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State Wrestling Champ College Bound

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Surrounded by family, Miyamura High School senior A.J. Starkovich looks happy with his choice on Apr. 13 after signing a National Letter-of-Intent to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to use his wrestling talents for the next four years. From left, seated: Grandmother Joan Starkovich, dad Kenny, A.J., mom Yvetter...

30 years later: Abduction of Gallup girl continues to intrigue local residents

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Sister carries the torch of hope

There are few things in this world that are more disturbing, and more catastrophic than having a loved one go missing. For family and friends, there’s the inescapable worrying and hope that their loved one will return home someday. Also, the nagging, torturous thoughts about what befell their loved one.

In Gallup, the alleged kidnapping of Anthonette Cayedito, who was 9-years-old at the time of her disappearance, continues to haunt, intrigue and baffle local residents. At first, it was reported that she went missing from her bedroom on April 6, 1986 – 30 years ago.Heartbreak and pain

The child’s mother, Penny Cayadito, told police that...

Gallup General Services Director Rick Snider off to Illinois

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Snider going to home of alma mater as County Administrator

Rick Snider, general services director at the city of Gallup, will resign the post April 8. Snider leaves next week for a job as County Administrator in Champaign, IL, one of the state’s largest municipalities with a population of around 210,000.

“This is a dream job for me, leading one of the largest counties in the state,” Snider told the Gallup Sun April 5. “It is home to my alma mater, the University of Illinois. Champaign County also feeds the world as a top exporter of corn and soybeans.”

Snider, hired by former city manager Dan Dible, worked for the city for five years. His duties included overseeing...

Jeff reinstated; incumbent Shendo says ‘race is on’

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SANTA FE – Former State Representative Sandra Jeff is back on the 2016 legislative ballot for the District 22 seat in the New Mexico Senate.

Jeff, a Democrat from Crownpoint, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, reached a deal with the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday that required her to pay a $100 fine. Jeff was disqualified in late March for violating the state’s Campaign Reporting Act. Reportedly, she failed to pay upwards of $1,050 stemming from matters over the past two years.

“They had no legal authority to do this,” Jeff’s attorney, Zach Cook, said April 5 after a hearing in Santa Fe District Court.

Jeff argued in court papers that Secretary of State Brad...

NM Senate candidate Adams investigated for ‘questionable’ campaign signatures

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Request by Muñoz surpasses deadline

Incumbent New Mexico Senator George Muñoz said April 6 that he’ll wait and see what the district attorneys from McKinley, Cibola and San Juan counties plan to do regarding some “questionable” signatures” on the nominating petitions of District 4 challenger Felisha Adams of Iyanbito –on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.

Muñoz said a few weeks ago that he hired Judith Housley of Edgewood, a certified documents examiner, to go through the signatures gathered by Adams for the Senate run.

“That’s when something was found that didn’t appear to be above water,” Muñoz said.

Candidates running for the state Senate are required...

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