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Lidio Rainaldi: A man of the people

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A welcoming presence whose light shines on

Lidio Rainaldi, who died last month at the age of 90, was more to Gallup than a returned state senator. Rainaldi was a force of nature across the state and in the local community.


Rainaldi was born in Gamerco in 1929, the son of Ugo and Rosina Rainaldi...

Long-serving Gallup police officer gets promotion

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Sergeant Padilla-Begay becomes a lieutenant

Family, friends, and colleagues of Gallup Sergeant Melanie Padilla-Begay gathered at the Magistrate Court Jan. 3 to watch as she was promoted to lieutenant.

Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo spoke about Padilla-Begay’s path through the ranks, and how they influenced one another throughout the years.

“She didn’t want to put in for her testing, and I said, ‘Where are you going to go from here?’” Toadlena-Pablo said. “She’s thinking retirement, but she has a lot of knowledge and abilities that need to be tested, and why not [have] Gallup Police Department benefit from that?”

Toadlena-Pablo shared the memo she wrote to...

Get your flu shot now

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RMCHCS Chief Medical Officer urges vaccines as flu spreads

The New Mexico Department of Health says that influenza B is now widespread across New Mexico and is anticipating increased activity for weeks to come. As the 2019-2020 flu season grows stronger, the department reports seeing elevated levels of flu in the southeast section of the state, which is unusual for this time of year. The illness is caused mostly by Influenza B/Victoria viruses After Influenza B, the A (H1N1) viruses are the next most common in metro regions,  but they too, are increasing in proportion to other flu viruses.

Flu symptoms may include rapid illness onset with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or...

Municipal elections are on the way

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Candidates vie for four positions

The unofficial list of candidates for the March 3 Municipal Officer Election has been released.

Candidates for Mayor

1. Louis O. Bonaguidi

2. Charles Van Drunen

3. Yolanda E. Ahasteen-Azua

4. Jayson Gomez

5. Sammy Chioda

Candidates for Dist. 2 (East Side) City Councilor

1. Michael W. Schaaf

2. Roger Allan Landavazo

Candidates for Dist. 4 (West Side) City Councilor

1. Francisca “Fran” P. Palochak

2. Levi Franklin Saucedo

Candidates for Municipal Judge

1. Janell Griego

2. Earl Andrew Yearley

3. Jackie D. McKinney

Mt. Taylor Mine closing

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Rio Grande Resources Abandons ‘RE-ACTIVATION’ Plan

SANTA FE - In a victory for Native communities, Rio Grande Resources, owner of the Mt. Taylor uranium mine, notified the Mining and Minerals Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of “cessation of mining operations” and RGR’s intention “to begin closure plan activity.”

Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which has been representing the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment and Amigos Bravos on the Mt. Taylor permitting, said, “The frontline communities are thrilled about this development because they have been living with the mine...
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