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Joe Vargas Memorial Complex to reopen

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City of Gallup officials announced on July 11 that the Joe Vargas Veterans Memorial Complex, formerly known as Ford Canyon Park, will soon be reopening.

On July 15, the City invites the community to visit and walk the new AstroTurf fields.

There are some rules that will need to be followed and enforced in order to make...

Luján underscores challenges rural, tribal communities face in disaster response

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WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, underscored the challenges that rural and tribal communities experience in responding to disasters, including fires, drought, and flooding during a recent Senate hearing. Luján’s remarks during the hearing specifically recognized the South Fork and Salt fires, flooding in Medanales, and the ongoing recovery following the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire in 2022.

He started by talking about the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.

"I'm grateful for this discussion after what has been a difficult and devastating fire season and flooding season in New Mexico,"...

Unscheduled water outage for July 10

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SECOND UPDATE: UNM’s electric contractor has deemed it safe for the water distribution crew to continue work. The water line is expected to be repaired by 9 pm July 12.

UPDATE: Although the water outage was reportedly supposed to be done by 2:30 am on July 11, the City of Gallup's Water Department issued an extension on it at 2 pm July 11.

The extended water outage will now last until 5 pm on July 12.

The extended outage is due to an unmarked electric line that was hit in the process of excavation. This unmarked electrical underground line belongs to the University of New Mexico and is not associated with City of Gallup Electric Department. The water department is on stand by until...

Smokey Bear license plates now available

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SANTA FE — The Smokey Bear Fire Prevention license plate is now available for New Mexico vehicles.

The plate has been made available after the passage of House Bill 251 in the Legislature earlier this year, which was signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Smokey Bear Fire Prevention plate is a special vehicle registration plate that raises money for fire prevention efforts. It is not available for motorcycles or other vehicle types that have designated plates, such as recreational vehicles.

The plate will cost $50 on the initial purchase and $40 each year for registration renewals.

Revenue from initial purchases is distributed as follows: $12 to the Motor Vehicle...

New Mexico's unemployment rate was 3.8% in May

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New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8% in May, unchanged from the rate in April and up from 3.6 percent in the previous year. The national unemployment rate in May was 4%, up from 3.9% in April and up from 3.7% in May 2023.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 15,700 jobs, or 1.8%, between May 2023 and May 2024. The majority of gains came from the private sector. The private sector was up 9,000 jobs, or 1.3%, while the public sector was up 6,700 jobs, or 3.6%. Within the private sector, the private service-providing industries were up 8,600 jobs, or 1.5%, while employment in the goods-producing industries was up 400 jobs, or 0.4%, from the level in May...
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