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U. S. Senator visits Navajo-Gallup water treatment plant; talks infrastructure while touting legislation By Kevin Opsahl Sun Correspondent


.S. Sen. Ma r ti n Heinrich, D-N.M., toured the Cutter L a t e r a l Wa t e r Treatment Plant on May 4 to promote a recently-passed senate bill that could impact the water Gallup residents use for waste and drinking. Although the plant that’s located more than 100 miles outside of Gallup won’t help deliver water to the city, it’s one that local officials have visited and kept tabs on since it is part of the broader $1 billion-plus Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project.  The NGWSP consists of two pipelines: Cutter Lateral and San Juan Lateral, both of which go north to south and serve Native and non-Native communities. 

Hei n r ich sa id even though only one of the two NGWSP pipelines, the San Juan Lateral, will impact Gallup directly, the Cutter plant should be seen by city residents and officials as “a symbol of the progress we’re making on the entire system.” “This is an enormous investment in clean water and it’s exactly what we should be doing in places like Gallup, where we have seen the groundwater retreat so quickly over the last two decades,” Heinrich said. “We need to get off of those wells and onto a more sustainable supply and the NGWSP is that solution.” A project decades in the making, the NGWSP will take water from the San Juan River to Native American communities in New Mexico a nd Ga l lup, where t he

quantity and quality of the ground water won’t be able to meet the needs of the area if nothing is done. The Cutter Lateral was completed in late 2020 and the San Juan Lateral is still under construction. It is expected to be fully complete before the end of the decade. Cutter Lateral is on the eastern side of the state. San Juan Lateral is to the west of it and will also serve unincorporated McKinley County and several water districts and associations. “Portions of the pipeline just north of Gallup will actually begin delivering non-project water — ground water — hopefully this summer and delivering that to the Gallup regional system and



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McKinley County Commissioners weigh drought vs. fi reworks Staff Reports


he ban on big fireworks in McKinley County could possibly continue for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday due to the state’s current drought.  During the May 4 commissioners meeting, McKinley Cou nt y F i re Ch ief Br ia n Archuleta updated the commissioners on the ongoing severe drought situation in the county.  McKinley County is in the D3 and D4 intensity zones


Most current drought map for New Mexico, dated April 27. Map Credit: droughtmonitorunl.edu

Gallup fireworks display in a year with more moisture than 2021. Photo Credit: gallupnm. gov

Evacuations lifted; Mop-up underway for Salt Creek Fire Staff Reports


n May 4, the Bureau of Ind ia n A f fa i r s Nava jo Region Facebook pro claimed the Salt Creek Fire to be 422 acres in size and 95 percent contained as of 8 pm.

The fi re was detected on May 2 approximately five miles northwest of Shiprock. The fire was v isible in some surrounding communities including, but not limited to Shiprock, Hogback, Gadii’ahi/To’Koi (Cudeii), and Nenahnezad.




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Evacuations have been lifted and Mesa Farm Road has reopened. But drivers are asked to use caution and proceed at slower speeds as fi re resources will still be working in the area. Crews continue to mop up and further secure the fire perimeter. This means they will be working 66 feet from the fi re edge and extinguishing any areas holding heat. Resources will be available for any new fi re starts in the Shiprock area.

Smoke can be seen from a distance rising from the Salt Creek fire northwest of Shiprock, N.M. May 3. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Devastation in the wake of the Salt Creek fire which was first detected May 2 about five miles northwest of Shiprock, N.M. The fire reached 422 acres in size. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bureau of Indian Affairs


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State of New Mexico to provide internet to at-risk students By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent 


he Gallup-McKinley Community Schools d istr ict ha s some t h i ng to celebrate after a judge ordered the State of New Mexico to make sure at-risk students have access to the internet. During the May 3 GMCS school boa rd meeting, Superintendent Michael Hyatt

announced that the judge had decided in favor of New Mexico schools on April 30. He explained that the state would fi nally be in charge of providing students with technology. “The pandemic really illuminated the problem we faced as a school district with adequate funding for such things as technology in the classroom; devices and those types of things that we need to not only provide a sufficient education – but during a pandemic event to provide an education when students weren’t allowed to come to school,” Hyatt said. 

Hyatt explained that about 1,500 students in the district couldn’t access the internet at home, despite the district’s effort to provide hot spots. But now fi nally the state will be responsible for providing students with reliable internet service. Hyatt then turned to the district’s calendar to clear up some confusion on when the last day of the 2020-2021 school year would be. He reminded the board that the district had to start classes later than they usually would, because of state requirements.

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he McKinley County Humane Society is offering a deal to help homeless animals find

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their forever homes. During the dates of the Empty the Shelters Bissell Pet Foundation promotion, May 5-9, they will lower their adoption fees. T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Humane Society is not one of the 200 shelters originally listed as a participant in the promotion, and may not receive the financial benefits from it. Nevertheless, Animal Protection Supervisor

The calendar had been set for an August 20 start date and the last day of school was set as June 16. But Hyatt reminded everyone that the district had experienced six snow days, which pushed the end date back to June 24. Hyatt told the board that this new date allows the district to comply with the state law that requires students to have a certain amount of instructional time. In New Mexico, high school students are required to have 1,080 instructional hours in a school year. 

Cosy Balok told the Gallup Sun May 5 that the shelter would join in. Bissell Pet Foundation includes McKinley County Humane Society on the list of shelters and rescue operations it partners with across the country. The Empty the Shelters event is the foundation’s biggest program, and is being held as part of its continuing mission to find loving forever homes for homeless pets across the country, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Gallup McKinley County Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt. File Photo


Animals wait for their forever homes at the McKinley County Humane Society. This puppy may have already found one, as this picture was taken in Feb. 2020. File Photo

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Police fi nd marijuana, edibles during traffic stop By: Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent 


hen Deputy Johnson Lee from t he McK i n ley County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a car on April 13, he found over five pounds of marijuana and 150 edibles.  It was around 10:30 am when Lee was traveling east on Interstate 40. He spotted a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse tailgating a semi-truck transporting fuel around the 27.5-mile

marker. He conducted a traffic stop and a p pr o a c he d t he ca r on the passenger s i d e . W h e n Larry Hunt the passenger rolled down the window Lee could smell marijuana.  He asked the driver for his license, registration, and insurance. The driver was Larry Hunt, 46 of Glen Heights, Tex. Hunt told Lee the car was a

r e nt a l , a nd the passenger wa s get t i ng the regist r a t ion a nd insurance off his phone. Lee told Hunt Oshoke Ameh to get out of the car while he ran his information. Lee asked Hunt who had rented the car, and Lee said that his friend’s girlfriend had. But she wasn’t in the car.  Lee fi nished writing Hunt’s warning citation, and in his

repor t, he noted that the man appeared to be nervous. T he deput y told the Hunt he smelled marijuana and Jehron Ruckes asked him if there was any in the car. Hunt said they had a little bit of marijuana in the back and that he had gotten it from a dispensary.  When Lee asked if he could search the car, Hunt said he

would get the drugs out for him. Lee said that he wanted to search the entire car. He began to explain the McKinley County Consent to Search form to Hunt, and Hunt said he did not give the deputy consent to search the car, and that he wanted to talk to the other person in the car fi rst. McKinley County Sheriff’s Of f ice’s Deput y Bra ndon S a la z a r wa s a l so at t he scene, and he asked the front


Windshield with a hole in it COULD 6-YEAR-OLD WITH A BB GUN BE THE CULPRIT? By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent 


Yatahey couple came back from church to find the rear windshield of their SUV

had been shot with a BB gun. On April 11 around 1:30 pm McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis Jr. arrived at #13C Ark Hill in Yatahey, N.M. to meet with the owners of the car.  The damaged vehicle was

a 2018 Jeep Cherokee. The rear windshield was shattered. The woman pointed out where a pellet had hit the bottom of the windshield. The pellet was on the ground underneath the Jeep. Davis took pictures of the

windshield and the pellet. The man said he discovered the damage around 1:00 pm. He said the last time he had seen the vehicle had been on April 9 around 4:15 pm. At that time the windshield was fine. The couple said they believed a small child had caused the damage. The woman said they saw a young boy shooting a BB gun after they came home from church. They yelled at the child to stop, but he continued to shoot.  They said they saw the boy hide somewhere near his house.  They also told Davis that other people had seen the shooting. Two witnesses said they heard the woman yelling at the boy. They said the boy owned a

BB gun. After writing down the SUV’s information, Davis went over to the boy’s house at #13F. He met the woman who lived there, and explained that her neighbors were accusing her child of shooting and causing damage to their SUV.  The mother said her son did have a BB gun, and that she had told him to stay in their yard. She explained that she had taken it away from him. She said her son was six years old.  Davis asked to see the rifle and took photos of it. He explained that he would write up a report and that there may be an insurance claim in connection with the incident.



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Fight breaks out over a leaky house By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent 


Ga merco woman got into a fight with a Gamerco Water a nd Sa n it ation Department employee after she

became frustrated with a leak in her house.   McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis Jr. arrived at #708 Portal Street in Gamerco on April 27 around 2:17 pm. When he arrived he saw two women arguing. 

According to his report, he spoke first to Belinda Rios. She explained that she had a leak in her house and that she’d been having trouble getting in contact with the Gamerco Water and Sanitation Department. She said that when she would

call the department a woman named Maggie, later identified as Magdalena Garcia, would hang up on her. Rios had decided to go to the office in person. She ended up running into Garcia at the Navajo Shopping Center on

Chino Loop. She stated that she had tried to tell Garcia that she needed her water turned off until the leak could be fixed. Rios said Garcia ignored her and then left the shopping center. Rios followed Garcia in her


Personal problems multiply after driver takes a drink Staff Reports


man having a bad day was stopped by New Mexico State Police Officer Chaz Troncoso who was patrolling eastbound on Highway 118 early on Jan. 4, 2020. Troncoso saw a silver pickup truck traveling westbound at about 91

mph in a 45-mph zone. He turned around and began to follow it. The pursuit went onto Day Street, where the truck eventually stopped. Troncoso approached from the passenger side and met driver, Dominic Molina, 45, of Gallup, who appeared distraught. Molina said he knew he was

speeding. He explained he had a lot of personal issues. Troncoso noticed Molina slurred his speech and had bloodshot eyes, and the vehicle smelled of alcohol. As Molina described his problems to Troncoso, he said he could pass the standard field sobriety tests. He asked that he not be charged for DUI

because he had a commercial driver’s license. He eventually agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests after Troncoso told him he could not let the stop go. Molina failed the tests, admitting he had four beers and a mixed drink prior to driving.  An arrangement was made

for the vehicle to be picked up while Molina was transported to the local New Mexico State Police office. He refused to give a breath sample a nd argued with Troncoso. He wa s t hen t a ken to McK i n l e y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center and booked for a g g r av a t ed DW I a nd speeding.

Tail lights out, beer in the cup holder – Whoops! Staff Reports


a l lu p P a t r ol m a n Dominic Molina was traveling north over Miyamura Overpass early on March 13 when he saw a silver Cadillac in front of him with no tail lights turn onto Hasler Valley Road. Molina activated his unit’s emergency lights and began to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, which pulled over near the New Mexico National Guard Armory, 1480 Hasler Valley Rd. Another officer arrived on-scene and they met the driver, Gino Escamilla, 42. As he told the officers he was

coming from a f r ie nd’s house, Molina noted the smell of alcohol com i n g f rom i n side t he veh icle and Escamilla Gino Escamilla had red glossy eyes and slurred his speech. There was also a can of beer in the cup holder. Escamilla agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but said he had a busted knee that could prevent him from taking some parts of the test. As the tests went on, he began to get upset and said the

officers were just harassing him. He eventually failed the tests and was placed under arrest. A search of the suspect vehicle found several unopened cans of beer in the front and

back seats. Escamilla agreed to give a breath sample and was transported to Gallup Police Department for the test. He put up two samples of .10. Escamilla was allowed to call his brother to pick up his

vehicle while he was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for his third DWI, an expired registration, and improper equipment on his vehicle.

This table represents a seven-day period of Gallup Police Dept. incident calls. April 28- May 4 INCIDENT TYPE






















All other calls including. attempt to locate, burglary, battery, assault, party call disturbance, etc.



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Budweiser mixed with Yukon Jack, gray car = DWI Staff Reports


ew Mex ico St ate Police Officer Chaz Troncoso was p a t r o l l i n g we s t bound on Highway 118 early on Jan. 8, 2020 when he saw a gray car swerving on the right side of the road. As both approached A r ma nd Ortega Boulevard, Troncoso ran the car through his unit’s

computer aid dispatch and saw that its registration had expired. Troncoso pulled the car over to conduct a tra ff ic stop. He saw there were two occupants inside and when the driver rolled the window down, he smelled alcohol. The driver, Casey Bowie, 31, of Gallup, stared blankly and was slow to react to Troncoso’s commands. Troncoso noted

Bowie had bloodshot eyes, fumbled through the car looking for documentation, and slurred his speech when he told Troncoso his name. Bowie stepped out of the vehicle while initially stating he had not consumed any alcohol, Bowie agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, during which he admitted to drinking half a large can of Budweiser.

As the tests were administered, Bowie eventually admitted he drank three or four cans of Budweiser in total. He failed the standard field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Troncoso searched the vehicle and found several empty containers of Yukon Jack whiskey in the back seat. The passenger was picked up by family.

Bowie agreed to give a breath sample, so he was transported to the local state police office for the breath test where he posted two samples of .23. He was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI, failure to maintain his lane, improper display of registration, no proof of insurance, no license, and an open container.

Wrong way driver, looking for dog ARRESTED FOR DWI Staff Reports


cK i n ley Cou nt y Sheriff’s Deputy Jerald Watchman was driving westbound on Highway 264 late on March 17 when he observed a white vehicle driving westbound in the eastbound lane. He activated his unit’s emergency lights

and pulled behind the vehicle, which eventually stopped in the median. Watchman met the driver, Deremiah Joe, 27, of Yatahey, who said he and his brother, who was also in the vehicle, were traveling to Rock Springs looking for their lost dog. Watchman noticed that Joe had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and

there was a smell of alcohol inside the vehicle. Joe stepped out of the vehicle at Watchman’s request, swaying as he walked. He was detained by Watchman as another deputy arrived to stand by the vehicle because its location in the median presented a safety hazard. The vehicle was later towed. Watchman asked Joe if he

would take the standard field sobriety tests and he agreed. However, he failed the tests and was placed under arrest. After agreeing to give a breath sample, Joe was transported to the sheriff’s office, where he posted samples of .23 and .22. Joe was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked

for a g g r a v a t ed DW I, no license or registration, a nd fa i lu re to maintain a la ne. The report did not state whether Deremiah Joe h is brother was released.

Gallup Police make late-night DWI bust Staff Reports


a l lu p P a t r o l m a n Warren Bowannie conducted a tra ffic stop on a silver Chev rolet Ma libu late on March 19 at the intersection of Nizhoni Boulevard and Mendoza Road after it failed to maintain its lane. Bowannie spoke with the driver, Jake Garcia, Jr., 48, of Gallup, who said the car was new and did not have insurance or registration yet. While Garcia spoke, Bowannie noted he slurred his speech and had bloodshot eyes, and there was a smell of alcohol coming from inside the Chevy. Garcia eventually said he had one can of an unspecified beverage prior to driving. Garcia agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests,


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but had difficulty following directions and eventua l ly fa i led. Bowannie deter m i ned Ga rcia wa s Jake Garcia, Jr. i ntox icated based on the test results, his admissions, and visual signs of impairment. After arranging for the car to be picked up, Garcia agreed to give a breath sample. He was transported to Gallup Police Department for the test, where he posted two samples of .14. Bowannie then transported Garcia to McKinley County Adult Detention Center where he was booked for DWI, no insurance or registration, and failure to maintain a lane. PUBLIC SAFETY



A century of federal indifference left generations of Navajo homes without running water By Elizabeth Miller New Mexico In Depth April 12, 2021


hen Julie Badonie wa s g row i ng up in the small Navajo community of Tohatchi in the 1940s, her father drove a horse-drawn wagon early each morning to a nearby spring. There, he fi lled wooden barrels with water the family would use that day to drink, cook, and wash. Badon ie, the you ngest of seven children, including brothers who fought in World War II and the Korean War, or one of her siblings would go along. She remembers it as fun. At home, a hose siphoned the water into buckets to bring into the house. Badonie left for boarding school in kindergarten, first just a few miles across town, then several days’ travel away in Crow npoint, where a n older sister worked as a cook, and eventually, all the way to Albuquerque for high school. Coming home meant coming back to life without flushing toilets, running faucets, or lights that turned on with a switch, but she didn’t mind.

Who Digs for Water,” a reference to a seep near the Chuska (Ch’ooshgai) or “White Pine” Mountains. T he com mu n it y t uck s between the blue ridges of Ch’ooshgai Mountain, frosted with snow in winter. When that snow melts or rain falls, water runs off the peaks into a canyon where horses browse among junipers. Erosion and rockfall have so narrowed the dirt road up the canyon that, today, an ambulance can’t reach the few houses higher on the ridge, and even the propane trucks struggle.  A chapterhouse the color of cream trimmed with maroon houses loca l gover n ment offices stand near a senior center, where staff hand meals into car windows as lunchtime approaches, and a preschool with a playground, quiet this year with schools closed by the pandemic. Across the street, boxy houses with stucco walls and peaked roofs line up in rows.  For the last eight years, Badonie has visited the chapterhouse almost every day. A fter her retirement, she became more involved, running for office and serving as

residents with utilities, and ensuring a long-term, abundant water supply for the community itself. “The population is growing, and we need to have water,” Badonie said. Badonie’s house, like most homes close to Tohatchi, now has running water and electricity. But the 800 to 900 people in Tohatchi, and another 600 to 800 in Mexican Springs, eight miles to the west, all depend on a single well and single pump. If the pump running it fails, or if the water level in it drops — both issues that have troubled nearby Gallup this year — water will cut out for the homes, the head-start center, the schools, the clinic, the senior center, five churches, and the convenience store and gas station. It’s a tenuous situation common across the Navajo

The San Juan Lateral under construction along Highway 491 in western New Mexico. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miller Nation, and one that also keeps Tohatchi from growing. But there’s promise in the community’s location along the route for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which will draw water from the San Juan River and deliver it to

communities on the eastern side of the Navajo Nation. The project consists of two pipelines. A 200-mile pipeline,



'JSTU#BQUJTU$IVSDI Julie Badonie, former president of the Tohatchi Chapter, stands in front of Ch’ooshgai Mountain. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miller “We just enjoyed being home with our parents, our sisters, our brothers, you know, so that didn’t really matter,” Badonie said. “When you go home, you’re free.” Tó’háách’ih means “One INDIAN COUNTRY

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ecretar y of the Interior Deb Haaland i s s ue d S e c r e t a r y ’s Order 3400 on April 27. It re-delegates the authority to review and approve applications to place land into trust to the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional directors. This action reverses steps taken in 2017 that unnecessarily elevated land-into-trust decisions to the Department’s headquarters staff, increasing the complexity of the decision-making process and causing delays. This order will not apply to gaming applications. “At Interior, we have an obligation to work with Tribes to protect their lands and ensure that each Tribe has a homeland where its citizens can live together and lead safe and fulfi lling lives,” Haaland said.  “Our actions today will help us meet that obligation and will help empower Tribes to determine how their lands

are used — from conservation to economic development projects,” she said. Federal policies dating back more than a century have eroded the land base of Indian Tribes across the United States. By placing lands into trust status through the Department of the Interior, Tribes are able to reacquire lands within or near their reservations, establish a land base for Tribal communities and clarify jurisdiction over their lands. Tribes have faced delays and increasing costs in efforts to develop housing projects, manage law enforcement agencies and develop local economies as a result of unnecessary hurdles in the land-into-trust process. “The patchwork of landholdings within existing reservation boundaries can make it difficult to develop coherent law enforcement and regulatory policies on reservations, restricting the ability to sustain community and economic develo pme nt ,”  P r i nc ip a l

Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland explained. “These important actions are a step in the right direction to restore homelands that will strengthen Tribal communities.” In addition to the S e c r e t a r y ’s O r d e r, t h e Solicitor’s Office withdrew three previous opinions that impeded the Department’s ability to take land into trust for Tr ibes a nd that were issued without adequate Tribal consultation. T he S ol ic it or issued M-37070 and withdrew M-37054 and M-37055, which created an unduly burdensome process for Tribes seeking to place land into trust under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. In its place, the office reinstated a previous opinion (M-37029) that has been upheld by multiple federal courts and outlines a reasonable process for Tribal applications for land into trust. The Solicitor also

Secretary Deb Haaland, U. S. Dept. of the Interior. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U. S. history. File Photo

issued M-37069 and withdrew M-37064, which erroneously concluded that, despite the existence of a formal rule allowing such acquisitions, the Secretary of the Interior does not have discretionary authority to take land into trust for Tribes in Alaska. This action will eliminate uncertainty over the Secretary’s

continuing authority under the IRA to take land in Alaska into trust for the benefit of Alaska Tribes. Goi ng for wa rd, t he Department will engage in meaningful and robust consultation with Tribes to learn about the challenges they face in the fee-to-trust process and in managing their own lands.

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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, April 30, 2021

By Steve Newman

Lightning Capital F lor ida , espe cially around the Tampa Bay Area, has long been renowned as the capital of lightning strikes in the United States. But researchers from the Finlandbased environmental monitoring company Vaisala say that Oklahoma has narrowly surpassed the Sunshine State for that distinction. Its research found there were 83.4 lightning events per square kilometer in Oklahoma between 2016 and 2020 compared with 82.8 in Florida. But Vaisala meteorologist Chris Vagasky says with statistics that close, it’s hard to say that one state has truly overtaken the other.

Earthquakes A temblor in eastern India’s Assam state cracked walls and floors, but there were no reports of injuries or fatalities. • A moder a t e t remor caused scattered damage on Indonesia’s Flores Island. • Earth movements were also felt in south-central Alaska, northern New Hampshire and the Sierra Nevada resort of Lake Tahoe.

Melting Hazards Boulders a nd rocks long frozen in place high across the world’s mountainous regions are now tumbling downslope due to the glacial melt brought on by global heating. A tragic example occurred in February when rock and ice broke loose from a Himalayan peak, killed more than 200 people and destroyed a hydroelectric dam. Researchers in Switzerland have begun releasing “test


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-93° South Pole, Antarctica rocks” from high in the Alps to better understand the dangers posed to humans and the landscape by the growing phenomenon. “Where a rock will land, how it will bounce, how high it will jump … we can answer all that,” said physicist Andrin Caviezel, one of the scientists involved in the experiments.

Lion Famine A protracted drought and unbridled livestock grazing, which have parched parts of Namibia, are also causing desert-adapted lions to perish or appear emaciated near human settlements in the southwest African nation. There was an outcry after images of an emaciated lioness, too weak to get up next to a goat enclosure on a communal farm, appeared on social media. Philip Stander of Desert Lion Conservation told The Namibian daily that the hyper-arid conditions have caused several of the big cats to either die from starvation or be euthanized by the environment ministry.

Tropical Cyclones Tropical Storm Jobo spared Tanzania the f looding and wind

damage that were predicted before the cyclone weakened prior to making landfall just south of the capita l, Da r es Salaam. Only two other cyclones have str uck t he coast of Tanzania in modern times. The Zanzibar Cyclone roared ashore in 1872, and Cyclone Lindi killed 34 people in 1952. Former Category-5 Typhoon Surigae lost force over the open waters of the western Pacific

after skirting the eastern Philippines.

Polar Drift Earth’s axis is being shifted by the huma n activ ities causing the current climate emergency and the redistribution of water resources through the pumping of groundwater for irrigation. An international team of researchers says the shift started in the 1990s

when global heating began to melt glaciers, sending much of the runoff into the oceans. Earth’s axis naturally drifts a little bit each year due to changes in winds, ocean currents and atmospheric pressures. But the redistribution of water from land to the oceans accelerated the drift between 1995 and 2020 by about 17 times. Vincent Humphrey of the University of Zurich says the drift is tiny and imperceptible to humans.

Japanese Eruption A s t ron g bl a s t from southwestern Japan’s Sakurajima volca no spewed ash high above Kagoshima prefecture. Clouds of superheated debris also cascaded down the mountain but did not threaten any populated areas. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXXI Earth Environment Service


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Indigenous Healing Festival takes virtual form after year off By Kevin Opsahl Sun Correspondent


he Indigenous Healing Festival is back — but in virtual form — after a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Elena Higgins, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit IndigenousWays, and its artistic director, Tash Terry, spoke to the Gallup Sun ahead of the event, scheduled for May 8 and 9. “We have put on physical festivals, but this is a different beast entirely,” Higgins wrote in an email. Terry called the event “a new beginning” for festivals — ones which can be attended virtually or in-person, depending on the participant’s choice. “Because [of] this surge into Zoom as a result of the pandemic and the need to stay safe, a lot of the venues are going to be able to go hybrid,” Terry said. “My hope is that, with this festival, we’re showing this is the best way we can stay connected without having to wear masks.” The Indigenous Healing Festival was revived this year thanks to Santa Fe’s Department of Arts and Culture, which awarded IndigenousWays funding in the category of Digital Collaborative Impact. “There have been numerous online festivals but the focus of the indigenous healing and timing will help this one stand out,” Pauline Kanako Kamiyama,

Navajo/Deaf traditional elder Arletta Toland is seen here on her home site in Upper Greasewood (four miles north of Lukachukai, Ariz.) on March 18. IndigenousWays held its Fourth Relief Run since January to Navajo deaf and hard of hearing individuals living in the Four Corners area. They delivered emergency supplies including personal protective equipment, food, firewood, and water after they learned that many community members missed out due to communication and transportation issues. Photo Credit: Courtesy IndigenousWays

Emma Dixon (facing camera) receives a hug from Elena Higgins on Oak Ridge (Black Mesa) at the IndigenousWays Eighth Relief Run to the Black Mountain, Ariz. community on March 19. Following the run to the Black Mesa Chapter house, IndigenousWays met with the community to talk about long-term drinking water sustainability. IndigenousWays will return in July with a trailer and water tank for short-term water solutions while it works to raise funds to get water piped in to this community. Photo Credit: Courtesy IndigenousWays

director of the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, wrote in an email to the Sun. “Given the theme of this year’s Indigenous Healing Festival and the current situation in the state/ country/world, IndigenousWays has the potential to reach more people with an interest in the topics of the festival,” she said. “Survivance” is the festival’s theme, according to Higgins and Terry. “As we have survived as Indigenous people through time,

named James Wooden Legs, who knows both Native American and American forms of Sign Language. “He’s a heck of a guy,” Terry said. “I mean, how many festivals have that kind of workshop?” One performing artist at the festival will be Geri Barney, a Navajo woman from Tohatchi. Barney is a guitar player and singer, who sometimes uses Navajo “vocables” in her songs. She will be singing her own composition, “My Red Road” and giving a talk called “Coming Home.” Barney told the Sun the talk is based on her life experience, having moved to Boston to study music before deciding to come back to New Mexico after a family member died of coronavirus. “COVID was like a mirror held up to my face,” Barney wrote in an email. “I looked deep within myself and asked ‘what is most important to me’?” “Self healing through song, sharing experiences through words and being uplifted by musical artists who are mentors that have persevered in this world,” Barney wrote. “I’m happy and proud of IndigenousWays to have adapted and learned to navigate ZOOM in providing the Festival this year.” Terry and Higgins started as a musical duo in 2007. People

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it’s been through our stories, our laughter, our song,” Higgins said. The Indigenous Healing Festival will feature music, presentations and workshops, including a presentation on using herbal supplements during the pandemic; the performing arts’ impact on mental health, and a Native American Sign Language workshop. “The goal is to break through the walls of separation with compassion and love — always saying that there is room for all of us,” Terry said. “All we need to do is look at the stars and the moon at night and see how much room there is for all of us.” Terry also referenced the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which hit the Navajo Nation hard last year but has recently seen some good news after reporting that it has vaccinated more than half of its adult population. “It’s been a really challenging year for a lot of us,” Terry said. “People have suffered loss. Let’s bring wisdom from the elders and the children and everyone in between, to give attendees the ability to be inspired as they heal and continue to follow the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines.” Asked what events might particularly stand out at this year’s virtual festival, Terry

liked what they heard and the two started IndigenousWays, finding that “opening pathways through music, story-telling and the arts provided opportunities to raise awareness and global support for Indigenous communities.” The pandemic may have stopped the festival, but it didn’t stop IndigenousWays from helping its target audiences. Through grant funding and stakeholder support, it was able to launch IndigenousWays Virtual Events on April 1, 2020. “The ‘Indigenous way’ is doing it as a collective ... keeping our communities connected through these electronic circles,” Higgins wrote in an email. “That is how we have survived historically — together through laughter, story, song, dance, etc.” But beyond its workshops and music, IndigenousWays has also used the last year to do “relief runs” to the Navajo Nation to deliver emergency supplies during the pandemic. The deaf and hard of hearing community in the Four Corners region has also received relief from the nonprofit. “We’ve been able to do that because of the support of this online community, which is really amazing,” Higgins said. To register for the festival, visit: indigenousways.org/ healing-festival. COMMUNITY

‘Wrath of Man’ offers an action fix, with an occasional twist By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 119 MINUTES This feature from United Artists will be playing at theaters and drive-ins on May 7. The heist movie has been around almost as long as cinema itself. In fact, so many have been produced in recent years that it seems as if there is little about them that is unfamiliar. The latest release featuring crooks trying to steal a fortune and the people out to stop them is Wrath of Man, which is actually a remake of the 2004 French film, Le Convoyeur aka Cash Truck. As one might expect, certain elements on display here feel obvious and ordinary. Still, the shootouts and chases are exciting and the screenplay does at least make an attempt to add a wrinkle here and there to the genre formula. A series of deadly heists involving cash trucks puts the employees of a Los Angeles security firm under great duress and concern for their future. Good thing for them that Harry “H” Hill (Jason Statham) has been hired. Despite being a guarded and less-than-sociable presence, the new figure quickly makes a big impression with coworkers Bullet (Holt McCallany), Boy Sweat Dave (Josh Hartnett) and Dana (Niamh Algar). After foiling a robbery attempt and making short work of the crooks involved, the group begins to wonder about H’s past. Through the use of flashbacks, his checkered history starts to come to light and

Newly-hired Harry “H” Hill (Jason Statham), a cold and mysterious character, and Boy Sweat Dave (Josh Hartnett) who works a cash truck for a security company which moves hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week in “Wrath of Man,” a revenge story based on a 2004 French film by Nicolas Boukhrief. Photo Credit: United Artists suspicions are raised not only about the protagonist himself, but whether or not the crimes could be an inside job. The film is directed and co-written by Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), an appropriate choice to tell a story about shady figures. However, this feature is significantly more hard-boiled than his previous efforts. There is a lot of chatter early on as the various characters are introduced, but the cadence does come across as odd-sounding in a downtown L.A. environment, and isn’t as effectively cutting or witty. There is an amusing zinger here and there, but the humor that permeates Ritchie’s other work feels sidelined here. The movie could certainly use more gallows humor from its supporting cast to alleviate the mood.

At least some of cast members are distinctive, including the gruff but genial Bullet, who admires H’s abilities while also confessing to having unsettling vibes hovering over his coworker. The tough-talking, but fearful Boy Sweat Dave also helps provide some personal drama to the story as violence erupts. Alas, many of the supporting characters fade into the background or serve as target practice once the lead’s true motivations become clear and the final heist takes prominence. However, the movie does offer one unique twist, in that H’s focus actually has little to do with the money that the

villains and employees are so obsessed with either stealing or protecting. On a technical level, the photography is sharp and the action is exceptionally well-staged. The opening sequence which is captured using an impressive single master shot doles out essential information while hiding important details that are revealed later in the story. There are some striking camera angles that also add some spice to the proceedings. Additionally, the movie uses temporal jumps to tell its story, which keeps one’s attention through an otherwise straight-forward narrative. And lead Statham does

well to engage viewers in his mysterious mission, even if he’s less than a chatterbox and the reasons behind his actions will ultimately feel familiar. In the end, this movie is something of a mixed bag. Some of the early dialogue exchanges come across as stiff and some intriguing figures appear only to be forgotten. But the effective storytelling still maintains interest and the big set pieces are dynamic. So, while it is imperfect, Wrath of Man should offer a few charms and work well enough for anyone simply looking for an action fix. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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First Round of State Playoffs Begins GALLUP HIGH BENGALS BEAT BERNALILLO SPARTANS, 70-67, ADVANCE TO NEXT ROUND Gallup Bengal Quentin “Q” Richards (1) shoots a 3-pointer as three Bernalillo Spartans try to block it May 4 at Gallup High School in the first round of state playoffs. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Gallup Bengal Kohanon Atazhoon (23) takes a shot during the first round of state playoffs at Gallup High School May 4. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Gallup Bengal Brad Lynch (34) blocks a shot by Bernalillo Spartan Damien Lopez (23) May 4 at the state play-offs at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Gallup Bengal Kody Touchine (32) goes for a shot facing Bernalillo Spartan Chase Darnell (21) at the first round of state playoffs May 4 at Gallup High School. The Bengals defeated the Spartans 70-67 to advance to the next round of state. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography


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Shots from the First Round of State Girls’ Playoffs LADY BENGALS DEFEAT LADY HORNETS, 53-51, ADVANCE TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE PIT SATURDAY Lady Bengal Kennedy Smiley (12) running down the court against a Lady Hornet on May 4 at Gallup High School during the first round of state basketball play-offs. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Lady Bengal Trinity Juan (1) goes for the shot against a Highland Lady Hornet at Gallup High School on May 4 during the first round of state play-offs. The Lady Bengals beat the Hornets 53-51. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Lady Bengal Hailey Long (40) takes a free throw May 4 at Gallup High School during the first round of state play-offs. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Lady Bengal Michaela McCurtain (32) goes to block Lady Hornet Zoriah Jackson (15) at the first round of state basketball playoffs at Gallup High School May 4. The Bengals defeated the Hornets 53-51 advancing to play Portales. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography


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Gallup beats Shiprock in boys varsity basketball FINAL SCORE: BENGALS 81-CHIEFTAINS 69

Gallup Bengals Jeffrey Yazzie (21) goes up for the layup April 29 at Gallup High School against the Shiprock Chieftains Shannon Dale (32). File Photo Shiprock Chieftain Shannon Dale (32) grabs the rebound against Bengals Jeffrey Yazzie (21) April 29 in Gallup. File Photo

Shiprock’s Demitrius Young (30) and Gallup’s Joaquin Ortega (30) go up for the rebound April 29 at Gallup High School. The Bengals defeated the Shiprock Chieftains 81-69 in district play. File Photo


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The Bengals Kohanon Atazhoon (23) takes the ball to the basket in district play against Shiprock in Gallup April 29. The Bengals defeated Shiprock 81-69. File Photo


FEDERAL INDIFFERENCE | FROM PAGE 9 called the San Juan Lateral, will move 37,700 acre feet of water each year as far south as Gallup, an economic center in western New Mexico surrounded by a patchwork of Navajo Nation and private land whose long-term water supply is in jeopardy due to groundwater depletion. Another smaller pipeline, called the Cutter Lateral, branches east about 100 miles and was completed in the fall of 2020. Because of delays, the San Juan pipeline likely won’t distribute its first water until 2028, nearly 20 years after Congress approved the plan and nearly a quarter of a century after the Navajo Nation and New Mexico agreed to it. But it promises a drastic improvement. The new water would relieve the single well and pump in Tohatchi. In other places, the pipeline will provide running water to some of the 30 to 40% of Navajo Nation residents who still live without it in their homes.  For those people, often elders, water to cook with, to wash their hands or splash over their faces, comes from barrels and jugs.  Refi lling those barrels can mean driving tens of miles over dirt roads that stay slick for days after it rains or snows and paying for it by the gallon. They might use closer, unregulated water sources, which can carry contaminants and create health concerns.  I nd ia n Hea lt h Ser v ice reports estimate ten percent of American Indian and Alaska Native homes lack potable water, compared to a national average of 1 percent. The largest share of these homes scatter through remote Alaskan Native villages. The second largest is in the Navajo Nation, an area that covers 27,000 square miles in western New Mexico, southern Utah, and eastern Arizona and is bigger than 10 of 50 U.S. states. When COVID-19 reached the Navajo Nation last spring, infections spiked to the highest per capita rate in the United States. The absence of a fundamental tenet of life in America — clean drinking water in every home — exacerbated conditions that spread the virus. “Ever y Nava jo member has family members who live NEWS

remotely and don’t have running water — We knew this was going to be an issue from the beginning,” said Andrew Curley, a member of the Navajo Nation and an assistant professor at the University of Arizona who has studied indigenous water use, water laws, and settlements. “There is a strange, worrying correlation and overlap: You see that the places we know have less running water, and have all these problems … are also the same places that have high infection rates.”

Repeated academic and government agency reports have pointed to the lack of water as a failure of the federal government, which pledged to create viable communities for the Diné (Navajo people) in exchange for their 1868 treaty agreement to live on a fraction of their historic homeland. In shorthand, this is called the federal trust system. Despite the federal responsibility, the Navajo Nation has waited more than a century for pipes and water treatment

plants that would bring drinking water to all of its people while watching nearby off-reservation cities and farms grow, swallowing up water from the Colorado River Basin that the tribe has a claim to. I n 2 0 0 9, t he U.S. Congress  signed off  on an agreement between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico that settled Navajo claims to water for drinking and household use. For the fi rst time since the treaty was signed, the tribe had a number

for how much water they were owed. Had they taken the question through the legal system, the tribe might have won far more water, but in working with Congress, they made a deal that appeased all sides. The Navajo Nation secured both an official amount of water and federal funding to build a pipeline to move that water toward


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WATER | FROM COVER Navajo communities surrounding Gallup,” Pat Page, project construction engineer in the Four Corners Construction O f f ice of t he Bu reau of Reclamation, said regarding the San Juan Lateral. “Right now, they rely 100 percent on ground water and this will provide a new source of water for them — a surface water source from the San Juan River Basin.” In a prepared statement to the Sun, Heinrich said he is “committed” to the San Juan Lateral’s completion and hopes it is just as successful as Cutter Lateral. “Every aspect of the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project is critical to fi nally delivering clean drinking water to communities throughout Northwest New Mexico and I will fight to make sure each reaches the finish line,” he said. In an inter v iew, Mayor Louis Bonaguidi spoke about the scope of the city’s water

FEDERAL INDIFFERENCE | FROM PAGE 19 communities. In exchange, they agreed to less water than a judge might have awarded and assured Congressional representatives

FIREWORKS | FROM PAGE 4 as of April 29, according to the U. S. Drought Monitor. These intensity zones show a rea s where f ire da mage is extreme, ir r igation allotments are decreased,

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LEAKY HOUSE | FROM PAGE 7 car and the two women ended up at Rios’ house at 708 Portal Street. Garcia retrieved the key that would open and close the house’s water line valve. Rios asked if she could have the key, but Garcia refused to give it to her. Rios said that

supply problem. Bonaguidi said Gallup has 16 wells, each of them 3,000 feet deep, which have been drawing water out of a high plains desert environment for 60-plus years. “It’s slowly mining the water out — it’s good water, great water — but the thing is, at some point, we’re going to run out of water,” he said.  Bonaguidi said a geographical survey done 25 years ago said that within three to four decades, Gallup’s water supply would be depleted.  “They couldn’t give you an approximate [date],” he said. Bonaguidi and other city officials later worked with the Navajo Nation to be part of the NGWSP. “We went to the tribe and said, you know, ‘Look, we need help here. We need water,’” the mayor said. Bonaguidi said the city has been working on a payment system for the water and has been building large storage tanks to hold it.  “We’re working on our end, for sure,” he said.

Even though the Cutter pipeline won’t deliver water to Gallup, Bonaguidi visited the facility for its opening in October “to show them we appreciate their help in getting the water.” He praised the state’s two U.S. Senators, Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., for doing their part on the NGWSP and called on others at the Bureau of Reclamation and the state to fi nish the job.  Heinrich told the Sun the Cutter plant is “one of the more far-reaching investments” that the federal government has ever made to Indian Country. The facility is now in a testing and commissioning phase before October, when operation and maintenance responsibilities will be transferred to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. “By providing clean drinking water to these communities, it changes lives and opens up all kinds of opportunities,” Heinrich said. “It’s a great example of how we should be spending federal tax dollars.” At the end of the tour, the

senator said he got a chance to taste the Cutter plant’s water. “And it tasted exactly as you would hope it would,” Heinrich said.  The visit was also used to tout the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act that will provide more support for Environmental Protection Agency grants and loan funds for water infrastructure projects and potentially make more than $35 billion dollars available for fi nancing.

The legislation also pledges a number of ways to help underserved populations. “Communities like Gallup will be able to apply for those funds,” Heinrich said. “I view that legislation as a down payment on what we really need to do nationwide. My hope is that … we’ll be able to follow on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and really make the kinds of investments in water infrastructure that we should have had 50 years ago in many of these communities.”

from other states along the Colorado River that adding tribal water use in the strained river basin would not someday force the likes of Phoenix and Las Vegas to turn off their taps.   The agreement brought more water into the Nation.

But it left communities, like Tohatchi, with the burden of fi nding ways to build lines to connect to the new pipeline. “The problem is not a Navajo problem; it’s a government problem and it’s a bureaucracy problem and it’s a problem that

continues to center corporate interests or large-scale development schemes over the needs of everyday citizens,” Janene Yazzie, co-founder of Sixth World Solutions, a business that works with Navajo Nation communities on sustainable

development, said. “We’re considered a democracy and the leader of the free world, but we don’t have a human right to water in our own country.” Next time Part two: The

vegetation and native trees are dying, federal lands are closed for fire precautions, bu r n ba ns a re i ncrea sed, and large rivers like the Rio Grande are dry. The commissioners did no t m a ke a ny d e c i s io n s on whether or not big fireworks will be banned on the

nationa l holiday like they were for Ci nco de Mayo, because the item was just up for discussion during the meeting.   “This time of year with the wind blowing, it makes it even more da ngerou s,” Commissioner Robert Baca, Dist. 3, stated. 

The commissioners discussed how citizens often contribute to the spread of f ires when they do things like drop cigarette butts on the ground without stepping on them to extinguish the f lame. They agreed that the county needs to bring more awareness to fire safety and

discussed possible ways to get the message out to the public. “As a community we need to take this to heart.” Baca said.  An official decision about the Fourth of July fireworks will be made at a later, undetermined date. 

the district’s last day of school is the district’s application for extended school year funding last year. Hyatt said that funding is approximately equal to

3.5 percent of a nine-month employee’s salary. “If we stopped school early for some reason, we would not qualify for the funding, which

would reduce people’s pay,” Hyatt stated. During the executive session at the end of the meeti ng, t he super i nt endent ’s

contract was discussed. The board decided to give Hyatt a one-year extension with a salary of $190,000 for next year.

Garcia came up close to her and shoved her with her left shoulder. Rios pushed Garcia back. Garcia responded by cursing at Rios and telling her not to touch her. Garcia then tried to take the key and leave.  Davis spoke to Garcia next. Garcia said she worked for the Gamerco Water and Sanitation Department and that she had received a work order for 708

Portal Street around 1:54 pm. Garcia explained that she had stopped by the Navajo Shopping Center to see if she had brought the right equipment with her. She saw Rios arrive at the center, and then Rios followed her around her car.  Garcia said she had forgotten the smaller key/device she needed in order to do the job, and that she had to go back to

the office to get it. After retrieving the right key, Garcia drove to Rios’ house. Garcia said she had recorded the situation on her phone, and when Davis saw the footage it showed Garcia getting out of the company vehicle and walking onto Rios’ property.  In the video, Garcia walked to the water line valve in front of the house and shut off the water.

When she attempted to leave, Rios stepped into her path, blocking her and shoving her. Garcia explained that a homeowner is not allowed to shut off the water line. She admitted to shoving Rios, cursing at her, and telling her not to touch her.  Garcia said she would send Davis a copy of the video in an email.

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The $68 million Cutter Lateral Water Treatment Plant south of Bloomfield, N.M., will deliver municipal and commercial water to Navajo and Jicarilla Apache communities. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bureau of Reclamation

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a meeting of the Gallup City Council will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. In accordance with the public health order issued by the New Mexico Department of Health restricting mass gatherings, the meeting will be held virtually and streamed through the City of Gallup’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ CityOfGallup/. At the meeting, the City Council will consider final approval of the following entitled Ordinance: An ordinance repealing ordinance No. S2020-4 which requires that persons over the age of two wear a face covering while in a public place and establishing an effective date. The purpose and subject matter of the Ordinance is contained in the title. A draft copy of the Ordinance is on file at the Office of the City Clerk, Gallup City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue. CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO By: /s/ Alfred Abeita II, City Clerk PUBLISH: Gallup Sun Friday, May 7, 2021 CLASSIFIEDS



7 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary we will hold a book talk featuring Edison Eskeets and Jim Kristofic. The Navajo tribe, the Diné, is the largest tribe in the U. S. and lives across the American Southwest. Over a century ago, they were nearly wiped out by the Long Walk, a forced removal of most of the Diné people to a military-controlled reservation in New Mexico. The summer of 2018 marked the 150th anniversary of the Navajos’ return to their homelands. One Navajo family and their community decided to honor that return by organizing a ceremonial run from Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly, Ariz. to Santa Fé, in order to deliver a message and to honor the survivors of the Long Walk. Eskeets ran the 330 miles in sixteen days. His support team on the road included Jim Kristofic, who observed the journey and recorded it in his notebook. For more information email aprice@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. SATURDAY, May 8


9 am-3 pm @ Holiday Nursery (224 S. Valley View – off Aztec Avenue) for Native and Xeric plant sale. A portion of sales will benefit Plateau Science Society non-profit projects. Informational talk about Native and Xeric Plants from 10 am-11 am with Martin Link. For more information, contact Martin (505) 863-6459.


12 pm livestreamed on the @ gallupARTS Facebook and Instagram pages. Flora, fauna and fantasy combine to make

MJ EDIBLES | FROM PAGE 6 passenger to get out of the car. After a conversation, they allowed the deputies to search the car. There were two other passengers in the back of the car, and the deputies asked them to get out. The deputies found five large bags of marijuana in the trunk and three boxes containing several packages of THC-infused edibles. They detained everyone in the car and put them into separate patrol units.  Salazar was going to speak CALENDAR

a show of framed poster art by Hart Mind Soul and the HMS Nation founded by Peter Nathanial van Hartesveldt.


1 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary and Youtube for an interview featuring Claudia Christian, star of Babylon 5 and author of various books. In this special discussion, Claudia Christian talks about her time on the television show and other Hollywood productions. She also discusses her C3 Foundation, created to help people deal with addiction. For more information email mdchavez@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291.


3 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary and YouTube we will present a discussion with local author Bob Rosebrough. With its rugged, violent history and otherworldly landscape, Gallup has ignited the imaginations of an array of famous Americans from John Wayne to Bob Dylan. Tony Hillerman’s novels put Navajo culture, and by extension Gallup, on the map. For the Navajo people for whom the region has been home for millennia, the town and its alcohol-fueled economy has a more sinister pull. As an outsider who became an insider, Bob Rosebrough shares Gallup’s iconic stories-and reveals its long-hidden secrets. For more information email tmoe@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. MONDAY, May 10


1 pm LIVE on Facebook, @ galluplibrary will be a book talk featuring Judy Prescott Marshall who writes women’s contemporary fiction. Her

to two of the people, Oshoke Ameh, 30, of Irving, Tex., and Jehron Ruckes, 29 of Garland, Tex., while Lee spoke with Hunt and a 23-year-old woman from Irving, Tex.. After Lee read him his Miranda Rights, Hunt agreed to speak with him. Lee asked Hunt who bought the marijuana. Hunt didn’t answer, so Lee asked if it belonged to all of them or if it was just his. Hunt asked Lee if it would be easier to say it was all of theirs or just his. Lee explained that if it belonged to all of them, then everyone is responsible, but if it only belonged to him, he would be the one held responsible. 


stories are about real women facing life’s many struggles and their journey through it. Marshall will discuss her latest book, Still Crazy, about a strong, loving and passionate wife who discovers a handwritten note that has the power to either destroy her or make her stronger. It is the story of one woman’s journey through pain, betrayal, and forgiveness as she learns to hold onto her faith and, for the first time in her life, trust herself. For more information email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, May 11


5 pm LIVE on Facebook, @galluplibrary there will be an art demonstration featuring local artist Jerry Brown. Watch as Brown paints live and shares his process for creating a contemporary painting. Brown’s work can be viewed at www. jerrybrownart.com.  For more information email aprice@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.


6 pm Live stream on the City of Gallup Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/ CityOfGallup/


1 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary and YouTube for a drawing lesson with author and illustrator Ross Van Dusen. Join us for a reading of Van Dusen’s award-winning children’s book How the Crocka Dog Came to Be and learn to draw your own Crocka Dog. Have your pencils and paper ready! For more information email aprice@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.

more information, call (888) 799-9666. WEDNESDAY, May 12


1 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary there will be an hour of poetry and inspiration! See this poetry slam team of five share their stories, ideas, and hopes though their spoken words. For more information email bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.


1 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary and YouTube for a storytelling presentation featuring Kristi Rae Wilson who received her MFA in Jewelry/ Metals from the University of Illinois. Her work has been included in international and national publications and exhibited throughout the United States. Wilson has taught fine art courses and served as an advisor for the Art Student Collective at the University of New Mexico for 8 years. Currently she teaches Jewelry and Small Metals Construction, Drawing and Introduction to Art History as a Visiting Assistant Professor. For more information: email aprice@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. THURSDAY, May 13


11:00 am @ Zoom/Remote @https://unm.zoom.us. For

4 pm LIVE on Facebook, @ galluplibrary there will be an art demonstration featuring Tasha Martinez. Tasha, works as a graffiti artist in Arizona, under the artist name Rezmo. She incorporates her heritage as both Diné and Mexican into her graffiti work. Rezmo has worked on several art projects in her local community and created fundraising merchandise to help the Navajo Nation during the pandemic. Watch Rezmo create art and talk about the challenges of being a contem-

After Lee explained this, Hunt didn’t answer, so Lee put the man back into his police car. Then he spoke to Evans. T he woma n ag reed to speak with Lee. She stated that she hadn’t known about the drugs and that she had just gone along for the road trip to California.  After talking to her, Lee met back up with Salazar, who had just fi nished questioning the other two men. Salazar said that he thought all three of the men knew about the marijuana in the car, but that the woman did not.  Salazar took a look at the bags the marijuana had been

in and noticed there was some mail addressed to Ruckes in it. Lee arrested the men and released the woman. Deputy Clayton Etsitty gave her a ride into town.  When Lee spoke to Hunt again, he said that all of the marijuana belonged to him. Lee told Hunt that he believed all three men knew about the marijuana in the car.  The men were taken to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center where they were all booked. Dispatch i n for med L e e t h a t Hu nt had a bench warrant out of Tucumcari, N.M. and he was booked on it. 


porary graffiti artist. For more information email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.


6 pm-7 pm on a live Zoom call. The New Mexico Recycling Coalition training will include a video demonstration and information to start a backyard compost system with food scraps and yard debris. Registration is required and numbers are limited. Register by going to https://www. recyclenewmexico.com/backyard-compost-registration/


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 help you with Part One of making a DIY Felt Quiet Book.


4 pm LIVE on Facebook, @ galluplibrary for a talk featuring Steven Gould, author of the Jumper series and more. We have all heard the phrase that the book is always better than the movie. Steven Gould knows the process of translating a book to the big screen. His popular book series Jumper has been made into a feature film and a television series. Find out the secrets of making your favorite book into a Hollywood production. For more information email mdchavez@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. 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.

Dispatch also said Ruckes had a warrant out of Dallas, Tex. that was extraditable. A fugitive of justice form was completed, and he was booked on the warrant, as well. Once they had finished booking the men, Salazar and Lee drove to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office to weigh the evidence. The bags had over five pounds of marijuana in them and they found over 150 edibles.  Hunt was released on his own recognizance. Oshoke was required to put up $1,000 cash or surety. Ruckes was required to put up $2,000 cash or surety.

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