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Person of the Month dedicated to community medicine

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RMCHCS CEO David Conejo once worked for a dollar a month

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services CEO David Conejo was recently recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a member of the group 60 Rural Hospital and Health Systems CEOs to Know in 2019.

Conejo spoke with the Sun May 8 about what the award means to him, as well as what it means for RMCHCS and the rest of Gallup.

The award is given to the most viable hospitals that are making advancements in areas such as mobile centers, and care for difficult conditions including stroke, diabetes, and trauma, Conejo said.

While the award was given to Conejo specifically, he said that he is just one of the people who make the...

School district to remain ’Gallup McKinley County Schools’

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The Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of  Education recently held a special meeting to discuss and take action on possibly rebranding the school district.

A number of community members and city officials were present at the May 7 special meeting to voice their thoughts on the matter.

Mayor Jackie McKinney was the first to speak, and said the city and the school district have to work together for the benefit of the students.

He and Dist. 4 Councilor Fran Palochak spoke in favor of keeping the name the way it is.

He added that it is already difficult to work with the state when New Mexico is at the bottom of national rankings in nearly every category in education.

“If we...

Aircraft Crash

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No injuries reported

Gallup Police received an emergency call from metro dispatch about a plane that landed at Gallup airport.

The front gear collapsed on the plane. No injuries were reported to the dispatch center. The call came in at 12:20 pm May 4. Officers arrived on scene and secured the area.  The Gallup Fire Department and MedStar ambulance were requested to the scene to treat the single occupant who piloted the plane.

At this time the scene has been turned over to the New Mexico State Police.

City and county sign joint planning agreement for N.M. trust lands

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The City of Gallup, McKinley County, and the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation held a signing ceremony May 6 for a joint planning agreement as a kick-off to the 2019 Economic Development Week.

Patricia Lundstrom, executive director of GGEDC, said the agreement is being signed as a step to foster a resilient homegrown economy.

“I can think of no better way to kick off this important week than to have the state land commissioner here,” she said, describing the commissioner as one of the most dynamic, hard-working individuals she has ever met.

Stephanie Garcia Richard, state land commissioner for New Mexico, spoke about the importance of the stakeholders in the region...

Graduation dress code discussion

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What to do about traditional, RELIGIOUS, PERSONAL ITEMS

The start of May signals the start of graduation season. High school students across the country are about to be recognized for their achievements and cross the stage to accept their diplomas and complete a formative chapter of their lives.

While this occasion is a happy time for students and their families, attire rules and regulations can seem like an obstacle to self-expression to some students, as was discussed by the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education during their April 29 meeting.

Dist. 1 member Kevin Mitchell spoke about graduation attire to the rest of the board.

“Every year, graduation happens and at...
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