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Could New Mexico be the next place for nuclear waste storage?

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Holtec, NRC hold meeting in Gallup

A meeting was held May 21 at the Downtown Gallup Conference Center regarding the possibility of nuclear waste being transported through Gallup and parts of the Navajo Nation by Holtec International.

The nuclear waste would be placed at proposed nuclear waste storage site in southeastern New Mexico in Lea County between Hobbs and Carlsbad.

Along with Holtec, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was on hand as well for the public meeting to gather feedback on what features they should study to determine the environmental impacts of a proposed nuclear waste storage site.

This is part of the beginning of likely a three year process to determine...

City Council approves golf course expenses, among other expenditures

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The May 22 regular meeting of the Gallup City Council began with a moment of silence to acknowledge the passing of Pat Butler, owner of Butler’s Office Equipment and Supply and former city councilor.

Neil Butler, Pat’s nephew, was in attendance for the meeting and the council expressed condolences to the family.

Mayor Pro Tem Councilor Allan Landavazo said, “I want to deviate from the agenda a little bit, just to observe a moment of silence tonight in memory of Pat Butler.”

Discussions began in earnest with approval of the Fiscal Year 2019 membership agreement for the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments.

Councilor Yogash Kumar said he was stepping down and would be...

Special Olympics Torch Run boosts moral, lifts spirits

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Area law enforcement personnel ORGANIZE EVENT

This year marks the 50th year Special Olympics Torch Run across the United States and on May 14, the torch passed through Gallup.

Judith Goins, co-coordinator of the event and McKinley County’s Sheriff’s investigation administrative assistant/sex offender and tracking, said the Gallup Police Department was originally in charge coordinating the event, but recently, Goins and Merle Bates, chief investigator, took the reins.

“We took over,” Goins said. “What it involves is law enforcement across New Mexico … law enforcement brings the torch from the four corners of New Mexico and we meet in Albuquerque.”



Former Lincoln Elementary principal files lawsuit against district

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A former instructional leader at Lincoln Elementary School has decided to fight a decision by officials of Gallup McKinley County Schools not to renew his contract for the next school year by hiring local attorney David Jordan.

Stephen Henderson received a letter from the district’s superintendent, Mike Hyatt, on May 3 informing him that his contract would not be renewed.

Hyatt thanked Henderson for his willingness to relocate to Gallup during the school year and take over the instructional leadership duties but Hyatt then added that he did not think Henderson “was a good fit” for the district.

“In addition, as we transition from two elementary schools next year to one, I have...

Going the distance for Veterans

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