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‘Out of the mouths of babes’

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New Mexico Ethics Watch essay contest winners share their thoughts

In a ZOOM event Sept. 17 hosted by New Mexico Ethics Watch, N. M. Secy. Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, OLÉ NM Executive Director Andrea Serrano, and the Campaign Legal Center’s Trevor Potter weighed in on everything from ensuring the validity of the...

First Prize Essay New Mexico Ethics Watch

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Means to an End

By Elijah Nix
Volcano Vista High School - senior

In 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, bringing a swift end to WWII. This action, however, came at a cost: many thousands of Japanese citizens died from the explosion, and many more died from radiation poisoning. Today, we are still left with the questions, “Was that the right move? Were the means justified by the end?” Regardless of any answer, there is no way to judge without a standard by which to make that judgement.

If we are to determine means that truly justify the end, we must gather all information on the subject, define who or what defines correct ethics, and conclude what a true end...

Did she jump or was she pushed?

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Judge agrees to step down

The Judicial Standards Commission for the State of New Mexico filed a petition Aug. 28 to accept the permanent retirement of McKinley County Eleventh District Court magistrate April J. Silversmith.

An agreement was reached with Silversmith in lieu of disciplinary proceedings for ten allegations in a Notice of Investigation dated Feb. 20, 2019.

Among the 10 allegations listed on the notice of investigation were two that involved Silversmith’s family. The petition said Silversmith failed to recuse herself from two traffic cases for her niece, Chelsey Thomas, and involved herself in cases connected with her son, Stephen Silversmith, and in a matter in which...

Making a difference in local lives

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Gallup nurse chronicles treating COVID patients

During the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals across the world were overrun with patients needing treatment. Most of them may have recovered, but not without suffering potentially lasting health issues. Headlines flew each day about the number of new cases and the people who had succumbed to the disease. The number of total deaths across the world passed one million just before Sept. 30.

Being a first responder in a hospital during unprecedented times could be expected to take a severe toll on anyone, as well as those near and dear to them. Anna Rogers is one of those people.

Rogers started working at Gallup Indian Medical...

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority brings electricity to 223 families

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CARES Act funds move water, wifi access projects forward

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer received an update report from Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, indicating that NTUA has connected 223 homes to the electric grid, upgraded 30 water wells, and continues to install up to 150 water cisterns systems, and move forward using CARES Act funds.

NTUA utility crews are working 10-hour days, weekends, and holidays to complete projects. NTUA is planning to extend electricity to 510 families, which includes over 350 families that were identified during the 2020 LIGHT UP NAVAJO II application process.

In addition, NTUA continues to...

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