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Diné Artist honors grandmother through craft By Dee Velasco For the Sun

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ife on the Navajo reservation helped shape 39-year-old Diné artisan Philander Begay. Begay is a Navajo artist who has won numerous awards for his jewelry at the Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Santa Fe shows, and the Heard Museum. Begay remembers hanging on the skirt tails of his grandmother in Round Rock, Ariz., as she would teach him things

about the Diné culture. They would walk together as his grandmother pointed out certain things about the land. One of the things he learned about was the horned toad. “My grandma would find one, pick it up, and pray for it as well as bless it. She would talk to it and say it would give me good luck in my life.” The horned toad was from his grandma, ever since he was little his grandma would pray and bless the horned toad. She would talk to it and give us good luck from it.” Since then, h e h a s

lived all over the Southwest and made Gallup his home in 2012, Begay is now creating beautiful jewelry designed from the horned toad among other inspirations he was taught by his grandmother. He specializes in tufa cast. Tufa is a sedimentary rock made up of limestone. Tufa cast is the process of carving a mold into volcanic ash using the carving as the negative space into which precious stones are inlaid along with 14-karat or 18-karat gold and silver, and of course, patience and time. His unique style is highly sought-after. Even before the item is finished, it is often already spoken for and sold. Some of Begay’s jewelry incorporates pueblo styles. He says he’s always been influenced by various pueblo ruins around New Mexico and by Anasazi images on pottery

shards he would come across. He often wondered what

became of them [the Anasazi people]. With these pictures in his mind, he began crafting those images into his bracelets. “I i n lay l ike how t he A nasazi put together the bricks as they would put their homes together,” he said. His wife Shanibah and

son, Isiah Begay, also help w ith ca sti ng a nd i n lays. Begay makes bracelets, rings, pendants, concho belts, and bolo ties. The most expensive piece Begay sold was around $20,000 for a concho belt. He never thought that doing this type of art would create a comfortable living for his family. “I’ve always been an artisan since I was a kid,” he said. “I remember drawing a landscape of my grandma’s place in Round Rock. (laughing), I even try to sell it for $3. I remember my dad would draw horses and I wanted to draw like him. I remember helping out my cousin with his jewelry and just picked it up there.” Begay said with the artistic influence from his father and cousin, his career unfolded

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Sports ready to kick off new season The New Mexico Activities Association has approved a schedule for the start of high school sports in New Mexico. The dates that sports may begin practice are Feb. 22 for football, cross country and volleyball and March 1 for soccer. Cross country and volleyball competitions are scheduled to begin Feb. 27. Football games and soccer matches are scheduled to start on March 6. Basketball, and Spirit practices may begin March 22. Basketball games are scheduled to begin March 27. Spirit competitions may begin April 3 and wrestling practice can start March 29, with competitions scheduled to start on April 5. Spring sports (baseball, golf, softball, tennis, track & field) practice may begin on April 5. The spring sports competitions are slated to begin on April 10.

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Safety protocols Official practice for GMCS athletes may begin Feb. 22. In order to keep GMCS athletes safe as they are able to return to athletic competition, rules have been put in place that must be followed this season. The district is following the return to play guidelines set forth by the New Mexico Activities Association. The guidelines are in accordance with State of New Mexico orders. Those guidelines require that masks must be worn at all times. No medical releases are accepted. Also, coaches are still required to do temperature checks and keep records. Sanitization practices will remain the same. Athletes must sign a new Code of Conduct which includes COVID rules. These rules must be followed on and off the field. Up to date return to play guidelines can be found at nmact.org.

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No fans will be allowed to attend athletic events in person this year. Don’t fret! Thanks to newly installed equipment through the School District, fans have an option to follow their favorite Gallup-McKinley County Schools’ sports teams through electronic streaming service. Cameras have been set up at all GMCS football fields and gymnasiums in the district. Fans can view their teams and their athletes by subscribing to the NFHS network streaming service. To subscribe, go to https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/ retail. From there, you may choose the pass that best fits. Subscriptions allow full access to live regular season and post-season sporting events, immediate access to events when they are available On Demand and support for participating school’s programs. Fans will be able to watch the events on their smartphone, tablet, computer or connected devices.

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Leaving an imprint on McKinley County THE STRONG NAVAJO SUPPORT FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY KARL GILLSON Staff Reports

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o understand what motivated McKinley County’s former district attorney, Karl Raymond Gillson, who died on Jan. 24 at the age of 58 after a long illness, all one would have to do would be to look at his record as a Gallup state magistrate in the 1990s. He had been accused of being too hard on the people who came before him for sentencing. He said he knew that people who had multiple DWI convictions would tr y their best to get their ca ses hea rd by a ny other magistrate. “I can see why the other magistrates give lighter sentences. Its better for their political careers,” he said, adding that he could see how people could get one or two DWIs by not concentrating on how much they had been d r i n k i ng. But t hose w it h four, five, six or more convictions are not able to use that defense. “Those individuals need to be put in prison for as long as possible to protect area residents from having a close encounter with one of them on the road after midnight on Saturday or Sunday,” he said. Gillson never had to worry about getting enough votes to be re- elected bec au se t he Nav a jo pop u l a t ion i n McK i n ley a nd San Juan counties could be counted on to give him their suppor t on Elect ion Day, because they knew he was tr y ing to cut cr ime in the rural areas of those counties.

It wa s not u nusua l for Gillson to win the vote in ever y chapter in San Juan Cou nt y, where s t a t e l aw required him to run because he ser viced the entire 11th Judicial District, while he on ly had t he aut hor it y i n McKinley County. Just how popular he was with the Navajo voter could be seen when he won the primary in 2012 despite strong opposition from Navajo and Anglo challengers. In addition, he was unable to do any campaigning because of his battle with a liver disease ... but just his name on the ballot was enough campaigning to get his Navajo base out to the polls on Election Day. T h i s c o n c e r n fo r h i s Nava jo constituents could be seen a few yea rs a f ter he was first elected district at tor ney. He sa id he h a d been receiving a lot of calls from women who were regularly being abused by their boyfriends or husbands. Gillson realized women i n t he cou nt y, e specia l ly Nat ive A mer ica n women, needed help from his office, so he sought and got grants so he could hire two more a t t or ney s for h i s of f ice, and assign them to handle dome st ic v iolence c a se s, exclusively. It was logical that Gillson had the pulse of the county, since he was born in Gallup but was raised in Lupton. He came back to the Gallup area when he became enrolled in the schools in Rehoboth. He graduated from Rehoboth High School and then went to Dordt University in Iowa where he pa r t icipat ed i n

Former McKinley County District Attorney Karl Gillson. Photo Credit: Courtesy

cross country. He t ra nsfer red to New Me x ic o S t a t e Un i ve r s it y where he majored in political science. After graduating summa cum laude from NMSU, he attended a pre-law summer institute because he wanted to go to law school that fall. He enrolled at the University of New Mexico Law School and graduated in 1991. After graduation, he got a job in the McKinley County District Attorney’s Office as a deputy attorney. Two years later, with the encouragement of the Navajo Nation’s president, Peterson Zah, he indicated he was interested in a vacancy in the magistrate court. A little later, New Mexico Gov. Bruce King appointed him to the position. Gillson wa s 30 yea rs old, mak ing him the youngest person ever appointed to that position. As a magistrate judge, he set up a program providing

for Navajo, Zuni and Spanish i nt er pret er s i f t hey were needed. He also pushed and got an alternative resolution program put into effect, and created a Navajo Peacemaking program in the courts. In 2000, he ran for district attorney and easily won the election. He would spend the next 17 years of his life serving the county a s distr ict attorney. In 2012 he became ill with a reported liver problem and his illness became so severe that he was forced to work from home beginning in 2014. Despite this and the fact t hat he spent l it t le or no money on h i s c a mpa ig n , not being able to actua lly do much ca mpa igning, he still won the election. A few months later, however, his illness forced him to step down as district attorney. Among his many accomplishments as district attorney wa s the ex pa nsion of

the office, and the addition of several more attorneys to handle the growing number of cases. He a lso spent time tr ying to deal with complaints about f r aud i n t he cit y ’s Indian Arts stores. One case he took to court involved a woma n who spent severa l thousand dollars on Indian jewel r y she t hou g ht wa s made by a master jeweler. However, when she met the silversmith a short time later, he told her he never m a de t he piece s, a dd i n g that the jewelry wasn’t worth anywhere near what she paid for it. When the store owner refused to give her money back, she went to Gillson, who decided to charge the store owner with fraud as a message to others in the city who might be breaking arts and crafts law. He won the case and the store owner was given probation and required to pay restitution. The owner was a young man who had been given the initial stock when he was set up in business by his father. It turned out that he had been struggling financially for years and closed his store just before the trial. Gillson also helped out in other areas as well, serving a s a member of the boa rd of directors for DNA Legal Services and as chair of the county’s bar association. Because of the COV ID 19 pa ndem ic, on ly fa m i ly members were invited to his funeral. T he fa m i ly a n nou nced that a memorial service will be held when the pandemic is over.

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DWI PROGRAM County commissioners say yes to funding

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LEGER FERNÁNDEZ Becomes new chair of Indigenous Peoples Subcommittee

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FIRST BLACK DVS SECRETARY Wins unanimous vote 38-0

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WHAT IS SAHARAN RED? A different kind of snow

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VALENTINE ART SWAP Time to return your artwork

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Commissioners agree to fund DWI program By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent

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hree main topics came up for discussion at the Feb. 16 McKinley County Commission

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2022 funding for the county’s DWI program was addressed fi rst. Program Manager Maura Schanefelt requested an estimated amount of $819,172, an amount she told the Gallup Sun isn’t guaranteed. The program’s mission is to help people overcome the challenges associated with alcohol abuse to create a safer community. The DWI program will use the grant to address six areas: screening, prevention, coordination, treatment, alternative sentencing, and compliance monitoring. If the program receives more money, it will be directed toward a seventh aspect of the program: law enforcement.

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The commissioners approved the funding by a unanimous vote. Also on the agenda was Motorcycle Awareness Month. Richard Sturgeon proposed declaring May 2021 Motorcycle Awareness Month. After some discussion with Commissioner Robert Baca about the importance of motorcyclists’ responsibility for their own safety and education. The proclamation passed unanimously. McK inley County. Mgr. Anthony Dimas Jr. addressed the topic of the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Service’s third amended lease. The county owns the building and is in charge of the hospital’s lease. Dimas Jr. brought up that Bill Lee will be the newest member of the RMCHCS board, which has now expanded from four to seven. Lee will take his position on the RMCHCS Board March 2.

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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports A S SAU LT WITH TWEEZERS Gallup, Jan. 27 A man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after police allege he tried to stab a security guard at a Safeway store with a pair of tweezers. Officer Victor Madrid was dispatched at 4:58 pm to the Safeway at U.S. Highway 491 in reference to a weapon call. The caller stated a man wearing a dark jacket and white shoes threatened him with something sharp and then he left, walking toward the Big Lots store south of the Safeway. Madrid arrived and discovered a man matching that description walking in that direction. He put Ryan Roy Chee, 38, address unknown, in the

back of his police car and drove to the Safeway, where the security guard identified Chee as the man who had assaulted him with what looked like silver tweezers. The security guard asked Chee to leave three times. Finally Chee left, but then approached the security guard and made a stabbing motion with the tweezers. The security guard pulled out his pepper spray, which is when Chee turned to walk away, according to court reports. Chee was arrested and cha rged w it h agg ravated assault with a deadly weapon, a class 4 felony. He was taken to Gallup McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked.

WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY | SEE PAGE 11

Body discovered at stadium Staff Reports

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olice, medical and fi re personnel were called out Feb.14 to the Ga llup Public School St a d iu m, 10 0 0 S. Grandview, after a passerby made a report to 911 about what he thought was a body to the east of the stadium. Authorities confirmed the

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body was that of DeWayne Freeland, 55, of Fort Wingate, N. M. Gallup Police Captain Erin Toadlena Pablo told the Gallup Sun that the family has been notified. There is no cause of death at this time, however no foul play is suspected. Results from the Office of the Medical Investigator are pending.

Gallup man takes NMSP on 120 mph chase Staff Reports

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nthony Palacios, 45, of Gallup, faces multiple charges following a chase that reached more than 120 miles per hour in the early morning hours on Interstate 40. Palacios faces a felony charge of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, along with reckless driving, driving while license suspended, concealing identity, speeding, driving on a divided highway, driving on roadways laned for traffic, vehicles entering stop or yield intersection, failure to use proper turn signals, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. At about 1:48 am Jan. 19, N.M. State Police Officer A lexa nder Apodaca wa s patrolling I-40 westbound when he noticed a 2000 black

Suzuki Esteem pulled over onto the shoulder with its hazard lights fl ashing. Apodaca decided to do a welfare check, according to police reports. As he walked up to the pa ssenger side w i ndow, Apodaca saw a single male driver slumped over and facing downward behind the steering wheel, the report stated. He also smelled a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana coming from Palacios’ car, reports state. After providing a false name, Palacios started to drive away at a speed of more than 90 miles per hour westbound on I-40. After driving onto the median, Palacios swerved across both westbound lanes and onto the Exit 108 off-ramp, reports state. Palacios drove north on Casa Blanca Road at about 70 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone, sometimes in the southbound lane.

Apodaca stated that Palacios’ speed reached more than 123 miles per hour. Palacios then got back onto the interstate, driving west in the eastbound lanes, nearly crashing into three 18-wheelers. Laguna police began chasing Palacios, according to reports, and found Palacios’ car a mile up the road. Palacios had run away from the car. Because Palacios was not a member of the Laguna tribe, Apodaca once again became involved. Apodaca found a bong along with a green leafy substance underneath the stereo. He also found a pack of unopened vodka bottles behind the driver’s front seat. The police report states that Apodaca knew Palacios, and an arrest warrant was later served. Even before the incident, Palacios had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

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Rep. Leger Fernández takes on major position NEW CHAIR OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SUBCOMMITTEE Staff Reports  

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ASHINGTON, D. C. — Congresswoma n Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M.-3, announced Feb. 17 that she will ser ve a s Chair of the Subcommittee fo r I n d i g e n o u s Pe o p l e s of t he Un ited St ates for t he 117t h Cong re s s. T he S u b com m it t e e work s t o empower Tribal communities, protect Tribal sovereignty,

and enhance Tribal authority over their lands and natural resources. “In the last year, the pandemic’s disastrous impact on Native American communities made our country aware of something that my district has known for too long - the United States has failed to meet its trust responsibilities to Native Americans, and the consequences are deadly and heartbreaking. We can and must do better,” she said. 

“ We m u s t b u i l d o n Chairman [Raúl] Grijalva and former Subcommittee Chair Congressman [Ruben] Gallego’s work to promote economic development and improve access to quality health care, broadband, education, child care and much more,” she said. Cong res swoma n L eger Fernández’s experience as a former attorney and advocate for Tribal nations on key issues including Tribal sovereignty, self-determination,

cu ltu ra l protections, a nd voting rights will bring an important perspective to the subcommittee. Her career included work to negotiate one of the first IHS-Tribal joint venture agreements for building health clinics; to secure fi nancing of approximately a billion dollars for infrastructure, broadband, and business and governmental buildings; and successfully litigating environmental and Section 106 claims.

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Are national, tribal parks reopening? 24TH NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL COMMITTEE HEARS PLANS Staff Reports

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Committee of the 24th Navajo Nation Council received reports regarding coronavirus pandemic impacts on the U.S. National Parks Service’s reopening plans for the Grand Canyon

National Park’s east entrance, the status of Navajo Nation tribal parks, and nearby Navajo-owned hotels during their regular meeting Feb 16. In the first report, GCNP

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez Superintendent Edward Keable said the NPS currently plans to reopen its eastern park entrance on May 21. “Keeping safety in mind, we are not committed to this date and want to be good neighbors by incorporating the Navajo Nation’s interests in our plans,” Keable said. Members of the RDC presented their concerns for the

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safety of both Navajo Nation residents and Grand Canyon tourists during a possible reopening. Navajo Nation Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim and Office of President and Vice President Deputy

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Long-sought permanent funding for early childhood programs takes important step forward Staff Reports

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ANTA FE – A transformational long-term investment in New Mexico’s youngest children won House passage Feb. 12, moving the state one step closer to providing permanent and sustainable funds for early childhood programs. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and cabinet secretaries cheered the House action. House Joint Resolution 1 – sponsored by Reps. Moe

Maestas, Jav ier Mar tinez, G eor gene L ou i s a nd L i z Thomson – would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to earmark an additional small portion of the Land Grant Permanent Fund each year for essential early childhood care and education programs throughout New Mexico. “Investing in early childhood development is one of the best things we can do to ensure our children’s success, support working families and pave the way for New Mexico’s

economic development and future prosperity,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “It’s an investment that needs and deserves permanent, sustainable funding. I appreciate the quick action of the legislature on this landmark, and long awaited, proposal.” If New Mexicans ultimately vote to pass the constitutional amendment, the state will expand and enhance access to high-quality early childhood educ at ion ser v ice s for children from birth to

kindergarten. Public support for using one percent of the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood programs is both strong and bipartisan. According to a poll conducted last month by LD Insights, 75 percent of voters support using one percent of the LGPF annually to provide more funds for early childhood programs (63

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Sonya L. Smith unanimously confi rmed as DVS Secretary DVS’ FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN AGENCY HEAD Staff Reports

Medical Group. As a medic with the United States Air Force Reser ve, Smith was activated to serve

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A N TA F E — S o n y a L . Smith was unanimously confirmed by the New Mexico Senate Feb. 17 as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. The vote was 38-0, officially naming her as the fifth DVS secretary—and first AfricanAmerican to serve as head of the agency. She had been serving on an interim basis since her nomination for the position by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last October after the retirement of then-Secretary Judy Griego. Smith comes to DVS from the New Mexico Department of Health, where she served as a special projects coordinator--specifically helping guide

Sonya L. Smith has been confirmed as the first African American secretary of the New Mexico Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Photo Credit: governor.state.nm.us the efforts of the agency’s COVID-19 testing team. Prior to that, she served as director of compliance at Southwest Care Center in Santa Fe, and before that, as director of primary care at the University of New Mexico

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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, February 12, 2021

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Ocean Noise T he ra cket of human activ ity beneath the ocean surface is drowning out the natural noises made by marine creatures, which researchers say is as harmful as overfi shing, pollution and climate change. A University of Exeter team made the conclusion after reviewing more than 500 studies on marine noise. The review says while military sonar and oil exploration blasts are obvious sources of distress and deafness in the ocean, noise from shipping has increased by 32 times in the past 50 years. The study says the din of offshore wind farms, bottom trawling and other sources are drowning out the calls many species use to communicate, spawn and migrate.

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South Australia. Researcher Steve Henry blames abundant rainfall and a good harvest for allowing mice to spike in numbers starting last year. He says all that is needed to start killing the mice off is a cold, heavy rain to flood their nests in the ground.

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Explosions within Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano sent plumes of ash high into the

sky south of the capital city and streams of lava f lowing down its southern fl ank. Officials issued a yellow alert to aviation due to the ash, which also fell on nearby communities and farms. The eruption was not a threat to populated areas other than from the fa lling volca nic debris. Pacaya is the most active of the 32 volcanic cones that dot the Central American nation. A powerful eruption in May 2010 killed a TV journalist

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Saharan Red One of the strongest in a series of power f u l w i nter storms raging across parts of Europe drew in a massive plume of Saharan dust, which coated Pyrenees and Alpine ski resorts with an orange hue. The airborne particles also triggered respiratory problems in humans from Barcelona to southern France. Originating in Algeria, the dust turned skies red as far north as the German city of Stuttgart. The dust contained particles of calcite, ferric oxide, quartz and clay.

Rodent Invasion Pa r t s of sout he a s t er n Au s t r a l i a have been overrun by a massive infestation of mice, with untold numbers of the ravenous rodents swarming into people’s homes and threatening crops. The center of the infestation is in rural New South Wales, but the pests have also spread into parts of Queensland, Victoria and

New resea rch points to man-made climate change as a key component in the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and warns of other such animal-to-human transmissions of new pathogens in the future. Scientists found large-scale changes in vegetation driven by climate change across China’s Yunnan province over the past century allowed 40 new bat species to move into the area, carrying 40 new types of viruses. “As climate change altered habitats, species left some areas and moved into others, taking their viruses with them,” zoologist Robert Beyer of the University of Cambridge wrote. With the human population growing and expanding into the new bat habitats, it becomes more likely people will encounter those animals and their viruses, the study concludes.

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PARKS | FROM PAGE 6 Chief of Staff Milton Bluehouse, Jr. also joined the meeting to inform Keable of current pandemic conditions on the Navajo Nation regarding a recent curfew order change. “The purpose of our current health order is to expand the vaccine distribution and contribute to the Navajo Nation’s economic recovery plan. But, it is a balancing act and a race against time,” Bluehouse said. Bluehouse indicated the Navajo Nation leads the country in vaccine distributions with over 2,000 Navajos being vaccinated on the weekend of Feb. 6 alone. The Health Command Operations Center, under guidance from Dr. Jim, is focused on staying ahead of a possible third Covid-19 positive case surge with new variants of the virus reported in surrounding states. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Council Delega t e M a rk F reel a nd ( B e c e n t i , L a k e Va l l e y, Náhodishgish, Standing Rock, Whiterock, Huerfano, Nageezi, Crownpoint) both called for a future work session to communicate Navajo priorities with the

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS | FROM PAGE 7 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats). “Passage of HJR1 is an important step towards building an accessible, equitable, and coordinated early childhood system in every New Mexico community for all New Mexican families and

NPS that would include OPVP, the Navajo Nation Historical Preser vation Depar tment, the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources and the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department. Keable concurred and indicated he would bring Grand Canyon Tribal Liaison Mike Lyndon to the meeting and maintain contact. With the Navajo Nation under a level-red declaration, the highest Covid-19 concentration-code level, Begaye said many in-person services, such as tours, have been canceled. Consequently, 15 to 20 of the 75 department staff members have lost their jobs or have been furloughed. Dr. Ji m ex pla i ned the HCOC’s data-driven approach to creating gating criteria for determining the Navajo Nation’s Covid-19 code levels involves an evaluation of the number of positive Covid-19 cases and other factors related to the spread of the virus. Although Covid19 numbers have gone down, Navajo tribal parks are not able to open until the Navajo Nation is in the orange phase. “I am sure indiv iduals like Mr. Begaye (Parks and

young children,” Elizabeth Groginsky, secretary of the Early Childhood Education and Care Department, said. Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Legislature created the ECECD in 2019 to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services previously spread across several state agencies. The agency officially launched on July 1, 2020. “This is great news for

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Recreation Manager Martin Begaye) receive a lot of criticism, considering the dire impact that Covid-19 is having on our people and economy. But he, too, is doing his best to protect the public by following the heath command oversight,” Nez said. Nez recalled witnessing a Navajo family lose their truck in New Mexico and suggested

a work session with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice be held to address the Navajo Nation’s protections from such seizure laws. “While the border town businesses are thriving, our people are having to choose between an electric bill and their dinner and I feel for them,” Freeland said . “We need to take more steps to consider phase plans to

rebuild our economy. This virus has killed so many dreams and many of these businesses are closing for good.” Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. (Tachee/Blue Gap, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tselani/ Cottonwood, Low Mountain) reissued the call for a work session to address economic challenges as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

New Mexico’s youngest learners. We know that quality care and early learning prepare children for success in school and in life, and this measure will assure steady funding for those vital programs,” Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said. New Mexico has the highest number of per capita

individuals who experienced more t h a n fou r Adver se Childhood Experiences, which can lead to higher prevalence of adult alcoholism, suicide, a nd other ser ious hea lth conditions. “One ef fect ive way to prevent adverse childhood experiences and outcomes is by making a substantial

investment in early childhood progra ms a nd ea rly interventions,” Brian Blalock, cabi net secret a r y of t he Children, Youth and Families Department, said. “This bill does just that and will help New Mexico move forward. T hat is ou r pr ior it y a nd approach at CYFD and why we stand in strong support.”

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ach month, Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe recognizes one loca l teacher within the Gallup area for his or her determination to help students go above and beyond. Prospective teachers are nominated by students who feel they deserve to be recognized. Cecily Langendorf, a first grade teacher at Del Norte Elementary School in Gallup, is February’s Teacher of the Month. She spoke to the Gallup Sun this week. THE HONOR OF TEACHING Langendorf was shocked when it was announced that she had won Teacher of the Month. “It was a bit of a surprise — especially this year,” she said, referring to COVID-19.

Responding to the pandemic, Langendorf found new ways to provide instruction. On Feb. 12, for example, her students used bags of cookies with letters on them to spell words while separating the vowels and the consonants. “They got to eat their cookies,” Langendorf said.  Aside from iPads and smartboards, her students have also used hands-on items, like dice to count, as a way of making instruction feel more like normal. “It’s been a very different experience,” Langendorf said. “We’ve all learned from this.” Challenges to the school year aside, the long-time educator said first grade is her “alltime favorite” to teach. “They make tremendous gains,” Langendorf said. “By the end of fi rst grade, they’re … excited about what they’re doing and learning.”

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Del Nor t e’s pr i ncipa l, Richard Ferguson, complimented Langendorf in an email to the newspaper. “Ms. Langendorf is an outstanding teacher who has a solid reputation of excellence in our community. It is a wonderful thing to have a staff member recognized for hard work and dedication,” he wrote. “I wholeheartedly agree with the nomination as Ms. Langendorf is deserving of this award.” BECOMING AN EDUCATOR Langendorf was born in Silver City, N. M., and moved to Arizona before returning home. Education ran in the family, but even in childhood, Langendorf had no idea she wanted to teach. “I watched my mother for many years; she put in a lot of extra hours,” Langendorf said. “At first, I didn’t want to do that

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Cecily Langendorf, a first grade teacher who was named Teacher of the Month, poses in her classroom at Del Norte Elementary School. Photo Credit: Bethany Silva and I didn’t understand why she did it, because I got to see the after-hours part.” As she grew older, she started helping out her mother and step-father — who was a school counselor — with work and she began to change her mind. Langendorf graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in early childhood studies — but dabbled in sports training and adaptive physical education. “Which then led to [me saying], ‘Wow! There are a lot of students that are struggling and dropping out of school,’” Langendorf said. “I really wanted to make a difference and inspire students to continue learning and be excited.” She applied to teach at several different schools, including the former Washington Elementary School in Gallup. “The staff that were at the school at that point were all very friendly and down to earth,” Langendorf wrote in an

email. “I learned that Gallup was a melting pot of many different cultures.” ONCE A TEACH ER , ALWAYS A TEACHER L i ke m a ny educ at or s, Langendorf thought about getting a master’s degree to become a principal. But her teaching instincts always called her back. “I really love being in the classroom with students,”  she said. Langendorf believes an educator’s ability to tap into students’ interests while they are at a young age is key to their success in the long-term. “If we catch students young, then maybe that will carry on for the rest of their education,” she said. “You see that little light bulb click on and they’re like, ‘Whoo! I got it!’ That is one of the best things ever.” Interested in nominating your favorite teacher for Teacher of the Month? Contact Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe at (505) 722-5017 or stop by 306 S. Second St. in Gallup.

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WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 5 PO S SES SION OF A GREEN LEAFY SUBSTANCE Gallup, Jan. 27 A woman was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop on Interstate 40. At about 9:52 pm, N.M. State Police Officer Cera Sena conducted the stop at Mile Post 26. He ran her information and found that Naomi Hayes, 33, of Gallup, had a bench warrant out of McKinley County. During the stop, Sena discovered two containers inside the car Hayes was

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driving. Each contained what Sena described as a green leafy substance. Hayes was arrested for the outstanding warrant and also charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Gallup McKinley County Adult Detention Center. STUCK IN THE ICE, HIDING IN THE BUSHES Gallup, Jan. 24 A Ramah man was arrested and charged with auto theft after reportedly taking a truck parked at a gas pump while its owner went inside the Gallup Speedway. Rudy Romero, owner of the

confirmation vote, senators from both sides of the aisle were quick to praise the nomination, citing Secretary-Designate Smith’s strong background. “I rise in strong support of Secretary-Designate Smith,” Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, said.

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1977 blue Ford pickup truck, had pumped gas and entered the Gallup Speedway when he noticed his truck being driven away, according to police reports. Police arrived and saw the truck spinning its wheels in the icy roadway heading west on Highway 66. A man identified as Andre Williams, 33, jumped from the vehicle and ran away into a nearby field, according to reports. Police followed Williams’ footprints left in the snow and found him hiding in some bushes. Williams was arrested without incident and taken to Gallup McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked.

JUST BORROWING THE CAR Gallup, Jan. 16 Darrick L. Woodie, 39, address unknown, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon after police found Woodie trying to drive away in a stolen car, police reports state. Gallup police officer Richard Rangel III was dispatched at 3:50 pm to Ford Canyon Park regarding a possible stolen vehicle. He stopped the green Ford Explorer backing out of a parking spot. Upon questioning, Woodie, the driver, stated he did not know who the car belonged

to and that he was borrowing it, reports state. The owner of the car, the same person who called police, told them they could search the car. Officers found a gun, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside, and placed Woodie under arrest. Police found 19.8 grams of meth inside the car and a scale in one of Woodie’s pockets. The gun was a HI standard .22 handgun with two spent casings. Police also found 11 .22-caliber rounds next to the gun and two 9mm rounds. Officer Rangel then took Woodie to the Gallup McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked.

“She has the skill-set that is really important for this job. She also said something that really resonates with me—that every day is Veterans Day to her. My door will always be open to her for any help.” “I stand here in strong support of Secretary Sonya Smith,” Senate Minority Leader and U.S. Navy veteran Greg Baca, R-Belen, said. “She has a kindness and the spirit to lead the department of veterans’ services. I’m

happy to know that they will be under her guidance, and I look forward to working with her to serve our state’s veterans.” In her preliminary virtual Senate Rules Confirmation hearing on Feb. 12, Smith testified her three immediate goals as DVS secretary would be raising awareness for the prevention of veteran suicide, helping end veteran homelessness, and getting veterans registered for the COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m proud to be the first

African-American to lead the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services,” she testified via Zoom. “Never did I ever imagine that when I came to New Mexico seven years ago that I would have the opportunity to serve as secretary of this agency. But I think back to what my grandmother always told me when I was growing up: ‘What’s for you ... is for you.’ And she was always right. I really look forward to helping our veterans and their families.”

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t udent s w it h i n t he Grants-Cibola County Schools will have the option of returning to a hybrid model starting next week. The GCCS schools board held a special meeting Feb. 9, where the board voted 3-to-2

in favor of sending students back to class using a hybrid model. GCCS ser v ices schools in Acoma, Bluewater, Casa Blanca, Cubero, Grants, Milan, San Rafael and Seboyeta. Additionally, the model will allow NMAA-related athletics to resume. The next meeting for the board is scheduled for March 2.

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ARTISAN | FROM PAGE 1 naturally. Begay’s jewelry is singular. He doesn’t claim to follow any particular style, and he has no boundaries with his creations. Begay was fortunate to have partnered with some of the Gorman Galleries, in Taos, Santa Fe, and Scottsdale, Ariz. to showcase his work. This partnership has continued for 12 years, helping him, and supporting him along his journey. “I like the way we worked and here we are running a gallery that just opened up here in downtown Gallup. It’s like a dream come true. It’s all falling in place and feels like it’s meant to be.” Begay says he wants to pursue other areas of art like painting and has already begun trying his hand at it. Even though COVID has slowed many businesses, it was the

Jeweler Philander Begay, whose work is in the Gorman Galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, and Scottsdale, Ariz., opened a gallery in Gallup at 202 W. Coal Ave. in January. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura opposite for Begay. He says it gave him more time catch up on orders that he needs to fi nish. He loves what he does and

asked if there was anything else he would choose to be doing instead – he simply said he couldn’t imagine doing anything else but creating beauty

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LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF McKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Estate of MILDRED ALONZO, Deceased. No. D-1113-PB-2021-00002 NOTICE TO CREDITORS 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. 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 February 12, 2021 February 19, 2021 *** 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

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Publish: Gallup Sun February 12, 2021 February 19, 2021 February 26, 2021 *** NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Jail Authority Board has scheduled their meeting for Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:30 pm. This meeting will be open to the public via technology services to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request. Please contact Elvera Grey at Elvera. Grey@co.mckinley.nm.us, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements to join the meeting. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 16th day of February 2021 JAIL AUTHORITY BOARD /S/ Billy Moore, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District Authority (the “Authority”), the governing body of the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District (MCEGFED), will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 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 a quorum of the Authority, 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 feed 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. The comment call in number (505.863.1400) will be monitored beginning at 8:15 am on the day of the

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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 p.m. Pieces will then be redistributed and you will receive an original work from a fellow neighbor. All mediums welcome. Email childlib@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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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

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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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 8631291 for more information. Visit https://pokemongolive. com/en/events/tour/kanto/ to learn more about the game.

TOGETHER WE READ

Borrow the featured title ‘Love Lettering” by Kate Clayborn with no waitlists or holds from our digital collection Feb. 10-24 by visiting http://nm.lib.overdrive.com or downloading the Libby app. Enjoy this witty romance about Meg, whose hand-lettering skill has made her famous by designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Readers can then participate in the online discussion. OFPL joins nearly 16,000 public libraries and tens of thousands of readers across the United States in offering the latest Together We Read: US digital book club selection. Email bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. MONDAY, February 22

SELF-CARE MONDAYS

12 pm on OFPL’s Facebook or YouTube @galluplibrary to make DIY silf-care products. This week we will create a homemade rosewater & face toner. Ingredient lists for each product are available at ofpl.online. Email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

CREATIVE CORNER

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. This week we will focus on Basic Figure Drawing. Learn the basics of figure drawing as we dissect the human body into form and shape using charcoal. Creative Corner Episodes are available for viewing after the premiere

and across the southwestern United States. This would include the transport of wind and/or solar energy from one or more renewable energy sources anticipated to be developed and owned by Invenergy affiliates in Union County, New Mexico. Union

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event on YouTube, @galluplibrary. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291. 1 pm-2 pm @ Student Support Center Board Room (640 S. Boardman Dr.)

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 Narrative Songs.

TUESDAY, February 23

THURSDAY, February 25

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

6 pm View meeting on the City of Gallup’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/CityOfGallup.

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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov 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: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov 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 24

TECH TIME ONLINE: FORMATTING RESEARCH PAPERS

4 pm @YouTube, 2galluplibrary. Do you have a research paper coming up and are not sure how to organize it or get started? Follow our tips to get organized, create a proper citation page, and more.

CHILDREN’S LIBRARY BRANCH WEEKLY EVENTS OFPL EVERY CHILD READY 2 READ

County has an estimated total developable wind capacity of 20,000 MW, in addition to a strong solar energy resource. The project will traverse approximately 400 miles and may be located within Guadalupe, Harding, McKinley, Mora, Sandoval, San Juan, San

NEIGHBORHOOD MTG. WITH COUNCILOR GARCIA, DIST. 1

6:30-8:30 pm Meet with Dist. 1 Councilor Linda Gardia at the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. For more information: (505)879-4176.

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

CRAFTY KIDS

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 No Sew Sock Worms.

NAVAJO IHS COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULE

8:30 am-4:30 pm @Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility (Mon.-Fri.) Drive-thru First and second doses of Moderna vaccine; Pfizer second doses. Ages 16 and over 8:30 am-4:30 pm @ Piñon Health Center (Mon.- Fri.) 8:30 am-4:30 pm @ Piñon Health Center ( Feb. 27) Second doses of Pfizer vaccines; For those who received their first doses Feb. 6. 8:30 am-4:30 pm @ Tsaile Health Center (Mon.- Fri.) By appointment only – (928) 724-3639 8:30 am-4:30 pm @ Tsaile Health Center (Sat. Feb 20) First doses of Moderna vaccine: Ages 18 and over 8:30 am-3:45 pm @Crownpoint Healthcare Facility (T, W, Th) Elders and high risk – By appointment only – (505) 7866270. Limited appointments available. 9 am – 3 pm @Crownpoint

Miguel, Santa Fe, and Union counties in New Mexico. The anticipated connection date of the new renewable energy sources is 2027-2030. This notice constitutes compliance with 62-16A-4(C) (1) NMSA 1978.

Healthcare Facility (Feb. 24) First and second doses of Pfizer vaccines for high risk and for ages 50 and over 9 am – 3 pm @Crownpoint Healthcare Facility (Feb. 25) First doses of Pfizer vaccines for high risk and for ages 50 and over 10am-3 pm @Pueblo Pintado Clinic (M-Th) Elders and high risk – By appointment only – (505) 655-3254 10 am-3 pm @ Thoreau Clinic (M-F) Elders and high risk – By appointment only – (505) 862-8761 8 am-4 pm @Gallup Indian Medical Center (M-F) Ages 65 and over – By appointment only 9 am-4 pm @ Fire Rock Casino (249 E. State Hwy 18, Church Rock, N.M.) (Feb. 19) 9 am-4 pm @ UNM-Gallup Campus – Gymnasium (Feb. 22) Second doses for those who received first doses Jan 30. 9 am-4 pm @ UNM-Gallup Campus – Gymnasium (Feb. 23) First doses 9 am-4 pm @ UNM-Gallup Campus – Gymnasium (Feb. 24) Second doses for those who received first doses Jan 30. 9 am-4 pm @ UNM-Gallup Campus – Gymnasium (Feb. 25) First doses 8 am-5 pm @Kayenta Health Center (Feb. 20) Drive-thru – Moderna first doses for essential personnel and high risk adults, ages 55 and over 8 am-5 pm @Kayenta Health Center (Feb. 25) Drive-thru - First doses of Moderna vaccine for adults 18 and over

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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Gallup Sun • February 19, 2021  

This week's issue features a read-worthy piece on a local artist who just opened his gallery in downtown Gallup. Also, featured is a wonderf...

Gallup Sun • February 19, 2021  

This week's issue features a read-worthy piece on a local artist who just opened his gallery in downtown Gallup. Also, featured is a wonderf...

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