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New events to spice up Gallup Ceremonial tradition

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Centennial celebration plans in the works

Visitors to this year’s Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in August will find new attractions alongside old favorites as the event celebrates its 100th year.

Details are still firming up, but organizers are seeking to balance traditional events like the rodeo, parades, wine...

Earth Day Challenge aims to clean up Gallup’s act

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Out of the mouths of babes …  comes the inspiration for the Keep Gallup Clean & Beautiful Board’s Earth Day Challenge, and everyone can play.

KGCB is asking Gallup businesses and residents to follow the example of Gallup McKinley County Schools’ recent Earth Day Challenge initiative.

At the suggestion of science teacher and KGCB board member Mike Condrey, the district issued a challenge to all schools to see which one could pick up the most trash in the community around its campus.

In the hope of expanding on that success, KGCB is asking residents and businesses to do the same over Earth Day weekend, April 22 and 23. The challenge is for businesses to send out employees, and...

Break out the sparklers!

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Improved drought conditions lead to lift on firework ban

Fireworks are making a comeback to McKinley County for Cinco de Mayo this year.

McKinley County saw severe drought conditions in 2021. The U.S. Drought Monitor is released by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As of April 1, 2021, it showed McKinley County in the D3 and D4 intensity zones.

These intensity zones show areas where fire damage is extreme, irrigation allotments are decreased, vegetation and native trees are dying, federal lands are closed for fire precautions, burn bans...

Gallup police officer allegedly punches minor

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A Gallup police officer is currently on administrative leave after hitting a minor.

On Dec. 5, around 1:08 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s deputy Terrence Willie was sent to 607 Pillar Ave. in Gamerco in reference to a domestic dispute. The caller explained to the Metro Dispatch that a man, Justin Benally, 29, had hit his young cousin, who is a minor.

The caller told Metro Dispatch that Benally was intoxicated.

When Willie and MCSO Sgt. Johnson Lee arrived at the scene, Willie spoke to two witnesses, Benally’s mother and father.

According to the criminal complaint, the two parents said that Benally had been arguing with his ex-wife.

When Benally’s mother walked into the living...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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FIGHTING AT THE MOVIES

Gallup, April 9

A Gallup man reportedly got upset over Sonic the Hedgehog.

Around 5:29 pm on April 9, Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched to the Red Rock 10 movie theater, 3711 Church Rock St. #4523 because of a domestic dispute. Metro Dispatch informed him that the man he was looking for was Darren Charlie, 27, from Brimhall N.M., and that the man had a warrant out for his arrest.

Yazzie found Charlie walking west on Church Rock Street. Yazzie got out of his patrol car and asked the man to stop walking. Charlie responded by putting his hands up and walking backwards into an open field. He refused to stop and told the officer he didn’t do...

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