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State Auditor Tim Keller releases special audit of state purchasing practices

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SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released a multiagency audit of State Agency procurement practices Aug. 22, from July 2013 through July 2016. The report reveals that in fiscal year 2016, over $1 billion worth of state spending did not go through the competitive procurement process designed to safeguard public funds...

BREAKING NEWS: PED releases annual school grades report

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Highlights from school grades data for Gallup McKinley County Schools, released by New Mexico Public Education Department today.

Six schools dropped two grades when compared to last year’s results. Crownpoint Elementary went from C to F; David Skeet Elementary went from B to D; Indian Hills Elementary from A to C; Thoreau Elementary from B to D; Tohatchi Middle from C to F; and Twin Lakes Elementary from C to F.Eight schools dropped by one grade this year. Catherine Miller Elementary went from D to F: Chief Manuelito B to C; Crownpoint Middle from A to B; John F. Kennedy Middle from B to C; Middle College High Charter from B to C; Rocky View Elementary from C to D; Thoreau High...

Man stabbed downtown Sunday

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By Jonathan Gregg

Sun Correspondent

Sunday afternoon turned violent when a man was stabbed in the chest at the downtown walkway, in the area where the Gallup Farmers Market is held on Saturday mornings.

According to Gallup Police Department spokesperson Cpt. Marinda Spencer, the call to police came in at 1:28 pm, and police were already on the scene when the Gallup Sun arrived just after 1:30 pm.


Police were taping off the downtown walkway, and part of Coal Avenue, up almost to Third Street. Blood splatter could be seen on the walkway, close to Aztec Avenue. The victim, who sustained a stab wound to his left chest area, was treated by paramedics near the walkway on Coal Avenue...

Totonac Danza de los Voladores wow the 96th Annual Ceremonial

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This year’s Ceremonial extended schedule featured some new shows as well as the return of some time-honored favorites.

The Totonac Danza de los Voladores also known as “Palo Voladores” (pole flying) made their return to the Ceremonial stage. Set for two nights at the Pow Wow grounds, rain cancelled the Friday night showing, but the Saturday evening show not only made up for the previous night, but proved that this group was sorely missed.

The “Voladores” as it is pronounced in Spanish, is actually called “Kosne” in the native tongue of Totonac. Group leader, Apolinar Simbron, who is from the Totonac tribe, says this also is the name of the village as well as the...

Squabble over Lodgers Tax monies severs ties, for now

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Gallup Film Festival awarded 16K

The request and approval for Lodgers Tax money for the Gallup Film Festival was a bit more charged then these types of meeting usually are when the City Council met Aug. 8.

After the city’s Tourism and Marketing Manager Jennifer Lazarz finished presenting some marketing metrics, she then ceded the floor to Knifewing Segura to present his request for $50,000 in Lodgers Tax funds from the City Council for next month’s Gallup Film Festival.

Mayor Jackie McKinney said “this is highly irregular,” prior to Segura’s presentation.

The tension between Lazarz and Segura was evident immediately when instead of starting to present a proposal, Segura...

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