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Top Five Stories of 2015

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OK, let’s get this right out in the open to start, I cheated on this article! I did not look at every issue and dither around about what I liked the best. I chose my selections from the last month and a half based on subjects I thought were important to the community at large. Be gentle with me and bear in mind that...

AUDIO: Governor calls 911 after hotel asks her to be escorted off property

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By Joey Peters and Matthew Reichbach

New Mexico Political Report

Police were called to the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe this weekend after a loud party. After police were called, someone who identified herself as Governor Susana Martinez demanded to know why the police were called and insisted they were just “eating pizza.”

NM Political Report obtained audio of three calls to police. One was from the front desk of the hotel, saying those in the room had been warned multiple times and asked for police to come and escort those in the room off the property.

To listen to the audio of the call, visit...

BREAKING NEWS: PED School Grades In

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New Mexico's Public Education Department released its grades today on individual, school performance. Six Gallup-McKinley County Schools earned a Grade of "B" or "A." Congratulations Miyamura High, Gallup Middle College High, Ramah High, Chief Manuelito Middle, Indian Hills Elementary, and David Skeet Elementary students, faculty and administrators for making the grade! There were plenty of C, D, and F grades, but there's only one way up!

 

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Gallup Central Alternative

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Crownpoint High

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Gallup High

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Tohatchi High

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A perfect storm of negligence or circumstances?

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Roads snarled, drivers stranded following snow storm

During the closing comments of the City Council’s regular meeting on Dec. 15, Mayor Jackie McKinney lauded its public works department and Executive Director Stan Henderson for staying on top of clearing icy roads Dec. 14.

However, feedback from Gallup Sun’s Facebook page reveal a disgruntled community with some parents saying it was a monumental task  to pick their kids up from school. Others got into fender benders, spun out, and were stranded on slick roads for hours. Out of more than 50 comments, there were only a few supportive of the road crews’ efforts.

According to the city’s website, the public works...

Bus driver punches special needs student

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As a 19-year-old special needs student approached the bus that takes her home Dec. 9, she tugged at bus driver Gloria Frank’s arm to let her in, who had blocked the doors, drawing either side close to her body as she spoke with fellow bus driver Laverne Jim. It was the end of the school day at Miyamura High and students were just starting to board buses.

Based on bus video footage, the response the Miyamura High senior received when she attempted to board her bus was a punch in the face by a district employee, followed by some choice curse words.

According to Gallup Police Department Sgt. Billy Padavich’s report, and contained within the video footage itself, after Frank struck...

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