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Native activists, local intellectuals confront city council

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Removal of planter bearing Casuse’s image stirs controversy

The Gallup City Council heard sentiments from community members about a downtown planter that was removed from the front of the law office of attorney Barry Klopfer.

The planter depicted images of Larry Casuse, a Native American female bearing an AK-47...

Downtown Plaza to close; structurally unfit

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Gallup Express MAY provide alternate transportation

The entire one-story Downtown Plaza Shopping Center structure is unsafe for occupancy and the Lowe’s grocery store and Subway outlets probably won’t open until a repair or new structure is built, officials familiar with the situation said.

C.B. Strain, director of the city planning and development department, said the grocery store and the other stores located within the plaza were red-tagged by the city on April 20.

“There was an engineering report on the structure of the building and that report indicates that the entire structure is not safe,” Strain said. “We red-tagged it. At this point, either repairs have to be...

Thoreau Community Center decision postponed

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TCC director SCRAMBLES TO MAKE deadlines

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners postponed a decision on the funding of the Thoreau Community Center. The act took place at the April 25 county commission meeting and was unanimous.

Priscilla Manuelito, the executive director at the Thoreau Center, told commission members that after the year 2021 that an $800,000 Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration grant from runs out and there is no more funding on the horizon. At the moment, there is $200,000 received yearly by the center for the grant, Manuelito said.

“The center has proven to be very helpful with respect to preventing suicides,” Manuelito, a Thoreau native...

GMCS implements pay raises

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GMSD, MCFUSE come to terms at April 3 meeting

The Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education has approved across-the-board pay raises for employees, officials confirmed. The action took place at the April 3 regular school board meeting at district headquarters and was unanimous. The action took place alongside the two-year ratification of the current collective bargaining agreement between GMCS and the McKinley County Federation of United School Employees.

“All returning salaried employees are receiving a daily wage increase for the 2017-2018 school year,” Interim Superintendent Mike Hyatt told the Gallup Sun this week. Hyatt is interim superintendent until the end of June. “I...

Gallup Council approves easement vacation

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Approval relates to Islamic Center

The Gallup City Council unanimously approved the vacation of an easement for the Islamic Center at its April 11 regular meeting. The action was introduced by city water and sanitation director Dennis Romero and was not met with much discussion.

“The Islamic Center is in the process of building an addition to their facility,” Romero told council members. “An abandoned sewer line runs through their property which has a 25-foot public utility easement associated with it. There are no current or future plans to replace this line or place it into service.”

Romero said easement vacations must be approved by the full council. He said the vacation...

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