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Tiny Art is coming to Gallup

If Gallup’s murals are her wardrobe, Tiny Art will be her accessories.

gallupARTS and Gallup MainStreet are partnering to bring Tiny Art to town this spring with a project to turn unsightly bits of infrastructure into beautiful little surprises.

As a movement, Tiny Art is about putting...

Local familiar faces appear at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Miyamura Patriette Dance Team performs in front of nationwide audience

Being on the outer edge of a parade line, high-fiving little kids as she marched by during the 65th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is something Miyamura Patriette Dance Team member Jadyn Slaughter will always cherish.

“It made me feel good because they all looked so happy and they were smiling and it was super fun,” Slaughter said.

Michelle Sanchez, the dance team’s coach, said it was an honor to watch her girls receive the opportunity to perform on a big national stage at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“Being from Gallup, not a lot of huge things like that happen. I was extremely...

Bringing Christmas cheer

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Wreaths Across America honors vets during holiday season

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones. For families of veterans that have been laid to rest, the simple act of laying a wreath at the graveside brings some comforts to greiving hearts.

Each December, Wreaths Across America holds wreath-laying ceremonies in cemeteries across the country to honor veterans. It gives the cemeteries a festive touch, and shows that those who have walked on are not forgotten during the holiday season. This year the event was held on Dec. 17, and five local cemeteries participated.

District 4 City Councilor Fran Palochak, a U.S. Navy Veteran herself, is one of the...

It takes a village to revive Diné bizaad

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UNM-Gallup professor Joe Kee stresses importance of keeping Navajo language alive

As a professor of Navajo language, Joe Kee teaches Diné students their native tongue at The University of New Mexico-Gallup, but he acknowledges that classroom lessons on their own are not enough to keep the language alive.

During his Nov. 30 presentation entitled “Maintaining Native Languages: The Critical Foundations for Language Strength and Survival,” Kee talked about the challenges in teaching young people Diné bizaad due to historical trauma and generational gaps.

“Every day we hear Native languages are becoming critically endangered, that we’re losing the language at a rapid rate, and...

UNM-Gallup’s ‘Holiday in New Mexico’ makes successful return

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The University of New Mexico-Gallup hosted more than 800 community members on campus and lit up more than 1,000 luminarias for its eighth “Holiday in New Mexico” event Dec. 1

“Holiday in New Mexico” has become a modern tradition at UNM-Gallup. It started in 2013 as the brainchild of the late Marilee Petranovich, who worked as the senior public relations specialist. The event was put on hold for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic but made its successful return to campus this year.

“This year’s event was fun, magical and filled with excitement,” Senior Web Designer Carmen Wellborn, who coordinated the event, said. “After only two months of preparation, everything...
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