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Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo nearly doubles in size

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The Ninth Annual Business Expo put on by the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce was a four-hour event that attracted between 500 and 600 people Aug. 24.

Bill Lee, the CEO of the the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, says more than 25 businesses participated this year and the turnout increased from...

Husband-wife duo share Native American cultures

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Secret to keeping their marriage alive

At this year’s Gallup Summer Nightly Indian Dances there’s a couple who brings their own flute, musical group, dances and songs, and offers the audience a taste of two tribes. Meet Norman and Ramona Roach.

Norman is Lakota Sioux and Ramona is Diné. They each perform songs and dances that originate from their native tribes. Both are educators and both have performed at the nightly dances for years.  Norman and Ramona have been married for 38 years. Together they have performed at countless shows.

Norman Roach has been dancing all his life starting out in Cortez, Colo. He performed traditional pow wow dances and the hoop dance. But...

Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise signs 12-year-old brand ambassador

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Aurelius “Aury” Yazzie was officially signed by Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise to serve as brand ambassador on Aug. 1.

Aury can usually be spotted at area running events wearing his turquoise “Peacock 33” T-shirt, pushing his body to the limit in runs with the president, ultrarunners and outdoor enthusiasts.

For the past two years, the 12-year-old running phenom from Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. has been running in races under the guidance of Tom Riggenbach, executive director of Navajo Youth Empowerment Services.

On Aug. 17, Aury completed the 6 Hours of Asaayi Endurance Run. The event was part of the Navajo Parks Race Series. He completed nine laps around...

El Rancho Hotel designated as historic site

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Gallup hotel now part of  Hollywood history

The Lost Dutchman Chapter No. 5917 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of the American West, dedicated a plaque to the El Rancho Hotel, Aug. 10.  The location, at 1000 E. Hwy. 66, is now a historical site.

The El Rancho Hotel was constructed in 1936 for R.E. Griffith, brother of filmmaker D.W. Griffith, and served as a base camp for movie crews and actors. That site and its proximity to western landscapes, made it an ideal place to make movies.

When Lois Lane was trapped on the road as an earthquake struck in the 1978 epic Superman, it was filmed on...

Views from the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Parade

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