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Lawsuit filed to keep Holtec nuclear storage facility out of state

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SANTA FE— Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the State of New Mexico filed suit against the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the United States seeking to stop them from indefinitely storing the nation’s supply of high level radioactive waste in Southeastern New Mexico. The March 29 complaint...

Navajo Nation declares Pet Spay, Neuter Awareness Month

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer were joined by President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Nation Veterinary Management, and the Navajo Nation Animal Control Program Feb. 19 to sign a proclamation to recognize the month of February as the “Navajo Nation Pet Spay and Neuter Awareness Month” to encourage Navajo citizens to spay and neuter their pets to avoid the overpopulation of kittens and puppies.

The proclamation declares a critical need to increase awareness of the overpopulation of domestic animals on the Navajo Nation. Overpopulation contributes to these animals suffering from infectious diseases and...

Navajo Nation identifies 21 communities with uncontrolled COVID-19 spread

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Twenty-one more communities were added to the Navajo Department of Health’s list of places with “uncontrolled spread” of COVID-19 from Feb. 5 to Feb. 18.

The communities added included Baca/Prewitt, Birdsprings, Bodaway/Gap, Chichiltah, Churchrock, Coyote Canyon, Crownpoint, Dennehotso, Iyanbito, Leupp, Lukachukai, Nahatadxiil, Nahodoishgish, Rock Springs, Shiprock, St. Michaels, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tohatchi, Tuba City, Twin Lakes, Upper Fruitland, but not Gallup, according to a press release distributed by the Navajo Department of Health.

In a statement, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said  the Nation had set a new goal to administer at least 120,000 doses of the COVID-19...

Introducing the Turquoise Level

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SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico’s Red-Yellow-Green framework for aligning county-level requirements and guidelines with local virus risk has been modified to permit more day-to-day and commercial activities, reflecting the improving COVID-19 outlook across the state as New Mexicans help drive down transmission and vaccine distribution contributes to decreased community spread.

The framework includes a new least restrictive level where all categories of business can operate indoors with minimal occupancy limitations, depending on the risk level of the activity. A county will reach this least restrictive level, the...

Haaland likely headed for confirmation as Interior Secretary after hearing

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The most significant news for U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland’s, D-District 1 Rep., Interior Secretary nomination didn’t come during the second day of her confirmation hearing, but afterwards. That’s because U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., a conservative Democrat announced he would vote in favor of her nomination. With an evenly split 50-50 chamber between those who caucus with Democrats and Republicans, Manchin has an outsized influence on nominations. Manchin is also the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which held the confirmation hearing for Haaland this week (week of Feb. 22).

By Matthew Reichbach |

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