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McKinley County issues special audit deadline to RMCHCS

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Hospital CEO says agreement reached

After spending months negotiating the terms for a special audit, McKinley County appeared to have drawn a line in the sand for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services.

The county gave a deadline of closing time Sept. 23 for the hospital to turn over financial documents...

County gets a look at updated road maintenance policy

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation about the new road maintenance and improvement policy during their Sept. 17 regular meeting.

County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. said the new policy is largely the same as their previous policy, just updated for the future.

McKinley County Roads Superintendent Jeff Irving,  said the new policy is based on what was presented to the Board of Commissioners last November.

“The commission entertained a resolution to cease maintenance on roads we did not have express right-of-way for,” Irving said.

The resolution was not adopted, but the county has continued to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Navajo Nation on...

New public education department initiative

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Hopes to raise FAFSA completion goal

SANTA FE -  Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart announced a new Public Education Department initiative to increase the annual statewide FAFSA completion rate to 80 percent. Sept. 19. This goal is designed to support Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recently announced New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.

The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship is Governor Lujan Grisham’s vision for increasing college access for New Mexico students. This plan to set the national standard for college affordability, will change the life outcome for tens of thousands of students, both now and far into the future. The New Mexico Public Education Department and...

Tohatchi High School placed under lockdown

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GMCS superintendent, MCSO say there was no active shooter, no shots fired


The first day of fall turned into an alarming one for Tohatchi residents.


At an unspecified time on Sept. 23, Navajo Nation Police responded to a call of a male subject intending to harm himself at Tohatchi High School.


The school was placed under lockdown, and police units from multiple jurisdictions responded to the incident, according to Navajo Nation Police. The assisting units included McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police.


Students from Tohatchi High School and Tohatchi Middle School were escorted to Tohatchi Elementary School, where they followed release...

Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation discusses fiscal goals

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The Gallup City Council heard a presentation from the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation during the Sept. 10 regular meeting about the previous fiscal year.

Tommy Haws, president of the GGEDC Board of Directors, said during the presentation the creation of economic base jobs is the focus for the upcoming fiscal year.

One highlight from the past fiscal year is the creation of a nitrile glove factory within McKinley County. The factory, located east of Gallup at 309 E. Hwy. 66, was designated by Haws as a $49 million investment that will create about 350 jobs.

Haws said the factory is slated to begin operations in October.

Another was GGEDC winning the Foreign Direct...

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