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Gallup Police Chief Hart’s position up in air

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City officials tight-lipped on his status

Questions remained unanswered as this issue was going to press about the status of Phillip Hart as police chief for the city if Gallup.

The one thing that is known for sure is that Hart was not at his job this week as reports began circulating that he had been suspended or...

BLM seeks bids for new public off-range pastures for wild horses and burros

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New pastures will provide free-roaming environment for animals in overpopulated herds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management announced June 20that it is seeking proposals for new public off-range pastures that provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses removed from Western public lands while also allowing for regular public visitation.

The  announcement is part of the BLM’s effort to address the growing overpopulation of wild horses and burros on public rangelands. As of March 1, the wild horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at 81,951 animals, which is more than triple the number of animals the land can support in conjunction with other...

Jailed man’s attempt to work from inside backfires

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Ryan Westman was back in the news this week for reportedly trying to get associates to retaliate against a witness.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Amanda Romero, 29, of Gallup and Benjamin Gonzales, 25, of Gallup for conspiracy.

Westman is currently residing in the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, charged with multiple charges, including murder. But before he was brought back to Gallup, he was sitting in the San Juan County Jail after he attempted to avoid arrest by fleeing to Farmington where he was later arrested by U.S. Marshals.

According to a police report filed in the McKinley County Sheriff”s Office, Robert Turney, a sheriff investigator, suspicion had...

Man stabbed at shopping plaza

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A 30-year-old Native American man is in stable condition Thursday after being stabbed June 20 at the Safeway Supermarket.

Gallup Police Captain Marinda Spencer said details were still limited since the report on the incident had not come in, but call logs indicated that the victim had received moderate injuries as a result of a confrontation with the suspect who then fled after the stabbing.

His condition when medical personnel arrived on the scene was serious, she said, adding that he had to be treated for uncontrollable bleeding.

She added that the police have a suspect in custody who was being questioned Thursday morning but no charges had been filed at that time.

Laguna man sentenced for second degree murder

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jeffrey Antonio, 36, an enrolled member and resident of Laguna Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced June 21 in federal court in Albuquerque to 20 years of imprisonment for his second-degree murder conviction.  Antonio will serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge William McClure of District IV of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, III.

Antonio was indicted on March 23, 2016, on a second-degree murder charge.  The indictment alleged that Antonio committed the offense on July 31, 2015, on the Sandia...
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