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Man found dead in car ID'd

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Gallup Police Department has released the name of the man found deceased in a car Tuesday.

GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said Saied Alassi, 38, was parked in front of a relative's house on the 500 block of South Ford Drive. Family reportedly made the grim discovery. At this juncture, Spencer is not clear if he lived in the...

Cibola County jail escapee caught

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New Mexico State Police received an anonymous tip as to the whereabouts of Ramon Lorenzo, who had escaped from the Cibola County Detention Center on the evening of June 13.

Lorenzo was taken into custody in the Valencia Village area of Grants, NM without incident at about 6:30 pm Monday.

He was remanded to the custody of the New Mexico Department of Corrections and will booked into their Main Facility, maximum security level,  in Santa Fe, NM.

Multiple subjects located with Mr. Lorenzo were subsequently charged with Harboring/Aiding a Felon.

This case is still under investigation, there is no additional information available.

Gallup hires new $105K City Attorney

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Kozeliski retiring at end of July

When the Gallup City council went looking for a replacement to fill the shoes of George Kozeliski, they didn’t have to look that far. A vote on an employment agreement to hire local attorney Curtis Hayes away from Western New Mexico University in Gallup took place June 13 and was unanimous.

“The full council was in on the interviewing process,” Mayor Jackie McKinney said. “This is a vote for an approval of an employment agreement.”

The city first announced June 7 that Hayes, currently a professor of criminal justice and business law at Western New Mexico University in Gallup, had been chosen as the next city attorney. Hayes starts the new...

Gallup Council approves GRT investment ordinance

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The Gallup City Council unanimously passed a Gross Receipts Tax Investment Policy ordinance June 13 at the regular city meeting.

The item was introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski and was not met with opposition. The ordinance is solely used in “Home Rule” municipalities to permit developers to help pay for city infrastructure on large projects by recouping costs by offsetting gross receipts tax over a period of time.

“This allows for private parties to put in infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, power, streets and sidewalks and recoup those costs from the GRT they will generate at the location they are extending the infrastructure to,” City Attorney George...

UNM-G daycare center to close

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UNM-Gallup administration issued a press release June 13, that effective July 31, the Early Childhood and Family Center will shutter its doors.

The center had its grand opening on May 12, 2015, and has been available to students and community members offering educational and childcare services to children from infants to preschool age.

“As an institution, we are committed to providing high quality educational services to our students,” Interim Chief Executive Officer Jerry Dominguez stated, in a press release. “We realize that a lack of childcare options can be a barrier for our students so we will work with them to identify available resources and help them start, continue and...

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