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Gallup Authors Festival draws about 1,200

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Link, Taylor among local authors at festival

With periodic rain a little in the mornings and part of the afternoons, the past weekend presented a prime opportunity to curl up at home with a good read. But bookworms, more than 1,000 strong, still crawled out to the Octavia Fellin Library April 8-9 for the second annual Gallup Authors Festival.

Some 1,200 attendees and just over 30 authors from around New Mexico gave brief lectures, signed books and transacted book sales on topics that ranged from aviation, poetry, entertainment, fiction and mystery.

Santa Fe-based Anne Hillerman, author of Spider Woman’s Daughter, which won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best...

Johnson kicks off campaign with fundraiser meet and greet

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An April 8 fundraiser held by state representative D. Wonda Johnson went well and was “very successful,” Johnson said.

The event, which was hosted by McKinley County Commissioner Genevieve Jackson, Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak and State Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, took place at the Gallup Cultural Center and was attended by several members of McKinley County’s Democratic Party. Johnson is running again for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 5 seat.

“We did quite well,” Johnson said, noting that she’d rather not disclose the amount raised.

“It was a wonderful turnout. I was very pleased with the amount of people that came out.”

According to her April...

State Wrestling Champ College Bound

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Surrounded by family, Miyamura High School senior A.J. Starkovich looks happy with his choice on Apr. 13 after signing a National Letter-of-Intent to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to use his wrestling talents for the next four years. From left, seated: Grandmother Joan Starkovich, dad Kenny, A.J., mom Yvetter Martinez, step-father Tony Martinez. Standing, from left: Grandfather Steve Starkovich, sister Tiara, and grandmother Corina Moreno.

Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

30 years later: Abduction of Gallup girl continues to intrigue local residents

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Sister carries the torch of hope

There are few things in this world that are more disturbing, and more catastrophic than having a loved one go missing. For family and friends, there’s the inescapable worrying and hope that their loved one will return home someday. Also, the nagging, torturous thoughts about what befell their loved one.

In Gallup, the alleged kidnapping of Anthonette Cayedito, who was 9-years-old at the time of her disappearance, continues to haunt, intrigue and baffle local residents. At first, it was reported that she went missing from her bedroom on April 6, 1986 – 30 years ago.Heartbreak and pain

The child’s mother, Penny Cayadito, told police that...

Gallup General Services Director Rick Snider off to Illinois

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Snider going to home of alma mater as County Administrator

Rick Snider, general services director at the city of Gallup, will resign the post April 8. Snider leaves next week for a job as County Administrator in Champaign, IL, one of the state’s largest municipalities with a population of around 210,000.

“This is a dream job for me, leading one of the largest counties in the state,” Snider told the Gallup Sun April 5. “It is home to my alma mater, the University of Illinois. Champaign County also feeds the world as a top exporter of corn and soybeans.”

Snider, hired by former city manager Dan Dible, worked for the city for five years. His duties included overseeing...

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