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LET THE GAMES BEGIN ˲ AGAIN Gallup Navajo woman coaches Albuquerque men’s rugby club By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


imaris Montaño is a Gallup woman who fell in love with a sport that is often associated with men.

It was her husband’s passion for rugby that got things rolling. When the family moved to Arizona, Chee Montaño got active with a Phoenix Rugby club from 1999-2005. When they moved back to Gallup,

Timaris’ oldest son, then in eighth grade, asked her to organize a rugby club, so he could play rugby like his dad. Montaño contacted New Mexico Youth Rugby and said they welcomed her with open arms.

“I believe I was the fifth team in New Mexico to start,” she said. She thinks that was around 2007.


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County gives wink, nod to revenue bonds for solar array TESLA EXPECTED TO GET INTO THE ACT By Kevin Opsahl Sun Correspondent


undreds of solar panels and a massive battery storage unit in nor theast McKinley County received approval from the Board of Commissioners three years ago. Now the county is lessen i ng t he t a x bu rden on Arroyo Solar and Energy, the company that’s behind the project, in order to stimulate economic growth. On March 16, the board approved a resolution stating

intent to adopt an ordinance issuing industrial revenue bonds in the amount of $460 million — the price tag for the more than 700 solar panels and over 200 battery storage units to be installed by Arroyo Solar and Storage. The approval of that ordinance could come April 6. “We are very pleased with the Commission’s decision to approve the Inducement Resolution for the A rroyo S ol a r & E ner g y S t or a ge Project,” Keith Holst, represent at ive of Cent au r u s Capital, a parent company

This example of a solar array is located in Grand View, Idaho. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Swinerton Renewable Energy of Arroyo Solar, said in an interview after the meeting.


This solar array is in Cedar City, Utah. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dustin Shively of Centaurus Renewable Energy

County mulls temporary, tailored fi reworks ban By Kevin Opsahl Sun Correspondent


cK inley County might see its fi rstever ban on certain fi reworks this Cinco De Mayo, depending on what the board of commissioners decides next month. The panel of three members — Billy Moore, Genevieve Jackson and Robert Baca — heard from county fi re chief Brian Archuleta, who recommended the board approve a resolution declaring the county is in a drought and ban the use of fi reworks on Cinco De Mayo and Independence Day.  “I wanted to start this early and bring this to your attention and have a good discussion,” Archuleta said.  In a short presentation, he showed how New Mexico has experienced exceptional, extreme, and severe drought conditions over the last three

weeks. Much of McKinley County is in the top two categories of “exceptional” and “extreme,” with a tiny slice in the southeast corner in the lesser category of “severe.” District 1 Commissioner and Chairman Billy Moore said the board will “continue to monitor this” and bring the issue back to the next meeting April 6. Until that time, residents are welcome to submit their comments on whether or not to ban certain fi reworks, he said. Cou nt y Attor ney Doug Decker told commissioners  if the board were to approve the proclamation the fi rst week of April, it would be effective for 30 days, running through the traditional sale period of fi reworks during Cinco De Mayo.  In an interview with the Gallup Sun, Decker said a complete, across-the-board ban of all fireworks is not possible, but it would apply to

Discussions of fireworks sales in Gallup have come up annually due to drought conditions. Photo Credit: gallupnm.gov those that go high and “make a big, loud bang.” According to the proclamation in draft form, McKinley County would not prohibit use or sale of ground audible devices including: missile-type rockets, chasers and fi recrackers. It would limit the use of various types of fireworks, including cylindrical fountains,

illuminating torches and toy smoking devices. Decker knows some people might be disappointed if the commissioners approve any type of fi reworks ban, but he believes they will act with good reason. “Every county commission we’ve ever brought this up before has very well considered the evidence placed before

them and sometimes they put the ban in and sometimes they haven’t,” he said, noting last year a ban was not approved despite recommendations to do so, because Gallup was not able to concurrently enforce its own ban. Archuleta plans to keep commissioners apprised of drought conditions in the coming months, so they can have the best information come Independence Day, Decker said. C om m i s s io ne r R ob e r t Baca said he found Archuleta’s presentation interesting, but he is not ready to make a decision on whether fireworks should be banned on May 5 and July 4.  “We have some information, but we don’t have a whole lot so far, so for me to say, ‘yeah, let’s ban that right now,’ I don’t have an answer — because it may change; we may have good moisture,” Baca said.


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Obituary FORMER N. M. LEGISLATOR EMMETT BRYAN WALL DIES February 22, 1937 February 7, 2021 Emmett Bryan Wall Jr. was Bryan to most who knew him well. Br yan was born and raised, married, had a family and owned a business in Gallup. He moved to Phoenix in the 1980s and returned

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home to his place of birth in the early 2000s. There he lived out his life. His last day of life, Feb. 7, was spent with his son, Vincent, who held his hand as father and son enjoyed the Super Bowl. Bryan was the fi rst of four children of Emmett B. and Ann P. (Schmaltz) Wall of the Grand Canyon South Rim Village. He was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Gallup on Feb. 22, 1937. His family moved to Gallup several years later. He graduated from Cathedral High in 1955 and then attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas and Northern Arizona Un i v e r s it y i n F l a g s t a f f , Arizona.  In 1959, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He became a Gallup businessman in 1961 when he

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founded, owned and managed the Holiday Nursery. In 1963, Br yan married Molly O’Rourke. Together, they had one son, Vincent, Bryan’s pride and joy. The family lived in Gallup until Bryan sold his nursery business and the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Several years after their divorce, Bryan moved back to Gallup. Once he moved back to Gallup, Bryan fell in love and spent the remaining 19 years of his life with his love, Rose Ferrari. In 1972, he was elected to represent McKinley County in the New Mex ico State Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives where he spon sored a nd passed early environmental controls dealing with water q u a l it y a nd s ewer pl a nt disposal. Br y a n i s s u r v ive d by his beloved Rose Ferrar i, by h i s son Vi ncent Wa l l (Ka rol) of Ca lifor nia a nd

Emmett Bryan Wall. Photo Credit: Courtesy Daniels Family Funeral Services

his stepdaughters, Irene and Cynthia Ferrari of Gallup and stepsons, Dominic Ferrari of Arizona and Anthony Ferrari of Nevada. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Peter Heck and Rachel Wall, as well as seven step-grandchildren: Cheray Milligan, Brandon Bell, Anthony Ferrari Jr., Angela Fer ra r i, M icha el Fer ra r i,

Donaven Ferrari and Bianca Fer ra r i. I n add ition, t wo great grandchildren: Audry Heck and Peter Heck IV and six step-great grandchildren: Logan Milligan, Alan Ferrari, Ju l i a n Fer r a r i , D om i n ic Ferrari Jr., Dreya Ferrari and Melania Ferrari. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Wall (Linda) of Arizona and two sisters, Annette Hawkins and Paulette Jensen (Dennis), both of Texas.   A loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and good friend to many, Bryan will be missed. The F unera l Ma ss wa s presided over by Fr. James E. Walker at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup on March 17.  The family gathered for a private interment at Gate of He a v e n C e m e t e r y i n Albuquerque on March 18. In lieu of flowers, a donation check may be mailed to: Little Sisters of the Poor - Villa Guadalupe at 1900 Mark Ave., Gallup, N.M. 87301.



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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports DETENTION BATTERY Gallup, March 1 McKinley County Deputy

Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. was dispatched to the Gallup Adult Detention Center because an inmate hit another inmate. When Tsethlikai got to



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the center about 1 pm, he met with the victim who explained he had been sleeping in his bunk when Andy Garcia came into his cell — the cell door was open. According to the victim, Garcia started hitting his face and head with both fists. The victim said he does not know Garcia or why he attacked him. He did not fight back, but just held his arms up to protect himself. The victim said he was okay, and Tsethlikai noted a small scratch on his right cheek. On-duty medical personnel looked him over. Tsethlika i met with Garcia, but he was uncooperative and said he had nothing to say to the deputy. He was then taken back to his cell by the on-duty correctional officers. STOLEN CAR, HIDDEN DRUGS McKinley County, March 1 A man was arrested in McKinley County for allegedly driving a car that was not his a nd tra nspor t i ng a nd concealing drugs. In a criminal complaint, Deputy F ra nk Villa , Jr. a l l e ge s defe nd a nt Ca s ey Yon n ie was behind the wheel of an unidentified car, a fourth-degree felony. Villa said Yonnie was uncooperative with law en forcement by not pro v id i ng h is na me, a pet t y misdemeanor. When Yonnie was checked into jail, he was found to have crystal meth, marijuana and a pipe in his possession, a four th-degree felony, Villa wrote in his report. FIREARM POSSESSION Gallup,  Jan. 16 Gallup Police Department Of f icer Richa rd R a ngel responded to a report of a stolen car in the area of Ford Canyon Park. Evelyn Slinkey, the woman who called, pointed officers to a green Ford Explorer and they found Darrick Woodie

i n s i d e . Wood ie wa s reportedly nervous when spea k i ng t o R a n ge l a n d his team, sayi ng he wa s coming from a fa m i ly member’s house and did not know who the Explorer belonged to. Rangel found a handgun, a m mu n it ion for a not her weapon and a “white glass shard-like substance with paraphernalia” in the Explorer, according to the criminal complaint document. Rangel arrested Woodie, knowing the man was a convicted felon.  A search warrant was executed on the car Woodie was driving  and officers later confirmed he was a convicted felon. He was booked into the McK i n ley Cou nt y Adu lt Detention Center. He wa s charged with trafficking meth with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm or destructive device.  LIST OF CHARGES Albuquerque, June 9 Alonzo Daniel Johnson, 22, of Gallup, faced a laundry list of charges following an incident at an unspecified location in Bernalillo County. Per the repor t s, Joh n son at some poi nt d id t ouch a victim, Cesily Ciracallor, with the intent to inflict great bodily harm. Around the same time in the same area, Johnson damaged a television set without the consent of the owner. Albuquerque Police Officer Rica rdo Enr ique wa s dispatched and located Johnson, who attempted to flee from the scene, driving recklessly as he did. When Johnson’s vehicle was stopped and he was detained, he was believed to be intoxicated and was dr iv ing with a suspended license. I n a l l , Joh n s on fa ce d charges for aggravated battery, fleeing a law enforcement

officer, criminal damage to property, aggravated DWI, reckless driving, a suspended license, and fleeing the scene of an accident. The next hearing date has not been determined. KNIFE FIGHT Gallup, April 21 McKinley County Deputy Bra ndon Salazar was disp a t c h e d t o t h e How a r d Johnson Hotel, 2915 W. Hwy. 66, in reference to a fight possibly involving weapons. He arrived on-site and found several people standing with the security guard. One person, Ca sh ia s Toledo, said he was stabbed by Jeremiah Tsosie, 32, of Gallup. Toledo said Tsosie had been arguing with another man and when he tried to break up the fight, Tsosie brandished a knife and began swinging it at him, cutting his arm. Another witness at the scene corroborated Toledo’s statement. Tsosie told Salazar that he had been arguing with another man when Toledo bega n chok i n g h i m, a nd that he pulled a knife out in self-defense. Based on the statements a nd ev idence, Salazar found probable cause that Tsosie had committed aggravated batter y with a deadly weapon. The case was dismissed without prejudice on July 15. A N K L E B R AC E L ET THEFT McKinley County, Aug. 19, 2019 Police say a local man is responsible for stealing an electronic-GPS ankle bracelet, which belonged to authorities, two years ago. Gallup Police Department Deputy Thomas House wrote in a criminal complaint that Mario Romero, 33, of Gallup, committed larceny (over $500) and criminal damage to property (over $1,000) for taking the item, associated with the complia nce progra m. The crimes, said to be committed around Aug. 19, 2019, are both fourth-degree felonies. The document f iled by House provides no other specifics about the case. PUBLIC SAFETY



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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Marcus A. Miller March 10, 2:38 am DWI (2nd) N e w M e x i c o Police Officer Alejandro Solis-Tor res was patrolling State Road 602 nor thbound when he spotted a truck headed south traveling over 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. Solis-Torres caught up with

the driver, identified as Marcus A. Miller, 30, of Tohatchi, who reportedly had slurred speech and an open container in the cup holder of the front seat. Miller told the officer it was “Twisted Tea,” half of which he drank about an hour prior. Miller was arrested after Solis-Torres suspected him of driving under the influence. Upon further inspection of Miller’s car, the officer found colored pipes with a “green leafy substance.” At the State Patrol office in Gallup, Miller posted two breath test samples of .11/.10 and G/210L. 

H e w a s b o oke d i n t o McKinley County Detention Center without incident. Miller was charged with speeding, open container and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ramsey Lee Sept. 29, 2020 1:10 pm Aggravated DWI (Sixth) G a l lu p Patrolman Timo Molina was on duty when he was adv ised by McKinley County Metro Dispatch that a gold-colored Cadillac was swerving on the road near Third Street and Maxwell Avenue, where McK i n ley Cou nt y Deput y Ad r ia n

Quetawki had conducted a traffic stop. Molina arrived on the scene and met with both Quetawki and the driver, Ramsey Lee, 41, of Gallup, who had admitted to drinking and driving. Molina smelled liquor coming from inside the car, while Quetawki saw an open container inside the vehicle. Lee initially agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but eventually refused to follow directions. Molina determined Lee was unable to drive the vehicle because he saw signs of impairment, so he placed Lee under arrest. Lee was unable to provide a breath sample at the sheriff’s office. At the request of McKinley County Adult

Detention Center, Lee was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center for an extended stay and could not be booked. A summons was fi led instead. Christopher Laughing Jan. 12, 2020 2:21 am Aggravated DWI N e w Mexico State Police Officer Chaz Troncoso was patrolling U.S. Highway 4 91 a t t h e i nt er s e c t ion near Lincoln Avenue, when he saw a silver vehicle traveling southbound at a high rate of speed in a


Man picked up driving stolen car, gets a DWI By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


man who thought he spotted his brother’s stolen car contacted the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department. It was March 4. Derrick Natonabah saw a GMC Sierra that he believed was stolen from the

Navajo Police Department in Window Rock, Arizona March 1. The vehicle was seen near Sage Brush Liquor on Highway 264 bearing an Arizona license plate. Natonabah followed the half-blue spray-painted GMC to a Home Depot. As the vehicle continued traveling and the jurisdiction changed, the Gallup Police became involved.

GPD Patrolman Dominic Molina stopped the driver of the Sierra. The driver was identified as Alonzo Davis, 45, of Phoenix, Arizona. When Molina approached Davis, he said the driver had bloodshot watery eyes. But Molina’s report said Davis denied drinking that night, Officer Caleb Kleeberger said

a green leafy substance was found inside the middle console below the radio, within reach of the driver. He said based on training and experience, it appeared to be marijuana,. Davis was placed under arrest for DWI after taking and failing the field sobriety tests. His breath test results were 0.10/0.09. Both results are over the legal limit of 0.08. Molina searched Alonzo Davis the Sierra and found two passengers, who were released from the scene. In addition, open bottles of Blue Moon beer and Importer’s Vodka were found on the floorboard of the passenger seat. Davis was transferred to

and booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center without incident on four charges, including DWI, his second. But he was not charged with stealing a vehicle, because when officers checked the license plate of the GMC Sierra, it was not listed as stolen in the National Crime Information Center records. The ca r wa s returned to Natonabah the night of Molina’s investigation. Davis is in custody at the McKinley County Detention Center with an out of state warrant. Kevin Opsahl contributed to this report.

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Secretary of State sets date for Congressional Special Election Staff Reports


ANTA FE – Following Deb Ha a la nd’s confirmation as Interior Secreta r y a nd t he subsequent resignation of her congressional seat March 16, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced plans to issue the special election proclamation for Congressional District 1 on March 18, setting June 1, 2021 as Election Day. “Deb Haaland’s historic confirmation as the nation’s first Native American cabinet secretary is a proud moment for all New Mexicans. But it a l so k ick s of f a not her important election cycle of which ever y eligible voter in Congressional District 1 should be aware,” Oliver said. “Now that Election Day is set, I encourage anyone interested in seeking the office to familiarize themselves with the laws and procedures outlined in the Election Code. I

also encourage every eligible voter in CD1 to register to vote or update your voter registration, which can be done easily at nmvote.org.” New Me x ic o’s Congressiona l Distr ict 1 encompa sses a ll of Tor ra nce County, most of Bernalillo County, and parts of Sandoval, Santa Fe, and Valencia Counties. Pursuant to New Mexico law, Secretary Toulouse Oliver is required to issue the election proclamation within ten days of receiv ing the elected official’s letter of resignation. The election must then be held between 77 and 91 days after the vacancy occurs. T hese a re some of t he impor tant procedures and deadlines that gover n the administration of the special election: Once the proclamation is issued: Prescribed forms will be available for prospective candidates on the Secretary of

State’s website (Declaration of Candidacy/Declaration of Intent to Become a Write-In Candidate; petition templates for independent candidates; etc). Each qualified political party may nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy, in the manner provided by the rules of that party. Independent candidates may begin circulating nomi n a t i n g p e t i t io n s . L i n k s to dow n load Eng l ish a nd Spanish versions of the nominating petitions can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.state.nm.us. Within f ive days of the proclamation being issued, the Secretary of State shall certify the proclamation to each county clerk with precincts located in the United States representative district in which the vacancy exists. F i f t y - s i x d a y s b e fo r e the special election, Declarations of Candidacy,

U. S. Representative Deb Haaland, D- N.M. — District 1, resigned her post March 16 to accept the appointment to become the nation’s first Native American cabinet secretary, the Secretary of the Interior. File Photo Declarations of Intent to Be A Write-In Candidate, and Nom i n a t i n g Pet it ion s (i f required), must be filed with the proper filing officer (i.e. Secretary of State). Items required to qualify for this position must be filed in-person, no later than 5 pm on this date, otherwise known as “Candidate Filing Day.” Items cannot be prefiled or filed at a later time.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. File Photo Forty-five days before the specia l elect ion, M i l it a r y and overseas voters shall be mailed ballots, in accordance w it h t he Un i for me d a nd Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Twenty-eight days before the special election, county clerks can begin to mail a ba llot to voters who have requested an absentee ballot (in a timely fashion) and who are eligible to participate in the election (i.e. voter resides w it h i n t he Cong res siona l District).

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

By Steve Newman

Space ‘Hurricane’ Scientists say they have observed a hurricane-like feature spinning in the highest levels of the atmosphere. An international team of scientists analyzed 3D satellite data from 2014 and found a cyclone of plasma swirling above the polar ionosphere and magnetosphere that resembled a hurricane at the surface. But the 650-milewide feature, hundreds of miles above the North Pole, rained electrons rather than water. The space hurricane had multiple spiral arms and lasted almost eight hours before gradually breaking down. “Until now, it was uncertain that space plasma hurricanes even existed, so to prove this with such a striking observation is incredible,” said Mike Lockwood of the University of Reading.

Tropical Cyclones Cyclone Niran skirted New C a le d o n i a a s a Category-3 storm. • Tropical Storm Iman formed briefly south of Reunion and Mauritius while Cyclone Habana churned the remote central Indian Ocean with Category-4 force.

Geriatric Mom The world’s oldest known wild bird has hatched yet another chick at the ripe old age of at least 70. The Laysan albatross known as Wisdom was first tagged in 1956 and is believed to have had at least 30 to 36 chicks during her lifetime. Since the species mates for life, it’s believed Wisdom has outlived previous partners before


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-83° Vostok, Antarctica mating with Akeakamai (“lover of wisdom” in the Hawaiian language) in 2012. Wisdom’s latest hatchling emerged in February at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the mid-Pacific, where Wisdom and Akeakamai are feeding and caring for it jointly.

Earthquakes A brief Pacificwide tsunami alert wa s i s sued a f t er a mag n it ude 8.1 temblor rocked New Zealand’s remote Kermadec Islands, but only small rises in sea level were observed. • Another sharp quake just off northeastern New Zealand triggered a brief local tsunami alert on the North Island. • As tremors continued to indicate rising magma near Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, the prime minister assured residents that any eruption that may follow would be minor and would not endanger the population or critical infrastructure.

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rodents just over 10 years after a coordinated effort eradicated them. Writing in the journal Scientifi c Reports, University of California San Diego researcher Carolyn Kurle reveals that native species on what is now known as Hawadax Island have since thrived and are restoring the landscape’s natural balance. Rats were introduced there by a Japanese shipwreck sometime before 1780, and they

percent from December 2019. “The rebound in global carbon emissions toward the end of last year is a stark warning that not enough is being done to accelerate clean energy transitions worldwide,” Fatih Birol of the IEA said in a statement. There was a four-point-nine-percent fall in emissions worldwide in 2020 due to the pandemic.

quickly ravaged native birds and other wildlife.

Greenhouse Surge Glo b a l c a r b o n emissions have already rebounded to levels higher than before the pandemic, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. The Parisbased independent intergovernmental organization says worldwide emissions during December 2020 were up two

Eruptions Mount Etna’s colorful eruption continued with lava flowing down its flanks and ash raining down. • Four blasts from a sudden eruption of Nicaragua’s San Cristóbal volcano blanketed some nearby villages and crops with a layer of ash. • Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano remained very active, tossing lava bombs and spewing ash from its crater. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXXI Earth Environment Service


Rat Recovery The ecolog y of a remote A la ska n island once known as Rat Island has quickly recovered from the da mage inflicted by the invasive


'JOEVTPO This illustration of the newly discovered space “hurricane” was creating using observation data. Image Credit: Qing-He Zhang/Shandong University HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT

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Open government is key to honest government By Ken Paulson Director Free Speech Center Middle Tennessee State University


hen government fails, it’s the rare public off icia l who says, “Oops.

My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting the public down. Case in point is the recent catastrophe in Texas, when unexpected winter storms left four million homes without power, ruptured pipes and tainted the water supply for many. Texas’ energy grid essentially collapsed. While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was quick to

blame frozen wind turbines, the cause was much more complex than that. To truly understand how things went so terribly wrong will require time, study, and research. So, too, with the coronavirus vaccine distribution. In this state and others, residents are frustrated with the slow rollout of vaccines. Is it poor distribution? Politics? A fl awed strategy? These are literally matters of life and death. But how do you get to the truth when public officials so rarely step up to take direct responsibility for failures? T he a n swer i s publ ic records. And public meetings. And access to the information that taxpayers deserve. States throughout the country have laws that guarantee access to government records and meetings. But the details vary widely and

there are many statutor y exceptions. New challenges to access emerge every year in virtually every state. The need to fight for gover n ment tra nspa rency is reaffi rmed each year during Sunshine Week, a national awareness event overseen by the News Leaders Association and keyed to the March 16 birthday of James Madison. The fourth president of the United States drafted the Bill of Rights – including the guarantee of a free press — in 1791. That journalism connection reflects the role news media play in the free flow of information, but it unfortunately can also leave the public with a sense that Sunshine Week reflects the concerns of a single industry.

You should be afraid of the dark By Susan Boe President of the Board New Mexico Foundation for Open Government


ll of my elementary aged grandchildren sleep with a nightlight because, like their parents a generation ago, they fear the dark. Although the flip of a switch can confirm that no monsters lurk in the

should never outgrow their fear of the dark. Launched nationwide in March 2005, Sunshine Week educates the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary government secrecy. It was organized by the American Society of News Editors (now known as the News Leaders Association) to coincide with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom

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shadows, better to keep a small light burning to cut through the darkness. What you cannot see fuels worry, distrust and general unease. Su n sh i ne Week st a r t s Sunday, March 14, an annual reminder that at least in terms of government conduct, citizens

of Information Day on March 16th. Freedom of information is not just for policy geeks. It is a fundamental right recognized by The Universal Declaration


Sunlight is the best disinfectant. March 14–20 is Sunshine Week, a nationwide effort to remind us all of the importance of your right to know. At the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, we believe government that lets the sunlight in is good government—good for business, good for people and good for our state. NMFOG is here for anyone having issues trying to access public information; information that belongs to you and is essential to a working democracy. During Sunshine Week, join us in being vigilant as lawmakers consider changes to our strong public access laws. This is not a partisan issue. When government does its business behind closed doors, everyone suffers. So catch some sunlight this week, and together we can bring 365 days of sunshine to New Mexico.

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OPEN GOVERNMENT | FROM PAGE 14 To the contrary, access to government information is critical to every American who cares about the quality of his or her community, state and nation. It’s important to see government employees — including elected officials — as the

SUNSHINE WEEK | FROM PAGE 14 of Human Rights which placed it firmly within the body of universal human rights laws. The hallmark of a democratic society is access to information. I n conju nc t ion w it h Sunshine Week, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (“FOG”), a nonprofit nonpartisan organization, is launching a 10-month campaign focusing on the link between democracy and a strong freedom of information culture. For 31 years, FOG has educated, advocated and litigated for open government in reliance upon New Mexico’s sunshine laws: the Inspection of Records Act and the Open Meetings Act. FOG has long recognized that transparency is more than a buzzword. Access to information is basic to the democratic way of life. As recent events have illustrated, our democracy hangs by a thread. It requires constant vigilance, well-informed citizens and a robust press using the tools of public documents and public meetings. How else can government officials be held accountable and responsive to the people they serve? There are innumerable examples where access to public records has shone a light on government misconduct. Perhaps best known is a police report of the break-in at a Washington D.C. hotel complex which led to the downfall of a United States president. New Mexico also has had its share of journalists and citizens shining a light on government: Just a few months ago the New Mexico Supreme Court held in favor of a homeless man’s family who sought videotapes that showed his fatal shooting by police. The video lapel camera footage and other documents were kept under cover for more than a year before finally being released. Such opaqueness adds to lack of trust and support between the public and the NEWS

people we hire through our tax dollars to do a good job for all of us. If you run a business or hire a contractor, you wouldn’t hesitate to demand a full understanding of how something went wrong. That should be exactly our relationship with government. Getting that information, though, requires public meetings where residents can ask questions. It also means access

to the documents that led to a poor decision. Words on paper ca n be much more for thright than the dissembling of politicians. It’s critical that we hold gover n ment a ccou nt able, for better or worse. (It’s also important to acknowledge when government leaders are doing a good job.) How can you help? I have two suggestions.

First, keep doing exactly what you’re doing at this moment. Read and support your local newspaper. Local journalists, more than anyone else, will stand up for your right to information. Facebook will not be going toe-to-toe with your mayor. Second, when you believe government isn’t doing its job, demand an explanation. Ask to see the documents. Attend

public meetings. And above all, support legislative efforts to make government more transparent. It’s too easy for officials who have failed us to point fi ngers, blame the media and wait for their side of the partisan fence to rally to their defense. We deserve better. We all pay taxes to support the work of government. We should get our money’s worth.

police. A weekly newspaper in the state sought and reviewed dozens of autopsy reports to determine its community had a major drug problem. A committed citizen’s efforts to obtain technical information which allegedly supported the damming [of] the last free-flowing river in New Mexico eventually resulted in the abandonment of the project. An animal rights activist was persistent in her efforts to

show how a state board’s policies resulted in the neglect and abuse of horses, cattle and other livestock. Another weekly newspaper followed the money through public documents and uncovered a $1.3 million dollar loss due to how water credits were administered in its town. A lucrative land development contract in one of the state’s major cities had to be aborted, an outcome a more transparent process with open committee

meetings could have avoided. Two mothers in the western part of the state fought the school system for documents showing why their charter-schooled teenagers could not attend prom at the local high school, a mission they pursued long after their children had graduated. They took the tenaciousness of soccer moms to a new level. The list goes on. Every day FOG receives two to three phone calls for help with accessing public records or attending public

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RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 111 MINUTES This feature will be playing at open theaters and drive-ins starting March 19. The new thriller The Courier details a seemingly unlikely tale of an ordinary man asked to go undercover and place himself in extraordinarily dangerous circumstances. While the description might initially sound like a work of fiction, the film itself is actually based on a true story. At times, this period piece tries to cover too much of the lead’s unusual experiences over its relatively short time span. Still, the performances are excellent and the climactic events add enough gravitas to earn this feature a recommendation. Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a businessman selling goods in Eastern Eu rope. Wit h t he Cuba n Missile Crisis at its height, he is unexpectedly approached by British and American officials Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) and Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan). They ask him to help them by meeting high-ranki ng Sov iet colonel, Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze). It seems this figure wants to

stop nuclear war between the nations by passing on information about the USSR’s nuclear program. Wynne is taken aback by the request, but agrees, meeting Penkovsky during a business trip to Moscow and acting as a spy and courier, receiving information and delivering it to authorities in London. Unfortunately, the secret job becomes increasingly dangerous and puts great strain on his marriage to wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley). The movie isn’t particularly fast-paced early on, spending a great deal of time with Wynne being introduced to Franks and Donovan and following his first few business trips to Moscow, where he meets Penkovsky. These early interactions are nice and help develop the growing friendship between the two men, but they aren’t particularly tense. In fact, the protagonist is in the dark about much of what he’s actually doing for the first half of the movie. This approach is used to add some mystery to the story, but also removes much of the drama and tension from early ventures behind the Iron Curtain. However, as suspicion from Russian officials about Wynne and Penkovsky begins to grow, events become considerably more charged. The lead character gets the opportunity to depict a regular man dealing with the incredible stress of

Soviet colonel Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) shakes hands with businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) during the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Wynne is being enlisted into an effort to stop nuclear war in “The Courier,” a depiction of a real spy story. Photo Credit: Lionsgate Films being a spy and trying to stifle his emotions in public. We see him experience fear, panic and anger, which eventually starts to manifest itself at home. Cumberbatch is solid in the role and as enemies close in, all of the performers really begin to show their stuff. There are some powerful exchanges between Wynne and Sheila, as well as some heartfelt conversations between the protagonist and new friend Penkovsky. The movie provides a sweet message, including moments in which the British and Russian men tell their kids that while notable politicia ns might

threaten each other, regular citizens from different nations shouldn’t be enemies and can find common ground. A few of these scenes would have come off as incredibly corny with a less capable cast, but the actors here are all exceptional and manage to sell the material. Admittedly, the tale does try to cover a great many elements and frequently jumps from Wynne in Moscow to the British and American intelligence officials maneuvering behind the scenes. There is far more tension and drama when we follow

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SPORTS RUGBY | FROM PAGE 1 “You need 15 young men, just to play the match,” she ex pla i ned. “ T hey sta r ted recruiting and it just grew into a team. “Each person was asked to bring two new recruits. By the third year they had 60 rugby players, including females. We took our fi rst female in 2008,” she said. Montaño developed her knowledge of rugby by coaching young players. The club she started was active for ten years. She quit coaching that team in 2017. She said the players no longer wanted to be as physical as the earlier players had been. While still coaching Gallup youth rugby, Montaño organized a national team of Native Americans and indigenous youngsters known as the

Indigenous Warriors Rugby Team. They would play international teams annually. Montaño coached her first international match in November 2015 against the Aboriginal Australians in Gallup. In September 2018, the two teams faced off again in Denver, Colorado. Then, in 2019 the competition was against Mexico. Also in 2019, she took her experience to another level. She was offered and accepted a rugby coaching scholarship that allowed her to train in the United Kingdom with Premiership Rugby, an English professional rugby union competition that consists of 12 clubs and is the top division of the English rugby union system. Then COV ID happened and Montaño said she felt like all that training was going to waste. “I knew that I was leaning

Coach Timaris Montano and son Atsee-Bahe Montaño demonstrate a dropkick March 17 at Ford Canyon Park. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura


Coach Timaris Montaño with her son Atsee-Bahe Montaño and on the ground daughter Najaha-Kne-Bah is being rucked over at Ford Canyon Park March 17. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura toward going back to coaching rugby,” she said. But the decision was made when her favorite rugby player sent her four rugby balls. Todd Stranger Clever plays for the United States national team. He grew up in San Jose, California and started the Todd Clever Foundation to help grow rugby, especially in the U.S. Montaño took the advice of her husband to reach out to one of the men’s teams. She called the Albuquerque Aardvarks. “Without a second’s hesitation, they welcomed me with open arms,” she said. She is the first female coach for the Aardvarks and said she loves it. She said she feels like the players are very excited and her opinions are appreciated and utilized. She attended a non-contact practice March 13 and has met about half the team, so far.

Atsee-Bahe Montaño demonstrates a proper catch with his mother Coach Timaris Montaño cheering him on at Ford Canyon Park field March 17. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura “I feel like we have a good mixture of a competitive team that can actually make a difference on the field,” she told the Gallup Sun, March 16. Montaño said a tentative competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus. But another has been set for April in Denver, Colorado. She shared a few facts for

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Rehoboth Lynx Tambrey Tso, (12), dives to save a serve from the Tohatchi Cougars March 13 at Rehoboth High School. The Lynx defeated the Cougars 3-2. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Rehoboth’s Lady Lynx Eden Sun, (9), prepares to serve up the ball to the Crownpoint Lady Eagles in a non-district match March 12 at Rehoboth Christian High School. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel

Rehoboth Lady Lynx Ashley Skeets, (17), keeps the volley alive as Jessica Triplett, (13), and Emma Egan, (8), look on. Rehoboth was defeated by Crownpoint 3-2 in a non-district match March 12 in Rehoboth. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel

''A Tradition'' Tohatchi Cougar Aurelia Lowe, (8), bumps up a serve from the Rehoboth Lynx March 13 at Rehoboth High School. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

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SOLAR ARRAY | FROM PAGE 4 “With this decision, we are now one step closer to starting construction in July and bringing hundreds of jobs to the local community.”

“Lightening the tax burden on certain taxes, especially in the construction phase and the first years of operation, are (sic) a great incentive for people and companies to establish their business here,” Decker wrote in an email.

IRBs IRBs will allow A rroyo Solar to avoid paying personal property taxes on the project for the term of the bond — 30 years — while only owing McKinley County a negotiated sum of approximately $11.5 million over the first 10 years of the bond, Doug Decker, the county’s lead attorney said. But, while Arroyo will not have to pay taxes on things like solar panels and storage units (personal property), by state law it will have to pay real property taxes on the land to the county treasurer for all tax recipients, includi n g t he Ga l lup - McK i n ley County School District. As for GMCS, Decker said the county is still trying to figure out the statutory payment, which will either be direct or flow to the treasurer’s office first.

PA N EL S A N D STORAGE Approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2018, the A r royo Sola r a nd Storage Project is a 300 megawatt solar generation facility and a 150 megawatt battery energy storage system to be located in the far northeast corner of McKinley County. “This is, really, almost the perfect location for solar,” Holst said during a presentation to commissioners. “It’s f lat, obviously very sunny, a nd rea lly high elevation. Cooler temperatures really help the eff iciency of the panels.” Holst said that amounts to 1,700 acres and 780,000 panels — not the largest solar array in the world, but on the highend of projects like it. T he pr oje c t h a s be en u nder development si nce

2018. According to Holst, Centau r us Capita l sig ned an agreement with Public Ser v ice Compa ny of New Mexico, a New Mexico energy provider, which will buy all the energy the solar array produces for t he f i r st 20 years, at which point another contract between the companies may be signed. Holst said the Arroyo Solar and Storage Project is happening because of the New Mexico Energy Transition Act, which, in part, calls for the retirement of coal plants around the state. The energy storage system will include 231 containers, covering two acres, discharging or charging 150 megawatts — all supplied by Tesla.  QUESTIONS REMAIN Construction on the project will begin in July 2021 and the project will be operational by the summer of 2022, according to information provided by Holst.  Holst also talked about w h a t t he pr oj e c t wou ld mean for McKinley County, saying it will bring 400-plus

con s t r uc t ion worker s — many of them local. But in the end, it will result in only as many as five permanent jobs. C om m i s s io ne r R ob e r t Baca, Dist. 3, questioned how much of the power generated from the Arroyo Solar and Storage Project would benefit McKinley County after Holst said his company would not control it — PNM would. Holst speculated the project’s power might flow to Santa Fe and Albuquerque and possibly part of Arizona. “We were just kind of wondering what McKinley County is going to get off of this other than it’s going to PNM and you said the magic word: ‘Santa Fe,’” Baca said.  After the meeting, he told the Gallup Sun he was actually satisfied, not irritated, with what Holst told him. “Somet i me s, I k i nd of sou nd like, ‘Okay, I don’t really go for that,’ but that’s just my nature,” Baca said. “I tend to be outspoken and wa nt to k now a l it tle bit more.” Holst responded by say ing it had approached Jemez Mountains Electr ic

Cooperative, Inc., about the idea of taking some energy generated from the project. “I think if Jemez was a willing buyer, there is a n opportunity for the local community to benefit from some clean and well-priced power. But they didn’t express interest in buy ing the power,” Holst said. “We were standing ready to try to negotiate that.” Holst was asked by the Sun what he would say to McKinley County residents who might be wondering why the Arroyo project doesn’t directly benefit them. A lthough they won’t be benefiting from the affordable renewable energy that is being made available by the Arroyo project, “the residents of McKinley County are nevertheless still benefiting greatly through significant new property revenues paid to the County a nd school board, plus through the creation of hundreds of construction jobs,” Holst wrote in an email. “We hope that this project will ultimately be viewed as a win for everybody,” Holst concluded.


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104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Publish: Gallup Sun March 12, 2021 March 19, 2021 March 26, 2021 *** Legal Notice Request for Proposals Public Notice is hereby provided that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: CAMPUS MASTER PLAN AND EDUCATIONAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR CROWNPOINT HIGH SCHOOL AND NAVAJO PINE HIGH SCHOOL RFP-2021-33MA Commodity Code(s): 90666, 90607, 90652, 90966, 92471, 92537 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 March 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM MDT. 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, April 6, 2021. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date and time. The Gallup-McKinley County


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 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 10th Day of March 2021 By: /S/ Charles Long, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 RFP ISSUE DATE: March 12, 2021 PUBLICATION DATES: March 12 & 19, 2021 (Gallup Sun) *** NOTICE TO CREDITORS BRANDY HAWKINS has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of CHRISTY LEE BUTLER, 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 Brandy Hawkins 2305 Douglas Dr, San Angelo, TX 76904, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Date: 3/5/2021. BRANDY HAWKINS, Personal Representative 2305 Douglas Dr San Angelo, TX 76904 Publish: Gallup Sun March 19, 26 & April 2, 2021 *** Advertisement For Proposals

City of Gallup, New Mexico Request for Proposals (RFP) No. 2020/2021/05/P: POWER PURCHASE OF 12,500 MWH PER YEAR OF RENEWABLE ENERGY Public Notice is hereby given the City of Gallup, New Mexico (“City”) is seeking proposals from renewable energy providers, renewable power generation developers and/or wholesale power marketers to provide a long term power purchase agreement for 12,500 MWh of energy per year to serve City of Gallup customer load. If the proposal includes a new facility dedicated to serve the City, such proposal should provide a path to ownership of the facility in compliance with its current wholesale power supply contracts. The power purchased by the City will supplement the current wholesale power supplies under existing power purchase agreements with Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (“CDEC”) Western Area Power Administration (“WAPA”) and Standard Solar, Inc. (“SSI”). The power purchased from an agreement subsequent to this RFP will integrated with the current supplies and used to serve network load requirements of the City’s Electric Utility. Qualificationsbased/best value competitive sealed proposals must be submitted via City of Gallup’s electronic solicitation platform no later than April 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM MST. The City of Gallup Purchasing Department will receive and record proposals via virtual conference/ video calls or through other


virtual means. The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/ RFP software system powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from proponents must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective proponents will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Negometrix is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Negometrix. Register your company at Negometrix.com. Only ELECTRONICIALLY SUBMITTED PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept proposals submitted AFTER due date and time. There will be mandatory Preproposal meeting on April 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM MST via Zoom. Meeting link is provided in RFP documents. Any proposals received from parties failing to attend the mandatory Pre-proposal meeting and site visit will be deemed unresponsive and will not be accepted. Proposals MUST be submitted electronically and received by April 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM MST via: https://app.negometrix.com/ buyer/3226 Copies of the Request for Proposals documents can be obtained via Negometrix website at:https://app. negometrix.com/buyer/3226 OR in person at the office of the City of Gallup Purchasing Division at 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, NM 87301 OR will be mailed/ emailed upon written request to: Frances Rodriguez Purchasing Director Email: frodriguez@gallupnm.gov Dated this 17th day of March 2021 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Published: Gallup Sun, Friday March 19, 2021 *** MCKINLEY COUNTY ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITY ECONOMIC DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE


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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, March 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 meeting; and it will stop being monitored at 9:00 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

1:03 pm) the Authority Acting Chair will call you on your return number so you can make your comment. The Authority Acting Chair pursuant to state law can limit the time of comments and reduce common or cumulative comments as needed. The members of the Authority at their option can participate by phone or other technological participation methods. A copy of the agenda will be available at the McKinley County Managers office 72 hours prior to the meeting and will be posted for the MCEGFED on the McKinley County Web site until an alternate web site is contracted for or established by the Authority. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Janessa McMahon 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 live stream mentioned herein. Done on behalf of the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District Authority this 18th day of March 2021. Publication by posting date: March 18, 2021 before 3:00 pm. Published in Gallup Sun March 19, 2021.




4 pm Chess League is back with online play. Please register ahead of time by emailing childlib@gallupnm.gov. Internet access will be needed for play on lichess.org. For more information, call (505) 863-1291.


11 am on Facebook, @ galluplibrary, or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library. to view episodes of On the Books: Women’s Herstory Month where we’re exploring Women’s History through authors and works in our collection. This week our focus is on Pirate Queens. SATURDAY, March 20


1 pm (LIVESTREAM) on OFPL’s Facebook or YouTube @galluplibrary to make DIY self-care products. This week we will create liquid hand soap. Ingredient lists for each product are available at ofpl.online. Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


9 am-4 pm COVID-19 vaccinations @ UNM-Gallup (705 Gurley Ave.). Second dose only for those who received their first dose on Jan. 30. Please have your medical record number available. For more information (505) 722-1753 MONDAY, March 22


12 pm on OFPL’s Facebook or YouTube @galluplibrary to make DIY self-care products. This week we will create avocado face masks. 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 first-come, first-served basis. This week we will focus on Scratch Boards. Learn how to create a high-contrast black and white image using an engraving technique on a scratchboard. Creative Corner Episodes are available for viewing after the premiere event on YouTube, @galluplibrary. For more information: jwhitman@gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291. CALENDAR


1 pm-2 pm @ Student Support Center Board Room (640 S. Boardman). TUESDAY, March 23


6 pm Facebook Live stream through the City of Gallup’s Facebook Page: https://www. facebook.com/CityOfGallup/


6 pm-7 pm on a live Zoom call, the New Mexico Recycling Colaition will host these trainings as part of a USDA Rural Utilities grant. Registration is required and numbers are limited. Register by going to https://www.recyclenewmexico.com/backyard-compost-registration/


1 pm-4 pm via Zoom Conflict Resolution Part 1 of 2. This free monthly training is available due to a City of Gallup Behavioral Health Park and Recreation Development Fund Grant.


4 pm YouTube, @galluplibrary. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are talking about the amazing women in our lives. Submit a 3-5 minute video about the influential women in your lives 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.


5 pm @galluplibrary. for “How to” tech shorts. It is tax season and the perfect time to learn where to get forms and tips for getting tax help. For more information: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.


1:30 pm-2:30 pm @ UNM Gallup Lions Hall parking lot (705 Gurley Ave.). Pre-registration is preferred, but not required at doineedacovid19test.com. WEDNESDAY, March 24


3:30 pm on Zoom Poet/Writer/ Activist Jimmy Santiago Baca will give a virtual presentation at UNM-Gallup. Register at gallup.unm.edu/keepinghope-alive/


4 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library Learn how to use Pinterest for shar-


ing and saving ideas. We will talk about the basics and how to use this site for all of your interests. For more information email libtrain@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.


11 am Visit YouTube, @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 Questions and Conversations. THURSDAY, March 25


6 pm Zoom discussion. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones is the topic. The story follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. For more information: bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.


1:30 pm-2:30 pm @ UNM Gallup Lions Hall parking lot (705 Gurley Ave.). Pre-registration is preferred, but not required at doineedacovid19test.com.


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 Shrinky Dinks Craft.


6:30 pm-8:30 pm @ Gallup Senior Center (607 N. Fourth St.) District 1 Councilor Linda Garcia will meet with constituents. ONGOING


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 bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


Create with other community members to make a beautiful hanging mural for OFPL. All of March receive one six-inch square Mandala coloring page. Return your coloring page by April 9 at 5 pm and watch a time-lapse video of our collaborative art mural being pieced together. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, firstserved basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online while supplies last. For more information email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


Unleash your inner scientist with all the supplies you need for 12 different STEM activity kits available at OFPL using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. Complete and return the bingo card to the Main Library by April 30 at 5 pm for a prize! For more information email childlib@ gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.


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


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.


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.


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

NAVAJO IHS COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULE 9:00 am-4:00 pm @Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility (Mon.-Fri.) Drive-thru Moderna vaccines for individuals, 18 and over;

First dose Pfizer vaccine reserved for individuals, ages 16 years old; Second dose Pfizer vaccine, for individuals, ages 16 and over. 9:00 am-4:00 pm @ Piñon Health Center (Mon.-Fri.) Drive thru; Moderna vaccines for individuals, ages 18 and over. By appointment only — call (928) 725-9605. First dose Pfizer vaccine reserved for individuals, age 16 years old; Second dose Pfizer vaccines, ages 16 and over. By appointment only —call (928) 724-3639. 9:00 am-3:00 pm or until doses are depleted March 20 @Crownpoint Healthcare Facility. Second dose Pfizer vaccines for individuals who received first doses on Feb. 27. 9:00 am-3:00 pm or until doses are depleted March 23 @Crownpoint Healthcare Facility. Second dose Pfizer vaccines for individuals who received first doses on March 17 and March 20. 10:00 am-2:00 pm or until doses are depleted March 25 @Mariano Lake Chapter. First dose Moderna vaccines for individuals, ages 18 and older. 10am-3 pm @Pueblo Pintado Clinic (M-Th) Elders and high risk individuals are priority. Individuals ages 16-18 years and older will be scheduled based on available vaccine supply. By appointment only – (505) 6553254. 10 am-3 pm @Thoreau Clinic (M-F) Elders and high risk individuals are priority. Individuals ages 16-18 years and older will be scheduled based on available vaccine supply. By appointment only – (505) 8628761. 8 am-4 pm @Gallup Indian Medical Center Internal Medicine Clinic (M-F) By appointment only. 8:00am-4:00 pm March 19 @ Inscription House Health Center. First dose Moderna vaccines for individuals, ages 18 and over – By appointment only. (928) 672-3093 or 3094. 8:30 am-3:00 pm March 20 @Inscription House Health Center. First dose Moderna vaccines for individuals, ages 18 and over. First come, first served. 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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In this action packed issue, Gallup Sun profiles dedicated Rugby Coach Timaris Montano. And speaking of sports, High School sports is back!...

Gallup Sun • March 19, 2021  

In this action packed issue, Gallup Sun profiles dedicated Rugby Coach Timaris Montano. And speaking of sports, High School sports is back!...

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