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Lucy Montoya named Camille’s Sidewalk Café ‘Teacher of the Month’

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Each month, Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe recognizes one local teacher within the Gallup area for his or her determination to help students go above and beyond. Prospective teachers are nominated by students who feel they deserve to be recognized.

This month Lucy Montoya, who works at Indian Hills Elementary as a first-grade...

GallupARTS wants to give local artists a ‘Lift’

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Turn dream projects into a reality

Digital technology has revolutionized many industries over the last few decades, but it tends to favor those who can afford access to the world’s digital onramps. The price of entry can be steep, especially in places where Internet access can be spotty or even nonexistent.

GallupARTS wants to be an onramp for local artists, with a newly opened Artist Lift Zone, made possible through local grants. The Zone is a space with a computer, lighting, photo and video equipment, and free WIFI to help artists manage their online presence.

“It’s really an open-ended, adaptable space for them to do what they need to do,” Rose Eason, executive director of...

Summer events planned as COVID cases drop

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As Gallup works to bounce back from two years of COVID-19 limitations, key summer events look to be on track but some may have a few modifications.

It’s still difficult to predict what direction the pandemic may take, so this year’s events still come with the caveat that another wave could spoil the best-laid plans.

“There’s been a pattern with COVID, when the restrictions are relaxed, nobody wears a mask and then they go out and party and everyone gets infected again,” Gallup Business Improvement District Executive Director Francis Bee said.

But his biggest worry for the summer season is rain, which can spoil outdoor events.

Barring catastrophic weather or intrusive...

Artist’s commission pays tribute to a local military hero

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When self-taught metalworker Michael Mitchell transitioned from silversmithing to working with steel and other metals, he didn’t anticipate receiving a commission to craft a sword to honor Gallup native Hiroshi H. “Hershey” Miyamura, a second-generation Japanese American Medal of Honor recipient and former POW who served in the United States military during the Korean War.

Mitchell told the Sun that he learned how to craft steel by working on personal projects as a “backyard blacksmith” shaping steel, copper, brass, and other metals into horseshoe art and various objects on a trial-and-error basis.

Last year, Mitchell “wanted to test myself” by making a sword. “The...

Gallup community central to music-store owner

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By Holly Bradshaw-Eakes
For Finance New Mexico project

Rhonda and Ryan Quintana connected over music. Born and raised in Gallup, both were active in the local music scene — Rhonda as a singer and Ryan playing guitar while pursuing a music degree.

It was no surprise, then, when Rhonda and Ryan opened Quintana’s Music Center in 2017 on Gallup’s Coal Avenue in the heart of the city’s revitalized downtown. The store sells musical instruments and band equipment, and the Quintanas work with schools to help students get the instruments they need.

Rhonda said dedication to community is central to what they do. Before the pandemic, Rhonda served on various boards, led fundraising...

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