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Gallup Sun VOL 10 | ISSUE 481

June 14, 2024

A spouse’s guide to cancer FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SHARES HER HUSBAND’S CANCER BATTLE By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


t’s been six and a half years since Fran Palochak’s husband Rick Palochak died, but she still remembers every detail of his battle with small cell lung cancer. And she wants people to take their story as a sign to go see a doctor right away if they’re not feeling well. THE BATTL E BEGINS The Palochaks’ journey with cancer began in January 2017 when Rick started coughing excessively. They thought he might just have a sinus infection, and when he went to the doctor, they sent him home with some antibiotics. But t he med ici ne didn’t help; Rick still kept coughing and coughing. In Februar y, he went back to the doctor to tell them the antibiotics hadn’t worked. They then gave him a different antibiotic to try. Fran said it was a struggle to even get her

husband into the doctor in the fi rst place. “He was one of those guys who just didn’t like to go to the doctor at all,” she said. Then, in March, his mother became ill and was sent to the hospital. Despite Fran’s concerns over his own health, Rick insisted he needed to stay with his mother in the hospital. She died later that month. Meanwhile, Fran said Rick was still avoiding h is ow n hea lt h concerns. She said he often wouldn’t come to bed during that time, choosing instead to sit in a recliner in their living room. He wasn’t sleeping much due to the coughing. He fi nally returned to the doctor in April, where they referred him to an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. He was starting to lose his voice and he soon found out why. The Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor broke the news: Rick had a tumor near his vocal cords. The tumor was pressing on

Former Director of the McKinley County Bureau of Elections Rick Palochak was diagnosed with small lung cancer in April 2017. He died on Dec. 17, 2017, a little over six months after he received his diagnosis. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fran Palochak his larynx. This caused the coughing and his voice loss. Once he received the difficult diagnosis, Rick decided to retire from his position as the director of the McKinley County Bureau of Elections. Fran helped him write his letter of resignation. The Palochaks’ next few months were filled with doctor’s appointme nt a f t er do c t or ’s appointment. F ra n reflected on the strain all of that put on her. “When you’re a caregiver, you have to pay attention to what the

The American Cancer Society kicks off the 24th annual Relay for Life event with the Survivors’ Lap at Courthouse Square June 16. File Photo

Fran Palochak juggled her role as a city council member with the responsibilities of taking care of her husband and going to his appointments when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fran Palochak doctor is saying,” she said. “There’s no time for emotion because you have to write notes.” The doctors explained that Rick’s type of cancer didn’t have a “stage” like breast cancer or brain cancer. It was too aggressive for that. Fran took Rick to every appointment he had during that time despite her busy schedule. She ra n for city council in 2014 — at Rick’s suggestion — and often juggled her council responsibilities with his multiple appointments. THE CONDITION WORSENS

Fran and Rick Palochak married on Feb. 28, 1981. They were married for 36 years before Rick died of small lung cancer. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fran Palochak By the middle of 2017, Rick was having trouble eating because of the location of the tumor. He lost 30 pounds in a couple of months, and he just kept getting weaker and weaker. Fran described what losing all that weight did to Rick. “When you’re in the battle and you don’t have enough weight, it just makes you worse,” Fran said. Meanwhile, Fran was just trying to keep everything straight. She kept a spreadsheet that listed all of Rick’s medications and tried to help him fi nd a solution for his nausea. They experimented with multiple ginger products,

from ginger candies to ginger beer. Eventually, a friend who also had cancer, Lydia Mazon, recommended Rick try medical marijuana. They signed him up for a medical prescription right away. A f ter mont hs of d r iv i ng to a nd f rom A lbuquerque for chemotherapy, the doctors finally had some good news: Rick’s tumor was shrinking. To celebrate, the Palochaks stopped at a casino restaurant on the way home so Rick could have some prime rib. Fran said he couldn’t eat much of it, but that didn’t matter. That was


The luminarias are lit to honor those who lost their battle to cancer during the Relay for Life event June 16 at Courthouse Square. Over $6,000 was raised at last year’s event. File Photo

Gallup gets ready for 25th Relay for Life By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


he Global Relay for Life movement started because of one person. In May 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money to help the American Cancer Society raise some money for cancer research. Friends, family, and patients watched and supported him as he walked and ran more than 83.6 miles, and raised $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer. As he ran, a plan began to form in his brain: would other people want to run to raise money? The next year, 19 teams were a part of the fi rst Relay for Life event, which raised $33,000.

LOCALLY CELEBRATING 25 YEARS The Gallup-McKinley Chapter hasn’t been around as long as the global level, but they are nonetheless preparing to celebrate their 25th year as an organization at the Relay for Life event on June 14. To honor the 25th anniversary, or the “silver anniversary,” this year’s Relay theme is “The Silver Relay: What Will You Do to Sparkle and Shine Against Cancer?” To kickoff the silver anniversary, some of the participating relay teams took on a “25 Days Before Relay” challenge. Members had to post something to celebrate Relay each day for the 25 days leading up to the event. GallupMcKinley Chapter Coordinator Joyce Graves said some of the postings encouraged people to eat a healthy meal and post a recipe on Facebook; on another day they

had to wear cowboy boots to “kick cancer in the butt;” and then they honored another day by making cards and writing letters to cancer survivors and caretakers. Some teams have also started selling pink socks. They cost $5 a pair, and they will also be sold at the Relay event. Of course, there will also be some new and exciting things at the Relay itself. Graves said they’re bringing back Mr. Relay, an event where men dress up in women’s clothing and walk around the track during the Relay trying to get people to donate money. Whoever collects the most money wins the competition. Graves said any man who wants to join in on the fun can do so that day. “Anybody else who wants to


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The catcher for the Lady Rams grabs the catch as Lady Bengal Yanabah Harvey (99) takes a swing during the May 11 NMAA State Softball play-in game. The Lady Bengals won 2-0, and moved on the to the 4A state tournament, which they would win a week later on May 18. File Photo

Lady Bengal Seniah “S.J.” Haines (5) swings for the ball during the April 2 game against the Lady Patriots. File Photo

By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


or the second time in the past four years, the Gallup Lady Bengals won the softball state championship. Head Coach William Haines credits the team’s success with all the hard work they’ve put in this year. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of time that was put into it,” William said. “... I’m just happy we won another state title for Gallup High School.” The team had a very successful year, finishing with a record of 24-6. They finished out the season by playing a double-header against the Artesia Bulldogs in the New Mexico Athletic Association State Softball 4A Championship. The Bulldogs won the losers bracket, so the Bengals had to face them twice in the double-elimination tournament. The two teams played against each other in the second round of the championship tournament, with the

Lady Bengal Seniah “S.J.” Haines (5) pitches the ball during the April 2 game against the Lady Patriots. The Lady Bengals defeated the Lady Patriots that day with a score of 11-0. File Photo Bengals sending the Bulldogs to the loser’s bracket with a score of 6-2. They

encountered each other again in the championship round, where the Bengals

lost the fi rst game 1-0, but then came back later that afternoon to win 7-1. William said part of the team’s success comes from having 10 seniors on the team. Two of them have even played for the Bengals since eighth grade. “A lot of hard work is what led us to winning the state title,” William said. “It all goes back to our seniors, we had 10 seniors on the team this year. So there was a lot of hard work and experience.” One of those seniors who has been with the team since she was in eighth grade is Seniah “S.J.” Haines. Taking time to reflect on her softball career at Gallup High School, S.J. said she was going to miss her teammates the most. “I’m going to miss my teammates,” S.J. said. “We’ve been playing with each other since we were like 9 and 10, so we’ve been playing together for a long time. I’ll miss them having my back. They’ve been there for me both on and off the field.”

Make dad’s day delicious with Texas-style BBQ ribs


his Sunday is Father’s Day. That means it’s time to give Dad and all the father figures in your life the ultimate treat: mouthwatering, luscious Texasstyle BBQ ribs. And guess what? You don’t need to be a grill master to succeed with this masterpiece. With our “Dad-Approved” TexasStyle Rib Method, anyone can become a BBQ hero. The 3-2-1 Rib Method is a classic technique that promises succulent ribs bursting with flavor. It’s a simple process: three hours of smoking, two hours of wrapping and one hour of glazing. Low and slow is the way to go! Trust me; your taste buds will thank you. Texas-Style BBQ Ribs Yield: 4-6 servings Total time: 6 hours, 15 minutes • 2 racks of pork ribs, apprxomitaely 3 to 6 pounds, trimmed • Wood chips or chunks for smoking, preferably post oak or applewood • Barbecue rub (see recipe) • Ba rbecue sauce (see recipe) • ¼ cup brow n suga r, divided (optional) • ½ apple juice, divided For the dry rub: • ¼ cup kosher salt • ¼ cup packed brown sugart • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika • 1 t a ble s p o o n g a r l ic powder

• 1 t a ble s p o o n o n io n powder • 2 teaspoons black pepper Mix rub ingredients together a nd pla ce i nto a sha ker container. For the sauce: • 2 ounces of butter • ½ cup brown sugar • ½ cup ketchup •1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 tablespoon molasses • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon onion powder • 1 teaspoon garlic powder In a saucepan, combine ingredients and heat until bubbling. Then, trim the ribs: Remove the membrane from the back of each slab, and trim any excess fat. If your ribs aren’t already trimmed to St. Louis style, then remove the riblets by locating the longest bone and cutting between the bone and cartilage the full length of the ribs. Reserve riblets for another purpose. Season generously with your favorite rub or with the provided recipe. Pat the seasoning onto the meat to ensure it sticks. Prepare your smoker or grill for indirect heat, always at a temperature between 200 F and 225 F. Add wood\ chips or chunks to the smoker for authentic smoky flavor. Once the smoker is ready, place the ribs on the grill bone side down. Close the lid and let them smoke for three hours.

Get ready to savor the smoky goodness of Texas-style ribs with this easy recipe! Keep an eye on that temperature. Low and slow. After three hours, remove the ribs from the smoker and prepare to wrap them, bone side up, in aluminum foil. Sprinkle two tablespoons brown sugar on each rack of ribs, optional. Add 1/4 cup of apple juice to each of the foil packets for extra flavor and moisture. Wrap tightly in two layers of foil. Return the wrapped ribs to the smoker and continue cooking for another two hours. This step helps tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor. Again, low and slow. Watch that temperature. After two

hours, carefully unwrap the ribs and brush them with barbecue sauce. Return them to the smoker, unwrapped, bone side down, for the final hour of cooking. Low and slow. I can’t emphasize this enough. Carefully watch the ribs during this last hour, brushing them with more sauce every 15 minutes. The meat should be tender and easily pull away from the bones. There should be a little tug, or they’re overcooked. Once the ribs are done, remove them from the smoker and let them rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your delicious Texasstyle ribs with your favorite sides and plenty of napkins (maybe a tarp?)! Lifestyle expert Patti Diamond is the penny-pinching, party-planning, recipe developer and content creator of the website Divas On A Dime -- Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous! Visit Patti at and join the conversation on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom. Email Patti at divapatti@ (c) 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.








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By Dana Jackson Q: What are the stars of Succession doing now that the series has ended? I know the actor who played Kendall is doing theater, but what about the other siblings? — N.G. A: Yes, Jeremy Strong, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of troubled son Kendall Roy on HBO’s Succession, is currently starring in the Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. His performance is scheduled for a 16-week run only. However, he’s also starring in The Apprentice, a fi lm about Donald Trump’s rise to power in the ’70s and ’80s, which recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. In the film, Strong plays attorney Roy Cohn to Sebastian Stan’s (I, Tonya) Trump. Alan Ruck, who played presidential candidate

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A RIES (Ma rch 21 to April 19) Be careful about doing someone a favor when you don’t k now t he f u l l st or y behind the request. Don’t rely on someone’s unsubstantiated assurances. Insist on all the facts before you act. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That workplace problem still needs your attention before you can fi nally close the book on it. Meanwhile, a long-anticipated reunion gets closer to becoming a happy reality. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might be demanding more from others than they can give. Best advice: Have a long and frank talk to determine what the facts a re. Tensions should abate as the week winds down. CANCER: (June 21 to July 22) Aspects are favorable throughout this week for making contacts that could be important to your career plans. Meanwhile, an old friend offers the advice you’re seeking. L E O : (Ju ly 2 3 t o August 22) It’s time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward you r f ut u re. L oya l friends will be there to help the Lion get back into rip-roaring shape. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Take time out to go over what’s expected of you before you begin your new project. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing yourself harder than you need to. LIBRA: (September 23 to October 22)A n unusual request could put you in an awkward position. Best advice: Deal with it immediately. The longer you delay, the more difficult it will be to get out of it. SCORPIO: (October 23 to November 21) You should feel recharged and ready for whatever your workaday world holds for you. The same positive energy spills over into your personal relationships. SAGI T TA R I US: (November 22 to December 21) A prospect might be less than it appears to be. Like the Archer in your sign, you always aim for the truth.

COMMUNITY Connor Roy in Succession, recently co-starred in the film The Burial with Jamie Foxx. You can stream it on Amazon Prime Video. Next up for the Emmy-nominated actor is the horror comedy Crust and the crime film Wind River: The Next Chapter. Kieran Culkin, who won an Emmy in the fi nal season for the even more troubled son Roman Roy, stars opposite Jesse Eisenberg in the upcoming fi lm A Real Pain. It’s listed as a comedy-drama, so hopefully, his character won’t be as tortured as Roman was. Lastly, the only Roy daughter — but just as much of a force to be reckoned with — was played by the Emmy-winning Sarah Snook. She’s set to star in the upcoming Peacock series All Her Fault as a mother whose son goes missing. It’s based on the novel of the same title by Andrea Mara. *** Q: Is there going to be another Knives Out sequel? If so, when? — A.I. A: According to

And this is no time to settle for less than full disclosure. CAPRICORN: (December 22 to January 19) Star t doing some serious thinking about a career move that could entail more than just changing job sites. Some lifestyle changes might also be involved. A Q U A R I U S : (January 20 to February 18) With tensions easing at the workplace, a more positive env ironment once again encourages the free f low of ideas that are so typical of the always-innovative Aquarian. PISCES: (February 19 to March 20) Show some of that usually hidden steel-strong Piscean backbone and stand up for yourself if you hope to make a case for that promotion you know you deserve. BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy doing new things and staying ahead of the crowd. You would make a fine milita r y leader or a sports coach.

Entertainment Weekly, the game is “once again afoot for renowned detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig).” Knives Out, a hit whodunit film, has spawned one sequel already, called Glass Onion, and another is on the way, titled Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery. Look for it to premiere in 2025, likely around Thanksgiving. The cast of the third installment includes Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Mila Kunis (Black Swan) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), with the setting still a mystery. EW hints that the teaser video gave off “some seriously spooky, Gothic vibes.” *** Q: Will season three of The Bear be on FX or just on Hulu? I’m excited that they’re finally airing the two previous seasons on regular cable. — L.A. A: The FX channel is finally airing the first two seasons of the Emmy-winning comedy (which many call a drama) The Bear. Although FX and Hulu have a partnership, the show wasn’t available on FX until now. Despite

the show already being a huge hit for the streamer, they’re hoping to lure in even more subscribers to Hulu by getting them hooked on the series on FX first. So, yes, the third season will only be available on Hulu later this month on June 27, but if you still don’t wish to pay for Hulu, you’ll

probably get a chance to catch up on the series next summer, too. Send me your questions at NewCelebrityExtra@, or write me at KFWS, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.

• On Ju ne 24, 2005, actor Tom Cruise rattled and debated with interviewer Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s mor n i ng t a lk show Today, with his criticism of antidepressant medications and psychiatric therapy, calling psychiatr y a “pseudoscience.” • On Ju ne 25, 1988, teenaged Debbie Gibson’s song “Foolish Beat” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making her the youngest person ever to write, produce and perform her own No. 1 pop single. • On Ju ne 26, 1993, President Bill Clinton ordered U.S. warships to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles at Iraqi intelligence headquarters in downtown Baghdad, in retaliation for an Iraqi plot to a ssa ssi nate

for mer P re sident G e or ge H .W. B u s h during his April visit to Kuwait. • O n J u n e 2 7, 1939, one of ci ne m a’s mo s t f a mou s scenes was recorded when Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parted for the last time in Gone With the Wind. Director Victor Fleming also shot the scene using an alternate line — “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care” — in case film censors objected to the word “damn.” They did, fining producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the curse even though they approved the movie. • On Ju ne 28, 1919, Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies, officially ending World War I. English economist John Maynard Keynes, who attended the peace conference but left in protest of the treaty, predicted that strict terms imposed on Germany would lead to

its fi nancial collapse. • On Ju ne 29, 1776, Edward Rutledge, one of South Carolina’s representatives to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, wrote a letter to New York Rep. John Jay expressing his anxiety over whether moderates like the two of them could “effectually oppose” a resolution for independence. Jay had business elsewhere and was unable to attend the Congress. • On Ju ne 30, 19 34 , i n Ger ma ny, Na z i le a d e r A d o l f Hitler ordered a bloody purge of his own political party, assassinating hundreds of Nazis whom he believed had the potential to become future political enemies. The leadership of t he Na z i St or m Troopers, whose four million members had helped br i ng Hitler to power in the early 1930s, was especially targeted. © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.

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‘Inside Out 2’ is familiar, but engaging, fun family entertainment By Glenn Kay For the Sun Rating:  out of  Running Time: 100 minutes his feature from Disney and Pixar will begin playing exclusively at theaters on Friday, June, 14. Remarkably, it has now been nine years since the Pixar/Disney fi lm Inside Out debuted at theaters. The picture, about the emotions of a youngster, was such a critical and commercial hit that it is something of a surprise a follow-up hadn’t arrived sooner. Inside Out 2 features the lead character entering her teenage years and developing a new set of feelings that play havoc with her behavior. Truthfully, it’s a sequel that doesn’t match the original, yet has enough inventive and amusing moments to please. As mentioned, new teen and hockey enthusia st Riley A nderson (Kensington Tallman) is readying herself for big life changes, including high school. When she and her chums are invited


by Coach Roberts (Yvette Nicole Brown) to attend a special hockey camp that may lead to a position on the high school team, a wide range of emotions are experienced. Within Riley’s brain, Joy (Amy Poehler) has been successfully working alongside Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) to help develop the youngster’s sense of self. But soon, new emotions Anxiety (Maya Hawke), Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos) a nd Emba r r a s sment (Paul Walter Hauser) arrive to complicate the process. Riley really wants to impress older kids at camp like Val Ortiz (Lilimar). Inside her brain, Anxiety begins trying to wrestle control away and begins changing Riley, leading to conflict and confusion for the protagonist, appropriately enough, both inside and out. The imagery in the original was incredibly unique, with neural pathways and memory orbs really popping on the big screen. While impressively animated,

the interior world of Riley hasn’t changed dramatically in this effort and thus the visuals don’t make as strong of an impression. And while the concept of the lead entering her teen years has dramatic potential and there is some degree of confl ict from attempts to change Riley’s personality, the stakes still never seem as serious or urgent as they could be. The film primarily focuses on the lead’s 3 - day ex per ience at hockey camp. It’s understandable that the young character would be concerned about making a good impression with a personal hero and want to be asked to join the team, but this is hardly the stuff of high drama (even if Riley’s erratic behavior might suggest otherwise). T h a n k f u l ly, t here are enough positives to help make up for these

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“Inside Out 2,” the sequel to 2015’s “Inside Out” introduces new emotions (Anxiety (Maya Hawke), Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser) inside protagonist Riley Anderson’s (Kensington Tallman) brain. The established emotions Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) have to learn how to work together with them. Photo Credit: Pixar/Disney figures from memor y that have been buried into the subconscious. T he heroe s a re su rprised to meet individuals like Bloofy (Ron Funches), who made a major impact on Riley’s early life. These bizarre personalities make a hilarious impression. In fact, one notable figure (who c a r r ie s helpf u l, but somewhat severe tools) cleverly pokes fun at a cartoon character from a T.V series created by the film’s parent company. Iit should make

those who recognize the reference grin. These bits are a blast and even offer hints at where another follow-up could lead. So, like the majority of sequels, Inside Out 2 isn’t as immediately arresting as its predecessor. Regardless, some of the added material and characters make an impression. While some of the emotions on display may be too familiar, the end result is still engaging and fun family entertainment. VISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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quibbles. The voice cast are all excellent and there are amusing interactions between the old and new characters. The deadpan Ennui’s direct observations as she lounges and acts disinterested ga r ner chuck les. It’s fun to see Sadness and Emba r ra s sment f i nd common ground over the course of the story, and Anger has a couple of entertaining comments and actions as tensions flare. Anxiety is an interestingly manic figure and the character’s battles with Joy over Riley’s “self” are intriguing to watch, even if the results outside don’t feel like a do-or-die scenario. The highlight of the picture is actually new cha racter s who haven’t been advertised. At one point in the story, Joy and the others fi nd themselves in a mysterious location filled with hidden and secret

EAR PAW ’ S CORNER: My dad fi nally let us adopt a puppy a few months ago, and I can’t wait for summer vacation, when I can spend all day with him! He’s got lots of energy, but we’ve been training him to follow commands so he doesn’t run off. What are some outside games

that I can play with him? — Kerry B., Winchester, Virginia DEAR KERRY: You’re going to have a wonderful summer! It sounds like you and your family have been diligent about training your dog in basic obedience so that he’ll come back to you on command, sit and stay in place. And he’ll be old enough — and have his most important vaccinations out of the way — to stay healthy outside or when encountering other dogs. Here’s a few great offleash games to play:

Fetch: The gold stand a rd ga me for dog s remains a favorite. Just grab a tennis ball and toss it. F r isbee: Energetic dogs can chase these flying discs all day. Agility tra ining: Start with simple tasks like going under or over obstacles. Swimming: Fill a kiddie pool in the backyard and let your dog splash around on a hot day. Tracking: Have your dog follow a line of treats to a “jackpot” (a toy or food). Extend the distance

bet ween t reat s ea ch session. Remember, only take your dog off leash in a safe area or approved off-leash location. A fenced-in backyard is ideal, but if you don’t have one of those, go to a dog park or municipal, state or federal park that has an off-leash area. Some of these games, like agility and tracking, can be done on-leash. Most importantly, have fun! Send your tips, comments or questions to © 2024 King Features Synd., Inc.



Cera Meet Zia and Cera! They’re both currently at the McKinley County Humane Society. Zia is an extremely lovable boy who is very sad to be at the shelter. He is about four years old. He was found as a stray but had a collar on which makes shelter staff believe he had an owner. Yet, no one has come looking for him and unfortunately he is not microchipped. He is wonderful with all furr y friends, cats and dogs alike. He’s not food aggressive at all, and would be a great family dog.

Cera is a very happy a nd cur ious dog! She would need a very loving home with lots of space to roam around. She is good with some dogs but shelter staff recommend a dog test first if you have another furry friend in the home. She loves to play with her toys and has lots of energy. Cera is three years old. Anyone interested in Zia or Cera can visit them at the McKinley County Humane Society at 1273 Balok St. in Gallup. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm.





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4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for June 14, 2024 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to a not her lo ok a t h i g h l i g ht s arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. This edition is a busy one, with a ton of Hollywood features and independents in a wide variety of genres. 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!

B I G N E W RELEASES! THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: Combining elements of adventure, science-fiction and drama, this co-production between France and Belgium is set in a world where some humans have begun to mutate and develop animal characteristics. A teenage boy begins showing signs that he may be affected and is told by his father that his mother, who has disappeared, also had this condition. While authorities close in on these new and powerful individuals, the leads try to fi nd their missing relative. Reception has been generally positive towards this foreign-language feature. A small group complained that it felt like an X-Men tale but without thrills, repeatedly delivering clichés and struggling to hold viewer interest. Still, most called the picture smar t and intriguing. They also wrote that it was helped by the warm and well-performed relationship between the father and son. Rom a i n Du r i s a nd Paul Kircher headline the picture.

BAG OF L I E S: A husband whose wife has

terminal cancer is desperate to find her any cure. When he discovers an ancient relic said to have dark powers, he decides to see if it can save her. But there are three important rules to follow while using the item. Things initially look promising until one of the instructions is overlooked, leading to a ghastly series of consequences that test the husband’s sanity. This independent chiller debuted on streaming sites a couple of months ago. It hasn’t been seen by many critics so far, but a few mixed reviews have appeared online. Most suggest that the concept is interesting, the performances reasonable and that it had some creepy moments. At the same time, they stated that the fi lm was overlong and the pacing sluggish, lessening the suspense. It stars Patrick Taft, Brandi Botkin and John Wells. BIGFOOT EXORCIST: This feature is from a filmmaker responsible for the Shark Exorcist series and follows a cult who summon a vicious sasquatch to do their bidding. When a man survives an attack by the creature, he starts transforming into a bigfoot. The figure asks for help from a nun to release him from this curse. No one has seen this picture yet and it is arriving as a DVD-only release to shoppers. If you’ve seen the series mentioned above, expect something similar set in the woods. The cast includes Jessa Flux, Crystal Quin and Ford Windstar.

BLOOD AND SNOW: A meteor crashes in the Arctic and is discovered by scientists. One is immediately killed, while the other wounded researcher escapes to a nearby base. The group of individuals who find the ill figure try to treat them. But soon after, everyone realizes that the person has been infected by an alien menace that wants to spread among the others. This low-budget independent chiller appeared

on streaming sites a few weeks ago and is now debuting on disc. Almost no major reviewers have seen it. Online critics who specialize in this type of movie thought that the locations were impressive, but called it a blatant and ineffective copy of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Some even thought this title could be sued for plagiarism. It feat u re s Ver non Wells, Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton and AnneCarolyne Binette. BRING HER TO ME: Much like Wild Eye Relea si ng, F u l l Moon Entertainment also delivers direct-to-disc and streaming genre titles (albeit with slightly higher budgets than their competitor). Their latest is from the director of The Gingerdead Man and follows a woman suffering from intense nightmares. After falling asleep, she begins encountering a nasty demon. The lead calls on the help of a dream interpreter and discovers that the supernatural force is, well, amorous and interested in her physically. Again, few critics have actually seen this picture. Those that have suggested that, for a low-budget picture, it looks reasonably slick. However, they also note the extremely short running time (under one hour), weak character development and abrupt ending. Apparently, it is available to watch for free on Tubi, so those interested may want to check it out there fi rst. Bec Doyle and Roslyn Gentle headline the film.

DOGMAN: This crime/ drama from Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) begins with a young man being arrested while driving a truck full of illegal drugs. He is interviewed by a psychiatrist and tells his life story. It involves incredible tragedy, including abuse from his father and a troubling stay in a juvenile institution. The criminal also reveals his experiences training dogs to accompany him on several heists. The movie played at various festivals (it was nominated for awards at the Venice Film Festival) but

divided the press, receiving a wide range of ratings. Almost half called the picture ridiculous and stated that the strange shifts in tone were so confusing that the entire feature baffled them. Slightly more wrote that the lead performance was exceptional and that the film was so wild and unique that they couldn’t help but get wrapped up in its oddness. It stars Caleb Landry Jone s, Jojo T. Gibb s, Ch r istopher Den ha m, Marisa Berenson, Clemens Schick and Grace Palma. ENTER THE DRAG DRAGON: Those who follow indie cult cinema and live in Canada may be familiar with Lee Demarbre, a fi lmmaker who has independently produced B-movie genre mashups like the Harry Knuckles series and Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter (among others). His latest effort involves an amateur detective and drag queen who is hired to fi nd a lost dog. The trail leads the character on a strange journey that involves fending off underworld criminals, an Aztec mummy, zombies, anti-gay Christian vigilantes, and more. Once again, this little film hasn’t gotten a lot of write-ups, but most were upbeat. Those reviews called it a combination of early John Waters pictures and a Lloyd Kaufman production. It also won awards at the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival last year. A p p a r e n t l y, S a m Kellerman, Jade London and Matt Miwa all play the lead character at different points in the movie.

FINDING THE MONEY: The U.S. national debt and the nature of money is the subject of this documentary. The fi lmmakers interview various professors of economics and other notable figures, including the former chief economist to the American Senate Budget Committee. They do so to show exactly how the system of government spending works, before breaking it down and critiquing it. The movie proposes a new way of thinking about how and

where countries spend their money. Few members of the press managed to see the picture last month when it received a limited release, but word on it was upbeat. Most found the subject interesting and stated that while some of the arguments were not entirely convincing to them, the film would definitely change how many felt about modern economics and help all to conceive ways for the process to change and better serve citizens.

GODZILLA X KONG: T H E N EW EM PI R E: The latest title in the new series of U.S.-produced “Monsterverse” team-ups involving Godzilla and King Kong features the beasts and a few human characters who have appeared in previous chapters. When multiple giant creatures rise from a land beneath the Earth to wreak havoc, the title monsters are forced to team up and help save the world. This picture generally split the press, but did receive a few more positive notices than negative ones. Those who disliked the picture described it as complete and utter nonsense with poor character development. They became disinterested in the action and felt that the movie paled in comparison to Godzilla Minus One from Japan. The same number and a few more thought it delivered silly fun and a musing in-jokes that would put a grin on the face of any giant monster movie fan. T h is f i l m is ava i lable in multiple editions, including a 4K Ultra HD version, a Blu-ray only release, a Walmart exclusive Steelbook 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray combo a nd a G o d z i l l a / Kon g Monsterverse 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray pack with this and the previous four fi lms in the series. It stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle and Alex Ferns. IMMACULATE: After her parish closes, a young, devout American nun takes

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a position in Italy at a remote convent. While caring for ailing, elderly nuns, she begins meeting the various unusual personalities also at the abbey. Things get unsettling when the lead sees threatening figures dressed in red, and become even more perplexing when the celibate woman discovers that she is pregnant. Despite her protests, those who run the convent decide to keep her locked up within the convent. Reaction to this horror picture was more positive than negative. A number of write-ups complained that the story was predictable and that it simply wasn’t scary, resorting to shocks instead of generating a sense of fear or unease. But the ma jor it y complimented the picture as atmospheric and intense. T hey a l s o t hou g ht it included excellent performances and a memorable finale. It stars Sidney Sweeney, Álvaro Morte and Simona Tabasco. REMEMBERING GENE WILDER: The life and career of late Hollywood actor Gene Wilder is chronicled in this documentary. After his mother suffered a stroke at a young age and he was advised by a nurse to keep her spirits up by making her laugh, Wilder found that he enjoyed performing and decided to pursue a career onscreen. Those whom he worked with share their memories of him, describing the figure as a serious actor with impeccable comic timing. There is also exploration of tragedy within his life, as well as many positive experiences. The picture was well-received. A small number commented that this was a surface level examination of the man and his career, lacking deep insight. Regardless, the consensus was that the movie delivered a touching tribute to a figure and his incredible work in fi lms like The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak and many others. YOU K NOW, FOR KIDS! All kid-friendly titles can be found below. Shrek: 4-Movie Col le c t ion ( Un iver s a l Pictures) 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Shrek Forever After (2010) (Universal Pictures) 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Witch’s Night Out and The Gift of Winter: Classic Animated Double Feature (T.V. Specials) (MVD Visual) DVD ON THE TUBE! This edition’s TV-themed releases are listed below. American Experience: Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy of Love Canal (PBS) DVD Come F ly w it h Me (Hallmark Mystery) DVD Doctor W ho: T he Celestial Toymaker Season 3 (BBC) Blu-ray Heartland Season 16 (CBC/EOne) DVD The Jeffersons The Complete Series (Shout! Factory) DVD South Park: Joining the Panderverse (Paramount) Blu-ray or DVD Super ma n & Lois Season 3 (Warner Bros.) Blu-ray or DVD Welcome Back, Kotter T he C omple t e S er ie s (Warner Bros.) DVD Witch’s Night Out and The Gift of Winter: Classic Animated Double Feature (T.V. Specials) (MVD Visual) DVD VISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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RELAY FOR LIFE | FROM COVER join in on the fun can come on down and dress up,” she said. Greg Kirk, a local physical therapist, said he’s looking forward to participating in Mr. Relay. “It’ll get me out of my comfort zone, but it’s for a great cause,” he said. Another new event preceding the Relay saw the Gallup McKinley Relay for Life Chapter partner with Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe for their Friday Night Rides Cars and Coffee event on June 7. The organization encouraged people to come out and make their own boxcars to then compete in a race. People will also get to race their boxcars during the Relay for Life event. One thing that Graves hopes will really showcase all the work the Gallup McKinley Chapter has done in the past 25 years is a fashion show that will present the T-shirts from past Relay for Life events. WHY SHE DOES WHAT SHE DOES Graves has been involved in Relay for Life for the entire 25 years it’s been in Gallup. It’s a very personal matter for her. She’s seen the positive effects the money raised from Relay for Life can have on people who are fighting cancer. When her husband was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, doctors were able to give him a new cancer drug. Graves said the money raised from Relay for Life helped fund the research that went into the drug. “They developed a new drug called Gleevec, and that drug saved his life because the chemo drug attacked only the leukemia cells,” Graves explained. “It didn’t attack the whole body like chemo does. So he basically had no side effects. This is why we relay, because it is saving lives. The money we raise goes toward research, and the research can save lives.” Graves has also benefited from

Gallup McKinley Relay for Life Chapter partnered with Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe for their Friday Night Rides Cars and Coffee event on June 7. The organization encouraged people to come out and make their own boxcars to then compete in a race. People are also invited to bring their boxcars to the Relay on June 14. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Linda Shelton the research Relay for Life has helped fund. She’s been diagnosed with breast cancer twice. Luckily each time was a different diagnosis, the cancer never metastasized. “The second [time I had breast cancer it] was so much easier, so they make improvements all the time,” she said. Besides their individual breast cancer and leukemia diagnosis, Graves and her husband have also both had skin cancer. MORE INFORMATION Gallup’s Relay for Life event will kick off at 5 pm on June 14. That’s when survivors will be invited to sign in. The survivor’s lap will take place from 6 pm to 7 pm. Events will continue well into the night, with the closing ceremony starting at 12:30 am on June 15. For more information about the event and to register for it, visit site/STR?pg=informational&fr_ id=107767&sid=214742&name=e vent-details.

Pine Hill man sentenced for sexual abuse Staff Reports


Pine Hill man was sentenced on June 7 to 48 months in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl. According to court documents, on May 28, 2022, Tony Jake Jr., 75, an enrolled member of the Nava jo Nation, approached the seven-year-old victim as she played outside a church she attended with her grandmother. Jake separated the victim from other children playing nearby and put his hand down the front of her pants. Around this time, the victim’s grandmother noticed she was not with the other children and began looking for her, eventually fi nding her with Jake. Shortly after, the victim’s mother picked her up from her grandmother. The victim told her mother what Jake had done to her, and her mother rushed

Rick’s last time eating real food. Despite the tumor shrinkage, Rick’s condition just kept getting worse and worse. When Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2017, rol led around, Fran tried to make it a typical day. Rick and Fran were both veterans, and she had plans to go to Gallup’s ceremony just like they always did. She kissed Rick goodbye and told him she’d be back after the parade. But things took a turn for the worse when she came back home. Rick’s coughing had only worsened, and now he wa s coug h i ng up blood. As soon as Fran saw this, she rushed him to the hospital. The doctors diagnosed Rick with pneumonia. He wa s f low n t o Albuquerque and received treatment there. He spent a whole month in the hospital, with 10 days on an incubator to help him breathe. Fran said he was “as weak as a puppy” at that point. The doctors tried to get Rick to do physical therapy to help him gain his strength back, but Fran said he was just too weak to do the exercises. No rehab centers would take him because he couldn’t even walk to the bathroom on his own. Finally, the doctors gave him two options: t hey cou ld treat t he

pneumonia, and he could go home, or he could go into hospice care. Rick chose hospice care. He was in hospice for one week before he passed away on Dec. 17, 2017. After watching her husband fight cancer and struggling to keep her head up during that difficult time, Fran has one message for people: an early cancer diagnosis can save someone’s life. “What I can say for people, especially men because men tend to ignore everything that’s going on with them, they think they can get over anything without seeing a doctor. So, I encourage men, when you start having symptoms of coughing or being sick, insist on going back to the doctor right away if you don’t get better on antibiotics and insist that something’s wrong,” she said. Rick didn’t receive a n off icia l diagnosis until about four months after his intense coughing began. Fran thinks an earlier diagnosis and detection could have made a big difference for her husband. “I don’t know if that would’ve helped, but it cer t a i n ly cou ld’ve helped,” she said. Fran’s one key message to anyone when it comes to cancer: early detection. Discovering the cancer early gives people a higher chance of finding the proper treatment and beating the cancer.

Brimwall man sentenced to 21 years in prison

her to the hospital. T he v ic t i m u nder went an examination and later a forensic interview where she described in detail Jake’s abusive actions. Jake admitted his conduct to an FBI agent when questioned and later pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact. After completing his term of imprisonment, Jake will be required to serve five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal system. The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case w ith a ssista nce from the Navajo Nation Department of Investigation and Department of Criminal Investigations. A s s i s t a nt Un it e d S t a t e s Attorney Kimberly Bell is prosecuting the case.

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Brimhall man was sentenced to 21 years in prison on June 4 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder of a man whose body he later burned in an attempt to conceal the evidence. According to court documents, on July 1, 2019, an individual brought Gilbert John, Jr. a stolen car and told him to «get rid of» a person locked in the trunk. John and the individual drove around smoking meth before stopping in a remote area using back roads. When the victim tried to escape from the trunk, John stabbed the victim repeatedly with a machete and slammed the trunk door on him. After driving the car to a residence and


F R A N ’ S INVOLVEMENT WITH RELAY FOR LIFE Fran and Rick were involved in Relay for Life way before he was diagnosed. They joined the Relay group Singing Survivors, which was made up of choir members from the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, after Mazon started the group. Mazon has been on her own cancer journey for 10 years now. And even though Rick lost his battle with cancer, Fran still stays involved in Relay for Life. “I still stay involved in Relay for Life because I’m hoping they’ll find a cure someday and nobody will go through what I’ve gone through,” she explained. This will be Fran’s third year as the chair of Gallup’s Survivor’s Committee. One of her duties is helping organize gift bags for all the survivors. “It’s good to celebrate them because we want people who are diagnosed with cancer — because that is the most devastating news — to know that it’s not a death sentence,” Fran said. “You can survive for many years.” A nyone interested in donating to a local Relay for L i fe tea m can go to the Gallup McKinley County fundraising page at https:// / site/STR?pg=entry&fr_ id=107767. The webpage also has details about this year’s Relay for Life, which is scheduled for June 14.

Thoreau woman charged with involuntary manslaughter Staff Reports

leaving it for days, John later towed the car to a remote area and set it on fi re with the body inside. The charred remains were identified by medical device serial numbers, as the body was almost entirely burned. After completing his term of imprisonment, John will be required to serve five years of superv ised relea se.There is no parole in the federal system. The Gallup Resident A ge nc y of t he F BI ’s Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorneys Mark A. Probasco and Alexander F. Flores are prosecuting the case.


Thoreau woman was c h a r ge d by i n d ic t ment with involuntary manslaughter. Nora Abeita, 49, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, appeared before a federal judge on June 4 and will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled. According to the indictment, on May 28, 2023, Abeita was driving without due caution when she killed a man. If convicted of the current charges, Abeita faces up to eight years in prison. The Nava jo Nation Department of Public Safety investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department and the Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.







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Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Brandon Lewis May 31, 3:48 pm A g g ravated DW I (Third) Pulling over to fix a trailer tire eventually led to the arrest of a Gallup man, Brandon Lewis, 47, for his third DWI. Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown traveled to Wildcat Tire & Service at 2500 E. Hwy. 66 after a caller adv ised that a driver was pulling a tractor that was missing a tire. The caller also stated that the driver was reportedly very intoxicated and had an open container in their vehicle. Brown arrived at the business and found the vehicle, a white Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a travel trailer that was

missing a tire on its left side. He approached the vehicle and found the driver, Lewis, unconsciou s at t he wheel along with a tall can of Smirnoff Smash Alcohol in the middle cup holder. The keys were also in the ignition while the vehicle was in park. L ew i s e v e n t u a l l y woke up and responded to Brown’s questions and reportedly showed signs of intoxication including slurred speech, smelling of alcohol, and having bloodshot eyes. He also admitted he drank the alcohol in the vehicle about two to three hours prior to driving before he declined to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests A witness at the scene said they saw Lewis drive

up to the shop and nearly collide with another vehicle, which led to the call to police. Based on the investigation, witness account, and refusal, Lewis was placed under arrest and refused to give a breath sample. He was booked i n McK i n ley Cou nt y Adult Detention Center for a g g r av a t e d DW I (third), open container, and revoked license. His pretrial hearing is set for June 27.

Name: Marwin Yazzie Age: 35 Arrested: June 7 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on July 11

Name: Marlene Ann Gorman Age: 50 Arrested: June 3 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on July 2

Name: Diandra Shay Age: 26 Arrested: June 6 Charge: DWI Status: Arraignment on July 9

Name: Lynelle Ramone Age: 35 Arrested: May 31 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Arraignment on June 21

Name: Michael McCray Osborne Age: 25 Arrested: June 5 Charge: DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on June 27

Name: Emillio Villareal Age: 34 Arrested: June 2 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Arraignment on June 28

Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports NOT AGAIN Gallup, June 5

A Gallup man is facing charges after he was caught with fentanyl by the same officer who arrested him for drug possession in 2022. W hile on duty on June 5, Gallup Police Department Narcotics Agent Timothy Hughte noticed three men standing outside McDonald’s North, 700 U.S. Hwy. 491. In his police report, Hughte states that he believed the men were smoking fentanyl because he could see one of them ingesting something on a foil and using a metal straw-like item. When Hughte approached the men two of them turned and walked away. But he was able to speak to the other man, who was identified as Ty Treetop. Treetop, 32, was holding a metal

pipe to his lips and he had foil in his left hand. Hughte allegedly told Treetop to put the pipe in his pocket and to give him the foil. Instead, Treetop put both items in his pants pocket. Hughte took the opportunity to handcuff him and retrieved the foil from his left front pocket. Another piece of foil fell out of Treetop’s pocket when Hughte went to grab the original one. The second piece was burnt. Fifteen small baggies also fell out of his pocket. Hughte then opened the foil that fell out of Treetop’s pocket and found a blue pill that he identified as fentanyl inside it. When Hughte asked Treetop for his name he immediately recognized him as someone who was on release from court due to a prior drug possession. Treetop looked at Hughte’s nametag and became upset, allegedly recognizing him as the officer who had previously arrested him. He began hitting his head on a window outside the McDonald’s and started yelling. Hughte led him away from the window, but Treetop tried to walk away while he was still in handcuffs. Hughte

had to lean him over his patrol car to try and get him to calm down. Treetop continued to yell, telling Hughte he was going to hit him. A patrol sergeant eventually arrived at the scene to help Hughte get control of Treetop. Treetop was transpor ted to the Gallup Police Department. While the officers were driving to the GPD, Treetop began hitting his head on the Plexiglas of the patrol unit. The officers had to stop the vehicle and restrain him in order to keep driving. Once Hughte finished filing the necessary paperwork at the GPD, he transported Treetop to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18. S M O K I N G FENTA N Y L IN A MCDONALD’S BATHROOM Gallup, April 17 A Ga l lup wom a n was reportedly caught smoking fentanyl in a McDonald’s bathroom. On April 17, around 8 am, Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to the McDonald’s

North, 700 U.S. Hwy. 491, after employees called Metro Dispatch and said a woman was trespassing onto the business’s property. The employees said the woman’s name was “Gloria” and that she was wearing dark clothing. She was allegedly hiding in the bathroom. When Brown arrived at the scene an employee led him to the bathroom. The employes warned him that the woman, who was later identified as Kimberlita Jackson, was smoking fentanyl in the bathroom. Brown checked the bathroom, but Jackson, 45, was not inside. After he checked the bathroom a McDonald’s customer approached Brow n a nd told him Jackson had just been inside the bathroom and that she had asked her for money. Another employee said Jackson was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans, and that she had a backpack that made her hunch over. Brow n lef t t he McDonald’s and began searching the parking lot. He eventually found a woman matching the employees’ descriptions. He approached her and asked her how she was

Gallup woman charged with manslaughter after vehicle rollover, infant death Staff Reports


ariah Chapo, 27, of Gallup, was sentenced to a fi ve-year term of probation after pleading guilty t o i nvolu nt a r y m a n slaughter for drunkenly rolling her vehicle and killing an 8-month-old boy who was ejected

from the vehicle. According to court document, on Feb. 11, 2022, Chapo, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nat ion, t wo f r iend s, a nd t he 8 -mont h- old baby traveled to collect f i rewood. W hen they arrived, the group reportedly began drinki n g a lcohol . D u r i n g

this time, the child was unrestrained in the back seat. An argument between the other two members of the group caused Chapo to drive off at high speed with the child. A mile down the road, Chapo failed to navigate a turn and rolled the vehicle. The

child was ejected from the backseat and killed.

doing. He also asked if she’d just been inside the McDonald’s and Jackson said she hadn’t been inside. Brown informed her that he was looking for a woman who matched her description. Jackson told Brown that her name was “Kim Johnson.” One of the McDonald’s employees stepped outside and confi rmed that it was Jackson who had been in the bathroom r e p or t e d ly s mok i n g fentanyl. After the employee identified Jackson, she began yelling “It’s not me!” repeatedly. Brown checked in with Metro Dispatch and they confi rmed that Jackson had a warrant out for her arrest. He asked Jackson if her name was Kimberlita Jackson and she said it was, while also apologizing for lying. T h e Mc D o n a l d’s

employees did not have a trespass notice for a Kimberlita Jackson. Brow n a r rested Jackson for the outstanding warrant. While he was patting her down, he found a glass pipe in the bag she had with her. The pipe had a white crystal-like substance inside it that Brown identified as methamphetamine. He also found a piece of foil inside the bag. The foil contained a blue pill that Brown identified as fentanyl. After finding the drugs in Jackson’s purse Brown placed her in the backseat of his patrol car. He then went inside the McDonald’s to speak to the employees. One employee said she knew Jackson had been smoking fentanyl in the bathroom because she could reportedly smell it and she saw the smoke. The employee said she told Jackson she couldn’t be in the restaurant, but Jackson just ignored her. A trespass notice with Jackson’s actual name was fi led out, and she is now officially banned from that McDonald’s. Jackson was charged with possession of a controlled substa nce and drug paraphernalia. On June 6 her case was binded over from Mag ist rate Cou r t to District Court.

Ch apo’s BAC wa s reportedly 0.12 and 0.11, a nd a n empt y vodka bottle was found at the scene. The Gallup Resident A gency of t he F BI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case

with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Depa r t ment a nd t he Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States At tor ney Mat t hew J. McGinley is prosecuting the case.

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Navajo Council acts to protect ARPA funds from federal reversion Staff Reports


INDOW ROCK, Ariz. — During a recent special session, the 25th Navajo Nation Council adopted Resolution No. CMY-2824, a proactive measure aimed at protecting the Navajo Nation’s Fiscal Recover y F unds or American Rescue Plan Act funds, from being reverted back to the federal government if it is signed into law by the Navajo Nation President. In response to the COV I D -19 pa ndem ic, U.S. President Joe Biden signed ARPA into law on March 11, 2021, which allocated $20 billion for tribal nations. The Navajo Nation received approximately $2 billion in ARPA funds. I n Ju ly, t he 2 4t h Navajo Nation Council adopted Resolution No. CJY-29-22, which allocated over $1 billion of the ARPA funds for various uses including water, electricity, broadband, housing, and other initiatives for the Navajo people. Approximately $210 million of the funding was allocated for regional expenditure plans within each of the 24 legislative districts. If signed into law, CMY-28-24 will recapture $768 million of unobligated and unexpended ARPA funds. It will also reallocate $521 million of the $768 million to the newly established “Revenue Replacement R e s er ve” w it h i n t he Navajo Nation’s General Fund, under a reimbursement method known as “revenue loss” authorized by the U.S. Treasury, to prevent the funds from being reverted back to the federal government. Under the “revenue loss” method, the Treasury allows states, counties, tribes, and other entities to use ARPA funds to reimburse their governments for expenses and fi nancial losses resulting from the pandemic. L e g i s l a t io n s p o n sor, Speaker Crystalyne Curley, stated that the 2 5 t h Na v a j o Na t io n Council and the Budget and Finance Committee have worked, nearly on a daily basis since the beginning of the year, with the Office of the Controller and NNFRF Office, to develop the

Council members address clean energy initiatives at the 2024 Navajo Nation Energy Summit Staff Reports


Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley plan to protect unobligated ARPA funds from reversion. The Treasury fund obligation deadline is Dec. 31. “ T he 25t h Nav a jo Nation Council assessed the status of obligated and unobligated ARPA funds to determine the feasibility of expending the funds by the federal deadline and completing the projects,” Curley said. “This new plan will allow the $521 million to be placed into the General Fund and free it from the federal deadlines and federal red tape. These regional projects are immensely critical to our communities and future progress, and we had to act to protect these dollars. We do not want a single dollar of ARPA funding going back to the federal government.” If signed into law, Resolution CMY-28-24 will amend previous ARPA resolutions and reallocate the $768 million for the following: • $137.3 million for wastewater treatment facilities • $62.9 million for additional housing • $521 million for Gener a l F u nd reimbursement • $15 m i l l io n fo r NNFRF personnel • $28.7 million for E911/rural addressing projects • $2.2 million for vehicles for senior centers Budget and Finance Committee Chair Shaandiin Parrish said that since December the Committee has organized ARPA leadership meetings with the Executive Branch to ensure that all the funding deadlines are met. “My col leag ues i n

the 25th Navajo Nation Council have been working to facilitate the securing of contracts, the obligation of funds, and the implementation of shovel-ready ARPA projects,” Parrish said. “In this concept, the 25th Navajo Nation Council can reallocate the $521 million where they won’t be subject to ARPA deadlines. If we don’t move forward with this legislation, these dollars could be subject to reversion.” Cou nci l Delegate Ca rl R . Slater i nt ro duced an amendment to add Convenience Store Economic Development Projects in Sheepsprings, Blue Gap, Lupton, Round Rock and Chinle to the revenue repla cement trust fund for economic development. “I commend my collea g ue s on t he 25t h Navajo Nation Council for prioritizing the ARPA funding to be spent on infrastructure,” Curley sa id. “We don’t wa nt one cent to go back to the federal government. We’ve been rolling up our sleeves to get these funds allocated and obligated. Our chapters are counting on us to secure these funds for infrastructure projects. The Council will continue to closely monitor the funding to ensure ever y project is completed and successful.” T he 25t h Nava jo Nation Council voted 16-3 to approve Legislation No. 0111-24 on May 28. Resolution CMY-28 -24 wa s delivered to the Office of the President and Vice President on Ju ne 6 . T he Nav a jo Nation President has until June 16 to consider the legislation.

L BUQ U E R Q U E — The 25th Nav a jo Na t ion Council’s Resources and Development Committee Ch a i r Brend a Je su s (Oaksprings, St. Michaels) delivered a leadership address at the 2024 Navajo Nation Energy Summit on June 4, encouraging partnerships and innovative strategies to assist the Navajo Nation in addressing climate change and sustainable clean energy. Jesus spoke on behalf of Navajo Nation Council S p e a ke r C r y s t a ly ne Cu rley, who wa s i n Washington, D.C., advocating on behalf of the Northeastern Arizona I nd ia n Water Rig ht s Settlement. “When we look at the timeline from when the first trading post opened on the Navajo Nation in 1906, through the signing of the Navajo Treaty of 1868, and onward to the Indian Self Determination Act, we see the different impacts that the Navajo Nation has experienced,” Jesus said. “As we stand in the 21st Century, the Nation is talking about moving away from fossil fuels toward clean energy. One of the main RDC initiatives is to discuss renewable energy like solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, ocean energy and bio energy.” O ne obje c t ive of the 2024 Navajo Nation Energy Summit was to prov ide foundational knowledge of energy resources that would help departments and agencies understand energy-related proposals and to offer support in the decision-making process. The summit agenda hosted live and virtual keynote addresses by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and U.S. Office of Indian Energy Director Wa h lea h Joh n s who talked about the State of the Energy Industry and Office of Indian Energy Initiatives respectively. “Our office has been working hard to stand up projects for funding,” Johns said. “We want to make sure that we are supporting your sovereignty. President Biden is dedicated to fixing challenges when it comes to funding. We want to make it more accessible

Navajo Nation Council’s Resources and Development Committee Chair Brenda Jesus to tribes.” Granholm touched on the Department of Energy’s recent $366 million funding for 17 projects across 20 states and 30 tribal nations to accelerate clean energy deployment in rural and remote areas. One of the projects awarded focused on energizing rural Hopi and Navajo communities with solar powered battery-based systems. “This funding directly invests in Navajo Nation households and fosters job creation and growth. The sheer magnitude of these funding opportunities is overwhelming,” Granholm said. Jesus touched upon t he 2021 Bipa r t i sa n Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 as federal resources that assist tribal nations as they transition to renewable clean energy. “ The Bipa r tisa n I n f r a s t r u c t u r e L aw invests into safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for our tribal communities,” she said. “The Inflation Reduction Act is one of the largest investments into climate resilience in our Nation’s history that provides much needed resources to enhance resilience to drought and climate change.” T he 2 0 2 4 Nav a jo Nation Energy Summit also hosted presentations by representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Division of Energy & Mineral Development, Sandia National Laboratories, and pertinent Navajo Nation Departments such as the Division of Natural Resou rces, M i nera ls Depar tment, and the

Department of Water Resources. Budget and Finance Committee Vice Chair Carl Slater facilitated a breakout session regarding Chapter Perspectives and Grant Opportunities. He spoke about utilizing the 2023 Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Navajo Nation that focuses on transitioning coal-centric economies to clean energy economies utilizing federal funding for a wide range of infrastructure and economic development projects. “The DOE provided technical assistance in grant writing for projects initiated by the chapters I represent,” Slater said. “We were able to implement two solar projects that produce five megawatts of power each that is utilized by local communities. This summit is a great convening of a diverse set of stakeholders from chapters, consultants, developers, attorneys and grassroots organizations. It’s inspiring to see professionals who aren’t necessarily affiliated with the Navajo Nation, but who are providing objective analysis to our people.” As the Navajo Nation moves toward implementing clean energy initiatives, Jesus said partnerships remain critical. “The Navajo Nation must work alongside these agencies and enterprises,” she said. “We need equity across the board when it comes to renewable energy that will subsidize our three-branch government operation. That’s the core purpose of moving toward renewable energy.”

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he New Mexico Department of Health announced June 10 that it has been reaccredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board for five more years. “I’m very proud of our team for this achievement,” NMHealth Secretary Patrick Allen said. “Accreditation of the New Mexico Department of Health is a critical validation that we have the tools we need to achieve our strategic goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation by 2040.” Public Health accreditation measures a health department’s performance against a set of nationa lly recognized, practice-focused, and evidence-based standards. It ensures that health departments are delivering essential public health services and foundational capabilities to their communities.

The non-profit PHAB works to advance and transform public health proactively by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation. PHAB’s accreditation program, which receives support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sets standards against which the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. Often called the “backbone” of the public health system, public health departments are on the front lines of communities’ efforts to protect and promote health and prevent disease and injury. PHAB-accredited health departments demonstrate great leadership by submitting their work for peer review, with the goal of using the feedback obtained during the process to improve the services

they provide to their communities. Through this process, the communities they serve experience a wide range of benefits. These include better accountability, improved health equity, higher quality of performance, greater transparency and improved workforce development. NMHealth was fi rst accredited by PHAB in 2015, becoming only the 12th state health department in the United States to be awarded the honor. Today, NMHealth is among 42 accredited state agencies, six tribal health departments and 397 local health organizations. “We are extremely pleased with the accreditation program where NMHealth, along with many others, are successfully maintaining their five-year accreditation status through PHAB,” PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN, said.

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NMDOH announces first cases of measles since 2021 Staff Reports


he New Mexico Depa r t ment of Health announced on May 31 that two children from Taos County are the first confirmed measles cases in the state since 2021. The children are under 10 years old, live in the same household, were not vaccinated, and developed fever and rash after returning from international travel. T he on ly k now n exposure to the public occurred at the Aspen Medical Center Urgent Care at 411 Santa Clara Bridge Rd in Española, New Mexico, at the following dates and times: • May 26, from 11:45 am to 3 pm • May 28, from 9:45 am to 2:30 pm “The Department of Health has identified and contacted potentially exposed people to let them know what to do and any symptoms to look for,” NMHealth Secretary Patrick Allen said. “If someone was at this urgent care location at the above days and times and has not yet been contacted by the department, please call the NMHealth Helpline a t 1- 8 3 3 - SW N U R SE (1-833-796-8773).” Dr. Miranda Durham,

The measles vaccine is available for no charge for any child in New Mexico under the Vaccines for Children Program. File Photo NMHealth’s Chief Medical Officer, explains how contagious measles can be. “Measles is extremely cont ag ious a nd ca n remain in the air up to two hours after a person with measles leaves the room,” she said.“Fortunately, the measles vaccine is safe and very effective at protecting against measles.” Because of how easily measles can spread, people exposed have had their vaccine records checked to assure they were vaccinated. They

have been advised that should they develop an illness to call their medical provider first to arrange being seen without exposing other patients to the virus in the waiting room. Symptoms of measles can develop between seven to 21 days after exposure, and include fever, coug h, r u n ny nose and red eyes, followed by a red spotted rash that usually starts on the head or face and spreads downward to cover the rest of the

body. Complications are more common in children under 5 years old and adults over 20 years old, and can include diarrhea and ear infections, as well as more serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis. About 1 in 5 unvaccinated people in the U.S. who get measles is hospitalized and some people die from measles. Measles requires laboratory testing to be confirmed. The measles cases in Taos County underscore the importance of all New

Mexicans to check their vaccine records to ensure they and their families are up-to-date on the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine: One or more doses of MMR vaccine is recom mended for pre school-aged children and adults not at high risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine for school-aged children and adults at high risk, including college students, healthcare personnel and international travelers, is recommended.

If a person has other laboratory evidence of immunity, such as a positive antibody test for measles, or if they were born before 1957, they are also considered immune to measles. Two doses of measles vaccine are 97% effective against disease. Adults needing a measles vaccine can contact their medical provider, local pharmacy or make an appointment at their local public health office. To find a provider for the vaccine, call the N M He a lt h Hel pl i ne a t 1- 8 3 3 - SW N U R SE (1-833-796-8773). Vaccines are available without charge for any child in New Mexico, regardless of insurance status, under the Vaccines for Children program. Children who have no insurance coverage can get the vaccine from their health care provider or at their local public health office. Public health office contact information can be found online at Medical prov iders are required by state statute to report suspect cases of measles to the Department of Health’s Epidemiolog y a nd Response Division. The NMHealth Helpline can also be used by them to report cases.

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.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement after Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans let the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act expire on June 7. “Shame on Speaker M ike Joh n son a nd House Republicans for letting RECA expire,” Hei n r ic h s a id . “ T he

Tularosa Basin downwinders and uranium m i ner s h ave ex per ienced the real-life costs of radiation exposure for generations. They need RECA expanded now— not a lecture on the ‘costs’ of expansion from heartless House Republicans.” Heinrich vowed to keep fighting for RECA. This isn’t over,” he said. “I will continue to fight to pass a long overdue expansion and

extension of RECA this Congress.” Hei n r ich re cent ly pressed Speaker Mike Joh nson to i m me d i a t ely t a ke u p t he Senate-passed and fully comprehensive RECA extension in a bipartisan, bicameral letter. T he let ter, led by Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said in part: “ We u r g e a c t i o n immediately to strengthen the RECA p r o g r a m b e fo r e i t s

impending sunset i n Ju ne 2024. T he United States government ex po s ed t he s e Americans to radiation as part of our national security efforts through World War II and the Cold Wa r. It i s long pa st time that RECA is strengthened to give these Americans their recognition and compensation. Their livelihoods, often devastated by the long-term consequences of rad iation

ex posure, depend on you r lea der sh ip a nd commitment to rectifying past injustices.” On March 7, Heinrich delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand RECA. Later that day, Heinrich secured Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand RECA to compensate individuals exposed to radiation

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. while working in uranium mines or liv ing downwind from atomic weapons tests. Heinr ich ha s reint roduce d leg i sl a t ion to extend and expand RECA since h is f irst Senate term, starting in 2013.

Leger Fernández introduces bill to help New Mexico homebuyers By Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández


ong re s swoma n Tere s a L eger Fe r n á nd e z a nd nine of her House colleagues introduced the Home of Your Own Act on Ju ne 12 . T he bi l l creates nationa l onet i me, $ 3 0,0 0 0 home ow ner sh ip g r a nt s t o help New Mexicans and Americans across the country become firsttime homeowners. The bill comes in the wake of the first successful home purchase for a con s t it uent of NM-03 made possible by $750,000 in Community P roject F u nd s L eger Fernández secured for a pilot program administered by Homewise. The home purchase, which closed in Santa Fe on June 5, is testament to the fact that this program is already working for New Mexicans. The same pilot project funds are projected to help 25 families in NM-03 purchase their fi rst home. L eger Fer ná ndez

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández a nd Reps. Jim Costa , D-CA, Rober t Garcia, D - CA , Sylv ia Ga rcia , D -T X , R aú l Gr ija lva , D -A Z , Ba rba ra Lee, D-CA, Eleanor Holmes Nor t on, D -DC, Del i a Ramirez, D-IL, Andrea S a l i n a s , D - OR , a n d M e l a n i e S t a n s b u r y, D-NM, introduced the Home of Your Own Act because homeow nersh ip ha s become out of reach for too many Americans. The bill is a lso endorsed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Young adults whose parents bought a starter home now don’t see the same future for themselves. Even workers w it h good jobs fa ce

hu r d le s a f fo r d i n g a down payment and closing costs. The Home of You r Ow n Act wou ld create a national homeownership gra nt pro gram to help address this housing crisis. This program would provide one-time, $30,000 homeownership assistance grants to eligible firsttime homebuyers who earn at or below 120 150 percent of the area median income. “ We n e e d a n e w homeownership assistance program so our teachers, nurses, and a r t ist s ca n a f ford to live a nd stay in their h o m e t o w n s ,” L e g e r Fernández said. “This prog r a m i s goi n g t o help people when they need it most. Tax credit s help on Apr i l 15 but people need money for when they’re closing on their home — that’s what my bill will accomplish.” She also mentioned the efforts through the Homewise project. “This program is modeled a f ter a

com mu n it y fu nded project I secu red for Homew i s e i n 2 0 2 3 ,” she s a id. “ T h at pro gram is already working for New Mexicans. Homeownership means hope for t he f ut u re. We need to rev italize A m e r ic a n s’ ho p e i n a sha red prosperou s future. We need to pass the Home of Your Own Act.” T he bi l l h a s been endorsed by America’s Credit Unions, Credit Union A ssociation of New Mexico, Homewise, Local Initiatives Suppor t Cor poration, Nationa l A mer ica n Indian Housing Council, Nationa l NeighborWorks Association, and UnidosUS. The bill is a lso endorsed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). The Home of Your Own Act: • Creates a new national homeownership assistance grant program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

• Provides one-time, $30,000 homeownership assistance grants to eligible fi rst-time homebuyers who earn at or below 120150 percent of the area median income. • Provides f lexible financial assistance to homebuyers that can be used for down payment costs, closi ng costs, mortgage interest rate reduction, and/or necessary repairs prior to move-in. •Streamlines a ssista nce to u nderserved communities by empowering community development financial institutions to partner with states to administer at least 25% of the funds to homebuyers. • Prepares par ticipants for homeownership by requiring participants to complete a homeownership financial counseling progra m pr ior to receiving financial assistance. • Dedicates home ownership grant funds to all 50 States, U.S. Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern

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Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, & United States Virgin Islands), and the District of Columbia. • Sets aside 3% of the authorized funding as homeownership grant funds for tribal entities. • Author izes $33.5 billion for the grant program over 5 years with $6.7 billion authorized per year. “Cong res swoma n L e ge r Fe r n a nd e z’s Home of Your Own Act w i l l c r e a t e a much needed progra m to assist first-time homebuyers in a time when housing costs are h ig h a nd too ma ny A mericans have been priced out of homeowner sh ip,” Homew i s e’s CEO Mike Loftin said. “And because the program has been tested via a pilot program the Congresswoman funded with a CPF grant, we k now t he prog ra m works and the nation ca n h it the grou nd running and help thousa nd s of hou sehold s become the owners of their own housing.”

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Heinrich reacts after Republicans block legislation protecting women’s right to contraception By Sen. Martin Heinrich


.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M, released t he fol low i ng st ate ment a f ter Senate Republicans blocked the passage of the Right to Contraception Act, legislation he co sponsored to codify the right to contraception in federal law: “Once again, Senate Republica ns have blocked legislation to protect women’s right to contraception under federal law. Shame on them,” he said. He went on to say that he would keep fighting for women’s rights. “While Republicans are bent on stripping women of their reproductive freedoms, I will keep fighting to protect the right of every New Mexican to make their own decisions for themselves and their families,” he said. “This isn’t over.” Hei n r ich rem a i n s unwavering in his comm it me nt t o pr ot e c t women’s reproductive freedoms. Heinrich is an original cosponsor of the Right

to Contraception Act, which was introduced in the Senate in May. This legislation would guarantee the right for people to obtain and use contraceptives and for health providers to prescribe contraceptives and give information related to contraception— free from government interference. Additionally, during the week of Ju ne 3, Heinrich joined Senators Ta m my D uck wor t h , D -Ill., Pat t y Mu r ray, D -Wa s h ., a n d C o r y Booker, D-N.J., in introducing the Right to IVF Act, a new, sweeping legislative package that would both establish a nationwide right to in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technology as well as lower the costs of IVF treatment for millions of families, veterans, and service members. Last month, Heinrich, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Food and Drug Administration, reinforced the safety of mifepristone at a hearing he chaired, with FDA

Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf testifying. In March, Heinrich introduced the Abortion Care Capacity Enhancement and Suppor t Ser v ices (ACCESS) Act, legislation to establish a federal grant program for health care organizations to ex pa nd t hei r capa city to provide abortion services and additional reproductive care in New Mexico and other states where it remains legal. In February, Heinrich cosponsored the Access to Family Building Act, legislation that would protect every American’s right to access IVF and other assisted reproductive technology services that millions need to have children. He also urged for immediate Senate passage of the legislation after the Alabama State Supreme Court threatened access to IVF. In January, Heinrich attended a briefi ng on the state of abortion rights in America, the chaos and cruelty of the abortion bans that have been enacted in Republicanled states since Roe

was overturned, and the need to pass legislation to restore the right to abortion nationwide. In December, Heinrich introduced a resolution in support of equitable, science-based policies governing access to medication abortion. In May 2023, Heinrich cosponsored the Protecting Service Members and Military Fa m i l ie s’ Acce s s t o Health Care Act to codify the Department of Defense’s Feb. 16, 2023, policy to ensure service members and their families can access non-covered reproductive health care, including abortion services, regardless of the state in which they are stationed. In April 2023, He i n r ic h j o i n e d a n a m icu s br ief t o t he U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, in support of the Biden administration’s appeal of Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk’s ruling that suspends the FDA’s more than 20-year-old approval of mifepristone. T h a t s a m e

month, Heinrich, a s Cha i r ma n of t he Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the FDA, presided over a hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the FDA. Heinrich expressed his strongly held view that the “decisions the FDA makes, whether approv ing a medical device or approving a new drug, must be guided by science and not by political pressure.” In a statement in April 2023, Heinrich said that a recent federal court ruling by a judge in Texas has “undermined the FDA’s safety and efficacy determination of Mifepristone. And with it, he has undermined the FDA’s authority to determine the safety and efficacy of all medications – from insulin to cancer treatment.” In March 2023, Heinrich cosponsored t he Women’s Hea lt h Protection Act to prohibit states from imposing restrictions that jeopardize access to abortion earlier in pregnancy, including many of the state-level restrictions

in place prior to Dobbs, such as arbitrary waiting periods, medically unnecessary mandatory ultrasounds, or requirements to prov ide medically i n a ccu r at e i n for m a tion. The bill would also ensure that later in pregnancy, states cannot limit access to abortion if it would jeopardize the life or health of the mother and protect the ability to travel out of state for an abortion, which has become i ncrea si ng ly common in recent years. In September 2022, Heinrich urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to take immediate action to safeguard women’s privacy and their ability to safely and confidentially get the health care they need. In September 2021, Heinrich joined a group of 48 Democrats in the U.S. Senate a nd 188 in the U.S. House of Representatives that fi led a bicameral amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade and protect the constitutional right to abortion care.

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arely has a cabinet secretary done so little with such vast resources. On the CBS show Face the Nation, Secreta r y of Tra nspor tation Pete Buttigieg had to defend the Biden administration’s woeful record of building new electric-vehicle charging stations that are key to unlocking its hoped-for EV nirvana. Host Margaret Brennan asked how it could be that, with $7.5 billion allocated for this purpose two years ago, the administration has managed to build eight. Not 8,000, or even 80. Eight. Buttigieg said that P resident Joe Biden pla ns on bu i ld i ng 500,000 chargers by the end of the decade, and — implying this is some sort of an accomplishment — “the very fi rst handful of chargers are now already being physically built.” It’s true that eight is better than zero, and the administration is now only 499,992 chargers away from its goal rather than 500,000 away. At this rate, though, the Emperor Hadrian wouldn’t have fi nished his wall prior to the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and we’d still be constructing the Hoover Dam to this day. The administration that made “Build Back Better” the catchphrase of its economic agenda turns out not to be any good at building. Surely, the pace of t he con st r uc t ion of charging stations will pick up, but the slowness out of the gate is a symptom of the folly of attempting to force a radical change in vehicular transportation via government fait. Buttigieg insists that “the EV revolution will happen with or without us,” yet it’s off to a sputtering start. It’s less a revolution than a shift in consumer preferences at the margins, especially at the high end of the

market among people who can afford to make their second or third car an electric vehicle. There are signs that the uptake of EVs is slowing down. The New York Times repor ted that Ford and other automakers have tapped the brakes on EVs, a shift “prompted largely by the companies’ difficulties in making and selling enough electric cars and doing so profitably.” Is that all? Even Tesla has been taking a hit. Part of the resista nce to EVs is so-called range anxiety, the fear that if you can’t charge up in your garage

or if you are on a long trip, you might not fi nd a charging station. Hence, the imperative to build a more robust network of charging stations that has, so far, been going so poorly. One problem with trying to build back better, or build at all, in the contemporary U.S. is that needless complexity and regulatory obstacles make it so difficult. Even when the future of the planet is supposedly at stake, nothing is simple or easy. According to a Pol it ico repor t on the slow rollout of the charging stations, “States and the charger

i ndu s t r y bl a me t he delays mostly on the labyrinth of new contracting and performance requirements they have to navigate to receive federal funds.” The CEO of a charging manufacturer told the publication that “design, engineering, installation and utility upgrades could extend the wait by years even a f t er t he cont r a c t s to build stations are awarded.” On top of this, the existing charging infrastructure is glitchy and prone to failure. The contrast with gas stations, which are

ubiquitous and highly convenient, couldn’t be starker. The government didn’t have to subsidize the oil companies to construct gas stations at the beginning of the 20th century, or tell them to offer free maps, branch out into oil changes and other services, or begin to stay open 24 hours. There is, no doubt, a n iche m a rket for electric cars that will grow over time. Rather than letting this happen organically and in keeping with consumer preferences and sensible business choices by car manufacturers, the mandarins of the Biden

administration are trying to force a transformation that drivers aren’t ready for and the infrastructure doesn’t yet exist to support. Buttigieg so far has had to explain away failure, and he might have to get used to it. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2 0 2 4 by K i n g Features Synd., Inc.




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2023 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4WD trd pro SOLAR OCTANE T24091A $74995.00 Amigo Toyota 2000 S. Second St. Gallup, NM (505) 722-3881 HELP WANTED Bail Bonds “Gerald Madrid Bail Bonds is seeking to hire and train a person to be a bail bond solicitor/ agent to service Gallup and surrounding areas” Call or email if interested 505-243-0249 email Published: Gallup Sun Publishing June 14, 2024 *** Feature Writer Wanted The Gallup Sun seeks a feature writer to cover fun events around

Contract No. 2: Well SJ-1491 Equipping CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO

Contract No. 1: Well SJ-1491 Building and Equipping CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO

Invitation to Bid No. 2024-ITB-010

Invitation to Bid No. 2024-ITB-009

Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive sealed bids for Contract No. 2: Well SJ-1491 Equipping until the hour of 2:00 pm, local time, on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at the office of the Procurement Manager at City Hall, via the City’s eProcurement Portal. Bids will be opened, read and tabulated at that time. No bids will be received or considered if received after the time stated above.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive sealed bids for Contract No. 1: Well SJ-1491 Building and Equipping until the hour of 2:00 pm, local time, on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at the office of the Procurement Manager at City Hall, via the City’s eProcurement Portal. Bids will be opened, read and tabulated at that time. No bids will be received or considered if received after the time stated above.

This project is located 9.2 miles north of Gallup in the Yah-ta-Hey well field, adjacent to the existing Junker 1 Well. This project is for the installation of the deep well submersible pump within an existing 13 3/8” O.D. well casing. Work for this project shall include 4½” O.D. J-55 steel column piping, pump to a setting depth of 1200 ft, electric cable, stainless steel air lines, and column support. It shall also include welding a bearing plate on the existing well casing, a discharge head with the ability to support column pipe, and outlets to safely secure air lines, electrical cable, and air venting. Well disinfection, start up, checkout and coordination with other Contractors will be included in this project. Plans, Specifications, and Bidding Documents may be examined at the office of the Purchas-

Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering & Surveying, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, NM 87301, 505863-5440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening.

TED PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept proposals submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated: 11th of June, 2024 By: /S/ By: Louis Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-June 14,2024 ***

Dated: 11th of June, 2024 Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering & Surveying 307 S. 4th Street Gallup, NM 87301, 505863-5440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening.


com/portal/gallupnm/ projects/100150.

This project is located 9.2 miles north of Gallup in the Yah-ta-Hey well field, adjacent to the existing Junker I Well. This project is for the installation of a new well house adjacent to an existing well. Work for this project includes earthwork, well building, yard piping, station piping, drainage, head wall, and other water appliances. It also contains primary and secondary electrical with a SCADA system. Other miscellaneous work includes gravel surfacing, fencing and erosion control. Plans, Specifications, and Bidding Documents may be examined at the office of the Purchasing Director located at 110 West Aztec, Gallup, NM 87301, phone number (505) 863-1334. Additional information regarding this bid may also be viewed at https:// procurement.opengov.

PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC INFORMATION IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: Effective May 9, 2024, Matthew Spiva D.P.M. will no longer be providing services at RMCHCS. Medical records will be securely maintained at RMCHCS and with written patient authorization a copy of your medical record can be obtained from the RMCHCS H.I.M. Department at 1901 Red Rock Drive, Gallup, NM 87301. When needed, RMCHCS will be glad to provide assistance establishing care with a new provider. Please call (505) 863-7200 for additional information.

By: /S/ By: Louis Bonaguidi, Mayor Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-June 14, 2024

CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO New Sunshine Substation Power Transformer Invitation to Bid No. 2024-ITB-008

*** CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Request for Proposals (RFP) NO. 2024-RFP-008 Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, is accepting sealed proposals for the following: MEDICAID AMBULANCE SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT PROGRAM CONSULTING SERVICES GALLUP, NM As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained via the City’s eProcurement Portal. Copies are also available for viewing. Electronically submitted proposals shall be received via electronic bidding platform before 2:00 pm (LOCAL TIME) on or before Monday, June 24, 2024 where proposals will be received and recorded by the City of Gallup Purchasing Department via virtual conference/ video calls or through other virtual means. The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/RFP software system powered by OpenGov. All solicitations will be released electronically through OpenGov and responses from proponents must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using OpenGov, prospective proponents will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. OpenGov is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with OpenGov. Register your company at City’s eProcurement Portal. Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMIT-

Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive sealed bids for New Sunshine Substation Power Transformer until the hour of 2:00 pm., local time, on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at the office of the Procurement Manager at City Hall, via the City’s eProcurement Portal. Bids will be opened, read and tabulated at that time. No bids will be received or considered if received after the time stated above. Specifications and Bidding Documents may be examined at the office of the Purchasing Director located at 110 West Aztec, Gallup, NM 87301, phone number (505) 863-1334. Additional information regarding this bid may also be viewed at https://procurement. Dated: 11th of June, 2024 By: /S/ By: Louis Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-June 14, 2024 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday June 21, 2024, at 9:00 am MST. Meeting will be conducted at the Gallup Housing Authority, 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. A copy of the agenda and/ or specific agenda items may be obtained at the Gallup Housing Authority office. This is a public meeting except for items to be considered in closed session. Documents are available in various accessible formats and interested par-

ties may also participate by phone. If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact the Gallup Housing Authority at (505) 722-4388, at least (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Contact the Gallup Housing Authority if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board Published: Gallup Sun Publishing June 14, 2024 *** Qualifications-based competitive sealed proposals for PROPERTY ACQUISITION AND DESIGN/ BUILD FOR MODULAR HOME MANUFACTURING AND JOB TRAINING FACILITY Will be received by Southwest Indian Foundation Project Office, 218 E. HWY 66, Gallup, New Mexico 87301 until Thursday, Monday, July 15th 5:00 p.m. local time. Proposals will be received in person at the Project Office Lobby. Copies of the Request for Proposals can be obtained in person at the Southwest Indian Foundation Project Office, 218 E. HWY 66, Gallup NM 87301 until 10 am June 24th, 2024. Southwest Indian Foundation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and Waive all formalities. Funding for the project is through Navajo Nation Community Development from Federal sources (CARES Act). This proposal is subject to the Federal Procurement Code CFR 200.318. For more information or for proposal packet pick-up call 505 863 9568. Published: Gallup Sun Publishing June 14, 2024 June 21, 2024 *** STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF MCKINLEY



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to Determine Heirship and Application for Formal Appointment Of Personal Representative in Intestacy will be held at the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill Avenue, Ste. 200, Gallup, New Mexico on June 17, 2024 at 9:00 a.m., before the Honorable Douglas W. Decker. Notice of the time and place of hearing on said Petition is hereby given to you by Publication,

CLASSIFIEDS Read online at once a week for three consecutive weeks.

By______________ Deputy

WITNESS our hands and seal of this Court. Dated: 5/28/24

Submitted by: HENNIGHAUSEN, OLSEN & NCCREA, L.L.P. __________________ Robert J. McCrea Attorney for Tony Sando-


val, Jr. P.O. Box 1415 Roswell, NM 88202-1415 (575) 624-2463 Published Date: May 31, 2024 June 7, 2024 June 14, 2024

Handi Quilter retailer Buy the Yard began as a family endeavor steeped in love By Rick Abasta Marketing Associate for Navajo Nation Shopping Centers, Inc.


abric Buy the Yard officially opened its doors for business on Nov. 6, 2023. Owner and proprietor Marie Teasyatwho said the business is a family-supported endeavor prov id i ng fabr ic for quilters a nd clothing designers. Teasyatwho is Chishi Dine’é born for Nát’oh Dine’é. Her cheiis are Tó’áhaní and her nalís are Ma’ii Deeshgiizhinii and Tódích’ii’nii. She has been passionate about fabric since the age of 13. Rayfen Lee, her husband, said they opened the business for the Navajo people, not to get rich. The couple has three daughters, Tessa, Ashley, and Julia, and three sons, Verdell, Reuben, and Kyle. “Fabric Buy The Yard is more like a family supporting a shop,” Teasyatwho said. Even deciding on the business name was a family endeavor, thanks to Teasyatwho’s grandson Noah, who came up with the moniker. Teasyatoh and Lee worked for decades as union workers in the private sector, eventually deciding to invest more than $80,000 for the fabric shop located at the Tsé Bitʼaʼí Shopping Center in Shiprock, New Mexico Countless bolts of fabric fill the colorful shop,

including polyester thread, needles and other supplies utilized by the discerning quilter. Other products include the creations from her customers such as clothing and bags. Teasyatwho carries the scarves and regalia collection from Elizabeth’s Studio, bags produced by Sharon Jim, floor rugs from Eugenia Stanley, and Dibé Yazhi bags from Yazski Handmade. As a Handi Quilter Retailer, the company’s pièce de résistance sat in a private room of the business. The Handi Quilter Amara 20, a 20-inch, longarm, free-motion computerized quilting machine, produces quilts in various sizes, from baby quilts to king-size quilts with quality and precision. Teasyatoh said her

Marie Teasyatwho has fostered her love of fabric since the age of 13. She opened Fabric Buy The Yard at the Shiprock Shopping Center in Nov.ember 2023 with her family. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rick Albasta

Fabric Buy The Yard is filled with countless bolts of fabric (collected over a decade), thread, needles, and other supplies. The centerpiece, however, is the Handi Quilter Amara 20. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rick Albasta

Rafvin Lee knows firsthand the love that his wife, Marie Teasyatwho, has for fabric. He opened Fabric Buy The Yard with his wife and family in November 2023 to share the passion for fabric. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rick Abasta

husband and children gifted her with the $24,000 machine for her 50th birthday. The couple, married for 18 years, spent the last 10 years collecting fabric. Whenever a customer comes into the store and peruses the bolts of fabric for the perfect design (sometimes taking photos) before purchasing fabric and ribbons, it provides a sense of joy for Teasyatoh. “I know that particular person sold what they made with their hands to support themselves,” she said. “That’s the passion that I have with my family.” Teasyatwho wanted to bring the Handi Quilter to the Navajo Nation for the benefit of the people so they could create quilts, bags, jackets and the like. “It’s robotic and computerized with 3,500 designs already built into it. You have the capability to shrink (designs), blow it up as large as you want with any pattern diagonally, circular, square . . . there’s a lot you can do,” she said. She sat at the measuring table with two bolts of fabric, one featured a design of Navajo wedding baskets and the other featured multicolored corn synonymous with Indigenous farming and self-determination. “My parents were my mentors,” she said. “They’re in heaven. I was told, ‘Your job will be your parents.’ It will feed you culture-wise. The basket defines me as

Diné asdzaa and naadáá is symbolic of work.” She env isions the Navajo Nation one day having a print fabric shop with designs being provided by Navajos. “It has to start from the top, from one of our presidents. There are so many new generations growing up, designing things. Imagine what they could do,” she said. She noted that her two favorite bolts of fabric were printed in South Korea, where they are printed in millions of yards. To say that Teasyatwho loves fabric would be an understatement. When visiting fabric stores, she rarely leaves empty handed. “My kids always tease their dad and say, ‘My dad got tired of buying fabric for my mom, so he just opened a fabric shop with her,’” she said. Her vision for the future is to have Fabric Buy The Yard providing goods and services across the Navajo Nation in all five agencies. “We’d love to have reasonably priced fabric within our Indigenous land. The five agencies will have it and the local people will run it the way that we have,” she said. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm Teasyatwho will also be offering one-on-one sewing classes for up to two hours on Saturdays at the fabric shop soon.

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8 am - 1 pm @ 207 W. Hill Ave.


12 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This summer, Zollinger Library will be hosting a weekly Chess Jam every Friday. All players are welcome. Even if you are just chess curious or wanting to learn how to play, come by and join the fun.


5 pm - 1 am on June 15 @ Courthouse Square. Events to support Relay for Life and their mission to raise money for cancer research. Octavia fellin.png


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 or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. FRIDAY, JUNE 14 SATURDAY, JUNE 15


OFPL will host a teen film-making workshop presented by Holt Hamilton Films. Registration is open now. The workshop will be held on June 12-15 at the El Morro Events Center (210 S. Second St.). Register at SATURDAY, JUNE 15


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. SUNDAY, JUNE 16 MONDAY, JUNE 17


11 am @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W.

Aztec Ave.). Join OFPL for Storytime activities, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and read-aloud stories! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). In this program, you will learn about geology and explore geodes and other types of rocks. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, JUNE 18


12 pm - 2 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Kids Fest is designed for kids aged 5 to 12 years old. Each week, children will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of free activities hosted by different youth organizations. From arts and crafts to projects and games, there’s something for every child to enjoy and explore.


2 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Make your very own pickles with Elena Bowers from New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences! Class is limited to 20 participants and is for people 12 years old and older. Register at or the main library.


6 pm in-person at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. OFPL’s book club book for June is Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call 505-863-1291 for more information.


4 pm - 5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Hack Club is a nonprofit organization that provides community and support to teen coding groups across the country. Participants learn

how to use code to create real-world projects. This summer, the OFPL Hack Club will be learning to design simple video games with Javascript; participants who complete their own games will receive their own free “Sprig,” a handheld gaming console.


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


6 pm - 8 pm @ Courthouse Square (215 W. Aztec Ave.). WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19


9 am - 4 pm @ El Morro Events Center (210 S. Second St.). This free scholastic tournament is open to chess players of all ages and skill levels. You may register in person on the morning of the tournament, or in advance at Registration starts at 9 am.


6 pm - 8 pm @ Courthouse Square (215 W. Aztec Ave.). THURSDAY, JUNE 20


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). In honor of World Giraffe Day, make a fun and creative giraffe craft for all ages. For more information email: besitty@ or call (505) 863-1291.


6 pm - 8 pm @ Courthouse Square (215 W. Aztec Ave.). SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, JUNE 21


CALENDAR 2 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Join OFPL and Chef Brian Tatsukawa of the NTU Culinary Department as they dive into a tongue-tingling Mapo Tofu recipe! Discover how to make this fun and easy recipe for your next adventure in the kitchen. SATURDAY, JUNE 22


12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Join OFPL at the Rio West Mall on for an all-ages dinosaur adventure escape room!


1 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). A junk journal is a handmade book made up of recycled items such as pages from magazines, brochures, patterned paper, music sheets, envelopes, packaging, and more. This workshop is for people 12 years old and older. Email ctatsukawa@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


2 pm in-person at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. OFPL’s book club book for June is Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call 505-863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, JUNE 25


9 am @ 207 W. Hill Ave.


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, or call (505) 863-1291 for

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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 at City of Gallup, New Mexico Government. FRIDAY, JUNE 28


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. SATURDAY, JUNE 29


2 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Denise Gard and her famous dogs, Joey and Kira will put on an action-packed performance, titled “An Egyptian Curse.” It will be full of stories and dog tricks for children, tweens/teens, and even senior citizens. For more information, call (505) 863-1291. ONGOING


@ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Browse hundreds of already-enjoyed books that have been hand-picked by the library’s staff. Friends of OFPL will have an ongoing book sale at the main library with new materials added daily! Fill up a bag with books for $5 or buy one for $1. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


Calling all adventurers: registration for OFPL’s summer reading program is now open! The first 200 people to register will receive a free tote bag! Register in-person at the Children & Youth Library, Main Library or at ofpl. online. For more information, call (505) 863-1291.


OFPL’s book club book for June is Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson. Discussions will be on June 18 and 22 via Zoom or in-person at the Main Library. Email bmartin@ or call 505-863-1291 for more information.


@ First Nations Community HealthSource-Gallup (1630 S. Second St.). First Nations Community HealthSource-Gallup offers Free Rapid HIV, Syphilis and Hep C Testing, Monday – Friday from 1 pm to 6:30 pm by appointment. Get your results within minutes. To schedule an appointment call (505) 863-8827.


OFPL staff who will create a bundle of material specially for you! Let them know what type of materials and genres you are interested in, and they’ll browse for you and create a custom bundle of material for you to pick-up curbside. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail. com or fax: (505) 2120391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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