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‘Gallup Duals’ wresting highlights

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Gallup High hosted their annual Duals varsity wrestling tournament Dec. 3. Piedra Vista took first place, followed by Miyamura for second, and Bloomfield and Grants high schools were tied for third place.

Photo by Ryan Hudgeons

Liftoff! Balloon enthusiast recalls the event’s first few years

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Peter Procopio considered FOUNDING father of Red Rock Balloon Rally

They’re the four locals that won’t be soon forgotten.

Peter Procopio, Lionel McKinney, Michael Siebersma and Karl Lohmann. They are the Gallup residents credited with establishing the annual Red Rock Balloon Rally – which started out small, but emerged as one of Gallup’s most successful annual tourist events.

The 36th annual Red Rock Balloon Rally kicks off this weekend, and is, thanks to its founders, is the second largest such rally in New Mexico – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the first.

“It started out as a small gathering of balloon enthusiasts who wanted to put on a good...

Lee to fly new logo on balloon at annual rally

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36th annual Red Rock Balloon Rally kicks off Dec. 2

Bill Lee wanted to create a new balloon image to draw in more tourists and onlookers at the city’s annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. A partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department allows just that.

Lee will fly a new balloon at this year’s rally that features a sugar skull logo. In terms of what the balloon looks like, Lee noted that the New Mexico True logo and brand are on two sides of the balloon.

“We have a contract with the state Tourism Department that allows us to fly five events per year,” Lee explained. Lee owns and operates X-Treme-Lee Fun Balloon Adventures of Gallup. “When we showed the Tourism Department...

Congratulations Winners of the 36th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally coloring contest!

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Prizes for winners will be available Dec. 5 at Rio West Mall office. Call Gallup Sun at (505) 728-1640 for questions or details. Thank you all entrants …
you all did great and made the competition tough!


Travis Holt Hamilton looking for screen actors, actresses

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Idaho-born film producer finishes free November screenings

After nearly a month of streaming free previously released films over the Internet, film director and producer Travis Holt Hamilton is now seeking actors and actresses to appear in an upcoming Native American-theme movie.

Hamilton is a film director and producer, and most of his films have been shot around the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.

“This is my way of giving back to the community,” Hamilton said about the streaming during a recent appearance and talk at the Octavia Fellin Library in downtown Gallup.

Of the film that he’s currently in production with, we are looking for a few actors for a Christian-based...

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