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Value stream mapping boosts productivity for awning maker

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Sometimes it just takes a fresh perspective — and expertise in lean manufacturing — to help a respected manufacturer streamline productivity and increase profitability.

The owners of Rader Awning & Upholstery Inc. requested that type of feedback when their 70-year-old company, New Mexico’s leading supplier of...

A blueprint for a state in the red

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The New Mexico that could be

New Mexico can be a place where communities thrive and there is opportunity for everyone to build a secure future.

We know what it takes to create strong communities — good schools, roads, libraries, and so forth. Today, though, our budget prioritizes tax breaks instead that starve our state of the revenue it needs to fund critical programs and services. This is the wrong choice for New Mexico’s future.

To afford the things we need, it will take a more sensible approach to revenue. We’re losing millions of dollars in tax breaks for powerful special interests that are inserted into the tax code. When we clean up our tax code, we’ll...

Incubator aims to nurture downtown Aztec

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Aztec isn’t the only town in New Mexico whose residents want a vibrant and stable downtown business district, but it’s one town where leaders are moving forward with plans to create that environment.

Spurred by the city’s economic development advisory board, the Four Corners community is opening a retail incubator in a downtown building to nurture fledgling businesses until they’re ready to stand on their own.

The Aztec Business Incubator (also called the Aztec Business Hub) will host businesses in various stages of development and provide member businesses access to the expertise of on-site service providers from the Small Business Development Center, WESST, New Mexico...

Madame G guide to the stars WEEK OF SEPT. 30 - OCT. 6

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We welcome in a New Moon on Friday, as we head into October. While we bask in the joys of the sign of the scales, consider readjusting your relationships. This is a wonderful time to take stock and reprioritize your life. Madame G recommends you slow down, enjoy the beautiful days of fall, and show love to your family and friends. Live now!


Aries (March 21-April 19)

You may find that your love life is spicing up. Are you rekindling an old flame? Perhaps you’re ready to take a current relationship to the next level or you’re ready for a new one. Whatever the case, don’t forget to work on yourself. Confidence looks good on everyone. You don’t have to be perfect, gorgeous, or...

Wowza! Gallup Film Festival closes a standout 2016

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Now that the 2016 Gallup Film Festival has come to a close, we can safely say it boasted a unique schedule of shorts, documentaries, and features in what we hope is becoming a Gallup institution. The event brought all kinds of people downtown – close to 3,000, by some estimates. And the city should pat itself on the back for investing in this venture.

This isn’t to say past editions of the GFF have been lackluster. Each of the last three festivals has offered up a handful of truly memorable and brilliant selections. And there have been some misfires, too.

The directors and stars who attend film festivals hope to create buzz from advanced screenings. The offering of sneak-peaks is...

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