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Zuni Pueblo man pleads guilty to federal statutory rape charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Dalchimsky Begay, 26, an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo who resides in Rio Rancho, pled guilty Oct. 4 in federal court in Albuquerque to a sexual abuse of a minor charge.

Begay was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging him with sexually abusing a minor who was between 12 and 16 years of age.

According to the indictment, Begay committed the crime on Feb. 14, 2015, on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County.

During the Oct. 4 proceedings, Begay pled guilty to the indictment and admitted engaging in a sexual act with the victim who was between 12 and 16 years of age and was four years younger than Begay.

At sentencing, Begay faces a statutory...

Gallup Council approves $106K wastewater pact

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CH2M to enter plant picture on Oct. 1; permanent negotiations underway

The Gallup City Council approved a 30-day contract Sept. 27 with the Edgewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., to operate and maintain the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The action took place at the regular city meeting and on the heels of the exit of a previous firm that contracted with the city for plant management.

“The short-term contract will not change the fiscal impact, as the budgeted amount for operation of the plant by Severn Trent would be used to pay for services by CH2M during this 30-day period,” Dennis Romero, city director of water and sanitation, told council members. “This is...

FBI releases latest crime statistics

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Violent crime increased as property crime decreased

On Sept. 26, the FBI released its annual compilation of crimes reported to its Uniform Crime Reporting Program by law enforcement agencies from around the nation. Crime in the United States, 2015 reveals a 3.9 percent increase in the estimated number of violent crimes and a 2.6 percent decrease in the estimated number of property crimes last year when compared to 2014 data.

According to the report, there were an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes committed around the nation. While that was an increase from 2014 figures, the 2015 violent crime total was 0.7 percent lower than the 2011 level and 16.5 percent below the 2006...

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...

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