Position: New Mexico reporter

Email: mmitchell@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 505-592-0185

Four schools in Bloomfield close voluntarily to online learning

FARMINGTON – Four schools in Bloomfield will return to online instruction after an increase in positive COVID-19 tests among students. Mesa Alta Junior High School and Central Primary School have...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 hour 36 minutes ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Man sentenced to 15 years for killing aunt

FARMINGTON – A Shiprock man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his aunt. Tavor Tom, 20, pleaded guilty Nov. 24, 2020, according to a news release issued by the...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 hour 37 minutes ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Farmington Police Department launches Real Time Crime Center

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Police Department recently announced the launch of the Real Time Crime Center. The center is a 24/7 operation within the police department that has access to city and...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Man sentenced after pleading guilty to assault of a minor

FARMINGTON – A New Mexico man has been sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting a minor. According to a news release sent by the U.S. Department of Justice, Kevin Ernest Lewis, 32, of...

DATE: April 14, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Woman honored with Outstanding Citizen Award from Farmington Police Department

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Police Department awarded Shannon Begay the Outstanding Citizen Award to recognize her for her role in bringing aid to a man with a gunshot wound. Begay heard gunshots...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

New Mexico governor signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana

FARMINGTON – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week signed into law a bill that allows adult recreational use of cannabis. Lujan Grisham signed the bill Monday, which was sponsored by...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Lake Nighthorse release answers questions about how water will move downstream

FARMINGTON – The San Juan Water Commission said a test release last month from Lake Nighthorse was a success and provided information that will be useful in future releases. The release started...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

San Juan Regional Medical Center urges community to get back to Turquoise Level

FARMINGTON – Since it was announced that San Juan County fell into the Yellow Level as a result of an increase in COVID-19 cases, San Juan Regional Medical Center is urging the community to work...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Man pleads guilty to murder on Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON – A Shiprock, New Mexico, man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to second degree murder. A grand jury indicted Simeon Atcitty, 38, on Sept. 10, 2020, according to a news release...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Arizona man pleads guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a minor

FARMINGTON – An Arizona man pleaded guilty earlier this week in federal court to aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. In a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jeremiah Elijah Jim, 31, of...

DATE: April 9, 2021 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

San Juan County, N.M., regresses to Yellow Level

FARMINGTON – San Juan County was knocked down to the Yellow Level this week, according to a map that tracks average daily COVID-19 cases by county across New Mexico. Two weeks after San Juan County...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Search dog on hunt for national certification

FARMINGTON – Somewhere out on 40 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, a mother and her two boys hid, nestled in the branches of trees, waiting to hear the scamper of paws from a...

DATE: April 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

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