and got jabbed in the process.

Police arrived at the 714 S. Second St. at 7:48 pm – the location of Gallup Business Systems.

Plummer’s friend described the two Native American males as being between 18-20 years of age. She told police that the men, who neither her nor Plummer apparently knew, crossed the street and confronted the duo...

UNM-Gallup Offers On-Campus Mental Health Services

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Students at UNM-Gallup now have access to counseling services in a manner that brings together professional mental health experts, technology, confidentiality and recognition that many issues can complicate a student’s ability to be healthy and happy.

Through an agreement with UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), UNM-Gallup is utilizing Zoom Technology to bring students “face-to-face” with trained mental health counselors from the main campus in Albuquerque.

Private and confidential meetings are now taking place via Zoom in a specially designated office on the UNM-Gallup campus.  Services began this week and according to Student Success Specialist Mary Lou Mraz,

“It is...

Al - Zuni Global Traders part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife investigation

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Weak deal? Dianna Duran and her pension

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One of the biggest criticisms following the aftermath of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s plea deal and resignation was that it looks like she will keep her government pension.

This week, Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Milan Simonich lamented that Duran “gets a pension for violating the voters’ trust” while the newspaper’s editorial board urged Santa Fe District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington to reject the plea deal for being “too soft.”

State law allows judges to fine public officials convicted of felonies “the value of the salary and fringe benefits paid to the offender … after the commission of the first act that was a basis for the felony...

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