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Uplift Community School closing

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June 30 is last official school day

With less than two months left before the close of Gallup’s Uplift Community School, school administrators want students to have the best academic and social experience possible.

Alecs Mojica, director at Uplift since January 2017, said the absolute last school date is June 30. The...

East Side water leak halts business, shuts off water

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Episode is one in string of costly infrastructure woes for Gallup

A significant water and sewer line break disrupted business at two hotels and a fast food restaurant and forced the city to shut off water April 3 at 20 residences, officials said.

Dennis Romero, city water and sanitation director, said a leak was called into Metro Dispatch at around 8:30 am. The break occurred at the intersection of Ford Drive and Aztec Avenue and impacted the smooth flow of business at the Best Western Plus, Taco Bell and the El Rancho Hotel.

The three businesses are located less than a mile from each other. The homes in question are located off Ford Drive. The break is connected to a 10-inch...

Serial check cashing fraudsters at large

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Vinson, Malone pain local businesses

A Gallup man that was facing nine years in the slammer for larceny and burglary, but was given probation instead, is on the lamb.

According to a recent McKinley County Sheriff’s Office report, and Gallup Police Department arrest warrant, James Vinson didn’t stay out of trouble for long after being released from jail on his own recognizance Feb. 24.

He was placed on probation, but hasn’t checked in with his probation officer, and is considered an absconder.

On April 1, MCSO Deputy Roxanne King was dispatched Advanced Technical Services, 2108 Mountain View, to take a report on a fraud attempt. An ATI official said Vinson, 45, tried to cash...

State Auditor Tim Keller releases audit of NNMC

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37 findings reveal unreliable financials, theft

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the most recent annual audit of Northern New Mexico College April 3.

The audit, conducted by an independent audit firm for fiscal year 2016, found an environment susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse. The audit resulted in 37 findings, including the probable theft of $200,000 by the former Director of Financial Services. The audit received a “disclaimer of opinion” meaning that the auditor was not able to confirm the reliability of the College’s financial statements.

“Addressing the problems identified in the audit is critical to keeping the College’s limited resources with...

Meth trio arrested, released

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Three people recently arrested as part of an undercover drug sting, were later released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on their own recognizance, records show.

Sarah Clauschee, George Warren and Micah Six, were taken into custody March 24 and released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on March 28. Each was part of an undercover drug operation conducted by the Region 1 Narcotics Task Force.

According to a police report, Clauschee, 38, of Gallup, aided undercover agents in the purchase of several grams of methamphetamine. Warren, 39, and Six, 31, of Houck, Ariz., were the people who supplied the drugs to Clauschee, although Six served more as an...

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