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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 30, 2022

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. While readers are in the middle of the holidays, there are still some interesting discs being released in a variety of genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors, be sure to give one of these titles a...

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...

Christmas movies for every type of movie fan

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The holiday season is here and that means there is no shortage of options as far as seasonal fare goes. For a film critic, it can be a bit difficult to recommend something at this time of year that few have seen. Like everyone else, it’s easy to suggest familiar favorites, so I’ll run down obvious titles before drawing attention to a few that deserve more attention.


Naturally, if you haven’t seen them, it’s certainly worth checking out classics like It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), A Christmas Carol (1951) aka Scrooge (this is the British production with Alistair Sim) along with White Christmas (1954). Those looking for some holiday trivia may be...

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