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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...

Senators, representatives launch new water quality monitoring program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and U.S. representatives Steve Pearce, R-N.M., Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., welcomed the launch of a new program to develop and implement long-term water quality monitoring for the San Juan River watershed. The delegation secured $4 million in the omnibus that was signed into law last month for the program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it has partnered with the seven states and tribes adjoining the watershed—Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, the Navajo Nation, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe—to...

Whooping cough outbreak continues in McKinley County

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NMDOH encourages vaccination for vulnerable residents

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health reported additional cases of whooping cough May 2 in an ongoing community-wide outbreak in McKinley County. The DOH urges New Mexico residents in at-risk groups to protect themselves by getting vaccinated.

As of May 1, there are 26 laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough and an additional 39 probable cases. When NMDOH first announced this outbreak on March 14, there were eight laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough, with 15 probable cases. These cases continue to be primarily occurring in school-aged children and their close household contacts.

Whooping cough, also called...

Workers unite for May Day event, celebrate recent non-passage of right-to-work ordinance

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Working class citizens and their supporters gathered at the Gallup Cultural Center to celebrate International Workers Day during the evening hours of May 1.

Community organizer Elsa Lopez of Somos Gallup, the Gallup chapter of a statewide community organization promoting worker and racial justice, led the marchers from the train station to the county courtyard.

A banner that read, “SOMOS GALLUP,” including Aztec designs, was front and center, guiding participants through downtown via Coal and Aztec avenues before ending at the courtyard.

“We have eight affiliate groups all over the state and today, we’re celebrating with at least four affiliate groups to commemorate...

NMDOH offers tips for Asthma Awareness Month

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May 2 is World Asthma Day

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health joins state and federal public health partners in recognizing May as ‘Asthma Awareness Month’ and urges New Mexicans to learn more about asthma control to improve the lives of all people with asthma.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in New Mexico. An estimated 150,000 adults and 47,000 children in New Mexico have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. In 2016, there were over 7,000 emergency department visits in the state related to asthma.

“Although there is no cure for asthma, through quality...

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