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Navajo social workers change lives

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ALBUQUERQUE—President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez opened the annual Navajo Nation Division of Social Services conference July 10, with back-to-back keynote speeches that highlighted recent successes and encouraged division employees to magnify Diné cultural teachings.

About one-third of the more...

Businesses enjoy return on investment in breastfeeding-friendly workplace

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Employers who provide a space where employees can express and store milk or breastfeed a baby quickly realize the benefits of doing so.

According to the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, employers who comply with state and federal laws requiring them to provide a clean and private space for lactating mothers and to offer flexible break time so mothers can breastfeed or pump milk experience less absenteeism, lower health care costs and turnover rates, higher productivity and employee loyalty and positive community perception.

In other words, businesses that support breastfeeding employees are improving their own competitiveness and profitability.

“Absences due to infant illness...

Why is Human Life Precious?

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Since 1973, there has been much heated discussion about the Supreme Court ruling entitled Roe vs. Wade. There are many heated opinions about the ruling and its aftermath. The purpose of this article is not to address the court’s ruling; rather, the purpose is to ask the question from a Biblical perspective, “Why is Human Life Precious?”

From an evolutionary point of view, the most valuable form of life is that which is strongest and survives, that which pushes its genes further into the future. Pragmatism pure and simple. For those who hold an evolutionary view, human life has no more, nor less, value than that of a dog, or even a worm or microbe. Only that which survives have...

AG warns New Mexicans of phishing scam

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Attorney General Hector Balderas cautioned New Mexico consumers not to submit their banking information over the internet—unless consumers have initiated contact with the bank.

The advisory came July 10, after the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General received several reports of scammers receiving banking account numbers through ‘phishing’ for information on a banking website.

“New Mexicans need to be aware of potential scammers doing everything they can to take their hard-earned money,” Balderas said.  “These scammers are getting better at disguising themselves every day and will stop at nothing in their attempts to get into New Mexicans’ wallets.”

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Baked in success: Ruidoso bakery-cafe rises with SBA 504 loan

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If you whisk together hard work and passion and then throw in an effective loan program, your chances for small business success will likely be high. Those ingredients came together in Ruidoso, where Steven and Marie Gomez operate the Cornerstone Bakery & Cafe.

Cornerstone serves up a wide variety of bakery items — cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, and New Mexico traditional goods such as biscochitos — along with catering that supplements the full breakfast and lunch menu. The Gomezes were long-time loyal customers of the cafe before buying the business in 2010.

“I am a realtor by trade and had planned on owning this business as a hobby,” said Steven. “It only took me about...
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