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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...

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...

Who was Beau Wilson?

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Farmington Police release more information about shooter

Farmington Police released more information about Beau Wilson, the 18-year-old who shot and killed three women, along with injuring a multitude of other people, in Farmington, N.M., May 15.

During a May 17 press conference, Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe said the shooter had access to more than 1,400 rounds of ammo. The shooter used an AR-15 and two pistols and had access to 10 other weapons at his father’s house, where he was staying.

When Wilson began his rampage by shooting from within his home, he used an AR-15. These initial shots injured multiple people.

Wilson left his residence, reportedly leaving the AR-15...
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