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McKinley County enacts new IPRA policy, rates

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County Attorney: Departments get fair share of IPRA requests

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an Inspection of Public Records operating policy that impacts the manner in which official information requests are handled.

The new policy was instituted via resolution at the Nov. 1 regular county commission meeting. Commissioner Genevieve Jackson did not attend the meeting.

“Prior to this method, the county was pretty much in line with what the state was doing,” McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker explained after the meeting.

Decker introduced the matter to commission members.

“Now, this is county policy,” he said.

Decker said practically every...

A ‘Petacular” Holloween

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The Second Annual Four Corners Pet Alliance pet costume contest raised money for needy, rescued animals currently being raised in foster care. Below are some of the swanky contestants that braved the Rio West Mall’s catwalk Oct. 28.

Photos by Ana Hudgeons

Gallup man dead from heroin overdose

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

A drug overdose is apparently what killed a Gallup man found unresponsive Oct. 29 in an open field near Indian Hills, according to a police report.

Officer Ryan Blackgoat of the Gallup Police Department recorded in a police report that Erick Lee, 34, was lying face down when he arrived at an area in Indian Hills near Zia Drive.

“I could see that he was not breathing,” Blackgoat recorded. “I see the male subject laying there feet facing north, head facing south on the dirt ground.”

Blackgoat wrote that a female friend of Lee’s said the two were released from Gallup Detox earlier that day. Gruber said the two shot up “strips” of heroin...


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Gallup’s Aging Infrastructure Revealed, Again

The residential area at the intersection of Fifth Street and Hill Avenue in Chihuahuita suffered another devastating water line break Oct. 25, officials confirmed at this week’s Gallup City Council regular meeting.

The break was to the 16-inch water main that feeds the Grandview tank, which supplies water throughout the city, City Water and Sanitation Director Dennis Romero told council members.

“There was another break,” he said. “We are working practically around the clock to get things repaired.”

An initial break on Sept. 14 saw water sprout from the ground and seep into the lower levels of a residence owned by Melissa...

Gallup Council gets film update

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Will Indian Capital land a film soon?

Gallup Film Liaison Lisa Rodriguez updated the Gallup City Council at its Oct. 25 regular meeting on the latest happenings around greater McKinley County with respect to filmmaking. The matter was listed on the meeting agenda as an information item and not as something that required council action.

Rodriguez, city film liaison for the past 10 years, is contracted with the city at an annual fee of $11,500 to bring opportunities to Gallup. She puts on the annual Native Film Series that takes place at the El Morro Theatre. The film series is free to the public and offers films from around the United States.

“This is just a very general update of...

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