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Ridley Bitsilly

July 14, 1:07 pm


Gallup Police Officer Jeremy Shirley was on routine patrol about 2 pm, traveling eastbound on Montoya Boulevard going about 40 miles per hour, when a car passed him going at a high rate of speed.

He did a routine traffic stop of the vehicle after it stopped near the...

Manuelito Children’s Home: A west side treasure

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A home for Native American children since 1959

Manuelito Children’s Home did not start out as a children’s home, but as a preaching mission to the Navajo people. The mission work was overseen by a congregation in Albuquerque and later by one in Farmington.

Fundraising to care for children placed in comfortable, and loving home remains paramount. Wild Thing Championship Bullriding has been a major source of funding for both the home and the school the children attend.

And both children and adults work the concession stands and parking to raise money.


The Farmington-Albuquerque congregations, being approximately 150 miles, each respectively, felt they could not...

City electric director to retire after five years of service

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Matzke receives commendation by council

Richard Matzke, electric director for the City of Gallup, will retire next month and was given a commendation at the city council meeting July 10.

Matzke has served as the director for the past five years. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1972 and began a career in electrical distribution that led him to Gallup.

He was at the front and center in efforts to get the solar farm project launched earlier this year. The panels can be seen from Interstate 40, west of Munoz overpass. The site is expected to generate about 10 percent of Gallup’s power.

A couple of years back, Matzke served as the interim director of the city’s wastewater treatment...

City Council approves 4 percent wage increase for Gallup Police Officers Association

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An agreement was reached between the City of Gallup and Gallup Police Officers Association, Fraternal Order Of Police, and McKinley County Lodge #7 to give a 4 percent wage increase to members of the bargaining unit.

This also includes an 80-20 employer-employee health insurance cost share on medical insurance, which has been factored into the 2018-19 budget.

The bargaining unit is comprised of full-time, non-probationary Certified Police Officers, Patrolman First Class and Sergeants.

The GPOA union ratified the agreement, which was presented to the City of Gallup Council for approval on June 21. The raise would go into effect on July 16 with payouts starting on August 3.

The budget...

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