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Sen. John Pinto passes away at 94

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Sen. John Pinto, D- McKinley/San Juan, has passed away. He was 94. Gallup first responders received the call shortly after 9 am May 24. Pinto was not breathing when responders arrived, and they were unable to revive him. He was surrounded by family.

Pinto served as a Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate...

This year’s T-shirt contest winners

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It’s back and forth with Athens LLC

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City votes to join appeal of District Court decision on liquor license transfer

The Gallup City Council discussed whether to join the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division in the appeal of a decision by the New Mexico District Court during their recent regular meeting.

Back in February 2017, the Gallup City Council voted unanimously to deny the transfer of a liquor license belonging to Athens LLC to a location at the corner of Ninth and Maloney.

According to information attached to the agenda, many persons attended the public hearing to speak out against the transfer, citing problems with alcohol in Gallup.

Dist. 1 Councilor Linda Garcia said May 14 that the neighborhood meetings...

Fleming Begaye Sr. dies at 97

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One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers

One of three Navajo Code Talkers honored at the White House in 2017 for his service in

World War II, Fleming Begaye Sr. has died.

Begaye was Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and born for Kinłichii’nii (Red House People Clan). He was born on Aug. 26, 1921 in the community of Red Valley, about a mile west of the New Mexico border.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said, “The Navajo Nation is saddened by the passing of another brave and selfless Diné warrior. The Nation is truly grateful for Code Talker Begaye’s sacrifices and those of his family, to defend the freedom and liberty of our country. May the Creator bless his...

Indigenous Peoples Commission talks about community healing

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Troubled over a lack of connection

The Indigenous Peoples Commission spoke about the March 27 community healing forum planning meeting during their recent regular meeting.

One suggestion that was brought up several times during the healing forum meeting was the establishment of an Indian Center in Gallup.

The former Gallup Indian Center was where groups like Indians Against Exploitation became refined, and was also where job preparation skills could be taught, according to one of the persons on the record, Marley Shebala. Without the Indian Center, there is a feeling of disconnect in Gallup, she added.

At the May 13 meeting, the commissioners responded to comments made by members of...

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