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Tohatchi Lady Cougars dominate Navajo Prep

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Congratulations to Tohatchi's Lady Cougars!

The Tohatchi Cougars girls basketball team won Saturday's 1-3A District home tournament game against Navajo Prep by a score of 52-42.

Audit unveils excess of inconsistencies within district’s financial reporting

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In a recent audit report of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, conducted by Accounting and Consulting Group, LLP,  shows deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting for the date ending in June 30, 2015.

It was stated in the in the General Funds Report, the total revenues amounted to about $100.5 million and the total amount of expenditures is $85.6 million. This also reflects the excess (deficiency) amount of revenues over expenditures which amounts to $14.8 million.

The audit uncovered that the district is not keeping track of lodging receipts for purchases made with the superintendent’s credit cards and two transactions occurred with a total amount of $1,310.57...

Council nixes curbside recycling initiative 3-2

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TO Re-evaluate program in 1-year

While there’s some disenchantment over the current state of drop off recycling spots around town, it’s still a cheap enough option for the Gallup City Council to try and remedy for $100,000 when compared to the nearly $1.3 million it will cost the city to implement a curbside recycling program.

The council voted 3-2 against the curbside recycling program Feb. 23. Councilors Allan Landavazo and Fran Palochak wanted to see Gallup take a progressive step toward the home pickup system, but their peers felt the cost outweighed the reported benefits.

“I am at a loss,” Palochak said. “I recycle and it’s a pain in the keister. The time is now...

Local karate champs deliver

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This group of students plus one not pictured, at Dylan Vargas’ Martial Arts Academy, attended the U.S.A.M.A. New Mexico State Karate Championships on Jan. 30. The students brought home 69 trophies and awards and Dylan won 1st place in Forms, 1st place in Weapons, 1st place in Fighting, And Grand Champion in the Advanced division. Dylan was also awarded the Triple Crown for being number one in forms, weapons, and fighting for the the year 2015. The students, from the left, are: Isaiah Guillen; Jacob Benedict; Diego Rangel; Damiano Kozeliski; Munyaradze Dube; Leona Joe; Daniel Guillen; Xavier Maestas; Rigel Devey; Anamaria Devey; Mukai Dube; Tiana Tom; Michael Padilla; Cross Malcom...

Sorting out the real facts of the REAL ID Act

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One of the major accomplishments of the 2016 legislative session was the approval of a compromise to bring New Mexico into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.  This means that you can keep using your driver’s license to board an airplane and that you’ll soon be able to resume using your license to enter military bases.

There’s been a lot of misinformation surrounding the compromise, but it really boils down to two things.

First, the legislation creates a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license that citizens and others in the country legally can get later this year.  No one will be required to get the new license and, even if you want one, you won’t have to get one...

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