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Carmen Martinez

Local business leader named a 2018 champion

FARMINGTON — A Four Corners business leader has been recognized by the Small Business Association of America’s New Mexico district office.

Carmen Martinez, the director of the Small Business Development Center at San Juan College, was named the Women in Business Champion of the Year in the 2018 SBA New Mexico Small Business Week awards, according to an SBA press release.

Martinez is among 20 small businesses, champions and lenders recognized in this year’s awards, which recognizes “honorees for their extraordinary contributions to strengthening our state’s economy and creating jobs,” according to the release.

Winners will be recognized during a breakfast banquet on May 2 at the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.

Navajo cell service names new leader

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority’s cell phone service has a new deputy general manager.

Choice NTUA Wireless announced that Velena Tsosie, former event sales and marketing manager, has been appointed to the position of deputy general manager, according to an April 17 press release.

Choice NTUA Wireless was officially launched in 2014 as a wholesale and retail community company that is majority owned by the Navajo Nation’s utility authority, the release states.

Tsosie has worked for the wireless company since 2012 and for NTUA since 2005, according to the release.

Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

DENVER — (AP) Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily.

Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court that halted the regulation.

The rule required energy companies to capture methane gas instead of burning it or wasting it at drilling sites on public lands.

The rule was imposed near the end of the Obama administration in 2016. The Trump administration is trying to reverse it.

A U.S. judge in Wyoming blocked the rule earlier this month, saying it provided little public benefit but could be costly for industry.

The environmental groups say the Wyoming judge didn't take all the required steps before acting.