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State to phase out travel quarantine requirements

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A cautiously brighter pandemic outlook after several months of unsustainable strain on the state’s health care system led New Mexico to announce a change in the mandatory self-quarantine requirements for visitors into the state on Feb. 10.

The Department of Health announced 15 counties had reached the Yellow Level under...

Navajo Nation exceeds goal of 100,000 vaccinations

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced Feb. 18 that the Navajo Area Indian Health Service has administered 101,332 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on the Navajo Nation, surpassing the administration's goal of administering at least 100,000 doses by the end of February.

“COVID-19 vaccine doses are going into the arms of our people at a very high rate here on the Navajo Nation. The confidence level in the vaccines is very high among our Navajo people and that’s evident by the long lines of people wanting to receive the vaccine that we see at each vaccination site," Nez said. "There is great coordination occurring...

State Police warns of phone scams in Grants area

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Grants, N.M. - The New Mexico State Police has become aware of recent reports of a phone scam in the Grants, N.M. area in which a victim is contacted by phone and told they have warrant for their arrest. When the victim answers they are asked to provide their bank information and make a payment over the phone to cancel the warrant.

Scammers are also instructing the victims that they are an officer with the New Mexico State Police and the phone number they are using comes up on victim’s phone as the New Mexico State Police Grants Sub-District phone number (505) 287-4377. The phone number provided by the scammers is the actual phone number to the State Police Office in Grants...

Jackson returns to County Commission

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Will work to complete Tommy Nelson’s projects

Genevieve Jackson is back on the McKinley County Board of Commissioners.

The retired educator and administrator who has spent most of her life in the county had already served as one of three commissioners for two terms before she stepped aside for two years, as is required by state statute.

Then, late last year, a vacancy for the seat was created by the death of Commissioner Tommy Nelson. So Jackson said “[I] threw my scarf into the ring” and applied to fill the opening. Then, New Mexico’s governor chose her.

Jackson, a retired educator and administrator both with the Navajo Nation and Gallup-McKinley County Schools District...

Hyatt, parents butt heads over hybrid learning in Gallup

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GMCS’ Mike Hyatt says the classrooms are ready for students

The governor’s recent announcement to allow all levels of public school to offer hybrid instruction beginning Feb. 8, highlights the divide in Gallup between local district administrators who vouch for in-person learning and parents who say they’re not ready to send their children back to the classroom.

In an interview with The Gallup Sun, Gallup-McKinley County Schools District Superintendent Mike Hyatt said the transition would not be all that significant, given elementary schools have been engaged in hybrid instruction since the start of the year.

He said CARES Act money was used to buy equipment needed for hybrid...

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