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Liquor Excise Tax board faces a decline in funding

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The Liquor Excise Tax board has been struggling, Curtis Hayes, city attorney, said during the Gallup city council meeting on June 26.

Projected revenue is down to $1.2 million, nearly $400,000 less than the previous year. Gallup Detox will have a priority on the available funds, with $300,000 being set aside for the...

Gallup Police Chief Hart’s position up in air

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City officials tight-lipped on his status

Questions remained unanswered as this issue was going to press about the status of Phillip Hart as police chief for the city if Gallup.

The one thing that is known for sure is that Hart was not at his job this week as reports began circulating that he had been suspended or possibly fired. Neither Police Capt. Marinda Spencer nor city officials were answering questions about his status or if he would be returning as police chief after his suspension.

City officials have been very reluctant to comment on the Hart situation.

City attorney Curtis Hayes declined to comment, referring callers to Mary Ann Ustick, the city manager, who has also...

BLM seeks bids for new public off-range pastures for wild horses and burros

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New pastures will provide free-roaming environment for animals in overpopulated herds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management announced June 20that it is seeking proposals for new public off-range pastures that provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands while also allowing for regular public visitation.

The  announcement is part of the BLM’s effort to address the growing overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public rangelands. As of March 1, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at 81,951 animals, which is more than triple the number of animals the land can support in conjunction with other...

Jailed man’s attempt to work from inside backfires

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Ryan Westman was back in the news this week for reportedly trying to get associates to retaliate against a witness.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Amanda Romero, 29, of Gallup and Benjamin Gonzales, 25, of Gallup for conspiracy.

Westman is currently residing in the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, charged with multiple charges, including murder. But before he was brought back to Gallup, he was sitting in the San Juan County Jail after he attempted to avoid arrest by fleeing to Farmington where he was later arrested by U.S. Marshals.

According to a police report filed in the McKinley County Sheriff”s Office, Robert Turney, a sheriff investigator, suspicion had...

Man stabbed at shopping plaza

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A 30-year-old Native American man is in stable condition Thursday after being stabbed June 20 at the Safeway Supermarket.

Gallup Police Captain Marinda Spencer said details were still limited since the report on the incident had not come in, but call logs indicated that the victim had received moderate injuries as a result of a confrontation with the suspect who then fled after the stabbing.

His condition when medical personnel arrived on the scene was serious, she said, adding that he had to be treated for uncontrollable bleeding.

She added that the police have a suspect in custody who was being questioned Thursday morning but no charges had been filed at that time.

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