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Council confirms Michael Anderson as DPS Director

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 25th Navajo Nation Council confirmed the appointment of Michael Anderson to serve as the Division Director for the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety on April 16.

Anderson, who has dedicated his career to public safety, was confirmed following a rigorous review of his background in law...

Weekly DWI Report

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Henry Bia

March 11, 4:39 pm

Aggravated DWI (Third)

A vehicle collision in a motel parking lot led to a Fort Defiance man, Henry Bia, 65, being arrested and charged with his third DWI.

Gallup Officer Ryan Boucher was dispatched to the Golden Desert Motel, 1205 W. Hwy. 66, after Metro Dispatch advised a white pickup truck had been driving slowly in the middle of the roadway from South Woodrow Street and Coal Avenue and then pulled into the motel’s lot before striking another vehicle.

Officers had already pulled over a vehicle matching the caller’s description when Boucher arrived at the scene. Boucher assessed the damage to the vehicle before getting the...

McDonald’s shooter handed 15-year sentence

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Other suspect trial pending

One man recently received a prison sentence for his involvement in a shooting that occurred at the McDonald’s at 2009 W. Hwy. 66 on March 6, 2023.

On April 5, Rodger Martinez Jr. was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Martinez, 25, pled guilty to 20 fourth-degree felonies, including 17 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The other charges are shooting from a motor vehicle, shooting at an occupied dwelling, and property damage.

The charges were found to be Serious Violent Offenses, requiring that Martinez serve 85% of his prison sentence. After he has finished his sentence, Martinez will be on parole for one year and supervised probation...

Gallup couple finally recoups unpaid wages, plus damages

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Two Gallup residents who sought for years to receive unpaid wages owed by a local business owner finally received their paychecks during the week of April 8 under the terms of a settlement agreement facilitated by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a non-profit organization that promotes worker and social justice.

“Persistence is the key word. We didn’t give up. We just stuck with it,” Jose “Pancho” Olivas said.

Jose, along with his wife, Sandra Olivas, worked for more than six months for Morgan Newsom, a Gallup business owner, at his Farmington restaurant in 2014 and 2015 and were not paid for all their hours, including overtime...

Artists creating pieces for the McKinley County courthouse rotunda

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McKinley County and gallupARTS have selected three area artists to create site-specific artwork for the rotunda of the McKinley County Courthouse complex in  downtown Gallup. In partnership with the State of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places Program and gallupARTS, McKinley County leveraged “1% for the arts” funding to launch a commission-based project for public art to fill the circular rotunda with 360 degrees of beautiful, representative, and engaging art.

The selected artists are:

Monty Claw - Diné painter and silversmith Monty Claw, from Gallup will create three mural-sized paintings to hang in the alcoves surrounding the southern half of the rotunda. Claw will paint...

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