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First case of California COVID variant confirmed on Navajo Nation

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was joined by Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim, Navajo Area IHS officials, and Dr. Laura Hammitt with John Hopkins University, on April 6 as he announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 B.1.429 variant on the Navajo Nation, which...

Gallup swim, recreation facilities to re-open next week

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Gallup's swimming and recreational facilities will reopen next week, but only at half the normal operating capacity due to the pandemic, the city announced in a news release posted on its website.


The Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center will open on April 12 and the Gallup Aquatic Center will open the following day.


In the announcement, the city spelled out rules for each facility, bound by the governor's public health order.


The aquatic center will be limited to single lane laps only, with 11 lanes and 11 swimmers at a time. Swim blocks will be scheduled 45 minutes at a time, beginning on the hour. Swimmers are limited to two reservations per week...


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Gallup rides into
a post-COVID sunrise

The coronavirus pandemic is not standing in the way of planning for numerous downtown projects and events celebrating the Gallup region’s heritage.

Projects that had been slowed or even postponed because of the pandemic were on the minds of members of the Business Improvement District’s board of directors, who were eager to hear about the Old Route 66 celebration, the Alley Project and Coal Avenue Commons.


Part of the former Route 66 runs through Gallup. It is a more than 2,000-mile stretch of road that was part of America’s original highway system.

Gallup’s tourism and marketing manager Jennifer Lazarz...

City makes adjustment to pay off sewer line project

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Gallup’s utilities-water and sanitation department has been given almost $12,000 more to pay off the work done on a sewer line repair for Marce Court.

At a meeting on March 23, the Gallup City Council unanimously approved $11,980 — a little more than what the department’s executive director, Dennis Romero, had requested.

“I’m thrilled,” he said after the meeting. “It means we can pay the contractor and close the project out and move forward.”

The contractor in this case was Dallago Corporation, which won a bid in the amount of $199,925 to work on the project. But since costs went up,  the total bill came to nearly $212,000, Romero told the Sun.

During the meeting...

Lundstrom brings focus to Gallup in her presentation to city council

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The latest city council meeting on March 23 provided New Mexico Representative Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, a chance to talk about the bills that passed the House of Representatives during the 2021 legislation session that ended March 20. More than 800 bills were introduced during the session. Nearly 160 made it to the governor’s desk.

Lundstrom explained that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until April 9 to sign the bills, and if she doesn’t, they would be considered a “pocket issue.” A pocket issue occurs when a governor doesn’t sign a bill in time.

Lundstrom told the council that the state’s budget was $7.4 billion this year, which is a 4.5 percent increase over...

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