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St. Francis School shutters its doors

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After rigorous discussion, the decision has been made to close Kindergarten through Fifth Grade at St. Francis School in Gallup, effective July 28. Detailed examination into the school’s finances has determined that numerous debts and low enrollment for the new school year have combined to make the elementary school...

Pedestrian killed on Gallup's east side

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A man walking with a woman along the north side of the road, near 3010 E. Highway 66, stepped into oncoming traffic Thursday evening. The man was struck and killed by a white SUV.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said the call on the accident came in at 9:09 pm. The man, whose identity is being withheld until next of kin are notified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman with him was taken to the hospital, but Spencer said she hasn't received any updates on her condition, and it's not clear whether she was struck by any vehicles.

"They did give the driver a roadside breath test and she tested 0.00," Spencer said.

When asked, Spencer said she's meeting with...

A puppet’s blueprint to ‘Building A Better You’

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Octavia Fellin’s kids SUMMER PROGRAM

Octavia Fellin Children’s Branch presented a funny and entertaining puppet show on behalf of Rocky Mountain Puppets – “Building A Better You,” as part of the Summer Reading Program.

The event was held July 22. It was sponsored by Richardson’s Trading Co.

The show was based on building up a child’s character, teamwork, listening, morals, and honesty, encouraging the acronym B.U.I.L.D.:

Believe, Understand, Innovation, Learn, Determination.

A packed room of 55 kids and adults were entertained by puppets learning how to build a castle with construction tools and with lots of interaction from the audience.

The star puppet...

Sheriff’s Office seeking new recruits

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is running at about half its capacity due to a shortage of deputies.

MCSO Capt. James Maiorano said the department is gearing up to conduct a recruitment drive in September and sat down with the Gallup Sun to go over some details for individuals considering a career as a deputy.

“We’re trying to fill 12 deputy positions,” he said.

When folks interested in applying learn about the seemingly arduous process, they may count themselves out before trying, so Maiorano wanted to cover some details about the entry level “unclassified deputy position.”

For starters, prospects must have a high school diploma or GED, no exceptions. And applicants...

Aneth official pleads guilty to stealing $105K in HUD funding

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AG: Used for personal, family gain

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced July 24 that Victor Dee, the former acting executive director of the Aneth Community Development Corporation, an agency that receives funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has pled guilty to charges brought by federal prosecutors relating to his misappropriation of $105,000 of HUD funds that he used to benefit himself and his family members.

“The Navajo Nation will continue to make it a priority to hold all tribal officials accountable for these types of abuses,” Branch said. “We will no longer allow individuals to enrich themselves and their families at the...

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