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2008-08-18 15:00:53

By Leslie Linthicum MARQUEZ -- Eight Spanish families looking for opportunity in a strange new world took shelter in caves on the side of the mesa that overlooks the valley where the town of Marquez now sits. From the caves, they moved to stone houses, then larger, more substantial adobes. They built a church and moved their santos in, then a morada and a system of acequias that brought spring water down from the mountain to irrigate fields and orchards. Time passed, the town grew and...

2008-08-18 06:00:38

By Angela Haupt When a Navajo woman delivers a baby at Banner Page Hospital in northern Arizona, she invites her entire family -- often more than 10 people -- into the birthing room. She may give birth squatting, as is custom among Native Americans. A medicine man will offer ancient prayers and herbs for the mother to ease childbirth. After the baby is delivered, nurses will save the placenta so the family can take it home and bury it in a sacred place. In this desert town flanked by...

2008-08-08 15:00:48

Let's start by establishing that No Child Left Behind is seriously flawed, unfairly labels schools as failing when students are improving and offers schools one way to pass and 37 subgroup ways to fail. But let's finish by acknowledging the U.S. education system as a whole is failing, 70 percent of eighthgraders can't read at grade level, 93 percent of middle school science teachers have little to no science training, 24 countries outscore us in math, 20 outscore us in science and 20 have...

2008-08-01 09:00:35

By Cornelia de Bruin, The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M. Aug. 1--FARMINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an air permit for Desert Rock Power Plant on Thursday, the final day it was mandated to act on the long-delayed permit. EPA agreed to act by Thursday after it was sued by the Dine Power Authority and Sithe Global Power earlier this year. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., informed The Daily Times of the decision after he received the news from EPA Administrator...

2008-07-31 18:00:29

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today issued the following statement in response to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) passage of an air permit for the proposed Desert Rock power plant: "ACCCE is pleased that the EPA has recognized the tangible environmental and economic benefits the Desert Rock project will provide for the Four Corners region, and equally important the Navajo Nation, by granting the air permit required for construction to move...

2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today, Oneida, N.Y. Jul. 30--WASHINGTON -- Abandoned uranium ore mines in Navajo country have for decades been known to cause health problems. A five-agency coalition is finally doing something about it. The Environmental Protection Agency sent a multifaceted plan in June to the House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, titled "Health and Environmental Impacts of Uranium Contamination in the Navajo Nation." The 46-page report lays out a...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

Spanish clean power company Iberdrola Renovables has sold the output of the first phase of the commercial-scale Dry Lake wind project in Arizona, US, to electricity utility Salt River Project. The Dry Lake wind project will be located approximately 18 miles northwest of Snowflake, Arizona, on a combination of private, state and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. The project will be just east of Arizona State Highway 377 and Dry Lake, southwest of Holbrook and the I-40 corridor....

2008-07-29 15:01:07

By Tony Natale, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz. Jul. 29--Salt River Project has agreed to purchase electricity from Arizona's first wind energy farm to be built about 18 miles northwest of Snowflake. The 20-year contract between SRP and the builder, Oregonbased Iberdrola Renewables, is considered a significant development in efforts to increase renewable energy production in Arizona. Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes, who has been critical of SRP and Arizona Public Service for...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By STACI MATLOCK The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release its decision on an air-quality permit for a controversial proposed coal-fired power plant on Navajo land near Shiprock by Thursday. But state officials say the EPA can't possibly meet its legal obligations and make a decision on the permit so soon. The proposed 750-megawatt coal-fired plant, called Desert Rock, is a joint venture of the Navajo tribal government and New York- based Sithe Global Power. Both...

2008-07-25 15:00:58

By Alysa Landry, The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M. Jul. 25--BLOOMFIELD -- The school year at Dzilth-na-o-dith-hle Community School may begin with vacancies in two of the top three administrative positions. Principal Rose Woody was dismissed last week following direction from the school board, and Executive Director Gary Jackson resigned in June. Classes at the community grant school begin Aug. 20. Board member Irene Betoni refused to comment, but the board issued a letter...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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