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First Nation waits on logging road at centre of pipeline dispute in northern B.C. – Airdrie Today

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SMITHERS, B.C. — Thirty-nine kilometres down a snow covered logging road, four men chop wood and work to erect a canvas wall tent in a pullout area.

Cody Merriman, who is ‘Namgis and also goes by the name Mona’gila, says that as supporters of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, they are there to ensure an eviction notice issued by the chiefs to Coastal GasLink over a pipeline it is building is respected.

“They made a decision and we’re here to support them in that, to make sure Wet’suwet’en law is enacted and respected,” he said.

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POLITICO Playbook: Washington returns to a world in crisis – POLITICO

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AFTER A SOMNAMBULANT FEW WEEKS, WASHINGTON is snapping back into action, kicking off what could be the most volatile slice of time in the most volatile period in memory.

THE UNITED STATES faces international and domestic turmoil. Thousands of soldiers are beginning 2020 by boarding…

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New Mexico background actors create ‘Background Bill of Rights’ for fair conditions on set – KRQE News 13

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s booming film industry has a group of actors looking to make changes on set. The background actors have put together a petition for better working conditions.

With big companies like Netflix and NBCUniversal setting up shop in New Mexico, there are even more working opportunities for background actors. They want these companies to make sure conditions are safe and considerate.

“Background is basically the palette of a movie or TV show,” said Bobbie Shelton, a background actor in the state. “They’re the individuals in the…

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Senate USMCA vote uncertain – Albuquerque Journal

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Republican and conservative groups for months called on the U.S. House to put the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement up for a vote, often accusing the Democrats of holding up the trade agreement because of impeachment proceedings.

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Report: LANL lost track of 250 barrels containing nuclear waste – KRQE News 13

A state report is claiming the Los Alamos National Laboratory lost track of 250 barrels filled with nuclear waste. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the contractor who has been in charge of lab operations for the past year. The New Mexico Environment Department listed 19 violations of Triad National Security LLC’s permit. One of which involved the shipment of 250 barrels of predominantly mixed waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad without tracking them. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the mixed waste contains low-level radioactive waste...
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Family looks for closure after a Utah father kills his estranged wife and himself on Thanksgiving – Salt Lake Tribune

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In a New Mexico impound lot, Shelbie Madsen picked up the last pieces of two lives that never seemed to stop shattering.

Her mother’s belongings — or what was left after three years of moving between friends’ and relatives’ homes — needed to be moved out of her dad’s truck and taken back to Utah. The truck would have to stay in New Mexico. Shelbie didn’t have the legal documents to show she had been Steve and Deanna Madsen’s daughter.

It’s just as well, Shelbie said. That truck is where her father killed her mother on Thanksgiving night and then fatally shot…

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January Public Meeting: Grant County Community Wildfire Protection Plan – KRWG

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In October 2006, Grant County released their first countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan, known as a CWPP. A CWPP is a plan designed to identify and mitigate wildfire hazards to communities and infrastructure in the area where homes and businesses meet the natural landscape; the area called the wildland-urban interface or WUI. The CWPP makes recommendations for hazardous fuels reduction, public outreach and education, structural ignitability reduction and fire response capabilities. The 2006 CWPP has been updated two times since its inception, and the County in collaboration with…

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Suspect pleads not guilty to homicide charges – Roswell Daily Record

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A man suspected in the shooting death of his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to two criminal charges at an arraignment in New Mexico 5th Judicial District Court.

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Jesus Robles, 34, entered a formal plea of not guilty to one count of first degree murder, willful and deliberate, and one count of receipt, transport, or possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, at the Dec. 2 arraignment.

Judge Thomas E. Lilley at the arraignment scheduled Robles’ jury trial for April 21 at 9 a.m. A status conference was scheduled for Feb….

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US: Around 50 vehicles piled up on Iowa road due to heavy snowfall – Republic World – Republic World

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Severe snowfall near the Des Monies, Iowa, USA resulted in colliding multiple vehicles with each other that ended up in a pile-up on December 9. It included a multi-vehicle pileup of around 50 vehicles and reportedly left one person severely injured, according to the officials. The incident also led to the shutdown of a major highway between Altoona and Des Moines, according to the reports. The ghast incident took place just before 11 am which involved cars, semi-trucks, and other passenger vehicles.

READ: California: Bear Opens Car Door, Enters Parked SUV During…

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New Mexico Holding “Rapid Hire” Event This Week: Everything You Need To Know – KRWG

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state government will be holding a four-day Rapid-Hire Event this week in Albuquerque aimed at fast-tracking hiring for hundreds of vacant state jobs all over New Mexico. Here is a statement from the Governor’s office:

Every state agency with vacancies will participate in the event Dec. 11-14. Not every agency will be hiring every day of the event – see the schedule below. See detailed information and available positions on the State Personnel Office website at http://www.spo.state.nm.us/rapid-hire.aspx

Screeners will be on-hand to review…

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Lighted parade brings smiles to Mining District – Silver City Daily Press and Independent

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Vehicles were lined up from Bataan Memorial Park to beyond Bayard Street on Saturday for the sixth annual Santa Clara Lighted Holiday Parade, which featured everything from firetrucks to horses. 

The parade made a loop around Fort Bayard Medical Center, crossed U.S. 180 onto Bayard Street, and then took a turn onto Bellm Street before finishing at the cemetery. 

There were 22 floats in this year’s parade, and as each one passed City Hall, Robert Padilla would announce its creator. The Santa Clara Police Department, Hurley Police…

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New Mexico needs a trade deal, it’s time for Congress and Trump to get it done – KRWG

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Commentary: When I ran for office, I promised my constituents I would work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, to get things done and deliver for New Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has defined our state’s trade economy and growth for the last 20+ years. In those years, we have come to depend on a strong, stable, and predictable trade relationship with our neighbors.  Since 2007, trade has helped increase New Mexico’s exports to Mexico by 350%, the most among any southern border state. But President Trump is right—NAFTA is out of date, our agricultural…

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Party favors: Should parties pick candidates before voters do? – High Country News

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On Nov. 21, 2017, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Angel Peña met Xochitl Torres Small at a coffee shop to talk Democratic politics. Peña was preparing to run for Congress, and Torres Small had come to ask him not to.

“We are running now, so you can step down,” she said, according to Peña.

“We” referred to Torres Small and her husband, Nathan Small, a state representative, who was Peña’s close friend. Peña was shocked: A few weeks before, uninspired by other candidates, Peña had told Small that he planned to run, and Small hadn’t said anything about his wife….

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