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First American Credit Union expands to Tse Bonito

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First American Credit Union, headquartered in Casa Grande, AZ, recently opened a new branch in Tse Bonito, NM.

Originally chartered in 1962 on the Navajo Nation, the credit union has grown to over 21,000 members in both Arizona and New Mexico. This is the second location in New Mexico for the working cooperative after they acquired the former Thunderbird Credit Union in Gallup in 1994.

The credit union purchased this location from Bank of America after the bank closed its branch in 2014. The working cooperative remodeled the facility and now provides a 4-bay drive-up service, walk-up ATM, safe deposit boxes and an Internet Café.

“We have laptops set up so members can research...

Gallup’s piano man: Ramon Chavez spotlights local talent

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It’s Saturday night at Coal Street Pub. There’s live music being played by the local folk band, 10 Minutes Max.

Ramon Chavez, Coal Street owner, is a musician who plays drums, piano and vocals. His love for music is obvious in his support of local acts that entertain the patrons of his pub.

“I started playing snare drum at Washington Elementary with Ken Holloway. He was my music teacher almost every year until he retired,” Chavez said, as he reminisced about his formative years in music.

He remembered a time when Mr. Holloway threw a chair across the room. It reminded him of the movie “Whiplash,” a story about a tumultuous relationship between a student drummer  and his...

Road Trip: Tranquility close to home

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Hidden behind the buildings that make up UNM Gallup lies a trail that seemingly takes me nowhere.  It goes up and down and winds around but every time I walk it I end up where I started. Or do I?

On this trail, magic can happen.  Often my journey begins with consternation or even depression.  But soon after I start, my senses take over and the beauty of this hidden natural treasure creeps into my soul. I feel the release of tension in my muscles. The sun shines down upon me and warms my body. My heart starts pumping with intentionality, working to get me where I need to be.

I see the colors of the red rocks in front of me: red, brown, yellow, and purple. Pyramid rock sits...

Rehoboth teacher receives national recognition

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DeLyssa Begay , a local teacher from Rehoboth Christian High School, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 25 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Begay will participate in an institute entitled «Scholarship and Performance: A Combined Approach to Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays.» The 2-week program will be held at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in...

Dabbling in physics: Sacred Heart gets a head start

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“We are studying simple machines” started Sr. Christi Ann Landolff, C.S.A. as she began to describe, enthusiastically, the new curriculum she is using for teaching physics starting in sixth grade at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. She goes on to explain that physics is the base science and math is the language. If you get physics, chemistry and biology come easier because you already know the language.

The curriculum was developed largely by Dr. Anatoliy Glushchenko a physics professor at the University of Colorado. He was discouraged by the number of students dropping out of his classes and realized they were coming to college totally unprepared.

So, Glushchenko and his colleagues...

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