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BREAKING NEWS: Man dies at local motel

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Gallup Police Department officers responded to a call at about 9:40 am this morning in reference to an "unresponsive person," located in Room 12 of the Lariat Lodge, 1105 E. Hwy 66.

The deceased man, who police are working on identifying, was found by his roommate when he awoke this morning.

Based on the initial investigation, GPD Capt. Rick White said that no foul play is suspected.

When asked if alcohol could have been a factor in the man's death, White said the man and his roommate "had been drinking Vodka for several days."

"His body will be sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to determine cause," he said.

Skeletonized human remains found on east 66

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New Mexico Department of Transportation workers came upon a grisly discovery Wednesday morning when they found some human skeletal remains on east 66 at the Mile Marker 26 underpass.

Those remains turned out to be an arm that Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said likely belong to a body that was discovered last year with missing arms.

The body was discovered about 100 yards from where the arm was located, on Dec. 5, 2014, and was indentified as Tyrone Wauneka from Chruchrock. He was reported missing by family members on Oct. 29, 2014.

The case is still under investigation, White said.

White also said that the arm is being sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator for DNA...

Three out-of-state candidates vying for Gallup chief of police position

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Three potential candidates met with City of Gallup officials and community members to address their interest in the position of chief of police with the Gallup Police Department during a meet and greet at the Second Streets Event Center Dec. 1.

The selected candidate will fill the shoes of retiring Police Chief Robert Cron.

The finalists names are Jeffrey Powell, from the City of Palestine Police Department in Palestine, Texas, Eric Rubin, from the Denver Police Department in Denver, Colo., and Fred Thompson, from Valley City Police Department in Valley City, ND.

“Obviously the chief of police is a very important position for the city,” City Manager Maryann Ustick said. “We...

HK Advertising proposes marketing plan to Lodger’s Tax Committee

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“I’d like to see the tourism of Gallup explode. I really feel that we have a lot to offer here,” District 3 City Councilor and Lodger’s Tax Committee member Yogash Kumar said to a handful of community members during the Lodger’s Tax Committee’s regular quarterly meeting held Dec.1.

In order to do just that City Manager, Maryann Ustick and David Hinkle, president of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, selected HK Advertising, an advertising agency based out of Sante Fe to discuss implementation of a strategic marketing plan for the city of Gallup.

With partnership efforts from the city and the Chamber, and after applying for a grant last year, both entities...

NN Fish and Wildlife seeking public’s help – Raptors being killed for their tail feathers

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The Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking information regarding the illegal killing of multiple hawks and a falcon in northwest New Mexico. Our office was notified on Nov. 10 that several dead hawks had been found dumped on the side of a dirt road near Tohatchi.

A total of eight birds were recovered by NNDFW Wildlife Conservation Officers, and include three Ferruginous Hawks, four Red-Tailed Hawks, and one Prairie Falcon.

All birds were confirmed to have been shot and all were left on the side of the road with their tail feathers removed. Although the birds were dumped in the vicinity of Tohatchi, it is possible that the poaching occurred elsewhere or at several...

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