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New Mexico Public Education Secretary removed

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Secretary Karen Trujillo was removed July 22 from her role at the Public Education Department.

“I want to thank Karen for her work these recent months,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Unfortunately my expectations were not met in a number of areas. It is absolutely imperative that we genuinely transform public...

Cigarette bandit arrested for assault, robbery

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Officers from the Gallup Police Department were dispatched to Speedway Central, 1223 E. Hwy. 66, in reference to a robbery July 31.

Officers made contact with the reporting employee, who informed officers that a male walked in to the business with a handgun and fired off one round, asking for cigarettes.

The employee behind the counter informed officers, the male pointed the gun at him and said, “Menthol cigarettes.”

The employee began to open the register and the male suspect fired off another round from the gun, into the air, again asking for cigarettes. The employee gave the cigarettes to the male suspect. The male suspect then placed $4 on the counter and walked out the door...

PARCC test results show student growth across the board

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GMCS students more than doubled the state average

Gallup-McKinley County Schools recently received the results for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career tests.

Those results were shared during the GMCS Board of Education July 15 regular meeting. GMCS District Assistant Superintendent Gerald Horacek spoke about the results, thanking parents and staff for their part in the students’ achievements.

“It is important to have support from the board and superintendent to have the results we’ve shown,” Horacek said. “Without us working together, we wouldn’t be able to present what we’ve done the past several years.”

For the 2018 school...

Window gun-waver apprehended

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A woman from Church Rock was stopped by Gallup police July 13 after numerous reports about someone waving a gun out of the window of a red sedan traveling south on U.S. Highway 491.

Sheila Silversmith, 40, was booked for aggravated DUI, no driver’s license, no insurance and no registration.

Also in the vehicle was Luther Begay, 42. He was inside the vehicle at the time the car was pulled over at Fourth Street and Coal Avenue. He refused to get out when instructed to do so. So, a K-9 officer was deployed and apprehended him.

“Begay was booked on resisting and negligent use of a firearm,” GPD Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo said.

There was a third occupant in the vehicle. That...

Jail escape

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Caught shoeless in a laundromat

Jeffrey Webster, 42, of Gallup, arrested July 10, was being held in custody at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center in Gallup.

However, on July 13, a male was reported missing from the jail. Deputy Clayton Etsitty was dispatched and followed the man who was walking without shoes, first near Tom’s Auto in Gallup, then near the Hill Crest Trailer Park and then toward 2424 E. Hwy. 66 at the Pronto Fina Gas Station. He was reportedly wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans and entered the Pronto Laundromat at 2422 E. Hwy. 66 in Gallup, where he was identified and taken into custody.

Etsitty transported him to the McKinley County Adult Detention...

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