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Gallup Sun Editorial: GMCS should rethink $3K Europe trip

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At the Feb. 6 regular meeting of the Gallup-McKinley County Board Of Education, two high school teachers pitched the idea of taking a small group of students to Europe for cultural exposure and to get some valuable education outside of the confines of McKinley County.

The cost of the trip, which would include visits to...

Nonprofit lender helps machine shop expand, diversify client portfolio

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When Robert Sanchez got a chance to buy the shop where he started his machining career, it was too good to pass up. That was 20 years ago, when Tremble Navigation purchased the Albuquerque machine shop of Terra Avionics and prepared to move the company to Austin.

The new buyer proposed to sell the machine shop to Sanchez and offered him a two-year contract to build parts for Tremble — mostly radios and transponders for small aircraft. That contract alone provided enough revenue for Sanchez to cover the purchase price.

Within four years, the renamed Advanced Machining and Sheetmetal Design (AMSD) had sold off that product line and ended its work with Tremble. By then the company had...

Honoring Black History Month

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It is important that each generation of Black youth understands the struggles and sacrifices that Blacks endured to achieve equal rights and tolerance in American society. Young and old people today have the means to contribute to the nation and world through digital manipulation, nurturing and educating hearts and minds everywhere.

The appreciation of Black History Month, created in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, is important because of what it represents. Each case of individual success is a bridge that other Blacks, and people, can use to make the U.S. and the world a better place.

“I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet...

Early assist from Accion helps business owner train next generation of entrepreneurs

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In the early 2000s, Patrick Jenkins needed help meeting customer demand at his barbershop, A Better U, in Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights. But good barbers were hard to find, so Jenkins decided to cultivate a younger generation of ambitious hair-care entrepreneurs.

He opened A Better U Academy in 2007 on Lomas Boulevard between Carlisle and San Mateo boulevards and incorporated his original business into the school. Of Albuquerque’s 16 barber colleges, Jenkins said, it’s the only one that trains students not just how to cut, style and shave hair but also how to run a business built on those skills. “We’re committed to being the best,” he said.

The curriculum at A Better...

The Women’s March

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Most women who marched Jan. 21 in the various marches around the world via the first-ever Women’s March have voted many times in their lives. At times their candidates have won, and at other times their candidates have lost. Either way, a statement was made by simply voting.

But it was the 2016 election that provoked some strong and fervent emotion and division in U.S. society. The Women’s March was held on the first day of the presidency of Donald Trump. The goal was to show support for women’s rights as well as groups that are marginalized by a Trump administration. This in a time when disparaging remarks about women were made by Trump leading up to the election.

According to...

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