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Smith Lake man sentenced to prison for child abuse

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ALBUQUERQUE – Roland Skeets, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Smith Lake, N.M., was sentenced May 16 in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 21 months in prison for his conviction on child abuse charges. Skeets will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison...

Council approves funding, proclamations for construction, police force

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The Gallup City Council’s May 8 regular meeting covered a range of issues facing the city. Councilors approved funds for the completion of a solid waste facility, opted to restrict the sale of fireworks during draught season, and accepted a proposal to expand the police force.

Councilors began by awarding Murphy Builders, Inc. $2,988,789 to complete the Hasler Valley Road Solid Waste Facility.

According to solid waste superintendent Adrian Maruffo, Murphy Builders was the low bid for the project.

He said bids for the project were opened on April 3. The other bid was from Long Horn Construction Services, Inc. from Albuquerque. Their bid came in...

Grisham visits Community Pantry in bid for governorship

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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., is running for governor—and she wants your vote.

Grisham stopped by at the Gallup Community Pantry May 3 for a campaign rally to a roomful of Democrats, which included business owners, citizens of McKinley County, and political hopefuls running for various offices.

Rep. Doreen Wanda Johnson, D-Church Rock, was one of the candidates in attendance and she said it was an honor and privilege to introduce Grisham.

Johnson said she witnessed the stamina and hardworking character of Grisham firsthand during the 2017 Navajo Nation Fair.

Beginning at 4 am with the Saturday parade lineup, the congresswoman walked, ran, and danced the entire...

NM Voices for Children host data workshop on child well-being

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New Mexico Voices for Children hosted “Turning Data Into Action,” a McKinley County workshop May 2 at the El Morro Events Center.

Discussions focused on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count program, which provides child well-being rankings for the U.S.

Indicators evaluate economic, education, health, family, and community benchmarks.

In McKinley County, 39 percent of children live in poverty, compared to 27 percent in the rest of the state. In other areas, the county was equally matched with the state, such as the rate of children without health insurance at 5.1 percent.

In McKinley County, 44 percent of children live in single parent families compared to 38 percent...

Gallup man missing, family asks for help

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The Gallup Police Department requested community help in locating Marvin James Johnson, 48, who has been missing since Sept. 5, 2016.

Johnson’s wife, Geraldine Johnson, reported him missing. She hasn’t seen her husband since 2016. She said he is an alcoholic and has often times lived on the street.

Det. Chavo Chischilly is the officer in charge of the investigation.

Gallup Police have checked the detox center, jails, hospitals, and other locations with no success. Johnson’s last reported intake at the Gallup Detox Center was in January 2016.

“We heard reports that he might be in Cortez,” Chischilly said.

Johnson’s mother and in-laws are asking for help in locating him...

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