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Lariat Lodge slammed with a red tag

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Building unfit for occupancy due to infestation

The Lariat Lodge, located at 1105 E. Hwy. 66, was designated a red tag building by the City of Gallup Sept. 9, effectively labeling the premises unfit for occupancy.

CB Strain, planning and development director for the City of Gallup, said the red tag was issued because of an insect infestation within the premises.

“No council action is necessary on the red tag,” Strain said Sept. 11. “The building owners just need to fix the violation.”

This means the Lariat Lodge owners have to exterminate all of the bugs, Strain said.

The city intends to perform a follow-up inspection Sept. 12, Strain added. Any further action from the city would depend on the results of the follow-up inspection.

“If some rooms are good, we’ll let them reopen,” he added.

By Cody Begaye
Sun Correspondent