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End in sight for Phase 3 of Nizhoni Boulevard repair project

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City spends over $6 million on utilities, sidewalks

Nizhoni Boulevard has been in some form of repair since March 2020, but now city staff are saying an end is in sight — at least for Phase 3.



To begin fixing what is one of the major roads that goes through Gallup, the city first had...

District Attorney race candidates discuss staffing concerns

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Incumbent District Attorney for the Eleventh Judicial District Bernadine Martin is hoping to hold her seat and win reelection in November, but her opponent Grant Birtcher worries that not everything is getting prosecuted properly under her watch.

A district attorney represents the government in criminal cases, including felonies and misdemeanors.  To do this, they need help. In an interview with the Sun, Birtcher voiced his concerns about a lack of staff in Martin’s office.

Currently, Martin only has her Chief Deputy and two contract attorneys working under her.

Birtcher said the office actually needs about nine or ten prosecutors to properly prosecute criminals. He said he’s...

The battle for the District 3 County Commissioner seat

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Galanis-Dimas, Baca both have big plans

The 2024 election is approaching swiftly, and primaries will take place on June 4. On the local side of things, incumbent McKinley County District 3 Commissioner Robert Baca and former communications director at McKinley County’s Metropolitan Dispatch Authority Georgene Galanis-Dimas are preparing to face off.



For almost 10 years, Galanis-Dimas was the communications director at McKinley County’s Metropolitan Dispatch Authority before leaving the position to take care of her mother and 92-year-old grandmother full-time in February. But now, after almost six months away, she’s ready to tackle a new...

Record spring heat sends over 50 New Mexicans to ERs with heat-related illnesses

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Since April 1 there have been at least 51 heat-related visits to emergency departments across New Mexico. As temperatures are expected to climb to the mid to upper 90s in Roswell and Carlsbad and remain in the low 90s in Las Cruces during the week of May 27, the New Mexico Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions to stay cool. The eastern part of the state will also experience high temperatures, reaching the upper 80s to 90°F.

“While anyone can get sick from exposure to heat, everyone can lower the risk of getting sick by taking precautions”, Dr. Miranda Durham, Chief Medical Officer for NMHealth, said. “This Memorial Day weekend and all summer, be mindful of...

State law prohibits signs posted on state road rights-of-way

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation published a press release on May 17 informing  New Mexicans, political candidates, and vendors that state law prohibits any person from placing, maintaining, or displaying unauthorized signs upon any state right-of-way.

New Mexico Criminal and Traffic Law 66-7-108, under the title “Display of Unauthorized Signs, Signals and Markings,” states specifically, no political sign postings are allowed on state-maintained rights-of-way, which are typically defined by fencing on rural routes and to the back of the curb on urban route.

Especially during election years, signs are often posted on medians and roadsides. Signs placed or...

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