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County approves $30 million IRB for construction of glove factory

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Members of the McKinley County Smart Growth Commission were at the regular McKinley County Board of Commissioners meeting July 24 to recommend that the county approve a $30 million industrial revenue bond as an economic development incentive to Rhino’s Health LLC, a supply company based out of South Korea.

The plan laid...

City Council approves fourth quarter budget adjustments

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Water rebates, road funding also OK’d

The regular meeting of the July 24 Gallup City Council featured 10 agenda items that passed in quick succession. Three of those items were resolutions.

CFO Patty Holland presented Resolution No. 2018-20, fourth quarter budget adjustments for FY 2018, including a report of actuals.

“DFA is getting more meticulous at looking at our budgets, looking at each fund, in particular looking at our cash within each fund,” Holland said.

Holland reviewed project releases, project modifications and compiling at utility-related projects into a separate capital improvement fund.

“We are taking our processes to a whole new level,” she said, adding...

Special City Council meeting turns focus to drought

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The July 24 special meeting of the Gallup City Council was a work session covered the city drought contingency plan, Cecil Garcia Fitness Center rehabilitation project, and the conceptual design report of the Red Rock Park RV Campground reconstruction project.

The main focus, however, was on the drought.

Evan Williams, deputy director of Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, said four meetings were conducted before the drought contingency plan was written.

According to the 88-page report, Gallup is dependent upon groundwater, averaging 3.37 million gallons of water per day. Groundwater levels have dropped 200-feet over the past decade and is not expected to meet current...

Active shooter exercise prepares first responders for mayhem

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Octavia FELLIN Library serves as ground zero

Knock on wood … there wasn’t an active mass shooting in Gallup this past week, but instead members of police and fire departments, staff from Gallup Indian Medical Center, and city employees acted as if there was a live shooting playing out.

The city held the active shooter drill at the Octavia Fellin Public Library July 12. The city’s website states: the objective of the exercise was to identify and evaluate planning, response, mitigation and recovery actions associated with an active shooter event in accordance with policies and procedures of the respective departments and agencies involved.

The agencies that participated...

District seeks to revoke Middle College High School’s charter

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School CEO, Navajo Nation VP weigh in

Middle College High School faces an uncertain future as Gallup McKinley County Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt seeks to revoke its charter with the district.

The GMCS Board of Education will hear the matter Aug. 2.

Some tension arose between the school and district when MCHS questioned the validity of the McKinley Academy some months ago. Similar to Middle College, students participating in McKinley Academy take college courses as well as their required core elements.

Meanwhile, the Middle College was served with a notice of intent to revoke the charter by GMCS July 6.

In an email, GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt stated, “In the spirit...

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