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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...

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...

Body found at Hacienda Motel identified

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A body discovered Wednesday at the Hacienda Motel, has been identified as Richard Jim, 55, of Church Rock. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said that investigators don't suspect foul play, and Jim's body was sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy and toxicology testing.

A source said the room contained multiple bottles of liquor, but it's not clear if that contributed to Jim's death

Luján calls for Na’nizhoozhi Center meeting

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Meeting headlines funding, ongoing alcoholism that plagues area

U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, met with area officials March 4 to shed light on future funding mechanisms related to the Na’nizhoozhi Center, Inc., commonly called NCI. Not lost in the discussion were the myriad of problems that lead people to places like NCI. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes and was held at the El Morro Second Street Events Center.

Currently, NCI receives funding some $400,000 annually in state funding, and receives roughly $84,000 per month from the city of Gallup for its residential and detoxification components. The city’s most recent contribution ran its course from Oct. 2 to...

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