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UPDATED: Body discovered in Arroyo indentified

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Gallup Police Department detectives are up in the air on the cause of death of Derek Smith, 38, of Gallup. Police were called to the scene shortly after 9 am on Jan. 26.

Smith was found with his pants down to his knees in an arroyo behind Crystal Car Wash on 2620 E. Aztec. He wasn't wearing a coat, and was dressed in a grey...

Explosion at Lupton refinery

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An explosion rocked the refinery at Speedy's in Lupton, Ariz. today. Puerco Valley Fire District was dispatched to the scene. Initial reports coming in state that there were no casualties, and the fire was extinguished. Thank you to our reader K. Ashley for the photo submission. 

Projecting electricity consumption: Supply vs. demand, infrastructure, finances reviewed at city meeting

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The City of Gallup’s Electric Department may very well be on its way to raising its electricity rates, according to a 10-year financial plan. And it’s all hinged on supply and demand.

After addressing a timeline of financial landmarks within the last couple of years at the City Council’s work session meeting on Jan.12, Electric Director Richard Matzke, said the city hired RBC Capital Markets to conduct a 10-year financial plan for the City of Gallup’s electric department.

“We want to look at our long-range capital improvements, to come up with memo and fund balance recommendations, annual fund balance projection, and annual revenue requirements that will inform future...

Hotel thieves apprehended

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A man staying at the Econo Lodge on 3101 West Hwy 66 got a lucky break when Gallup Police Department officers caught up with thieves that had broken into his red Dodge pick up and stole some items on Jan. 18.

The Colorado man got all of his items back thanks to a curious front desk clerk that witnessed the suspects’ shady behavior. She went outside to take a closer look at the activity, then hid behind a pillar to call 911. It resulted in the arrest of Corey Daniel and Jeremy Henry.

A preliminary report states that at about 10 pm, police were dispatched to the hotel, in which they discovered a broken window on the red Dodge. The front desk clerk told police that a black, Dodge...

Yatahey couple home robbed, car stolen

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YATAHEY– A couple experienced a catastrophic loss Jan. 12 in the form of material possessions. Stolen from the home of James and Elaine Henderson was more than $18,000 worth of reported belongings, along with the theft of their gun metal blue Chrysler 300C, with an estimated worth of about $35,000.

Jewelry, a Stetson hat, Navajo baskets, firearms, clothing, and expensive liquor, including an engraved bottle labeled “The Senator’s Whisky,” were among some of the many items listed as stolen in McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nacona Clark’s report.

A neighbor saw two suspects moving stuff out of the home, prompting him to call police.

UPDATE: MCSO Lt. James Maiorino...

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