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COG Annual Awards: Jaramillo, Wilson recognized as ‘champions’

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GRANTS – Two longtime City of Grants residents were recognized during the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments annual luncheon.

Each year, the NWNMCOG, commonly referred to as COG, selects individuals from each of the three counties it serves for the awards of “Regional Champion”. In addition, COG, the...

Navajo tradition, culture influences artist

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Artist Eric-Paul Riege tells his story

Gallup local Eric-Paul Riege, 23, artistic talents have caught the attention of the art world with his larger-than-life installations that spotlight Diné traditions with a bit of a twist, and contemporary appeal.

Riege currently has a few installations hanging at Art123 in Gallup.

Riege who is half Dineh and Anglo, was influenced at an early age while living on the reservation in Iyanbito. Asking how he got into art, Riege said he came from a family of artists. His grandmother was a master weaver from Burntwater, Ariz., his mother made quilts and sewed his clothes, and later taught Riege how to sew. In high school he took art classes to...

Pinnacle Bank donates cash to three area non-profits

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“Christmas Clubs” are a type of savings club first widely offered during the Great Depression, which is roughly when Pinnacle Bank got its start as well, and Pinnacle has been serving their local communities ever since.

During their “Christmas in July” event, Pinnacle ran a sign-up special in which a current or new customer signed up for a Christmas club account. By doing so, they received $25 deposited into their account for their own use as well as $25 donated to one of three local charities.

Pinnacle’s selected charities:

The Community Pantry, a local food bank profiled in the Sun on July 21, received a check for $1,900.

Care 66, a local community area resource...

Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen to study abroad

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Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen, Zunneh-bah Martin held an appreciation luncheon for the local community this past weekend. It was an afternoon filled with family, friends, and community members to gather and show her gratitude for all their support.

Martin, 20, graduated from Tohatchi High School as class Valedictorian in 2015. She won the title as Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial on Aug. 13 at the Red Rock State Park. Crowned as a Miss Ceremonial, Martin has been busy with appearances, activities, events in our communities and neighborhoods. She is balancing out her commitments before she takes her continued education abroad, overseas in New...

‘Hemlock’ tears it up on a Gallup stage

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Heavy metal band going strong since ‘93

A favorite heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada, Hemlock, made a stop in Gallup on their 2017 “Skele-Tour” at the Juggernaut Aug. 25.

Together for more than 17 years, since 1993, they have played concerts with the likes of Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Drowning Pool, Slayer, Korn and others.

Chad Smith – Lead Vocals, Bass, 1993–present; Jezy Ward – Guitar (2010–present); Brian Smith – Drums (1993–2002, 2009–present); and James Gelber- Guitar (2013–present); have been a local favorite for over 10 years. The last album “Mouth of the Swine” produced in 2015, has created an even stronger following amongst the hardcore rockers...

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