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Martinez signs two budget bills from special session

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SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez signed two budget bills that the Legislature passed during the recent, contentious special session.

One of those bills will move money from various funds to the general fund to pay for the budget deficit for both the fiscal year that ended in June and the current fiscal year. The bulk of...

Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee dies at age 96

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TUBY CITY, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation lost a great treasure in the passing of Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee Sr. on Oct. 14 at 9:50 am.

“Dan Akee was not just a Navajo Nation treasure. He was an international treasure and icon whose service will stand as a testament to the freedom of all Americans,” Navajo Nation President Begaye said.

Sergeant Major Akee was 96 years old when he died. According to Akee’s son, Dan Akee Jr., his father was born just north of the Coalmine Chapter house on Nov. 11, 1919.

In 1944, Akee joined the Armed Forces when he heard they were recruiting Navajos.  He became a member of the Code Talker team attached to the 4th Marine Division of...

Does Chiapetti Have Proof that Turner Dropped the Ball?

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A matter involving a popular basketball coach who’s no longer at the helm of one of New Mexico’s most successful girls basketball programs has raised questions among Gallup High School students and their parents. A letter kept guarded until its recent release to the Sun doesn’t fully clarify the situation, and some suggest the matter needs further investigation.

A two-page letter dated July 25, 2016, sent from Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent Frank Chiapetti to Gallup High School girls basketball coach Kamau Turner gives notice that Turner’s coaching contract with the McKinley district is null and void.

“I am writing you as...

GLP announces groundbreaking for Gallup Energy Logistics Park

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GGEDC, BNSF to be on hand

Officials at the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, Gallup Land Partners, LLC, along with officials from McKinley County, the city of Gallup, and various officials from the state of New Mexico are set to get together Oct. 17 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Gallup Energy Logistics Park.

The $4 million project,  which will begin operations in January 2017, will provide business within its 2,500-acre area, premier shipping, and logistic services of long-haul freight from highway to rail.

“Growing our region’s transportation network will benefit our business and our community as a whole,” Patricia Lundstrom...

Gallup Council OK’s land deal, water budget adjustment

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The Gallup City Council unanimously passed a Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project-related land measure at its Oct. 11 regular meeting.

The matter was introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski and was met with no opposition. The landmass in question is north of the Sacred Heart Retreat Center at 167 N.M. 602.

“This is an agreement to acquire 4.576 acres of land from the Catholic Diocese for the construction of the main south-side water tank,” Kozeliski explained. “The city will pay the appraised value of the land at $26,000 and provide hookup for the Diocese property at this location.”

Kozeliski said the property lies on the northeast end, and at the moment, it consists...

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