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to clean up homeless campsCity Council approves funds

Gallup wants to clean up its transient camps, which will require the city to spend more than it usually would, given that contractors must wear personal protective equipment to shield themselves from coronavirus.

With that in mind, members of the city council...


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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s agenda for the first session of the 55th New Mexico Legislature announced on Jan. 13, includes the Executive Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022,  and positioning for a swift and robust recovery from the pandemic to provide for sustainable progress and continued forward momentum in public education, economic development and public health and safety beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

“New Mexico will recover from this challenging year,” Lujan Grisham said. “The question is what kind of future we want to make for ourselves after we put these crises behind us. We still have the...

Battery charges filed against pre-school teacher

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A criminal complaint has been filed against the president of the McKinley County Federation of United School Employees and Lincoln Elementary (451 Boardman Dr.) pre-school teacher Patrice Carpenter, charging her with three petty misdemeanors, also referred to as battery on Dec. 7 in Gallup Magistrate Court.

According to the complaint, a parent named LaNisha Coble heard from her daughter that a juvenile male was being grabbed and dragged by their teacher, Patrice Carpenter. Coble spoke with the boy’s parents, Tamera Madrid and her husband.

Also, according to a police report submitted by Officer Nicole Diswood, the girl who reported this to her mother said the teacher had pinched her...

Wellness Hotel Program gets funding until end of January

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Gallup’s Wellness Hotel Program got a financial shot in the arm by county commissioners on Jan. 4 to keep housing homeless people who are at risk of contracting coronavirus.

One hundred twenty-five thousand dollars will be split between a Days Inn that houses approximately 50 individuals and the contractors that provide support for the program, according to Debra Martinez, manager of Gallup’s Behavioral Health Investment Zone, which focuses on ways to help residents live a healthy life.

“It’s very important,” she said of the funding, before noting the program is, “potentially saving lives.”

Anthony Dimas, Jr., McKinley County manager, said the money was approved to be...

GGEDC to use new grant to create jobs

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A Gallup nonprofit that focuses on economic development just received the largest private donation in its history to create high-paying jobs in the city and McKinley County.

Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation announced a $1.25 million donation from Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, a not-for-profit power supplier cooperative.

Tommy Haws, board president of the GGEDC, stated that the funds are significant given the closure of the Escalante Generating Station, the “indefinite idling” of Gallup Refinery by Marathon Petroleum Corp. and the COVID-19 pandemic, which have all placed the region’s economy under “great stress.” Escalante was a...
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