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Two NM legislators get MADD awards

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A national group that advocates against impaired driving announced their list of Legislators of the Year today which included two New Mexico lawmakers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) named Sen. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, and Rep. Paul Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, as two of 70 legislators from around the United States...

Chiapetti continues his tenure with Gallup McKinley County Schools

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Chrissy Largo

Sun Correspondent

Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education voted 3-2 to retain Frank Chiapetti as superintendent.

The long-awaited results of Chiapetti’s fate came to a close after the Board spent nearly three hours hashing out their differences while in executive session at a special meeting Nov.12.

At the end of the meeting, each of the five-member board members gave their testimonies following the vote.

District 5 board member Lynn Huenemann, who supported Chiapetti’s return, was the first to speak about how the district has a long history of trying to find out ways on becoming fully educationally effective. He believes that the board is not there...

BREAKING NEWS: Hampton Inn west robbed

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Police need the public's help identifying a suspect that robbed the Hampton Inn west, 111 Twin Buttes Rd., at gunpoint around 8:10 pm. last night. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said the suspect walked in and demanded an undisclosed amount of money and left the building, heading east on foot.

Witnesses describe the robber, who threatened the clerk with a silver handgun, as a Hispanic male in his 20s who stands between 5"8' to 5'10" tall and weighs between 160-190 lbs. He has a light complection and was wearing a large, black hooded jacket, jeans, brown boots, gloves, and a motorcycle helmet with a visor. Call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161. A reward of up to $1,000 is being...

November Teacher of the Month: Jennifer Wilhelm

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Jennifer Wilhelm, a fifth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, never knew she would become a teacher. She began her career as a journalism student in high school and in college she was a history major. Her career after college quickly took a different turn as she embarked in a career in business banking for 10 years.

Years later she had a daughter and took some time off. When she decided to go back to work she wanted to do something different so she became a preschool teacher. She realized that she loved teaching and made teaching kids her main passion.

Find out why teaching fifth grade to her is perfect.

Sun: How did you get started as a teacher?

Wilhelm: I was actually...

‘Ridiculous Six’ actors talk stereotypes in film … Why they walked off the set of Sandler comedy

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Once upon a time it was acceptable and comical to see non-Native Americans play the stereotypical Native American characters in past movie roles. Many Caucasian actors would paint their pale faces brown, that contrasted their blue eyes, and wear costumes that cheaply resembled traditional Native American regalia.

However, today, things have changed dramatically for Native Americans actors who are determined more than ever to play their own roles that accurately portray Native Americans in films.

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, young guest speakers and Native American actors, Loren Anthony and Goldie Tom hosted the Nov.9 viewing of the documentary, “Reel Injun: On...

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