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New Mexico's unemployment rate was 3.5% in March 2023

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New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5%  in March, down from 3.6% in February and down from 4.6% in the previous year. The national unemployment rate in March was 3.5%, down from 3.6% in February and down from 3.6% in March 2022.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 25,300 jobs, or 3%...

Gallup Housing Authority seeks input for repairs

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Public hearing announced to share ideas

The Gallup Housing Authority is looking toward the future as they update their five-year Capital Fund Program. The plan lays out the housing agency’s expected expenses for the next five years, and it focuses on  repairs and improvements to hardscape and dwellings, especially after tenants move out.

GHA is looking for the community’s input on the plan and is holding a public hearing April 21 at 9 am. Tenants or other interested parties are invited to make comments at the hearing, but they need to be on point: the hearing is not a grievance session and does not address policy. It’s strictly about what repairs are needed and residents’...

‘Texas Hippie Coalition’ recaps career with new album

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‘THC’ talks following Juggernaut Music show

The band “Texas Hippie Coalition,” also known as “THC,” brought their unique southern rock sound to Gallup with their performance at Juggernaut Music March 31.

The band was formed in the small town of Denison, Texas, in 2010. The band is getting ready to drop their seventh album titled The Name Lives On this month.

The Sun had the privilege to speak with “THC’s” frontman Big Dad Ritch, whose name definitely fits his stature. He spoke about the longevity of the band, and how it has progressed and has begun headlining with major hitters.

“We’ve matured in the right direction,” Ritch said, “In the beginning it felt...

2023 brings all sorts of changes to ArtsCrawl

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Gallup’s summer ArtsCrawls are a beloved tradition, and this year it will have a few new elements to surprise and delight visitors.

City leaders will officially cut the ribbon on the newly finished Coal Avenue Commons, a two-year transformation of a core downtown arts and tourism district, at 6:30 pm April 8.

Visitors will find the area more pedestrian-friendly, with new sidewalks, benches and traffic lights that let pedestrians cross intersections diagonally as well as laterally.

“It’s a little different this time because the construction last year needed a little extra coordinating,” ArtsCrawl Coordinator Dee Santillanes said.

Years in the making, Coal Avenue Commons...

Gallup’s new Tiny Art brightens downtown

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A pensive soul pondering the universe from atop a fence post. A child playing hide-and-seek with her lamb at a pipe stub. Gallupians could be forgiven for thinking these mini-masterpieces are the work of fairies, but the artists are life-sized – even if the art is Tiny.

The community and visitors will get their introduction to Tiny Art starting with the first ArtsCrawl of the season April 8. Keeping with the theme of art that is meant to be spontaneously discovered, gallupARTS will debut the project with a scavenger hunt starting and ending at the ART123 Gallery.

Tiny Art is all about eye level, so visitors are encouraged to walk around downtown and discover. The artists will each...

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