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Volunteer firefighter dies from injuries sustained during hit and run

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Ramsey James, 24, of Window Rock died Thursday evening at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque from injuries sustained during an alleged hit and run Feb. 6. Cameron Smith, 18, of Gallup reportedly hit Smith with his black Ford pickup truck and fled the scene.

While on patrol, at about 1 am, Gallup Police...

City Council: 11 items covered in less than an hour

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It wasn’t as if the City Council rushed through the 11 items on the agenda Feb. 9. Much the opposite was true as they considered each item thoroughly.

There were six resolutions to consider, but three of them tied in to each other on the naming of a new park and the acceptance of two legislative appropriations for that development.

The new park will be in the vacant lot south of Rocky View Elementary and will be named “Oliva Park at Basilio Drive” in accordance with the preference of Joe and Christine DiGregorio, who donated the land.

Although funds for the completed construction are still short approximately $85,000, even after these two appropriations combined of $160,000, it...

Former Gallup Community Pantry director dies. Memorial service set for Feb. 20

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Gallup lost a pillar of the community when Tim Kelley, a former executive director for the Jim Harlin Community Pantry, died Jan. 23 in Spokane, Wash.

Jessica Church, Kelley’s daughter, said Kelley, 68, suffered from COPD and congestive heart failure and died as a result of complications from both. COPD stands for chronic constructive pulmonary disease, a progressive illness that makes breathing difficult.

A memorial service for Kelley is scheduled for Feb. 20 from 10 am - 12 pm at the Gallup Community Center along Bataan Veterans Road near the Community Pantry.

Church said Kelley lived in Gallup up until November 2015 and moved to the state of Washington due to the severity of the...

Honoring a hero: President’s office mourns passing of veteran, former delegate

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WINDOW ROCK-It is with great sadness that the Office of the President and Vice President learned about the passing of Korean Conflict veteran and former Shonto Council Delegate, Harry D. Brown, Sr., on Feb 5.

Brown was Áshiihí born for Kinłichínii. His maternal grandfathers were Tábaahá and paternal grandfathers were Honágháahníí’. He was 85 years old.

Brown had an extensive and honorable career resume spanning service in many tribal capacities. He served five terms as a council delegate representing Shonto Chapter and Shonto Community Governance between 1967-1979 (three terms), 1991-1995 and 2003-2007.

Before his tenure with the Navajo Nation Council, Brown was a Navajo...

Lt. Boyd – now Capt. Boyd – gets warm promotion reception

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Franklin Boyd, a Gallup Police Department veteran of 18 years, was promoted to the rank of captain Feb. 5. With that promotion, comes some added responsibility – he was immediately saddled with the challenge of acting chief of police while Chief Robert Cron takes some time off.

“I only have the best intentions for the department and the people we serve,” he said.

To celebrate, fellow workers ordered a big cake with the police department logo painted on top.

Boyd has the cool confidence to take charge, but the kind that comes from working closely with the various employees comprised of the police department. Not every decision is easy, but must be made with what’s best for...

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