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Grants MainStreet Project Prepares for Outdoor Adventure Festival

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The Grants MainStreet Project will present the inaugural 7 Trails of Gold Outdoor Festival in Fire and Ice Park June 3.

The family event runs from 9 am to 9 pm and will feature four geocaching trails around the area for adults and teens, an on-site scavenger hunt for the less adventurous...

Dyer resigns from UNM-G executive director position

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The University of New Mexico Acting Provost Craig White announced today that Dr. Christopher Dyer, chief executive officer of the UNM-Gallup Campus, will be stepping down from his current position effective immediately.


Dyer will remain at UNM-Gallup as a faculty member, beginning in fall semester of 2017, and will also pursue other professional initiatives.

Dyer joined UNM-Gallup as the top administrative officer on July 1, 2013.  Prior to that, he served as dean of academic affairs and tenured professor of anthropology at Missouri State University – White Plains.

"During his tenure as CEO at UNM-Gallup, Dr. Dyer placed strong emphasis on connecting the campus and...

GMCS newspaper lawsuit settled

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Vote limits public comment

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education put into place a time limit on how long members of the public can speak at school board meetings. The act took place at the May 15 regular Board of Education meeting at school district headquarters on Boardman Drive.

The vote to go to the change was 4-1. Kevin Mitchell, school board vice president, was opposed to the change, suggesting the move challenged openness and free dialogue.

“I would like to stick to the five minutes that we are allowing our community members and students to voice their concerns to the board,” Mitchell said. “We need to be able to hear from everyone in the community and...

McKinley County approves Johnson Road improvements

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan for improvements to Johnson Road. The act took place at the May 9 regular meeting and was met with enthusiasm from people who utilize the road.

Commissioner Bill Lee attended the meeting via telephone due to the fact that he was out of town. His comments were in favor of improvements. There was no immediate timeline or cost placed on the improvements.

“It has been about 50 years that this road has needed improvements,” Eloise Johnson told board members. “It’s named after my dad, Jack Johnson. It is such a relief to see that this is actually becoming a reality and I want to thank you for doing this. I’m...

One dead in Cibola County crash

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One person died and two others were sent to an area hospital in a May 10 two-vehicle crash along Interstate 40 in Cibola County, officials said.

Carl Christiansen, public information officer with the New Mexico State Police, said at around 1:41 pm that a Ford pickup truck was hit by a commercial vehicle near mile marker 95 which is about five miles east of the I-40 Cubero exit.

Christiansen said a preliminary investigation indicates that both vehicles were traveling east on I-40 during inclement weather and with limited visibility. There was heavy rain in the area at least two days last week.

“There weren’t very good conditions in terms of weather,” Christiansen said. “That...

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