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Manuelito Children’s Home: A west side treasure

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A home for Native American children since 1959

Manuelito Children’s Home did not start out as a children’s home, but as a preaching mission to the Navajo people. The mission work was overseen by a congregation in Albuquerque and later by one in Farmington.

Fundraising to care for children placed in comfortable...

City electric director to retire after five years of service

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Matzke receives commendation by council

Richard Matzke, electric director for the City of Gallup, will retire next month and was given a commendation at the city council meeting July 10.

Matzke has served as the director for the past five years. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1972 and began a career in electrical distribution that led him to Gallup.

He was at the front and center in efforts to get the solar farm project launched earlier this year. The panels can be seen from Interstate 40, west of Munoz overpass. The site is expected to generate about 10 percent of Gallup’s power.

A couple of years back, Matzke served as the interim director of the city’s wastewater treatment...

City Council approves 4 percent wage increase for Gallup Police Officers Association

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An agreement was reached between the City of Gallup and Gallup Police Officers Association, Fraternal Order Of Police, and McKinley County Lodge #7 to give a 4 percent wage increase to members of the bargaining unit.

This also includes an 80-20 employer-employee health insurance cost share on medical insurance, which has been factored into the 2018-19 budget.

The bargaining unit is comprised of full-time, non-probationary Certified Police Officers, Patrolman First Class and Sergeants.

The GPOA union ratified the agreement, which was presented to the City of Gallup Council for approval on June 21. The raise would go into effect on July 16 with payouts starting on August 3.

The budget...

WANTED: Reward Offered for Johnny Black

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Santa Fe Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information that leads to the capture and arrest of Johnny Black.  Anyone with information will remain completely anonymous.

The New Mexico State Police is actively searching for Johnny Black, 32, of Pojoaque, NM.  Black is wanted for shooing at a State Police officer on June 25, 2018 in Espanola, and shooting at a Rio Arriba County Deputy a week prior.

Johnny Black is 5'10" tall weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has "Death Before Dishonor" tattooed on his chest and two large and distinctive lions heads tattooed on the left side of his neck.   He also has tattoos on his right leg, left shoulder, and...

‘Wild Thing’ to pile on the excitement for its 25th anniversary

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Expect the unexpected next weekend

The 25th annual Wild Thing Championship Bullriding rolls into Red Rock Park July 13-14. This year’s event promises to live up to the excitement and visitor expectations, as said by event organizer Larry Peterson.

“There’s always something special at Wild Thing,” he said.

The concept for Wild Thing began brewing in Peterson’s head about 26 years ago, with the goal to putting on a fun, professional show for everyone to enjoy. From bringing in top pyrotechnics, bucking bulls, announcers and funny men, Peterson said he and organizers try to improve the event every year.

“[We] just keep fighting hard and climbing that ladder...
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