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Editors’ Picks - Top 5 cover stories of 2018

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No. 5: “Fraud doc sidelines broker: No love for Valentine as he faces suspension, fines”

Run date: Jan. 12

Reporter Deswood Tom profiled local real estate broker and realtor Jason Valentine who reportedly altered a pre-qualification letter for a home loan. Valentine was fined and suspended for six months...

Cody Begaye’s picks: Top 5 best stories of 2018

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1. “Manuelito Children’s Home: A west side treasure”  by Dee Valesco. This was a different look at the impact that Wild Thing has on Gallup. It shows us that the money given to an event like Wild Thing can have a significant impact on the community. I think this was a story that could spur people to give more support to the event and the home in future years.

2. “Impactful film inspires ‘monumental’ social change” by Mia Rose Poris. We live in a society filled with protests against the government, corporations and each other. A documentary about oppression toward Native Americans shows how progress has been made, but there’s still room to improve. Hearing from...

Gallup Sun’s picks for top 10 national stories of 2018

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Big issues, trends, changes from coast to coast

Kavanaugh’s confirmation

“Will he be confirmed?” “Is he guilty?” “Can we allow a stain into the Supreme Court?” “Well, it was 30-some years ago…” Such were sentiments floating through the air and internet waves in the face of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dating back to his high school years in the ’80s. Ultimately, after an investigation that had the nation riveted, Kavanaugh was confirmed into the lifetime seat Oct. 6 by a 50-48 vote.

#MeToo Movement

The social-media tag spread like wildfire toward the end of 2017, taking 2018 by storm in the realm...

Chase Charley’s picks: Top 5 best stories of 2018

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1. “Looking for resolution… Families of missing, murdered indigenous people gather at rally” by Boderra Joe. The article written by Sun Correspondent Boderra Joe shines light on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous people. The article provides insight into the victims’ families and how they are affected. Ways to help are also mentioned in the story, which explores an important topic that needs to be addressed.

2. “UFO Film Fest lands at Gallup DownTown Conference Center” by Dee Velasco. Are aliens real? Was Bigfoot really spotted on the Navajo Nation? The article written by Dee Velasco has you wishing you were able to attend the UFO Film Festival. Former...

Top 10 New Mexico baby names

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Here is the list of top 10 baby names in New Mexico in 2018 as compiled by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics:

Camila, Mila and Sofia, the variant spelling for Sophia, make their top 10 debuts on this year’s list among girls; Mason, Benjamin and Julian among boys. Isabella, number one this year was the 4th most common baby name in 2017. In addition, since the Department of Health began releasing this top 10 list in 2014:

Mia has been among the top two names for newborn girls in New Mexico.

Noah has been in the top two among boys for four of the last five years.

Michael has fallen out of the top 10 for the first time in five years.

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