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DOH reports first West Nile virus death in N.M. in 2023

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Santa Fe — The New Mexico Department of HealtH published a press release on Sept. 1 reporting that a Valencia County man is the first death in 2023 linked to West Nile virus in the state.

The death is one of now 36 human cases confirmed by DOH this year through the end of August.

West Nile virus is the leading cause of...

Attorney General seeks restitution for victims affected by CARite of Gallup's deceptive business practices

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Santa Fe — Attorney General Raúl Torrez filed a lawsuit against CARite of Gallup and their company leadership on Aug. 31. The lawsuit alleges that CARite of Gallup directed the use of “trade-in-schemes” that have burdened consumers with thousands of dollars in debts and wreaked havoc on their credit scores. The lawsuit arose from numerous complaints sent to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and New Mexico Legal Aid.

CARite of Gallup management allegedly directed their staff to engage in trade-in-schemes that consisted of the business negotiating with the consumer to trade in their vehicle, on the belief that CARite of Gallup would pay the balance of the loan. However...

GMCS buys new interactive technology

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Part of $1.5 million investment by district

Learning is more than just reading a book these days. Gallup-McKinley County Schools is constantly coming up with new ways to engage their students in learning. This year, they’re implementing more interactive technology with a partnership with KIDSjumpTECH, a technology group based out of Miami, Florida.

KIDSjumpTECH offers a variety of technology, including mobile interactive floors, interactive AI sandboxes, interactive walls, and multitouch kiosks. The technology comes preprogrammed with lots of educational tools that can help students learn about math, science, and reading, and many other topics.

Assistant Superintendent of...

Flood threatens new school year at Indian Hills Elementary

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About a month before school was scheduled to start, Gallup-McKinley County Schools Deputy Superintendent Jvanna Hanks received a call from support staff at Indian Hills Elementary School. They had some bad news: the school was flooded with water.

This all happened on June 28. GMCS’s first day of school was scheduled for Aug. 3.

During the Aug. 14 school board meeting Hanks explained what happened. A fire suppression line reportedly broke, and water quickly filled the school. Hanks said the water was coming up through the floorboards.

“So it wasn’t just one or two classrooms that were impacted, but an entire wing of the school and the office,” Hanks explained. “When you have...

Youth presents skateboard, eagle feather to Nygren

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President commits to expanding after-school, sports programs

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren met with a 14-year-old Navajo skateboarder Aug. 14 at the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President. The teen, Charles William Cronyn, presented the president with his custom skateboard as a gift.

Cronyn, who’s been skateboarding since he was 5 years old, also presented the President with an eagle feather.

In the President’s office, Cronyn said seeing the video of Nygren and professional skateboarder Tony Hawk skateboarding together inspired him to want to meet the skateboarding President in person.

“A plane ticket and motivation,” Cronyn said...

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