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Union members, small business owners discuss right-to-work laws at commission meeting

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners held a heated debate on right-to-work laws between union leaders and county representatives, leading to packed attendance at their regular meeting April 17.

The discussion was triggered by an ordinance claiming to promote economic development by regulating employee payments to...

Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act signed into law

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WINDOW ROCK – The 23rd Navajo Nation Council commended the enactment of the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, which was signed into law by President Trump April 18. Council members have advocated for the bill as a means to protect Native American children by amending the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for grants from the U.S. Department of Justice for aid in implementing the AMBER Alert system.

The bill was named after 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, a young Navajo girl who was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation in 2016. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure on Feb. 26, followed by the U.S. Senate on March 23.

Council Delegate Amber...

Diné daily bus runs launch April 16

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April 16, Diné College started two bus routes, one from Shiprock, N.M., to Tsaile and another from Rock Point, Ariz., to Tsaile, via Round Rock, Many Farms, and Chinle.

“We decided to start a pilot busing program for the rest of the semester,” Bo Lewis, vice president of finance at Diné College, said.

“Based on the results from the pilot program, we’ll make a decision on whether to make it a permanent program or not—or even to charge a fee,” Lewis said. “We will have exempt employees be the drivers and it will be open to students as well as employees. The valid employee ID’s will be required to use the busing program.”

Prior to the start of making the bus program...

Car accident leaves Gallup without power

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Power to residents in the west part of Gallup was disrupted the night of April 17 and the morning of April 18 when an automobile struck an electric pole on West Historic Highway 66.

The accident also crossed down that portion of the highway for more than two hours.

Richard Matzke, electric department director for the city, said the accident occurred about 4 pm near the Allison Crossing turnoff and disrupted electric service to customers from that area all the way to the west end of town.

The electric department crew was able to get electric service to customers up to the Gallup Airport by 7 pm but the customers west of the airport were without electricity until about 8:10 am April...

High winds demolish signs, topple Ortega’s chief

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As high wind gusts continue to pummel Gallup and surrounding communities, most of the damage to property, to date, occurred April 12 when winds gusted up to 65 mph.

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