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The legal limit is .08.


Talia Nelson

June 25, 2:03 am


MCSO Deputy Merle Bates was working the DWI task force patrol at the intersection of Hamilton Road and U.S. 491 when he noticed a car traveling north at a fast pace. Bates caught up with the blue Pontiac at South China Springs Loop and U.S. 491...

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salina Brown was dispatched to the 14-mile marker on I-40, westbound, in reference to an accident. When she arrived at the scene, she found a semi truck off the north side road. In front of the truck, a red car, with a driver in the seat, was pushed against the right-of-way fence. The driver of the car, Douglas L. Hudson, 73, was declared deceased prior to Brown’s arrival.

Next-of-kin notification was completed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.




Just after midnight, Gallup Police Department Officer Chris Molina arrived at the scene of a fight at 1115 W. Hwy 66...

Gallup Fire Department: Safety stressed for Fourth of July

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Gallup Fire Marshal Jesus Morales took the time this week to offer some safety measures for folks to adhere to both inside and outside the home. Morales, a career city fire department employee, said approved vendors began to sell fireworks on June 20 and will cease selling them July 6.

“The fire department is urging the public to use extreme caution when using fireworks in the city on July Fourth,” Morales said.

Morales said a permit is required to use fireworks within the city limits. He noted that permits cost $15 and can be purchased from the city clerk’s office at Gallup City...

Two families displaced after fire ravages homes

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Investigation yields few clues on how it started

GAMERCO– Shortly before 9 pm on a Saturday evening, a Gamerco home at 202 S. Chino Loop went up in flames. Then a second home. What expectedly ensued next was complete panic for the two families impacted by the blaze, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roxanne King’s report.

Gallup Fire Department arrived on scene, and began to douse the flames. In a video submitted to the Gallup Sun, a small child could be heard saying it sounded like “popcorn” popping as memories and beloved belongings popped, melted, and burned to a crisp during the three-alarm fire June 25.

Dina Barron, one of the homeowners, arrived...

New Gallup police chief sworn-in

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At $100K annually, Hart in small company at City Hall

A law enforcement veteran with experience at the state and federal levels is now at the helm of the Gallup Police Department. Phillip Hart, 53, was sworn-in as police chief June 28 by Gallup Municipal Judge Grant Foutz in a specially called meeting prior to the regular city meeting.

Hart starts the $100,000-a-year job July 1. The salary amount makes Hart one of the highest paid city employees, with City Attorney George Kozeliski, City Manager Maryann Ustick, and City Electric Director Richard Matzke the only other city workers pulling in six figure salaries on a yearly basis. At $119,000 annually, Kozeliski is the top paid person...

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