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Black Friday still popular in Gallup

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But Thursday stealing some of the spotlight

Black Friday conjures up images of malls and big box stores full of shoppers vying for deep discounts. Things can sometimes get so hectic that fights and arguments take place over who can get one item faster than someone else.

Marriah Silversmith, store manager at Bealls at Rio...

West Gallup experiences power outage

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A power outage on the city’s west end left dozens of residences and businesses without electricity on Nov. 26.

But electricity was quickly restored, officials said.

Gallup Electric Director Richard Matzke said power went out at about 3 am that morning at various locales throughout Gallup, adding that it didn’t come back on until about a three hours later.

“There were some strong winds at that time,” Matzke said. “That is what this was attributed to.”

Matzke said city work crews ended up replacing two fuses associated with a bigger transformer. He said the winds at the time were so strong that the fuses simply didn’t hold up.

Heather Young of Cleveland, Ohio, was staying...

Land Commissioner to pitch expanding drilling to fund early childhood education to ALEC

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New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands is slated to speak Friday with a group of conservative-minded state lawmakers in Washington D.C. about his proposal to transfer federal mineral rights on private lands to the state.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is also planning to meet with members of Congress in order to urge them to approve the transfer, according to spokeswoman Emily Strickler.

In an email to NM Political Report, Strickler said Dunn is promoting his Early Childhood Education Land Grant Act to state lawmakers at an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) policy summit.

“The group Commissioner is presenting to at ALEC would not be voting on this legislation, but...

Reverend Douglas Mac Arthur Cline

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Reverend Douglas Mac Arthur Cline, 74, of St. James, MO, was called home by God on Monday morning, November 21, 2016 as he prepared for an exciting week of deer hunting in Lewis County, WV with his brother. So, he was granted his final wish . . . to transition to Heaven while either worshiping at the pulpit or while spending time in the woods with his brother.

He blessed this earth and the lives of his parents when he was born in Huff Creek, WV on June 21, 1942 a son of the late Elliott Douglas Cline and Esther Gibson Cline.

On September 6, 1964 he married Linda Darlene Goodwill, who loved him beyond words and will miss him beyond measure after 52 years of marriage.

His giving...

Gallup Council approves new wastewater treatment pact

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City not in unchartered waters with new plant operator

The Gallup City Council unanimously approved a design, build and operating contract Nov. 22 with CH2M of Colorado in connection with the wastewater treatment plant. The action took place at the regular city meeting. The council vote puts into place an eight-year deal with the firm and replaces a previous treatment plant pact with Severn Trent of Pennsylvania.

“We feel very good about the new contract,” city water and sanitation director Dennis Romero said after the meeting. “We are eager to get to worth with CH2M.”

Romero, hired into the wastewater job in July, said fixed construction costs with the contract are set at...

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