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Heinrich pushes for hurricane recovery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned key officials on Nov. 14 during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The hearing included testimony from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and U.S. Virgin...

Powell dropping out of State Land Office race

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Ray Powell announced on Nov. 15 that he is leaving the race for New Mexico State Land Commissioner due to health issues.

The Democrat, who previously served in that position from 1993-2002 and 2011-2014, said he made the difficult decision after being diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an autoimmune disease.

He explained that after complications from dental work he had a hard time speaking, and knew he should see a doctor. Unable to get an appointment with a neurologist within the next few months, he went to the emergency room instead.

“You just can’t run a statewide campaign, or I can’t, with this condition,” Powell told NM Political Report. He’s confident that with...

County overturns $2.75 million tax break for Gallup Land Partners

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A $2.75 million tax break for the Gallup Land Partners was overturned Nov. 14, by the McKinley County Board of Commissioners.

A resolution at the county meeting was passed by unanimous vote by the commissioners, rescinding an approval they gave in October.

“Commissioners, after we passed the resolution the assessor brought to our attention several issues,” County Manager Anthony Dimas said to the commissioners.  “We went back through the LEDA act and never received the application.”

The Gallup Land Partners, according to County Attorney Douglas Decker, did not go through the Local Economic Development Act process, an oversight by the county.  The act allows for public...

UNM Lobo Club audit reveals decades of fiscal mismanagement

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ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the University of New Mexico Athletics Department and its related institutions including the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club Nov. 10. The Office of the State Auditor initiated the audit in May after receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens.

The audit reviews transactions from July 2014 through June 2017 and finds a structure lacking adequate transparency and accountability for financial decisions; and makes recommendations for improving financial accountability and oversight.

“A tangled web of transactions has made it difficult for the public, and even some of the financial staff at the University, to...

New preschool opens at Indian Hills Elementary for deaf, hard of hearing

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A new school is now open for pre-school aged students at the Indian Hills Elementary School in east Gallup who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The new school opened on Nov. 6, as officials for the New Mexico School for the Deaf, and officials from Gallup McKinley County Schools were joined by faculty, parents, and community members for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“No deaf child is to be left alone,” Dr. Rosemary Gallegos said to the audience of more than 50 at the dedication.  “I thank the early intervention staff, the school district, and Indian Hills elementary staff.”

As the ribbon was cut by a preschool student joined by Gallegos and Charles Long, president of the...

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