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McKinley, Cibola unemployment rates inch downward

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Seasonal, retail jobs picking up, officials say

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.4 percent in February and down from 6.5 percent in February, according to information recently released by the state Department of Work Force Solutions.

In McKinley County, the...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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5/9, Gallup

Multiple Gallup Police Department officers arrived to a home on 107 E. Hill in response to a man threatening another man with a gun. According to police reports, the man with the gun was Darrell Deschene of Gallup. He also reportedly had a knife on him as well.

The reported victim told police that he was in the house, with the door locked, and was arguing with his girlfriend when Deschene reportedly kicked in the door and was holding a gun with his right hand outside of his left hip unholstered. The victim then closed the door on Deschene and called the police.

Since Deschene, 23, didn’t possess a New Mexico concealed weapons permit, he was...

Conservation Voters NM endorses area politicos

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SANTA FE – Conservation Voters New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based political nonprofit, is formally endorsing incumbents Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, of the New Mexico Senate, and, D. Wonda Johnson, D-Church Rock, of the state’s House of Representatives, officials announced May 10.

“(CVNM) continues its efforts to build a strong political voice for our air, land and water by endorsing candidates who will work for resilient New Mexico families and sustainable families,” Liliana Castillo, a spokeswoman for CVNM, said.

Castillo noted that the endorsements are connected to New Mexico’s June 7 primary. Shendo is an attorney and graduate from the University of Colorado. Shendo’s...


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Terry Jim

May 6, 10:33 am

4th DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Garylle James arrived a the Deadhorse Giant to assist Navajo Police Department Officer Virgil Martin. According to James report, Martin told him that he responded to the Red Top Road in reference to two men drinking, and that one was also driving.

From James’ initial contact with Jim, he could smell booze coming from the vehicle. Jim, 39, admitted to having one can of malt liquor that day. Jim didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew .20 and .19 during the alcohol content breath tests.


Bradford James

May 4, 11:56 am

4th DWI, Aggravated

As James drove...

MCSO arrests gun-toting Thoreau man

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Suspect tried to jump fence; carried 30 unspent rounds

THOREAU – A McKinley County Sheriff’s deputy was able to arrest a Thoreau man May 3 in spite of the fact that the subject was carrying a loaded Taurus 38 Special and several rounds of unspent ammunition, according to a police report.

Deputy Robert Turney noted in a report that a call came at 4:18 p.m. in regarding a fist fight between two males at a Giant gas station and convenience store along New Mexico Highway 371.

“A short distance from the store on Windsong Avenue, I made contact with a male subject who was alone and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt similar to part of the description given out by dispatch,” Turney...

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