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A plea for parks: Can cannabis taxes rescue them?

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Parks and Recreation Director Vince Alonzo wants to put the recreation in “recreational marijuana.” Or more accurately, he wants the Gallup’s cannabis tax proceeds to help fund much-needed park maintenance and improvements.

“We’re calling it recreational marijuana. What about earmarking the excise money for...

Federal agency threatens to pull promised water funding

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City officials are scrambling to get help from federal legislators after the Bureau of Reclamation threatened to go back on $18 million in funding for water while the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is under construction, and reclassify the city’s role in the NGWSP in a way that would force it to pay up front.

The alarming news spurred a trip to Washington, D.C. for Mayor Louie Bonaguidi, councilors Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, and Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, and Assistant City Manager J.M. DeYoung.  McKinley County Commissioner Danielle Notah, Dist. 1, and County Manager Anthony Dimas also made the trip.

Washington-based city and county lobbyists arranged for the delegation to meet...

How to improve a child’s literacy

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Albuquerque reading teacher, tutor gives tips

According to the 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, 79% of New Mexico fourth graders scored below proficient in reading in the 2022 National Assessment of Education Progress.

New Mexico is currently ranked 50th in the nation in fourth grade reading proficiency. The N.M. KIDS COUNT Data Book states that children need to be able to read proficiently by fourth grade in order to be able to use their reading skills in other school subjects. The data book also notes that kids who aren’t reading at grade level by that critical point are more likely to drop out of school and less likely to go to college.

So how can parents help their...

Awarding excellence

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GMCS honors 623 students for academic achievement

Gallup-McKinley County Schools recently honored students who achieved academic accomplishments last year in an award ceremony.

During a special school board meeting Feb. 21, GMCS superintendent Mike Hyatt, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction Wade Bell and school board members recognized students who had received the 2022 State Assessment Board Scholars award.

Hyatt said that 623 students had been recognized from 32 of the district’s schools.

The assessments were taken in March and April. Elementary and middle school students were tested on their English/language arts and math skills, while high school students were...

Students explore research opportunities at New Mexico Tech

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SOCORRO, NM – Prospective students hoping to turn college experience into a career in industry, government, a lab, or continue their education in graduate school explored their abundant options at a showcase of student research on the New Mexico Tech campus. More than 250 students and over 200 of their parents and guardians attended Research@Tech Day Feb. 20 to learn more about the university’s hands-on research projects in science, technology, engineering, math, and other fields.

Students and their guests began the day hearing from a panel of students who described how they landed on-campus jobs, summer internships, and job offers from tech companies, national labs, and...

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