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VOL 6 | ISSUE 294 | NOVEMBER 13, 2020


For kids’ sake

Deadline time for Navajo Gaming SEE NAVAJO GAMING PAGE 9

By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


s the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact education by keeping schools closed and having many students learn from a distance, there is growing concern that students are becoming less engaged from learning and participating, stemming from a lack of accountability. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a non-profit group that has created one-on-one youth mentorships for over a century, is aware of the unique challenges faced by students at this time. To that end, they want to recruit more mentors to help more students around Gallup. Sa ra h P ia no, reg iona l director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, said their main focus right now is recruitment. “Due to the virtual mentoring component we’re implementing, more kids can be involved in the program,” Piano said Nov. 11. “We are seeing a lot more youth referrals to our program because kids are more isolated now than ever because of COVID and kids being out of school.” Since young people are isolated, they need guidance and support more than ever, Piano continued. “Things are uncertain right now and kids are feeling anxious. But we know that having one mentor in your life makes such a big difference,” she said. The goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters is reflected in a hashtag they are using on social media — #KeepKidsConnected. The hashtag is also the center of a fundraiser that began in


American Education Week November 16-20 November 18th- Education Support Professionals Day A huge THANK YOU to ALL our staff at Gallup McKinley County Schools. Thank you for your team effort in making this year go as smoothly as possible. To our warehousemen for delivering the computers & the required PPE to our schools. To our Tech Department for working endless hours to get the computer devices ready for teachers and student learning. To our custodians for learning the sanitation process with new machines and keeping our schools and departments safe and sanitized. To our secretaries, bookkeepers, and administrative assistants that keep our offices and schools organized and moving forward with the daily tasks. To our staff that work with our special needs’ students, educational assistants, liaisons, parent educators, parents, coaches, print shop, ESS-Substitutes, bus drivers, mechanics, maintenance, GMCS & SFE Cooks that provide all kids grab-and-go meals, and our Teachers and Administration Staff.

November 19th- National Parent Involvement Day Parental Involvement & collaboration are critical for the success of our students. We have a number of initiatives to make it more meaningful for parents to take part in their child’s education, as well as help provide the things their children need to thrive in school. Many of these programs were proposed by parents themselves, and we are grateful for the valuable input. We look forward to continuing to work together and incorporate parental feedback.

November 20th- Substitute Educators Day Did you know that almost one full year of a child’s K-12 education is taught by substitute teachers? Substitute teachers are an important part of every student’s education. Substitutes fill in absences at a moment’s notice and are dedicated to helping students learn. We are so appreciative of all the substitute teachers and educational assistants here in Gallup McKinley County. We know you will be ready to fill in when all our students come back to class and will give the attention and caring that you have always done.

On behalf of GMCS, SFE, and ESS, we thank you for all that you do daily, your work does not go unnoticed!

“Substitute Teachers are like Unicorns; they make magic happen.”


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DEAR FUTURE TENANTS As most of you know there are many people in this area who need housing. Gallup Housing Authority is one of several housing providers who offers “assisted housing” for “income qualified” families.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? We determine your eligibility based on income limits developed by HUD. HUD defines low income as families who have gross incomes of 30% up to 80% of county median incomes. Gallup Housing Authority can provide you with information on income limits for the Gallup-McKinley County area.

HOW IS RENT DETERMINED? Your rent is based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income less authorized deductions/allowances. HUD allows the following deductions/allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for elderly or a person with a disability; and some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities. Some deductions/allowances will have to be verified before they are allowed. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head of household, spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older. Once Adjusted income is determined then your rent is set at: 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income; 10 percent of monthly income; or minimum rent of $50.00; whichever is the highest.

WAITING LISTS? Since the demand for housing exceeds the available housing units, applicants are placed on waiting lists by bedroom size. To get on the waiting list you must submit an application. Currently, applicant intake is conducted on Mondays from 1 pm to 4 pm and on Wednesdays from 8 am to 11 am BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Applicants are selected as they move up to the top of their respective waiting list. Applicants must be ready to lease when their opportunity to get a housing unit comes up – This means you must have “funds in hand” to pay 1st month’s rent and a security deposit.

CLOSING REMARKS: Just being “poor” or low income does not automatically get the family into a rental unit. It is a process – you have to complete the paperwork – pass required background checks - show up for appointments – be ready to pay when you lease-up - You have to do your part, otherwise we can’t help you.


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GGEDC working toward airport master plan By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


lans to utilize the Ga l lup Mu n ic ipa l Airport more often as a transport hub came up during the Gallup City Council’s Nov. 10 meeting. The Greater Ga llup Econom ic Development Corporation worked with the City of Gallup to submit an application for an Economic Development Administration grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce on behalf of the city to develop an airport master plan for the Gallup Municipal A ir por t a nd to develop an self-governing vehicle plan.

The city and GGEDC were awarded the grant for $600,000. Along with the city’s match of $150,000, GGEDC has $750,000 to devote to the project. CB Strain, planning and development director for the City of Gallup, said during the meeting the city is aiming to get air service back at the airport and also develop t he i nd e p e nd e n t v e h ic le plan. GGEDC Executive Director Patricia Lundstrom said the organization is always looking to utilize transportation assets and build new industry sectors. “The most important local asset we have in Gallup is transpor tation infrastructure,� Lundstrom said. “By

Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Patricia Lundstrom work ing closely w ith the city on the council grant, we

want to take advantage of the COVID CARES EDA [Economic Development Administration] funds that are available.� The additional funds will allow the city to meet several goals it has had for a while, including the airport plan and transportation master plan. “We saw the opportunity for a new industry sector with autonomous [vehicle] development, which is about R&D,� Lundstrom said. “If transportation testing happens by a company, their research and development sectors w ill follow.� Gallup was recently identified by the State of New Mexico as a potential transportation hub for automated vehicle

technology testing. “It’s going to be a lift for the city,� Lundstrom said. “It’s going to be a learning experience, but we have a good partnership and guidance with EDA and city staff.� Lundstrom said the next step is to go through the transportation plans and make sure everything is in order and can proceed. “We know what the plan looks like at the end of the day, but now we need to get it on paper,� Lundstrom said. The motion to accept the grant and a memorandum of understanding between the city and GGEDC to develop the two transportation plans was approved with a 5-0 vote.

County mulling internet hotspots for ďŹ re stations By Cody Begaye Sun Correspondent


ne hurdle that many businesses a nd governments have had to face during the COVID-19 pandemic is deciding how best to utilize CARES Act funding. While the funds have a deadline to be used by the end of the year, some of those groups

continue to debate how and where they should allocate the funds. T he McK i n ley C ou nt y Boa rd of Com m i s sioner s thinks they have found one means to spend the funds: set up wifi hotspots with Sacred Wind Communications Telesolutions, Inc. at fire stations across the county. “This is a bid we’re working with CARES funds for, to

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get internet access for public safety, the community, children who need internet for schools,� McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. said during the board’s Nov. 10 meeting. D i m a s s a id t he boa rd will be able to utilize up to $508,017 in CARES funds. T he est i mated cost s w i l l vary on the chosen internet speed, about $272,016 for 50 megabits per second with a monthly cost of $3,984, and about $228,016 for 100 megabits per second. P ro c u r ement M a n a ger Hugo Cano said if the contract is approved, the county will work with County Fire Ch ief Br ia n A rchu let a to determine which connection speed would be best at each station. “We will mix and match the 50 or 100 megabit speed

McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. at each station and the installation costs will be different,� Cano said. Since the county would pick d i f ferent speed s for each fire station and the fees would vary as a result, Cano said it is unlikely the county

wou ld actua lly pay up to the bottom line number of $508,017, and the final total would likely be more in the $200,000 range. Since the total cost has not been finalized and will not be until the individual inspections a re complete, Commissioner Bill Lee said he was hesitant to move forward but understands this is a need for many people across the county. “It’s impor ta nt we give people as much ser vice as we ca n,� Lee sa id. “It’s a good idea to allow schools in those areas to be able to access that internet because 100 megabits will be used and appreciated.� The motion to go forward with Sacred Wind to set up internet hotspots at county fire stations was approved with a 2-0 vote.


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ADOPT A BOOK Give GMCS feedback on textbooks

10 12 14 16 NEZ TALKS WITH BIDEN The plan for Tribal Nations

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OUTDOOR ECONOMY Generating over $2 billion for state GDP

VETERANS DAY Retiring senator takes time to honor vets

MOVIE REVIEW Does 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' pack the comedic punch of its predecessor? NEWS



he New Mex ico Environment Depa r tment ha s updat ed it s da i ly

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Accounts Representative Sherry Kauzlarich Associate Editor Beth Blakeman Photography Knifewing Segura Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Cable Hoover Correspondent/Editorial Asst. Cody Begaye Dominic Aragon Circulation Manager Mandy Marks On the Cover TOP: The view from the top of Blue Canyon in Fort Defiance near dusk at Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser Move for Kids’ Sake. Photo Courtesy BOTTOM: Plexiglass between slot machines at Navajo Blue Travel Plaza. Photo by K. Jim, NNGE

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Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days. There are currently 160 establishments on the Watchlist. Two locations in Gallup made the list on Nov. 11: City of Gallup (110 W. Aztec Ave.) and Applebee’s (1560 W. Maloney Ave.). On Nov. 8, Gallup had one location on the list: O’Reilly Auto Parts (1630 E. Hwy. 66). A rapid response is initiated when the state learns of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. NMED or the state agency initiating the rapid response offers direction to

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organizations are complying with state public health orders and COVID-Safe Practices. State regulatory agencies may initiate compliance investigations and/or exercise enforcement when establishments fail to adhere to required practices. The current public health order mandates certain establishments close for two weeks if they have four or more rapid responses within the last 14 days. For the purposes of this requirement, the rapid response count started at zero on Oct. 23. The closure requirement applies to food and drink establishments, retail spaces, places of lodging, close-contact

businesses as defined in the Oct. 22 public health order, and any other establishment that poses a significant public health risk as determined by the Department of Health. When there are four or more rapid responses at a location within 14 calendar days, the NMED will refer the establishment to the Department of Health, which will evaluate and make the decision on establishment closure. An establishment may be permitted to continue operating if the DOH, after consultation with the NMED, determines that the business is a sole provider of goods or services within a community.

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a llup McK inley County Schools calls its annual event to get community feedback about textbooks — book adoption. They do it every year, but this year, it will be done virtually. Ashley Ryan, the director of curriculum and assessment, who is originally from Gallup, and has been with GMCS since 2016, said it’s not a program per se. “I guess you could call it parent-community feedback and review,� she told the Gallup Sun, Nov. 10. Ryan said this is required by the state and is designed to get all the stakeholders involved in the process of choosing the textbooks that will be used. It calls for the Public Education Department to ensure that parents and other community

Ashley Ryan, director of curriculum and assessment for Gallup-McKinley County Schools. Photo Credit: Courtesy GMCS members are involved in the adoption process at the state level. The state’s Instructional Material Law was passed in 2011. The New Mexico Public Education Department Bureau of Instructional Materials’ mission is to vett what instructors use to be sure it is aligned with state content standards and benchmarks. New Mexico uses a High

Quality Instructional Materials resource manual to identify and select these materials. T he ma nua l descr ibes HQIM as being “content-rich, fully accessible, culturally and linguistically relevant, free from bias, research-based, and aligned to New Mexico state standards.� Ryan organized the book adoption for each of the four years she has been with GMCS. In that time she recalls one of the most useful feedback comments she received, was that a book series did not respond to the needs of area students. “That was two years ago,� she said. “It [the series] wasn’t voted on as an option.� “It’s [the adoption process] generally an all-day event from 8 am to 5 pm. They [parents, community members] come in whenever they can and look through the books and fill out a form for their feedback,� Ryan explained.

Spanish language textbook under consideration for feedback for use in the 2020-2021 school year in the GMCS district. Photo Credit: Savvas Learning Co. She said it feels different every year, because different subjects are being considered. “When we adopted science, parent feedback varied and interest varied,� she said. “Last year we looked at math feedback. There seemed to be a little more interest last year because it was math. Every year is unique.� For the 2020-2021 year, the feedback will be about seven textbooks for grades nine through 12 for English Language Arts, Spanish, and English language development (for English language learners).

Ryan said the ranking is based on publishers, not specific textbooks and for the sake of continuity, GMCS likes to select series’ that have been ranked nationally by Ed Reports. EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit designed to improve education by providing reviews of K-12 instructional materials. Its team is made up of professionals with backgrounds in education, law, marketing, policy, and data analysis. Before COVID, Ryan said,



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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports FEATURED DWI Thomas Begay Oct. 30, 11:23 pm DWI (Seventh) Multiple officers converged in Gamerco late in the evening to assist with two people believed to be intoxicated.


McK i n ley C o u n t y Sheriff’s D e p u t y Dewayne Holder w a s dispatched to the intersection of South Chino Loop and Carbon Coal Road after being

told Laguna Police Officer Shawn Peterson was going to pull a suspected drunk driver over. Holder arrived at the scene and met with Peterson, who had pulled over a white Dodge Caravan. He was standing with the driver, Thomas F. Begay, 54, of Tohatchi. Holder noted Begay had bloodshot eyes and had the smell of alcohol on his breath. Begay slurred his words

as he responded to Holder’s questions, saying he had been drinking all day. He refused to take the standard field sobriety tests. Holder placed Begay under arrest while two other MCSO officers arrived to assist with the investigation. Lieutenant Monty Yazzie met with an intoxicated female passenger in the Caravan, who also told Holder about a half-empty bottle of Importer’s Vodka and Bud Light cans on the front and rear floorboards. The female was transported to Ga llup India n Medica l

Center for clearance while Holder transpor ted Begay to the sheriff’s office for the breath test. He posted samples of .33 and .32. Since Begay posted samples higher than .25, he was required to get medical clearance before being booked. After receiving clearance from GIMC, Holder transported Begay to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked him on charges of DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, having an open container in a vehicle, and driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports BOOZE, WEED BUST Gallup, Oct. 30 McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was st at ioned i n t he med ia n of Highway 602 south of Aztec Avenue when he was approached by several vehicles who advised him a red Dodge Ram was parked in the roadway of Munoz Overpass with a driver who appeared unconscious. Villa traveled to the scene and found the vehicle facing southbound with a Native American male asleep in the driver’s seat. He saw the vehicle was still running and was not in park. As he reached through the driver’s window to unlock the door, Villa smelled liquor coming from inside the

ADOPT A BOOK | FROM PAGE 6 the district held in-town days for review and also conducted reviews in all of the rural communities including Crownpoint,

vehicle. A fter turning the vehicle off, Villa spoke with the driver, Nichalas Livingston, 32, of Window Rock, Ariz. who slurred his words as he answered. Livingston did not cooperate with Villa’s instruction, so he was detained in Villa’s unit. W h i le Vi l l a i n s pec t ed Livingston’s vehicle, he found a small miniature of liquor on the driver’s side floorboard. He also found a small clear bag with a leafy substance he concluded was marijuana in the driver’s seat. There was another small bag with a similar substance on the passenger’s side floorboard. Livingston agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed. He admitted to drinking three miniatures prior to being pulled over, but did

not say when he drank them. He also refused to give breath samples. He was later transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI, driving without insurance, and possessing marijuana.

Tohatchi, Navajo, Ramah, Thoreau, and Gallup. Ryan said the process will be different this year, since parents and community members can’t come in and look at actual books.

“I’m going to be playing a video from each of the publishers and have parents fi ll out a survey, so that I can gather the feedback,� she said. What if the video has high production quality? Will it get

PACKING HEAT Gallup, Oct. 13 Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer Christopher Dawes was dispatched to West Y Carwash, 1065 W. Hwy. 66, in an attempt to locate a silver Jeep that was potentially involved in a crime involving a firearm. He was told a female with a striped shirt and turquoise earrings had brandished a fi rearm and threatened to use it. Dawes found the vehicle matching the description in

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the parking lot along with a passenger, later identified as Raquel Stash, 28, of Gallup, washing the vehicle. She also matched the description of the suspect. After telling Stash to step back toward the sound of his voice, Dawes detained her in his unit. Three other Gallup officers arrived and instructed the driver of the Jeep to exit the vehicle. The driver, identified as Jacoby Garcia, did not comply with their commands. Stash told Dawes there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a fi rearm in the Jeep, who then relayed the information to the other officers. They continued to tell Garcia to exit the vehicle, and he replied that Stash had pulled a gun and he did nothing wrong. About 30 minutes later, Garcia fi nally stepped out of the vehicle and was detained. Narcotics Officer Neil Yazzie searched the Jeep and found a

black revolver, identified as a Ruger Single 6 .22 caliber. Dawes spoke with Stash, who told him she and Garcia had been at Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly Auto Parts, 1630 E. Hwy. 66, when two males were harassing Garcia. She said she did not like the way they were treating him and she told them â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky. I would blast you right now.â&#x20AC;? She said she did not have a weapon in her possession when she shouted at the two males, but admitted the revolver in the Jeep was hers, after being told where it was found. Metro Dispatch advised Dawes there was an active warrant out of Gallup Magistrate Court for Stash. She was placed under arrest for the warrant and negligent use of a deadly weapon. She was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked on those charges.

more rave reviews? Ryan said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible. She said that even happens sometimes with flashy books. She said it can take between two and six months to go through the entire process and decide what textbooks will be adopted. In addition to the parents and community members, each high school as a committee reviewing the books, and sometimes even students participate.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve actually had students review the books in 2018-19 [and] 2019-2020,â&#x20AC;? she pointed out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually do it around February, [but] because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen this year, we bumped it [the schedule] up a little bit.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s virtual book adoption will take place using Zoom on Nov. 17 - Nov. 18 from 2 pm - 4:30 pm. Links will be provided at the GMCS website.

AG Balderas announces maximum prison sentence for child molester Staff Reports





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L BUQU ERQU E â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Attorney General Hec t or Ba lder a s announced Nov. 12 that Francisco Saucedo was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judge Christopher PĂŠrez, for the manufacture, distribution and possession of child exploitation materials, as well as for committing sexual acts and voyeurism against his granddaughter in 2017. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We must protect our children from sexual predators,â&#x20AC;? Attorney General Balderas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I applaud this young survivor and her family for having the fortitude to disclose Saucedoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crimes and see these disclosures through to convictions.â&#x20AC;? When Judge PĂŠrez handed down his sentence, he specifically noted the statement made by the child survivor and that

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Saucedoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation, distribution, and possession of child exploitation materials was not a victimless crime, and that it continues to victimize the children depicted in the images and videos. The case was brought as a part of the Office of the New Mexico Attor ney Genera l I nter net Cr i me s A ga i n st Children Task Force mission, which is designed to locate, track, and capture internet child sexual predators and internet child exploiters in New Mexico. PUBLIC SAFETY



Navajo Gaming faces permanent shutdown if not allowed to reopen this month GAMING REVENUE, JOBS, PAYMENTS BENEFIT THE NAVAJO NATION Staff Reports


L AGSTA F F, A RIZ . — If Navajo casinos are not re-opened this month, Navajo Gaming faces permanent closure resulting in the loss of millions of gaming dollars that benefit the Navajo people and default on loans that will cost the Navajo Nation millions of dollars. Brian Parrish, interim CEO of NNGE said, “From the early days of the pandemic we have spoken with a consistent voice of our belief that we can responsibly remain open, at a reduced occupancy with the implementation of first-in-class safety protocols. “We have studied the science and reviewed the best guidelines at each stage. We have consistently laid out our step-by-step plans to strike the right balance and have detailed the catastrophic consequences of continued closure.” Nava jo Nation Gaming Enterprise’s properties are prepared to safely reopen at reduced capacity this month – pending approval of Resolution CN-87-20 – with a focus on restoring vital salary and benefits to 1,180 valued team members – 85 percent of whom are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation. “This resolution is critical as we work to stabilize the salary and benefits of more than 1,000 Navajo families, to continue to generate millions of dollars for the Nation and to protect the $460 million investment the Nation has made in gaming facilities and resources,” Parrish said. In addition to salaries and benefits for 1,180 employees, the majority of NNGE dollars go to four areas: 1. Payments to the Navajo Nation and States — more than $363 million paid to date. 2. Nava jo Nation Loan Return — more than $183 million paid to date. 3. More than $328 million in development costs of vital INDIAN COUNTRY

Masks are a mandatory requirement at every NNGE property as part of the adherence to Public Health Care Executive Orders at Navajo Blue Travel Plaza. Photo Credit: Karl Jim, director of brand management NNGE Navajo Blue Travel Plaza team members take the temperatures of all the customers who come into the Travel Plaza. These are among the current safety protocols at NNGE’s only open property. Photo Credit: Karl Jim, director of brand management NNGE infrastructure that directly benefit host chapters with roads, water, electricity, cell towers, etc. 4. Employee Salary and Benefits — more than $443 million paid to 1,180 employees representing 105 of the 110 Navajo Chapters. Additionally, the four casinos and travel plaza benefit the Nation through: • Internships and high-paying jobs close to home, keeping young Navajo professionals on the reservation near family and elders. • Annual support of Navajo Nation fairs, student scholarships, food and water drives for local chapters, toys and supplies for local schools. • Generation of $1.3 billion in overall economic output. • Creating over 7,600 direct, indirect and induced jobs. WHAT DOES CLOSURE MEAN? NNGE loses $11 million each month that casino operations are closed and not generating revenue. Permanent closure would come at a cost of $460 million to the Navajo Nation for the first year. Subsequent years will reflect continued losses of approximately $219 million due to the elimination of interest revenues, gaming distribution fund revenues, tax revenue payments, and business site lease income, as well as, the economic output

currently shared across the Navajo Nation reservation. A permanent closure would also hurt communities as they would suffer the immediate

loss of more than $807,000 that NNGE provides each year for local police, fire and emergency services. “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the Navajo people by growing a successful gaming economy. The Nation’s vision took years to build, but

the Nation has been successful. If it allows its gaming industry to fail, a permanent closure will cause a long-term setback for Navajo economic development, even if it eventually reopens,”


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Lupton N9402 Bridge replacement set to start this month Staff Reports


SE BONITO, N.M. — The Navajo Division of Tra nspor tation is set to begin the

N9402 Bridge Replacement Project in Lupton Chapter in mid-November. The bridge being replaced lies approximately three-quarters of a mile southwest of the

RURAL EXTENSION FUNDS NOW AVAILABLE FROM CENTURYLINK Rural New Mexico residential and small business customers located in developments of less than four units now have funds available to them through the Rural Extension Fund (REF) for Telephone Line Extensions. A Telephone Line Extension is necessary when CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) must construct new distribution cable in excess of 1,000 feet in order to supply primary telephone service at a street address where service was not previously available, and which would usually be charged to the customer.

Interstate 40 intersection with Navajo Route 12 in Lupton. The current one-lane, steel military-style bridge crosses over the Rio Puerco Wash and has been deemed functionally obsolete. The bridge will be replaced with a new five-span bridge that will accommodate the current average daily traffic count of 400 vehicles per day. T he projec t w i l l co s t $5,531,604 a nd is f u nded by t he Feder a l H ig hway Administration. During project


Lupton N9402 Bridge is a single-lane steel bridge over the Rio Puerco Wash. The project to replace it is scheduled to begin this month. Photo Credit: OPVP

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, First Lady Phefelia Nez meet Biden, Harris Staff Reports

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INDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jo n a t h a n Ne z and First Lady Phefelia Nez congratulated United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for being elected to ser ve in the White House, according to projections issued on Nov. 7. “The people have spoken and change is coming to America. Now that the hardfought campaign and election have passed, we have to come together, heal, and unite to move tribal nations and the country forward on a positive path. The First Americans of this country, including a large majority of Navajo voters, had a major impact in the outcome of the presidential election in several swing states – that needs to be recognized and acknowledged by all. Both campaigns fought hard for Native American votes, particularly Navajo votes, and that’s truly a reflection of the growing influence and power of tribal nations across the country. In October, I had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Biden and Harris to talk about the ‘Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations’ and we were assured that tr ibal nations would always have a seat at the table.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez meeting with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Ariz. on Oct. 8. Photo Credit: OPVP

Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez, former U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in Tuba City, Ariz. on May 22, 2019. Photo Credit: OPVP “The Navajo Nation now looks forward to working together with the Biden-Harris Administration to put that plan into action,” Nez said. Dur ing the meeting in October with Biden and Harris,

Nez highlighted the need for federal partners to work with the Navajo Nation to move forward with infrastructure




Governor appoints new state secretary of health Staff Reports


A N TA F E — G ov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her appointment of Dr. Tracie C. Collins, dean of the College of Population Health at the University of New Mexico, as the new leader of the New Mexico Department of Health Nov. 11. Collins will formally begin official work with the administration in mid-December. “I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Collins to our team,” Lujan Grisham said. “New Mexico has never needed experienced and compassionate public health leadership more than right now. “Dr. Collins will hit the ground running as part of our state’s COVID-19 response effort with the Department of Health and indeed all of state

Dr. Tracie C. Collins was named the new state secretary of health Nov. 11. Photo Credit: UNM

government,” she continued. Secretary-designate Collins, M.D. said, “I am honored and excited to serve our state as health secretary. I want to thank the governor for her confidence in me.

“This is a very challenging time for all of us,” Collins stated. “There is much work to be done to ensure the health and safety of New Mexicans. But I know the dedicated professionals of the Department of Health, and the many health care leaders throughout our state, are going to continue working tirelessly to address the needs of our diverse communities, both in this current crisis and beyond.” Collins has served in myriad academic leadership roles, in addition to providing clinical care and conducting and overseeing reams of clinical research. Prior to her leadership of the College of Population Health at the University of New Mexico, she served as chair of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas, where she also

Supreme Court decides on state’s authority to enforce public health orders Staff Reports


A N TA F E – T he Legislature has authorized state officials to impose civil administrative penalties to enforce public health emergency orders restricting business operations, the New Mexico Supreme Court concluded in an opinion issued Nov. 5. The Court’s unanimous written opinion provides the detailed legal reasoning for an oral decision issued from the bench in August following a hearing in which attorneys presented arguments to the justices. A group of businesses had filed a lawsuit in district court challenging emergency health orders issued during the COVID19 pandemic. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham petitioned the state’s highest court to resolve the dispute. The Court concluded that the Legislature empowered the governor and other state officials to enforce public health order restrictions on businesses STATE & REGION

through a provision in the Public Health Emergency Response Act, which provides for a fine of $5,000 a day for violations. The law offers due process to those facing potential civil penalties, the justices noted, because the Department of Health must conduct an administrative hearing before a fine can be imposed. “The spirit and intent of the Act suggests that the penalty provision is applicable to all violations of orders and other measures lawfully exercising the powers conveyed thereunder,” the Court held in an opinion written by Justice Judith K. Nakamura. In addition to restricting businesses through powers granted under the PHERA, the Court stated, the secretary of the Department of Health has authority under the Public Health Act to respond to a public health emergency. “We conclude that, the Governor having declared a public health emergency and having empowered the Secretary of Health to coordinate a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the

Secretary was authorized (under the PHERA and the PHA, concurrently) to issue emergency orders forbidding gatherings of people to “control and abate” the transmission of COVID-19 in locales such as restaurants,” the Court wrote. “Arguments that the PHERA does not so authorize the Secretary are ultimately unpersuasive.” The Cour t declined to address a legal question over whether the state must compensate businesses subject to temporary closures or other public health order restrictions because those actions represent a “taking” of private property by the government. The justices stated that the records and filings in the case provided “insufficient facts” to resolve the issue. To read the decision in  Grisham v.  Reeb, No. S-1-SC-38336, please visit the New Mexico Compilation Commission’s website using the following link: https://nmonesource.com/ nmos/nmsc/en/item/488119/ index.do

served as the Kansas Health Foundation distinguished professor of public health and as a professor of internal medicine. At the University of

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FONDOS DE EXTENSIÓN RURAL AHORA ESTÁN DISPONIBLES POR PARTE DE CENTURYLINK Los clientes rurales residenciales y de pequeños negocios de Nuevo México ubicados en desarrollos de menos de cuatro unidades ahora cuentan con fondos disponibles a través del Fondo de Extensión Rural (REF) para Extensiones de Línea Telefónica. Una Extensión de Línea Telefónica es necesaria cuando CenturyLink (anteriormente Qwest) debe construir nuevo cable de distribución mayor de 1,000 pies con el fin de prestar el servicio de teléfono básico en una dirección donde el servicio no estaba disponible anteriormente, y que por lo general se le cobraría al cliente. Al realizar una orden que incluye cargos de Extensión de Línea, los clientes elegibles pueden recibir un crédito para la construcción de una extensión de línea de hasta $25,000 por cada orden. Los cargos que excedan el crédito de $25,000 serán responsabilidad del cliente que realiza la orden. Los requisitos de elegibilidad son los siguientes: • Los créditos del Fondo de Extensión Rural están disponibles para clientes nuevos y existentes que residen en desarrollos de menos de cuatro (4) unidades. (El desarrollador será responsable de las instalaciones en desarrollos de cuatro o más unidades.) • Una extensión de línea es necesaria para proporcionar servicio telefónico básico en una dirección donde el servicio no estaba disponible anteriormente. • No hay cargo mínimo por Extensión de Línea. Para detalles completos sobre el programa REF o para saber si usted califica, por favor llámenos a los siguientes números: Residencial


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ANTA FE â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Bureau of Economic Analysis released data on the size and scope of the outdoor recreation industry in the U.S. and in New Mexico Nov. 11. I n New Mex ico, t he updated data show that the outdoor economy contributed $2.4 billion to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GDP in 2019 (2.2% of GDP). Accord i ng to t he repor t , 35,065 people were employed in this sector, with $1.2 billion in total income. At the national level, the data shows that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.1 percent ($459.8 billion) of U.S. GDP in 2019. Here are a few highlights from the report: â&#x20AC;˘ New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor recreation economy is growing faster than the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor recreation economy at 5.9% since 2018 (compared

to a 3.7% growth for the U.S.). â&#x20AC;˘ Employment in this sector is also expanding much faster in New Mexico than in the country as a whole. Since 2018, the number of outdoor recreation jobs in New Mexico has grown by 5.3%, compared with an increase of 0.4% for the U.S. â&#x20AC;˘ Since 2018, outdoor recreation income has grown 7.6% in New Mexico, compared with an increase of 3.9% for the U.S. For the fi rst time, the data highlights specific activitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; contributions to the state GDP. In 2019, RVing, equestrian, and snow sports were the top three contributors to the New Mexican outdoor economy, followed closely by boating and fi shing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We k now the outdoor economy is a powerhouse in New Mexico, employing over 35,000 people annually,â&#x20AC;? Outdoor Recreation Division Director Axie Navas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But

Map of outdoor recreation industry data by the U. S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Photo Credit: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis there is much more work to be done. The COVID-19 health crisis has hurt many of our businesses in this space â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a

Stock Photo fact not captured in this new tranche of data. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our job to aid in the recovery of the outdoor industry, so it continues to be a vibrant economic

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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World

By Steve Newman

Week ending Friday, November 6, 2020 Light Pollution Humanity’s pervasive use of artificial light is causing widespread impacts on the world’s animals and plants, and researchers say it should be limited where possible. Writing in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, University of Exeter scientists say their analysis of more than 100 studies reveals light pollution causes changes to animal behavior and physiology, especially hormone levels and patterns of waking, sleeping and activity. They say even low levels of artificial light can have profound effects. “In effect, we need to view light like any other pollutant,” wrote researcher Kevin Gaston.

Earthquakes More than 115 people perished in southwestern Turkey and the Greek island of Samos from a powerful temblor on Oct. 30. • Earth movements were also felt in India’s Jammu and Kashmir territory, northeastern India’s Meghalaya state, around Indonesia’s Banda Sea and islands of the eastern Caribbean.

Brazilian Blazes T he nu mber of w ildf ires blackening tracts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged last month, reaching a level 25% higher from Ja nua r y

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through October than in the same period of 2019. And the 17,326 hot spots observed this October were more than double the number during the same month last year. Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research also obser ved a record number of blazes farther south in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, which extends across Brazil’s borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. The World Wildlife Fund and other environmental organizations blame the blazes on the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, who promotes opening both regions of the country to logging and farming.


ANTA FE – The New Mexico State La nd Office a nd the NM Healthy Soil Working Group teamed up to offer a series of informative webinars for state trust land agricultural lessees and the greater agricultural community. The second in the series was held Nov. 10 on Zoom on the topic of “Greater Profitability through Soil Health.” It featured Gregg Si mond s of O pen R a nge Consulting.

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America, killed five people as it brought devastating floods and wind damage on its slow passage across Nicaragua and Honduras. • Tropical Storm Atsani formed to the northeast of the Philippines, as Tropical Storm Odalys spun up briefly to the west of Mexico.

Collision Course The world’s most ma ssive iceberg appears to be taking dead aim on a remote British territory in the South Atlantic,


where it could have devastating consequences for the island’s -74° wildlife. Iceberg Vostok, A- 68A, roughly Antarctica the size of Cyprus, broke off from Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf in 2017 and is predicted to run aground in the shallow waters surrounding South Georgia in less than a month. Scientists from the British Antarctic Sur vey war n the massive chunk could block foraging routes for many thousands of the three penguin species that populate the island. This

Tropical Cyclones At least 24 people per ished whe n Ca t e gor y- 4 Ty phoon Goni hit the Ph ilippine isla nds of Catanduanes and Luzon as the strongest named storm on the planet this year. • Hurricane Eta, one of the strongest to ever hit Central

This image of massive Iceberg A-68A shows it approaching South Georgia Island on Nov. 2, 2020. Photo Credit: ESA-Copernicus Sentinel

Making the business case for soil health Staff Reports


The State Land Office leases nearly 9 million acres of state trust land to ranchers, farmers, and agricultural producers across the state. The webinar series with the Healthy Soils Working Group is part of a continued engagement effort to provide soil health resources and information to nearly 3,500 grazing lessees. “ My f a m i l y o p e r a t e d ranches on the eastern plains and northern mountains of New Mexico, and I understand that these operations can, at times, be under a lot of strain,”


Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “Whether it is drought and climate change, or changes in production prices, or just keeping up with new science — we want our agricultural lessees to know that we care about them and want to help them succeed at every turn.” Gregg Simonds is known for his critical work with ranchers and government agencies to fi nd common solutions toward


The U.N. weather agency says 2020 could wind up as one of the hottest years on record even with the current La Niña ocean-cooling across the Tropical Pacific. World Meteorological Organization Secreta r y- Genera l Petter i Taalas says that while La Niña produces a cooling effect on the planet, it is now more than offset by global heating and the climate crisis it is driving.

Dirty & Dangerous Many of the world’s oldest and most-polluting vehicles are not winding up in scrapyards but are instead being “dumped” on the roadways of poor countries where they continue to spew high carbon emissions. A report by the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) says that from 2015 to 2018, about 14 million outdated cars were exported from Europe, Japan and the U.S., with most winding up in Africa, Latin America and Asia. One of the UNEP report authors says about 80% of those vehicles aren’t roadworthy and don’t meet European emission standards. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXX Earth Environment Service

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What veterans mean to N.M. By Tom Udall Senator, D-N.M.


etera n s Day rep resents the opportunity to ref lect, ack nowledge a nd honor the brave women and men who have served and sacrificed to protect our families, our freedoms, our democracy, and our way of life. Our veterans have protected our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedrock constitutional principles, rule of law, and the values that define our nation our very democracy. These are principles that are not freely given to us. Instead, each generation is

called on to protect and renew our commitment to democracy and freedomâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and veterans have selflessly answered this call with unmatched courage. New Mexico families have a proud tradition of service, from the Navajo Code Talkers, to the veterans of Bataan, to the service members in uniform today. Last year, my staff and I had the privilege of collecting the stories of New Mexico veterans across the state as part of the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Veterans History Project. It was a profound honor to listen to the stories veterans have to share, and to work to ensure that the experiences of

Native and Hispanic veterans are well-documented in the Veterans History Project. I hope that families and communities across New Mexico will take on this project to hear and record veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories for the Library of Congress as their own. We must ensure that the men and women who have sacrificed to defend our nation are remembered and uplifted for generations to come. And that we vigorously defend the Constitution in peace as they did during war. Today also marks the completion of the Native American Veterans Memorial. It is only

right that the Native veterans who were prepared to sacrifice everything to defend their land and their country are given a place of honor on the National Mall. But in addition to these fitting tributes, we must ensure that we fulfill our commitments to veterans with concrete support and action for Native veterans and all veterans. We can never fully repay what we owe to those who have put their lives on the line for us all, but today we must recommit to serving them as well as they have served us, and ensuring they receive the support and services they have earned. I will continue to work to make sure that veterans across New Mexico have access to quality medical care for visible

Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM and invisible wounds, have the resources they need to continue contributing to our communities with meaningful work or renewed service, and that they and their families, feel the appreciation of a grateful state and nation.Â

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By Stephanie Ly New Mexico president American Federation of Teachers


LBUQUERQUE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; New Mex ica ns voted at near-historic levels to send a clear message in support of a Biden/Harris administration leading our country. Their winning message of hope over fear, rights for working Americans, strong systems of publ ic education from early through higher education, access to high-quality healthcare, and respect for our democratic institutions helped usher in wins across the country and also in New Mexico. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to each of the AFT New Mexico-endorsed candidates who were successful in their individual elec t ion s, i nclud i ng U. S. Senator-elect Ben Ray LujĂĄn, D -N.M ., C on g r e s s wom a n Deb Ha a la nd, D -N.M. a nd Congresswoman-elect Teresa Leger Fernandez, D-N.M. and the many AFT New Mexicoaffiliated legislators already serving our state in Santa Fe. An expanded majority in

New Mexico President of the American Federation of Teachers President Stephanie Ly at the AFT Annual Day of Action in 2015. Photo Credit: AFT the State Senate and a strong ma jor it y i n the House of Representatives gives New Mexicans hope that many of the long-idle policy needs of our state will begin to be


Gov. statement on presidential election By Michelle Lujan Grisham Governor, New Mexico


ver the course of this election season, New Mexicans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the American people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; exercised their right to vote in remarkable numbers. The greatest turnout in the history of our state, and the unprecedented enthusiasm from across the political spectrum, serve as a resounding demonstration of the strength of our democracy. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall, in my lifetime, a more inspiring affi rmation of the power of the people. Our vote is our voice. And we have spoken â&#x20AC;&#x201C; loudly and clearly. The American people are ready to begin a new chapter. It is time for change, meaningful change; it is time for a wholesale restoration of American leadership, a reinvestment in the American people, a resurgence of pride in who we are and what we can accomplish when we unite, when we love one another and care for one another, our families and neighbors and communities. Under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden, we have the opportunity to now come together as one country and take on the immense challenges we face. We can and will get the pandemic under control. We can and will revitalize our economy. We can and will expand access to high-quality health care for everyone. We can and will reform child care and public education and higher education and ensure everyone has the same shot at a healthy, happy life. We can and will build a more just, a more inclusive society. We can and will do this together â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republicans, Democrats, all of us, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this moment requires, and Americans will rise to meet the moment. It will not be easy, and it will take time. COVID-19 will not disappear overnight. The challenges we face could indeed be exacerbated over the coming months. But Joe Biden is ready. We are all ready. And the larger structural change we need will require hard work and discipline and patience â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as all good and worthwhile pursuits do. But as we work every day to form a more perfect union, with honest and OPINIONS

compassionate leadership in the White House, I have never had more confidence in our ability to meet the moment and build our country â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the state of New Mexico â&#x20AC;&#x201C; back better than ever before. I would be remiss if I did not highlight the historic, transformational nature of this successful ticket. Vice President-elect Harris has broken a centuries-old barrier. She has redefi ned, for a generation

of young Americans, what leadership looks like. She will serve our nation with the tenacity and integrity and honest leadership that has defined her already remarkable career in public service. For my grandchildren, and for generations of children and grandchildren still to come in our state and nation, I could not be more proud in this moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The energy and enthusiasm of the people of our great state

was on full display throughout this election season. It has been a powerful affirmation of what we can achieve, all together. With President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, we will bridge our divides. We will heal our grieving state and nation. We will beat this pandemic, we will build back stronger, and we will ultimately emerge from this challenging time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; together, stronger, as one.

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‘Borat Subsequent Moviefi lm’ delivers laughs, shocks in equal measure By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 96 MINUTES This film debuted Oct. 23 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Fourteen years ago, the world was simultaneously a mu sed a nd shocked by Borat, a movie featuring an exaggerated and eccentric Kazakhstani reporter traveling across the U.S. to make a documentary about American culture. While speaking to random strangers and having several bizarre encounters, the movie ended up exposing less-than-flattering aspects of some of the nation’s citizens. With the country now embracing more and more extremist views, the character has officially returned for the hysterically-entitled follow-up, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, aka Borat Subsequent Moviefi lm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. When the movie isn’t capturing interactions between the fictional character and real people, there is something of a plotline. As the picture begins, we

Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) takes to the streets once more to give a candid view of America in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Photo Credit: Amazon Prime Video

learn that Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) has been imprisoned for embarrassing his homeland after the release of the first film. Many years later, the protagonist is unexpectedly granted a release by government officials. They assign Borat with finding a way to meet Vice President Mike Pence, hoping to present the White House with a gift and earn the administration’s favor. However, things don’t go


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according to plan and Borat soon discovers that his daughter Sandra Jessica Parker Sagdiyev (Irena Novak) has stowed away on the mission. As they attempt to make inroads with the government, the pair converse with locals from all walks of life. What follows is a series of bawdy and elaborate pranks that stretch boundaries and push buttons. It’s clear from the outset that maintaining Borat’s anonymity has become far more difficult due to the success of the original feature. Thankfully, new disguises are employed to help keep things under wraps. Novak also helps out considerably as Borat’s daughter, taking the stage for a few significant tricks in the movie and helping to keep targets from figuring out that they are being had. Even within the fictional story and narration, there are plenty of cutting observations about the current state of the U.S. There is also a stronger message and theme being presented in this follow-up. In its own unique way, the movie advocates for woman’s rights, explicitly shames the current administration and displays the ridiculousness of their conspiracy theories. And when Borat

and Sandra interact with the real world, the movie really makes an impression, simultaneously amusing and horrifying viewers. This is not so much because of the fictional character’s blunt statements, but rather the responses from those not in on the joke. Some of those pranked actually come off well, trying to help Borat reconsider his own views. Others … do not fare nearly as well. In fact, many of the more extreme situations look incredibly dangerous and it’s hard not to be concerned for the well-being of the comics as they try to eke reactions from their extreme behavior. This includes a bit at a Republican CPAC conference and an exceedingly unsettling visit to a gun-rights rally in Washington during the COVID lockdown that features a couple of individuals giving Nazi salutes. The climax may present the most startling ruse of them all. It shows a famous and intimate member of Trump’s team thoroughly embarrassing themselves. The very least that can be said is that this figure behaves in an unprofessional and very icky manner. And as if that isn’t potent

enough, on occasion the fi lmma ker s present comed ic examples of propaganda techniques, rhetoric and lies from the fictional version of Borat’s government. Viewers soon witness real examples used by the current administration and their supporters. It doesn’t take much imagination to see parallels between the exaggerated, fictional authoritarians and their real counterparts, adding a chilling element to the proceedings. Admittedly, over the last 14 years the familiarity of the character and guerilla approach to collecting material have lessened some of the surprise and punch. Still, this film is very sharp and there are a couple of scenarios that actually do go so far as to shock and stun. It is also impressive that between the laughs, Cohen and his compatriots have attempted to champion a deeper message about changing leadership in the U.S. (and are actually willing to endanger themselves to do so). While making an effective and meaningful gross-out comedy might seem nearly impossible, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ultimately achieves its goal. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY

SOIL HEALTH | FROM PAGE 13 healthy lands and economically viable cattle operations. He developed cutting edge land monitoring methods using remote sensing technologies to provide a statistically valid and economically feasible means to assess rangeland and riparian habitats. As part of the Humboldt Ranch management team in Elko, Nev., Simonds has embraced the opportunity to work with state and federal agencies, and other partners, to manage the ranch for profitable livestock production while providing habitat for fish and wildlife and recreational opportunities for the public. “I believe that the next step for conservation is to bring it into the marketplace,” Simonds said. “There’s the notion that soil health is important, but

AFT ON ELECTION | FROM PAGE 14 acted upon for the benefit [of] the students, families, and communities we serve. We a lso owe a debt of gratitude to all of the candidates who stood up and ran for office in New Mexico. Wi l l i ng nes s to ser ve ou r

we need the technology to underpin the market and create trust between buyer and seller. Measuring bare ground is a simple and effective metric for soil health that determines how well you manage it and how well you can market it.” E a rl ier t h i s yea r, t he Healthy Soil Working Group released a report prepared by the Crossroads Resource Center analyzing statewide data on agricultural income, production expenses, personal income, and health. The study New Mexico Farm & Food Economy found that over the last 50 years New Mexico farmers spent $14 billion more on animal feed than they sold, and $10 billion buying agrochemicals, petroleum products and agricultural inputs sourced out of state each year. Due to these ever increasing costs, there has been no

gain in net cash income for farmers over the last 50 years — 70% of New Mexico farms and ranches report a net loss. The webinar was designed to demonstrate that building soil health is an opportunity to gain independence from costly inputs and makes good business sense, with co-benefits for environmental and human health. “We have an opportunity to meld hunger mitigation, env i ron ment a l re si l ience and economic development by redirecting dollars spent on costly inputs from out-ofstate and investing instead in soil health,” Christina AlldayBondy, Co-founder of the New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group, said. The State Land office collaboration with the NM Healthy Soil Working Group is not the first instance of the agency

engaging with other organizations to offer informative webinars to agricultural lessees. Three drought-related webinars took place in the summer of 2020 in partnership with the Quivira Coalition, the Coalition to Enhance Working Lands, and the Western Landowners Alliance. Under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard, the New Mexico State Land Office has seen back-to-back years of revenue over $1 billion. Over 13 million acres of state trust land are leased for a variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, mineral development, and outdoor recreation. The money earned from leasing activity supports 22 beneficiaries — New Mexico public schools, seven universities and colleges, the School

for the Deaf, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, three hospital, water and land conservation projects, and public building construction and repair. T he N M He a lt hy S oi l Working Group is committed to the success of the state’s farmers and ranchers, knowing that building soil health creates co-benefits including rural and state economic gains, water availability and quality, more nutrient dense food leading to better public health, carbon drawdown and other key ecological services. Formed in the fall of 2018, the Working Group succeeded in passing the New Mexico Healthy Soil Act by assembling an extensive coalition of hundreds of food and agriculture-related organizations, farms and ranches, consumers, health practitioners and environmental groups.

communities and students is admirable, and we thank each of them for pa ssion a nd h a rd work t o bet t er New Mexico. We would be remiss if we did not explicitly mention our appreciation to Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M. who, during her time in Congress was hardworking, honest,

and accountable to her constituents. Her bi-pa r tisa n voice for rural New Mexico will be missed. We are proud to add these newly- elected a nd retur ni ng voices to ou r cont i nued fight for strong public education in New Mexico, increased rights for workers, better public education

system s for st udent s a nd t hei r pa rent s, a nd st rong advocacy for respecting all of New Mex ico’s d iver s e communities. Even as votes continue to be counted – and in New Mexico, recounted in at least one race – we firmly believe accurately counting ever y vote ensures every vote truly

counts. We applaud the countless election administrators, poll workers, and advocacy groups who are working diligently in New Mexico and across the country to ensure ou r democracy rema i ns strong during and after this election. It is well worth the wait.

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ANTA FE — The New Mexico Office of the Super intendent of Insurance is warning consumers about deceptive

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a quote for it. These ads are appearing online, in mailings and on television, and seek to direct consumers to websites that are not operated by any

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS | FROM PAGE 1 mid-October. MOVE FOR KIDS’ SAKE The event began Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 14. Piano said the virtual fundraiser was created in place of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake benefit the group holds each year. According to their website, Move for Kids’ Sake is the signature fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Each year, about half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support the group in efforts to help and guide youth as they grow up. The virtual event is the first of its kind held for the Mountain Region. “We didn’t want people to feel tied down, so we wanted them to move any way they wanted,” Piano said. Pa r t icipa nt s for med a “QuaranTeam,” which, according to the online urban dictionary, is the individuals, family members  and friends that you are secluded with during a pandemic, signed up on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ website, and then got out and moved around however they wished. Walking, running, hiking, jumping rope, or even doing household chores were all fair game. “We had people clea ning their houses during the event. There was one group from Grants that went out to a nearby mountainside and picked up trash there,” Piano

Four participants in Move for Kids’ Sake who went up a mountainside near Grants and picked up trash, for the Big Brothers Big Sisters event. Photo Credit: Courtesy said. “People found great ways to move around and do good for their community.” Other activities Piano witnessed included dancing and chopping wood. “This all proved you can move around in lots of different ways,” she said. Then as participants moved around throughout the day, they

were told to post their activities on social media or send photos to Big Brothers Big Sisters to post themselves while using the hashtag #KeepKidsConnected. As of Nov. 11, Mountain Region ha s ra ised about $175,222 of its $217,279 goal. Piano said the original deadline was Oct. 31, but was moved back because their fundraising Two movers stand in front of the First American Credit Union sign in Tse Bonito. Walking was one of the many activities encouraged as part of the fundraiser. Photo Credit: Courtesy them. “I am so grateful to the families, mentors, businesses, and donors,” Piano said. “This program would not be possible without them.” Piano also wants to stress the program is still taking applications for mentors, which are needed in order for the program to continue. With the pandemic restricting in-person meetings,

Two hikers make their way up Blue Canyon in Fort Defiance as part of Move for Kids’ Sake. This was the first virtual walk and fundraiser held by Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region. Photo Credit: Courtesy goal had not been met, but she feels confident they will meet the goal with some extra time. Piano also said a lot of people ask about the annual bowling event and wonder if they will bring it back next year if the pandemic circumstances change. If the changes don’t come, another virtual event could be the organization’s future direction. But Piano said that decision has yet to be made. “We’re looking at this year as a trial run, because we’ve never had a run like this,” she said. “So this is a good learning opportunity for us.” VA L U E O F T H E PROGRAM More than anything, Piano hopes the virtual fundraiser will help the community to recognize how important Big Brothers Big Sisters is for many kids and their families, because of the support it provides for


she said many interviews and check-ins are done over Zoom or Skype now, and other means of virtual correspondence are being used. For more information on Move for Kids’ Sake and Big Brothers Big Sisters, including to donate or how you can help out, visit https://www. bbbsmountainregion.org/ mfks/

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 13, 2020 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to an extraordinarily busy column detailing the latest highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There are several big movies arriving, as well as some well-received smaller features and older titles that have been given h ig h def i n it ion upg rades. So, since you can’t or likely shouldn’t go out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

BOOK OF MONSTERS: A young woman’s 18th birthday goes off the rails when she holds a pa r t y just a s monstrous creatures begin to descend on her house. The teenage protagonist and her guests must fight the invaders off before they get devoured. This low-budget UK production got some decent reviews from the press. There were a few who complained that the story was too simple and that the characters weren’t very distinctive and that the script could have developed them further. Howe ver, mo s t s t a t e d t h at t he mov ie ex uded a no s t a l g ic ‘ 8 0 s v ib e w it h some gooey practical creature effects and described it as a reasonably entertaining and funny B-movie with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek. The movie is also available on Amazon Prime and features Lyndsey Craine, M icha ela L ongden, L i zzie Aar y n- Sta nton a nd Da niel Thrace. DAV E NOT COMI NG BACK: Deep -water scuba diving is the subject of this documentary — specifically, two men obsessed with the spor t. Th is pair became k now n for break ing a depth-diving record i n 19 9 4 by r e a c h i n g t he bottom of a South A frican cave ca lled Boesma nsgat. It seem s t hat wh i le completing the incredible task years ago, the pair noted a COMMUNITY

body resting on the f loor of the under water cave. This feature tells how, decades later, they assembled a team to repeat the dangerous dive and retrieve the person … as well as the tragedy that followed. This feature appears to be premiering on disc and on streaming platforms this week, so reviews will likely appear in the coming days. A few articles have appeared in other countries, which are positive and suggest it has a chilling ending. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE: A mixed-breed dog with a big heart is hit by a car at the beginn i ng of t h is animated co -production from F r a n c e , Romania and Belgium. A s s he l ie s on the ground wounded and a lone, her mind takes her through several impor tant memories from her long life. We see the various owners she has loved and individual moments of happiness and joy as the dog struggles to hang on to life. While it probably isn’t light entertainment for k id s, t he fea t u re d id receive excellent marks from the press. One rev iewer d id complain about the trippy, psychedelic visuals and couldn’t engage with the stor y as a result. All others stated that this was a unique and heartfelt mov ie with incredible images that would also tug at the heartstrings and ultimately make an emotional impact. MUL A N: With little notice, it appears that Disney has announced the Blu-ray a nd DV D release of t hei r recent live-action remake of the hugely popular animated film (t h e m o v i e has also been on the Disney+ streaming service for a few mo nt h s now). T he s t or y follows a young woman in Ch i na who d isg u ises herself as a male warrior in the

hopes of sav ing her ailing father from being dra f ted into the military. She soon finds herself battling invaders and trying to saving her country. Reaction toward the feature was reasonable, but unexceptional. M a ny mem ber s of t he press called it an impressiveto-look-at, but watered-down retelling that was dramatically stiff and, in the end, forgettable. Still, the majority said that while all of the elements may not have come toget her per fectly, it wa s still an impressive spectacle that would please families. It stars Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li a nd Ja son Scott Lee. A RA INY DAY IN N EW YO R K : T he l a t e s t from writer/ director Woody Allen involves a pa i r of college students who de c ide t o hea d out to Manhattan for the day. One of them is interviewing a famous film director for her school paper, while her boyfriend hopes to show his girlfriend around town, gamble a bit and tr y to avoid his family. Nothing goes according to plan. The two get separated and both e nd u p h a v i n g d i f fe r e nt experiences in the city. T h i s comed ic ef for t received middling rev iews from critics. Roughly half of them admitted it wasn’t one of the filmmaker’s best, but was still an engaging confection with a few amusing scenes. Just as many didn’t think that the casting and onscreen chemistry worked, a nd sug ge st ed t he mov ie didn’t reach the heights of other Allen titles. Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Liev Sch reiber, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Rebecca Hall and Diego Lu n a hea d l i ne t he feature. WHERE SHE LIES: This documentary tells the story of a woma n in Ten nessee who was assaulted when she was young. After giving birth to a child, the new mother wa s u lt i m a t ely i n for me d that the baby was stillborn. Decades later, the woman’s

mother gives a strange deathbed con fes sion t hat cont ra d ict s ever ything. It soon become s clear that t h i s i n fa nt m ay h ave, i n fact, not passed away, and wa s i n stea d g iven up for adoption. T he f i l m ma ker s fol low their subject as she attempts to get the full story, come to terms with what happened and decide whether or not she shou ld tr y to contact her offspring. This movie is being released on disc and on streaming platfor ms at the same time. As a result, no one has seen it yet and there is no consensus on the quality of this documentary. BL A STS FROM TH E PAST! K i no is debuti ng some remarkable titles on Blu-ray, too. Back in the days of VHS, a really popular cult f lick was Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) a wild and raunchy comedy featuring loads of sketches inspired by programs you might see on latenight TV. It was not a success during its initial release, but quickly developed a cult following due to some standout bits, including “Mondo C o n d o” w h i c h f e a t u r e s Arsenio Hall being attacked by his own condominium, “Son of the Invisible Man” (a comedic sequel to the horror classic), a hilarious show posing ridiculous solutions to unsolved mysteries called “Bullshit or Not?” as well as “Reckless Youth” which recreates social hygiene films from the 1930s. The character of Don “No Soul” Simmons, who appears throughout, also stands out as a highlight. F u l l Moon Feat u re s i s a little independent outfit created by Cha rles Ba nd. For several decades, it has been producing and releasing features (including the Puppet Master series, which has a new release this week). They’re upgrading many of their cla ssic titles to Bluray with special VHS Retro Packaging. These discs all cost less than $10 too, making them appealing to anyone who remembers these genre flicks.

The titles a r r iv ing this we ek a r e T o u r i s t T r a p (1979), the comedy Cannibal Wo m e n i n t h e Av o c a d o Jungle of Death (1989), Creepozoids ( 1 9 8 7 ) , Dark Angel: T he Ascent ( 1 9 9 4 ) , Laserblast ( 1 9 7 8 ) , M e r i d i a n (19 9 0), S l a v e Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987), Soror ity Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-o-rama (19 8 8) a n d R o b o t Wa r s (1993). YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some new feat u re s t hat m ig ht i mpre s s youngsters. Molly of Denali: Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventure (PBS Kids) PAW Patrol: PUP-tastic! 8-DVD Collection Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1 (1969 - 1974) Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (1974 - 1979) ON THE TUBE! And these are the week’s TV-themed releases. T he Chr istmas Club (Hallmark TV-movie) Dark/Web: Season 1 A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love (Hallmark TV-Movie) Entertaining Christmas (Hallmark TV-Movie) Holi d ay for He roe s (Hallmark TV-Movie) T he Last Dance (ESPN T V- M i n i s e r ie s a b ou t t he Chicago Bulls) Letterkenny: Seasons 5 &6 Molly of Denali: Molly’s Awesome Alaskan Adventure (PBS Kids) Monty Python’s F lying Circ u s: Ser ies 1 - 4 (1969 - 1974) The Office: The Complete Series (2005 - 2013) Our Chr istmas Love Song (Hallmark TV-movie) PAW Patrol: PUP-tastic! 8-DVD Collection Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection Sesame Street: Old School Volume 1 (1969 - 1974) Sesame Street: Old School Volume 2 (1974 - 1979) The Trouble with Maggie Cole (PBS) V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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NAVAJO GAMING | FROM PAGE 9 Quincy Natay, chairman of the Navajo Gaming Board, said. “No one saw this pandemic coming, but this is true of most crises. The Nation has faced and overcome world wars, the Long Walk, the burning of crops and killing of herds, the theft of our

LUPTON N9402 | FROM PAGE 10 construction, all access to the bridge will be fully closed and traffic along N9402 will be detoured to Exit 351/Allentown on I-40. Navajo DOT selected FNF Construction as the contractor. Wilson & Company is designated to provide construction managers and engineering support. Western Technology, Inc. will conduct quality control testing on behalf of FNF.

NEZ MEETS BIDEN | FROM PAGE 10 development projects to provide clean water, electricity, broadba nd, a nd roads for more Navajo people. Among other priorities, he also spoke about the need to improve the health care system for tribes to improve health disparities, supporting economic development, educational priorities,

NEW STATE HEALTH SECRETARY | FROM PAGE 11 of the Primary Care Research Consortium, co-director of the school’s Center for Health Equity Research Core, and an associate professor of medicine. In Texas, Collins was an

OUTDOOR ECONOMY | FROM PAGE 12 growing wages in outdoor recreation jobs and we want to see New Mexico at the top of the pack when it comes to the size and scope of its outdoor

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land and forced relocation, the 1918 flu, tuberculosis, and the theft of children by boarding schools. “COVID-19 has had devastating costs and without Navajo leadership it, no doubt, would have been worse; however, we are a resilient and adaptable Nation. We rise to the occasion, sacrifice, and fi nd a balance,”

Natay stated. NNGE continues to closely monitor the threat of COVID-19 and has developed a multi-faceted response plan, in order to diligently prevent the spread of the virus. NNGE first created this plan in March and has updated and revised it continuously as new information has been learned.

“NNGE has prepared for eight months to safely reopen and have the most rigorous health, safety and hygiene protocols in place as compared to competing casinos in Arizona and New Mexico that are already open,” Parrish said. “NNGE does not believe permanent closure is the right solution. Our staff are all vetted, licensed, and highly

trained. “We understand and respect the science necessary to mitigate the risks of infection. The importance of work and sustaining our families is part of who we are and who we have always been. We ask that our staff and our enterprise be trusted to do the same now for the next generation.”

The bridge design was completed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region Department of Transportation, which also completed environmental clearances and acquired right-of-way for the project. BIA NRDOT Engineer of Record Harold Riley said that the bridge replacement project has been in the making since 2002. “In 2002, we started the design process to replace the old military style bridge with

a pre-stress girder style bridge that can carry the required AASHTO loadings,” Riley said. “The community will finally get a safe bridge they can use to get across the Rio Puerco Wash without fear the bridge will fail.” NDOT executive director Garret Silversmith recognized the efforts of Lupton Chapter in advocating on behalf of their community to push this project forward to fruition. “We appreciate all parties that are involved in this project and know Lupton Chapter

has a long history of working to get this particular bridge replaced,” Silversmith said. “The BIA NRDOT has been critical to the process by providing engineering and clearance documents. Our chosen contractor, FNF, will help improve access and safety in the Lupton Chapter.” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez congratulated the Chapter for a job well done in advocating on behalf of their constituency. “Improvements like these

start at the chapter level where advocacy and strong leadership make projects happen,” Nez said. “In many cases, it does take time to put all the pieces into place, but in the end, it’s of great benefit to the community.” Br idge demolition w ill take place in mid-November. Navajo DOT asks all residents and community members to abide by the aforementioned detour that utilizes Exit 351 on Interstate 40 to access areas east and west of the bridge.

remediating uranium mining sites, water rights settlements, solid waste management, and improving public safety. “It’s a historic day for our entire country and the Navajo Nation. In the past several years, we have built a strong partnership and friendship with our next First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, who helped bring the very fi rst cancer treatment center to the

Navajo Nation. I am incredibly pleased to see that the BidenHarris team will soon be in the White House and I am looking forward to working with their administration and Dr. Jill Biden,” First Lady Nez said. The Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations states, “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are committed to upholding the U.S.’s trust responsibility to tribal nations, strengthening

the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the United States and Indian tribes, and working to empower tribal nations to govern their own communities and make their own decisions.” The plan states that the Biden-Harris Administration w ill reinstate the a n nua l White House Tribal Nations Conference, appoint Native A mer ic a n s t o h i g h - level

government positions, appoint judges who understand federal Indian law, ensure fulfi llment of federal trust and treaty obligations, promote meaningful tribal consultation, defend the Indian Child Welfare Act, and strengthen self-governance. To vi ew th e B i d e n Harris Plan for Tribal Na t i o n s , p l e a s e vi s i t: https: //joebiden.com / tribalnations/.

assistant professor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine and the director of the General Internal Medicine Consult Service of the Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Medical Center in Houston. Collins has lectured in Nepal and Kenya in addition to her clinical education and research

in Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Kansas and New Mexico. Collins has produced almost 80 scholarly publications over the course of her career, and she also maintains a clinical practice as a vascular specialist. She earned a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public

Health in Boston, Mass., where she also served as a clinical instructor, and a master of health care delivery science degree from Dartmouth College. She earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma and her bachelor’s degree, in chemistry, from the University of Central

Oklahoma. Secretar y-designate Collins, M.D., will replace former Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel, who retired in the fall. Billy Jimenez, the Department of Health general counsel who is serving as acting secretary in Kunkel’s absence, will return to his role as general counsel.

economy. We live in the most beautiful state in the country – the BEA numbers should reflect that,” Navas said. Ea rlier this yea r, ORD issued a survey to 128 outdoor recreation businesses in New Mexico. Over 90% of

respondents stated they had lost revenue and /or hadn’t been able to cover ba sic expenses due to the pandemic-induced economic crisis. Almost 78% of respondents are small, local companies with fewer than 15 employees.

For more information on the BEA data, find the full tables here: • BEA OREC: ht tps: // www.bea .gov / news / 2020 /outdoor-recreation-satellite-account-us-and-states-2019

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medical insurance through New Mexico’s health insurance marketplace. Complaints can be filed at https://www.osi.state.nm.us/ index.php/managed-healthcare-complaint/

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LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at 9:00 am MST, at the Gallup Housing Authority board room, 203 Debra Drive, 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. A general public comment period is allowed at the end of the business portion of the meeting. Please be advised the Gallup Housing Authority will comply with all Federal and State COVID-19 protocols, including groups of no more than five [5] people in any given area, social distancing amongst attendee’s, and not allowing anyone who is sick or exhibiting signs of COVID -19 into the public meeting area. Documents are available in various accessible formats and interested parties may also participate by phone. Any citizen or person may make public comments to the Board on matters involving Gallup Housing Authority operations. They will be allowed 2 to 3 minutes to make such comments. Note: Grievances by tenants or against employees must be processed through appropriate board approved policies and procedures and will not be heard directly by the board

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 All interested parties are invited to attend via the live stream mentioned herein. Done this 10th day of November 2020 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Billy Moore, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun November 13, 2020 *** MCKINLEY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO NOTICE OF MEETING AND INTENT TO ADOPT AN ORDINANCE REGARDING THE FORMATION OF A DISTRICT PURSUANT TO THE ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITY ECONOMIC DISTRICT ACT. McKinley County, New Mexico (the “County”) hereby gives notice of a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of the County (the “Board”) on [Tuesday], December 8, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Chamber at the McKinley County Courthouse (Third Floor) located at 207 West Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301; or, virtually pursuant to any health order in effect for the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19. At such meeting, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, the Board, constituting the governing body of the County, will hold a public hearing concerning, and will consider for adoption an ordinance (the “Ordinance”) forming the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District (the “MCEGFED”) and creating the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District Authority (the “MCEGFEDA”) to govern the MCEGFED. The title (subject to amendment or substitution) and subject matter of the Ordinance are as follows: MCKINLEY, NEW MEXICO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ORDINANCE NO. 2020-DEC006 AN ORDINANCE FORMING THE MCKINLEY COUNTY ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITY ECONOMIC


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November 13, 2020 *** Legal Notice Request for Proposal Public Notice is hereby provided that the GallupMcKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: On-Call Construction Contractor District-Wide Services Multiple Award Multi-Year Agreement RFP-2021-18RB

P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, January 6, 2021. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date and time. The Gallup-McKinley County School Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any formalities or minor inconsistencies, and/or cancel this solicitation in its entirety. Dated the 13th Day of November 2020 By: /S/ Charles Long, President Board of Education


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Photos and descriptions of Native American art will be for sale during a virtual art auction currently underway. The goal is to raise funds for the Warrior Scholarship Fund.


4 pm Live on Facebook, @ galluplibrary The Library will have weekly virtual fun with games, guests, and more! Participate in Fun Friday interactive events and the opportunity to win some great prizes! There will be a guest speaker.


Visit YouTube, @galluplibrary to view episodes of the OFPL Native Speakers Series. Introductions to the Zuni and Navajo Languages during the month of November. Videos are posted Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. This week’s focus: Animals in Zuni. SATURDAY, November 14


3 pm @ LIVE on gallupARTS Facebook and Instagram This show will feature new and old work depicting the strength, courage, love and hope of Native American people. For more information: galluparts.org. ART!@# Gallery is on Facebook @ ART123 Gallery, gallupARTS is on Facebook and Instagram @gallupARTs.


1 pm on Facebook@galluplibrary. to make your DIY cosmetics from items around your home. We will focus on homemade rosewater face toner, whipped body lotion, blackberry & sage scrub.. Each ingredient list will be available in advance on our website, ofpl.online/programs/#makerspace under the MakerSpace Classes and Workshops section. For more information: jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291. All Self-Care episodes are available after the livestream. Visit YouTube, @galluplibrary.


10 am via Zoom Westminster Presbyterian Church is holding a grief support group You must pre-register to receive an invitation to the group. Please download Zoom to your computer. Contact Pastor Lorelei by email at wpcgallup@gmail.com and write Grief Group in the subject line. Include a phone number in the email.


SUNDAY, November 15


12 pm-2 pm @ The Community Pantry (1130 Hasler Valley Rd.) you can pick up CROP donation envelopes, posters, pamphlets, orange vests and other materials for your neighborhood walks to raise funds and awareness for local and global food insecurity and emergency disaster needs. The CROP Hunger Walk continues through Dec. 1. For more information, contact Hilda at the Community Pantry (505) 726-8068 or email betsywindisch@yahoo. com MONDAY, November 16


1 pm-2 pm @ Student Support Center (SSC) Board Room (640 S. Boardman)


4 pm @ ofpl.online/programs/#makerspace. The focus will be on Geometry Wall Art. Create a high-contrast geometric panel to brighten up any room. For more information: jwhitman@galllupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291 TUESDAY, November 17


2 pm-4:30 pm @ Zoom – follow the links provided by Gallup McKinley County Schools. Every year we purchase textbooks. This is to get community input and reviews.


Borrow the featured title Reverie by Ryan La Sala with no waitlists or holds from our digital collection. OFPL is connecting its patrons with millions of readers and a compelling young adult ebook during the next Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club through Nov. 17. Card holders can borrow the ebook or audiobook without waiting by visiting http://nm.lib. overdrive.com or downloading the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread. com/. For more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


1:30 pm-2:30 pm @ UNM Gallup Lions Hall parking lot (705 Gurley Ave.).

EVERYBODY IS TALKING TUESDAYS! – INDIGENOUS MOVERS AND SHAKERS 4 pm YouTube, @galluplibrary on Tuesdays. Join the creative genius of the Octavia Fellin Public Library and our unusually talented neighbors for book-talks, author-talks, movie-talks, pop-talks, foodtalks, maker-talks, tech-talks.



5 pm live on Facebook, @ galluplibrary and through scheduled video and audio calls. Ask your technology questions and get assistance during the live sessions. Please email libtrain@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 8631291 to schedule a personalized audio or video meeting, or join us Live on Facebook at the scheduled times. WEDNESDAY, November 18


2 pm-4:30 pm @ Zoom – follow the links provided by Gallup McKinley County Schools. Every year we purchase textbooks. This is to get community input and reviews.


6 pm @ Diné College web site. Virtual art auction to be broadcast. Following the auction, art works will be made available for purchase online until Dec. 2. The goal is to raise funds for the Warrior Scholarship Fund.


11 am-2 pm Torreon Chapter House. Flu shots only. For more information contact the Crownpoint-Division of Public Health at (505) 7866294/6240.


4 pm @ Facebook Live – Tune in and create something unique to send to family and friends this holiday season. For more information: libtrain@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


11 am YouTube @gallup library. Introductions to the Zuni and Navajo Languages during the month of November. Videos are posted Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Today’s subject is: Greetings in Navajo.


Gallup Wreaths Across America is working to place a Christmas wreath on every veteran’s grave in Gallup on Dec. 19. Due to COVID restrictions, the honor guard and wreath-laying ceremony will be virtual, with the City of Gallup filming and posting it online. Volunteers who wish to participate the laying of the wreaths at Gallup’s four cemeteries will meet in the open air, wearing masks and practice social distancing. Three-hundred wreaths have been sponsored so far. There are 1,300 veteran’s graves in Gallup. The deadline for sponsorship is Nov. 30. Wreaths can be sponsored for $15 each. For more information, contact Janice Bradley at janiceb43@me.com

THURSDAY, November 19


5:30 pm-6:45 pm This event will be livestreamed on New Mexico Environmental Law Center Facebook Page. The event will be co-facilitated by Dr. Virginia Necochea and Valerie Rangel and Staff Attorneys Eric Jantz and Gail Evans. To register go to https:// nmelc-ej-series-uranium. eventbrite.com


11 am-4 pm @ Gallup High School (1055 Rico St.)


1:30 pm-2:30 pm @ UNM Gallup Lions Hall parking lot (705 Gurley Ave.).


7 pm @gallupmainstreet The third in a series of virtual concerts hosted by local businesses for DOWNTOWN GALLUP ROCKS!


4 pm on Facebook and Youtube @galluplibrary (all ages) for family-friendly crafts and step-by-step tutorials for all skill levels. This week we will do a Thanksgiving handprint Turkey Craft. ONGOING


Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for more mentors to make a difference in the life of a young person. Mentors and mentees can meet for socially distance friendly interactions or hangout virtually playing games, cooking, reading, etc. via Facetime, Zoom, or other platforms. For more information call 505-726-4285 or go to www.bbbsmountainregion. org/volunteer to sign up today.


8:30 am – 4 pm Mon., Wed., Fri. continues through November by appointment. @ McKinley Public Health Office, (1919 College Dr.) Call (505) 722-4391 to schedule an appointment. Vaccines provided at no cost for children through 18 years of age. Bring your child’s shot record.


Art work request for one original piece of two-dimensional art (mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, oil, print, charcoal) suitable for scanning size 16”x 24” for a commission of $500 to an Indigenous artist (18 years and older with a CDIB), to be completed and delivered to the New Mexico Conference of Churches by Nov. 30.


Urgent Care Clinic (520 Hwy. 564). Walk-ins 5 pm- 9 pm, Sat., 9 am - 9 pm and 12 pm-5 pm Sun. Please bring insurance information. For those with no health insurance there will be a $25 fee. Pre-registration can be done during hours of operation, 9 am-9 pm. For more information: (505) 863-2273.


Times will be scheduled based on demand. This free ongoing activity continues until Nov. 30. For more information: https://wwwnmgirlscounts. org/en/about-girl-scouts/join/ robot-building-party.html; (505) 343-1040.


Beginning Sept. 8, The Boys & Girls Club of Gallup has been offering virtual tutoring and homework help with trained mentors using Zoom calls. Club members with a 2020 membership can attend for free after they fill out a virtual permission form on the club website. To get a 2020 membership, fill out an online application and permission form. It’s free. The help will be available until Dec. 31. For more information: bgcgallup.com; (505) 488-2378; Facebook@ BoysandGirlsClubGallup


9 am-5 pm Mon.-Fri. @ Urgent Care Center (520 NM Hwy 564, north of the New Mexico Cancer Center). Closed weekends. DIAL-A-STORY Storytime anytime, call (505) 862-9177 to hear a story any time of the day or night. Stories will change daily, at the end feel free to leave us a message to let us know what stories you want to hear. For more information: childlib@ gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291. LIBRARY CARD REGISTRATION ONLINE Today’s libraries have programs and resources that go far beyond books. From virtual story times, family game nights and art classes, to opportunities to borrow audiobooks and stream movies, there’s something for everyone at the library. To explore all that the library has to offer, visit your library at ofpl.online to register for a free library card. For more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov 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) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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