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City approves annual budget

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Gallup has a new budget for fiscal year 2023 – which starts next month – but it’s not quite as hefty as city departments had hoped, forcing the city to try to do more with less.

The  budget is just over $110,000, and it was approved June 14. It  includes over $34 million for operations and over $2 million for...

State educators celebrate Year of Literacy

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SANTA FE — More than 300 educators from around New Mexico gathered during the week of June 6 for the Public Education Department’s Literacy and Humanities Bureau Summer Convening at the Albuquerque Convention Center to celebrate New Mexico’s Year of Literacy and to learn how they can improve all students’ ability to read.

The department hosted representatives from more than 50 school districts and charter schools as well as national and local experts to share information about the department’s structured literacy program, which is based on a theory of the science of reading.

On June 7, during the event, Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus announced four Structured...

Judicial Clerkship Program’s summer externships underway

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SANTA FE – Eleven law students are participating in a program that provides pathways to the judiciary and possible clerkships for those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.

The Judicial Clerkship Program, now in its second year, provides students training, mentoring and a 10-week summer externship. The New Mexico Supreme Court, the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession and the Young Lawyers Division, jointly manage the program.

“I’m excited about the program because it is a practical and concrete solution to the lack of diversity in clerkships and in the Judiciary,” Supreme Court Justice David K. Thomson, who brought the...

Secretary of State files lawsuit against Otero County Commission

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Lawsuit concerns illegal actions to disenfranchise 2022 primary election voters and harm primary candidates

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a writ of mandamus with the New Mexico Supreme Court on June 14 seeking to compel the Otero County Commission to certify the 2022 Primary Election results after the commission illegally refused to certify the results, potentially disenfranchising every Otero County voter who legally and securely cast a ballot and harming candidates seeking to have their names on the General Election ballot.

“New Mexico’s 2022 Primary Election was conducted with the highest standards of election administration by dedicated county...

Winners, losers and…huh?

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Late withdrawal creates chaos around District 1 Commission seat

Most of McKinley County’s June 7 elections have clear outcomes, but the District 1 County Commission seat is still undecided – at least temporarily – and two candidates are still standing in the Sheriff’s race.

The District 1 confusion arose because the winner, Ernest C. “Charles” Becenti III, withdrew from the race after the deadline for the county to submit ballot information to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office.

That meant his name was still on the primary ballot, and he won with 44%  of the vote (1,266). Young J. Tom trailed with 30% of the vote (877) and Vincent Muskett got...

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