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Niagara Rockbridge crowned Miss Navajo Nation 2021-2022

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, First Lady Phefelia Nez, and Second Lady Dottie Lizer joined Miss Navajo Nation 2019-2021 Shaandiin Parrish, as she crowned the 2021- 2022 Miss Navajo Nation, Niagara Rockbridge of Tselani/Cottonwood and Pinon communities, during a live virtual coronation ceremony at the Navajo Nation...

Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World

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Week ending Friday, September 10, 2021

Solar Meltdown

Earth’s reliance on electronics could make the planet vulnerable to a global internet “meltdown” should a solar storm as powerful as the one that occurred in the pre-hi-tech year of 1859 knock out that technology. The Carrington Event of Sept. 1-2, 1859, caused serious damage to telegraph systems of the day. Speaking to “WIRED,” researcher Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi said that while local and regional fibre networks probably wouldn’t be badly affected by such a large-scale solar storm, she is concerned about the repeaters used to connect the world’s vast undersea cable system. Earlier studies have warned that other...

Mask order extended

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New Mexico must continue to mask up following the release of a Sept. 15 public health order issued by acting Secretary David Scrase, M. D.

Scrase has directed that everyone two years and above should wear a mask or multi-layer cloth face covering indoors, except when eating or drinking until Oct. 15.

Businesses, non profits, houses of worship and other establishments are permitted to put stricter requirements in place.

Businesses, non profits and establishments other than healthcare operations, utilities or indigent care services . must report any occurrence of a rapid response to the New Mexico Environment Department and are required to monitor when such an establishment has four...

Gallup Unit Service to hold COVID-19 and flu vaccination event

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Gallup Service Unit will host a flu vaccine event at Red Rock Park, 5757 Red Rock Park Drive, Church Rock, on Sept. 25 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The flu vaccine will be available for people 3 years old and older.

The event is for Indian Health Services Beneficiaries only.

First and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine are available for individuals 12 years old and older. First and second doses of the Moderna vaccine are available for individuals 18 years old and older. All individuals under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian.

Individuals should receive a COVID-19 vaccination regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal...

Governor holds health care roundtable in Gallup

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During a by-invitation-only meeting Sept. 7, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham talked to Gallup and McKinley County health care officials and local dignitaries about how the region was coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor and her staff sat down with Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup, Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, Rep. D. Wonda Johnson, D-Rehoboth, and representatives of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services and the Gallup Indian Medical Center among others.

The governor recognized the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region, noting that it became one of the nation’s epicenters of the early pandemic.

She also mentioned that...
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