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A first – UNM Board of Regents hold meeting in Gallup

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A historic meeting of the UNM Board of Regents was hosted at the UNM Gallup Branch June 12.

The BOR hosted its regular meeting in an open and closed session at the Student Services Technical Center, and Regent President Rob Doughty thanked the Gallup community for its hospitality.

“It’s a real honor to be out here...

Council debates plastic bag issue

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Mayor wants to hear more community feedback

The Gallup City Council is considering implementing a plastic bag ordinance to address pollution on city streets.

The issue was raised at the past two regular meetings of the City Council and due to limited input from the community, a public hearing on the single use bag ordinance was held June 12.

City attorney Curtis Hayes shared a PowerPoint presentation outlining the pros and cons of the ordinance.

“The city of Santa Fe uses a fee system, the purpose of which is to encourage people to bring their own bags because they’re being charged by the retailer if they have to use a retailer provided bag,” he said.

If there is a fee...

County roads improvements mulled by commissioners

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Fireworks restrictions measure passed

During the June 5 regular meeting of the McKinley County Board of Commissioners, a funding request from Iyanbito Chapter to provide road improvements to County Road No. 33, Turtle Butte Circle, was tabled.

Chapter president Steven Arviso was requesting $50,000 to cover costs associated with an engineering survey and centerline survey for road improvement and realignment.

He provided commissioners with chapter resolutions for the project, maps and constituent requests for the road improvement.

“I grew up in Iyanbito all my life,” he said. “As a youngster, we traveled these roads and sometimes, we’d have ruts of 18 inches to two-feet deep...

St. Bonaventure Mission schools reeling from break-in

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Suspect(s) still at large

THOREAU, N.M. – The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of burglaries and vandalism that occurred this past weekend to schools within the St. Bonaventure Mission.

The damage was discovered early June 11 when custodians came to work.

When deputies arrived about 6:17 am, they were first directed to the mission’s pre-school where a window on the north side had been shattered. The double pane window is expected to cost about $1,500 to replace.

A search of the building revealed no other damage.

Next came the school’s gym where deputies found a white mesh window busted, and also found that one of the school’s fire...

Man attempts to sell stolen item back to business

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Biz owner leads police to THIEVES

A Church Rock man is facing multiple charges in connection with the theft of numerous tools from a Gallup nursery.

Tristan Peterson, 19, has been charged with burglary of a structure, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, larceny and conspiracy.

The charges stem from the theft of numerous tools from Holiday Nursery, 204 Valley View Rd., on May 28. John Kilgore, the owner of the nursery, said among the items that were stolen were leaf blowers, two chainsaws and two tool boxes filled with tools.

A week later, on June 6, Kilgore called police and reported that someone was trying to sell him a climbing harness. When he looked at it...
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