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Magistrate Court judges take oaths of office

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McKinley County Magistrate Court judges formally took their oaths of office on Jan. 30.

Magistrate Judges Brent Detsoi, Cynthia Sanders and Virginia Yazzie officially took their oaths earlier this month at private ceremonies, allowing them to carry out their duties when their terms began.

Sanders has served on the...

Steinhaus retires from PED

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The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Jan. 28 Public Education Department Secretary Kurt Steinhaus would be retiring after a lengthy and distinguished career in New Mexico public education.

"I am deeply grateful to Secretary Steinhaus for his lifelong and tireless service in pursuit of improving educational outcomes for every New Mexico student,” Lujan Grisham said in a press release published on Jan. 28.  “As a seasoned educator, his relationships with districts around the state have enormously benefited the work of the Department.”

Lujan Grisham went on to list some of the things Steinhuas did for education in New Mexico.

“Under his leadership...

UPDATE: Body found on I-40 near mile marker 20 identified

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Gallup Police were recently able to identify the person who was found on the side of the road on the eastbound side of I-40, near mile marker 20. Acting Chief Erin Toadlena-Pablo. Toadlena-Pablo said the man was identified as Rashaundal Combs.

Combs, 39, was from Round Rock, Ariz. Someone driving by called the GPD around 10 am on Jan. 7 to report that there was a body on the side of the road.

According to Toadlena-Pablo-Pablo, Combs was hit by a motor vehicle, and his injuries possibly led to his death.

The GPD does not know if foul play was involved at this time. It is also unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

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Rule revision eases path for cannabis retail downtown

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Two cannabis retailers intended to set up shop in Gallup once legalization was finalized in April 2022. However, both retailer permits were initially denied when they were determined to be within 300 feet of protected uses, or residential uses, and both appeals challenged the 300-foot rule. The appellants also asked the city to reduce the allowable distance to 150 feet.

Rodney Curnutt wanted to open The Green Scene dispensary at 202 S. Third St. When his permit was denied, he challenged the definition of “residential use” and the inclusion of museums in protected uses. The council’s actions solved his problem so he was able to get Planning Commission approval for a...

Weekly DWI Report

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Thomas Brown

Nov. 3, 9:08 pm

DWI (Eighth)

Reckless driving led to a Gallup man, Thomas Brown, 62, being arrested and charged with the latest in a lengthy list of DWIs.

Metro Dispatch advised of a black Chevrolet pickup that was in the median of the intersection near Mollica Drive and Highway 66. Gallup Police Officer Christopher Dawes responded to the call and was advised the suspect vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 66. Dawes was near Family Dollar at 2800 E. Hwy. 66 when he saw a pickup matching the description of the suspect vehicle and began following it.

The pickup slowed down before driving onto the sidewalk and pulling into the parking lot...

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