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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...

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...

District 3 Commission seat attracts four hopefuls

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Campaign season officially launches

Four candidates have filed for the District 3 McKinley County Board of Commissioners seat currently held by outgoing commissioner Tony Tanner.

Tanner recently announced at a commission meeting that he would not be seeking another term.

McKinley County Bureau of Elections Director Rick Palochak said the ballot order is as follows: David Dallago, Bill Lee, Johnny Greene, Jr, and Gerald O’Hara.

Dallago is an engineer and contractor who operates the Dallago Corporation, and a former commissioner whose contracting jobs with the county while holding a county seat brought forth concerns over conflicts of interest, and forth a special audit by the...

Red Rock 10 Theater employees honored

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Thwarting robbers and finding runaways

It was hard to determine which of the two groups were happiest on March 9 at the Gallup Police Department, the officers involved in a recent “missing child” episode, or the young employees at Red Rock 10, who found the missing boy.

It was Sunday evening, Feb. 28, when the Gallup Police visited the large theater on the east side of town to show employees a picture of a missing 11-year-old seen in the area. When employees recognized the boy – it being a very slow night at the theater – the search by McKinley County Search and Rescue and the police shifted to this area.

According to theater manager Mathew Vargas several employees...

Local, county residents file to run for public office

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Here's a list that highlights county and state office filings for public office. The filing deadline was March 8.


District 3 McKinley County Commission

David Dallago

Bill Lee

Johnny Greene

Gerald O' Hara

McKinley County Clerk

Harriet Becenti

Jackie Sloan

Vanessa Begaye-Lee

McKinley County Treasurer

Ernest Becenti, Jr.

McKinley County District Attorney Eleventh, Division 2

Karl Gilson

Bernadine Martin

McKinley County Senate District 3

John Pinto

Willis Nez

McKinley County Senate District 4

Felisha Adams

Jordon L. Johnson

George K. Munoz

State Representative District 5

Kevin M. Mitchell

Doreen W. Johnson


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