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  • Update: Murder Suspect Arrested

    Raheem Benally was later identified as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of second degree murder and tampering with evidence. Detectives learned he was in the Shiprock area and obtained an extradition warrant approved by the Navajo Nation. Farmington police took Benally into custody without incident around 7:00 this evening. He was transported to the San Juan County Detention Center where he was booked on the warrant.

  • Repeat Offender back in Custody, Frustrated Sheriff Speaks Out

    Walker took a plea deal on October 24th, 2017 where he plead guilty on the five felony charges of conspiracy to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit burglary of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property; Walker was lightly sentenced and released from custody with a conditional discharge and five years of supervised probation by Judge Dean. A conditional discharge means that if Walker could abide by his probation and terms of release, his felony convictions would ultimately be dismissed. In l

  • Carpenter Retires, Stark is New County CEO

    Mike Stark currently serves as County Operations Officer and has for the last eight years under CEO Kim Carpenter. Carpenter has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2018.

  • Driver Charged after Fatal Crash

    The initial investigation indicated a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shaydell Pete-Light (21) of Farmington, NM was traveling north on State Road 371 when for unknown reasons drove off the roadway causing the vehicle to roll. The passenger Jasmine Lynn Curley (19) of Kayenta, AZ who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected and sustained fatal injuries.

  • Student Housing Coming to San Juan College

    The facility will be located west of Education Drive.  The approximately 376-bed facility will be constructed on a portion of the existing Fire Tower Training Facility. The tower is being relocated to the Hutton Street Campus.

  • Update: Tests Show No Impact from Spill

    San Juan County Officials, The City of Farmington, and Emergency Management met with BP America to discuss the results of sampling from the Animas River spill. No traces of Hydrocarbons were found. All samples from the Animas river met EPA Standards.

  • Update: Shiprock Gas Leak Repaired. Evacuations Canceled

    San Juan County Fire Department will be checking each home for gas levels before residents are allowed to stay. Navajo Tribal Utility Authority will be checking gas regulators and appliances before lighting them. After the gas leak was stopped, air monitoring indicated that it was safe for residents to return. Highway 491 has reopened.

  • Update: Suspect in Brookside Park Shooting Arrested

    A warrant was issued Friday for 18-year-old D’Jali Smith of Farmington on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. Smith was arrested on Sunday in Colorado by Cortez police. Details about the case are not being released at this time as the investigation remains ongoing.

  • Update: Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

    Farmington police apprehended the suspect in a robbery that took place around 10:40 this morning at the Family Dollar located at 909 E. Farmington Ave. The suspect fired one shot inside the store and left with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the incident. A person of interest was identified early on in the investigation.

  • Suspect in Custody after Fatal Stabbing

    Farmington police are investigating a fatal stabbing that took place early this morning in South Farmington. Officers were dispatched around 1:25 a.m. to 3001 Bloomfield Highway in reference to a male who had been stabbed. The male, 24, was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The incident remains under investigation at this time.

  • Farmington Hires Economic Development Director

    Farmington has made another confident move in efforts to revitalize and diversify the regional economy. Mayor Nate Duckett stated, “As part of Farmington’s ongoing strategic alliance with Four Corners Economic Development (4CED), CEO Warren Unsicker will transition to employment with the City of Farmington as the Director of Economic Development. This move provides Farmington with leadership that is already familiar with the goals and landscape of the region’s economy.”

  • Local Sex Offender Re-arrested

    Jeff Hawkins is currently a registered sex offender in San Juan County and was released early from prison after serving approximately 16 years. On August 1st, 1994 Hawkins was charged with seven counts of criminal sexual penetration. In February of 1995, Hawkins was found guilty on four counts of criminal sexual penetration and later sentenced to 31 years in prison. Hawkins was released 15 years early from prison in May of 2011; he served five years of probation after his release and is required to register as a sex offender for life.

  • Westmoreland Coal hopes to Reorganize with Bankruptcy Filing

    Westmoreland’s Canadian entities and Westmoreland Risk Management, Inc. are excluded from the voluntary petitions. Westmoreland’s operations in the U.S. and Canada are cash flow positive and liquidity from operations combined with the Company’s Debtor-In-Possession (“DIP”) financing is sufficient to continue operating its mines in the normal course of business, without any expected impact to current output levels. Importantly, Westmoreland anticipates no staff reductions as a result of the restructuring announcement.

  • One Killed in US 550 Crash near Aztec

    The initial investigation indicates a Ford pick traveling southbound on US 550 exited the roadway and overturned. The driver, Stanley Alan Hoyt (60) of Flora Vista, NM, was not properly wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Mr. Hoyt sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene.

  • Encana to Sell San Juan assets

    Encana’s San Juan assets include approximately 182,000 net acres. In 2017, the assets delivered average production of approximately 5,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day including 3,900 barrels per day of liquids. The sale is subject to the satisfaction of normal closing conditions and customary closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 with an effective date of April 1, 2018.

  • Bloomfield Considers Police/Fire Changes

    Perhaps, by combining administrative functions, reduce costs, develop economies of scale, create better models of operational efficiencies, and reduce duplication of functions. This would allow better training, recruitment and retention by providing for more money for more officers, better opportunities for advancement and most importantly, provide more effective, uniform and consistent public safety.

  • Update: Seven Dead, Numerous Injuries after Bus, Semi Collide near Thoreau

    The preliminary investigation indicates a semi-truck traveling east on Interstate 40 suffered a tire blow out causing the semi to cross the median into opposing west bound traffic of Interstate 40.  The semi-truck collided head on with a westbound Greyhound passenger bus carrying more than forty-eight passengers.    

  • Former Teacher Arrested for Sexual Contact with Students

    Through the State Police investigation, agents determined sufficient evidence to obtain an arrest warrant and arrested James Dee Coulter today around 9:00 a.m. at an industrial equipment supply company in Farmington where he is currently employed. After his arrest, State Police agents interviewed Coulter. Coulter admitted in his interview to several more unlawful sexual relationships with other female high school students. The New Mexico State Police will further investigate these additional crimes and work to identify any other victims in this case. Coulter will be booked into the San

  • Sheriff Blasts D.A. & Judge After Andrew Long Sentencing

    “The lack of spine from all involved is appalling; to sentence this predator to our county jail and utilize county resources on a state conviction is absurd. This individual should be in a state prison, he should not be allowed unsupervised visits and work release. Child pornography is not a victimless crime! If we are not willing to protect our children, what are we willing to do?”

  • Man Arrested for Child Abuse

    Detectives investigating the incident learned that 37-year-old Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller of Farmington was watching his girlfriend’s, of one month, six children in their Farmington home while the mother was grocery shopping. Miller messaged his girlfriend through social media to inform her something was wrong with the baby. Miller then called 911 and reported the baby wasn’t breathing. By the time the mother returned home from shopping, the baby had been transported to the hospital.

  • Update: Arrested State Police Officer Resigns

    The criminal complaint generally alleges that Capehart abused his position as a law enforcement officer by stealing quantities of drugs seized during arrests and giving the drugs to females with whom he was interested in pursuing romantic or sexual relationships.   To this end, the complaint alleges that on June 15, 2018, Capehart initiated a “flirtatious” “texting” relationship with a 16-year-old female who was a passenger in a friend’s vehicle, which was the subject of a traffic stop.  After Capehart allegedly agreed to dismiss the friend’s citations, Capehart allegedly sent a number of text

  • Update: Suspect Wanted in Fatal Shooting

    Police are actively searching for Lucero who may be in Farmington but is believed to be in the Albuquerque area and possibly headed to Mexico.   Although not a suspect, detectives are seeking an interview with Miguel (Mikey) Hernandez, 27, of Farmington who is believed to be with Lucero at this time.   Lucero also has an active federal probation violation warrant related to charges on methamphetamine trafficking and a felony warrant out of Bernalillo Metro Court for breaking and entering.

  • 416 Fire is 100% Contained

    Hot spots will continue to smolder in the interior for weeks to come. It is going to take a significant moisture event over the whole burn scar to completely put the fire out. Due to recent weather events, increasing greening in the higher elevations and lack of observed smoke during monitoring, we are confident that the fire will stay within its current containment lines.

  • Hilcorp Affiliate to buy Williams assets in Basin

    The system encompasses more than 3,700 miles of pipeline, two gas processing plants, and one CO2 treating facility in the counties of San Juan and Rio Arriba, New Mexico and La Plata, Colorado. It has an inlet gathering capacity of 1.8 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

  • Former Crimestoppers Director Charged with Embezzlement

    The former Executive Director, Carlee Hooper, turned herself in today on a 4th degree Felony Warrant for Embezzlement and a 4th degree Felony Warrant for Tampering with Evidence.

  • Gunshot Prompts Lockdown

    Last year, a similar incident occurred and law enforcement contacted a citizen that was shooting at prairie dogs near our building. It is suspected that this could be a similar situation and we want to remind the community that it is illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits of Aztec, as well as within 150 yards of a dwelling or building.

  • Owners Urged to Claim Vehicles from former Shiprock Business

    The former business, Darrell’s Automotive Garage, closed in May 2018. The garage is located in East Shiprock on U.S. Highway 64, one-third (1/3) mile east of the Shiprock Chapter House. The Shiprock RBDO is in possession of over 100 abandoned vehicles. Proof of ownership is required in order to release the vehicles. The Shiprock RBDO will dispose of any remaining vehicles after Friday, August 31, 2018.

  • Woman Dies after Farmington Crash

    Officers learned that a Chevy Cobalt was driving through the intersection northbound to Beckland Drive when a Buick passenger car traveling west on Main Street collided with the Chevy. After the initial collision, the Buick veered right and struck the traffic signal pole at the northwest corner of the intersection.

  • Former Deputy Charged with Sexual Assault

    The complaint states that Daniel forced himself upon her sexually for approximately three minutes, until she could break free and warn her husband. The husband retrieved a gun and knife from the house and told Daniel if he didn’t leave the property he would kill him. The husband of the victim admitted to stabbing Daniel’s vehicle as he drove away. 

  • Bloomfield Reverses Pay Cuts

    Bloomfield City Manager George Duncan said the council believes the local economy is stabilizing. The city has seen a small increase of 1.8 percent in its Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) attributable to the economy for the last fiscal year.  Additionally, a community and city budget committee is conducting an intensive budget review process, which has identified numerous operational efficiencies for the 2018-19 budget. 

  • Farmington Delays Stage 3 Drought Restrictions

    “As of the last rolling 10 day average, water consumption has gone down 10.6%,” stated Mayes. Since Tuesday night’s council meeting, the community has continued to improve on water conservation efforts with a 3-day average water reduction of  18.9%. Based on average water reductions since the enactment of Stage 2 on June 13th, the City Manager stated, “This reduction shows that citizens are becoming much more aware of the potential for a water crisis and are beginning to change water consumption behavior”. “If these positive trends continue along with the potential for favorable precipitat

  • Farmington Awarded Arts & Cultural District

    The Farmington Arts & Cultural District is a proposed artisan district that overlaps with the Farmington Historic Downtown Commercial District. The district focuses mainly on Main Street and Broadway, with more than 100 commercial buildings with storefronts oriented to the street and continuous shared side walls. The downtown district contains an eclectic mix of galleries, one-of a-kind shared side walls, locally-owned retail stores, restaurants, and salons, and includes Red Apple Transit Stops. A city park is located at the "Heart" of the district, along with the E3 Children's Museum, Farming

  • Kirtland Armed Robbers Sought

    When the owner attempted to flee, he heard one gunshot and ran next door to Subway to call for help. The employees at Subway called 911 immediately and assisted the owner of Burnham Firework’s with cutting off the duct tape.

  • Police: Student Made Weapons at School

    The CATE Center was placed on lockdown and the Farmington High School was placed on a preventative lockdown as this is where the student’s next class was scheduled.

  • Candidate Forum May 23, 2018

    The candidate forum will only feature candidates affected by the primary election on June 5. Meaning, only candidates that could be eliminated by another candidate running under the same party for the same position have been invited to participate in this forum. The twelve affected candidates are:  Republican candidates for Sheriff - Tommy Bolack and Shane Ferrari  Republican candidates for Probate Judge - Gary Risley, Brandt Thrower, and Stacey Biel  Republican candidates for Magistrate Judge Division 1 - Erich Cole, Gary McDaniel, and Frank Dart  Democrat candidates for County Commis

  • Duncan Named Bloomfield City Manager, Sharpe Withdraws

    ...the Council and Mayor have asked George Duncan to serve as the permanent City Manager of Bloomfield.  George has served the City of Bloomfield for over 40 years as fireman, fire chief, department leader and interim city manager.  He understands the operations and politics of the City.  In addition, he has been actively involved during this time in serving his community in numerous community organizations including the Chamber of Commerce.  He has written many grants to benefit the community including the Riverwalk Grant.  He has been a San Juan County leader in helping to establish many gov

  • City Mourns Passing of Former Mayor Bob Culpepper

    Funeral services for Bob Culpepper will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2pm at St. John's Espiscopal Church, 312 N. Orchard Avenue.

  • CCSD Superintendent Resigns

    In the same meeting, the Board of Education voted 4-1 to name Eva B. Stokely principal Terri Benn acting superintendent. Only secretary Christina Aspaas voted against the decision. Benn has been the principal at Eva B. Stokely for five years. She has worked for CCSD for 14 years as an educational assistant, a Pre-K teacher and an administrator at Newcomb High School before serving as principal at Eva B. Stokely.

  • Fort Lewis College Hires New President

    Dr. Stritikus’ resume tells of a life dedicated to education and creating opportunities for students. He is coming to FLC from his position as deputy director of K-12 Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he has led funding initiatives in teacher prep, innovation and education. Previous to the Gates Foundation, Dr. Stritikus was dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington (UW), where he also taught. When he left UW in 2014, the College of Education was ranked as the sixth best program in the nation, according to US News & World Report, up from 16th just

  • School Threat nets 2 Arrests

         In partnership with Bloomfield Police Department, both suspects were arrested and charged with interference with the educational process, a petty misdemeanor. The 19-year-old suspect had two active warrants at the time of his arrest; failure to appear on a Felony distribution charge and failure to appear for traffic violations. Two cell phones, a laptop, phone records and social media accounts from both suspects are currently being seized and investigated. 

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