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For planners, Gallup’s transportation future is now

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New Mexico’s Department of Transportation wants to know what the public thinks is wrong with traffic on Historic Highway 66, and what they think is the best way to fix it.

The agency is gathering information and public comments for its Route 66 Improved project, which aims to make the Mother Road safer and more...

Cannabis rules face another challenge as growers eye opportunities

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A regulation that requires prospective cannabis businesses to locate at least 300 feet away from homes and some businesses may be going away.

Would-be cannabis businesses are having trouble navigating the city’s location requirements.

Most recently, property owner and builder Rick Murphy has fielded a proposal for a cannabis cultivation operation in the AG Cash & Carry building at 101 N. Third St., which he owns.

The building is in an industrial zone, which allows cannabis cultivation, but it’s also in the Downtown Overlay District, which does not. Murphy has asked for three things: to change the  Land Development Standards to eliminate most “protected” uses and hence, the...

Man sues GPD after being wrongfully accused of a crime

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A confusing situation of mistaken identity led to a man named Anthony Marquez being charged with a crime he did not commit. He is now suing the Gallup Police Department and the City of Gallup.

A woman called Metro Dispatch Sept. 13, 2020, to report that her ex-boyfriend was stalking her. She claimed he called her 30 times and texted her 100 times. He allegedly accused his ex of sending police to his house.

According to Anthony’s attorney A. Blair Dunn’s complaint document, which was filed in the  State of New Mexico McKinley County Eleventh Judicial District Court, his client’s name was mistakenly written down by Metro Dispatch, and that led to Gallup police officers arriving at...

Meth arrest near City Hall

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A woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance after she was caught smoking meth near City Hall.

On Feb. 7, around 2 pm, Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown was driving westbound through the alleyway behind City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave., after receiving a dispatch message about possible drug activity. When he arrived at the scene he found Jessica Haley, 33, and a man crouched over in the stairwell. Haley was allegedly holding a glass pipe, and according to his report, Brown saw smoke coming from the stairwell.

Brown got out of his police car and asked the two people what they were doing. Haley said they were smoking cigarettes...

Weekly DWI Report

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Featured DWI

Dwayne Cooke

Jan. 27, 2:16 pm

Aggravated DWI (Third)

Gallup Police were notified of a vehicle with a driver passed out near a local business. The driver, Dwayne Cooke, 40, of Navajo, was eventually arrested and charged with his third DWI.

Officer Daniel Brown was on patrol when Metro Dispatch advised him of a tan Ford pickup truck parked at the intersection of North Seventh Street and Maloney Avenue with a driver who was reportedly “down and out.” Brown arrived at the scene and found the suspect vehicle on and running, blocking the northbound lane.

Brown approached the driver side door and saw a male, Cooke, slouched over and seemingly asleep at the...

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