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Five-plus-hour school board meeting turned ‘Wild West’

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Heated topic: Teachers who hail from abroad

The Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting started at 6 pm Aug. 15 and dragged on for more than five hours, ending after 11 pm.

But not a lot of business was taken care of during that long span, with some agenda items tabled until next meeting.

At the...

GPD promotes three officers

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GPD chief: ‘More promotions’ coming

Three officers from the Gallup Police Department were promoted Aug. 15 by new city Police Chief Phillip Hart during a formal ceremony at Gallup Municipal Court.

The promoted employees were patrol officers Nicola Martinez, Terrance Peyketewa, and Anthony Seciwa. The officers were all promoted to the rank of sergeant.

“I am very proud to promote three of our police officers to the rank of sergeant,” Hart said in a brief introduction. “These are people who work for you.”

Martinez is originally from Haystack, and is an eight-year police department veteran who graduated with a criminal justice degree from New Mexico State...

MCSO introduces emergency response team

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Team trained by CCSO

Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office informed the McKinley County Board of Commissioners Aug. 16 that the MCSO now has a certified emergency response team.

The announcement by Salazar, which included introductions to commissioners of members of the ERT team who were dressed in response gear, took place at the regular county meeting.

“Things went well,” Salazar told board members. “As I understand it, it was eight days of some very tough training. [ERT] members are called in when an incident presents significant risk to law enforcement officers and the public.”

Salazar noted that the training certifies the ERT members to respond to...

Todacheene new COG chair

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McKinley’s Jackson is vice chair

The Northwest New Mexico Council of Government has selected new members to its board of directors, officials said.

GloJean Todacheene was elected chairwoman of the COG board of directors. Todacheene is a former member of the San Juan Board of Commissioners, as well as a retired educator. The Shiprock Democrat is running for a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives against incumbent Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Kirtland.

McKinley County Commissioner Genevieve Jackson was elected as COG’s vice chairwoman.

Jeff Kiely, executive director at COG, said the organization met Aug. 3 at the Center For Energy Education at San Juan College in...

Dimas OK’d for $100,000

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County to hold in abeyance emergency management job

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners approved an annual salary for new County Manager Anthony Dimas at the Aug. 16 regular county meeting.

Dimas, a University of New Mexico graduate, took over the top county job in mid-May after Bill Lee left for the Chamber of Commerce executive director post and won a District 3 County Commission seat, too.

When he won the commission seat, Lee said he’d vacate the manager job in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

The board met in executive session about Dimas’ new contract and emerged with some details.

McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said:

Dimas’s three-year contract begins...

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