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Fatal crash in McKinley County

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On Sept. 16, at about 5:30 pm, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 40 around mile-post 56, between Gallup and Grants.

The initial investigation indicated a 2013 Ford was traveling east on I-40. The rear passenger tire blew out on the vehicle causing it to enter the dirt embankment where it...

City council approves loan and grants for Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project

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By Cody Begaye

Sun Correspondent

The Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project was discussed once more at the Gallup City Council regular meeting on Sept. 11.

Water and Sanitation Director Dennis Romero was present to address three items on the agenda pertaining to the NGWSP.

The first item Romero spoke for was the Water Trust Board loan and grant application for Project 10 of the NGWSP.

Project 10 includes 16-inch, 12-inch and 8-inch waterlines from the terminus of Project 3 to the City of Gallup main water system at the Cresto Tank. The waterline will run three miles in an east-west direction. Project 10 also includes a three million gallon storage tank and corresponding pump station...

City council closes rodeo project for 2018

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By Cody Begaye

Sun Correspondent

The Gallup City Council closed the Best of the Best Timed Event Rodeo project for 2018 at the regular meeting on Sept. 11.

The 2018 Best of the Best Rodeo was held June 27-30 at Red Rock Park and offered seven timed events for the country’s top junior and senior high school rodeo athletes.

Patty Holland, chief financial officer for the City of Gallup, spoke about how the turnout at the event saw a 30 percent increase from the previous year, which shows that the rodeo is growing and becoming successful.

The revenue received from the Best of the Best event is $327,766.17, while the expenses tallied to $268,166.87 for a gain of $59,599.30.

Holland...

City council approves State Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan

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By Cody Begaye

Sun Correspondent

The Gallup City Council approved a five-year Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan during the regular meeting on Sept. 11.

The State Department of Finance and Administration requires governments to develop an ICIP as a means of defining development needs and identifying funding sources. The ICIP is also used in funding government projects by analyzing proposed capital outlay bills during the State legislature sessions.

Public Works Director Stanley Henderson provided a list of tentative projects for legislative funding:

East Nizhoni Boulevard Reconstruction ProjectPublic Safety Building Construction ProjectSenior Center Construction ProjectCoal...

Man pleads guilty to federal manslaughter charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – Daniel Jimmy Morgan, 29, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Mexican Springs, N.M., pled guilty Sept. 13 in federal court in Albuquerque to a voluntary manslaughter charge.

The FBI arrested Morgan on Aug. 3, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Reservation in McKinley County on July 29, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, Morgan killed the victim by kicking the victim in the head and hitting him in the back and knees with a sledgehammer.

Morgan was indicted on Aug. 23, 2016, and was charged with second-degree murder.

According to the indictment, Morgan committed the offense on July...

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