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Head banging for a cause at Navajo Technical University

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Heavy metal festival raises funds for MMIW

Music can be fun, but it can also provide a purpose and help spread a message.

That’s exactly what it did during the “United Through Metal” mini-festival that was held May 19 at the Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint. The festival aims to spread awareness for Missing...

KOB weatherman says goodbye to New Mexicans with farewell tour

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After 33 years of keeping New Mexicans informed about the weather, KOB 4 weatherman Steve Stucker is retiring. His next career move? Embracing his faith and turning to ministry full-time at his church, the New Covenant Church in Albuquerque.

“I’ve been really really involved in my faith. I lived a crazy life for a long time, and Jesus just changed my life. … I just get a lot of joy in just being able to share that,” Stucker said in an interview with the Sun. “About three years ago it became clear to me it was time to hang up the T.V. thing while I still have some time and some health left and really devote the rest of my time to serving the Lord in ministry.”

Stucker is...

A family band makes it big

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From an early age, Rippy Bryan Williams tried to instill a love of music into his two daughters, Lilly and Lola Williams. But he had no idea that showing the girls music from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s would lead to them wanting to start their own band. But that’s exactly what happened, and now six years later “Rippy and the Sillyettes” is still going strong.

In an interview with the Sun, Rippy said that his daughters’ favorite artist growing up was Frankie Valli. And when Lola was eight years old, Rippy took her to see him perform.

At the meet-and-greet after the show, Valli signed a CD for them, and that’s when Lola told him “When I grow up, I want to be like...

Starry night for students

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JFK Middle School hosts a Star Party

Moon parties and star parties are something that John F. Kennedy Middle School is famous for hosting every year, even enticing local stargazers with yummy s’mores.

However, this year’s star party, which was initially planned for the month of January, was canceled due to bad weather. As luck would have it, JFK middle schoolers still got their chance at hosting another star party with the help of a few friends. By fate, the event moved forward on May 8 with the help of local teachers collaborating with “friends in high places.”

It all began with local teacher Michelle Brown — a fifth grade teacher at Del Norte Elementary in Roswell — ...

New police chief, same mom

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Toadlena-Pablo finds a work-life balance in new role

Now that she is officially Gallup’s Chief of Police, Erin Toadlena-Pablo has a whole new set of responsibilities. But she also has the responsibilities of being a mother.

Toadlena-Pablo is a mother to six children: eight-year-old Jayace, 16-year-old Emily, 22-year-old Kymberly, 23-year-old Kiana, 26-year-old Kobe, and 29-year-old Joshua.

Just because most of her kids are older and out of the house doesn’t mean Toadlena-Pablo doesn’t still face the challenges of motherhood. She said the hardest part about being a mom is when the kids leave the nest.  In an interview with the Sun, she recalled when her first child, Joshua...
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