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CALL SOMEONE FIRST

4/18, IYANBITO

If you are contemplating taking your life, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone. Don’t think there’s anyone to talk to? Then call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255. A mom said that her son had threatened to take his life. She had turned off the wifi...

Byerley talks Ceremonial, rodeo and water conservation

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Sitting alone at the counter of Cowtown Feed & Livestock along U.S. Route 491, Dudley Byerley, proprietor of the business, gazes out onto the store floor where a few customers browse.

Business is good these days, folks from around the area need dog food, vaccinations, horse feed, ranch supplies, and just plain good, old-fashioned advice on how to address issues with animals, and much of anything else, that occurs at the ranch.

“I get people from all walks of life and I have a lot of repeat customers,” he said. “I guess you can say I was born into this.”

Byerley, 61, was born in Oklahoma and moved with his family to New Mexico during the 1960s, during a time when Gallup...

Gallup Authors Festival draws about 1,200

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Link, Taylor among local authors at festival

With periodic rain a little in the mornings and part of the afternoons, the past weekend presented a prime opportunity to curl up at home with a good read. But bookworms, more than 1,000 strong, still crawled out to the Octavia Fellin Library April 8-9 for the second annual Gallup Authors Festival.

Some 1,200 attendees and just over 30 authors from around New Mexico gave brief lectures, signed books and transacted book sales on topics that ranged from aviation, poetry, entertainment, fiction and mystery.

Santa Fe-based Anne Hillerman, author of Spider Woman’s Daughter, which won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best...

Johnson kicks off campaign with fundraiser meet and greet

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An April 8 fundraiser held by state representative D. Wonda Johnson went well and was “very successful,” Johnson said.

The event, which was hosted by McKinley County Commissioner Genevieve Jackson, Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak and State Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, took place at the Gallup Cultural Center and was attended by several members of McKinley County’s Democratic Party. Johnson is running again for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 5 seat.

“We did quite well,” Johnson said, noting that she’d rather not disclose the amount raised.

“It was a wonderful turnout. I was very pleased with the amount of people that came out.”

According to her April...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Seraphina Charley

March 10, 5:07 pm

2nd DWI, Aggravated

MCSO Task Force Superintendent Tammy Houghtaling was nearly hit at the intersection of McKinley and Montoya Blvd. Charley made a right turn, “at a high rate of speed,” nearly striking Houghtaling’s unit, as noted in her report. When she caught up with the vehicle, it had already ran a stop sign and wouldn’t pull over, that is, until it arrived at a residence, 511 E. Princeton Ave.

Charley said she was scared, as she was driving the vehicle without a license, registration, and the Interlock device installed, as required from her previous DWI. Houghtaling found a 12-pack of Steel Reserve on the...

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