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RMCH cuts ties with CHC

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Patten talks contracts, employment, other changes

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital has officially cut ties with Community Health Corporation. Their contract with the Texas-based hospital management company formally ended on May 2.

RMCHC’s agreement with CHC was for a five-year period, with what’s called a...

Two fellow Democrats challenge Rep. Lundstrom in District 9 race

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Candidates aim to strengthen county’s voice

Patty Lundstrom has been the House Representative for District 9 since 2003, and she is hoping to keep her seat on the Legislative once again during the 2024 election.

But two other Democrats have hopes of taking their turn on the legislative floor: Christopher Hud-son and Arval McCabe. The primary election will be held on June 4, and the general election will take place on Nov. 5.



In an interview with the Sun, Lundstrom said she hopes to continue the projects she’s already started as a Representative if she is reelected.

“I would like to finish some of the projects that I’ve already...

Roadwork to begin on I-40

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District Six along with Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. (Contractor) will begin mill and inlay work on Interstate 40 between Gallup and Thoreau.

Beginning May 10, work will begin at various locations on eastbound and westbound I-40 between mile marker 26.0 and 54.7.

The contractor’s work hours are 6:30 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday.  Drivers should expect minor delays and plan travel accordingly.  All work is expected to be complete by the end of May.

Railroad inferno

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Noxious fumes, explosion danger close I-40

LUPTON, Ariz. — A BNSF train carrying liquid petroleum gas (propane) derailed, creating an explosion at the Arizona/New Mexico border April 26. Flames from the two railcars nearly engulfed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 shortly before 1 pm.

McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III said the highway was shut down for 54 hours, causing traffic delays and bottleneck traffic along rural byways.

The westbound train derailed on both sides of the border, bringing together a multitude of law enforcement agencies and firefighters. No injuries were reported.

Dramatic photos of the incident flooded social media channels, and one man from...

Nygren signs resolution to urge President Biden to prohibit uranium hauling on Navajo lands

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Seven weeks after asking President Biden for his assistance, Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren signed legislation that adds the Navajo Nation Council’s imprimatur to ban the transportation of uranium ore across Navajo lands on April 29.

Joined by Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley and Delegate Casey Allen Johnson, vice chair of the Resources and Development Committee and sponsor of the legislation, Nygren signed a resolution to ask U.S. President Joe Biden to use executive authority to halt uranium transportation on Navajo land before it is attempted.

Titled CAP-23-24, “An Action Relating to an Emergency; Urgent Request to President Joseph R...

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