On behalf of my family and I, we wish to express our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Navajo Nation Police Officer, Houston James Largo. Taking a career in public service to protect and serve in the name of public safety is truly honorable. His courage is only equal to the great pride we have in his spirit and memory.

Congratulations also go out to the Shiprock Lady Chieftains! NMAA 4A Girl's State Basketball Champions.

Lynda Lovejoy updated their status.

Congratulations to the Tohatchi Lady Cougars on their NMAA 3A Girls Basketball State Championship Victory!

Commissioner Lovejoy mingling w/ commission colleagues and relatives, including Representative Wonda Johnson at opening session of New Mexico Legislature.

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Enjoyed the recent stay at LaQuinta Resort & Club in LaQuinta, CA during the annual conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Conference. Along with the beautiful drive thru Sedona on the way back.

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Poising w/ FCC Commissioner Clyburn & NN President Begaye during Clyburn's visit to Albuquerque and Navajo Technical University. The visit and roundtable discussion among telecommunications stakeholders was sponsored by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Senator Tom Udall.

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Recently, while I was at Ellis Tanner waiting to be waited on, I reflected on the murals of prominent people on the walls. Around 1994, Ellis Tanner commissioned Navajo artist Chester Kahn to paint murals on the walls of Tanner's trading company. Tanner later established a non-profit organization called Circle of Light, a Navajo educational project, spearheaded by my dear friend, Zonnie Gorman, who did an excellent job completing the project. The objective was to foster a strong sense of cultural pride and self-worth in Navajo youth, to use the murals of prominent people as an inspiration and role models.

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Photos of Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy who is presenting a woman's Pendleton shawl to Mariano Lake Chapter staff to be presented to the 13th annual Treaty Day queen pageant contest winner. Mariano Lake Chapter had asked Commissioner Lovejoy if she would be willing to donate a shawl for the queen pageant event as she had sponsored for the last three years and was so willing to continue the tradition. Lovejoy's remarks about Mariano Lake Chapter sponsor of the annual Treaty Da...y: "As a person who grew up with traditional environment and values, I wish Mariano Lake Chapter's sponsorship of the 13th Annual Treaty Day event most successful, and the thing I value most from this traditional annual event is that it advances traditional appreciation combined with advanced technological opportunities as combined values for the younger generation to pass the torch forward into generations to come in preserving our traditional and cultural way of life for as long as possible.

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Beloved granddaughter's 2-digit birthday party recently. She'll be attending her first middle school educational promotion. Love her a bunch!

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Ten years ago, the Navajo Nation made history by voting for a Diné woman and allowing her to be the first woman candidate in the Navajo Nation presidential general election. Today, history was made again as the Democratic Party nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the first female candidate for a major party. Regardless of your stance, today and ten years ago history was made. God bless.

Beloved granddaughter's 5th grade promotion at Rio Rancho High School Performing Arts Center held on Thursday evening.

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Recently, Commissioner Montoya and I joined the obligation presentation ceremony held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to honor Sacred Wind Communications, Inc., which is set to receive a $13.8 million low-interest Significantly Underserved Tribal Areas (SUTA) loan from USDA. Sacred Wind announced it will use the funding to improve internet service in the Four Corners region, plus expand infrastructure in underserved communities such as To'hajiilee located west of ABQ. As a Commissioner, I represent District 4 (northwest NM region) and I feel "this is a great opportunity for SWC to further expand broadband and its network into areas that have been historically underserved and unserved."

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Enjoying my enameled castiron cookware, a bit heavy, but the cooked food has a delicious taste
to it. I ordered it online when it went on sale, otherwise it is pricey. Perfect for baking,
grilling or traditional slow simmering cooking, and its oven-safe.

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Today I felt so spiritually BLESSED by receiving birthday greetings
from Sister Barb who is serving her
mission in Rome. We were so fortunate as members of the catholic church to have enjoyed the company of Sister Barb in Crownpoint for many years. One day she informed us that she felt she needed to move on to do advance work in her missionary journey. We truly miss her, but we're also extraordinarily happy for her in doing missionary work in Rome and other countries wher...e God needs to utilize her experience, talents and skills. Thank you Sister Barb for always remembering us on our special days. May the Almighty Lord shower you w/ blessings and protection as you work on his behalf.

"Hi Lynda,
Happy Birthday to you! I hope it is a very special day for you!
Birthdays give us an opportunity to look out, to see beyond what we are used to seeing…to broaden our view, to look to the edges, the peripheries of our lives. It is beautiful to see the long distances, those spaces we often don’t take time to appreciate.
Today is the day to do just that, to look with different eyes,
new attentions to details…just like your birthday!
A time of seeing your ever newness!

I wish for you a day full of wonderful surprises and an opportunity to remember all the abundant blessings with which God has graced your life. What a gift it is to know that you continue to bless
so many through the kindness of your precious gifts and your
love of sharing your Navajo Culture and building up the community.

I am grateful for your life and all the ways we have
connected over the years…Enjoy the blessings of each day and
celebrate well your precious gift of life! Today I was at the Vatican and had an audience with the Pope so I remembered you!"

Gratitude and Blessings,
Sister Barb, asc

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The ABQ area snow was just the beginning recently as it was accumulating, but we were grateful for the moisture even though it stalled traffic on interstate highways.

With my gift certificate, I retired my worn out walking shoes and replaced it with new walking shoes, and I am ahead of New Year's resolution for GOOD HEALTH & FITNESS!!!

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Lots of coaching and watching my granddaughter learn the skills of basketball sports.

Beautiful view of sunrise behind the clouds in mid-December 2015.

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The memories I will cherish about Leonard Haskie is during the time I served with him on the Public School
Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force (PSCOOTF) as well as when he worked for Gallup-McKinley County School District.
The mission of PSCOOTF is very important--it is the entity charged by NM statute to monitor the implementation of...
standards-based process; to oversee the work of public school facilities authority; and make annual recommendations
related to the implementation of standards-based public school capital outlay process. I joined this task force in 2009 and immediately recognized Leonard's contribution with great ideas and input. With his engineer educational
background, our task force members looked up to him for guidance. With Leonard's help, we were able to move up some of
the Gallup-McKinley County School District school project index rankings. One of the school we fought very hard for was pushing Crownpoint Elementary School index ranking from 19th place to the top 10 ranking. Once we did this, it didn't take long for Leonard to identify funds from the school district's budget for planning & design of Crownpoint Elementary
School replacement plan. Also, with his help, we were able to ensure many Gallup-McKinley County School District received
awarded funding for either facility replacement, new roof, facility expansion or major renovations. I was extremely satisfied how well Leonard and I, along with the task force members worked together in meeting the goal of bringing school
facilities to higher standards suited for a positive student academic learning environment. Our communities and children
deserve the best!

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