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Pilot Travel Center headed to the west end

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The city is stepping on the gas for a new Pilot Travel Center to open on the west side.

The Planning Commission and City Council have voted to allow an unusual arrangement – considering a location cobbled together among three different properties on Highway 66 at Rico Street.

The change means that Land Development...

Gallup drug rehab fills critical treatment gap

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Furthering its mission to support lifelong recovery from substance use disorders, Four Corners Detox Recovery Center now offers outpatient services — a key component in its continuum of care model that delivers treatment to clients at each stage of their recovery. With few currently existing options for outpatient drug treatment in Gallup, the service also fills a critical gap in the community.

Barry Ore, the Center’s program director, said that the outpatient program is critical for people who are trying to maintain sobriety.

“Clients in recovery outside of a traditional in-patient residential treatment facility are not only dealing with everyday stressors, they are, in most...

Health care company allegedly conspired to suppress wages of school nurses

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Las Vegas, NV – VDA OC LLC, a health care staffing company, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for entering into and engaging in a conspiracy with a competitor to allocate employee nurses and to fix the wages of those nurses on Oct. 27.

During the alleged conspiracy, from about October 2016 until July 2017, VDA, then known as Advantage On Call, LLC, was one of two primary providers of contract nursing services to the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nev.

According to the plea agreement it entered into with the government, VDA, through one of its employees, participated in a conspiracy with another contract health care staffing firm to suppress and eliminate competition by...

New Mexico to deliver $52.8 million in food assistance

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Benefits allocated for 91,460 children under age 6
in the latest P-EBT issuance

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department announced on Nov. 4 that families of 91,460 New Mexico children, ages zero through five, will receive additional food benefits this fall for the 2021-2022 child care and summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer programs on a gradual schedule.

The $52.8 million in P-EBT benefits will be issued to children under age six in families that were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program between August 2021 and June 2022. For each month of P-EBT benefits available, the child also had to be enrolled in  SNAP.

“The goal of this program...

NMDOH offering no-cost quitting services for nicotine users

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health’s Nicotine Use Prevention and Control program offers no-cost quitting services for nicotine users statewide for use during the upcoming annual Great American Smokeout Nov. 17.

Created by the American Cancer Society, the Great American Smokeout happens every year on the third Thursday of November. Year-round, DOH provides programs that offer help to quit any type of nicotine product from vaping or e-cigarettes, smoking conventional cigarettes or use of any other tobacco products.

“Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound in tobacco plants, and it’s the nicotine that keeps people using tobacco products, even when they want to...

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