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State education department discusses school reentry plan

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The New Mexico Public Education Department spoke with the press about the state’s modified reentry plan to get students and staff safely back into schools in a July 24 meeting.

Cabinet Secretary Ryan Stewart represented the department, presented updates to the state’s plan, and answered questions from the...

Torch Run for Special Olympics rolls on

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Cruising from coast to coast - at 5 mph

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‘The Great Grass Race’ picks up steam in New Mexico

It is roughly 2,450 miles from Los Angeles to New York City. This trip can be as short as a few hours by plane to several days by car.

But a ride-on lawnmower? That trip is now looking like several weeks or months.

That long trip is the basis for “The Great Grass Race,” an online series where five teams of two people each will race across the country in these lumbering vehicles.

“They get no gas, no food, and no shelter from the show,” Jon Sadler, of Menace Vision, the network that hosts the show said. “They have to drive across the country [at about 5 mph] and they have to rely on strangers for things like buying...

Art flourishing in the form of leather

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Artist Coye Balok creating art out of a pastime

Gallup is a haven for artists of different genres and these artists possess talents that capture one’s eye. Such is the case with artist Coye Balok, whose talent is taking leather and turning it into beautiful works, calling his artwork Kestrel Leather.

The 45-year-old Gallupian takes pieces of leather and sews them together to make purses, wallets, and other items. It’s a part-time hobby that sometimes stretches into a full-time occupation. His journey began in August of 2018, when friend, Tressa Weidenarr, showed him pictures of items that others made with pieces of leather. Balok wanted to try his hand at it.

“My friend...

GallupARTS announces monthly free family art kits July through December

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GallupARTS is excited to announce a new initiative: monthly Free Family Art Kits. With summer camps canceled and extended school closures on the horizon, gallupARTS will be serving up art education, creativity and family fun.

Starting July 18, and continuing on first Saturdays through December, gallupARTS will be giving out free family art kits complete with all the necessary supplies and step-by-step instructions for one or more projects. Kits will be available for pickup on a first-come-first-served basis at ART123 Gallery from 12 – 4 pm on designated Saturdays.

Additionally, instructional videos will accompany each kit and will be posted on the gallupARTS Instagram and Facebook...

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