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OHV park officials vying for grant dollars

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Monies to go toward park improvements, dozer

On Feb. 29, the city of Gallup and Red Rock Motor Sports  submitted a grant proposal to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trail Program for improvements to the OHV/MX park.

If approved, the city would receive $109,790 from the NMDOT RTP and...

Area candidates file for N.M. legislative races

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Jeff disqualified from ballot – for now

SANTA FE – Area candidates flocked to Santa Fe March 8 to file for various state legislative races. Filing were some familiar faces who’ve been out of politics for a while and some new folks who want to blaze trails.

Filing for McKinley County District Attorney and judicial seats also took place.

Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint, previously a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives  as of four years ago, filed to run for the District 22 Senate seat currently held by Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo.

Jeff served District 5 up until four years ago when she was unseated by newcomer Wonda Johnson in a landslide vote.

But, this...

Shalimar Inn undergoing asbestos removal

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Back, side areas to be demolished

Once private work crews finish some asbestos clearing, the demolishing of the side and back parts of the Shalimar Inn & Lounge will begin, a city official said.

City Planner C.B. Strain said March 15 that the construction activity happening at the Shalimar right now, 1821 W. Historic Highway 66, is to rid the place of possible asbestos.

“This is to remove asbestos,” Strain said. “After that the demolishing will start.”

Strain noted that the city hasn’t condemned the structure, saying it was a decision on the part of the owners to initiate the project.

He said he wasn’t exactly sure as to the time frame it would take work crews to get...

Sheriff teams up with DPS’ Special Investigations Division

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Nabs one liquor establishment for violation

Out of seven liquor establishments visited during an undercover sting March 11, MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said the Shalimar Lounge & Dancing, 2618 W. Hwy 66, was cited for selling alcohol to an intoxicated individual.

Both the server, Jessica Haley, and the establishment’s owner, which is listed as Itaf Rashid, according the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website, received violations.

The sting was done in cooperation with the state’s Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division agent Peterson Long. Salazar said the agent faced an uphill battle trying to work a large demographic of McKinley County, in which he became a...

Tall bank robbery suspect at large

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On March 12, police received a call at about 9:46 am that US Bank on 101 W. Hill Ave had been robbed, Gallup Police Department Sgt. Rosanne Morrissette said.

Initial reports indicate that the suspect is a tall, thin white male in his 40s and who stands about 5’11” to 6’1.” He was wearing a dark in color hoody pulled up around his face, and blue jeans.

Details are pending, but Morrissette said the man walked into the bank, showed the teller a handgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He took off out of the bank on foot, and was last seen running southbound on First Street.

Witnesses or anyone that can help identify the man can call Crimestoppers at (505)...

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