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Gallup Council passes rodeo agreement

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Veterans Cemetery easement finalized

The Gallup City Council unanimously passed an agreement Feb. 28 that relates to the High School and Junior High School rodeo associations. The action took place at the regular city meeting and was not met with opposition.

The agreement was introduced by City Attorney George...

Navajo leadership asks public to spay/neuter, vaccinate pets

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WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a 2017 proclamation this past week to challenge and encourage the people of the Navajo Nation to be responsible pet owners.

“We want our people to be active and play outdoors, but many are discouraged with many free-roaming dogs on the Nation,” Begaye said. “We encourage you to collar, license, vaccinate and confine your pet.”

Recently, there were reported multiple dog maulings that resulted in human, livestock and other animal’s death. There are a number of calls on an annual basis that involve a vicious dog bite which can often lead to certain diseases such as rabies.


State Auditor: High level theft at Northern New Mexico College

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Estimated $200,000 in funds missing

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College March 1. Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found. A high-level employee in the business office resigned in connection to the missing money. Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds.

“These were hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been serving students and faculty, not the personal benefit of an employee,” Keller said, in a news release. “We are working quickly to help bring accountability to the matter, and we...

Ford Canyon Senior Center remains closed

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City leaves utilities turned on

The lights are on, and there are periodic veteran’s club activities, but there really isn’t much else happening at the Ford Canyon Senior Center these days.

Gallup Assistant City Manager Jon DeYoung responded to questions put to the city about the closing of the Ford Canyon Senior Center located on Buena Vista Avenue.

“(The Ford Canyon Senior Center) was temporarily closed on Nov. 1 to finish the construction of the parking lot,” DeYoung explained. “After the completion of the parking lot, we were not able to fill a few critical senior center positions to enable the city to provide the service level required by the state Non-Metro Area Agency...

Tohatchi man pleads guilty to federal murder charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – , 44, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Tohatchi, N.M., plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, to a second degree murder charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hale will be sentenced within the range of 180 to 240 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Hale was arrested on Feb. 23, 2016, by the FBI on a criminal complaint alleging that he murdered a Navajo woman on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M. According to the complaint, on Feb. 20, 2016, Hale struck the victim in the head and fled from the scene of the crime, the victim’s home in...

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