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McKinley, Cibola unemployment rates edge downward

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Seasonal construction hiring kicking-in

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April 2017, the same as it was in March, but up from a 6.6 percent rate a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in March and down from 5.0 percent in April 2016...

AG files lawsuit against Dollar General store

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced June 6 that the Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit last night against national discount retail chain Dollar General for false advertising, unfair trade practices, and environmental public nuisance for the sale of obsolete motor oil in New Mexico stores from 2010 until February of this year. Dollar General has 87 stores located across New Mexico, including in rural and suburban communities, many of which are lower income.

“My office continues to aggressively protect hard working New Mexico families and vulnerable consumers by holding big corporations like Dollar General accountable for preying on them and lying...

PED Secretary Hanna Skandera to resign

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SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced June 8 that New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will step down effective June 20.

“New Mexico’s students and schools are better off today because of Secretary Skandera’s leadership and dedication,” Martinez stated in a press release. “Since day one of my administration, she’s been relentlessly committed to helping us fight the status quo – like teachers unions and other entrenched special interests – to reform education and give our students, teachers, parents and schools more of what they need to succeed. Now, more New Mexico students are graduating from high school than ever before, more are at grade level...

Alleged horse thief wanted

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Story last updated at 8:12 pm June 2.

By Babette Herrmann

Sun Editor


For the past couple of days social media buzzed with news of quarter horse nicknamed “Monte” that was reported stolen from TravelCenters of America truck stop, 3404 W. Highway 66, May 31.

Luckily, the horse was found safe and sound yesterday. But the suspect is still at large.


TA video surveillance helped police to identify 18-year-old Wilbert Billy as the alleged horse-napper. Gallup Police Department issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Billy. He's wanted on one count of “larceny of livestock,” a third-degree felony.

According to the criminal complaint, the unfortunate incident occurred when horse...

With costs soaring, GMCS to purchase school supplies

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Long-time supply-buying plan to change in fall of 2017

It’s getting more and more expensive to send a child to public school.

And that reality is no more apparent than when it comes to school supplies in poor school districts. The cost of outfitting one child with the necessary array of pens and pencils can go as high as $70 per student. And some students require extra supplies.

Not anymore – at least not at Gallup-McKinley County Schools thanks to a very welcomed cost-savings initiative implemented by district officials.

“I spend more at back-to-school than at Christmastime,” Gallup-McKinley County school parent Crystal Kee said. Kee has two kids that attend Navajo Pine...

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