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Candidates readying for March 14 election

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Gallup voters decide who leads two council districts March 14 and by the looks of it the candidates vying for District 3 could make things quite interesting.


Growing up in Michigan, restaurateur Angela Chavez never imagined that she’d get deeply involved in municipal politics. But here she...

Hyatt signs $150K a year GMCS contract

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GMCS superintendent is highest paid public official in McKinley County

Mike Hyatt is the newly installed superintendent at Gallup-McKinley County Schools and the two-year contract inked by Hyatt pays an annual salary of $150,000.

The two-page document was signed Feb. 21 and given to the Gallup Sun as per a New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act request. The signing took place on the same date as the most recent regular board meeting.

Hyatt is the fourth superintendent to serve Gallup schools in the past eight years. The contract, which begins July 1, 2017, makes Hyatt the highest paid public official in McKinley County.

“This is consistent with what superintendent’s around...

Counterfeit scam

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Gallup Police Department reported that Fire Rock Casino has had movie prop bills passed off as legal tender. It has the funny money company’s  logo where the Department of Treasury logo is supposed to be.

Candidates front and center at forum

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DISTRICTS 1, 3 election is March 14

A homeless man, mumbling about a government conspiracy, urinates in a downtown alley at lunchtime. He could be the responsibility of the city police, a homeless shelter or a mental health system.

And if he’s been in Gallup any length of time, he’s been shuttled among all three.

That was the consensus at a political forum held March 1 at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce where candidates for two council seats introduced themselves and their platforms to the public.

District 3 incumbent councilman Yogash Kumar and challengers Angela Chavez and Esco Chavez and Linda Garcia of District 1 squared off in a 90-minute question-and-answer...

Gallup Council passes rodeo agreement

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Veterans Cemetery easement finalized

The Gallup City Council unanimously passed an agreement Feb. 28 that relates to the High School and Junior High School rodeo associations. The action took place at the regular city meeting and was not met with opposition.

The agreement was introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski.

“This is only our second year in hosting it,” Kozeliski explained. “Many years ago the city hosted the state high school finals, but this is the joint finals and our second go-round.”

Kozeliski told council members that the city was successful in its response to a Request for Proposals from the High School Rodeo and Junior High School rodeo associations...

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