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Smell of gas fills east side of Gallup

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A number of Gallup residents woke to an unpleasant smell on the east side on Oct. 7. One reader contacted the Sun about a strong smell of gas that was first noticed about 5 am.

The City of Gallup manager’s office said Metro Dispatch received one call about the smell of gas and New Mexico Gas Company was also alerted....

Gallup to get $1 million

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Infrastructure improvements coming to West Logan Avenue

Gallup is about to receive a million dollars for a street and drainage improvement project on West Logan Avenue between Ninth Street and Seventh Street.

The application, which identifies the project as West Logan Avenue (6th to 9th St.) Street & Drainage Project, will not include improvements to Sixth Street at this time. Funding is currently available to complete two of the three blocks, starting from Ninth Street and moving east to Seventh Street at a cost of just over $1.27 million.

The infrastructure funding is part of the state’s investment in Community Development Block Grants in municipal and county...

City extends recreation center closures, furloughs

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In June, the Gallup City Council approved the FY21 city budget, which included numerous reductions in services on city revenues and the governor’s public health orders restricting in-person gatherings due to the impact of the COVID pandemic.

As a result, the budget called for the closure of city recreation centers, including Larry Brian Mitchell, Harold Runnels, the Aquatic Center, El Morro Theatre and Events Center, Cecil Garcia Fitness Center and Red Rock Park Convention Center and Arena through Sept. 30.

Memberships for the Aquatic Center and Cecil Garcia Fitness Center were suspended as well.

Fifty-four full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees were also furloughed through...

Thoreau Elementary School holds grand opening, building dedication

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The sky was clear on the morning of Sept. 15, which fit the mood at the new Thoreau Elementary School.

Members from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education and staff from Thoreau Elementary were present for a grand opening ceremony and blessing of the new building. Numerous guests, students, and community members also attended the ceremony, following the proper safety protocols.

Thoreau Elementary Principal Daryl Antone welcomed the crowd to what he called a wonderful, momentous event.

“Our students, staff, and community members have been looking forward to this day for quite some time,” Antone said.

Antone expressed his gratitude to the district superintendent...


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Tommy Sam

Sept. 19, 9:01 am

DWI (Fourth)

Routine patrols turned into a drunk driver bust for Gallup Patrolman Cameron Long.

Long was dispatched to a residence on Zia Court in reference to a welfare check on a maroon car parked in front of the house with two male passengers who started yelling and making a disturbance.

After being told the suspect vehicle was parked at the intersection of Toltec Drive and Chaco Drive, Long arrived at the scene and found the vehicle parked facing west. One of the men was lying on the ground next to the passenger’s side door. The other man, Tommy Sam, 50, of Mentmore, was standing on the sidewalk.

Sam told Long he had left the vehicle...

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