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Council seeks public input on vendor permit ordinance

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Meeting discusses detangling confusing process

The Gallup City Council discussed the current vendor ordinance at its Sept. 25 regular meeting.

The city sought feedback from the council and public on what amendments could be made to streamline the application process for vendors.

City Attorney Curtis Hayes listed five...

RMCHCS partners with GPD to prevent break-ins in Mossman area

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Community workers ahead of schedule, expand plan of clearing overgrown vegetation

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ community workers plan to complete their cleanup of the Mossman area hit by break-ins by the end of September, beating earlier estimates by several weeks while also expanding the scope of their mission to include cleaning a children’s park and resident common areas such as sidewalks.

The hospital has partnered with the Gallup Police Department to help clear and remove vegetation which might have served as cover for intruders involved in residential robberies in the Mossman area of Gallup.

The hospital’s Community Work Service Program members...

Life sentence for convicted Albuquerque murderer

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ALBUQUERQUE  – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 25 a sentence in excess of life imprisonment for Ameer Muhammad, the man convicted of the Albuquerque murder of Aaron Sieben in 2017.

Muhammad was found guilty of first degree felony murder, armed robbery, and shoplifting in July after Balderas took the case to trial.

“We have worked tirelessly to provide justice for Mr. Sieben’s family," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. "Today, they can finally know that the man who has caused them so much pain has been punished to the fullest extent provided by law.”

In March, 2017, Muhammad attacked Sieben near an Albuquerque gas station, fatally stabbing him, before...

Local care center under fire for treatment of elder

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Red Rocks Care Center HAS history of violations

Nothing could have prepared a Gallup family for what they allegedly found a day after they left a 93-year-old loved one at the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.

Dorothy Kein-Monahan was admitted to Red Rocks, 3720 Church Rock Rd., on Sept. 12 after an August surgery at the Gallup Indian Medical Center to remove her gallbladder.

Serena Penaloza, Kein-Monahan’s granddaughter, said the family hoped the staff would help aid their grandmother in her recovery. But when they returned to the facility the following day, they allegedly found Kein-Monahan wearing clothes that neither fit nor belonged to her, and she was not fully dressed...

Retired GPD lieutenant passes at age 53

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Friends, colleagues remember Matt Wright fondly

Matt Wright, who retired after 20 years with the Gallup Police Department, died this past weekend after a short bout with cancer. He was 53.

“It was a shock to hear of his passing,” Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick said. “He was so young.”

Born and raised in Gallup, Wright spent most of his adult life with the Gallup Police Department, rising from the ranks of patrolman to serving, at various times in his career, as a detective and public information officer.

He headed the department’s SWAT team for a while and at the time of his retirement was a lieutenant in charge of the department’s narcotics unit.

“He was probably...

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