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2008-10-01 09:00:36

By Amy K. Stewart Deseret News While educators don't enjoy having their school on the "improvement list" for the federal mandate No Child Left Behind, they say it is helping them to do better. NCLB's Adequate Yearly Progress reports, announced by the Utah State Office of Education this week, revealed 15 schools on the improvement list as compared to 12 schools last year. Title 1 schools that don't pass AYP two years in a row are put on the list and subject to sanctions. A school is...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By Rodger L. Hardy Deseret News Every fall and spring, a group of volunteers from the Salt Lake City area loads up trucks and SUVs for a trek into the southwestern Utah and northern Arizona Navajo reservation to deliver food, medical supplies and other goods to some 525 Navajos ranging in age from 70 to 106. Many of the Navajos live as far as 50 miles from the nearest border town. For them, modern conveniences simply don't exist. They live as their forefathers did for centuries. Most have...

2008-08-18 18:00:00

By Journal Staff Report Staged readings of plays by Native American playwrights continue today at the VSA North Fourth Art Center's N4th Theater, 4904 Fourth NW. They are part of the Two Worlds Festival conceived by Taos Pueblo playwright and filmmaker James Lujan, according to a festival news release. The theme is the struggle faced by many in the American Indian community -- modern modes vs. traditional ways, urban life vs. reservation life, the earthly vs. the spiritual. "Fancy...

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...

2008-08-01 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...

2008-07-30 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...

2008-07-28 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...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Cornelia De Bruin, The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M. Jul. 23--FARMINGTON -- Confidence, tempered by expectations of litigation, describe the sentiment at Bracewell and Giuliani, the Washington, D.C., law firm representing Sithe Global as it awaits permission to build Desert Rock Power Plant. "The only assumption we can make is that the Environmental Protection Agency will make a decision on the operating permit," Jeff Holmstead said. EPA is mandated by consent decree to issue...

2008-07-21 18:00:27

The head of the Navajo Nation today appealed to President Bush to intervene to prevent the imminent shutdown of satellite communications for the Navajos' entire public safety network. The shutdown - affecting police, fire, medical and other emergency services for more than 250,000 Navajo spread over 27,000 square miles of territory in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah - is threatened for noon tomorrow by Princeton, NJ-based SES AMERICOM, which provides satellite communications for numerous...


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  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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