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Save your skin this summer

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SANTA FE – Summer came June 21st this year, and as if we needed to be reminded that summer is always warmer than spring – the high temperatures quickly ratcheted up to 100 degrees and then some.

Protecting our skin from skin cancer is something we need to be thinking about year-round in New Mexico, but it’s when...

President Begaye announces new appointments to Dine’ College Board of Regents

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.— Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye made two new appointments to the Diné College Board of Regents June 29.

According to the Diné College website, the eight-member board is the college’s guiding light, helping to establish a direction for the future and directing the college in the process of establishing educational programs and institutional goals.

“They help us to strengthen our personal foundations for responsible learning and living consistent with Sa’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón,” the website states.

President Begaye said the selection of two new board members was a deliberate and thoughtful process, allowing the administration to take the...

Library awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

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The Octavia Fellin Public Library has been awarded a Latino Americans grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association.  Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a program created to explore the rich history of Latino Americans in this country and their contributions to the development of the United States.  The $3,000 grant will allow the Library to host Latino American programing throughout the year and purchase related library materials.

The Library will host special Hispanic programming beginning in September.  There will be two viewings of the Latino Americans documentary with local scholar John Lewis Taylor.  The Library will also host...

City tables lawsuit against state for ‘Hold Harmless’ repeal

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A lawsuit against the State of New Mexico was presented during a special meeting of the Gallup City Council by City Attorney George Kozeliski June 29. The action would seek to protect Gallup from the loss of revenues if the state of New Mexico does not change the current plan to phase out the hold harmless tax break.

The hold harmless tax break was created during Bill Richardson’s term as governor. The first portion that allowed for abatement of taxes on food was enacted in 2004 and the second, relating to health care expenses was enacted in 2007. Losing the hold harmless status will be devastating to Gallup, according to local lawmakers.

The lawsuit presents two points of...

City purchases Alpine Lumber, nearby land

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In a special session of the Gallup City Council, held June 29, a purchase of the land owned by Alpine Lumber was approved. The land is valued at about $ 1 million but the city was able to buy it for $400,000. The buildings formerly known as Alpine Lumber, 104 North Second St., and the parcel west of the buildings are included in the purchase.

City Councilor Allan Landavazo said the procurement of this property is beneficial for future development. No plan has been set for the future of the land but ideas that are in the brainstorming process include a possible convention center, retail space, a park and access for a Second Street underpass that would help traffic bypass the railroad...

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