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Charter school continues case for student transportation

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School lacks important amenities; seeks to appeal case

The new Hózhó Academy Charter School moves into its second month of operation this school year, despite lacking adequate transportation for its students to and from the school.

The academy reached out to Gallup-McKinley County Schools for support on the matter, but their request was denied. The move set the stage for a lawsuit between the two entities.

On Aug. 15, Hózhó Academy filed a complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, which was received by the Gallup-McKinley County School District on Aug. 17.

Case hearings were scheduled for Aug. 17 and 24, and GMCS filed their motion to dismiss the case on Aug...

Council seeks public input on vendor permit ordinance

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Meeting discusses detangling confusing process

The Gallup City Council discussed the current vendor ordinance at its Sept. 25 regular meeting.

The city sought feedback from the council and public on what amendments could be made to streamline the application process for vendors.

City Attorney Curtis Hayes listed five vendor ordinance issues.

Permit fees

The first issue pertained to differing fees for various classifications of vendor permits. The current fee structure was described as confusing and inconsistent in the amounts charged for each permit.

Currently, a vendor can apply for one of 10 permits and pay a fee ranging from $25 to $100; the time period for valid permits...

RMCHCS partners with GPD to prevent break-ins in Mossman area

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Community workers ahead of schedule, expand plan of clearing overgrown vegetation

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ community workers plan to complete their cleanup of the Mossman area hit by break-ins by the end of September, beating earlier estimates by several weeks while also expanding the scope of their mission to include cleaning a children’s park and resident common areas such as sidewalks.

The hospital has partnered with the Gallup Police Department to help clear and remove vegetation which might have served as cover for intruders involved in residential robberies in the Mossman area of Gallup.

The hospital’s Community Work Service Program members...

Life sentence for convicted Albuquerque murderer

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ALBUQUERQUE  – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 25 a sentence in excess of life imprisonment for Ameer Muhammad, the man convicted of the Albuquerque murder of Aaron Sieben in 2017.

Muhammad was found guilty of first degree felony murder, armed robbery, and shoplifting in July after Balderas took the case to trial.

“We have worked tirelessly to provide justice for Mr. Sieben’s family," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. "Today, they can finally know that the man who has caused them so much pain has been punished to the fullest extent provided by law.”

In March, 2017, Muhammad attacked Sieben near an Albuquerque gas station, fatally stabbing him, before...

Local care center under fire for treatment of elder

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Red Rocks Care Center HAS history of violations

Nothing could have prepared a Gallup family for what they allegedly found a day after they left a 93-year-old loved one at the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.

Dorothy Kein-Monahan was admitted to Red Rocks, 3720 Church Rock Rd., on Sept. 12 after an August surgery at the Gallup Indian Medical Center to remove her gallbladder.

Serena Penaloza, Kein-Monahan’s granddaughter, said the family hoped the staff would help aid their grandmother in her recovery. But when they returned to the facility the following day, they allegedly found Kein-Monahan wearing clothes that neither fit nor belonged to her, and she was not fully dressed...

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