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McKinley, Cibola unemployment rates show signs of improvement

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New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment shows signs of improvement according to the most recent statistics. The state’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in March of this year, down from 5.8 percent in February and 6.3 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate has also lowered since the last year, though...

Geography, heritage, strength from diversity create a real home

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New pastor EMBRACES LOCAL culture, landscape

Bill Emmerling, the new pastor at Gallup Christian Church, is a studious and educated newcomer to Gallup, arriving to the area just in time for Easter Services April 1.

“I was named the Most Studious in my high school graduating class,” he said. “I’ve made that a lifelong habit.”

The oldest of four children raised by his father, a mechanical engineer, and his stay-at-home mom, the family moved from his birthplace in Canton, Ohio to other locations in the Midwest as the stamping and forging industry created openings, and closings, throughout the factory-driven area.

His own job experience includes a college job as the assistant...

Gallup Wastewater Treatment Plant takes home state award

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The following award was given at the Awards Luncheon for the New Mexico Rural Water Association April 18, which was held at the Albuquerque Hotel in Old Town, Albuquerque:

Gallup Wastewater Treatment Plant – Wastewater System of the Year

The Gallup Wastewater Treatment Plant has worked since Dec. 2016 to improve their wastewater treatment plant. As a result, the plant passed its EPA inspections with minimum to no violations. It has saved the city nearly $350,000 by implementing projects to improve the overall operation of the facility.

The plant has also improved the messaging system by which it receives complaints about odor.  Calls used to flood in and now have nearly stopped...

Children, parents celebrate Earth Day with storytelling

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Children’s Branch hosts event on environmental awareness

Earth Day is a worldwide occasion held yearly on April 22, with 1 billion people celebrating in 192 countries, according to earthday.org—including right here in Gallup. Faced with littered landscapes and waste-clogged streams and landfills, Earth Day aims to change human attitudes and behaviors when it comes to keeping our shared lands free of pollution.

Storyteller Ellen McAllister-Flack hosted “Earth Day Stories” April 21 at The Children’s Branch, bringing students, parents, and concerned citizens of all ages and backgrounds together to confront the issues facing today’s environment.

A teacher by trade...

ArtsCrawl poetry slam joins voices, communities

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Literary fans gathered at the Second Street Events Center April 14 to hear featured poet Roanna Shebala perform her work at the Gallup ArtsCrawl Poetry Slam.

Shebala, 35, has competed at national slams, women’s poetry slams, and the annual Individual World Poetry Slam. She recently returned from the “Women of the World Poetry Slam,” which was hosted by Poetry Slam Inc, a non-profit focused on organizing and promoting slams. Shebala was the only Native American poet to compete.

“It was cool, but it was kind of overwhelming, disappointing. The poems I performed, nobody could understand them,” Shebala said of the audience’s lack of exposure to natives.

Shebala has built...

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