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Governor promises to toughen DWI laws

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Gov. Susana Martinez paid a visit to Gallup Dec. 10 to announce crackdowns on repeat DWI offenders.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas joined the governor and a host of other police officers at We The People Park Thursday afternoon to express concerns over continuing drunk driving incidents, and unveiled a list...

Hinkle leaves Chamber for Council of Governments

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David Hinkle, now the former president for the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce, recently announced his departure after nearly two years of service.

He has a new role as economic development program manager for the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments.

He talks with the Sun about why he left and what his goals are for the upcoming new year.

Sun: Why did you decide to leave the Chamber of Commerce?

Hinkle: A wonderful opportunity arose for me to work in regional economic development with the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments. It was an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day and it is a closer match for my interests, education and skills.

I love Chamber...

Gov. promises to toughen DWI laws

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By Shepherd Waldenberger

Sun Correspondent



Gov. Susana Martinez paid a visit to Gallup Dec. 10 to announce crackdowns on repeat DWI offenders.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas joined the governor and a host of other police officers at We The People Park Thursday afternoon to express concerns over continuing drunk driving incidents, and unveiled a list of the “Top-Ten Most Wanted DWI Absconders.”

“The legislature has failed to act to toughen DWI laws, so we’re going to do it,” Martinez said.

She explained that she's tired of the hazards drunk drivers pose to the community and means to put a stop to it. To those most wanted DWI absconders, Martinez has a...

The Awards Went to the Dogs

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More than a month has passed since the K9 officer competition in Houston was hosted by K9’s 4 Cops on Oct. 27-30, but awards are such that they may be talked about at any time, as these are being done now.

The four Belgian Malinois officers of the Gallup Police Department acquitted themselves well at the combined training and competition four-day meet. Two of them earned trophies as they took on an estimated 70 others in different events.

Kwinto, handled by Jessie Diaz, placed third overall in the Narcotics Scramble which involves sniffing out drugs from different hiding places. Nero, handled by Angelo Cellicion, placed second in the Hard Dog contest, which attempts to measure his...

Is GMCS flouting media requests for investigative report on Chiapetti?

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It has been about a month since Frank Chiapetti has resumed his role as the Gallup McKinley County Schools superintendent.

But questions still remain. For example, where is the investigative report that was being conducted by Investigator Dan Patterson and exactly how much did it cost tax payers?

On Nov.2 the Gallup Sun submitted a New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Record Act letter to the district’s custodian of records, requesting to obtain a copy of the investigative report and related documents regarding the Board of Eduction directed investigation of Chiapetti.

Special Education Director Carmen Moffett responded, stating that “all investigative documents related to the...

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