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Community Calendar October 16 - October 22, 2020

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FRIDAY, October 16


4 pm, join us Live on Facebook, @galluplibrary on for a virtual game of Lotería, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  If you want to participate live from home and have a chance at winning prizes, request your free game board curbside at the Main Library beginning. For more...

Entering the warm zone

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Alternative care site readied to cope with COVID-19 resurgence

At a time when COVID-19 numbers are on the rise on the Navajo Nation, the Chinle Community Center in Chinle, Ariz. has been called into service as an isolation site for individuals who test positive for the coronavirus, in order to help reduce and prevent the spread of the virus among Navajo Nation members.

On Oct. 6 the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President listed 17 new cases of the virus and one more death. The day before that, there were 11 new cases. Oct. 4 saw 19 new cases and one death, Oct. 3 had 17 new cases and Oct. 2 had 34 new cases and two recent deaths on the Navajo Nation.


County holds first reading of potential LEDA ordinance

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As COVID-19 continues to impact the global economy, local governments have to take steps to try to keep employment rates from dipping too low by creating new economic opportunities. One such avenue is the creation of new partnerships that will bring jobs.

This opportunity was discussed by the McKinley County Board of Commissioners during their Oct. 6 meeting. The board held the first reading of a proposed ordinance for a Local Economic Development Act project between the state, McKinley County, and Bio-Pappel, or McKinley Paper USA, which has a facility in Prewitt.

LEDA is a law that established job creation funds for the state. The employer signs a Project Participation Agreement...

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 extensions, while in Phase 2, workers built a climbing lane for eastbound traffic coming out of the refinery, along with road construction.

Phase 3, she told the Gallup Sun Oct. 8, will begin with building crossovers, to prepare roadway reconstruction for the spring of 2021. “When they do that, they will switch traffic over and do one side at a time.”

Baros did not...

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...

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