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Carmen Moffett receives raise during closed session

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Fellow Board of Education members granted Gallup-McKinley County Schools interim Superintendent Carmen Moffett a raise during an executive closed session Sept. 21. It appears she will continue to act as special education director and interim superintendent.

Multiple attempts were made by phone to reach Moffett. However...

Going undercover pays off in two drug busts

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Gallup Police Department’s Narcotics Unit recently made two arrests – one for selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent – and another as a result of a drug raid.

Terry Commack was arrested Sept. 16 for selling meth to an undercover narcotics agent during the week of June 18. The agent gave an informant $40 for the drugs and witnessed the transaction.

Another drug bust occurred some months back, but resulted in the arrest of Ruben Zepeda. He was served a search warrant by agents, at his apartment located on 103 East Hill, Dec. 4. They found what appeared to be meth and it was sent to the forensic drug lab in Santa Fe, where the substance was confirmed as methamphetamine, a...

State Police Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Sept. 26 the New Mexico State Police is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day hosted by the DEA. From 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, citizens may return all unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe and anonymous disposal.  Each New Mexico State Police district office throughout the state will be a collection site and will be accepting prescription drugs for disposal.

The purpose of this program is to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs, which are highly susceptible to accidental poisoning, misuse, and abuse. Additionally, these drugs will be properly disposed in a manner that...

City picks NCI to run detox center

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Gallup City Council voted Sept. 22 to accept its purchasing department’s recommendation of awarding Na’ Nizhoozhi Center, Inc., as the entity that will take charge of the Gallup Detox Center, effective Oct. 1.

The city had to issue an emergency Request for Proposals after they received a letter from the Navajo Nation stating they were terminating the agreement to run the facility Oct. 3. NCI will run the detox center for at least five months, starting Oct. 4 at an estimated cost of more than $400,000.

Purchasing departments often weigh RFPs on what entity will serve as both the lowest and most qualified bidder. Qualifications, not amount, gauges the decision making.

Three other...

Gallup tops auditor’s comprehensive report

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The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor released its Findings Report Sept. 22.

The report is a comprehensive list of state local government financial workings. This report focused on three main areas: audit opinion, types of annual findings, and repeated findings. The Findings report gave the City of Gallup a Qualified Opinion.

According to the Findings Report, a qualified opinion states that the auditor concludes misstatements, individually, or in the aggregate, are material, but not pervasive to the financial statements.

New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller said that historically the city of Gallup has had challenges. However, with the upcoming audit due in October, Keller is...

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