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New Mexico Congressman introduces ‘Community Champions’ initiative

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Community champions could be anyone you know or know about who stepped up to help in these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. launched an intiative during the week of April 20 to shine a spotlight on New Mexicans serving their communities during this crisis.

Lujan says he’s been encouraged by stories of neighbors delivering groceries to the elderly and vulnerable, and groups like ‘Rosie the Respirators’ sewing masks for essential personnel.

A form for nominations of community champions is available at lujan.house.gov/community-champions

Helping the helpers

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A community donations page has been set up for the Miyamura COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility at: https://acfmiyamura.wordpress.com/

The Miyamura COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility, a collaborative effort between the State, the Community, the GIMC, and RMCHCS, has some needs that can best be filled by local generosity. To help with patient and provider safety and comfort, this website was set up to tap into the community base, and to help people reach out.

The donations page will be updated and is set up so subscribers will know what the most current needs are.

The site lists present needs for basic start up.

Most immediate is a need for prepared food for 25-30 people. National Guard...

Sewing buddies become essential workers in McKinley County

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Combating COVID-19 with masks of love

McKinley County fights COVID-19 in its own unique way: sewing masks, one layer at a time. More than 15 women and a couple of men from Veterans Helping Veterans have been making surgical masks one at a time.

So far, the group has made masks for residents of Little Sisters of the Poor, the Community Pantry, nurses, local veterans, and many more for those who need them in their line of duty. To date, over 500 masks have been turned out by the group and currently, they are preparing 200 more masks for the Navajo Nation Police.

Under the direction of Cecelia Held, of Gallup, the group got started by making masks for their families and friends. One...

A star in the making

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Former Gallupian dreams of national tv syndication

Meet Colt Balok. Or maybe you already have. Colt Balok, who until the age of seven, was known as Matthew Tyler Crosby, was adopted at the age of two, by a couple who likes animals. His new dad was a veterinarian. His new mom runs the humane society. The couple had six other children…all with first names that started with a “C.”

Since Matthew doesn’t start with a “C,” he felt a little out of place, until, at the age of seven, he chose himself a new first name, one that started with a “C.”  He named himself Colt, because his best friend’s name was Cole. He became Colt Matthew Balok.

Colt says he remembers people...

From $0.34 to $16K

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Battered Families Services thriving once again

These words from the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, aptly express the situation at Battered Family Services of Gallup, which, despite rumors of shutting down, facing opposition from past employees, and antagonizing criticism from other media outlets, is holding its own.

BFS is open.  It responds to a pressing need.

. Three law enforcement agencies – the Gallup Police Department, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police in Gallup - documented 717 domestic violence incidents in 2018. (This doesn’t include any numbers from the Navajo Nation or Zuni Police.) The 717 reported incidents...
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