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Skandera briefs GMCS on ESSA

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Plan replaces No Child Left Behind

State Education Secretary Hanna Skandera dropped in on members of the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education, teachers, parents and Gallup school administrators at a May 25 meeting about New Mexico’s Every Student Succeeds Act education plan.

The just more than one hour meeting was...

High expectations for the lowest performers can lead to greater progress

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McKinley County is one of the poorest counties in the state, which means that it’s also one of the poorest counties in the country. It sits near New Mexico’s northern border with Arizona. There are roughly 75,000 residents and 77.5 percent are Native American. Census data notes that 73 percent of people living there graduated from high school and only 11 percent hold a Bachelor’s degree.

The median household income is $28,000 – well below the state’s average. The average income per capita is about $12,000, and 34 percent of the county is living in poverty. Part of the sprawling Navajo Indian Reservation runs through the county, as well as the Zuni Indian...

Gallup Council approves G-22 settlement pact

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Vote relates to bigger Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

The Gallup City Council has unanimously approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Army that relates to the G-22 water settlement. The act took place at a special meeting on May 26 at Gallup City Hall.

City Attorney George Kozeliski directed the meeting which was called specifically to address the G-22 issue. There were little to no comments by council members on the matter. Councilor Yogash Kumar did not attend the meeting.

“This settles our G-22 water application with the last major protestant,” Kozeliski said after the meeting. “If we didn’t settle with them we would have had to go to a full hearing in...

Cibola County Commission Awards FFFC $14K

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GRANTS – The Cibola County Board of Commissions met May 25 in the standing room only Commission Chambers to discuss regular commission business, fiscal year and budget concerns.

The unusual number of citizens packing the spacious chambers were drawn in by the opportunity to speak on the issue of the Commission’s contract with Future Foundations Family Center, which expires at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The contract has been known to be in question this year because of  funding cuts at the state and federal levels affecting the County’s funds.

FFFC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established to serve the children and families of Cibola County and is overseen by...

Parting advice offered to Rehoboth grads

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RCS graduates 97

Don Tamminga warned graduates of the trappings of politics and selfishness. Principal Chris Van Slooten wished graduates well no matter their endeavors. And the Class of 2017 valedictorian Lance McMullin and salutatorian James Patten spoke of life-long friendships and bonds forged while at Rehoboth Christian School.

 

Those were just a few sentiments from the handful of speakers who took the stage May 26 at the Rehoboth Christian School graduation held in the Sports and Fitness Center on-campus.

“This is a beginning and something we will cherish forever,” Patten said afterward. “It’s a special day for all of us.”

Some 97 students received diplomas...

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