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Navajo Nation president celebrates Biden-Harris choice for Interior Secretary

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said he is overjoyed about the Biden-Harris transition team’s selection of Congresswoman Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior when the Biden-Harris Administration takes office in January. The New Mexico...

Needed: Letters for long-term care residents

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Aging & Long-Term Services asks letter writers to help spread cheer

As COVID cases across the nation surge, New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is asking the community to help rekindle the holiday spirit within the state’s 300+ Long Term Care facilities. LTCs are comprised of Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes.

There are approximately 11,000 people living in Long-Term Care facilities right now. Many have been unable to see or be with family, to leave their facility, participate in activities, or share a meal over the past nine months. While we know COVID-safe practices are a critical way we can protect this vulnerable population, we also know the...

Dept. of Veterans Services launches Operation Holiday Cheer

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Give a card to residents, STAFF, or state veterans home

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is asking New Mexicans to help it launch “Operation Holiday Cheer” to bring season’s greetings to residents and staff of the New Mexico State Veterans Home.

To take part in this first-ever operation, DVS is asking New Mexicans to send holiday cards to the home, which will be evenly distributed among residents and staff.

The cards need only be addressed with “Dear Veteran,” and contain a short message of appreciation for the military service of the veteran. Cards for staff can be addressed, “Frontline Hero”, or another term of endearment...

‘The Midnight Sky’ is a grimly intriguing sci-fi drama

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Running Time: 122 minutes

This film will be available on Netflix to steam on Dec. 23.

When reviewing movies, some critics try to avoid discussing the film with others after seeing it. This is done to have an honest reaction to the feature and avoid being influenced by outside opinions. Sometimes it can be a difficult task, particularly during awards season. I’m part of a group who hands out awards and while 2020 has provided some distance, we all still canvas and drum up support for our personal favorites.

But sometimes films provoke unexpectedly extreme responses.

Such is the case with The Midnight Sky, which garnered a surprising amount of disdain...

Domestic violence shelter on track to make facility improvements

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The McKinley County Domestic Violence Shelter for Battered Families received a much-needed financial boost to make improvements to its facilities, which have not had any substantial upgrades in many years.

On Dec. 8, county commissioners approved the ability to administrate $90,000 in funds made possible by the Legislature earlier this year. Since Battered Families is a nonprofit organization, its executive director, Emily Ellison, said it needed a government agency to act as a fiscal agent so that it could utilize the money. A motion by the commission on the matter was approved unanimously.

“Battered Families is an incredible organization. It’s done some good work and I hope that...

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