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A language arts teacher helps students find their voice

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Erika Prendas is Camille’s Sidewalk CafE’s Teacher of the Month

Erika Prendas, eighth  grade language arts teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School, attended the school herself as a girl, and believes teaching is her destiny.

Now, she has been selected as Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s Teacher of the Month.


Australia sends student, professional group to Diné College

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TSAILE, Ariz. — A little more than a week into 2018, Diné College opened its doors to an educational touring group from Down Under.

The mix of five students and professionals visited the main campus’s “Hogan Room,” toured nearby Canyon de Chelly and walked the halls of the Ned Hatathli Building at the Tsaile campus.

The visit was set up so that the group could learn more about education methods around the Navajo Nation and acquire ideas about applying that knowledge to the Aboriginal Australians.

Note: Australia is commonly referred to as “Down Under,” a term recognizing the country for its position in the southern hemisphere. The Aborigines are descended from groups...

Community Health Alliance tackles more than medicine

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A collaborative environment connecting McKinley, Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo

The McKinley Community Health Alliance celebrated its twentieth anniversary Jan. 10 at the New Mexico Cancer Center. For two decades, the alliance has collaborated with various entities in McKinley County, Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo to address health disparities across the region.

Starting in 1998, the MCHA began with the mission of promoting the health and well being of all people in the county and neighboring area. Today, their mission is to affect and facilitate change in systems.

Building the alliance up to the position it holds today took decades of work and planning. Dr. Jana Gunnell and Jeff...

Welding program at NTU awards professional certifications to nine students

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CROWNPOINT - The welding program at Navajo Technical University concluded the 2017 fall semester with nine of its students earning their American Welding Society (AWS) certifications and seven graduating with a certificate in Welding Technology.  The students who successfully completed the AWS exam include Ericson Chavez, Shawndell Francis, Elway Gordo, Livia Garcia, Ulrich Morgan, Daryl N. Yazzie, Julio Sombrero, Victor Billy, and Hector Lapahie.

“These students showed their commitment to this program and their work is a good example of what we have here for students wanting to be professional welders,” said Christopher Storer, instructor for the Welding Technology program at...

Steven Gould, Jumper author, comes to Gallup

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Locals get a look behind the scenes at the making of a sci-fi Hollywood hit

Acclaimed science fiction writer Steven Gould was the special guest speaker at the Octavia Fellin Public Library Jan. 4, during “Sci-Fi Fest,” a weeklong schedule of events in observation of National Science Fiction Day Jan. 2.

Gould, who resides in Albuquerque, is the author of 10 novels, most notably his 1992 release Jumper, which was adapted into film in 2008.

He spoke to the eager crowd about his experience in Hollywood, from the film adaptation of Jumper to working with James Cameron and other writers on the sequels for the 2009 blockbuster Avatar.

One of Gould’s most exciting opportunities in...

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