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Gold King Mine Spill’s ground water investigated in NM

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Sediments left behind

FARMINGTON– Seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency  to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico Aug. 11.

“Although the Gold King Mine...

NM, CO lawmakers seek federal help for mine spill

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A letter signed by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives from New Mexico and Colorado is urging President Barack Obama to direct federal resources to the Animas River spill cleanup.

Among these resources is a call for a coordinated response to the disaster. The Environmental Protection Agency has been criticized by state and local governments for not providing timely communication on the spill and its impact on the area.

The spill happened after a team working for the EPA accidentally released three million gallons of toxic water from an abandoned mine near Silverton, Colo. into a nearby creek. The sickly orange plume traveled down the creek to the Animas River...

Upper Division UNM-Gallup Native American classes canceled

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For a campus comprised of mostly Native American students, there are only but a few choices of classes that delve into North American Indian history and heritage. And now those classes have been scrubbed from the University of New Mexico-Gallup’s fall line up.

“Native American History & Culture of North America” and “The Pueblo People” were both canceled in July.

These upper division classes were substituted with other classes to meet the necessary criteria towards a Bachelor’s Degree.

Ken Van Brott, operations manager for UNM-G’s Bachelor and Graduate Programs, said it wasn’t the Gallup branch’s choice to cancel the classes.

“The Native American classes were...

Freeland to serve as interim superintendent for Rehoboth Christian School

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Dr. Franklin R. Freeland (B.A., M.A., Ed. D.) has been selected to serve as the Interim Superintendent for Rehoboth Christian School, starting officially on August  1, 2015.

Freeland comes to Rehoboth with over 35 years of management and leadership experience in the fields of health and education within state, tribal and  federal entities; including Indian Health Services, the Navajo Division of Education, and the Navajo Nation Head Start Program, amongst others. Dr. Freeland acquired his Master’s and Doctor of Education in Management & Development; and Counseling from New Mexico State University, and received his Bachelor of Arts in History & Biology from New Mexico Highlands...

Perspective: A More ‘Transparent’ School Board

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Obviously stung by the criticism in editorials and articles in the Gallup Independent – the only daily newspaper in town – the Gallup McKinley County School Board of Education attempted to deflect those opinions at the meeting held Aug. 3.

The regular meeting included – almost as an afterthought – the process on how to replace a board member in District 5 who had recently resigned due to his wife’s medical condition, and was also reported to take action on the evaluation of the Superintendent.

The issue quickly opened with some board members floundering to present their case for transparency, and most of the large crowd did not seem impressed with their statements, deeming...

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