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First step in Gallup alley reconstruction plan

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The stretch of Second Street from Coal Avenue to Aztec Avenue was recently closed off.

City Manager Maryann Ustick says this action is part of the City of Gallup’s Alley Reconstruction project.

“New Mexico Gas replaced the 70-plus-year-old gas lines in the alleys from First to Third [streets],” Ustick said April...

Former Gallup police chief turns in audio recordings

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Examining a case against the city

Former Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart recently turned his phone over to the City of Gallup during the latest developments in his case against the city.

According to City Attorney Curtis Hayes, Hart allegedly recorded conversations he had with City Manager Maryann Ustick without her consent. Baker Law Group, which is handling the case for the city, asked him to submit those conversations to the court.

Hart turned in the recordings March 19. But Hayes says McKinley County-Gallup District Court has been unable to access most of them.

“As I understand, some [recordings] were provided a few weeks ago, but the files of many of the recordings could not...

City council approves resolution of support for Coal Ave Commons project

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The Gallup City Council discussed and approved a local government road fund application to the New Mexico Department of Transportation at its recent regular meeting.

The application was prepared by city staff as part of the city’s funding strategy for the Coal Ave Commons Construction Project, which has been in the works since last year.

Another part of the application is a resolution of support from the city council, according to Public Works Director Stanley Henderson, who spoke for the agenda item.

“Confidence is high with the project this year,” Henderson said March 26, adding that the city was denied the grant last year because the project was not shovel ready.

Henderson...

El Morro Theatre set to reopen with concert

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Theatre has been closed since last fall

After being closed for repairs since September, the El Morro Theatre is ready to reopen for business.

El Morro Theatre and events center manager Everett Homer announced the news during the Gallup City Council regular meeting March 26.

According to Homer, the stage construction project was finished just hours before the regular meeting and the theatre was being cleaned while the meeting was underway. He added that work on the theatre screen was nearly finished, but was paused once paint jobs began.

The theatre staff is scheduled to finish cleaning and installing projection and audio equipment before the upcoming concert, Homer said.

The first...

Prevention and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

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Tackling the rise of prescription drug abuse

A conference was held March 9 at the Downtown Conference Center on the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. It was sponsored by Dine’ Council of Elders for Peace and Synergy Behavioral Health Center.

Opioids are addictive prescription medications which include: Vicodin, OxyContin, Demerol, Percoset, Darvocet, Ritalin, and Amphetamines. Some of them are natural, derived from the opium poppy.  Others are synthetic. The chance of addiction to these drugs is great.

The focus of the conference was to educate participants and the public on the abuse of opioids, and how everyone can assist people who don’t understand that they...

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