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Firefighting takes the spotlight at McKinley County Commission meeting

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Also on the agenda, Thoreau Fire Station project

Jason Carlisle, McKinley County fire chief, spoke at the April 16 Board of Commissioners regular meeting about a number of items pertaining to the upcoming fire season.

The first was a report and public comment session about the current drought status for McKinley County...

Franklin Boyd hired as Gallup’s new chief of police

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City leaders PLACE confidence in Boyd’s abilities

The City of Gallup has chosen its next police chief, 21-year Gallup Police Department veteran Franklin Boyd, who in December received a “no confidence” vote from the Gallup Police Officers Association for the way he was reportedly running the department on an interim basis.

The vote breakdown from the association was sent to City Manager Maryann Ustick, but she said in a letter, responding  to GPOA President Victor Rodriguez on Dec. 17, that the votes of no confidence against Boyd contain no “facts or allegations” about his conduct or actions.

In a release issued April 9, city officials said they felt that Boyd was the most...

Lodgers Tax grants keep Gallup lively

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Gallup City Council announces grant awards

The Gallup City Council discussed a number of recommendations for the Lodgers Tax grant for the previous and current fiscal year during their recent regular meeting.

Lodgers Tax funds are taxes drawn from hotel visitors. A committee awards the funds to groups so they have money to advertise and promote their events in order to attract tourists.

The Lodgers Tax Committee met on March 19 to review the applications for the FY19 awards. The committee was told about $81,000 in funding remained, so they offered funding recommendations for the following events:

Manuelito Children’s Home Memorial Day 5K on May 27 - $5,000

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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 parking lot.

According to the police report, the burglary occurred about 6:50 pm. The front passenger window was broken, and multiple items were taken.

The police report says surveillance footage shows a man, who looks to be Native American and in his 30s, dressed in black and wearing a hood, walked around the parking lot and broke the front window of the Ford...

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...

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