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SPARRING OVER SCHOOLS Is AFT hitting GMCS below the belt?
By Kevin Opsahl Sun Correspondent
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ybrid instruction for t he Ga l lup McKinley County S c ho ol D i s t r ic t went ahead as scheduled Feb. 9 although the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico made an eleventh hour call to stop it by questioning the district’s readiness. Ryan Stewart, secretary of New Mexico’s Public Education Department, said PED will investigate the reports made by the AFT-NM. “It is up to individual school districts to decide when they want to expand in-person learning options, but the Public Education Department takes seriously the enforcement of safety protocols we have in place to protect the health and safety of students, educators and communities,” he said. “Districts that fail to meet those protocols will not be allowed to reopen or to remain open. We’re continuing to investigate these reports.” Stephanie Ly, AFT New Mexico president, believes Stewar t made “the right response.” The inquiry stems from a statement AFT New Mexico released on Feb. 8 calling on Stewart to prevent in-person learning from beginning after the group “received dozens of reports from multiple school sites” that there was a lack of
Stephanie Ly, president American Federation of Teachers – New Mexico. cleaning supplies; not enough personal protective equipment and a need for air filtration systems to fight against the virus, among other things. “We sincerely believe delaying re-entry for the GallupMcK inley County School District is not only what is safest for students, staff, and the community, but it is a moral imperative,” the statement read, in part. “A little extra time to ensure the district is complying to the fullest extent of the re-entry guidelines … is the absolute minimum district leaders can do.” New Mexico’s governor announced in a virtual State of the State address that in-person learning for all public schools statewide could resume Feb. 8. Conferences were scheduled that day for the local school district, so the governor’s order kicked in the following day. PED had previously released a 24-page re-entry guide, which
GMCS Supt. Mike Hyatt tells school districts throughout the state the guidelines they must meet to be able to reopen as well as ways to conduct remote, hybrid and full in-person learning safely. It says PPE must be worn at all times — unless there’s a rare health exemption — facilities should receive a deep clean on weekends and during breaks, use air filtration systems, maintain ventilation systems and increase circulation of outdoor air. In addition, schools must “mark spaced lines to enter the building and designate entrance and exit flow paths” in addition to teachers making sure they are “cohorting or podding” students — something pre-K and elementary schools are already doing. GMCS Supt. Mike Hyatt said the education department didn’t need to stop school since “we
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Local lawmaker counts on ‘KIDS COUNT’ By Kevin Opsahl Sun Correspondent
allup lawmaker Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D- Gallup, says she refers to the annual KIDS COUNT report from N. M. Voices for Children on a regular basis. The 102-page document was released last week in conjunction with a virtual press event featuring Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. KIDS COUNT is a snapshot of children’s wellbeing in New Mexico counties. L u nd s t r om , exe c ut i ve director of the Greater Gallup Econom ic Development Corporation, praised the work of the nonprofit and the data book it provides, saying she examines it every year. Though she cautioned that it alone doesn’t drive the legislation she sponsors, the book “does feed into it.” “I’ve got to look at other sources, also,” she told the Gallup Sun. The report is broken up into four main categories — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community — before offering policy prescriptions for each.
But with the pandemic, Voices for Children decided to add “hardship data” categories showing how kids and families were impacted by COVID19 (for this particular data, the report only compares state averages with the U.S., rather than county-by-county). The KIDS COUNT introductory essay urges Voices for Children’s constituents to call their elected officials, for whom the data book was compiled. The “hardship data” on the pandemic shows that slightly more than half (52 percent) of adults in households with children had lost employment income since March 2020, when COVID-19 began to strike the U.S. What’s more, during the pandemic, 33 percent of kids were not pa r ticipating in online classes and 20 percent could not even be reached by teachers. The hardship data in the health category touches on mental health, saying that New Mexico fares worse than the rest of the nation. Thirtyfive percent of adults in households with children nationwide report feeling anxious, while 23 percent are feeling depressed, the report states. K I D S COU N T r epor t s
McKinley County had a population of 72,849 between 2014 and 2018. There were 5,698 children between ages 0 - 4 and 21,366 between 0 - 17. Forty-five percent of youth in the county live in poverty compared to 36 percent of the population. McKinley County’s median household income is $31,674, while 24 percent of households that include families with children have no parent working. Twenty-two percent of teens in the county are not attending school a nd not working. Fifty-five percent of its “young children” are not in school. Ninety-two percent of the 11,321 students in the Gallup-McKinley County Schools district are eligible for free and reduced lunches. The district has a 4 percent drop out rate while 23 percent of students are “habitually truant,” the report states. Asked to give her own “snapshot” of youngsters in McKinley County, Lundstrom said it’s “probably the most impoverished county in the whole state.” That factor has led to “some disadvantages” when it comes to issues such as access to broadband, health care, and behavioral health
Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup treatment. “So we’ve got a lot of work to do, my colleagues from McKinley County and I,” she said. Just weeks into the current legislative session, almost 25 bills have been sponsored on the subject of children and families. One of the things Lu nd s t rom not ed i n her response to the data book, was the creation of the state’s Early Childhood Education and Care Department. It is “a major initiative to address some of those low-ranking measures [Voices for Children] has in their report.”
Chr istopher Hudson, a coordinator with the McKinley Community Health Alliance — one of several state health councils — also spoke about the KIDS COUNT report. He told the Gallup Sun he wishes more reports were released showing positive trends in data. He acknowledged that children in the area have reason to be fearful in these times, but he also touted their resilience. “I really would like legislators to know not only that there is this data and there is this factual information, but they know these families, they live with these families and they interact with them all the time,” he said. “Our kids play with their kids.” Lundstrom said kids and families are an important legislative priority, but there needs to be a balance. “We’re elected to be responsive to everybody,” she said. “But, oh, of course [children] are important.” More stati stics on McKinley County and the rest of the state can be found at: nmvoices.org/wp-cont e n t / u p l o a d s / 2 0 21 / 0 2 / KidsCount-DataBook2020web.pdf
Sports makes its triumphant return Staff Reports
he New Mex ico A c t i v i t i e s A ssociation ha s approved a schedu le for t he s t a r t of h i g h school spor ts in New Mexico. T he d a t e s t h a t s p or t s
may begin practice are Feb. 22 for football, cross countr y and volleyball. Cros s cou nt r y a nd volley b a l l comp et it io n s a r e scheduled to begin Feb. 27. Soccer practice may begin March 1. Football games and soccer matches are scheduled
to star t on March 6. B a sketba l l , a nd S pi r it pr a c t ice s a nd s w i m m i n g a nd d i v i n g pr a c t ic e m ay begin March 22. B a s ke t b a l l g a m e s a r e schedu led to begi n Ma rch 27. Wre st l i ng pra ct ice ca n star t March 29.
Spirit competitions may begin April 3. Wrestling competitions a re schedu led to st a r t on April 5. Spring spor ts (baseball, golf, softball, tennis, track & field) practice may begin on April 5. The spring sports
competitions a re slated to begin on April 10. Dates a nd events a re subject to change. As of right now, no spectators will be able to attend s por t s event s. However, you can watch them on-line. For all sports updates visit gmcs.org
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Over 77,000 vaccines given out to the Navajo Nation By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent
avajo Nation President Jonathan Nez held a live town h a l l meet i ng v ia Facebook Live on Feb. 9 to discuss the continuing COVID19 pandemic and progress in vaccine distribution. He began the meeting by sharing the current numbers surrounding the
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coronavirus. As of Feb. 8, there were 28,937 confirmed cases of COVID-`19 among Navajo residents. There have been 236,327 COVID-19 tests given to Navajo residents. F i f t e en - t hou s a nd - t wo hundred-sixty-four residents have recovered from the virus, while there have been 1,060 deaths in the community. “This virus, this pandemic, has probably reached every single person in the Navajo Nation one way or another, either having someone who has family members who have tested positive or those who have lost their lives to the virus,” Nez said. While sharing his condolences for the families who have lost loved ones, Nez shared that he learned of his uncle’s passing over the weekend. Many people in the Facebook comments shared their condolences for the
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez president. Nez reminded people of the precautions that should be taken to stop the virus. Washing your hands, wearing masks, keeping six feet away from people outside your household, and staying home as much as possible are all practices he encouraged the community to continue. “It’s not up to government to constantly remind you. It’s up to us as Navajo citizens to remind ourselves, to help ourselves through this pandemic,” he said. He also said that people need to continue to be there for each other. “We need to continue to
Lee Lamb, senior public relations specialist at UNM-Gallup comfort each other throughout this time (and) help each other out,” Nez said. He did share some good news when it came to the vaccine rollout. The Navajo Nation has received 78,520 doses of the vaccine. Ninety-eight percent of those have been given out to people of the community, for a total of 77,074. Nez shared that more vaccines are coming; a shipment of 28,925 doses is due later this week. He shared that the Navajo Nation government has a goal of 100,000 shots given to the Navajo people by the end of February.
Nava jo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer praised the vaccine during the town hall and shared his hopes for the end of the pandemic. “This COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19,” Lizer said. “It will also be a safe way to build protection. It will be an all-important tool to stop this pandemic.” A vaccination event was held on Feb. 9 at the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus by the Gallup Indian Medical Center. The event was open to anyone 18 or older who is a resident of Gallup Service Unit and who receives their health care at Gallup SU health facilities. Lee Lamb, the senior public relations specialist at UNMGallup, said that the university was very happy to help the community by sharing their location. “We’re glad to see our community members getting vaccines,” Lamb said. “I think we are looking at it as the beginning of the end of this pandemic.”
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Churchrock man charged with abuse, vehicular harm Staff Reports
on State Highway 566 at the 4.1 mile marker. ctavius Dan Atele, There, they saw the red 25, of Churchrock, Chevy on the side of the road, N.M., was charged with heavy front-end damage. with great bodily A woman who had stopped at harm by vehicle, child abuse the scene told deputies that and DWI with a minor, follow- children were involved and ing a crash that resulted in him were still inside. Deputies also and his one-month-old baby saw that a Chevy Malibu was being airlifted to the University parked on the southbound of New Mexico Hospital in shoulder with heavy damage Albuquerque on Feb. 8. to its rear-end. Accord i ng t o repor t s, According to reports, Willie Metro Dispatch received a call saw a small child sitting in the at about 1:18 pm following an rear passenger side of the Trax, accident with serious injuries with blood coming from her caused by a possible drunk nose and scratches on her face. driver in a red Chevy Trax. She had blood on her shirt and Deputies Terence Willie and was holding a blood-covered Paul Davis arrived at the scene, paper towel to her nose.
WEEKLY DWI REPORT Erin James Jan. 27, 3:42 pm Aggravated DWI Er i n Ja mes, 22, of Vanderwagen, N.M., was arrested
and charged with DWI following an incident on the afternoon of Jan. 27, after nearly hitting another vehicle head-on. James did hit and break the driver’s side
Willie saw another child in a car seat in the front, the police report stated. A woman at the scene told Willie that she saw another child inside Atele’s Trax, crying and stuck inside the car. The unidentified woman had taken out the car seat to remove the small child. Willie walked up to Atele’s car and saw Atele on his hands and knees. He said he could not move. Atele denied using any alcohol or drugs before the accident. Then Atele asked about the condition of his children and the others in the car he struck. According to reports, Willie saw two pipes and an empty small clear glass container with
a green leafy substance inside it in the center console of Atele’s Trax. Willie met with the other woman involved in the crash, who said the Trax approached so rapidly she had no time to do anything about it, resulting in the Trax hitting her from behind. She was taken to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for her injuries. Reports state that Willie met with Atele at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in the emergency room. There, Atele denied using alcohol or drugs prior to the accident. He stated he was driving southbound on State Highway 566 near Churchrock. He said the Malibu
mirror. Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was dispatched to the seventh mile marker of State Highway 400 in McGaffey in reference to several occupants
in a silver Dodge Ram pickup who were driving while intoxicated, according to police reports. Villa saw that the truck had crossed the double yellow center line and half the truck was on the wrong side of the road, prompting Villa to pull the truck’s driver over at the first mile marker of State Highway 400. As he approached it, Villa said he smelled alcohol coming from inside the truck. Villa asked James to get out of the truck. Reports said she stumbled onto the roadway and to the bumper of the pickup. They also said she smelled of alcohol. James agreed to take the field sobriety tests. After failing them, she agreed to take two breath tests: the first registering .18, and the second .17. James was taken to the Gallup McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where she was charged with aggravated DWI, failure to maintain her lane, and leaving the scene of an accident. She was released on her own recognizance.
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Dyson Roberts Benally Jan. 26, 6:27 pm Aggravated DWI (2nd) Metro Dispatch received a call from a motorist claiming a gray pickup truck without its lights on was tailgating him. The motorist said he was driving north on U.S. Highway 491 just across from King Dragon Restau ra nt, and that the other driver had pulled over onto the northbound
had pulled in front of him and he had no time to stop. Willie arrested Atele at 3:36 pm at GIMC, and Atele agreed to have his blood drawn for alcohol testing. Willie mailed the blood kit, and the results are unknown at this time. A nurse at GIMC said Atele had injuries to his hip, and that the one-month-old baby had possible brain injuries resulting from the crash. Atele was charged with great bodily harm by vehicle, his second such offense; child abuse, driving while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle, also his second such offense; aggravated driving while intoxicated, careless driving, not using child restraints, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
shoulder of the highway. Shortly thereafter, Dep. Franklin Begaye indicated he would be in contact with that gray Chevy Silverado at the 2.5 mile marker on U.S. 491. At 6:44 pm Dep. Terence Willie arrived at the scene. He said he saw Begaye standing on the passenger side of the Chevy pickup. Willie said he also saw Dyson Benally, 32, of Chinle, Ariz. standing in the front of Begaye’s patrol car. Willie approached Benally and saw that he had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of liquor. Willie asked Benally to walk with him to his patrol car, but said Benally was disorderly and uncooperative. Willie grabbed Benally’s arm and led him to his patrol car, according to arrest reports. Benally admitted to driving the gray Chevy and told the deputy he was coming from “down south.” He did not tell the deputy how much alcohol he had consumed. Benally said he was trying to drive home to St. Michaels, Ariz. Benally agreed to take the field sobriety tests after taking off his hat and sunglasses and throwing them on the ground. Benally failed the tests. Willie arrested Benally at 7 pm, according to police reports. He drove Benally to the Gallup McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with aggravated DWI, no registration, evidence of financial responsibility, and open container. He was released on his own recognizance. PUBLIC SAFETY
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Watch out for Valentine’s FBI requests Day romance scams public’s help Staff Reports
alentine’s Day is fast approaching, but with it comes the danger of scammers looking to steal from people on dating apps. Seasoned online criminals often create false profiles on dating sites and apps and also try to make contact via Facebook or other popular social media sites, according to the FBI. To avoid becom i ng a
victim, the FBI recommends you use only reputable, recogn izable dat i ng websites, though be aware scammers may be using these sites, too. Never provide your fi nancial information, loan money, or allow your bank accounts to be used to transfer funds. Further, the FBI warns not to allow yourself to be isolated from your family and friends, and do not believe stories of tragic life circumstances, family deaths, injuries, or other hardships aimed at tugging at
your heartstrings. If you are planning an in person get-together with someone you have talked to online, meet in a public place and let a trusted friend or relative know where you will be and what time you expect to return home. If you are traveling to a foreign country to meet, check the State Department’s
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Two juveniles charged in shotsﬁ red incident Staff Reports
wo Gallup youths have been arrested and charged with two counts of shooting at a
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Jeremiah Gomez, both age 16, were charged with the incident that occurred on Feb. 6. Both Sanchez and Gomez are facing identical charges: two counts of shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, three counts of shooting at or from a
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motor vehicle, two counts of child abuse, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of unlawful possession of a handgun. Both have been booked into the Sa n Jua n County Juvenile Detention Center.
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Jolynn Marie Calavaza Staff Reports
he FBI and Zuni Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in finding the person or persons responsible for the death of Jolynn Marie Calavaza. Calavaza’s body was found in a vacant lot on Zuni Pueblo on May 4.
A n autopsy deter mined Ca lava za , of Zuni Pueblo, had d ied of mu ltiple stab wounds. Calavaza was 46 years old. She had black hair, hazel eyes, weighed approximately 169 pounds, and was 5’4” tall. Anyone with information about this death is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or tips.fbi.gov.
HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World
By Steve Newman
Week ending Friday, February 5, 2021 Net Zero California scientists say the goal of rea ch i ng zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from industry and energy production in the U.S. can be accomplished by 2050 by shifting energy infrastructure to operate mainly on renewable energy. The team says the transition would cost about $1 per day for each U.S. resident, but it is crucial to averting the worst effects of climate change. “It means that by 2050 we need to build many gigawatts of wind and solar power plants, new transmission lines, a fleet of electric cars and light trucks, millions of heat pumps to replace conventional furnaces and water heaters, and more energy-efficient buildings,” lead researcher Margaret Torn said.
Java Eruptions Indonesia’s highest volcano spewed hot ash down its slopes in eastern Java. Residents around Mount Semeru were warned of possible slides of wet debris should heavy rains arrive. Java’s Mount Merapi shot out a river of lava and clouds of ash a week earlier.
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Rising Faster Scientists war n that sea level rise for the rema inder of this century is likely to be far greater than current models are predicting. Writing in the journal Ocean Science, a team from the University of Copen hagen says t hat rises are likely to be faster and greater, possibly reaching 3.3 feet higher by 2100. Usi ng a tech n ique ca l led “hindcasting,” or comparing the predictions of different models against what actually happened in the past, the researchers found that many of the models are underestimating current and future rates of sea level rise. Oceans
are expected to rise signifi cantly due to the melting of ice caps, as well as thermal expansion due to the warming oceans. This would swamp many coastal areas around the world.
Tropical Cyclones At least one person wa s lef t dead and five others missing in Fiji by Cyclone Ana. It was the second strong tropical cyclone to hit the island nation within a month. The remnants of Tropical Storm Bina drenched Fiji two days after Ana. • Cyclone Lucas brief ly attained hurricane force over the Coral Sea, then drenched parts of Vanuatu and southern New Caledonia as a tropical storm.
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Squared Oﬀ Researchers say t hey h ave f i n a l ly solved the mystery of why the poop of Australia’s iconic wombats comes out in cubes rather than in rounded forms. The fecal phenomenon has long puzzled scientists. Writing in the journal Soft Matter, a team from the U.S. and Australia found the cubes a re for med w it h i n the last section of the intestines as the dung dries out in the extremely long wombat colon. The sculpting of the poop into cubes happens as stiff and flexible regions of the colon contract in tandem. “Our research found that … you really can fit a square peg through a round hole,” said Scott Carver of the University of Tasmania.
A new study reveals overfishing has decimated the populations of sharks and rays in the world’s oceans, with numbers dropping more than 70 percent on average between 1970 and 2018. Oceanic whitetip sharks are now near extinction, dropping in numbers by 98 percent in 60 years. Sharks and rays take years to reach sexual maturity and have few offspring, contributing to their dwindling numbers. Scientists say the loss of the top predators leaves a “gaping hole” in the marine food web. Those predators have been described as the lions, tigers and bears of the sea, keeping its ecosystem in balance.
Earthquakes A n a f t er shock of a temblor that killed 105 people in Indonesia’s western Sulawesi Island on Jan. 15 caused residents to again flee their homes. • Earth movements were also felt in southern Tibet and eastern Nepal, southern Iran, western Turkey, northwestern Argentina, the Guyana-Brazil border area and the Big Island of Hawaii. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXXI Earth Environment Service
A single cube of wombat dung was placed on a stone by researchers during their studies of the phenomenon. Photo Credit: Patricia Yang
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Ro, Remember when, we said when we turned gray, when the children grow up and move away. We won’t be sad, we’ll be glad for all the life we had. And we’ll Remember When…. I will always love you. Alfredo
“Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary!” Don and Cynthia Chavez Thank you, Cynthia Chavez.
Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband Nate and son’s Rhys and Gage. Love you guys to the moon and back. Natasha
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If you fall in love with your Mr. Right, everyday is like Valentine’s Day. I love you Babe. Happy Valentine’s Day Sheldon. -Janice
Happy 8th Birthday & Happy Valentine’s Day Little Girl! Mom & Baby Love You to the Moon & Back!!
To my Mother who is wise beyond her years, can overcome challenges life throws at her with ease, like no one else I know. She carries herself high; many people think and speak highly of her. No one will replace my mamma’s position in my life, no one will ever amount to the woman she is, she has been so strong this past year. I love you mom, forever and always! Dana
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The story of Saint Valentine FEAST DAY FEBRUARY 14 By Sean Wells Contributing Artist Death 269 A.D. Patron of Beekeepers, Bees, Epilepsy, Travelers, Love, The Engaged, Happy Marriages. Invoked Against Plague and Fainting. Although many of Saint Valentine of Rome’s legends are unverified, all the stories center around love conquering fear. As a former Bishop, Saint Valentine was put under house arrest by Judge Asterius. He was mocked for his faith and challenged to restore the sight of the judge’s blind daughter. Valentine laid
his hands upon the child’s eyes, restoring her vision. Upon witnessing the miracle, the Judge swore allegiance to Valentine, converting to Christianity, along with his entire family and setting free all prisoners held for being Christian. When Emperor Claudius II (also known as “Claudius the Cruel”) said soldiers could not marry, believing that it created more focused warriors, Valentine married young lovers in secret. When he was discovered, Claudius jailed him. Claudius spoke with Valentine over many topics, but when Valentine began to encourage Claudius to convert,
Claudius ordered Valentine to renounce his faith or face death. Valentine refused and was beaten by clubs and beheaded in public on Feb. 14. He is sometimes shown in his iconography holding a sword. Shortly after putting Valentine to death, Claudius was stricken by the Plague of Cyprian and died. This may symbolize the revenge of St. Valentine. It sealed his association as one of the many Patron Saints invoked against the Plague. The romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day is likely intended by the Church to overshadow the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a long-celebrated pre-Roman fertility festival which occurred on Feb. 15. In fact, the month of February takes its name from the god named in the rites of Lupercalia, Februus. The Catholic Church had learned that trying to
Sean Wells erase pagan rituals often led to violence or other resistance. So, they attempted to fold the longset traditions of pagan rituals into already-sanctioned Christian celebrations. We see a similar action in more recent times, as when the Day of the Dead tradition was moved from August to Nov. 1, to align with the Christian
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calendar’s All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The long-standing association of bees with love is as undeniable as the phrase “the birds and the bees.” The metaphor of pollinating flowers is just part of the love story. Honey was known as an aphrodisiac and has many miraculous qualities on its own. St. Valentine is called upon to insure the sweetness of honey, the health of the bees, and the safety of the beekeepers. He is one of several Saints that protect our striped friends. Although Valentine was removed from the official Catholic calendar of Saints due to lack of support to confirm his story, he is still recognized as a Saint by the Church and beloved across the world. Valentine’s relics are distributed across churches throughout Europe, but his skull resides on display, surrounded by flowers in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. In his work “Parlement of Foules,” Geoffrey Chaucer, the famed English poet, wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate” in reference to the day commonly known as the day birds would chose a partner to be their mate. This is the first written record connecting Saint Valentine to courtly love, and credited as the birth of the modern St. Valentine’s Day traditions. Although rumors of St. Valentine and his day cannot be proven, no one can deny the great symbol of love and all the positive, tender events enacted in his name all across the world for millennia on his day. So, on this Valentine’s Day, Bee Sweet to your lovers. The Martyr’s palm in his hand symbolizes that he died for his faith and should appear green. His garb is often shown as red and white with gold accents. Enjoy coloring this image of the month! COMMUNITY
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‘Barb & Star go to Vista Del Mar’ provides a few enjoyably bizarre sights By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: OUT OF RUNNING TIME: 106 MINUTES This title from Lionsgate is available on most streaming-on-demand platforms Feb. 12. Back in 2011, Bridesmaids exploded on the scene and became one of the biggest hits of the year, landing the movie’s co-writers Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig Oscar-nominations for their hilarious script. Nearly a decade later, the pair has penned the new comedy, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar. The creators have taken a completely different tone this time out, veering toward eye-popping colors, sight gags and even the odd musical number. Admittedly, the same kind of accolades and awards aren’t in this film’s future and the gags are hit and miss. Still, it does provide a handful of enjoyably bizarre moments. Single, middle-aged best friends Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) spend their days working together in Nebraska, chatting to each other endlessly and often to the annoyance of those around them. After a bad break, the two begin to feel that they’ve lost their spark in life. They decide to leave their comfort zone and visit wild and
Star (Kristen Wiig) and Barb (Annie Mumolo) visit Vista Del Mar, Fla. just before the Seafood Jam Celebration in “Barb & Star go to Vista Del Mar.” Photo Credit: Lionsgate exotic Vista Del Mar, Fla. Little do they know that a pale-skinned supervillain (also played by one of the stars) has made sinister plans from her secret base to wipe out the entire town during the upcoming Seafood Jam Celebration. When the oblivious Barb and Star strike up a close relationship with the evil mastermind’s lovelorn accomplice, Edgar (Jamie Dornan), the new friendship adds tension to their personal relationship and
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potential danger. One of the most immediately striking things about this production is how colorful it is. This is an amusingly loud film in which every garish shirt seems to explode off the screen. Even in the opening number set in Nebraska, the neighborhood colors literally pop. The visuals continue during the elaborate musical numbers later in the film, which feature cast members and hotel staff dancing and singing in the lobby. As for the songs themselves, the highlight may actually come during Edgar’s ode to seagulls in the sand. This bit includes some funny lyrics and entertainingly
fake-looking prop birds. Of course, the leads are essential to this story and co-stars Mumolo and Wiig have excellent onscreen rapport. The performers seem to improvise and the asides and odd non-sequiturs from the leads often result in a chuckle. The movie also isn’t afraid to go on some complete tangents. There are some rambling discussions about the characters’ troubled pasts and plays on romance film clichés, but some bits do lend unpredictability to the proceedings. T h e r e a r e pl e n t y o f head-scratching, weird moments that are a surprise even if they’re over in a flash and only referred
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to again in passing. Alas, this is a movie packed with jokes and there are just as many blunt gags that don’t hit the mark. The story focuses on the relationship between Barb and Star and naturally this is important in order for audiences to relate to the leads. However, one can’t help but think that the villain and her young helper Yoyo (Reyn Doi) could have been more directly involved in the funny business. They’re kept at a significant distance for the first two acts of the story, which is unfortunate given the strong impression they make early on. The climax itself isn’t quite as grand, exciting or funny as it could have been if the foes had played a larger role onsite setting it all up. This movie encourages its middle-aged leads to step out of their comfort zone and experience new things. Clearly, the writers and stars of Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar have attempted to the do the same with this comedic endeavor. In the end, their efforts are admirable, if uneven. However, if you need extra comedy in your life or are yearning for a brief escape to a colorful locale, you may still get a chuckle or two out of this trip. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY
Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for February 12, 2021 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome to another busy ar ticle deta iling highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. You’ll fi nd all kinds of new and noted features, as well as plenty of older catalog fi lms arriving in high defi nition. So, since you can’t, or likely shouldn’t be going out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES! DEEP IN VOGUE: This documentary tells the hist or y of gay ballrooms of 19 8 0 s New York and their inf luence on a new annual celebration in England called Vo g u e in Manchester. Viewers are taken to the UK and introduced to the updated show and the people involved. The fi lm shows what goes on to bring it all together and create a safe space for all
those who participate. Reviews were all good for this non-fiction feature. All the articles stated that the movie was bright and energetic, while also doing a solid job of providing a sense of history and showing what it all means for those involved. Many articles also focused on the stage performances captured by the cameras, saying the performers were talented and these acts were well shot. HAL KING: This effort is said to be pa r t d ra ma , part musical and part war f i l m. Ba sed loosely on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, the tale is set in the 1950s beatnik jazz era. A musician spends his time with drug addicts and various women, only to make a deep connection with one lady on his travels. When the lead is drafted into the Korean War, he is forced to choose between serving his country or staying with his new love. This independent feature
fi lm appears to be premiering on disc and on streaming platforms this week. Tyrik Ballard, S o ph i a S t e phe n s , S t e v e Wallace, Alvin J. Frazier II and Esjae headline the feature.
that this tale served as another winning chapter in the animated series.
JIANG ZIVA: Also known as Legend of Deifi cation, this computer-animated fantasy feature from China is actually a sequel to a 2019 fi lm, Ne Zha. The story involves a noble commander named Jiang Ziya, who is given the job of protecting his kingdom against the dangerous Ninetailed Fox Demon. When he learns that the monster’s health has a direct correlation to that of a young girl, he is faced with the challenge of whether or not to harm the kid in order to end the monstrous threat. The press gave the movie good marks overall. A few did complain that the feature was all style and flash, adding that the characters were underdeveloped. Still, the majority stated that the visuals were absolutely incredible and
If there isn’t already enough new material out there to keep viewers entertained, plenty of classic titles are also being upgraded to Blu-ray. C r it e r io n is presenting a Blu-ray of the political thriller, T he Parallax View (1974). It has been described as a brilliant and chilling post-Watergate narrative about a Seattle reporter (played by Warren Beatty) who sets out to learn the truth after witnessing the bizarre murder of a political figure. Naturally, big government figures are involved in the slaying. The image arrives on disc from a new 4K digital transfer. Warner Archive is presenting two new made-to-order Blurays that are available through their site or via Amazon. They are the documentary Six by
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cautiously brighter pandemic outlook after several months of unsusta inable strain on the state’s health care system led New Mexico to announce a change in the mandatory self-quarantine requirements for visitors into the state on Feb. 10. The Department of Health announced 15 counties had reached the Yellow Level under
the state’s color-coding risk system, with four additional
counties at the Green Level. All but four of the state’s counties saw a positivity rate below 10 percent in the most recent
AFT/PED VS. GMCS | FROM PAGE 1 followed their guidance and even exceeded it.” Hyatt later released a statement saying reintegrated GMCS schools have followed all safety guidelines, adding that state inspectors have visited all of its schools “and verified that they’re safe.” “These inspectors found that GMCS was in compliance
two-week period. Those four counties are led by McKinley, DeBaca, Hidalgo, and Eddy, respectively. McKinley County saw a positivity rate of 12.14 percent and an average daily case rate per 100,000 of 39.8. Beginning Feb. 11, the state no longer requires self-quarantine for visitors or New Mexicans arriving into the state from “high-risk” states, or arriving from states with a 5 percent positivity rate or greater over a 7-day rolling average, or a positive test rate greater than 80 per 1 million residents. Visitors from anywhere outside of the state w ill instead be strongly advised
to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and to seek out a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in or their return to New Mexico. Previously the state had required visitors or arrivals from “high-risk” states to physically separate from others in a residence or place of lodging for at least 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico, or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. As of Feb. 9, only Hawaii was deemed a “low-risk” state, defi ned as a state with a 5 percent positivity rate or lower over a 7-day rolling average and a positive test rate lower than 80 per 1 million
residents. “New Mexicans have sacrificed to make this recent progress, and I encourage all New Mexicans and visitors to our state to maintain vigilance in the coming weeks,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “Please consider continuing to limit travel to only what is necessary for your work and family. This is the best way to ensure our progress is sustained, and we can continue to save lives and protect New Mexicans’ health and livelihoods.” The overall suppression of the virus across different regions of New Mexico, supplemented by the state’s aggressive
and were ready to have more students in the building. They even verified that the ventilation systems were compliant despite the AFT’s proclaimed expertise,” Hyatt said. “The AFT appears to think that hearsay and rumors are more important to follow than licensed state inspectors. Secy. Stewart should know that the gaslighting efforts of the AFT are based on no evidence, since he has access to the inspection information.”
School boa rd member Charles Long released a statement responding to the AFT, noting the district has spent $12 million on COVID-19 prevention. “The AFT seems to only concern itself with looking at and bringing out negative issues within our schools,” he wrote. “Many of the deficiencies that [were] brought out seem to rely on reports that are not shared with the school district administrators.”
In response to Hyatt’s earlier remark about exceeding reopening guidelines, Ly said the superintendent had no plans to follow them and in fact sued the state on its ability to limit in-person learning. Ly continued, “Supt. Hyatt doesn’t like it that we’re exposing his failed leadership and his failed philosophy that he doesn’t want to keep educators and students safe.” AFT New Mexico continues to “monitor the situation,” Ly said. She added she is hopeful that the district will work to improve guidelines. If not, AFT
New Mexico may consider taking GMCS to court. “Let me be clear: we believe it is extremely important that when the community spread is low and when you have all the safety measures in place, we need to get students back into the schools,” she said. “We don’t want to be in a position where we have to have schools shut down. So, this really all relies on … if the superintendent does what he needs to do to keep the schools safe and the community safe.” It is not clear how long the PED’s investigation is expected to last.
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the FBI says this type of scam is not unusual. If you suspect that your online relationship is a scam, immediately stop all contact. If you have a lready sent money, immediately report it to your financial institution, file a complaint with the Internet Crimes Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) and contact law enforcement.
Travel Advisories beforehand, at travel.state.gov, provide your itinerary to family and friends and, if possible, do not travel alone. According to an FBI statement, people are sometimes hesitant to report being a victim of this type of scam. But
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Public Notice is hereby provided that the GallupMcKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: DESIGN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR GALLUP HIGH SCHOOL PARKING LOT AND WALKWAYS RFP-2021-07MA Commodity Code(s): 90607 & 90610 As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-
McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website https://gmcs.bonfirehub.com A NON-MANDATORY PreProposal Conference will be held virtually on February 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM MST. Please see the proposal documents as to how to request to attend. Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, March 4, 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 5th Day of February 2021 By: /S/ Charles Long, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County
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School District No. 1 RFP ISSUE DATE: February 5, 2021 PUBLICATION DATES: February 5 & 12, 2021 (Gallup Sun) *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF McKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Estate of MILDRED ALONZO, Deceased.
Request for Proposals Public Notice is hereby provided that the GallupMcKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: DESIGN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR RED ROCK ELEMENTARY AND TOHATCHI HIGH SCHOOLS REPLACEMENT RFP-2021-30RBKC Commodity Code(s): 90607
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Date: 2/2/2021. BRENDA MARTINEZ Personal Representative MASON & ISAACSON, P.A. By James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representative 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Publish: Gallup Sun February 5, 2021
significant revision permit application, Tri-State is removing all sources and permit conditions involving shutting down the coalfired boiler, associated coal and limestone handling equipment, and the cooling tower. Tri-State has transferred ownership and operation of the existing auxiliary boiler and water treatment plant to McKinley Paper Company’s Prewitt Mill as of January 28, 2021. Additionally, Tri-State will transfer operation of the existing fly ash handling system to Salt River Materials Group prior to issuance of this permit modification. Salt River Materials Group will be submitting a new NSR minor source permit application to operate the existing fly ash handling system. This modification of the permit is based on completion of the two phases discussed in Air Quality Permit 0285-M4R2; Phase 1 the shutdown of the coal-fired boiler, associated coal and limestone handling equipment, and the cooling tower, and Phase 2 the transfer of the existing auxiliary boiler and water treatment plant to McKinley Paper Company and fly ash system to Salt River Materials Group. The estimated maximum quantities of any regulated air contaminants after Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the modification will be:
RFP ISSUE DATE: February 5, 2021
BRENDA MARTINEZ has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of MILDRED ALONZO, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claim will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative at the offices of Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico.
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As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the GallupMcKinley County Schools eBidding platform website https://gmcs.bonfirehub.com A NON-MANDATORY PreProposal Conference will be held virtually on February 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM MST. Please see the proposal documents as to how to request to attend. Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, March 5, 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.
PUBLICATION DATES: February 5 & 12, 2021 (Gallup Sun) February 7 & 11, 2021 (Albuquerque Journal) *** NOTICE OF AIR QUALITY PERMIT APPLICATION Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State) announces its intent to apply to the New Mexico Environment Department for a significant revision to a minor source operating under Air Quality Permit 0285-M4R2, for its facility identified as the Prewitt Escalante Generating Station (PEGS). The expected date of the application submittal is February 25, 2021. This notice is a requirement of the New Mexico air quality regulations. The exact location of PEGS is at latitude 35 deg, 24 min, 57.4 sec west and longitude 108 deg, 4 min, 57.6 sec north. The approximate location is 4 miles north of Prewitt, NM on the west side of County Road 19 in McKinley County. PEGS was a single unit coalfired electric generating station owned and operated by Tri-State. With this
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The hours of operation will remain permitted for 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 8760 hours per year. The owner and/or operator of the Facility is: Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association P.O. Box 33695 Denver CO 80233-0695 If you have any comments about the construction or operation of this facility, and you want your comments to be made as part of the permit review process, you must submit your comments in writing to this address: Permit Programs Manager; New Mexico Environment Department; Air Quality Bureau; 525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1; Santa Fe, New Mexico; 87505-1816; (505) 476-4300; 1 800-224-7009; https://www.env.nm.gov/aqb/ permit/aqb_draft_permits. html. Other comments and questions may be submitted verbally. With your comments, please refer to the company name and facility name, or send a copy of this notice along with your comments. This information is necessary since the Department may have not yet received the permit application. Please include a legible return mailing address. Once the Department has
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 completed its preliminary review of the application and its air quality impacts, the Department’s notice will be published in the legal section of a newspaper circulated near the facility location. Attención Este es un aviso de la Agencia de Calidad de Aire del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México, acerca de las emisiones producidas por un establecimiento en esta área. Si usted desea información en español, por favor de comunicarse con la oficina de Calidad de Aire al teléfono 505476-5557. Notice of Non-Discrimination NMED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. NMED is responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning nondiscrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Part 7, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. If you have any questions about this notice or any of NMED’s non- discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact: Kristine Pintado, NonDiscrimination Coordinator, New Mexico Environment Department, 1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502, (505) 827-2855, nd.coordinator@ state.nm.us. If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a NMED program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above or visit our website at https:// www.env.nm.gov/NMED/EJ/ index.html to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination. Publish: Gallup Sun February 12 , 2021 ***
PUBLIC NOTICE SURPLUS PROPERTY SALE ONE (1) 2012 Gooseneck 20foot Flatbed Utility Trailer Bid will be awarded to highest reasonable offer: Asking Price $4,000 Must be able to deliver full amount by Certified Cashier’s Check within five business days after notice of successful bid. Instructions to Bidders: Submit written bid amount in a sealed envelope to the Gallup Housing Authority to the Attention of: Michael Burnside, CIP Coordinator at the address below. Bidders must provide name, address, telephone #, and/or email. Deadline for Bids: Friday, February 19, 2021 by 12:00 noon. Surplus property may be viewed at the address given below. 203 Debra Drive Gallup, NM 87301 P.O. Box 1334 Gallup, NM 87305 Phone (505)722-4388 Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 *** NOTICE OF AIR QUALITY PERMIT APPLICATION Salt River Materials Group (SRMG) announces its intent to apply to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for a new 20.2.72 NMAC air quality permit for a construction materials storage and transload facility in Prewitt, New Mexico that will be identified as “Escalante Transload Facility”. The date the notarized SRMG permit application will be submitted to the NMED Air Quality Bureau is estimated to be February 25, 2021. SRMG’s physical location will be latitude 35°, 24’, 56.30» N and longitude 108°, 04’, 54.66» W, which is approximately 4 miles northwest of Prewitt, NM in McKinley County. SRMG purchased fly ash material from Tri-State’s Prewitt Escalante Generating Station (PEGS) for resale to their construction materials clients until the coal-fired boiler shutdown in mid-September 2020. With this
permit application, SRMG will be repurposing the existing fly ash storage and loadout system as a distribution terminal for transloading construction materials, such as fly ash, cement, lime, etc. The operation will transfer construction materials by truck or railcar to the terminal for storage and load out and transport to final destinations at a maximum throughput of 250,000 tons per year. The facility will consist of a storage silo with baghouse dust collector, and two (2) silo loadout systems each with their own baghouse dust collectors. The facility will only be a source of particulate matter and potentially state toxic air emissions. The estimated maximum quantities of any regulated air contaminants will be as follows in pound per hour (pph) and tons per year (tpy). These reported emissions could change slightly during the course of the Department’s review:
must submit your comments in writing to this address: Permit Programs Manager; New Mexico Environment Department; Air Quality Bureau; 525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1; Santa Fe, New Mexico; 87505-1816; (505) 476-4300; 1 800 224-7009; https://www.env. nm.gov/aqb/permit/aqb_draft_ permits.html. Other comments and questions may be submitted verbally. With your comments, please refer to the company name and facility name, or send a copy of this notice along with your comments. This information is necessary since the Department may have not yet received the permit application. Please include a legible return mailing address. Once the Department has completed its preliminary review of the application and its air quality impacts, the Department’s notice will be published in the legal section of a newspaper circulated near the facility location.
Pounds per hour
Tons per year
PM 10 (Total Facility)
PM 2.5 (Total Facility)
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Total sum of all Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)
Toxic Air Pollutant (TAP)
Green House Gas Emissions as Total CO2e
Salt River Materials Group/ Phoenix Cement Company 8800 E Chaparral Rd # 155 Scottsdale, AZ 85250 If you have any comments about the construction or operation of this facility, and you want your comments to be made as part of the permit review process, you
Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 *** LEGAL NOTICE
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
The maximum and standard operating schedule (or “potential to emit”) of the SRMG - Escalante Transload Facility is 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and a maximum of 52 weeks per year for annual operating hours of 8760 hours per year. The operator of the Escalante Transload Facility is:
and regulations. NMED is responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning nondiscrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Part 7, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. If you have any questions about this notice or any of NMED’s non- discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact: Kristine Pintado, NonDiscrimination Coordinator, New Mexico Environment Department, 1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM 87502, (505) 827-2855, nd.coordinator@ state.nm.us. If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a NMED program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above or visit our website at https:// www.env.nm.gov/NMED/EJ/ index.html to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination.
Attención Este es un aviso de la Agencia de Calidad de Aire del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México, acerca de las emisiones producidas por un establecimiento en esta área. Si usted desea información en español, por favor de comunicarse con la oficina de Calidad de Aire al teléfono 505476-5557. Notice of Non-Discrimination NMED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:00 am MST. Meeting will be conducted at the Gallup Housing Authority, 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. A copy of the agenda and/or specific agenda items may be obtained at the Gallup Housing Authority office. This is a public meeting except for items to be considered in closed session. 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  people in any given area, social distancing amongst attendee’s, and not allowing anyone who
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 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. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the Gallup Housing Authority at (505) 722-4388, at least (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Please contact the Gallup Housing Authority, if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 *** NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Qualifications-based competitive sealed proposals for RFP No. 2021-02
MILK RANCH AND MCGAFFEY TRAIL SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTION will be received by McKinley County, 207 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301 until Thursday, March 4, 2021 2:00 p.m. local time. Proposals will be received in the County Manager’s Office. Copies of the Request for Proposals can be obtained in person at the Office of the Manager at 207 West Hill Ave., Third Floor, Gallup, NM 87301, be mailed upon written request to Hugo G. Cano, Procurement Manager (505) 722-3868, Ext. 1010, or may be obtained from McKinley County Website: www.co.mckinley. nm.us/212/Bids-RFPsSolicitations. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and to waive all formalities. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 13-1-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 12th day of February 2021 BY: /s/ Billy Moore Chairman, Board of Commissioners Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 ***
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Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following Items will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/or related charges. Property is located at: Sunrise II Self Storage 3000 W. Hwy 66 and Sunrise Self Storage 2610 E. Hwy. 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD Please call 505-722-7989 for more information. Last Known Address of Tenant: Nita Frank PO Box 2793 Kirtland, NM 87417 Ladder, tables, suitcase Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items Pricilla James 810 Patton Dr. #33 Gallup, NM 87301 Guitar, record player, Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items Pete Maldonado 812 N. Mesquite St. Carlsbad, NM 88220 Table, chair, bike, dryer Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items Items may be viewed on the day of sale only. CASH ONLY Please call office to verify Info. Sale May Be Cancelled By Right of Lien Holder. Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Adhering to the Social Distancing Protocols, issued by the Governor’s Office; and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of the quorum of the governing body, this meeting will be physically closed to the public but open to the public via technology services. Members of the public may view the live stream feeds offered on the approved Facebook account of the McKinley County Office of Emergency Management. Members of the public are welcome to call in with comments about any of the items on the agenda and comment for the public hearing. The comment call in number (505.863.1400) will be monitored beginning at 8:45
am on the day of the meeting; and it will stop being monitored at 9:50 am on the day of the meeting. Please give your name, and the Agenda Item Number you desire to comment on, and a return phone number. When, at the appropriate time for making comments on the agenda items, (beginning at approximately 9:01 am) the Commission Chair will call you on your return number so you can make your comment. The Commission Chair pursuant to state law and county policy can limit the time of comments and reduce common or cumulative comments as needed; comments will be limited to 3 minutes. The members of the County Commission at their option can participate by phone or other technological participation methods. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office and can be sent electronically upon request. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Shawna Garnenez at (505) 863-1400 ext. 1053 at least five calendar days in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend via the live stream mentioned herein. Done this 10th day of February 2021 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Billy Moore, Chairperson Publication by posting date: February 10th, 2021 before 3:00 pm. Publication date: Gallup Sun February 12th, 2021 *** STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF CIBOLA THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT JAMES HERMAN, Personal Representative of the Estate of Ray D. Vernon
Defendants. No.D-1333-CV-2020-00267 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO TO: ALEXANDER E. TATRO, HIS HEIRS, ESTATES, ASSIGNS AND UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN THE PREMISES, You or your attorney are hereby directed to file a pleading or motion in response to the Complaint to quiet title on file herein on or before 30 days from the date of the last publication of this Notice in the Office of the Clerk of the District Court, Thirteenth Judicial District of the State of New Mexico, sitting within and for the County of Cibola, that being the Court on which said Complaint is filed, and to serve a copy of the same pleading or motion upon Plaintiffs or Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec, P.O. Box 1772, Gallup, New Mexico 87305, (505 – 7224463). Unless a responsive pleading or motion is entered by you in this cause on or before the above date, judgment will be rendered against you by default. The general object of said action is to quiet the title of the following-described property in Cibola County, New Mexico: Lots Ten (10) and Fourteen (14) in Block Five (5) Unit Two (2) of BLUEWATER ACRES SUBDIVISION in Cibola (Formerly Valencia) County, New Mexico, As the same as shown and designated on the Plat thereof filed in the office of The County Clerk, Valencia County, New Mexico, on August 1, 1962. WITNESS the District Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court of the State of New Mexico, and the seal of said Court this ____ day of February, 2021. Clerk of the District Court
Plaintiff Vs. ALEXANDER E. TATRO, HIS HEIRS, ESTATES, ASSIGNS AND UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN THE PREMISES,
By __________________ Deputy Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 February 19, 2021 February 26, 2021
COMMUNITY CALENDAR FEBRUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 18, 2021 FRIDAY, February 12
VIRTUAL FUN FRIDAY: CHINESE NEW YEAR
4 pm @gallup library Join OFPL on Facebook LIVE, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox. Learn about its cultural significance, family, traditions, celebration practices, and the origin of the Chinese zodiac. Email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
OFPL ON THE BOOKS: BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Visit YouTube, @galluplibrary to view episodes of the On the Books: Black History Month where we’re exploring Black History through the authors and works in our collection Videos are posted Fridays at 11:00 am. Mildred D. Taylor will be our focus this week.
VIRTUAL CRAFTS HANGOUT REGISTRATION
Register to participate in OFPL’s virtual get-together by visiting ofpl.online. Registration Deadline: Feb. 12. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, February 13
VIRTUAL CRAFTS HANGOUT
12 pm Join OFPL on for an afternoon of chatting and crafting! Virtually chat with other community members to exchange craft ideas, stories, food recipes as we craft together through knitting, crocheting, sewing, and more. Register to participate in OFPL’s virtual get-together by visiting ofpl.online. Email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
VIRTUAL ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS
12 pm OFPL’s own Zumba Fitness instructor Joshua Whitman with special guest Zumba Fitness instructors including Alicia Santiago, Becky Paquin and Kelvin Gleason of Gallup. Visit ofpl.online to register to participate virtually from home as we sweat up a New Year’s storm. Registration is limited to 100 participants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SUNDAY, February 14
WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB
Register at ofpl.online for a copy of The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones now through Feb. 15. The story follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Zoom discussions will be held in March. Email bmartin@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 8631291 for more information.
MONDAY, February 15
VIRTUAL WORKER’S RIGHTS FORUM
Join OFPL and Somos Gallup for a virtual worker’s rights forum on Facebook Live and on Zoom. We will discuss worker’s rights during a pandemic, wage theft, and more. Learn about your rights. Currently, only some workers qualify for paid sick leave when dealing with COVID. Somos is working to pass a state law to ensure all workers have access to paid sick leave during the pandemic and beyond. Watch this forum on Facebook Live @galluplibrary. Email libtrain@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 to register for Zoom. Contact Somos at (505) 424-7832 or on Facebook @somosunpueblo for more information.
Busy day working or taking care of the family? Join us on OFPL’s Facebook or YouTube, @galluplibrary to make DIY self-care products. This week we will create a Sage with blackberry body scrub. Ingredient lists for each product are available at ofpl.online. Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
4 pm @ YouTube @gallup library. Create your own art using materials found around your home! Courses are geared towards individuals approximately 15-years of age and older. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a firstcome, first-served basis and to request supplies go through the Online Request Form. This week we will create Kente cloth In honor of Black History Month, learn more about the Western African Kente Cloth, its cultural significance, and how to create a beautiful cloth out of fabric or paper. Creative Corner Episodes are available for viewing after the premiere event on YouTube, @galluplibrary. For more information: email@example.com; (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, February 16
EVERYBODY IS TALKING TUESDAYS!
4 pm YouTube, @galluplibrary, let’s talk about showing love. Tell us your love stories. Do you love a person, a pet, your community, your library? Tell us about it or anything else you may love by submitting a 3 - 5 minute video and join the creative genius of OFPL. Watch out for talks about books, authors, movies, food, making, and technology from our talented neighbors. Join us on YouTube, @galluplibrary. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
TECH SHORT TUESDAYS
5 pm @galluplibrary. for “How to” tech shorts. This month we are are looking at ways to clean up your act. Discover technology tips, apps, and more as we clean up our devices. For more information: email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
DRIVE-UP COVID-19 TESTING
1:30 pm-2:30 pm @ UNM Gallup Lions Hall parking lot (705 Gurley Ave.). Pre-registration is preferred, but not required at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org NM Dept of Health 1919 College Drive WEDNESDAY, February 17
GROW WITH GOOGLE: WORK SMARTER WITH GOOGLE
10 am OFPL and Google will present a Digital Series Workshop. Join us on Google Meet for this live stream presentation of Work Smarter with Google. Learn how to use Google’s tools and shortcuts to complete tasks quickly and easily. Registration is optional but recommended for easy access to the viewing party. To register, email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
TECH TIME ONLINE: JOB SEARCH HELP USING JOB NOW
(FACEBOOK LIVE) Need help finding a job in these tough times? Let us help you find the tools and help you need to be successful. Join us live to ask questions and get answers.
CHILDREN’S LIBRARY BRANCH WEEKLY EVENTS OFPL EVERY CHILD READY 2 READ
11 AM Visit You Tube, @gallup library to view episodes of OFPL’s Every Child Ready to Read where we focus on the five practices of early literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. This week we will focus on Movement Songs. THURSDAY, February 18
GET UP AND GAME – POKEMON GO!
4 pm Join OFPL on Facebook LIVE @galluplibrary on to participate live in a get up and move event. Play Pokemon Go with us live on Twitch, @ofpl_ streams while we walk around the neighborhood, visit stops, ask trivia questions, and more! Get pumped up before the big world wide Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto event on Feb 20. Even if you don’t play Pokemon Go you can walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the company and exercise. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. Visit https://pokemongolive.com/en/events/tour/ kanto/ to learn more about the game.
DRIVE-UP COVID-19 TESTING
1:30 pm-2:30 pm @ UNM Gallup Lions Hall parking lot (705 Gurley Ave.). Pre-registration is preferred, but not required at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org NM Dept of Health 1919 College Drive
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 focus on boat craft. ONGOING
VALENTINE ART SWAP
Show a little love for your neighbors with an art swap. Pick up a 6”x6” canvas board using the library’s Supply Request Form and return with your completed artwork by Feb. 19 at 5 pm. Pieces will then be redistributed and you will receive an original work from a fellow neighbor. All mediums welcome. Email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM 2
All Day. The time for another virtual escape room is here! Access our digital escape room collection on our website http://ofpl.online or through social media @ galluplibrary. Escape Room 2 will be posted beginning Jan. 2. Registration is not required, play anytime at home. For more information: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291 for more information.
OFPL VIRTUAL JURIED ART SHOWCASE
Call to Artists! OFPL is seeking visual art from community artists in the first OFPL Virtual Juried Art Showcase. 2021 Virtual Theme: “Art for ArtSake.”. Submit 1-3 high quality image(s) of 2D or 3D medium visual arts for OFPL’s Virtual Juried Art Showcase. Visual art may include drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, weaving, and more. Juried art showcase is divided into the following age categories: 0-4, 5-7, 8-12, 13-17, and 18+. Please see showcase requirements below: Submission deadline: Feb. 28 by 11:59 pm. Send all submissions to jwhitman@gallupnm. gov by deadline. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; (505) 863-1291.
UNM-GALLUP HOLIDAY STEP CHALLENGE
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 bbbsmountainregion.org/volunteer to sign up today.
RMCHCS FLU VACCINES (ADULTS ONLY)
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.
RMCHCS COVID-19 DRIVE-UP TESTING
9 am-5 pm Mon.-Fri. @ Urgent Care Center (520 NM Hwy 564, north of the New Mexico Cancer Center). Closed on Sundays. Rapid testing is not available.
RMCHCS COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is making appointments for individuals in Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution plan. For detailed information call (505) 4882684; https://bit.ly/2M0n2bV
Storytime anytime, call (505) 862-9177 to hear a story any time of the day or night. Stories will change daily, at the end leave us a message to let us know what stories you want to hear.
BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK
The Library is celebrating Valentine’s Day by playing matchmaker! You shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover. Put your trust in fate and choose a book without knowing the title. Requests for blind dates can be made using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. Maybe you will fall in love! Place a request for a blind date with a book starting Feb. 1 and then rate it by filling out the “Rate the Date” card included with each book. Return the card to the book drop by March 15 and be entered in a drawing to win a prize. Post a picture with your blind date on our Facebook or Instagram pages @galluplibrary for a second entry into the drawing. Email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
Individual challenge with prizes. Goal is 420,000 steps. The challenge is six weeks or 42 days long. For more informaTo post a nonprofit or tion: firstname.lastname@example.org; civic event in the calendar (505) 862-9389.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for more mentors to make a difference in the life
section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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