Mayor McKinney's message to the Gallup community, about the New Mexico COVID-19 order, restricting access to public facilities and reducing the transmission of coronavirus
Audio of Gallup, NM's March 24, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting.
Agenda available at: https://www.gallupnm.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03242020-640?html=true
Following this meeting, on a statewide and city emergency related to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, an update on the city notice regarding certain facility closures and policies was released:
KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with author Jim Kristofic about his latest book, "Reservation Restless", a memoir following up "Navajos Wear Nikes".
In the powerful and haunting lands of the Southwest, rainbows grow unexpectedly from the sky, mountain lions roam the desert, and summer storms roll over the Colorado River. As a park ranger, Kristofic explores the Ganado valley, traces the paths of the Anasazi, and finds mythic experiences on sacred mountains that explain the pain and loss promised for every person who decides to love. After reconnecting with his Navajo sister and brother, Kristofic must confront his own nightmares of the Anglo society and the future it has created. When the possible deaths of his mentor and of the American future loom before him, Kristofic must find some new way to live in the world and strike some restless path that will lead back to hózhó—a beautiful harmony.
“Once in a great while, a miracle of a book comes along, a gift that both touches the heart and engages the mind. Reservation Restless is such a book. Kristofic’s entertaining, jaw-droppingly honest recollections of adventures and explorations on and off the Navajo Nation come with a poet’s respect for the perfect word in the perfect place.”—Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of Rock with Wings and The Tale Teller
“Reservation Restless is a book about growing up, loss, and arrival, all of it told in stories populated by walks, books, Navajos, mentors, river guides, canyons, and coyotes. Oh yes, and rainbows you get to touch.”—Dan Flores, New York Times best-selling author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
“Beautiful, evocative, Kristofic has written a book that conveys that sense of mythic reality that pervades every corner of the Colorado Plateau. He reveals portals into indigenous mind rarely understood by non-Native peoples. . . . It makes you pull the nails out of your frame of reference in order that you may perceive with greater clarity.”—Jack Loeffler, author of Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Kristofic grew up on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona. He has written for the Navajo Times, Arizona Highways, Native Peoples Magazine, and High Country News. He is the author of Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School and Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.
KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Kyler Nerrison, executive director of New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity, a coalition of chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, trade associations, and other non-profits from across the state.
About New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity
New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity (NM4EP), a broad-based economic coalition, is visiting with state legislators, business and community leaders, energy and space companies and other industries that have directly benefitted from the state’s budget surplus and economic growth. The huge growth in our economy – which has been largely contributed to the oil and natural gas industry – will be the focus of our upcoming roadshow around the state.
State Budget and Capital Outlay Provide Opportunities for Gallup and McKinley County
In the recently concluded legislative session , New Mexico lawmakers once again had a large budget surplus, pegged at $797 million, as a result of increased oil and natural gas production in our state. At the end of the 30 days, the House of Representatives and Senate sent a $7.6 billion general fund budget to the governor’s desk that increased spending by $536 million.
The Associated Press listed some key budget items that could aid the state by helping to improve the education system and workforce readiness:
- $320 million for an endowment fund to “designed to underwrite early childhood education programs with future investment earnings”
- $650,000 in a separate bill to make school lunches free for children of families who qualify for reduced lunches
- $216 million increase for public schools to bring total state funding to $3.5 billion for next school year
- 4% salary increases for most teachers, staff, college/university faculty, and state government workers
- $17 million for an “initiative by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that might eventually provide tuition-free education at public colleges to most students”
- $180 million for spending on roads from the general fund
- $532 million for “capital outlay” projects around the state
Capital outlay is the process by which legislators appropriate money to infrastructure projects throughout the state. Each lawmaker receives a specific amount of money during the legislative session and decides how they want to appropriate it. Much of the money for capital outlay comes from severance tax bonds.
According to the Legislative Finance Committee, “Severance tax bonds are issued against revenue from severance taxes, taxes based on the value of oil, gas, or other natural resources 'severed' from the ground,” and therefore, “The amount available through severance tax bonds is largely dependent on the health of the oil and gas industry.”
Legislators authorized the issuance of $362 million in severance tax bonds. They also included $142.8 million in non-recurring general fund spending and $27.5 million in other state funds to bring the total capital outlay expenditures to $532 million.
More than 70 projects in McKinley County would receive $18.1 million in the capital outlay bill that passed the legislature. The largest projects by dollar amount in the bill are McKinley County Adult Detention Center construction ($1.9 million), Zuni Pueblo fair building construction ($1.6 million), Gallup Public Safety Building construction ($1.5 million), Mariano Lake Chapter multipurpose building ($810,000), and Mexican Springs Chapter Regional San Juan Lateral Water Project ($779,000).
Other projects for which the legislature allocated funds around McKinley County include road improvements, Rehoboth Christian hospital renovations, water system improvements, first responder vehicles, power line extensions, and solar energy systems.
Residents of McKinley County may also benefit from the $78.5 million allocated to 38 “statewide” projects including $9 million for school bus replacements, $7.7 million for local emergency infrastructure, and $6 million for Department of Health facilities to improve health sand safety.
The tax revenue generated from increased oil and natural gas production is creating a brighter future for our state, including Gallup and McKinley County. New Mexico’s commitment to responsible energy development is driving local growth and increased economic opportunities for our communities.
KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub asks Gallup Mayoral Candidate Yolanda Ahasteen-Azua the questions featured during the February 20, 2020 Mayoral Forum at UNM-Gallup, which she was unable to attend.
The Candidates Forum for Gallup Mayor, recorded at UNM-Gallup on Thursday evening, February 20, 2020, in collaboration with the Gallup Independent and KGLP.
Candidates appearing were:
Jayson M. Gomez
Charles W. Van Drunen
and Louis O. Bonaguidi
(Yolanda E. Ahasteen-Azua was ill, so could not attend - KGLP has invited Yolanda to record a separate segment for our podcast page and hopeful air before the March 3rd election.)
The Candidates Forum for Gallup City Council, recorded at UNM-Gallup on Wednesday evening, February 19, 2020, in collaboration with the Gallup Independent and KGLP.
Candidates appearing were:
Running in the District 4 election,
Incumbent, Francisca "Fran" Palochak, and Challenger, Levi F. Saucedo
Running in the District 2 election,
Incumbent, Roger Allan Landavazo and Challenger, Michael Schaaf
KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Professor Dana Chandler about his February 2020 art exhibition at UNM-Gallup's Ingham-Chapman Gallery, open weekdays during regular business hours.
The show, "Hannah's Reparations Denied: 500 years of AmeriKKKa's Kontribution to the Black Woman/Black Man", offers artwork informed by the timeline of the African's Enslavement in America.
More information is available at https://celebratedactivistartist.com/
KGLP webmaster, longtime GMCS bandleader, teacher, IT pro, student of the Navajo language (Diné Bizaad) and, in recent years, conductor of the Red Rock Strings Ensemble concert collaborations, left the world on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Here is a reprise of Sam's March 2012 interview with KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub, followed by an excerpt of the November 17th concert, which Sam conducted, featuring Haydn's Military Symphony (the full concert may be heard on an earlier KGLP podcast, available on this website.)