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UNM-Gallup students study global and human security

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Four UNM-Gallup students are participating in a University of New Mexico grant-funded program to learn statistical languages and data analysis with an eye toward increasing global and human security.

UNM-Gallup visiting faculty member Andisheh Dadashi initiated the program for her students through association with Dr...

Memorial Day Grand Opening of Gallup State Veterans Cemetery

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State’s Second State Veterans Cemetery

Veterans and their families and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Day formal grand opening of the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery at 1 pm, May 27 at 333 National Cemetery Drive, across the street from the McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center.

This will be the second state veterans cemetery developed by the Department of Veterans Services as part of an initiative to build veterans cemeteries in rural areas of New Mexico.

The first cemetery, the Fort Stanton State Veterans Cemetery, opened in Fall 2017.

Confirmed attendees include Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales, Mayor Jackie McKinney, Representative Patty Lundstrom, and former...

County waiting on drought conditions to determine fireworks ban

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Jason Carlisle, McKinley County Fire Chief, presented an updated drought map to the McKinley County Board of Commissioners during their recent regular meeting.

As of May 7, McKinley County is experiencing  moderate drought conditions, he said. The severe drought danger has decreased recently, and will not affect Gallup, he added.

The reports have been heard by the Board of Commissioners to determine if they will implement a ban on certain types of fireworks for sale ahead of the summer season.

County Attorney Doug Decker said the raw data has to show major areas of McKinley County are in severe or worse drought conditions before they can prohibit the sale of certain types of...

Governor Lujan Grisham to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates

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Increases to help vulnerable New Mexicans

Santa Fe - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her plan May 15 to raise certain Medicaid provider rates by $60 million effective July 1.

These reimbursement rate increases will bolster those who deliver care and services to the most vulnerable New Mexicans and help rebuild and protect New Mexico’s health care delivery network, particularly in rural areas and for providers of behavioral health, primary care, dental services, specialty care and long-term services, and for independent community pharmacies.

“Raising our Medicaid payment rates strengthens our partnership with key health care providers,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I want...

Person of the Month dedicated to community medicine

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RMCHCS CEO David Conejo once worked for a dollar a month

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services CEO David Conejo was recently recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a member of the group 60 Rural Hospital and Health Systems CEOs to Know in 2019.

Conejo spoke with the Sun May 8 about what the award means to him, as well as what it means for RMCHCS and the rest of Gallup.

The award is given to the most viable hospitals that are making advancements in areas such as mobile centers, and care for difficult conditions including stroke, diabetes, and trauma, Conejo said.

While the award was given to Conejo specifically, he said that he is just one of the people who make the...

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