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New police chief sworn in

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After being announced as the choice for Gallup’s new police chief, Franklin Boyd was sworn in at a ceremony at the El Morro Theatre April 19.

The ceremony featured members of the Gallup City Council, as well as community leaders, highlighting Boyd’s achievements.

“This is a great day...

Twin Lakes woman wanted on murder charge

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Trudy Martinez, 28, of Twin Lakes, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, is wanted by the FBI on a federal criminal complaint charging her with murder. 

Martinez is accused of fatally shooting another adult in Twin Lakes on Friday night.

She fled the scene with her own children, 10- and 9-year-old girls and a 5-year-old boy.

Martinez is also charged with use of a firearm in a crime of violence and crimes occurring in Indian County. 

Martinez is 5'3" tall and weighs about 150 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair. 

She should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information on Martinez's whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300.

The FBI...

Bill Lee’s unwavering passion for all things Gallup

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He’s traveled the globe and lived in a myriad of locations throughout his life, but as the saying goes, “all roads lead back home,” Bill Lee found his home and heart in Gallup, despite living in other amazing locales such as the picturesque northwest, old El Paso and Southern California.

Presently, Lee serves as one of Gallup’s movers and shakers, and sticks his neck out to promote local businesses while doing what he can to pump up Gallup to prospective business owners.

He’s the CEO of Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce. And the voice on the radio, telling readers to “Buy, build, believe Gallup.”

“This is home. Four generations of...

Firefighting takes the spotlight at McKinley County Commission meeting

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Also on the agenda, Thoreau Fire Station project

Jason Carlisle, McKinley County fire chief, spoke at the April 16 Board of Commissioners regular meeting about a number of items pertaining to the upcoming fire season.

The first was a report and public comment session about the current drought status for McKinley County, and the current fire danger.

According to Carlisle, McKinley County received enough moisture last year to ensure there is undergrowth, and the county expects a moderate monsoon season this year.

Any steps to combat the danger of wildfires will come with future reports, Carlisle said.

“We missed the point where we could ban fireworks,” he said. “But we have to...

Franklin Boyd hired as Gallup’s new chief of police

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City leaders PLACE confidence in Boyd’s abilities

The City of Gallup has chosen its next police chief, 21-year Gallup Police Department veteran Franklin Boyd, who in December received a “no confidence” vote from the Gallup Police Officers Association for the way he was reportedly running the department on an interim basis.

The vote breakdown from the association was sent to City Manager Maryann Ustick, but she said in a letter, responding  to GPOA President Victor Rodriguez on Dec. 17, that the votes of no confidence against Boyd contain no “facts or allegations” about his conduct or actions.

In a release issued April 9, city officials said they felt that Boyd was the most...

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