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County Commissioners approve recreational trails funds

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At the McKinley County Board of Commissioners regular commissioner meeting Oct. 2, Jeff Irving, county roads superintendent, gave a presentation from the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps about continuous improvements on county hiking trails over an eight-week span.

Trails near Wingate and Mentmore were the focus of these...

City proclaims Fire Prevention Week

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Fire department to conduct smoke-detector checks

The City of Gallup declared Oct. 7 - 13 as Fire Prevention Week at the Oct. 9 regular city council meeting.

At the meeting, the Gallup Fire Department was presented with a proclamation by the city for Fire Prevention Week, which involves basic fire-safety education for the public.

At the meeting, Mayor Jackie McKinney shared a few statistics. For instance, he said 352,000 house fires are responded to every year across the country, with about 2,735 deaths resulting from those fires.

A key theme of Fire Prevention Week is to “Look, Listen, Learn,” McKinney said. “We need to take personal steps to increase our safety from...

City approves Lodgers’ Tax Grant for Balloon Rally, Friends of Hubbell Auctions

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The Gallup City Council discussed several grant awards from the Lodgers’ Tax Grant, which supports tourism and events, at the Oct. 9 regular meeting.

The Red Rock Balloon Rally Association would receive an additional $35,000, and the Friends of Hubbell Native American Art Auctions would receive an additional $4,100.

As of Sept. 26, there was $143,445 available for grants in city funds.

City Tourism and Marketing Manager Jennifer Lazarz spoke for the item. She said Balloon Rally funding was increased in order to grow the event. The available funds had been stagnant for nearly 20 years, she said.

“They want to target crews and crew opportunities,” Lazarz said when asked about...

Commissioners approve spending for county water, sanitation districts

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners held its regular commissioner meeting on Oct. 2.

At the meeting, Loline Hathaway, of the Ya-ta-hey Water and Sanitation District, requested a $25,000 loan for a new monitoring well.

Potential issues facing the district included moving the well on property the district does not own, as well as changes in terrain, and making sure financial audits are clean.

County Finance Director Sarah Keeler said funds for the project would have to come from the Environmental Gross Receipts Tax lease.

In addition, Keeler said there’s a $75,000 grant from the NM Environment Department to acquire land to plan, design and construct water system improvements...

Former Dilkon Chapter vice president convicted of forgery

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WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION — Attorney General Ethel Branch announced Oct. 11 that former Dilkon Chapter Vice-President Daryl Joe was found guilty of five charges of forgery by the Dilkon District Court of the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation filed criminal complaints against Joe on Oct. 17, 2017. He was arraigned on Feb.21 and pleaded Not Guilty. The Court held a bench trial on Aug. 17, 2018. The Court issued its judgment, findingJoe guilty of five charges of Forgery on Sept. 10 and 11.

Joe submitted five forged hotel receipts to justify and keep Dilkon Chapter funds provided to the Defendant by the approved Dilkon Chapter Travel Authorization/Advance. Defendant submitted...

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