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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...

Council Covers Six Items in Regular Meeting

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There was one Ordinance, one conversion to full time for a city employee, and approval of a Participation and Security Agreement, A Resolution, Lodgers’ Tax Funding for 2016, and a second Resolution of a different matter up for discussion at the City Council meeting on Jan. 26.

The Ordinance, #S2016-1 authorizes the execution and Delivery of a Water Project Fund Loan/Grant Agreement by and between the NM Finance Authority and the City of Gallup. This ordinance was presented by Vince Tovar, Director, Gallup Water and Sanitation. The funding amount is $4,295,167 for the planning, design and construction of Reach 27.7a and 27.13 of the Gallup Rural Navajo Water Supply Project.

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Mayor and Council have a handle on Master Plan

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Our city leaders are well prepared to handle their jobs, with only a few minor blips along the road. The task can be daunting if done right. This week’s agenda – which included a Special and a Regular Meeting, back to back – required reading through some 158 pages of prepared material and making sense of the complete package.

Granted, there were 12 pages dealing the minutes of the prior meeting, two more pages just to list the agenda for both, and 14 pages covered by slides in the Special Meeting – still more eye-strain than most people put themselves through in a week, except for watching TV or playing games on the computer.

The Special Meeting was presented by Steve Burstein...

Cover Story: Doctor overcomes obstacles to help others with PTSD

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Dr. Paul Hegstrom took the stage at the Gallup High School auditorium Jan. 20-22 before a large and diverse crowd including health care providers, veterans, and couples. Over 200 people registered for the free post-traumatic stress disorder seminar funded by Gallup Indian Medical Services, and those who attended the entire event earned a certificate.

Hegstrom easily filled two and a half days with his knowledge and experience of PTSD, and he barely scratched the surface.

The doctor has lived a challenging and remarkable life. As a child, he was molested numerous times. When he brought it up with his parents, his mother replied that they were Christians and did not talk about sex...

‘A transparent government – that is what we are working toward’

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FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. –The Fort Defiance Chapter proudly received their Local Governance Act certification that took place on Jan.15, as the Navajo Nation Resources and Development Committee held their regular meeting, which included Legislation No.0407-15, for approval of the chapter’s Five Management System polices and procedures.

The Fort Defiance Chapter is one of the largest chapters within the Fort Defiance Agency, which includes 26 other chapters, and it continues to grow. It is now the 44th chapter to receive LGA certification.

Jumping back from a history of misuse of chapter funds from the previous administration, and the revolving door of staff members, Georgina...

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