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Williams Acres house lost to fire

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McKinley County firefighters were unable to save a house in Williams Acres that caught fire the afternoon of Oct. 10.

McKinley County Fire  Chief Jason Carlisle said the house at 16 Zeta St. was a total loss. Over the years, he said, the house had several additions and was too far gone when county firefighters arrived on the scene.

According to fire logs, county firefighters arrived on the scene about eight minutes after receiving the initial call at 10:38 am.

Units from five county fire stations responded to the call, as well as four units from the City of Gallup fire department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

County Commissioners approve recreational trails funds

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At the McKinley County Board of Commissioners regular commissioner meeting Oct. 2, Jeff Irving, county roads superintendent, gave a presentation from the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps about continuous improvements on county hiking trails over an eight-week span.

Trails near Wingate and Mentmore were the focus of these projects, allowing local youth to take part in improving and maintaining the trails for the public.

Irving spoke for the item on the agenda, which pertained to eligibility and intent of McKinley County to submit an application to the New Mexico Department of Transportation for Federal Fiscal Year 2020/2021 for the RTP funds.

Irving said these efforts are between the...

City proclaims Fire Prevention Week

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Fire department to conduct smoke-detector checks

The City of Gallup declared Oct. 7 - 13 as Fire Prevention Week at the Oct. 9 regular city council meeting.

At the meeting, the Gallup Fire Department was presented with a proclamation by the city for Fire Prevention Week, which involves basic fire-safety education for the public.

At the meeting, Mayor Jackie McKinney shared a few statistics. For instance, he said 352,000 house fires are responded to every year across the country, with about 2,735 deaths resulting from those fires.

A key theme of Fire Prevention Week is to “Look, Listen, Learn,” McKinney said. “We need to take personal steps to increase our safety from...

City approves Lodgers’ Tax Grant for Balloon Rally, Friends of Hubbell Auctions

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The Gallup City Council discussed several grant awards from the Lodgers’ Tax Grant, which supports tourism and events, at the Oct. 9 regular meeting.

The Red Rock Balloon Rally Association would receive an additional $35,000, and the Friends of Hubbell Native American Art Auctions would receive an additional $4,100.

As of Sept. 26, there was $143,445 available for grants in city funds.

City Tourism and Marketing Manager Jennifer Lazarz spoke for the item. She said Balloon Rally funding was increased in order to grow the event. The available funds had been stagnant for nearly 20 years, she said.

“They want to target crews and crew opportunities,” Lazarz said when asked about...

Commissioners approve spending for county water, sanitation districts

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners held its regular commissioner meeting on Oct. 2.

At the meeting, Loline Hathaway, of the Ya-ta-hey Water and Sanitation District, requested a $25,000 loan for a new monitoring well.

Potential issues facing the district included moving the well on property the district does not own, as well as changes in terrain, and making sure financial audits are clean.

County Finance Director Sarah Keeler said funds for the project would have to come from the Environmental Gross Receipts Tax lease.

In addition, Keeler said there’s a $75,000 grant from the NM Environment Department to acquire land to plan, design and construct water system improvements...

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