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Bringing art to activism

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Juneteenth weekend


Jerry Brown never colored inside the lines. When his grandmother gave him a coloring book at the age of three, she set him on a path that he says looks like his artwork today.

Brown has had a variegated 49 years since his birth in Crownpoint.

He spent third to eighth grade in a...

Tohatchi students recognized by N.M. MESA

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Team beat out college students in design competition

Four Tohatchi High School seniors were recognized by the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education during their June 22 meeting.

The students, Matthew Manuelito, Chad Kee, Tahira Mason and Cypress Mike, placed first in the New Mexico Tech Wolves Den competition in April. The competition was part of the New Mexico MESA USA Showcase at New Mexico Tech’s campus in Socorro, N.M.

New Mexico MESA is a pre-college program that prepares students for college and careers in science, engineering, mathematics, or technology related fields.

Shawndeana Smith, coordinator for N.M. MESA, spoke at the meeting for the students.

“When the...

City Council moves to cancel 2020 Best of the Best Rodeo

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Coming off the heels of WildThing Championship Bullriding being canceled, another big summer gathering in Gallup has been taken off the schedule.

During their April 28 meeting, the Gallup City Council motioned to cancel the 2020 Best of the Best Rodeo for its original June date with a potential reschedule planned for August following the conclusion of the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial.

However, Jennifer Lazarz, tourism and marketing manager for the City of Gallup, said at the council’s June 23 meeting, the circumstances impacting the rodeo’s potential new date have escalated in the past two months. As a result, the city recommended canceling the event entirely for the calendar...

Pandemic claims a Milan restaurant

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MILAN, N.M. — The best pan-fried trout and mixed berry pie in all of Cibola County are now history thanks to COVID-19.

The Wow Diner in Milan officially shut its doors on June 14, ending a 14-year run for the restaurant.

“COVID-19 hurt us, when we had to start doing takeout. And then, just keeping employees. A lot of them did not want to come back to work, and a lot of them did not show up,” owner Stephanie Rivard said. “It was really hard to try and stay open.”

The retro-style diner temporarily closed on March 18 after Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham announced dine-in services for restaurants were suspended, but reopened April 7 for carry-out orders.

Early in June, Rivard...

Family Dollar doesn’t mix with liquor

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Navajo Nation leaders oppose license application

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a letter to the Arizona State Liquor Board and the Apache County Board of Supervisors June 23, in which they expressed strong opposition to the Family Dollar store’s notice of application to sell alcohol in their store located  on fee land in the community of St. Michaels, Ariz.

Fee land is reservation land no longer in trust or subject to restriction. It can refer to reservation land owned by non-Natives.

In the letter, Nez and Lizer mentioned the difficulties Navajo People have had with alcohol and said, “This application poses a...
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