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Democratic organization outlines 2017 NM Legislative Session

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On the most critical issues facing the Senate, including balancing both the FY17 and FY18 budget, the chamber acted in a bipartisan fashion to address the fiscal crisis in a responsible way that demonstrated the unity that continues to exist within the chamber.

Left with no easy solutions, legislators were...

Gallup Sun Editorial: Complacency is the enemy

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There was both the good news and the bad news this week detailing drug operations around Gallup and McKinley County.

The good news is that at least eight suspected methamphetamine abusers have been taken off the streets. Arrests were made as part of the city’s routine sweeps of various neighborhoods by the Gallup Police Department and the McKinley County Narcotics Task Force.

The bad news is that we still have a serious problem in Gallup and the surrounding areas when it comes to meth, cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

The arrests that took place were all over the city. John Paradise, a habitual criminal who is still in custody on a $8,000 bond amount, was one of those booked into the...

Children’s Grief Center receives generous grant from insurer

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ALBUQUERQUE – The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico announced March 13 that it received a $15,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative.

Because of our commitment to provide a safe and supportive environment where children, teens and their families can share experiences and feelings while grieving a death, we are now partnering with BCBSNM whose Healthy Kids, Healthy Families vision is to help improve the health of youth and their families in local communities.

“We’re proud to give our support to the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico as a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families partner,” said...

New U.S. House Bill Would Hurt New Mexico’s Health, Job Growth and Economy

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ALBUQUERQUE—Bill Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor and Government Relations Officer of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representative’s American Health Care Act:

“The American Health Care Act, as written, would repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and impose a per capita cap on Medicaid, which would drastically cut federal funds coming into the state. This would be detrimental to New Mexico in many ways.

“The Medicaid expansion under the ACA is not only providing health care coverage to thousands of New Mexicans who can otherwise not afford insurance, it also has generated the best job growth in the...

Gallup Sun Editorial: GMCS should rethink $3K Europe trip

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At the Feb. 6 regular meeting of the Gallup-McKinley County Board Of Education, two high school teachers pitched the idea of taking a small group of students to Europe for cultural exposure and to get some valuable education outside of the confines of McKinley County.

The cost of the trip, which would include visits to Berlin and Vienna, ranges in the $3,000 range, AP history teachers Garrett Stolz and Cody Moody of Miyamura High told school board members. A grand idea, but not necessarily something students around McKinley County can readily afford, board president Priscilla Manuelito quickly reminded the two.

While we at the Gallup Sun aren’t really against such a trip, which the...

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