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Clean Car Tax Credit passes first committee

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposal for a new tax credit to help New Mexicans purchase zero-emission cars and light trucks cleared its first committee on Jan. 23.

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted 6-3 to recommend passage of House Bill 140.

The bill would create new...

Leger Fernández, Luján, Heinrich call on FEMA to expedite claims process for Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon fire victims

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WASHINGTON D.C. — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, alongside Senators Ben Ray Luján and Martin Heinrich, wrote a letter to Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Jan. 22, expressing deep concern over the delay processing decisions to over 100 claimants affected by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. The letter, emphasizing the urgency of the situation, calls for immediate action to address the backlog of claims and ensure swift justice for the victims.

Expressing solidarity with the people of northern New Mexico who endured unimaginable suffering due to the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, Leger Fernández, Luján and...

Scheduled water outage for Jan. 22

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A scheduled water outage that will affect parts of Ciniza Drive will take place on Jan. 22 from 9 am to 3 pm.

The outage will affect City of Gallup Water customers in the following areas:

  • 3000-3100 Block of Ciniza Drive
The city's water department will be making repairs to a broken water line in the area. They will need to temporarily shut down water service while they complete the work. Once the work has been performed, the water service will be restored.

Surrounding areas may experience low water pressure.

For any questions, call Utility Dispatch at (505) 863-1200.

Legal judgment adds a wrinkle to RMCH woes

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CORRECTION: Rehoboth McKinley County Hospital received a notice of a $68 million legal judgement in a malpractice lawsuit, not $268 million.

A multi-agency plan to help Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital get back on its feet faced a challenge briefly in December when RMCH got notice of a $268 million legal judgment in a malpractice lawsuit stemming from a 2018 surgery.

While the number is daunting, Interim CEO Bill Patten and County Manager Anthony Dimas are confident it will ultimately be reduced and the hospital’s $35 million in insurance should cover any payout in the case.

“It’s only half time,” Dimas said.

The news prompted the Gallup City Council to call a special...

Local arts getting a boost

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N.M. legislators introduce act to invest in creative workforce

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., introduced the Creative Workforce Investment Act on Jan. 11. The Act would empower the creative workforce through the creation of workforce grants programs and expand access to the arts in communities nationwide.

“New Mexico is known for our vibrant arts culture, which has shaped and defined New Mexico for generations. New Mexican artists enrich our communities, preserve our traditions, and boost local economies,” Luján said. “I’m proud to introduce the Creative Workforce...

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