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Church sex abuse victim’s search for missing daughter continues

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She disappeared last year

The children of Nery Contreras face a life without both a mother and father. And this rapid change occurred in their lives within a matter of months in 2017.

Contreras, 30, functioned as the sole parent of his two children, Roselyn, 6, and Armando, 2, after their mother disappeared last...

City Council approves union pay increase

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NCI STRUGGLES TO GAIN budget approval

The Gallup City Council convened Aug. 14 for the regular meeting and began with action on the contract reopener agreement between the Gallup and the United Mine Workers of America Local 1629.

There are currently 131 city employees affected by the agreement and Klo Abeita, human resources director, said they are all non-probationary employees.

She said the parties came to an agreement Aug. 1, after discussing wage rates and insurance health costs.

The employees will receive a two percent increase that will be effective the first full pay period after council approval, Abeita said, which would be Oct. 8.

“The current agreement expires 2019...

Lexington Hotel to shutter its doors

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Care 66 cites lack of funding as reason

Community Area Resource Enterprise, also known as CARE 66, is closing the doors to the Lexington Hotel on Sept. 30.

Staff is currently meeting with residents one-on-one to transition tenants to other housing possibilities, according to executive director Sanjay Choudhrie.

Thirty tenants are affected by the closure, most of them disabled, recovering addicts and formerly homeless people getting their lives back in order. Most of them are Native American.

“We hope to have everyone placed by the middle of September,” he said.

The annual budget for Care 66 is $500,000 to provide case management, employment placement, administration and other...

St. Michaels man arrested for voyeurism

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Entered women’s bathroom

A St. Michaels man is facing several charges after he reportedly accosted a 17-year-old girl in a Gallup bathroom.

Thomas Lee, 38, was charged with voyeurism, concealing his identity, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.

Gallup Police Officer Cindy Romancito said she was dispatched about 12:30 pm on Aug. 4 to the 1200 block of West Maloney Avenue in reference to a report of a man who was in the female restroom watching young females.

When she got there, she found Lee being detained by two other men. He appeared to be intoxicated and when she tried to put handcuffs on him, he tensed up so she asked the...

Officer recognized for saving a life

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