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VOL 6 | ISSUE 249 | JANUARY 10, 2020 By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


idio Rainaldi, who died last month at the age of 90, was more to Gallup than a returned state senator. Rainaldi was a force of nature across the state and in the local community. EARLY SERVICE Rainaldi was born in Gamerco in 1929, the son of Ugo and Rosina Rainaldi. His parents came from Italy in 1915, when his father found work in the local coal mines. Rainaldi graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947. He attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and was drafted into the U. S. Navy where he served as a yeoman for four years during the Korean War. The yeoman is a clerk who records the ship’s activity. When he returned to Gallup, he met and married his wife Helen, who was visiting from Trinidad, Colo. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. R a i n a ld i’s f i r s t job w a s a s a Veterans Service Officer in 1954. He traveled across the Four Corners to help families of war victims get their benefits. He worked in this capacity for four years.  During the same era, the mines and railroad were expanding, and people were moving to the area to work. Some of them came from Europe and Asia, and many didn’t speak English. Rainaldi began helping these workers with their legal paperwork; work permits and census and tax forms. In working with the foreign consulates, Rainaldi assisted many immigrants in their efforts to become U. S. citizens. For the Italian immigrants, the President of Italy recognized his service, and awarded him with the distinction of “Cavaliere”, or Honorary Knighthood. This designation is the highest honor the Italian government can bestow on a foreigner, to honor and express appreciation for serving their country in extraordinary ways.


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Long-serving Gallup police officer gets promotion SERGEANT PADILLA-BEGAY BECOMES A LIEUTENANT By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


amily, friends, and colleagues of Gallup S er gea nt Mel a n ie Padilla-Begay gathered at the Magistrate Court Jan. 3 to watch as she was promoted to lieutenant. Captain Erin ToadlenaPablo spoke about PadillaBegay’s path through the ranks, and how they influenced one another throughout the years. “She didn’t want to put in for her testing, and I said, ‘Where are you going to go from here?’” Toadlena-Pablo said. “She’s thinking retirement, but she has a lot of knowledge and abilities that need to be tested, and why not [have] Gallup Police Department benefit from that?” Toadlena-Pablo shared the memo she wrote to PadillaBegay for the occasion. “One thing to keep in mind is where our organization is going,” she said. “We don’t want to be stuck in the mud. We want to keep moving forward.” The memo continued by asking what Gallup officers stand for as law enforcement officers, and why they enrolled in the force. “If we can remember those things, it’s pretty simple to help you with where you’re going,” Toadlena-Pablo said. Padilla-Begay is headed to the patrol division as part of her new rank, which ToadlenaPablo describes as the backbone of the department. “In this job, what makes this all unique as a team here, is we all have strengths and weaknesses,” Toadlena-Pablo said. “We all bring something good to the table, and I want her to be

Gallup Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo, right, recounts rising through the ranks with new Lt. Melanie Padilla-Begay, left, during a promotion ceremony at the Gallup Magistrate Court Jan 3. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye her own person and build on her own strengths. The department will benefit from that.” When Padilla-Begay took the floor, she thanked the staff she worked with for their support during her 19 years of service. “I say my depa r t ment because this is my other family that I work with, that I see everyday,” she said. “I’ve known a lot of them for a long time, and I’m very grateful.” Padilla-Begay went on to say she is grateful for her belief in who she is, and referred to Toadlena-Pablo’s memo. “It comes back to who we are individually, where we stand,” Padilla-Begay continued. “I really thought about retirement, and moving on to something new. But I had to step back and think, ‘Why did I apply here? Who am I? Do I have anything to offer anyone?’” Padilla-Begay said after pondering those questions, she believes she still has goals to achieve at the department. She said the rest of the department does as well. “We have a lot of people here who have experience and

knowledge that we all need here, and for us to work as a department, we have to be a team,” she added. This point also reminded Padilla-Begay why she applied for the position with the department in the first place: the people. “The main [reason] I became a police officer is because I could help other people,” she said. “I love to help others, and that’s what we are as police officers. We protect and we serve our community.” Padilla-Begay said she has seen a lot of changes in the department over the years, and she has a lot of respect for the other officers she has served with over the years. “I’m looking forward to my new position and looking up to new goals,” she continued. “I’m ready to go back out in the field, and I’m very grateful.” Gallup Police Chief Franklin Boyd spoke about seeing the number of qualified officers try to apply for higher ranks like sergeant and lieutenant, and how it can be disheartening when some of them get denied

From left: Lt. Melanie Padilla-Begay and Gallup Police Chief Franklin Boyd. On Jan 3, Boyd spoke about his goals for the Gallup Police Department and how officers like the newly-promoted Lt. Padilla-Begay will benefit from them in the future. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye

Gallup officer Melanie Padilla-Begay was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant in a Jan. 3 ceremony at Gallup Magistrate Court. She has served Gallup for 19 years. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye because there are a limited number of positions. But, Boyd added he is constantly looking for ways and speaking with city officials in order to fi nd other ways to increase the number of officers in those positions. “We’re trying to get more lieutenants on the street, which will in turn lead to promotions to sergeants,” Boyd said. “This is for the officers, so they can advance in their careers and serve the public in a more efficient manner.”

Boyd spoke about PadillaBegay making the ceremony not just for her, but for the department as a whole, and how that is a reflection of her character. “It’s good to see a lieutenant or supervisor up here talking about the department, training, or recruitment,” Boyd continued. “It tells you something about a leader and what they believe in. This was the lieutenant’s day, but she shared it with everyone in the department. That’s a good thing to see.”




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he New Mex ico Department of Health says that influenza B is now widespread across New Mexico and is anticipating increased activity for weeks to come. As the

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Office Manager Raenona Harvey Accounts Representative Sherry Kauzlarich Marlana Goldtooth Associate Editor Beth Blakeman Photography Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Cable Hoover Knifewing Segura Correspondent/Editorial Asst. Cody Begaye On the Cover Senator Lidio Rainaldi passed away Dec. 21, 2019 at the age of 90. He is remembered for decades of public service in New Mexico, as well as being a friend to the Gallup community. Photos courtesy of Dr. Lidio Rainaldi

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2019-2020 flu season grows stronger, the depa r tment reports seeing elevated levels of flu in the southeast section of the state, which is unusual for this time of year. The illness is caused mostly by I n f lu e n z a B / V ic t o r i a viruses A fter Inf luenza B, the A (H1N1) viruses are the next most common in metro regions, but they too, are increasing in proportion to other flu viruses. Flu symptoms may include rapid illness onset with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and /or muscle aches. New Mexico is one of the top 14 states with residents experiencing flu like symptoms.

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Patient at RMCH College Clinic receives flu shot. Photo Credit: RMCHCS S o f a r, a 9 0 -ye a r- old i n Bernalillo County is the first New Mexican to die in the state from the flu this season. Last year’s f lu season was harsher than expected, killing 54 people in New Mexico. All regions of the U.S. are seeing elevated levels of flulike illnesses, however, peak flu season typically occurs in January or later. The Center for Disease Control estimates

that so far this season there have been at least 3.7 million cases of inf luenza, 32,000 hospitalizations and 1,800 deaths from the f lu. More than 80,000 people, including 180 children died from the flu and associated illnesses during the 2017-18 season, the highest nu mber since flu records began being kept almost 42 years ago. In McKinley County, Chief

Medical Officer for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Ca re Ser v ice s Dr. Va lor y Wangler, suggests residents t a ke precaut ion s a nd get vaccinated now if they haven’t already. She notes that it ta kes about two weeks for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop. “With the height of the flu season approaching, it is important to take preventive mea su res such a s get ting vaccinated, cover ing your cough, and staying home if you have the f lu,” Wangler said. “Flu can infect perfectly healthy people, but we also have a responsibility to help protect those in our communities such as the elderly and babies who may be at high risk of serious complications such as hospitalization and death.” Wangler urges residents to contact their primary care



Municipal elections are on the way CANDIDATES VIE FOR FOUR POSITIONS Staff Reports


he unofficial list of candidates for the March 3 Municipal Officer Election has been

released. Candidates for Mayor 1. Louis O. Bonaguidi 2. Charles Van Drunen 3. Yolanda E. Ahasteen-Azua 4. Jayson Gomez 5. Sammy Chioda Candidates for Dist. 2 (East Side) City Councilor 1. Michael W. Schaaf 2. Roger Allan Landavazo

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Candidates for Dist. 4 (West Side) City Councilor 1. Francisca “Fran” P. Palochak 2. Levi Franklin Saucedo Candidates for Municipal Judge 1. Janell Griego Incumbent Dist. 2 Councilor Allan 2. Earl Andrew Yearley Landavazo seeks to retain his seat. File 3. Jackie D. McKinney Photo

FLU SHOT | FROM PAGE 4 physician to get flu shots. RMCHCS has administered approximately 2,000 doses of flu vaccine this year, primarily at its College Clinic, a multi-specialty outpatient center where flu shots for residents can be obtained. Protecting Again st Multiple Flu Strains The flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may circulate at different times and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season. Influenza is particularly severe in people with one or more of the following conditions: •  Pregnant women (any trimester) and up to two weeks post-partum.

•  Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old. •    Adu lt s age 50 a nd older. •    People of a ny age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, Diabetes, and lung or heart d isea se, a nd those w ith immuno-suppression from medication or disease. •    People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. •  People who live with or care for those at high risk of complications from f lu, including healthcare personnel and caregivers of babies younger than 6 months. •  American Indians and Alaska Natives. •  People who are morbidly obese.

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Driver admits to causing trouble Staff Reports


cK inley County Sher i f f Deput y Paul Davis Jr. was dispatched about 8 pm, Jan. 4 to the rock climbing area on Mentmore Road in connection with an automobile accident. When he arrived, he found a man taking care of a woman who

was lying in the rear seat of a vehicle. The ma n, Elija h Begay, said he had come upon the scene after the crash and saw two men Kendric Slim Jim walk away from the vehicle. T he woma n, Cha rlene

Cleveland, was transported to a nearby hospital while deputies began a search for the two men. It didn’t take deputies very long before the two men were located. One of the men - Kendric Slim Jim, 19, of Mentmore – admitted he was the driver. Davis said he could smell alcohol coming from Jim as he approached him. As he was being escorted to

the police unit, Jim appeared to be having problems with his balance, so one of the deputies held on to him to keep him from falling. He was taken to the training room at the sheriff’s headquarters, where he was asked to take the standard field sobriety tests. At fi rst Jim appeared hesitant, but he finally agreed. Dur ing the test, Jim had

Gallup man arrested for attempted break-in, illegal substance Staff Reports


allup Patrolman Christopher Dawes was dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Belle Drive about 7:08 pm, Nov. 5. He was advised that a male was trying to break into a vehicle and was seen r unning away from the scene. Dawes made contact with a male matching the description of the suspect, later identified as Malcolm Kalleco, 25, of Gallup, who had a bloody lip. Kalleco said he was just walking in the area as Dawes patted

him down for weapons, fi nding none. Dawes transported Ka lleco b a c k Malcolm Kalleco to the scene and spoke with one of the witnesses, Miguel Hernandez. Hernandez said he was the person who tried to stop the suspect from breaking into one of the vehicles, and the two got into a fight on the ground. Hernandez tried to inform the neighbors nearby about what was happening, at which

point the suspect took off running. Dawes examined the vehicle at the scene, a Chevrolet Tahoe with New Mex ico l icen se plates. There were a number of paint scratches on the vehicle, along with a black bag on the ground. Kalleco admitted the bag was his. Dawes put a call in to Metro Dispatch to search for any active warrants on Kalleco and found there were two, one from the Magistrate Court and one from the Municipal Court. D awe s t r a n s p o r t e d Kalleco to Gallup Indian

Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Kalleco was found to have a fracture in his left forearm and was placed in a splint. When Kalleco’s black bag wa s sea rched at McK inley County Adult Detention Center, the booking officer found a small bag containing a white powdery substance. Kalleco admitted the substa nce wa s cocaine. K a lleco wa s booked on charges of burglary to a vehicle, bringing cont r a ba nd i nt o ja i l, a nd possession with intent to distribute an imitation controlled substance.

problems and fi nally called it quits and admitted he had been drinking and needed to accept responsibility. He then agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .14 and .14. He was charged with DWI, causing great bodily harm by a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident and having no insurance.

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hortly before 6 pm, Jan. 2, McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to call to a home on the 200 block of Summit. A Native American male identified as Phelen McThomas, 36 from Kayenta, Ariz. was found deceased outside. Undersher i ff Ja mes Ma iora no says foul play has been ruled out. A sheriff’s spokesman said investigators don’t believe the man’s death was weather-related. This was all the information they provided to the Sun. We will provide updates as they become available.

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One arrest leads to another Staff Reports


c K i n l e y Cou nt y Sher i f f Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling and several deputies were dispatched to the Grand Canyon Trailer Park in Gamerco Jan. 3 in connection with a report of several intoxicated people. W hen she a r r ived, she approached the driver, who was identified as Naomi Hayes, 32, of Mentmore. Houghtaling said she could smell alcohol c om i n g f r om i n s ide the vehicle. Hayes said she had not been drinking, but Houghtaling said she could smell liquor on her

breath. When Houghtaling told her this, she said she had been drinking earlier. She added that she had gone to her sister’s Naomi Hayes house to pick up a lighter she had forgotten.   The ground was snowy, but the snow was melting so Houghtaling asked her if she was willing to take the standard field sobriety tests and she agreed. She took the tests, but exhibited several clues indicating that she was intoxicated, so she was arrested and

charged with DWI. When Hayes was placed into Houghtaling’s unit, she was asked if she was willing to take a breath alcohol test. She refused and began kicking the inside of the unit. She was told to stop or risk being charged with criminal damage to public property. Hayes refused to take the breath alcohol test. When Hayes was searched, officers found a baggie containing a white crystal substance inside her bra. Hayes was charged with possession of a controlled substance, as well. Hou g ht a l i n g s a id s he checked on t he ot her

individuals in the vehicle. None of them had outstanding bench warrants. One of the passengers, Fannie Whitegoat, was found to have a handgun in her purse and no carry permit. She said she did not need one on the

reser vation. She also said that she did not carry the permit with her. Whitegoat was arrested for negligent use of a fi rearm. She showed signs of intoxication and was given a portable breath test. She posted .26.


Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports CONSTRUCTION LARCENY Churchrock, Dec. 24 W he n s e c u r it y g u a r d Cody Manygoats arrived at his worksite on Pipeline Road about 4:30 pm, he realized a number of cardboard boxes containing numerous plastic pipes and industrial sandbags were empty. He spoke with one of his coworkers who said nothing had been taken when he was on watch, so the items had gone missing between their shifts. Manygoats called the incident into McKinley County Sher i f f ’s O f f ice. Deput y Savannah Williams met with Manygoats about the incident. He estimated about 20 sandbags had been taken along with the plastic pipes. There are no suspects. STORE VANDALISM Ya-ta-hey, Dec. 23 McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Begaye was dispatched to the Fa mily Dollar at 24 Hwy. 264 in Ya-tahey in reference to property damage. Store Manager Charlotte Etsitty said she arrived about 6:55 am and noticed one of the front windows of the building was broken and there was glass debris on the ground. There was no one inside the store, and the back receiving door of the building was left open. A large rock was also found on NEWS

the ground north of the broken window. When Etsitty reviewed the security footage, she saw two men with covered faces enter the store through the broken window. They were inside for about two minutes. The men were in the southeast corner of the store, putting a number of unknown objects inside a bag. Etsitty said two speakers were taken, valued at a total of $60, along with other unknown items. There are no suspects. SHED BREAK-IN Gallup, Nov. 18 Gallup Police are looking for a thief who broke into a storage shed on the 3200 block of Historic Highway 66 sometime around Nov. 18. The break-in was reported by Deepak Mehta who said he discovered the break-in when he tried to open the padlock on the shed and found it has been replaced. Once the padlock was cut off, he discovered that four gallons of paint had been taken from the shed. Security tapes revealed that a white SUV had driven up to the shed about 10:22 pm. the day before. The passenger was seen leaving the SUV and removing the padlock. The video did not show a clear image of either the vehicle or the passenger. B ATTERY AGA I NST POLICE OFFICER Gallup, Nov. 11

A Gallup man was arrested for battery on a peace officer after he tried to intervene in the arrest of another man. Gallup Police Officer Jerald Watchman said he was dispatched to the Hacienda M o t e l , 2 510 E a s t Highway 66 i n con nection with a p o s s i ble burglary. He said he was interviewing a man when he saw Jose Ramone Martinez, 22, running in his direction with a clenched fist as if he was going to help the suspect run away. Watchman said he ordered Martinez to stop yelling. He also backed away. But as he was putting the suspect inside his unit, he saw Martinez throw a rock at him, almost hitting his leg. Another officer at the scene arrested Martinez, who was discovered to have a warrant out for his arrest. Later, after turning over the other man to another officer to transport to jail, Watchman picked up Martinez to transport to jail. As he was being transferred f rom one pol ice u n it to Watchman’s unit, Martinez reportedly became aggressive to the point where police had to put a spit mask over his face. As they were doing this, Watchman said Martinez tried to bite him.

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POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 7 CREDIT CARD STOLEN Gallup, Nov. 11 On Nov. 11, Shelby Begay was at the Red Rock 10 Theater

when she got a text in her phone saying her credit card had been used to purchase gas. She went outside and discovered that her purse, which was in her car, had been stolen. There was no sign of damage to her vehicle. She told police she

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was not sure if she had locked the vehicle. She immediately called to cancel the credit card. She found it had also been used at a local fast food restaurant and that’s when she found out that it had been used by an elderly Native American man. Police currently have no suspects. FOOD IN THE FACE Gallup, Nov. 11 Brian Pat was arrested by Gallup police after he got into an argument with his girlfriend and reportedly threw a plate of food in her face. Gallup Police were dispatched to a house on Patton Drive about 10 pm on Nov. 11 in connection with a possible domestic dispute. When they arrived, police officers found the house a mess with food thrown on the floor.  Pat, 44, was carrying items of cloth- Brian Pat ing out of the house. He was told to put the clothes down and when he did, he was detained while officers questioned his girlfriend to find out what had happened. She told police they began arguing after Pat yelled at one of their kids and was told not to talk to him like that. She said the argument ended with Pat throwing a plate of food in her face. She said she retaliated by throwing a plate of food at him, but she missed. She said that she told Pat to get his clothing and leave the house, which he was doing when police arrived. He was arrested and transported to the county jail. MAN WITH KNIVES Gallup, Nov. 4 A Gallup man was arrested on Nov. 4 after he reportedly pulled out a knife on another man before running away when police were called. Shau nda le Ya zzie sa id he was walking along West Webster Avenue when he was approached by three men, one of whom pulled out a knife.  He said the man made a growling sound as if to scare him. He said he backed away and as he did, his wallet fell our of his jacket pocket. As he bent over to pick it up, he said he threatened

to call police, at which time all three men ran away. When police arrived, they began an immediate search of the nearby area and found Jeffery Webster, 43, who Yazzie identified as the man with the knife. When Webster was arrested, two knives were found on his person, one of which Yazzie identified as the one pulled on him. Webster was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. MISSING PURSE Gallup, Nov. 5 Gallup Patrolman Norman Bowman answered a call from Bernice Turney, who stated her purse and a firearm were stolen out of her vehicle about Nov. 3. Turney said she had seen the items in her car about 10 am that morning, and then noticed they were missing around 7 pm that evening. She added she had gone to Red Rock 10 at about 1:30 pm, and the items were still in her vehicle when she exited the theater. Bowman asked Turney if her vehicle had any signs of forced entry, and she replied no. She said her purse contained approximately $2,000, two credit cards, and her driver’s license. Later, Turney found out her bank card had been used at a Sonic restaurant and a Speedway gas station at about 4:40 pm. No other information was available. MOTEL LARCENY Gallup, Nov. 5 Gallup Patrolman Jerald Watchman was dispatched to the Hacienda Motel, 2510 E. Hwy. 66, in reference to a larceny call. The complainant, Marrisa Olaso, said she had received a call from her son earlier stating his video game system had been taken out of his room. It looked like someone had ransacked his room. The value of the system and the associated items came to near $300. Olaso also noted a jewelry box containing approximately $600 in jewelry was missing from her night stand. She identified a potential suspect, Nathan Blue Bird, 37, of Valentine, Neb. She said Blue Bird was the only person who had access to the room while Olaso was at work and her son was at

school. Blue Bird drives a 2006 Chevrolet Impala with Utah license plates. His destination was unclear. Watchman attempted to contact Blue Bird several times by phone, but each call went to voicemail. No other information is available. HOTEL TRESPASSER Gallup, Nov. 5 Gallup Patrolman Michael Eley was dispatched to the Zia Motel, 915 E. Hwy. 66, in reference to a male trying to open doors on the premises. Eley met with a hotel desk worker, Patel Bilweshkumar, who told him the person identified as Stewart Castillo, had been knocking on doors to several units and then fi nally went inside an unlocked unit. Once Bilweshkumar confronted Castillo inside the unit, Castillo took off and proceeded westbound on Highway 66. Eley traveled the same route and found Castillo near the intersection of South McKinley Drive and Coal Avenue. Bilweshkumar confirmed the identity of Castillo after Eley brought him back to the motel. Eley issued a No Trespassing Notice for Castillo. He also noted Castillo was intoxicated and transported him to Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc. TRUCK BREAK-IN Gallup, Nov. 5 Officer Thomas House was dispatched to 404 W. Maxwell Ave. in reference to a vehicle burglary. House made contact with Anthony Baldonado, who told him one of the city trucks had been broken into overnight. Baldonado arrived about 8:30 that morning and found one of the windows on the truck was shattered, and a number of items from inside the truck were missing, including keys to gardening equipment and a record book. Baldonado said his supervisor told him he would need a report of the incident because the vehicle is owned by the city. House wa s adv ised by other officers that an arrest had been made the day before they received Baldonado’s call, and a male was found with multiple items from the truck on his person. No information was available about the male’s identity. NEWS

RAMONDO EMERSON Nov. 9, 11:56 am Aggravated DWI Gallup police officer Michael Eley wa s dispatched to the 1200 block of East Highway 66 in connection with a possible intoxicated driver. When he got there, he met Ramondo Emerson, 41, of Gallup, who was in the driver’s seat. His one-year-old daughter was also

OBITUARY Sandra “Sandy� Fitzjerrell, 64, of Rio Rancho, N. M. died Jan. 6, 2020 She wa s preceded i n death by Paul Fitzjerrell, Gail Fitzjerrell, and Franklin Fitzjerrell. She is survived by Verla Fitzjerrell (mother), Matthew Lengal (son), Stephen Lengal NEWS

KIRBY SHERMAN Nov. 6, 12:13 am Aggravated DWI Gallup Police Officer Clarissa Morgan said she was disp a t c he d t o South F irst Street where a car was parked with its engine running. When she got there, other officers were on scene and had turned the engine off.  Kirby Sherman was in the vehicle. As Morgan looked inside, she said she could see  several containers of alcoholic beverages on the floor. She talked to Sherman, 42, of Fort Wingate, who had no shoes on when he exited the car. He said he was coming from Heber and when asked how much he had to drink, he said “a lot.� She said he smelled of alcohol. He refused to take the standard field sobriety tests and the breath alcohol test and was arrested. (son), Ramsey Lengal (son), Quessie Wauford (daughter), and grandchildren: Chloe Lengal, Isreal Wauford, Izayen Wauford, Irie Wauford, Avery Lengal, Kennadi Wauford, Stephen Alejandro Lengal, Manuel Hernandez Ramirez and Martin Figueroa. F u nera l ser v ices w ill be held at The Fellowship Church, 800 S. Ford, Gallup Jan. 12 at 2 pm. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetary Jan. 13 at 11 am.

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Shirley was dispatched to the McKinley West Fire Department, 124 W. Hwy. 118, in reference to a drunk driver. Shirley made contact with the caller, Ernestine Gordon, who told him the suspect vehicle had hit her car earlier. While enroute to the location where the driver was last seen, Shirley was advised a vehicle was parked on Beta Street and the driver was having difficulty standing and appeared to be ill. When Shirley arrived at the scene on Beta Street, he saw a tan Chevrolet truck that matched the description of the vehicle given to him by Gordon. Shirley made contact with the driver, Tyler Johnson, no age given, of Gallup, who smelled of alcohol. Gordon arrived and confirmed Johnson was the driver of the vehicle that had slammed into hers. Johnson was then taken to detox.


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ANTA FE - In a victory for Native communities, Rio Grande R e s ou r c e s , ow ne r of the Mt. Taylor uranium mine, notified the Mining and Minerals Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals a nd Nat u r a l Re sou rce s Department of “cessation of mining operations” and RGR’s

intention “to begin closure plan activity.” Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which has been representing the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment and Amigos Bravos on the Mt. Taylor permitting, said, “The frontline communities are thrilled about this development because they have been living with the mine

for so long. We are all happy that RGR and MMD are fi nally facing the reality that the Mt. Taylor Mine is not economically feasible or environmentally sustainable and we are looking forward to a thorough remediation process.” MASE is an alliance of five organizations representing ura nium-mining impacted communities, three of which are Pueblo- or Navajo-based.

The alliance’s coordinator Susan Gordon, echoed Jantz’ comment: “The RGR Corporation was able to fool the N.M. Mining Commission into believing that they were serious about reopening the Mt. Taylor Mine. The Commission refused to let MASE and Amigos Bravos present economic information that proved it was not fi scally possible for the company to

make money. This was simply an effort to keep their Zombie Mine floating to conv i nce t hei r i nter nat iona l investors a nd make more money. Even with the recent listing of Uranium as a strategic national resource, it is no longer possible to pretend that uranium mining will return


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• Tropical Storm Iba became the third known tropical storm to form in the South Atlantic as it spun up off Brazil on March 24.

Seaweed Bloom A huge belt of Sa rga s su m seaweed, stretching 5,500 miles f r om A f r ic a t o t he Yu c a t á n Pe n i n s u l a , b e c a me t he l a r ge s t such algae bloom ever obser ved. Climate change and runoff from agriculture are being blamed for the vast mats of seaweed that clog many resort beaches, especially along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Swine Deaths A q u a r t er of t he world’s domestic pigs have d ied or been

put down this year due to outbreaks of African swine fever, with China losing nearly half of its pigs. There is no vaccine for the disease, making such outbreaks hard to prevent.

Earthquakes A lba n ia’s strongest earthquake in almost 40 yea rs, a nd the world’s most deadly during 2019, killed 51 people and caused extensive damage on Nov. 26. • A magnitude 5.9 temblor killed seven people, injured 300 others and wrecked three villages in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province on Nov. 7. • Thirty people perished in three strong quakes that rocked the same area of the southern Philippine island of

Mindanao -116° during the Vostok, latter half Antarctica of October. • A mag n itude 5.6 q u a ke i n Pa k i s t a n’s Punjab province killed 40 people and wrecked thousands of homes on Sept. 24. • Forty people died as 6,000 buildings were wrecked and giant landslides were unleashed on Sept. 26 by a magnitude 6.5 temblor in Indonesia’s Maluku province. • Ch i n a’s Sichu a n province was rocked by a sharp temblor that killed 13 people on June 17. •S o u t h e r n California’s strongest series of quakes in 20 ye a r s s pa rke d f i r e s during early July. The shaking was felt across a vast area from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries warned that “untold hu m a n su f fer i ng” i s unavoidable unless we make large and lasting lifestyle changes to curb global warming. The call to cut activities that contribute to climate change came as it became clear that the effects of global warming are worsening more rapidly than predicted. The U.N. later cautioned that the world can now only avoid catastrophic effects of climate change by cutting carbon emissions by 7.6 percent each year until 2030.

Oceanic Heat A new study found that marine heat waves are now more frequently disrupting the ocean’s ecosystems and the lives of those humans who depend upon them for food and livelihood. A report in Nature Climate Change said the soaring numbers of ocean heat waves are killing marine species like “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest.” It said the number of oceanic heat waves has tripled in recent years. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXX Earth Environment Service NEWS

Eric Jantz, N. M. Environmental Law Center 2019 Lawyer of the Year. Photo Credit: N.M. Environmental Law Center

MT. TAYLOR MINE | FROM PAGE 10 to New Mexico. It is way past time to start the cleanup and closure of the Mt. Taylor Mine. The economic opportunities for the Grants Mining District are the jobs that will be created when cleanup and remediation begin.” RGR had been gra nted Return to Active status under their permit on December 29, 2017. The mine had been in Standby status since 1999. MASE and Amigos Bravos appealed the permit revision. After hearings on May 5, 2018, the Mining Commission issued their Final Order on Aug 1, 2018, upholding the Return to Active status. The two organizations then appealed that ruling to the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe.

Laura Watchempino, Acoma Pueblo member of Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment and the Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment. Photo Credit: N. M. Water Resources Research Institute

Entrance to the Mt. Taylor Mine. Mt. Taylor is in northwest New Mexico, northeast of Grants. It is the highest point in the Cibola National Forest. It was named for former president Zachary Taylor. Photo Credit: N.M. Environmental Law Center

Susan Gordon, of Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment. Photo Credit: Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment When that court upheld the Mining Commission decision, the groups appealed to the State Court of Appeals, where the case is currently located. According to RGR: “From initiation of the closeout contracting process to completion of the closeout


activities on site is estimated to take about 16 months. The first 5 -6 months would be taken up by project management and contractor procurement, followed by 9-10 months of actual construction activities on-site from mobilization through demobilization.” L a u r a Wa t c h e m p i n o ,

Acoma P ueblo member of MASE and the LagunaAcoma Coalition for a Safe Env ironment, noted, “closure of the Mt. Taylor mine is heartening news for this very sacred and unique landscape. We hope that the healing of this site can now take place with effective cleanup

measures designed to restore the underground aquifers and remove all contaminated waste piles and infrastructure. Unfortunately, some of the damages to this site are permanent and irreversible, which is why no new mines should be permitted within the San Mateo Creek Basin.”

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OPINIONS Op-Ed: Response to LFC budget recommendation By James Jimenez Executive Director, N.M. Voices for Children


n the topic of the budget recommendation released Jan. 7 by the Legislative Finance Committee, James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the budget recommendation relea sed Ja n. 7 by t he L eg islat ive Finance Committee: “Once again, some in the Legislature want to continue

this slow-drip process for f u nd i n g e a rly ch i ld ho o d care and education services. Unfortunately, the Legislative Finance Committee budget recommendation is far below the investments needed in the programs that matter most to New Mexico kids and families and far below the responsible recommendations made by Governor Lujan Grisham. “Despite k now i ng how important early childhood programs are for children’s hea lt hy development a nd success, the LFC proposal continues to shor t-change

the early childhood care and education programs that give all New Mexico children the chance to reach their full pot ent i a l. P rog r a m s l i ke child care assistance help parents afford safe places for their kids to grow and learn while they work, yet the LFC budget continues to put that program out of reach for far too many families struggling to afford the enormous cost of high-quality care for their children. “We need bold and innovative solutions from our policymakers in order for all New


Mexico children to have the opportunity to thrive, and so we were disappointed in the LFC recommendations that continue to take [a] wait-andsee approach, despite having overwhelming evidence that high-quality early childhood care and education services work. Children ca n’t wait to grow up - the window of opportunity for robust brain development is fi nite and too many New Mexico kids are still losing out. If we can’t commit to the best possible investment now, when will we?”

James Jimenez, executive director, N.M. Voices for Children


The Wolf Full Moon appears on January 10 and is named for - you guessed it - wolves. Wolves howl more during winter, but it may not be due to hunger. Their howl is a way to regroup and hunt. Madame G suggests you call on the power of the wolf to pursue your highest purpose. The only time we have is NOW. Don’t wait for the right time to howl your song to the moon.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Let go of hoarding! Discard old objects and embrace nothing. Emotionally, too. When was the last time you gave yourself the gift of a good, cleansing cry? This will be a release. All you need is gratitude and appreciation. Learn to cherish your time. Enjoy your life and share your wisdom. Bliss is possible!

This is the year and the time to make a change. You can accomplish so much if you put your mind to it. Nothing short of your heart’s desire will satisfy you. Make no assumptions about who does and doesn’t have your back! Even the stubborn holdouts may lend support if they see how much a dream really means to you.

Do you believe in Karma? You’ll

Take a long hard look in the mirror. You only have one person to blame for your unhappiness and it’s you. Read new books, listen to podcasts, or simply try a new experience. If you’re willing to put in the commitment AND the deep-diving exploration, you will quickly blast through any selfimposed barriers that have been holding you back.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) If you fi nd yourself in a funk consider trying hygge. It’s Danish for cozy. Clean out the junk and bring in the warmth. Some big ideas that have been brewing in the back of your mind could surface, and Saturn can help you engineer them into a tangible reality. Something may have to go in order to create space for your next adventure.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) What’s up? Maybe you’re heading down the right path and maybe you’re not. Only you can tell. Whatever path you take it’s important not to lose contact with friends and family. Remember that there are those in life who are there during the good times, but they’re not there during the rough patches. Look out for the people who last. They’re the ones you need in life.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Your life is a maze. It’s time to take massive action. Clear out as many non-obligatory items from your calendar as possible, so you can spend more time in flow state. Get lots of sleep. And watch for messages which may arrive in your sleep state.

soon realize that when you work on your own happiness, others follow. If you’ve been waiting to hear back about an interview or pitch, news may arrive within the coming two weeks. Focusing on the broadreaching benefits of your work can make it easier to share and toot your own horn.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is the year of massive action. Your life is an adventure waiting for you. There are people out there who share your values and interests, even if it sometimes feels like you’re “the only one.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Take charge of your emotions. You’ll be glad you did. You’re in the future now. Think about ways you want to move up in 2020. People who understand technology, social media, and digital marketing are the ones you need at your back in this new decade.

Take time to discover what makes

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you happy and brings you joy. Put better boundaries in place so you will have more in your pocket and your retirement account. If you’re an entrepreneur, seek a steadier flow of income instead of constantly reinventing the wheel.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Look toward the future. Don’t get bogged down in pettiness. You’ve a unique journey that no one else could accomplish, but it’s up to you to fi nd the path and live it. Take a realistic look at your todo list and decide which things you can cross off. Explore where overextending yourself may be causing you to “leak energy.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Value yourself enough to live a good life and be a good person. There is room for improvement everywhere and yet the most important aspect is selfacceptance. There’s no better time to explore your outer limits and stretch beyond any confi ning edges. In doing so, you may discover the reaches of your own genius. OPINIONS


It’s 2020 and we’re still here for now Editor, Welcome to the New Year 2020. The End of the World has not arrived (yet) but given the current events that bombard us daily, I would expect the Breaking News on the Top Fold Front Page, on Facebook and burning up on Twitter by Donald Trump himself. After he declared himself to be “The Chosen One� and the “King of Israel�, I could only remember the Bible studies on the Book of Revelation and the prophesied Apocalypse. The world-wide pattern is not a n A mer ica n cr isis although there is a serious need to examine our society a s we absorb the terror inf licted on our nation

a m id t he f i nger- poi nt i ng and Blame Game that surrounds the upcoming election year 2020. Especially since Russia (Are you listening?�), China and Ukraine (“Do us a favor�) have been publicly invited to interfere with the elections again. T he R e pu bl ic a n G OPC o n t r o l l e d U. S . S e n a t e has not passed a National Security Bill that would guarantee no foreign interference, although the U.S. House has passed over 200 Bills that will not see the Senate Floor. The same interference has been promised by the GOP leadership when the Donald Trump A r t icle s of I mpea ch ment finally are introduced. A n

acquittal has been declared already. This is like going to court even when you know the detrimental outcome. Impeachment of Donald Trump is on the Record forever, so there is a question as to why no witnesses, documents or any other evidence is not going to be allowed by the Republican GOP even if all could exonerate Trump. The “jury foreman is already in cahoots with the lawyers of the accused�. With the upcoming elections, we, as Americans are witnesses to the interference taking place in America with our sacred voting rights in the form of voter suppression, poll purges, misinformation

at the highest levels and the most candidates for president of the United States of America that has only divided the country with more confusion and rhetoric that has further divided the nation. Wit h t he much t out ed Iowa Caucus upcoming, the Super Bowl even outshines the Impeachment of Trump, but not without a cost to The State of the Nation in the mix. The Oath of Office by some of these candidates tends to cry treason and backed by treacher y and tricker y. The U.S. Constitution and the freedoms that are supposed to be held sacred are being slowly stripped from us by the false narrative of “countr y over

politics�. The three branches of U.S. Government are not in balance due to the people who are in positions of “leadership�. If you are not registered to vote, then do so immediately. The Ballot Boxes are ours as citizens of this great nation. It bugs me to see the religious factions scramble to see who can cozy up to the political colors and wave the American flag with false patriotism and embracing the rhetoric of racism, hatred, division and violence that is simply not the American way. On November 03, 2020, I’m voting Blue. Mervyn Tilden Gallup. New Mexico

On impeachment To the Editor, Regarding the impeachment of President Trump, it’s worthwhile to consider that most decisions have both i ntended a nd u n i ntended consequences. And the decision to impeach any president isn’t immune from that fact. And with that, it was very important that our New Mexico-based United States Representatives to Congress make all decisions while being as fully informed as possible. N o w, p o s t i m p e a c h ment, overnight, while most A mer ica ns were sleeping,

G er m a n T V ( DW ) bega n reporting that the Ukraine, Germany, Russia, and the EU, have signed a deal to resume and continue transporting Russian natural gas through the Ukraine, to Germany and the EU, via existing pipelines. And they did so despite the United States Congress’s passage of law making it very clear that doing so would bring on United States sanctions, aga i nst a l l pa r ties involved. President Trump is expected to sign that bill into law later today. (Letter dated Dec. 20, 2019).

T he geopol itica l deba cle has occurred because both our foreign adversaries

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LIDIO RAINALDI | FROM PAGE 1 WORKING IN GALLUP In 1958, Ra ina ldi wa s appointed city judge in Gallup. This was an elected position for which he had to be re-elected every two years. While he was learning the law, he witnessed the alcoholism in the area, and initiated a number of programs to address this disease, the first being a DWI school. Every week, Rainaldi would bring those in jail for drunkenness, or DWI, as well as their families, to his courtroom to educate and show films about alcoholism. He picked up the day-old donuts from Puritan Bakery and Helen made and served the coffee to attendees. Knowing he had this film for only a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, Rainaldi also set up meetings in Mentmore and Zuni, bringing this same program to them. He ran this program for more than 10 years. In talking to repeat offenders of drunkenness, Rainaldi heard many individuals say that they were using alcohol as pain relief for untreated illnesses. He worked with Gallup Indian Medical Center and arranged transport of those in jail to the hospital, where he made sure they received a proper medical exam, and any needed medical care. Rainaldi also originated a Court Honor Program in 1961. It allowed those serving time for DWI to be dismissed from jail to go to work during the day, so they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose their jobs, and then return to jail at night and on weekends to finish their sentences. This way they could continue to provide for their families. Seeing many alcoholics dying on the streets, Rainaldi also started a program that is now called Protective Custody. This allowed the police to pick up anyone passed out from intoxication and bring them to the jail, without any violation or charge. It provided them with a safe place to sleep and an opportunity to get help. Each year at the meetings of the N.M. State Courts and the American Judges Association, Rainaldi introduced his programs and educated other judges on this issue. The Court Honor and PC programs were adopted statewide, and in many other areas across the country. His DWI programs were eventually taken over by the new AA programs.  In attending these seminars,


Rainaldi brought new ideas back to the Gallup community. Early on, he convinced the mayor and city council to use the monies raised in his courts to purchase new technology for better efficiency. The Gallup courts were one of the fi rst to be computerized in the state, and Gallup police were the first in the state to use a new device commonly known as the breathalyzer. Rainaldiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s term as magistrate judge in Gallup also required that he travel to Zuni and preside there. He later wrote federal grants for monies to build Zuni a proper courthouse, and train and hire local judges. This same building still serves their courts today. Rainaldiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magistrate court, with his long-time co-workers - Monica Martinez, Cindy Sanders, Tina Ross, Pam Garcia, and Kristy Jaramillo - was recognized as the No. 1 court in New Mexico by the Administrative Office of the Courts, and was used as a training base for new judges and clerks throughout the state.

Rainaldi served both as city and state judge for 28 years until 1986 when the courts were divided. He continued on as the state judge, retiring in 1998, serving a total of 40 years. He was a member of the American Judges Association and served as president of both the State Municipal Judges Association and the State Magistrate Association. WORK IN THE SENATE In 2000, Rainaldi was elected to the New Mexico Senate, where he served two terms to represent District 4, which includes Cibola and McKinley counties. As a freshman, Rainaldi was appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. With his expertise in municipal and magistrate legislation, he helped create state laws that positively impacted the courts, reduced citizen taxes, and raised wages for the magistrate judges across New Mexico. During a heated par tisan debate, Rainaldi made a statement which raised some

eyebrows, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The election is over. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no longer Democrats and Republicans. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here to serve the people.â&#x20AC;? He later commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go over too well. But now they know where I stand.â&#x20AC;? As senator, Rainaldi was respected on both sides of the aisle. In addition, he was often approached to help others outside his district. Rainaldi worked closely with local city governments and the chapter houses in obtaining resources. He was chosen to chair the Democratic Caucus. Working with a Republican governor, he secured the monies needed for the Gallup courthouse expansion. Retirement didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slow him down. Seeing the dire need for a dialysis center, he personally raised funds for a new building, and worked with the New Mexico Cancer Center to bring their clinic to Gallup. Rainaldi was an active member of the Catholic Church and served in the Order of the Knights of St. Gregory. He was

also a member of the VFW, Elks Lodge, and an honorary member of the Rotary. FOR THE PEOPLE As judge, Rainaldi officiated at marriage ceremonies, often two or three a week, for 40 years. For some families, he officiated for three generations. He often said he was giving them a â&#x20AC;&#x153;life sentence.â&#x20AC;? Rainaldi and his wife Helen raised two children. Ruth Lynn Devoti of Albuquerque, and Lidio Rainaldi Jr., of Gallup. Rainaldi was an avid athlete, lettering in football and basketball in high school. During his off hours he went out on the golf course. One year, he won the city golf tournament. His bowling team often scored at the top locally, and he also won regional tournaments. At his retirement from the senate, Rainaldi said he attributed his achievements to his wife Helen, as she was always there by his side, helping in any way she could.Â

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RATING: ď&#x201A;Ťď&#x201A;Ťď&#x201A;Ť OUT OF ď&#x201A;Ťď&#x201A;Ťď&#x201A;Ťď&#x201A;Ť RUNNING TIME: 136 MINUTES Some true stories are so horrifying that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually shocking to believe that something like the events depicted could have occurred in the country so recently. The new drama Just Mercy details one such story involving criminal injustice, that of a man falsely accused and convicted of murder simply because of his race. While this courtroom drama wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer viewers any surprises, it is still an effective and well-told story worth seeing. The film follows a young Harvard graduate and lawyer named Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan). Determined to follow his passion and help the wrongfully convicted as a defense attorney, he heads south to Alabama. While reading through case files, he discovers convict Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). In 1987, the prisoner was sentenced to death for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite all evidence showing the inmate had absolutely nothing to do with the crime. Stevenson convinces McMillian to let him file an appeal and represent him in court. However, the protagonist quickly encounters roadblocks and learns that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s criminal and legal system, as well as those running the institutions, are still very racist, making his job all the more difficult and dangerous. The movie benefits from an exceptional group of actors giving their all. Jordan stoically

handles all of the nasty comments and actions directed his way, while Foxx effectively delivers an initially standoffish quality that hides a sense of hopelessness about his characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation. While the two stars are excellent, the supporting cast members are equally strong. Over the course of the running time, the stories and struggles of a few other prisoners (Rob Morgan and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shea Jackson Jr.) are also developed. Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work as Herbert Richardson, a war veteran suffering from PTSD who is also serving a death sentence, may be the most interesting and layered subplot. He is remarkable in the part and makes a powerful impression. Technical skills on display are very strong as well. Despite this tale being primarily set in a prison and courtroom, it is also a nicely shot feature that uses and emphasizes orange hues and warm colors when the main characters are together trying to plan their next legal move. It contrasts nicely with the less attractive and pale grays and whites used in the prison environments and less colorful tones used in courtroom scenes. The film is at times earnest to a fault. The good characters are noble in every possible way and the bad characters are generally horrific beyond words. This may be an accurate representation of the people involved, but as a drama it comes across as stagey. And the story itself is told in a very straightforward and routine manner, hitting all of the expected beats. Even viewers unfamiliar with the events depicted, will know exactly what is coming and have a clear idea of how things will play out long before they occur, eliminating some of the tension. Thankfully, the cast members

From left, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his client Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) in court as McMillian appeals a murder conviction with a death sentence handed down in 1987, for the death of an 18-year-old female, despite evidence proving his innocence in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Mercy.â&#x20AC;? Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures are so strong that they make up for any of the more routine and predictable aspects of the screenplay with empathic performances. In the end, all involved

have come together to make a very good film with an important message at its core. While Just Mercy doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer up any shocks over the course of its

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 10, 2020 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


he New Year is here. W h i le one m i g ht expect a slowdown in the number of new Blu-rays and DVDs, there are actually quite a few arriving on store shelves, including some big Hollywood fl icks and interesting independent fare. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try! Big New Releases! Depraved - Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein gets a fresh update in this independent h o r r o r fl ick. A disi l lu sione d Brook ly n f ield s u rgeon with P T S D (c a u s e d from his time serving overseas as a medic), decides to fashion a man out of body parts and bring him to life. Despite being initially successful, the creator finds it increasingly hard to teach his creation how to survive in the modern world. The press was quite positive about the finished results. A few wrote that the movie didn’t add enough that was new to really earn it a recommendation, but almost all others thought it did add a bit of emotional heft to the story and called the film a clever and

effective modernization of the famous monster tale. The cast includes David Call, Joshua Leonard and Alex Breaux. Girl on the Third Floor Why do people keep attempting to live in haunted houses? This horror fi lm tells another tale that follows a troubled husband who decides to make up for past mistakes with h i s fa m i ly by buying a home with a violent history and renovating it. He begins tearing down and rebuilding the property, only to fi nd the home fighting back in unexpected ways. Notices actually weren’t half bad for this little creeper. A small contingent did comment that the twists and turns were obvious, as well as its attempts to deal with the story’s central themes. However, the majority thought that it was a moody and unsettling film that handled the lead character’s issues in an interesting manner. It features CM Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn and Sarah Brooks. Joker - The week’s biggest release is this new take on the iconic Batman villain. It’s an origin story that follows the unhinged, aspiring comedian as he struggles while working as a clown-for-hire. As his life spirals downward and he is

disregarded by co-workers and celebr ities, t he man begins to take drastic and dangerous actions to cha nge his life. The movie was a huge hit and has even earned awards, but has received widely varied reactions from critics. Just about all of them praised the lead performance. However, a good portion found it superficial and didn’t think all of the elements worked. But in the end, more thought this dark examination of the character was intriguing and disturbing. It stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy and Brett Cullen. The Lighthouse - A pair of lighthouse workers in the 1890s arrive for a long stay on an isolated island and are forced to deal with u n set t l i ng events. As the weeks extend, the men begin witnessing odd things and even battling local seagulls. The pair eventually become antagonistic toward each other and struggle with their mental health. This unique

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psychological horror fi lm was shot entirely in black and white. It earned strong reviews, although they did come with something of a warning. A few critiqued it for being beautiful, but little more than that, stating that the pacing would eventually wear on the patience of viewers. Yet others were so impressed by the two leads and cinematography that they enjoyed simply soaking up the atmosphere. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe play the lead roles. The Shed - This independent horror picture follows two teens who are abused a nd mistreated by both careg i ve r s a nd schoolmates. When a monster arrives and takes up residence in a shed behind the house of one of the kids, the two begin to plot how they might use the new arrival to their advantage. This involves luring various bullying forces to the creature in the hopes of it ridding them of their problems. Reaction toward this effort was reasonable. Almost half did complain that the characters followed all of the genre tropes and made unbelievably poor decisions, taking viewers out of the film. Still, slightly more thought there was some subtext to the story, and believed it would entertain horror fans. It features Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frank Whaley

and Timothy Bottoms. Blasts from the Past! Here are some older titles arriving on Blu-ray this week. Shout! Factory has The Final Programme (1973) aka The Last Days of Man on Earth. It’s a British science-fiction flick about a scientist and computer expert searching for a man with a self-replicating formula that could bring about the end of the world. The disc includes a commentary track with the director and lead actress, as well as a U.S. theatrical trailer and TV spot. Kino has a Special Edition of the entertaining cult film, Brick (2005). It’s an effective neo-noir about a high school student (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) investigating the death of a loved one that takes him into the strange underworld within his own educational institution. The Blu-ray includes a new 4K restoration of the film supervised by director Rian Johnson (Knives Out), as well as an audio commentary and eight deleted and extended scenes. You Know, For Kids! Here are some titles that kids might enjoy. Highlights: Holiday Fun! Wild Bunch on Ice On the Tube! And these are the week’s TV-themed releases. American Masters: Rothko – Pictures Must Be Miraculous (PBS) Big Little Lies: Season 2 NATURE: Okavango River of Dreams (PBS) N OVA : W h y B r i d g e s Collapse (PBS) Vera: Set 9

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SPORTS 360 Miyamura takes on Spring Valley at Gallup Invite GRIZZLIES BEST PATRIOTS 70-55

Miyamura Patriots Cael Stewart (22) and Chris Mortensen (32) reach for a rebound from the Spring Valley Grizzlies at Gallup High School Jan. 2. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Miyamura Patriot Jarron Cadman (15) dives to grab the ball away from Spring Valley Grizzly James Webster (23) during the first round of the Gallup Invite at Gallup High School Jan. 2. The Grizzlies defeated the Patriots 70-55. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover Miyamura Patriot Cael Stewart (22) holds off Spring Valley Grizzly Michael Martin (5) Jan. 2 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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Gallup, Navajo Prep clash at Gallup Invite BENGALS OVER EAGLES 61-56

Gallup Bengal Jeffery Yazzie (21) shoots over a block attempt from Navajo Prep Eagle Lance Morris (32) during the first round of the Gallup Invite at Gallup High School Jan. 2. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 61-56 to advance. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Quentin Richards (1) rushes past Navajo Prep Eagle Treston Yazzie (24) at Gallup High School Jan. 2. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Quinn Atazhoon (24) passes the ball away from the Navajo Prep Eagles at Gallup High School Jan. 2. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover


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Gallup Bengal Jeffery Yazzie (21) grabs a rebound away from Navajo Prep Eagle Marley Deschiney (33) Jan. 2 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover


Spring Valley faces Gallup in fi nal round of Invite GRIZZLIES TAKE DOWN BENGALS 82-70 Gallup Bengal Quinn Atazhoon (24) searches for open teammates in the Spring Valley Grizzly defense Jan. 4 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Brad Lynch (34) fights off a block from Spring Valley Grizzly Jayden Dalton (15) during the final round of the Gallup Invite at Gallup High School Jan. 4. The Grizzlies defeated the Bengals 82-70 to claim the tournament title. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Johnny Blueeyes (32) attempts to shoot past a block from Spring Valley Grizzly James Webster (23) Jan. 4 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS CALENDAR Jan. 10, – Jan. 16, 2020

GALLUP BENGALS Basketball Jan. 14: Espanola Valley @ Gallup 7 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 10: Carlsbad @ Gallup TBA Jan. 11: Pojoaque Valley @ Gallup 1 pm Jan. 14: Gallup @ Rio Rancho 7 pm Wrestling Jan. 15: Shush Duals at Fort Wingate 3 pm

MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Basketball Ja n. 11: M iya mu r a @ Grants 4 pm Ja n. 14: M iya mu r a @ Farmington 7 pm Girls Basketball Ja n . 10 : G r a n t s @ Miyamura 7 pm Jan. 14: Farmington @ Miyamura 4 pm Wrestling Ja n . 10 : C o n f l ic t a t Cleveland at Rio Rancho 10:30 am Jan. 15: Los Alamos @ Miyamura TBA


ON IMPEACHMENT | FROM PAGE 13 and outrageous impeachment imposed solely by U.S. House Democrats. Strongly indicating that impeachment has indeed had serious real world political consequences. Here and all around the world. I nclud i n g m a k i n g t he Ukraine believe that they have had no better choice but to make a hasty unsound deal with Russia now, about the transport of Russian natural gas across the Ukraine, to send Russian, not New Mexico’s natural gas, deep

Ja n . 11: R e h o b o t h Christian @ Newcomb 3:30 pm Jan. 14: Rehoboth Christian @ Tse’ Yi’ Gai 6:30 pm Ja n . 16 : E s t a nc i a @ Rehoboth Christian 5 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 10: TBA Jan. 11: Rehoboth Christian Girls Tournament TBA Ja n. 14: P i ne H i l l @ Rehoboth Christian 6:30 pm Ja n . 16 : R e h o b o t h Christian @ Tse’ Yi’ Gai 5 pm

TOHATCHI COUGARS Basketball Jan. 9: Grants @ Tohatchi 4 pm Girls Basketball Ja n . 11: Toh a t c h i @ Farmington 11 am Ja n. 14: Rober tson @ Tohatchi 6 pm Ja n . 16 : Toh a t c h i @ Thoreau 4 pm

WINGATE Basketball Jan. 10: Santa Fe Indian Tournament TBA Jan. 11: Santa Fe Indian Tournament TBA Jan. 14: Wingate @ Chinle 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 14: Wingate @ Chinle 6 pm Jan. 16: Zuni @ Wingate 7 pm *Local varsity games listed. Compiled from MaxPreps.com. Info: gallupsunreporters@gmail.com

into the heart of the EU. The agreement takes pressure off of Russia to moderate their aggressive behavior, while they are still allowed to continue to build the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines going into Germany from the North. That’s despite Russia forcibly annexing Crimea, and already owing Ukraine more than $3 billion in previously unpaid natural gas transportation fees. To be sure, Germany and the wider EU have played key economic roles in propping up despotic regimes like Russia, China, and others, around

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GALLUP BENGALS Basketball Jan. 4: Spring Valley @ Gallup 82-70 Jan. 3: Sandia Prep @ Gallup 60-61 Jan. 2: Navajo Prep @ Gallup 54-75 Girls Basketball Jan. 6: Belen @ Gallup 32-74 Jan. 4: Gallup vs Santa Fe Indian 64-27 Jan. 2: Gallup @ Los Lunas 52-54

MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Basketball Jan. 7: Piedra Vista @ Miyamura 50-48 Jan. 4: Grants vs. Miyamura 62-56

the world, for decades. While increasingly chastising the U.S. whenever we attempt to limit the economic power of the despots, hoping to limit their reach and ability to further spread their harsh influence even more. All around the world. And, with Russia’s long history of weaponizing energy supplies, it makes no sense for Germany and the EU to make themselves completely reliant on a despotic Russian regime for their natural gas supplies today. That’s especially true now that ample natural gas is available in the form of

Jan. 3: GCHS vs Miyamura 64-55 Jan. 2: Spring Valley vs Miyamura 71-55 Girls Basketball Jan. 4: Miyamura @ Grants 28-58 Jan. 4: Miyamura vs Pine Hill 49--39 Jan. 3: Santa Fe Indian vs Miyamura 54-46

REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Basketball Jan. 7: Rehoboth Christian @ Thoreau 53-58 Girls Basketball J a n . 7: E s t a n c i a @ Rehoboth Christian 38-36 Jan. 4: Rehoboth Christian vs Loving 49-43


LNG here in North America. I nclud i ng f rom t he U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It’s important to note that Angela Merkel, the now longterm Chancellor of Germany, wa s bor n a nd r a i s e d i n the repressive communist Soviet satellite state of East Germany. And, she has never had warm ties to the freedom loving people of the West. And, with Germany now leading the charge for an EU-wide common military, outside of the auspices of NATO, which Germany will no doubt dominate, being so closely tied to despots in

Basketball Jan. 7: Tohatchi @ Hot Springs 48-64 Jan. 3: Cuba @ Tohatchi 55-66 Girls Basketball Jan. 7: Aztec @ Tohatchi 14-51 Jan. 4: Tohatchi @ Valencia 46-41 Ja n. 2: Bloom f ield @ Tohatchi 49-62

WINGATE Basketball Jan. 4: Wingate @ Navajo Pine 39-66 Ja n. 3: Hot Spr ings @ Wingate 59-25 Girls Basketball Jan. 4: Wingate @ Navajo Pine 50-36 *Varsity teams only. Compiled from MaxPreps.com. Contact: gallupsunreporters @gmail.com

Russia, makes no sense for us whatsoever. That is, unless the Germans are considering becoming more despotic themselves. Again. Making Germany’s, and the EU’s geopolitical intentions, energy choices, and hypocrisy, all extremely concerning. And perhaps even alarming. And making the Democratic impeach ment of P resident Tr u mp even more dangerous than most Americans are aware of, or have even been willing to consider. William Kalka Artesia, New Mexico SPORTS

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 JUSTICE and LISA C. NUNEZ. Defendants. N o . D-1113-CV-2009-00646-7 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT T H E S TAT E O F N E W MEXICO T O : I N DI A N CA PI TA L DISTRIBUTING, INC. and UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST ADVERSE TO PLAINTIFF You or you r attor ney a re h e r e by d i r e c t e d t o f i l e a plea d i ng or mot ion i n response to the Complaint for Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage on file herein on or before 30 days from the date of the last publication of this Notice in the Office of the Clerk of the District Cou r t , Elevent h Jud icia l District of the State of New Mexico, sitting within and for the County of McKinley, that being the Court in which said Complaint is filed, and to serve a copy of the same plead i ng or mot ion upon Plaintiff or Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec, P.O. Box 1772, Gallup, New Mexico 87305, (505-722-4463). Unless a responsive pleading or motion is entered by you in this cause on or before the above date, judgement will be rendered against you by default. The general object of said action is a Compla int for Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage. WITNESS the District Judge of the Thir teenth Judicial District Court of the State of New Mexico, and the seal of said Court this 6th day of January, 2020. Clerk of the District Court By D eput y Va l a r ie Baretinicich Published in the Gallup Sun: January 10, 2020 January 17, 2020 January 24, 2020 January 31, 2020 ***

COUNTY ASSESSOR ORDER NO. 19-61 N O T I C E O F REQUIREMENTS T O R E PORT CERTA I N MATTERS RELATING TO PROPERTY VA LUATION AND CLAIMING EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTY TAXATION The County Assessor hereby publishes notice to prop er ty ow ners, pu rsua nt to Section 7-38-18 NMSA 1978, as follows: 1. All property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes not valued by the Assessor in 2019 for property taxation purposes must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2020, unless it is not subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in 2020. The report must contain the required information and be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8 NMSA 1978. 2. If you have made improvements to rea l proper t y dur ing 2019 the improve ments cost more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), the improvements must be repor ted to the A ssessor no later than the last day of February 2020. The information required and the form may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8(C) NMSA 1978. 3. All real property owned by a ny nongover n ment a l entit y a nd cla i med to be exempt from property taxation under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of Section 7-36-7 NMSA 1978 shall be reported for valuation purposes to the appropriate valuation authority. If a change in eligibility status or ownership of the property has changed, the change shall be reported no later than the last day of February 2020. Section 7-38-8.1 NMSA 1978. 4. If you own property that has decreased in value during 2019, and that proper ty is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report the decrease in value to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2020. The report must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s

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office. Section 7-38-13 NMSA 1978. 5. If you believe that your real property is entitled to headof-family exemption, veteran exemption or disable veteran exemption from proper t y taxation, you must apply to the Assessor for exempt status no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in 2020. Exceptions: If an exemption from taxation was in effect for 2019 and basis of the exempt status or use is unchanged from the year, application for exemption need not be made for 2020. If you have previously been granted an exemption and now have a change in ownership or status you must notify the Assessor of the change no later than the last day of February 2020 of the change. If required, application for exemption must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office Section 7-38-17 NMSA 1978. 6. Property subject to valuation is presumed to be nonresidential and will be so recorded by the Assessor unless you declare the property to be residential no later than the last day of February 2020. If your property has changed in use from residential to non-residential or from non-residential to residential use you must declare this status to Assessor no later than the last day of February 2020. The declaration must contain the required information and must be in a form that may be obtained from the Assessor’s of f ice. S e c t ion 7- 3 8 -17.1 NMSA 1978. 7. If you are a person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older or disabled, whose “mod i f ied g ros s i ncome” was not greater than $35,000 in 2019 a nd you ow n a nd occupy a single-family dwelling you may be eligible for a limitation on the taxable value of your residence. The limitation of the value specified of Subsections A, B and C under Section 7-36 -21.3 NMSA 1978 shall be applied in the tax year in which the owner claiming entitlement files with the county assessor an application for the limitation. The application must contain the required

information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-21.3 NMSA 1978. 8. If your land was valued in 2019 in accordance with the special method of valuation for land used primarily for agricultural purposes, and the land is still used primarily for agricultural purposes, you need not reapply for that special method of valuation in 2020. If your land was valued in accordance with the special method of valuation in 2019, but it is no longer used primarily for agricultura l pur poses, you must repor t t he cha nge to t he Assessor no later than the last day of February 2020. If land was not valued in accordance with that method of valuation in 2019 and it is now used primarily for agricultural purposes, application must be made under oath, in form and contain the information required by the department rules and must be made no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from ta xation in 2020. Section 7-36-20 NMSA 1978. 9. If you ow n “livestock” that is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report such livestock to the Assessor. All such livestock present in the county on January 1, 2020 must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2020. If the livestock is transported into the county after January 1, 2020, it must be reported to the Assessor no later than the first day of the month following the first month in which

the livestock has been present in the county for twenty (20) days. The report must contain the required information and must be on forms obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-39-21 NMSA 1978. 10. If you own a manufactured home [that was not previously assessed] and it was present in the county on January 1, 2020, you must report it to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2020. The report must contain certain required information and must be on a form obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-26 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BR I E F STAT EM EN T OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-38 -8, 7-38 8 .1, 7- 3 8 -13, 7- 3 8 —17, 7- 38 -17.1, 7- 36 -7, 7- 36 21.3, 7-36-20, 7-36-21, and 7-36 -26 NMSA 1978, and related Taxation & Revenue Depa r t ment Reg u lat ion s. It is not intended to reflect t he f u l l content of t hese prov isions, which may be examined at the office of the County Assessor. Done on this 18th day of November 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Donna Maestas-De Vries, Director Property Tax Division Published in the Gallup Sun: January 10, 2020 January 17, 2020 January 24, 2020

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7 pm-10 pm @ New Crownpoint Elementary School gymnasium (Main St. H-1, Crownpoint). Second Friday of the month. For more information, call (505) 879-9460.


11 am-12 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn a new skill. This first session will focus on using a flash drive and how to upload and download from the net.


6:30 pm @ Rockin J Reawakenings Ranch (2 miles north on County Road 19 in Prewitt).


4 pm- 5 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Refreshments provided. Club meets on first and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information: childlib@gallupnm.gov or (505) 726-6120.


4 pm-6 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). FAFSA Fridays. Join the Money Club for a demonstration of how to file your FAFSA. Bring your 2018 tax returns. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.


12 pm-4 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Unwind from a busy week with video games and fun for the whole family. SATURDAY, January 11


10:30 am-1:30 pm @Westminster Presbyterian Church (151 State Highway 564). Safe Zone trainings are chances to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality and to examine biases, assumptions and privilege. .For more information: Pam (505 870-2008.


1 pm @ Future Foundations Family Center multi purpose room (551 Washington Ave, Grants). Join us for our self defense at Futures in Grants, in the We offer practical self-defense training based on basic kickboxing and development of individual attributes, focusing on personal awareness and ability to react to physical threat for all ages.  Everyone is welcome.  We encourage all participants to please bring a mouthpiece. 


11 am-12 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., CALENDAR

Gallup) . Celebrate the New Year with stories about dreams and wishes. This program is intended for children ages 2 - 4.


2 pm-4 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Learn basic embroidery stitches . All supplies provided. For more information: childlib@gallupnm.gov; (505) 726-6120.


3 pm-4 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Book signing of Shattered Dreams, Bondage and Hope. Dee Thompson was born on the Navajo Reservation in Pinedale, now living in Gallup. For more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


9:30 am-11:30 am @ UNM-Gallup SSTC 200 (705 Gurley Ave.). Orientation to welcome students and provide campus resource information for student success. SUNDAY, January 12


4 pm @ Westminster Presbyterian Church (151 State Hwy. 564 (Boardman Drive). Spend an hour in prayer for the healing of our broken world and planet. For more information: Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. MONDAY, January 13


Students return to school at Gallup-McKinley County Schools.


6 pm-7 pm @ SSC Board Room ( 640 S. Boardman).


4 pm-6:30 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). The story continues. Head to the local market and purchase your supplies for a long journey through the forest to fight against evil minions to face the boss. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.


5:30 pm-6:30 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Indulge in a little self care by making DIY cosmetics out of natural products. Supplies provided. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.


9 am- 4 pm @ @ UNM-Gallup (705 Gurley Ave.). Convocation, faculty and division meetings. Continues through Jan. 17. TUESDAY, January 14



4:30 pm @ Future Foundations Family Center multi purpose room (551 Washington Ave, Grants). Join us for our self defense at Futures in Grants, in the We offer practical self-defense training based on basic kickboxing and development of individual attributes, focusing on personal awareness and ability to react to physical threat for all ages.  Everyone is welcome.  We encourage all participants to please bring a mouthpiece. 


4 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Learn basic sewing skills. How to sew on buttons, fix torn seams. All supplies provided. For more information: childlib@gallupnm.gov; (505) 726-6120.


3 pm-4 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Workshops for job seekers and career climbers. . Learn about Google’s free tools for resume building and job searching. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


4 pm-5 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Workshops for job seekers and career climbers. Learn about Google’s free tools for resume building and job searching. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


9 am @ Commission Chambers (207 W. Hill Ave. #300, Gallup). WEDNESDAY, January 15


10:30 am @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Celebrate the New Year with stories about dreams and wishes. This program is intended for children ages 2 - 4.


4 pm-5 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Build your own brush bot and race against your friends for prizes. For more information: childlib@gallupnm.gov; (505) 726-6120.


5:30 pm-7:30 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup). This week’s film: Downton Abbey


10 am @ Gallup High School auditorium (1055 Rico St.) For more information: (505) 721-1000.

THURSDAY, January 16

CRAFTY KIDS 4 pm-5 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Around the World in 80 minutes.

NEW YEAR, OLD YOU (EXPLORINGANCESTRY.COM) 5 pm-6 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup). Learn the basics of using Ancestry.com to learn about your past. The library is offering free computer classes for the community. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291. ONGOING

TRAVELING EXHIBIT Until Feb. 8 @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). This poster exhibition of World War I: Lessons and Legacies is courtesy of the Smithsonian and The United States World War I Centennial Commission.

CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD 3:30 pm-5 pm @ the Octavia Fellin Library Meeting Room (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup) first Monday of the month. Community members concerned about environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information.

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS: BABY BOUNCE & BOOGIE 10 am-11 am @ Future Foundations Family Center (551 Washington Ave., Grants). Baby Bounce and Boogie is designed for newborn to 3 years of age and their parents. Offered free of charge, however donations are welcome! Every other Wednesday. For more information: (505) 2853542.

NO HALF STEPPING 9 am-11am @ Hozho Center (216 W. Maloney, Gallup). AA meeting Tuesdays. For more information: (505) 862-1911.

GALLUP STORYTELLERS TOASTMASTERS 6:30 pm @ Earl’s Restaurant (1400 East Highway 66, Gallup). Toastmasters meets every Thursday (except holidays). Guests welcome. For more information : Fran Palochak (505)-879-6570 or Carl Ballenger (505) 879-0191.

GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society (1315 Hamilton Rd., Gallup). For more information, please call (505) 8632616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Road.


2 pm every Friday and 9:30 am every Saturday dog training needs and assistance. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM).


11 am every Saturday. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM). For more information email reawakeningsinc@gmail.com.


10 am-2 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM). For more information email reawakeningsinc@gmail.com


9:30 am-4:30 pm Monday Thursday @ First Nations Community HealthSource, (1630 S. Second St., Cedar Hills Plaza 262-#11, Gallup). For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (505) 863-8827.


10 am every Saturday @ the First Methodist Church, ( 1800 Redrock Drive, Gallup). Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 7219208, or (505) 870-1483.


5:45 pm Mondays @ Fellowship Hall WR Christian Center (across from N.N. Fairgrounds/Wellness Center, Hwy 264). Window Rock AA Group. Visit aa-fc.org for more info.


6 pm-8 pm Tuesdays (1375 Elva Dr., Gallup) A Christ-centered recovery program that will help you heal from the pain of your unmanaged hurts, habits and hang-ups. Joshua Generation for Jesus. For information, call (505) 870-2175.


6 pm - 7 pm Wednesdays, @ First United Methodist Church, (1800 Redrock Dr.,Gallup) (in the library). All are welcome.


10 am-4 pm, Tuesday through Friday (1130 E. Hasler Valley Rd., Gallup). The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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