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Is a new shelter headed to Indian Capital?

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Gallup talks animal shelter, vet services

The city of Gallup, McKinley County, and the state Department of Finance and Administration are in lock step with a new Joint Powers Agreement regarding animal control.

The Gallup City Council OK’d the document several weeks ago and one aspect of the agreement pertains...

Gallup picks new police chief

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New top cop was DEA agent

As a special agent with the US Drug and Law Enforcement Administration in Denver, Colo., Phillip Hart, 53, participated in myriad criminal investigations over the span of two decades. As a police officer in Lakewood, Colo., Hart enforced the law — from traffic violations to street crime.

The city selected Hart to lead the GPD in mid-June, ending a months-long search to replace Robert Cron who retired in March. Come July 1, Hart will bring his years of law enforcement experience to the Gallup Police Department.

“I am very pleased to have Phillip Hart as our new police chief,” City Manager Maryann Ustick said in a prepared statement. “He is energetic...

Record-setting former Gallup mayoral candidate running for NN delegate seat

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Brent Detsoi wants to restore trust to District 14

He may be the youngest candidate running for the Navajo Nation Council Delegate seat in District 14, but Brent Detsoi believes “…we need to restore trust in our Navajo leaders and that needs to start now. We need young in there.”

A former Gallup Police officer, Detsoi is from Twin Lakes, and is a former probation and parole officer with the Navajo Nation office in Shiprock. Detsoi, 27, is one of 13 people running for the post vacated by Mel Begay.

A special council delegate election is June 28.

“We need to advocate for increased funding and keep our governmental leaders accountable,” Detsoi said in an interview with the...

Knights Inn robbed

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Lone robber brandished a pistol

The lone robber of a west side hotel remains on the lam following a June 21 robbery of the Knights Inn & Suites at 3208 W. Historic Hwy 66.

Gallup Police Officer Charles Steele recorded in a report that at about 12:51 am, a male, possibly Native American and wearing a zip-up black hoodie, black sunglasses, and a red bandana, told a desk clerk at the hotel to “give me the money.”

Steele noted that the clerk on duty stated that the robber entered through a west-side door of the two-story building. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“The suspect walked around the corner to the front counter and showed the clerk the gun in his...

McKinley Dems trounce; voter turnout low

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Less than 30 percent of registered vote in primary

McKinley County Democrats fervently backed incumbents in the June 7 primary election, sending familiar names back to the Roundhouse in January. McKinley’s sole race featuring a Republican was related to the 11th Judicial District seat.

But the real story in McKinley County was the low number of voters who turned out for the primary, both Democratic and Republican.

The cost to put on the election was around $80,000, according to Rick Palochak, executive director of the McKinley County Bureau of Elections.

The canvassing process now moves on to the state, as required by law, Palochak said. The McKinley County Board of Commissioners...

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