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UNM-Gallup student named semi-finalist for prestigious scholarship

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Shawna Yellowhair, a sophomore at The University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus, was recently named as a semi-finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The competitive scholarship program supports highly accomplished community college students as...

Alzheimer’s Association to bring fundraising walk to Gallup

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Pinnacle Bank hosts meeting to draw local support

At a committee meeting held at Pinnacle Bank Jan. 11, 107 E. Aztec Ave., members from the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter announced their plans to bring a fundraising event to Gallup.

The association has offices in five different locations cross New Mexico: Farmington, Roswell, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. They provide information to help people who have been affected in numerous ways by Alzheimer’s through support groups and classes, in addition to research towards eliminating the disease, along with reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The goal of the meeting, according to...

Hailing from a Family of teachers

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Meet Camille’s Teacher of the Month: Ana Hudgeons

Ana Hudgeons, a history teacher from Gallup Middle School, is Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe Teacher of the Month for January 2019.

Hudgeons was nominated for the award by student council members she led on a trip to Gallup city offices, including the mayor’s office. She says that as the students stopped by Camille’s, some of them spotted the nomination box and put her name in.

“I was really surprised and excited [to be selected],” Hudgeons said Jan. 9.

Hudgeons says the students who nominated her said she was one of the teachers at Gallup Middle School who cared the most about their education and that she found ways to make...

Flu deaths on the rise in New Mexico

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The New Mexico Department of Health reported Jan. 3, additional flu-related deaths in the state, bringing the total so far this 2018-2019 flu season to four.

The deaths are all among people over the age of 50 from Lincoln, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Mora Counties.

Since our report on Dec. 17, of the “First Flu Death in New Mexico This Flu Season,” flu activity has sharply increased and is now widespread in New Mexico. Nationally, influenza activity is also on the rise.

Flu season peaks annually between December and February, and NMDOH encourages residents who haven’t gotten their flu shot yet to get one, especially if they are among those most at risk for flu-related...

Big Navajo Energy to provide solar energy to Navajo families

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Begaye issues $250k check

WINDOW ROCK—President Russell Begaye on Jan. 8 presented a $250,000 check to Big Navajo Energy to cover the installation of solar power units at 40 Navajo homes.

The check is the latest installment of funds stemming from a partnership between the Navajo Nation and Big Navajo Energy that provides alternative energy sources to homes that are off the grid, especially in places like the Former Bennett Freeze Area. Big Navajo Energy, a 100-percent Navajo-owned company, has been working for the past year to install solar panels and generators in Navajo homes.

“Many families that need electricity are way off the grid,” Begaye said. “Some of those people...

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