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Balloon Rally Coloring Contest winners

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Trees bearing fruit

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2019 Festival of Trees benefits Community Pantry

The 2019 Festival of Trees held by the Rio West Mall. The Dec. 7 event attracted a crowd of approximately 100 people eager to view and win decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and displays. Each was donated for a raffle to benefit the Community Pantry.

According to Executive Director Alice Perez, when you donate and/or sponsor a decorated tree, wreath or gift, you help raise money and awareness about the fact that 1 in 4 children in New Mexico are hungry. Tickets for the event were sold for $3 apiece or 4 for $10.

All proceeds went to the Community Pantry, whose motto is “Because no Mother’s Child should go hungry,” helps...

Thunderbird Supply Company calendar adds its first male model

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Models from Thailand to the Continental Divide

Known for its beautiful Native American jewelry, Thunderbird Supply Company is also known for the models who represent them on the pages of their unique calendar.  Models chosen to represent Thunderbird Supply Company also make appearances at the Gathering of Nations powwow and the WildThing Championship Bullriding.

With the arrival of the new year, the calendar will showcase seven models. Past calendars had six.

Fans had the opportunity to meet and greet the 2020 models at the company’s store in Gallup Dec. 7. Autographed posters of the new calendar signed by the models were handed out.

Thunderbird CEO Danny Thomason said the...

Gingerbread teamwork

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For the past six years, Melanie Van Dorp’s third grade class at Indian Hills Elementary School has received a Christmas gift from Camille’s Sidewalk Café in Gallup - a gingerbread house decorating field trip. Van Dorp cooked up the idea with her friend and soccer-playing companion, James Rich, who owns the restaurant.  Each year they invite members of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department to participate.

Day in the life of a pizza lover

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Contest at Pizza 9

NOV. 22, 2019; PIZZA 9; RIO WEST MALL; 5:45 PM; GALLUP - Everyone is seated. A whole large cheese pizza sits in front of us. All that’s left is the signal to start munching down on this bad boy. I am ready to take part in the Pizza 9 Pizza Eating Contest here at the Rio West Mall and I am more nervous than excited.

The competition was held Nov. 22. Family members urged me to enter this contest because of my love for pizza. That’s no exaggeration. If truth be known, once I arrived in New Mexico, I pretty much lived on pizza. If there was a new pizza joint, I was there. Pepperoni pizza has always been my all-time favorite. Mix in a little green chili and I’m...

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