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‘MR. FOX’ VS. COVID-19: MORTAL COMBAT Robot to fight virus at Twin Lakes Elementary
TRAVAGANZA SEE PAGE 14
By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent
obots will soon be joining students at Ga l lu p - McK i n ley County schools in the district’s battle against COVID-19, the common cold, and the flu in the classroom. W h e n C OV I D -19 w a s declared a pandemic in 2020, GMCS tried many strategies to keep its schools as healthy as possible. Cleaning vents and disinfecting surfaces were some of the methods used. But in November, the district found a different solution: robots. T h a t ’s whe n GMC S reached out to UVD Robots, a company that builds infection protection robots that use UV-C light to deactivate bacteria and viruses. UVD Robots is a Danish company that has its U.S. headquarters in Boston, Mass. The compa ny wa s founded in Denmark in 2016, according to its website. Its robots are used in hospitals, airports, and offices. “ I t ’s r e a l l y e x c i t i n g t e ch nolog y ; t hey ’r e l i ke m i n i -T e s l a s ,” D i s t r i c t Superintendent Mike Hyatt
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Words from the Asst. Superintendent
April 5 GMCS schools fully reopen
Going Above & Beyond By Pauletta White GMCS Assistant Superintendent
I appreciate the work of our Student Food Service staff who prepared the food and the district’s bus drivers who delivered meals to our students. Their commitment to our students is commendable.
Welcome, GMCS students! Gallup McKinley County Schools is excited to announce that all students at all grade levels may return to school 5 days a week. Your friends, teachers and fellow classmates cannot wait to see you. Contact your school for all information on reentry. All safety protocols will be followed to ensure your safety.
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GMCS’ top chefs dish out needed help Gallup-McKinley County School cooks and the Student Food Services were called upon to find ways to provide meals to the students and the community during the recent pandemic. Cooks will be honored at the GMCS school board meeting on April 12. Neal Cunningham, the district’s General Manager for Food Service, said the cooks put in long hours and provided a needed service to the community. “The staff showed a lot of pride. They came to work when no one else was coming to work,” Cunningham said. “They worked every day. He added, while also noting the importance of the district’s bus drivers in getting food delivered throughout the district, “They had
something to achieve. They wanted to make sure these families got these meals. They put away any fears they might have due to COVID. “They are at work early in the morning, they work five days a week,” Cunningham said, adding that currently the cooks have provided meals for the entire county seven days a week. “We cover weekends. We started in January, serving them breakfast, lunch and a dinner so that covers the seven days a week,” Cunningham said. “The dinner is given once a week and it’s a week’s worth.” Cunningham said the dinner program is “a cooking class.” He added, “They can assemble and cook, and learn all the measurements.”
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Fixing Gallup’s housing problem By: Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent
ason Valentine built a career out of knowing about the housing market. As a realtor with Coldwell Banker, he has seen what the housing market in Gallup looks like, and he noticed that it wasn’t good. So he started the Gallup Housing Summit in March 2019, and this year he brought in community leaders like Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, Bill Lee CEO of the Gallup Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico Represent at ive Pat r icia Lundstrom, D-Gallup, Brett Newberry of the accounting firm Newberry and Associates, and many more. In an interview with the Sun, Valentine gave a brief overview of what he thinks needs to be done in Gallup to get more houses built and potentially attract more people to the city. “A lot of people are hoping [that someone like Pulte Homes or D.R. Holton] is going to come in here and build hundreds of units for us,” Valentine said. “They’re only going to do that if we show them that we’re taking care of our city fi rst. “So we need to start at the most local level, like building on infill lots and rehabilitating our community and taking pride in our community before anybody else is going to come
Jason Valentine of Coldwell Banker, one of the leaders of the 2021 Gallup Housing Summit, March 26. File Photo
Bill Lee, CEO of the Gallup Chamber of Commerce led the 2021 Gallup Housing Summit via Zoom on March 26. File Photo
in and do that,” he said. At the beginning of the March 26 meeting that kicked off the weekend summit’s events, Valentine presented the committee with the numbers. He explained that his research showed McKinley County had lost $3 million because people moved to other parts of New Mexico and the rest of the country. The county is also losing almost $25 million in possible tax dollars because people are moving away. The latest census shows that people moved from McKinley County to the Bernalillo, San Juan, Cibola, and Sandoval counties in New Mexico and Maricopa County in Arizona. The county has lost 1,749 people since 2014, which is almost two percent of its population. Bringing more people into the community to combat this
loss was an important goal of the meeting. Improving the city’s infrastructure and rehabilitating existing homes were two key discussion points that the committee members thought would accomplish this goal. “A house in Boston, Mass. that is 150-years-old is considered a desirable property, [but] a house in Gallup that is 60-years-old is considered a falling apart piece of junk,” Valentine said. “What I think happens is people are unaware of the tools available to them to rehabilitate their homes.” The members of the committee came up with a list of Gallup housing problems and possible solutions. The first challenge concerned land to build on in the city. Greater Gallup Economic Development Cor poration Manager Bruce Armstrong expressed his concern about the quality of land in Gallup. He suggested doing some soil and ecological studies. “Much of the land in Gallup is not suitable for building,” he said. The next two issues the committee put on its list were that there is no one-stop-shop for housing resources, which can lead to home buyer confusion, and there are no home
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buyer counseling services. Valentine said even if there’s housing available, but buyers don’t know their rights or what they should or shouldn’t do, or be looking for when they buy a house, then Gallup is missing part of the equation. The next item turned out to be a big discussion point: The city doesn’t have much infrastructure, and the infrastructure it does have is aging. The city’s planning and development manager, C.B. Strain, acknowledged that the existing infrastructure needs a lot of work and that the work costs a lot of money. He said the city currently has a “fi x it as we go along” attitude toward infrastructure, meaning that when something breaks, it gets fi xed. Strain described what happens when it comes to new infrastructure. A landowner usually comes in, develops the property, sells the lots, and then the infrastructure is produced with help from the city. He said the city makes a practice of applying for funds to help fi x up older neighborhoods that have aging infrastructure. He cited whole block programs, such as the one on Logan, that replaces the pedestrian infrastructure, including curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. He said the city was able to do projects like that in all four districts last year. “We were able to hit neighborhoods in the city that needed it the most,” Strain said. “There are ongoing efforts to get all this stuff, and it’s like that with any city.” Newberr y talked about what happens when that process gets a little bumpy. “The biggest problem is if you wait for the city to do these things, if they don’t have the money, well, then they don’t get done,” Newberry complained. “So the private
sector sits there, and they go ‘Well I want to move on with my project, but I don’t have this infrastructure.’” “Are you going to wait for the government to take care of it,” Newberry asked, “or does the private sector fi nd a way to get it developed?” Of course, money plays a big part in both old and new infrastructure issues. Strain told the board that the city’s zoning regulations were relaxed when the entire code was rewritten in 2016 and then adopted by the city council in 2018. He said he hoped that would help the situation. He said that it was done to help support and accommodate developers. The committee came up with one way to get more funds to help with infrastructure: to have the city government coordinate with the Council of Governments to write grants that will help generate federal funds. A small group can also be put together to solicit federal funds to advocate for infrastructure development in small towns. The group can develop and research ways private money can offset upfront costs for developers. Lundstrom suggested that the committee meet with the National Development Council to discuss what they could do to get more money. The NDC is an organization that helps communities develop through training sessions. “I think the best thing is (sic) to understand from Sheldon Bartel, (a field director with the NDC) is what those grant opportunities are. Make sure that we’re applying for what we really want, and that we’re not just chasing money,” Lundstrom said.
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HOUSING SUMMIT | FROM PAGE 4 The GGEDC was put in charge of coordinating the meeting between the housing committee and the NDC. The next hurdle that was brought up was the problem of slumlords. According to Valentine, Gallup has a lot of slumlords. “If we have one [slumlord], it’s too many … Because that represents poorly on our entire community.” Valentine said.
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Slumlords are property owners that refuse to clean up or maintain their properties. Valentine explained that because of the limited supply and high demand for housing in Gallup, slumlords can get away with not fi xing up a unit, but still renting it out because a family needs a place to stay. Building more properties would increase the housing supply and force those slumlords to fi x up their rentals if they want to stay competitive. The city could also condemn old beaten-down homes that do not meet code standards. Strain explained how the city goes about condemning a house. “By state law, we have to prove that it’s a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public,” Strain clarified. “What one person sees as a derelict property might not qualify for that designation. “What I mean is you might have a house in a neighborhood that hasn’t been occupied in a
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few years, and it’s boarded up, and it doesn’t look good in the neighborhood, of course,” he said. “But structurally it’s sound, and it could actually be occupied with a little bit of money put into it. That wouldn’t qualify as a condemnation or a demolition.” If the city can prove that the property is a threat, then the house would be condemned. Condemning a house requires city council action. The city provides evidence showing why the house should be condemned. Then the council proceeds to vote on it. If the proper ty is condemned, the owner must be contacted. The property owner has the choice to either rehabilitate the property or tear it down, and if they don’t do either of those things, then the city steps in and makes the choice for them. Strain said it costs a lot of money if the city ends up having to tear the house down or rehabilitate it. While most of the conversation so far was about what Gallup doesn’t have, Lundstrom chose to be optimistic. “I think taking a more positive upbeat [approach] and just
[keeping the focus] on what our assets are and how we get there, I think that would be very important,” she said. The committee came up with six goals: • Meet with the NDC. • Identify and plan out the building of infill lots and land that already has infrastructure. • Have the city coordinate with COG to secure funding through federal grants and using these programs to aid in housing development. • Put together a group that would advocate at the federal level to support infrastructure. • Identify what is needed to attract developers and get building started. • Educate existing homeowners about rehabilitating and renovating existing homes. Committee members were all put in charge of different plans. Armstrong and GGEDC will organize the meeting between the committee and the NDC. Valentine and Coldwell Ba nker will make a pla n to build on inf ill lots in the city that already have infrastructure. Strain volunteered the city’s
planning and zoning department to make a list of vacant lots first, and then a list of properties that may be condemned. He also volunteered the city to coordinate with the COG to secure federal funding grants. A group will be put together to solicit federal funding and advocate for infrastructure development in small towns. This group is also going to study the Recovery Act, a group of programs former President Obama put in place in 2009 to help small towns build infrastructure. The group will develop and research ways to identify how private money can assist in infrastructure and offset upfront costs to developers. Newberry and Lee will head this project. Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, along with Coldwell Banker and Loren Miller from LAM Corporation, an architecture fi rm, will look into ways to attract developers to build in Gallup. Joy Strylie from Caliber Home Loans will lead the mission to educate and inform existing property owners about rehabilitation and renovations. The group will reconvene as a whole on June 25.
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Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports PERSONAL BOUNDARIES IGNORED Gamerco, March 21 Johnny Wa r ren sa id an argument started when he was riding his motorcycle w it h his daughter a nd not iced Rudy Lopez on his property. At 11:27 am he told McKinley County Sher iff ’s Sergea nt Garylle James that he didn’t know Lopez. Warren said he approached Lopez to find out why he was there, and Lopez became combative and threatening, stating “This is my hood.” The two were approached by James at 703 Portal, in Gamerco. They were yelling at each other. Warren waved at t he deput y for assistance and Lopez began
walking away. When James followed, Lopez took a fi ghting posture and said, “I dare you to come closer.” He also threw a rock at James and missed him by about a foot. Lopez was arrested by James, and Deputies Nocona Clark and Clayton Ettsity for assault upon a peace off icer a nd resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Lopez is in custody at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. RED JACKET, BLACK SHOES Thoreau, March 21 A woman who didn’t want to give her name, called the McKinley County Sheriff ’s Department to report a theft of alcohol at the Speedway at 92 S. Hwy. 371 in Thoreau around 3 pm. Deputy Frank Villa, Jr. was sent to the scene to look for a man wearing a red jacket and black shoes, who reportedly was carrying
a gun and a knife. The caller said she saw the weapons on the store camera. But when the deputy arrived and spoke with the Speedway store manager, Leah Brown, he learned that the report came from the manager on the previous sh i f t, Rochel le Sa nd ma n. Sandman did not tell Brown what kind of a lcohol wa s t a ken or how ma ny ca n s were gone. She just gave a description of the alleged perpetrator. Brown was unable to provide a dollar amount of what was believed to be missing, and said she knew nothing about any weapons being involved. Villa checked the area and did not locate the man. FOOTPRINTS, TIRE TRACKS MYSTERY Thoreau, March 20 Sometime between 5 pm March 19 and 1 pm March 20th, Kelsi Maynard said she
believed her fences were cut on the north and south side of her property at 146 Poor Farm Road in Thoreau. She told McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Galvin Panteah she saw the top two barbed wires cut on the south fence and two sets of footprints. At the north side of the property, Panteah saw the top two barbed wires cut on the north side of the property. Maynard said she can fix the fence on her own, but she wanted the incident documented. Panteah also reported another cut fence at 144 Poor Farm Road. That fence also had cuts on the top two barbed wires. He followed the footprints north, where he located tire tracks beside the road.
FOOTPRINTS, TIRE TRACKS MYSTERY CONTINUES Thoreau, March 20 After his visit to see a cut fence at 146 Poor Farm Road, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Galvin Panteah visited 144 Poor Farm Road where he had seen more fence damage. He contacted property owner Sally Diane Mayberry by cell phone. Mayberry was in Albuquerque at the time of Panteah’s visit. She told him she did not remember the last time she saw her property fence intact. She said she did not visit that part of the property frequently and was not able to assess the damage. She spoke with neighbor Kelsi Maynard, whose fence was also damaged at 146 Poor Farm Road. Maynard said she would repair Mayberry’s fence.
This table represents a week-long period of Gallup Police Dept. incident calls. March 24-30 INCIDENT TYPE
NUMBER OF CALLS
All other calls including shots fired, disputes, burglary, assault, vandalism, etc.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Stevens ConcepionMolina Feb. 21, 2:25 am Aggravated DWI W h i le pat rol l i ng westbou nd on St ate H ig hway 118, New Mexico State Police Officer Alejando S ol i s -Tor re s spotted a passenger ca r traveling east at 64 mph near the 18-mile marker. He turned around and followed the vehicle, pulling it over and conducting a traffic stop near Marguerite Street and Highway 118. Solis-Torres met with the driver, Stevens ConcepionMolina, 28, of Gallup. While he spoke with him, SolisTor r e s ob s er ve d he h a d slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. There was also an open container in the cup holder. Concepion-Molina said he had consumed “a lot” of alcohol at some point prior to driving, but did not specify. He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed and was placed under arrest. After being transported to the local state police office, Concepion-Molina posted two samples of .18. He was then taken to the county jail and booked for aggravated DWI, speeding,
open container, vehicle subject to registration, and no proof of insurance. Ross Bigman Jan. 26, 8:02 pm Aggravated DWI McKinley County Deputy Cecil Sanders was dispatched to a residence on Gloryland Lane in Vanderwagen, where the caller said that a man in a gray Toyota Tundra drove through their fence and hit a shed. Sa nders a r r ived at the scene and saw the vehicle in question had hit a property fence and was stuck in the snow. He met with the driver, Ross Bigman, 87, no address given, who was trying to shift the vehicle into drive. Sanders reached in through the passenger side door and turned the vehicle off, after which Bigman opened the driver door and stumbled out of the truck. W h ile he went to help Bigman up, Sanders noticedBigman smelled of alcohol, h a d blood shot eye s, a nd slurred speech. There was also an open container in the vehicle’s center console. Bigman agreed to do the horizontal eye gaze portion of the standard field sobriety tests, but failed and the remaining tests were not recorded. Sanders placed Bigman under arrest. Bigman refused to give a breath or blood alcohol test. He was taken to McKinley County Adult
Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI and for having an open container in a vehicle. Natasha Lynn Johns Dec. 30, 5:38 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup Patrolman E l i j a h Bowman was dispatched to the Taco Bell at 3905 W. Hwy. 66 in reference to a disorderly person. While en route, he saw a white Nissan Sentra pass his patrol unit at a high rate of speed near 2009 W. Hwy. 66. The Sentra moved into the median quickly and then into the parking lot of the nearby McDonald’s. Bowman turned and conducted an emergency stop a nd welfa re check on the driver, identified as Natasha Johns, 32, of Gallup. As he
spoke with Johns, Bowman noted she ha d blood shot eyes. Joh ns sa id she wa s heading home from work. She stepped out of the vehicle at Bowman’s request, and he noticed she was swaying back and forth. Johns agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed. She was placed under arrest and and a miniature bottle of Yukon Jack was discovered in her pocket during a search. She was without a driver’s license. Johns refused to take the breath test a nd wa s tra nspor ted to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked on driving under the influence and without a license. Benson Shorty Sept. 10, 5:23 pm DWI N e w Mexico State Police Officer David Savage wa s working a ENDWI s obr iet y checkpoint in McKinley County when he saw a red pickup truck enter
the check point, then tur n around and drive away. Savage followed the vehicle a nd conducted a tra ffic stop. He met with the driver, Benson Shorty, 47, of Tohatchi, who failed to show his driver’s license because he said it had been revoked. Savage noted t he veh icle smelled of alcohol, so he had Shorty get out. Shor t y sa id he d ra nk t wo 12 - oz . beer s pr ior t o d r i v i n g, a nd S av a ge s aw he had bloodshot eyes and slu r red speech. Shor t y a g r e e d t o t a ke t he s t a n dard field sobriety tests, but failed and was placed under arrest. While searching the vehicle, Savage found an open container of Natural Light Beer that still had liquid inside. He also heard New Mexico State Police Dispatch confi rm Shorty’s license had been revoked. After posting two breath samples over .08, Shorty was t r a n s por t ed t o McK i n ley C ou nt y Adu lt D e t e nt io n Center and booked for DWI a nd dr iv ing on a revoked license.
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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, March 26, 2021
By Steve Newman
Bovine Emissions Feeding beef cattle a small supplement of red seaweed each day could sharply cut the amount of the greenhouse gas methane that the animals expel into the atmosphere through burps and fl atulence, scientists say. Methane is 30 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere t h a n CO2 , m a k i n g cow s impor tant contributors to global heating. Researchers f r o m t h e Un i v e r s i t y o f California, Dav is say that after feeding cows about three ounces of the marine plant per day for 21 weeks, they saw an 80 percent reduction in methane produced by the ruminant animals. The team is working on ways to make it easier to feed the cows seaweed and to cut its cost to farmers.
Earthquakes A sharp temblor centered off Japan’s
poaching. Their blood oxygen levels are higher when they are upside down, compared to lying on their side on a fl atbed truck. Nearly 98 percent of black rhinos disappeared in the wild after the 1960s, when more than 100,000 roamed the deserts, shrublands and savannas from Kenya to Namibia.
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northeastern coast was felt widely across Honshu Island, including Tokyo. • Earth movements were also felt in northeastern New Zealand, northeastern Turkey and interior parts of metropolitan Los Angeles.
Plastic Pathogens Researchers say they have found that t he va st a mou nt s of m icropla st ics released into the environment
-82° Vostok, Antarctica from wastewater treatment plants each day may be “hubs” for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and other pathogens. A team from the New Jersey Institute of Technology says the plastic pollution forms a slimy layer of film on the surface of wastewater, which collects dangerous microorganisms and allows them to commingle and mix with antibiotic waste. The scientists say this poses a threat to marine life and human health
if the plastic-borne pathogens bypass the treatment process, which is typically not designed to remove the plastics.
Eruptions Iceland’s Mount Fagradalsfjall erupted with spectacular fountains and flows of lava for the fi rst time in 6,000 years, only 25 miles southeast of the capital, Reykjavik. Scienti st s a nd sig ht seer s roasted marshmallows and hot dogs from the heat of the lava, but the foul smells of the volcanic gasses were said to curb most everyone’s appetite. • Flights in and out of Guatemala’s main international airport were briefly ha lted a s crews removed runway ash from the latest in a series of eruptions from nearby Pacaya volcano.
Horns Down Wildlife experts in Africa say they have found it is safer to relocate the critically endangered black rhinoceros upside down, sedated and blindfolded by helicopter rather than by land. It is sometimes necessary to move rhinos from local overcrowding and to make them less vulnerable to
One half of Earth is emitting heat from the planet’s interior faster than the other, which scientists say has probably been going on for 400 million years. Krister Karlsen of the University of Oslo says the lopsided heat loss is probably a leftover effect of when all the world’s landmasses were joined in a supercontinent, dubbed Pangaea. Scientists believe it was centered around today’s Africa. Since ocean areas trap less heat from Earth’s interior than land, the vast Pacific is losing more heat.
Flood of Pests Southeastern Au s t r a l i a’s wo r s t f loods in 50 years have forced t housands from their homes and driven a frightening number of snakes and spiders into populated areas. Other wildlife species are also scrambling for higher ground, including skinks, ants and crickets. The hordes of spiders invading people’s homes have proven to be the most traumatic for many residents. But they are advised not to reach for insecticides because the arachnids will eventually leave when the waters recede. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXXI Earth Environment Service
Relocating rhinos has been found to be less stressful when they are airlifted upside down by helicopter. Photo Credit: Micky Wiswedel/WWF
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Lawsuit ﬁ led to keep Holtec nuclear storage facility out of state Staff Reports
ANTA FE— Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the State of New Mexico f iled suit aga inst the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the United States seeking to stop them from indefinitely storing the nation’s supply of high level radioactive waste in Southeastern New Mexico. The March 29 complaint alleges
that the NRC is acting beyond the scope of its authority in licensing the proposed interim storage facility to be located in Lea and Eddy counties and that the interim storage facility will jeopardize the state’s water resources and agricultural interests and shift the enormously expensive job of training and equipping first responders to the state and local governments for up to 120 years in order to deal with any mishap that occurs as a
result of the NRC’s untested and unauthorized plan, among other things. “I am taking legal action because I want to mitigate dangers to our environment and to other energy sectors,” Balderas said. “It is fundamentally unfair for our residents to bear the risks of open ended uncertainty.” The complaint also details the harms that the storage facility represents to natural resource production, which
accounts for a substantial percentage of New Mexico’s economy. Among the concerns raised by the State’s Homeland Security experts and others are the vulnerability of the facility and transportation corridors to potential catastrophic events, including terrorist attack. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment that the Commission is acting beyond the scope of its authority and an injunction preventing the
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. Photo Credit: wikipedia licensing from moving forward. The State asks the Court to move as expeditiously as possible to hear and decide the matter.
Governor signs measure to improve forest management Staff Reports
A N TA F E — Gov. Michelle Lu jan Grisham signed House Bill 57 into law March 18. HB 57 is an environmental
measure that will help the state improve forest management amid a changing climate through the use of prescribed burns, which will lessen the risk of catastrophic wildfi res. “The Prescribed Burning
Act is an important proactive action for our state to ensure our forests and watersheds provide clean water and other benefits for future generations – while recognizing and mitigating the impacts of a changing climate,” Lujan Grisham
said. The bill – sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Santa Fe, Rep. Ga il A r mstrong, R-Magdalena, Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe and Sen. Pat Woods, RCurry County – was a product
of months of extensive stakeholder outreach following the passage of House Memorial 42 in 2019, which created a working group led by the
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Navajo, Hopi Families Relief Fund completes one year of COVID support LOOKS TO BUILD STRONGER FUTURE Staff Reports
H’ÍHOOTSOOÍ, DINÉTAH, (WINDOW R O C K , N AVA J O NATION)— Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund commemorated one year of successfully strategizing, organizing and distributing critical humanitarian resources to communities across the Navajo and Hopi nations. In March 2020, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases exploded across the Navajo and Hopi nations, these communities sought the basic living essentials they needed to undertake protective self-isolation. Both nations have been long-time food deserts with only 13 full-scale grocery stores on their combined 29,945 square
mile-territory–an area larger than the combined areas of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. They also face unique challenges in the face of COVID with a third of their communities lacking indoor plumbing and another third without electricity in their homes. Other complicating factors include unemployment rates regularly exceeding 50 percent in these communities, significant rates of overcrowded housing, and a high incidence of underlying conditions due in part to almost a century of federal overburdening of Navajo lands with extractive development and unremediated Superfund sites. Given the extreme food desert conditions on the two nations, many tribal members do their shopping in
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off-reservation communities where the selection is broader, food is fresher and prices are lower. Unfortunately many shelves were barren in the border towns by mid-March 2020. The pandemic also caused many tribal businesses and departments to immediately shut down or reduce their hours of operation, which included critical water access points. Combined, these factors caused an unexpected crisis among many families who needed access to basic living essentials. On March 15, 2020, knowing the extreme vulnerability of these communities and the unique challenges they would face in protecting themselves from COVID-19, former Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch established a GoFundMe
Shandiin Herrera conducts a Personal Protective Equipment distribution at the Bashas’ Diné market in Kayenta, Ariz. in November, 2020. Photo Credit: The Navajo and Hopi Families Relief Fund Campaign as a means to provide at-risk COVID-19 populations on Navajo and Hopi land--including elders, people who are immunocompromised, and struggling families--with two weeks’ worth of essential living items so they could safely shelter at home and avoid spreading COVID-19. By the end of March 2020 the group had formed a Utahbased nonprofit, Yee Ha’ólníi Doo, which does business as the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID19 Relief Fund. Yee Ha’ólníi Doo translates into “May our people have fortitude in times of difficulty.” The group now operates under a fiscal sponsorship by Nonprofit Fiscal Services to ensure federal tax exemption for donations until it secures its own 501(c)(3) designation. To date, the team has raised over $18 million, most of which the Relief Fund has strategically channeled toward providing food, water, Personal Protective Equipment and other essential items to over 370,000 Navajo and Hopi people. The Relief Fund has also utilized its funding to launch an important, culturally relevant public health education campaign designed to equip Navajo and Hopi community members with the knowledge they need to protect their families from the spread of COVID19. The team has also assisted
Navajo and Hopi communities by infusing them with the following resources: • Approximately 800 hand washing stations for households that lack indoor plumbing • Over 100,000 masks, surgical gowns, and related Personal Protective Equipment for elders, immunocompromised, and first responders sewn by volunteer seamstresses • 48,000 pounds of critical relief supplies airlifted to remote Navajo and Hopi communities in collaboration with Air Serv International • Over 75 boxes of donated winter clothing items for children • Over 140 tons of coal for elders as part of a winter home heating program • 17 industrial-sized refrigerators and 22 industrial-sized freezers to facilitate local food distributions • 261,000 gloves for Northern Navajo Medical Center during a nationwide glove shortage The governing board of Yee Ha’oolniidoo is composed entirely of Navajo women, and Hopi women play a vital role in ensuring delivery of services to Hopi community members. To learn more about the organization, please visit http://navajoandhopifamiliescovid-19r.godaddysites. com/ COMMUNITY
A different kind of monster mash THE LIZARD TAKES ON THE APE IN ‘GODZILLA VS. KONG’ By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: OUT OF RUNNING TIME: 113 MINUTES This feature is playing at open cinemas and is also available for streaming on HBO Max. It has been 67 years since the gargantuan green lizard made his debut on the big screen and 88 years for the massive ape. In the decades since, there have been dozens of sequels and reinventions of these characters, some of which have been better than others. The latest is Godzilla vs. Kong, which attempts to combine the icons in its recent series of giant monster movies. This is a silly fl ick with creatures that are more relatable a nd interesting tha n the humans following them around. However, if your primary reason for watching is to see the two giant behemoths go head-to-head, you will get an enjoyably over-the-top and mayhem-fi lled climax. A f ter event s of 2019’s G od zi l l a: Kin g of t h e Monsters, the two monsters are being kept apart to mainta in peace a nd prevent a swath of destruction. When Godzilla appears unexpectedly and attacks the Apex Cybernetics factory run by Wa lter Simmons (Demia n Bichir), the world fears that the giant lizard has turned ev il. The CEO decides to fund the research of geologist Nathan Lind (Alexander
Sk a r s g å r d) a nd t e s t h i s “Hollow Earth” theory. It contends that there is an incredible power source at the center of the planet that could stop the monster. To get there, they need the assistance of the giant ape Kong, now under the care of Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) and her daughter Jia (Kaylee Hottle). As they begin the journey, teenage Godzilla authority Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) and her friend Josh (Julian Dennison) team with conspiracy theorist podcaster Bernie (Brian Tyree Henry) to fi nd the true reason behind Godzilla’s violent turn. In truth, this is more of a Kong movie than a Godzilla fi lm, with the primary focus on the primate and the team’s attempt to reach the center of the Earth. Godzilla really is a secondary character here who only shows up to engage in fi ghting. In addition to the misleading title, the screenplay ha s its fa ir sha re of issues. Those familiar with the original Toho franchise will immediately be able to predict the story’s ultimate plot twist. It also suffers from clunky and awkward dialogue. One feels very sorry for the cast member s, who a re of t en forced to literally explain their own actions when they perform tasks. And when they attempt to detail the “science” beh i nd monster behav ior or the hypothesis about the “Hollow Earth,” it couldn’t be more leaden. Of course, it’s difficult for a movie like this not to be absurd, especially given the exaggerated nature of what
is occur r ing. The cha racters occasionally crack wise about the situation and a couple of their observations are amusing. Yet it’s hard to say whether some of the funniest elements are on purpose or unintentional. This includes the remarkably lax security at the secretive high-tech Apex factory as the young heroes try to sneak in, or Dr. Andrews panicking about the safety of her daughter while continually putting her in harm’s way. I’m going to assume that the movie is aware of its shortcomings and that the stilted yammering is to be chuckled at as the feature races toward its epic finale. The monster material looks CGI-heav y, but at lea st the con f licts themselves are energetically rendered. And there are some original visual flourishes and creative ideas injected into the proceedings. There’s an amusing skirmish at sea that involves Kong trying to stay on stable ground by jumping
Godzilla and Kong face oﬀ and provide viewers with plenty of chaos amid a backdrop of destruction in “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
from ship to ship. During a later exchange when the giants trade blows, the camera will hold on a monster’s head as its body is throw n into bu ildings. Admittedly, the climax is a blast to witness and does provide the necessary cheesy thrills. Overall, this title is better than the fi lm that preceded it, even if it does have plenty of notable defects. The human
characters are given little to do other than deliver lengthy do s e s of ex po sit ion a nd behave irrationally. But the fi lm’s main selling point does provide entertaining action for fans of giant monster movies. Godzilla vs. Kong isn’t a fi ght for the ages. But, when it focuses on its unusual stars, the fl ick does manage to land a few blows. V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM
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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for April 2, 2021 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
new week is here, which means it’s time to look at some of the h ig h l ig ht s that are arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition features a small but impressive selection of big studio epics and Oscar-nominated fare, which means that there is likely something to appeal to ever yone. So, since you can’t, or likely shouldn’t be going out to the movies right now, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES! 55 STEPS: Eleanor Riese is the subject of this Englishlanguage German / B e l g i a n b i o p i c . Set in Sa n Francisco du r ing the 19 8 0 s, t he story follows her trials as she is involuntarily detained and committed to a mental health facility. She manages to get in contact with a lawyer, who steps in and discovers that the patient is being forced to endure severe and inhumane treatment at the hospital. This feature was made a couple of years ago and has been released everywhere
else in the world, but had some difficulty fi nding a U.S. distributor. Reaction among critics in this part of the world to the feature was split. About half suggested that it all came across a s unexciting a nd stated that the movie needed more fi re and passion. Just as many thought it was powerful and had a great cast and strong performances. They also complimented the performances as being authentic and realistic. It stars Helena Bonham Car ter, Hilar y Swank and Jeffrey Tambor. A NOTHER ROUND: Four high school teachers going through a mid-life crisis in Denma rk la ment how dull and predictable their lives have become. To combat their malaise, one of them proposes an unusual experiment based on a study suggesting that maintaining a specific blood-alcohol level can bring happiness and creativity. The friends try it out for themselves and find their experiment having unexpected effects. This foreign-language feature received rave reviews and has been nominated for Best International Film and Best Director at this year’s Academy
Awards. A small number of critics didn’t like the characters or the fact that the movie avoided making judgments about their behavior. However, the vast majority called the movie one of the year’s best for that very reason, saying it was brilliantly conceived a nd well-acted drama that would get viewers thinking and talking long after it ended. The cast includes Mads Mikkelsen, Thoma s Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe and Magnus Millang. HAYMAKER: A retired Thai boxer looking for work decides to take a job as a bouncer at a nightclub. One evening, he rescues a transgender performer from a nasty thug. The two become friends and the fighter becomes the artist’s bodyguard and confidant. In the process, the protagonist also begins to consider returning to the ring despite the potential dangers involved. This film received mixed reviews from the press, earning a few more negative writeups than positive ones. Those who liked it said that it was an interesting tale that took viewers in a few unexpected directions. The rest found it forced and dramatically fl at, complaining that it didn’t make the most of its unusual characters and situations. It features Nick Sasso, Nomi Ruiz, John Ventimiglia, Zoë Bell and D.B. Sweeney. THE PROJECTIONIST: Most know filmmaker Abel Ferrara as the writer and director of gritty cult movies like Ms. 45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant and Body Snatchers. In this documentary, he meets with and talks to the owner of a notable cinema in Queens. They discuss the 1970s and how independent films of that era were made and distributed. The pair also discusses how much edgier and more interesting the old ways of moviemaking were than the current fi lm scene. This feature received uniformly excellent notices from reviewers. While some of them feared that the two would simply attack recent moviemaking trends, they suggested that the mood was upbeat. In fact, they called it an enjoyable tribute and wrote that the men shared
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some incredible stories about their experiences working in the movie business in New York. THE WIDOW: According to this fi lm’s press release, for more than three decades people have been going missing in an isolated forest north of St. Petersburg in Russia. A team of volunteers decides to go into the woods to fi nd one of those who had recently gone missing there. They quickly lose communication with their basecamp and are soon hunted by a dark and violent spirit known as the Limping Widow. There aren’t a lot of reviews for this foreign-language title yet, and the ones that have appeared online have been mixed. Appa rently, most have said that the concept is solid and that there is a lot of style and atmosphere on display. However, they also asserted that the story takes too long to get going and that the climax was something of a letdown. The cast includes Viktoriya Potemina, Anastasiya Gribova and Margarita Bychkova. BL A STS F ROM T H E PAST! If this week’s new titles aren’t enough for you, there are also plenty of older fl icks getting Blu-ray upgrades. In fact, it’s an embarrassment of riches right now. Last year, Arrow released an amazing new version of the classic horror/comedy, An American Werewolf in London (1981). Now, it’s offering the fi lm in special Limited Edition Steelbook packaging. It comes with all the same fixings as the previous version, including a sharp new remaster of the movie itself. So, if you haven’t picked up the movie yet, you can now do so and get it in a fancy tin with new artwork. Perdita Durango (1997) aka Dance with the Devil was Alex de la Igelsia’s follow-up to the previous title. This Englishlanguage effort marked his first and only attempt to break into the U.S. market. It was based on a supporting character from the David Lynch 1990 film,
Wild at Heart. Viewers follow the character as she heads out on a violent cr ime spree with her boyfriend. The movie feat u red a n incredible cast including Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem, James Gandolfi ni and Demian Bichir, but was far too graphic and shocking for North American audiences. It ended up being heavily edited and didn’t get much of a release here. Now you can pick a 4K version of this title completely uncut for the fi rst time ever in this part of the world. In addition to the upgraded presentation, you’ll get an interview with the director, a talk with the screenwriter, discussions with the fi lm’s composer and director of photography, a new scholar reappraisal of the fl ick, as well as an interview with another movie expert. For years, Kino has been doi ng an excellent job of fi nding a nd d istr ib uting studio catalog titles o n B lu - r a y. This week, they have the Bette Midler/Nathan Lane comedy, Isn’t She Great (2000). The disc includes a fi lm historian commentary and a trailer. Lust, Caution (2007) was an early feature from director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi). It’s getting a new Blu-ray with a movie expert audio track, as well as a making-of featurette. The big studios also have plenty to choose from. They’re giving the excellent sports comedy The Bad News Bears (1976) its Blu-ray debut. Walter Matthau plays a hard-drinking little league coach who, in his own eccentric way, attempts to inspire his team of misfits into winning their league championship. Writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) is a fan of the fi lm and offers his thoughts on the movie as a bonus. Sony is presenting a Blu-ray of the Angelina Jolie drama, G ir l Int e r r upt e d (19 9 9), which also features Winona COMMUNITY
Ryder a nd Elizabeth Mos s. A nd i f yo u’r e a ga mer, then you might be interested in the studio’s 4K release of Kingsglaive: F i n a l F a n t a s y X V (2 016), a n
animated feature based on the video game. Speaking of games, you can also pick up the Mortal Kombat 2-Film Collection Bluray from Warner Brothers. The set includes Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). This release is obviously arriving to coincide with a new reboot of the franchise that should be
arriving in a few weeks. And finally, the studio’s made-to-order Warner Archive line is also delivering a Blu-ray of the Boris Karloff horror pic, Isle of the Dead (1945). Set on a Greek island, this tale involves a group of people trying to determine if a series of deaths in the area might be the result of an evil spirit rumored to reside nearby.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! If you’re looking for something for younger viewers, here’s what’s available. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series ON THE TUBE! A nd you’ll find a ll the TV-themed releases arriving on disc listed below. T he Alienist: Angel of Darkness (Season 2)
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enter another long and dry fi re season.” A t a t i me w he n New Mexico – and indeed all of the Western United States – is experiencing longer and more intense fi re seasons due to a warming climate, prescribed burns allow the state to avoid catastrophic fi res and better manage forests for future generations. Prescribed burns are an important tool for forest management by removing excess vegetation that can fuel
fi res in forests and grasslands. Throughout the legislative session the bill enjoyed widespread bipartisan and diverse stakeholder support, highlighting the importance of bringing everyone to the table before the session in order to produce common-sense legislation. The Prescribed Burning Act establishes a negligence standard of liability for private landowners who conduct prescribed bur ns, making
insurance more available and affordable. This has resulted in an increased pace and scale of prescribed burning in other states that have enacted similar legislation. The bill also establishes a new certified prescr ibed bur n ma nager training program in cooperation with the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. This program will improve the safety of prescribed burning on private lands.
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Tight game between Mustangs, Steers FINAL SCORE: MAGDALENA 28, RAMAH 22 Ramah Mustang Whelan Clawson, (#20). (RB,CB, Junior) runs past a Magdalena Steer as Bowdy Evans, (#11), (WR, MLB, Sophomore) assists March 25 at Leslie Clawson Memorial Stadium in Ramah, N.M. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons/RAH Photography
Ramah Mustang McKay Evans (#15), (QB, S, Junior) runs past the entire Magdalena defensive line to get Ramah a ﬁrst down, before he is tackled March 25 at Leslie Clawson Memorial Stadium in Ramah, N.M. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons/RAH Photography
Ramah Mustangs’ Wyatt Clawson, (#2), (QB, DE, Junior), (left) and McKay Evans, (#15), (QB, S, Junior), (right), block the ball and tackle, Mason Greenwood (#21),of Magdalena March 25 at Leslie Clawson Memorial Stadium in Ramah, N.M. The Mustangs lost to the Steers 28-22. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons/RAH Photography
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Miyamura Lady Patriots crush Grants Lady Pirates FINAL SCORE: MIYAMURA 3 GRANTS 0 Lady Patriots Tanaysha Walker, (2), and Darian Yazzie, (11), attempt to block the shot of Lady Pirates’ Ernestina Roberts, (6). The Miyamura Lady Patriots defeated the Grants Lady Pirates 3-0 at Miyamura High School March 26. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel
Miyamura Lady Patriot Brooklyn King, (8), goes up high to return the ball back to the Grants Lady Pirates at Miyamura High School in Gallup March 26. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel
Miyamura’s Chaunice Charleston, (10), serves up the ball to the Grants Lady Pirates during a matchup March 26 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel
Grants Lady Pirates’ Ernestina Roberts, (6), attempts to get her shot past two Miyamura defenders, Darian Yazzie, (11), and Tanaysha Walker, (2), in a non-district match, March 26 at Miyamura High School. The Lady Pirates lost to the Miyamura Lady Patriots 3-0. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel
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Miyamura Patriots vanquish the Gallup Bengals FINAL SCORE: PATRIOTS 39 - BENGALS 0 Tristan Upshaw, (11), pushes the Bengals’ Fernando Beaza, (13), to the ground during the March 26 rivalry game at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium. Miyamura came out on top over the Gallup Bengals 39-0. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel
The Patriots’ Chris Chavez, (7), runs past the Gallup Bengals defense at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium March 26. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel Patriots’ Blas Saucedo, (4), eludes the outstretched arm of Alejandro Alatorre, (6), of Gallup, March 26 at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium. Photo Credit: Mike Esquibel
Bengal Quarterback Kody Touchine, (#18), throws the ball as Patriot Defensive End, Alex Castillo, (#56), goes in for the tackle, while Alejandro Alatorre, (#6), assists Touchine March 28 at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons/RAH Photography
Patriot Chris Chavez, (#7), (center), is taken down by Gallup High Bengal Andrew Wilson, (#28), (left), and another Bengal player on the right March 28 at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium. Miyamura defeated Gallup High 39-0. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons/RAH Photography
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Bloomﬁeld beats Miyamura in girls conference soccer FINAL SCORE: MIYAMURA 0 - BLOOMFIELD 3
Miyamura Patriot Katerina Chamberlin, (6), passes the ball away from Bloomﬁeld Bobcat Rylee McCoy, (18), March 27 at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
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Miyamura Patriot Suraya Nurudeen, (21), collides with Bloomﬁeld Bobcat Sydney Dugger, (16), as they compete for the ball at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup March 27. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
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Bengals top Pirates by a solid margin FINAL SCORE: GALLUP 72 - GRANTS 44 Grants Pirate Jaden Madrid, (#3), tries to look for an opening as Gallup Bengals Brad Lynch, (#34), Quentin “Q” Richards, (#1), and Jeﬀery Yazzie, (#21), try to get the ball back. The Bengals started their season oﬀ with a win at home, 72-44, March 30 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons/RAH Photography
Gallup Bengal Brad Lynch, (#34), goes in for a shot while Grants Pirates Colton Moore, (#32), center, and Nick Trujillo, (#21), right, try to block. The Bengals defeated Grants 72-44 in their at-home season opener in Gallup. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons/RAH Photography
Gallup Bengal Kody Touchine, (#32), goes for the rebound against Grants Pirate Colton Moore, (#32), on March 30 at Gallup High School. The Bengals defeated Grants 72-44. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons/RAH Photography
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Gallup Bengal Tre Bruner (center) looks for an opening against Grants Pirates defense. The Bengals start their season oﬀ with a win at home, 72-44, March 30 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons/RAH Photography
ROBOTS | FROM COVER said at the event. GMCS will have 37 robots in the district: 34 in schools, two in administration buildings, and one in the district’s shipping and receiving building. This will be the largest f leet of autonomous robots in a school distr ict in the country. Twin Lakes Elementar y school will be home to one of t he robot s, “M r. Fox,” n a med by fou r t h g r a der Ky l y n n C a d m a n i n M s . Begay’s class, as par t of a contest. Cad ma n sa id the robot is “as smar t as a fox to fight our diseases.” Twin Lakes Elementar y Principal Ophelia Sanchez, GMCS Superintendent Hyatt and members of the school board introduced “Mr. Fox” to the community in a special event March 25. That’s when Andy Molnar ex pla ined how the robots work. Molnar is v ice president of business development i n t he A mer ica s for UVD Robots. T he robot s u s e a s pe ci f ic waveleng t h of U V- C l ig ht , wh ich i s t he m a x imum germicidal wavelength, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The light d isr upt s t he DNA of ba cteria and viruses, preventing them from multiplying. Molnar said this ultimately “deactivates” the bacter ia a nd v ir uses. He expla ined that the company uses the t er m “de a c t iv a t e” r a t her
Kalen Begay’s robot “Timmy” helps clean around the house. “Timmy” was created as part of Twin Lakes Elementary school’s special event March 25, introducing autonomous ultra-violet disinfecting robots to the Gallup-McKinley County Schools District. Photo Credit: GMCS t h a n “k i l l,” bec au se it i s more scientifically accurate. T he robot s w i l l not be joining GMCS students in the hallways or classrooms during the school day. This cleaning method is so strong it can be harmful to human skin and eyes, so the robots will be doing their work at night. During school hours they will stand in classroom corners. Custodians will be
trained on the proper procedu res for operating the robots. Each night, they will set the robots up to work. There is a safety checklist they will follow. Some of the questions on the checklist include: “Is the room clear of obstacles the robot would have to move around? Is the room f ree of people a nd animals?” The robots will not run du r i n g s c ho ol br e a k s or
“TIE” is a robot created to celebrate the March 25 UVD robot event held at Twin Lakes Elementary school introducing the new disinfecting helpers designed to return children to their classrooms at Gallup-McKinley County Schools. Photo Credit: GMCS NEWS
weekends unless people are in the buildings for things like clubs or summer school. Molnar explained that there is no risk of a virus spreadi ng w ithout people i n the bu i ld i n g s , s o t he r ob ot s won’t need to be operating. There is a safety mecha n i sm on t he robot s t hat w i l l a c t iv a t e i f s ome one comes into the room during a cleaning session. Sensors will immediately shut down the robot’s lamps. When it comes to classr o o m p e t s , Mo l n a r s a i d t here’s no need to wor r y. School pets like ha msters would just need their cages to be covered with a blanket, since the light does not penetrate fabric. It also does not transmit through glass, so fish will be safe, too. Molnar wanted to reassure people that the robots are not replacing them. He said they would be freeing clea ning sta ff to focus on other things. U VD Robots builds robots for humans, not for replacing humans, he said. It will eliminate repetitive tasks for the custodians. “The thing about human cle a n i n g i s we c a n on ly really clean surfaces effect ively [i f ] we’re s pr ay i ng chemicals,” Molnar said. “We
wa nt to keep people away from chemicals, because if chemicals are doing something to deactivate bacteria, viruses, and fungi, it’s not good in the atmosphere.” “ It l i n ge r s fo r a lo n g while,” he said. “You have to keep rooms vacant for a long while before you can go back in. So we want to keep away from chemicals as much as we can.” He then went on to compare human accuracy to the robots’ accuracy. “The other thing is obviously huma n nature being what it is, not every cleaner will follow exactly the same protocol for clea ning surfa ces, t he t h i ng t hey ca n actually clean,” Molnar said. “They’ll do it to the best of their ability, but they’ll do it differently—slightly—every time.” Once t he robot is pro g r a m me d it w i l l s t op a t va r ious h igh-touch a rea s, and as it moves, it will also d i si n fec t t he a i r, Mol n a r explained. The robot will emit an even f low of UV-C light a s it travels. Then it will produce a report verifying it successfully completed its task. Molna r sa id each robot will cost the school about $55 a day.
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When applying please provide the following: · State Motor Vehicle Report · Class A CDL · Social Security Card · Long Form (Physical form) · Medical Card Please apply in person at Gas up gas station at 920 E Hwy 66. Or call (505) 722-5031 ext. 104 Ask for Jenna Plummer *** CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE The Gallup Sun seeks a part-time customer service representative. Position is 25 hours per week with the opportunity to expand into a full-time position. Previous customer service and/or sales experience preferred. Looking for a positive, outgoing, and hard-working team player. Must own a reliable vehicle. Background and drug screening required for chosen candidate. Pay DOE. Send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com *** The Gallup Sun is hiring an independent contractor delivery driver. You must have a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license, registration, and insurance. Email resume or work history to gallupsuncirculation@gmail. com ***
His name is Oakley. He’s a Boxer breed and 1 year old. Last seen in Indian Hills area. If found, please contact Gerreitt or Crystal at 505-8799582. A reward is being offered for his return. Thank you. PAINTERS “Need something painted? Call Arrowhead Painters, Gallup’s choice for high quality yet affordable painting. Call us: 505.397.2903 Website: arrowheadpainters.com” LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES 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
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March 26, 2021 April 2, 2021 April 9, 2021 *** Public Notice Public Notice is hereby given that Gallup Business Improvement District, Inc. will conduct its regular monthly Board of Directors Meeting to be held virtually on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 3 PM. The agenda and log-in information will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting from francis@ gallupbid.com and on City of Gallup website. Publish: Gallup Sun April 2, 2021 *** PUBLIC NOTICE
In the Matter of the Estate of EMMETT BRYAN WALL, Deceased. No. D-1113-PB-2021-00011 NOTICE TO CREDITORS ROSE CULVER and CYNTHIA FERRARI have been appointed Personal Representatives of the Estate of EMMETT BRYAN WALL, 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 claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the CoPersonal Representatives 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. Dated: 03/23/2021 ROSE CULVER, Personal Representative CYNTHIA FERRARI, Personal Representative MASON & ISAACSON, P.A. James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representatives 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505)722-4463 Publish: Gallup Sun CLASSIFIEDS
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Among other items, the County Commission will consider the adoption of a Proclamation Declaring Extreme or Severe Drought Conditions Within the County and banning certain fireworks for the Cinco De Mayo and Independence Day firework sale period. As part of this consideration, there will be a public hearing for the Commission to hear comments regarding this issue and to receive a drought report. Adhering to the Social Distancing Protocols, issued by the Governor’s Office; and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of the quorum of the governing body, this meeting will be physically closed to the public but open to the public via technology services. Members of the public may view the live stream feeds offered on the approved Facebook account of the McKinley County Office of Emergency Management. Members of the public are welcome to call in with comments about any of the items on the agenda. The comment call in number (505.863.1400) will be monitored beginning at 8:45 a.m. on the day of the
CLASSIFIEDS Read online at gallupsun.com meeting; and, it will stop being monitored at 9:10 am on the day of the meeting. Please give your name, and the Agenda Item Number you desire to comment on, and a return phone number. When, at the appropriate time for making comments on the agenda items, (beginning at approximately 9:10 am) the Commission Chair will call you on your return number so you can make your comment. The Commission Chair pursuant to state law and county policy can limit the time of comments and reduce common or cumulative comments as needed; comments will be limited to 3 minutes. The members of the County Commission at their option can participate by phone or other technological participation methods. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office and can be sent electronically upon request. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Janessa McMahon at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements.
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1076. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 13-1-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 30th day of March 2021
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
BY:/s/ Billy W. Moore
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the County of McKinley will receive competitive sealed bids for IFB #2021-03 Corrugated Metal Pipe until Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the County Commission Chambers, and as more particularly set out in the specifications, copies for such may be obtained from the Procurement Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or McKinley County website: www. co.mckinley.nm.us. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868, Ext.
Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, April 2, 2021, The Gallup Sun *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL COURT COUNTY OF McKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Estate Of PAULINE DELAO, Deceased. NO. D-1113-DB-2021-00016 NOTICE TO CREDITORS CHRISTINA MACIAS and VIRGINIA PADILLA have
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been appointed Personal Representatives of the Estate of PAULINE DELAO, 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 claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Co-Personal Representatives 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.
Dated: 3/30/2021. CHRISTINA MACIAS Personal Representative VIRGINIA PADILLA, Personal Representative MASON & ISAACSON, P.A. James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representatives 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Publish: Gallup Sun April 2, 2021 April 9, 2021
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.
Request for Proposals Public Notice is hereby provided that the GallupMcKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for:
Dated the 31st day of March, 2021
COOPERATIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES AND RESOURCES District-Wide K - 12 RFP-2021-36RB
Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1
Commodity Code(s): 91838
PUBLICATION DATES: April 2, 2021 (Gallup Sun)
As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website https://gmcs. bonfirehub.com/portal/?tab= openOpportunities Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, April 29, 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.
By: /S/ Charles Long, President Board of Education
RFP ISSUE DATE: March 31, 2021
April 4, 2021 (Albuquerque Journal) *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO FORMAL BID NO. 2106 Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, will receive sealed bids for the following: Rental of Milling Machine & Asphalt Paver
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As more particularly set out in the Bid documents, copies of which may be obtained from the City of Gallup Purchasing Division, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301; or contact Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director at (505) 863-1334. Copies are available for viewing or can be downloaded from: https://app. negometrix.com/buyer/3226 Electronically submitted bids for such will be received at the Office of the Purchasing Department until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on April 15, 2021 when bids will be opened and read aloud in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room 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 bidders must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective bidders 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 ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BID PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated this 31th day of March, 2021
Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday, April 2, 2021 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Gallup-McKinley County Animal Control Authority will consider the following action at its Regular Meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ITEM ONE: Quarterly Financial Report ITEM TWO: FY 2022 Projected Budget ITEM THREE: Discuss recommended revisions to the City of Gallup Animal Control Ordinance regarding aggressive animals. In accordance with the public health order issued by the New Mexico Department of Health, the meeting will be physically closed to the public; however, it will be accessible to the public via the following technology service: Facebook Live Stream through the City of Gallup’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/CityOfGallup Members of the public may call in with questions and/or comments before or during the meeting at (505) 863-1240. Please leave your name and a return phone number. Copies of the Agenda are available on the City of Gallup’s website at: https://www.gallupnm.gov/ agendacenter City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 2 - APRIL 8, 2021 FRIDAY, April 2
VIRTUAL FUN FRIDAY
5 pm on Facebook LIVE, @ galluplibrary. Write your own poetry with our Word Generator poetry challenge!
ON THE BOOKS: LAND OF ENCHANTMENT BOOK AWARD
11 am on Facebook, @ galluplibrary, or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library. to view episodes of On the Books: Land of Enchantment Book Award 2020-2021. Book nominees cater to the interests, appeal and development levels for students of grades K-12 with literacy quality and favorable reviews. This week the Focus will be on Roadrunner (Reading Level K-3) SATURDAY, April 3
1 pm on OFPL’s Facebook @galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library to make DIY self-care products. This week we will create a Lemonade Bath Bomb. Ingredient lists for each product are available at ofpl. online. Email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
COVID VACCINATIONS – SECOND DOSE
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, April 5
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 Splatter Leaf Painting. Learn how to create a splatter painting using various leaves to create a unique hangable work of art for your home. Made famous in the 20th Century by Jackson Pollock. Creative Corner Episodes are available for viewing after the premiere event on YouTube, @galluplibrary. For more information: email@example.com; (505) 863-1291.
FOX RUN GOLF COURSE CLOSED
Closed April 5-7 for spring aerification. Will reopen April 8. For more information: (505) 863-9224. CALENDAR
RMCHCS COVID VACCINATION WALK-IN CLINIC
8 am- 4 pm Starting today and continuing on weekdays RMCHCS is offering COVID vaccines to anyone 16 or over @ RMCHCS College Clinic (2111 College Dr.) and Rapid Care (1850 E. Hwy. 66). No appointment is needed. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine. TUESDAY, April 6
REGULAR COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING
9 am-11 am on Zoom on the McKinley County Oﬃce of Emergency Management Facebook TALKING TUESDAY
4 pm @ Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library. Tell us a story! To celebrate the upcoming Authors Festival, we would like to hear your stories. Tell us about family, travel, your 2020 experience, or other tales. Submit a 3-5 minute video telling your story and join the creative genius of OFPL. Look for talks about books, authors, movies, food, making, and technology from our talented community. EVERYBODY talks! DON’T Miss it! Submissions can be sent to libtrain@ gallupnm.gov, or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.
TECH SHORT TUESDAY
5 pm on Facebook, @ galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library for How-to tech shorts. You have questions, we have answers. Email or call in your tech questions and watch us answer them in our weekly videos. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 doineedacovid19test.com. WEDNESDAY, April 7
TECH TIME ONLINE: HAVE A KANOPY BINGE
4 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library. Kanopy is the library’s free movie streaming service. Learn how to access it and start watching films, documentaries, and more for free! Enjoy a weekend binge. For more information email libtrain@gallupnm. gov; (505) 863-1291.
CHILDREN’S LIBRARY BRANCH WEEKLY EVENTS OFPL EVERY CHILD READY 2 READ
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 Rhyme and Repetition. THURSDAY, April 8
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 Bean Mosaic Collage Craft.
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 doineedacovid19test.com.
FOX RUN GOLF COURSE REOPENS
Reopens after spring aerification. For more information: (505) 863-9224. ONGOING
COLLABORATIVE ART MURAL
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, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online while supplies last. For more information email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov; (505) 863-1291.
SPRING INTO STEM BINGO
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 email@example.com; (505) 863-1291.
VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM 2
All Day. The time for another virtual escape room is here! Access our digital escape room collection on our website http://ofpl.online or through social media @ galluplibrary. Escape Room 2 will be posted beginning Jan. 2. Registration is not required, play anytime at home. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; (505) 863-1291 for more information.
VIRTUAL ZUMBA CLASS
Join us on YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 6 pm. for an evening workout with OFPL’s own Zumba Fitness instruc-
tor. Bring down your house with salsa, booty shaking, and heart-racing songs. For more information: email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
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 distanced 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.
LIBRARY CARD REGISTRATION ONLINE
Today’s libraries have programs and resources that go far beyond books. From virtual story times, family game nights and art classes, to opportunities to borrow audiobooks and stream movies, there’s something for everyone at the library. To explore all that the library has to offer, visit your library at ofpl.online to register for a free library card. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 8631291 for more information.
CURBSIDE CHECKOUT SERVICES
OFPL staff continues to provide essential services to our community by offering curbside checkout, virtual classes, workshops, and public education through our social media platforms. Visit ofpl.online for the online request form. • DVD/CD check out limit is 10 - 30 library items total. OFPL Staff is onsite Monday through Friday from 11 am-5 pm. and will offer curbside pick-ups only from 12 pm - 4 pm. Saturday pick-ups must be scheduled in advance. There will be Saturday curbside pick-ups only from 12 pm-4 pm and must be scheduled in advance. New requests will not be processed on Saturdays. Please allow 48 hours for the fulfillment of all library requests. Call (505) 8631291 to schedule a Saturday pick-up and for reference services.
RMCHCS COVID VACCINATION WALK-IN CLINIC
8 am-4 pm Mon-Fri @ RMCHCS College Clinic (2111 College Dr.) and Rapid Care (1850 E. Hwy. 66), RMCHCS is offering COVID vaccines to anyone 16 or over. No appointment is needed. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine.
RMCHCS FLU VACCINES (ADULTS ONLY)
Urgent Care Clinic (520 Hwy. 564). Walk-ins 5 pm- 9 pm, Sat., 9 am - 9 pm and 12
pm-5 pm Sun. Please bring insurance information. For those with no health insurance there will be a $25 fee. Pre-registration can be done during hours of operation, 9 am-9 pm. For more information: (505) 863-2273.
RMCHCS COVID-19 DRIVE-UP TESTING
9 am-5 pm Mon.-Fri. @ Urgent Care Center (520 NM Hwy 564, north of the New Mexico Cancer Center). Closed on Sundays. Rapid testing is not available.
RMCHCS COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is making appointments for individuals in Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution plan. For detailed information call (505) 488-2684; 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-3:45 pm @ Piñon Health Center (T, W, Th) Drive thru; Moderna vaccines for individuals, ages 18 and over; first and/or second doses. Walk-in or by appointment (928) 725-9605. Pfizer vaccine reserved for individuals, age 16 years old and older; first and/or second doses; Walk-in or by appointment (928) 725-9605. 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) 655-3254. 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) 862-8761. 8 am-4 pm @Gallup Indian Medical Center Internal Medicine Clinic (M-F) By appointment only. (505) 722-1753. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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A robot comes arrives on one school campus to help curtail kids chances of getting COVID-19. Also, a local real estate company teams up with...
Published on Apr 5, 2021
A robot comes arrives on one school campus to help curtail kids chances of getting COVID-19. Also, a local real estate company teams up with...