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Bogus bomb threat: Gallup High targeted

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By Shepherd Waldenberger
Sun Correspondent


Gallup High School was placed on lockdown at about 10:15 am Jan 27 due to a bomb threat. No one except police were allowed to enter, and many parents who came for a wrestling meet were stuck waiting outside the fenced in area.
Everyone inside school grounds was evacuated out to...

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 sweatshirt, black sweatpants, and black Nike shoes. He appeared to have a blood stain on the back of his sweatshirt and blood on his head.

It's not clear how long the man was down and out in the arroyo, but a police department official said it was at least through the overnight hours.

The victim's cause of death is under investigation, and autopsy and toxicology...

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...

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