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Rehoboth hospital awarded accreditation for residency program

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Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services announced it had achieved accreditation for its Rural Family Medicine Residency Program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on July 8.

The Residency Program will accept four resident physicians per year into its three-year program, totaling 12 residents...

Grants mayor hosts ‘peaceful protest’ Fourth of July parade

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GRANTS — Despite public health orders from Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham for New Mexicans to stay home and avoid mass gatherings, Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks organized a “peaceful protest” Fourth of July parade in the Cibola County city.

After the Grants City Council did not sanction a holiday parade, the mayor took matters into his own hands, organizing the event.

Although not officially sanctioned by the Grants City Council, the parade was called the 115th annual parade for the town.

“There was no way I was going to let the parade die on its 115th year,” Hicks told the Gallup Sun. “I tried to get the council to support it, and they wouldn’t support the First...

Hospital accused of racially profiling Native women

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ALBUQUERQUE — Federal regulators are ramping up scrutiny of a prominent women’s hospital here after clinicians’ allegations that Native Americans had been racially profiled for extra COVID-19 screening, leading to the temporary separation of some mothers from their newborns.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will refer findings from state investigators about a violation of patient rights at Lovelace Women’s Hospital to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, state officials said. The state Department of Health declined to specify details of the violations it had found.

The HHS Office for Civil Rights enforces federal...

Luján calls for action to address inequities on Tribal Nations

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NAMBÉ, N.M.—  During a remote hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee focused on addressing the urgent needs of Tribal communities, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, called for action to address the inequities facing Tribal nations that have been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congressman Luján pointed to bridging the digital divide, adequately funding the Indian Health Service, investing in infrastructure, and expanding compensation for individuals impacted by radiation exposure as critical parts of a robust response to the pandemic in Tribal communities.

“The conversations [I have had] with Tribal leaders and Pueblo leaders...

Governor signs COVID-19 recovery measure for small businesses

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered hundreds of millions of dollars for low-interest, low-risk loans to help small New Mexico businesses recover financially from COVID-19 when she signed a loan program measure July 7.

The Small Business Recovery Act of 2020 allocates $400 million from the state’s $5 billion Severance Tax Permanent Fund for loans to small New Mexico businesses and nonprofits and almost $50 million for loans to local governments.

Eligible businesses and nonprofits may borrow two times their average monthly expenses up to a maximum of $75,000. The measure sets the interest rate at one-half the prime rate on the day the loan is made. The initial loan...

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