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IHS awards $2 million to City of Gallup to prevent alcohol-related deaths

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The Indian Health Services Division of Behavioral Health has awarded $2 million  through a cooperative agreement to the City of Gallup  to prevent alcohol-related deaths among their large American Indian and Alaska Native population by providing withdrawal management and shelter services at the Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc...

Educating on the consequences of alcohol

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Gallup Alcohol Policy Alliance holds informational, strategic meeting

Gallup and McKinley County have a well-known alcohol problem. The Sun reports weekly on DWIs, with some offenders having seven, eight, or even nine offenses.

Across New Mexico, an average of five people died every day of alcohol-related causes in 2020.

The Gallup Alcohol Policy Alliance has debated the alcohol problem and strategizing ways to improve it since 2016. Now they’re bringing the public  into the discussion by hosting a “Community Conversation” event May 23 at the El Morro Events Center.

Dr. Jenny Wei, a local doctor who is board-certified in addiction, facilitated the discussion. In an interview...

Know the facts about alcohol

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During his presentation to the “Community Conversation” group, Garry Kelley, a New Mexico Department of Health Alcohol Epidemiologist, shared  some information about alcohol and how it affects McKinley County.

He explained that the new guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control recommend that men only consume two alcoholic beverages a day at maximum, and women should only consume one. Drinking is considered binge drinking when a man has five or more in one day and a woman has four or more.

After sharing that updated information, Kelley broke down statistics about McKinley County, comparing it to both the rest of New Mexico and the U.S. All these are statistics were gathered...

Turn yourself in

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Municipal Court will dismiss bench warrants during Self-Surrender Week

It probably started with that sinking feeling that comes with the glow of red and blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror, maybe with the momentary whoop-whoop of a siren to get attention.

The next step might have been a traffic ticket or even a night in the drunk tank. Either way,  it’s a pretty sure bet there will be fines. Even if traffic school can help avoid demerits on the driving record, that fine will probably still have to be paid.

That’s no fun for anyone, especially someone who’s already living paycheck to paycheck, or may not even get a regular paycheck. At that point, the ticket may look...

Citizens share comments, concerns on Nizhoni Boulevard construction

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Gallup citizens recently got a chance to speak up and share their opinions about the major construction project on Nizhoni Boulevard.

During the May 22 informational meeting about the construction that’s about to begin on East Nizhoni Boulevard, a few people objected to the design plan for the new road, which will see Nizhoni Boulevard between  Second Street and College Drive reconfigured from a four-lane road with two lanes in each direction into a three-lane road with one travel lane in each direction and a bidirectional center lane for left turns. Bike lanes will be added along the right side of the road in both directions.

The project is the third phase of a plan to upgrade...
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