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McKinley County: 21,000 voted Nov. 8

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Matter now heads to Sec. of State

The canvassing of the Nov. 8 election went well and there were no major problems, officials said. Results still indicate that McKinley County is heavily Democratic and voters tend to be shy about turning out on Election Day.

McKinley County Director of Elections Rick Palochak said 21,208 people cast their votes in this year’s general election — out of 40,400 registered votes in McKinley County. That amounted to about a 52 percent voter turnout.

“Of course you always want those numbers to be as high as they can be,” Palochak said. “I’d say the numbers are usually low in McKinley County, but the numbers do fluctuate.”

Palochak said 15,274...

Is Gallup Getting that bad?

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The Gallup City Council approved a security measure Nov. 9 related to the installation of metal detectors at the taxpayer-funded City Hall. The measure isn’t designed to make the two-story Aztec Avenue building a fortress, but to put into place a system to thwart potential danger.

Assistant City Manager John DeYoung introduced the matter to council members who must now wait on the return of more information. That should come by the end of the year, DeYoung said.

“We presented general information on metal detectors,” he said “We will come back at a later council meeting and give additional information.”

At a June city council meeting, the idea of a metal detector was...

Clahchischilliage wins NM senate District 4 race, again

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Winner is rare Navajo female Republican

Incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Kirtland, won the District 4 race for the New Mexico Senate Nov. 8, retaining the Republican seat that she first won in 2013, and which includes a significant portion of San Juan County.

Clahchischilliage beat political newcomer and retired educator GloJean Todacheene of Shiprock and won the race by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent.

The race was one of less than a handful in northwestern New Mexico contests that wasn’t uncontested. The race followed a presidential election victory by Donald Trump, whose son, Donald, Jr., spoke about a week earlier at the Shiprock Chapter House. Hillary Clinton won...

Trump, Jr. stumps in Shiprock Area Republicans turn out in force

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SHIPROCK — Donald Trump, Jr. is the only Republican or Democratic surrogate who stumped in Shiprock during the 2016 presidential campaign season.

Trump, Jr. appeared at the Shiprock Chapter House Nov. 4, and made a prior visit to the Piñon Hills Community Church in nearby Farmington. Shiprock is the northern most town on the Navajo Nation and one of the biggest towns within the 27,000-mile Navajo Nation.

“It was wonderful,” Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Kirtland, said. Clahchischillage, a rare Navajo Republican, won the District 4 race against political newcomer GloJean Todacheene of Shiprock. “The turnout was incredible. There were people from all political persuasions...

Dead Hispanic male found on Gallup’s east side

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The body of a deceased Hispanic male was found on Nov. 9 at the Chaparral Mobile Home Park on the east side of Gallup, officials said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer of the Gallup Police Department said a call came into police headquarters about the death. The body is of a male believed to be in his 40s, Spencer said.

Spencer said the body was sent to Albuquerque for an autopsy. She declined to say whether the incident included foul play, saying police investigators await notification of next of kin in the matter.

Spencer said it’s the first unattended death in the Chaparral area in about six or seven months.

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

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