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NN Fish and Wildlife seeking public’s help – Raptors being killed for their tail feathers

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The Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking information regarding the illegal killing of multiple hawks and a falcon in northwest New Mexico. Our office was notified on Nov. 10 that several dead hawks had been found dumped on the side of a dirt road near Tohatchi.

A total of eight birds were recovered by...

Tragedy curtailed: Police, fire dept. locate elderly man

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When an elderly man walked out of McKinley Manor at about 7:20 pm Wednesday, Gallup Police Department officers and Gallup Fire Department firefighters knew they had to find him quickly as temperatures began plummeting.

And they did with the help of a thermal imaging device. The man was found "down and out" at about 10 pm, about 200 yards from his home, GPD Capt. Rick White said.

The temperature was 23 degrees at that time, but the man was alive and transported to a local hospital.

"If there hadn't been a quick response this gentleman would have passed away," White said.

White also noted that the man's family was quick to notify police that he was missing and even volunteered in the...

Elderly man dies in accident

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Gallup Police Department investigators will have to look to the results of an autopsy for answers on what caused Johnie Williams, 80, to run a stop sign and hit another vehicle.

GPD Capt. Rick White said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash that occurred at about 4 pm Wednesday.

"It looks like it might be a medical reason, possibly," he said.

The accident took place at Mendoza and Armand Ortega Rd, near Western Skies Trailer Park. Williams was traveling southbound on Armand Ortega when he hit another vehicle heading westbound on Mendoza.

The other driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Surviving internment. Japanese Americans shed light on a dark history

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When he was a teenager, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura once saw a train arriving, full of Japanese citizens, at the train station in Gallup. He thought to himself, “Where are they going?” There were so many of them, he recalled.

Miyamura – a Japanese-American, Korean war veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient – had no idea at the time that these Japanese Americans, peeking through the train’s windows, were being sent to a nearby internment camp.

“I was 16 when the war broke out in 1941,” said Miyamura, a lifelong Gallup resident. “I was surprised and couldn’t believe it. But, by that time the Japanese community was very well integrated into to...

300 turkeys and $500 donated to Community Pantry

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When the Western New Mexico Motorcycle Riders Organization is not out lobbying state representatives and senators, fighting for biker rights in Sante Fe, or educating local high school students about their Motorcycle Awareness Program, you can find them donating their time and money to non-profit organizations such as the local Jim Harlin Community Pantry, also known as “The Community Pantry.”

The Community Pantry was established by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider in 1999. They felt there was a strong need for more healthy food alternatives and nutritional education in the area of Gallup and surrounding towns.

In prior years, in coordination with the Community Pantry, the WNMMRO has...

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