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Person of the Month reflects on Relay For Life

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NM Cancer Center volunteer discusses landmark year

The Relay for Life of Gallup McKinley County will hold its twentieth run June 21, an occasion that is perhaps a bit more emotional than usual for one particular cancer survivor.

At least that is the impression one gets from Joyce Graves, a volunteer at New Mexico Cancer...

Giant gas stations rebranded as Speedway stations

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Quality will remain the same

Gallup residents have likely noticed a change in the gas stations around town in the past week.

Gas stations once called Giant have now been rebranded as Speedway. Some building designs and signs have changed their appearance, and the Giant Rewards tags are now being replaced by Speedy Rewards tags.

This is because Giant and parent company Western Refinery recently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum, which has a refinery east of Gallup at 92 Giant Crossing Rd., north of the Flying J Travel Center.

V.J. Smith, government and public affairs manager for Marathon Petroleum, was present at the Gallup City Council regular meeting June 11 to...

Trio of recognitions at GMCS Board meeting

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The Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education recognized a number of students and staff members during their recent regular meeting June 10.

The first group recognized consisted of teachers and staff members who received New Mexico School Board Association Student Achievement Awards.

GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt said that these awards are given to school employees who meet certain criteria and are recommended for the award by the school board.

“The board takes time and effort to think of those teachers and staff who benefit education on behalf of the students,” he said.

Twenty one teachers and staff members from GMCS were called to come up to the front of the room...

Demonstrating the dangers of intoxication

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Fun, interactive event sheds light on DWI awareness

Scores of first responder and supporting agencies gathered on the northeast end of the Rio West Mall parking lot June 8 for the 2019 McKinley County DWI Awareness Day.

The event title captured the dangers of Driving While Intoxicated – or as widely known – DWI.

Many visitors took the opportunity to participate in different activities such as ENDWI virtual reality, fatal vision goggles and golf cart course, and a paintball demonstration. The event drew in more than 300 visitors.

Visitors also picked up vital information from vendors on DWI awareness from the local DWI Task Force, county and city fire departments...


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Melanie Sam

May 23, 8:06 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Patrolman Richard Rangel was dispatched to 2500 Hwy. 602 just after 8 pm on May 23 in reference to a reckless driver in a gray Nissan Versa with a New Mexico license plate.

While en route, Rangel was told by Metro Dispatch that the vehicle in question was parked northbound on the side of the road across from Continental Divide Electric Cooperative. Rangel spotted the gray Nissan Versa and conducted a stop.

Rangel noted the vehicle was still running and the driver window was halfway down. He asked the driver, Melanie Sam, 28, of Gallup, to step out of the vehicle, during which she stumbled and caught herself.

When Sam was out...

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