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    County candidates to tackle patchy communication for first responders

    By Vanessa Martinez / NM News Port / Bernalillo County firefighters have struggled with reliable radio service in remote areas of the county for years. Now the problem is at the forefront of the race between District 5 County Commissioner candidates, Charlene Pyskoty and James Smith. The Issue Bernalillo County District 5 encompasses most of the East […]

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    N.M. Congressional candidates discuss cannabis legalization

    By Alyssa Bitsie / NM News Port / Three local candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives have laid out their positions on legal use of cannabis. Democrat Debra Haaland, Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian Lloyd Princeton are vying for the open seat representing the first congressional district in New Mexico. The district includes the […]

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    NM mine owners face off against local water worries

    By Anthony Jackson / NM News Port / Hillsboro, New Mexico has been known as a mining town since the late 1800’s. But, as time changes, so too have the sentiments of some of the town’s residents. Rancher Bob Cunningham is a co-owner of the Hillsboro Pitchfork Ranch. His family bought the land in 1906. […]

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    New Mexicans with disabilities find work despite barriers

    By Elizabeth Sanchez / NM News Port / Steven Fischer is no stranger to hearing, “No.” When he started job hunting after his 2015 high school graduation, he applied to be a cashier and was told he “wasn’t physically capable of doing the job,” he said. Some six months later, Fischer found work with Christmas […]

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    Foreign teachers pay dearly to fill empty N.M. jobs

    By Lauren Villagran/ Searchlight NM /   HOBBS – The alarm rings at 3 a.m., and Ronell Mangilit is the first one up in a house shared with four fellow teachers. He prepares breakfast, writes up the day’s math lesson, and puts on a button-down shirt, a tie and crisply pressed slacks. Then it’s off […]

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    Recruiting agencies exploit education ties

    By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / Four recruiting agencies have sprung up in New Mexico. Each is run by a working teacher, a recently resigned PED employee, a district superintendent, or the close relative of a superintendent. Such close relationships to the school system give recruiters an edge in helping immigrant teachers navigate licensure […]

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