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NEWS New test results detail improvements at Gallup-McKinley County Schools DISTRICT AMONG TOP TEN STATE SCHOOLS IN PROFICIENCY GROWTH

By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


allup-McKinley County Schools Assistant Superintendent Gerald Horacek wanted to stress one point when he spoke to the Board of Education during the Aug. 6 regular meeting. “Growth matters, especially when it comes to how your students are doing academically in [English Language Arts] and math,” he said. Horacek was referring to the updated results showing proficiency growth in ELA and math across New Mexico schools in the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career tests, which he presented during the regular meeting. First, Horacek reiterated the test results he shared at the board’s July 15 regular meeting. Over the past five years, the proficiency rate in math at GMCS has risen from 9.1 percent to 16.42 percent, whereas the state average in math proficiency rose from 17.4 percent to 20.3 percent. The results show how much GMCS has closed the gap with the state average in math proficiency, Horacek said. “It’s a tribute to what the board has allowed us to do,” he said. As for ELA, the proficiency rate at GMCS has risen from 14.6 percent to about 29.6 percent over five years, while the state average in EL A

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proficiency went from 26.4 percent to 32.7 percent. This means the district has more than doubled its proficiency rate in ELA and closed the gap with the state average in five years. Board Vice President Chris Mortensen said the results were astounding, but also asked Horacek about any obstacles that could be keeping the district from scoring even higher than it did. “It’s continually refining what we do,” Horacek said. “We strive to make sure in the classroom, the correct standard is being taught and to the right rigor.” This means making sure teachers are teaching to the right standard for each grade level, and that they are making the material challenging enough to help the children grow and improve. “W h a t a l l k id s w a nt , regardless of where they live or come from, they all want to be challenged,” Horacek said. “They want to be held to high expectations.” Despite the growth that has occurred in five years, Horacek believes all the students want to continue to be challenged and grow even more. “We were never going to look at [the results] and say, ‘We made it,’ because a child is tied to that,” he said. “We need way more than 30 percent.” Horacek added the data, which he and Superintendent Mike Hyatt reiterated comes directly from the state, speaks for itself and shows what

Gerald Horacek, far right, assistant superintendent for Gallup-McKinley County Schools, discusses the state results of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career tests at the Board of Education regular meeting Aug. 6. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye GMCS is doing for students is working. “That just says something about you all, and the parents in our community, and administrators and teachers, that we’re doing some good things,” he said. The higher growth rate for GMCS compared to the state average makes Horacek believe the district can surpass the state average in less than five years. He also wanted to stress the PARCC results encompass all of the students who take the test at GMCS, and not just a

select group or grade. Horacek then moved on to the newest state data, which showed the one year change in the ELA proficiency rate among the 10 largest New Mexico school districts. GMCS was second in growth in the state with a 3.7 increase, ahead of Albuquerque Public Schools, Farmington Municipal Schools, Gadsden Independent Schools, Las Cruces Public Schools, Los Lunas Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Roswell Independent Schools, and Santa Fe Public Schools.

The only district ahead of GMCS for one-year growth was Hobbs Municipal Schools. However, for the two-year change in ELA proficiency, GMCS had the highest growth in the state, besting the other nine school districts with a 6.1 increase. This announcement was met with applause from the room. As for a one-year change in math proficiency, GMCS was the only district to have a



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A quiet alley to become a busy, artistic space GRANT TO TAKE ALLEY FROM BLAH TO INSPIRED Staff Reports


The “before” picture of the alley between First Street and Second Street, and Coal Avenue and Aztec Avenue at the back of the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments building. The reveal and celebration of the space will be Nov. 30. Photo Credit: Rose Eason


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a l lup M a i n St reet A r t s & C u lt u r a l District is the recipient of a n $8,000 grant from the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance, in partnership with New Mexico MainStreet and the McCune Charitable Foundation in support of a project being developed with gallupARTS to bring art to one block of alleyway in downtown Gallup. The block is located between First Street and Second Street, and Coal Aveue and Aztec Avenue. The project will result in the creation of one large mural and several art activations that engage the community and bring vibrancy to this underutilized public space over the course of three months, beginning in September and culminating in a public celebration Nov. 30. The artists will be selected through an open call and review process. “ We a r e h o n o r e d t o receive these funds to invest

i n dow nt ow n i n f r a s t r uc ture, collaborate with business and property owners, a nd to celebrate Ga l lup’s rich creative economy - all while engaging the public in the process,” Kara Smith, executive director of Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District said. Rose Ea son, executive director of gallupARTS added, “We are excited to partner with the Gallup MainStreet Arts and Cultural District to continue to leverage Gallup’s greatest natural resource, creativity, for the purposes of downtown revitalization, economic development, and improved quality of life. We are also excited to

work with one of our community’s many talented artists to develop an imaginative and innovative mural to add to downtown Gallup’s impressive collection.” If you are an artist interested in learning more about participation, contact: executivedirector@ galluparts.org.


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from Richard F. Kontz Executive Director of the Gallup Housing Authority

I highly recommend this Book: “The other Wes Moore – One name, Two fates” written by Wes Moore. This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore who grew up in the same low income neighborhood within several blocks of one another, but without each other’s knowledge.

One Wes Moore has grown up to be very educated, very successful in life and has experienced seeing things he never ever dreamed of seeing as a child coming from a poor neighborhood. The other Wes Moore got involved in drugs and drug dealing at an early age and went to prison after getting involved with an armed robbery which resulted in the killing of an off-duty police officer. This Wes died in prison. They both had mothers who loved them and tried their best to raise their kids the right way. One mother an immigrant came legally to the United States when she was very young. She eventually married and both [her husband and herself] saw America as the land of opportunity, if one worked hard and applied yourselves. Unfortunately, she lost her husband one day when he died of a heart attack. When her son started to run with the wrong crowd she did everything she could to get him into military school. She felt he needed the discipline. She worked three jobs to help pay for his schooling and her son who at first resisted eventually accepted the disciplined approach of military prep school. He would go on to serve in the military and would eventually

graduate from John Hopkins University and becomee a Rhodes Scholar.

The other mother got hooked on drugs and had men in and out of the household. While she tried to raise her son right she failed. Her son found he could make easy money running drugs for dealers and would eventually become a dealer. At one point he tried to get out knowing that most of his friends died young in this line of business. But, the lure of the fast life and money sucked him back in. He eventually attempted an armed robbery with some of his friends and shot an off-duty cop who attempted to stop them. The police were relentless in pursuing the “cop killer”. As a result of the publicity on the killing of the police officer the “successful” Wes Moore received a call one day from his mother telling him about the Wes Moore who killed a police officer. He eventually made contact with the imprisoned Wes Moore and much of the book is about their parallel life stories. How did one Wes come out okay and became a very successful person in life and the other Wes ended up in prison and eventually died there. WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE? Clearly the book shows the ticket out was EDUCATION and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Wes Moore also had to learn that life isn’t fair but to sit around and complain about it wasn’t going to change your circumstances. He also realized that while “racism” still exists and will probably always exist that shouldn’t become an excuse not to become successful in life. And, he had to learn proper behavior is part of being a productive and successful citizen no matter where you choose to live. He learned “Respect is earned not demanded”. In closing, I see the same things locally amongst many low income families. This book has much to teach about how “Life’s roots determine Life’s routes”. Just because you are born in poverty doesn’t mean you have to live there for the rest of your life. Things can change and be different. The choice is yours. There are numerous resources here in the Gallup area to help you with that. Your comments are welcome!

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Governor announces Diocese of Gallup adds four new names domestic terrorism to list of credibly accused clergy summit Staff Reports


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ov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Aug. 5 she will convene key legislators of both parties and public safety stakeholders within her administration to analyze and discuss proactive measures to decrease the risk of domestic terrorist acts in the wake of the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, TX, which law enforcement authorities are investigating as a hate crime. The domestic terrorism summit is scheduled for Aug. 14 and will include a briefing on the subject by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is intended to catalyze a discussion about preventative steps the state can take, in conjunction with local public safety jurisdictions, toward comprehensive preparedness against actors who would seek to strike any New Mexico community with mass violence. “I want to know: What can we do to be a step ahead? What can we do right now to ensure New Mexicans are as protected

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as they can be against acts of hate and mass terror?” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “The gun v iolence this weekend in El Paso [Aug. 3], reportedly inspired by hatred toward a specific group of people, was a sobering reminder: It is too easy for dangerous, violent, and mentally ill individuals to obtain an instrument of mass death in this country,” Gov. Lujan Grisham continued. “And hateful rhetoric can directly lead to destructive and heinous acts. In New Mexico, we will be on the front foot, and I look forward to this discussion.”

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he Franciscan Prov ince of Sa nta Barbara released a list of clergy and friars credibly accused of abuse on May 21. Two of the priests listed were assigned to the Diocese of Gallup throughout the 1960s-1980s. The two priests of the Santa Barbara Province, Fr. Camillus Cavagnaro and Fr. Sylvester Mancuso, are accused of abuse during assignments outside the Diocese of Gallup and will be added to the corresponding list on our diocesan website: https://sbfranciscans. org/list-of-credibly-accused/ During the process of verifying the assignments, we learned that a third friar, Br. Dennis Duffy, was credibly accused of abuse during an assignment within our Diocese, in Whiteriver, Ariz. The accusation was made to the province after Br. Duffy left our diocese and was not brought to our attention until after the province publicly released their list. Since learning of the allegation, the Diocese of Gallup has informed law enforcement officials in Arizona, so that a proper investigation can be carried out. We have also added Fr. Roman Pfalzer, OFM, to our list of priests credibly accused of abuse from assignments outside of the Diocese of Gallup. Fr. Pfalzer is listed on the credibly accused clergy list published by

the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, as well as the credibly accused clergy list published by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and we have now verified the dates and times of his assignments in the Diocese of Gallup. Names and Assignments of Newly-Added Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse During Assignments Within the Diocese of Gallup Br. Dennis Duffy, O.F.M. Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup: St. F ra ncis of A ssisi, Whiteriver, Ariz. (residence in San Carlos, Ariz.) (1971-1973) St. F ra ncis of A ssisi, W hiter iver, A r iz. a nd St. Catherine in Cibecue, Ariz. (July 1, 1975-1980 ) Listed by the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara in May 2019 for allegations of abuse occurring in 1975, (during tenure at St. Francis in Whiteriver). Allegation was reported to province in 1990.* *The known accusations of this person are limited to those documented by the Franciscan Friars, Province of St. Barbara and not made known to the Diocese of Gallup until the release of their list of Credibly Accused Friars on May 21. Names and Assignments of Newly-Added Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse During Assignments Outside of the Diocese of Gallup 1. Fr. Roman Pfalzer, O.F.M. (deceased)

Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup: St. Francis Church, Gallup, N.M. (July 5, 1949-July 1951) Allegations of abuse listed by Archdiocese of Santa Fe Allegations of abuse listed by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis 2. Fr. Camillus Cavagnaro, O.F.M. (deceased) Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup: St . F ra ncis Chu rch, Whiteriver Ariz. and St. Catherine in Cibecue, Ariz. (Sept 1, 1978-May 1984) Allegations of abuse listed by the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara 3. Fr. Sylvester Mancuso, O.F.M. (deceased) Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup: St . F ra ncis Chu rch, Whiteriver Ariz. and St. Catherine in Cibecue, Ariz. (July 19, 1964 - June 15, 1971) Allegations of abuse listed by the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara If you or anyone you know has an allegation of abuse to report and has not yet done so, please contact your local law enforcement agency. https:// dioceseofgallup.org/youth-protection/law-enforcement-reporting-contacts/ You may also seek help by contacting our Victims Assistance Coordinator, Elizabeth Terrill, at victimsassistance@dioceseofgallup.org or by calling (505) 906-7357.

I-40 Construction at Exit 39 To Wrap Up In September 2019 Eastbound I-40 travelers and truckers encouraged to travel through area on weekday mornings to avoid backups Construction is expected to continue through early to mid-September 2019 on the I-40 bridge and roadway project from Mile Marker 37.6 to Mile Marker 42.8 east of Gallup, including Exit 39 north of Jamestown.

Traffic Impacts

• Eastbound I-40 is reduced to one lane (westbound I-40 has two lanes open). • The Exit 39 Bridge is also reduced to one lane but should be completed in mid to late August. • On occasional weekday afternoons and weekends, eastbound I-40 traffic begins backing up about 2 p.m. • Traffic delays can last 4-6 hours.

What You Can do

• Plan your trips through this area on weekday mornings if at all possible. • Be aware that commercial vehicles such as trucks have to travel slower for safety reasons. • Since there are no viable detours, expect delays and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

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Patti Watson, (505) 245-3134 or (505) 269-969 pattiw@cwastrategic.com

Construction is Needed

The project is needed because the bridge and roadway are old and need to be upgraded to today’s standards. The contractor is working from 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. six days a week to complete construction as soon as possible.

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RMCHCS ‘roadies’ trade addiction for art entrepreneurism Staff Reports


he Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services C o m mu n i t y Wo rk Ser v ice Organization will serve as unofficial “roadies” for this year’s Gallup Native Arts Market event. The group of ten hospital volunteers will be assisting the 150 artists expected to participate with table set-ups, building displays, minding booths, carting artwork, serving snacks to artists, unloading vehicles and other tasks, so the artists can focus on their works. The market will feature 108, 10x10 booths and 5, 100-foot-long tents for artists to display their works. The event, renowned for its Navajo and Zuni jewelry, pottery, paintings and other artworks will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 am-6 pm and Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 am-6 pm at the Courthouse Square in Gallup, 215 W. Aztec Ave. and offers free admission. The event’s normal crowd of 2,000-3,000 is expected to double since this year’s market is along the  98th  Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade route, offering a rich culture of dancing during the parade. “We look forward to working with the artists and assisting them in bringing their skills and talents to the community,”

RMCHCS Behavioral Special Projects Director William Camorata, who oversees the Community Work Service organization, said. “Our crew of roadies and many of the artists share a special bond as many have been people in recovery and have a mutual respect for each other’s sobriety.” The City of Gallup worked with a group of regional artists to develop the market three years ago to bring back customers seeking the area’s rich heritage of American Indian art. “We want to enable artists to sell from close to home,” Jennifer Lazarz, tourism and marketing manager for the City of Gallup, said. “We could not have easily developed the market we have today with[out] the assistance of RMCHCS,” she added as she thanked the efforts of William Camorata and hospital CEO David Conejo. “The real synergy here is the symbiotic relationship between the roadies and artists, many of whom share the bonds of former addicts and can relish the role of artist as entrepreneur as a path forward.”

RMCHCS ARTISTS PARTICIPATE In addition to helping set up artists’ displays, RMCHCS

From left, top: Bill Camarota Special Projects Director, RMCHCS; Katie Shultz Healing Hands Pottery Director, RMCHCS; Jennifer Lazarz, Tourism and Marketing Manager, City of Gallup; Cynthia Happy, Community Work Services, RMCHCS and Kristy Lunasee, Healing Hands, RMCHCS. From left, bottom: Andy Garcia, Community Work Services, RMCHCS; Scott Smith, Community Work Services Crew Leaders, RMCHCS, and Lorenzo Manygoats-Community Work Services, RMCHCS. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services will also participate in the market event through its Healing Hands program, which enables those graduates of the inpatient treatment center to explore becoming artists and entrepreneurs. “Our Healing Hands program members will be out there selling pottery our artists make.  Artists are paid hourly and all sales support our program,” Katie Schultz, ceramic enterprise director, RMCHCS, said. “This enterprise is much more than sales, however. It is

vocational, learning art techniques, marketing, and entrepreneurial  skills including training, to those who want to pursue art on their own.  That’s important especially to supplement income for those with situations who cannot work regular jobs in town.” RMCHCS’ displays will be in the fair’s non-profit tent and will have three artists exhibiting; Lawrence Besselente, Kristy Lunasee and Jessica Sandoval. All three are artists in recovery who teach

and mentor newer recruits. Seven to ten artists participate in the program at a time. Recently Healing Hands received a $4,000 grant from New Mexico Arts, which is part of the National Endowment for the Arts.  The  vision for Healing Hands in the future will be a co-op program to support artists in the Gallup area.    Customers  can also learn more by visiting Healing Hand’s Ceramic Shop at 194 E. Hwy. 66, behind the State Farm in downtown Gallup.

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Zuni Pueblo man in federal custody pending manslaughter, assault charges

a second male victim with a knife. L BUQU ERQU E – The indictment alleges that A U.S. Magistrate Tsethlikai committed the three Ju d ge s it t i n g i n offenses in Indian Country in A l b u q u e r q u e , McKinley County, N.M., on Nov. N.M., ordered Terry Demetri 23. Tsethlikai, 26, a member of Tsethlikai was arrested by Zuni Pueblo who resides in the U.S. Marshals Service on Black Rock, N.M., detained July 22, at the Zuni Detention pending trial on an indictment Center, where he was in cuscharging him with manslaugh- tody on related tribal charges. ter and assault charges Aug. 1.  If convicted, Tsethlikai Tsethlikai previously entered faces up to 15 years of imprisa not guilty plea to the three- onment on the manslaughter count indictment on July 24. charge, and up to 10 years of A fe der a l g r a nd ju r y imprisonment on each of the indicted Tsethlikai on June two assault charges. Charges 27, and charged him with vol- in indictments are only allegauntary manslaughter, assault tions. A defendant is presumed resulting in serious bodily innocent unless and until injury, and assault with a dan- proven guilty. gerous weapon.  The Gallup office of the FBI According to the indict- investigated this case with ment, Tsethlikai allegedly assistance from the Pueblo of unlawfully killed a male vic- Zuni Tribal Police Department tim during a sudden quarrel; and the U.S. Marshals Service.  assaulted a female victim, Assistant U.S. Attorney causing her to suffer serious Thomas J. Aliberti is prosecutbodily injury; and assaulted ing the case. Staff Reports


Man wanted for violent armed robbery By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


he McKinley County Sheriff’s Office released an arrest warrant for Karl Thompson, 19, of Ganado. The State of New Mexico authorized any officer to execute the warrant and arrest Thompson and bring him to the Magistrate Court to answer to 13 charges. Thompson is wanted for one count of armed robbery; one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery; one count of accessory to commit armed robbery; five counts of assault to commit armed robbery; three counts of abuse to a child; one count of unlawfully carrying a firearm into a licensed liquor establishment; and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon. These incidents occurred at the Mustang store in Bread Springs, 1060 Hwy. 602, April 18. Thompson attempted to steal various alcoholic beverages using a Jennings .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol and threatened a number of patrons inside the store. On the day of the robbery, McKinley County Chief Investigator Lt. Merle Bates overheard radio traffic of the incident and left for the Mustang station. Upon arriving at the scene, Bates spotted several vehicles and a number of people who were either inside or outside the establishment

Karl Thompson when the robbery occurred. Bates met McKinley County Sheriff Lt. Eric Jim, who was the first officer to arrive and briefed Bates on what he had learned. Bates noted several unopened, broken bottles of various alcoholic beverages on the ground inside and outside the building. A .40 caliber cartridge was located near the entrance, and there was a bullet casing near the refrigerator coolers.


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Wells Fargo bank robbed FBI WANTS YOUR HELP Staff Reports


he FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch on the afternoon of Aug. 2. The suspect is described as a white male in his early 30s, approximately 5’10” tall, with a short beard and possibly short, dark blonde hair. He wore a gray hat, a gray T-shirt with stains around the abdomen, dark jeans, and brown sunglasses. He carried a small bag that hung from his shoulder.  The suspect entered Wells Fargo, located at approximately 2:09 pm Aug. 2. He presented a teller with a note that implied he had a gun. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank. Anyone with information


about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300. The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information

leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Bank robber y carries a possible prison term of up to

Boarding school bus #223 that was hit in broadside collision while returning students from school in Tuba City, Ariz. Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Navajo Police Department

Aug. 2 picture of suspect inside Wells Fargo bank branch in Santa Fe. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Albuquerque FBI

Suspect standing in queu inside Santa Fe Wells Fargo bank branch, seen on surveillance footage Aug. 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Albuquerque FBI

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Milan police officer resigns after arrest Staff Reports


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Deputies approaching the suspect as he hides between the propane tank and propane shack on the car wash property. This is from an in-car camera of a McKinley County Sheriff’s Office unit Aug. 4 on property of Tse Bonito Car Wash. Photo Credit: Courtesy of McKinley County Sheriff’s Office through a residential area and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect ignored the officers’ attempts and continued to drive on Highway 264 towards Tse Bonito. Metro law enforcement was notified and officers from the McKinley County Sheriff’s

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he Nav a jo Pol ic e Department received a call of a reported armed robbery that occurred at the Chevron gas station in Window Rock Aug. 4. Navajo Police were called after the male suspect walked into the store with a rif le and proceeded to steal items before fleeing in a black Chevy Avalanche. Responding officers located the suspect’s vehicle driving

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y ron Footracer, 35, of Ga l lup, resigned from his position with the Milan Police Department Aug. 6 after a domestic incident at his home. Gallup Patrolman Thomas House was dispatched to a house on Zecca Drive in reference to a police request Aug. 4. W hen House a r r ived on-scene, he made contact with a male subject in the back room of the residence who was yelling at a female with a small infant. House told the male to go to the living room where they could talk. Footracer he had gotten into an argument with his wife over marriage issues and it turned physical. According to the police repor t, Footracer said his wife had been nagging him about their marriage problems and had had enough. He said she began kicking him in the chest, and he had twisted her ankle after he grabbed her foot. The two subjects st a r ted to t h row va r iou s objects at each other when the wife’s family, who lived across the street, entered the house. W hen House spoke w ith Foot racer’s w i fe, she told h i m he h a d t r ie d t o t a ke their child from her to w a s h h i m i n t he s hower. W hen she refused to ha nd


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Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports

LATE BREAK-IN Gamerco, Aug. 5 McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Nocona Clark was dispatched to a residence on Summit Avenue in reference to a male subject wearing a black shir t and khaki pants attempting to break in. W h i l e Cla rk wa s speaking t o a not her homeowner Tandreka Anderson on-site, she was contacted again by the person who first called in the incident, and was told a male and Jeremy Sanchez fema le had entered the house. Clark reached the address and knocked on the front

door. She was joined by MCSO Deputy Garylle James, who made contact at the back door. The back door looked as if it had been closed from the inside, according to James. Clark and James opened the back door and James’ patrol K9 was deployed to search the building. The two subjects then made themselves known and were identified as Jeremy Sanchez, 18, of Mentmore, and Tandreka Anderson, 29, of Gamerco. Anderson said she had been trying to get Sanchez to leave the residence and he was trying to get inside all day. Once he had entered the residence, she followed to get him out, but once the police showed up she got scared and hid. However, Sanchez said Anderson told him they needed money and to break into the residence to look for stuff they could sell. The homeowner arrived on-scene and confirmed that the back door was broken. They walked around the residence to see if anything was missing and found a number

of bags that did not belong to them. Sa nchez a nd A nderson were transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked on charges of burglary, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespassing.

ABUSIVE HUSBAND Gallup, Aug. 3 McKinley C o u n t y S h e r i f f D e p u t y Christopher Escamilla responded to a call for s er v ice on Coronado Street. The caller sa id her husba nd, Ca zzie Benally, 49, of Gallup, was intoxicated and being verbally abusive to her and their children. When Escamilla arrived at the scene, the caller met him and told him Benally had gone to another side of the residence with a cooler of beer. Escamilla walked around the residence and spotted

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the cooler next to a vehicle, which Benally was sitting in. Escamilla made contact with Benally and asked him why his wife would call the police on him, a nd Benally wa s uncooperative. Benally was then placed in the back of Escamilla’s unit. The caller said Benally had been drinking for the past two days and became verbally abusive to the family. She said she soon began to fear the threat of physical violence, so she called 911. Benally was charged with assault against a household member a nd t ra nspor ted to McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking.

YOUNG BURGLARS Gallup, July 29 McKinley C o u n t y S h e r i f f Deputy Ben Benally was dispatched to Bishop Drive by Metro Dispatch, where he was told four subjects with red bandanas were trying to break into a residence. When Benally arrived on scene, he was flagged down by the caller, who said they had noticed the four subjects carrying a bike tube from the residence and running back to their own bikes. Benally began searching for the subjects, and was soon advised MCSO Deputy Joey Guillen had found the four subjects on Hassler Valley Road.

Benally met Guillen and MSCO Sgt. Anthony Morales at the site where the four individuals were detained. Morales told Benally one subject was arrested, Kendrick Begay, 18, of Gallup. Begay is facing charges of attempted breaking and entering, possessing burglary tools, and resisting or evading arrest. As for the other subjects, Benally contacted their parents and guardians and informed them of what had happened. The other subjects were then released to their parents.

SECOND STREET SCUFFLE Gallup, July 29 Gallup Patrolman Daniel Brown was conducti ng field training d u t i e s fo r Gallup Police Officer Timo Mol i n a , who was dispatched to 1450 S. Second St. in reference to three persons being unconscious at the Teriyaki House. When Brown and Molina arrived on-scene, they found two of the individuals, Jonath Emerson Jones, 45, of Blackhat, and Leroy Bitsie, 36, of Gallup, sleeping outside the business. Brown woke the individuals up. He noted they both had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and carried a strong smell of alcohol. Molina received another call to a nearby incident on Second Street and departed, leaving Brown to wait for the


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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Virgil Guy Aug. 2, 3:03 pm DUI McKinley County Sheriff Sgt. Salina Brown was working the DWI Task Force when she heard Metro Dispatch over the radio advise on a vehicle parked on the side of Highway 491 around the 13-mile marker with a male subject pa ssed out at the wheel. Brown proceeded to the location given by dispatch a nd spot ted t wo veh icles pa rked on the side of the road near the 10-mile marker. One vehicle, a black SUV, left before Brown could make contact with the driver. The second vehicle, a charcoal Chev y Malibu, had a male subject pa ssed out at the wheel. After waking the driver, Virgil Guy, 49, of Ganado, Brow n sa id he ex ited the vehicle slowly. Guy also had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. When Brown a sked Guy where he wa s going, she could not understand his response. Guy did not have license, reg i s t r a t ion, or proof of insurance, and Brown noted a can of Bud Light in the vehicle console. She asked him how much he had to drink, and he said he had two or three drinks earlier. Brown also noted Guy was staggering as he spoke. Brown then initiated the

standard field sobriety test. At f i r st, Guy had t rouble with the directions and then refused to do the walk-andtur n test, saying the road was slanted and affecting his movement. Gu y w a s t he n pl a c e d u nder a r rest for DU I a nd t r a n s p or t e d t o t he New Mexico State Police Office. He refused the breath test a nd w a s t r a n s p or t e d t o Crownpoint for booking. David Mailman July 29, 12:57 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup Patrolman Caleb K leeber ger was on duty when he located a ta n Bu ick that had been called in regarding a r e ck le s s driver incident. The vehicle was parked in front of several businesses at 1985 Hwy. 602. Two witnesses on-scene said they had seen the car driving into oncoming traffic. A s K le e b e r ge r pu l le d up to the scene, he saw the driver, David Mailman, 63, of Shiprock, exit the vehicle. Mailman staggered up to one of the stores and had to catch himself to keep from falling against a wall. Kleeberger noticed Mailman had a strong odor of liquor, his eyes were bloodshot, and his speech was slurred. Mailman told Kleeberger he had one ca n of beer

ea rl ier. T hen, Ga l lup Sg t . M a rk S pencer a r r ive d on scene a nd adv ised that the veh icle i n quest ion wa s still in dr ive. Spencer a lso not e d t her e w a s a not her ma le subject pa ssed out in the backseat of the vehicle. Spencer located a n empt y bot tle of vodka in the ca r, a s well. Mailman refused to take the standard field sobriety test and did not respond to any of the questions asked by K leeberger wh i le he read h i m t he New Mex ico Implied Consent Adv isor y. Mailman was arrested and cha rged w it h cou nt s of d r iv i ng wh i le i ntox icated and a suspended or revoked driver’s license. K leeberger transpor ted Mailman to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Ca r e S er v ice s t o obt a i n blood samples and a medical clearance before transporting him to McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking.

Suspect reaches into a bag in front of on surveillance camera in Santa Fe Wells Fargo bank branch Aug. 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Albuquerque FBI

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BUS COLLISION | FROM PAGE 11 Street in Tuba City, Ariz. According to responding officers, the bus was transporting more than 25 students home when a brown 2004 GMC pickup truck collided with the bus and left the scene of the crash. Investigating officers were provided license plate information which led police to the vehicle and the subsequent arrest of the suspect.  The suspect was charged with DUI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of


After the arrest, the dark Chevy Avalanche truck remains where the suspect left it, with the door still open from his exit to hide between the propane tank and propane shack at Tse Bonito Car Wash, Aug 4. Photo Credit: Courtesy of McKinley County Sheriff’s Office

TSE BONITO | FROM PAGE 12 the vehicle with a weapon. Negotiators attempted to get Redhair to surrender, but he refused to comply with the officers’ commands. Redhair threatened to shoot a propane tank and pointed his weapon towards officers during the standoff. Due to the situation and public safety concerns, traffic on Highway 264 was stopped and businesses and residents in the area were evacuated. The standoff continued for over two hours as law

TEST RESULTS | FROM PAGE 4 significant increase compared to the other nine previously listed school districts. The results were similar for two-year changes, with GMCS scoring the highest growth in math proficiency among the 10 largest districts in the state. “For everyone in the audience, this is monumental, incredible stuff,” Horacek said. “If we didn’t have the board’s support and Mr. Hyatt’s revision of putting the right people in the right places, you would never see [these results].” Dist. 1 Board Member Kevin Mitchell said he was impressed with the growth GMCS has had in the past two years. “It’s very important for our kids, in order for them NEWS

enforcement officers attempted to get Redhair to surrender. The Navajo Police Department confirms that a single gunshot was discharged toward Redhair, but he was not hit. At about 7:30 pm after verbal negotiations had failed, MCSO made the determination to apprehend the suspect. There was information the suspect’s rifle was an air rifle and it was wrapped in a blanket. MCSO deputies approached Redhair utilizing ballistic shields and a K-9. The suspect refused to comply with commands and fired the air rifle in the vicinity of the deputies. to succeed, we need to see growth,” Mitchell said. Hyatt said the growth has been difficult to recognize for some people in the community, but at this point the district has come a long way. “We were the lowest-performing district in the state of New Mexico, and now we’re in the middle in ELA proficiency rates,” he said. “Obviously, we’re not going to settle for that. It’s valuable for our community to continue to advocate for students and celebrate their successes.” Hyatt said the idea of GMCS doubling the state growth rate would have sounded crazy to some people five years ago, but the results prove it was not impossible. “Our students are just as capable as any student in New Mexico, or across the country,”

The deputies deployed a Taser and successfully hit the subject. The MCSO deputies took the air rifle from Redhair and handcuffed him. The weapon was recovered and turned over to Navajo Nation Police, and the scene was turned over to them for processing. Redhair was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for charges of aggravated assault upon a peace officer. The Div ision of Public Safety is currently investigating the robbery. No other information is available at this time. he said. “This is just proof {that] what we’re doing is working, and we’ll continually adjust what we’re doing because there’s room for growth.” Dist. 3 Boa rd Member Priscilla Manuelito said the proficiency growth across the district has been a team effort. She also addressed a number of naysayers who were downplaying the results and successes of the district’s students. “It’s disappointing when we work day in and day out, so hard, both our staff and students, and [some people] do not give them the credit they deserve,” Manuelito said. “It is an injustice.” Manuelito said she wants the board to advertise the students’ success wherever they can.

There was a mark in the ceiling that was consistent with a subject shooting a firearm into the air. Jim said there was a firearm behind the counter that had apparently been left behind by one of the suspects. Bates then spoke with several witnesses, who relayed what they had seen. T he f i r st pa i r of w itnesses said they were traveling near the intersection of Breadsprings Road and Highway 602, when they saw a vehicle blocking traffic on Breadsprings Road. The vehicle was a white pickup truck with peeling paint. One witness said there were four people either near or inside the vehicle, and they all appeared intoxicated. The other witness identified one of the suspects as a relative, Julian Eddie, who had shouted at him when they drove by. The first witness said they

an accident, endangering the welfare of minors, and aggravated assault.   Navajo Police Department, Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Rescue, and a physician from the Tuba City Regional Health Care triaged students on scene. Several students were transported to the Tuba City Regional Health Care hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The identification of the suspect is not being released at this time.  Criminal investigators have been notified of the incident.  had passed the white truck and stopped at the Mustang store. She exited the vehicle with two children and went inside. They were in the store when three people, identified as having been in the white truck, robbed the store.  One suspect had a silver .380 caliber pistol while another had a black pistol. One of the suspects yelled at the cashier to get down and ordered all the other people to get out, while waving his gun in the air. The second witness waited outside and watched the scene unfold. He saw the three men get dropped off by his relative Eddie. The suspects fired a shot into the air and left the store with a number of alcoholic beverages. The witness described the three suspects as all being Native American, over five feet tall, and looking around 18 years old. J i m s p oke w i t h o t h e r


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*Eight of the Board Members (two thirds) are appointed independently by either the Medical Staff or the County Commissioners. The final third is nominated by the Board. Neither

*The Board of RMCHCS is above personal control by any CEO. It is made up of former County Commissioners, the Assistant County Manager, Physicians, the City Human Resources Director, a Local Cardiologist, and a Medical Specialist along with Two Ministers.

Following is a factual response to their “infomercials” without their bias inserted.

Recently the Gallup Independent ran several “editorial” news stories. An editorial news story is a story filled with personal “editorial opinion”, but short on facts.

The Gallup Independent has gotten into the habit of distorting the news. The habit is pathetic because it ends up hurting the people they interview when the truth comes out. Following are clarifications to its “EDITORIAL” NEWS STORIES:

(This ad is a response from Rehoboth Christian Health Care Services CEO David Conejo to the Gallup Independent’s ongoing series focusing on the hospital. Its purpose is to provide the public with the true set of facts as opposed to those published by the Independent.)

*Re: Straight Shooter Brett. Brett Newberry holds himself out as an expert when he says to the Independent, “I’m a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner and a straight shooter”. However, the hospital, during Brett’s time on the Board, established a policy to refuse to accept Navajo Medicaid patients. They were to be sent to Indian Health Service. The problem is that it was blatantly discriminatory.

*Regarding discussions at the meeting “prior to the meeting” in which the Independent quoted an anonymous person implying that decisions are secretly made beforehand. Prior to the meeting every member talks to the person next to them…it’s very natural. The CEO always sits next to the Chairperson so it is also natural that we might exchange conversation. But our conversation might be about the sport game of the week, our family or an update on our employees. It is surprising the reporter even mentioned this topic since all committees, boards and commissions do it. Try visiting the legislature sometime, prior to the gavel.

When Arlene High and David Baltzer were a team it was “Arlene and Dave”and now with Laura Hammons as Chair, we hear people refer to us as directing decisions. We’ve heard the county team referred to as Bill (Lee) and Tony or Doug (Decker, County Attorney) and Tony show. It goes with the territory.

Dr. Anderson came to work at RMCHCS in the ER in 1987. Over time a patient came with a complaint. The patient opened the ER door to find a doctor aiming a pistol at him which today would prompt an “active shooter” response from the police. There

*It was surprising to see the comments by Dr. Warner Anderson because now we must now release the information which influenced the decision leading to his discharge to protect the hospitals’ name and reputation.

The suggestion that Dallago Corp. directs business to itself is fictious. As verification, the county recently set up an elaborate bid review for a million-dollar project at the hospital. There were contractors from as far away as Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Albuquerque. The hospital was excluded from reviewing the bids before selection. The county wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Thousands of dollars were spent to bid it properly. Neither Dallago nor the hospital had or could have had influence on the selection of a contractor. After all of that, the project was awarded by the county to Dallago Corp. We used all the contractors with satisfaction and encourage others to do likewise and suggest we appreciate them all.

Conejo was in the process of being interviewed. How much of a “straight shooter” is he?

By David Conejo, CEO, RMCHCS

*Regarding Dr. Lytle, she recommended a new physician for hospital privileges with glowing colors, only to recant on the physicians’ first day. Within the new physicians’ first halfhour, Lytle sent the administration a note that either the other doctor be fired or she (Lytle) is resigning. Dr. Lytle was asked immediately to meet with the other physicians and admin-

It was the next morning, after discussion with the Board Chairman, that we said, “William, it is time that you move on.” As he also stated, he neither quit nor was he fired. But we were not about to agree to pay him full-time for a half-time position.

*Finally, it was sad to see William Kiefer leave. But the fact is he had accepted a job as CEO in Snyder, Montana. He was going there 7 days a month, of which 5 were Monday through Friday. They asked him to make it 10 weekdays a month. He came back asking us to allow him to work there 10 days per month. He also said to let him know if we had to move our conversation to transitioning as he had already made his agreement in Montana. Our CFO was present at the meeting as a witness to the discussion.

ment style, but we never approved of his maverick style and cavalier attitude. While Dr. Anderson turned himself around to have a stellar career which we applaud, after discharge for less than transparent actions.

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When Dr. Carmany was here it was “Tom and Dave”; when Cal Foutz was Chairman it was “Cal and Dave”; with David Dallago it was “Dave and Dave”.

*Regarding Dave and Dave, it is self-evident that every CEO is going to align with the Board Chairperson. The Board Chairperson speaks for the Board, or Council or Commission. No other member has that privilege to direct the Administrator between meetings. Each member has an equal voice only when the governing body is in session. For example: a member of the City Council cannot independently call the street department and say, “Fix my street”.

*Regarding 60% control of the Board, it is safe to say that every Board, Council or Commission wants a competent Administrator. Each Administrator is going to bring projects, proposals which they hope will be approved. If an Administrator’s suggestion must be over-ridden often, they are not doing their job. In fact, the Independent published a story months ago regarding the frequency with which the Gallup City Council agrees on legislation. Is that to suggest that the City Manager “Controls” the City Council? I’d even go so far as to suggest that if Bob Zollinger must frequently correct his editor Barry, that he should replace him. Or does his concurrence with Barry mean that he is controlled by Barry. You can’t have it both ways.

of these three bodies consult with the CEO before making their appointment. So, the CEO does not influence membership nominations in the process of appointment.

He may not have liked our manage-

Perhaps his firing at RMCH helped him to see that he could not do anything he wanted like possessing firearms at a hospital or buying and selling guns at the hospital. Maybe that’s why he went on to have a good career.

Warner says light is the best cleanser. But he didn’t want light in the rooms where he bought and sold weapons nor where he privately treated patients in the ER. The public nor the administration knew of his secret dealings and he liked it that way. But then, hey, maybe he was talking recently about a different type of transparency. Who are we to judge?

In another example of his transparency, he was also caught treating private patients in the ER and having another private physician cover his ER duties while he was being paid to be the physician on duty. His transparency apparently did not require him to tell us about this double staffing for physician coverage by the hospital.

An investigation revealed that he had filled out an application with the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms requesting to have weapons delivered to the hospital and delivered there on a regular basis. He was buying and selling weapons on the premises against policy. On the form, Mr. Transparency, Warner Anderson, indicated that there was no other business conducted at the hospital address.

stood Dr. Anderson with a revolver aimed right at the patient. Dr. Anderson tried to pass it off as a fluke, a one-time thing. But it was not a laughing matter.

(This is a paid advertisement.)

So, what did “straight shooter” Brett do? He neglected to mention any bias to the County Attorney when he applied for the job. The CEO did not get him fired. When straight shooter Brett lied by withholding his bias, the CEO had no choice but to inform the County. Also, since Brett was pretending to be fair in the interview process while going behind Conejo’s back, while

*Other comments from Brett Newberry suggest that he lost his audit contract with the County to Audit RMCH because the hospital CEO used his influence to get him removed. In fact, the CEO objected to Brett because Brett had written a letter to the Board, prior to Conejo being hired, stating his complete distrust for the CEO in order to try and keep then CEO Barry Mousa in place. (The CEO who sent Navajos to GIMC).

So how many times do you think that CPA, fraud expert, straight shooter Brett brought this to the Boards’ attention and championed for indiscriminatory policies and practices? If you guessed zero, you would be 100% correct. And Brett has the audacity to say that today, “(Boards) are required to do what’s right.” The new CEO, David Conejo, immediately reversed that policy and sent apology letters to all area providers for the previous practice.

Also, any hospital contracting with Medicaid must accept all Medicaid patients. Finally, the hospital receives extra compensation for taking extra Medicaid patients. So, to say the hospital was accepting extra government money while rejecting Navajo care is outright fraud and did not occur.

The Gallup Independent writes grossly inaccurate stories. Accordingly, it is a waste of time to respond further. RMCHCS’s work is in serving others and we intend to spend our time doing that rather than writing editorials. We will not respond further to the Independents’ fake news.

It is sad that the Gallup Independent dredges up fake news from disgruntled people who have moved on from the hospital and their digging ends up embarrassing the very people they interview. How pathetic!

*The last response in “YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP” is the funniest. The Gallup Independent references a letter from the physicians’ questioning one of our decisions and tries to exaggerate our response. But the real story is the full page ad CONDEMING the Independent which appeared in the Sun newspaper. Was that letter investigated? The letter criticized the papers’ negativity and bias towards almost every organization and group in the region. Did the Independent Investigate Bob Zollinger to see if he has anger issues or depression? With all of Bob’s ranting and raving, he has made The Gallup Independent equal to the Fox News of McKinley County.

istrators to review the matter. She refused, but during the next several weeks she was asked by William Kiefer, COO; Valory Wangler, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Charles Guimares, Chief of Staff and CEO, David Conejo. She continued to refuse to meet saying, “You have my resignation. I am not meeting with anyone. When the CEO accepted her resignation, she asserted that she had been fired.

OPINIONS Letter to the Editor: Upcoming nostalgic boarding school reunion


have prev iou sly rea d about school reu n ion announcements in the Gallup Independent and the Navajo Times for some BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) off reservation boarding schools such as Inter mountain in Utah, Riverside in California, Chemawa i n Oregon a nd Phoenix in AZ.

T he s e of f- r e s er v a t ion boarding schools were closed over 50 or more years ago but their former students still get together every spring and summer and I salute them for their firm dedication in getting together in their 80s perhaps. Since I was a student in St. Michaels Indian School during 1950s, I would like to announce

school reunion planning to be held at St Michael Indian School on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm at the school gym. This school reunion will be held in collaboration with the school personnel, Ms. Renee Tsinnie, who oversees Alumni Relation. She will give a tour of school campus buildings where


changes have been made. Our last school reunion was held at St. Michaels Indian School on 9/24-26-2010 as noted on the attached photo. The purpose of the meeting is strictly to socialize with one another and especially with your classmates and/or dorm mates. Microphone will be available for anyone to talk

about their life experience since he or she left school. My life experience is a simple one since I left in 1957. I applied the concept and the old adage saying “when opportunity presents itself, do not reject it, but accept it whole



Put your best foot forward as you take promising steps toward your destiny. The only way forward is through. You can’t change the past, but you can reshape the story in the future. Take the bold step of choosing to live and be consciously aware of where you are right now. Madame G suggests that you don’t go crazy this Full Moon. Take a picture and enjoy!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You are capable of more than you think. Don’t be afraid of your destiny. You have made all the right and wrong choices up until this point. Take ownership of where you are in the world and more importantly, who you are. This is your fault. You can make the best decisions you can from here on out. Do your best and live your best life.

This week is all about

Starting Sunday, you’ll feel more in control of your life. With expansive Jupiter in your camp, this is the perfect time to start or deepen a meditation practice and work with a therapist, or holistic healer, who can help you bring your body and spirit into better alignment.


This is a uniquely powerful time to evaluate your messaging and grow your network. Writing and media projects get a powerful push from Jupiter, the planet that rules publishing. If you feel like you could benefit from some coaching, enroll in a public speaking or writing course, or take some workshops on things like social media and digital marketing. Trust the experts, of course; but remember to always consult your own wise intuition.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Free yourself from the tyranny of your own mind. You are capable of more than you’ll ever know. The eighth house rules intense emotions like jealousy and vengeance: Consider yourself on official notice to NOT go there. Take the plunge to be the best version of yourself. Go ahead, try!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your heart is in the right place. Consider the feelings of those you affect with your words. Learn to empathize with those around you, whether they’re close or not. Whatever your Jupiter-retrograde experience, you should start to feel the pressure lifting and the desire to reconnect rising.


streamlining, but without sacrificing aesthetics…or soul! If you’ve tumbled off the wellness wagon since April, don’t beat yourself up, Cancer; GET up! But this Sunday, when the expansive and optimistic planet resumes forward movement, you may instantly feel like you’re back in

Keep trying! Every day try to put in just a little more effort. Whether you want to perform on stage (or camera), or get more exposure for your creative work, put the pedal to the metal while the planet of abundance has your back for the coming four months!

More good news for your balance sheet arrives with a bit of fanfare on Sunday, when growth-agent Jupiter wakes from a fourmonth snooze in Sagittarius and your financial house. Welcome back, moneymaking mojo! Opportunities that stalled out during this annual retrograde, or vanished altogether, return with a sweet vengeance.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You may be about to embark on

This is the time to take responsibility. Don’t blame anyone for your problems. You are the master of your own destiny. You may hate every moment of it. What are your dreams worth? What are you willing to pay? This is about your choices and your life. No one else can tell you how to live.

an epic, possibly scary journey. You will face dragons, hydras, and thieves. You don’t know what could happen. It’s a new voyage. But, you’ll be so glad you took it. Have faith in yourself. What are you waiting for?

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LETTER TO EDITOR | FROM PAGE 18 heartedly” which I have done with most of my job offers. A month after my graduation from University of Denver in Denver, CO, the Navajo Nation Public Service Division called me to offer me a job as a Tribal Welfare Worker in Ft. Defiance Agency. Do not be too surprised if you do not recognize me with all my old age symptoms like big ears, large nose, white hair with a cane, not able to hear right and can’t remember names and places. Not long ago, I had a chance to visit with my former dorm mate friend, Herbert Yazhe, who was waiting to see his dentist. He kept looking at me and I kept looking at him to see who he was and I was afraid to go up to him and ask if he was so and so until they called his name and, certainly, I wanted to visit with him which I did. He was in a hurry but we did exchange some information with a pleasant smile. At ot her ti mes, I have met w it h some of you at some stores in Gallup. So, let’s all get together and get

ARMED ROBBERY | FROM PAGE 15 witnesses at the scene and r e a f f i r me d t he a c c ou nt s of t h ree men enter i ng t he store a nd telling people to get out. One shot had been fired into the ceiling at the scene. After the incident, the suspects and vehicle were not seen again that evening. Bates learned about potential persons of interest through investigation: Aurelius Jamal Eddie and Kevin Marquez. The identity of the driver was confirmed to be Julian Eddie, also known as Julian Silversmith. Later on the same day, April 18, Bates heard a Navajo Nation Police Officer who was responding to an incident in Bread Springs was shot at by a suspect in a vehicle matching the description of the white truck involved in the Mustang robbery. The vehicle fled the scene once more.

reacquainted before it’s too late like some or our former students who recently left this world: Lee Mitchell and his brother, Leo Mitchell, and their uncle Carl Jones, from Mex ica n Spr i ng s. O t her s include: Mike Allison, Jr., in Tohatchi and Thomas Notah, Sr., in St. Michaels, AZ. We pray that their spirits rest in peace. It would be nice if you could bring the school annual book and I will bring the 1957 CO X0 COI annual book for viewing but do not take with you, “just kidding.” Let’s all expect to have a good and wonderful time, OK??? Bring your spouse and/or a friend. Registration fee of $30.00 will be collected to be donated to St. Michaels Indian School. If you get a chance to read about this school reunion planning, please call me at (505) 870-0998 or email me at: applejones1938@yahoo.com. Since I know where some of you former students live in the Navajo community chapters, I would like to designate some of you to help with recruitment and contacting students as follows: A nt hony a nd Pa t r ic i a Harvey will contact students The truck was located and those inside apprehended April 19 by Navajo Nation Police and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Aurelius Jamal Eddie and Julian Silversmith were arrested on Blue Medicine Well Road, and another suspect, Bruce Wilson, was also arrested for possible involvement in the crimes. The three suspects were transported to the Navajo Nation Jail in Crownpoint. On April 21, Bates and Navajo Nation Investigator Larr y Etsitty inter v iewed Aurelius Jamal Eddie, where he admitted to being involved in the Mustang robbery and shooting the gun in the store, as well as shooting at Navajo Police when they approached him the night of April 18. Aurelius Jamal Eddie admitted Marquez was with him in the robbery, and his father Julian Eddie was the driver of the vehicle used in the robbery.  Aurelius Jamal Eddie also

A group of former St. Michaels Indian School students met up for a class reunion in September of 2010. Irvin Jones is planning another reunion. Most of the attendees are upwards of 80 years old and graduated from the boarding school in the 1950s. From left, Justin Sorrelman, Irvin Jones (back), Irma Wauneka, Richard Analla, and Harry McCabe. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Irvin Jones in Lukachukai and Crystal Chapters; Edison Jones and David Charley will recruit in Mexican Springs, Coyote Canyon and Tohatchi chapters; Stanley Martinez and Samuel Woody will contact students in Chinle and Many Farms Chapters; Elv ira Hickson and Paul Lincoln will recruit in St. Michaels, Ft. Defiance and Hunters Point Chapters; Lenora Beecher will contact

students in Laguna & Acoma Pueblos; Lloyd Polacca and Delbert Fritz will contact students in Polacca, AZ; Joe Stesbistay and John Bowannie will recruit students in Zuni and Cochiti Pueblos; Justin Sorrelman and Lucy Zahaunnie w i l l cont a ct st udent s i n Phoenix, AZ; Rosalie & Alice Kellywood will contact students in Albuquerque, NM; Virginia Knoki will contact

students in Denver, CO and Mitzie McCormick will contact students in Pauma Valley, CA; Richard Analla and Marie Upshaw will contact students in Gallup, NM; and Richard Mike will recruit in Kayenta, AZ. Recruiters, please do your best in contacting students for the ‘50s & ‘60s School reunion. Irvin Jones Gallup, N.M.

noted the third suspect was not someone he knew, and was told to call him “Carlton,” which he said was not his real name. Bates reviewed sur veillance footage and verified it was Aurelius Jamal Eddie who fired the shot into the air at the scene. McKinley County Investigator Frank Villa and Etsitty spoke with Wilson, who told them he had met with the suspects after the robbery occurred. Wilson said the three men were talking and laughing about how they had robbed the store. On April 24, Bates received an anonymous call from Crime Stoppers, who identified the

third robbery suspect as Karl Thompson. The caller said Thompson was a friend of her son’s from when they attended school in Ganado. Bates then searched on Facebook and found photos of Thompson. Bates noted the similarities between the Facebook photos of Thompson and the suspect in the surveillance footage. Afterwards, Bates contacted Thompson’s mother April 25, who said her son had admitted to her he had been involved in the robbery but they had only stolen beer. She also identified Thompson in one of the photographs taken at the scene.

Ba t e s concluded a f t er the investigation that there is a probable cau se to issue an arrest warrant for Thompson. Thompson is considered armed and dangerous. He is estimated to be just under six feet tall and was last seen in the Gallup and Ganado areas. If you make contact with or have any information on the suspect, please contact Chief Investigator Lt. Merle Bates at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Of f ice Investigation s Division at (505)722-8514, or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-722-6161.


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COMMUNITY Hard work pays off for Tiny Tots Pageant By Dee Velasco For the Sun


“Har d wo r k p ays of f ” were the encou raging words of one child’s father to help her win in the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tr ibal India n Ceremon i a l T i ny Tot s Pageant program held Aug. 5 at the El Morro Theatre. This year’s 2019 Tiny Tots contestants included five little girls ranging in age from 5 to 7 years old all competing to be “Little Princess”; C o n t e s t a n t #1 5 -yea rold Maya Fa ith Morez, of

Gallup; #2 6-year-old Samiya S a ge C u rley, of W i ndow Rock, A r iz.; #3 6 -yea r- old Shanoah Largo, of Gamerco; #4 6 -year-old K imora Liah Hannaweeke, of Waterflow; and #5 5 -year-old Destany Jaklyn Lutsie, of Gallup. In the past couple pageants, competitions included Little Brave Boys contest, Best Dressed Grandpa and Grandma, however no one sig ned up for t hose contests this year. Despite the low nu mber of sig n - up s, coordinator Fran Palochak pra ised a ll the little girls

From left: Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Tiny Tots Pageant contestants Kimora Liah Hannaweeke, Destany Jaklyn Lutsie, Shanoah Largo, Samiya Sage Curley and Maya Faith Morez line up on stage at El Morro Theatre Aug. 5 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Ashley Claw, Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen 2018-19, sings traditional songs to entertain the audience during an intermission of the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Tiny Tots Pageant at El Morro Theatre August 5. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Tiny Tots Pageant first runner-up Kimora Liah Hannaweeke stands with her fellow contestants as she awaits the announcement of the judges at El Morro Theatre in Gallup Aug. 5. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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who competed and all who attended the event. “This year was absolutely incredible, we had five very talented young ladies 5 and 6-year-olds,” she said. “They really showed us how well they k now thei r cu ltu re.” Despite the absence of little tiny tot boys, the show was fun and exciting to watch. “We’re going to start early next year and try to get some boy s t o compet e for ou r

Little Brave contest.” said Palocheck. All of the Tiny Tots contestants introduced themselves in their own Native language followed by an introduction in English. Then they modeled their traditional dress ref lect i ng t hei r cu lt u res. T hey a lso wore beauti f u l Nat ive A mer ic a n jewel r y


Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Tiny Tots Pageant winner Maya Faith Morez laces a baby doll onto a traditional cradleboard for the talent portion of the pageant at El Morro Theatre Aug. 5 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover COMMUNITY

98th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Luncheon Autumn Pilcher (Navajo/ Mescalero Apache/Oglala Lakota), 2019-2020 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Contestant, answers a contest question about culture, Aug. 7 at Howard Johnson in Gallup. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

From Left: Tyneesha Lupita Charlie (2019-2020 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Contestant), Autumn J. Montoya (Miss Navajo Nation 2018-2019), Lani Rae Padilla (2019-2020 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Contestant), Phefelia Nez (Navajo Nation 1st Lady), Ashley Reine Claw (2018-2019 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen), Dottie Lizer (Navajo Nation 2nd Lady), Aysha Catron-Tsosie (2019-2020 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Contestant), all gather at the 98th Annual Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Luncheon, August 7 at Howard Johnson in Gallup. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Local models wearing creations from Virginia Ballenger at the Navajo Spirit Fashion Show at the 98th Annual Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Luncheon, August 7 at Howard Johnson in Gallup. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Local models wearing creations from Virginia Ballenger at the Navajo Spirit Fashion Show at the 98th Annual Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Luncheon, August 7 at Howard Johnson in Gallup. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Zunneh-bah Martin, 2017-2018 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen and her sister Nizhoni-bah Martin, 2018-2019 Tohatchi High School Native American Princess, at the 98th Annual Miss Gallup InterTribal Indian Ceremonial Queen Luncheon, August 7 at Howard Johnson in Gallup. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez


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Texas real estate developers see potential in El Mercado Plaza LONG-TERM PLAN IN PLACE FOR CENTER

By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


long-lasting retail center on the north side of Gallup is now in the hands of a new ownership group that has ideas to reinvigorate it. Legacy Alliance Holdings, a real estate company based out of Addison, TX, recently finalized a deal to purchase

Mercado Plaza] to know we’re accessible to meet with,” DeYoung said. “Each member of the trio hails from Dallas, and they each studied real estate at the University of North Texas in Denton,” DeYoung said. They all met at an alumni function in 2011, and formulated a plan to start a business to own and develop retail and multi-family properties.

From left: Brad DeYoung, Frederick Hopkins and Chris Leavell are the new property developers of El Mercado Plaza. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

One of the stores in El Mercado Plaza at 819 N. Hwy. 491 in Gallup, which is going to be managed by a team from Texas in a collaboration with family owners, keeping Edward Munoz Sr.’s legacy alive. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura El Mercado Plaza, 819 N. Hwy. 491, Gallup, N.M. Legacy first identified the plaza as a business opportunity about three years ago. El Mercado Plaza, which is comprised of the Harbor Freight building, the former Payless store, and Little Caesar’s, was first developed by Munoz Properties, a Gallupbased company that provides commercial and residential real estate and construction services. Three members of the Legacy Alliance executive team, Brad DeYoung, Fred Hopkins, and Chris Leavell, were in Gallup July 11 to meet with Mercado Plaza tenants. “We wa nt ever yone [at

This idea led to Legacy Alliance, which specializes in the development of multi-family residential and retail properties, according to their website. Their goal is to bring high-quality properties to their chosen market niches and locations. T he f i r m i ncor porates extensive market research, a thorough feasibility analysis, and cutting-edge project development and management systems, to identify and develop multi-family properties. Ho pk i n s , for me r ly of Albuquerque, said he had the idea to acquire retail space north of Interstate 40 in Gallup for more than a decade, but could not get the location for it until now.

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Leavell said Gallup is a misunderstood market, and real

estate operators have to study and know the market to succeed, something DeYoung also mentioned. “To most [real estate operators], it doesn’t make sense,” DeYoung said. “Gallup is a unique economy.” DeYoung said what drew Legacy Alliance to Mercado Plaza was its long-term ownership of stable tenants. The plaza had not been aggressively maintained or managed in recent years, he added. To t hat end, DeYou ng pointed out, they have identified national retailers and

other opportunities to restore Mercado Plaza to the status it held when it was owned by Edward Munoz, Sr. “We are thrilled to death some of his kids and the local community have joined us as partners,” DeYoung said. DeYoung wanted to voice his appreciation to some of the local investment partners who are collaborating with Legacy Alliance on this project, including Edward Munoz, Jr., Connie Mu noz-Ben not, Elizabeth


Front of the El Mercado Plaza, soon to be under a new management team known as Legacy Alliance Holdings, out of Addison, TX. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura COMMUNITY

POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 13 public safety officers to pick up Jones and Bitsie. As Brown waited, Jones got aggressive and tried to start a fight with Bitsie. Brown intervened in the struggle and eventually got Jones in handcuffs. Both Brown and Jones sustained injuries in the struggle, so Brown called for an ambulance. Bitsie was transported to Gallup Detox by Molina, while Jones was taken to Gallup India n Medica l Center to receive treatment for his facial wounds. Jones remained hostile towards Brown during the visit, shouting profanities and threats at him. Brown then transported Jones to McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked on charges of assault upon a peace officer, resisting or obstructing an officer, and concealing his identity. Brown went to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services for treatment on his right knee, as well.

BAD BOYFRIEND Gallup, July 29 Gallup Patrolman Victor Madrid was near the dance

TINY TOT | FROM PAGE 20 of turquoise and stunning silver. As the tots paraded across the stage, Master of Ceremony J.T. Willie hyped up the pageant, speaking in both Navajo and English. Intermission brought on a special performance by the Anshekwe Bear Dance group from the Pueblo of Zuni also consisting of small children. Past performances of groups from Zuni are always a crowd pleaser showcasing the different tribes that surround Gallup. The next por tion of the pageant primarily focuses on t he t a lent of t he t i ny t ot s, wh ich r a n ge d f rom singing and speaking nurser y rhymes in their native tongues to demonstrating how to make dough for frybread, as contestant Largo d id. Her suppl ies were brought onto the stage: flour, and not just any f lour, but Blue Bird f lour, which is a must among all dough makers, salt, water. COMMUNITY


arena at 209 W. A z t e c Ave. when he observed an intoxicated male and female passing by. T h e female had cuts and dried blood on her elbow and hands. The male, Davidson Damon, 38, of Gallup, had dried blood on his hands. Madrid detained Damon as he spoke with the female, who told him they had been walking under the Interstate 40 bridge when he had pushed her down after she asked for a shot of whiskey. She said that was when she had cut her hands, elbow, and knee. Damon told Madrid he did not know what had happened earlier, and that he had sustained his injury several days prior in a fight with a different person. Damon was placed under arrest for domestic violence and transported to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Ca r e S er v ice s for me d i c a l c le a r a nc e , a nd t he n to McK inley County Adult D e t e nt io n C e nt e r w he r e he was booked on charges of batter y on a household member.

Gallup Patrolma n J o h n Gonzales was dispatched t o Cl ay t on Homes, 1110 U. S . H w y. 491, in reference to a male subject who had broken into one of the mobile homes on their lot. The subject was intoxicated, according to one of the employees. Gonzales arrived and met with the employee who called in the incident, along with the business manager. They told Gonzales the male subject was passed out in the laundry room of one of the units. Gonzales and Gallup Police Of f icer Ad r ia n Quet awk i entered the unit and found the male, Fernando Evans, 40, of Ganado, passed out on the floor. Quetawki escorted Evans to his unit while Gonzales spoke with the staff. According to witnesses, Evans had used a rock to break one of the windows on one of the units. He then defecated on the floor of the hallway bathroom and passed

“First I’m going to get the dough and pour into it water,” said Largo. O o h s a n d a a h s we n t through the crowd as six-yearold Largo mixed the ingredients and finally produced a perfect dough ready for frybread. Emcee Willie chirped in and offered his sentiments on having someone make frybread just for you,” he said. “My grandma told me that you must be really special in order for some lady to make frybread for you.” Contestant Hannaweeke sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Nava jo a nd performed a basket dance as well. Standing beside the stage was the current Little Princess waiting to give up her crown; 6-year-old Sydney Peyketewa, of Zuni. When a sked how her reig n wa s and how it felt to be giving up her crown, she had mixed emotions. “Sad, because it was fun and cool, ” said Peyketewa. “I’m going to do more beauty pageants,” she added. Peyketewa’s mom said she

is going to concentrate on getting through the second grade for now. It c a m e t i m e fo r t h e announcement of who would be crowned Little Princess. No tot would go home empt y-h a nded. E a ch one would win a teddy bear set, while the winner would take home a shawl, sash, crown, and a huge teddy bear, bigger than the contestant. Taking 5th place was contestant Lutsie; 4th place went to Largo; 3rd place to Curley; 2nd place to Hannaweeke; a nd 1s t pl a ce t o Mor e z . Amidst all the picture taking as the pageant ended, Morez nonchalantly said she was just going to have fun with her new title. “I’m just goi ng to stay home and have fun,” she said. Dad Lia m Morez sa id, “ The la st thing I told her before I went to work was, hard work pays off and you work hard and listen to your mom, you’ll get that crown you want,” as he attempted to contain his joy over his daughter’s big win.

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out in the laundry room. The estimated damages came to about $1,250. G on z a le s t r a n s p or t e d Evans to Gallup Indian Medical Center for medical clearance, and then to McKinley County Adult Detention Center where he was booked on charges of burglary and criminal damage to property.

DOMESTIC DISPUTE Gallup, July 29 Gallup Patrolma n Timo Molina was dispatched to a call from R o m e r o Circle in reference to a male subject who had pulled a knife on people. While Molina was en-route, he was advised the assailant was identified as Ray Yazzie, 41, of Gallup. He was seen leaving a residence heading north. Mol i na spot ted Ya zzie walking north on Clark Street between Aztec Avenue and Highway 66. Molina and Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown approached and apprehended Yazzie, who began shouting an unknown female subject had

attacked him. Yazzie had dried blood and a lump on his face, but had sustained only minor injuries. Yazzie was taken back to residence on Romero Circle and told officers it was his ex-girlfriend who had attacked him. Molina made contact with Gallup Police Officer Adrian Quetawki, who told him he had called an ambulance to evaluate the supposed attacker. Yazzie said he had returned to the residence and started drinking when he said his ex-girlfriend just started hitting him. As a result, Yazzie grabbed a knife and pulled it on two children who also lived at the residence and tried to charge at him. Yazzie then left the residence and headed north. But when Molina spoke with the ex-girlfriend and the children, they all told him Yazzie had threatened them first. Yazzie had tried to choke his ex-girlfriend, but she did not have any serious injuries. Based on witness accounts, Molina determined Yazzie was the aggressor and he was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, and battery on a household member. Yazzie was transported to the county jail for booking.

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Best In Show Night for the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial arts and crafts, displayed at Art123 for one night, Aug. 6. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Cindy Nez (Navajo), “Teec Nos Pos” rug 3’x10’, Best In Category, display at both ART123 in Gallup, Aug. 6, and Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Virginia Yazzie-Ballenger (Navajo), “The Slender One,” Best In Class: Tribal Arts, Winner of People’s Choice for the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial arts and crafts, displayed at both ART123 in Gallup, Aug. 6 and Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Bob Jaymes (Navajo), Best In Category of Metal Sculpture and 1st Place at the 2019 Gallup InterTribal Indian Ceremonial, Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Joseph L. (Zuni), “Zuni Pottery with red flowers (painted),” displayed at the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

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Jerry Brown painted live for the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial arts and crafts events at both ART123 in Gallup, August 6 and Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Darryl & Rebecca Begay (Hopi/Navajo), “Turquoise Dream,” Special Award Kenneth Begay Memorial, Best In Category of Tufa, Sand or Lost Wax Casting and 1st place at the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, ART123 in Gallup, Aug. 6 and Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Allan J. Bahe (Navajo), “Dark Cloud Is Here,” Acrylic. Best In Category of Traditional Native American Style All Media at the 2019 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Raymond M. Chee Sr. (Navajo), “Healing Of The Night,” Best In Category, Best In Class of Sculpture, 1st Place at Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Kirk Tom (Navajo, 1st place Indigenous Comic Con 2018, 1st place Duke City Comic Con 2019), “Kǫ’ Trooper (Fire Trooper),” Category: Miscellaneous Sculpture, Special Award Ellis Tanner Sculpture and 1st Place at Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Virginia Yazzie-Ballenger (Navajo), “The Slender One,” and Kirk Tom’s “Kǫ’ Trooper (Fire Trooper)” at both ART123 in Gallup, Aug. 6 and Red Rock Park Exhibit Hall, Aug. 7. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

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‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ spins its wheels in melodrama By Glenn Kay For the Sun



t seems like there has become a whole separate genre of tear-jerker melodramas devoted to pooches and their influence in our lives. Marley & Me is an obvious example, and in the years following, we’ve gotten titles like Red Dog (which I admit, actually worked on me), A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey among many, many others. These movies aren’t exactly subtle and almost seem to revel in their emotional manipulations, doing everything they can to try and eke sniffles out of viewers. Based on the novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain follows this trend, abandoning every ounce of subtlety. Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) yearns to be a Formula One driver and spends all of his free time working toward that goal. He finds a kindred spirit in a puppy he names

From left: Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) and Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) traveling together in “The Art of Racing in the Rain” as Denny pursues his lifelong dream of becoming a Formula One driver. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). The dog narrates his life with his master, following the man as he tries to juggle a career and a family with wife Eve (Amanda Seyfried). Of course, tragedy strikes at various intervals, resulting in hardships and suffering for both Denny and the pooch. Enzo details these problems with an unending series of eye-rolling racing metaphors that more or less teach his owner to focus on the immediate moment and never give up on his aspirations. A s you m ight have expected, the golden retriever

featured is ridiculously cute. It’s a nicely photographed film that mostly consists of Enzo and his family staring contemplatively into the camera while numerous voice-overs describe the ups and (mostly) incredible downs that befall the family. Obviously, Costner is a huge star and it’s understandable

why he might have been chosen to voice the dog. However, it is odd for his gravelly voice to accompany a cute little puppy. Even as the animal grows, this reviewer wasn’t sure if the intonation fit Enzo’s personality. And what the actor is given to say doesn’t help matters. As written, the dog is given anthropomorphic qualities, and interactions with his master come across as forced at the best of times, and pure schmaltz at their worst. The movie does attempt to insert a little bit of humor here and there, although it could certainly have done with much more. One series of running gags involving a stuffed zebra that becomes Enzo’s nemesis, does earn a chuckle. But for the most part, the story squarely focuses on the family melodrama. There will be no surprises for audiences, as Denny struggles to get along with his in-laws (Kathy Baker and Martin Donovan)

and things quickly turn ugly. Later sections of the feature are delivered with the subtlety of a two-by-four coming down over the head repeatedly. As such, the important emotional revelations don’t make an impact and feel obvious in their manipulations. The golden retriever looks adorable and the talented human cast members do what they can to make the most of an overpoweringly sentimental screenplay, but it feels like a movie that’s trying far too hard to simply make viewers weep. In the end, the results are so artificial that this reviewer would have had an easier time with the story had the dog actually learned to drive and race cars - I would have bought into it more than the actual feature’s final moments. As it stands, The Art of Racing in the Rain spins its wheels, but finds itself unable to pull itself out of a sinkhole of melodrama. www.CinemaStance.com

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#808 Brock Kealoha of Midland, Tex. July 19 at Red Rock Park in Gallup. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura #357 Kameron Barboa of Bosque Farms, N.M. and #20 Thomas Ralston of Dalhart, Tex. July 19 at Motocross in Red Rock Park in Gallup. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura

#762 Trevor Hoskie of Gallup, N.M. is assisted by Kicker Arenacross crew at the July 19 Motocross event. Photo Credit Hawk Segura

#585 Daniel Sheehan of Durango, Colo. at Red Rock Park in Gallup July 19. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura

The large crowd enjoys the excitement of Kicker Arenacross races. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura

#319 Matt Breman of Pagosa Springs, Colo. and #31 Jaylend Mccarty of Colorado Springs, Colo. Performing at Motocross at Red Rock Park in Gallup July 19. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 9, 2019 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to one of the busiest editions of Blu-ray a nd DV D h ig hlights we’ve had in some time. It’s full of both Hollywood blockbusters and small independent features that you’ve likely never heard of. All in all, a lot of interesting stuff is arriving for your perusal. 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! Amer ican Hangman- A judge who presided over a botched criminal case finds himself kidnapped in this independent thriller. With cameras all around, he’s prosecuted for his part in the trial, with viewers watching the streaming video on multiple social networks. As the details unfold, those watching are told that they are the jury and are left to decide the fate of the official. This picture earned split notices. About half thought that the cast was good, but that the screenplay was obvious in its attempts to criticize media, as well as corruption within the court system. The rest suggested that the lead was so good that he made up for the story hiccups. It features Donald Sutherland, Vincent Kartheiser and Lucia Walters. Attrition - Another week, another Steven Seagal directto-disc action flick. However, this effort was actually written and produced by Seagal himself, suggesting that he may have put more attention into this particular feature. The martial arts hero stars as an ex-military man determined to save a young Thai girl with mythical powers, from a nasty gang of human traffickers. This title has appeared rather suddenly with little fanfare and is making its debut on disc. That means that there are absolutely no reviews for it just yet. As always, one would be wise to have a little trepidation going in. The cast also includes Rudy Youngblood, Siu-Wong

Fan and Kat Ingkarat. Batman: Hu s h - T h i s direct-to-disc animated feat u re fol low s the titular DC superhero as he fa ces of f against a new foe. Adapted directly from a comic book storyline, it involves a secretive villain plotting against Batman from afar, manipulating foes such as the Joker, the Riddler and Ra’s al Ghul into doing his bidding and taking down Batman. Notices were generally positive towards this title. While a few did complain about alterations to the original story, most complimented this effort as being quickly paced, tense and having an interesting mystery at its center. The voice talent includes Jason O’Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Peyton List, Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn and Rainn Wilson. Changeland - A man decides to spring a surprise Tha ila nd vacation on his wife, only to discover that she’s having an affair. Instead, the protago nist calls up his best friend a nd the two head out themselves, attending the events he had planned with his significant other. Although they bicker at first, the two travelers are soon changed by this impromptu trip to another part of the world. Generally, reviewers were slightly more positive about this comedy/drama than they were negative. Some stated that while it was a pretty trip to watch, the revelations weren’t as deep or meaningful as hoped for. However, most stated that the movie was sweet and worked thanks to the likeability of the two protagonists. It stars Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Brenda Song, Rachel Bloom, Rob Paulsen and Macauley Culkin. Charlie Says - This biopic drama focuses on the infamous Manson family and the crimes committed in 1969. Specifically, three All-American women who were transformed by the figure into cold-blooded killers. The story follows a graduate student who visits them after their incarceration and

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attempts to make them come to terms with the severity of their crimes. Notices towards this picture were generally mixed. A group thought that the movie was well-intentioned but played it safe and didn’t do enough to explain just how these women were brainwashed. Others thought it was uneven, but appreciated the focus on these women and how they were unwittingly victimized. The cast includes Chance Crawford, Suki Waterhouse, Merritt Wever, Annabeth Gish, Hannah Murray, Susie Bacon and Matt Smith. The Command - Anyone out there remember the 2002 Harrison Ford film K-19: The Widowmaker? This movie, which was released in some markets as Kursk, tells a very similar story about a real-life incident that occurred aboard another Russian craft. After a series of accidental explosions starts to sink a submarine, the crew of the vessel struggles to survive as the boat falls further into the depths. Their plight is complicated when the Russian government refuses help from other countries in rescuing the sailors. Overall, the press didn’t mind this biopic. While a percentage did critique some of the visual effects as being subpar and thought the script used too many disaster picture clichés, the consensus was that the able cast helped sell this tragic and unfortunate tale. It features Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Max von Sydow and Colin Firth. The Curse of La Llorona This spin-off of The Conjuring involves a sinister spirit who takes children. When a social worker investigates a child abuse case, she inadvertently comes into contact with La Llorona, who targets her own kids. To fight the supernatural force, she enlists the assistance of an eccentric priest to help protect them. Reviews for this picture weren’t nearly as strong as others in the franchise. While a few suggested that the movie provided enough jump scares to satisfy horror fans, others thought that the screenplay didn’t do the mythic figure justice and griped that

the movie resorted to the same old formula. Linda Cardellini, R ay mond Cr u z , Pa t r ic i a Velasquez and Tony Amendola headline the feature. Do Something, Jake - This dark comedy from the UK features a lead who is seen by others as introverted, illiterate and having no job prospects. But as events progress, it is discovered that he is intelligent, spending most of his time looking out for the woman he loves from afar. He attempts to save his crush’s future by pulling off an elaborate scheme that will remove her from the clutches of her dangerous criminal boyfriend. Of course, things don’t end up going exactly to plan. This independent feature has made the rounds at film festivals, even winning Best Feature at a couple of them. Still, it has yet to be seen in these parts and is making its debut on disc, so interested parties will have to go in cold. Jamie Alderson, Mia Mills, Tom Loone and Ed Bergfold take on the lead roles. Doubl e Eagl e Ran ch Attempting to poke fun at various rom-com tropes, this feature tells the story of a narcissistic man whose grandmother dies. The deceased woman requests that the protagonist spread her ashes with his ex-girlfriend. Remarkably, the ex agrees and the pair head off, bickering and arguing to their destination. Things get more complicated when they realize they’ve been double-booked at their accommodations with a free-spirited couple who challenge the lead’s negativity. For most, this release will be their first introduction to this title. Internet reviews suggest that the performers are very good, but that viewers will have to prepare themselves to endure the hero’s awful behavior. It features Kyle Cooper, Lyndsey Doolen, Joe Hartzler and Melissa Hunter. Girls of the Sun - This multinational arthouse war film is inspired by the true story of a Kurdish battalion composed entirely of female resistance fighters. A French journalist decides to make her way to Kurdistan and eventually tags along with the warriors, covering a three day offensive in which they attempt to take the city of Corduene back from extremist invaders. Alas, the

assault didn’t win many accolades from the press. While a small contingent admired the film for recognizing the struggles of these women, more found the end results well-mea ning, but awkwardly put together, veering into corny melodrama to make its points. The cast includes Golshifteh Farahani, E m m a nuel le B ercot a nd Zübeyde Bulut The Iron Orchard - Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, a young man in Texas decides to make his mark in the oilfields. The movie follows his progression as he rises to a prominent position as a wildcatter, exploring and searching for his fortune. His stakes cause great consternation and even violence as he expands in the region. Reaction towards this independently produced drama was not as positive as might have been hoped for. A limited selection of reviews praised the cinematography and enjoyed the work of the main actor. Still, almost all others called it dramatically flat, stated that it failed to generate much tension and concluded that it felt too soapy for its own good. Lane Garrison, Ali Cobrin, Austin Niclos and Lew Temple are prominently featured. Penguin Highway A nime fa ns may be interested i n th is Japanese produc t io n . It ’s about a fourthgrader with an interest in science who discovers penguins suddenly appearing all over his little village. Determined to understand the reason why, he investigates and determines that it may have to do with the strange abilities of a woman working at a nearby dental clinic. Based on a popular coming-of-age novel, this effort earned raves from the press. In fact, I have yet to find a negative review. They called it an incredibly sweet narrative that a lso delivered potent emotional beats. They remarked that the movie resonated long after the finale and some even stated that the film marks the debut of a


PLAZA | FROM PAGE 22 Mu n o z - H a m i l t o n , Te r r y Hamilton, Ron Hamilton, Bill and Natalie Overton, Mary Lou Hamilton-Casper, Michael Mazel. “They look for wa rd to continue honoring [Edward Munoz, Sr.’s] legacy and keeping it in the family,” DeYoung said. The reception from the local community has been very welcoming, DeYoung continued. The tenants at Mercado Plaza are encouraged by the new direction Legacy Alliance wants to take. “It is amazing how pro-development and friendly everyone is in Gallup,” he said. Leavell sa id this positive reception was shared by city officials. “We met with the mayor, and it is very

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 28 compelling new voice in the animation world. Pe rce ption - This title fol lows t wo pa r t ie s who meet under unusual circumstances. A real estate developer still reeling over the death of this wife encounters a mysterious small-time psychic. The mystic asserts that she can reconnect the ma n a nd h is late spouse if he takes her guida nce. Desperate to see his partner again, the lead agrees, only to uncover secrets about his new acquaintance that make him believe that she may actually be after his fortune. There aren’t a great many notices for this indie feature yet, but the ones that have appeared haven’t been overly complimentary. One or two call it an effective little thriller, but most suggest that the script doesn’t take full advantage of its interesting concept. Wes Ramsey, Meera Rohit Kumbhani and Caitlin Mehner headline the film. Plus One - Here’s another little romantic comedy hitting shelves this week. Two longtime single college friends decide to help each other out when they both get invited to numerous nuptials. They decide to be each other’s plus one at every event in order help each other with speeches and various awkward and uncomfortable encounters. But over the course of the summer, the pair begin to CLASSIFIEDS

obvious the current city staff is pro-business and development,” he said. T h e i d e a s of L e g a c y Alliance have already begun to be implemented, DeYoung said, and the developers have started negotiations with multiple new tenants and national retailers to take some of the space at the plaza. Some of these tenants will have their deals in place by the end of the year, DeYoung added. “I see us having a long-term approach [to the plaza] and we hope to be good stewards of the community,” he said. Leavell said they are always looking for new opportunities to develop and succeed, and reaffirmed DeYoung’s words. “This is a long-term hold. We’re not going anywhere,” Leavell said.

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 29 Email: gallupsun@gmail.com LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF MCKINLEY ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT NO. D-1113-CV-2019-00045 MTGLQ INVESTORS, LP, Plaintiff, v. MICHELLE M. MOORE AKA MICHELLE MARIE MOORE AND PATRICK W. MOORE AKA PATRICK WAYNE MOORE, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Special Master will on August 15, 2019 at 11:00 am, outside the front entrance of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 W. Hill, Gallup, NM, sell and convey to the highest bidder for cash all the right, title, and interest of the abovenamed defendants in and to the following described real estate located in said County and State: Lot Twenty-Two (22) and a portion of Lot Twenty-One (21), Block A of the replat of

Tract A and a portion of Tract B, CEDAR HILLS SUBDIVISION, UNIT TWO (2), (Plat filed April 21, 1972, McKinley County, Gallup, New Mexico; That portion of said Lot Twenty-One (21) being described as follows; Commencing at the Southwest corner of said Lot 21; said point being the Real Point of Beginning and run N0°24’W a distance of 7.13’ to a point; THENCE S84°49’10”E a distance of 95.68’ to a point on the Westerly right-of-way line Pecan Circle; THENCE Southerly along said right-of-way line, along the arc of a curve to the left, having a radius of 50’ central angle of 2°48’07”, an arc distance of 2.44’ to the Southeast corner of Lot 21; THENCE N87°37’17”W along the South line of Lot 21 a distance 95.16’ to the Real Point of Beginning. The address of the real property is 1504 Pecan Circle, Gallup, NM 87301. Plaintiff does not represent or warrant that the stated street address is the street address of the described property; if the street address does not match the

legal description, then the property being sold herein is the property more particularly described above, not the property located at the street address; any prospective purchaser at the sale is given notice that it should verify the location and address of the property being sold. Said sale will be made pursuant to the judgment entered on June 19, 2019 in the above entitled and numbered cause, which was a suit to foreclose a mortgage held by the above Plaintiff and wherein Plaintiff was adjudged to have a lien against the above-described real estate in the sum of $121,169.41 plus interest from April 1, 2019 to the date of sale at the rate of 5.87500% per annum, the costs of sale, including the Special Master’s fee, publication costs, and Plaintiff’s costs expended for taxes, insurance, and keeping the property in good repair. Plaintiff has the right to bid at such sale and submit its bid verbally or in writing. The Plaintiff may apply all or any part of its judgment to the purchase price in lieu of cash. At the date and time stated above, the Special Master may postpone the sale to such later date and time as the Special Master may specify. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIV-

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EMAIL: GALLUPSUNLEGALS@GMAIL.COM DUE: TUESDAYS 5 PM EN that this sale may be subject to a bankruptcy filing, a payoff, a reinstatement or any other condition that would cause the cancellation of this sale. Further, if any of these conditions exist, at the time of sale, this sale will be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Special Master and the mortgagee giving this notice shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damages. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the real property and improvements concerned with herein will be sold subject to any and all patent reservations, easements, all recorded and unrecorded liens not foreclosed herein, and all recorded and unrecorded special assessments and taxes that may be due. Plaintiff and its attorneys disclaim all responsibility for, and the purchaser at the sale takes the property subject to, the valuation of the property by the County Assessor as real or personal property, affixture of any mobile or manufactured home to the land, deactivation of title to a mobile or manufactured home on the property, if any, environmental contamination on the property, if any, and zoning violations concerning the property, if any. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the purchaser at such sale shall take title to the above-described real property subject to rights of redemption. Margaret Lake Special Master Pro Legal Services, LLC 201 Eubank Blvd. NE, Suite A1 Albuquerque, NM 87123 (505)715-3711 Published Gallup Sun: July 19, 2019 July 26, 2019 August 2, 2019 August 9, 2019

*** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Formal Bid NO. 1916 Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, is accepting bids for: FLEET VEHICLES As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained from the City of Gallup Purchasing Department, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301; or contact Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director at (505) 863-1334; email frodriguez@ gallupnm.gov. Copies of bid documents may also be accessed at www.gallupnm/bids. Sealed bids for such will be received at the Office of the Purchasing Department until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on August 22, 2019 when bids will be received in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room. Envelopes are to be sealed and plainly marked with the Formal Bid Number. NO FAXED OR ELECTRONICALLY TRANSMITTED BIDS will be accepted, and bids submitted after the specified date and time will not be considered and will be returned unopened. Dated the 7th day of August 2019 By: /S/ Jackie McKinney, Mayor CLASSIFIED LEGAL COLUMN: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 CLASSIFIEDS

COMMUNITY CALENDAR AUGUST 9-15, 2019 FRIDAY, August 9 SUMMER NIGHTLY INDIAN DANCES 7 pm-8 pm nightly through September 2 @ The Courthouse Square on Aztec between Second and Third Streets. Admission is free. For more information call (505) 722-2228. CROWNPOINT NAVAJO RUG AUCTION 7 pm-10 pm @ New Crownpoint Elementary School gymnasium. For more information, call (505) 879-9460 GET UP AND GAME 12 pm-4 pm @ Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Drop in anytime! Unwind from a busy week with video games and fun for the whole family. SATURDAY, August 10 NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS & CRAFTS 9 am @ Gallup Native Arts Market in Courthouse Square. Photo exhibition opens at 9 am. Lecture and demonstration start at 4 pm. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm.gov or (505) 726-6120. WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB 2 pm @ Main Library. The final discussion of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens For more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov or (505)-863-1291. STORY TIME 9:30 am-10 am @ Children’s Branch. All about the alphabet. Storytime will be exploring the alphabet, letters and sounds during August. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. This program is intended for children ages two - four years old. ACOMA PUEBLO: SAN LORENZO FEAST DAY 10 am @ Acomita Village. For more information: www.acomaskycity.org; (505( 552-7861. MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETING 2 pm @ the Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill. The public is invited to learn about recycling opportunities, receive updates on Gallup residential curbside recycling, and to volunteer. For information call Gerald or Millie at (505) 722-5142 or email betsywindisch@yahoo.com THE AUGUST SHOW AT ART123 GALLERY 7 pm-9 pm August 10 – September 10 Celebrate Gallup’s history, diversity and community with paintings, photography, ceramics and jewelry by over 20 local artists. For more information: executivedirector@galluparts.org; Rose Eason (505) 488-2136 SUNDAY, August 11 GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW ST. CALENDAR

KATERI SHRINE 2 pm @ Sacred Heart Retreat Center, Mile Marker 167, NM Hwy 602, Gallup. The Diocese of Gallup, Knights of Columbus, and the Southwest Indian Foundation will break ground on a new shrine to honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American Catholic saint. Construction on the new shrine is for completion tentatively scheduled for August of 2021. TAIZÉ CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 4 pm @ Westminster Presbyterian Church. Sunday, August 11. For more information call Kathy Mezoff: (505) 870-6136. MONDAY, August 12 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT WEEK 9 am-3:30 pm @ UNM-Gallup. Campus Wide Convocation, Environmental Scan and addresses by Roseanna McGinn, Dr. Tracy Lassiter and others. BOOK SIGNING WITH LOCAL AUTHOR: CHRISTINE REIDHEAD 6 pm @ Main Library. Local author Christine Reidhead will sign her book, How to Ace a Job Interview: A Simple Guide to Landing Any Interview. Reidhead is an Educator and Humanitarian. She is an Assistant Professor and the Founder and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization, AfrikRising. For more information: https://christinereidhead.com/ JOB HUNTING WITH GOOGLE/ RESUMES WITH RESULTS 11 am - in conjunction with the book signing For more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov TECH TIME: JOB HUNTING WITH GOOGLE 11 am-12 pm and 4 pm- 5 pm @ Main Library. TECH TIME: RESUMES WITH RESULTS 12 pm-1 pm and 5 pm-6 pm @ Main Library. Build a Resume and Find Your Dream Job. TUESDAY, August 13 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT WEEK 9 am-3:00 pm @ UNM-Gallup. CCTE Faculty Meeting, Campus Outreach and Engagement, Diversity Initiative, and Assessment Committee. AUDITIONS 7 pm @ Gallup Repertory Theater, 306 W. Coal Ave. For Wait Until Dark and Medea by Euripedes. REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6 pm @ City Hall WEDNESDAY, August 14 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT WEEK 9 am-7:00 pm @ UNM-Gallup. Academic Division Meetings and Adjunct Faculty Orientation with Dr. Kristian Simcox and Dr. Daniel Primozic @ CH 248 Auditorium. BEGINNING 3D PRINTING FOR TWEENS (AGES 8-13)


4 pm @ Children’s Library Branch, for a crash course in 3D printing. For more information: childlib@gallupnm. gov or (505) 726-6120. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm @ Main Branch 115 W. Hill Ave. This week’s film: 50/50. Future Foundations: Baby Bounce & Boogie 10 am-11 am @ Future Foundations Family Center. Baby Bounce and Boogie is designed for newborn to 3 years of age and their parents. Offered free of charge, however donations are welcome! Every other Wednesday. For more information: (505) 2853542. STORY TIME WEDNESDAYS 10:30 am-11 am @ Children’s Branch. All about the alphabet. Storytime will be exploring the alphabet, letters and sounds during August. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. This program is intended for children ages two - four years old. THURSDAY, August 15 FACULTY DEVELOPMENT WEEK 10 am-4:00 pm @ UNM-Gallup.Council of Chairs Meeting, Navigating Difficult Workplace Interactions, Onlind/Distance Learning Task Force. TECH TIME: GET CREATIVE WITH CREATIVE BUG 5 pm – 6 pm @ Children’s Branch. The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother Feast Day 8 am @ Laguna Pueblo. Harvest & Other Dances, Mesita Village. Open to the Public. For more information: (505) 552-6654 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4 pm-5 pm @ Children’s Branch: Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Binary Bracelets. ONGOING 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. RECYCLING COUNCIL 2 pm first Saturday of the month @ Red Mesa on Hill Street. McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. For more information, call (505) 722-5142 or visit www.recyclegallup.org. RECYCLING DEPOT

12 pm-1:30 pm first Saturday of the month. The Recycling Depot volunteers will accept some items, such as paper towels and toilet paper rolls. This is a free service of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council. Call (505) 722-5152. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD 3:30 pm-5 pm @ the Octavia Fellin Library first Monday of the month. Community members concerned about environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. GALLUP SOLAR 6 pm-8 pm Wednesday @ 113 E. Logan. Free community classes and presentations about all things solar. For more information: (505) 7289246. 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. 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 BASIC SELF-DEFENSE CLASS 1 pm free for anyone. 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. CHESS CLUB 4 pm @ Children’s Branch. Refreshments provided. Club meets on first and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information: jwhitman@ gallyupnm.gov or (505) 7266120. 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. 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. Overeaters Anonymous 12-step meetings. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 8701483. 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. 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. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS 6 pm - 7 pm Wednesdays, @ First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY 10 am-4 pm, Tuesday through Friday @ 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY 7 pm-9 pm Friday @ Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. Gallup’s longest-running live show! GALLUP SOLAR 6 pm-8 pm Wednesdays @ 113 E. Logan. Gallup Solar is hosting community classes and presentations about all things solar. Call (505) 728-9246 for info. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YARD SALE 9 am-1 pm. on Warehouse Lane. Habitat for Humanity fundraising yard sales are held every Sat. Volunteers for various kinds of community services needed. For info call (505) 722-4226  RECOVERING ADDICTS FOR JESUS 6 pm Thursday @ 309 Chino Loop, Gamerco. New Life ministries holds weekly meetings for anyone who is on the Recovering path from alcohol and drug abuse. Phone: (505) 722-8973. 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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Free Summer Nightly Native American Dances McKinley Courthouse Square Plaza 7 – 8 pm August 1……………………………………………………..Cellicion August 2……………………………………………………..Cellicion August 3………………………………………………………Ohkay Owinge August 4………………………………………………………Ohkay Owinge August 5………………………………………………………Pollen Trail August 6………………………………………………………Pollen Trail August 7………………………………………………………Cellicion August 8………………………………………………………Miwuk/California Bird August 9-11 No Dances, Ceremonial August 12…………………………………………………….Roach August 13…………………………………………………….Kallestewa August 14…………………………………………………….Zuni Olla August 15…………………………………………………….Cellicion August 16…………………………………………………….Cellicion August 17…………………………………………………….Zuni Olla August 18…………………………………………………….Cellicion August 19…………………………………………………….Kallestewa August 20…………………………………………………….Roach August 21…………………………………………………….New Group Audition August 22…………………………………………………….Roach August 23…………………………………………………….Kallestewa August 24…………………………………………………….Kallestewa August 25…………………………………………………….New Group Audition August 26…………………………………………………….Roach August 27…………………………………………………….Kallestewa August 28…………………………………………………….Zuni Olla August 29…………………………………………………….Cellicion August 30…………………………………………………….Cellicion August 31…………………………………………………….Ohkay Owinge September 1………………………………………………..Ohkay Owinge September 2………………………………………………..Cellicion

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