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City tables lawsuit against state for ‘Hold Harmless’ repeal

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A lawsuit against the State of New Mexico was presented during a special meeting of the Gallup City Council by City Attorney George Kozeliski June 29. The action would seek to protect Gallup from the loss of revenues if the state of New Mexico does not change the current plan to phase out the hold harmless tax break.

The hold harmless tax break was created during Bill Richardson’s term as governor. The first portion that allowed for abatement of taxes on food was enacted in 2004 and the second, relating to health care expenses was enacted in 2007. Losing the hold harmless status will be devastating to Gallup, according to local lawmakers.

The lawsuit presents two points of...

City purchases Alpine Lumber, nearby land

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In a special session of the Gallup City Council, held June 29, a purchase of the land owned by Alpine Lumber was approved. The land is valued at about $ 1 million but the city was able to buy it for $400,000. The buildings formerly known as Alpine Lumber, 104 North Second St., and the parcel west of the buildings are included in the purchase.

City Councilor Allan Landavazo said the procurement of this property is beneficial for future development. No plan has been set for the future of the land but ideas that are in the brainstorming process include a possible convention center, retail space, a park and access for a Second Street underpass that would help traffic bypass the railroad...

Civil asset forfeiture ban becomes law

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Starting July 1, cops in New Mexico can no longer take personal property without convicting someone, child predators will face tougher penalties and frozen powdered alcohol products are now recognized as being under state liquor control.

These are just a handful of the 62 laws passed earlier this year during the regular state legislative session. Seventy-nine other new laws went into effect last month, while others with the emergency clause went into effect even earlier.

The new civil asset forfeiture law is perhaps the most impactful and passed both chambers of the Legislature with wide support, netting no votes against it from either the state House of Representatives or the the...

Red Lion hit twice by armed robbers

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For the second time this year, the Red Lion Hotel was robbed by an armed assailant, but this time the gunman fired at the clerk.

At about 1:46 am on morning of June 25, the call came into Metro Dispatch that Red Lion had been robbed. The hotel was previously hit on May 27.

That suspect was described as an African American male with light skin. This recent robbery suspect is described as a Caucasian male with dark hair and a mustache, about 5’6” medium build in the 20-30 age range.

According to Gallup Police Detective Tasheena Wilson, the clerk at the hotel described a possible vehicle as a white truck with a camper shell.

The man was armed with a gun.

“The guy got off a round...

Governor orders clean up of Kirtland fuel spill

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ALBUQUERQUE —Governor Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Air Force is now pumping and treating water from a jet fuel leak first detected at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999 July 1.

While previous administrations failed to hold the Air Force accountable, Martinez’s administration has worked closely with the Air Force to facilitate the clean-up.

“Protecting our precious water supply is non-negotiable,” Martinez said. “We have taken the necessary steps to begin addressing the Kirtland fuel spill when other administrations hesitated to engage with the problem. The U.S. Air Force has stepped up and done the work required by my Administration to begin remediating the plume of...

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