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Times featured in documentary

Although it got a bit intrusive and annoying (adjectives some of our sources apply to us, it should be noted), most staff welcomed them as they took brief clips of their lives and thoughts. The resulting documentary really captures the spirit of the Navajo Times, “The People’s Newspaper,” as the documentary is titled.

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Thoreau elderly get first shots of vaccine

Retired Navajo Transit driver Benjamin Henio, 70, who also worked for Kerr-McGee, the former uranium mining company, “for many years,” said he wouldn’t have a chance against COVID-19 if he were to get it. There was no second-guessing about whether he should get the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Layoffs loom at gaming enterprise

“We believe this layoff will intensify the fears and lead to increased resignation,” said Parrish, “due to the fact that the enterprise may not be able to get funding and recover from this extended closure.”

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Letters: Thanks to Dr. Scott for correction

I am humbled and grateful for his kind words and comments reinforcing my letter more meaningful. It’s good to hear from my former teacher/professor and a Navajo scientist via the newspaper.

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Disc golf helps coach cope with pandemic, losses

Ever been to a park in Flagstaff or Farmington and seen a post with chained hoops attached making a loose basket and thought, “That’s a strange jungle gym”? The contraption is actually the goal basket for disc golf, a sport that has slowly seeped into the Navajo Nation and, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, continues to grow.

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Thoreau elderly get first shots of vaccine

Retired Navajo Transit driver Benjamin Henio, 70, who also worked for Kerr-McGee, the former uranium mining company, “for many years,” said he wouldn’t have a chance against COVID-19 if he were to get it. There was no second-guessing about whether he should get the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Teacher turns to way of life for comfort and healing

Diné language and culture teacher and COVID-19 survivor Albert Brent Chase says the many profound challenges, revelations and changes he experienced in 2020 are guiding his path of healing in 2021. “I, too, have suffered the grief and heartbreak that is ongoing with our people,” said Chase.

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Diné poet, short-story writer to release debut novel

One of the few careers that has actually benefitted from the coronavirus pandemic is writing. Publishing houses have reported new manuscripts surging along with virus cases, presumably because being in quarantine (or losing a day job) has given prospective writers the time to finally focus on that unfinished novel or memoir.

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