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Ashes of woman’s son stolen from car

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A car burglary can be upsetting enough on its own, but it became a highly emotional and troubling experience for a Rio Rancho woman.

Artie Ortega and her boss attended the Gallup Gun Show as vendors. The pair stopped for dinner at Cracker Barrel April 5 when her boss’s car, a red 2014 Ford Escape, was broken into in the...

City council meets about downtown train noise

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Part of effort to create quiet zones

The railroad crossings and the creation of possible quiet zones in and around downtown Gallup were front and center at a recent Gallup City Council special meeting.

The council listened to a presentation by the New Mexico Department of Transportation regarding results of a road safety assesment March 28.


Origins of the project

Mayor Jackie McKinney said during the special meeting that the project safety assessment has been in the works for about eight years, and the council is happy to see progress.

In an April 3 phone call, McKinney said the solution to create quiet zones at Second Street and Third Street was first presented by BNSF...

RMCH offers $400 savings on blood screening tests in April

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Tests kick off the Community Health Fair May 4

GALLUP - Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital will offer low cost blood screening tests for cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL/LDL, fasting glucose level and TSH to the public for only $25 from April 8-13 and April 15-20 from 7 am - 9 am, including Saturdays, in the hospital’s main lobby at 1901 Red Rock Drive. Confidential test results can be mailed or picked up at the Community Health Fair on May 4.

Area residents can save up to $400 with additional tests for Hepatitis C, HIV, A1c Prostate Specific Antigen, vitamins D and B12, by calling for an appointment at the RMCH information desk (505) 863-7325. Hepatitis C and HIV tests are...

First step in Gallup alley reconstruction plan

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The stretch of Second Street from Coal Avenue to Aztec Avenue was recently closed off.

City Manager Maryann Ustick says this action is part of the City of Gallup’s Alley Reconstruction project.

“New Mexico Gas replaced the 70-plus-year-old gas lines in the alleys from First to Third [streets],” Ustick said April 2.

However, the portion of the project to construct a new gas line across Second Street, which is a state road, requires a right-of-way permit from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Public Works Director Stanley Henderson confirmed the city manager’s response, and added that the segment that crosses Second Street will be completed this week.

“This project...

Former Gallup police chief turns in audio recordings

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Examining a case against the city

Former Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart recently turned his phone over to the City of Gallup during the latest developments in his case against the city.

According to City Attorney Curtis Hayes, Hart allegedly recorded conversations he had with City Manager Maryann Ustick without her consent. Baker Law Group, which is handling the case for the city, asked him to submit those conversations to the court.

Hart turned in the recordings March 19. But Hayes says McKinley County-Gallup District Court has been unable to access most of them.

“As I understand, some [recordings] were provided a few weeks ago, but the files of many of the recordings could not...

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