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Former manager squeaks by to win District 3 primary race

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Lee: ‘I’m blessed, thankful’

Former McKinley County Manager Bill Lee beat David Dallago, Johnny Greene, Jr., and Gerald O’Hara in the June 7 primary race for the District 3 seat of the McKinley County Board of Commissioners. Lee — county manager for 18 months up until May 13 and now the chief executive officer of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce — garnered 36 percent of the vote.

Dallago finished second with 33 percent. Dallago is a former two-term county commissioner. The seat became available when Tony Tanner decided not to run again.

“I’m thankful and appreciative of the people who backed me and voted for me,” Lee said. Asked if he was...

Mitchell calls out Johnson, Charlie

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District 5 candidate says he was ‘wronged’

With the June 7 primary now a thing of the past, and certification occurring this week and some of next, a candidate for the District 5 seat of the House of Representatives spoke out against recently released false information he believes impacted the primary outcome.

Kevin Mitchell — vice president of the Gallup-McKinley County School Board and a former District 5 House candidate — said Melvin Charlie of Gallup wrongfully took to local media Saturday and misrepresented Mitchell’s position on a variety of topics.

“I don’t know this person and I have never met this person,” Mitchell said in a phone interview. “From what...

Officials: RMCH on track to become teaching hospital

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Las Cruces-based Burrell College to partner with RMCH

Members of Gallup’s business community recently got together over dinner to share in an announcement by the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital about RMCH taking a path to become a regional teaching unit.

The meeting was held at RMCH’s third-floor solarium May 24, and included people from the hospital’s board of directors, as well as officials from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. Burrell is a newly created medical institution and is based in Las Cruces. RMCH and Burrell are engaged in the teaching partnership.

“It’s definitely a positive step for the hospital,” David Dallago, president of the board of...

GGEDC receives $15K grant

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Funds to be applied to local business recruitment efforts

The Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation is the recipient of a $15,000 grant, EDC officials announced June 1.

Patricia Lundstrom, executive director of the GGEDC, said the grant was received from the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Local Economic Assistance and Development Support program to fund business recruitment and attraction efforts for Gallup and McKinley County. Lundstrom noted that the GGEDC was one of four state applicants to receive full funding.

“This marks the second consecutive year that the GGEDC has received full funding,” Lundstrom said. “Considering the highly competitive...

CVNM lauds Johnson, Shendo

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SANTA FE – With New Mexico’s June 7 primary now over, officials at Conservation Voters New Mexico lauded a couple area winners in the House of Representatives and Senate.

“The 2016 primary election shows that having a strong conservation record pays off for candidates in New Mexico. This is evident in the case of conservation champions like Benny Shendo and D. Wonda Johnson, both of whom are in office,” Ben Shelton, CVNM legislative and political director, said. “CVNM is excited to support and to invest in political candidates who will work to bring resiliency and sustainability to their communities.”

Shendo, of Jemez Pueblo, is an attorney representing District 22 of...

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