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State leaders remember fallen officer SERVICES SET FOR MARCH 27

Staff Reports She also thanked the citizen who spotted Smith and called the police. “I thank the citizen who spotted the suspect and reported him to the authorities. I offer my sincere appreciation to the New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, first responders, medical personnel and others who responded to this heinous act of unprovoked violence against Officer Hare,” she said. “Violent gun crime is a scourge in New Mexico. We must take decisive action to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous, repeat felony offenders.” Bregman also took time to thank law enforcement. “On behalf of the citizens of the State of New Mexico, I want to thank all the men and women of law enforcement for what they do every day. Being a police officer is


New Mexico State Police Officer who was shot and killed on Interstate 40 will be laid to rest on March 27. NMSP Officer Justin Hare’s funeral ser vices will be held at 11 am at the Legacy Church at 7201 Central Ave. NW in Albuquerque. The service will be open to the public, and all law enforcement agencies are encouraged to send representatives. Anyone wanting to donate flowers can do so by sending them to Daniel’s Family Funeral Services, 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Rancho, N.M. 87124. There will not be a procession after the funeral. KOB 4 spoke to a woman who says she knows Hare’s family. “I knew the family, I knew him, you know, he was a nice person, and he didn’t deserve this. He didn’t deserve it at all, and I feel very sad for them,” Clara Olguín, a Tucumcari resident, said. In a statement published March 15, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham grieved the fallen officer. “I’m heartbroken by the devastating news that State Police Officer Justin Hare was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call near Tucumcari this morning. It’s a tragic reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face each time they put on a uniform and report for duty,” Lujan Grisham said. “Officer Hare was doing his job protecting his community, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fellow officers at this most difficult time.” INCIDENT TIMELINE Hare met his untimely death after he responded to call around 5 am on March 15 concerning a man driving a white BMW who had a flat tire and was attempting to wave down other motorists on Interstate 40 by mile marker 318 near Tucumcari, New Mexico. The man was later identified as Jaremy Alexander Smith, 32, from Marion, South Carolina. When Hare arrived at the scene, he parked behind the disabled vehicle. Smith reportedly exited his vehicle and approached Hare’s passenger side window. A short conversation ensued about repairing his tire when, without warning, Smith pulled out a firearm and shot Hare. Smith then walked to the driver’s side and allegedly shot the officer again. Smith then pushed Hare into the passenger seat and drove away in the patrol car. After calls from dispatch to Hare went unanswered, an additional NMSP officer was dispatched to the scene. While the assisting officer responded to the area, Hare’s duress signal began to go off. The duress signal is an emergency function of the officer’s handheld radio that the officer can activate, and it sends an emergency signal to dispatch. As the assisting officer continued to the scene, Hare’s patrol car sped past him heading westbound at a high rate of speed along the frontage road of I-40 near milepost 312. The officer took the next exit to get on the frontage road and attempted to catch up to the stolen patrol car. When the officer caught up with the patrol car, it had been crashed on the frontage road near milepost 304. The a ssisting officer approached the car and found it empty. Smith had apparently fled on foot. Hare was later located a round milepost 312. He was transported via ambulance to an area hospital, where he later died due to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased at 7:21 am. Jaremy Alexander Smith

New Mexico State Police Officer Justin Hare SUSPECT HUNT A man hunt began for Smith, who also had an extensive criminal history in South Carolina:  Taking Hostages and Rioting in Jail  Burglary  Breaking and Entering  Armed Robbery  Resisting, Evading Police Officers  Auto Theft  Shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle  Armed Robbery  Person of Interest in Murder of South Carolina Paramedic Phenesia Machado-Fore NMSP published Smith’s mugshot and asked the public for help in finding him. A 48-hour manhunt for Smith concluded on March 17 at 7 am when a store clerk from the Murphy’s gas station located at 2730 Sunshine W. Plaza Dr. in Albuquerque called Metro Dispatch and said that a man who fit Smith’s description - he was last seen wearing a brown hoodie and jacket - had walked into his store. While Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies were driving to the scene they received an update that Smith was walking around Unser Boulevard, a street near the gas station. BCSO established a perimeter around the area and began chasing Smith on foot. Shots were reportedly fired. During a press conference held later that day Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said his department didn’t know how many shots were fired, but Smith was hit. He was transported to a local hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries while he was under supervision. BCSO posted a statement about Smith’s arrest on their Facebook page: “The successful capture of Jaremy Smith is a testament to the collaborative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies and the vigilant citizens of Bernalillo County. We are grateful that his rampage has come to an end, and it serves as a solemn reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement everyday.” Both Lujan Grisham and Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman made statements about Smith’s arrest on March 17. “Today’s capture and arrest of a suspect in the cold-blooded murder of State Police Officer Justin Hare is a major step toward justice for Officer’s Hare’s family. While it doesn’t bring Officer Hare back, it allows all New Mexicans to breathe a sigh of relief that a dangerous fugitive is off our streets,” Lujan Grisham said. “I again extend my deepest sympathies to Officer Hare’s family, friends and colleagues in law enforcement for their tragic loss. I hope the suspect’s capture brings some measure of comfort to them during this painful time.”


fficer Hare was doing his job protecting his community, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.” - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham the hardest job there is, yet each day police officers work tirelessly to protect us and serve our communities,” he said. “We are grateful this suspect is in custody and our thoughts and prayers turn to the family and friends of State Police Officer Justin Hare. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.” Smith is facing charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, shooting from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and criminal damage to property.

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A NECESSARY PART OF THE TEAM! School bus drivers are responsible for the safety of the precious cargo they transport daily - our children. They undergo rigorous training and obtain the qualifications to drive a large vehicle filled with students. From navigating busy streets to following safety protocols, school bus drivers are crucial in keeping students safe during their commute to and from school. Quinton Tso started as a route driver and then as an activity driver with GMCS. He is the current Safety Supervisor. Tso said, “We are working hard to ensure our drivers are highly trained and everyone is safe.” Tso spent years waking up early for school routes and nights getting home late from trips. “I loved driving the kids. I still have former students who always approach me and say Hi. It makes this job rewarding to know you did a good enough job they remember you,” Tso stated. Aside from safety, GMCS drivers also play a crucial role in creating a positive student environment. They are often the first school staff members students interact with daily, setting the tone for the school day ahead. Building relationships with students and parents can go a long way in fostering a welcoming and friendly atmosphere on the school bus. Drivers also serve as role models for students, teaching them the importance of respect, courtesy, and responsibility. Every day presents challenges for drivers - traffic jams, inclement weather, and rowdy students, to name a few. Drivers must remain calm, composed, and professional despite these obstacles. They navigate these challenges gracefully with patience and perseverance to ensure a smooth and safe transportation experience. Besides the daily route drivers, GMCS has a group of activity drivers that haul our students to sporting events, competitions, and field trips. Jarrod Enote stopped by the transportation office when I was chatting with Quinton Tso about safety. Like Tso, Enote started as a route driver and transitioned into activity driving. Jarrod quickly commented, “If I didn’t love it, I would not do this job! Working with the kids is rewarding.” He explained how well he knows the coaches and students during a season. “You become a part of the team. You are like an uncle or brother who always supports them. Many parents don’t have the luxury of attending away games, so you become a surrogate for those kids. You cheer them on and support them!” Quinton added, “It is also neat to see how excited the elementary kids get when you pull up in an activity bus to take them on a field trip. It makes the long hours’ worth it.” Lorrianna Piestewa recently won her 4th consecutive state title at the 2024 New Mexico National Guard State Wrestling Championships hosted by the NMAA. Piestewa stated, “Jarrod is the man. Wrestling tournaments are long. But no matter what, he is always there cheering me on when I make it to the finals and look up into the stands. It means a lot to me and the rest of my team.” Football and Wrestling mom Cheryl Benally agrees, “Jarrod has been so good to my boys, getting them safely to their games and meets even in the crazy winter weather. We always thank him every chance we get!” GMCS is thankful to Jarrod, Quinton and the entire roster of drivers for their efforts! If you are interested in becoming a part of the transportation team at GMCS, visit, https://


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Train collision results in one death Staff Reports


man has died after being struck by a train in the area of Third Street and U.S. Highway 66 March 14. Metro Dispatch received the call around 1:45 pm. When Gallup Police officers arrived at the scene they met with multiple witnesses who said that the man had tried to climb over one of the train’s couplings, which is what holds the train’s cars together, while the train was stopped.

But when the train began to move again, the man was caught underneath the locomotive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. In an interview with the Sun Gallup Police Chief Erin Toadlena-Pablo said that the man had no identification on him at the time of the incident. An autopsy will need to be completed before the man can be identified. More information will be published as it becomes available.

Gallup Police responded to the scene after a man was run over by a train on March 14. File Photo

Gallup Police arrest alleged attempted rapist Staff Reports


man is facing charges of criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree after he allegedly tried to rape a young girl. Multiple Gallup Police Officers were dispatched to Hillcrest Trailer Park after someone called Metro Dispatch to report a burglary around 10 pm on March 13. According to her report, when Officer Iris Pinero arrived at the scene she noticed a broken window near the front of the trailer. A voice called to Pinero from the front door, which was slightly ajar. A woman walked out of the front door and identified herself as the victim’s sister. She said that “one of her homies” owned the trailer. The person was later identified as Jayson Russell. The woman said that Russell, 32, had left the residence, and that she was angry with him because he tried to rape her sister. The woman explained that

her four kids and her sister Russell, and a couple other were in the trailer, but they friends had been drinking were waiting for a ride to that day. She said she’d come pick them up. known Russell for “quite According to the victim’s some time” and that he’d sister, the alleged attempted allowed them all to spend rape occurred about 30 minthe night at his place. The utes before police showed up. victim’s sister also said she Pinero was able to talk had seen Russell try to flirt Jason Russell to the victim, who said she’d with her sister earlier on been sleeping on the couch in the day and she’d tried to when she felt someone touching interfere by telling him “it’s her “in the wrong places.” The victim not cool.” explained that she couldn’t get up or yell She said she’d been asleep on the for help because Russell was on top of same couch as her sister when her son her, and he was much bigger than her. woke her up. When the victim’s sister Russell allegedly already had his pants woke up, she reportedly saw Russell down and he’d also removed the victim’s pulling up his pants. pants and underwear. The victim’s age Pinero asked the victim if Russell was not mentioned in the police report. had put his “private part inside hers” The victim said her nephew saw and the victim said he was “trying to what was happening so he woke up get to it.” his mother, and she was able to chase The victim’s sister said some other Russell out of the trailer. guys had picked up Russell in a black The victim’s sister admitted that she, Malibu car. As Pinero was escorting

the victim, her sister, and her four kids to another location Sgt. Terrance Peyketewa found the black Malibu that was described by the victim’s sister and found Russell in the backseat. He was placed under arrest and is now facing the aforementioned charges. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27.



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Detox outpatient services moving to new building Staff Reports


esidents of Gallup and the surrounding areas will have an easier time accessing outpatient services for substance use disorder treatment starting April 1. Four Corners Detox Recovery Center announced on March 4 that it will move its outpatient program to the Aztec Professional Building at 1808 E. Aztec Ave. This move was made possible with funding from a Health Resources and Services Administration grant. The HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program grant aims to increase access to medication assisted treatment for substance use disorder. While FCDRC currently offers these services at its Hasler Valley Road location, the new facility will provide staff with additional space and resources. “Our facility on Hasler currently houses our detox, residential, outpatient, outreach and MAT programs and our administrative offices. It’s a tight fit,” Maura Schanefelt, FCDRC Director of Prevention and Recovery, who is also overseeing the implementation of the grant, said. “The new office space will

Four Corners Detox Recovery Center announced on March 4 that it will move its outpatient program to the Aztec Professional Building at 1808 E. Aztec Ave. Currently all of its services are operating out of its location at 2105 Hasler Valley Rd. Photos Credit: Kim Helfenbein allow us to treat more clients and expand our services including in-person counseling, group classes and telehealth while also giving us the opportunity for additional growth at our Hasler building.” The Aztec location, Four Corners Detox Recovery Center Outpatient Services, will also serve as the hub for FCDRC’s MAT program which uses medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone to help manage withdrawal symptoms, reduce intense cravings, normalize brain function and stabilize mood. This makes it easier for individuals to focus on their recovery without being consumed by the physical discomfort and psychological urge to use substances. It also increases the likelihood

Excessive barker goes hoarse

NMDA recognizes 51st National Agricultural Week Staff Reports

By Sam Mazzota King Syndicate


Does Pet Insurance Extend to Pet Sitters?

EAR PAW’S CORNER: My little dog Barnsey is quite a barker for a terrier, but for the past several days his bark has been very hoarse. He sometimes snorts or sneezes, too. I make sure he has plenty of water, but I’m not sure what else to do. It doesn’t seem to be getting better. — Faye H., Hartford, DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I left my Connecticut dog Shep into the care of a pet sitter DEAR FAYE: This is a perfect time to take Barnsey the vet. Chronic hoarsefor a week while I was away on business when barking can have several different causes, and the veterinarian can ness. The sitter texted me that Shep better evaluate him to see what’s happening. cut suddenly his pawgetting during a walk in the I’ll go over some of the reasons for a barker hoarse. Laryngitis and they took or him is a common diagnosis, but it’s importantnearby to figurewoods, out the cause. A bacterial viral infection may be the culprit, or gastroesophageal reflux (where acid is to my veterinarian forstomach care. Shep flows up into the esophageal tract, causing irritation and inflammation). doing fine now. I have pet insurance, Less common causes are masses or tumors or near it’s the dog’s but growing I don’ton think my larynx, responor other conditions affecting the larynx. sibility These may surgery, vet torequire pay for this. and Thetheinjury will discuss this option with you. occurred while the sitter was walkThe vet will evaluate Barnsey to see if ing he has an infection, acidsays reflux, or ifinjury the him. The sitter that hoarse barking has another cause. They’ll then be able to recommend an effective and illness are my responsibility to treatment. For example, a bacterial infection would likely be treated with antibicover. Who should pay? — Bill in otics. A viral infection has to run its course, but Barnsey would be treated with Chicago medications to make him comfortable and reduce inflammation. DEAR Did changes the sitter give If acid reflux is the suspected culprit, the vet mayBILL: recommend to his feeding schedule and the amount of food any at each meal.of You canShep also try different details how was injured? varieties of dog food. The circumstances are important. For Send your tips, comments or questionsexample, to if Shep was on-leash and

stepped on an unexpected piece of debris in the path, that’s different than if Shep was let off-leash and was running free in the woods. But, if you normally let him off-leash in the woods and instructed the sitter that it was OK to do that, then that’s another consideration. Talk more with the sitter to get more details. In the meantime, pay the vet and submit the reimbursement claim to the pet insurance company. Professional sitters routinely include a statement in their contract with clients that any illness or injury is the responsibility of the client. This protects them from financial loss if something does happen. However, if they are accused of deliberately neglecting or abusing a pet in their care, that statement won’t protect them. On this note, I’ll add that sitters should purchase liability insurance that specifically covers them and their business in case a claim is made against them — or worse, if they’re injured while caring for someone Luke is currently under the care else’s pet. of the McKinley County Humane Pet sitters and owners, what’s your Society. take thisunder situation? Baxter ison currently the care Tell me at ask@ of the Grants Animal Care Center. Send your tips, comments or questions eet Luke and Baxter! Society at 1273 Balok St. in Gallup. They to Luke is a very sweet boy are open Tuesday-Friday from 9 am to © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.

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who was found in a parking lot. He was scared and covered in paintball paint. Despite what he’s been through he is a very gentle boy, does great on a leash and would do great with a family or other pets! He is very calm and has a great demeanor, and he has been around lots of volunteers and shelter staff! Anyone interested in Luke cant visit him at the McKinley County Humane

that individuals remain engaged in therapy and recovery, which leads to better outcomes. “In rural communities, accessing SUD treatment in general can be challenging and MAT even more so due to a scarcity of healthcare providers who can prescribe MAT medications, lack of transportation, and the pervasive stigma surrounding substance use,” Stacy Martin, Santa Fe Recovery Center CEO, said. “This new location will provide us a foundation to really build out our MAT and outpatient services and ensure as many folks in the community as possible get the support they need.” FCDRC will host an open house at the new facility on April 3.

6 pm, and onKing Saturdays am to © 2024 Features from Synd., 8Inc. 5 pm. Baxter’s current home is the Grants Animal Shelter at 722 Redondo Rd. in Grants, New Mexico. They are open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The workers at the shelter say Baxter loves meeting new people and is a very goofy boxer puppy. He gets along with other dogs and loves treats and toys.


A S CRUCE S , N. M . — The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is celebrating the 51st National Agriculture Week – observed March 17 to March 24 – acknowledging and recognizing the essential work that all farmers, New Mexico Secretary ranchers and agricultural proof Agriculture Jeff Witte fessionals do to feed, fuel and clothe communities in New Mexico and across the nation. “With a growing population to account for, the agriculture industry has more mouths to feed and communities to provide resources to than ever before,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said. “An important part of National Ag Week isn’t just celebrating today’s accomplishments, but also embracing opportunities that will lead the ag industry to thrive tomorrow and in the future, for generations to come.” Organized by the Agriculture Council of America, National Agriculture Week encourages Americans to understand how food and fiber products are produced, appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant, and affordable products, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, and fiber industry. Awareness efforts in communities across the U.S. are just as influential, if not more influential, than the broad-scale effort. The highlight of this week was National Agriculture Day, which was March 19. It carried the theme “Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.” This theme highlights the important role agriculture plays in ensuring a sustainable future. New Mexico’s producers implement sustainable agricultural practices including planting cover crops, applying no-till or strip-till conservation practices, crop rotation and rotational livestock grazing. This year’s celebration of agriculture and its importance in peoples’ day-to-day lives is especially moving, as it coincides with wildfires having burned over one million acres of ranchland and farmland in recent weeks in the Texas Panhandle, and New Mexicans continue to recover from wildfires that burned large portions of the Land of Enchantment in 2022. These disasters are powerful reminders of the unique challenges faced by agricultural producers across the Southwest.



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NMDOH appoints new Public Health Division Director Staff Reports

S New Mexico Voices for Children’s new Executive Director Gabrielle Uballez

N.M. Voices for Children welcomes new executive director Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Voices for Children welcomed Gabrielle Uballez as its new executive director in a press release published on March 14. Uballez is a seasoned social sector leader with over a decade of experience in organizational leadership, partnership development, program design, and racial equity. She most recently served as a program officer at Asset Funders Network, where she played a key role in advancing national and regional initiatives focused on racial and economic justice in philanthropy. Her first official day at NM Voices will be April 8. “We are so pleased to welcome Gabrielle,” Rev. Dr. Robert Woodruff, Chair of the NM Voices’ Board of Directors, said. “She possesses the knowledge, experience, and leadership intangibles we sought. We were especially impressed with her extensive racial equity work, which has become an increasingly important element of our policy work. We already have an amazing team and a great track record and Gabrielle will be an excellent addition.” Prior to her work at Asset Funders, Uballez served as the co-director of the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, executive director of Working Classroom, co-facilitator of the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and chairperson of the city of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. She has also provided advisory services to national and local foundations in areas including racial equity, youth development, economic justice, and arts and activism. Uballez also serves on the boards of the national ACLU and the ACLU of NM. She holds a BA from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and has completed a certificate program in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Stanford School of Business. “I am thrilled to join the dynamic team at NM Voices to champion a legacy of using data and advocacy to stretch our collective imaginations to achieve lasting systems-level change so that New Mexico is a safe and thriving place for kids and the people who love them,” Uballez said. “While New Mexico faces many challenges, we are a beacon of possibility for who we can become. We lead the way in putting children and families at the front of an equitable policy agenda – from a constitutional amendment securing the right to early childhood education, to making college tuition-free, to paid sick leave. I am eager to continue this work with policymakers and coalition partners to achieve a long-term vision for improving the lives of our children in New Mexico.” She replaces Amber Wallin, who left NM Voices in late 2023 to work on state public policy at the State Revenue Alliance, a national group. She is now their executive director.

ANTA FE — The New Mexico D e pa r t me nt of He a lt h announced the appointment of Dr. José A. Acosta, MD, MBA, MPH as the new Director for the Public Health Division on March 7. Acosta will report directly to Secretary Patrick Allen and assume his new role starting April 1. “I’m delighted that Dr. Acosta has accepted the challenge to step into the role as leader of our Public Health Division. He has done outstanding work in his current role leading the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division through a challenging time, and I’m confident he has the public health, medical and leadership background and experience to take public health to the next level, as DOH works to achieve its goal for New Mexico to become the healthiest state in the nation by 2040,” Allen said. The Public Health Division works with individuals, families, and communities in New Mexico to achieve optimal health. The division provides public health leadership by developing health policy, sharing expertise with the community, ensuring access to coordinated systems of care, and delivering services to promote health and prevent disease, injury, disability and premature death. Public health focuses statewide on cost-effective, evidence-based programs that improve health outcomes, efforts to prevent and control infectious diseases, local and regional emergency preparedness planning/

response, and ensuring access to health care services. Acosta brings a wealth of experience as a results-driven executive healthcare leader with expertise in public health, operations management, service optimization, patient safety, quality assurance and financial management. His proven track record as a skilled team leader includes strengths in staff training, strategic problem-solving, collaboration skills, and resource management. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. “I am truly humbled and honored to accept the role of Director of the Public Health Division at the New Mexico Department of Health. I am deeply committed to the Secretary’s goal of making New Mexico the healthiest state by 2040. I look forward to collaborating with our incredible team and partners, as together, we strive to improve the health outcomes of our communities,” Acosta said. Previously ser ving as the director for the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division since June and as the chief medical officer for NMDOH in 2022, Acosta ha s a d istinguished career. He served as the Executive Medical Director for the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet, providing trusted healthcare advice on health service optimization and medical plans for service members and their families. Acosta oversaw reporting from multiple large organizations, offering decision-making and negotiating expertise on medical equipment, personnel and resources.

Dr. José A. Acosta, MD, MBA, MPH Among his key accomplishments is the role he played in st rea m l i n i ng cr isis/med ica l communications between local and federal agencies during Hurricane Maria in 2017. He established a positive team culture and achieved strategic corporate objectives, boasting a 92% compliance rate with health and wellness goals. Aco s t a’s ex t en sive edu cation includes a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) from TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Business Administration from Regis University, a Trauma / Critical Care Fellowship from the University of California San Diego, a Surgical Residency from the University of New Mexico Affiliated Program, an MD from Ponce Health Sciences University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit (five awards) in addition to various personal, unit, service, and campaign awards. Residing in Placitas, New Mexico, Acosta lives with his wife of 33 years, Mary, a radiologist at the University of New Mexico. The couple have two children, Miguel, an Economist at the Federal Reserve, and Lourdes, a Naval Officer.

Moments in Time  On April 1, 1988, a federal judge in Little Rock, Arkansas, dismissed a sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton, stating it had no “genuine issues” worthy of a trial. Although Clinton had denied any wrongdoing, a unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in May 1997 allowed the case to proceed, establishing a precedent permitting sitting presidents to be sued for personal conduct that allegedly occurred before they took office.  On April 2, 1863, a bread riot occurred in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, when angry people demanded bread from a bakery wagon before wrecking nearby shops. The mob only dispersed after Confederate President Jefferson Davis made a personal plea and threatened to use force to break it up.  On April 3, 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 that African Americans could not be barred from voting in the Texas Democratic primaries. The court stated that discrimination against Blacks violated the 15th Amendment and that political parties were not private associations.  On April 4, 1802, American social reformer Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden, Maine. Dix founded a home for girls in Boston while she was

still just a teenager and later passionately campaigned for humane conditions in jails and insane asylums.  On April 5, 2008, actor Charlton Heston, who won an Oscar for his starring role in Ben-Hur, died of Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Beverly Hills. Heston notably played Michelangelo, El Cid, and other heroic figures in Hollywood movies of the 1950s and 1960s.  On April 6, 1917, following a vote by Congress approving a declaration of war, the U.S. entered World War I in Europe. Four days earlier, President Woodrow Wilson cited Germany’s violation of its pledge to suspend unrestricted submarine warfare in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as its attempts to entice Mexico into an alliance against America, as his reasons for requesting the declaration.  On April 7, 1712, a rebellion of 27 Black slaves took place in New York City, with nine whites shot as they attempted to put out a fire started by the slaves. The state militia was called out to capture the rebels, and 21 were executed while the remaining six committed suicide. © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Naat’aanii Development Corporation removes Board of Directors SHAREHOLDERS SAY THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE PROGRESS

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INDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The shareholder representatives of the Naat’áanii Development Corporation voted unanimously to remove all seven of NDC’s board of directors during a special meeting held on March 13 in Window Rock, Arizona. NDC, a federally chartered corporation under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and wholly owned by the Navajo Nation, was created in 2018 to boost economic opportunities for the Navajo Nation. However, shareholders say there has

been little to no movement with NDC. The NDC shareholders include Navajo Nation President Dr. Buu Nygren and Speaker Crystalyne Curley, both of whom are shareholder representatives by virtue of their elected positions, and Sheyenne Lacy and Reuben Mike. Nygren and Curley sent a joint letter to the NDC board of directors and then- CEO Robert Joe, in November inquiring into the financial health of the company and the board’s plans to call an annual meeting to review audits and reports for 2022. The board’s president, responded to

Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley the inquiry but provided minimal details. Majority of the shareholders then sent follow up correspondence requesting that Joe call a special meeting. He failed to do so. As a result, the shareholders called their own special meeting pursuant to NDC’s federal charter and requested all board of directors’ presence a nd pa r t icipat ion i n the special meetings of the shareholders. The first was held on Jan. 17, then on Feb. 19, and then finally on March 13. All requests for board and CEO participation went unanswered and requests for records and information related to NDC were ignored. After shareholders received notice that Greg Bigman was selected as NDC’s new CEO, they made requests for the information related to the vetting and selection



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process of Bigman, but again, were ignored. I n prepa r at ion of the February 19 special meeting, the shareholders prepared and provided a list of written questions to the board in advance, all related to past annual reports, financial audits, corporate books and records of NDC. The NDC board failed to provide written responses to the shareholders. In a final effort to work with the board, sha reholder s i nv ited the board to attend the third special meeting on March 13. After no c om mu n ic a t io n a nd participation from the board, the shareholders unanimously voted to remove all seven board members for their failure to respond and provide information to the shareholders and Navajo leadership regarding the financial health of NDC. “For some t i me, NDC has had little to no movement,” Nygren said. “Removing the board, especially after providing them due process and several opportunities to respond, is in the best interest of the Navajo Nation and people. By repeatedly ignoring our requests for information and their lack of participation in the process of information-gathering, the NDC Board of Directors have failed to fulfill their duty and obligation to the Navajo Nation and people.” NDC received a $2.5 million payment in 2018. Since its inception, community members and Navajo leadership has inquired into NDC, its finances, and general welfare of the company, and yet, there has been little to no communication from the NDC board. “ T h e Na a t ’a a n i D e v e l o p m e n t Cor poration (NDC) was established to be an economic driver for the Navajo Nation and ultimately to benefit our people,” Curley sa id. “Unfortunately, we have w itnessed ver y little progress over the past several yea rs. As we move forward, we seek new leadership through the board of directors to guide and lead NDC in the right direction so that we see progress and development.” Nyg ren ex pres sed high hopes for the future. “Our hope is to fill the board positions with people that will fulfill what NDC was created to do – to bring revenue-generating projects to the Navajo Nation and enhance economic prosperity for our people,” he said.

NDC SEEKS BOARD OF DIRECTOR APPLICATIONS With the removal of all seven board members, the NDC Shareholders are now accepting applications to fill the board of directors’ positions. The qualifications are as follows:  A ma jor it y of the directors shall be enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.  Must be of good moral and ethical character, as evidenced by a satisfactory credit check and background check.  Must possess at least 10 years’ experience, by virtue of formal education or practical experience, in engineering, business administration, finance, accounting and/or investing, or in another specialized area. Experience gained by serving on committees or other boards of directors will not be considered.  At least: 1. One member must be a licensed CPA or CFA 2. One member must have experience in federal government contracts 3. One member must have experience in agribu s i ne s s op er a t ion s 4. One member must have either real estate, energy-related, or hospita lit y ex per ience 5. One member must have managed healthcare experience 6. One member must be a grassroots representative with traditional cultural background  Must not be a n employee of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  A minimum of three directors must qualify as “independent directors” under the standards of the New York Stock Exchange, as such standards would apply if the Common Shares were listed on that secur it ie s exch a nge (t he “Independent Directors”).  Must not be current employee or an elected official of the Navajo Nation or any government at the time of their service on the Board, nor shall any director have been an employee of the Corporation at any time during the four years preceding his or her service on the board. I nterested appl icants may submit a letter of interest, resume and copy of applicant’s Cer tif icate of India n Birth (if applicable) to Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President legal secretary Brittany Smith at brittany.smith@navajo-nsn. gov or to the 25th Navajo Nation Council, Office of the Speaker Deputy Chief of Staff Jared Touchin at


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Handing over the keys




ECHEE, Ariz. — After nearly 55 years, the land leased by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and five utilities to build the Navajo Generating Station has been returned to the Navajo Nation. Lemuel Brow n, the Sa lt River Project on-site super v isor of the decommissioning and demolition of NGS since it ceased operation in November 2019, handed the keys to the site to Jason John, director of the Navajo Nation Dept. of Water Resources and chairman of the Navajo Nation Consultation Team that oversaw the decommissioning process, on March 18. “That pretty much concludes everything we had,” Brown told a small group from SRP, LeChee Chapter, the City of Page, and the Navajo Nation. With that, the demolition of the 45-year-old power plant is complete, the land reclamation has begun, and the Navajo Nation must now determine what it will do with the remaining assets it chose to retain. It was in 2015 that the Navajo Nation Council voted to extend the NGS lease for another 25 years when its original lease would expire in December 2019. But in February 2017, former SRP CEO Mark Bonsall traveled to the power plant to announce to its employees that the remaining five utility participants decided to close it for economic reasons. L at er t h at yea r, t he Cou nci l approved another five-year lease extension so NGS could continue to operate through 2019, SRP could redeploy its employees to jobs at its other facilities, and decommissioning of the plant wouldn’t take place until December 2024. It was on May 27, 1969, that the Navajo Tribal Council voted 46-0 to lease the land to the Bureau, SRP, Arizona Public Service, Tucson Gas & Electric Co., San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Nevada Power Co. and the Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles.

SRP Supervisor of Decommissioning Lemuel Brown hands the keys to the NGS site to Jason John, director of the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources. With them are former NPS Plant Manger Joe Frazier and Navajo Nation Council Delegate Helena Nez-Begay. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the OPVP

Construction of the three-unit 2,250-megawatt power plant began in April 1970 after the $650 million contract was awarded to the Bechtel Corporation. NGS’ generating units 1, 2, and 3 went online in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

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Nygren highlights Navajo Nation issues with actress Jane Fonda Staff Reports


USTIN, Texas — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren a nd actress and activist Jane Fonda participated in the SXSW 2024 South by Southwest conference during the weekend of March 8, addressing toxic environmental perils with specific concerns for the Diné of the Navajo Nation. At the conference, Nygren took part in the Breaking the Cycle: Building Climate Resilient Communities panel, and Fonda spoke as a panelist in the Hollywood and Activism session. The actress has used her glamorous platform as a celebrity to beacon attention to Indigenous rights, economic justice, and gender equality. She continues to advocate for climate change and stands tall for vulnerable populations. In a one-on-one discussion, Nygren shared his concerns with Fonda about the scarcity of basic human needs and water availability in the Navajo Nation. “One of the large challenges the Navajo Nation endures is finalizing our

water settlements,” Nygren said. “Until then, families continue as they have since the 1800s, hauling water from wells in containers to take their baths, prepare their food, keep their homes clean, stay hydrated, and provide for their livestock and farms.” In a statement on social media, Fonda spoke of her meeting with President Nygren. “President Nygren spoke to me about the scarcity of water on Navajo lands which is putting people’s health in danger and making progress and development for the Diné Peoples a big challenge. Water flows through their lands but they’re forbidden from accessing it,” Fonda stated. “These are American citizens. They fight in our wars, pay taxes, etc. We must fight for them to have what all people should have as a basic right, clean water, clean air. The uranium mines on Diné lands leak radioactive poisons into the air and waterways. Shameful that our country allows these things to harm our fellow Americans. Let’s stand in kinship with our Indigenous families.”

Navajo Nation Buu Nygren spoke to actress and activist Jane Fonda about the scarcity of basic human needs and water availability in the Navajo Nation during the weekend of March 8 at the SXSW 2024 South by Southwest conference. Photo Credit: Courtesy of OPVP

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Wrapping up state basketball Staff Reports


he Gallup area was well represented at the 2024 Nusenda Credit Union Basketball State Championship games. Seven teams from the GallupMcKinley County Schools district made it to the championship games. The Rehoboth Christian boys team also showed up. BENGALS The Gallup Bengals entered the first round of the tournament, but they ultimately lost to the Albuquerque Academy Charges on March 9. They lost 92-67. The Lady Bengals faired a little bit better, beating the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes in the first round on March 8 with a score of 69-29. They went on to outscore the Portales Rams in the state quarterfinals on March 12 with a score of 66-56. However, they couldn’t keep the streak going; they lost to the Kirtland Central Lady Broncos, who they lost to three times in the regular season, in the semifinals on March 14. The final score was 61-47.

HAWKS The Thoreau Hawks also had both their boys and girls teams compete in the tournament. The boys lost in the first round in an away game against the Hot Springs Tigers on March 9. The score was 62-25. The girls also fell short in the first round, losing to the West Las Vegas Dons with a score of 54-44 on March 8.

Gallup Bengal Kelton Edison (32) shoots a basket while Cathedral Irish Erlando Villatoro (24) prepares to rebound during the 80th Annual Gallup Bengals Boys Invitational Jan. 5. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Tohatchi Cougar Valentino Dawes (34) looks for an open teammate while Rehoboth Lynx Raeden West (14) attempts to block him during the Dec. 5 game at Rehoboth Christian High School. File Photo

Tohatchi Lady Cougar Maddie Pasquale (14) prepares to pass the ball while Thoreau Lady Hawk Elena Galvan (24) gets ready to block her during the Feb. 14 game in Thoreau. File Photo

COUGARS The true stars of the tournament were the Tohatchi Lady Cougars. After beating the Lady Eagles, they moved on to the quarterfinals, where they faced the Zuni Thunderbirds on March 12. They flew past the Thunderbirds, scoring 48 points to their 16. After the quarterfinals the Lady Cougars took on the Santa Fe Indian Braves in the semifinals on March 14.

They beat them with a score of 44-39, and then set their sights on the state championship game on March 16. It was a tight match, but the Lady Cougars lost to the Navajo Prep Eagles with a score of 41-26. Although they did not fair as well as the Lady Cougars, the Cougars also made it to the tournament, losing to the West Las Vegas Dons on March 9 with a score of 73-57.

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Lady Bengal Kayden Tsosie (40) goes for a layup while Lady Bobcat Delanna Russell (22) tries to block her during the Feb. 28 game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein LYNX The Rehoboth Christian boys team made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament. They beat the Mora Rangers 59-52 in the first round on March 9, but couldn’t get past the Mesa Vista Trojans in the quarterfinals on March 13. They lost 66-54.

Lady Cougar Brooke Badonie (4) readies to make a shot while Lady Hawk Angelina Brown (2) prepares to block her during the Feb. 14 game. File Photo

Boys Basketball 3/9 92-67 (L) Gallup v. Albuquerque Academy (First Round of State) 3/9 59-52 (W) Rehoboth Christian v. Mora (First Round of State) 3/9 62-25 (L) Thoreau v. Hot Springs (First Round of State) 3/9 73-57 (L)Tohatchi v. West Las Vegas (First Round of State) 3/13 66-54 (L) Rehoboth v. Mesa Vista (State Quarterfinals) Girls Basketball March 8 58 -37 (Tohatchi won) Crownpoint v. Tohatchi (First Round

EAGLES The Lady Eagles qualified for the state championship, but their luck ran out in the first round on March 9 when they had to play the Tohatchi Lady Cougars. They lost 58-37.

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Latest ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel still doesn’t live up to the original By Glenn Kay For the Sun RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 115 MINUTES


h i s f i l m f rom S ony Pictures opens exclusively in theaters on Friday, March 22. Back in 1984, the comedy Ghostbusters was released into theaters and became a cultural phenomenon. Looking back on the feature, it was truly a rarity that benefitted from contrasting elements. The perfect comic timing of every cast member in the movie maximized every laugh from material more familiar to supernatural (and often scary) films. Even the 1989 sequel with the original cast couldn’t quite capture the same magic. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is the latest follow-up (after 2019’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife), mixing new cast members and original stars. After the events of the 2019 tale, Callie Spengler (Carrie

Coon) and her teenage children Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolffard) have moved from Oklahoma to Manhattan with science teacher Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd) and taken over operations at Ghostbusters Headquarters. Curiously enough, friends Podcast (Logan Kim) and Lucky (Celeste O’Connor) have also found a new home in the Big Apple working with ex-ghostbusters Dr. Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) and Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd). Much of the work involves new paranormal research which involves the spiritual possession of inanimate objects. While dealing with this and spectral storage-related issues, the characters come into possession of a mystical orb that contains an ancient evil. It wants to free itself and take revenge on humanity by freezing the planet. This is only a brief summation of all that is going on in the picture and the personal relationships. Callie and Gary still haven’t put a label on their romantic relationship, the teenagers are frustrated at not being given more adult responsibilities, and both also have subplots involving ghosts. There’s

“Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” mixes together new cast members, such as McKenna Grace and Logan Kim and Patton Oswalt with orginial stars of the franchise, like Dan Akroyd. Both the adults and the tennagers faceoff against ghosts in this “Ghostbusters” sequel. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures also trouble from city mayor Walter Peck (William Atherton), who wants to shut their practice down for good. Additionally, there are plenty of references and bits with the original characters, detailing how their lives are progressing, and a couple of new arrivals. Most memorable is Nadeem Razmaadi (Kumail Nanjiani). He’s the figure who finds the orb and is a, well, lazy man who doesn’t realize his own latent powers. So, you can already imagine the major problem that this sequel might possess. There are around a dozen characters featured and a great deal of jumping around between a number of subplots. A couple of tangents involve an amusing gag or two, but peter out and don’t pay off effectively. Truth be told, one wishes the screenplay had removed a couple of extraneous characters and spent more time focusing on a smaller number of individuals.

All the cast do the best they can with what they’re given, but the result of jamming so much into the running time is that the final product does, at times, feel jumbled. And since the rush prevents fleshing out some of the stronger ideas, not every thread feels necessary. At least it’s a blast to see many original veterans sharing the screen again. While they are all credited as being “guest appearances,” most are full supporting players. There is a natural and relaxed sense of fun to all of their scenes. And some new material also works. Nanjiani is extremely funny, delivering great reactions to revelations about his family history and entertaining moments in which he develops his unique skills. There are some chuckles involving family conflict within the ghostbuster family. Visually, the movie looks impressive, with plenty of familiar and iconic New York locales

on display. It also contains a few striking visual effects during the final act with the sinister and its frozen blasts of energy. This all adds a bigger sense of scope to the proceedings. Yes, the end result is a hitand-miss affair. But one can appreciate that the film is trying everything it can to entertain audiences. Some subplots and jokes hit the mark, yet just as many don’t reach their full potential (due to the constant shuffling of so many characters and subplots). Like every other sequel in this franchise, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire can’t possibly match the original, but the nostalgia factor and a few new elements that do work ultimately work earn this movie a modest recommendation. NOTE: For those curious about post-credit scenes, there is one extra gag that is presented after the first round of credits. VISIT: WWW. CINEMASTANCE.COM

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for March 22, 2024 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at highlights arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Bluray and DVD. It’s been an odd month, with one slow week followed by an incredibly busy one. This is another slim edition before viewers are bombarded once again. Yet a few interesting releases will be made available. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors for a few days, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

CULT KILLER: A woman who wants to become a private investigator is helped in her pursuits by a veteran PI who takes her on as a

protégé. While teaching her everything he knows, she is asked by police to help track a killer focused on eliminating a wealthy family. The protagonist eventually learns the dark and disturbing conspiracy behind the slayings and confronts her target. T h i s i ndependent thriller split critics, earning slightly more negative reviews than positive ones. Those who liked it thought that the story was disturbing and provided some unexpected twists. They also noted that it was greatly helped by the work of the committed cast. But more didn’t believe that the surprises were credible. These reviewers complained that the movie was attempting to shock for its own sake and a couple even stated that the film’s title had no relevance to the plot. For the time being, this is a DVD-only release. It stars Alice Eve, Antonio Banderas, Shelley Hennig, Paul Reid and Olwen Fouéré. D R I V I N G M A DEL EI N E: T h i s French comedy/drama involves a world-weary Parisian cab driver. He picks up a 92-year-old fare

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who asks him to take her to her new living quarters in a retirement home. On the way there, the lady asks to drop by important places from her past. He agrees and begins to hear the remarkable story of her life. The woman’s stories begin to inspire him and a friendship slowly develops. This foreign-language feature was released in its homeland in 2022 and was a success at festivals. It also garnered positive responses in this part of the world. A small number found the central relationship unbelievable and weren’t moved by the proceedings. Yet everyone else called the film compassionate and deeper than it appeared on the surface. They were also impressed with the two stars and thought the end result was charming. The cast includes Line

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L Y N C H / O Z : Filmmaker David Lynch is known for his unique and sometimes surreal work in movies like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks series, Wild at Heart, Mulholland Drive, and many others. Apparently, he is a fan of the 1939 feature The Wizard of Oz and this documentary explores his love of the picture. The filmmakers provide an analysis of the themes and imagery in his pictures and the influence that the family fantasy may have had on him. The movie played at numerous festivals where it earned praise and a few nominations. Criterion is now putting the picture out on Blu-ray. Writeups were positive. There was a small contingent who thought the movie really strained to make connections between Oz and Lynch’s work, finding the film a slog. Yet the majority were amused by the arguments being made, describing it as a stream-of-consciousness doc with a unique argument. They felt that it didn’t matter If they agreed with the thesis because it was fun to hear the arguments and that the picture allowed them to think and come to their own conclusions. BLASTS FROM THE PAST! If you’re looking for something a bit older, options are available. Arrow Video is deliver ing a 4K Ultra HD “Limited Edition” version of the Japa nese ghost story, Dark Waters (2002). For those unfamiliar with the movie, it came during the height of the J-horror craze and featured a recently divorced woman who moves into a dilapidated apartment complex with her young daughter. The pair begin witnessing supernatural phenomena and experience strange water puddles and drips around the building. It’s a creepy and effective chiller that isn’t afraid to put its young characters in jeopardy (which may make the movie more unsettling to parents). A U.S. remake was produced in 2005 with an English-speaking cast. This disc contains only a 4K Ultra HD disc (no Blu-ray is included). Besides the upgraded picture presentation, ex tra s i nclude i nterviews with the director, the author of the book upon which the film is based, the cinematographer, archival discussions with cast members and the theme song artist, an original making-of documentary, publicity materials, a reversible sleeve with

original and newly commissioned art for the title, and an illustrated booklet featuring writing on the film.

Criterion is releasing The Runner (1984) on Blu-ray. This foreign-language drama from Iran tells the story of a poor young boy who enrolls in school. He must compete in an unusual competition in order to earn the respect of his fellow students. The well-regarded film has been given a 2K restoration supervised by the director and comes with a new conversation with the moviemaker, in addition to a 2022 audio interview with him. You’ll also get Waiting (1974), an earlier 48-minute film from the director, as well as a trailer. Shout! Factory is providing four 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo sets. The first is a “Collector’s Edition” of the remake of Stephen King’s famous pyrokinesis tale Carrie (2013). A young Chloë Gr a ce Mor et z pl ay s the title character and Julianne Moore co-stars a s her over protective, unhinged mother. Obviously, the set includes a big picture upgrade, but also offers a new interview with the production designer and a talk with the author of a book on the various adaptations of the King novel. There’s also an alternate ending, deleted/alternate scenes, multiple featurettes on various aspects of the production and a trailer.

Speaking of remakes, the recent redo of the killer doll flick Child’s Play (2019) is getting a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray “Collector’s Edition” too. Expect improved image quality, new talks with the production designer a nd ca st members Gabriel Bateman and David James Lewis, as well as a director commentary, a making-of, a special on bringing the toy to life, a soundtrack trailer, Lee Hardcastle Claymations and publicity materials. The Harrison Ford submarine drama K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) is being released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. Ford plays a Russian nuclear submarine captain who attempts to save his damaged craft from self-detonating and triggering a war between his country and the U.S.. This “Collector’s Edition” presents a new 4K scan of the original negative, an

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The Ring Collection is also arriving in a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray box set. This box contains the U.S.-produced trilogy that was based on the original Japanese chiller about a videotape that kills anyone who watches it and doesn’t pass it on to another viewer. You’ll get The Ring (2002) and The Ring Two (2005) starring Naomi Watts, alongside the recent follow-up Rings (2017) with Johnny Galecki. The first title includes a sharp 4K picture restoration, a new featurette on the “ghost girl” from the film, a collection of deleted footage, a short film that connects the first and second movies, cast and crew interviews and more. Bonuses on the second title include a 4K picture restoration, a critic commentary, the unrated version of the movie, deleted scenes, featurettes on the production, a making-of and a trailer. The final flick comes with a new 4K master of the picture, deleted/extended scenes, and a couple of featurettes on the production. Finally, Warner Bros. is making a few catalog titles available once again for purchase. Appaloosa (2008) is an interesting western with Ed Harris, Viggo Mor tensen and Renee Zellweger. You can also purchase a reissue of the classic comedy Blazing Saddles (1974), not to mention the Hammer Horror effort, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), starring Christopher Lee in his fourth appearance as the title character. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! It’s a slow week for kid’s entertainment, but the next edition should present plenty of options. ON THE TUBE! A l l of t he week ’s TV-themed releases can be found listed below. The Act The Complete Limited Series (Universal) Blu-ray American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci (PBS) DVD D oct o r W h o: T h e Daleks (in Color) (colorized feature-length film cut together from original Dalek episodes form the ‘60s, also includes all the original black and white T.V. episodes) (BBC) Bluray and DVD combo Gospel (PBS) DVD Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths (Hallmark) DVD Suits The Complete Series (Universal) Blu-ray VISIT: WWW. CINEMASTANCE. COM

Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The last lingering days of winter leave the rambunctious Ram more restless than usual. Put all of the extra energy into strengthening a long-neglected relationship. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The clever Bull will ignore outward appearances and dig a little deeper to find important hidden facts before making a decision. Meanwhile, a friend needs you. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It’s a good time to reorganize around your home and on the job. Missing items will seem to magically reappear once you discard the clutter. CA N C E R : (Ju ne 21 to July 22) Tame that skeptical nature of yours. Be open to well-intended advice from a family member. A co-worker also has a suggestion that can be beneficial to the both of you. LEO: (July 23 to August 22) A so-called bargain could turn out to be a mite more risky

than you thought. Keep your purse closed for now. A better deal is just down the line. V I R G O (A u g u s t 23 to September 22) A sudden romantic overture emerges out of the past and catches you off guard. Respond with you r usua l honest y. This is not the time for coyness. LIBRA: (September 2 3 t o O c t o b e r 2 2) Romantic aspects are especia lly favorable this week. A ca reer move also holds positive potential. Check out possible drawbacks before making a final decision. S C O R P I O : (O c t o b e r 2 3 t o November 21) You dislike changing plans, but it could be a wise move to be a little more flexible than usual. The reason will become apparent very soon. SAGI T TA R I U S : ( November 22 t o December 21) A loved one may feel left out of your life as you pursue your objectives this week. Take time to offer reassurances that your priorities haven’t

changed. CAPRICORN: (December 22 to January 19) This is a good time to stop nursing your wounded pride and start repairing a strained friendship. Take the first step now and let the healing process begin. AQUA RI US: (Ja nu a r y 2 0 t o February 18) Expect good news about a particular health problem. Then go out and celebrate with friends and family. There’s good news about your financial health as well. PISCES: (February 19 to March 20) A state of confusion marks the early part of this week, but explanations will come in time to clear things up for you. Be cautious about making promises. BORN THIS WEEK: You love being with people, whether it’s a crowd or the compa ny of ju st a few friends. You have strong family loyalties and can be counted on in crisis situations. © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.

Celebrity Extra By Dana Jackson


: When does Lisa Vanderpump’s new show premiere? Will any of the cast of Vanderpump Rules be in it? — K.J A: Vanderpump Villa will debut on Hulu beginning April 1. It features an all-new cast selected to work at an exclusive French estate by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum (and restaurateur) Lisa Vanderpump. According to Hulu, each episode follows her elite staff working and living together 24/7 while they try to provide a curated experience for their guests. Meanwhile, Vanderpump is also deciding whether she wants to make this French pop-up experience — and its staff — a full-time business for her growing empire. *** Q: What happened to the show Elsbeth? They aired one episode, and now it’s gone. Has it been canceled already? — C.I. A: You’re not the only one to ask. The new detective show — and spin-off of The Good Wife and The Good Fight — generated fantastic ratings when it premiered in late February, attracting 4.5 million viewers to CBS. The show stars Carrie Preston as a quirky but whipsmart, “Columbo”-type lawyer from Chicago who ends up in the Big Apple. Don’t worry, though; it’s coming back. The show begins by revealing who the murderer is each week to the audience, similar to another hit show, Peacock’s Poker Face. But don’t let this deter you! The fun is watching Elsbeth outwit the NYPD and trick the suspect into confessing. Her purpose is to observe the police force for any corruption, but she somehow always ends up solving

their cases. In addition to Preston, Elsbeth has a solid cast that includes Wendell Pierce, Carra Patterson and Gloria Reuben. Guest stars include a who’s who from past hit sitcoms, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Linda Lavin (Alice). Unfortunately, Elsbeth had to go on a four-week hiatus because of President Biden’s State of the Union Address and the NCAA March Madness tournament. CBS plans to re-air the pilot before Elsbeth returns with its second episode on April 4. *** Q: Is it true that Eddie Van Halen’s son played guitar on the Barbie soundtrack? I thought I saw the name “Van Halen” in the credits. — N.N. A: Yes, Wolfgang Van Halen, son of the late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, ended up on the Barbie soundtrack by chance, but also because of his talent. He met the movie’s music producer Mark Ronson while performing at the Taylor Hawkins’ tribute concert in 2022. The two became friends, and Ronson asked him if he’d collaborate on the fabulous composition titled “I’m Just Ken.” He even performed the song on stage alongside Ryan Gosling’s Ken at the Academy Awards this month, along with another great electric guitarist — Slash from Guns N’ Roses. “I’m Just Ken” was not only nominated for an Oscar, but made it into the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart. Send me you r quest ion s at, or write me at KFWS, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Don’t forget your shacket By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


t’s that time of year: is it spring yet? Or is it summer? Wait, is it going to get cold again? What? There’s snow in the forecast this week? Marpril in Central Indiana is like a box of chocolates, assuming that box of chocolates was insane and had a personal vendetta against you and your garden. Enter the shacket. While in New England, a shacket is another name for a yellowjacket or hornet, I’m not talking about flying insects with miniature needles on their butts. No, I’m talking about a piece of clothing hybrid of a shirt and a jacket. It’s a shacket. Picture a thick, slightly oversized flannel shirt for which retailers can charge $130 and you’ll get a

good idea of what the shacket is all about. Is it too cold to go out with just your regular shirt on? Grab a shacket. Is it too warm for your hoodie? Shacket time. If you’re not following the right Instagram influencers, just know that the shacket is blowing up everyone’s feeds, stories and reels. Yes, this year the shacket is just the clothing item that will get you through this tricky time of the season when Mother Nature decides to hit you with a late frost around the time you’re scheduling your Memorial Day plans. What kind of word is “shacket?” If this were the year 2010, we’d call it a “mash-up,” but Glee is not on the air anymore. First of all, “shacket” is a neologism, which is a fancy way of saying “a newly

coined word.” After thorough internet research, I couldn’t find the origin of “shacket” as an article of clothing. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if the poetic product description writers over at the J. Peterman catalog came up with the term. If anyone out there reading this has a connection to the person who hires people to write for the J. Peterman catalog, let them know I want to work with them. More specifically, “shacket” is a type of “word blend” or “portmanteau.” Believe it or not, both of these terms mean the same thing. Use “portmanteau” if you’re trying to impress a group of ascot-wearing Harvard grads playing a round of weekend yacht polo in the Hamptons; use “word blend” if you don’t want to have to explain what “portmanteau” means. Whether you call them “word blends”

Curtis Honeycutt or “portmanteaus,” this type of word is everywhere. From “jorts” (jeans + shorts) to “turducken” (turkey + duck + chicken) the novelty of newly-coined word blends — especially in the case of the shacket — makes for a great hashtag that will make all your Instagram frenemies green with envy.

Financial advice

Common investor mistakes for retirement By Al Martinez Guest Columnist


here is no magic bullet when it comes to retiring successfully. Hard work, meticulous planning, and years of dedicated wealth-building are the main ingredients needed to facilitate a prosperous, enjoyable retirement. Here are just a few of the things people do that can create lots of frustration, hardships, and headaches later in life: 1. Waiting too long to start saving: Survey after survey confirms the fact that most people regret waiting too long to start planning retirement. The majority of folks wait until they are in their late 40’s or 50’s to start thinking about retirement planning. 2. Borrowing from a 401(k) plan. Even if you are several years away from retiring from your job, borrowing from your company’s 401(k) is probably not a good idea. Tapping into your 401k often causes people to suspend or reduce new contributions as they struggle to repay the loan. 3. Believing you can “work ‘til you die.” Starting too late to plan your retirement could be the product of another sketchy belief: the idea that you’ll be able to work long past retirement and bring in all the money you need to survive. Over 50% of Americans polled by financial services companies are certain that they will continue to be employed long past 65, maybe even when they are 80. While this is certainly possible, there is growing evidence that older workers are fast becoming the

Al Martinez exception, not the rule. For one thing, age discrimination is far from being an issue from the past. In 2018, AARP did a comprehensive study showing that over 61% of older Americans have experienced age discrimination. 4. Taking on excessive risk in a bid to “catch up.” When people do eventually realize they’ve waited too long to start retirement planning, they will sometimes throw caution to the wind and start chasing after iffy opportunities promising fantastic returns. 5. Forgetting to plan for long-term care needs. Few people are willing to acknowledge that they or a spouse or other loved one will likely wind up needing a skilled nursing facility some day. It’s hard to imagine oneself in that situation, but the stark fact is

that about half of all Americans will spend some time in a nursing home. Because Medicaid does not cover these costs, even well-planned individuals can find themselves drained of cash as they struggle to pay for long term care, which has become increasingly more expensive. 6. Cashing out your retirement plan to fund your kids’ college education. You love your kids, and you want them to be as successful as possible. So, it’s tempting to want to borrow out of your retirement to fund their education. Don’t do it! There are almost always alternatives to parents liquidating their 401(k)’s or other retirement plans. 7. Carrying debt, including mortgages, into retirement. Retirement doesn’t mean an end to your financial obligations. On the contrary, you may find things such as utility costs, medical expenses, taxes, home maintenance, etc. actually increase as you (and your home) get older. Unless you are in the minority of Americans who retire wealthy, you are going to need every penny you have to maintain your quality of life. These are just a few of things that current retirees say they wish they’d known before they decided to retire. Avoiding even one of these mistakes could mean the difference between a retirement filled with regret and one that is peaceful, prosperous and fulfilling. Al Martinez is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully transparent approach to money management. Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved

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Foutz, P.C. Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1027 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 (505) 722-9121 Publish: Gallup Sun Publishing March 22, 2024 March 29, 2024 April 5, 2024 *** CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO ADOPT ORDINANCE Notice is hereby given that at its regular meeting on April 9, 2024, commencing at the hour of 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico (the “City”), the City will conduct a public hearing to consider a proposed Ordinance, the title of which appears below. A complete copy of the Ordinance is available for public inspection during normal and regular business hours at the Office of the City Clerk, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The title of the proposed Ordinance is: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF A LOAN AND SUBSIDY AGREEMENT (“LOAN AGREEMENT”) BY AND BETWEEN THE CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO (THE “GOVERNMENTAL UNIT”) AND THE NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY (“NMFA”), IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000) (“LOAN”) EVIDENCING A SPECIAL LIMITED OBLIGATION OF THE GOVERNMENTAL UNIT TO PAY A MAXIMUM REPAYABLE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NO MORE THAN SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($700,000), TOGETHER WITH INTEREST, AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES FOR

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10 am - 2 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the fundamentals and techniques of rug weaving in traditional Diné style, including warping, carding and spinning. Please bring your own weaving materials and/or projects. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm - 6 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Join OFPL and Master Gardeners from Tumbleweed Farms for a gardening series. Get tips and instructions to plan a space for your garden and manage your crops from Master Gardeners Jason Elliott and Natalja Varezkina - Elliot.


4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email pneilson@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


3 pm - 5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Every Friday, come to the children’s library to unwind from a busy week! Email pneilson@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Join OFPL and EXPLORA! for some interactive exhibits and activities in science, technology, engineering, math, and art.


1 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn how to make this Korean seaweed rice roll filled with delicious fillings. All supplies will be provided. Advance registratiyon is required, the class is limited to only 20 people. Email ctatsukawa@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


12 pm - 2 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Local authors will be set up for book signings and selling. If you are a local author, you can register to be showcased at the event for FREE. Deadline to register is March 18. Call the Mall Office at (505) 722-7281 for more details.


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Encanto (2021). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


9 am - 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States.


the Library Advisory monthly meeting. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join OFPL for Storytime activities, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and read-aloud stories!Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Try your hand at building your own model rocket. Email pneilson@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, MARCH 26


12 pm @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). A paramedic and a case manager from the First Responders Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act will present available resources and Narcan training. Each individual will get a box of Narcan. A Q&A to follow. Email bmartin@, or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Design your own night light with these easy and creative tutorials using your Cricut. Supplies will be provided. Advanced registration is required. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.




8 am - 4 pm @ Angelo DiPaolo Stadium. Help the GHS track team help others! All food items will be donated to the Community Pantry and other local charities.


4 pm@ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or via Zoom. The public is invited to join


6 pm @ City Council Chambers, Gallup City Hall (110 W. Aztec Ave.). The meeting will also be streamed on the City of Gallup’s Facebook page

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The Gallup Sun is accepting nominations for April’s top teacher!


Who can vote? Students of all ages that currently attend a K-12 school or college located in McKinley County, N.M. How are votes decided? A panel selects the teacher based on the information provided by the nominee, and the number of votes for each teacher. How is the teacher honored? The Sun will contact and feature a story on the teacher, plus he/she will receive a gift from one our generous sponsors. Deadline to enter: April 1, 2024 So, how do I enter my teacher? It’s simple, answer the following questions and email: You don’t need to fill out a form, but all of these questions are required to be answered and formatted, as directed below:

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Welcome to the finalist phase of McKinley County Readers’ Choice Awards! Gallup Sun PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305 (505) 722-8994

Best of McKinley!

Drop off in person • 1983 State Road 602, Gallup, NM 87301

• Select only one business per category. Only one entry per person allowed whether you vote at Gallup Sun's Facebook page or fill out this ballot.

• There will be one Winner per category and Honorable Mention for second place. • Finalist phase ballot deadline for entries: April 8, 2024, 5 pm

Circle one business or person for each category. BEST OVERALL Best Business in Gallup 1. Gallup Coffee Shop 2. Gallup Community Health 3. Gallup Eye Group Best Business in Vanderwagen - Ramah Zuni 1. Ancient Way Cafe 2. Choo Choo Pizza 3. Major Market Best Business in Tse Bonito - Yatahey 1. Blake’s Lotaburger 2. Family Dollar 3. T&R Market

BEST ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Best Art Gallery 1. Art 123 2. Gallup Culture Center Best Artist 1. Daniel Josley 2. Jerry Brown 3. Sydney Smolla Art Best Family Entertainment 1. Arts Crawl 2. El Morro Theater 3. Red Rock 10 4. Skating Rink 5. Wild Thing Bullriding Best Outdoor Event 1. Arts Crawl 2. Red Rock State Park 3. Wild Thing Bullriding Best Photographer 1. Del Ray 2. RAH Photography 3. Sydney Smolla Best Videographer 1. Del Ray 2. Sydney Smolla

BEST AUTOMOTIVE Best Auto Dealer 1. Amigo Automotive 2. Mission Car Wash Best Auto Glass 1. Abeita Glass 2. Auto Glass 3. Gallup Custom Tinting 4. Rangel’s Autoglass & Tint Best Auto Supply 1. Auto Zone 2. Car Quest 3. O’Reilly’s Best Automotive Repair 1. Amigo’s Automotive Group 2. Krackin Auto 3. Leyba Auto Best Oil Change 1. Amigo Quick Lube 2. Jiffy Lube 3. Rico Lube Best Tire Shop 1. AJ Tires 2. Point S 3. Route 66 Discount Tire Shop 4. Shaffer's Tire Shop Car Dealer - Best

Customer Service 1. Amigo Jeep 2. Amigo Toyota 3. Rico’s Auto Complex Car Dealer - Best Sales Associate 1. Clara - Amigo’s 2. Ryan Menapace 3. Serigo - Amigo’s Car Dealer - Best Sales Team 1. Amigo’s Automotive Group 2. Rico’s Auto Complex Car Dealer - Best Service Department 1. Amigo’s Automotive Group 2. Rico’s Auto Complex Car Dealer - Best Used Cars 1. Amigo’s Automotive Group 2. John’s Used Car 3. Rico’s Auto Complex

BEST FOOD & BEVERAGE Best Bakery and Dessert 1. Glenn’s Bakery 2. Juniper Bakery 3. Westend Donut & Deli Best Bar 1. American Bar 2. Rocket Liquor & Lounge 3. Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sport Pub & Grille 4. The 49er Lounge Best Breakfast 1. Grandpa’s Grill 2. Jerry’s Cafe 3. Mama’s Kitchen 4. Railway Cafe 5. Sandra’s Place Best Burger 1. 505 Burgers & Wings 2. Grandpa’s Grill 3. Railway Cafe Best Chili 1. Anthoney’s A Taste of the Southwest 2. Don Diego’s Restaurant & Lounge 3. Jerry’s Cafe Best Convenience Store (specific location) 1. Allsup's South 2. Maverick East Best Dinner 1. Fratelli’s Bistro 2. Fire Rock Casino 3. Oasis Mediterranean Best Enchiladas 1. Anthoney’s A Taste of the Southwest 2. Genaro’s Cafe 3. Jerry’s Cafe Best Fast Food 1. Blake’s Lotaburger 2. Panda Express 3. Sonic Best Lunch 1. Angela’s Cafe 2. Grandpa’s Grill 3. Railway Cafe Best Mexican

1. Anthoney’s A Taste of the Southwest 2. Don Diego’s Restaurant & Lounge 3. El Sombrero 4. Jerry’s Cafe Best Pizza 1. Fratelli’s Bistro 2. Pizza 9 3. Pizza Edge 4. Rocket Cafe Best Restaurant 1. Anthoney’s A Taste of the Southwest 2. Cocina De Dominguez 3. Fratelli’s Bistro Best Sandwich 1. Angela’s Cafe 2. Camille’s Cafe Sidewalk 3. Westend Donut & Deli Best Tacos 1. Don Diego’s Restaurant & Lounge 2. Taco Bell 3. Taco - Jalisco Truck Best Wings 1. 505 Burgers & Wings 2. Fratelli’s Bistro Best Coffee 1. Gallup Coffee Shop 2. Java Drip Coffee 3. Starbucks

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS Best Cannabis 1. CMC Cannabis 2. Red Barn Growers Best Dentist 1. Dental Innovations 2. Porter Dental 3. Sundance Dental Care Best Doctor 1. Dr. Andrade 2. Dr. McGraw Best Eyeglass Store 1. Bishop Optical 2. Dr. D’Orazio 3. Gallup Eye Group Best Health/Wellness (Oriented Business) 1. Cowboy Iron Gym 2. Gallup Community Center 3. Gallup Eye Group Best Medical Practice 1. Family Medicine 2. Gallup Community Center 3. Gallup Eye Group

BEST SHOPPING & SERVICES Best Barber Shop/Salon 1. Diamond Cutz 2. Dynasty 3. Mystique Best Barber 1. Brice Blanco Best Beautician 1. Gayleen Morles 2. Goldie Lux Salon Best Clothing Store

1. JcPenney 2. Maurices 3. Ross Dress for Less Best General Contractor 1. Mike Tiley 2. Murphy’s Builders 3. Rick Murphy Best Electrical Company 1. Just in Time 2. Knight Electric Co. Best Florist 1. Blossom Shop 2. Flower Basket 3. Safeway Best Furniture Store 1. Ashley’s 2. Castle Furniture 3. Goodwill Best Heating & Cooling Company 1. Horizon Enterprises Plumbing and Heating 2. Laroc Refrigeration 3. Universal Air Best Hotel 1. Best Western Plus 2. El Rancho Hotel 3. Hilton Garden Inn Best Insurance Agency/ Agent 1. Bubany Insurance 2. Clay Fultz Insurance Agency 3. State Farm Best Jewelry Store 1. Perry Null Trading 2. Thunderbird Supply Co. Best Nail technician 1. Gallup Nail Spa 2. LA Nails 3. Tip Top Nails Best Non-Profit organization 1. Big Brothers, Big Sisters Mountain Region 2. Gallup Community Health Best Pet Service 1. Cedar Animal Medical Center 2. Gallup Happy Paws 3. Laughing Dog Kennel Best Plumbing Company 1. Laroc Refrigeration 2. Roto Rooter 3. Williams Plumbing & Mechanical Supply Best Real Estate Agent 1. Elizabeth - Keller Williams 2. Mike Mazel - Keller Williams Best Specialty Service 1. Rosebrough Law Firm Best Specialty Supply Store 1. Gallup Lumber Supply 2. Tractor Supply Best Trading Company/ Pawn 1. Ellis Tanner 2. First American Traders 3. Perry Null Trading 4. Richardson’s Trading

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