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RATE HIKES ON TAP

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City: Water rate INCREASE needed to replace old pipes

If climate change isn’t a good enough reason to conserve water, hang onto your bathing cap: a stiff rate hike is on the way for Gallup water customers.

Estimates on the cost to business customers weren’t immediately available but the proposed increase, which will...

Court sides with parents in Gallup High student prank case

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Hyatt weighs in on court of public opinion

It’s been over a month since Gallup High seniors snuck into their high school on the night of March 31, decorating the school’s commons and the principal’s office with streamers, balloons, signs, and glitter, among other things.

A lot has happened since then.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Gallup Police, a surveillance video showed 26 people were involved in the prank. The Gallup McKinley County Schools investigation identified 25 of those people, and those students were suspended.

April 15 marked two weeks since students were suspended.

According to the district’s secondary behavior handbook, a student who has...

Help may be on the way for RMCHCS

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The cavalry may be coming to help Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services free up between $2.5 million and $3 million of federal funding held up in bureaucracy.

“I talked to the governor yesterday, and she said she would assist us with what the holdup is,” McKinley County Commissioner Billy Moore said after a special meeting of the county commissioners May 4.

The Sun was not able to confirm that with the governor’s office by press time.

“Once a lot of the financial issues get resolved, they will be able to focus more on providing better care to our community,” Moore said. “Right now the main thing is to stay afloat and avoid bankruptcy… that’s the way I see...

Out with the old, in with the new

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Plans for a new Red Rock Elementary building in the works

Red Rock Elementary was built in 1966, and now, almost 60 years later, a new building will soon replace it.

During the May 2 Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting, GMCS Assistant Superintendent of Businesses Services Jvanna Hanks III told the board about the updates.

First though, she explained how a school gets selected for a remodel.

“The district is really not able select the schools that we renovate,” Hanks said. “The renovation is based on a New Mexico state formula. It tells us where our schools are in comparison to the rest of the schools evaluated in the state.”

Hanks said that Red Rock...

Zuni artist Dennis Dewa shows where two paths lead

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Most people know A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ story about ghosts of the past, present and future warning a miser to change his selfish ways. Artist Dennis Dewa wants people to know the world is at just such a crossroads with climate, and the little choices we make every day will ultimately decide how our future looks.

Dewa is the second in a summer series of guest curators at ART123 Gallery, with an installation May 14 to June 4. The gallery asked local artists to submit briefs for the grant-funded program, with each one focused on a different social justice issue.

Dewa’s exhibit, “The Transition: Fossil Fuels to Renewables,” aims to show how our collective...
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