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Steamboat man sentenced to 120 months for manslaughter

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PHOENIX – On May 9, D’Juan Manuel Pizarro, 27, of Steamboat, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 120 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  Pizarro had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

On June 4, 2016...

Partners in bolstering Economic Development

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City entertains $35K library ‘concept’ report

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Is a new public library in the works for Gallup?

The Gallup City Council received a concept report April 25 on a possible new library. Gallup Public Works Director Stan Henderson and Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington stressed that the report was a follow up to last year’s downtown redevelopment planning sessions.

The report was presented by the Dallas-based Huitt-Zollars and at a cost to the city of around $35,000. The Texas firm is not scheduled to appear before the full council again in the near future.

“Staff has proceeded with a feasibility study for a new public library on the site as proposed in the Gallup Downtown Redevelopment Plan,” Henderson told council...

Has anyone seen Chiapetti’s GMCS contract?

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$132K contract wasn’t properly filed, officials say

The contract of former Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent, the binding document between employee and employer, isn’t on file at district headquarters on Boardman Drive and school district officials are at a loss as to where it is.

As far as anybody at the district knows, including the top brass and at least one GMCS school board member, the Board of Education simply did not place a new contract in the personnel file of Chiapetti. A career school district employee and a former principal at Miyamura High School, Chiapetti earned an annual salary of $132,500.

“We believe it was an oversight,” interim superintendent...

Shake-up at GMCS Board of Education

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Newcomer Charles Long now sitting in the driver’s seat


A couple of members of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education were elected to new board seats in a school system leadership shake-up May 1. Another board member retained the seat as vice-president. The moves took place at the regular board meeting at school district headquarters on Boardman Drive.

Newcomer Charles Long, who was nominated by fellow school board newcomer Michael Schaaf, is the newly elected board president by a 3-2 majority. Long, a former McKinley County Treasurer and Crownpoint native, replaces Prescilla Manuelito who is now board secretary.

Long-time board vice-president Kevin Mitchell...

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