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Tragedy curtailed: Police, fire dept. locate elderly man

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When an elderly man walked out of McKinley Manor at about 7:20 pm Wednesday, Gallup Police Department officers and Gallup Fire Department firefighters knew they had to find him quickly as temperatures began plummeting.

And they did with the help of a thermal imaging device. The man was found "down and out" at about 10 pm...

Elderly man dies in accident

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Gallup Police Department investigators will have to look to the results of an autopsy for answers on what caused Johnie Williams, 80, to run a stop sign and hit another vehicle.

GPD Capt. Rick White said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash that occurred at about 4 pm Wednesday.

"It looks like it might be a medical reason, possibly," he said.

The accident took place at Mendoza and Armand Ortega Rd, near Western Skies Trailer Park. Williams was traveling southbound on Armand Ortega when he hit another vehicle heading westbound on Mendoza.

The other driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Surviving internment. Japanese Americans shed light on a dark history

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When he was a teenager, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura once saw a train arriving, full of Japanese citizens, at the train station in Gallup. He thought to himself, “Where are they going?” There were so many of them, he recalled.

Miyamura – a Japanese-American, Korean war veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient – had no idea at the time that these Japanese Americans, peeking through the train’s windows, were being sent to a nearby internment camp.

“I was 16 when the war broke out in 1941,” said Miyamura, a lifelong Gallup resident. “I was surprised and couldn’t believe it. But, by that time the Japanese community was very well integrated into to...

300 turkeys and $500 donated to Community Pantry

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When the Western New Mexico Motorcycle Riders Organization is not out lobbying state representatives and senators, fighting for biker rights in Sante Fe, or educating local high school students about their Motorcycle Awareness Program, you can find them donating their time and money to non-profit organizations such as the local Jim Harlin Community Pantry, also known as “The Community Pantry.”

The Community Pantry was established by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider in 1999. They felt there was a strong need for more healthy food alternatives and nutritional education in the area of Gallup and surrounding towns.

In prior years, in coordination with the Community Pantry, the WNMMRO has...

A Crown Jewel for Downtown Gallup

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When the planners for the Arts & Cultural District first got together, several items jumped onto their agenda immediately, but none so well needed as a new library. The Octavia Fellin Library building is over 60 years of age and has far outgrown its usefulness, so much so that a Children’s Branch was added a block away in the old bank building down Second Street to handle the overflow.

That is not a good thing, as it separates adults from their children, and besides, the bank was not constructed to hold the weight of books – approximately 170 pounds per foot – needed to fill the shelves. Other problems became evident as well, including adequate space for the ever-growing numbers...

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