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N.M. COVID-19 cases top 20,000

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Driven by continued increases in cases in Bernalillo County and a detention center in Cibola County as part of the second-most COVID-19 cases announced in a single day in the state, the state of New Mexico passed 20,000 total confirmed cases on July 29.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 352 confirmed cases of...

Fire department receives grant, increases expenditures

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The Gallup City Council discussed a pair of items related to the Gallup Fire Department’s finances during its July 28 meeting.

Fire Chief Jesus Morales spoke about the items, starting with a budget adjustment to the city’s Fire Protection Distribution Fund.

Back in March, the city was projected to receive about $408,043 from the State Fire Marshal, Morales said, and the city used that amount to budget the Fire Fund for FY21.

The actual amount received by the city turned out to be $616,698, leading to a budget increase of $208,655 in revenue and expenditures.

“We will use part of the actual amount to make the [annual] payment to New Mexico Finance Authority for the loan we...


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Brittany Billie

July 20, 7:45 pm

DWI with a minor in the car

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Begaye was dispatched to an area near Williams Acres where a woman was passed out in the driver’s seat and there was a young child in the passenger seat with a bloody nose.

When he got there he found Brittany Billie, 22, of Gamerco, parked facing northeast in the westbound right of way fence at mile marker 14 on State Road 118. The car was in gear and running. Begaye said he tried several times to wake Billie up. After the arrival of Fire and Rescue, the driver’s rear window was broken to get the driver’s door open to wake her.

After Billie woke up, she was able to put the...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Tse Bonito, July 17

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis said he was dispatched to the area of #1595 Hwy. 264 in Tse Bonito after reports came in of a man with a knife who stabbed the hood of a vehicle. When he got to the area, he found a man who matched the suspect’s description.

Davis said the suspect, later identified as Raylon Peterson, 33, of Fort Defiance, Ariz., did not respond when he tried to get his attention so he grabbed his arm and escorted him to his patrol vehicle.

Davis said Peterson also showed signs of being intoxicated.

An employee of the nearby KFC told Davis he saw Peterson damage his car and another car. A piece of metal with a sharp...

State police conducting saturation patrols in August

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New Mexico State Police will be checking for insurance, registration, driver’s licenses and sobriety in saturation patrols across the state for the month of August.

Checkpoints will be located in all New Mexico counties to change attitudes about drinking and driving and to save lives.

Media, marketing and advertising will be employed in an effort to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.


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