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After climbing a steep iMovie learning curve, I am finally able to post our video of the outreach in Chimayo! We administered 52 vaccines before running out! In addition, Site Manager Elias Fresquez hosted a car show (with awards), a farmers’ market, education for seniors by the Public Regulatory Commission, among other things. County Commissioners, the Mayor of Espanola, the Sheriff, school board members and other officials mingled with the public. A great time for everyone!

All this and more in our second minimentary of the series: Hospital in Chimayo!

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On Thursday, September 29, the Board of Rio Arriba County Commissioners passed Resolution 2011-23 comparing Cannon AFB’s planned takeover of Rio Arriba airspace for low altitude flight training to an act of war. This was their secong effort to make their voices heard. Resolution 2011-25 opposing the flyovers had already been passed.

At issue was an “environmental assessment” based on opinion rather than data, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) that offered no justification for its assertions, and a public hearing in Espanola that was barely advertised.

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For years, Rio Arriba County has been the butt of jokes about its high overdose death rates and its supposed lack of coordination between providers. But on August 25, over 350 people showed up at my office (a huge crowd for a working day in Espanola!) to celebrate our town’s health care reform success.

We were joined by our county commissioners, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), state legislators, our Secretary of Health, children, reporters, friends, musicians and a truckload of shelter dogs. We danced, listened to northern New Mexico folk music, feasted, heard speeches and adopted pets, all to celebrate an extraordinary local achievement.

And while we were at it, we published op-eds and secured coverage in three newspapers and a radio station explaining the benefits of health care reform. Celebrate with us below the fold.

Cipriano Vigil and Friends Entertained the Crowd

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