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Primary election results will follow social distancing guidelines

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, primary election results will be handled differently this year.

The public and candidates will not be allowed to present in the McKinley County Rotunda (207 West Hill Avenue) or gather around the courthouse.

Only the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian chairs will be allowed in the Rotunda if they want to be present.

After the polls close at 7 pm on June 2 statewide election results will be posted on the Secretary of States’ web site at http://www.sos.state.nm.us

The unofficial results will be available on McKinley County Bureau of Elections web site: http://www.co.mckinley.nm.us and updated unofficial results will be posted every...

Open for business: Gallup joins New Mexico in limited reopening

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GALLUP — Businesses in Gallup and northwestern New Mexico can open for business under the governor’s new public health order.

Starting June 1, businesses that can reopen across the state include dine-in restaurants, indoor malls, gyms and salons.

“All businesses must operate in accordance with COVID-Safe practices for their industry,” a news release detailing the reopening said.

Gyms and indoor restaurants can have up to 50 percent maximum occupancy. However, bar and counter seating are not allowed at this time.

Indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and massage services can operate at 25 percent occupancy.

The public health order still prohibits...

Silver Screen Activist

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Native woman shares filmmaking journey

The path of a filmmaker is one many people dream of taking, but it is a steep climb, one that requires dedication and attention to detail. It is a challenge that Deidra Peaches was willing to tackle.

Hailing from Flagstaff, Ariz., Peaches is Todích’íí’nii, or Bitter Water, and was born for Lók’aa’ dine’é, or Reed People. She is a self-taught, full-time filmmaker who has devoted her time and effort to documentary filmmaking since 2011.

On her website, Peaches states she has reclaimed her identity and cultural understanding through filmmaking. The amount of Native-produced media available today “has enabled Native...

Masks, gowns as a mission

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Diné sewing group fights COVID-19 with creativity

Theresa Hatathlie-Delmar is a COVID-19 fashion innovator. She and the seamstresses and tailors in her group take a surprising list of items, including lingerie elastic and Tyvek and Everbuilt home wrap to design and sew masks and gowns for the Navajo Nation and the Hopi people to help protect them against the virus.

When Hatathlie-Delmar was designated to coordinate a sewing group on March 23. It was only six days after she heard about a COVID-19 case on the Navajo Nation in Dennehotso, Ariz.

Hatathlie-Delmar had only a small personal stockpile of fabric and thread that she used to sew, weave and bead to earn money. But the...

A young man becomes an essential worker

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Ben Kruise is an essential worker these days. The 22-year-old pilots a white Honda Civic, which has over 230k miles on it, many of those miles from trips transporting patients who tested positive for COVID-19 to area motels and alternative care facilities.

Kruise is originally from Ethiopia. He was adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage by a Gallup couple and has been living in Gallup for most of his life.

When Dr. Jennie Wei of the Gallup Indian Medical Center saw a need for more vehicles to take people to motels and places such as the Miyamura High School field hospital, she asked one of her contacts if he had any suggestions. Rick Kruise, Ben’s uncle, who works in the medical field...
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