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The pain of 25 percent capacity

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When Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Lee was asked how businesses have fared over the last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, he paused.

“It’s been pretty tough,” Lee said.

But the Chamber has been on the frontlines of economic recovery, he said, providing information on best practices for...

What would Gallup do if it had a million dollars?

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Gallup City Council took a crack at spending it

The City Council meeting Feb. 23 on the city’s Facebook page took on the challenge of where to put the Community Development Block Grant funds which total a million dollars.

The city will be expected to provide a 10 percent match. The match would be covered by a budget transfer from the leftover fund balance from the whole block neighborhood reconstruction project.

Gallup Planning Director C. B. Strain told the council one of the plans for the money would be to fund a city street, pedestrian walk, and the utility infrastructure project on West Logan Avenue from Seventh Street to Ninth  Street. The project will replace...

Former HIPAA officer worries about personal information

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Says her credit agencies found her data on the dark web

The former Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy officer for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services has been told her name and other identifying information is on the dark web.

Dr. Phyllis Miller told the Sun Feb. 22, that two credit agencies she subscribes to, but does not wish to name, reported to her that in the months of December 2020 and January 2021, some of her information was found on the dark web.

She doesn’t know what types of information were reportedly discovered. But she said she is concerned that some of it may be protected health information. In order for Miller to know more...

Burned out headlight leads to DWI

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie was parked eastbound on the ramp to I-40 on Feb. 13 at 9:32 pm when he observed a black Ford Edge with an Arizona license plate exiting the ramp at the 26-mile marker. He saw that one of the car’s headlights was out, so he conducted a traffic stop at 3798 E. Hwy. 118. After approaching the car, he noticed that the left front bumper was damaged.

The driver identified himself as Marcus Yazzie, 35, of Navajo, N.M. When Willie asked to see his driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance, Yazzie said he did not have a driver’s license, but he did hand over his registration and insurance.

Willie saw that Yazzie’s eyes were...

Man dies in confrontation with cops

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While responding to a report of an armed suspect, Navajo Police Dept. officers became involved in a shooting in St. Michaels, Ariz. at 12:04 pm on Feb. 24.

The suspect took off in his car, and the officers followed him. The chase ended when a tire deflation device was used to stop the vehicle. The suspect got out of his car carrying a weapon.

The man allegedly pointed the weapon at officers, who responded.

The suspect was treated and taken to a local hospital, where he died.

No officers were injured.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Navajo Dept. of Criminal Investigation and the FBI. Additional information, including identification of the suspect and the...
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