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County discusses financial audit, courthouse extension

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation about their FY19 annual financial audit report by the Albuquerque-based accounting firm Hinkle and Landers, PC during their Feb. 4 meeting.

Finance Director Sara Saucedo said the county received a good audit, or an unmodified opinion, which means all of the...

Whistleblower sues city, police chiefs

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Finds herself on a path to nowhere

A Gallup police officer’s attorney has filed a lawsuit with the 11th Judicial District Court, claiming the city, the former police chief, and the current police chief violated the state’s Whistleblower Protection Act.

The complaint, which was filed with the clerk of the court Jan. 30, is based on the mistreatment of Rosanne Morrissette while on the job.

This would not be the first time Lt. Rosanne Morrissette has filed a lawsuit against the city and her superiors. Court documents, filed by her Albuquerque-based attorney Thomas Grover, show that over the last three years Morrissette has been targeted by GPD’s top brass in an ongoing...

RMCHCS CEO discusses hospital’s 990 form

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Clarifying some key issues

Tax season is upon us, which means companies and organizations will be receiving the results of annual audits to show where they stand financially.

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services CEO David Conejo spoke with the Sun about the findings and other information in the hospital’s 990 form Feb. 4.


Tax-exempt nonprofits are required to file a 990 form with the IRS, which helps ensure nonprofits conduct their business in a way that is consistent with their public responsibilities.

The information on the form includes the mission, programs, and finances of tax-exempt organizations, along with the accomplishments of the...

RMCHCS CFO resigns from position

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Jay Hodges, former chief financial officer for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services, resigned from his position at the hospital after about 14 months on the job.

Hodges previously worked at Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham, Texas, where RMCHCS CEO David Conejo had also served as CEO prior to 2014.

Hodges had continued to live in Texas even while working at RMCHCS.  That commute and a recent development at his home was instrumental in his decision to resign.

“[Hodges] was told he needed to be within an hour of his home for personal reasons,” Conejo said in a conversation with the Sun Feb. 4.

There were no updates on whether the position has been filled at press...

Navajo Nation mourns the loss of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offer their heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of U.S. Marine Corps Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr., who passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 96 in Haystack, N.M.

“The Navajo people have lost another great warrior who sacrificed more than we’ll ever know to defend our country. On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his wife, children, and many other loved ones,” Nez said.

According to his family, Vandever passed away due to health complications. He was born on Feb. 5, 1923 into the Red Running Into the Water People clan...

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