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Artist/Collector Sandoval’s house of treasures

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From the outside, the modest house on the north side of Gallup is unremarkable, but inside are works of love collected over the years by Lester Sandoval. One of his larger possessions was featured in a recent article in the Gallup Sun three weeks ago; the customized 1993 4-WD GMC1500, a work of art that is the...

Crafting Patience: David Baker’s woodworking legacy

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Like a good horse trainer, David Baker takes a raw material, in his case pieces of wood from local forests and turns them into useful and pleasing works of art which maintain the unique individuality of each piece of wood.  He often finds the wood himself on trips into the mountains.

Each bowl, spoon or table which comes out of his workshop on the edge of the Zuni Mountains in Ft. Wingate reflects the life and type of tree it from which it came.  David uses unusually shaped wood from a variety of local trees: Aspen, Cedar, Russian Olive, Blue Spruce, Gambel  Oak and Ponderosa Pine among others for his work.

The work, often on his heavy lathe, is slow but not tedious.

“You...

UNM featured in ‘The Princeton Review’s’ Annual College Rankings

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The University of New Mexico has once again been selected as one of the outstanding institutions profiled in “The Best 380 Colleges” (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books), seventh annual edition. The Princeton Review, the education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, shows UNM 62 in the Quality of Life category; 64 in Academics; and 77 in Admissions.

Inclusion in the book is based on a survey in which 136,000 students at 380 top colleges are asked to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences.

“Our 62 ranking lists provide students with a way to see the types of colleges that...

Certification for Community Health Workers

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SANTA FE–Department Begins Grandfathering Process for Experienced Community Health Workers

The New Mexico Department of Health will begin to certify the first community health workers (CHW) in the state. The Department is focusing certification efforts on experienced CHWs and will be utilizing the grandfathering process. It is estimated that there are between 800 and 900 CHWs in New Mexico. As part of Governor Susana Martinez’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative in 2014, legislation was passed and signed creating the Community Health Workers Act. It established a voluntary certification process for CHWs.

“For more than a year, the New Mexico Department of Health has been setting up...

GPD seeks help fund raising for one of their own

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Two years ago, the Gallup Police Department received sad news that one of their own had been diagnosed with cancer. Lt. Gerald Tholund accepted the diagnosis and carried on.

Now, the cancer has spread and his family has begun to feel the weight of this tragic disease not only in what the future holds, but also the weight of mounting medical bills.

GPD PFC Andy Yearley spearheaded, along with other members of the GPD, a gofundme account to help, and they are now asking for the help of the community.

Tholund spent over a year accepting his diagnosis all while continuing to keep doing his important work at GPD.

“Sometimes he would do his treatments and would come back to work,”...

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