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UFO Film Fest lands at Gallup DownTown Conference Center

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Annual EVENT explores Bigfoot, the paranormal and beyond

The 15th annual Gallup UFO Film Festival took place Oct. 19 - 20 at the Gallup DownTown Conference Center. The two-day event, presented by the Gallup Film Festival, showcased films and speakers, plus Q&A sessions with the audience.

The featured films included...

City approves new concept-development studies

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Designs for three new facilities in the works

The Gallup City Council discussed design conception and fiscal programming for three new regional facilities as part of the 2018-19 Community Improvement Plan at the Oct. 23 regular meeting.

City staff solicited a proposal from Huitt-Zollars, Inc., of Albuquerque, for their Architectural Professional Services contract for programming and concept development, as well as for site-location reviews. HZI worked with the City of Gallup in the past on a study for a regional library.

The first facility discussed at the meeting was an animal shelter design concept, budgeted for $40,000 by the council. HZI’s proposal for this project came to...

Future of ArtsCrawl takes center stage at city meeting

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Monthly event faces concerns over art authenticity, non-local participants

Of the various agenda items reviewed Oct. 23 at the Gallup City Council regular meeting, the future and continuation of ArtsCrawl Gallup generated the most discussion.

Lynn Huenemann, who spoke for the item, requested the discussion be added to the agenda in an Oct. 15 letter, which stated Coal Avenue business owners and community members were concerned about the future of ArtsCrawl, a monthly art event put on by gallupARTS and held at galleries and restaurants downtown.

A Sept. 7 press release states the 2018 season would be gallupARTS’s last to host the event. The release states ArtsCrawl is now well...

Office of the State Auditor: ‘Please let us do our job’

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Auditors seek transparency for public health insurance agency

SANTA FE – State Auditor Wayne Johnson has asked a judge to let his office do its job and audit a government entity that provides health coverage to New Mexicans denied coverage by big insurance companies.

Johnson’s office filed a motion for summary judgment asking a judge to forego a trial in the lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool, which has not been transparent with its finances and operations.

Attorneys with the Auditor’s office said the judge has enough information to make a decision on the law without a prolonged legal process.

The court filing states, “NMMIP is about as far removed as...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Battered Families Services reminds community hands are not for abuse

Domestic Violence Awareness month is here, and Battered Families Services of Gallup hosted their annual Domestic Violence Day. The event featured a walk and candlelight vigil with events held on Oct. 13 and 14.

The walk began at the City of Gallup Police Department along Historic Route 66 and concluded at McKinley County Courthouse Square, where games for the kids and adults were held, along with Zumba demonstrations, dance performances and guest speakers. A free lunch was provided to the first 250 participants, and according to Willard Eastman, director of Battered Families Services, all went well.

“This...

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