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Grisham visits Community Pantry in bid for governorship

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Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., is running for governor—and she wants your vote.

Grisham stopped by at the Gallup Community Pantry May 3 for a campaign rally to a roomful of Democrats, which included business owners, citizens of McKinley County, and political hopefuls running for various offices.

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NM Voices for Children host data workshop on child well-being

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New Mexico Voices for Children hosted “Turning Data Into Action,” a McKinley County workshop May 2 at the El Morro Events Center.

Discussions focused on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count program, which provides child well-being rankings for the U.S.

Indicators evaluate economic, education, health, family, and community benchmarks.

In McKinley County, 39 percent of children live in poverty, compared to 27 percent in the rest of the state. In other areas, the county was equally matched with the state, such as the rate of children without health insurance at 5.1 percent.

In McKinley County, 44 percent of children live in single parent families compared to 38 percent...

Community gathers to remember Chris Cape

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Fence Lake grandmother murdered

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CIBOLA COUNTY, N.M. – A Fence Lake woman found dead during the early morning hours of May 6 has been identified as Sharon Rankin.

Rankin's 15-year-old grandson, Nikolas Sayers, 15, has been booked into Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center on one open count of murder, according to news release issued by New Mexico State Police.

State Police responded to the call about a reported homicide at 1:45 am Sunday, and said it's an "active homicide" investigation being spearheaded by the department's Investigation Bureau.

 

Commissioners kill controversial right-to-work ordinance

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McKinley County Commissioners’ regular meeting was the scene of yet another heated debate over right-to-work laws May 1, leading to packed attendance, with some attendees standing outside the door for a chance to listen in.

The May 1 meeting was the third hearing in a series of public discussions and hearings over a controversial ordinance that would allow employees joining unionized workplaces not to pay member dues to the unions. It would be their final action on the ordinance.

Commissioner Bill Lee sponsored the ordinance, which makes claims to stimulate economic development and commerce by changing the union payment system.

Carla J. Sonntag, president of New Mexico Business...

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