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Magistrate Court judges take oaths of office

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McKinley County Magistrate Court judges formally took their oaths of office on Jan. 30.

Magistrate Judges Brent Detsoi, Cynthia Sanders and Virginia Yazzie officially took their oaths earlier this month at private ceremonies, allowing them to carry out their duties when their terms began.

Sanders has served on the...

Steinhaus retires from PED

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The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Jan. 28 Public Education Department Secretary Kurt Steinhaus would be retiring after a lengthy and distinguished career in New Mexico public education.

"I am deeply grateful to Secretary Steinhaus for his lifelong and tireless service in pursuit of improving educational outcomes for every New Mexico student,” Lujan Grisham said in a press release published on Jan. 28.  “As a seasoned educator, his relationships with districts around the state have enormously benefited the work of the Department.”

Lujan Grisham went on to list some of the things Steinhuas did for education in New Mexico.

“Under his leadership...

Supporting the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

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Rep. Leger Fernández, Senator Luján introduce bill to fund project

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is one step closer to becoming  a reality.

Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., introduced a bill on Nov. 30. The bill amends the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project’s authorization to ensure it has the resources it needs to reach completion and to lower costs for the communities it serves. Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced the legislation in the Senate.

The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project was first authorized as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which settled the Navajo Nation’s water rights in the San Juan...

Conservation candidates won elections, now must rise to address challenges like climate change

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Following the Nov. 8 election, New Mexico will now have a congressional delegation consisting of strong advocates of conservation and public lands.

Democrat Gabe Vasquez joins incumbent U.S. Reps. Melanie Stansbury and Teresa Leger Fernández representing New Mexicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Allison with New Mexico Wild and Greg Peters with Conservation Voters of New Mexico said Vasquez’s election was an important win for public lands.

Allison highlighted Vasquez’s resume, including working for New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the Wilderness Society.

“He’s an avid outdoorsman,” Allison said. “I think he is closely associated in the public’s mind...

IHS further expands telehealth services to meet patient needs

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The Indian Health Service announced an expansion of telehealth across IHS federal facilities to meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native patients on Oct. 31.

In July 2021, IHS awarded a clinical video telehealth contract to AA RingMD, a secure, cloud-based solution that enables patient-to-provider and provider-to-provider telehealth meetings. IHS has been working with AA RingMD staff and engineers to prepare for implementation. Beginning Oct. 31, IHS clinicians and support staff at federal facilities were able to use the secure system.

“This expansion of telehealth will increase access to care, patient safety, continuity of care, quality of care, and ultimately patient...

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