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DWI Task Force watching for impaired drivers in Gallup

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NMDOT providing extra funding through February

Officers of the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County DWI Task Force will continue to patrol within Gallup’s city limits throughout February with the specific task of locating and stopping intoxicated and impaired drivers. Funding provided by the New Mexico Department...

Sheriff seeks witnesses’ help in fatal stabbing case

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One man is dead after an alleged parking lot fight at T&R Feed and Rope Center turned deadly Feb. 12.

The suspect, now identified as Nelbert Billy, 20, of Manuelito, N.M., was initially arrested on Navajo Nation land for an unrelated charge. He has since been arrested and charged in McKinley County with one open count of murder.

McKinley County Sheriff’s office deputies responded to the “fight call” at 2:30 pm.

Undersheriff James Maiorano said before deputies arrived on scene they were notified that Delbert Billy, 41, of Manuelito, N.M., was sitting in a grey pickup truck in the parking lot.

When deputies arrived, medical personnel were already tending to the victim.


Law enforcement still looking for tips for alleged Roswell murderer, kidnapper

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Law enforcement is still asking the public for information more than a month after a Roswell man allegedly murdered his girlfriend and fled with their 3-year-old son.

An FBI reward of up to $10,000 is still active for information leading to the apprehension, arrest, and/or extradition of Jorge Ernesto Rico-Ruvira.

Rico-Ruvira, 32, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of his girlfriend in Roswell, N.M., on Jan. 7. He also allegedly fled with the couple's 3-year-old son, Osciel Ernesto Rico. He was charged with first-degree murder in the Chaves County Magistrate Court, State of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M., and a state warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan...


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Unafraid of being seen, heard

Professor Emeritus Dana Chandler has been called “controversial,” an “activist artist,” and a “Black Power Artist,” because since his youth, he has been fighting for social justice and human rights using his most powerful tool: his art.

This point was a primary focus of an artist lecture Chandler gave at the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus Feb. 4. He, along with his daughter who is also his representative,  Dahna Chandler, spoke about his decades-long career.


Born in 1941 in Lynn, Mass., Chandler was educated in Boston Public Schools and earned his first accolades as an artist in grade school.

Chandler was an...

Task force wants to brand Fort Wingate as heritage site

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A patch of land near Fort Wingate, east of Gallup and a short distance from I-40, is sitting unused with existing fort buildings, constructed around 1862 to house four companies of First New Mexico volunteers. It was their job to help “control and protect” the Navajo.

However, a group of people is hoping to change that and present the fort as a piece of history.

The Old Fort Wingate Task Force wants to transfer 500 acres surrounding the old fort from the control of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the National Park Service. Then they want to work with NPS to establish a national, state or tribal heritage site.

Members of the task force spoke with the Sun Feb. 4 about plans for...

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