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School Board addresses Navajo language revitalization

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No action taken on Chiapetti’s future

Board members expanded their ideas and thoughts regarding the issues of low state testing scores from students, and their role in supporting the revitalization of native languages at the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Nov.2.

The board’s...

Local Teacher wins Golden Apple Award

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Site visits of teachers that are finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching are happening now, and that is a reason to celebrate! Tobe Turpin Elementary teacher Viola Hoskie is a finalist.

Becoming a finalist is a major accomplishment.  Of the 215 elementary teachers nominated this cycle, only 16 have become finalists.

Hoskie expressed her gratitude during the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education meeting Nov. 2.

“I feel thankful for the honor this evening,” she said. “Not sure how I completely

feel about it because its like you are being honored for something that you really love to do. I really love teaching. I love my kids. Iwant the...

Focusing on challenging conversations: Library celebrates Native American Heritage Month

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For the month of November, the Octavia Fellin Public Library will be hosting a myriad of events to celebrate “Native American Heritage Month” which will illuminate this year’s national theme: “Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing Seven Generations.”

The library’s Director, Mary Ellen Pellington, said that the main objective is to build the program up from last year’s events and to provide information to the community that will bring up some challenging discussions, such as the recent publicized incident of two local Native American actors, Loren Anthony and Goldie Tom, who walked off the set from an Adam Sandler film, “The Ridiculous Six.”

On Nov. 9, both actors will...

Emergency pillars in need for UNM Gallup campus

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At the conclusion of the UNM-Gallup Advisory Board’s Oct. 27 meeting, members were given an earful as, local student, Lyndsey Toddy, read a letter aloud detailing an incident that occurred last month along the school’s one-mile running trail.

In the letter, a female student who chooses to remain anonymous, described how she went on a run around noon time only to be confronted by two men that emerged from the nearby bushes.

According to the letter, it stated, “These men seemed like they weren’t students and honestly, they scared me and I got an uneasy feeling. I was all alone. I didn’t have my pepper spray and I was so tired from running the trail, I wasn’t sure if I could...

Train Derailed

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On Oct. 23, at about 7 am, BNSF Railway reported that 32 cars had derailed east of Gallup at the Southfork Bridge that crosses north to Red Rock State Park.

State Road 118, also known as Old Route 66, was shut down between Mile Marker 26 and Mile Marker 32 while hazmat crews were on scene to asses a spill from one of the train cars. Hazmat determined the spill was liquid asphalt and was non-hazardous.

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