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Local educator wins prestigious international teaching award

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Prestigious. World class. Best institutions in the world.

These phrases are not generally associated with Gallup’s educational system – until now.

Martin Olea of Gallup Middle College High School recently won a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grant.

The Fulbright is a huge deal, according to the Bureau of...

COG Annual Awards: Jaramillo, Wilson recognized as ‘champions’

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GRANTS – Two longtime City of Grants residents were recognized during the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments annual luncheon.

Each year, the NWNMCOG, commonly referred to as COG, selects individuals from each of the three counties it serves for the awards of “Regional Champion”. In addition, COG, the non-profit organization that assists local governments, this year chose to include an “At Large Champion.”

City of Grants manager Laura Jaramillo was awarded Regional Champion for Cibola County and Arnold Wilson, a US Forest Service and Mt. Taylor Ranger District representative, was awarded as At Large Champion. Both, Jaramillo and Wilson, were recognized for their part...

Navajo tradition, culture influences artist

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Artist Eric-Paul Riege tells his story

Gallup local Eric-Paul Riege, 23, artistic talents have caught the attention of the art world with his larger-than-life installations that spotlight Diné traditions with a bit of a twist, and contemporary appeal.

Riege currently has a few installations hanging at Art123 in Gallup.

Riege who is half Dineh and Anglo, was influenced at an early age while living on the reservation in Iyanbito. Asking how he got into art, Riege said he came from a family of artists. His grandmother was a master weaver from Burntwater, Ariz., his mother made quilts and sewed his clothes, and later taught Riege how to sew. In high school he took art classes to...

Pinnacle Bank donates cash to three area non-profits

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“Christmas Clubs” are a type of savings club first widely offered during the Great Depression, which is roughly when Pinnacle Bank got its start as well, and Pinnacle has been serving their local communities ever since.

During their “Christmas in July” event, Pinnacle ran a sign-up special in which a current or new customer signed up for a Christmas club account. By doing so, they received $25 deposited into their account for their own use as well as $25 donated to one of three local charities.

Pinnacle’s selected charities:

The Community Pantry, a local food bank profiled in the Sun on July 21, received a check for $1,900.

Care 66, a local community area resource...

Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen to study abroad

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Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen, Zunneh-bah Martin held an appreciation luncheon for the local community this past weekend. It was an afternoon filled with family, friends, and community members to gather and show her gratitude for all their support.

Martin, 20, graduated from Tohatchi High School as class Valedictorian in 2015. She won the title as Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial on Aug. 13 at the Red Rock State Park. Crowned as a Miss Ceremonial, Martin has been busy with appearances, activities, events in our communities and neighborhoods. She is balancing out her commitments before she takes her continued education abroad, overseas in New...

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