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Getting muddy for a good cause

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The temperature climbed to borderline sweltering at the Gallup MX/OHV Park, and the live entertainment was “the bomb,” said 9-year-old Jennifer Begay.

The water gun fights were epic and the mud was thick and deep. Amid all that, somehow the Great Muddy Endurance Race, on July 22, managed to be a great time...

New Mexico a national leader in economic growth

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SANTA FE — Please see the statement below from Governor Susana Martinez on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s report showing New Mexico is a national leader in economic growth:

“This is encouraging news for our families, communities and businesses,” Governor Martinez said. “Through a relentless commitment to reforms – balancing budgets, cutting taxes and streamlining regulations – we’re growing and diversifying our economy, and competing for jobs and investment with neighboring states like never before – and even beating them. I’m looking forward to continuing to work to build on this momentum to keep making New Mexico a better place.”

Today’s news comes on the...

St. Francis School shutters its doors

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After rigorous discussion, the decision has been made to close Kindergarten through Fifth Grade at St. Francis School in Gallup, effective July 28. Detailed examination into the school’s finances has determined that numerous debts and low enrollment for the new school year have combined to make the elementary school program financially unviable.

St. Francis Preschool, which serves children from age two through age five, will remain open, and continues to accept students for the new school year.

Sacred Heart Catholic School remains open as an educational option for students and their families, and will offer students currently enrolled in St. Francis for the 2017-2018 school year the...

Pedestrian killed on Gallup's east side

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A man walking with a woman along the north side of the road, near 3010 E. Highway 66, stepped into oncoming traffic Thursday evening. The man was struck and killed by a white SUV.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said the call on the accident came in at 9:09 pm. The man, whose identity is being withheld until next of kin are notified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman with him was taken to the hospital, but Spencer said she hasn't received any updates on her condition, and it's not clear whether she was struck by any vehicles.

"They did give the driver a roadside breath test and she tested 0.00," Spencer said.

When asked, Spencer said she's meeting with...

A puppet’s blueprint to ‘Building A Better You’

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Octavia Fellin’s kids SUMMER PROGRAM

Octavia Fellin Children’s Branch presented a funny and entertaining puppet show on behalf of Rocky Mountain Puppets – “Building A Better You,” as part of the Summer Reading Program.

The event was held July 22. It was sponsored by Richardson’s Trading Co.

The show was based on building up a child’s character, teamwork, listening, morals, and honesty, encouraging the acronym B.U.I.L.D.:

Believe, Understand, Innovation, Learn, Determination.

A packed room of 55 kids and adults were entertained by puppets learning how to build a castle with construction tools and with lots of interaction from the audience.

The star puppet...

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