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Morales named GFD deputy fire chief

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Appointee is career city employee

Gallup Fire Marshal Jesus “Chuy” Morales just added yet another job title to a long and productive career at the city of Gallup.

Morales, an 18-year city fire department employee, was named deputy fire chief at the Aug. 9 City Council meeting. Gallup Fire Chief Eric Babcock made the announcement during the comment portion of the meeting.

“I want to announce that ‘Chuy’ Morales has been chosen as the new deputy fire chief,” Babcock said. “He is our new deputy chief.”

A deputy chief is second in charge at the fire department.

Morales said he interviewed for the position over the past month, but didn’t think he was in line for the...

Commission picks new county manager

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Dimas no longer ‘interim’

Anthony Dimas was chosen to become McKinley County’s permanent manger based on a unanimous vote by the McKinley County Board of Commissioners.

Dimas, who took over county managerial duties in mid-May after Bill Lee left the job to return to the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, won the job over five other area candidates.

“I’m happy to have been selected by the commission,” Dimas said after the Aug. 2 county meeting. “From here, I’ll continue a lot of what is already in place.”

Dimas said he’ll place his attention on the county’s master plan and road repair. He said he’ll stay mindful of budgets and will not forget the...

State Police tightlipped on officer-involved shooting

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Fallen suspect’s brother opens up about case

In the early hours of July 24, Alvin Sylversmythe was shot and killed by Gallup Police Department officer(s). Sylversmythe, 30, was reportedly intoxicated and charged at officers while wielding two knives.

The case is currently in the hands of New Mexico State Police, but as of press time, officials have yet to release the name of the officer – or officers – who fired the deadly shot.

NMSP Sgt. Chad Pierce said in an email, dated Aug. 11, that the reason the names of the officers involved in the shooting haven’t been released “is due to the investigative process.”

“Please remember no two investigations are the same as some...

Road Runner Motel catches fire

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Damage costs are significant

Fire ravaged an east side motel Aug. 9, forcing occupants to take shelter at a nearby gymnasium, officials said. The fire is being investigated by the Gallup Fire Department and Gallup Police Department.

The cause of the fire at the Road Runner Motel, 3012 E. Hwy 66, remains under investigation. There were no injuries reported. Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said the estimated cost of fire damage is significant.

Morales said a call came into dispatch at around 8:15 pm regarding a structure fire at a hotel near Indian Hills.

“It was a general alarm call,” Morales said. “We got there within minutes.”

Morales said the fire initially broke out in...

Udall, Heinrich announce $4.4 million for NMSU research to support sustainability and profitability of pecan industry

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Aug. 8, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive more than $4.4 million to support research on pecan genetics and breeding that will help New Mexico pecan farmers improve the sustainability and profitability of their crops.

The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which Udall and Heinrich supported.

The funded research will allow for the development of genetic tools that will help farmers select varieties of trees that will thrive in the varying growing...

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