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Does Gallup need trash officers?

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Hopefully, the premise of having an annual cleanup day around Gallup will seem unnecessary in due time.

Perhaps eventually all of the folks around town will take the matters of public quality of life and personal responsibility a little more seriously. But unfortunately, all too often there exists a small portion of people...

Madame G. Guide to the stars WEEK OF April 29 - MAY 5, 2016

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Mercury goes into retrograde on April 29. Usually we expect the Universe to work against our energy while in retrograde, but not this time. This week is full of energy and strength. Taurus’ steady nature ensures that our efforts aren’t wasted. In fact, there’s a hint of destiny in the air. You’ll face challenges with composure and strength. Madame G suggests spring-cleaning. Keep what works and ditch the baggage.


Aries (March 21-April 19)

You may have received seemingly negative news about a job prospect. Maybe you’re facing a hiring freeze or salary cap. Whatever the case, consider this a blessing. You may have overlooked an opportunity in front of you. Perhaps now is the...

SBA honoree salutes state’s business-resource network

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Karl Halpert’s collaborative relationships with multiple business service providers has helped the Taos entrepreneur build Private Label Select (PLS) into the personal-care industry’s premier maker of lip balms, lip tints and other cosmetics in just 22 years.

The business is growing so robustly — with annual growth of 40 to 50 percent — that the U.S. Small Business Administration recently named the company’s president and chief executive officer the Small Business Person of the Year for New Mexico. Before the celebration of that achievement May 5 in Albuquerque, Halpert will travel to Washington, D.C., to learn if he’s been named the nation’s top entrepreneur for...

Report: 10 Percent of New Mexico Kids Have Had Incarcerated Parent

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Stress of incarceration contributes to child poverty, homelessness, hunger

ALBUQUERQUE —More than 5 million children in the United States have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, including 52,000 kids in New Mexico—10 percent of New Mexico’s child population—according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

New Mexico’s percentage of children with incarcerated parents is not only higher than the national average of 7 percent, but only two states—Indiana (11 percent) and Kentucky (13 percent)—have higher rates than New Mexico. These data are highlighted in the new KIDS COUNT® report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental...

Gallup looking for water, sanitation director

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Former director Vince Tovar resigns; Matzke now at the helm

Residents around the city won’t notice changes in turning on tap water or with flushing their toilets, but there is a top-level employee change connected to Gallup’s waste water treatment plant.

City Human Resources Director Klo Abeita confirmed April 19 that Vince Tovar, former city executive director of water and sanitation, resigned the job Feb. 26. The city remains in the hunt for a qualified person to replace Tovar, officials said.

“I am leaving to pursue other opportunities and challenges,” Tovar wrote in a one-page resignation letter to City Manager Maryann Ustick. “The highlight of my tenure with the city...

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