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Snapshots from the Sacred Heart Bazaar

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RMCHCS director receives ‘Housing for All’ award

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William Camorata was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the New Mexican Coalition to End Homelessness in a ceremony Oct. 24 where he was presented with a “Housing For All” award at the organization’s headquarters in Santa Fe. The award was bestowed upon Camorata by NMCEH Executive Director Hank Hughes.

“We are very pleased to nominate William Camorata for this distinction,” Hughes said. “Many people in the Gallup area literally owe the roof over their head to his tireless efforts. Volunteers like William literally make the world a better place.”

“I am honored and pleased to receive the recognition,” Camorata said. “But it is not just about me. It is about the...

RMCHCS dresses up for a good cause

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Charity Invitational Gala continues fundraising efforts

The Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services raised approximately $550,000 of a $750,000 goal to upgrade and renovate the Dr. Philip Kamps Women’s Health and Birthing Center in September at its 23rd Annual Charity Invitational Golf Tournament. As part of the hospital’s annual fund-raiser, the “Paper Faces on Parade” Charity Invitational Gala Masquerade Ball was the second part of this year’s fund raising effort. It was held Oct. 19 in Gallup.

“Our fund raising efforts have been phenomenal,” RMCHCS CEO David Conejo said. “This will go a long way toward upgrading the Women’s Health Center by providing...

The Sugar Skull decorating party

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Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at Octavia Fellin Public Library

The Octavia Fellin Public Library invited the community in for a Sugar Skull Decorating Party Oct. 22.  It was part of their preparation for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which begins this year on Oct. 31 and ends Nov. 2. Often celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2, the celebrations are based on the belief that the souls of loved ones now gone, come back to this world to celebrate on these days.

The Sugar Skulls decorating event was only the second event of its kind held at the main library. It was held there four years ago. It was clear people were glad it returned, shown by a packed room, filled with...

Navajo husband-wife team work together to create traditional 1800s style jewelry

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SMITH LAKE, N.M. - Damon Thompson, 61, creates authentic Navajo jewelry in the style of his late great-great grandfather, Charlie Davis.

Originally from Mariano Lake, N.M., Thompson said he began making jewelry in 1980, starting off with nickel silver creations. Today, he only makes sterling silver pieces, with the assistance of his wife, Marie.

“We both work together. We do men and ladies watch bracelets, bowguards, bracelets [anywhere from one-half-inch wide to five-inches wide], buckles, bolo ties, and concho belts. We do a little bit of rings and earrings, too,” he said.

Thompson said his wife has small hands, which match perfectly with bezel and stone setting...
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