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Racism allegation enters District 4 NM Senate race

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Adams, Muñoz spar over ‘racist’ comment

A seemingly innocent invitation related to a recent political-candidate forum turned ugly when Sen. George Muñoz and Felisha Adams sparred over what Adams perceived to be racist comments.

The incident took place after Adams, a political newcomer and one of two challengers to...

City, vets: No grave concerns over projected 2018 cemetery

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$7M cemetery to be built along Hasler Valley Road

There are no more grave concerns about Gallup getting a veterans cemetery, literally. These days, city officials and local veterans have their attention focused toward the future.

“You can say that the city will definitely be the home of a national veterans cemetery,” Mayor Jackie McKinney said in a telephone interview this week with the Gallup Sun. “Right now, the project has to go through its various phases. Construction is set to start in October 2017.”

McKinney said the cemetery is one of four slated to be built around New Mexico over the next several years. Gallup was supposed to be first on Gov. Susan Martinez’ list to...

Can Dallago beat Lee, Greene, and O’Hara in District 3?

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Former commissioner says he’d resign from RMCH board if re-elected

Beating someone with a proven track record – not to mention an established company owner and former two-term McKinley County commissioner – stacks up as a formidable task. That’s the reality in the race for the District 3 seat on the McKinley County Board of Commissioners.

“I would say that I am the proven candidate,” David Dallago said. “I served two terms. I own a company that employs 90 people. I am born and raised in Gallup and have dedicated myself to the county.”

Dallago owns and operates the Gallup-based Dallago Corporation, an engineering and contracting firm. He previously served the Board of...

Can Greene stop, drop and roll into the District 3 seat?

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Ex-city fire chief big on fiscal responsibility

Johnny Greene says there’s a way to get McKinley County back to handling things the right way. That is, he’s not disparaging anyone currently in office, but says the time is right for some new ideas.

“I think we have to get rid of this moniker that we are a drunk town,” Greene said. “That’s just one thing I’d like to put some focus on. We’re obviously a lot more than that.”

Greene, who worked for the city for just under 20 years, said places like the Na’ Nizhoozhi Center, Inc., commonly called NCI, should be kept in place, but a continuous funding mechanism should be nailed down.

“In a situation like that, it’s...

O’Hara: Improving Gallup’s economy is key

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Repeat contender hopeful for ‘16

Bringing the west-side truck up to an economic level where it once was years ago and doing away with a “so what” kind of attitude when it comes to economic development are on Gerald O’Hara’s things-to-do list should he gain the McKinley County District 3 Board of Commission seat.

A Pennsylvania native, who has lived in the Indian Capital for more than a decade, O’Hara is a retired geospatial information systems coordinator with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He has never held public office before, but ran for a city council seat a few years ago, losing to incumbent Allan Landavazo. O’Hara is also very active in the community, particularly...

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