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Bigfoot: Fact, Fiction or Folklore

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I attended the recent Big Foot Seminar; having earned a science degree (forestry) and having been to and completed graduate school (Forest Ecology and Silviculture) where I took classes such as non-timber resource mgt., systems ecology and population dynamics I was curious to see how two individuals with Doctoral Degrees...

Gallup’s luxury suites for the poor: Part two, federal housing’s checkered legacy

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Hooghan Hozho’s low income housing in downtown Gallup comes at an average cost to taxpayers of $250,000 per unit and $355 per square foot (cost) compared to an average $107 per square foot (sales) for new single family houses in New Mexico. They are funded and annually subsidized by Navajo Housing Authority, HUD and USDA, and promoted to the City of Gallup as ‘mixed-income supportive housing’. They are ready for occupancy in March and a grand opening in April.

Thirty-five of the 44 units will be for low-income Navajos. Gallup currently has over 800 other ‘low-income’ housing units with lengthy waiting lists. Some may look at those numbers and wonder why there isn’t an...

Mayor talks cemetery start, VA Service officer search stopped

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The general meeting of Veterans helping Veterans on Feb. 12 had a special guest, Mayor Jackie McKinney. He took a few minutes from his busy schedule to let the veterans know that the appropriation money for the Veterans’ Cemetery had been approved and the work should be completed by 2017. The site selected for the final resting place of many area veterans is just off Hasler Valley Road and east of the National Guard building.

The state had set a date of Feb. 24 to begin interviewing applicants for the new VA Service Officer to be placed in Gallup. An office has been set up in the Ford Canyon Senior Center. Tyra Saavedra comes now twice a month from Grants to help out and it...

Gallup’s luxury suites for the poor: Is this something we should take pride in?

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The thing that is so appealing about getting free federal stuff is that we never have to deal with those poor unfortunate suckers who pay for it – out of sight, out of mind. And if you think it’s the wealthy who pay for it you are mistaken – everybody pays, but it’s the unintended consequence of loss of economic opportunities for the impoverished which hurts the most and in that regard we have a situation of the poor being robbed to pay for low rent housing for the poor. Here at ground zero for federal handouts, and McKinley County ranking second in the nation for poverty, Gallup not only gets federally subsidized housing, we get $280,000 suites for the destitute as...

Child advocates caution against reinstating food tax

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ALBUQUERQUE—Dr. Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding legislation (SB 281) that would reinstate the gross receipts tax on the purchase of food for consumption at home:

“We are deeply concerned that legislation has been introduced that would increase the cost of buying groceries for New Mexico families. While we agree that the state must raise new revenue in order to adequately fund programs and services that are vital for our families, communities and economy, this would be the worst possible way in which to do that.

“It should come as no surprise that New Mexico is in this current budget...

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