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Former crime reporter turns to crowd funding to combat cancer

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Author and previous Gallup Independent writer Michael Sullivan was recently and unexpectedly diagnosed with bone cancer. Sullivan is set to begin radiation therapy this week and has joined GoFundMe, an online fundraising website. As of today, Sullivan has raised over $1,000 and has a goal of bringing in $100,000 to offset...

‘Stormy Skies’

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Gallup Sun reader Theresa Diaz snapped this sunset photo from east Historic Highway 66 on April 13.

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‘Making the play’

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Gallup High School Aztec Baseball third baseman Isiah Mike warms up his arm during in-field practice April 14.

Challenge accepted: Go Bengals!

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Members of Team Bengals, Loisse Ledres (left) and Karolyn King (right), were friends before they joined SADD and Team Bengals. But now they use their friendship to make volunteering fun!  Photo Credit: Melinda Sanchez Students raise money to fight cancer

A man told me, “You won’t be able to get high school students to do anything,” said Team Bengals sponsor Pam Yardley.

That was the challenge that created the drive in the volunteer group. Team Bengals is a Relay For Life team that is comprised of more than 20 students from Gallup High School.

Last year, Team Bengals was the number two money maker for the cancer-fundraising events network. That was the most rewarding part of the year for team member Loisse Ledres, when she realized her team was able to raise over $4,000 for the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, she said.

Last year’s benefit events included a staff...

Hometown Heroes

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A Hometown Heroes banner created to honor Sgt. Thomas Adelaido Ortiz who served during the Korean War and was tragically killed in action in Nov., 1951. Photo Credit: Melinda Sanchez Beloved program honors veterans

The Gallup community has a long-standing reputation for supporting and remembering their veterans and the American Legion Post #8 is no exception to this tradition.

The Hometown Heroes banner program was introduced in 2011 by Reverend Dennis Gardner who was inspired by a similar display of respect he witnessed when visiting his hometown in Pennsylvania.  Along with other members of Post #8, Gardner petitioned the city council to allow the display.

“It has been received real well and is growing,” he said.

This program functions as a way to recognize and celebrate the soldiers from McKinley County who have served or currently serving in the...

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