GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Start ing next week, the city of Gallup will be running a nonprofit corporation that aims to reduce public intoxication.
The Na’Nizhoozhi (NAH’-nih-zho-zhih) Center Inc. serves a largely American Indian population in northwestern New Mexico. It was established in 1992 with funding from the McKinley County liquor excise tax, the state and federal government.
But funding dropped continuously and the center that served about 24,000 people annually ran out of money last year and was about to close its doors.
The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/1ardsVd) reports that the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a takeover of NCI.
City workers will run NCI as a detoxification center beginning on July 16.
The City Council authorized as much as $500,000 in operating expenses for 25 weeks.