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A touching tribute: Fallen NPD officer honored at vigil

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By Naomi Chan

Sun Correspondent

The national, state and POW-MIA flags stood at half-mast today at the McKinley County Sheriff’s office, in honor of slain Navajo Police Department Officer Houston James Largo.

Prior to Monday night's vigil for the fallen officer, McKinley County Under Sheriff Paul Lucero said, “Our...

Navajo Nation Police officer succumbs to gunshot injury

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One suspect in custody

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The FBI Albuquerque Division issued a media update stating that Officer Houston James Largo, 27, has passed away Sunday from critical injuries incurred from being shot earlier that morning near Prewitt, N.M.

The officer was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque where he passed away at about 3 pm

Largo was a decorated officer who had served with the Navajo Nation Police Department for four years and six months. He was from Thoreau, N.M. and served with the Crownpoint District.

Suspect Kirby Cleveland was arrested; details about the suspect are still pending.

The case...

GMCS welcomes new board members

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Thoreau Elementary to be re-constructed

THOREAU, N.M. - No doubt the past few months have been professionally painful for members of the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education, the former members of which went through the ups and downs of having to get rid of a former superintendent.

If that wasn’t enough, there was constant uproar that one of the board’s members didn’t actually live in the district that she represented.

But at the March 6 regular board meeting at Thoreau Elementary School, the Thoreau High School band played a splendid rendition of the national anthem as new school board members Michael Schaaf, Christopher Mortensen and Charles Long took the oath of...

Gallup Council awards GFD roof contract

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P&D gets $22K budget adjustment

The Gallup City Council unanimously awarded a funding contract to an Albuquerque firm for the replacement of the roof at Fire station No. 1 – located at 1800 S. Second St. The action took place at the Feb. 28 city council meeting and was not met with opposition.

“This I something that has needed to be done for a while now,” Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said after the meeting. “The roof is in pretty bad shape.”

The cost of the contract to replace the roof is $131,808.46 and was given to Progressive Roofing. Morales noted that $19,556.63 was earmarked for Wilson Engineering for project management, plus a contingency fee of $20,000 to...

MSCO: Rangel back on duty

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Two-month leave stemmed from an apparent fight

The third deputy at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office that was recently put on paid administrative leave has been reinstated, officials said.

McKinley County Sherriff Ron Silversmith said this week that Richard Rangel, 20, is now fully back to work as of March 3.

“He’s back on the job as of last week,” Silversmith said in a telephone conversation. “Again, he is back at work. But the investigation that we’re (the county) doing still is not yet final.”

Silversmith said Rangel, a Gallup High School graduate, is not patrolling, but is working “civic” duty. He said there really isn’t a time line as to when Rangel would...

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