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UPDATED: Body discovered in Arroyo indentified

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Gallup Police Department detectives are up in the air on the cause of death of Derek Smith, 38, of Gallup. Police were called to the scene shortly after 9 am on Jan. 26.

Smith was found with his pants down to his knees in an arroyo behind Crystal Car Wash on 2620 E. Aztec. He wasn't wearing a coat, and was dressed in a grey...

Explosion at Lupton refinery

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An explosion rocked the refinery at Speedy's in Lupton, Ariz. today. Puerco Valley Fire District was dispatched to the scene. Initial reports coming in state that there were no casualties, and the fire was extinguished. Thank you to our reader K. Ashley for the photo submission. 

Projecting electricity consumption: Supply vs. demand, infrastructure, finances reviewed at city meeting

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The City of Gallup’s Electric Department may very well be on its way to raising its electricity rates, according to a 10-year financial plan. And it’s all hinged on supply and demand.

After addressing a timeline of financial landmarks within the last couple of years at the City Council’s work session meeting on Jan.12, Electric Director Richard Matzke, said the city hired RBC Capital Markets to conduct a 10-year financial plan for the City of Gallup’s electric department.

“We want to look at our long-range capital improvements, to come up with memo and fund balance recommendations, annual fund balance projection, and annual revenue requirements that will inform future...

AG files lawsuit against Volkswagen Porsche, Audi also named in suit

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SANTA FE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Jan. 20 that he filed suit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and their U.S. subsidiaries for state air quality control act and deceptive trade practice act violations.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Fraud Recovery Strike Force filed the suit in state District Court yesterday afternoon. The Attorney General’s suit stems from Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche’s admitted use of emissions-cheating software in diesel-powered vehicles delivered and sold throughout New Mexico, as well as from those companies’ false advertisement portraying those diesel vehicles as being...

Navajo Nation Confirms First Hantavirus Death of 2016

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation and its public health partners have confirmed that a Navajo Nation resident died recently from complications of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a rare but potentially fatal disease spread by infected rodent droppings.

It is not known at this time where the individual contracted Hantavirus. The deer mouse is the most commonly infected rodent. Human cases have occurred in all months of the year, but the greatest number of cases has been documented in the spring and summer months. There is evidence that periods of high rain and snowfall, such as El Nino weather patterns, are associated with increased cases of Hantavirus infection.

HPS is...

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