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Governor orders clean up of Kirtland fuel spill

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ALBUQUERQUE —Governor Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Air Force is now pumping and treating water from a jet fuel leak first detected at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999 July 1.

While previous administrations failed to hold the Air Force accountable, Martinez’s administration has worked closely with the Air...

Gallup’s own 11u baseball team headed to Las Cruces July 1-5 to play in the global world series. They just took 2nd at the USSSA state tournament.

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Very back row: (Left to Right): Coach Ramon Guerrero,  Coach Oscar Flores,  Coach Nate Sellers,  Coach Tommy Gonzales Jr., Coach Rafael Rodriguez

Middle Row (Left to Right):

#12 Nolan “Crusher” Spencer

#13 Isaac Gonzales

#11 Talan West

#28 Daniel Guerrero

#2 Cael Stewart

#23 Jeremiah Paredes

#7 Antonio Lovato

Front row (Left to Right):

#6 Clayton Hall

#24 Rhys Sellers

#21 Roman Herrera

#17 Antonio Rivas

#42 Oscar Flores “Jr”

#1 Tyler “Lobo” Griego

#9 Mathias Rodriguez

Allison Road project breaks ground

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A Ground-Breaking Ceremony was held in Gallup June 23 for the new Allison Road interchange project. Community leaders, business owners and concerned citizens were on hand to hear Gov. Susanna Martinez praise the legislature for working as a bi-partisan unit to pass the Capital Outlay Bill that awarded $4.5 million in state funding toward this project.

Attendees heard Martinez, Mayor Jackie McKinney, and Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation Tom Church celebrate the successful allocation of $4.5 million in state funding for the project.

“This creates a road to the future,” said Mayor Jackie McKinney. He praised Martinez’s commitment and integrity...

City Council Roundup: Spotlight on agenda items

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During the City Council meeting, held June 23 in Gallup, Mayor Jackie McKinney and Councilors made short work of their agenda.

Budget: Chief Financial Officer, Patty Holland presented the budget for fiscal year 2016. City Manager Maryann Ustick said the budget is balanced. She explained they were able to balance the budget by making across the board cuts in overtime of 5.6 percent.

In order to pay for an increase in Community Service Aid salaries, police overtime was cut. Councilors approved the budget without discussion, and forecast nearly $87 million in expected revenue for fiscal year 2016.

Electric: Richard Matzke Director of Gallup Electric Department asked for final...

Health Department, CYFD to parents: Don’t leave kids in hot cars

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SANTA FE–The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and the Children’s Youth and Families Department (CYFD) urge New Mexico parents and caregivers to never leave a child alone in a car.

Nine children have died in New Mexico from heatstroke after being left in hot cars since 1998. Safe Kids Worldwide reports an average of 37 children have died in hot cars each year in the U.S. in that same time period. Of those lives lost, 53 percent resulted from adults intentionally or unintentionally leaving children unattended in automobiles. An additional 47 percent resulted from children gaining access to unlocked vehicles without supervision.

“We don’t want to see this tragedy happen...

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