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State Rep. D.Wonda Johnson facing lawsuit

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Former campaign manager says he’s owed $26,000, plus

ALBUQUERQUE – A lawsuit related to a campaign management matter and filed in January 2016 hasn’t yet been settled and it looks like there’s no telling when there will be some closure on it, records suggest.

D. Wonda Johnson, the area state representative who is the subject of the suit, filed in the 2nd Judicial Court, offered no information April 18 as to when the matter would be disposed of.

Johnson, D-Church Rock, the incumbent candidate for a New Mexico District 5 House of Representative seat, reportedly owes her former campaign manager Keegan King, president of Atsaya, Inc., of Albuquerque, $13,375, plus...

NN Iyanbito Chapter hosts area, state Dems

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Candidates roar ‘…turn our House back to blue’

IYANBITO – With a June primary and a November general election looming, several members of McKinley’s and New Mexico’s Democratic Party met April 15 at the Iyanbito Chapter House “…to turn our House back to blue,” as one of those attending the two-hour affair said.

“We want everybody who is registered to vote to know a little better exactly who they are voting for,” organizer Albert Shirley said. “That’s what this is about. It also gives regular people from everywhere a chance to meet the candidates.”

Shirley, who dubbed the meeting a “Get Out the Navajo Vote” campaign, asked each candidate running...

Byerley talks Ceremonial, rodeo and water conservation

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Sitting alone at the counter of Cowtown Feed & Livestock along U.S. Route 491, Dudley Byerley, proprietor of the business, gazes out onto the store floor where a few customers browse.

Business is good these days, folks from around the area need dog food, vaccinations, horse feed, ranch supplies, and just plain good, old-fashioned advice on how to address issues with animals, and much of anything else, that occurs at the ranch.

“I get people from all walks of life and I have a lot of repeat customers,” he said. “I guess you can say I was born into this.”

Byerley, 61, was born in Oklahoma and moved with his family to New Mexico during the 1960s, during a time when Gallup...

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...

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