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Darryl Bluehorse, 51

March 3, 1:46 am

3rd DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Officer Adrian Quetawki was on patrol on west Highway 66 about 1:46 am when he saw a car traveling the opposite direction with no headlights on.

He immediately turned around and conducted a traffic stop. He told the driver, Bluehorse...

Body found in Mentmore area

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Mentmore area around 7 pm Feb. 28 in connection with a report of a body found under the bridge near the Mentmore Road.

When officers arrived, they found the body of Ernest Bilagody, 35. They also found a red Volkswagen parked near the body, which was in a fetal position.

Deputies found a pack of beer nearby with one can opened.

The police report said Bilagody was on his knees with his face wedged in the ground face down. The body was cold to the touch, according to the report.

There had been a report earlier in the evening of a man dressed similarly to Bilagody leaning over the bridge.

Merle Bates, the chief investigator for...

Pawn shop robbery suspect dead

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The man suspected of stealing a revolver from Ted’s Pawn has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound March 8.

Gallup Police Department released an “attempt to locate” bulletin to the Sun shortly before noon Thursday.

The bulletin stated that the man, who was described as Native American and being about 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing a red pullover, entered Ted’s Pawn Shop on Maloney Avenue at about 10 am and asked to see a .357 magnum revolver.

When he was given one, the suspect took a bullet from his pocket, put it in the revolver and pointed it at the clerk. He then fled the pawn shop and got into an older model Ford pickup.

GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said police found the...

Balderas opposes Trump effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general, filed comments March 6 opposing the Trump Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule, which seeks to expand the criteria for forming association health plans (AHPs) in order to evade the consumer protections enshrined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and sabotage the ACA. AHPs have a long history of fraud, mismanagement, and abuse, with millions in unpaid claims for policyholders and providers, often leading to consumer bankruptcies.

“President Trump is directly threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of New Mexico children, parents and senior citizens with his reckless rule,” Balderas...

Water and Energy Awareness Day gets learning flowing at Red Rock Park

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The interactive learning event is in its thirteenth year

Since Gallup is the central location for schools in the McKinley County, practicing good water conservation and energy saving is a matter of routine.

The City of Gallup and Gallup McKinley County Schools teamed up March 7, giving students a hands-on lesson on how to conserve water and energy at the Water and Energy Awareness Day event at Red Rock Park.


For the past 13 years, Water and Energy Awareness Day has had success in educating over 13,000 fourth and fifth grade students, along with teachers and high school volunteers.

Participating elementary schools included: Jefferson Elementary, Twin Lakes Elementary, Red...

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