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Proposed legislation would increase Impact Aid to rural schools

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Superintendent in Santa Fe seeks support for SB 170

SANTA FE - The ongoing effort to create an adequate education for children across New Mexico has new support in the form of Senate Bill 170, which was introduced during the first session of the 54th Legislature and sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, and Sen...

State legislature deadlocks on one wage increase bill

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Bill would have tied pay to Cost of Living Index

SANTA FE – The heavily-discussed House Bill 31 encountered a stumbling block in the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee during the first session of the 54th New Mexico State Legislature.

During the March 5 session, the committee was unable to attain enough votes to advance HB 31.

HB 31 called for a minimum wage increase across New Mexico in phases. If passed into law, it would call for a minimum wage rate of $10 an hour, which would increase after July 2020 to $11 an hour, and then again after July 2021 to a minimum of $12 an hour.

In addition, HB 31 would eliminate the tip exceptions for employees like restaurant...

More New Mexico parents choose not to vaccinate

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Health department warns about measles outbreaks

SANTA FE - In light of the recent state of emergency declared in the Washington state after a measles outbreak, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is strongly encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.

“Vaccines are the best protection against measles and many other serious diseases,” said Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “The entire purpose of getting vaccinated is to protect you and your loved ones from disease before it makes you sick. The greater the number of New Mexico children that are fully vaccinated, the better the chance entire families - even entire communities - stay healthy.”


Pedestrian struck, killed near Gallup by alleged impaired driver

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MCKINLEY COUNTY – New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on New Mexico State Road 118, near mile post 27 east of Gallup, early Tuesday evening.

The initial investigation indicated that a 2003 Dodge van driven by Frank Adrian Jiron, 39, of Albuquerque was traveling west on SR 118.  For unknown reasons, Tommy Mariano, 85, of Crownpoint was walking in the roadway. The Dodge van struck Mariano, who sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

During the investigation, officers determined that Jiron exhibited signs of being under the influence of an "intoxicating substance," according to a State Police news release. He was...

Board of Commissioners approves resolution to declare McKinley County a Second Amendment Sanctuary

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Unanimous decision made during a special meeting

The crowd filled the third floor meeting room of the McKinley County Courthouse to capacity, pouring out into the lobby and first floor rotunda.

People had gathered to hear a reading of and voice either their support or opposition to a resolution presented to the Board of Commissioners that would preserve the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and declare McKinley County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

A Second Amendment Sanctuary County has adopted resolutions to not enforce certain gun control measures that are seen as violating the Second Amendment. San Juan, Eddy, Curry, Quay, Socorro and Union counties are...
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