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The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico oil, gas lease sale nets almost $80,000

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SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office conducted a lease sale on May 25, offering 45 parcels totaling over 10,000 acres within Cheyenne County, Kansas, and Eddy, Lea, and Chaves counties in New Mexico on public lands managed by the Roswell Field Office, Carlsbad Field Office, and Oklahoma Field...

Gov. creates state's first Office of Special Education

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ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham created the Office of Special Education, the first dedicated office of its kind in New Mexico, through an executive order May 25. The governor also announced that a national search is underway for the director of the new office.

The Office of Special Education will operate within the Public Education Department to make sure school districts are providing the best possible special education services that align with state and federal laws.

“This office creates an opportunity for collaboration between state agencies, districts and families of students that we desperately need, and that the 50,000 New Mexico children in special education...

Environment Department shares food safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

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SANTA FE — Sharing food with friends and family is a highlight for many New Mexicans over Memorial Day weekend. To keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy, the New Mexico Environment Department reminds you to follow these simple food safety tips:

 Make sure that the location of the gathering has enough oven, stovetop, refrigerator, freezer, and workspace needed to keep foods at a safe temperatureEnsure that there is a source of clean water for food preparation and cleaningSeparate raw meats from other foodsKeep hot foods at an internal temperature of 140°F or warmerKeep cold foods at 40°F or colderDiscard any perishables left out at room temperature for more than two hours...

Bengals spirit

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The Gallup Lady Bengals’ softball season is over, but if you had a chance to go to a game you might have seen two older men sitting in the stands, cheering as loud as they could.

Those two men are known as the “Bengals Number One Fans.” Benjamin, 81, and Gilbert Brown, 83, attend almost every Bengals softball game, rain or shine, despite Benjamin currently undergoing dialysis for kidney failure.

“Every time he gets out of dialysis, he wants to go to a softball game,” Benjamin’s daughter Una Paseda said.

Benjamin said he’s had a lifelong passion for all things sports.

His first sport he ever played was softball, but later...

New rule may open opportunities for cannabis cultivation

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After a few months of wrangling, it appears that Gallup and builder Rick Murphy have reached an accord that would let him lease one of his buildings for marijuana cultivation.

Murphy asked to have the city’s Land Development Standards amended to accommodate possible grow-op in what is presently the Cash & Carry building. That was running up against four zoning elements: the standards; a Downtown Overlay District that forbids cannabis cultivation and requires at least 50% of any business be devoted to public-facing uses ranging from entertainment to retail to food and beverage; and a requirement that cannabis growing operations be screened from public view with a wall.

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