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District spent nearly $100k on salaries, legal fees during Chiapetti’s leave

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After several efforts requesting documentation regarding the investigation of Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti, and the cost of such an investigation, Custodian of Records and Superintendent Secretary Joan Nez, disclosed some financial information to the Gallup Sun in a response letter dated...

Six district schools earn grade of “B” or “A” on PED report card

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Board members weigh in

With a fresh new year ahead, Gallup-McKinley County Schools students, faculty, and administrators, continue to work with students on improving and refining learning techniques and test scores.

It’s likely that many of the schools in the district have the New Mexico Public Education Department’s school grades, released on Dec. 18, on their minds as they look for ways to improve student performance.

The report card showed that six district schools earned a grade of “B” or “A” for the 2014-15 school year.

Miyamura High, Gallup Middle College High, Ramah High, Chief Manuelito Middle, Indian Hills Elementary, and David Skeet Elementary schools –...

Downtown revitalization plans draws speculation, few praises

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A fter feedback from the Gallup community based off of a  steering committee that met six times over a six month span, a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area plan, or MRA, is entering its final planning stages.

The MRA was designed to retain the historical aspects of the city and at the same time provide for new and improved projects within downtown Gallup.

The final plans for the MRA, and “Gallup’s Arts and Cultural District” is one step closer to fruition as it was approved by the City Council on Dec.15 with a vote of 5-0.

The span of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area does not stretch the entire length of Coal Avenue, only from Woodrow to Seventh Street.

However, the...

Top Five Stories of 2015

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As I reflect back on the stories that I’ve covered in the year of 2015, I chose the top five that stood out to me as important stories of 2015.Recycling and reusing jamboree event

It was nice to see many friendly faces once I walked into the doors of Gallup’s Community Center on Oct.31 as I was about to embark on covering an annual event called the “Recycling and Reusing Jamboree Event.”

Those friendly faces were Gerald O’Hara, vice president of the McKinley Citizens Recycling Council, Board Secretary Shafiq Chaudhary and Board member Betsy Windisch.

As an avid recycler myself, I thought it would be kind of cool to check it out and I am glad that I did. Put together...

Top Five Stories of 2015

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OK, let’s get this right out in the open to start, I cheated on this article! I did not look at every issue and dither around about what I liked the best. I chose my selections from the last month and a half based on subjects I thought were important to the community at large. Be gentle with me and bear in mind that principally I am a sports writer, not a news reporter, though I am unsure of the difference most of the time.

Take it or leave it, here they are!Bleacher Talk: The Benefits of the Aging Athlete

Issue # 31, 11-6-15

My regular weekly column, Bleacher Talk, was originally designed to sports-oriented topics but quickly became a place for commentary on many other...

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