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Waste of natural gas on federal land hurts taxpayers, schools

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New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez issued the following statement regarding the June 25 release of the report “New Mexico’s Boom that Cost Billions: How Federal Oil and Gas Policies Fail Taxpayers” by Taxpayers for Common Sense:

“While New Mexico is used to being at the bottom of the...

Obituariy: Lenny Esparza

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Leonard “Len” Esparza, 60 years old, went to go be with our Lord and Savior Friday, June 21, 2019. Len was a strong Christian man who was a testament to his family, friends, and everyone he met throughout his life. He was a talented artist and enjoyed cars of every type, but Hot Wheels held a special place in his heart. He worked for the Gallup McKinley County School System for over 30 years and enjoyed teaching and encouraging students to see education as a gift, rather than a chore. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Esparza; daughter, Larissa Winstead; son-in-law, Chad Winstead; grandson, Cyrus Winstead; son, Savieay Esparza; daughter-in-law, Cora Esparza; daughter, Casia...


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Ferman Silago, 41, of Springstead, N. M. died June 23. He was preceded in death by mother, Irene K. Silago, Grandparents Frank and Lucy Kasuse. He is survived by seven children, Telisha A. Silago, Durantz F. Silago, Unique S. Silago, Folaya I. Silago, Dainian F. Silago, Destiny BigCrow, and Tamiya Silago. His father, Francis Silago, Siblings, Sheila Silago – Lynch and Adrian “Ace” Silago.

Funeral services will be held July 1 at 10 am.

Interment will be at the family plot in Springstead, N.M.

The family will receive friends at the Gallup Community Center after funeral services. Funeral is at Rehoboth Christian Church.

UNM-Gallup SkillsUSA Student wins travel scholarship

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Will attend conference in Louisville, Ky.

Isaiah Garcia will attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 24-28 after winning the mikeroweWORKS Foundation travel scholarship. Garcia, a recent graduate of Central High School was concurrently enrolled in the fire science program at UNM-Gallup’s Center for Career and Technical Education and was a gold medal winner at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference this spring.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation partners with SkillsUSA to offer $1,000 travel scholarships to competitors who received gold medals at their state competitions.  Garcia, the only recipient of the scholarship in New Mexico...

‘Stay Focused’ UNM-Gallup Leadership Conference

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TRIO students learn skills for their futures

Students from the UNM-Gallup TRIO programs attended the Martin Luther King Jr. 2019 Youth Leadership Conference June 7 – June 9 in Albuquerque.

The Fifth Annual Youth Leadership Conference was sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission. The theme of the conference was Stay Focused and it provided students with opportunities to learn success strategies to use in educational advancement and in their personal lives.

TRIO Student Support Services Director Kimimila Simms, who accompanied this year’s students, said, “The students learned about college prep, team building, positive policing and financial literacy.”  They...

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