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Momentum grows for renewable electricity standard legislation

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WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) received an important hearing May 19 in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States’ energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

The hearing was a key step forward in order for the bill to receive a vote by the committee later this year.

“This legislation builds on the...

President Begaye meets with ASU leadership, attends American Indian convocation

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TEMPE—On May 15, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye spent the day in Tempe for several key meetings and scheduled convocations at Arizona State University.

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President Policy Advisor Dr. Peterson Zah and Attorney General Ethel Branch joined President Begaye for the events.

Throughout the day, the common thread during the discussions was the need for educated Navajo professionals, especially CPAs, nurses and attorneys.

ASU Office of the President

The first meeting was with Michael Crow, ASU President. Because he was on travel, Crow sent representatives to the meeting.

The top management at the university provided an update on the...

Navajo Nation Council approves ethics violation bill

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WINDOW ROCK – During a Navajo Nation Council Special Session on Tuesday, members unanimously approved Legislation No. 0063-15, which will amend Title II provisions in the Ethics in Navajo Government Law and the Navajo Nation Election Code, if signed into law.

According to the legislation, it states that candidates who run for “public elective offices should not have any outstanding ethics judgments, including orders for restitution to the Navajo Nation pursuant to the Navajo Ethics in Government Law,” and ensure that candidates running for office do not have any outstanding ethics violations before serving in an elected office.

If elected officials are in violation of the Ethics...

83 Graduate from Wingate High School

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Wingate High School made a smart decision last Friday, May 15, when they moved the Commencement Program inside the gymnasium. Although it was a little crowded inside, it was definitely warmer, and the spirit of the audience was not dampened by the fierce winds or the dropping temperatures.

The JROTC Color Guard posted the colors prior to the processional and the national anthem was led by Tonisha Desiderio, Unique Largo, Jacinda Bodie, Kaelyn Bahe and Hurlicia Nez. The Pledge of Allegiance was a tri-cultural event as Pauletta John and Alondra Willie recited the verse in Navajo, Shaqnia Livingston and Garek Thomas followed with a Spanish version and Allana Largo and Terrence...

164 Gallup High students earn diplomas

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One hundred and sixty-four happy students became graduates at the commencement exercise last Friday, May 15, in the arena of Red Rock Park. Undeterred by the chilly weather and wind, a very large collection of family and friends attended the event in support of these students.

The lengthy ceremony included the Presentation of Colors by the GHS JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lakota Jordan, the national anthem by Blaine Yazzie, and a tri-cultural prayer by: Mia Salazar in English, Govinda Lingayat in Hindu, and Shawn Jim in Navajo.

Dr. Kim Orr, the principal of GHS, welcomed the guests and introduced the special people in attendance. Mike Butkovich, the previous...

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