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Solving RMCHCS’s staffing problem

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The hospital is using multiple ways to fix the issue

It is no secret that Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services has faced some staffing issues over the past couple of years.

The problem became so prominent that the hospital had to close its Labor and Delivery Unit on Aug. 1.

In an Oct. 17 interview RMCHCS’s...

Growing pains

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Cannabis retailers raise new zoning challenges

Cannabis retailing is a sticky business, and it’s sparking some new debates about where the businesses are allowed and how they fit into Gallup’s overall business and community matrix.

The immediate issue is a rule requiring that cannabis retailers be at least 300 feet away from “residential uses.” The land standards specify that, “no cannabis sales shall be licensed if located within 300 feet of any residential zoned district or residential use, and uses listed under the civic and institutional use category, with exceptions for public safety facilities, hospitals and medical clinics.”

When planners were revising the city’s...

Economic Development Plan links diverse interests

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There are a lot of business building blocks in Gallup, but the area’s economic future will depend on coordinating them so they work together. That’s one of the findings of an updated city Economic Development Plan.

“The focus of the Economic Development Plan is to establish the goals around capital investment and incentivizing new business to come to Gallup but also supporting businesses that exist currently to maintain and enhance the quality of life within the region,” Denise Aten, senior vice president at consulting firm Bohannon Huston, which produced the report, said.

Aten worked with data updated from prior versions of the plan from 2009 and 2015, and consulted with...

State awards over $194 million in rental, utility assistance to New Mexicans

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Over 54,700 households protected from eviction, disconnected utilities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Oct. 13 that the state has provided over $194 million in rental and utility assistance through the first round of funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, helping over 54,700 New Mexico households to avoid eviction and disconnection of utilities.

“Tens of thousands of New Mexicans are feeling the benefits of our Emergency Rental Assistance Program,” Lujan Grisham said. “We are directly helping families find and keep high-quality housing and empowering them to spend their hard-earned money on other necessities.”

Since April 2021, the Emergency...

Veterans Services secretary to depart

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SANTA FE – The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Oct. 18 that New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Secretary Sonya Smith will depart the administration next month as she relocates to be closer to family.

“I am very grateful to Secretary Smith for her service to New Mexicans at the Department of Veterans Services,” Lujan Grisham stated in a press release. “I wish her and her family all the best moving forward.”

Smith thanked Lujan Grisham for allowing her to serve New Mexico’s veterans.

“My deepest thanks to Gov. Lujan Grisham for trusting me to serve New Mexico veterans – it has been an honor and a privilege to be a member of this...

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