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A word from Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Gerald Horacek
At GMCS.. .Education Matters
The previous 14 months have been a time of great challenges for the Gallup McKinley County Schools (GMCS) and the communities we serve. Our focus has not waivered, as our Mission states. It is our mission in Gallup-McKinley County Schools to prepare our students for success. We empower and develop our students through: · improving academic knowledge, · promoting essential skills and positive character traits, · providing safe and healthy learning environments, and · creating strong partnerships among parents, colleges and the business community.
ƤǤǡ has been able to put a laptop or IPAD in every students’ hands in grades kindergarten to 12th grade, along with hotspots for any student who wanted and/or needed one. We were also able to provide meals to students to have in school and to take home for the weekends. The work has been challenging and is by no means complete. ơ Ǥ ơǡǡơǡ Ǥ ƤǤ to be dedicated in the values of GMCS so that all our students may become self-reliant, productive citizens in a multicultural society. We are thankful to the communities we serve and look forward to continuing to make improvements in how we provide services to each student in the district.
GMCS Recognizes our Principals! On May 24th the Gallup McKinley County School Board recognized all 36 of our 2021 principals. Our school principals have persevered through a deadly pandemic and a school year full of unprecedented events and changes. Our dedicated school leaders have proven that even during the most challenging of times they are consummate professionals through and through. We would like to congratulate all our 36 GMCS Principals and thank each one Ǩơ Ǩ
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CONGRATULATIONS GMCS ATHLETES ON STATE! GHS Girls Basketball, 1st Place GHS Powerlifting, Sean Gomez, 1st Place GHS Wrestling, Sean Gomez, Runner Up GHS Girls Dance Team, 3rd Place GHS Wrestling, Joey Baca, 3rd Place MHS Girls Wrestling, Lorianne Piestewa, 1st Place MHS Girls Wrestling, Yele Aycock, 1st Place MHS Wrestling, SeanMatthew Garcia, 1st Place MHS Wrestling, Rhys Sellers, Runner up MHS Wrestling, Dominic Guiterrez, 3rd Place RHS Powerlifting, McKay Evans, 1st Place TOH Girls Cross Country - Runner Up TOH Boys Cross Country - 2nd Place
UPCOMING EVENTS Last Day of School: June 24 Report Cards: 1st Week of July K-8 Academic Camp: July 12-29 9-12 Summer School: July 12-29 Summer Lunch Program: Begins June 28
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Broadening students’ horizons By: Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent
Vigorously academ ic, beautifully diverse, thoroughly Christian” That is the motto
tthat guides the Rehoboth Christian School’s new sixth grade program. Sixth grade science teachers Kate Poortenga and Michael Baldonado started a new RCS curriculum known as “High Desert Horizons” three years ago.
High Desert Horizons is the name of the Rehoboth Christian School new program for sixth graders. It is designed to use the neighborhood as a learning tool for students. Image Credit: Courtesy RCS
Sixth graders walking Rehoboth campus trails. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
Christopher Armstrong, Deacon Leggett, & Callen Bradley on Rehoboth campus. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
Recent 2021 graduate Daily Carlisle shares about his accomplishments and caring for livestock on the Rehoboth Christian School campus. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS Jonah Jones, Deacon Leggett, & David Chattin in a RCS classroom. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
Evin Toddy studies a map of Rehoboth campus trails. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
McGaﬀey National Forest taken on an RCS High Desert Horizons ﬁeld trip. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
Poortenga told the Sun the idea is to use the neighborhooc as a learning tool for students. She explained that this is a way for them to learn from people in the region and also from the land. “If we understand the corners that we have in this world, we can then use that to understand the rest of our world,” she said. In the past the students have gone into downtown Gallup to walk around and talk to the people on the street. Poortenga said they’ve talked to shop owners and asked them what they love about Gallup and about some of their dreams for the town. She commented that this exercise allows the kids to get a feel for the pulse of the city, the culture and the people. “So as students they can start to reflect on what’s the beauty of the community of Gallup that we’re a part of and what are some of the challenges, because we want to also look at that,” she stated. Another part of the curriculum looks at energy sources. They’ve discussed the difference between using coal and solar energy. They took a field trip to Monument Valley to observe a solar array. They learned how the array provides power to the Navajo Nation. These field trips and speakers who visit RCS classes help to connect the school courses to the world outside. “I love broadening students’ horizons,” Poortenga remarked. “One of the things I say often to my students is that they explore bravely and that we dream of the world as God desires it to be.” She went on to explain that her definition of exploring bravely could be something as simple as being a leader in the classroom and asking the hard questions, or sometimes it’s just going on a hike during a field trip. As for dreaming of the world as God desires it to be, Poortenga said she believes God wants the world to live in harmony. “As Christians we believe
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Tierra Long, Jayna Becenti, Dylan Carlisle, & Brandon Patrick, & Garrett VanSlooten in McGaﬀey National Forest as part of their studies in the High Desert Horizons sixth grade program at Rehoboth Christian School. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS that God wants to bring this world into perfect harmony, and
Lilly Cavanaugh and Kathlyn Copley study in an RCS classroom. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
therefore we need to recognize the ways it’s not in harmony and
strive to bring that back,” she stated. “That’s what I want sixth
Pictures of several of the sixth grade Rehoboth Christian School High Desert Horizons study units. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
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Becca Faber and Elysia Choudhrie at McGaﬀey National Forest as part of the RCS High Desert Horizons program. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
MacKenzie Coan and Henrik Ippel at McGaﬀey National Forest in 2018 as part of the High Desert Horizons program at Rehoboth Christian School. Photo Credit: Courtesy RCS
graders to recognize, is that they have power to do these [things].
They have a voice. They have ability to change the world right now, not just in their future, but right now. “Sometimes we find the broken and we talk about what we can do to mend that brokenness,” she continued. Because of COV ID -19, Poortenga said she’s had to dig deep and present her own experiences to students, since field trips and live speakers were beyond safe boundaries. In the past she has been able to bring in people with personal knowledge of subjects that came up in textbooks and studies — as in the case of the person who talked about brain tumors when students were learning about the brain. When it comes to next year Poortenga says there’s isn’t a plan for the program quite yet. “As a school we have not yet heard or made any plans as to what the next year will look like,” she said. “I think there’s definitely that bated breath hope that everything will be back to a 100 percent in-person and we can travel and go places. Therefore, if we’re able to do that, I want to get to a lot of places. There are so many amazing national parks and Navajo Nation parks in our area,” she said. Some of the places Poortenga wants to visit include a return to Monument Valley and a visit to Petrified Forest National Park. Her big dream is to take students to the Grand Canyon for a couple of days. She described all the things they could study there, including the geology, the plant life, the people who lived there in the past, and the history of the Canyon itself, learning about how and when it became a national park and the effor
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WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF CLEAN? Richard F. Kontz,
Executive Director, Gallup Housing Authority Operating a Public Housing program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] is one of the most highly regulated programs. The regulations are massive and Public Housing Authorities are required to have an up-to-date policy manual and procedures for everything. One of those requirements is to conduct periodic “housekeeping” inspections. Generally, a housekeeping inspection is conducted to check on the tenants, who is in the household [correct number of people, any o want to see if the unauthorized pets, and even unwanted pests – like bedbugs]. We also they are keeping their housing unit clean and to check on the general condition of the housing unit [i.e. damages].
What is your deﬁnition of clean?
One Tenant was upset with my housing management staff after they conducted a housekeeping inspection and she failed her housekeeping inspection. Granted she was a single parent with a couple of young children and that was her excuse. But, when you ﬁnd dirty diapers laying all over the place, rotting food in several locations, coffee cups in window stills with green mold, dirty clothing piled here and there you have to say that is not a clean housing unit. That is very unsafe and unsanitary. Yet, as my staff was leaving she confronted them and demanded to know “what is your deﬁnition of clean?” Sad to say it does seem like some of our tenants have never been instructed or shown or trained on how to keep a house clean. As a parent, I know you do have to teach your kids these things. Some just naturally like to keep things clean and in order and some, not so much. But, all need to learn a basic level of cleanliness for health and safety reasons. I guess some people weren’t taught while they were young and now have grown into adults who still don’t know they need to keep their dwellings clean. Some just don’t understand why it is such a big deal. The Point is: Good housekeeping is a good thing to do. Keeping your house clean is good for health and safety reasons. Too much clutter can invite unwanted guests [bedbugs, mice, ﬂies, etc.] PLEASE don’t get me wrong – the majority of our tenants do very well. BUT, we do have some who need to work on it. COMMENTS are always welcome.
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Police Activity Reports I T WA S T H E R E A MINUTE AGO Thoreau, May 22 One Thoreau man noticed his son’s truck was missing after he looked outside his window and didn’t see it one Saturday morning. On May 22, around 7:07
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am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. was dispatched to #219 State Highway 122 in Thoreau after a caller said a truck had been stolen. Tsethlikai met with the Thoreau man who made the call, who explained that his son’s red Dodge Pickup truck had been stolen from his front yard between 6 am and 6:40 am that morning. He stated that his grandson had parked the truck in front of his house the night before, and that all the entry gates had been locked. But he acknowledged that the vehicle doors were left unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. The man said he saw the truck in the driveway at 6 am, but that it was gone 40 minutes later.
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When he went outside, he saw tire tracks leading to a road behind his house. He said the tracks led to an eastside gate and then out toward Highway 122. In his report, Tsethilkai noted that the caller believed the suspect/suspects pushed the gate open with the truck and then got onto Highway 122. Tsethilkai noted a metal bar had been broken off the gate and that the gate foundation had moved. BAD NEPHEW Gallup, May 22 A Yatahey woman let her nephew borrow her car. When he didn’t bring it back she called the sheriff’s office. On May 22, around 7:40 pm McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerald Watchman was dispatched to the Gallup Flea Market at 120 State Highway 608 because someone had called in a stolen vehicle. In his report Watchman noted t hat he had some
difficulty locating the caller. After discovering who owned the white Ford Taurus - he found out that the woman from Yatahey had given the car to her nephew, Eddie Merritte, 28. Wa t ch m a n h a d Met r o Dispatch ca ll the woma n and tell her he couldn’t find Merritte. The car was last seen May 21 around 5:50 pm. SPAM Gamerco, May 20 When a Gamerco woman c h e c ke d h e r e m a i l o n e Thursday morning she noticed 32 emails from an unwelcome ex-boyfriend. On May 20 around 2:08 pm McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Todachine, Jr. was dispatched to 706 Rust Avenue in Gamerco because a woman claimed a man was digitally harassing her. When he arrived he met with the woman from Gamerco. She explained that Christopher Setzer, 42, of Gallup, had started sending her emails the night before around 9:25 pm. She didn’t notice them until the next morning, but she thought
there were 32 of them. The woman stated that Setzer is on probation and is not supposed to be contacting her at all. In his report Todachine noted that he confi rmed this claim with a Victim Advocate with the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office. The deputy told the victim not to respond to any of Setzer’s attempts to contact her. He was not able to make any contact with Setzer at the time. LAUNDRY DAY Thoreau, May 19 Two people were able to steal an unknown number of items from the Thoreau Family Dollar. On May 19 around 9:13 am McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Barnhurst was dispatched to the Thoreau Family Dollar at 70 State Highway 371 because a woman had run out of the store with a bunch of merchandise.
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stole anything. Barnhurst was unable to find the truck.
When he arrived, Barnhurst met with the store manager who stated that a man and woman had backed up into the parking spot by the ice machine and gotten out of a red Ford Ranger. She said the male pulled down the tailgate. The manager explained that the pair came into the store and the man picked up a laundry basket and started filling it with things. She said she asked him if she could help with anything while he was picking out t-shirts and putting them in the basket. The manager then went outside to the back loading door. She thought the man might pass the basket out the side door to someone, because that has happened before. But then another employee called her back in when the pair ran out of the store. Barnhurst was able to view the part of the store’s surveillance video where the Ford pulls up. In his report Barnhurst said the store managers didn’t know how much the man had taken or how much it was all worth. They also didn’t know if the woman
HOSTILITY AT THE GROCERY STORE Vanderwagen, May 19 A man from Ramah took offense at a local grocery store after he thought some of the employees had threatened his wife with pepper spray. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deput y Bra ndon Sa la za r was one of the deputies who responded to a call about a man threatening El Sabino employees on May 19 around 11:55 am. The man had left the scene at 1863 N.M. Hwy 502 in Vanderwagen, and Salazar found him driving near the 27 mile-marker on Highway 602 in a white Honda with a Georgia license plate, which matched the caller’s description. The man was identified as Joseph Rochford, 34, from Ramah. After Salazar pulled him over, the man stated that the grocery store employees had been disrespectful to him and his wife. He explained that he had opened the store’s doors to ask his wife to get him a drink, but he hadn’t been wearing a mask. Rochford said that they left
the business earlier that day, but then his wife told him a grocery store employee had threatened to use pepper spray on her. He said he returned to the store. Rochford admitted that he had guns in his car. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis spoke to the grocery store employees and learned that Rochford did not threaten them with a gun, but was very hostile. The employees did not wish to press charges. In his report Salazar noted that he spoke to Rochford about the fact that he did not have a concealed carry permit. PHANTOM DOG ATTACK Gallup, May 9 A woman who claimed dogs were about to attack her caused some damage to a man’s house and then almost hit him with a brick. On May 9 a rou nd 6:0 6 pm McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s D e p u t y H a r l a n d S o s e e a h arrived at 193 West Highway 66 in Gallup because someone had called about a woman walking around the area with a rock and
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EGGS ON A HORSE TRAILER Yatahey, May 5 A Yatahey woman called the police after her family’s horse trailer had been egged multiple times. On May 5 around 5:28 pm McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Bittony was dispatched 20 S La Chee Dr. in Yatahey. When he arrived, he met with a 28-year-old woman who said her mother had told her to call the police after someone had thrown an egg at her horse trailer. The woman stated that her mother had to work, which was why she wasn’t at the house when Bittony arrived. The daughter suggested that the suspect may have been a woman who lived across the street. She clarified that there hadn’t been any egg on the trailer the day before. She stated that this had happened a few times before and that they had called the police after those incidents as well. None of the family members have seen the egg thrower. The daughter mentioned that the suspect has thrown eggs at other people, and she thought the person responsible may have a mental disability. In his repor t with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Bittony noted that he could see dried egg residue on the right side of the horse trailer and eggshells on top of the wheel well cover. The deputy went over to the suspect’s house at 17 S La Chee Dr., but no one was home.
This table represents a seven-day period of Gallup Police Dept. incident calls. May 26 - June 1 INCIDENT TYPE
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trying to hit some dogs in the area. When he arrived at the scene, Soseeah met with a woman named Kylie Shay, 23, of Fort Defiance, Ariz. In his report Soseeah said Shay appeared to be drunk and on drugs. She stated that dogs were about to attack her. After Soseeah placed her in his patrol car, Shay said that the dogs were about to jump the fence and attack her. The fence in question was eight feet tall, and there were no dogs in sight at the time. A homeowner who lived at 193 W. Hwy. 66 claimed Shay had been pushing his brick fence and had damaged it. He estimated it would cost him about $1,000 to fix. The man explained he’d been sitting on his porch when he noticed Shay approaching his house and throwing rocks at his neighbor’s dog. The Gallup man stated that Shay had picked up a cinder block and a brick and thrown them at him. Both missed him, but the brick came close. An ambulance was checking Shay out because she said she had COVID-19 and thought she was about to throw up. However, she refused treatment and didn’t want to go to the hospital. Soseeah drove Shay to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center where she was booked with Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage to property. She was released on her own recognizance.
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Roy Jesus May 24, 9:26 pm DWI McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie was traveling westbound on Hig hway 264 near Tse Bonito when he tracked a silver Chev y Silverado traveling 65 mph in a 45-mph zone. He turned to follow the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. There were two passengers in the car when Willie approached the vehicle. He met the driver, Roy Jesus, 32, of Fort Defiance, Ariz., and requested his documentation. Willie noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle and Jesus admitted he had smoked some marijuana about two hours prior to driving and also consumed three 12-oz. bottles of Samuel Adams beforehand. Jesus agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but did not follow directions and failed. He was placed under arrest, and after agreeing to
give a breath sample was transported to the sheriff’s office. After posting samples of .15 and .14, Jesus was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked. The report states the passenger was picked up by her brother. Jesus was released on his own recognizance. Harvey Billy Feb. 19, 5:17 pm Aggravated DWI New Mexico State Police Captain Merlin Benally was working McKinley County DWI Task Force-directed patrol overtime at the intersection of State Road 566 and Highway 118 when he spotted a light grey passenger car with four passengers and one not wearing a seat belt. Benally turned to follow the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop west of the intersection where he was parked. He approached from the passenger side window and spoke with the person sitting in the front seat. He saw an open container of Coors Light in the front, and then saw a bottle of vodka inside the glove compartment when the passenger handed him the requested paperwork. The driver, Harvey Billy,
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t at ew ide, N M — During the Memorial Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort operation across all roadways within the state. The goal of the traffic initiative is to increase motorist safety and reduce the number of crashes through a strong law enforcement presence. Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, NMSP increased its patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts on the busiest travel days of the Memorial Day weekend, specifically May 29, through May 31. PUBLIC SAFETY
The operation resulted in State Police officers issuing over 1,800 traffic citations (116 citations were for lack of seat belt usage) and arresting 18 drunk drivers statewide. Officers handled a total of 37 crashes, with none being fatal, and made 10 arrests due to drug-related crimes. T he Com mercia l Veh icle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 120 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 300 commercial vehicle inspections. The safety of motorists is a top priority of the New Mexico State Police and officers will continue holiday travel operations throughout the year. We encourage the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.
48, of Church Rock, was told to exit the vehicle and he staggered as he did so. Billy did not have a driver’s license on him and he told Benally the group was in town to get food. Benally noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from Billy. Billy agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed. He agreed to give a breath sample and was transported to the local state police office for the test, where he posted samples of .19 and .20. McKinley County Adult Detention Center did not want to accept Billy into the center, citing his low oxygen level. Workers at the Center said he would be better off at Gallup Indian Medical Center. After receiving approval from the on-duty district attorney, Benally transported Billy to the ER at GIMC and told him a summons would be fi led later. Tyran Yazzie Jan. 21, 1:13 pm Aggravated DWI A n at tempt-to -locate was issued for a white Ford F-150 traveling south on U.S. Highway 491 after a caller stated the vehicle had been swer ving across the road. Gallup Police located the vehicle and followed it to the
parking lot of Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave. Patrolman Dominic Molina arrived and approached the truck, finding four people inside. Another officer spoke to the driver, Tyran Yazzie, 32, while Molina confi rmed two juveniles and their mother were inside the vehicle. The mother was intoxicated. When Molina began speaking with Yazzie, he noted he had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Yazzie admitted to drinking 40 ounces of malt liquor prior to driving and slurred his words as he spoke. A por table breath test resulted in a .21 sample for Yazzie, who agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests which he failed. Police stood by for the other passengers to be picked up while Molina transported Yazzie to Gallup Police Department for a breath test. Yazzie posted samples of .21 and .19 and was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked without incident. Angela Green Oct. 23, 2020 8:04 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup Patrolman Dominic Molina was dispatched to 1201
E. Hwy. 66 in reference to a vehicle crash in a parking lot. He arrived at the scene and found a silver Ford Expedition in the lot, and a witness said the vehicle had collided with a silver Pontiac. The witness said the Expedition had backed up against the Pontiac and then traveled across the lot over a concrete parking marker before the two passengers switched seats. Mol i n a met t he d r iver during the collision. She was identified as Angela Green, 21. As they spoke, Molina noted she ha d blood shot eyes, a nd slur red speech. Molina said she staggered as she walked, and smelled of alcohol. Green said she was out celebrating her 21st birthday and had one margarita at Coal Street Pub and Panz Alegra Restaurant. Green agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed and was placed under arrest. She was transported to the Gallup Police Department for the breath test, but she was unable to provide a sample and her actions were taken as a refusal to take the test. She was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked.
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A century of federal indifference left generations of Navajo homes without running water PART FIVE: MORE THAN WHAT FLOWS FROM THE FAUCETS By Elizabeth Miller New Mexico In Depth April 12, 2021
ith water would come a greater chance of development in economically depressed communities in a corner of the state that is threatened with significant job losses due to the shuttering of several major employers. Tohatchi could add a supermarket, a restaurant, a fi re department, a police station, or emergency services. The start-up Red Willow Farm could produce crops that would spare people a drive to Farmington, 90 minutes away. The footprint of an old boarding school could be converted into an office complex or housing for doctors and nurses who drive from Gallup
to work in the clinic. A laundromat could open. A restaurant could move into the empty half of the new post office building, giving residents an option other than the heated shelves at the convenience store, where customers can pick up a small pizza, burrito, or pre-made burger. These aren’t just conveniences. Unable to buy goods and services locally, tribal members spend their money outside their communities, and it rarely cycles back. This economic “leakage” keeps communities from becoming self-sustaining. That development would also curtail the flow of young people off the reservation, a trend former president of the Tohatchi Chapter Julie Badonie’s own life followed. Leav ing for school led to
The San Juan Lateral under construction along Highway 491 in western New Mexico. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miller
staying away for work. She took a job as a bookkeeper in the Navajo Nation’s finance department, but didn’t own a car, so she couldn’t commute from Tohatchi, which straddles Highway 491. Instead, she lived in Gallup, about 25 miles south, where a bus ran to and from Window Rock, [Ariz.] on a schedule that matched her work hours. After she married, her husband’s job moved them around, but she was able to buy a car and keep her job in Window Rock, where she became an accounting clerk, then a supervisor. By the time she retired in 2003, she and her husband had built a log-sided house on land his grandmother owned three miles north of Tohatchi, and they had moved home. A house or business can’t be plumbed into a 48-inch trunk line. It would be like plumbing a fire hose into a kitchen sink. Smaller pipes must be installed for water to flow from kitchen taps and shower heads, to run laundry machines and flush toilets. “The water is useless if that isn’t done,” the late New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici
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said when the settlement went before Congress. More than a decade after Congress agreed to this settlement, communities along the pipeline are still seeking funds to construct those smaller pipes, or waiting to reach the top of the Indian Health Service’s project list. When there was no water to fill water lines, the Indian Health Service lacked incentive to build them. Now, the service could face the inverse of that problem. “ T he 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 Tohatchi’s officials secured enough money from the state to plan and design a pipeline, but nothing to construct it.
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HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, May 28, 2021
By Steve Newman
Tree Farts Forests along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard that are being killed by saltwater intrusion are releasing greenhouse gases that scientists have nicknamed “tree farts.” These “ghost forests,” have been created by rising sea levels and storm surges that force salt water to seep into the coastal soil. A North Carolina State University study has measured how much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide the trees are emitting as they decay. “Even though these standing dead trees are not emitting as much as the soils, they’re still emitting something, and they defi nitely need to be accounted for,” lead researcher Melinda Martinez said.
Earthquakes At lea st th ree people were killed by a strong temblor i n s out hwe s t er n China’s Yunnan Province. • Earth movements were also felt in China’s Qinghai province, far northern India, fa r souther n Ph ilippines, Hawaii, western Nicaragua, northwestern Oklahoma and southern Quebec.
Sea Snot Invasion Climate change and pollution are being blamed for the growing marine threat known as sea snot, mucus-like organic matter that currently threatens coral and the fi shing industry in parts of the Mediterranean. Globs of sea snot can also be found elsewhere in the planet’s
-74° Vostok, Antarctica waterways, and it can host dangerous bacteria such as E. coli. Sea snot’s coverage is currently exploding in Turkey’s Marmara Sea near Istanbul, where fishermen have not been able to cast their nets for months. When the marine mucilage forms a layer over the water’s surface, it prevents fish from being able to breathe. This kills them and depletes oxygen levels in the water, eventually choking other marine life.
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be born on the Australian mainland in more than 3,000 years brought hope that the world’s largest surviving marsupial carnivore could reestablish its former habitats. The animals, notor iously bad-tempered when threatened, were wiped out on the mainland by dingoes and have since been confi ned to the island of Tasmania. But the group Aussie Arc released 26 adults into the wild in late
2020, and they have since produced seven new joeys. Those devils relocated to New South Wales’ fenced-in Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary, are free of the contagious mouth cancer that has decimated up to 90 percent of the wild population on Tasmania.
Congo Eruption Fa st-f low ing lava and accompanying tremors from Nyiragongo volcano in eastern Democratic Republic
of Congo killed at least 32 people around the provincial capital of Goma. The lava flows destroyed scores of suburban homes, but stopped just short of the partially evacuated city. Strong tremors continued for days, damaging numerous buildings and causing the ground to break open. That released toxic gas, which killed several of the victims. Mount Nyiragongo is considered one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes.
Tropical Cyclones Powerful Cyclone Yaas battered India’s Odisha a nd West Bengal states, killing at least nine people as it destroyed thousands of mud homes. • Subtropical Storm Ana formed east of Bermuda as the fi rst named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXXI Earth Environment Service
Antarctic Giant A huge iceberg, similar in shape to Manhattan, but 73 times larger, is likely to drift around the Southern Ocean and South Atlantic for years, having broken off from Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf. Dubbed A-76, it is currently the world’s largest, measuring about 4,320 square km as it floats on the Weddell Sea. It was spotted in satellite images by the British Antarctic Survey in mid-May. A larger iceberg, A-68, calved from the Larsen C ice shelf in 2017 and fi nally disintegrated earlier this year.
Devilish Births The first Tasmanian devils to
Tasmanian devils are now breeding in mainland Australia. Photo Credit: Aussie Arc HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Gallup Sun • Friday June 4, 2021
Are trafﬁc roundabouts in Gallup’s future? By Mike Daly Guest Columnist
ccording to traffic st atistics, Gallup has an extremely high rate of car/ truck crashes. The New Mexico Department of Transportation looked at all of the crashes in the Gallup area — driving, walking, biking, etc. The area around the Interstate 40/U.S. 491 interchange emerges as a top priority. According to an accompanying report, the interchange area has almost 15 percent of the crashes that occur in the Gallup area “making the facility unsafe and unreliable.” The report indicates that a crash occurs approximately every three days in the interchange area. Over the last five years there have been over 200 rear-end, 121 side-swipe and 97 head-on accidents. Remember that this interchange was designed long before the Walmart & Home Depot came along and increased traffic on Maloney Avenue. The three-lane, west-bound exit ramp off I-40 was upgraded to deal with the additional traffic and it has for the moment. Unfortunately, with so many vehicles traveling north and south on U.S. 491 and with the traffic signals so close, traffic is often jammed up. A big problem is that the westbound I-40 ramps and the Maloney Avenue intersection are only 435 feet apart. The NMDOT report indicates that future growth including the
One of the alternatives under consideration by the New Mexico Department of Transportation to deal with traﬃc at the Interstate 40/ U. S. 491 interchange. Image Credit: NMDOT development of the Gallup Energy Logistics Park and a realigned/ reconstructed Allison Road interchange will also affect the I-40/U.S. 491 area. An additional issue is that the five signals on U.S. 491 in the immediate area, do not have an interconnection to run them as a system. New Mexico Department of Transportation and Wilson & Company Engineers, gave an online presentation on the proposed Interchange Safety Improvement alternatives being considered for the I-40/U.S.-491 interchange area on April 28. This was the first of several planned public input presentations.
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In their presentation they mentioned that several big ticket items are off the table because there is no room for them, and they would close off some business access. So the current plans all respect existing business operations. No private property Right of Way takes are planned with any of the proposed alternatives. Several alternatives are being considered by the NMDOT and these are the ideas for which they are seeking citizen input. The first option is a signal system upgrade aimed at reducing delays along U.S. 491. A second alternative is to move the westbound I-40 exit ramp over to Maloney Avenue. This option includes a loop ramp for the westbound entrance ramp. This option would require that Maloney Avenue is a one-way system going west from 10th street to U.S. 491. The third alternative introduces a single roundabout and eliminates the traffic signal at the I-40 westbound ramp intersection. It introduces a westbound exit slip ramp which would extend under the existing I-40 bridge and over to the new roundabout. This option allows Maloney to remain as a two-way street. The fourth alternative is the most interesting in that it adds two roundabouts, one on each side of the U.S. 491 intersection at Maloney. This alternative eliminates the need for both U.S.
491 signals located at the I-40 westbound ramp and at Maloney Avenue. Doing so eliminates all of the U.S. 491 left-turning movements at the interchange north of the I-40 overpass. The roundabouts for this alternative will be designed to accommodate large tractor-trailer trucks. All the planned roundabouts are to be one lane if constructed. A fifth alternative is what NMDOT calls an “additive alternative.” Currently southbound traffic on U.S. 491 has two continuous lanes and a third right-hand lane that leads to I-40 eastbound. This alternative extends the third right-hand lane south past the entrance/loop ramp to make this a true three lane-section. The third lane would then merge back into a two-lane road before the bridge over the railroad tracks. Expected results: The study indicates that alternatives two and three will mitigate 20 percent of the accidents at the two intersections, while alternative four will mitigate 100 percent of the accidents. Of course any alternative with roundabouts will require a bit of a learning curve for Gallup drivers. Several months of confusion are likely, but, in the end, if alternative four is chosen, things at the interchange area are sure to speed up by removing the signals at the two intersections. B A BY EL EPH A N T BELIEFS It is said that in India when
training a baby elephant, it is chained to a tree to keep it in place. And the baby elephant learns not to attempt to move. Later when the elephant grows large enough to pull a locomotive the same elephant is kept in place with a rope tied to a stake. Such is the strength of early learning. In my case, my father was caught in a traffic circle (alias roundabout) driving around in Long Beach in the fog for an extended period. From the time I was six years old every time a traffic circle alias roundabout, was mentioned, my father’s outburst contained language that would not do in proper company. I have held onto this categorical dislike of my father’s. For those who travel the reservation, you will know of the roundabout west of Ganado, Ariz. at the Burnside intersection where U.S. 191 heads north to Chinle. As it was being built, I started trash-talking this abomination. Unfortunately, my experience using it did not agree with my earlier opinion and I had to grudgingly admit it was a good idea. Similarly, when heading out of Albuquerque to miss the heavy I-40 westbound traffic I used Menaul and found the roundabout at 12th Street very easy to navigate. But not so much the two-lane roundabouts at the I-40 interchange at Acoma/Sky City. I was caught attempting to use the inside lane alongside a large tractor-trailer truck and found myself up on the curb to keep from getting sideswiped. So, I’m past my baby elephant belief, but am really happy that NMDOT and Wilson & Co. are planning one-lane roundabouts for Gallup. For those wishing to get further information or to make comments of their own, NMDOT has published the Public Meeting Presentation and the Phase IA/B Report on their District 6 website link: https://dot.state.nm.us/ content/nmdot/en/ProjectsD6. html#6101390 NMDOT is also planning to present this same information to the Gallup City Council at their June 22 meeting. There will also be a second public information input session in the middle of July, where the presentation will give the NMDOT/design team’s preferred alternatives that will move the project forward into design development. OPINIONS
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Luminarias light the way for research, healing, memories By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor
lobbying for legislation to help cancer victims, survivors and families, and to provide services to benefit people dealing with cancer. The Luminaria is being held in June, July, and August as well as at the September Relay. The dates are currently listed as June 19 from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm in the 400 block of Logan; July 17 in the Indian Hills neighborhood; August 21 — that site is still under consideration; and September 17 at the County Courthouse Square.
oyce Graves is a threetime cancer survivor. She and her husband Pau l, have toget her faced cancer five times. Graves says Relay for Life is her passion and the Luminaria event is her particular focus. “We have a luminaria ceremony at every relay,” Graves explained to the Sun. “This year we decided to hold it in four different areas.” Usually there is a speaker of a poem and people walk around and then s i n g “A m a z i n g Grace.” This is the quiet period before a very lively relay. Graves said she started on the Relay for Life committee 22 years ago. Her second year she worked as co-event ch a i r. T hen she became the chair person a nd now is co-event chair again. I n pa st yea r s the Relay raised between $75,000 and $95,000, but this year the financial goal is a little more modest, $50,000. Funds go to the American Cancer Society. At the same time, they benefit the Gallup community in several areas Paul and Joyce Graves on their 22nd Relay at the Gallup including research Sports Complex in 2005. Photo Credit: Courtesy Joyce a n d e d u c a t i o n , Graves
Melinda Russell places candles in the luminaria bags May 29 during the Relay for Life Luminaria event at We The People Park in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
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Mary Cullen kneels to look at one of the luminarias during the Relay for Life Luminaria event at We The People Park in Gallup May 29. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
We The People Park is adorned with luminarias during the Relay for Life Luminaria event May 29 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Tina Detwiler photographs one luminaria with her phone at We The People Park in Gallup May 29 during the Relay for Life Luminaria event. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover COMMUNITY
Torch Run 2021 BACK ON TRACK
Participants gather for a group shot during a pre-COVID Law Enforcement Torch Run in Gallup in 2019. File Photo By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor
he runners, walkers, and bikers will be out June 5 in Gallup and all over New Mexico, and in fact the country, in honor of and to raise money for Special Olympics as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run was started in 1981 — 50 years ago by then-Wichita, Kansas Police Chief Richard LaMunyon. I n Ga l lup, McK i n ley
C ou nt y S h e r i f f ’s O f f ic e Sex Offender Registration Coordinator and Criminal Investigators Administrative Assistant Judith Goins gets a breather from the somber requirements of her job each year as she coordinates the Torch Run for McKinley and Cibola Counties. “It’s a nice break,” she told the Sun. “We light the torch, the
TORCH RUN | SEE PAGE 17
Wreaths Across America By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor
a nice, Ma rk, David and Paul Brown all grew u p i n G a l lu p. Today, no matter where they live, three of them remember the fourth with a wreath. Ea ch yea r on a S a t u r d a y, Wr e a t h s Across America Day is coordinated nationwide with Arlington National Cemetery. It is the day Janice and Jack Bradley spent Thanksgiving 2020 at that live wreaths are the home of Janice’s brother and sister-in-law and laid on the graves of Wreaths Across America co-coordinators David and Kim Brown. WAA works to place a live wreath on veterans. It’s a job that Janice the grave of every veteran. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bradley took on when Janice Bradley she saw a story about the organization on televi- WREATHS ACROSS sion. Bradley contacted her AMERICA brothers Paul and David about | SEE PAGE 17 COMMUNITY
Gallup Sun • Friday June 4, 2021
‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ isn’t as bewitching as previous entries By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: OUT OF RUNNING TIME: 112 MINUTES This feature from Warner Bros. opens at cinemas June 4. In the eight years since The Conjuring first premiered at cinemas, its success has paved the way for a massive horror franchise. Most of the spin-offs, including The Nun, Annabelle and The Curse of La Llorona haven’t managed to capture the magic of the original or even its follow-up. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third official sequel that once again follows the team of paranormal investigators known as the Warrens. The likable leads do add some gravitas to the proceedings, but truth be told, this effort ultimately feels like it has more in common with the lesser spin-offs than it does with the original. The stor y begins with medium Lor ra ine Wa r ren (Vera Farmiga) and husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) attempting to help a family rid a child of demonic possession via an exorcism. Afterward, a young man involved in the procedure named Arne Johnson (Ruairi
O’Connor) begins to show signs that the supernatural force has taken up new residence within his body. After Arne is arrested for a brutal murder, Lorraine and Ed vow to investigate the slaying and determine if the act was actually the result of the same body-jumping demon. They begin uncovering more history about the creature itself, as well as the disturbing practices of Satan-worshipping. This feature attempts to add a bit of variety by shifting the focus away from the spirit-centric stories featured in the first two titles. Despite being slightly smaller in scope, the concept itself is perhaps even more outrageous than in the earlier titles. But at least the possession storyline does offer the opportunity for the leads to contend with a new malevolent presence that can take control of any unsuspecting human (and even a dead body when the opportunity presents itself). The frequent body-jumping does offer a few chills as the demon focuses its attention on the Warrens themselves and tries to break them apart. The story also benefits from the tireless work of the leads, who do a decent job of selling the kooky material. Ed suffers from a severe heart condition in this tale and as a result the character feels more in danger than in previous entries. There are some nice and earnest
Friday June 4, 2021 • Gallup Sun
Paranormal investigators Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) investigate a murder that may be linked to demonic possession. Sgt. Clay (Keith Arthur Bolden) looks on in the third oﬃcial sequel to The Conjuring, entitled “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.” Photo Credit: Warner Brothers moments between Farmiga and Wilson as they try to deal with his health issues while they take on a formidable foe. A couple of sequences, including a trip to a morgue in the dead of night and a showdown in a dimly lit catacomb, are reasonably tense and perilous for the protagonists. However, there’s a lot that doesn’t work as effectively this time out. Perhaps we’ve seen them too many times over the past seven features, but most of the jump scares aren’t as unexpected or jarring this time. And while we get some decent character material with the Warrens, prisoner Arne and his
interactions with supporting cast members aren’t as interesting. He’s cut off from the main cast and it feels like he’s part of a separate film. Additionally, the villains aren’t nearly as well-drawn as previously. There is an explanation for the Satanic acts that come into play, but the motivation of the main foe isn’t particularly original or exciting. While the climax does feature some creepy tunnels, there are no standout sets like the massive flooded basement from the previous entry or, well,
the entire creepy house from the original film. These issues, as well as a mystery that isn’t particularly interesting, an undercooked villain and the hitand-miss scare ratio prevent this entry from reaching the heights of its predecessors. Indeed, it ends up feeling more like a spinoff than a proper sequel. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It has an excellent cast and a few chilling moments, but won’t bewitch horror fans as much as the earlier films did. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM
FEDERAL INDIFFERENCE: PART FIVE | FROM PAGE 10 A bi nder i nche s t h ick describes the design, and maps of both the entire project and the local pipes hang on the chapterhouse wall. The price tag to build pipe from the trunk line to the community is estimated at $9 million to Tohatchi and another $4 million to Mexican Springs, which relies on Tohatchi’s well. New Mexico has distributed tribal infrastructure and capital outlay funds to help some communities, and the Navajo Nation has pitched in as well. Some communities, but not all, have secured the money to pipe water from the San Juan Lateral at least to a central watering point people can haul water from, if not to pipes that reach individual homes. “We are fi nding some monies to do the connections to the system and right now, we’re estimating we need about $50 million to do these, to build these smaller regional systems to connect the project to existing systems,” Jason John, director of the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources said. That’s for communities that have water lines and will
TORCH RUN | FROM PAGE 15 f lame of hope. We are the guardians of the fl ame,” Goins said proudly. All year long money is being raised for Special Olympics. Often the fundraisers include
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA | FROM PAGE 15 sponsoring a wreath for their brother Mark Brown, Sgt. E5, who served in the Army in Viet Nam, Korea and Desert Storm. The Brown family sponsored add itiona l w reat hs for veterans in the Santa Fe cemetery. David, who lives in Gallup, became interested in sponsoring wreaths for the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery when it opened May 27, 2019.
see improved quality or supply from the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. The Indian Health Service also lists thousands of homes across the Navajo Nation that don’t have water at all, John said, and about $500 million needed to deliver water there, which far outpaces annual funding. “We’re constantly tackling a huge list with just a limited amount of money,” he said. But this is also the piece that will matter most in the face of the next pandemic. “If you want to think about this in the context of, how do you get water to people’s homes like we do in other areas, there’s a lot more work that needs to be done,” Rolf Schmidt-Peterson, director of New Mexico’s Interstate Strea m Commission sa id. “From a pandemic standpoint, in the future, that’s where we all want to be, but it’s still a ways away. But the fi rst thing we have to do is get the trunk line in.” When the Navajo Nation received $600 million from the fi rst emergency stimulus package after the pandemic, the CARES Act, its leaders ta lked about spending a s much as $300 million on water projects. The latest stimulus package, which President Joe Biden signed in March, also
includes $20 billion for tribal governments and another $11 billion for federal programs that help support them. T he S e c r e t a r y of t he Treasury will determine how much money goes to each tribe. President Jonathan Nez has said he hopes the secretary considers the size, population, and devastating effects the Navajo Nation faced from COVID-19 last spring in deciding their allocation. T he Bu reau of I nd i a n Affairs has directed $20 million to prov iding potable water. An upcoming major infrastructure package provides another opportunity to fund projects that could make a difference for generations. The CARES Act money came with a spending deadline of Dec. 30, forcing permanent water projects to be shelved in favor of temporary fi xes. It was the kind of stipulation that continues to impede tribes’ abilities to do what local leaders, especially, recognize as the greatest needs for their community members. “It takes years to build a water line. You can’t get it done in months or weeks,” John said. “The money did go toward some water projects, those that could be completed in a few weeks, like installing cistern systems. Maybe only
one hundred of them were completed, and we’re talking about thousands of homes that don’t have water.” The Nava jo Safe Water Project, developed specific a l ly t o i ncrea s e wat er access du r i ng the pa ndemic, repor ted spending $5.2 million in CARES Act money to install 59 transitional water points. Gravel and cement cover the ground under a water spigot and hose where people can fi ll barrels with potable water, alongside a small hand washing sink and jug of hand sanitizer. People can fi ll barrels there for free. P A N D E M I C MITIGATION The Navajo Tribal Utility Author it y a nd Nava jo Engineer ing Constr uction Aut hor it y received about $20 million to work on water systems, but delays meant some of that money had to be returned to Navajo Nation leaders. A lot of it went to a hardship fund to give money directly to people, John said. When Badonie heard talk of giving that money out as $1,500 to each family, she was incensed. “What’s $1,500 to a family, when that money is going to be gone in no time, compared to a waterline or a bathroom addition?” she asked. Often, people who need
water are scattered, their homes remote. It’s a few people per chapterhouse, maybe 25 people in Tohatchi, Badonie said, and in the next chapter north, Naschitti, another 15 to 20. “It’s like that at every chapter on up the highway,” she said. Some of these people may be out of reach indefinitely for any water pipeline. Indian Hea lth Ser v ice sta f f told Badonie that if a few houses are grouped together, a water line can reach them. But for a single, remote homestead, it’s not feasible, even if more water is brought into the central part of the community. “These are elders that don’t want to live in a town. They want to live where they were raised, in the rural areas,” Badonie sa id. “They have livestock still out there. They don’t want to leave where they were born. They want to keep their area, and live there, where they’re happy. So we’re just going to go ahead and drill wells for them in the rural areas.” “Our elders need to live a quality of life also,” she added. “We’d like to have the same quality of life as other U.S. citizens have.” Next week: THE CONCLUSION: A deal climate change could bust
some less-serious activities — Coffee with a cop, Tip a cop, a donut duel. This year, following the pandemic, the Torch Run will be out in the open air beginning at 7:30 am, June 5 at the McKinley County Courthouse parking lot with a walk to the
El Rancho Motel. The run will start at the motel w it h rest stops at McDona ld s Ea st , Gi lber t Ortega’s, the N.M. State Police Office, the Fort Wingate offramp to Mile Marker 36. Biking will start at Mile Marker 47 and continue to
Love’s Travel Stop in Milan. The torch will be carried from all four corners of the state to the home office in Albuquerque, where it will be run into the opening games for this year’s Special Olympics. This year’s games will be virtual competitions for track
and field, Bocce, swimming, volleyball, and fl ag football. “Our goal is to get the torch to Albuquerque by Friday,” Goins said. Goins asks that all walkers are present at the courthouse parking lot area by 7 am June 5.
Brad ley joi ned i n t hat effort, first as a volunteer, later as a coordinator. Janice and her husband Jack and David and his wife Kim began walking and counting the number of veterans buried in Gallup and reached 1300. They began talking to people about becoming coordinators for the Gallup cemeteries and organizing volunteers. This year’s goal is 1500 wreaths. Here is the way to provide fresh Balsam wreaths from
Maine for veterans at four cemeteries in Gallup. • To or der on l i ne for the Gallup State Veterans Cemetery, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org/NM0066. • For Su nset Memor ia l Cemetery, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org/NM0067. • For Gallup City Cemetery, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org/NM0068. • For Hillcrest Cemetery, visit wreathsacrossamerica. org/NM0069. There a re a lso ma il-in forms for those who don’t
work online. Wreaths cost $15. If two w reaths a re sponsored, Wreaths Across America will donate a third wreath at no charge. If more wreaths are purchased than are needed, they will be sent to another Gallup cemetery or credited for the following year. W hile the date for the wreath-laying is scheduled for Dec. 18 this year, Wreaths Across America is starting to raise the funds for the wreaths now.
The 2020 event was held virtually. This year’s ceremony in Gallup will be live and is ex pected to begi n at the Veterans Helping Veterans bu i ld i n g before people disperse to specific cemeteries to place wreaths. This free, non-political, non-profit event focuses on remembering, honoring and teaching. The Gallup chapter of WAA continues to seek com mu n it y orga n izations to raise funds to sponsor wreaths.
Gallup Sun • Friday June 4, 2021
Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for June 4, 2021 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
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strife and danger for the businessman. The press was very taken by this drama. A small percentage of them found the lead too meek and the filmmaking too low-key, saying that the final product lacked thrills. Still, the vast majority stated that they weren’t aware of this reallife figure, found the story tense and the everyman protagonist extremely relatable. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, A nton Lesser and Jessie Buckley.
THE COURIER: Based on a true story, this tale is set during the Cold War. It details the life of a British importer/ exporter with contacts in the USSR who is recruited by MI6 and CIA. He is asked by government officials to visit the Soviet Union and courier sensitive information out of the country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Naturally, being a spy causes great personal
EMBATTLED: This sports film follows a pr ofe s s ion a l mixed martial arts champion. W hen he decides to train his son to become a fighter, his abusive and violent nature begins to display itself. This causes a lot of trouble both in the ring and at home. Their relationship deteriorates as the son demands that his father deal with his issues and brutal
elcome to another article detailing some of the new Blu-rays and DVD highlights arriving on store shelves. There are numerous features in this edition that encompass a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t or shouldn’t be heading out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
instincts. Response toward this feature was positive overall. There was a contingent who found the characters difficult to root for and stated that the picture was a slog, overplaying some of the serious themes that it was tackling. Still, the majority commented that it was a gritty and compelling drama that possessed a lot of heart and even delivered some unanticipated twists. It features Stephen Dorff, Darren Mann, Karrueche Tran, Elizabeth Reaser and Donald Faison. S A LT WA T E R : T H E BATTLE FOR RAMREE ISLAND: Set during the close of WWII, this independent horror fl ick from the UK follows a group of soldiers attempting to liberate an island off the coast of Burma (Myanmar). After a mishap with enemy forces finds them stranded in a swamp, under attack by hungry crocodiles. The makers of this feature claim that it was based on actual events. It is premiering only on the DVD format, so at present there are no write-ups or opinions about the movie.
It comes from a director with credits that include KillerSaurus, Hellriser and The Haunting of Alcatraz, which should give you a sense of the tone of the feature. The cast includes Glenn Salvage, Jas Steven Singh, Steve Dolton and Ryan Harvey. SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD: The ‘80s musical pioneers The Smiths inspired this comedy/drama. It’s about a group of teens who hear news of the band’s break-up and decide to throw a party and mourn the loss. Over the course of the evening, the leads go on a journey of self-discovery, while a local radio DJ is held hostage by a fan who forces him to play nothing but Smiths records. Response was mixed toward this fi lm, which features over 20 songs from the band’s catalog. Nearly half thought that the movie effectively captured a time period in a person’s life when music meant everything and appreciated the great soundtrack. Slightly more thought that the characters weren’t distinctive enough to keep them interested in the story. The movie stars Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Elena K a mpou r is, Nick K rause, James Bloor, Thomas Lennon and Joe Manganiello. SPA RE PA RTS: T h is B-movie follows an all-female band who goes on tour, only to be drugged and kidnapped by mysterious figures from a sinister town. When they awaken, they are shocked to discover that their appendages have been removed and
replaced with bizarre weapons. The group members are placed in a gladiator ring and forced to fi ght for their lives against various enemies. This flick hasn’t received a lot of press so far, but the notices that have appeared for it have all been upbeat. They say that while the fi lmmakers could have made even more of the concept and added some twists to the story, it was still an outrageous and enjoyable little genre f lick with likable leads and plenty of action. It features Julian Richings, Michelle Argyris, Emily Alatalo, Kiriana Stanton and Chelsea Muirhead. TRIGGER POI NT: A U.S. agent decides to quit his line of work after messing up a mission and suffering from memory loss. He’s pulled back into the spy world after learning that a close colleague has disappeared. Unfortunately, to find his lost friend, he will have to deal with his disabilities and use his own fractured mind to put the pieces together. Alas, the press was not taken by this espionage thriller. A minor contingent wrote that the action was well shot and believed the cast helped sell the routine story elements. But it seems the majority felt that despite the intriguing concept, the movie was a slog to sit through, describing it as heavy and unexciting. Barry Pepper, Laura Va nder voor t, Colm Feore, Eve Harlow, Carlo Rota, Jayne Eastwood and Karen
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Turning videogames into a school sport By: Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent
arents can breathe a sigh of relief. Not a ll ch ild ren playing video games are ignoring their studies. With many colleges beginning to offer esports scholarships and gamers making millions of dollars for streaming while they play, the popularity of esports may rise above even the more traditional sports like basketball or football. Janice Spiros, Miyamura High School’s librarian and building test coordinator, used to be one of those parents who worried about the amount of time her children spent playing video games. But that’s all changed. Now she coa che s t he school’s esports team. In an interview with the Sun, she laughed at a memory of the time she threw her sons’ PlayStation out a door because they weren’t getting their homework done. Her perspective on video games has changed. W hen a ske d why s he stepped up as the coach when the program started in the fall of 2019, Spiros explained that she could see the benefit of esports. She said that students who participate in esports need that type of competitive activity. “Esports kind of fills a niche that hasn’t been there,” she said. “These are kids who don’t go out for traditional sports, who are actually able to enjoy working in a team and [they’ve] never had that teamwork opportunity before.” Spiros star ted the program at Miyamura in the fall of 2019 after the New Mexico Athletic Association began recognizing espor ts as an official high school sport. She said that Miyamura’s assistant principal Josh Adams really supported the program and helped get the district to recognize esports as a sanctioned sport, not just a club. The libra r ia n sa id she really doesn’t have too much experience with video games. “I don’t necessarily know the moves, and they have tried SPORTS
Michaele White, Anjelina Donald, and Aiyana Begay playing League of Legends in the winter of 2020. Photo Credit: Janice Spiros
Janice Spiros is the esports coach at Miyamura High School. She started the program in the fall of 2019. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Janice Spiros
to get me to play the games,” she chuckled. “I can accidentally make a goal and that’s about as good as I am.” Spiros is retiring next year, but she hopes that students take on more leadership roles in the future. She mentioned that some colleges have student coaches, and she wondered if Miyamura would be able to do something like that. Chemistry teacher Jeremy Jensen will be taking over for Spiros next year. In an email he said he was excited to learn how the competitions are set
up and the logistics of the games. He acknowledged that there would be a sharp learning curve for him, but he’s interested to see how he can support the students. This year the school only had one Rocket League team with four players on it. Last year they had seven Rocket League players and 10 League of Legends players. Spiros noted that the pandemic made it hard to recruit students when she wasn’t seeing them at school during the pandemic.
The students were able to practice together online at home t houg h, wh ich is something traditional athl e t e s c o u l d n’ t d o . T h e y were also able to compete in matches. The team did make it to the state championship, which was held virtually on April 22. They lost in the fi rst round, but Spiros said she was still proud that they made it that far. Part of the reason the team made it that far was thanks to senior Brittany Armijo. Spiros said Armijo helped lead the team in a big way. “She could see what they needed to do and she would tell them ‘Ok, this is how we need to fi x this. This is what we need to do,’” Spiros said. At fi rst Armijo joined the
team because her brother, a sophomore, was on it. But then she realized she could use the opportunity to get to know other people at her school. “The team was very open to hearing what they needed to change or hearing compliments,” Armijo said. “I tried to encourage people where I saw they needed it and then I tried to tell them what they could work on,” Armijo stated. “But I also tried to ask people what I needed to work on so everyone could discuss it.” Armijo will be going to the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus next year, and while it doesn’t have an esports team set up right now, she said she would be open to joining one in the future.
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BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 18 Robinson headline the feature. THE VAULT: This heist thriller follows a man and a tea m of robbers who learn about a secret vault f illed with incredible riches underneath the Bank of Spain. They plot to break in and take the contents while the country is distracted watching the national team play in the World Cup fi nal. Of course, for everything to work, the group must perform their tasks flawlessly under great duress. This picture was directed by Spanish filmmaker Jaume Balagueró (Darkness, the REC series) and received both positive and negative responses from critics. Some com mented t hat the story had giant plot holes and paled in comparison with more famous heist f licks. Still, more thought the cast
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was fun to watch and that the elaborate crime was thrilling to witness. The fi lm stars Freddie Highmore, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Sam Riley, Liam Cunningham and Famke Janssen. WHO IS H A RRY NILSSON (AND WHY IS EV ERY BODY TA L K I N ’ A B O U T HIM?): Late fo l k s i n ge r / songwriter Harry Nilsson pioneered new uses of recording technology and created a large body of music. He is the subject of this documentary, which uses old footage as well as recent interviews to detail his life and career. Brian Wilson, Yoko Ono, Mikey Dolenz, Randy Newman and many others share their memories of Nilsson. Critics seemed to have liked what they saw. One or two critiqued the movie for using a traditional
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and conventional storytelling format. Still, everyone else thought it was an enlightening documentary that drew warranted attention to the figure. They also enjoyed hearing great behind-the-scenes stories from the interview participants. At present, this title will be available exclusively on DVD. BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! For t ho s e looking to purcha se some older features o n B l u - r a y, there is plenty to choose from this week. Kino is delivering the very popular British crime picture, The Blue Lamp (1950). It follows a group of London policemen and the various encounters they have with criminals. This movie has been restored by Studio Canal for its Blu-ray debut and comes with a film historian commentary and some trailers.
from 2nd Street west to 4th Street. Work in this project shall include installation of eight (8)-inch PVC waterline and eight (8)-inch PVC sewer line services, appurtenances, and tie-in to existing systems. Other items shall include removal and replacement of existing surfaces, temporary water service lines, 16-inch steel casing for waterline and 18-inch PVC casing for electrical conduit under an existing concrete box culvert at 3rd Street. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 8635440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be examined and/or downloaded at https://app. negometrix.com/buyer/3226 NOTE: The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/ RFx software powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from bidders must be submitted
They also have the British dark comedy, The Green Man (1956). Alastair Sim plays a meek watchmaker who moonlights as an assassin. The Bluray includes a 4K restoration of the flick from the original camera negative, a movie expert commentary and trailers for similar features. Also arriving in high definition with the same extras as those on the previous disc, is the Benny Hill comedy, Who Done It? (1956). Hill plays a buffoonish amateur detective who stumbles upon an actual spy plot. I f you’re look i ng for something over-t he -top a n d c a m p y, then Mommie D e a r e s t (19 81), w i t h Faye Dunaway may be for you. It’s arriving as part of the Paramount Presents line, which means that they have gone to town in presenting this 40th anniversary edition Bluray. It comes with a new 4K
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restoration and audio commentary with drag queen and fan Hedda Lettuce. You’ll also find a feature on the director, as well as extras from earlier releases, like a John Waters audio track, featurettes on the movie and publicity materials. Paramount is also putting out Blu-rays of several interesting titles. The first is the popular comedy In & Out (1997) with Kevin Kline. You can also pick up the Ladies Night In: 3-Movie Collection, which includes the films Nobody’s Fool (2018), What Men Want (2019) and Like a Boss (2020). If you feel like some action, they have a 20th Anniversary Edition of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), which includes a 4K remaster of the feature. If you’re also looking for the follow-up, they have Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and the follow-up Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) as a 4K double-feature. 20 years ago, the studio released Rat Race (2001), a
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 4 - JUNE 10, 2021 FRIDAY, June 4
STAR WARS TRIVIA
5 pm LIVE on Facebook, @ galluplibrary for a Star Wars trivia challenge. Is the force strong with you? Prove your knowledge in the ultimate fan showdown. Download the Kahoot app to play along or join us live online at kahoot. it. For more information email mdchavez@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291.
SUMMER OF STEM
2 pm outside by the playground at Octavia Fellin Public Library Children’s Branch for demonstrations of the activities included in the Summer of STEM Kit. For the continued safety of our neighbors we do ask attendees to continue social distancing and mask wearing. STEM kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, firstserved basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. This week we will focus on balloon rockets. SATURDAY, June 5
2021 LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN
7 am event begins at the McKinley County Courthouse. At 7:30 am the walk begins at El Rancho. There will be four different legs of running, eventually winding up in Fort Wingate, going to the Continental Divide and passing the torch for Special Olympics. Torches will arrive in Albuquerque June 11. For more information visit https:// sonm.org/torch-run, go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics tab for all information regarding NMLETR.
1 pm Join OFPL on Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube to make DIY selfcare products. Watch our Self-Care playlist on YouTube to improve your mental and physical health with a variety
BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 22 wacky all-star comedy in the vein of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World about various cash-strapped eccentrics in a cross-country race to find some loot. The movie stars Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr. Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese, Dave Thomas and Kathy Bates. It’s now making its Bluray debut and if memory serves this was a pretty funny flick with CALENDAR/COMMUNITY
of self-care demos. Ingredient lists for each product are available at ofpl.online. This week we will make a Rosemary lemon body scrub. For more information email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
DEEP IN THE STACKS!
2 pm Join us on Facebook and Instagram, @galluplibrary or YouTube to catch conversations on various topics and hear about all of the exciting upcoming events at Octavia Fellin Public Library. We’ll answer questions, showcase library materials, and more Deep In the Stacks! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291. MONDAY, June 7
4 pm Join us on Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube. Create your own art using materials found around your home! Courses are geared toward individuals approximately 15-years of age and older. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl. online. This week we will celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month by creating pride tie-dye clothing. Learn three different techniques in this interactive workshop using tie-dye and your clothes. For more information email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9
TECH TIME: ONLINE EDUCATION & TRAINING
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several amusing sequences. And the studio is releasing a Blu-ray of The Stepford Wives (2004) remake with Nicole Kidman. The Disney Movie Club is a service much like Columbia House that offers subscribers the chance to order Blu-rays of studio titles and exclusives directly through them. They’ve ramped up production in recent weeks and are offering high-definition discs of Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) with Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton, as well as Ice Princess (20 05) st a r r i ng M ichel le
SUMMER READING 101
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WALK ON THE WILDSIDE – PRESCHOOL SONGS AND ACTIVITIES
11 am. Join us outside by the playground at Octavia Fellin Public Library Children’s Branch for bilingual animal songs and stories. For the continued safety of our neighbors, we do ask attendees to continue social distancing and mask wearing. We’re also offering a preschool activity book available on a first come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. This week the focus is on Bookish Beasts. THURSDAY, JUNE 10
CHILDREN’S LIBRARY BRANCH WEEKLY EVENTS CRAFTY KIDS
4 pm on Facebook and YouTube @galluplibrary (all ages) for family-friendly crafts and step-by-step tutorials for all skill levels. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a firstcome, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. This week we will help you with No Sew DIY Plushies. ONGOING
MCKINLEY COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
8:30 am-4 pm Mon – Fri @ McKinley Public Health Office (1919 College Dr.) Call (505) 722-4391 to schedule an appointment. Bring your child’s shot record. Vaccines will be provided at no cost for children through 18 years of age.
FREE FAMILY ART KITS
Kits monthly. Each kit will feature an all-ages, hands-on, creative project designed by a local artist. Each month, 200 kits will be made available for pickup on a first-comefirst-served basis at ART123 Gallery on the last Saturday from 12 pm-4 pm and 100 kits will be distributed in Zuni in partnership with the Zuni Public Library.
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: bmartin@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
CURBSIDE CHECKOUT SERVICES
of the Library Group. The OFPL Friends support library programs, services, and collections through a variety of in-kind activities. If you are passionate about helping our community grow stronger, join the Octavia Fellin Public Library Friends’ Group and get involved in event planning, local and state advocacy, fundraising and philanthropy. To join please visit https://ofpl.online/partners-of-ofpl/#friends and our Friends’ Coordinator will contact you with more information. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291.
Storytime anytime, call (505) 862-9177 to hear a story any time of the day or night. Stories will change daily. At the end leave us a message to let us know what stories you want to hear.
VIRTUAL ZUMBA CLASS
6 pm @ Octavia Fellin Public Library every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday for an evening workout with OFPL’s own Zumba Fitness instructor. Bring down your house with salsa, booty shaking, and heart-racing songs. For more information, email email@example.com; (505) 863-1291.
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 RMCHCS COVID VACCINATION items total. OFPL Staff is onWALK-IN CLINIC site Monday through Friday 8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. @ College from 11 am-5 pm and will Clinic (2111 College Dr.). offer curbside pick-ups only No appointments needed. from 12 pm - 4 pm. Saturday RMCHCS is offering COVID pick-ups must be scheduled in advance. There will be Sat- vaccines to anyone ages 16 and up. There is no out-ofurday curbside pick-ups only pocket cost for the vaccine, from 12 pm-4 pm. New rebut insurance companies will quests will not be processed on Saturdays. Please allow 48 be billed an administration hours for the fulfillment of all fee, so be sure to bring your insurance information. library requests. Call (505) 863-1291 to schedule a Saturday pick-up and for reference To post a nonprofit or services.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY REGISTRATION
From April - June, 2021, gallupARTS will be producing 300 Free Family Art
OFPL is recruiting new members for our Friends
Trachtenberg and Kim Cattrall. They also have the Bruce Willis feature The Kid (2000) and the Vin Diesel comedy, The Pacifier (2005). If you’re interested, head over to their website to see if you want to join up. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that may appeal to the kids. Curious George 5-Movie Collection DVD Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) Disney Movie Club Exclusive Ice Princess (2005) Disney Movie Club Exclusive The Kid (2000) Disney Movie
Club Exclusive The Pacifi er (2005) Disney Movie Club Exclusive Paw Patrol: Moto Pups (Nickelodeon) VeggieTales: Fruits of the Spirit Stories Vol. 1 - Love, Joy, Peace DVD ON THE TUBE! And these are the week’s TV-themed releases. Agatha and the Truth of Murder/Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar/Agatha and the Midnight Murders – Triple Feature: Three Tales of Murder & Mystery (PBS)
civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
American Experience: The Blinding of Isaac Woodward (PBS) Billions: Season 2 Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee: Complete Season Two Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: Beverly Hills Wedding & My Best Friend’s Bouquet I Hate Suzie: Season 1 Myst e r y 101: 3 -Mov ie Collection (Hallmark) S a mur ai Ja c k: The Complete Series V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM
Gallup Sun • Friday June 4, 2021
24 Friday June 4, 2021 • Gallup Sun
In this week's issue Gallup Sun Star Rehoboth Christian School takes the sixth grade on a field trip. Runners prepare for the Torch Run and...
Published on Jun 4, 2021
In this week's issue Gallup Sun Star Rehoboth Christian School takes the sixth grade on a field trip. Runners prepare for the Torch Run and...