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Dems push ethics bills after year of scandals

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House Democrats gathered in Santa Fe to unveil a slate of ethics and transparency bills Nov. 24.

The bills come after a year that saw a state Senator resign after violating the state constitution and the Secretary of State resigned after pleading guilty to six crimes, including two felonies.

One bill that they included was instituting a state ethics commission, legislation that has been introduced in one form or another for over a decade without ever passing. New Mexico is one of just eight states that do not have an ethics commission.

House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is the latest to attempt to bring the legislation to the governor’s desk. In the 2015 legislative...

Judge Aragon to decide on move to recall Nez

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***Outcome of today's hearing on the case that would determine whether Larry King can move forward with his petition to recall Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education President Titus Nez:
Judge Robert Aragon denied the position of defendant, Titus Nez, to dismiss the recall. Aragon said he could have an answer as early as tomorrow morning on his decision whether to allow the recall to proceed.

It's unclear what prompted King to take the step to recall Nez, but some sources say that the board behaved unethically when they placed Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on administrative leave. The Sun will continue to provide updates on this matter.

Gallup Fitness Center renamed to honor late councilor

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The Gallup Fitness Center will soon have a different name called the “Cecil Garcia Fitness Center” by the end of this month. The new name will be in memory of former City Councilor Cecil Garcia and his total life commitment to physical fitness.

The idea for the name change was pitched to the Gallup City Council on Nov.10, by two close friends of Garcia’s, Joe Milosevich, owner of Joe Milo’s White Water Trading Co., and former Mayor, John Pena. It was approved unanimously with a vote of 5-0.

Garcia has been described as an avid fitness guru by all that knew him, including longtime friend, Milosevich. He knew Garcia since he was in junior high and after high school, they...

Board prez and secretary summonsed to court

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Manuelito slips on ice prior to meeting

Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education President Titus Nez and Board secretary Priscilla Manuelito were recently both summonsed to the Gallup District Court, pending a complaint charge that may recall their positions as Board members.

Nez is scheduled to appear at the Gallup District Court on Nov. 23 at 11 am and Manuelito is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 30 at 9 am the following week.

There was no discussion on the matter at the Board’s regular meeting on Nov. 16 and no comment from either party was given at press time.

In the same night, before the meeting started, Manuelito was walking towards the front entrance...

Chiapetti continues his tenure with Board of Education

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The long-awaited results of Superintendent Frank Chiapetti’s fate came to a close after nearly three hours of hashing out their decision between board members while in executive session at the Board of Education for Gallup-McKinley County Schools special meeting Nov.12.

At the end of the meeting, each of the five-member board members gave their testimonies following the vote.

District 5 board member Lynn Huenemann, who supported Chiapetti’s return, was the first to speak about how the district has a long history of trying to find out ways on becoming fully educationally effective. He believes that the board is not there yet.

“We need to move this whole district forward beyond...

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