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Rehoboth Christian High School Graduation May 27

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UNM-Gallup graduation May 26

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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 and Murdered Indigenous Women by showcasing heavy metal bands.

The bands who participated in the festival were “Wicked Meadows,” “War Motor,” “Testify,” “Hell Throne” and “Mutilated Tyrant.”

It cost $10 to get into the show, and the proceeds were split between MMIW and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA.

The festival’s organizer...

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...

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