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The Lost Potential of the Red Rocks (and the hush-hush Pyramid Trail), Part Two

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Martin Link’s impressive 1981 Heritage Canyon and the development of the Red Rocks into a major tourist attraction never got off the ground, all because of a lack of vision from narrow-minded political leaders, bureaucratic restraints, local apathy, and a lack of private-sector involvement.

Considering its location along the most panoramic scenic stretch of I-40/Route 66, the potential for Gallup and the Church Rock area as an attraction rivaling Sedona, Ariz., Moab, Ariz., or Santa Fe is not far-fetched. Step one has to be the construction of a Church Rock freeway exit and overpass, a huge oversight by regional economic planners of the time. With appropriate freeway exits...

McKinley primary winners take low roads to victory

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Officials in McKinley County always seem to predict that each election cycle will be better than the last. Which is to say, the voters are out there — it’s just a matter of time before they go to the polls.

A look at the most recent area election dictates that old adages don’t ring true when it comes to McKinley County.

Is it apathy? Is it voter distrust or intimidation? You be the judge as to why folks just don’t vote.

There are more than 30,000 registered voters in McKinley County and not many of them went to the polls June 7 to decide races related to the McKinley County Board of Commissioners and beyond — from district judges to seats in the Senate and House of...

Martin Link’s Heritage Canyon, An Outsider’s Vision, Part One

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I moved to Gallup in 1978. Coming from the Northwest, I had hopes of scenic Southwest panoramas with mesas, canyons, and rock formations. On my drive across Arizona, I began to wonder where the scenery was. I was quite relieved and excited when I approached the spectacular cliffs of Lupton. Upon arrival in Gallup, my first impression was, “This place has tourist potential.” Thirty-eight years hasn’t changed my impression.

It was immediately obvious to me that our greatest tourist draw was located just east of town at Church Rock — however, easy access off the freeway was overlooked by planners. Like many outsiders of the Southwest, I was drawn to the spectacular cliffs...

When will the BIA be held accountable for tribal refugees?

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The agent for exposure deaths resides with the feds

Gallup’s activist media continues to pound the drum, demanding the City of Gallup do something about the dozens of annual exposure deaths, yet we rarely hear of the conditions which bring about these tragedies, let alone the stark scarcity of personal responsibility.

Rather than homeless or vagrant, transients who risk their lives by leaving their homes and traveling long distances to escape the oppression and monotony of the reservation without transportation or a place to stay – all to experience the freedoms of Gallup — should be considered refugees. In order to rectify the problem, the system of rule that has led to the...

Sign Language

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In a crowded field, political candidates stand out on street corners — and practically in your yard — with catchy campaign signs.

And in a city where people get a little hot under the collar when someone steals a campaign sign from a given spot, it’s not always simply theft. Rather, it could be somebody playing silly mind games.

Candidates running for office put up signs all around town — some of the signs survive through the June 7 primary and up until election day in November; some get blown away by the elements; and some are likely knocked down by people with nothing better to do.

Strangely, most candidates running for office this time around chose not to put up signs...

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