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Keller announces executive team appointments

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Nov. 27, Mayor-Elect Tim Keller announced appointments to a number of executive positions at the Albuquerque Mayor’s office. Keller is committed to building a qualified and professional administration to address the challenges facing Albuquerque head on.

Sarita Nair will serve as the City’s...

Diné dentist brings career, family to Gallup

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Originally from Aztec, N.M., Diné dentist Dr. DezBaa Damon-Mallette returned to her people of the Navajo Nation in July to work at Rainaldi Dental in Gallup.

Damon-Mallette was previously working in the Rio Rancho area of Albuquerque, at The Hygiene Center, a small private office. At the time, her husband, Louis Mallette, was completing his education at the University of New Mexico School of Law. After earning his degree, Mallette and his wife discussed where they might settle down with 2-year-old son, Miles Mallette.

Damon-Mallette touched base with Dr. Lidio Rainaldi, owner of Rainaldi Dental. Rainaldi said that Damon-Mallette came out to visit, and he told her to work for a...

City: New alcohol sales hours results in fewer police calls

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Admissions to the Na’Nizhoozhi  Center Inc. detoxification services are down by 700 clients since a new law by the City Council was approved in July, city officials claim.

“Gallup police few dispatches regarding intoxicated persons in the morning hours since the new ordinance,” Mayor Jackie McKinney told the county commissioners on Nov. 14.

The city council enacted a new ordinance that prohibits the sale of alcohol before 10 am.

Gallup Police Captain Marinda Spencer says grocery stores open sales at 7 am selling alcohol. “Some businesses begin selling alcohol as they open their doors,” she said.

In 2016, there were 103 emergency calls for persons suffering from...

Contaminants delay Gallup Skate Park

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The completion date for the construction of the north side Gallup Skate Park has been pushed back to next summer, due to a condition found in the soil from historic coal train activity.

The new park is east of the Gallup Cultural Center.

“They found a coal seam that is not suitable for foundation,” Gallup Public Works Executive Director Stanley Henderson said. “It’s from historic train activity — old fashioned steamed shovel trains.”

The Gallup Cultural Center is the site of the historic train depot built in 1918.

“It’s where the loading and unloading of passengers we believe where they serviced the engines and cleaned out the burner boxes,” Henderson...

Spiritual leaders call on Trump Administration to protect Bear Ears

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Leaders say it is not too late for the Trump Administration to uphold Bears Ears National Monument

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah – In the middle of Native American Heritage Month, nearly 30 spiritual leaders traveled to a threatened Native American heritage landscape: Bears Ears National Monument. When religious community leaders received news that President Trump intends to make an early December trip to San Juan County to announce he will downsize and diminish conservation protection for Bears Ears National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and possibly other public lands, they were compelled to go there to stand with the tribes.

Presbyterian Minister and Director...

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