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Rule revision eases path for cannabis retail downtown

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Two cannabis retailers intended to set up shop in Gallup once legalization was finalized in April 2022. However, both retailer permits were initially denied when they were determined to be within 300 feet of protected uses, or residential uses, and both appeals challenged the 300-foot rule. The appellants also asked...

Governor delivers first State of the State address of her second term

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued her fifth State of the State address, the first of her second term as governor, on Jan. 17, laying out her legislative priorities for the 2023 legislative session.

Continuing strategic and meaningful investments in the FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation, the governor’s legislative priorities encompass initiatives in housing and homelessness, health care and behavioral health, education and child wellbeing, public safety, economic development and relief, infrastructure, and tax reform.

Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda for the 2023 session of the New Mexico Legislature includes:

Health Care & Behavioral Health

Expanding and...

NM Kids releases new data book

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Pandemic-era child well-being data better than expected

ALBUQUERQUE – The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on New Mexico’s children and families, but data from 2021 reflect no significant declines — and even some slight improvements — in child well-being. That is among the findings in the 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, which was released on Jan. 18.

This annual accounting of child well-being in the state tracks several indicators across four domains: economic security, education, health, and family and community. Indicators include issues such as child poverty and food insecurity rates, parental employment and education levels, and teen birth rates.

The report is...

Western New Mexico University to host public forum

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Western New Mexico University is planning to host a public forum to discuss their strategic plan. The forum is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 6 pm. The WNMU Strategic Plan informs the course and focus of the university, including long and short-term goals for academic and administrative purposes. WNMU will host the forum to gather public input to inform the update of the Strategic Plan that includes an anonymous public survey.

The WNMU Planning Council is using this event to gather input from members of the university community, students and WNMU employees to get suggestions and community participation in the process to update the WNMU Strategic Plan.

The public forum will be held at the J...

New metering tech to save money, improve utility service

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Imagine how much easier moving would be if you could have your water and power disconnected and reconnected instantly, with the flip of a switch. Or how much you would save if a utility could alert you to a water leak or electric connection burnout before it happens?

That’s the promise of a new utility management system that could save the city and the public plenty of money and headaches.

Gallupians won’t notice any difference for about a year, because that’s how long it will take to install new electric meters for all customers and information transmission nodes onto a couple dozen utility poles around town.

Right now, the city is operating under the Automated Meter Reading...
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