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164 Gallup High students earn diplomas

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One hundred and sixty-four happy students became graduates at the commencement exercise last Friday, May 15, in the arena of Red Rock Park. Undeterred by the chilly weather and wind, a very large collection of family and friends attended the event in support of these students.

The lengthy ceremony included the Presentation of Colors by the GHS JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lakota Jordan, the national anthem by Blaine Yazzie, and a tri-cultural prayer by: Mia Salazar in English, Govinda Lingayat in Hindu, and Shawn Jim in Navajo.

Dr. Kim Orr, the principal of GHS, welcomed the guests and introduced the special people in attendance. Mike Butkovich, the previous...

Gallup Central High School: Class of 2015

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Seventy-one hard-working students at Gallup Central High received diplomas on May 14 after a happy celebration, and a few speeches. There were also diplomas for 26 adult graduates of Gallup’s only alternative school for those students who, for a variety of reasons, found the mainstream schools too harsh or incompatible to their needs or educations.

The large crowd that filed into the Miyamura gymnasium were present to support these students for their continued effort, and the hugs and applause were as genuine, if not more so, than the other public high schools in town.

The processional was followed by a tri-lingual Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of America, recited by...

Partnering saves lives: Rez Dawg a lifeline to Gallup’s unwanted pets

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The Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society is in a class of its own.

Not only does it serve the entire west central New Mexico community, it’s the only shelter in the area.

Responsible for everything from receiving animals in Gallup and the surrounding areas to proving low cost spay and neuter clinics up to three times a week, things can get pretty hectic.

Kris Gruda, transport coordinator and foster for the shelter, has been with the organization for three years. She explained that while the animals receive proper care once they come into the facility, such as being vaccinated, assessed for adoption suitability and spayed or neutered, space is often limited.

Fostering and...

No deal on capital outlay, Speaker says

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House Republicans say there is no deal for a special session, despite reports to the contrary, leaving millions of dollars of capital outlay projects in limbo.

Senate Democrats agreed to what why called a compromise deal May 7. The following morning, Speaker of the House Don Tripp issued a statement saying that there was no deal.

“It is stunning that the Senate Democrats would publicly trumpet ‘mission accomplished’ on a capital outlay deal by agreeing to their own proposal when no one else even knows the details of the proposal,” Tripp said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the Senate Democrats would rather govern by press releases than engage in good faith...

Shiprock couple committed to saving Navajo Nation dogs

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For Isadore “Izzy” and Yvonne Alire, rescuing, fostering and transporting dogs are all part of being good community members.

The couple began rescuing animals four years ago when they joined Shelby Davis, the director and creator of Soul Dog Rescue, whom they credit for being an integral part of controlling the stray pet population in the Four Corners area.

These days, they devote an impressive amount of their time rescuing and fostering stray dogs in the area for Soul Dog Rescue, some of whom may be injured or in poor shape. Any animals they find are immediately picked up and taken back to their farm in Shiprock where they are fed, bathed, and vaccinated.

Izzy and Yvonne...

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