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State Police officers take a moment to pose with a Buffalo dancer during the Run For The Wall ceremony at Red Rock Park May 17.

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State Police officers take a moment to pose with a Buffalo dancer during the Run For The Wall ceremony at Red Rock Park May 17. From left, Ofc. Alfonso Montez, Ofc. Allan Ballinas, Buffalo dancer (name unknown), Sgt. Joshua Perea, and Ofc. Anthony Perez. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Teacher utilizes experiences to help her students succeed

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Tomi Campos is Camille’s Sidewalk Café Teacher of the Month

Going out and finding students who have missed school for more than a couple of days is not your ordinary duty as a teacher, but Gallup Central High School teacher Tomi Campos, is not your ordinary teacher.

She does this because she truly cares about her students. Whether it’s going to their homes, their jobs, wherever they may be, she does this to make sure they are okay or if they need anything to help them get back into school. It’s similar to one of those afterschool television programs about a teacher who has a close knit relationship with her students which helps them make education a high priority in their...

Local family’s contribution to UNM

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In Diné language, culture festival, students compete to showcase their heritage

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The 11th annual Diné Language and Culture Festival brought together students from across the district in a competition to showcase their Navajo heritage in the categories of oral presentation, singing, and dancing May 4. The event took place at Gallup High School.

Vern Bia, director of cultural education for Gallup High School, commended students for their traditional dress and encouraged them to take pride in their identity.

“Feel good about being Diné, be proud of it. There’s a beauty in our way, our language and our people,” he said. “Our language is important.”

Carmen Moffet, director of the GHS Johnson O’Malley Department, provided the welcome address.

“We...

NEA grant will fund new ‘Coal Avenue Commons’ initiative

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Concept aimed at revitalizing downtown

The Coal Avenue Commons kick-off celebration brought together business owners, city workers, citizens, and other stakeholders May 1 in a discussion of ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Gallup through funding from Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program.

The grant funding supports projects that incorporate arts, culture, and design into community projects. Advancing the local economy, community aesthetics, and social outcomes is the NEA’s goal.

El Morro Theatre the crown jewel of downtown Gallup, was the site of the event.

Jen Hughes, director of design and creative placemaking at the...

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