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Name added to Gallup Diocese clergy abuse list

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In February, the Diocese of Gallup received the news that the Diocese of Camden, N.J. had released a list of clergy and church workers credibly accused of abuse. One of those named is Fr. Thomas Harkins, who served for a trial period of three months in the Diocese of Gallup at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Page, Ariz., from October, 1981 to January, 1982. Fr. Harkins returned to New Jersey to care for an ailing family member and never returned.

The Diocese of Gallup is not aware of any complaints or allegations regarding Fr. Harkins during his time here, and we do not have any information regarding allegations made against him from his time outside our Diocese.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Families application process opens April 15

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ALBUQUERQUE – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is accepting applications for its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant initiative from April 15 through May 31. BCBSNM encourages nonprofit organizations with innovative programs that are working to improve the health and wellness of New Mexican children and their families to apply.

“The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant program supports BCBSNM’s commitment to the communities we serve,” said Janice Torrez, associate vice president of external affairs and chief of staff, BCBSNM. “We want to inspire a new generation of wellness in our state by helping to find, fund, and focus programs on the most effective ways to...

Grand opening held for Lincoln Elementary School

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The grand opening ceremony of the new Lincoln Elementary School building brought a gymnasium full of students and parents out to celebrate.

The event, held March 25, featured a number of guest speakers, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a scavenger hunt for families to enjoy along with food from Southwest Foodservice Excellence and music from the World Music Ensemble.

Lincoln Elementary Principal Edgardo Castro introduced the event, and Lincoln Assistant Principal Ron Triplehorn welcomed the crowd to the new $15 million building.

Triplehorn said many of the guests had likely been through the building since students began settling in near the start of February, but insisted that...

Gallup resident’s artistry seen on runways from New York to Paris

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Person of the Month for March 2019

Ever since she was four years old, Goldie Tom says she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a cosmetologist.

“I knew what I wanted to do a long time ago, but it took me a while to go to school for it,” Tom said.

Tom, originally from Iyanbito and currently in Gallup, spoke with the Sun March 18 about her path to becoming an independent artist.



Despite her passion for hairdressing and makeup that goes back to her early years, Tom said that she was told that pursuing those fields as a profession would not be financially sound.

“I was told that if I become a cosmetologist, I would always be broke,” she...

Randi O’Brien brings new ceramics exhibit to UNM-Gallup

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Featured artist for March 2019 says pelicans tell the story

Ceramic artist, historian, and educator Randi O’Brien kicked off a new exhibit for the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus by speaking to the public about her background and work.

According to O’Brien, Cultivating Essentia focuses attention on viewing the essence of oneself and speaking about cultivating oneself.  The exhibit will run from March 4 to April 5 in the Ingham Chapman Gallery.

In an artist lecture at UNM-G March 4, O’Brien explained what she seeks to express through her work. “Storytelling can be functional or sculptural,” O’Brien said in the talk. “Storytelling is the number one way I connect...

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