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Shannon Smith

March 15, 6:30 pm

DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Lorenzo Guerrero was working on DWI enforcement on State Highway 118 when he saw a car going well under the posted speed limit. So he followed the car as it turned off onto County Road 1, still going 15 miles per hour in a 25 mph...

HELP New Mexico hosting shirt drive

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Donated clothing will protect local farmers

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is partnering with HELP New Mexico to celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week by participating in its annual National Long Sleeve Shirt Drive. HELP New Mexico will be collecting shirts from March 25-31 on behalf of AFOP, a national organization with the goal of improving the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.

HELP New Mexico, a nonprofit dedicated to creating self-sufficiency and promoting economic opportunities to strengthen families throughout the state, will be working directly with communities to spread awareness about AFOP’s drive and about...

Ramah man pleads guilty to federal assault charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Begay, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Ramah, N.M., pled guilty March 22, in federal court in Albuquerque to assault charges.

Begay was arrested on Jan. 23, on a three-count indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, a baseball bat, with intent to do bodily harm; assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife, with intent to do bodily harm; and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  According to the indictment, Begay committed the offenses on May 12, 2017, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Cibola County, N.M.

During the March 22 hearing, Begay pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement. ...

‘The Last Interview: In Memory of John McBreen’

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A Gallup icon and treasure has passed from us.  He was also my longtime loyal friend.  And I was his last interview.

Local radio reporter and personality John McBreen – a Philadelphian-turned-Gallupian – covered the Gallup political scene for locally-owned radio stations and conducted thousands of taped interviews with local, state and federal leaders for over half a century as “Gallup’s reporter.”   John died earlier this week, and my heart is saddened by the loss.

Back in 1985, when I became the new young executive director for the McKinley Area Council of Governments (it became the “Northwest” COG a few years later), John came by and introduced himself, and then...

Whooping cough infections identified in McKinley County

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported March 20. a community-wide outbreak of whooping cough in McKinley County.

As of March 14, NMDOH reports eight laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough, and an additional 15 probable cases. These cases have primarily occurred in school-aged children and their close household contacts.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is spread by coughing and sneezing while in close contact with others. Left untreated, it can spread from a single infected person for several weeks, with people in the early stage of illness being the most contagious.

Whooping cough can be a serious illness. Symptoms...

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