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Rural development grant program fosters job growth

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Nonprofit organizations and government agencies in rural communities have economic development funds at their fingertips through the Rural Business Development Grant program (RBDG) of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The program is designed to support job creation and economic development efforts of nonprofits and public...

Governor: low-income cancer patients, survivors need continued access to meaningful health insurance

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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Governor Susana Martinez today expressing concerns that proposed changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program currently being discussed in Congress could impact cancer patients and survivors in New Mexico who depend on the program for their care. The letter was sent to select governors invited to attend a Medicaid meeting led by the Senate Finance Committee later this month.

A statement from Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN, follows:

“As Governor Martinez and members of Congress consider possible changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program, it is critically important that low-income...

Gallup Sun Editorial: How could this happen?

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Like other taxpaying citizens, we at the Gallup Sun have been appalled in 2016 by the actions of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education. Putting Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on paid administrative leave last week was something everybody this side of Santa Fe saw coming a long time ago.

But why do it at Tse Yi Gai High School in Pueblo Pintado and out of eyesight from folks who would have otherwise attended the school board meeting?

Now, folks with students attending McKinley County schools are watching to see where the situation goes from here: Will there be some concessions offered by either side? Is the situation really a done deal? Was racism involved in the...

Madame G guide to the stars WEEK OF DEC. 30

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Happy New Year! Madame G recommends taking everything in stride. Focus on changes only you can make. Tap into the steadying energy of Capricorn to guide you. Pursue your dreams with wisdom. Take deliberate action towards your goals. Consider each step you take and map out how you can get there. Slow and steady wins the race! You’ve got this. Good luck!


Aries (March 21-April 19)

Are you taking proper action? If you feel stagnant, don’t despair. You’re in emotional limbo, but this is a natural part of life. You can’t spend life running away from danger like an action hero. That’s exhausting! Slow down! Take time digging deep into problems that plague you. Read. Learn...

New Mexico’s economic policy is counter-productive

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I concur with two points from D. Dowd Muska’s [NMPolitics.net] recent opinion piece.

One: “It’s certainly true that by themselves, lower individual and corporate taxes have not generated much job- and wealth-creation in New Mexico.” Yep.

Two: New Mexico is in a “dire fiscal condition.” Or, more simply put, our state’s economy is in the tank.

Under Governor Martinez’s watch, our state has developed a deficit of hundreds of millions, we’ve spent all of our savings — which led Wall Street to lower our bond rating — and we’re ranked the worst-run state in the country (again). Governor Martinez’s economic policy — rooted in the decades-old ideology of “tax...

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