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Protecting precious pets from distemper

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Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society handles deadly canine virus

The Gallup-McKinley Humane Society faced the start of a cruel summer with a distemper outbreak at the shelter. Nearly two-dozen dogs were euthanized after being infected by the often-fatal canine scourge.

The shelter declared a four-week quarantine...

CHAG asks state health department to assume control of hospital

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The latest on RMCHCS’s mounting challenges

Between financial and staffing problems, the closure of its Labor and Delivery Unit, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services continues to face an uphill battle to stay in business.

And now, the Community Health Action Group is trying to hold the hospital accountable by getting the state involved.

According to a news release, CHAG representatives spoke in front of the New Mexico Legislative Committee on Health and Human Services Sept. 15,  and asked the committee, composed of about 30 state lawmakers, to turn hospital operations over to the N.M. Dept. of Health.

The release also states that N.M. state law allows for  NMDOH to...


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At the Aug. 31 Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ Board of Trustees meeting, CEO Robert Whitaker reported that the hospital had lost about $2.2 million during June and July. He said that the hospital made just over $6 million in net revenue in June while it spent over $7.5 million, which means it lost almost $1.5 million that month.

RMCH made over $6.3 million in July, while spending just over $7 million, resulting in a loss of $745,000.

Despite these numbers, in an Aug. 15 interview with the Sun, Whitaker said that the hospital had made “considerate improvement[s]” though. He noted that revenue is up by about $1 million compared to the previous year. However, he...

City council takes leap of faith on mixed-use housing

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A development that could eventually mean as many as 140 new homes in Gallup will be allowed to proceed after protest from a handful of residents failed to sway the City Council to do otherwise.

As a result, the builder hopes to have the first few homes ready to move into by next spring or summer in what appears to be the first new housing development in Gallup since Mentmore went up in the 1990s.

The project will start with nine or 10 single family homes at the northern end of the property, said architect Ryan Stearns, who’s been shepherding the plan through the city process for more than two years.

“I’m still waiting for the phone call that tells me we’ve done something...

Gov. delivers over $40 million for new police officers across N.M.

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Law Enforcement Recruitment Fund awards will fund over 300 new officers statewide

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the awarding of over $40 million from the Law Enforcement Recruitment Fund for the hiring of over 300 new officers at 29 departments across New Mexico on Sept. 9

“Today we deliver on a promise to New Mexicans to get more police officers on our streets,” Lujan Grisham said. “Every New Mexican deserves to feel safe in their community, to know that law enforcement is coming when they need help – that’s why we are continuing our priority investments in public safety, funding new officers that will make a real difference in communities both small...
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