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Internal discipline of prisoners replaced by state charges

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By Tom Hartsock

Sun Correspondent

Alert personnel at the Gallup McKinley Adult Detention Center on Mar. 15 resulted in additional charges being filed against a man and a woman already in custody.

Natasha N. (Kiro) Leonard, 29, lists her address as 515 E. Pershing in Gallup. She was observed trying to slip a thin package...

OHV park officials vying for grant dollars

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Monies to go toward park improvements, dozer

On Feb. 29, the city of Gallup and Red Rock Motor Sports  submitted a grant proposal to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trail Program for improvements to the OHV/MX park.

If approved, the city would receive $109,790 from the NMDOT RTP and $5,000 worth of labor donated by RRMS, while it would pay $13,710. This is a reimbursement grant, however, which means the city would have to pay for all the costs up front and then get paid back by the NMDOT upon completion of the project.

Improvements listed in the proposal include a graveled parking lot, picnic tables with awnings, trail legends, and a Sweco 480 Trail...

Area candidates file for N.M. legislative races

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Jeff disqualified from ballot – for now

SANTA FE – Area candidates flocked to Santa Fe March 8 to file for various state legislative races. Filing were some familiar faces who’ve been out of politics for a while and some new folks who want to blaze trails.

Filing for McKinley County District Attorney and judicial seats also took place.

Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint, previously a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives  as of four years ago, filed to run for the District 22 Senate seat currently held by Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo.

Jeff served District 5 up until four years ago when she was unseated by newcomer Wonda Johnson in a landslide vote.

But, this...

Shalimar Inn undergoing asbestos removal

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Back, side areas to be demolished

Once private work crews finish some asbestos clearing, the demolishing of the side and back parts of the Shalimar Inn & Lounge will begin, a city official said.

City Planner C.B. Strain said March 15 that the construction activity happening at the Shalimar right now, 1821 W. Historic Highway 66, is to rid the place of possible asbestos.

“This is to remove asbestos,” Strain said. “After that the demolishing will start.”

Strain noted that the city hasn’t condemned the structure, saying it was a decision on the part of the owners to initiate the project.

He said he wasn’t exactly sure as to the time frame it would take work crews to get...

US Bank robbed; Suspect still at large

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Police received a call at about 9:46 am this morning that US Bank on 101 W. Hill Ave had been robbed, Gallup Police Department Sgt. Rosanne Morrissette said.

Initial reports indicate that the suspect is a tall, thin white male in his 40s and who stands about 5'11" to 6'1." He was wearing a dark in color hoody pulled up around his face, and blue jeans.

Details are pending, but Morrissette said the man walked into the bank, showed the teller a handgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He took off out of the bank on foot, and was last seen running southbound on 1st Street. Video stillshots of the bank robbery are pending, and will be posted on this site as they become...

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