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Editor’s Top Five stories for 2022

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These stories are not in a particular order, but were chosen based on their impact on Gallup and McKinley County as a whole.



Going into 2022, doctors and nurses were leaving Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, and community members voiced major concerns about the...

Navajo Technical University holds fall commencement cereomy

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Crownpoint – Navajo Technical University students, friends, and family celebrated a momentous occasion Dec. 16 as graduates received their respective program certificates, Associate, and Bachelor’s degrees. The commencement was coordinated by NTU staff and volunteers who helped usher in the graduates. Raymond Redhouse sang traditional songs and a prayer as NTU gathered for the ceremony inside the Wellness Center.

Adinidiin Jones, Miss NTU, began by speaking about celebrating with family and supporting her classmates and the graduates as they pursue further into their careers. Dr. Elmer J. Guy welcomed guests and local dignitaries, including Navajo Nation President-Elect Buu Nygren...

Leger Fernández secures $23.5 million for community projects

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., helped pass the fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill to fund the government on Dec. 23. The bill includes $23,552,000 in specific Community Project Funding for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. It also includes numerous other provisions she championed, including an additional $1.45 billion for wildfire relief, to uplift New Mexico communities and strengthen democracy.

“The funding bill we passed today is an investment in our future and in a more prosperous New Mexico,” Leger Fernández stated in a press release published Dec. 23. “I was pleased to secure $23,552,000 in Community Project Funding in this...

To’Hajiilee community leaders, educators secure $90.4 million for new school

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer congratulated the students, educators, school board, and community members of To’Hajiilee, N.M. in a press release published on Dec. 23 for securing $90.4 million within the FY2023 Omnibus Budget to construct a new To’Hajiilee Community School facility.

The To’Hajiilee Community School is a tribally-controlled school with a mission to integrate Navajo language and culture for quality academic achievement and success for all K-12 grade students. The school was built in 1935 and throughout the years experienced flooding, shifted walls, and deterioration.

“This is a monumental achievement...

Funding for Tuba City, Shiprock domestic violence shelters approved in federal omnibus spending bill

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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer extended their appreciation to the Navajo Nation’s congressional delegation in a press release published on Dec. 23 for their successful efforts to earmark funding to construct domestic violence shelters in Tuba City, Ariz. and Shiprock, N.M. The funding was included in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by the U.S. House on Dec. 23, which is expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

The Navajo Nation Division of Social Services, under Executive Director Deannah Neswood Gishey, worked closely with congressional members to put forth the funding proposal. Nez and Lizer also...

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