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Anonymous complaint triggers investigation

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New Mexico’s State Auditor is looking into an anonymous complaint by a group claiming they are city employees concerned about how the city is handling employee and ex-employee health benefits.

That may or may not be a big deal. Auditor Brian Colón’s office confirmed that they received a complaint alleging insurance...

RISE aims to level the business playing field for women, minorities

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Gallup businesses eligible for awards

Running a small business is a challenge for anyone, but can be especially difficult for women and people of color who may not start with a lot of connections or advantages. Comcast’s RISE program was created to help level the playing field.

“Comcast RISE launched in October 2020 to advance digital equity and help provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools they need to thrive,” Kyle Biederwolf, Comcast manager of external affairs, said.

It has reached 8,000 recipients in 590 cities in 34 states.

So far, 13 New Mexico businesses have qualified for RISE awards, including a vegetarian café, a coffee house...

Colleagues pay tribute to retiring City Council member Yogash Kumar

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One thing was clear by the end of the March 22 City Council meeting: retiring council member Yogash Kumar will be sorely missed.

“You’ve been my boss, you’ve been my inspiration and you’ve been my friend. You can’t be replaced. Your unique perspective has been so helpful to us and for the staff,” City Manager Maryann Ustick said. “I also want to thank you for your support of the community, in so many ways that go unknown to the community. Come by often and give me advice.”

She was among several colleagues who sometimes tearfully heaped praise and commendations on Kumar at the last meeting of his second term. Some, like Mayor Louie Bonaguidi, had funny stories to share...

PNM iproactively seeking information on emerging technologies

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ALBUQUERQUE – The Public Service Company of New Mexico is issuing two requests for information on energy resources and emerging technologies that could help the company toward its carbon-free goal.

According to a press release PNM sent out on March 22, the first request will help identify potential future generation resources that PNM could place into service in the 2028 to 2033 timeframe. Through this request, the company will collect information on resources that PNM could pursue to install up to 600 milliwatts of generating resources.

This Future Generation request for information is designed to encourage resources that have long-lead development activities so they are ready to...

AG Balderas secures $1.7 million settlement for NM consumers

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SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a $1.7 million settlement with Livingston Hearing Aid Centers, a Texas-based hearing aid retailer with locations throughout New Mexico, on March 23.

Balderas’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division led the effort to investigate Livingston’s business practices, resulting in an agreement that distributes $1.4 million in restitution to hundreds of defrauded consumers and secures $300,000 worth of free hearing aids and other assistance for at-risk populations throughout the state.

“This settlement serves as a warning to others that take advantage of our most vulnerable, especially those that are poor, elderly, or who...

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