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VOL 6 | ISSUE 251 | JANUARY 24, 2020

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fire leaves family homeless

Incident report in question By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent

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blaze that broke out at a residence Jan. 17 has left a local family without a home and many of their belongings either

burned or destroyed. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS The day started off normally for Theresa Keemann and her family at their home about four miles south of Gallup. “We got up, we turned a

propane heater on,” Keemann said Jan. 22. “When we leave the house, we make sure everything’s off, like the propane heater and the propane stove.” Keemann received a phone call from her son, who works for Dallago Corporation, who

said he needed to be picked up. Afterwards, they stopped at Navajo Shopping Center, 1300 Chino Rd. in Gamerco, to pick up a propane tank and then did a number of other chores before her son said they should go back to their house.

But as Keemann and her family drove back home about 10 am, they saw something was wrong. “When we got to the highway, we saw smoke coming out of the

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Candidate becomes write-in after issue with county INCONSISTENCIES WITH INFORMATION ON HAND By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent

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he u nof f icia l l i st of ca nd idates for the City of Gallup’s Mu n icipa l Off icer Election was released Jan. 8 and listed two candidates for Dist. 4 City Councilor, Francisca “Fran” P. Palochak and Levi F. Saucedo. However, as of Jan. 22, the official ballot is down to just Palochak. A letter issued Jan. 10 to Saucedo by the City of Gallup stated he did not qualify as

HOUSE FIRE | FROM PAGE 1 front of our house,” she said. “[My son] said, ‘I think something’s wrong with the house!’ As we were going up the hill, we noticed the house was on fire.” Keemann said the front porch of the home was burning when they arrived. The family realized

a candidate pursuant to the express requirements of the New Mexico Election Code. Specifically, he was determined to be in violation of Section 1-22-3.1E(3) NMSA 1978, which states a candidate will not be placed on the ballot until they are notified in writing by the municipal clerk the certificate of registration is on fi le with the clerk and the declaration of candidacy and the petition are in order to make that person qualified as a candidate. T he let ter t hen st ates Saucedo’s decla rat ion of

candidacy indicates he resides on the 3200 block of Grey Hill Circle in Gallup, however the information on hand at the McKinley County Clerk’s Office states he resides on the 3300 block of Box Canyon Avenue. Since the address is inconsistent with the declaration of candidacy, Saucedo was removed from the official ballot, because his documents were determined to not be in proper order. Saucedo has since declared himself a write-in candidate. However, Chris Saucedo, Levi’s brother, said Jan. 20 the

correct information should have been given to McKinley County when Levi got his new driver’s license over a year and a half ago. “Someone from the county did not update the information on their end,” Chris Saucedo said. Chris added he was told by City Clerk Alfred Abeita if they can get a letter from the county stating the error was on their end and present it to the city, Levi would be put back on the official ballot. However, if no letter is received, he will remain a write-in candidate.

they could not stop the blaze on their own, so she called 911 three times. Despite repeated calls to both 911 and the Navajo Nation Fire Department, help did not arrive until about an hour after the family got home. And even then, the assistance was not as effective as it could have been, Keemann said.

Equipment errors like the hose starting and stopping and the fire truck not making it up the hill added to the stress of the situation. “I felt like grabbing that hose and putting out the fire myself,” Keemann said.

FINDING THE SOURCE Keemann said she does not know how the fire started. As such, she is not ruling out the possibility of arson, which she brought up to the Navajo Nation Police. She was told the police

Levi Saucedo, candidate for District 4 Councilor, Gallup. Photo Credit: Chris Saucedo There were no fur ther updates to Levi Saucedo’s case at press time. T he Mu n icipa l Of f icer Election is slated for March 3.

were going to talk to the fire marshall about the incident, but has not heard back. The fire took a heavy financial and emotional toll on

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Marathon Petroleum recognized by GMCS MONETARY GIFT FOR DISTRICT LEADS TO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent

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ast summer, Marathon Pe t r oleu m i s s ue d a monetar y gift of $75,000 to Ga llup McKinley County Schools in support of building the district’s manufacturing and architecture classes. Of this

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amount, $50,000 went to the construction/carpentry pathway development, and $25,000 went to the welding production pathway. T he Ga l lup -McK i n ley County Schools Boa rd of Education opened their Jan. 21 meeting with a recognition for Marathon Petroleum. “The funding for our students is so needed,” Dist. 3 Member Priscilla Manuelito said. “One of the things we’re working on [that will benefit] is Career Pathways.” Manuelito also addressed a special plaque given to Marathon Petroleum, which was shaped like an arrowhead. “That’s a special symbol in our indigenous culture,”

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she said. “It’s used as protection. A lot of our warriors wear it, and they use it to protect themselves from any harm to come to them. It is very prestigious for you to get an arrowhead because it is very meaningful in our culture.” T he re s t of t he board gave their thanks as well. “Marathon Petroleum has been extremely generous to our school district and provided us funding and supported our The Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education, along with district principals and students, students and district recognized Marathon Petroleum for a financial contribution made to the district last summer at their to pursue technology Jan. 21 meeting. The funds were used for the development of carpentry or welding classes in the a nd i n s t r uc t ion i n district’s Career Pathways program. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye other areas as a career choice,” GMCS Superintendent Navajo Pine High School, Marathon Petroleum. Mike Hyatt said. “We hope Ramah High School, Tse’ Yi’ “The changes we’ve made we c a n r e pay M a r a t hon Gai High School, and Thoreau over the past few years have Petroleum with employees High School all benefited from been outstanding. We’ve been from our area that are even the funds for either their con- using federal dollars to build more skilled as they come out struction or welding pathways. our automotive program, litof high school.” Several of the schools’ tle by little,” Thoreau High G a l l u p H i g h S c h o o l , teachers and principals were School Principal Lawrence Crow npoint High School, present to give their thanks to Sena said.

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Rented room becomes drug den

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olice have not yet revealed the cause of death of a man and woman discovered in a field Friday. Ga l lup Pol ice were

d i s pa t ched t o t he a re a of Per sh i n g S t r e et a nd Grandview Avenue at 5:30 pm Jan. 17. The woman has been identified as Patricia Holtsoi, 62,

of Gallup. The male has been identified, but police are not releasing his name, until next of kin are notified. Police say there are no signs of foul play.

Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports DOUBLE BUST Gamerco, Jan. 15 McKinley County Sheriff Lt. Monty Yazzie said he was dispatched to the Gas Max on U.S. Highway 491 on Jan. 15 because of a report of two intoxicated individuals pushing a pickup into the gas station. When he arrived at the station, he saw Carlton Sandoval, 38, of Window Rock, and Adrian Mike, 34, also of Window Rock, standing by the pickup. Both were later found to have outstanding bench warrants. Yazzie said he talked to Sandoval, who kept asking him why he was there. Sandoval was uncooperative, according to Yazzie. Both were transported to the county jail. During processing, a white baggie was found in Sandoval’s pocket and he was later charged with possession of a controlled substance.

RUNNING A LIGHT Gallup, Jan. 1 Daniel Garcia Jr. is facing drug charges after going through an intersection without stopping. Gallup Patrolman Terrance Peykatewa sa id he wa s assigned to DWI saturation patrol on Jan. 1 when he saw Garcia’s vehicle on Park Street turn north onto Fourth Street without stopping. W hen he approa ched Garcia, 27, no address listed, he said he noticed an empty pistol holster on the center console. He said he could also see a clear baggie containing what looked like marijuana. Garcia said he had a pistol in the center console. As for the marijuana, he said he had a medical marijuana card he could not produce. Peykatewa said he called narcotic squad detectives to come as backup. A search of the vehicle also produced a backpack which also contained marijuana.

DOMESTIC STRUGGLE Gamerco, Jan. 4 A Gallup man was charged with aggravated battery of a hou sehold member after he repor tedly struck his wife. Neomi Benally told a sheriff ’s deputy that she was driving home to Gamerco when she got into an argument with her husband, Tyrone Owens, 25. During the argument, she claimed that he hit her cheek twice with a closed fist. She said when she was dropped off at her family’s house and told them what had happened, they called the sheriff’s office. By that time, Owens had gone back to Gallup, where he was later found and arrested.

Economy Inn (1709 W. Hwy. 66) was the location of the late afternoon drug bust on Jan. 22. Photo Credit: Gallup Police Department Staff Reports

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o om 27 7 of t he Economy Inn was the site of a drug bust about 4 pm on Jan. 22. Gallup police executed a search warrant at 1709 W. Hwy. 66. Der r ick Ca lderon, 46, i s s u s p e c t e d of s el l i n g

methamphetamine from his rented room. He wa s a r r e s t e d a nd cha rged w it h Possession of a Controlled Substance (Met ha mphet a m i ne) w it h Intent to Distribute, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, a nd Po s se s sion of Dr u g Paraphernalia.

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David Skeets Elementary placed on lockdown STAFF, STUDENTS RESPOND TO CALL ABOUT SHOTS FIRED Staff Reports

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ANDERWAGEN - Staff and students of David Skeets Elementar y School initiated a lockdown shortly before 3 pm, Jan. 21 due to a call about possible shots fi red near the school. T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Office received the call at about 2:40 pm, and deputies were at the scene of the school at 1902 NM-602, near Jones Ranch Road, 10 minutes later. MCSO Under sher i f f

James Maiorano said a witness stated six to seven gushots were heard coming from the wooded area near the school campus. “As a precaution, the school went into a shelter in place and waited for law enforcement to arrive,” Mairorano said. “Deputies searched the area and the school compound, but no damage was found.” A search of the surrounding area did not yield any additional information, he added. Once the school area was deemed safe, staff, students and parents still remaining at

WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports ANTHONY EDDIE Dec. 11, 03:15 pm Aggravated DWI (5th) Ga l lup Pol ice of f icer Dominic Molina made a traffic stop on a silver Pontiac Grand

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the school were released. “Navajo Nation Police were also on scene and we worked together to search the area,” Maiorano said. “At this time no suspect is known.” Maiorano told the Gallup Sun Ja n. 22 that it is now believed that the sound of the shots overheard by parents in the school parking lot came from target shooting or shots fired elsewhere and that the school was not a target. No shell ca si ngs were found. There was no damage seen at the school.

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traveled north, finally stopping at 1400 S. Second St. Molina says the driver smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words. The driver was identified as Anthony Eddie, 55, of Vanderwagen. Eddie admitted to drinking a gallon of vodka. He agreed to perform field sobriety tests, but after falling over, stated that he was drunk.

Molina placed him in his unit and conducted a breath test. The results were 0.27 and 0.27, more than double the legal limit. This was Eddie’s fifth offense based on his driving record. He also had a suspended, revoked license from previous DWIs. He wa s t a ken t o t he McK i n le y C ou nt y A d u lt Detention Center, where he was booked.

VIRGINIA WAUNEKA Dec. 9, 12:32 am Aggravated DWI (1st ) Gallup Police off icer A la na Bradley stopped a silver truck traveling west

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SNEAKING PILLS Gallup, Dec. 5 A Gallup woman has been

DWI REPORT | SEE PAGE 7 on the shoulder of Highway 66. The driver was identified as Virginia Wauneka, 38 of Ganado, who could not produce a license, insurance, or registration. She admitted she had been drinking and was attempting to take the back roads to Ganado. She said she had had three beers an hour before she was stopped. She was unable to follow instructions smoothly during standard field sobriety tests. She smelled of alcohol. She was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to the Adult Detention Center.

to the Compliance Office at 285 Boardman Dr. on Dec. 5 to serve Anderson with an active bench warrant. When he got there, he found Anderson in possession of a black see-through backpack. Inside the backpack was a silver

bag containing various pills, as well as a pea-sized piece of marijuana. She was also in possession, according to Yazzie, of a clear plastic baggie with a black crystal substance inside. Anderson said the pills belonged

to her mother, who gave them to Anderson to hold because she had lost her pill box. Anderson added that the crystal substance was brown sugar. However, later testing showed that the pills were hydrocodone and oxycodone.

wearing a red beanie, jumped out of the driver’s seat and took off running east bound toward the Safeway. He was found hiding behind a white Ford pick-up. Officer Dominic Molina arrived on the scene and the two handcuffed Nabors. Molina said the driver smelled of alcohol and admitted everyone in the vehicle was drinking. When they returned to the location of the traffic stop, the SUV was gone. Nabors refused a breath test. This was his second offense, based on his driving record. The SUV was found a few minutes later unoccupied at Walmart. A video showed the occupants of the SUV had gotten into a black car and left south bound. On the way to the Detention Center, Nabors said, “I don’t know why you’re arresting me. They are going to release me tomorrow. After they release me, I’m going to be on the run. I won’t be going to court and I’ll be just another person on the run.� He was booked without further incident.

near Williams that failed to s t op a t t he stop sign. The ca r stopped at 2405 E. A z t e c Av e . and Pinero made contact with Michelle Valdez, 46 of Gallup. While Valdez said no one had any drinks, Pinero could smell alcohol from the interior of the car and Valdez repeated that she had not had any alcohol. When asked for a license, she said it was at her home in her purse. She slurred her words. When she exited the car, she used it as a support. Valdez had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and had bloodshot, watery eyes. She admitted to drinking a six pack about 30 minutes prior. She agreed to try the field sobriety tests, but almost fell

over. She used her arms to balance at least six inches off her sides. Pinero determined that Valdez was too impaired to drive safely and placed her under arrest. Valdez agreed to a breath test. The results were 0.18 and 0.18. She was taken to the McKinley County Detention Center for booking for an Aggravated DWI 1st offense.

lot near Safeway. Spencer made contact with driver Alberta Shorty, 58, of Ganado. When asked for her license and registration, she didn’t have a license and could not locate a registration. When she exited the vehicle, Quetawki took over and asked if she had been drinking. She said she had four drinks about two hours before. Quetawki said he observed her drinking in the vehicle, as well. She refused to do the field sobriety tests. But then agreed to do the breah test. She had three prior DWIs and no vehicle insurance, which had expired in October. Quetawki re-routed the unit to the police department for a blood warrant. Then she was treated at Gallup Indian Medical Center and taken to the McKinley County Detention Center to be booked.

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A DRI A N K EN NETH NABORS Dec. 5, 02:03 am Aggravated DWI (2nd) Adrian Kenneth Nabors, 39, of Rio Rancho, was stopped by Gallup Police Lieutenant F r a n c i e Ma r t i nez at the intersection of Metro and Highway 491. Then he sped off north bound while the light there was a solid red. Martinez eventually got the Chevy SUV to stop at 1321 W. Jefferson Ave., where a man

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A N TA F E – G o v. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her support for a measure to legalize recreational cannabis in N. M. for adults aged 21 and older Jan. 16. She considers it a vehicle to create thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for needed public services all across the state. Legalization would generate an estimated 11,000 new jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, regulation and retail, where sa les wou ld reach $620 million by the fi fth year, according to an independent analyst. A mature medical/ adult-use cannabis industry would generate some $100 million in annual revenue for state and local governments. “The Legislature has the opportunity to pass the largest job-creation program in New Mexico in a decade,” Lujan Grisham said. “Skeptics have been right to preach study and patience. I agree with their caution - and that’s why we haven’t rushed into this issue. But if we are cleareyed about the risks, we have to be clear-eyed about the opportunity.” New polling indicates 75 percent of New Mexica ns favor legalization, and 65 percent approve of legalized sales in their own towns. Support crosses all demographic and political lines and includes all four corners of the state, as well as the Rio Grande corr idor. Polling has also shown cannabis will provide opportunity for young New Mexicans to stay and work here in the state. The governor’s proposal, t he Ca n n abi s Reg u lat ion Act, House Bill 160, is based on a report by the Cannabis Legalization Working Group, a bipartisan task force she appointed to study the issue in 2019. The task force held 30-plus hours of public meetings and received 200-plus

Cannabis sativa, a leaf from the long-controversial plant now being considered in the N. M. legislature as a path to additional economic prosperity for the state. Photo Credit: Wikimedia commons pages of public comment from all across the state before issuing a framework for testing, regulation, public health and public safety. “We appreciate the governor’s leadership on this critical issue,” Rep. Javier Martinez said. “N.M. has the opportunity to be a leader with a legalization framework that enhances the medical cannabis program and ensures equity for all New Mexicans.” Nine other states and the Wash. D. C. have already legalized recreational cannabis, and the governor’s proposal is informed by missteps some early adopters made regarding tax rates and regulatory infrastructure. For example, some states set tax rates that were so high, buyers turned to the black market. This proposal calls for a 20 percent tax rate to prevent that, while still producing some $100 million in tax revenue in fi ve years’ time. Economic Development Secy. Alicia Keyes said recreational cannabis is another initiative to help diversify the New Mexico economy. “We know some of those new jobs would be at businesses in eastern New Mexico and in agricultural-rich parts of the state. So this measure fits perfectly with spreading wealth and creating jobs in all corners of New Mexico,”

Keyes said. New Mexico’s agricultural community has shown interest in cannabis as an alternative crop if it becomes legal, said Agriculture Secy. Jeff Witte. “This is especially true of new and beginning farmers who are looking for potentially higher-value crops that might use less water than traditional N. M. crops and that can be economic on smaller acreages,” Witte said. The initiative requ ires robust testing to ensure that all cannabis products sold in N.M. are free of contamination and clearly labeled as to THC dosage, just as a can of beer or a bottle of wine warns consumers of alcohol content. In both cases, accurate labeling prevents unintended overdoses. The proposal includes restr ictions on adver tisements targeted at youth. Additionally, the proposal requires investments in training to help law enforcement officers identify impaired driving of all kinds, not just cannabis-induced. In other st ates t hat ma de si m i la r investments, DWI rates and teen use of cannabis both went down. “It’s critical that people know legalizing recreational use does not mean legalizing

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‘Military and Veterans Day’ at Roundhouse 2020 SPOTLIGHT ON POWS, MIAS

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ANTA FE - Military & Veterans Day at the 2020 Legislature is Jan. 25 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. This is the day each year on which the N.M. Dept. of Veterans Ser vices and the N. M. National Guard honor active-duty service members and veterans. Every year, a particular

segment of the militar y is highlighted at a noon ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. This year, the spotlight will be on former Prisoners of War and those still listed as Missing in Action. The public is invited to join in this annual celebration of New Mexico’s service members and veterans, and to honor our nation’s former

POWs and current MIAs. Information tables will be open from 8 am - 1 pm in the east and west wings of the rotunda, staffed by the N. M. National Guard, DVS, veterans’ service organizations and community service organizations. Veterans and active-duty personnel are encouraged to meet their local legislaturs

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part of our economy and culture,” the gov. said. “The thousands of New Mexicans who work in, supply and serve our medical cannabis program are employers; they are doctors; they are entrepreneurs; they are our neighbors.” S t a t e R e g u l a t io n a nd Licensing Supt. Marguerite Salazar said her agency is ready to provide the appropriate oversight for rule-making, licensure and even-handed enforcement.

“N.M. is ready to lead the nation in implementing a successful cannabis market that stimulates business growth and preserves safe consumer access,” Salazar said. The governor’s proposal will protect the medical cannabis program by exempting medical users from the tax and requiring growers to serve the medical market before selling in the recreational market. Under the proposal, local

impaired driving,” N.M. State Police Chief Tim Johnson cautioned. New Mexico has been regulating and managing legal medical cannabis for more than a decade. Last year, producers sold almost three times more medical cannabis than chile. “It’s time to stop pretending cannabis is not already a

OBITUARY Gena McCork, of Gallup, N.M. died January 17, 2020. She was preceded in death by Sister Sharon McCork and Brother Larson McCork. She is survived by Parents: Larr y and Rena McCork, Siblings: Sherrie McCork and Terry McCork: Daughters:

Shy ra h Wi l l ie, T ya nd ra , Raequana, Santianna Strong. The family will receive friends January 28, 2020 at the Gallup Community Center at 1 pm. Funeral Services will be held January 28, 2020 at Rollie Mortuary at 10 am. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park Gallup, N.M.

Military and Veterans Day will be held Jan. 25 at the N.M. Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo Credit: RetakeOurDemocracy.org to discuss military and veterans’ issues, and to see the legislative process in action

in the chambers of the state senate and the state house of representatives.

jurisdictions are empowered to adopt reasonable time, place and manner operational rules. The initiative includes conviction and arrest-record expungement provisions, and provides for a mechanism for possible recall and dismissal of cases of individuals incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses. The legislation contemplates several funds aimed at smoothing the transition into a legalized recreational

environment, among them a cannabis workforce training fund, a low-income medical patient subsidy fund, a law enforcement protection fund, and an impaired-driving education fund. And, among other highlights, the proposal provides a mechanism for entering into intergovernmental agreements with a ny sovereign tribe or pueblo that elects to implement the Cannabis Regulation Act.

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Annual ‘N.M. Kids Count Data Book’ shows mixed bag for child well-being N.M. LOSES GROUND IN SOME AREAS, MOVES FROM 48 TO 49 IN CHILD POVERTY By Sharon Kayne New Mexico Voices for Children

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LBUQUERQUE, - It’s a case of good news/ bad news for New Mexico’s children in the 2019 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book. The most notable change in the annual accounting of child well-being, which was released Jan. 15 by New Mexico Voices for Children shows an improvement in child poverty rates. The data book also shows that teen birth rates, child health insurance rates, and preschool attendance, among other indicators, have also improved over time. But that’s countered by the bad news. While our child

Sharon Kayne, Communications Director, New Mexico Voices for Children poverty rate has improved from 27% in last year’s data book to 26% in this year’s repor t - New Mexico now ranks 49th in the nation on this indicator - that’s down from 48th. And we’ve still not fully recovered from the recession, as 5,000 more children live in poverty now than did in 2008.

Young children, and Hispanic and Native American children all fared worse on the child poverty indicator (with 28%, 30% and 41% living in poverty, respectively). “We’re clearly not adequately providing opportunity for children of color, who make up the largest segment of our child population,” NM Voices executive director Ja mes Jimenez said. “When we’re OK with the fact that so many of our children lack the opportunities they need to be successful, we really paint a dire picture for the future.” Children of color are making headway in some areas, however, with the teen birth rate dropping most dramatically among Hispanic and Native American teens. Our

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Cover of the 2019 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book released Jan. 15. Photo Credit: N.M. Voices for Children overall improvement in teen birth rates pulls our national ranking from 49th in 2008, up to 44th. Hispanic and Native A merican youth also saw

the biggest improvements in the percentage of students

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HOUSE FIRE | FROM PAGE 3 Keemann and her family. “It was devastating,” she said. “I cried and cried, because my father built that house when I was five years old.” Keemann said if the fire had been extinguished, a lot of their belongings could have been saved. But as is, a lot of sensitive personal documents, including birth certificates, Certificates of Indian Blood, and diplomas are gone. All of the family’s clothing is also gone. T hen, when Keem a n n received a copy of the incident report from the fire department Jan. 21, she found a lot of the information they recorded was not accurate, such as what was

burning and when she called them. “I said, ‘This [report] is a lie,’” she said. “The hogan wasn’t on fire. The stove wasn’t on fire.” In the aftermath of the blaze, Keemann said a number of people have been seen sifting through the remains of the house as if they were looking for anything to steal. “That’s not right,” she said. THE NEXT STEP The family has a number of options for places to stay, but none of them are either longterm solutions or immediately ready for move-in. Keemann said a hogan given to them by her mother has issues with its roof, and a different house is under construction with no running

water or electricity. An offer from Navajo Housing Authority would include relocating about 40 miles from Gallup, which is too far given the family either works or attends school in Gallup. On top of losing everything to a fire, Keemann and her family also had to deal with the aftermath of losing three of their relatives in a short span. She mentioned one of the funerals being set for the day following the fire. Despite t he ha rd sh ip, Keemann is taking steps to keep her family together and rebuild from this incident. “I’m dealing with Red Cross. They keep in touch with me psychologically and support us mentally,” Keemann said. One of Keemann’s relatives

The cause of the Keemann house fire is unknown at this time. The fire department report states the stove was lit during the blaze, but Theresa Keemann insists every potential heat source was turned off. She has not ruled out arson. Photo Credit: Alicia Cole has begun accepting donations to help the family on their way. Red Rock Chapter has also asked for donations at Navajo Spirit Southwestern Wear, 815 W. Coal Ave.

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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World

By Steve Newman

Week ending Friday, January 17, 2020 Greenhouse Earth Weather agencies of the United States and United Nations calculate that 2019 was the second-hottest year on record, with the global wa r ming threatening to unleash even more severe weather events in the future. Worldwide, last year’s heat across the planet’s land surface was second only to that recorded in 2016. A new study also found that Earth’s oceans have warmed to a level not seen before in modern histor y. Researchers say this is because most of t he a ccu mu lat i ng heat from the greenhouse effect has so far been absorbed by the oceans. The past decade was also the hottest on record.

Earthquakes A n a f t ershock of Puerto Rico’s destr uctive magnitude 6.4 temblor on Jan. 7 caused millions of dollars more in additional damage. • Earth movements were also felt in islands of the eastern Ca r ibbea n, I st a nbu l, Pa k ist a n- cont rol led K a sh m i r, Tok yo a nd the New York-Canada border area. NEWS

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Prolific Father A species of Galapagos giant tortoise once on the brink of extinction has been saved with the help of a half-century of tireless breeding from one of only three surviving males. Since 1976, “Diego” has fathered 800 of the now 2,000 Chelonoidis hoodensis of Española Island. But since the species is no longer in danger and the successful captive breeding project is ending, the pressure is now off for the approximately 130-year-old Diego. Experts say the playboy has a “big personality” and is aggressive, active and vocal while mating. Diego will be allowed to live out his golden years in leisure after finally being released back into the wild on his native Española Island, where he

was captured by scientists 80 years ago.

Philippine Blasts Strong eruptions of t he Philippines’ Taal volcano destroyed homes and crops, and sent ash falling as far away as Manila, 60 miles to the north. The volcanic debris brought the capital to a near standstill and briefly shut down air traffic at the main international airport. A half a million people whose homes are in the danger zone around Taal were ordered to evacuate, but many were refusing to leave despite ongoing rumblings. While able to produce powerful and da ngerous er uptions, Taal is one of the smallest

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Circumnavigating Smoke NA SA s at el l ite i ma ges show the thick pall of smoke from Australia’s firestorms, which reached South America last week, has blown entirely around the Southern Hemisphere, approaching Australia

from the west. Besides choking most of southeastern Australia, the smoke has also created an air pollution crisis downwind in New Zealand and darkened that country’s glaciers after falling on them as soot.

Radioactive Habitat Wildlife is thriving in the most contaminated areas around Japan’s

Diego will finally retire to his home turf after a half-century of siring 800 endangered Galapagos tortoises. Photo Credit: Galapagos National Park

c r ipple d Fukushima nuclear power pla nt, which suffered meltdowns following a devastating 2011 offshore quake and subsequent tsunami. Photos from automatic cameras set up by the University of Georgia showed that more than 20 species are flourishing in various areas of the irradiated landscape. They fou nd a l mo s t t h r e e times as many species such as wild boar, hares, macaques, pheasants and fox living there than in the slightly contaminated areas where people are able to live. The research does not address the health and welfare of the animals in the presence of such radiation.

Tropical Cyclones Tropical C y c l o n e Claudia passed wel l of f t he coast of northwestern Australia. • Fiji was on alert late in the week for Tropical Storm Tino, spinning up to the northwest of the South Pacific island nation. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXX Earth Environment Service

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OPINIONS Reducing domestic violence WHAT IT REALLY TAKES By Pam Wiseman New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director

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hat causes violence? Why has stopping it proven so challenging? There a re u ndoubted ly multiple causes of domestic violence, but the most important question isn’t what causes violence. It’s how to prevent it.

Proven solutions A community that does not tolerate domestic violence. In places where violence is not tolerated, in either word or deed, violence is less common. Coordinated justice syst e m th at e mph a size s accountability. A criminal justice system that is coordinated, and that holds people who violate the law accountable, will result in decreased violence. The opposite is, of course, also true. Where

there is little, or no accountability, and consequences are too few or altogether absent (known as punishment avoidance) violence will increase. Ser vices that are well funded and effective. Domestic violence programs are the backbone of their communities in many areas across the state. In some places, where services are sparse, they are the only safety net available. Increases in funding over the years have not kept pace

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with costs-reimbursement rates from the state and went largely unchanged over the last 20 years while costs grew. This year we commend the state for proposing needed increases and for recognizing that an investment in domestic violence prevention and services will pay off. We know what to do and we should do it. But let us remember that no one group can make this happen alone. Reducing violence requires a full system

Pam Wiseman, New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director. Photo Credit: Jason Collin Photography approach and the involvement of our communities. It’s all hands on deck. That’s how change will occur. In fact, it’s the only way.

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JANUARY 20

Enjoy a New Moon on Jan. 24 as you contemplate the beginning of any new projects. Channel the spirit of Aquarius as you envision a new purpose that rings of vision. Look toward the future and dare to imagine it as improved. Madame G encourages you to share your talents with others as you live your best life. Don’t be afraid to be a beacon of light in this world. Good luck!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your challenge is learning the difference between articulating your feelings and over-sharing. It’s a tactic in negotiations to overwhelm the competition with information, but this tactic usually works only once. Do not make rash decisions at this time.

You’re good, but at times other people are better. Learn to work with others effectively. Believe it or not this is good. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. You’ll be glad you shared the burden - it’s rewarding. During this cycle, you’ll do profound creative work.

Aquarius is a fellow air sign, but unlike you, Aquarius is fixed. This means Aquarians make informed decisions. You are pro-active. So, even while you are excited and feeling like experimenting, keep some balance in your communications.

Your global debut is near. You’re due for some accolades. Just remember to show up for your own award show. Look to collaborations instead of trying to earn every penny by the sweat of your brow. You may fi nd a way to monetize something you’ve been offering people for free, like your sage wisdom, or something that everyone’s always borrowing from you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Work has been tearing you down a bit and your relationships are deteriorating. Accept that not everyone will accept you and that’s okay. You can only live for someone else for so long. This is not a time for compromising or experimenting with things that can send you off on tangents. Stay with your vision.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your love life is looking up. Your challenge: don’t put up with more than you should. It’s not quitting when you’re looking out for the needs of children and yourself. Ask the important questions. Make sure you and your sweetie are headed in the same direction. Suffering isn’t a virtue.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) What a difference a day makes. You’re capable of withstanding the storm. The proper people have noticed. You’ve won. Take the lead in being more helpful and cooperative. Think in terms of co-creating. Be willing to listen to others without judgment.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Everyone is vying for your attention. Your challenge is to accept these opportunities and expand your horizons. Show no fear Virgo. You have the experience, talent, and drive to take on the world. It’s up to you to stand on your own two feet and run. Madame G foresees great things in your future.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The theme for you this year is money. You’ll make it and save it. Plan ahead! Your challenge: slow down and listen. Try to have patience for those with a seeming lack of talent and energy. Remember not everyone is as cool as you. Don’t be mean. Show respect.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re a tough cookie and you know it. The ones you love have incredible influence over you. Your challenge is taking care of yourself while protecting loved ones. This is no easy task and yet it’s necessary for a healthy life. Sometimes you’re selfdestructive. Think before you act.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Show the world your positive traits. Your challenge: forgive yourself. You’ve already calculated innovative ways to help and alleviate the problem. Now is your time to invest in personal development work to reinvent or rebrand yourself and take yourself where you want to go.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re determined. Good things come to those who wait. This year requires patience. This time is more about releasing the past than rushing into anything new. Are you still hanging on to some baggage? Begin moving these things out of your life. You’ll get where you’re going, but don’t burn out before you get there. OPINIONS


Letter to the Editor Editor, On Jan. 3 President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike that killed him in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. Although it is the U.S. Congress that has the war-making powers, Congress a nd the A mer ica n people were the last to know until it became too apparent through media coverage. This unilateral action was not the fi rst controversial act by Trump given that he pulled out [of ] the Ira n Nuclea r Dea l that wa s negotiated by former President Barack Obama and a group of world

powers known as the P5+1: the U.S., U. K., France, China, Germany and Russia. Prior to the pull out, Iran’s alleged efforts to develop a nuclear weapon were not believed by the international community. Now, the five-time draft dodger Donald Trump has su m moned t he U.S. 82nd A i rbor ne Div ision out of Fort Bragg, N. C. with 3,500 t roops bei ng deployed. Within 18 hours of notifi cation, they were on their way in support of U.S. national interests in the Middle East. The Constitution was written reflecting the founders’ belief that wa r should be

region to be occupied by Russian troops who now fl y their fl ag at the outposts our troops fought for and paid [for] with their blood. Presently, there a re 13 difficult to enter and since U.S. military bases in Iraq 1789, Congress has declared which have been on full alert war eleven times. since the occupation begin Historically, a war time (sic) under former president president is handed a second George W. Bush in March 2003 term and 2020 is an Election under the false narrative of Year come Nov. Third. The Iraq having “Weapons of Mass question that should be asked Destruction.� When the Bush is what is in the best interests Iraqi invasion began, America of our nation, given the fact was not alone and had the that Trump had no strategic “Coa lition of the Willing� pla n, zero diplomacy a nd that consisted of 30 countries no exit strategy in spite of that assisted the U.S. military, his 2016 campaign promises similar to the North Atlantic to end “the Endless Wars� Treaty Organization that conand bring our troops home. sists of 29 member states from Although Trump did pull U.S. North America and Europe. troops out of Northern Syria, Now that Qassem he abandoned our Kurdish Soleima ni ha s been made Nation Allies. That left the a ma r ty r, Ira n ha s vowed

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something that just happens,� she added. “It’s the product of systems, policies and programs that create a foundation upon

which everyone has a chance to strive for success.� S ome of t he p ol ic ie s enacted in the 2019 legislative

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graduating high school on time from 2008 to 2017. However, big disparities are seen for children of color in other areas. While the state as a whole saw a larger share of children living in high-poverty areas, the rate worsened most dramatically for black children - rising from 20% in 2012-2016 to 26% in 2013-2017. The annual report includes data on the 16 indicators that are tracked by Kids Count, a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as well as several other indicators. Most data is provided at the state and county levels, but some data is also available for the state’s tribal areas. Education data is presented by school district. Of the 16 indicators, New Mexico improved in seven, worsened in three, saw no change in four, and had mixed outcomes in two. Child advocates hope state officials will take the data to heart. “We release the data book every year just before the legislative session because we want lawmakers to be aware of how the youngest New Mexicans are doing - what their unmet needs are, and where we can better support their healthy development,� N.M. Voices’ deputy director Amber Wallin said. “We also include policy recommendations for proven remedies, so our legislators have a handle on what they can do to improve outcomes for our kids. Equality of opportunity is not OPINIONS

session should lead to better outcomes within the next few years - including investments in education and tax cuts

“Ha r sh Revenge� a nd t he a nticipated reta liation remains to be seen aside from their recent rocket attacks. Ter ror orga n izat ions l ike ISIS, Hezbollah, al-Qaida and other proxy allies of Iran will answer its call for American blood world-wide. W it h t he r e cent I r a q i Parliament Resolution expelling U.S. troops out of their cou nt r y, Dona ld T r u mp’s “Call for War� is now being answered across America’s milita r y recr uitment centers and it would “be best� i f Tr u mp led by exa mple and sent his Anchor Babies (Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump) and the MAGA crowds to t he f ront l i nes before any other American Son or Daughter. Mervyn Tilden Gallup, New Mexico

for families with children. Advocates caution, though, that New Mexico still has a long way to go.

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COMMUNITY Dee Thompson takes her aunt’s story to the people TALE OF TEMPTATION, TRANSCENDENCE By Dee Velasco For the Sun “Everyone has a story inside of them, we just have to find it and let it out,” James Harjo says. T he se were the words that were spoken by Harjo, husba nd of Dee Thompson, author of Shattered Dreams, Bondage, an d Hope a s she told her story about the amazing life of her aunt, Sariah. Thompson held a book s i g n i n g J a n . 11, a t t h e Octavia Fellin Public Library to promote the book before a n intr igued aud ience. I n a l i g ht - h e a r t e d t o n e , T ho m p s o n s a id s he h a d never attended a book signing and this was new to her as well. Accompanied by her husband, the two greeted the audience, shook hands, and made small talk before the presentation. Currently living in Gallup, Thompson considers herself a “homegirl.” Thompson, who is Diné, c o m e s f r o m t h e Na v a j o Nat ion. She spoke of her education having attended Rehoboth Christian Mission, as it was called back then. A f ter 12 yea r s t here, she went to college at Haskell Institute in Kansas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then worked for the federal government, met her husband, and retired. It was during this time away from her family that she felt

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the need to come back home and settle down. After 40 years she began to reconnect with her family. She visited with her aunt, Sariah, drinking tons of coffee. As she listened in awe to her au nt’s advent u res, she heard a tale of despair, he a r t a che, a nd f re edom . T hompson bega n t o t a ke notes and soon found herself holding the threads of a stor y that she wanted to share. “A s s h e u n fol d e d h e r life before me, Thompson became very dear to me,” she said. “I was really amazed at the ty pe of woma n she wa s, the strength she had [and] so forth. What struck me the most was the traumatic experiences she went through like losing her husband, some of her children, and coming out of her addiction. Those are some of the things that I was impressed by.” T hompson say s it wa s good to work with her aunt on the book and she found her to be helpful and agreeable. She said she found her to be very humble and gentle. Thompson said Sariah was easygoing and often laughed at herself. “I began collecting these recollections from my aunt, memor ie s f rom r el a t ive s about her and - the book just happened,” Thompson said. T he book i s about her

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aunt Sariah who grew up on the Navajo reservation and spoke only Nava jo. Sariah had dreams of learning to read and write and of pursuing an education. But this never happened. She found herself at a young age succumbing to the glitter and lights of the city. Thompson said her aunt went through a lot of challenges that were often faced by her people during that time. “It was often emotional hearing my aunt speak of the things she had to go through and face,” Thompson said. Not to give the story away, Thompson said it’s a book that anyone who has faced addiction, abandonment, and loss of hope can understand at a profound level. Her aunt went through so much and tried to loosen the grip that was holding her, often losing to that grip and finding herself much deeper in the chaos. Sariah knew she had to do something to change her life and she did this in a dramatic way, according to Thompson. “I tried to express it in the book, as it was very emotional being told to me, and I wanted to express those emotions as she expressed [them] to me,” she said. Hav ing heard about the book signing through social media , Cha rlene Pablo, of Ga l lup c a me out t o hea r more. Pablo could identify w it h t he st r ug g les faci ng numerous Native Americans. She was raised in a Christian home, never really experiencing the traditional Diné background. “It was inspiring to learn that a Native American wrote a book that helps others like us come out of our shell,” Pablo said. Thompson spoke on one problem that her aunt and

Dee Thompson at Octavia Fellin Public Library signing copies of her book, “Shattered Dreams, Bondage, and Hope”, for eager patrons Jan. 11. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco ma ny other Natives faced and still face today - alcohol. “It’s a universal problem a nd prom i nent especia l ly here on t he reser vat ion,” Thompson said. “Our problem is not going away, but only increa sing, I noticed t h at t here’s a whole new generation cropping out [up]. There’s more people on the streets than there was (sic) at t he t i me my au nt wa s

walking on the street.” The book has a surprise at the end, but you’ll have to buy it to find out. Half of the proceeds for Shattered Dreams, Bondage, and Hope go to building a new church in Church Rock. Thompson said her aunt’s war cry would be “keep the fa ith.” She had a “ca n- do” attitude and a powerful zeal for God. COMMUNITY


Farmington, Albuquerque, State of N.M. win Family Friendly Business Award BUSINESSES, NONPROFITS, GOVERNMENTS CAN APPLY ONLINE By Finance New Mexico

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he City of Farmington a nd t he Cit y of A lbuquerque have joined the State of New Mexico as recipients of the Family Friendly Business Awa rd i n recog n it ion of their family-friendly workplace policies. Farmington and the State of New Mexico received Platinum level recognition (the highest), while Albuquerque was recognized at the Gold level. The awards are bestowed by Family Friendly New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that recognizes New Mexico businesses, governments and organizations that implement policies deemed friendly to working families. Offer ing f lex ible work schedu les is one method employers can use to support working families. Other family-friendly policies include offering employer-sponsored healthcare and retirement plans. Policies like telecommuting and job-sharing have also been shown to help working families, while at the same time providing employers with cost savings through lower real estate costs and reduced turnover. Studies show that employers benefit significantly when they take a family friendly approach. One recent study by Microsoft Japan demonstrated

that productivity increased 40 percent after employees took advantage of an offer to work their typical weekly hours over a four-day week, while still earning their five-day pay. Other research indicates that increased productivity more than makes up for the costs associated with implementing family-friendly policies. A RANGE OF OPTIONS F a m i ly F r ie nd ly New Mexico bases its awards on four categor ies. Platinum level organizations must have adopted at least two policies in each of four categories pertaining to paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support. Recipients of the Platinum award must also attest to having policies that address pay equity, diversity and inclusion, and community investment - such as providing paid time off for volunteer activities or offering employer-matched donations. Gold level organizations, known as Committed Leaders, must have at least one familyfriendly policy in each category, while Silver and Bronze level organizations, known as Rising Leaders and On the Pathway, are not held to specific requirements, but they must demonstrate having at least one to two family-friendly policies in place. Compliance with state laws factor in also. For example,

organizations must ensure that their policies support the New Mexico breastfeeding law by offering a safe and private place for mothers to breastfeed. Policies must also comply with the Promoting Financial Independence for Victims of Domestic Abuse Act. Julianna Silva, chief operating officer of Family Friendly New Mexico, said there are distinct advantages for employers that provide a family friendly workplace. “Increased job satisfaction leads to higher morale and less turnover, which can reduce expenses related to recruiting and training. And happy employees are more productive.” Any New Mexico business, government or organization can apply to receive recognition. Organizations that meet the criteria receive a certificate, the Family Friendly Business Award logo, to utilize in their employee recruitment

Awards given to winners of the Family Friendly Business Award in recognition of their family-friendly workplace policies. Photo Credit: Finance New Mexico materials, a window sticker identifying them to customers as family friendly, and opportunities and events that showcase their family friendly status. For example, Family Friendly New Mexico plans a media event during the Family Friendly Business Day at the Capitol Rotunda Jan. 23.

Silva said the online application takes less than ten minutes to complete and is based on the honor system, where organizations provide information about their employment policies. Visit nmfamilyfriendlybusiness.org for more information and to fill out the application.

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‘The Gentlemen’ takes its time, but delivers in the end By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 113 MINUTES Writer/director Guy Ritchie has been behind the camera on many big Hollywood productions, including the Sherlock Holmes series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and last year’s live-action adaptation of the Disney animated film, Aladdin. However, the movie-maker is perhaps best known by fans for the hard-boiled, but darkly comedic English crime flicks Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and RocknRolla. His latest, The Gentlemen, is certainly an attempt to channel the latter features, mixing eccentric mobsters with brazen and offcolor gags. The story opens with private investigator Fletcher

(Hugh Gra nt) a r r iv ing on the doorstep of Ray (Charlie Hunnam), a man who serves as consigliere to organized crime boss Mickey Pearson (Mat thew McConaug hey). Fletcher begins by describing Pearson’s rise to power by setting up an elaborate marijuana operation across Britain. The reporter threatens to release his information to a tabloid unless the organization offers him a bribe. To prove the authenticity of his findings, he details the actions of several prominent fi gures in the kingpin’s life. This includes M i c ke y ’s w i fe R o s a l i n d (Michelle Dockery), as well as dangerous criminal associates like Matthew (Jeremy Strong), Dry Eye (Henry Golding), Lord George (Tom Wu) and Coach (Colin Farrell). F ra nk ly, t h is rev iewer wasn’t overly impressed by the opening act. It primarily features Fletcher introducing himself to Ray and the two engaging in cheeky banter and veiled threats as they each

Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), an ex-pat, and his wife Rosalind (Michelle Dockery) in “The Gentlemen.” Mickey wants to get out of the marijuana empire he has built in London. When word gets out, it triggers all kinds of schemes. Photo Credit: STX Entertainment attempt to get the upper hand.

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To jazz up his story, Fletcher also tells fibs that result in depictions of imagined confl icts between the characters. At times, these gags feel forced and the insults don’t generate the intended laughs. The fi rst half of the feature also deals with a lot of exposition as to how expatriate Mickey found his way across the ocean, forged his drug kingpin empire and made friends and enemies in the trade. At least, if nothing else, the details of how the character managed to pull everything off are interesting to discover. Although the story does strain to hit the mark comedically early on, it eventually improves. Once these varied, oddball supporting characters play a more prominent role in the story, crossing paths and double-crossing one another, more conf lict and amusing scenarios arise. Even the editing and timeline of events start to shift around more creatively, veering from one person’s perspective to another. As the plot becomes more exaggerated, it does result in crazier situations. After being asked to perform an errand for Mickey, Ray is forced into some dangerous scenar ios with horr ifying

results. The Coach character is also asked to partake in some bizarre activities. It all results in gross-out gags and politically incorrect comments that do earn laughs. Additionally, the screenplay does a nice job of eventually winding things back around to Mickey. Specifically, the questions raised by various parties about the crime boss going soft, losing his edge, and reasons some may want to remove him from his position of authority. While the twists and turns may not be all that shocking in the end, they’re all handled and resolved in a sufficiently entertaining manner. Tr uth be told, T h e Gentlemen was an unusual experience for this reviewer. The fi rst half of the fi lm simply didn’t connect with me. Yet as the movie progressed, it slowly began to charm me over, in its own politically incorrect and bizarre way. If you’re not a fan of this fi lmmaker’s crime pictures, then his latest effort certainly won’t be for you. But patient viewers and Guy Ritchie fans may fi nd enough here to warrant a good giggle or two. V i s i t : w w w . CinemaStance.com COMMUNITY


Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 24, 2020 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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t’s time for another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, it’s a busy edition with plenty of flicks that should appeal to just about any age group. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure and give one of these titles a try!

Countdown - In this horror picture, a nurse downloads an app onto her phone that claims to accurately predict when a person will die. After setting it up, she discovers that she only has three days left to live. Panicked and worried, the cell owner notes a suspicious figure following her and must do all she can to avoid getting killed. This picture did not get many good reviews. Those who enjoyed it claimed that although it wasn’t particularly scary, they liked the lead actress and did find the ridiculousness on display entertaining. Still, about two-thirds of writeups commented that it was an endless series of ineffective jump scares that didn’t make sense and would ultimately annoy viewers. The cast includes Elizabeth Lail, Anne Winters, Jordan Calloway and Tom Segura.

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Big New Releases! The Addams Family - This CGI-animated take on the famous clan finds them moving into the suburbs. When the Addams’ daughter Wednesday befriends a local whose father happens to be a traditional and conservative reality show host, it creates conflict and discord within the entire neighborhood. Most critics were not amused with the latest take on the characters. While a small contingent thought kids would still get a kick out of the material, more complained that the gags fell flat and that it was neither kooky, nor spooky enough to recommend. The voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. Anthropocene: The Human Epoch - This documentary follows a group of filmmakers as they travel across six continents a nd t went y countries, chronicling the environmental changes in the world over the past four years. This includes photographic evidence of ice caps melting, ever-growing garbage heaps in dumps around the world, bizarre weather patterns and other wasteful human actions that are altering the planet as we know it. Notices were generally excellent. One or two wanted more than just images and felt like the picture would have benefitted from arguments and specific facts. Still, the overwhelming majority stated that the striking images on display made the point COMMUNITY

In Search of the Last Action Heroes - Action films from the ‘80s are the subject of this documentary. In it, the filmmaker dissects and pays tribute to the entire genre, examining how they exploded on the scene, why they were so appealing, as well as the legacy and influence they’ve had on today’s features. The film includes interviews with writers, producers and directors like Shane Black, Boaz Davidson, Steven E. de Souza, Sam Firstenberg, Mark Goldblatt, Mario Kassar, Mark L. Lester, Paul Verhoeven and actors like Bill Duke, Eric Roberts, Cynthia Rothrock, Michaek Jai White and Alex Winter. There aren’t any notices for this flick yet, but it sounds like a lot of fun for those who remember and enjoy ‘80s action cinema. Pain and Glory - This drama from Spain introduces viewers to an aging film director suffering from health problems and a creative block. When he’s asked to attend a screening of an older feature with an actor whom he fought with during the production, he ultimately agrees. The

experience raises old feelings and memories about h i s l i fe a nd career, and reintroduces him to people from his past. This picture has received raves from the press, who have called it one of the best foreign-language films of the year. They thought the lead performance was exceptional and the movie was effective in its melancholy and self-examination (which they believed was in part inspired by the film director’s own experiences). The movie has been nominated for a couple of Academy Awards and stars Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia and Penélope Cruz. Zombieland: Double Tap Picking up 10 years after the original, this sequel to the 2009 horror/comedy hit finds its lead characters continuing to survive in a post-apocalyptic landscape. After traveling to the American heartland, they discover new, evolved zombies, as well as a group of human survivors, adding more tensions within the group. Reaction to the follow-up was positive overall. A percentage of reviews did suggest that there wasn’t much story and that the film merely repeated the same gags, which made it feel inessential. However, the majority suggested that it was funny and did provide enough entertainment to earn it a recommendation. It features Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson.

so good as it does on this latest edition. The release includes a new film historian commentary, a deleted scene, as well as publicity materials. It also contains multiple hours of interviews with the cast and crew and even provides brand new pieces with the participants and other horror film experts on this outrageous shocker. Furthermore, it includes the full score on a third disc. If you enjoy Italian genre pictures from the era, there’s no way you wouldn’t want to pick this up. Shout! has some interesting new Blu-rays as well. The first is a Collector’s Edition of the Gw y neth Paltrow drama, Sliding Doors (1998). It follows a character between parallel storylines as she tries to catch a morning train. The well-regarded flick arrives on disc with plenty of new features. They include a commentary with writer/director Peter Howitt, a feature-length documentary on the production which includes recently recorded interviews with Howitt, Paltrow and co-star John Hannah among many others. There’s also a third new bit with the director and plenty of trailers included. Universal has the Anne Margaret juvenile-delinquent

cu lt cla s sic, Kitten with a W hip (196 4) com ing you r way on Blu-ray. The star plays a psychotic sexpot on the run from the law who targets a senatorial candidate looking to help those in need. She ends up trying to spiral his life down the drain. Finally, Warner Archive is making made-to-order Blu-rays of the epic Glenn Ford western, Cimarron (1960) available. You Know, For Kids! Here is a selection of releases that may appeal to younger audiences. Berenstain Bears: Tales from the Tree House, Volume 2 (PBS) Shimmer and Shine: Splash into Zahramay Oceanea! (Nickelodeon) Summer Days with Coo (2007) On the Tube! And these are the week’s TV-themed releases. All of My Heart 3-Movie Collection: All of My Heart/ Inn Love/ The Wedding (Hallmark Channel) Berenstain Bears: Tales from the Tree House, Volume 2 (PBS) Matlock: The Complete Series NOVA: Rise of the Mammals (PBS)

Blasts from the Past! Lucio Fulci is a name most horror fans will be familiar with, thanks to his work on the cult classics Zombie (1979), City of the Living Dead (1980) and The Beyond (1981). During this period, he also made The House by the Cemetery (1981), about a family who moves into an estate that also serves as home to a murderous and disfigured resident. Blue Underground is presenting a 3-disc Limited Edition Blu-ray of the film with a gorgeous 4K restoration. It’s a crazy little horror picture that has never looked Gallup Sun • Friday January 24, 2020

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SPORTS 360 Miyamura loses at home to Los Alamos FINAL SCORE: 58-52

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Wingate wins home contest over Mesa Vista

FINAL SCORE: 56-54

FINAL SCORE: 41-35

Wingate Bear Wade Brown (10) breaks away from the Mesa Vista Trojans defense Jan. 18 at Wingate High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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Wingate Bear Jonah Miller (13) crashes through the Mesa Vista Trojans defense Jan. 18 at Wingate High School. Mesa Vista defeated the Bears 5654. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Wingate Bear Shanique Harry (22) attempts to steal the ball from Mesa Vista Trojan Alyssa Cerveantes (32) at Wingate High School Jan. 18. The Bears defeated the Trojans 41-35. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Wingate Bear Arthur Saunders (32) competes with Mesa Vista Trojan Ryan Garcia (24) for a rebound Jan. 18 at Wingate High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Wingate Bear Octivia Long (11) reaches to intercept a pass from Mesa Vista Trojan Amarissa Quintana (20) Jan. 18 at Wingate High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Wingate Bear Octivia Long (11) drives into the Mesa Vista Trojans defense for a layup Jan. 18 at Wingate High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCOREBOARD GALLUP BENGALS

Jan. 17: Rehoboth Christian vs Newcomb 45-44 Jan. 16: Estancia @ Rehoboth Christian 54-69

Basketball Jan. 21: Kirtland Central @ Gallup 59-95 Jan. 18: Gallup @ Lovington 77-64 Jan. 17: Gallup @ Hobbs 73109

Girls Basketball Jan. 21: Navajo Pine @ Rehoboth Christian 47-55 Jan. 18: Rehoboth Christian @ Newcomb 35-64 Jan. 16: Rehoboth Christian @ Tse’ Yi’ Gai 49-38

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Girls Basketball Jan. 18: Gallup @ Espanola Valley 75-57

MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Basketball Jan. 21: Miyamura @ Aztec 56-66 Jan. 15: Los Alamos @ Miyamura 58-52

TOHATCHI COUGARS Basketball Jan. 22: Tohatchi @ Zuni 72-34 Jan. 17: Thoreau@ Tohatchi 63-64 Girls Basketball Jan. 21: Zuni @ Tohatchi 31-54 Jan. 16: Tohatchi @ Thoreau 65-53

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS CALENDAR Jan. 24 – Jan. 30, 2020

Jan. 30: Kirtland Central @ Miyamura 4 pm

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Girls Basketball Jan. 17: Del Norte @ Miyamura 31-57 Wrestling Jan. 15: Los Alamos @ Miyamura 42-32

Basketball Jan. 21: Navajo Pine @ Rehoboth Christian 46-43 Jan. 18: Rehoboth Christian @ Santa Rosa 40-63

Basketball Jan. 22: Navajo Prep @ Wingate 67-21 Jan. 18: Mesa Vista @ Wingate 56-54 Girls Basketball Jan. 18: Mesa Vista @ Wingate 35-41 Jan. 16: Zuni @ Wingate 66-39 *Varsity teams only. Compiled from MaxPreps.com. Contact: gallupsunreporters @gmail.com

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 5. If you believe that your real property is entitled to head-of-family exemption, veteran exemption or disable veteran exemption from property 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 office. Section 7-38-17.1 NMSA 1978. 7. If you are a person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older or disabled, whose “modified gross income” was not greater than $35,000 in 2019 and you own and 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 7-3621.3 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 agricultural purposes, you must report the change to the 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 taxation in 2020. Section 7-36-20 NMSA 1978. 9. If you own “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 7-3626 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-38-8, 7-38-8.1, 7-38-13, 7-38—17, 7-3817.1, 7-36-7, 7-36-21.3, 7-3620, 7-36-21, and 7-36-26 NMSA 1978, and related Taxation & Revenue Department Regulations. It is not intended to reflect the full content of these provisions, 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

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Sun: January 10, 2020 January 17, 2020 January 24, 2020 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF MCKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Estate of VIRGINIA ANN MILLIKEN, Deceased No. D-1113-PB-2020-00002 NOTICE TO CREDITORS CYNTHIA ASBURY has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of VIRGINIA ANN MILLIKEN, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative at the offices of Mason and Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Dated: 1/13/2020 Cynthia Asbury Personal Representative James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representative 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Published in the Gallup Sun: January 24, 2020 January 31, 2020 February 7, 2020 *** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the governing body of the City of Gallup, New Mexico will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Gallup City Hall, Second Street and Aztec Avenue; Gallup, New Mexico, to consider final approval of the following entitled Ordinance: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT TO PROVIDE FOR PERFORMANCE-BASED FUNDING OF THE BID THROUGH CITY MATCH-

ING FUNDS, TO ESTABLISH TIMETABLES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTORY MANDATES AND ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The purpose and subject matter of the Ordinance is contained in the title. A draft copy of the Ordinance is on file in the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall. CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO By: /s/ Alfred Abeita II, City Clerk PUBLISH: Friday, January 24, 2020 *** ADVERTISEMENT BIDS

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Sealed bid proposal on forms prepared by Wilson and Company, (hereinafter called Consultant) will be received by the Purchasing Department of the City of Gallup, 110 West Aztec, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301 for the project described below no later than 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Thursday February 13, 2020 and will be publicly opened and read aloud immediately thereafter for the Coal Avenue Event Street Project. Project consists of but not limited to traffic control, demolition, grading, colored and patterned concrete paving along Coal Avenue, storm drain system, sidewalk, ADA access, signing and striping, lighting and electrical system upgrades, a pergola in the walkway, gateway monuments, intersection improvements and landscaping. The following conditions apply to prospective bidders: A. Bidders must possess appropriate contracting license (GF-98, GF-4 or other satisfactory classification as regulated by Construction Industries Division, 2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: (505) 476-4700). B. Mailed bids must be addressed to the City of Gallup, Purchasing Department at P.O. Box 1270, Gallup, New Mexico 87305, must arrive on or before the due time and date. Please Note Bid Number on Exterior of Envelope. Do not mail to the street address. Contract Documents and Plans, may be reviewed and downloaded as PDF files through the online Plan Room at http://www.wilsonco.com/

plan-room at no charge. Contractors, Subcontractors, suppliers, etc. must register or log-in to view and/or download bidding documents. Printed Documents may be obtained upon request at the office of Wilson & Company, Inc, Engineers & Architects, 4401 Masthead Ave. NE, suite 150 Albuquerque, NM upon payment of $150.00 (checks made payable to Wilson & Company) for each complete set. Bidder who returns the Contract Documents, including a complete bid booklet in good and unwritten condition within ten (10) calendar days of the Bid Opening will also receive a refund of his/her deposit. No deposits will be returned after the 10-day period. A Mandatory Pre-bid conference will be conducted at the El Morro Events Center, 210 S. Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Each proposal shall be submitted in accordance with the information for bidders and shall be accompanied by an acceptable Proposal Guarantee in the form of a Bid Bond or Certified Check in the amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total bid amount, made payable to City of Gallup as a guarantee that, if the proposal is accepted, the bidder will execute the Contract and file acceptable Performance and Labor and Material Payment Bonds within seven (7) calendar days after award of the Contract. City of Gallup reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informality or technicality in any proposal. Decisions of the State Labor Commissioner setting age rates will be a part of the Contract. Dated this 22nd day of January By: /S/ Jackie McKinney, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday, January 24, 2020 CLASSIFIEDS


COMMUNITY CALENDAR JANUARY 24, 2020 - JANUARY 30, 20200 FRIDAY, January 24

GET UP & GAME

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.

NEW YEAR, NEW SKILL (PHOTO EDITING)

10 am-12 pm pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). This session focuses on photo editing basics using open source editing software. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.

NEW YEAR, NEW SKILLS (GOOGLE DRIVE)

11 am-12 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). This session focuses on using Google Drive and the benefits of a Google account. Classes are available to learners of all levels. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

2:30 pm-4:30 pm @ (705 Gurley Ave. Gallup, SSTC 200). Student Services offers sessions to welcome students and provde campus resource information.

WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB

Register on the library website ofpl.online or at either library during the month of January for a free copy of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston. Get ready for some great conversations, good food and tons of fun! for more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291 SATURDAY, January 25

STORY TIME SATURDAYS

11 am-12 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup) . Celebrate the New Year with stories about dreams and wishes. This program is intended for children ages 2 - 4.

COMPUTER BASICS FOR KIDS

11 am-12 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Simple tasks will be taught such as opening and closing windows. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.

COLORING & MOCKTAILS

2 pm-4 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). An afternoon of childhood throwback as you color different pages from scenes to mandalas. Contribute to our community coloring mandala that we will display once completed. Mocktails will be provided. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm.gov: (505) 863-1291.

CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER CALENDAR

KING, JR.

5 pm @ (705 Gurley Ave. Gallup, Calvin Hall Auditorium). Gospel Music Concert.

REAWAKENINGS’ SELF-DEFENSE

10 am-12 pm @ Future Foundations Family Center multi purpose room (551 Washington Ave, Grants). Join Matt and Dillon for our self defense at Futures in Grants. 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. 

CANINE COMPADRES CLASS

2 pm @ Rockin J Reawakenings Ranch (2 miles north on County Road 19 in Prewitt). We cover basic obedience, service dog training and support. Everyone is welcome. Please make sure your dogs are contained on a leash.

REAWAKENINGS COMRADERY BBQ

4 pm @ Rockin J Reawakenings Ranch (2 miles north on County Road 19 in Prewitt). We will hang out and eat around 4 pm. Our VSO and helpers will be on hand starting around 12 pm to help you with any filings or other needs.

KIWANIS/KEY CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST

7:30 am-11 am @ Miyamura High School cafeteria (680 Boardman Ave., Gallup). Cost is $5 per person. Proceeds are to benefit youth in Gallup and surrounding communities. Tickets can be purchased from members if Kiwanis Club of Gallup and Key Clubs of Miyamura, or at the door. For more information: Buffie Klumpenhower (505) 8632139. MONDAY, January 27

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

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.

SELF CARE MONDAY

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

REAWAKENINGS’ SELF-DEFENSE

4:30 pm @ Future Foundations Family Center multi purpose room (551 Washington Ave, Grants). Join us for our self defense at Futures

CALENDAR

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.  TUESDAY, January 28

LEARN YOUR TECH (DROP-IN)

3 pm-6 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn how to use your technology, whether an iphone or a laptop. Bring in your device and learn to use it. Classes are available for learners of all levels. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.

BULLET JOURNAL

5:30 pm-7:30 pm @ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave.). Interactive workshop about bullet journaling. Keep yourself organized this year with monthly and weekly calendar layouts. Design your own pages to keep track of your Netflix tv shows, water consumption and more. Supplies provided. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.

2ND LOOK ON 2ND STREET

6 pm-8 pm @ opo, ART123 (123 W. Coal Ave.) and LOOM Indigenous Galleries (209 W. Coal Ave.) and Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe (306 S. 2nd St.). Art shows, artist talks, and artist demonstrations. For more information: galluparts. org/2ndLook

NEW MEXICO COMPENSATION RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES WORKSHOP

10 am-12:30 pm @ Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room (106 W. Highway 66). For more information: (505) 722-3506.

CANINE COMPADRES CLASS

4 pm @ Join our trainers at the Milan Rec Center (45 Neckel Ct., Milan). Everyone is welcome!  We cover basic obedience, service dog training and support and more!  Please make sure your dogs are contained on a leash.

SPRING 2020 CLASSES BEGIN

@ UNM-Gallup (705 Gurley Ave.). WEDNESDAY, January 29

STORYTIME WEDNESDAYS

10:30 am – 11:30 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIES AT THE LIBRARY

5:30 pm-7:30 pm

@ Main Branch (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup). This week’s film: Jexi

BRUSH BOT RACES

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. THURSDAY, January 30

CRAFTY KIDS

4 pm-5 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Story in a Box.

CANINE COMPADRES CLASS

6 pm Join our trainers at the Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave., Gallup). We cover basic obedience, service dog training and support. Everyone is welcome. Please make sure your dogs are contained on a leash. 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.

CROWNPOINT NAVAJO RUG AUCTION

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.

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) 285-3542.

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.

ROCKIN J REAWAKENINGS DOG TRAINING

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).

ROCKIN J REAWAKENINGS HORSE DEMO

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

ROCKIN J REAWAKENINGS WELCOME CENTER

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

FREE HIV RAPID TESTING

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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

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.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

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. 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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