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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...

Pain management strategies for veterans

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed the National Pain Management Strategy to provide a comprehensive, system-wide approach to meeting the pain management needs of Veterans. Within this plan, most common pain conditions will be evaluated and treated by your primary care provider and your Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT).

Your evaluation will include a physical examination and speaking with your primary care provider and nurse about the daily pattern of your pain, how it affects your activities, thoughts, feelings, and sleep, as well as what relieves and worsens your pain. Additional tests may be required. In most cases, it will be important to continue your normal...

Veterans’ business and preparations

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After a solid start to the day with donuts and breakfast burritos washed down with hot coffee, the A-Team of Veterans Helping Veterans got down to business and the preparations for upcoming events on their calendar.

After a brief litany of those in the group with medical problems, a resolution of sorts was agreed on to impress others to not allow stress and worry to keep them down, which only makes their conditions worse. A tough measure for many, but attitude is always important.

The long-sleeved T’s will be ready by the next general meeting and will have Gallup printed on the left arm in addition to Brothers-In-Arms on the right sleeve. The new order will all be in larger...

Veterans hear service officer; DA candidate

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The meeting on Jan. 29 for Veterans Helping Veterans in Don Diego’s Restaurant only had two speakers and both were quick and to the point.

The first was Veterans Service Office Tyra Saavedra who passed along the most recent update from the VA. According to Saavedra, there is an office being set up in Gallup at the Ford Canyon Senior Center that will be exclusively for the veteran’s use and manned by a VA representative. Exact timelines have not yet been established but will be posted and announced as soon as they become available.

The second speaker was Bernadine Martin, who announced her candidacy for District Attorney in the election to be held later this year. She was also...

State Legislators Plan to Raid the OHV Sticker Fund for the Fourth Time!

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READ THIS ALERT CAREFULLY.  YOUR OHV STICKER FUND MONEY IS BEING STOLEN AGAIN!!

We are angry and disgusted to announce that, once again, the NM Legislature plans to steal your state “OHV sticker funds”. The Senate’s General Appropriation Bill, Senate Bill 158 (SB1582) raids the OHV Trail Safety Fund (aka the “sticker fund”) for $500,000.  That’s right, a half million dollars is in their crosshairs. That is money we all paid into the fund that is supposed to be used for OHV safety and education programs. Adding insult to injury, the stolen funds would be given to State Parks, where motorized recreation is completely prohibited.

The Trail Safety Fund is 100% funded by...

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