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Park Avenue utility project progressing

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Repair is related to 5th and Hill break last year

It’s considered a major utility-oriented job, and it’s going to be a few months before things get back to normal, a city official said about a repair project on the south side.

The scope of the project is to install a new water transmission main from Historic Highway...

Gallup completes election certification

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Three ‘under’ votes amid final tally

There were no real problems with the recent election for city council seats in District 1 or District 3, officials said. But there were instances whereby nothing was marked on a few ballots and that was something that came out of last week’s canvassing session, officials said.

The final vote tally was skewed a little due to the fact that there were three “under” votes, Gallup City Clerk Al Abeita said. That means that three voters inserted a ballot into a machine, but there was nothing essentially marked on the ballot.

The under votes occurred at the McKinley County Courthouse and related to District 1. The other under vote took place...

McKinley County releases MCSO deputy-involved fight report

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The investigative report related to the three disciplined deputies at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office gives a scathing run down of what happened to Cody Bitsilly the night of Jan. 6 at a party near Hill Avenue and reportedly at the residence of former sheriff’s deputy A.J. Noriega.

The report, done on behalf of McKinley County, was done by Universal Investigation Services of Albuquerque and is dated Feb. 9. The Gallup Sun obtained the report this week. The name of the person who completed the report is Doug Shawn, who is identified in the eight-page document as a chief investigator with the firm.

Two reports about the January incident are now complete. Another report, done by...

Gallup Council denies used car lot request

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Appellant can appeal to District Court

The Gallup City Council unanimously denied a local business owner a request on appeal to set up a used car lot at a location along West Historic Highway 66 and near the heart of downtown.

The action took place during a public hearing at the March 16 city council meeting and after the city’s planning and zoning department denied a similar request.

Gallup Planning and Development Director C.B. Strain introduced the matter to council members, saying Nafiz Abusufiah, the appellant, petitioned the planning and zoning commission Jan. 11 to consider the approval of a conditional use permit to operate an automobile and truck sales business.


MCSO: Two deputies resign; three suspended

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Silversmith drops the hammer on Rangel, Noriega

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

Two of the three deputies involved in a physical altercation in January are no longer employed with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, officials said. Three others were suspended.

McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith confirmed in a written statement to the Gallup Sun March 22 that termination letters were prepared for Richard Rangel and A.J. Noriega, but, the one-page letter states, “… pursuant to policy and past practices we have accepted resignation in lieu of termination from each.”

Three other deputies received suspensions without pay from between 30 to 45 days, Silversmith...
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