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Oral History of Gallup’s Red Mesa Center by Martin Link on Sept 20 - 2020

Oral History of Gallup’s Red Mesa Center by Martin Link on Sept 20 - 2020

September 21, 2020

On September 20, 2020, Gallup area historian Martin Link, a member of Plateau Sciences Society (PSS), presented a history of the Red Mesa Center, aka the Bischoff House, including it's construction in 1915, it's use as an art gallery and center under the tenure of the old Gallup Area Arts Council, and more recent management by PSS.

Sept 3 2020 webinar and press conf - Plans for re-opening of NM public schools

Sept 3 2020 webinar and press conf - Plans for re-opening of NM public schools

September 3, 2020

Ryan Stewart, Ed.L.D., NM Secretary of Education, and Dr. David R. Scrase, Cabinet Secretary, presented plans for re-opening of some New Mexico schools on September 3, 2020, though none are to be forced to have in-person classes.

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Schools in 25 counties may launch hybrid model Sept. 8 - Others must wait for improved public health conditions

SANTA FE - September 3, 2020 - School districts and charter schools in 25 New Mexico counties have been cleared to begin a hybrid mode of learning that allows students from pre-K through fifth grade to come to school two days a week wearing face masks and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

A complete list of districts and charters that have cleared strict safety reopening criteria from the state Public Education Department and may choose to reopen as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the hybrid mode will be posted on the PED website Friday.

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart made the announcement at a virtual news conference Thursday afternoon, based on local public health conditions and school readiness to protect students and staff from the virus and to respond rapidly if a case emerges.

“New Mexico educators from the Public Education Department to the classroom remain committed to two overarching goals: Protecting the health and safety of children and staff and maximizing the number of in-person learning opportunities,” Stewart said. “We have been preparing for this extensively, and I’m confident we will execute a safe in-person return for all communities that choose to do so.”

The hybrid model means cohorts of students rotate between remote and in-person learning, significantly reducing the number of students together in a classroom at the same time in order to maintain social distancing and allow schools time to thoroughly clean between groups.

The hybrid model is being phased in beginning Tuesday for children in grades pre-K through five in approved districts and charters. (Sixth-graders may also return if that’s the highest grade in a school.) Older students will remain in remote learning for at least the near-term future no matter the status of their district or charter.

School districts and charters that opened in August were required to use a remote-only instructional model. To move from remote to hybrid learning beginning next week, districts and charters had to meet specific safety criteria, including:

●                    They must be in counties with test positivity rates and new daily case rates that follow below the thresholds established by the state Department of Health. This map shows those counties in green.

●                    They must have a PED-approved plan demonstrating that their instructional, social-emotional and family engagement processes are documented and established; and,

●                    They must provide assurances that they’ve established comprehensive safety and response protocols, including COVID-Safe Practices for students and educators, provision of personal protective equipment, cleaning procedures and rapid response procedures in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.

Districts and charters can be in green counties but still not be ready to move to the hybrid mode if they are still finalizing their reentry plan or if their local school board or charter leaders deem a return to be unsafe. Schools and charters located in counties that are colored red, orange or yellow must remain closed for now to in-person learning even if they have an approved reentry plan. The Public Education Department will continue working with those districts to ensure successful delivery of remote learning in the interim.

Once granted official eligibility to return to in-person instruction by the state Public Education Department, local districts and charters decide whether to move to the hybrid mode or remain in an exclusively  remote-learning model for now.

“In short, PED is not requiring any district or charter school to open for in-person learning. PED stands ready to assist every district, charter and school in the state in meeting the strict safety requirements and preparation efforts if those local entities decide they want to move into the hybrid model,” Stewart said. “In addition to having an approved reentry plan, each school district and charter school needs to provide assurance that they can effectively implement COVID Safe Practices. To that end, PED along with the State Fire Marshal's Office, National Guard and local fire are available to provide on-site guidance and support to ensure that schools are implementing COVID Safe Practices properly so that educators and students are as safe as possible ​ .”

New Mexico’s school reentry planning process has been months in the making and involved close coordination with school districts and local leaders at every step. A school reentry task force provided detailed guidance later finalized by Stewart and his executive team.

Each district or charter was required to submit a reentry plan showing protocols in place to protect students and staff from the virus and to respond rapidly if a case emerges. PED officials continue reviewing plans based on this rubric and working closely with districts to address deficiencies and get their plans approved.

School districts and charters across the state have already purchased more than 3.5 million masks, and PED has worked closely with the state Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management to distribute another 700,000 in the next two weeks.

PED has also:

●       Offered additional training to administrators and their designees to ensure all schools are fully prepared to engage in rapid responses where positive COVID-19 cases occur;

●       Established enforcement and inspection protocols to be sure schools follow their reentry plans;

●       Created this portal where anyone concerned that a school is not following COVID-Safe Practices may report the incident anonymously.

“New Mexico owes a debt of gratitude to the outstanding educators who were forced to adapt quickly to remote learning in the spring and who must now adapt again to a hybrid mode. Their commitment and hard work throughout this project is nothing short of heroic. With their help, our focus will continue to be the effective delivery of high-quality education to our children during this pandemic,” Stewart said.

“We are also grateful to all New Mexicans who, by wearing masks and practicing social distancing, have reversed the dangerous upward trend in virus cases we saw this summer. In doing so, they made it possible for our youngest learners to return to school. We must keep up that effort on their behalf and on behalf of the older students still waiting for their turn,” Stewart said.

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NM Public Education Department Guidance for Re-entry:

https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/reentry-district-and-school-guidance/

Ryan Stewart, Ed.L.D.
Secretary of Education

Deborah Martinez
Media Relations Coordinator
NM Public Education Dept.

USPS slowdown impacts voting, prescriptions & more - U.S. Rep. Lujan of NM 3rd Congressional District

USPS slowdown impacts voting, prescriptions & more - U.S. Rep. Lujan of NM 3rd Congressional District

August 21, 2020

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District about the problems with the U.S. Postal Service due to bad decisions by Trump appointee Louis DeJoy, who, in spite of promising to hold off on slowing down service until after the November elections, has no plan for fixing what has been broken, including returning sorting machines so vital to getting the mail out in a timely fashion.

Across the U.S.A., citizens will protest USPS dysfunction, DeJoy and Trump administrations, this Saturday, August 22, 2020:

Gallup, NM - August 20, 2020 - This Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 11 AM, MDT, a group of concerned citizens will be carrying signs on the sidewalk in front of the post office at 905 Aztec, in Gallup, to protest attacks on our mail delivery and our right to vote by mail.

This event was orchestrated by MoveOn via email to all of its members across the country and there will be hundreds of such events happening at the same time all across the Country.

All are welcome to join us, but we will be wearing masks and socially distancing.

Please come, bring a sign, and let's hope it isn't crazy hot.

For more information, you may email anne.cerruti@gmail.com

More at https://www.savethepostoffice.net/survey/save-the-post-office-from-trump/?short&fbclid=IwAR3FODWWgnd-FF_1TBLTRYKylCy4v6MCJVAIvE0kgRGOfXGKn7P62cKq7FU

2020 Census issues for New Mexico, with Lt. Gov. Howie Morales

2020 Census issues for New Mexico, with Lt. Gov. Howie Morales

August 6, 2020

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with New Mexico's Lieutenant Governor, Howie Morales, Ph.D., about the urgency of residents completing the Census (no matter what our nationality, economic or citizenship status, tribal affiliation, or ethnic origins - the Census is anonymous, and does not track such issues as citizenship, and so the recent blustering by Trump that undocumented immigrants would not be counted is not correct. 

  • Anyone can complete their census by calling 1-844-330-2020 or on line at 2020census.gov

         Facts about the 2020 Census, per Lt. Governor Morales

  • The state’s focus is on the wellness of every New Mexican. We know right now is a frightening and uncertain time.

  • Your well-being is a priority now and in the future….but we need your help. Please take a moment to fill out the 2020 Census.

  • It’s quick, simple and it’s your way of ensuring the state maintains the funding we need to care for you

  • You can complete the Census online, by phone or by mail.

  • The Census tracks population only. There are ten simple questions. Things like your phone number, do you own or rent a home, who lives in the household, how they are related, their age, sex and race. That’s it.

  • It does not ask for your social security number your political affiliation or citizenship status.

  • You count, because you live here.

  • By knowing more about the people living in New Mexico, the Federal Government can then decide how much money to give our state for important programs like Medicaid, special education, lunch school programs and Head Start.

  • The Census also helps determine the need for roads, hospitals and schools.

  • Detailed population information is critical for emergency responses like the COVID-19 health crisis we are currently experiencing.

  • Though Trump has threatened that undocumented immigrants will not be counted, and has ordered that the Census end on September 30, 2020, there is no way for undocumented immigrants to be banned from the census count, and litigation in now ongoing to restore the deadline to October 31, but New Mexico residents should get it done immediately, in any case. Not only is it good for our communities, but it also keeps a census worker from knocking on their door later this fall!

  • Anyone can complete their census by calling 1-844-330-2020 or on line at 2020census.gov

RMCHCS update with interim CEO Mary Bevier, CFO Val Wangler, and Marketing’s Rhonda Ray

RMCHCS update with interim CEO Mary Bevier, CFO Val Wangler, and Marketing’s Rhonda Ray

July 10, 2020

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with RMCHCS administrative staff, including interim CEO Mary Bevier, CFO Val Wangler, and Marketing Director Rhonda Ray, discussing challenges of the novel coronavirus pandemic, operations in the wake of former CEO David Conejo, and the outlook for future relations with the McKinley County Commission, the state of New Mexico, and the area communities.

Professor Dana Chandler on recent police brutality, protests, and his civil rights activism

Professor Dana Chandler on recent police brutality, protests, and his civil rights activism

June 11, 2020

KGLP Station Manager speaks with Professor Dana Chandler, elder artist and Boston art educator who retired to Gallup, New Mexico some years ago, and is known to KGLP listeners as the former host of Blues Nation.  Prof. Chandler discusses his civil rights activism, the recent cases of killings of African-Americans by representatives of U.S. law enforcement, and the state of politics today.

Yolanda Travers’ May 14, 2020 interview with Dr. Monroe on mental health and courtesy

Yolanda Travers’ May 14, 2020 interview with Dr. Monroe on mental health and courtesy

May 15, 2020

Yolanda Travers' May 14, 2020 interview with Dr. Monroe on mental health and courtesy

Octavia Fellin Public Library StoryTime: “Steadfast Tin Soldier”, read by Anne Price

Octavia Fellin Public Library StoryTime: “Steadfast Tin Soldier”, read by Anne Price

May 8, 2020

Since the Octavia Fellin Public Library and Children's Library have closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, KGLP is airing selected editions of the Children's Story Time segments.

This audio is Gallup Children's Librarian Anne Price's telling of "Steadfast Tin Soldier".

Octavia Fellin Public Library StoryTime: “Rumplestiltzskin”, read by Anne Price

Octavia Fellin Public Library StoryTime: “Rumplestiltzskin”, read by Anne Price

May 8, 2020

Since the Octavia Fellin Public Library and Children's Library have closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, KGLP is airing selected editions of the Children's Story Time segments.

This audio is Gallup Children's Librarian Anne Price's telling of "Rumplestiltzskin".

Yolanda Travers interviews counselor Bridget S., discussing issues under COVID-19 strictures

Yolanda Travers interviews counselor Bridget S., discussing issues under COVID-19 strictures

May 8, 2020

Yolanda Travers, the host of KGLP's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" hour, airing at 2pm MDT, Thursdays, interviewed counselor Bridget S. about various concerns during restrictions necessary during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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