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Honesty is the best (dress code) policy

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Fact checks needed for recent dress-code comments by board members

Tensions ran high at the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting on Aug. 15 over a number of issues previously reported by the Sun. One topic loudly interrupted the school district superintendent when it solicited cheers and boos from audience members, and even a member of the school board.

The topic was about dress-code policies that are instituted and upheld at multiple Gallup McKinley County Schools at an autonomous level. Superintendent Frank Chiapetti clarified near the beginning of the discussion that most questions would be better posed to a panel of principals who all have different school...

Sebold out; Lazarz to assume Gallup tourism duties

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No specifics given on change

Jennifer Lazarz, the manager of the city-owned and historic El Morro Theatre, is now the interim city tourism and marketing manager, officials confirmed. Klo Abeita, city human resources director, told the Sun this week that Gallup tourism and marketing manager Catherine Sebold departed the $63,000 job on Aug. 19. There was no elaboration by Abeita nor the city on why Sebold vacated the job.

“[Lazarz] will be performing the tourism manager duties until we fill the position vacancy,” Abeita said.

Asked if Sebold, who started the job in February of this year, resigned or was terminated, Abeita said, “It was the end of her at-will...

Navajo woman sentenced on involuntary manslaughter and assault conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Miranda Rentz, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Red Valley, Ariz., was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Aug. 16 on involuntary manslaughter and assault charges.

Rentz will serve an 84-month prison sentence followed by three years of supervised release.

Rentz was arrested in January of 2015 on a criminal complaint charging her with involuntary manslaughter and assault that resulted in serious bodily injury. According to the complaint, Rentz killed one victim and seriously injured another when she crashed her vehicle head-on into the victims’ vehicle.

At the time of the crash, Rentz was under the influence of alcohol.

Court...

Twin Lakes man wanted by police for stabbing

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Staff Reports

Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Darrell Desiderio, Sr. of Twin Lakes for the stabbing injury of Andrew Garcia, Jr.

He's wanted on a $10,000 cash only bond, and faces the charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said Desiderio allegedly stabbed Garcia up to four times. He's was in stable condition Monday.

According to an eyewitness account listed in the arrest warrant, around 9 am Thursday morning Garcia confronted Desiderio in front of the McKinley County Courthouse about stealing his brother's backpack at Trade Mark Square.

When the argument grew heated, Desiderio started searching his pockets...

Five-plus-hour school board meeting turned ‘Wild West’

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Heated topic: Teachers who hail from abroad

The Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting started at 6 pm Aug. 15 and dragged on for more than five hours, ending after 11 pm.

But not a lot of business was taken care of during that long span, with some agenda items tabled until next meeting.

At the start of the meeting, it was standing room only. Scores of Filipino teachers, staff, and supporters were there to speak out against alleged comments made to the media by recently appointed board member Sandra Jeff.

Heckling from the audience – from calling out Jeff on her questionable residency in McKinley County to making derogatory remarks about a Gallup-based...

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