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FBI offers reward in hit-and-run near Shiprock

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The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on the Navajo Nation on or about April 4.

The Native American woman’s body was found along the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway...

Gallup Council approves $470K Allison bridge construction contract

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Estimated completion date: Sept. 2017

The Gallup City Council unanimously approved a construction management agreement on June 14 that moves the bigger Allison Corridor Project closer to reality. The vote took place at the regular city meeting and none of the council members rejected the replacement initiative.

The vote calls for Bohannan Huston, Inc. — an Albuquerque-based engineering firm — to provide daily oversight services for the building of a new bridge to replace one that was originally built in 1940.

“This is a construction agreement that is part of the actual bridge replacement,” Gallup Public Works Executive Director Stan Henderson told council members. “This is...

Investigator turns up the heat on a decade-old cold case

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Sketch of ‘John Doe’ released

A reconstruction drawing of a murdered man whose bones were discovered in Christmas Canyon a decade ago has breathed new life into a case gone cold.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates said although the man’s bones were discovered in early 2006, it appears the homicide took place during the late ’80s or early ’90s.

And he’s hoping to get some help from the public on identifying this John Doe.

According to the police report, on Feb. 13, 2006, Gallup resident Craig Lombard was walking in the area when he noticed bones protruding from the ground in a small arroyo. He initially assumed those were the bones of an animal, but...

McKinley, Cibola unemployment numbers decrease

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Officials say decrease is ‘seasonal’

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in April, unchanged from March and down from 6.6 percent a year ago, officials said.

In McKinley County, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent for April 2016, which is a decrease from March’s 8.6 percent. In neighboring Cibola County — a 55-minute drive from Gallup, wherein Grants is the county seat — the unemployment rate for April was 6.1 percent. That figure was down from a 6.7 percent rate in March.

Monthly unemployment statistics are one month behind, due to the amount of time it takes to compile them.

“It’s definitely good news and it is also something that...

Woman found dead amid fire

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Incident occurred in Mossman

One person died June 7 in a Gallup house fire. Officials say the incident looks like an accident that does not involve foul play.

Gallup Fire Marshal Jesus Morales said firefighters responded to a back-room fire at 506 Julie Drive in Mossman. He said firefighters responded quickly, adding that the blaze was put out in a matter of minutes.

“That’s about all I can say at this point,” Morales said. “The matter was turned over to the police department due to the fact that there was a dead body found inside the home.”

Morales, who was part of the response team on the scene, said a middle-aged woman was found in a back room of the house near the...

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