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Relay For Life Gallup: ‘The Eighties, the Start of Something New’

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The Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event will take place in Gallup on June 12. All survivors of cancer are invited to attend and be our honored guests!  At registration they will receive free t-shirts while supply lasts, and other goodies. They are asked to check in at 6 pm.  The Opening Ceremony begins...

Doughnut Dollies: in combat in Vietnam without a weapon

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Mary Tsinnajinnie-Cohoe is a Vietnam War veteran but she will never receive federal veterans’ benefits.

Tsinnajinnie-Cohoe served in Vietnam in 1968 to 1969. And while she never carried a rifle or weapon, she wore powder blue culottes and served doughnuts and coffee with a smile – with the goal of raising the morale of combat-battered military personnel.

Tsinnajinnie was one of 627 single young ladies between the ages of 21-24 years of age, and a college graduate, who went to Vietnam as an American Red Cross SRAO aide or “Doughnut Dolly.”

“Many people don’t know about the SRAO program,” she said as she flashed a smile that could light up a...

Gallup welcomes new postmaster

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“I’m grateful to work for the Postal Service. I’m excited to work in Gallup. Customer service is my No. 1 priority so I’m excited to get started,” said Dona Roberts, newly sworn in Post Master for the United States Postal Service in Gallup.

Roberts has been the interim post master in Gallup since September 2014 but was officially sworn in May 22.

Roberts was sworn in by Suzy Yarbro, manager of postal operations for the Arizona district, which includes Gallup.

“I’m very pleased. I’ve worked with her for about 3 years and she’s done a great job,” Yarbo said. “She is an asset to my area.”

Roberts is focusing on increasing the quality of customer service in her...

Local man reflects on humanitarian missions

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The days surrounding Memorial Day are sometimes filled with sad memories. No matter if loved ones are old or young, they are still missed.  Much attention is focused on service members who died while serving this great country. Those service members are remembered fondly by their friends and families and greatly appreciated by those they were protecting.

It is also good to remember the other side of the military. The humanitarian efforts of the armed forces of the United States have saved countless lives. Senior Chief Shon Lewis, US Navy retired, comes from a family of Navy men.  His father, Glen Lewis and his grandfather were in the Navy.  “I wasn’t forced into the Navy, but...

Combat wounded soldier rides again

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Bikers on the Run For The Wall cross country expedition cruised through Gallup May 14. Also, that same day, Comfort Suites hosted a meet and greet with U.S. Army Ssgt. Brian Mast.

Mast was hit by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. As a result, he lost a finger, part of his forearm and both legs. While he was able to resume most activities, riding a motorcycle seemed out of reach.

But, not for long.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Run For The Wall and Eagles Up teams, a bike was donated and modifications were made so Mast could join in this ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

On line donations can be made to: www.eaglesup.us/

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