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City aims to bring peace, quiet to downtown

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The next chapter of a 20-year saga

Everybody needs a little peace and quiet now and then. Especially near railroad tracks.

That’s not as simple as it seems. Federal law requires railroad engineers to blast their horns at least 15 seconds, and no more than 20 seconds, in advance of all public grade crossings to warn...

RMCHCS closes L&D unit temporarily

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Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services is temporarily closing its Labor & Delivery unit starting Aug. 3.

In a press release published on July 25, the hospital stated that patient safety is their top priority, and the hospital is currently unable to provide appropriate physician and clinical coverage to operate the unit safely. The hospital anticipates reopening the unit with full providers and nursing coverage in the coming months.

The hospital is working with physicians, emergency departments, and acute care providers to ensure continuity of care for their affected patients. The emergency room remains open and ready to provide care to any expectant mother needing emergency...

City council discusses, debates rodeo back numbers

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Are they good for marketing?

Is the number on a rodeo buckaroo’s back a marketing tool?

That was the question for city councilors on July 26, and ultimately they decided the answer is yes, if it includes certain design features.

At issue was whether Lodger’s Tax funds, which are designated for marketing efforts to get “heads in beds,” could be used to pay for rodeo back numbers. The question came up because Lodger’s Tax rules were updated about a year ago and back numbers were excluded from the list of approved marketing uses.

“One of the things recommended was that back numbers for participants wouldn’t be eligible. The idea was that it was a piece of paper pinned...

City council to study water rate hike

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Gallup’s city council will have a work session to talk about potential water rate increases at 4:30 pm Aug. 2 at the City Council Chambers.

The session is to look at possible alternatives to proposed water rate hikes of 22.5% this year and again next year. The council discussed the increases in May, but postponed action after two councilors voiced concerns that the bumps were just too big.

The original proposal would add $5.50 - $6 a month to bills for lower-consumption residential customers, and $12 to $15 for residents who use more.

The meeting will be open to the public and will be broadcast on the city’s Facebook page. No action will be taken at the meeting, but it gives the...

Higher Education Department invests $1 million in students’ mental health

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Higher Education Department has announced that it will award $1 million to establish and expand mental health services for students on college campuses across the state via funding approved by Gov. Lujan Grisham.

The department is awarding $50,000 grants to 20 programs across 14 college and university campuses throughout New Mexico as part of its Mental and Behavioral Health Grant Initiative. The funds will be used to expand existing services, add new resources, conduct staff training, and engage in outreach campaigns encouraging students to seek help.

The announcement comes on the heels of the new 988 crisis support line becoming available to New...
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