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Dems in Congress pushing for $12 min wage

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WASHINTON, D.C. – Congressional Democrats, including all four Democrats in the New Mexico delegation, are pushing for a $12 minimum wage.

With both the House and Senate controlled by Republicans, it is very unlikely that a minimum wage increase would pass during the current Congress. However, the push could be an attempt to bring the wedge issue up in time for the 2016 elections.

In addition to increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2020, the legislation would index the minimum wage to inflation.

Senators Udall and Heinrich are among the co-sponsors of the Senate version of the legislation, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The two made the announcement in a press release...

Consolidating and cashing in on medical marijuana

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Marijuana legalization is likely far off in New Mexico, but you wouldn’t know it from the way some businesses are acting.

Recent news of a Canadian company’s encroachment into Santa Fe spawned backlash from those critical of an out-of-state, out-of-country company attempting to get a piece of New Mexicos’ medical marijuana industry.

Last month, Toronto-based Nutritional High announced that it would be acquiring 51 percent of shares from and assuming management operations of Sacred Garden, a Santa Fe nonprofit medical marijuana producer that’s been operating for nearly five years.

The plan drew immediate backlash from patient advocates and others in the industry.

“We don’t...

Ready for the future

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212 students graduate from UNM-G

UNM-Gallup held a ceremony Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Miyamura High School gymnasium for 212 students at a variety of levels, from GED Certificate earners through Master of Arts programs. These students included 15 graduates of Middle College High, five of whom earned their high school diploma and an additional certificate or associate’s degree.

Brianna Guillen will complete her Dental Assisting Certification this summer, while Raven Bright, Joshua Davis, Anthony Leekity and Alessandra Vitali earned their Associate’s degrees in Liberal Arts. Bright, Davis and Vitali distinguished themselves With Honors of the eleven recipients in...

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and U.S Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announce Settlement on Nuclear Waste Incidents

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The Department of Energy and the State of New Mexico Agree to Projects for Safer Roads, Improved Water Infrastructure, and Enhanced Emergency Response in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. —New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz released the terms of a $73 million settlement of the State’s claims against the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors related to the February 2014 incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, including the associated activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on April 30.

“The Department of Energy and the State of New Mexico have worked together to identify projects at...

Celebrating Gallup Hispanic Culture: Three seniors share memories of yesteryear

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There was a time when Gamerco was bigger and more affluent than Gallup.

There was also a time when the Gallup High School mascot was the tigers and not the Bengals.

And there was a time when milk was bottled in glass and delivered to your front door.

Huge blocks of ice were also home delivered.

Those are some of the memories of three life-time residents of Gallup, who are all in their late 70s.

Archie Baca, who is the former owner of Jerry’s Café and current owner of Don Diego’s restaurant, remembered the words of his late dad, Diego Baca, when he told him that he was getting married and moving back to Gallup.

His dad, and mom, the late Margaret, had moved from Gallup to...

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