Friday in the spotlight
Friday five facts
 Native American advocacy groups urge education official to step down – Native American advocates are calling for the resignation of a senior state education official for recent comments she made. Rachel Gudgel is accused of making racist remarks against Native Americans. Gudgel wrote a letter of apology which she sent to tribes, nations and pueblos. However, some say that is not enough. KRQE News 13 tried to find out what exactly were the complaints that drove staff members mad at Gudgel. The state says this is part of an investigation and cannot be disclosed.
 APS reminds students not to share school supplies this year – Many families will take advantage of the tax-free weekend deals this Saturday and Sunday. With the COVID-19 guidelines, school officials are asking parents to make sure they get everything on the list because sharing will not be allowed. School officials remind parents that masks will be compulsory.
 Storms rising on Friday, but drying out for many this weekend – Friday morning is dry and hazy, but the smoke from the wildfires (coming from the Pacific Northwest) is expected to clear up a bit in the afternoon -midday. A system crossing the Rockies and Plains today will bring a slight increase in humidity to New Mexico. Scattered showers and storms will be possible in the west and the Gila Mountains, even some showers are likely in the lower elevations of Four Corners.
 CNM requiring vaccines by October 1 for students and in-person staff – Students and staff at Central New Mexico Community College are urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1. The CNM chairman announced once the vaccine is fully approved by the FDA, the only exemptions allowed will be for health concerns, religious beliefs, and students taking online courses. Unvaccinated students and staff will be required to take COVID-19 tests twice a week, wear masks and complete daily health assessments on campus. The University of New Mexico board of trustees on Thursday approved its vaccination mandate. All students, faculty and staff are urged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than September 30.
 UNM Associate Professor Shares Expertise in Netflix Series – University of New Mexico professor featured in new Netflix documentary exploring what alien life might look like on other planets. Dr Diana Northup studies everything from white noise syndrome in bats to life in dangerous caves. She is featured in the Netflix docu-fiction series “Alien Worlds”. In episode two, she leads the film crew into a Mexican cave where fish and bats live despite dangerous gases and levels of acidity.