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‘Twas the night before hospital community care in New Mexico

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‘Twas the night before Hospital Community Care in New Mexico, when across the state,

not a resident was stirring, was the idea of hospital community giving too late?

Patients were all nestled, snug in their beds;

while the concept of community care danced in their heads.

In hospitals, patients were all treated with...

House full of drugs

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One address, three arrests

Agents and detectives of the Gallup Police Department executed multiple searches that resulted in the arrest of three Gallup residents for drug-related charges.

Just before midnight on Dec. 11, agents stopped a vehicle on Gallup’s north side after seeing that it did not display a license plate or temporary tag.

The vehicle was occupied by Sharon Diaz, 40, of Gallup, and an adult male. A police K-9 was deployed, and detected the presence of narcotics. Agents obtained consent to search the vehicle and found a substance, presumed to be heroin, inside the vehicle.

Diaz was arrested. It was discovered during the booking process that Diaz was concealing...

City Council discusses future of Business Improvement District

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Issues include lack of accountability, progress

The fate of the Business Improvement District proved a hot topic during the Gallup City Council’s Dec. 10 meeting, if the packed room was any indicator.

As a result of receiving petitions from BID property owners to dissolve the BID and the annual report presented at the Nov. 12 meeting, the city council discussed a number of options for the future of the BID.


The first three options presented to the council included dissolving the BID; revoking the appointments of current BID members and transferring management of their duties to the city; or amending the existing ordinance to mandate compliance with...

What’s next for the Coal Avenue Commons?

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City council talks funding, construction

The Gallup City Council discussed two items related to the Coal Avenue Commons project Dec. 10.

The first was a resolution in support of funding for the Coal Avenue Commons project. The City of Gallup’s MainStreet program applied for a grant of  $800,000 for construction funds for its downtown. Coal Avenue Commons project, which has been tentatively approved. The city will be the fiscal agent for the grant, and a grant agreement will be brought to the next meeting for approval.

Kara Smith, executive director of the Gallup Main Street Arts and Cultural District, advocated for the item.

“We’re honored to be one of the key stakeholders...

City, county identify goals for upcoming legislative session

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The second session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature is right around the corner, and the City of Gallup and McKinley County are making sure they each have their legislative priorities identified and ready to go.

The Gallup City Council and McKinley County Board of Commissioners held a joint work session at the El Morro Events Center, 210 S. Second St., Dec. 6 to discuss the items of importance to them.

The City of Gallup identified two issues of importance for budget and funding issues, and 10 more for capital outlay projects.

The city wants to target issues with reductions to Hold Harmless, a legal agreement that states that one party will not hold another party liable for risk...

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