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Man goes missing from Gallup hotel

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Jimmy Owens, an 82-year-old man, has been missing since July 17. He was last seen near the Economy Motel on the west side of Gallup.

Owens was last seen wearing a black hat and orange checkered shirt. If you have seen him or know where he is, call Metro Dispatch at (505) 722-2002. Reference case # 22-28689.

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The other side of the tracks

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Shipping containers may help revitalize Alpine Lumber site

Can the former Alpine Lumber Co. site north of downtown be transformed into a retail and dining complex that would extend downtown activities and amenities to the other side of the tracks?

Not right away, and not without significant rehabilitation and investment. In addition to resolving environmental issues, recommendations include acquiring more adjacent land to make a bigger parcel that’s more attractive to investors.

The city bought the 3.28-acre property at 104 N. Second St. in 2015. The lot is adjacent to the Gallup Arts and Cultural District and just north of the Downtown Gallup Historic District. There’s a lot...

Taking the LEAD

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Choosing social intervention over arrest

Even in a small, tight-knit town, it’s easy for people facing setbacks to fall through the cracks. Gallup has been quietly introducing harm reduction strategies as part of a more compassionate approach to the safety net.

Part of that is the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, started last November to help police refer non-criminals to social services in the hope of keeping them from becoming criminals or victims. LEAD bridges police services with behavioral health management.

“The goal is to keep them out of the system,” Behavioral Health Manager Debra L. Martinez said.

It starts with a call from an officer, usually in the...

WildThing brings the thunder to Gallup

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Strong crowds flock to electric atmosphere

The biggest bucking bulls facing off against some of the top riders from across the country in Red Rock Park, in addition to a bevy of top entertainment from the Gallup region. These elements allowed WildThing Championship Bullriding to garner a reputation as the “Number One Open Bullriding in the Southwest.”

The signature summer event ran from July 8-9. WildThing Coordinator Larry Peterson said they had a strong show.

“We had massive crowds [at WildThing]. We sold out on Saturday, and we were nearly full on Friday. The crowd seemed to have a lot of fun, and there was a lot of excitement at the park,” Peterson said July...

Ready to get Wild

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Signature Gallup summer event kicks off


The start of July means summer is in full bloom and crowds become hungry for events where they can gather and have a good time. For residents of Gallup and the Four Corners region, there is one event that is high on that list: WildThing Championship Bullriding.

Each year, crowds gather in Red Rock Park to watch the number one open bull riding in the southwest, where some of the top bull riders in the country and beyond match up against some of the best bucking bulls in the country, as WildThing Coordinator Larry Peterson told the Sun.

“We have a lot of really good riders coming to Red Rock Park, some of the top Navajo riders...

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