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Commissioners kill controversial right-to-work ordinance

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McKinley County Commissioners’ regular meeting was the scene of yet another heated debate over right-to-work laws May 1, leading to packed attendance, with some attendees standing outside the door for a chance to listen in.

The May 1 meeting was the third hearing in a series of public discussions and hearings over a...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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A school thief

April 30, Tse Bonito

When William Nass, the principal at the Hilltop Christian School in Tse Bonito, came to work at the start of the school week the first thing he noticed was that the office door was unlocked.

That alone was not unusual because the door is often kept unlocked so teachers can come in and use the printer. But once Nass got to his office, he noticed that things had been scattered and some of the cabinet file drawers were open.

He then checked the school’s safe and found that had been broken into and $600 in cash and two iPads were missing.

He called the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and when deputies showed up, he told them what he found...

Accident on Hwy. 118 leaves girl, 10, dead

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An accident at the intersection of State Highway 118 and State Highway 566 left a 10-year-old girl dead April 28, when two cars crashed and spun out off of the road.

According to the drivers’ statements on the crash report, the accident was caused by a failure to yield.

One car, which was previously obscured by a truck, made a sudden turn in front of another car, resulting in a crash.

Upon arriving at the scene, McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Anthony Morales spoke with a bystander who had pulled the girl, Gayle Manygoats, from the back seat of the car, and the two conducted chest compressions in an effort to revive her.

The other victims of the accident included a Jessy Manygoats...

Senators, representatives launch new water quality monitoring program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and U.S. representatives Steve Pearce, R-N.M., Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., welcomed the launch of a new program to develop and implement long-term water quality monitoring for the San Juan River watershed. The delegation secured $4 million in the omnibus that was signed into law last month for the program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it has partnered with the seven states and tribes adjoining the watershed—Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, the Navajo Nation, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe—to...

Man arrested for attempted robbery at westside gas station

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A Mentmore man was arrested May 1 after he reported trying to rob a woman at a local gas station.

Jarvis Canuto, 43, was charged with attempted robbery and for having an outstanding warrant out of Bernillilo County.

Gallup Police Capt. Marinda Spencer said police received a report about a man trying to rob a woman outside the Mustang Conoco west store, 3302 West Highway 66, around 3:30 pm.

The woman said the man asked for money and when she refused to give him any, he responded by pulling out a black gun. The man fled the area and the woman called police.

When police arrived, they began searching the area and thanks to witnesses, were able to locate him hiding in the shrubbery east...

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