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West Gallup fire shuts down home

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A Sept. 23 fire caused the occupants of a Gallup mobile home to seek shelter elsewhere, officials said.

Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said city firefighters responded to a fire at 3507 Camino de la Tierra at about 8:17 pm.

“It looks like [the fire] was intentionally set,” Morales said. “We are still investigating the matter.”

Morales said firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes. He said the foyer of the home was destroyed. There were no humans injured in the fire, but two dogs that sought safety in a back room of the residence perished. Detectives with the Gallup Police Department are looking at a “person of interest” in the incident. Morales did not...

GGEDC releases fiduciary report

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GGEDC director makes presentation before Gallup Council

This week, the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation released its FY 2012-FY 2016 report. The report, entitled “Moving Forward,” explains how core economic development programs begin with GGEDC and highlights the organization’s accomplishments over the last contract period.

The report outlines new initiatives that include the potential development of a super-center truck stop and a medical-health research cluster. Lundstrom presented the report before the Gallup City Council at the Sept. 27 regular city meeting.

“This summary report documents our present accomplishments, outlines future opportunities and...

Documentary screening stresses opioid addiction dangers

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FBI director discusses issue at Georgetown University event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sept. 21, Georgetown University students, alumni, and faculty gathered in the campus’ historic Gaston Hall in Washington, D.C., for a special screening of the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.

Released by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration earlier this year, the film focuses on educating young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction. The 45-minute documentary — the title of which refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or ultimate high — features stark first-person accounts by individuals who have abused opioids, or whose children have...

Gallup declares ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’

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Church Rock activist Mervyn Tilden spearheads movement

The Gallup City Council unanimously passed a resolution at its Sept. 27 regular meeting that establishes a Gallup Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The matter received some discussion, and in the end, council members agreed with area civil rights activist Mervyn Tilden that the naming was long overdue.

The vote declares the second Monday in October as Gallup Indigenous Peoples’ Day — the day is also nationally recognized as Columbus Day. Mayor Jackie McKinney presented the matter to council members, saying the city, obviously, has no power to eliminate federal holidays like Columbus Day, a day Tilden dislikes, but it can support...

Gallup Sun garners NMPA awards

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First awards for popular weekly newspaper

On Sept. 24, Gallup Sun Writer Bernie Dotson and Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann walked away with two second-place awards from the New Mexico Press Association at the organization’s annual newspaper contest. The NMPA is the umbrella organization of which many state media outlets are a part.

The Sun is part of a Weekly Class I category of the NMPA that includes the Las Cruces Bulletin, The Taos News, the Valencia County News Bulletin, among others.

Dotson won an award for his April sports article, “Gallup trainer getting boxing off the stool,” and Herrmann won a news-writing award for her June story, “Investigator turns up the heat...

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