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NEWS Gallup Police Department holds training for ‘Response to Resistance’



h e G a l lu p Pol ic e Department is undergoing a policy change regarding use of force. The department has been transitioning to the new program, called Response to Resistance, since the latter half of June, according to Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo. She mentioned that officers in Gallup PD are taking the training courses for the new program from Aug. 26 - 30. The crux of the program is reducing the use of deadly force in the case of encountering a suspect. Officers first assess the situation through verbal contact with the suspect, and then resort to defensive tactics, such as mace or taser, only if the situation has escalated to the degree where using the tools can be justified. “Everyday encounters will change,” Toadlena-Pablo said Aug. 28. According to ToadlenaPablo, there have been 60 useof-force incidents involving certified Gallup police officers in 2019. That is higher than the total number of cases in each of the three previous years, and she noted there are still four months left to be counted. Toadlena-Pablo said the program was designed using the outcome of two U.S. Supreme Court cases as a foundation. Lieutenant Billy Padavich gave more info on these two cases. The first case is Tennessee

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NEW SENIOR CENTER WITH THE SAME NAME City Council presents layout, location of future buildings

Gallup police officers attending the course training in use of force at 451 S. Boardman Dr. Aug. 28. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura v. Garner, decided in March 1985, where the outcome states an officer may use deadly force to stop a fleeing suspect from escaping if they have reason to believe the suspect poses a significant threat to the officer or others. The second case is Graham v. Connor, decided in May 1989, the outcome of which states in the event of an arrest, stop, or other seizure of a free citizen, any claims that an officer used excessive force must be analyzed under the Fourth Amendment’s “objective reasonableness” standard, and not under a substantive due process standard.

THE TRAINING PROCESS Ever y officer from the


patrol to the admin staff and former community service aides at Gallup PD attended a two-part training program throughout the week. The training is comprised

of a Powerpoint presentation approved by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and consists of descriptions of scenarios like the one displayed in a video Toadlena-Pablo showed

to the Sun as an example. In the video, an officer encountered a suspect who wa s confrontationa l. The suspect shouted repeatedly at the officer and eventually brandished a knife. The officer continued to use verbal warnings toward the suspect as he drew his firearm. The suspect eventually moved to attack a fellow officer, and the decision to discharge the firearm had to be made. The Gallup officers then had to assess the situation they witnessed in the video and recall important details, such as when they made contact with the suspect, the actions they took to get the suspect to stand down, and if necessary mark how many shots were fired. “This is done to address i s sue s i n t he repor t s to make sure they’re clea r,”


Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo, Lt. Billy Padavich and Sgt. Steven Collins instructing the ”Response to Resistance” class at 451 S. Boardman Dr. Aug. 28. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura


STREET FACELIFTS Five Gallup neighborhoods chosen for reconstruction project. Is yours one of them?

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Executive Director, Gallup Housing Authority Operating a Public Housing program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] is one of the most highly regulated programs. The regulations are massive and Public Housing Authorities are required to have an up-to-date policy manual and procedures for everything. One of those requirements is to conduct periodic “housekeeping” inspections. Generally, a housekeeping inspection is conducted to check on the tenants, who is in the household [correct number of people, any unauthorized pets, and even unwanted pests – like bedbugs]. We also want to see if they are keeping their housing unit clean and to check on the general condition of the housing unit [i.e. damages].

What is your definition of clean?

One Tenant was upset with my housing management staff after they conducted a housekeeping inspection and she failed her housekeeping inspection. Granted she was a single parent with a couple of young children and that was her excuse. But, when you find dirty diapers laying all over the place, rotting food in several locations, coffee cups in window stills with green mold, dirty clothing piled here and there you have to say that is not a clean housing unit. That is very unsafe and unsanitary. Yet, as my staff was leaving she confronted them and demanded to know “what is your definition of clean?” Sad to say it does seem like some of our tenants have never been instructed or shown or trained on how to keep a house clean. As a parent, I know you do have to teach your kids these things. Some just naturally like to keep things clean and in order and some, not so much. But, all need to learn a basic level of cleanliness for health and safety reasons. I guess some people weren’t taught while they were young and now have grown into adults who still don’t know they need to keep their dwellings clean. Some just don’t understand why it is such a big deal. The Point is: Good housekeeping is a good thing to do. Keeping your house clean is good for health and safety reasons. Too much clutter can invite unwanted guests [bedbugs, mice, flies, etc.] PLEASE don’t get me wrong – the majority of our tenants do very well. BUT, we do have some who need to work on it. COMMENTS are always welcome.

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City council hears presentations for new senior center, recreational center WITH A TRADITIONAL NAME

By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent “It’s time for a new senior

center, and Gallup needs one.” Joe Gallegos, vice president of Huitt-Zolars, Inc., a design firm with a location in

Albuquerque, opened his presentation to the Gallup City Council with that statement. The presentation, given at

the city council’s Aug. 27 regular meeting, was comprised of a programmatic feasibility study for two new buildings: a regional senior center and a regional recreational center. These two buildings are being constructed in a similar area, between Wilson Avenue and Joseph Montoya Boulevard, next to the current Larr y Brian Mitchell Recreational Center. “There are good symbiotic relationships between the seniors and the


Joe Gallegos, vice president of Huitt-Zolars, Inc., left, speaks to the Gallup City Council during their Aug. 27 regular meeting about the programmatic feasibility studies for a new senior center and recreational center in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cody Begaye


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multigenerational v isitors at the recreational center,” Gallegos said, citing the reason


Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Accounts Representative Raenona Harvey Sherry Kauzlarich Associate Editor Beth Blakeman Photography Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Cable Hoover Knifewing Segura Correspondent/Editorial Asst. Cody Begaye Design David Tsigelman On the Cover From left: Cody Begaye, Gallup Sun Correspondent, Cassandra Bahe, DA’s office, Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo, participating in an officer exercise testing “What would you do or how would you react” in this situation. The exercise was part of Gallup Police Department’s training for their new “Response to Resistance” program. Photo by Knifewing Segura The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 Phone: (505) 722-8994 Fax: (505) 212-0391 Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.


Revamps in store for five Gallup neighborhoods SOME SNAGS ALONG THE WAY

Beth Blakeman Associate Editor


he W hole Block Construction Project, which began Aug. 27 in Gallup, is a facelift that will include retrofitting five existing neighborhoods.

At a meeting of the City Council June 25, neighborhoods to receive this upgrade were selected based on rati ngs of the cond itions of entire blocks and what would be needed to bring them up to code and provide handicap access.

Street signs marking the intersection of Marguerite Franco Street and Maloney Avenue, Aug. 21, an area that will undergo reconstruction by H. O. Construction of Albuquerque slated to begin Aug. 29. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Road and sidewalk issues to be addressed in the upcoming Whole Block Reconstruction Project which started Aug. 27 at Marguerite Franco Street and Wilson Avenue between Montoya Boulevard and McKinley Avenue. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

The five areas determined to receive this work are: l Marguerite Franco Street including a segment of Wilson Avenue; 2 Bike Pa rk per ipher y including South Cliff Drive and Mesa Avenue;

3 Church Rock Street west from Toltec Drive to Tocito Drive; 4 Linda Drive including Nizhoni Boulevard segment; and 5 Viro Circle south from A ztec Avenue. to Copper

Avenue. Bid s were opened for the subject project on May 21. There was only one bidder. H.O. Constr uction of



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HUD to announce funding for lead remediation in Gallup homes

blood lead levels in children in the U.S. has been made, but much work still needs to be

done to eradicate lead in pre1978 homes, including those in public housing. HUD has been

at the forefront of this work by providing grants to cities, counties and educational

institutions to test, remediate and prevent lead and other home health hazards and to research effective treatment protocols. The meeting was attended by HUD Albuquerque Field Office Director Lawrence Reyes and Gallup Housing Authority Executive Director Richard Kontz, Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney and Gallup City Councilors Linda Garcia and Allan Landavazo, who is a Housing Authority Resident B oa rd Member, Hou si n g Authority Board Chair Alfred Abeita, Sr., and public housing residents.

The presentation stated the new regional senior center would measure under 27,000 for the buildings being close to square feet. Gallegos said one another. the cost is slated to be $305 Per the presentation, the per square foot and include a City of Gallup commissioned commercial kitchen, athletic the study for the new senior flooring, design with safety center because the existing emphasis, acoustical treatGallup Senior Center, 607 N. ment, and glare control. Fourth St., is unable to adeThe total estimated cost of quately serve the expanding the project is just over $11.3 needs and growing population million. of Gallup seniors. Dist. 4 Councilor F ra n Some of the focus areas Palochak asked if it would be included in the layout pre- cost-efficient to implement sented by Gallegos, include the existing gym space into an expanded kitchen area to the proposed design. assist in reducing the curGallegos said that suggesrent four shifts of meals now tion is in the planning docubeing served; the adjacent site ment, and the conversations which is currently inadequate around the existing recrefor loading, unloading, and ational center space could parking; and the fleet vehicles continue. which are exposed to the pub“There is a ver y strong lic and sometimes vandalized. argument for the basketball

courts because of the senior olympic team,” Gallegos said. “They do drills there.” Palochak also asked about the parking spaces that would be built for the new buildings, adding there has to be an adequate number of handicap spots. Mayor Jackie McKinney said the parking lot factors will depend on the buildings’ capacity, which could change over time. “The capacity would dictate the size of the parking lots a nd what spaces a re needed,” he said. During the presentation for t he new recreat ion a l center design, Jose Zelaya, senior architect for HuittZolars, Inc., said the designs were made based on the idea that visitors expect different things from a rec center than

they did a decade ago. “The models in cities like Albuquerque are what people expect,” Zelaya said. “People expect common spaces or rooms, and a lot of space for activity rooms.” The design presented by Zelaya shows the new recreational center being partially two stories tall, with the f irst f loor being used for a large gymnasium and v a r iou s wo rkou t r o o m s , and designated areas where children can have their own activities. The second story of the design will allow for quieter activities to be held. Zelaya said the design of the building would make visitors feel more engaged with the activities they participate in. The projected size of the new recreational center is

just over 54,000 square feet. The cost per square foot is $300, resulting in a total final project cost of over $24 million with equipment and other services. After the presentation concluded, Palochak said the new building designs were beautiful, but she had a pressing concern. “We wou ld b e k no cking down the Larr y Brian Mitchell Recreational Center for these buildings,” she said. “We should continue with his name. We ca n’t forget he brought his life into our town.” Dist. 1 Councilor Linda Garcia echoed the comments of ret a i n i ng L a r r y Br ia n Mitchell’s name for the new center, as well. T he t wo st ud ie s were approved with a 5-0-0 vote.

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fficials from Housing and Urban Development a n nou nced f u nding will be made available to the City of Gallup to help in testing and remediating lead from area housing units. The announcement at the Gallup Housing Authority was made Aug. 29. Lead exposure in older homes poses a significant health and safety threat to children, preventing them from reaching their fullest potential. Progress in reducing

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REVAMPS | FROM PAGE 7 Albuquerque, N.M. submitted a total bid for $1,690,855. City Ma nager Ma r ya nn Ustick explained that this type of project, which has to be accomplished in phases, is challenging because it will take place in existing neighborhoods and will require

meetings be set up with each neighborhood. It will also mean taking weather issues into consideration. In the agenda, some of the challenges of this project are explained in detail, including the need of a contractor to mobilize and demobilize in five different neighborhoods. Affected property owners will require personal hands-on

Sidewalk issues caused by erosion that will be addressed in the upcoming Whole Block Reconstruction Project which began Aug. 27 at Marguerite Franco Street and Wilson Avenue between Montoya Boulevard and McKinley Avenue. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Street signs marking the intersection of Wilson Avenue and McKinley Avenue Aug. 21, an area that will undergo reconstruction by H. O. Construction of Albuquerque slated to begin Aug. 29. Photo Credit: Akilah Martinez

Health dept. to register delayed birth certificates



A N TA F E , N . M . - T he New Mex ico Department of Health will join the  Navajo Nation Office of Vital Records and Identification and other state vital record agencies from Arizona and Colorado t o s p on s or a mu lt i - d ay, multi-state  Delayed Birth Ce r tifi c at e R e gi str ati o n Event on Sept. 10, 11, and 12 in Shiprock, N.M. This multi-state event will run from 12:30 pm -3 pm. on Sept. 10 and 9am-3 pm on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Shiprock Youth Complex, located at 4198 U.S. Hwy. 491. This multi-state event is NEWS

the second consecutive year these agencies will all be in one place to help people born in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado who have never had a bir th cer tificate, to apply for a delayed birth certificate. Vital Records staff from each state agency will be there to assist in reviewing documentation that could lead to the creation of a birth certificate.  A nyone applying for a delayed birth registration must be able to prove their name at birth, their date of birth, place of birth and their parent’s names and that they were born in New

communication and coordination. Roadway and driveway grades will call for constant adjustment to prevent problems or storm drainage issues. Sidewalks will require ADA compliance. And local traffic control must be maintained. Because neighborhoods will be disrupted, that inconvenience will require continuous on-site management. The single phase involving

Marguerite Franco Street will cost $292,478. T he projec t wa s bud geted in the city’s community improvement plan. But the project budget is still short $550,000 of its entire price tag. To make up for the shortfall, city staff has proposed: Taking $250,000 from the balance of Fund 202; Taking $300,000 from the General Fund balance.

A recommendation was m a de t o Aw a r d D ePa u l i Engineering and Surveying $196,786.70 including NMGRT for constr uction ma nage ment and quality assurance services and to Award H. O. Construction $1,831,407.32 including NMGRT for reconstruction of the street curb, g ut ter, a nd sidewa lk s i n t he f ive a forement ione d neighborhoods.

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Navajo Nation President Nez speaks at Indian Country safety summit Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco, and Council Delegate Eugenia Charles Newton, attended the inaugural 2019 Indian Country Public Safety Summit Aug. 27, to garner support for the Navajo Nation’s public safety initiatives and to increase partnership opportunities with the federal government in support of tribal communities. The two-day summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, focused on identifying and coordinating public safety resources for tribes and provided a forum to discuss public safety priorities with tribal leaders, law enforcement officers, and judicial officials.  “As leaders of the Navajo Na t ion , we a re work i n g toget her to leverage ou r Nation’s sovereignty to identify

resources that have now led to a gradual increase in the number of police officers on the Navajo Nation under the leadership and vision of Police Chief Francisco, the development of a work group to focus on missing and murdered Diné relatives issues, and other ongoing initiatives,” Nez stated. “Today, the Office of the President and Vice President a nd t he L aw a nd Order Committee with the leadership of Chairwoman Eugenia Charles Newton, Division of Public Safety Executive Director Jesse Delmar, Chief of Police Phillip Francisco, and our men and women in uniform have been doing a great job with the limited resources we have,” he added. The President also highlighted the Nation’s progress in designing and constructing new justice centers in Shiprock and Window Rock to replace the current dilapidated facilities, and the Nation’s success in securing funds through the

From left: Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, U.S. Asst. Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney, and Council Delegate Eugenia Charles Newton at the 2019 Indian Country Public Safety Summit in Albuquerque, N.M. on Aug. 27. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OPVP Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Navajo Nation and Central Consolidated Schools sign historic school resource agreement Staff Reports


H IPROCK , N.M. T he Nav a jo Pol ice Department and the Central Consolidated School District have signed a memorandum of agreement to assign two full-time school resource officers to the northern New Mexico public school system. T he sig n i ng ceremony was held Aug. 26 with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice-President Myron Lizer finalizing the school resource agreement, a historic partnership for both the Navajo Nation and Central Consolidated School District. “The partnership

increases the safety of the lea r n i ng env i ron ment for students and educators. The presence of SROs will help to reduce crime and bullying and lead to educational and menta l hea lth benef its of students. Most importantly, it gives the police officers the opportunity to serve as positive role models for the students and to help re-instill respect and honor for law enforcement and authority,” Nez said. The primary goal of the School Resource Officer program is to reduce the incidences of crime, promote a


Nez-Lizer welcome U.S. Navajo Nation to Attorneys to the Navajo Nation seek prosecution Staff Reports

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I N DOW ROCK , A r i z . – Nava jo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were joined by Navajo Nation Attor ney Genera l Doreen N. McPaul, Acting Deputy Attorney General Kimberly Dutcher, and Acting Chief Prosecutor Jennifer Henry for a momentous occasion to meet with U.S. Attorneys from the states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico Aug. 26. Nez and Lizer welcomed U.S. Attorney John W. Huber who serves the District of Utah; Michael G. Bailey who serves the District of Arizona; and John C. Anderson, who serves the District of New Mexico to the Office of the President and Vice President, to discuss ways to improve the coordination of tribal and federal investigations, detainer protocols, evidence sharing, reintegration of federal inmates, violence against women prevention, and the death penalty.

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President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer meet with U.S. Attorneys at the Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, Ariz. Aug. 26. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OPVP In addition, Nez spoke about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the importance of increasing communication and data collecting related to violent acts committed upon Navajo women and children, including offenses committed by non-Navajos. “We need to have a deeper discussion about how the Navajo Nation and your offices can do to protect Nava jo women and children and to

allow our system to prosecute and hold offenders accountable for their violent acts,” Nez said. Nez and Navajo Nation Act i ng Ch ief P rosecut or Jennifer Henry spoke in support of improving response time in regards to the gathering of evidence and the process to decide whether or not to prosecute alleged offenders in the federal or tribal judicial systems.


LACK MESA, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency a n nou nce d Au g. 2 3 t h a t its Cr imina l En forcement Depar tment is working to address a case of illegal trash dumping in the community of Black Mesa, Ariz., which is in violation of the Navajo Nation Solid Waste Act, and will seek prosecution of the perpetrators. N a v a j o N a t i o n E PA Executive Director Oliver

Whaley stated that a report of illegal dumping was recently made to the EPA’s Western Navajo Agency office by local residents, which was then i nvest igated. T he Nava jo Nation EPA has since cleaned up the illegal dumping site, which consisted of household debris and garbage. While cleaning up the site, the officials were able to identify several alleged perpetrators using na mes found in the debris.



The illegal trash dump site in the community of Black Mesa, Ariz. Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OPVP




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TRASH | FROM PAGE 11 Navajo Nation President J o n a t h a n Ne z a n d V i c e President Myron Lizer commended the Navajo Nation EPA for addressing the situation and the community member s for r a i si n g t he concern with the EPA. They cautioned that other similar offenses will be investigated to deter illegal trash dumping and to protect the environment. They said the Nez-Lizer Administration is working diligently to develop a landfill for the Navajo Nation to help address the issue of illegal dumping. “We’ve he a r d d i r e c t ly from many of our own people regarding their concerns over illegal dumping in many communities and many have called for the prosecution of offenders. In every community, we have children that play outdoors and families that use our land for events, ceremonies, and many other purposes - it’s important that we protect our lands and preserve them for these important uses,” Nez stated. “This is a community driven effort to keep our lands clean and safe.” Vice President Lizer said he is hopeful that the situation in Black Mesa will serve as a reminder to perpetrators that the Nation will pursue prosecution for illegal trash dumping. “As leaders of the Nation, we also recognize that we h ave a r e s pon s ibi l it y t o work with communities to develop waste disposal plans and options for residents,

businesses, and others and that’s why we have tasked s e v e r a l of o u r D i v i s io n Directors to develop a plan a nd timeline to develop a landfill for the Nation’s use,” Vice President Lizer said. Nava jo Nation Div ision of Community Development Executive Director Dr. Pearl Ye l l ow m a n , D i v i s i o n o f General Services Executive Director Lomardo Aseret, and Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency Executive Director Oliver Whaley are working together to establish a landfill to properly dispose of solid waste and to promote recycling in communities on the Nation. “W h ile we a re still add ressing the issuing of providing more convenient places for people to legally dump their trash, we as a Nat ion, ca n no longer be afraid [or] turn a blind eye to illegal dumping,” Whaley stated. Among other provisions, the Navajo Nation Solid Waste Act prohibits the disposal of “any solid waste in a manner that will harm the environment, endanger the public health, safety and welfare or create a public nuisance. The Nez-L izer Administration also encoura ge s com mu n it ie s t o b e pr o a c t i ve i n a d d r e s s i n g illegal trash dumping a nd to hold others accountable if this is occurring in your neighborhood. The public is encouraged to report illegal trash dumping by ca lling the Nava jo Nation Env iron menta l Protection Agency at (928) 871-7692.

CONSERVATION | FROM PAGE 11 They noted that the federal decision to either prosecute or decline to prosecute sometimes takes a very long time.  This extended period can leave the Navajo Nation in a position to miss its opportunity to prosecute. On the other hand, premature prosecution by the Navajo Nation may jeopardize a federal prosecution. Nez and Lizer offered their support for returning Navajo people in federal custody to the Navajo Nation to serve the remainder of their sentences after completing the majority of their term elsewhere.  “After a Navajo person has served a major portion of a sentence, the Navajo Nation should have an option to request that the inmate complete the remaining portion of the sentence in a Navajo Nation detention facility depending on the availability of space and resources,” Nez said. “This would help reintegrate the person with family and community, and reconnect with cultural values. In addition to those concerns, Navajo families have to travel long distances and carry the financial

President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Attorney General Doreen N. McPaul, Acting Chief Prosecutor Jennifer Henry, and U.S. Attorneys at the Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, Ariz. Aug. 26. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OPVP burden of travel expenses to visit family members that are in custody in federal facilities across the country.” In regards to the federal death penalty, Nez reminded the U.S. Attorneys that the Navajo Nation has a long history of opposing the application of the death penalty on members of the Navajo Nation, which is reflected in statements from past leaders of the Navajo Nation. Hen r y a l so not ed t he large volume of cases that the Nation’s 13 prosecutors are required to review each year in coordination with the U.S. Attorneys and others. She also thanked their offices for their open line of

communication and for working together with the Nation despite limited resources. The Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor is coordinating with the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office to place a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor, who would be a Navajo prosecutor with special designation to assist in the prosecution of federal offenses committed on the Navajo Nation. Nez and Lizer thanked the U.S. Attorneys for visiting the Navajo Nation and welcomed them to meet again to further discuss and strategize on the issues discussed during the Aug. 26 meeting.

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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces historic ‘Duran’ settlement Staff Reports


ANTA FE – More than 40 years after the suit was first filed, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced a historic settlement intended to equitably resolve the long-running litigation that developed into the stipulated agreement commonly known as the Duran consent decree. A preliminary agreement between the state and plaintiffs – approved Aug. 28 by the Hon. Kirtan Khalsa, a federal magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico – would ensure inmates are afforded constitutional protections as to humane treatment while incarcerated, relieve the state of New Mexico of considerable litigation costs relating to the consent decree into the future and allow the New Mex ico Cor rect ion s Department flexibility in developing and implementing new policies as to inmate living conditions.


New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham “As was the case with the decadeslong ‘Jackson’ litigation my administration settled in April, I’m gratified by the expedient and just resolution to this matter,” Lujan Grisham said. “Our Corrections Department will demonstrate its ability to meet the needs of our inmate population. My team will continue to work diligently to unburden the state of the difficulties left to the citizens by prior administrations, whether from the past eight years or farther back in time.” Filed in 1978, the lawsuit alleging civil rights violations

Stock image led to a 1980 consent decree, named after the since-deceased lead plaintiff, Dwight Duran, that established requirements for inmate living conditions within the state’s correctional system. Under the newly struck settlement, the state Corrections Department will take several measures to improve the conditions of confinement. Among those conditions, the state agency will transfer at least 284

inmates from several facilities to other New Mexico facilities with adequate space; ensure each inmate housed in a dormitory or multiple occupancy room will have no less than 50 square feet of combined living and sleeping space, in excess of standards established by the American Correctional Association; increase staff recruiting efforts through hiring fairs and at least one satellite academy; and adopt new hiring policies that re-evaluate physical fitness needs for various positions as a means of decreasing staff vacancies; among other measures. Once the state has complied with a particular settlement term for a period of six months,

it can then seek disengagement from the court’s oversight of that provision. “This landmark resolution to a multi-decade case was reached through the cooperative efforts of the Office of the At tor ney Genera l, the Governor’s Office, the New Mex ico Cor rect ion s Department and the attorneys representing the interests of affected inmates,” Corrections Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero said. “The cooperative spirit of both sides in reaching this long awaited resolve highlights the New Mexico Corrections Department’s commitment to operating safe institutions for our staff, our inmate populations, and our communities.”

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Missing license plate results in meth bust Staff Reports McKinley County Sheriff Deput y Roa ne A la n wa s

running radar on U.S. Highway 491, Aug. 24 when he observed a silver Ford Taurus traveling south without a license plate.

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cK i n ley Cou nt y S he r i f f D e pu t y Clay t on Et sit t y was on patrol Aug. 26 when he noticed a passenger car traveling eastbound near the intersection of Hubble Street and South Chino. Etsitty called the vehicle, a Nissan Altima, into Metro Dispatch for a registration check on the license plate. Dispatch then advised that the license plate number matched those on a vehicle that had been reported stolen. After following the suspect vehicle onto South Chino, Etsitty performed a highrisk traffic stop. He drew his department-issued firearm and told the driver to turn off the vehicle and step out. The driver did so, and was identified as Danielle Kinsel, 33, of Gallup. Kinsel asked Etsitty was she was being detained in the patrol unit, and Etsitty explained the vehicle had been registered as stolen. Kinsel said she had purchased the vehicle from a friend Aug. 2 for $150, and had a written statement of the transaction.

Danielle Kinsel Etsitty found the written note along with the vehicle’s VIN, which Metro Dispatch confirmed as belonging to a year 2000 Nissan Altima. Dispatch advised Etsitty the vehicle had been reported stolen Aug. 1 to Gallup Police Department. The person who called it in, Gloria Joe, 67, of Vanderwagen, was contacted. She identified the vehicle and reported no damages to it. Kinsel agreed to be transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and was booked on charges of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle.

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Alan proceeded to follow the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near the 1.5 mile marker. After making contact with the driver, Nicole Brown, 35 of Gallup, Alan asked her to show him the vehicle documents. While she searched for them, Alan noted there were other occupants in the car who were not wearing seatbelts. Alan asked the passengers for their identification cards, at which point they become nervous. Alan obtained identification details on the passengers and ran the info through Metro Dispatch. He was advised two male occupants had active arrest warrants. Jeffery Tsosie, 47, of Saint Michaels, was placed in Alan’s unit without incident. Deputy Johnson Lee arrived on-scene to assist Alan and spoke with Brown. Alan spoke to another passenger, Brandon Lee, 36, of Saint Michaels, who was revealed to have small bags containing a crystal-like residue in them. Alan knew from training and experience these bags could be used to transport illegal substances, so Brandon Lee was also placed in his unit.

Jeffery Tsosie

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Deputy Lee and Alan got permission from Brown to search the vehicle and found one other passenger, Charley Myrtle, 38, of Gallup. Brown let the officers search her purse and they found another small bag containing more of the crystal-like substance. Alan determined through training and experience the substance was methamphetamine. Myrtle was placed in Deputy Lee’s patrol unit,

Myrtle Charley and Brown, Lee, and Tsosie were transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Brown was given a traffic citation and she and the vehicle were released. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office did a field test of the subst a nce, wh ich t e st ed presu mpt ive posit ive for methamphetamine.


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State Police intercept load of meth at DWI checkpoint Staff Reports


he New Mex ico S t a t e Pol ic e w a s conducting an E N DW I S o b r i e t y Check point about 6:30 pm Au g. 16 on U. S. H ig hway 5 4 ne a r m i le p o s t 2 3 9 i n Gu a d a lupe Cou nt y, when a g r ey 2 017 Ford Ta u r u s pa s senger veh icle d r iven by E dwa rd Br i ley, 4 0, of Pa mpa , Tex . ent ere d t he checkpoint. Of f icer s lea r ned t hat Briley, who did not have a driver’s license on him, had a felony armed and dangerous wa r ra nt for probation violation in Texas. Br iley wa s a r rested for his outstanding warrant. Inside his vehicle, off icer s fou nd 21 pou nd s of methamphetamine.  Br iley wa s booked into the Guada lupe Cou nt y Cor rect iona l Faci l it y a nd cha rged w it h T r a f f ick i ng a Control led Subst a nce w it h I nt ent t o Di st r ibut e

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ASCHITTI, N.M. – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a series of fires that damaged several buildings in Naschitti, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, last week The fires, which occurred Aug. 19 to 21, damaged a church, a convenience store, and three vacant houses. Nobody was injured.

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SLEEPY TRESPASSER G a l lup, Aug 9 A Gallup man was arrested Aug. 9 after he was seen m o v i n g around in a residence that did not belong to him. Melvin Spencer, 56, is now facing breaking and entering charges. Gallup patrolman Timothy Hug ht e sa id he wa s d i s patched to a residence on the 2400 block of State Highway 602 about 2:14 pm. When he got to the scene, he found Spencer walking from the yard and detained him. He t he n me t B e v e r l y McDargh who was the owner of the residence. She was sitting in her car outside the home. She told Hughte that she had just arrived at the house when she noticed that the curtain on the front window had been removed and realized that there was someone inside. Hughte went to inspect the house and found the front door had been kicked in and the inside of the house was in disarray. He and another officer entered and yelled “police,” but an inspection revealed no one else in the building. Later, during an interview, Spencer admitted he had been in the building and had gone there looking for a place to sleep.

RESISTING ARREST Gallup, Aug. 9 A Gallup police officer received minor injur ies Aug. 9 tr ying to place an intoxicated man in his unit. Officials Richard Rangel said he was dispatched to the Sports Page Bar on South Second Street because of a phone call from a security guard there that he had a highly intoxicated man who was trying to enter the bar. When Rangel got to the scene, he found Nathaniel Poyer, 33, of Tempe, Ariz. being detained by the security guard. R a ngel sa id he t hen det a i ned Poyer a nd wa s attempting to take him to his unit, but Poyer pushed him and tried to run away. Rangel caught him and tried to put handcuffs on him, but he continued to resist and punch him. Poyer continued to say he wanted to go inside the bar and when Rangel tried to call for backup, Poyer pushed the radio from his hand. Rangel finally managed to get handcuffs on him and place him in his unit. Poyer later blew a .23 on a breath alcohol test. He was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Gallup, Aug. 9 Rober t F u lt z repor t ed to police Aug. 9 that one of his vehicles had been stolen from his business a few days before. He said when he noticed that the blue 1999 Chevrolet pickup was missing, he began looking at video surveillance and found a tape of the vehicle being stolen at 4 am on July 27. The v ideo wa s a lso reviewed by police who said it showed a man dressed all in black walk up to the vehicle and get inside and then drive it away. Fultz said the doors were locked and there were no keys inside.

SOUNDS LIKE A SCAM Gallup, Aug. 6 Gallup police received a report Aug. 6 from a Gallup woman who said her social s e c u r it y c a r d h a d b e e n compromised. The woman said she was at work when she received a call from a man who said he was from the FBI. He said he was

investigating a report of an Arizona man using her credit card in Texas. He advised her to go to the nearest Dollar store and buy five Google paycards for $100 each. He then began asking

NEZ | FROM PAGE 10 and substance abuse, suicide, depression, and other issues that affect Navajo people. Nez emphasized the importance of incorporating cultural and traditional teachings into public safety measures, behavioral and mental health services, and prevention efforts.  “T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego, or self-reliance and self-determination, is what we as leaders are trying to re-instill in our people, especially our youth. It’s a teaching that we can incorporate into many aspects of what we’re trying to accomplish in terms of improving public safety in our communities,” he added. “Our administration is also developing a Diné Action Plan that we can apply to many

for her ba nk infor mation, but she refused to give it to him. At that point, another employe e over he a r d her talking and advised her that the call was probably a scam so she hung up. She later told police that during the call she had sent the man a picture of her social security card. issues and further incorporate our teachings - we will be presenting this to the Council in the near future.” In speaking about partnerships he noted that in the state of Arizona, the Navajo Nation Office of the Prosecutor is coordinating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to place a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor, who would be a Navajo prosecutor with special designation to assist in the prosecution of federal offenses committed on the Navajo Nation. Ne z t h a n k s t he U. S . Department of the Interior and many other tribal leaders and advocates for the opportunity to have a dialogue and work together to address public safety for Indian Country and the Navajo Nation.


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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Jonathan Francisco Aug. 11, 2:30 pm Aggravated DWI (first offense) Gallup Pat rol ma n Dominic Molina was d ispatched to the area of Wise Pies P i z z a , 82 0 U. S . Hw y. 491, in reference to a possible drunk driver. The caller advised a GMC Sierra was weaving in and out of the lane and pulled over near the establishment. As Molina headed for the destination, the calling party advised the vehicle in question had left the premises and was traveling eastbound on Maloney Avenue. The caller continued to tell Molina what was happening as he followed the vehicle onto the 800 block of East Mesa Avenue. The caller said the suspect

vehicle stopped in the parking lot of an apartment building and the driver, identified as Jonathan Francisco, 30, of Tohatchi, tried to enter the caller’s car. Molina arrived on scene to find Francisco holding the caller’s vehicle door open but eventually backed away and fell over. Molina conducted a pat down of Francisco, who had no weapons or tools on his person. Fra ncisco said he wa s coming from the Sports Page bar and admitted he had been drinking and had six beers earlier, evidenced by the strong odor of intoxicating beverages coming from his person. He agreed to take the standard field sobriety test. E vent u a l ly, F r a nci s co stopped following instructions and failed the field test. Molina read him the New Mexico Implied Consent Advisory and Francisco agreed to a breath test. Inside his vehicle, Molina found 11 open containers of alcoholic beverages, including

10 cans of Bud Light and one miniature shot of 99 Bananas liquor. Francisco was transported to Gallup Police Department where he posted samples of .27 and .26. He was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking. Sammie John Aug. 9, 11:26 am DWI - alcohol/drugs Gallup Patrol ma n Timo Molina a r r i ve d on-scene at an unspecif ied block on South S e c o n d Street where Officer Christopher Dawes walked Sa m mie Joh n, 36, of Breadsprings, to him. Molina asked John if he had been driving the maroon Ford passenger car along the nearby wall, and John said he had been driving. Molina noted John had bloodshot watery eyes and a

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strong smell of intoxicating beverages coming from his person. When asked if he had drank any alcoholic beverages, John replied he had only smoked marijuana earlier. John agreed to the standard field sobriety test, but had trouble performing the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, saying he was on an unknown medication. John then took the walkand-turn test, but had trouble keeping his balance. After failing the field test, Molina placed John in handcuffs and asked if he had anything in his mouth. John

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CKINLEY COUNTY, N.M. - The New Mexico State Police investigated a case about 9:40 pm Aug. 24 in which pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 40 near mile post 2, west of Gallup, N.M.  The initial investig a t io n i nd ic a t e d a 2 019 Volvo Com mercia l Mot or Vehicle was traveling west on Interstate 40. For reasons u nk now n, My ron G. Chischilly, 56, of Manuelito,

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Crownpoint man faces 10 years in prison for drive-by shooting TWO CHILDREN SUFFERED INJURIES

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L BUQU ERQU E – A fe d e r a l g r a n d jur y sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., retu r ned a n i nd ict ment Aug. 15 charging Eli Frank Woody, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., w it h feder a l a s s au lt a nd firearm charges arising out of a July 18 drive-by shooting that injured two Navajo children. The three-count indictment cha rges Woody with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury to a child, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.  According to the indictm e n t , Wo o d y a s s a u l t e d a nd ser iously injured two minor children on July 18 in McKinley County, N.M. The indictment also alleges that

Woody used and discharged a f i r e a r m t o a s s a u lt t he t wo m i nor v ict i m s, cau s ing them to suffer serious bodily injur y. Woody was arraigned on the indictment on Aug. 21, in federal court in Albuquerque.  Woody was arrested on July 24, on federal charges a r isi ng out of the Ju ly 18 i ncident , wh ich were set forth in a criminal complaint that wa s f iled on July 19.  According to the cr iminal complaint, on July 18, Woody a l leged ly f i red a shotg u n from a vehicle, in which he was a passenger, into a residence, injuring two Navajo children who were inside the residence.  The residence was located i n Cr ow npoi nt , wh ich i s located within the Nava jo I nd i a n R e s er v a t ion .  T he compla i nt stated that the children were transported to a hospital for medical care

OBITUARY ADRIAN GRAY Adrian Gray, 25, of Iyanbito, NM died August 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Juanita Gray, Betty smith, Keith Gray & Harold Chee. He is survived by his parents Herbert Gray and Cora Tru jillo; brothers, Cameron Gray, Corey Trujillo; sisters, Coreen Gray and Olivia Trujillo; son, Aiden Gray; daughter, Adrianna Gray. The family received friends at Iyanbito Chapter. Funeral Services were held at Latter Day Saints Church in Gallup, N.M. Interment was held at Gallup City Cemetery.

NEONA RAE DELGARITO Neona Rae Delgarito, of Smith Lake, N.M. died August 23, 2019. She was preceded in death by Mother, Mary Ann Salcido; Brothers, Shawn Delgarito, Kenny Delgarito; Daughter, Hailey Thompson. She is survived by her 3 children. The family will receive friends at Mt. Powell Reception Hall. Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Powell Baptist Church 10 am, August 30, 2019. Interment will be at Smith Lake Cemetery.


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firearms charge that must be ser ved con secut ive to any sentence imposed on the assault charges. Charges in criminal complaints and indictment are only allegations. Defendants a re presu med in nocent u n le s s a nd u nt i l pr ove n

guilty. The Gallup office of the F BI a nd t he Cr ow npoi nt office of the Navajo Nation Div ision of P ubl ic Sa fet y investigated the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Cowen.

Eli Woody and survived the shooting. Woody wa s relea sed to a halfway house under pret r ia l super v ision pend i ng tr ia l, which ha s yet to be scheduled. If conv icted on the charges in the indictment, Woody faces up to 10 years on each of the assault charges, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment on the

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John was born in Albuquerque, NM. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, his brother Lester, late wife Janet and daughter Amanda. John was a Vietnam Vet. with the United States Marine Corps before joining the Albuquerque Fire Department in 1977. He was a paramedic and a firefighter, he retired as a Lieutenant after Twenty years of service. He moved to Pie Town, NM in 2000 where he enjoyed working on his ranch and taking care of his animals. He also served as a Fire Chief and WHRLOA Board Member for his Wild Horse Ranch community. John also served as a Foster and Transporter for Four Corners Pet Alliance. He rescued & Fostered over 100 dogs and puppies. He made numerous transport runs hauling and rescuing horses as well. He was loved by many and will be missed. He is survived by his wife Sharron, his daughter Jennifer (Urioste), his son in law Daniel, his grandsons Daniel and Austin, (His Pride & Joy), his brothers and sister and their families and many friends.

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dealing with mental problems, had hit her earlier. The suspect was intoxicated, along with second person in the room. The officers made sure the space was clear when they entered, making their presence known to the suspect and the person he was with. The suspect repeatedly told the officers he did not want to talk to them, but eventually began to act erratically. In this instance, the officers were able to detain the suspect Gallup Sun correspondent Cody Begaye, right, plays the role of a police officer, tasked with confronting a disorderly individual, played by Officer Neil Yazzie, left, in a “Response to Resistance” exercise at 451 S. Boardman Dr. Aug. 28 . Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

TRAINING | FROM PAGE 4 Toadlena-Pablo said. “The officers have to convey information accurately.” T he repor t s a re t hen reviewed by supervisors for accuracy as well as whether the officer followed the key points of Response to Resistance. Having the officers explain their actions in detail will put accountability back on them, Toadlena-Pablo said. The second aspect of the training involves live field exercises in and outside the Gallup Police Department. The Sun was invited to sit in on these exercises and participate in one of them. Lieutenant Billy Padavich said the live exercises help the officers to determine what type of force is reasonable for a particular scenario, using what they are learning through the training to make decisions to help defuse the situation. “We’re teaching them not every situation will be the same,” Padavich said. “That everything they do has to be objectively reasonable.”

OUT IN THE FIELD The first live exercise was one where the officer had to respond to a call about a disruptive person on the premises. After answering the call from Metro Dispatch, the officer pulled into the parking lot of a designated building. The officer made contact with the caller, who said the person has been shouting obscene and threatening messages at nearby pedestrians and staff. The officer then had to confront the disruptive suspect, played in the scenario by Officer Neil Yazzie, who shouted that they were just minding their own business in NEWS

the lot and are allowed to do so. The officer first attempted to defuse the situation verbally, but then drew his firearm after it was revealed the suspect had a knife. The suspect waved the knife toward the officer in a threatening manner, and eventually discarded it by throwing it in the direction of the officer. Finally, the suspect drew a firearm of his own and shouted at the officer to shoot. In numerous practice runs of the incident, the suspect either discarded his firearm and agreed to leave the premises or he opened fire and was subsequently “shot” by training ammo used by the officer. After the scenario concluded, Sgt. Steven Collins discussed the importance of doing the reality-based training exercises. “The officer must learn how to assess if the suspect has the means, the intent, and the ability to commit the crime,” Collins said. The intent of a suspect can be determined by observing their stance and demeanor, Collins said. This means having to stand about seven yards away from the suspect, giving the officer enough time to react in case the suspect decides to charge or attack. “Distance and time are our friend,” Collins said. “The ultimate goal is to gain compliance without using [excessive] force.” However, Collins added they teach their officers in the event of a hostile suspect, officers should have their firearms drawn and be ready to defend themselves. “Be one step a head of them,” he said. While the situation in the lot of the police department was hypothetical, Yazzie said officers would actually have

several seconds at most to make a crucial decision if they are in that position in reality. “The officers have to go home, too,” Yazzie said. “We still render aid, do what we need to do, and try to save the suspect. Our job is to stop their unlawful actions.” The scenario in the lot played out in under five minutes. But Yazzie said the corresponding report would be about 10 pages long, because the officer would have to explain why the scenario went from non-violent to involving use of deadly force. “The reality-based training opens [the officers’] eyes to see where they’re doing good and where they need to improve,” Yazzie added. T h e s e c o n d e xe r c i s e involved officers responding to a call at a place of business in reference to a person who was refusing to leave, and was unresponsive to calls by the manager to leave the premises. In the walk-throughs of this scenario, the officer assessed the situation by speaking with the manager and then making contact with the suspect. Eventually, a second officer arrived on-scene to assist by also asking the suspect what was happening. Occasionally, the manager would repeatedly insist the officers take the suspect away immediately. The officers told the manager multiple times to stay back a safe distance. After failing to comply with the officers’ request to stand up, the officers then had to determine when they were left with no other option but to use a taser on the suspect. The final exercise was one in which two officers had to enter a residence in reference to a call about a domestic dispute. The victim greeted the officers and told them her husband, a war veteran currently

without having to use a taser. Terrance Peyketewa, the officer who oversaw this exercise, said in these scenarios the officers may have reason to pull the trigger and use force, such as the taser, but it will ultimately be a judgment call on their part, based on how they view the situation and what they have learned. “Everything’s against you in this scenario,” he said. “But whether they say yes or no [to use of force] depends on the officer.”

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OPINIONS Udall thanks Twin Lakes native and Native American Congressional Intern Staff Reports


ASHINGTON, D. C. - U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, thanked Twin Lakes native and Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern Raven Pinto for her work as an

intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her ten weeks on Capitol Hill, Pinto worked primarily on legislative issues related to Indian affairs. “U.S. Senate interns gain invaluable experience as they learn to navigate our nation’s legislative process and the Capitol’s halls,” Udall said Aug. 12. “It’s been a pleasure to work

with Raven this summer, and I hope she finds her experiences during this internship rewarding as she finishes college and embarks on a successful career.” Pinto said she applied for the Udall Foundation internship because she wa nted to develop a deeper understanding of how the federal


government can best support and maintain relationships with Tribal communities. “I came to D.C. expecting to learn and grow a skill set that will ultimately help me to serve people well - and I could not be more appreciative for receiving just that,” she said. “My experiences with Senator Udall’s office have strengthened my

passion for public service and have shown me the incredible work that is being done, as well as the incredible work that is to come.” Pinto is the daughter of Aneva Yazzie and Raymond Pinto from the Navajo Nation,



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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) What are you waiting for? The going doesn’t get easier. You’ll never find the perfect moment, partner, or life experience. You have enough in you to get where you want to be. If you haven’t heard lately - you’re enough. You will always be enough. Stop seeking outside. Look within and you’ll find peace.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The heart is a funny organ. It speaks of joy and sorrow. But, the truth is that the heart knows. Your head will mess up the equation. You’ll find justification for misdeeds in yourself and others. Never look outside for the answer, for it is within you. Your heart knows this. Your heart has already decided. The rest of your mind, body, and soul must catch up. Make it so.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) All this practical earth energy is a potent reminder that the “secret” to success is having strong objectives, a clear map to help you reach them and the unflagging determination to keep going until you do!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your light shines brighter than the rest. But, even you may experience the rush of disappointment. This is to be expected. In those moments, you put your head down and breathe. Take a moment and then put your arms in a fighting stance and run. For you are capable of withstanding anything. You’re more than capable.

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What’s in your heart? You may think life is passing you by, but what better time to take on the world than now? Now is the perfect time to live the life you’ve always wanted and to be who you’ve always imagined. It’s in your best interest. There will never be a time like now. There will never be a greater time for living your life. The clock is ticking and all is finite. Act now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Someone recently said if you can’t be positive, don’t be negative. This means no matter what happens, you’re not entitled to stab people, or yell at them. It may seem logical to have these psycho sessions in your head, but people will pick up on your hostility. Put that rage to work. Go for a run. Read a great book. Invent the next great thing.

You may have faith in little, but you should have faith in yourself. There is little that you couldn’t accomplish. It’s up to you to take on the world, even if it is one silly little challenge at a time. You’re more than capable. Better to live and try than do nothing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) What lies at the center of hope? You may think it lies at the heart of promise - the promise for a better and brighter future. You may even believe that it signifies change. Hope is all of these things and more. Yet, hope is merely a belief, or faith, that what was true today can be better tomorrow. Share this faith with the world. Don’t hide. Share the light. OPINIONS

Rep. Torres Small speaks out against indefinite detention of immigrant children Staff Reports

Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern Raven Pinto and U. S. Senator Tom Udall in Senator Udall’s office Washington, D. C. June 24. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Office of U. S. Senator Tom Udall

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ASHINGTON, D.C. Congresswoma n Xochitl Tor res Sma ll, NM-2, relea sed a statement Aug. 23 calling on the Tr ump Administration to reconsider changes proposed to the interpretation of the Flores Settlement Agreement concerning detention of migrant children in federal facilities. “Ch i ld ren a re especia l ly v u l nera ble when they are held in detention. The Flores Agreement addresses that fact. We all recognize that our immigration system is broken, but keeping children in detention with no end in sight does not improve safety or ref lect our values. I call on the Administration to reconsider its decision, and come to the table to work with the leadership from both parties and Chambers to develop real, meaningful solutions to the cha llenges we a re facing on the border. Together, we can build solutions that keep communities safe and families together.”

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COMMUNITY ‘Persons’ of the Month for August BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS: THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SOMEONE IN YOUR CORNER three references speak to their capability of being a mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a he challenges of a new national nonprofit, so it is free school year are harder to enter as a mentor, Piano on some students. added. Lonely you ngster s Then there is the school with a rough home life need mentoring program, in which support. But they don’t always high school students at six know how or where to get it.  local schools mentor elemenThat’s where Big Brothers, tary students on a weekly Big Sisters enters the picture.  basis. For more than a century this T h i s prog r a m i s held non-profit has created one-to- i n T horeau, Crow npoi nt , one mentoring relationships Tohatchi, Navajo, Rehoboth, designed to understand and and Zuni. empower. “The youth learn leadership T he Big Brot her s, Big skills and accountability, and Sisters branch in McKinley have someone who is a positive County, at 100 E. Aztec Ave., is influence in their life,” Piano such a place; where young peo- said. ple can find compassion and a listening ear. ACTIVITIES FOR By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


ABOUT THE PROGRAM Sarah Piano, of Gallup, has served as regional director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Mountain Region for over 11 years. “We need to invest in the youth, because they are our future,” Piano said Aug 28. “Every child has to have a positive influence in their life.” There are two mentoring programs that Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in McKinley County, community mentoring and school mentoring. The community mentoring program allows enrolled youth to meet with their mentors several times a month across McKinley County and work on various projects. These projects can be either academic or recreational, according to Piano. The mentors in this program are required to fill out an application with Big Brothers Big Sisters, meet for an interview, pass a national background check, and then have


Piano said Big Brothers Big Sisters continually plans monthly events for local youth and their mentors. She said while these events are only open to those two groups, they occasionally hold mentor mixers where the community is invited to learn more about the program. The most recent event, and one of two major fundraisers for the program, was the 10th Annual Golf Fore Kids’ Sake Tournament, held Aug. 17 at Fox Run Golf Course. One-hundred-seventy-eight golfers participated in the tournament, and the program partnered with Marathon Refinery to put it together. The other major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters is a bowling event they hold in April. “All the money raised stays local,” Piano said. When asked about how the enrolled young people feel about being paired with a mentor, Piano said she has noticed

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From left: Crystal Pablo, program specialist; Brittany Gutierrez, program specialist; Sarah Piano regional director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Aug. 27. The program helps find mentors to build a positive network for local youth. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura positive growth in each of the kids. “They get better grades, get along better with their peers, become more outgoing and have more self-confidence,” she said. “The mentors open their eyes to new experiences, something they couldn’t have done before. That is a great thing.” Piano said she knows this feeling because she worked previously as a mentor on two separate occasions, one lasting for six years and the other lasting two years. “You’re doing something beyond yourself that’s helping the children,” she said. “It helps you in the end.”

HOW TO GET INVOLVED Once applicants pass the previously mentioned interview, background check, and reference check, Piano said the program staff looks over the kids enrolled in the program and finds the best match based on interests and personality traits. Brittany Gutierrez, prog r a m s p e c i a l i s t for B i g Brothers Big Sisters, said their

role is to support the child and the mentor through the process, and maintain contact between them. “We’re helping the kids build positive relationships with their mentors,” Gutierrez said. “The whole point is to help kids who come from a rough home life or have endured a traumatic experience.” The one requirement Piano emphasized was a mentor has to commit for at least one year, because a child in the program will likely want a regular source of support, which could be disrupted if the mentor were to suddenly move away while they’re in the program. “Sometimes the mentorship can last longer, like five or six years,” Piano said. “It can turn into a lifelong friendship.”


MATTER “The mentors show the kids new opportunities, tell them they’re important,” Piano said. “This is a job where we can make a difference.” Gutierrez said while they are doing important work for the community, the organization seeks to maintain a pleasing atmosphere for the mentors and the children. “When there is an issue, we do our best to maintain contact and help them overcome the issue,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like work, because we’re helping people.” For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, including how to become a mentor, visit the Mountain Region of f ice at 100 E. Aztec Ave. or call (505) 726-4285.

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NACE payroll deduction program growing Staff Reports


I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. - The “Buy Authentic Navajo” br a n d c u t s t o the hear t of Nava jo business. Navajo Arts and Crafts Enter pr i se ha s a u n ique business model that wa s established by the Advisory Committee of the Navajo Tribal Council. The Advisory Committee enacted a resolution titled, “Approving the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise Payroll Deduction Plan for the Navajo Tribal Employees,” by a vote of 7-5 on Nov. 14, 1979. Resolution No. CAN-112-79 planted the seed for economic development that continues to grow today. Elijah Muskett, NACE CEO, said the payroll deduction program has flourished over the decades, and now includes customers from tribal enterprises, schools, private businesses, hospitals and other entities. “The payroll deduction customers are our most important shoppers,” he said. Through this process, the

tribal enterprise has fostered a cottage industry of individual Navajo artisans, numbering more than 300, who sell their crafts to NACE for the company to sell to customers. Beyond this pro-Navajo business aspect, NACE also buys from 10 Navajo-owned companies that also provide products to fill store shelves. “When you look at NACE from a business perspective, we are truly one of the only Navajo companies that is actually buying and selling authentic Navajo items,” Muskett said. At the present time, the company is an enrolling new customers and re-engaging previous clients with the payroll deduction program. The program is based on employee salary, which workers can charge against at NACE store locations and have the payment deducted from their payroll. Many people have said the program is very convenient for the purchase of finished goods, which are handcrafted items such as jewelry, traditional and ceremonial items, moccasins, pottery and Navajo rugs, cradleboards and peyote fans to

Beaded necklaces, handcrafted pottery, handcrafted dolls, handcrafted chicken, box of Navajo Tea, sand painting of Yei bi chei from showcase display at the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, Window Rock, Ariz. Photo Credit: Marna Craig

From left: Squash blossom necklace sets with coral; cluster stone. Raw materials coral and turquoise, Navajo basket holding traditional and contemporary bracelets from showcase display at the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise, Window Rock, Ariz. Photo Credit: Marna Craig

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name a few. Customers often shop at NACE when preparing for puberty ceremonies or for traditional Navajo weddings. Most recently, the enterprise worked with the 24th Navajo Nation Council for the blessing of traditional Navajo shields that were returned to the possession of the Navajo Nation from the Field Museum in Chicago decades ago. Whatever the scenario, customers shop at NACE to Buy Authentic Navajo. “NACE ma inta ins high standards to ensure the quality and origin of the items,” Muskett said. “Everything that is offered is authentic Navajo.”


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Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo nearly doubles in size By Beth Blakeman Associate Editor


h e N i n t h A n nu a l Business Expo put on by t he Ga l lup McK i n l e y C o u n t y Chamber of Commerce was a four-hour event that attracted

between 500 and 600 people Aug. 24. Bill Lee, the CEO of the the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, says more tha n 25 businesses


A crowd of patrons browses booths showcasing local businesses during the Gallup Business Expo at the McKinley County Courthouse Plaza in Gallup, Aug. 24. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover Edward Chee, right, Adrian Rios, center, and a crowd of other spectators watch and photograph performances during the Gallup Business Expo at the McKinley County Courthouse Plaza in Gallup, Aug. 24. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Six-year-old Kaiden Cadman enjoys a free hot dog during the Gallup Business Expo at the McKinley County Courthouse Plaza in Gallup, Aug. 24. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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The Gallup High School Bengal Girls dance team is cheered and applauded during the Gallup Business Expo at the McKinley County Courthouse Plaza in Gallup, Aug. 24. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t looks as though Labor Day weekend is a little slim on new releases. The thriller Don’t Let Go is opening nationally, but it isn’t being screened for the press. That means it’s as good a time as any to look into the future and find out more about some of what’s arriving over the fall and holiday seasons. September begins with a major release in the form of It Chapter 2. This Stephen King adaptation about a group of childhood friends facing off against a supernatural clown will finish the story off for good and is likely to be a big box office success. The following week features T he Goldfinch with Nicole Kidman and Ansel Egort. It is a fictional tale involving a young man dealing with the death of his mother who passes away suddenly in a bombing. On a lighter note, Hustlers follows a group of exotic dancers who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Amazingly, the latter tale is actually based on a true story. Science-fiction enthusiasts will take an interest in the Brad Pitt flick Ad Astra, about an astronaut attempting to save the world by solving a mystery at the far end of the universe. Sylvester Stallone returns to one of his most iconic roles in Rambo: Last Blood, and BBC fans will be thrilled with Downton Abbey, a cinematic feature that continues the story of the Crawley family after the events of the TV finale. There’s also the indie comedy Brittany Runs a Marathon, which should be slowly opening around the country in September. And the month closes with Abominable, an animated flick for the family about a mythic creature coming out of the wilderness. October begins with a comic book adaptation in the form of Joker, a new take on the classic DC villain. Advance word on the picture has been positive, with a few pundits suggesting star Joaquin Phoenix could be an Oscar contender in the title role. Lucy in the Sky is another outer-space themed entry that COMMUNITY

‘Don’t Let Go,’ the movie not being screened for movie reviewers this week, stars David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byran Mann, Mykelti Williamson and Shinelle Azoroh. The film premiered under the title ‘Relive’ at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 27. In this shot, Detective Jack Radcliff (David Oyelowo) is protecting his niece Ashley Radcliff (Storm Reid), attempting to prevent her death before it happens. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut who returns to Earth and soon begins to lose touch with reality. Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) tries his hand at sci-fi/action with Gemini Man, which features a young and old Will Smith squaring off against each other. Jexi stars comedian Adam Devine as a man obsessed with his cell phone and those who enjoy The Addams Family will receive a new animated film for the whole family that is based on the famous characters. There’s also been a lot of buzz about JoJo Rabbit, the latest comedy from Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). It’s a period piece set in WWII Germany about a young boy who is a part of the Hitler Youth. He imagines himself palling around with the country’s ruler until he discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Late October also sees the release of Zombieland: Double Tap which reunites all of the characters from the 2009 hit to face the undead once more. Disney fans will also see a familiar villain return to

the big screen in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, once again starring Angelina Jolie. Foreign-language film fans may be interested in Pain and Glory, a Spanish title from Oscar-winner Pedro Almodovar (Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)

that stars Antonio Banderas as a film director coming to terms with his past. The month wraps up with the Naomie Harris cop drama Black and Blue. The story follows a police rookie who accidentally captures a murder on her body cam that was committed by fellow

officers. A s November a r r ive s, things get really busy, with blockbusters saddled alongside some award hopefuls. Pictures being released early in the month include the sequel, Ter minator: Dark Fate, featuring original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in supporting roles. There’s also the period crime piece Motherless Brooklyn with Robert DeNiro a nd Edwa rd Nor ton (who also directed the film) and the biographical drama, Harriet. Other titles arriving include the WWII spectacle Midway and the biopic Ford v Ferrari with Christian Bale and Matt Damon as the famous car manufacturers. There’s also a Charlie’s Angels reboot, and the all-star, tongue-in-cheek murder/mystery Knives Out (the trailer looks quite entertaining). Those who remember T h e Shining will get Doctor Sleep, a sequel with Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Danny Torrance. Of course, families will no doubt be thrilled to see Disney deliver the long-awaited Frozen II to cinemas as the season gets chillier. There are many more films on the way and those mentioned above are only a selection of what to expect as the year progresses. They won’t all be perfect, but here’s hoping that some of these movies hit the mark and provide great entertainment and/or thought-provoking material for those venturing out to the cinema. V i s i t : w w w .

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 30, 2019 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ooks like it’s another busy edition with loads of Blu-ray and DVD releases hitting store shelves and rental outlets. There are some big summer epics coming your way, as well as noteworthy independent fare and a few documentaries. 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! The Banana Splits Movie If you were a little kid in the ‘60s or ‘70s, you might remember va r ious live-action Sid & Marty Krofft children’s programs like H.R . Pufnstuf and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. This direct-to-disc feature film re-imagining of the Banana Splits, turns one of their family-friendly shows into an R-rated horror flick. A young boy and his family decide to attend a taping of the program, only to see the strange creatures turn malevolent and attack the audience. There aren’t a lot of reviews available right now, but the ones that have appeared online are reasonably upbeat. They suggest that while the plot points are routine and the satire could have been sharper, the unusual take on the material does add a unique element to the proceedings. It features Dani Kind, Finlay WojtakHissong, Romeo Carere and Steve Lund. Big Top Evil - Speaking of turning nostalgic childhood memories into nightmare fuel,

this small independent horror production involves a group of young travelers who stop in at a rundown roadside motel. They soon discover a dilapidated circus nearby and find themselves being hunted by a group of psychotic and savage cannibal clowns. Sounds like a fun weekend! Alas, this picture hasn’t played at any film festivals and is premiering on disc, so there are no write-ups that can attest to its quality. However, it doesn’t look to be anywhere in the same league as the Banana Splits feature and may be exclusively for low-budget horror enthusiasts. The cast includes Bill Moseley (of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 fame), J. LaRose and Jisaura Cardinale. Clarence Clemons: How Do I Think I Am? - Gifted musician Clarence Clemons (who might be most recognizable to readers for his work in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) is the subject of this documentary. After an expansive tour with the Boss came to an end in 2003, Clemons began thinking about his place in the world. In fact, he decided to travel to China with a film crew to make a little film about his experiences. Sadly, Clemons suffered a fatal stroke not long after. This picture chronicles his life and presents some intimate footage of the man along with interviews from those who knew him personally. This includes President Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, as well as former bandmates and family members. There isn’t much word on this project yet, but it played at a few New York and New Jersey film festivals and may appeal to music fans. The Creatress - This small indie comedy/drama has seemingly come from out of nowhere to receive a release on disc.

The plot involves a writer whose book becomes a big hit. She sells the rights away for a film adaptation and receives a huge advance for her next project, only to start experiencing backlash from the press and readers. This includes a false memoir about the scribe and some negative re-evaluations of her work. The protagonist strives to stay above it all and survive the onslaught, as well as come up with an idea for her next book. There is literally no information about this title other than it having a screening in France at the Nice film festival, so who knows how effective it is. Lindy Booth, Fran Drescher and Peter Bogdanovich headline the picture. Godzil l a: Kin g of th e Monsters - The giant green monster returns in this follow-up to the 2014 reboot. This time out, the cryptozoological agency known as Monarch finds its hands full after several monsters rise and attack in various countries across the world. Once believing Godzilla to be its enemy, it soon realizes the creature may be its only hope of surviving this onslaught. This sequel didn’t receive as warm a welcome as the previous entry. While a group of critics did state that the monster fights were enjoyable enough to keep them watching, most complained that the film had difficulty shuffling several threads and finding a proper tone. They also noted that the characters both human and otherwise, weren’t as engaging as they could have been. The movie stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown and Bradley Whitford. Killers Anonymous - This independent action picture has an interesting premise...


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it follows a support group for assassins who get together and privately share their insecurities and concerns regarding their dangerous line of work. Tension mounts when one of them attempts a hit, leading authorities in the direction of the group in general. The killers must reconvene, determine who is responsible for the hit, and take action before they all get caught. The press hated this flick...right now, there isn’t a positive write-up to be found. All commented that the screenplay is poor, leaving its talented performers stranded, and becomes more of an endurance test than thriller. Ouch! The movie features Tommy Flanagan, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Jessica Alba and Gary Oldman. T he Last Black Man in San Francisco - Set in a San Francisco not long into the future, this unusual arthouse effort follows a young man being pushed out of his old downtown neighborhood by gentrification. When the residents of the house he used to live in are forced to leave the property, he moves back in and attempts to reconnect with his family’s history. However, his actions end up causing unexpected complications. Notices were excellent for this unique picture. A small portion found the feature too ponderous and suggested that it was an obtuse and odd effort that was difficult to connect with. Still, the vast majority liked the cast, stated that the ideas were creatively presented, and took note of the engaging and impressive photography and music. The cast includes Jimmy Fails, Jonathan Majors and Danny Glover. The Narcissists - Here’s another independent feature from New York that has been making the rounds on the festival circuit. This tale is about a filmmaker struggling in a creative funk and finding his relationship with his girlfriend at a crossroads. The couple decides to take a bit of time apart and spend a few days with friends, wandering through the metropolis and trying to figure out their next steps. Their discussions lead to several realizations about the future and their life together. The movie has been billed as a comedy/drama and is

premiering on disc. However, there haven’t been any reviews posted online yet. Augie Duke and Jessica DiGiovanni play the main characters. Rocketman - As one might have guessed from the title, Elton John is the subject of this biopic. It details all of the remarkable ups and downs in his life and career, starting with his humble beginnings and the early days of his career as a songwriter and backup musicia n. The stor y then details his massive success, as well as a period of drugs and excess. All of it is backed to musical numbers based around some of his most famous tunes. Reaction towards the movie was extremely positive. A tiny segment did state that the events depicted were too downbeat and self-involved. Still, the consensus was that the picture had great numbers and ably dealt with all aspects of the musician’s life, helped tremendously by an exceptional lead performance. It stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and Gemma Jones. The Secret Life of Pets 2 - This sequel to the 2016 animated hit continues to reveal secrets about what our animal friends do when we aren’t in their company. After his owners have a child, family dog Max must deal with new concerns and his role in the family as the clan heads out to a farm in the countryside. In the city, others pets deal with recovering an important toy and saving an abused tiger from the circus. Critics were split on the end results, although more enjoyed the movie than disliked it. A contingent suggested that there wasn’t much that was memorable about the follow-up and found it to be a mediocre family film. Slightly more admitted the picture was no classic, but felt it made up for its deficiencies with impressive animation and humorous moments. The voice cast includes Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish and Jenny Slate.

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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 26 is delivering another Hammer horror flick with Fear in the Night (1972). The story involves a young woman who marries a schoolteacher and moves to a small campus in the country. Once there, she must deal with a menacing stalker and eccentric characters. This Blu-ray includes the film in two aspect ratios, a film historian audio commentary, an inter view with the co-writer/producer/ director of the feature, as well as a second commentary track featuring the figure. You’ll also get a featurette on the production, a theatrical trailer and a still gallery. The same company is also releasing The Leech Woman

NACE | FROM PAGE 23 The Horned Moon Apparel has also grown alongside the enterprise, affording Navajo families to purchase clothing and shoes. Horned Moon Apparel has expanded over the years since its initial clothing and footwear offerings in the early 1990s. Previously, the apparel arm of the enterprise focused on western attire and boots. Today, name brands such as Levi’s, Skechers, Timberland, Doc Martins and Carhartt are being sold because of customer demand. Standards such as Wranglers, Ariat, Pan Handle and other vendors also continue to remain popular with customers. Muskett said NACE is planning on selling Nike products in their stores in the near future. “By offering Nike products, we can further help Navajo families who have children who participate in school athletics. This would also be a chance to address the burgeoning healthy and active lifestyle that has inspired many families across the Navajo Nation,” he said. Parents have said the payroll deduction program is a tremendous help when it comes to shopping for school clothes for their kids. If you have not taken advantage of the payroll deduction program at NACE, now is your chance to sign up and shop at eight store locations across the Navajo Nation. NACE has locations at Cameron, Chinle, Kayenta, Navajo National COMMUNITY

(1960). It’s about a scientist and his wife doing research in Africa and attempting to discover the secret to eternal youth. When they find the answer and head back to the U.S. with the information, the scientist’s wife decides to take advantage of the discovery. Too bad the process requires a male sacrifice! A 35mm fine grain composite of the film has been given a 2K scan and the Blu-ray includes a film expert commentary as well as publicity materials. VCI Video is putting out a Blu-ray of The Vanishing Sh a dow (1934). This is a Universal Pictures serial that has never before been released and has been transferred in 2K from the original 35mm fine grain. The plot involves a young Monument, Tuba City, Window Rock, all in Ariz.; and Crownpoint and Shiprock, in N.M. O ver t he pa st severa l weeks, customer accounts representative Kesha Anagal has been traveling to various tribal entities to provide information on the payroll program to employees and to recruit new customers. “I enjoy working with our entities, especially the opportunity to meet the individual employees who are our everyday customers,” she said. While retail costs are often a concern, Anagal said customers have commented that the payroll deduction program comes in handy in providing for family needs and unexpected occasions such as birthdays, ceremonies, graduations and the holiday season. Anagal has also been providing customer satisfaction surveys to receive feedback on how NACE can improve customer service or bolster new product offerings. “The face-toface interactions will benefit us and our customers. We’ll have firsthand input to help us grow and meet their needs,” she said. One customer, Nava jo Nation Gaming Enterprise, has been a great opportunity, she said, adding that the commensurate business relationship is entirely based on the work of Navajo artisans. Tribal entities and departments interested in getting an update on the payroll deduction program can contact Anagal to set up a time and date for an onsite visit. Call (928) 871-4090 ext. 299 or email kanagal@

man who sets out to avenge the death of his father by using all sorts of interesting implements, including robots, a vanishing belt and other weapons (the serial is believed to feature the first onscreen appearance ever of a hand held ray gun). V i nega r Syndrome also has a great many Blu-rays arriving online a nd in shops. A mong the several releases is the German punk/sci-fi/horror flick Decoder (1984), which features a bit part from author William S. Burroughs and music by Soft Cell. Besides the movie getting a 2K restoration from the original camera negative, extras include a critic commentary, new and archival interviews with the writer/producer, footage of Burroughs on set, video footage of the 1982 Berlin riots, a featurette on the locations and publicity materials. They also have the cult flick, Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987). This is a post-apocalyptic action flick starring wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the last fertile man on the planet, who wanders the wastelands trying to survive the

elements. This release marks the Blu-ray debut of the film in North America with a new 4K restoration. It also comes with a commentary featuring the director/cinematographer and the writer/producer, archived interviews with Piper as well as the make-up effects artist, an extended scene and the theatrical trailer. Anyone who’s a fan of Peter Jackson’s 1989 effort Meet the Feebles might take an interest in Vinegar Syndrome’s release of Let My Puppets Come (1976). This is an earlier adult-themed musical feature featuring an all-puppet cast set that is set in the world of adult films. Apparently, this bizarre comedy shocked audiences during its original run and then disappeared for decades. Now, the uncut original version has been given a 2K restoration and is being released on Blu-ray. It comes with a film historian commentary and a second track with a puppet designer, audio from the musical upon which the movie was based, an audio conversation with the director and a trailer. Criterion also has several new Blu-rays heading your way. The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) is a well-regarded

effort from Japan about a marriage quietly crumbling. The disc includes a new 4K restoration of the picture, a video essay on the title from a film scholar, a documentary on the screenwriter and a 1937 feature from the same director called What Did the Lady Forget? The th r iller In so mni a (1997) is also hitting Blu-ray. This effort from Norway follows a cop investigating a murder in a village experiencing a 24-hour daylight cycle. If that synopsis sounds familiar, the movie was later remade in 2002 with Al Pacino. Besides a new 4K digital restoration of the movie itself, you’ll also get two short films from the director, a new conversation between the filmmaker and star Stellan Skarsgård and a trailer. They also have a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set of T he Koker Trilogy. This release includes three Iranian films that are said to be a cross between fiction and documentary, detailing life in the title village and deftly mixing comedy and tragedy. The three specific movies included are Where is the Friend’s House? (1987), And Life Goes On (1992) and Through the Olive Trees (1994).

Coord, Education Support req10425 The TRIO Upward Bound program at UNM-Gallup provides academic support services to first-generation and low-income, high school students enrolled in partner schools within the Gallup-McKinley County School District. The TRIO Upward Bound program consists of a 6-week summer program in addition to academic year services to prepare selected high school students for post-secondary curriculum by focusing on academic success and academic preparation. The overall goal of TRIO Upward Bound is to promote high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment. Our program is in search of an organized and energetic candidate to fill the position of Coordinator, Education Support; this position is essential for service delivery and overall program success. The Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Director in providing academic support, planning and delivering academic programming, and assisting with outreach activities. Upward Bound personnel will work collaboratively with students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff and community partners to ensure student success and program objectives; program services and activities may require flexible schedules, including evening and weekends. This is a term appointment through August 31, 2020 with continued employment contingent on funding. The UNM-Gallup Upward Bound program is approved through August 31, 2020 with funding awarded annually. This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. TO APPLY: For complete information including closing dates, minimum requirements, and instructions on how to apply for this or any UNM position, please visit our website at or call (505) 863-7557. UNM Gallup Human Resources, 705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, NM 87301 EEO/AA/Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled/and other protected classes Gallup Sun • Friday August 30, 2019


SPORTS 360 Gallup dominates in season opener

Gallup Bengal Noah Oliver (88) evades Bernalillo Spartan Fernando Villegas (18) as he runs for a touchdown at Angelo DiPaolo Stadium in Gallup, Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengals Johnny Blue Eyes (87) and Jacob Ramirez (15) run down Bernalillo Spartan quarterback Adam Salazar (8) at Angelo DiPaolo Stadium in Gallup, Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Isaac Bustinza (5) gets clear of Bernalillo Spartan Isaiah Deherrera (11) to receive a pass at Angelo DiPaolo Stadium in Gallup, Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Laitan Tom (13) maneuvers through the Bernalillo Spartan defense at Angelo DiPaolo Stadium in Gallup, Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal Laitan Tom (13) collides with Bernalillo Spartan Ryan Maes (32) at Angelo DiPaolo Stadium in Gallup, Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Gallup Bengal quarterback Kody Touchine (18) looks for an open receiver as the Bernalillo Spartan defense closes in at Angelo DiPaolo Stadium in Gallup, Aug. 23. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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SCHOOL | FROM PAGE 10 better understanding of the law enforcement officer’s role, and to create a better learning community through positive role models in an educational system. The agreement details that school resource officers will be assigned to Newcomb High School and Shiprock High School. Each will work with school administrators to provide a secure learning environment for students and staff. T he Nava jo Pol ice Department initiated a one-year SRO pilot program with the Central Consolidated School

EXPO | FROM PAGE 24 participated this year and the turnout increased from the traditional numbers of 300 to 350 people. Asked what he attributes the larger headcount to, Lee says, “It takes time to finally get goin.’ People are beginning to recognize that there’s something happening with the Chamber in August that’s a good event.” He also underscores the entertainment, including the Gallup Martial Arts Academy and high school dance teams. And then there’s the food. Lee says the business expo is tied to the mission of the chamber, in that it seeks to

GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Need a past issue? $2.00 per copy. Note issue date and send check or M.O. to: Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305. Subject to availability. BUYING Wanting to buy: Collector buying old hand made Native American silver stamping tools, antiques & old textile. Call Richard 928-308-3486. FOR RENT Black Diamond Canyon Mobile Home Park 1 mobile - 2 bedroom, 2 bath - $600.00 per month + $600.00 security deposit 1 mobile - 3 bedroom, 2 bath - $650.00 per month + $650.00 security deposit 1 house - 4 bedroom, 2 bath $850.00 per month + $850.00 security deposit All: washer/dryer hook-up, COMMUNITY

District during the 2018-2019 school year. During this time, two officers were placed in the school environment and the results yielded a 37 percent reduction in infractions in the elementary school and a 24 percent reduction in infractions among high school and middle school. Infractions ranged from drug and alcohol violations, weapons possession, fighting, and threats. The results demonstrated the importance and value of having an SRO program in community schools and a formal agreement was pursued for the current school year. “Having school resource officers on campus is a great opportunity for our officers promote businesses in the Gallup-McKinley County community through advocacy and opportunities that have a positive impact on the cash register. It gives the area a chance to exhibit what’s available locally, from car dealers to eye care providers, all in one place. “You don’t have to necessarily go out of town to get what you need.” he says. What’s on tap for next year? Well, Lee says that planning hasn’t begun yet. But there is a twinkle in his voice that says he’s got a dream. He wants to combine the expo with the farmer’s market and get people coming from the walkway to Courthouse Square.

stove, fridge. All newly renovated. NO PETS. Call Bill Nations -505-726-9288 or go to 334 Black Diamond Cyn. 8AM to 6PM HELP WANTED August 23, 2019 McKinley County is now accepting applications for the following position: POSITION Deputy Clerk DEPARTMENT Clerk’s Office FOR BEST CONSIDERATION DATE September 6, 2019 Applications and additional information regarding positions can be found on the County


From left: Superintendent Terrian Benn, Navajo Nation Police Department, Sgt. Francis Yazzie III, CCSD Director of Operations, Candice Thompson, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, Board of Education President Charlie T. Jones, Jr., and Board Member Adam J. Begaye. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Central Consolidated School District to make a positive impact by providing crime prevention education to students, families and school faculty,” Phillip Fra ncisco, Nava jo Nation Police Chief said. “We look forward to this partnership and want to thank everyone who worked collectively to get this agreement in place.”

“This has been a two-year labor of love that will provide a safer learning environment in our schools on Nava jo Nation soil, as well as a closer relationship with the Navajo Nation. This agreement will ensure school safety, which is one of the district’s main priorities. Our students will benefit

greatly with the presence of law enforcement, and will feel secure during class and school activ ities,” Ter r ia n Benn, Superintendent of Central Consolidated School District stated. The agreement, signed on Aug. 6, will remain in effect until May 2020.

Teacher, Pre-College Program req10420 The TRIO Upward Bound at UNM-Gallup provides academic support services to first-generation and low-income high school students enrolled in partner schools within the Gallup-McKinley County School District. The TRIO Upward Bound program consists of a 6-week summer program in addition to academic year services to prepare selected high school students for post-secondary curriculum by focusing on academic success and academic preparation. The overall goal of TRIO Upward Bound is to promote high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment. Our program is in search of an enthusiastic candidate who is passionate about expanding educational access and opportunities to fill the position of Teacher, Pre-College Program. Upward Bound Teachers also serve as Outreach Advisors and are essential to the success of the program in preparing students for post-secondary education. Upward Bound personnel will work collaboratively with students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff and community partners to ensure student success and program objectives; program services and activities may require flexible schedules, including evenings and weekends. This is a term appointment through August 31, 2020 with continued employment contingent on funding. The UNM-Gallup Upward Bound program is approved through August 31, 2020 with funding awarded annually. This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. TO APPLY: For complete information including closing dates, minimum requirements, and instructions on how to apply for this or any UNM position, please visit our website at or call (505) 863-7557. UNM Gallup Human Resources, 705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, NM 87301 EEO/AA/Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled/and other protected classes

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 29 web site Mindi M. Macias Executive Administrative Assistant *** August 27, 2019 McKinley County is now accepting applications for the following position: POSITION Heavy Equipment Operator DEPARTMENT McKinley County Roads Department FOR BEST CONSIDERATION DATE September 10, 2019 Applications and additional information regarding positions can be found on the County web site Dezirie Gomez CPO Human Resource Director *** REPORTER

The Gallup Sun has an immediate opening for a reporter. Must reside in McKinley, Cibola or Apache counties. Coverage is in Gallup and surrounding areas. Email CV/resume w/five clips to: gallupsun@ HOMES FOR SALE Many lots available in Gallup Will build to suit 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Granite countertop, financing available Agave builders 575-639-9090 *** PLACE YOUR REAL ESTATE AD HERE! FIRST 25 WORDS FREE. LOGO and/or PHOTO $5 EACH. APPEARS ON GALLUPSUN.COM FOR FREE! EMAIL: gallupsunlegals@ CALL: (505) 722-8994 PETS Volunteers Wanted Four Corners Pet Alliance is in desperate need of foster homes for dogs and cats. You provide the temporary home

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the governing body of the City of Gallup, New Mexico, at its regular meeting of August 27, 2019 passed, adopted and approved the following entitled Ordinance:

PETITION TO CHANGE NAME (Person Age 14 Years or Older)

Published in the Gallup Sun August 30, 2019 September 6, 2019

COMES NOW the Petitioner Deondre Jamell Dunlap-Reed, pursuant to NMSA 1978 §40-81 (2010) and states that: 1.Petitioner is a resident of Gallup in the county of McKinley in the State of New Mexico. 2.Petitioner is aged fourteen (14) years old or older. 3.Petitioner desires to change



Bulk Trans INC is currently looking for a few highly motivated and Safety committed professionals for the position of Class A CDL Fuel Tanker driver. The commercial driver is responsible for the loading, transporting, and delivery of fuel to clients within a designated region.

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Janessa McMahon at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend.

We have both part time and full time openings. You will drive a fuel truck to deliver diesel, gasoline and unfinished product to customers within the regions of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. JOB DUTIES:


• To safely load, transport and deliver diesel and gasoline fuel as requested by our customer(s) in strict adherence to standard operating procedures.

• Drivers be at least 23 years of age • 2 years minimum OTR experience • Valid CDL • Hazmat & Tanker endorsements • Clean driving record and present a Motor Vehicle Report • Pass the DOT physical and will need to provide Long form • Pass a pre-employment and ongoing random drug test

Please Apply in person at 920 E Hwy 66 Gallup NM 30 Friday August 30, 2019 • Gallup Sun


his / her current name of Deondre Jamell Dunlap-Reed to the following Deondre Jamell Dunlap. WHEREFORE, Petitioner prays that the Court enter its Final Order Changing Name.

Fuel Transport Drivers

• Perform pre-trip and post-trip inspection • Follow strict safety and driving guidelines

WEEKLY RATES (4 consecutive weeks max.)

Bulk Trans INC. is now seeking

• Working shifts ranging from 40 to a maximum of 70 hours per week • Lift heavy weight and use heavy machinery • Be willing to work a variety of shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Shifts may rotate.


Done this 26th day of August, 2019 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Bill Lee, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun August 30, 2019 *** LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF ORDINANCE PASSAGE BY TITLE AND SUMMARY ORDINANCE NO. S2019-4 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of

The purpose and subject matter of the Ordinance is contained in the title and provides for: Annexation of certain real property described as A Tract of land lying within Section 8, T15N, R18W, N.M.P.M, McKinley County, New Mexico and the adjacent portion of the Hamilton Road right-of-way, containing a total of 1.3093 acres. Said property is located immediately adjacent to and to the south of Hamilton Road and includes that portion of the adjacent Hamilton Road right-of-way. A complete copy of the Ordinance is on file in the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO By: /s/ Alicia Palacios, Deputy City Clerk PUBLISH: Friday, August 30, 2019 CLASSIFIEDS



7 pm-8 pm nightly through September 2 @ The Courthouse Square on Aztec between Second and Third Streets (215 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). .Admission is free. For more information call (505) 722-2228.


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


4 pm-6 pm @Children’s Branch(200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup) . Introduction to 3D printing. What it is. How it works and what you can make.


6:30 pm-10 pm @ El Morro Events Centre (210 S. Second St., Gallup). Screening of documentary that seeks to answer the question, “What does it mean to be an American?” Following the film, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will lead a discussion.


11 am UNM-Gallup (705 Gurley Ave., Gallup). BBQ sandwiches, chips and a drink will be given away to current students wearing a UNM Lobo shirt..


4 pm @ Prewitt Rodeo Grounds (State Hwy. 122, Prewitt). Sponsored by Rockin J Reawakenings. SATURDAY, August 31


8 am @ Gallup Sports Complex.(925 Park Ave., Gallup) Saturday, Aug. 31. Register at Gallup Humane Society. All proceeds benefit McKinley County Humane Society. Early registration $20; day of race $25. For more information: MaddysMission2017@gmail. com or Tiffany (505) 979-0664


9:30 am-10 am @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup) . 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.


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. CALENDAR


10 am and 3 pm @ Prewitt Rodeo Grounds (State Hwy. 122, Prewitt). Sponsored by Rockin J Reawakenings.


8 pm @ El Morro Visitor Center (NM-53, Ramah). Ranger program followed by a constellation tour and telescope viewing. For more information, call (505) 783-4226 (ext. 801). SUNDAY, September 1


Stop by either OFPL Location (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup and 200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup) to sign up for a library card or replace lost cards for free during the month of September. Fines will be forgiven for library card holders under age 18 as well as Teacher card holders. Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


Register at either library (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup and 200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup) September 1st through September 21st for a free copy of House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. The story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend. Get ready for some great conversations, good food and tons of fun! Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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.


10 am @ Prewitt Rodeo Grounds, Prewitt (State Hwy. 122, Prewitt) Friday, August 30 - Sunday, September 1.


12 pm – sunset @ Fort Defiance Chapter House (Old Red Lake Rd., Fort Defiance, Ariz.). Inviting all Gourd Dancers and Royalties. For more information contact Larry or Victoria Anderson (505) 612-4343


10 am enter; 11 am show time @ Prewitt Rodeo Grounds (State Hwy. 122, Prewitt) . Sponsored by Rockin J Reawakenings.



using TinkerCAD and create your own personalized name keychain. For more information: or (505) 726-6120.



MONDAY, September 2 9 am-8 pm. Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup). Labor Day 9 am-8 pm. Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Labor Day


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.


Labor Day


10 am @ Sky City Cultural Center/Haak’u Museum (Haaku Rd, Acoma Pueblo,, NM). Acoma Pueblo will be celebrating their annual San Estevan Feast Day with a harvest dance. For more information visit or call (505) 552-7861. TUESDAY, September 3


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


9 am-12 pm @ Commissioners Chambers (207 W. Hill Ave., #300, Gallup). Regular County Commission Meeting. WEDNESDAY, September 4


10:30 am-11 am @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup). Get ready for rhythm and rhyme at Storytime! We’re using rhyme to help build our language skills. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Every Wednesday at 10:30 am and Saturday at 11 am. This program is intended for children ages 2-4.


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


4 pm-6 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup) . If you can think it you can print it. Join us as we learn how to make objects

6 am-9 am. Participating New Mexico McDonald’s restaurants across the state will provide free breakfast to K- 8 graders (children 15 and under accompanied by a parent/ guardian) and teachers with their school ID. THURSDAY, September 5


4 pm-5 pm @ Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup): Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Grandparent Day Craft


5 pm @ SSTC 200 UNM-Gallup (705 Gurley Ave.,Gallup). Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training. ONGOING


2 pm first Saturday of the month @ Red Mesa on Hill Street (105 W. Hill Ave., Gallup). 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


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.


3:30 pm-5 pm @ the Octavia Fellin Library Meeting Room(115 W. Hill Ave., Gallup) second Monday of the month Sept. 9 (due to the Labor Day holiday). Community members concerned about environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 7220039 for information.


6 pm-8 pm Wednesday (113 E. Logan, Gallup). Free community classes and presentations about all things solar. For more information: (505) 728-9246.


Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society (1315 Hamilton Rd., Gallup). For more information, please call (505) 8632616, or email: Location: 1315 Hamilton Road.



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


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


1 pm free for anyone. Reawakenings Veterans Center & Ranch (2 miles North on County Rd 19, Prewitt, NM). For more information email


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


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


9 am-12 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


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


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


6 pm - 7 pm Wednesdays, @ First United Methodist Church, (1800 Redrock Dr.,Gallup) (in the library). All are welcome. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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