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HK Advertising proposes marketing plan to Lodger’s Tax Committee

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“I’d like to see the tourism of Gallup explode. I really feel that we have a lot to offer here,” District 3 City Councilor and Lodger’s Tax Committee member Yogash Kumar said to a handful of community members during the Lodger’s Tax Committee’s regular quarterly meeting held Dec.1.

In order to do just that City Manager, Maryann Ustick and David Hinkle, president of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, selected HK Advertising, an advertising agency based out of Sante Fe to discuss implementation of a strategic marketing plan for the city of Gallup.

With partnership efforts from the city and the Chamber, and after applying for a grant last year, both entities...

NN Fish and Wildlife seeking public’s help – Raptors being killed for their tail feathers

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The Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking information regarding the illegal killing of multiple hawks and a falcon in northwest New Mexico. Our office was notified on Nov. 10 that several dead hawks had been found dumped on the side of a dirt road near Tohatchi.

A total of eight birds were recovered by NNDFW Wildlife Conservation Officers, and include three Ferruginous Hawks, four Red-Tailed Hawks, and one Prairie Falcon.

All birds were confirmed to have been shot and all were left on the side of the road with their tail feathers removed. Although the birds were dumped in the vicinity of Tohatchi, it is possible that the poaching occurred elsewhere or at several...

Tragedy curtailed: Police, fire dept. locate elderly man

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When an elderly man walked out of McKinley Manor at about 7:20 pm Wednesday, Gallup Police Department officers and Gallup Fire Department firefighters knew they had to find him quickly as temperatures began plummeting.

And they did with the help of a thermal imaging device. The man was found "down and out" at about 10 pm, about 200 yards from his home, GPD Capt. Rick White said.

The temperature was 23 degrees at that time, but the man was alive and transported to a local hospital.

"If there hadn't been a quick response this gentleman would have passed away," White said.

White also noted that the man's family was quick to notify police that he was missing and even volunteered in the...

Elderly man dies in accident

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Gallup Police Department investigators will have to look to the results of an autopsy for answers on what caused Johnie Williams, 80, to run a stop sign and hit another vehicle.

GPD Capt. Rick White said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash that occurred at about 4 pm Wednesday.

"It looks like it might be a medical reason, possibly," he said.

The accident took place at Mendoza and Armand Ortega Rd, near Western Skies Trailer Park. Williams was traveling southbound on Armand Ortega when he hit another vehicle heading westbound on Mendoza.

The other driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Surviving internment. Japanese Americans shed light on a dark history

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When he was a teenager, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura once saw a train arriving, full of Japanese citizens, at the train station in Gallup. He thought to himself, “Where are they going?” There were so many of them, he recalled.

Miyamura – a Japanese-American, Korean war veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient – had no idea at the time that these Japanese Americans, peeking through the train’s windows, were being sent to a nearby internment camp.

“I was 16 when the war broke out in 1941,” said Miyamura, a lifelong Gallup resident. “I was surprised and couldn’t believe it. But, by that time the Japanese community was very well integrated into to...

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