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Former K’ai’bii’to’ Chapter employee pleads no contest to fraud, forgery charges

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Attorney General Ethel Branch announced Sept. 13 that  former K’ai’bii’to’ Accounts Maintenance Specialist Berniece Pinto-Denetdeal has pled No Contest to one count of fraud and one count of forgery.

Pleas of No Contest are treated as Guilty for sentencing purposes.


First flu cases of the season reported in New Mexico

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DOH recommends flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older

Staff Reports

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced the first laboratory confirmed cases of flu of the 2018-2019 season Sept. 18. All three persons, ages 8, 11 and 13 years old, live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

“We encourage New Mexicans to get their seasonal flu vaccination – the sooner the better,” Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher said. “The exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

The DOH recommends everyone six months of age and older get the flu shot every year...

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 began to roll.

The female passenger, Michelle M Arnold, 51, of Grants, sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

The male driver, who will not be identified was 59, and also from Grants. He was airlifted from the scene with unknown injuries.

Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in the...

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.


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