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Gallup Council approves downtown beer and wine license

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‘Quiet Zone’ assessment study approved

The Gallup City Council approved the issuing of a beer and wine license to JJSST, doing business as Coal Street Pub, located at 303 W. Coal Ave. The licensure approval took place at the Jan. 24 regular city meeting by a 3-1 vote.

Mayor Jackie McKinney did not attend the...

McKinley County moves on Deer Springs Road construction

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Irving: County to use $170K to leverage more funds

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners approved a $170,000 budget resolution Jan. 24 for the planning, design and construction of road improvements for Deer Springs Road. The road is a 10-mile rural stretch between the Mexican Springs and Twin Lakes chapter houses and has been in need of improvement for years, officials have said.

Commissioner Genevieve Jackson did not attend the commission meeting. Commissioners Bill Lee and Carol Bowman-Muskett attended the meeting and voted in approval of the matter.

“This is something that has been a part of the county’s to-do list for a long time,” McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker...

McKinley County Republicans elect new board

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The McKinley County Republican Party recently elected new officers, officials confirmed. The new officers were chosen at the group’s Biannual County Convention. Delegates for the State Central Committee were chosen, too.

Martin Link, a retired instructor from the University of New Mexico-Gallup, and a long-time area Republican, said Edwin Begay is the new chairman. Begay, who has filed for a school board seat with Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education, replaces Rodney Tahe who served out his two-year term.

Tahe received an invitation to the presidential inauguration last week and the Arizona State Society Ball on Jan. 19. He will now serve as the McKinley County GOP...

Gallup: No write-in candidates file

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Garcia unopposed in D1

There were no write-in filings for city councilor District 1 or District 3, city clerk Al Abeita said.

“We did not receive any declarations for write-in candidacy,” he said. “We did not receive any withdrawals of candidacy, either.”

The candidate field for District 3 includes incumbent Yogash Kumar. Angela Chavez and Esco Chavez are also running for that seat. Angela Chavez has never held political office before. Esco Chavez is a former city parks and recreation director. Both Kumar and Esco Chavez are former city mayoral candidates.

Councilor Linda Garcia is unopposed in District 1. The deadline for write-in candidates to file was Jan. 24.

The election...

Agreement furthers local healthcare for Navajo vets

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WINDOW ROCK – The Department of Health and Human Services notified President Russell Begaye Jan. 24 that the Indian Health Service signed an amendment with the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend the national reimbursement agreement for direct health care services through June 20, 2019.

The extension of the reimbursement agreement will continue to allow the VA to financially compensate IHS for direct health care provided to American Indian and Alaska Native veterans that are eligible for and enrolled in VA’s health care system.

“Our office will continue to advocate on behalf of our Navajo Veterans in facilitating the health care services that they need,” Begaye said. “We...

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