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State legislature moves seemingly unpopular minimum wage bill forward

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Higher minimum wage fears: inflation, loss of jobs

Legislators in Santa Fe continue to march House Bill 31 forward, but it features a hotly contested phased-in minimum wage increase for workers across the state, which has come under fire from some business owners who fear their only choice to deal with the increases, if...

Gallup police, FBI searching for bank robber

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The Gallup Police and the FBI are looking for Richard Johns Jr., 46, of Gallup, in connection with the robbery of the Washington Federal Bank Feb. 19.

There have been no details released on the bank robbery itself except for a report that no injuries occurred and that it occurred about 12:30 pm. Police said the robber made off with an unspecified amount of money.

Police spent Tuesday evening checking out Gallup motels after receiving a tip that Johns may be staying at one of them.

Johns was reported to be armed and dangerous.

City adopts resolution for Municipal Officer Election Day

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The Gallup City Council recently approved a resolution that concerned scheduled election dates.

Once adopted, the resolution would establish the first Tuesday in March of even-numbered years as Municipal Officer Election Day for Gallup.

The resolution would establish that the city clerk shall conduct the election for municipal officers on the next Municipal Officer Election Day on March 3, 2020. This will be done through utilizing appropriate statutes, administrative code regulations, and provisions for the Gallup City Charter and City Code.

“We have a lot of faith in the city clerk,” Mayor Jackie McKinney said Feb. 19. “We are all more comfortable having our elections in the...

Influenza activity widespread across New Mexico

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There’s still time to get the flu vaccine

SANTA FE — With influenza (flu) activity remaining steady across New Mexico since the beginning of the year, the New Mexico Department of Health wants New Mexicans to know that it’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Since October, NMDOH has investigated six flu outbreaks in facilities around the state. Children age four and younger have been hospitalized for influenza at a higher rate than at this time last year, or any year since the 2009 pandemic. There have been 19 influenza-related deaths in adults this year with no confirmed pediatric deaths in residents of New Mexico. Flu activity has not yet reached its peak for the 2018-19...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Feb. 17

A Santa Fe man reported being attacked and stabbed in the early morning hours of Feb. 17.

Lane Brown said he was walking near the train tracks on North Ninth Street about 1:30 am, when he was attacked by four or five men.

He said he did not know any of the attackers and could not give police a description. He also said he did not know he had been stabbed until after the attack and he had trouble breathing.

Police said Brown had a laceration on the left side of his abdomen. There was no blood on his clothing.

Police conducted a search of the area and found no one. Brown was transported to a local hospital.



Gallup, Feb. 16

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