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BLM New Mexico to hold first online fed oil, gas lease sale

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The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office will hold its quarterly oil and gas lease sale using the internet-based auction system EnergyNet Jan. 25.

The sale was  originally scheduled for Jan. 18, but has been rescheduled for Jan. 25.  Beginning at 9 am MST, each parcel will have its own unique open bidding...

Body of dead female found near TA truck stop

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

The body of an unidentified white female was found on the west side of Gallup Jan. 11, near an open field and between the TA truck stop and County Road 1, officials said.
Capt. Miranda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby discovered the body at around 7:30 am and called authorities.
“The person was deceased upon arrival,” Spencer said. “The investigation is ongoing.”Spencer said foul play was suspected in the situation, but declined to elaborate saying the case is still open.

Spencer did not give the age range of the deceased or say what type of condition the body was in. The location where...

GPD: Arson at root of hotel fire

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By Bernie Dotson
Sun Correspondent

An early morning fire at a west side motel destroyed one room and damaged at least one more, officials said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer at the Gallup Police Department, said police and fire units were dispatched to the Budget Inn at about 5:20 am on Jan. 10. Upon arrival, a first floor room was in flames, she said.

Both the fire and police departments are investigating the incident, Spencer said. The cause of the fire is preliminarily believed to be arson, she added.

Man arrested for shooting at a home

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A vendetta over some stolen weed and property reportedly led to a Sunday evening shooting at 702 Julie Ct., in the Mossman neighborhood.

Whatever ax Julian Richard Giron had to grind with the man that supposedly made off with his pot and things, was unleashed on someone else's home.

Giron, 18, fired twice at the home of Frank Diaz with a 12-gauge shotgun sometime after 9 pm that evening.

He was taken into custody Monday evening and booked for shooting at an inhabited building, shooting from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and three counts of aggravated assault.

And this wasn't Giron's first time at the residence.

Diaz told Gallup Police Department officers that Giron...

GMCS tables interim superintendent contract

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Public Stadium now Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium

The Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education put off to a later date the contract of Interim Superintendent Mike Hyatt so that more time can be given to work out details of the document. That was the consensus of an executive session after the Jan. 3 regular school board meeting held at school district headquarters.

Hyatt got the temporary job Dec. 19 after board members released Frank Chiapetti at a meeting in Pueblo Pintado. There were no definitive reasons given for the paid administrative leave act, Chiapetti said after the meeting. Chiapetti had worked with the Gallup-McKinley County School District for about three years and...

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