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McKinley County, Zuni OK law enforcement pact

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a mutual law enforcement agreement Feb. 21 with the McKinley County Sherriff’s Office and the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department. The action took place at the regular county meeting and was not met with opposition.

Commissioners Bill Lee, Carol...

McKinley County passes resolution supporting the restriction of alcohol sales

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HB162 and SB 124 winding through state legislative committees

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Feb. 7 related to the support of two bills making their way through the New Mexico Legislature. The bills, HB 162 and SB 124, deal with liquor control and contain provisions for certain local option districts to restrict the hours of the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Commissioner Bill Lee abstained on the vote and its prior discussion. The matter was introduced by McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker and Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick, who asked commissioners to support the resolution.

“We’re asking for an OK to this resolution,” Ustick said...

Hyatt at the helm of GMCS

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New contract spans two years

The Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year contract Feb. 21 for new Superintendent Mike Hyatt. The act took place at the Board of Education’s regular meeting where outgoing board members were given plaques and recognitions and one incoming board member was introduced.

At a Feb. 13 special meeting, Priscilla Manuelito, president of the Board of Education, was asked to negotiate a contract with Hyatt. A copy of Hyatt’s new contract wasn’t immediately available after the meeting, but the Gallup Sun has submitted a New Mexico Inspection of Public Act request to Gallup-McKinley County Schools to obtain the...

Search for a killer: FBI, Navajo Nation asking for public's help in solving this case

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The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating the death of a Native American man whose body was found in a road on Feb. 7.

The body of Alan Jim, 34, was found at about 4:53 am in the southbound lane of County Road 7900, approximately 6.3 miles south of Highway 550, in the Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Jim died of blunt force trauma to his head and upper body.

Authorities want to talk to anybody who recalls seeing Jim shortly before his body was found or who may have information regarding the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI (24 hours) at (505) 889-1300.

Kentucky fugitives caught in Gallup; GPD converges on Super 8 hotel

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent


Two Kentucky fugitives with outstanding warrants remained jailed Feb. 22 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center without bond, officials said.
Derrick Thomas, 23, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Elizabeth Neal, 22, of Owen, Ky., were taken into custody on first degree assault and Neal was jailed on a bond violation warrant, according to police documents.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a “tip” was received at GPD from Kentucky authorities about Thomas and Neal possibly staying at the Super 8 hotel at 1715 W. Historic Highway 66 in Gallup.

Thomas allegedly shot two people on Feb. 17 in...

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