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Gov. promises to toughen DWI laws

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By Shepherd Waldenberger

Sun Correspondent



Gov. Susana Martinez paid a visit to Gallup Dec. 10 to announce crackdowns on repeat DWI offenders.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas joined the governor and a host of other police officers at We The People Park Thursday afternoon to express concerns over continuing drunk driving incidents, and unveiled a list of the “Top-Ten Most Wanted DWI Absconders.”

“The legislature has failed to act to toughen DWI laws, so we’re going to do it,” Martinez said.

She explained that she's tired of the hazards drunk drivers pose to the community and means to put a stop to it. To those most wanted DWI absconders, Martinez has a...

The Awards Went to the Dogs

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More than a month has passed since the K9 officer competition in Houston was hosted by K9’s 4 Cops on Oct. 27-30, but awards are such that they may be talked about at any time, as these are being done now.

The four Belgian Malinois officers of the Gallup Police Department acquitted themselves well at the combined training and competition four-day meet. Two of them earned trophies as they took on an estimated 70 others in different events.

Kwinto, handled by Jessie Diaz, placed third overall in the Narcotics Scramble which involves sniffing out drugs from different hiding places. Nero, handled by Angelo Cellicion, placed second in the Hard Dog contest, which attempts to measure his...

Is GMCS flouting media requests for investigative report on Chiapetti?

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It has been about a month since Frank Chiapetti has resumed his role as the Gallup McKinley County Schools superintendent.

But questions still remain. For example, where is the investigative report that was being conducted by Investigator Dan Patterson and exactly how much did it cost tax payers?

On Nov.2 the Gallup Sun submitted a New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Record Act letter to the district’s custodian of records, requesting to obtain a copy of the investigative report and related documents regarding the Board of Eduction directed investigation of Chiapetti.

Special Education Director Carmen Moffett responded, stating that “all investigative documents related to the...

GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY

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RESPONSE TO THE KOB – CHANNEL 4 REPORT

ON HIGH INCOME FAMILIES IN PUBLIC HOUSING

Many local residents of Gallup recently viewed a KOB Channel 4 news report on the release of an Inspector General Investigation, which details the occurrence of over 25,000 high income families occupying “low income” public housing rental units. The report cited 98 cases in the state of New Mexico. Contained within the report were several instances occurring in Gallup Public Housing units.

As a result, Alfred Abeita, GHA Board Chairman and Richard F. Kontz, Executive Director of GHA wanted to respond to the KOB special on behalf of Gallup Housing Authority.

PUBLIC HOUSING RENT CALCULATION

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BREAKING NEWS: Father finds son deceased near culvert

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A father looking for his son since Saturday made the discovery that no parent would ever want to make – he found his son, Anderson Joe, Jr., dead near a culvert, west of Motel 6, 3306 W. Hwy 66.

Gallup Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene at about 10:30 am Wednesday to secure the area and begin an initial investigation.

GPD Capt. Rick White said it appears that no foul play was involved in the death of the 32-year-old man from Manuelito Canyon, based on the preliminary investigation.

White said Joe's family knew to search the area near the motel for him because "he hung around that area."

It's not clear if alcohol played a factor in Joe's death, White said, adding...

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