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Labor Day crash shines spotlight on distracted driving

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Woman escapes with minor injuries

This past Labor Day weekend could have ended tragically for one motorcyclist. Francisca Wright’s ride down eastbound Highway 66, ended abruptly when a car darted out in front of her, near the UPS Store, 2418 Hwy 66, at about 5:15 pm on Sept. 3.

Wright rammed into the...

Nightly Indian Dances closes on another season

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As the sun begin to set in the western skies, the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers closed out yet another momentous year at the Gallup Summer Nightly Indian dances with their Buffalo Dance.

Sponsored by the City of Gallup and the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce, the Nightly Dances have become a yearly tradition downtown at the McKinley County Courthouse plaza for surrounding Native American tribes to showcase their cultures through songs and dances.

Ending its 34th season, the Nightly Dances has continued to please not only locals but has thrilled more tourists than ever. Tourists came not only from North America, but from as far as Australia, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Europe...

AG files lawsuit against opioid manufactures, distributers

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Lawmakers agree: Opioid epidemic is crippling NM

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 7, that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.

The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale drug distributors. The manufacturing...

NM Financial Health: State Auditor releases report

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City of Gallup on the ‘nice’ list

SANTA FE –State Auditor Tim Keller recently released “The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits.” The third annual report from the Office of the State Auditor compiles information that would otherwise remain buried deep within thousands of pages of annual audits.

The report allows policymakers and the public to easily access comparative information about the financial health of hundreds of state agencies, counties, municipalities, schools, and courts.

The Fiscal Year 2016 report compiles and analyzes data from the audits of 461 government entities across New Mexico government. The report provides a...

Gov. Martinez: More students gaining access to high-speed Internet at school

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ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Sept. 1 that 110,000 more New Mexico students have access to high-speed internet at school. Governor Martinez began an initiative to connect every New Mexico student with high-speed internet at school by the 2018 school year.

Since the Governor’s 2015 announcement, 99 percent of New Mexico’s public schools now have access to high-speed internet – and the partnerships leveraged through the initiative have reduced costs to connect students by more than 60 percent.

“Every child can learn, and it’s up to us as leaders to give our kids the tools they need,” Martinez said. “High-speed internet is a necessity today, and progress...

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