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Suspiciously placed briefcase triggers courthouse evacuation

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*A briefcase found under a trashcan liner by a maintenance worker on the north side of McKinley County Courthouse triggered an evacuation of the area March 28.

The worker was changing out the trash when he made the potentially troubling discovery.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said police responded to the...

County Manager Lee tenders resignation

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‘People person’ back in the saddle soon at Chamber of Commerce

The rumors swirling about McKinley County Manager Bill Lee leaving the top administrative county job to return to the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce were put to rest this week. Lee announced March 24 that his last day as McKinley County Manager will be May 13.

“Working for McKinley County has been a very rewarding experience,” Lee wrote in a March 9 resignation letter to the Board of Commissioners. “I would like to thank each of you for the opportunity and support you have afforded me during my time with (McKinley County).”

Lee, who is originally from Gallup, started the $93,000 county job a...

Reed dismissed from Crownpoint High principal job

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Racist rants got him the axe

Gallup McKinley County Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti said in a telephone interview March 23 that Crownpoint High School Principal J.D. Reed was “no longer employed” at Crownpoint High.

Chiapetti did not say Reed was fired or terminated and didn’t use the word resign. No further information was available as of Wednesday as far as what type of severance package, if any, Reed received.

Reed, a first-year employee who was hired from a previous job in California, was recorded making racist comments about Native Americans, even calling into question the sexuality of a couple of Navajo school board members. Reed is white and the people he...

GPD: Gallup Inn vandalized

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Discarded fire extinguishers leads cops to crime scene

Going the extra mile in the line of duty led a Gallup police officer to file a breaking and entering and criminal damage to property report connected to a shuttered hotel along West Historic Highway 66.

According to the report, Officer Ryan Blackgoat of the Gallup Police Department responded to a call on March 7 about a pair of strewn fire extinguishers at Western Skies Mobile Home Park. Upon talking with a maintenance employee at the mobile home property, Blackgoat concluded that the extinguishers belonged to the Gallup Inn, which sits directly north of Western Skies.

“I checked the business of the Gallup Inn and discovered...

Sandra Jeff disqualified from state legislative ballot

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District 22 Senate situation related to finances

SANTE FE – Sandra Jeff, a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives who served District 5 for one term, apparently won’t be on the ballot for another political run this year.

At issue, are matters that deal with the Campaign Reporting Act.

Jeff filed to run for the District 22 Senate seat currently held by Benny Shendo of Jemez Pueblo. Shendo, who like Jeff is a Democrat, is ending his first term in the Senate.

“I heard that she’s not going to run after all,” Shendo said. “That’s about all I know.”

Amy Bailey, general counsel at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe, said Jeff failed to qualify...

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