Donald Trump was inaugurated into the White House as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20. His inaugural speech was a call for all Americans to gather behind one common goal: to make America great again.

  Trump declared that “we are transferring power... to the American people.” He announced to the the rest of the world that it will always be “America first” during his administration. Trump’s speech and actions after words have split the country in two.

  While Trump attempted to rally the nation behind him, across the country, in towns and cities all over the United States, people protested with marches, riots, and a call to reject Trump.

  The recent travel ban on countries in the Middle East has thrown the nation into chaos because it allows religious minorities from those countries to continue entering the United States. Students travelling abroad are unable to return to the country. People from these countries are terrified that they may have to return to their war torn homes. Iran has put a ban on people from the United states attempting to enter Iran in retaliation.

  The United States has also left the Trans-Pacific partnership in order to “promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages.” This has put a bind on the countries involved in the agreement such as Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, as the United States was the most influential country in the agreement. Students were indecisive on opinions concerning this decision. “I think it’s a bit of give and take,” said Junior Ryan Murray.

  President Trump ratified the building of two major pipelines: the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline. After months of protest concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline because it crosses the Standing Rock reservation, Trump has allowed the pipeline’s construction because of the thousands of jobs it will create, despite harsh criticism from citizens and other politicians such as Bernie Sanders.

  Senior Ty Yellow opposed Trump’s position. “It could poison the water,” said Yellow. Ryan Murray said “it’s very disrespectful” to build a pipeline over ancient indian burial grounds.

  Trump’s plan to build a 1,000 mile wall that is over 30 feet tall is drawing mixed opinions from politicians and students alike. Ryan Murray said “it’s good that we aren’t going to let [illegal immigrants] into the country anymore.Noah Knauss, senior, said that we shouldn’t bother with Illegal immigrants already in the United States. According to Knauss “we might as well let those Mexicans keep their accomplishment of making it over the fence.” Ty yellow thought that a border wall would be “too expensive.”

  Trump’s first weeks as President of the United States has shaken the country to its core and rewritten the citizens perceived values and morals in order to “make America great again.”

February 17- U.S Air Force Academy band concert in Ralph E. Vavak theatre

February 20- President’s Day, no school

February 20-14- FFA Week

February 28- Mardi Gras

February 28- Spring Choir Concert in Ralph E. Vavak theatre

March 2- Parent Teacher Conferences

March 3- Parent Teacher Conferences, no school. End of third quarter.

March 6- CMU Media Days with Mrs. McVicker

March 7- San Juan College Tour

March 8- ASVAB Exam in Library

March 10,11,17,18- Once Upon a Mattress play by Drama Department, Ralph E. Vavak theatre

March 20-26- Spring Break

March 28- Spring Band Concert in Ralph E. Vavak theatre

April 4- Poisson d’Auril

April 5-6- Honors Diploma Presentations

April 6-9- Media Trip to Seattle

April 8- ACT Test in M-CHS Library

April 8- Southwest Colorado Concert, Ralph E. Vavak theatre

April 22- M-CHS Grand March, Prom, & After Prom

April 27- Inter-Mountain League Choir festival, art collaborative show, & collaborative choir show in Bayfield April 27- FFA Chapter banquet at M-CHS April 28- Gathering of Nations NAC Field Trip to Albuquerque, NM

April 28- Professional Development, No school

April 29- Southwest Colorado Concert, Ralph E. Vavak theatre

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  On Jan. 21, hundreds of citizens in Cortez protested for women’s rights and other problems in our country. Men, women, and children marched through a blizzard to protest.

  Across the United States millions of people have protested for many reasons concerning the recently inaugurated president Donald J. Trump. #Not My President has been trending on social media since the election with a lot of angry citizens and non - supporters of Trump.

  In Cortez, the march was promoted for weeks around the city, and hundreds of people showed up with signs that had messages written on them, such as “not my president,” and an inspiring quote by the famous poet Maya Angelou: “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, and you may kill me with your hatefulness, still like the air, I’ll rise.”

 In Denver more than 100,000 people protested for the same reasons. Many citizens are worried because President Trump plans to repeal the current health care plan. The media has shown many different sides of Trump over the past year such as racial and sexual remarks, which infuriated thousands including some celebrities.

  The rock band Green Day Chanted “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA” during a concert on live TV on November 21, 2016.

  The people of the United States have a lot of questions about Trump’s plans. What is he going to do about the wars? What is his plan to make up with former allies? How will he repair our economic disaster? Only time will tell. A lot of people are wanting Trump to fail, but maybe he can prove himself in the years ahead and really “make America great again.”

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Community members and local law enforcement enjoy a warm breakfast the morning of Dec. 17 at the M-CHS library before Shop with a Cop.



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  M-CHS student government organized and hosted Shop With A Cop at the M-CHS library Dec. 17. Shop with a Cop is an annual community service event the student government has been organizing for years. This annual occasion allows underprivileged students from local elementary schools to buy Christmas presents for themselves and their families.

  Student government provides these children with a home-cooked breakfast, and a $100 gift card, which they take to go shopping with a cop. This year, there has been a “growth in independent donations” from the community towards the event, said student government advisor and M-CHS science teacher Adriana Brungardt.

  Local cops, state patrol, and forest service officers attend the event. They take the children shopping for Christmas gifts in official vehicles. This year, 16 families attended, with 26 students going shopping with a cop.

  The M-CHS catering team helped prepare the food for the breakfast burrito bar. Everyone who attended, including the children, other family members, and the service men and women, were given breakfast.

  Once done shopping, the kids come back to the library to get their presents wrapped by members of student government. “I absolutely love wrapping presents,” said Mrs. Brungardt. “Seeing the families face when the kids come back, when they realize this is really happening” is one of Mrs. Brungardt’s favorite parts of the day.

  One thing that needs to improve according to student government, is the communication with the elementary schools. Five students are chosen from the five local elementary schools, but sometimes the elementary schools don’t recommend anyone.

  Despite miscommunication, Shop With A Cop had another successful year and will continue in years to come.

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Elementary students pile into cop cars and head off to shop at local stores for Christmas gifts while parents say good-bye.