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Phase 3 construction on I-40 east of Gallup

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FNF Construction started work on Phase 3 of roadway improvements on I-40 east of Gallup between milepost 37.3 and milepost 40.3 on Oct. 5.

Delane Baros, public information officer for New Mexico Dept. of Transportation Dist. 6, explained that Phase 1 of the project consisted of rehabilitation on the bridge and ramp...

School board discusses results of Parents as Teachers program

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With many students taking the option to learn from home during the pandemic, parents have found themselves with additional duties in addition to caring for their children. These duties can lead to a greater strain on their wellbeing and resources.

But there are programs, such as Gallup-McKinley County Schools Parents as Teachers, that aim to help parents get their children ready for school from a young age.

The GMCS Board of Education heard a presentation from Ashley Ryan, Ph.D., director of curriculum and instruction for GMCS, on some of the key statistics from the program during their Oct. 6 meeting.

“The purpose of the Parents as Teachers program is for our parent educators to...

SNAP increases in October

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SANTA FE— The New Mexico Human Services Department announced Oct. 6 that New Mexico households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will again receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of October.

Beginning in March 2020, SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount for their household size received an increase to their benefits to bring them to the maximum amount each month. These increases were made to help reduce food insecurity for New Mexicans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“HSD will continue to help New Mexicans during this difficult time,” Karmela Martinez, director of HSD’s Income...

Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World

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Week ending Friday, October 2, 2020

UV Protection

A new study finds that one species of maple offers the best protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation for those who want to plant shade trees. Writing in the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, researchers say the crimson king maple (Acer platanoides) provides the most protection.

The University of Toronto team found that swamp white oak, hackberry and copper beech trees also offered good UV protection. “One way to reduce effects of UV reflectance is to increase tree canopy. This is particularly important in urban areas where concrete and other hard surfaces pose heightened UV exposure risks to humans,”...

Nez presents tribal priorities to candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was among several Arizona tribal leaders who met with presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, during a visit held at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. to discuss tribal priorities and the Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations, which was made available to the public on Oct. 8. Cindy McCain, wife of late U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, was also in attendance.

“Today’s meeting sends a message to all of Indian Country that the Biden-Harris team is ready to work together with all tribes, including the Navajo Nation. As the first people of this country, we have to let our voices be heard at...

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