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More than 900 overdoses reversed in 2014

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The New Mexico Department of Health announced July 15 that more than 900 opioid overdose reversals were reported in 2014 due to the use of the drug naloxone. That’s almost a 29 percent increase in reversals from 2013. The Department of Health has been working with various partners and agencies to increase access and...

Economic Renaissance: North side business boom

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New restaurants, businesses to emerge

The northern corner of Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 491 have been bustling with activity. Four new businesses are under construction now and others are in the planning stages. Economic development has hit a new high in Gallup.

Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce Director David Hinkle says new business is essential to the creation of jobs. It also benefits the city’s bottom line by significantly increasing the tax base, which brings needed revenue into city coffers.

Nationally, Hinkle explained, an entrepreneurial climate is the number one necessity for economic development. The next most important is retention and expansion of local...

Keller releases special audit report on McKinley County Sheriff’s Office

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SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller publicly released the report of a special examination of financial issues in the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office July 7.

The report is the result of an investigation that the Office of the State Auditor announced earlier this year. The examination focused on the potential misuse of DWI prevention program funds by the MCSO from 2010 to 2014 under former Sheriff Felix Begaye.

“New Mexicans deserve to have their public safety funds accounted for and spent on the important programs for which they were designated, such as DWI prevention,” Keller said. “The auditor’s office has made recommendations to the Sheriff’s office to strengthen its...

Cash Cow files for reorganization in pending one year lawsuit

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Cash Cow filed for Chapter 11 reorganization July 6 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque, after the company could not reach a settlement on a lawsuit filed more than a year ago.

“We’ve made a reasonable offer,” said Tim Delgado, principal owner, who started the company in September 2003, “to the attorneys who filed the suit.”

A day before Cash Cow held their largest Customer Appreciation Day in Ford Canyon park last year in June, the company was served with a civil summons in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. The suit cited that Cash Cow had violated the Truth in Lending Act and Unfair Practice.

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Man crashes into motel, gets fourth DWI

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George Touchine, 69, of Tohatchi, NM was arrested July 5 after he drove a vehicle into a room at the Zia Motel on east 66.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte, he was called to the Zia Motel around 7:44 pm and arrived there to see a black Ford passenger vehicle halfway inside of a motel room.

Touchine was in the driver’s seat, and had to climb to the backseat to get out of the vehicle. Witnesses said that they removed the keys from the vehicle after he had driven into the room a second time.

Several witnesses came forward regarding the crash, according to the complaint. One male said he was standing outside with his friend...

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