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SHOP WITH A COP
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Gallup Police Department Officer Jon Whitsitt is partnered with Matthew Draper as he looks for toys to buy during the annual Shop with a Cop event held at Walmart in Gallup Dec. 15. Underprivileged McKinley County children are partnered with local law enforcement agents to spend $100 at Walmart for the holiday season. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo By Dee Velasco For the Sun The sight of flashing blue and red lights in front of the Ga llup Wa lma r t, 1650 W. Maloney Ave., was hard to
miss the morning of Dec. 15. A row of police units in front of the store indicated something was happening inside — and indeed, something was going on behind Walmart’s doors. But despite any preconceptions of
flashing lights and police units, the events unfolding at the scene were, well, jolly and nice. The occasion was “Shop with a Cop,” an event during wh ich selected McK i n ley
C ou nt y c h i ld r e n v i s it e d Walmart, paired up with a police officer and a $100 gift card. Children throughout McKinley County were selected by their schools to take part in the program. Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette, who helped make the event a reality, said the program is a great way for children to get to know police officers and to understand cops aren’t anything to fear. “We’re great people and we’re out here to help the community,” she said. “We’re just doing our job and it’s good for the kids to see that.” Law enforcement from the GPD, Navajo Nation Police, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police took part in the event. And McDonald’s provided a free breakfast for the kids and
officers. McDona ld’s Super v isor Phillip Dela Riva said he took on the opportunity to serve the event without hesitaiton. Dela Riva said he wanted to give back to the community, and especially to the officers who do so much for it. He said he was proud to be a part of the event. “We love to give back to our community,” Dela Riva said. “We got to feed these kids and officers before they go shopping, I don’t know how long it’s going to take but they’re going to need their energy [laughing]. The officers do a great job in the community, so we got to reward them for taking care of us.” Chee Montano of State Farm Insurance organized the event, which was a hit this year,
SHOP WITH A COP | SEE PAGE 11
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Law enforcement vehicles line up outside Walmart Dec. 15 in Gallup for the annual Shop with a Cop event, in which underprivileged children are paired with law enforcement agents and given $100 to spend in the store for the holidays. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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Hospital CEO reviews progress under Commission ‘DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT’ IN FISCAL STATE OF RMCHCS
By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent
avid Conejo, CEO of Rehoboth McKinley Ch r i st i a n Hea lt h Care Services, was present at the McKinley County Board of Commissioners regular meeting Dec. 18 to discuss the progress RMCHCS has made in the past four years. “We are very much in debt
to [the Commission],” Conejo said during the meeting. During those four years, Conejo said the hospital initiated a substance-abuse program, with improvements to the rehab ser vices and upgrades to the facility’s labs. Conejo said the cost of the facility’s renovation, which has been paid, was $1.5 million. I n add ition, a not her $500,000 was spent to repair
part of the roof of the facility, allowing RMCHCS to become the first rural hospital in New Mexico to receive a helipad. Other upgrades to the hospital included X-ray equipment and around 400 computers, which cost about $600,000, Conejo said. In all, Conejo said the amount spent on improvements to the facility have increased in the past four years: $1.2 million
RMCHCS CEO David Conejo, left, presents updates about the facility during the Dec. 18 regular County Commission meeting. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye
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in 2014; $1.1 million in 2015; $1.94 million in 2016; $2.7 million in 2017; with the total cost for improvements to RMCHCS from 2014 to 2018 tallying up to about $7.5 million. Conejo said on a given day in 2014, RMCHCS had around two days of cash on hand — that amount increased to nearly 42 days of cash on hand in 2018. The total operating costs of the facility during seven days is about $400,000, he said. At one point in 2014, the amount of short-term debt the facility carried was about $7 million. In 2018, that number decreased to $2.2 million. Likewise, additional debts
for RMCHCS have decreased from $19 million in 2014 to about $4.7 million in 2018, Conejo said. The upward trend in revenue means the facility will begin to increase employee salaries in January 2019, and
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City certifies asset inventory RMCHCS holds for fiscal year 2018 supportive housing NEARLY $132 MILLION COUNTED project meeting By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council t o ok a c t ion on a required certification of assets at the Dec. 11 regular meeting. T he it em , s p oken for by Chief Financial Officer Patty Holland, consisted of a required certification form that accompanies a complete and up-to-date listing of assets inventory for the City of Gallup as of June 30. The inventory listing sorts the City of Gallup assets into five categories: land, buildings, equipment, infrastructure and miscellaneous improvements. The listing also specifies which city fund is covering the individual items. Per the document, more than $98 million in assets have been counted for this fiscal year in proprietary totals. The ending balance in city assets for 2018 was nearly $132 million, with more than $7 million in assets added this year in the form of equipment and infrastructure work. The full asset list is available for viewing at the City of Gallup website. “I think we’re in great s h a p e ,” M a y o r J a c k i e McKinney said upon hearing the report.
Mayor Jackie McKinney. File Photo The item was approved with a 5-0-0 vote. Other items discussed at the meeting: • Deputy Electric Chief Eric Babcock and Senior Electric Engineer ing Tech nicia n Marita Joe were appointed a s t he Cit y of Ga l lup’s respective representative and alternative representative to Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems with a 5-0-0 vote. • The last of the easements for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project to construct Reach 27.9, which runs from Gamerco into the city limits near Walmart and Home Depot, was approved with a 5-0-0 vote. • An increase of $90,000 to the Lega l Depa r tment’s Professional Services FY19 budget for legal services,
which would include the at tor neys a ssig ned to defendants in D.W.I. cases in the municipal court, was approved with a 5-0-0 vote. • T he 2 018 New Mex ic o Legislature appropriated $25,000 to construct pillars and panels at the GallupMcKinley County Veterans Memorial. The city council approved a budget increase of $25,000 with a 5-0-0 vote. • The appointments of Dr. Janet M. Tempest, Shawn Nel s on , D u a ne Ya z z ie, and Carolyn Kuchera to the Octavia Fellin Public Libra r y Adv isor y Boa rd were approved with a 5-0-0 vote. • A budget increase of more than $11,000 for the Octavia Fellin Public Library, which would support library collections, staff salaries, staff training, equipment and other operational expenditures, was approved with a 5-0-0 vote. • Two budget increases for the El Morro Theatre — one of up to $175,000 to cover the extensive work required to repair the theater stage, and a second of $50,000 to repair one of the theater walls before work on the stage can be done — were approved with a 5-0-0 vote.
IDEAS AIRED ABOUT HOUSING FOR VETS AND HOMELESS, DISABLED INDIVIDUALS By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent
ehoboth McK inley Ch r ist ia n Hea lt h Care Ser vices held a com mu nit y meeting at the Substa nce Abu se T reat ment Center, 650 Vanden Bosch Pkwy in Gallup, Dec. 10 to discuss a new housing project. According to information provided at the meeting, the
Gallup community assembled a grassroots team to develop a 30- to 40-unit Permanent Supportive Housing Project. T he pr oj e c t i s s p e a rheaded by RMCHCS, with aid from the City of Gallup a nd i nd iv idua ls like Rep. Wonda Johnson, D-Church Rock, a nd Cou ncilwoma n L i nda Ga rcia , a s wel l a s
RMCHCS | SEE PAGE 21
Zoe LeBeau, president of LeBeau Development LLC, leads a Dec. 10 community meeting to address concerns and ideas for implementing permanent supportive housing for veterans and other homeless individuals in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
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Secretary of Interior Zinke resigns amid investigations
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W I NDOW ROCK , A r i z. — As Secretary of the Inter ior Rya n Zinke resigned from his position Dec. 15 amid multiple ethics investigations, President Russell Begaye called upon the Trump Administration for a timely replacement. “Indian Country needs a secretary of the Interior who is knowledgeable of issues that face Native American tribes and who has substantial knowledge of federal Indian policy,” Begaye said. “With so many threats to Native American sovereignty and federal cuts to programs our people depend on, we need a secretary who will truly advocate for our people.”
Zinke is the fourth member of the Trump Administration to relinquish his post while under the scrutiny of alleged ethics violations. Last year, the Department of the Interior came under fire from Native American tribes when the Bureau of Indian Affairs was subject to reorganization per an executive order signed by President Trump. Tribes felt the decision was rushed as there had been little to no tribal consultation on the matter. Zi nke spoke at t he 75 t h annual convention of the Nationa l Congress of the American Indians and told tribal leaders that the decision to reorganize the BIA rests in the hands of Native Americans. “One of the principal complaints I hear from Indian Country is that tribes are not consulted but instead told about permitting, conser vation a nd recreation.
What happens off of Indian Country affects what happens on Indian Country and tribes need to be at the table from the start when it comes to the BIA reorganization,” Zinke said. “I will not reorganize the BIA unless we do it together and you agree.” Begaye sits on the Interior Department’s Royalty Policy Committee, established by Secretary Zinke. He has consistently advocated on behalf of federal energy regulations that promote tribal self-determination and increase tribal presence in the energy market. “ T r ibe s fa ce so m a ny obstacles in trying to gain full authority over their minerals and natural resources. Consistency in federal leadership and consultation with tribes is key to making progress. With a new secretary of the Interior comes re-education on the issues we face,” Begaye said. “We shouldn’t have to star t from square
At the 75th annual convention of the NCAI, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke told tribal leaders the BIA reorganization rests in their hands. Photo Credit: Courtesy one. We need a secretary that will roll up their sleeves and
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Victims interviewed Grenade at after slashing attacks Goodwill THREE CASES LIKELY RELATED
hat at first seemed to be three separate at tacks at three different locations on Gallup’s nor th side – Alon gas station, Wendy’s and Car Quest — now appear to be connected. Gallup Police Department Capta i n Ma r i nda Spencer said there were reports of a man seen carrying a machete. T he v icti m from t he Wendy’s nor t h at t ack d id not reca ll what happened due to his intoxicated state, Spencer stated in a Dec. 19 release. Detectives are still looking into his attack for further information. “It appea rs the v ictims located at Car Quest Auto, A lon Ga s Station a nd the
TOOLBOX DONATION CONTAINED SUSPICIOUS ITEM Staff Reports
G Cour t House Squa re were all from the same incident,” Spencer wrote. “One victim states they were all together in the arroyo near Car Quest Auto.” Spencer said a fight broke out and one person used a ma chete on t wo v ict i m s; another pulled out a knife in self-defense.
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All victims were treated, a nd one wa s taken to the Gallup Indian Medical Center fo r no n - l i fe t h r e a t e n i n g injuries. T his is an ongoing investigation. Plea se call Metro Di spatch at (505) 722 2002 or 911 if you spot any suspicious activity.
allup Police Depa r t ment of f icers were called to the Goodwill store at 1820 E. Hwy 66 at about 10 am Dec. 19 in reference to a container with what appeared to be grenade inside found near the business, GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said. Officers immediately evacuated the business and surrounding stores. No one was injured in this incident. The initial investigation revealed that among items donated to Goodwill was a toolbox, Spencer stated in a Dec. 19 release. “The employee who works at the receiving point took the
items and began to inventory the donated items,” she wrote. “When he opened the toolbox he saw what appeared to be a grenade.” Police officers accessed the device and it appeared to be a live grenade. Next, the New Mexico State Police Bomb Unit was called and responded. According to Spencer, the State Police examined the device and secured it. They determined the grenade was safe, and the lockdown was lifted. As of the evening of Dec. 19, the scene had been rendered safe and accessible. Gallup Police will continue to investigate the incident. “It appears this was accidental, but is still under investigation,” Spencer stated. NEWS
Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports
LONE GUNMAN 12/8, Gallup A lone gunman tried to rob a Gallup restaurant Dec. 8. A clerk at the California Chinese Restaurant, 1020 W. Maloney Ave., told police a man dressed in black came in about at 8 pm with a gun. He demanded all of the money in the register. The clerk said she told the man she couldn’t get into the register without a key and had to go in the back to get it. When she went into the back, she stayed there and the man left after a short time. Police later obtained a video of the incident and saw the man walk up to the clerk with the gun pointed down. The clerk was shown going into the back, and the suspect left. There was no description of the man and police were not able to find a suspect.
HUGS AND BATTERY
12/8, Gallup A Gallup man was arrested Dec. 8 after causing a disturbance at a local coffee shop and breaking the business’s window. GPD Pat rol m a n Joe Roanhorse said he arrived at the Gallup Coffee Company, 203 W. Coal Ave., at about 1 pm, and was told by a clerk that a man, Eric Becenti, 40, had come into the shop, went up to a female customer and hugged her. The woman said to him, “I don’t know you.” The clerk said he gave Becenti a cup of coffee. Becenti appeared to be intoxicated. A fter Becenti received the coffee, the clerk said he became belligerent and was ordered to leave the building. He then pushed the clerk who said he had to push Becenti out of the shop. The clerk reportedly saw Becenti take something out of his pocket and then throw it at the front window, shattering it.
The object was later found to be a small flashlight. The clerk said four bags of coffee were also damaged when the window shattered. Police found Becenti in the middle of the road and arrested him. He was taken to the county jail, where he was charged with criminal damage to property and battery.
DRUNK MOTHER 12/8, Gallup Deandrea Ga rcia , 40, of Ga llup was charged w ith abuse of children after police fou nd her intoxicated and unable to take care of her two kids. GPD Patrolma n Da niel Brown said he was dispatched to the apartment complex at 621 Dani Dr. just after midnight Dec. 8 in connection to a report of an intoxicated female trying to leave with her children. When he arrived at the scene, Brown found Garcia
pulling up the shirts of two children, ages 5 and 8, and choking them. Brow n m a de Ga rci a stop and realized she was intoxicated. He reportedly asked her how much she had to drink and Garcia replied, “Not that much.” Brown said he had a hard time understanding what she was saying. It turned out Garcia had left her children with a family member at the complex. The family member said Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and wanted more to drink but her family member refused, so Garcia left. She apparently found more to drink, though, because when she returned, she was more intoxicated. Garcia reportedly attempted to leave with her children but one of her family members stood in front of her car so she could not leave. At that point, police arrived on the scene. Garcia was charged with two counts of abuse of a child and the children were turned over to child protective services.
TOOL THIEF 12/7, Gallup A Ga mer c o m a n w a s charged with shoplifting after
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h e reportedly stole tool s f rom Home D e p ot Dec. 7. GPD Patrolman Charles Steele said he found Raymond Becenti, 37, passed out in the bushes in front of the nea rby Cracker Barrel, 1480 W. Maloney Ave. Becenti ha d i n h is pos se s sion tools he reportedly took from Home Depot. Becenti was also discovered to have an outstanding bench warrant. Steele said Becenti was extremely uncooperative when he was arrested, punching the partition cage and banging his head on the car. He continued to be uncooperative when he was taken to a local hospital
POLICE ACTIVITY | SEE PAGE 17
Gallup Sun • Friday December 21, 2018
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the Gallup Housing Authority
Alfred Abeita, Sr. Board Chairman Other Board Members: Joe Zecca, Vice-Chairman Jim Saucedo, Member Roger Morris, Member
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The Board of Commissioners and Management of the Gallup Housing Authority would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. If you are traveling please drive safely. Enjoy good fellowship with family and friends. Thoughts for the New Year: Life is but a vapor in a li le while it is gone – so make every day count. Treat people as you would want to be treated. Maintain an a itude of gratitude every day. We hope you have a prosperous fulﬁlling New Year.
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SHOP WITH A COP | FROM PAGE 4 despite a hiatus in years past. Montano, who has put on various community events, said he tries to help officers as much as he can through his event work. This year, he offered to host Shop with a Cop, and came up with funding by reaching out to the Gallup community for donations. Montano said they raised about $38,000. “We did this in only a twoweek window, and prior to planning this, the officers were excited about doing this and it’s great to see it all come together, especially for the kids,” he said. The goal was to join 30 kids with officers, and this year, they event saw 31 kids, plus their partnering officers.
Once the kids picked a cop and ate their breakfast, the shopping commenced. The kids were excited to splurge with their $100 gift ca rds, a nd happiness wa s a lso ev ident on the faces of the officers as they trotted down the aisles with the children. Christian Roman, of the New Mex ico State Police, c ou ld n’ t w a it t o h it t he aisles. Roman said he was thrilled to be a part of the event and have the opportunity to establish a friendship with the children. He said this event shows the kids a totally different side of cops, and that is a good thing. Roman teamed up with 10-year-old Angelo from Tohatchi. Both finished their breakfast and were ready to
Jonessa Yazzie checks out her toys with McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Savannah Williams during the annual Shop with a Cop event Dec. 15 at Walmart in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo do some shopping. “It’s fantastic, just being around the kids gives us an opportunity to talk to them and they can talk to us,” Roman said. “Because if they ever see us on the road, they’re not afraid of us – [they know] that we’re there to help them.” Meanwhile, GPD Officer Joh n Yea rly a nd L at i sha were also ready to do some
Briana Ariviso from Del Norte Elementary School stands in the toy aisle and looks at her options during the Shop with a Cop event Dec. 15 at the Gallup Walmart. Photo Credit: Cayla Nimmo
OBITUARY Derryl Anthony Owens, 71, of Gallup, N.M. died Dec. 11, 2018. He was preceded i n deat h by h i s father Eddie Owens of Los Angeles, Ca.; mother Lily Hawkins Churchill of Los Angeles; and stepmother Cena Owens of Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife Lucy M. Owens of Coyote Ca nyon, N.M .; brot her Mark Churchill; and children Bruce Morgan, Victor Hicks, Tremayne Hicks, Phoebe Hicks, Lucinda Hicks, and Earlene Hicks. Funeral
that [laughing].” Santa Claus was at the event, too, and each child had the opportunity to take a picture with him and tell him about their unique shopping experience with a cop. For more information on Shop with a Cop, conta ct GPD Lt. Rosanne M o r r i s s e t t e a t (5 0 5 ) 726-5472.
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THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICES on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Tuesday thru Thursday routes will be delayed by one day during these two weeks. Friday’s route will run as scheduled.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018 thru Monday, December 31, 2018, the Solid Waste Department will collect extra CHRISTMAS REFUSE ONLY free of charge. Please set items curbside away from your herbie on your scheduled pickup day. If you require further information, please call 863-1212.
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Christmas shopping. Yearly, who has participated in the event in the past, was happy to have it return and to show a whole new side of law enforcement to the kids. “It’s exciting to see this come back and to let the children know that there’s another side of law enforcement,” Yearly said. “Cops are just like big kids if you want to call it
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Ford Canyon Park & Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center. Gallup Sun • Friday December 21, 2018
OPINIONS Governor-elect can stop harmful Medicaid cuts By Maria Archuleta N.M. Center on Law and Poverty
LBUQUERQUE — Gover nor-elect Michelle Lu ja nGr isha m should quash serious cuts to New Mexico’s Medicaid program faces in the Centennial Care 2.0 waiver approved Dec. 14 by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The cuts, proposed by the Human Services Department
under the Susana Martinez administration, would hurt families and violate federal law according to the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. HSD’s Centennial Care 2.0 waiver proposal asked the federal government for permission to increase New Mexico’s Medicaid premiums and cut retroactive coverage. The cuts are scheduled to roll out in 2019 over a series of months. “No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and healthcare, but
that’s exactly what these cuts would do,” William Townley, an attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, said. “We have vastly improved the health of our state by expanding the number of New Mexicans eligible for Medicaid. These cuts would have a devastating impact on our state’s families and our economy. We urge Governorelect Lujan-Grisham to rescind or amend these harmful cuts in Centennial Care 2.0.” HSD’s proposal imposes
new patient premiums on low-i ncome a du lt s l iv i ng just above the poverty line. Research has shown that these fees will cause thousands of New Mexicans to lose healthcare coverage. For many low-income families, the proposed increase to $10 a month is prohibitive and would force them to choose between healthcare and other necessities like food, housing
GOVERNOR-ELECT | SEE PAGE 13
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF DECEMBER 24
Enjoy the Cold Full Moon Dec. 22. This wonderful event takes place before Yule Tide and there can be no doubt as to why it’s called the “cold moon.” But if you’re observant, you’ll notice the beauty of every season, every day and in every moment. Madame G wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Bundle up and enjoy the cold weather.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Shake it off! You’re not responsible for how others react to you, work on yourself and move on.
This is the life you live — you don’t need a do over — you must accept that this is your life. You can’t be someone else. But the circumstances leading up to you are remarkable. You’re capable of so much more than you could ever imagine. Don’t lose yourself in someone else’s dream. Keep your eyes open and do the best you can when you can. Leave the rest up to others. Good luck!
Generosity is a strange creature. It inhabits itself in your skin and shows you what is possible. Don’t forget that each day you can be generous with your time and your emotions. Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone else is to show kindness. Smile. Your heart is not an emotionless void. Showing less emotion is not always wise. Be yourself and trust in yourself.
Learn to forgive and open up your hear to new possibilities. In the end, you might be the problem not “them.” After all, a shift in our own perspective can shift the whole world. Think about it… but remember, the change must happen in the heart.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You may want to take a step back and assess the situation. Don’t assume you know what’s best for everyone. You might be right, but that doesn’t mean anyone will thank you if you interfere in their life. In fact, you might find that the people you’re “helping” actually resent you. This might be a rather unpleasant reality, but it’s important to recognize—that you don’t know everything.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Do your best and keep your game face on. You don’t know what you’ll find on the other side of the expanse, but if you keep an open mind—you’ll get there. You don’t have to know everything in order to live the life of your dreams. But, you may have to accept that everything you think you want— might not actually be what you want. Keep an open mind and keep trying.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Show your faith in others and they’ll show their faith in you. Trust in a two-say street, you must give a little to get as well. But, that doesn’t mean that everything must be tit-for-tat. Learn to do for someone who will never ever be able to repay you. In this way, generosity has a way of passing along from one person to another. It’s never too late to pass on the good. Do good — today.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your heart is not a victim to circumstance. You can do anything you want and keep pushing forward. Give yourself over to the moment and share your love for others in new ways. But, at the end of the day don’t lose yourself in your past or your future. Accept what is and live the best life you can, from this day forth and until your last — show love and laughter. Live your life well!
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Don’t forget who you are! And never forget these wise words from H. Jackson Brown Jr.: “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.”
Show love to those around you. Someone you know is suffering from a deep emotional wound to the heart. You might not recognize it at first due to all the “growling.” But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve love. Strengthen your heart and do your best. Now is the time to be who you need to be — you’re more than a body or a mind. Seek wisdom and peace.
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Learn to accept that you must take action when necessary. The right response is not always your first gut reaction — sometimes it is — and many times, it’s not. Focus on the task at hand and ask yourself what you’d like to accomplish. Give yourself time to take chances and try new things. But, don’t get stuck in the mode of thinking that you can’t move forward. Do your best.
Grow each day as if it was your last. But treat each day as if it was precious. (It is.) Your heart can do so much more than you’d ever have imagined. Be brave. The truth is out there. Keep looking and first look deep within the ruins of your weary soul. It’s not that bad. Everyone gets tired. Now is the time to face the music and the consequences for any lapse in judgement. Good luck!
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Nothing new in the diet universe By Melissa Martin Guest Columnist
arrived at my favorite eatery for seasonal cinnamon pancakes with cream cheese frosting. Yum. As I started to enjoy the tantalizing taste on my tongue, a middle-aged couple seated at the next table blabbed on and on about weight loss and dieting. Blah. Blah. Blah. “Stop already!” I wanted to shout. Jour nalist Gina Kolata penned a 2018 ar ticle for the New York Times where she surmised, “You’d think that scientists at an international conference on obesity would know by now which diet is best, and why. As it turns out, even the experts still have widely divergent opinions.” On Nov. 14, an international scientific conference featuring world-renowned experts in the field of obesity was held in Tennessee. The Obesity Society is the leading organization of scientists and health professionals devoted to understanding and
reversing the epidemic of obesity and its adverse health, economic and societal effects. ObesityWeek is the largest obesity-centric conference in the world, according to their website. For more information, visit www.obesity.org. The big unanswered questions linger. Why have people become fatter in recent decades? Is it because of everlarger portion sizes? Is it due to processed foods? Which diet is healthier for weight loss? How do people maintain weight loss? Why and how do individuals gain and lose weight? Is it genes? Is it sedentary lifestyle? Is it sugary foods? What part does metabolism play in how calories are burned? Is it a combination of factors? “After decades of research, there are shockingly few firm conclusions,” declared Kolata. Nonetheless, marketers of fad diets plaster advertisements on everything but toilet seats. Media mania merges with deceptive dieting so the only loss is the green in your wallet. Every year, new-fangled
diet crazes come along and claim outlandish promises. Consumers are scammed by buying books, videotapes, potions and powders, portioned and packaged foods, and suspicious supplements. And people take the bait—in hopes of losing weight. Hop off the hype wagon and smell the rip-offs. Pills, powders, and patches for permanent weight loss are gimmicks. There’s no reliable scientific research to back up their dramatic claims. Beware of the pandering panacea of products. Folks, don’t be fooled. Magical, miracle, and mysterious meals and deals that burn calories like butter are bogus. So ditch dieting. “There are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. No super foods will alter your genetic code. No products will miraculously melt fat while you watch TV or sleep. Some ingredients in supplements and herbal products can be dangerous and even deadly for some people,” proclaims Taylor Wolfram, Registered Dietician
at www.eatright.org. “Fad diets don’t help you keep off the weight in the long term. So what does work? The best diet is not a diet at all, but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise, and health habits,” according to article on WebMD. Diets such as the Atkins, South Beach, Cabbage soup, Pr itik in, Holly wood diet, Dukan, Lemon detox, Ketogenic diet, Whole 30, the Paleo diet, Scarsdale diet, Macrobiotic diet, juice cleanses, raw food diet, Carnivore diet, Blood type diet and intermittent fasting are fads according to the experts. And many fad diets are unhealthy and even dangerous. What’s the downside of Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem? You will likely gain the weight back when you stop the program due to the portion-controlled and prepackaged foods. “People with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or a wheat allergy should avoid gluten. But there’s no evidence that avoiding gluten will help people without
Melissa Martin these conditions lose weight or have any benefit on heart health,” according to researchers at www.livescience.com. “The most successful weight loss plans combine diet, exercise and behavioral therapy. Talking to a registered dietitian nutritionist is a good first step,” said Registered Dietician, Ruth Frechman at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Healthy weight loss requires long-term lifestyle changes. So, think twice before following a fad diet for your 2019 New Year’s resolution. Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She lives in Ohio. Visit: www.melissamartinchildrensauthor.com.
Celebrating the first arrival of Christ By Bill Emmerling Pastor-Gallup Christian Church In each article, I seek to
GOVERNOR-ELECT | FROM PAGE 12 and transportation. In Oregon, where similar premiums were imposed, 50,000 people lost coverage within nine months of the new policy. HSD’s proposed cuts would also phase-out retroactive coverage, which pays for a Medicaid eligible person’s hospital and medical bills incurred up to three months before signing up for Medicaid. Hospital bills are especially devastating for families on limited income, often ranging from $10,000 to over $100,000. Phasing out retroactive coverage would put New Mexico’s families in jeopardy of severe medical debt and force healthcare providers to shoulder increased uncompensated care costs. “Under federal law, CMS is only allowed to waive certain provisions in Medicaid. CMS OPINIONS
share some insight from God’s word. A word of encouragement, or perhaps a word of challenge, but always seeking to share something which God ignored those prohibitions today, approving cuts that will reduce access to healthcare coverage and increase medical debt for New Mexico’s families,” said Abuko D. Estrada, supervising attorney for Healthcare with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. It would not be unusual for the gover nor- elect to rescind approved cuts. After being pressured by healthcare advocates, HSD already removed or scaled back a number of harmful provisions in earlier versions of Centennial Care 2.0, including removing premium requirements for additional groups of Medicaid enrollees, removing penalties for missed appointments, and limiting benefits and services for parent/caretakers and children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Visit: www.nmpovertylaw.org
has shared with me through His Word about Jesus the Christ, His Anointed One. In this article, I am breaking from this tradition to share with you something about our church. First, I would like to extend an invitation to share in our Christmas Eve celebration. “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 A CHRISTMAS CANDLE LIGHT DRAMA Dec. 24, 6:30 pm: Come enjoy a narrated candlelight service depicting the Nativity account with candles represent i ng va r iou s people associated with the nativity, intermingled with traditional Christmas carols and hymns, followed a Communion S er v ice. (S e e b elow for location) Secondly, I would like to share something about the church that I shepherd.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
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COMMUNITY RMCHCS partners with IAG for homeless outreach SUPPORTS THOSE IN NEED OF SUBSTANCE-ABUSE RECOVERY AND REHAB
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ehoboth McK inley Christian Health Care Services announced a partnership with Immediate Action Group to aid the homeless in Gallup Dec. 11. The agreement will strengthen and formalize an informal affiliation between the groups that has been ongoing to best serve the homeless. The effort is also designed to help those in need of recovery and rehabilitation from drug and alcohol abuse. Both are 501c3 nonprofit organizations. “We have been working together for some time and we are formally announcing our affiliation so the community, donors and those who would like to join us can volunteer,” RMCHCS CEO David
Conejo said. “We look forward to strengthening our association to better serve Gallup residents, our reser vation neighbors and those in need.” The organizations integrate their services to aid a variety of Gallup residents and others from nearby communities needing food, clothing, and other forms of assistance. RMCHCS provides medical services and aids those in need by checking for symptoms of diabetes and similar triage services. The hospital also offers enrollment in its Behavioral Health Treatment Center’s detox and rehab program for those willing to give up their addiction. T he homele s s p e o ple obtaining assistance are veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, members
Homeless residents share breakfast during a homeless outreach gathering. Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services announced a partnership with Immediate Action Group to aid the homeless in Gallup Dec. 11. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Navajo Nation, migrants, students, and people from all walks of life.
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Many are families that have split up for economic reasons whose children are staying with relatives, parents suffering from illness and elderly unable to provide for themselves. Some are struggling to even hang onto their pets. Residents and others provide most of the donations, which are distributed by the coalition. Donations from various organizations across the U.S. are delivered quarterly on a semi-trailer truck. Contributions include discontinued products and items from educational institutions, government offices, abandoned storage units, civic and religious organizations, philanthropies and others. IGA was born a few years a go a s a n i n for m a l out reach program begun by its founder and president William Camarota working with the Lighthouse Church in Gallup. The outreach attracted more constituents and Camarota took over a warehouse donation distribution center operating out of a nearby airport hangar. I AG now ma nages t he operation with approximately 10 volunteers and organizes a week ly brea k fa st held Saturday mornings at the Nizonhi Laundromat parking lot at 1733 S 2nd St. in Gallup.
The organization stores donations in a 3,000-foot warehouse leased from the city of Gallup.
KEEPING WARM UNDER OUTDOOR VENTS IAG transports the donated goods from the warehouse in Gallup to the Laundromat, where they are distributed to the homeless and those in need of food, clothing and household goods. The organizations serve anywhere from several dozen to over a hundred every Saturday in rain and snow. The location for the distribution was founded by Camarota who noticed homeless people huddling for warmth under the laundry building’s heat vents. “It is amazing what we have been able to achieve on a $75 a week budget and a handful of committed volunteers. We serve our constituents hot meals of rice and beans which are made by the group and brought here in the trunks of their cars,” Camarota said. “That $75 goes for gas, vehicle maintenance, food servings, storage and more.” He cited the generosity of Gallup’s Dr. David McKenzie for the group’s operating budget.
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All hands on the Mitten Tree
LIBRARY BRANCHES SHOW WARM HANDS MEAN WARM HEARTS By Chase Charley Sun Jr. Correspondent
he season of giving is in full swing as the Octavia Fellin Public Library continues its annual Mitten Tree donation program throughout the month of December. The program, inspired by a children’s book of the same name, accepts hat and mitten donations at both library locations — the main branch, 115 W. Hill Ave., and the children’s branch, 200 Aztec Ave. “We love doing it and we don’t mind doing it because we know it’s for a good cause,” Octavia Fellin Technology Trainer Markos Chavez said. And a good cause it is indeed as donated items are distributed to those in need by Battered Family Services, Inc., an organization that accepts donations year round. Now in its eighth year, the Mitten Tree program at the library has gained popularity, and the trees were quickly filled with warm mittens and hats this season.
The book that inspired the effort, The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, is the story of an elderly woman who notices children walking to a bus stop without gloves in the cold weather. The woman decides to knit mittens and place them on a tree near the bus stop for the kids to take. Battered Family Services Director Willard Eastman said the Mitten Trees at the library branches add to the abundance of donations Battered Family Services receives from the community. “The community should pat themselves on the back because they’re doing good with donations,” he said. Donations received by Battered Families Services range from coats to furniture, and all donations benefit those in need through the many BFS programs. If you are interested in donating or finding out more about the services offered by Battered Family Services, Inc., they are located at 207 S. Strong Dr. in Gallup and can be found on Facebook.
Both the children’s and main branches of the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup display a Mitten Tree, which offers the community an opportunity to donate mittens and hats to benefit those in need through Battered Family Services. Photo Credit: Chase Charley COMMUNITY
From left, GMCS board members Priscilla Manuelito, Michael Schaaf, Chris Mortensen, Kevin Mitchell, and Superintendent Mike Hyatt honor McKinley Education Foundation grant recipient teachers Dec. 17. Holding plaques, from left: Kate Kempton, Linda Waide, Nemia Tan and Tammy Iralu. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye
School Board recognizes 30 teachers COUNTY TEACHERS HONORED AS ‘EXEMPLARY’ AMONG STATE EDUCATORS
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ore than 30 teacher s were recog n i z e d a t t he Gallup-McKinley County Schools Boa rd of Education regular meeting Dec. 17. The teachers, who received plaques at the meeting, were rated “exemplary” by the New Mexico teacher evaluation system. Priscilla Manuelito, Dist. 3 board member, said it was impressive that over 30 teachers were recognized that night. “[It is] just awesome that we have a lot of great teachers who are going above and beyond,” she said after the meeting. At the meeting, several teachers were also recognized by the McKinley Education Foundation, a nonprofit group formed in 2006 to support education in the county by raising funds for educators in the classroom throughout the school district. McK i n ley Education Foundation recognized teachers for projects that involved t h i rd-g r a de rea d i ng pro grams, science, mathematics, finance management and early learning. Teachers recognized by the foundation were awarded $400 to use toward these projects. Mike Hyat t, GMCS
Superintendent, said the school district is always excited to expand.
“Every bit helps when we’re trying to educate students,” he said after the meeting.
More than 30 area teachers are recognized for receiving an “exemplary” rating at the GMCS Board of Education regular meeting Dec. 17. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye
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Congrats UNM-Gallup grads! HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FALL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY PHOTOS BY CAYLA NIMMO
Llewellyn Paul stands in line waiting for the fall University of New Mexico-Gallup commencement ceremony Dec.15. Paul is graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology from the school of Business Management and Applied Technology.
Fall semester graduates of UNM-Gallup line up for their commencement ceremony Dec. 15 at Miyamura High School, 680 Boardman Ave. in Gallup.
More than 100 students graduate from University of New Mexico Gallup. The Dec. 15 fall commencement ceremony Graduates walk into the Miyamura High School gym, the location of the graduation ceremony, for the UNM-Gallup was held at Miyamura High School in Gallup. fall commencement Dec. 15, when more than 100 students graduated.
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intended for their relationship in our lives to be something we add-on, but rather to transform our entire lives. They also intended for us to live this new life out in relationship with others who know them, for encouragement and to build one another up. We are called to be and act as one body, The Body of Christ on earth. The calling of the Church is to bring glory to God by: Loving God, loving our neighbor/one another, and teaching others how to follow Jesus with their lives. If you do not already have a church home, we invite to visit us and see how we live this out. Below are some of the best times to join us:
Sunday Morning Service (10:15 am)—Sermon Series: Ephesia ns — Ou r relationship(s) a s Chr istia ns. (1 st quarter) Su nday, L a d ie s’ St udy (5 pm)–Fruit of the Spirit (weekly) T uesday, Men’s Brotherhood (6 pm)—Biblical Manhood (weekly) Wednesday, Bible Study (7 pm)—Survey of Bible (weekly, 16 weeks) To join us or for more information , conta ct us at: Gallup Christian Church, 501 S. Cliff Dr. Phone: (505) 863 - 5620. Email: PastorBill@ GallupChristianChurch. com. COMMUNITY
HOMELESS | FROM PAGE 14 The food is served by hospital staffers, ranging from administrators to surgeons and nurses, on folding tables and chairs Camarota transports in a van and trailer from the warehouse. Near the outdoor dining room’s serving area are privacy tarps set up for triage by the RMCHCS volunteers. Under the enclosed tarps, medical staff check the blood pressure and examine the feet of those at risk for diabetes. There are also opportunities for those who want to kick their addiction to speak to medical staff about the program.
FROM MAKE-UP TO DOG FOOD “We never know what we are going to be able to provide to people,” Camarota said. “We’ve had donations of cases of toothpaste, coffee, coats, jackets, sox, hand lotions, produce, used shoes, dog food, beddings and all types of things. We had make-up which we donated to a cheer leading
POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 9 for a medical clearance.
SHOOT AND RUN 12/2, Gallup A Gallup man was allegedly shot while sitting in his car, when he was approached by a man who asked him for money. GPD Patrolman DeWayne Holder said he was at the Gallup Indian Medical Center responding to a trespassing call at about 4 pm Dec. 2, when a man drove up and said he had been shot. The victim said he had stopped his car near 5th Street, when a man approached him from the passenger side and
HOSPITAL CEO | FROM PAGE 6 stabilize the average wage of employees to around $25 an hour in 2019. Canejo said in the past four years, RMCHCS has gone from employing around 400 full-time employees to over 500. Commissioner Bill Lee expressed his appreciation for the work done by Conejo and others — he said the financial COMMUNITY
squad.” He also cited donations of food and clothing from Clayton Homes, items from Goodwill and even housing vouchers from veteran’s organizations. He cites the organization’s need for out-door heaters and tarps for triage treatment. “I’ve been in their place, throughout my lifetime. I’ve found myself homeless more times than I care to count, I know how hard it can be and so that’s why I do this,” Camarota, a reformed addict, said. “It starts with a conversation and encouragement. We’re not out here lecturing these guys, that’s not what this is about…. I’m out here because I’m not OK with people dying, and I want these guys out here to know that we care, and we want them to live. They are tired of being sick and tired, and that’s when we begin encouraging, and it snowballs after that.”
FROM HOMELESS TO HOME DWELLERS Those who enter the rehab program for treatment are given jobs by RMCHCS. During
The Immediate Action Group was born a few years ago as an informal outreach program and now has approximately 10 volunteers and a weekly breakfast held Saturday mornings at Nizonhi Laundromat’s parking lot (pictured), 1733 S. 2nd St. Photo Credit: Courtesy their treatment, they a re employed as cooks, groundkeepers, maintenance people and in other positions. The hospital’s 90-day rehab program was so successful it launched the Community Work Service Program, which helps Gallup maintain public buildings and partners with the
Police Department to prevent crime. The program is composed of former addicts who serve in this effort on their way to landing new jobs and returning to Gallup as model citizens who have kicked their habit. Some have even won awards in community competitions
such as being selected for art awards among the top 20 from the 1,191 entries made at Gallup’s 97th Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. People willing to volunteer or make donations can contact William Camarota at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 726-6944.
asked how much money he had. The victim said he told the man he had no money, and the man pulled out a gun, pointed it into the air and fired a shot. The victim said the shot was loud and made his ears ring. He said he tried to drive away as the man pointed the gun at him and fired another shot. He said he felt a burning sensation in his hand. He then reportedly picked up his wife and they drove to the hospital. The victim described the suspect as “raunchy” and Latino, about 5-foot-10 and between the ages of 30 and 40. A fter a n investigation, Holder said he believed the gun was a BB or pellet gun.
state of RMCHCS is a drastic improvement from years past. Chair person Genevieve Jackson also expressed her appreciation for the RMCHCS staff, recalling how the hospital almost went bankrupt at one point, but has since overcome challenges to provide its services to the community. “[The hospital] is here for the people,” she said during the meeting.
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ breezes in and surprises By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 130 MINUTES
’ll be honest and write that I didn’t hold out much hope for a sequel to a Disney family classic from 54 years ago. Thankfully, the new film Mary Poppins Returns is a pleasant surprise. It may not live up to the original, but it does provide plenty sweetness and visual pop (even throwing in an unexpected cameo for good measure), providing families with plenty of fun this holiday season. The plot itself isn’t exactly light and frothy. It follows Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) the grown-up son from the original film, still living in the family home. Now a widower and single father of three, trouble arises when the bank informs him they are about to foreclose on the residence. Michael and his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) desperately try to find a solution to the financial crisis, although all hope seems lost. Spirits rise, however, with the unexpected arrival of Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt). Stunned that the nanny wasn’t simply a figment of their imaginations, the siblings welcome Poppins in. The sitter takes care of the kids, whisking them to fantastic locales as the
Fifty-four years later, “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Emily Blunt (pictured), is fun and magical for the whole family. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures deadline looms closer. This effort seeks to emulate the style of the original feature and does so unexpectedly well. Blunt hits the right notes as an appropriately firm, yet kindhearted Poppins. The movie also looks striking and many of the recreations may trigger a nostalgic reaction. Musical numbers are solid, but it’s difficult to gauge whether there are any
earworms quite as memorable as some of the original’s best songs. At least the big refrains are fun to watch, with very elaborate dance choreography that includes an entire cadre of lamplighters (including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda) swinging around poles, as well as a tune with all the characters singing and floating above London
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while hanging onto balloons. These sequences are all very well realized and technically impressive. For this reviewer, the film’s highlight was the scenes that combine the human characters with hand-drawn animation. They perfectly emulate the original and are a joy to witness. The movie hits its peak as Poppins and the kids enter a bowl and find themselves speaking, singing and eventually becoming involved in a chase with various animal characters (who serve as something of a metaphor for what’s happening to the family in London). This sequence is an absolute blast. Admittedly, there are some minor issues. There’s a bizarrely high number of references to Royal Doulton ceramics and the product placement is occasionally jarring. Even though
it all results in the film’s best sequence, the name is mentioned a few too many times (those looking for a new drinking game should even be wary, you’ll be completely under the table by the time the characters have exited the bowl). And despite a nice airborne finale, the movie does seem to run out of steam and momentum toward the close. Still, even I’ll admit this follow-up is much better than predicted. Kids will no doubt enjoy much of what they see, and parents who fondly remember the original won’t be rolling their eyes at the attempts to recreate the same kind of magic. If anything, adults will be impressed by just how much it gets right. Like its lead character, Mary Poppins Returns breezes in and is a surprising amount of fun. V i s i t : w w w . CinemaStance.com COMMUNITY
‘Aquaman’ has a few moments but is mostly soggy By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 143 MINUTES
ack in the ’90s, a mov ie featur ing a comic v illain parody i ng over-t he top action and spy movies requested, “...sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads.” I’m not entirely sure what this is a sign of, but it appears that some 20 years later, we have come full circle. The new DC superhero mov ie Aquaman not only features the above seafaring threat, but also asks us to take it all seriously. To be fair, the DC filmic universe has had its share of turkeys and this latest adventure is a modest improvement over several other features in the superhero franchise. There are some impressive action scenes as this grandly scaled epic trudges toward its climax. However, the screenplay is incredibly problematic, providing no real heart or tension to the central events. As a result, it ultimately feels like a lot of hogwash. The movie introduces the origins of its title character with a hastily cut prologue featuring lighthouse keeper T hom a s Cu r r y ( Temuer a Morrison) falling in love with the Queen of Atlantis, the appropriately named Atlanna (Nicole Kidman). She’s forced
to return to the undersea world, but not before giving birth to half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur (Jason Momoa). He becomes a reluctant superhero but finds himself called back to the sea when his power-mad half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) makes a bid to become “Ocean Master” and start a war with the human world. In order ascend to the throne and save both worlds, Arthur teams with telepathic warrior Mera (Amber Heard) and searches for an ancient trident that will convince others that he is the one true King (or Ocean Master, take your pick). Momoa certainly has the physical chops and charisma for the role. He also displays good comic timing, effectively delivering a couple of funny lines even when the script leaves him hanging. And there are a couple of effective action scenes. As the character is forced into the depths of the ocean, he comes face to face with a monstrous life-form known as The Trench. They’re well rendered as they swarm the hero and pursue him through the waters. Additionally, a physical confrontation in Sicily with a human foe called the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) adds some visual kick to the proceedings. At times, though, the fights look like something one might see in a computer game. Still, the film’s biggest flaw is that whenever the characters are forced to open their mouths, their dialogue is wince-inducing. Between action bits, the
The latest DC adventure is a modest improvement over several other features in the superhero franchise, but “Aquaman,” starring Temuera Morrison and Jason Momoa, still hasn’t quite figured out the formula. Photo Credit: Warner Bos. first half of the movie is exposition-heavy, with characters blankly describing important plot points. It almost feels like it’s all being told directly to the audience and is incredibly awkward sounding. The action itself is also punctuated by less-than-subtle music stings that appear to unintentionally emphasize the silliness on display. There’s even an eye-rolling romantic montage later in the story. This is a less-than-subtle film. Additionally, the written attempts at promoting positive themes are ineffective. The villain’s first act of vengeance on humanity is to
return our waste back from the seas onto land. It’s a good idea, but beyond a stilted conversion the subject is forgotten (as the characters soon visit a beautiful and very clean seaside town in the Mediterranean). The other odd aspect is Aqua ma n’s less-tha n- conflicted view about killing foes. He lays waste to dozens over the course of the running time. At the finale, a speech is made about enacting change without taking lives, but after witnessing the hero eliminate so many rivals before sparing one life, it all rings hollow. Momoa is a likable hero and one sees the potential for
more entertaining future films starring the actor. Yet after so many attempts, DC still hasn’t quite found the formula to deliver an exciting superhero flick that equally emphases its characters and themes over elaborate imagery. In the end, Aquaman has a few moments, but is mostly soggy. Note: Those looking for extras will be treated to one segment after the first run of title cards end. After that, there’s no need to stay as nothing more occurs after the full credits. V i s i t : w w w . CinemaStance.com
Gallup Sun • Friday December 21, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 21, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ello and welcome to this year’s final edition of highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Tuesday lands on Dec. 25, and as such, there aren’t any new releases. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of noteworthy flicks arriving now to hold you over until January. 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! 1985 - Set d u r i n g t h e’ 80s, this indie drama involves a closeted marketing executive who heads home to visit family in Texas for the holidays. While visiting his conservative parents as well as acquaintances from his past, he wrestles with whether or not to tell his clan while confronting a devastating personal revelation. Shot in black and white 16mm film, reaction was positive toward this feature. One or two didn’t care for the stark photography or references to the era, but almost everyone else called it a well-acted, refined and powerful story that captures the mood and atmosphere of the ’80s. The cast includes Cory Michael Smith, Jamie Chung, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis. Assassination Nation Taking a critical look at modern technology, this thriller follows the media-obsessed residents of a small town. When a hack exposes everyone’s personal details and thoughts on social media, it creates chaos. Four young women attempt to survive the madness while dealing with fallout from having all their information made public. Overall, notices were positive for this action/comedy. There were a handful who didn’t think it made the most of its concept and stated the story veered all over the place. However, the majority forgave its imperfections, admiring the wild energy on display. Odessa Young, Abra, Suki Waterhouse,
Hari Nef, Joel McHale and Bill Skarsgard headline the film. Fahrenheit 11 / 9 - T h e l a t e s t doc u mentary from Michael Moore (Roger & Me, B o wlin g fo r Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko) deals with the state of American politics, focusing on the current White House administration. The filmmaker examines the mindset of the people who voted ultra-conservative, as well as how to undo the damage that has already been done. Response towards the movie has been upbeat. A small percentage thought Moore’s featu re wou ld have been more successful had he more subtly tried to convince the president’s supporters to flip. However, the majority said it painted an effectively disturbing picture of the future and properly skewered the head of state. Monster Party - A group of teens-tur ned- cr imina ls in desperate need of cash decides to rob a fancy Malibu mansion. They arrive during a dinner party and decide to take advantage of the extra goods that seem up for grabs. Unfortunately, their lives are put into great danger when they realize the event is for a serial killer cult. This independent horror picture also earned some favorable notices. About one quarter didn’t think it added up to much or stood out from the genre crowd, but significantly more found it appropriately distressing and darkly humorous. The cast includes Sam Strike, Virginia Gardner, Brandon Michael Hall, Robin Tunney and Lance Reddick. The Predator - This latest chapter in the Predator franchise finds the titular creations to be an even more powerful threat after splicing their DNA with other alien creatures. They arrive on Earth and create more havoc as they hunt human prey. The world’s only hope is a group of traumatized ex-soldiers, a disgruntled science teacher and a kid genius. The fourth time was not the charm for this series, at least according to members of the press. A small group enjoyed the action and liked the antics of the unhinged veteran heroes.
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Yet more found the end results a bit messy and overstuffed with too many supporting characters. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It features Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob T remblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn and Thomas Jane. A Simple Favor - Two mothers from different backgrounds meet at their children’s school and become friends. The wealthier, more secretive of the pair suddenly asks her new friend to babysit for her son and disappears. The other decides to investigate and try to find out exactly what happened to the aristocrat, uncovering many unexpected secrets in the process. This picture earned praise from critics. A small number felt it couldn’t settle on a specific tone of comedy or thriller and ending up suffering for it, yet the overwhelming consensus was that this was an enjoyably twisty little thriller that easily keeps audiences guessing. It stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding. The Super - A new superi nt endent at a luxury New Yo r k C i t y apartment building faces more than utility problems in this horror movie. As it turns out, residents are completely disappearing from the premises. Worried about his two daughters who live with him, the protagonist begins taking a look into the strange events occurring around him. He suspects the building’s very strange maintenance man, who speaks in cryptic riddles. This effort earned mixed reviews, with a few more negative writeups than positive opinions. Some appreciated the twist ending and the performances, although most didn’t think these pluses made up for an otherwise generic genre entry. Patrick John Flueger and Val Kilmer headline the film. Venom - The latest superhero epic is this feature that focuses on one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes. When reporter Eddie Brock pushes too hard to get to the truth behind a stor y involv ing cor porate crime, he ends up encountering a strange alien symbiote
that gives him incredible power. Brock bickers with the lifeform as he tries to stop the sinister conspiracy. This film was a hit at the box office, but didn’t impress many reviewers. A small group described it as an enjoyably quirky action picture with an emphasis on dark humor. However, many complained that they didn’t know if they were watching a superhero film, a monster movie or a comedy. It stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! T he M V D M a q u e e Collection has a Blu-ray of t he Sa l ly Field drama, Not With out My Daughter (1991). It comes with a making-of featurette and a trailer. If B-movie action is more to your liking, then you can pick up Raven (1997). This title features Burt Reynolds as an elite mercenary on a secret and deadly mission. Finally, the tween scavenger hunt comedy Sleepover (2004) is also getting the high definition treatment. This flick features an all-star cast including Jane Lynch, a very young Brie Larson, and Steve Carell. The Blu-ray includes a director commentary, multiple making-of featurettes, profiles of the cast, a gag reel and other extras. S hou t! F a c t or y ’s a l s o delivering several Blu-rays. They include a Collector’s Edition of Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), the third entry in the Hammer Dracula series starring Christopher Lee as the famous vampire. This disc includes a 4K scan of the UK and US versions of the film, new audio comme nt a r ie s f r om a mov ie expert and filmmaker/fans Constantine Nasr and Steve H a b e r m a n , a pr e v iou s ly released audio track featuring the cast (including Lee himself), a making-of short, behind-the-scenes footage a nd a Wo r l d of Ha mm e r episode detailing the entire British Dracula film series. The distributor also has Steve Martin’s classic comedy The Jerk (1979). It’s arriving
in a 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray package that featu res a new 2K rema ster, new interviews with Martin and director Carl Reiner, a conversation with the film’s writers, the lost film strips of Father Carlos Las Vegas De Cordova, trailers and a segment teaching you how to play the song, “Tonight You Belong to Me.” You can also pick up a Bluray of the Neil Simon murder/ mystery spoof, Murder by Death (1976). It features a great cast (including Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Maggie Smith and others) and arrives with a Simon interview, as well as a new film historian audio commentary and publicity materials. F i n a l ly, S hou t! h a s a Collector’s Edition of the s c i - f i /d r a m a , S t a r m a n (1984). This effort from John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little C hin a a nd ma ny ot her s) about a visiting alien earned an Oscar nomination for its headliner, Jeff Bridges. The Blu-ray comes with a new retrospective documentary on the making of the film, an audio commentary featuring Carpenter and Bridges, a vintage featurette and loads of publicity materials. Warner Achives is now making made-to-order Blu-rays available of several titles in their catalogue. This includes the William Holden crime flick, The Blue Knight (1973), which later got turned into a TV series.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Listed below are some titles that will appeal to kids. The House with a Clock in Its Walls Power Rangers: Hyakujuu S e n t a i G a o r a n g e r : T he Complete Series
ON THE TUBE! And these are the week’s TV-themed releases. The Dr. Blake Mysteries: Season 5 Neanderthal (PBS) NOVA: Transplanting Hope (PBS) Sacred: Milestones of a Spiritual Life (PBS) - Released December 25th COMMUNITY
RMCHCS | FROM PAGE 7 entities such as The Western Hea lt h Fou nd a t ion, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Veterans Helping Vetera ns a nd the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. The project aims to provide housing and suppor tive ser vices to vulnerable, low-income veterans and disabled, homeless individuals in Gallup. Zoe LeBeau, of LeBeau Development LLC, said she hope s t he project move s forward. “It’s been g reat , abso lutely amazing [to work with Gallup],” LeBeau told the Sun Dec. 10. “The faith community is supportive, as well as the state and city.” LeBeau said she’s worked w ith Ga llup on numerous projects over the past two years, building on her supportive housing work of some 25 years. She sa id the project is anticipated to cost between $8 -$10 million, and will be f u nde d t h r ou g h a n a l lo cation of ta x credits from the New Mexico Mor tgage Finance Authority, as well as gap funding from Federal Home Loan Bank and a land donation from the City of Gallup. Additionally, the project will need between $400,000$500,000 to cover costs of infrastructure development. When capital outlay funds are in place, the gap funds would ensure the project is funded and started within two years. LeBeau said the outline proposed at the meeting consists of six outreach sessions in the Ga llup community, and entails looking for two land lots for potential sites to build individual units — small apartments that measure 500-600 square feet. Resident s wou ld be able move in after they file the proper paperwork and undergo an intensive admission process. LeBeau said the goal of t he project i s to prov ide affordable housing and suppor tive onsite ser v ices to qualified individuals. T he proposed center would accommodate var ious people, providing each t hei r ow n spa ce a nd t he time to address individual challenges. The staff would CLASSIFIEDS
be flexible and open-minded. LeBeau said the proposed housing center would charge 30 percent of an individual’s income for their stay at the center. Dist. 1 Councilor Linda Garcia was present at the meeting to give her full support to the project. She said the city council supports the its moving forward. “When you see progress, you get enthusia stic,” she said. Garcia spoke to the crowd about a trip she and other member s of t he cit y a nd state took to Duluth, Minn. to evaluate similar housing solutions. She described a series of supportive housing projects in that region, with modern amenities and a supportive community. “The dedication from people [impressed me],” Garcia said. “What made [that project] a success was that people cared. They all just take care of each other.” At the meeting, D. Wonda Johnson, Dist. 5 legislator for N.M., said issues like homelessness, alcoholism, community and demographics have no boundaries. She said the problems in Gallup are also problems in Duluth. “The homes prov ided a place for healing,” Johnson said. “They embraced Native American spirituality. I could smell the sage burning inside the homes. It was very powerful for me.” Richa rd Kont z , executive director for the Gallup Housing Authority, was also present at the meeting. He said it is the housing authority’s goal to educate people about the project. Kontz said it’s crucial to educate people on how they shou ld behave when they live in the housing center. He said various issues may cause residents to lose their housing, from lying about income to making trouble in the community. “You have to be truthful w it h people,” Kontz sa id. “You tell them this is how Gallup is.” In the face of potential challenges to the endeavor, the sentiment in the room wa s that the project w i ll requ i re cooperat ion w it h and support from the Gallup community. “[This requires] dedication. It will take all of us to get it done,” Garcia said.
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by Regulation of Certain Involuntary Payments Required of Employees in McKinley County. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. Notice is also given that at the January 22, 2019 County Commission Meeting the Commission will hear comment and consider the adoption process for whether or not McKinley County should adopt an ordinance giving an Income tax rebate available under NMSA 1978 section 7-2-14.3. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 17th day of December, 2018 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Genevieve Jackson, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun December 21st and 28th, 2018 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the governing body of the City of Gallup, New Mexico will take place on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico; to consider final approval of the following entitled Ordinance: An ordinance amending Section 7-1-1 of the Gallup City Code Relating to Street, Alley, and Sidewalk obstructions to eliminate references to streets and alleys; to allow businesses to place benches, tables, and chairs on a sidewalk adjacent to the business without obtaining a permit; designating plan-
ning and development as the enforcement authority; 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, December 21, 2018 *** Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following Items will be sold or disposed of In order to satisfy a lien for Delinquent rent and/or related Charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 3000 W. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD Please call 505-722-7989 For more information. Last Known Address of Tenant: Ericson Ben Jr. PO Box 1643 Tohatchi, NM 87325 Dresser, DVD’s, clothes Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items Stephanie Smith PO Box 112 Houck, AZ 86506 Toys, Shoes, bike Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items Elvira Benally 200 Western Skies #81 Gallup, NM 87301 Vacuum, mattress, pool Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items Items may be viewed on the day Of sale only. CASH ONLY Please call office to verify info. Sale May Be Cancelled By Right of Lien Holder PUBLISH: Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 Friday, Dec. 28, 2018
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEC. 21-27, 2018 FRIDAY, Dec. 21 LIBRARY CLOSED Dec. 21, 9 am – 6 pm: Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave., and Children’s Branch, 200 W, Aztec Ave. are both closed for Staff Development. SATURDAY, Dec. 22 STORY TIME 11-11:30 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Every Wednesday at 10:30 am and Saturday at 11 am. This program is intended for children ages 2 - 4. MONDAY Dec. 24 LIBRARY CLOSED Dec. 24-25, 9 am – 6 pm: Both branches closed for the holiday. A CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT DRAMA 6:30 pm: Come enjoy a narrated candlelight service depicting the Nativity account with candles representing various people associated with the nativity, intermingled with traditional Christmas carols and hymns, followed a Communion Service. Gallup Christian Church (505) 863-5620, 505 S. Cliff Dr. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE A Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols, Communion and Candlelight will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monday, December 24. Join us at 7 pm as we Welcome the Christ Child. All are invited! The church is located at 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive) near Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information: email@example.com or www. wpcgallup.org, (505) 9053247. TUESDAY, DEC. 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS! WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30 – 11 am@ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers CALENDAR
2-4 years old, featuring music, movement, rhymes and stories. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30-7 pm @ Octavia Fellin Public Library Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. This week’s film: Creed THURSDAY, Dec. 27 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Construction Paper Stocking ONGOING ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Window Rock AA Group meets at Fellowship Hall WR Christian Center across from N.N. Fairgrounds/ Wellness Center, Hwy 264, Mondays at 5:45 pm. Closed Speaker Meeting, limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. We cannot accommodate children. No attendance forms, smartphones. Visit aa-fc.org for more info. CELEBRATE RECOVERY A Christ-centered recovery program that will help you heal from the pain of your un-managed hurts, habits and hang-ups. Tuesday, 6-8 pm. Journey Church, 501 S. Third St. (505) 979-0511. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3:30-5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the following Monday. Community members concerned about environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. CHURCHROCK CHAPTER Churchrock Chapter is now accepting toy donations for the Christmas toy drive until Wed. Dec. 20. The toys will be distributed at the annual community Christmas dinner on Thursday Dec. 21. Please drop off an unwrapped toy for distribution at Churchrock Chapter. Let’s spread the Christmas cheer by giving. Call (505) 488-2166. Churchrock Chap-
ter Administration. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-4 pm, Tuesday through Friday, 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. COMMUNITY PROVIDERS All meetings will be the last Thursday of every month. Speakers for the Community Providers Agenda Sept. 27 meeting are needed. Please contact Bill Camarota bcamorota@rmchcs. org or Ben Welch bwelch@ gallupnm.gov. RMCHCS East Campus, noon in the Chapel. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Road. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community classes and presentations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call (505) 728-9246 for info. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health
Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. RECOVERING ADDICTS FOR JESUS New Life ministries holds weekly meetings to anyone who is on the Recovering path from alcohol and drug abuse. Our approach integrates the 12 AA steps with Biblical truths. Location: 309 Chino Loop, Gamerco. Time: 6 pm, every Thursday. Phone: (505) 722-8973 OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 3075999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill Street. For more information, call (505) 722-5142 or visit www. Recylegallup.org. RECYCLING DEPOT The Recycling Depot will now be open from noon-1:30 pm on the first Saturdays of the month. Educators and artists are encouraged to come by and see what’s available. Volunteers will accept some items, such as paper towels and toilet paper rolls. This is a free service of the McKinley Citizen’s Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152. SAVE THE DATE BLESSINGS OF THE DRUMS Dec. 29: a social pow-wow with guest speakers, tiny tots contest, headman fancy special contests and more.
Begins at noon at Window Rock Sports Center in Window Rock, Ariz. Contact Kenny Brown at (928) 2453172. NEW YEAR’S EVE SOBRIETY POWWOW Dec. 31 @ Miyamura High School, 680 S. Boardman Dr. Gourd Dance noon-4:30 pm; NCI Princess 4:30-6 pm; Grand Entry 6 pm. For info, contact Karen Johnson, (505) 722-9282 KESHJEE’ NAVAJO SHOE GAME Dec. 31, 7 pm till after midnight@ Na’Nizhoozhi Center Inc., 2205 E. Boyd in Gallup. This sacred Navajo ceremony tells and shows the story of how the cycle of day and night came to be. Contact NCI, (505) 722-9282 THE RMCHCS AUXILIARY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships for the fall or spring semester to students pursuing an education in medical or health careers. Applicants must be full time students, have completed 12 college credit hours, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Application deadline for the spring 2019 semester is Jan. 4. Applications are available at the UNM-Gallup Financial Aid Office and at the RMCH information desk. For more information: (505) 863-7325. WINE & PAINTING: WINTER SCENE Jan. 24, 6-9 pm @ ART123 Gallery, Have a creative night out! Register at www. galluparts.org/wine-andpainting 2ND LOOK ON 2ND STREET Premiers Jan. 29, 6-8 pm, and monthly on fourth Tuesdays. Take a stroll on gallery row. Get up close and personal with local art and artists. Check out art shows, artist demonstrations and artist talks at opo Gallery, Free Spirit Gallery, ART123 Gallery, LOOM Gallery and Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. 2nd Street from Hill to Coal in downtown Gallup. Visit: www.galluparts. org/2ndlook To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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