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Honoring a hero: President’s office mourns passing of veteran, former delegate

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WINDOW ROCK-It is with great sadness that the Office of the President and Vice President learned about the passing of Korean Conflict veteran and former Shonto Council Delegate, Harry D. Brown, Sr., on Feb 5.

Brown was Áshiihí born for Kinłichínii. His maternal grandfathers were Tábaahá and paternal grandfathers were...

Lt. Boyd – now Capt. Boyd – gets warm promotion reception

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Franklin Boyd, a Gallup Police Department veteran of 18 years, was promoted to the rank of captain Feb. 5. With that promotion, comes some added responsibility – he was immediately saddled with the challenge of acting chief of police while Chief Robert Cron takes some time off.

“I only have the best intentions for the department and the people we serve,” he said.

To celebrate, fellow workers ordered a big cake with the police department logo painted on top.

Boyd has the cool confidence to take charge, but the kind that comes from working closely with the various employees comprised of the police department. Not every decision is easy, but must be made with what’s best for...

Gallup Honors 2011 Girls Team

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Story & photos by Shepherd Waldenberger

Sun Correspondent

The night of Feb. 4 was a special one for the Gallup girls’ basketball program.  Coach Turner welcomed back players from the 2011 team to honor their achievements and induct Justina Prairie Chief into the Gallup Hall of Fame.

She became the first player to receive this honor, which was previously reserved for coaches. The ceremony occurred at halftime of the game against Miyamura, and the current Bengals welcomed their alumni with a 51-15 lead at the break.

The Gallup dance team also gave an impressive performance at the start of half time, just before the 2011 team strolled onto the court.  Before announcing Prarie...

GGEDC hosts Economic Roundtable: ‘The True Cost of Debt’

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SANTA FE – The Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation welcomed top New Mexico policy experts together with community business leaders, elected officials, state and federal stakeholders and residents of Gallup and McKinley County Jan. 29 at the Lodge at Santa Fe for an economic roundtable discussion entitled, “The True Cost of Debt.”

The purpose of the five-hour meeting was to match attendees with policy experts to engage in dialogue regarding the impact of tax policy upon local economic development efforts. How recent changes in New Mexico tax policy creates local conditions that impact gross receipts and property taxes was discussed, too.

“Every six months the...

Gallup Express: The Indian Capital’s ‘mobile manager’

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GALLUP – The notion of existing as a typical “bus company” doesn’t sit very well with the new executive director at Gallup Express. That’s because Tommy Mims, hired into the job last year, wants the riding public to think of the company as a “mobile manager.”

Mims, a Gallup native and graduate of Gallup Catholic High School, replaces Matthew Ortiz. Ortiz worked at the company for a little more than six years.

“I think every company or business should be about customer service and treating the client the right way,” Mims said Monday from the main office of Gallup Express along Warehouse Lane. “That’s what we do. We’re not just public transportation. We care...

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