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Luján, Fischer introduce legislation to expedite federal cost-sharing relief after natural disasters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, D-NM., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., recently introduced the Emergency Conservation Program Improvement Act to expedite producers’ access to federal disaster relief.

The legislation would specifically reform the Emergency Conservation Program and Emergency Forest Restoration...

Unscheduled water outage Oct. 21

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An unscheduled water outage in the 1400 to 1500 blocks of South Grandview will take place from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm on Oct. 21.

Surrounding areas may experience low water pressure.

The Water Department will be repairing a service line in the area and will need to shut off the water in order to do their work safely.

Any questions please call Utility Dispatch at (505) 863-1200.



The 90% solution

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Signature requirement for speed humps relaxed

Getting speed humps installed on your block just got a little easier – 10% easier, to be exact.

The issue bounced into the spotlight earlier this year when a handful of Mentmore residents who are tired of people speeding on Box Canyon Avenue asked the city council to revisit the 100% buy-in requirement for a block to get the humps. One resident on their block is a holdout.

The requirement, instituted years ago to keep neighborhood peace, meant hump  advocates had to get signatures from all the other homeowners on a block before asking the city for humps.

Faced with a choice of leaving the signature requirement in place or reducing it...

Water rate hike still in limbo, inching closer

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A planned increase in Gallup water rates still looms, but how big the bump will be when it is expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2023, is still an open question.

Gallup City Council must weigh the hardship of a rate hike on some consumers against financing needed repairs and upgrades throughout the city’s antiquated water system.

“Currently residential customers are not covering the cost of operations with what we are charging for water,” Finance Director Patty Holland said. “They’re paying $4.06 for what costs us $4.47 to deliver.”

How much revenue the water department brings in has a direct effect on how much it can borrow and at what interest rates.

Back in April, the...

IHS announces new CEO of Gallup Indian Medical Center

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The Indian Health Service announced the appointment of Cmdr. Pamela Detsoi-Smiley as the chief executive officer of the Gallup Indian Medical Center on Oct. 7. The center is located on the border of the Navajo Reservation and is one of the largest IHS facilities, serving a user population of over 42,000.

Detsoi-Smiley, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officer, has served as the acting CEO at GIMC since November 2021. She has 25 years of experience working in health care within IHS, including leadership roles in both nursing and administration.

“I appreciate Commander Detsoi-Smiley’s continued commitment and dedication to...

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