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Odor mitigation costly for Gallup

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Director gives overview of process, costs

Shortly after Fran Palochak was elected as District 4 councilor in April, she went on a tour of Gallup’s wastewater treatment plant.

Little did she know at the time, as she toured the facility, Vince Tovar, director of Gallup Water and Sanitation Department, felt a tinge of shame about the pungent odor coming from the plant that has haunted the westside for countless years.

“When you visited us, I have to admit that it was embarrassing,” he said, during the City Council meeting Aug. 11.

But things are better, for now.

Tovar and management company Severn Trent, have engaged in multiple projects to help reduce and eliminate the odor, but...

Celebrating heritage: 94th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

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Cultural ties only grow stronger. The 94th Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial celebrates the culture of indigenous groups – both local and afar – with families and friends sharing and showcasing their traditional attire, dances and customs during parades, dances and/or powwows.

The photos on this page were taken during the Ceremonial parade in downtown Gallup Aug. 8.

As for the business of the Ceremonial, the Gallup City Council waived the nearly $61,000 in fees the Ceremonial racked up for usage of Red Rock Park Aug. 5-9, and councilors vowed to get even more involved in supporting the event in the years to come when they met for their regular meeting...

City Council condemns troubled property

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A home located at 705 W. Aztec Ave is slated for demolition, but owner and Utah resident Louis Rocco has 10 days to file an appeal, which could delay the razing of the property.

The City Council voted unanimously to condemn the home Aug. 11.

According to city documents, the request for cleanup began in 2012, with warnings and citations to follow in the years to come.

And it’s not only an eyesore to residents living in that area, it’s also a public safety issue.

A Metro Dispatch log shows that between Jan. 1, 2009 - March 31, 2015, police were dispatched to the location 74 times.

Domestic violence, attempted suicide, auto accident with injuries, and property damages comprised...

Begaye to hold EPA accountable for toxic spill

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.—Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced that he intends to take legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the massive release of mine waste into the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado.

Begaye made this announcement on Aug. 8 at the Shiprock Chapter House, which was packed to capacity with concerned community members living along the San Juan River.

“They are not going to get away with this,” he said of the destructive impact to natural habitats and ecosystems that traditional Navajo culture relies on.

He said the sludge has migrated into the San Juan River and is wending through the Navajo Nation. The plume is expected to...

Gold King Mine Spill’s ground water investigated in NM

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Sediments left behind

FARMINGTON– Seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency  to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico Aug. 11.

“Although the Gold King Mine Spill’s heavy metals plume has mostly passed through the area, the sediments left behind are capable of influencing groundwater quality,” New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said. “We are operating with an abundance of caution, on behalf of New Mexicans’ health and safety, by advising that no water from San Juan County’s domestic wells or from the Animas...

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