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GMCS pauses elementary hybrid learning

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Spike in cases pushes learning online

The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases has led to revised health orders across New Mexico. Stores have either reduced capacity or closed to the general public. Dine-in is no longer an option at restaurants. And schools are starting to feel the impact, too.

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools...

Tlingit artist creates stamp for U.S. Postal Service

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Stamp unveiled as part of Forever Stamps series

The U.S. Postal Service has tapped Rico Lanáat’ Worl, a Tlingit/Athabascan artist based in Juneau, Alaska to create a Northwest Coast art stamp for distribution in 2021.

The design of the stamp, titled “Raven Story” by Rico Lanáat’ Worl, was unveiled the week of Nov. 16 by the U. S. Postal Service as part of its Forever Stamps series.

The Postal Service had planned to unveil the stamp with Sealaska Heritage Institute at Celebration 2020, but the event was canceled because of the pandemic. SHI is working with the agency to hold a release ceremony next year.

The Postal Service has featured Northwest Coast art stamps in the...

Winslow, Ariz. elects first Native mayor

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer congratulate Roberta Wilcox Cano, a member of the Navajo Nation, and the very first Native American to be elected to serve as the Mayor for the City of Winslow, Ariz. — located near the southern part of the Navajo Nation.

“We congratulate Mayor-elect Cano and her team for the successful campaign they organized and for making history by becoming the first Native American to be elected for this position,” Nez said. “Our administration looks forward to building a great partnership with her office in the years to come. I wish her the very best and I will be praying for her continued success.”

Mayor-elect Cano is...

McKinley, San Juan counties added to RECA

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Updates to Congressional lobbying efforts by the Navajo Nation to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act were delivered to the 24th Navajo Nation Council during its Nov. 17 special meeting.

“This is an issue of life. This is an issue that requires, and does deserve, everyone’s utmost attention in Congress,” Matt Sandgren, founder and principal of Innovative Policy, the Navajo Nation’s RECA lobbying firm in Washington, D. C. said. Sandgren was joined by Innovative Policy staff Melanie Bowen and Ron Dean during the report to the committee.

Without the amendment, the RECA will expire in July 2022 in spite of widespread continued negative effects...

NMDOH to introduce COVID-19 saliva tests

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health, evolving with the demands of COVID-19, will begin administering an FDA-approved COVID test that involves swabbing the mouth to collect a saliva sample. The department started offering the test in Albuquerque at Balloon Fiesta Park Nov. 23.

NMDOH is collaborating with Curative, a research company in California that has created the first oral fluid test in the U. S. The saliva samples have been demonstrated to be at least as accurate as the more traditional nasopharyngeal test swab.

The tests will be self-collected — meaning they do not require a trained health care worker to administer — but trained personnel will be present when...

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