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New senior center has a price tag of $7 million By Molly Adamson Sun Correspondent
s Gallup’s population continues to age, city administrators have begun looking at building a bigger senior citizen center, and Mayor Louis Bonaguidi said it could be ready as soon as 2023, or 2024 at the latest. The city used to have two senior citizen centers, one on the north side of the city; Neighborhood Senior Center at 607 N. Fourth St. - and the other on the south side, Ford Canyon Senior Center at 908 E Buena Vista Ave. Both of the centers had been running
for about 30 years, according to Bonaguidi, before the Ford Canyon Senior Center was shut down about four years ago. Neighborhood’s senior program director Kimberly RossToledo explained that the south side center was closed because there weren’t enough seniors to justify staffi ng two centers and paying two sets of overhead costs. State funding was also an issue. In an interview with the Sun, Bonaguidi said the state told the previous administration that it would no longer support two centers. “It was more economic[al] The Gallup Neighborhood Senior Citizens Center, shown here in June 2021 at 607 N. Fourth and feasible to have one cen- St., has been the social and recreational hub for area seniors since the Ford Canyon Senior Center was shuttered. Photo Credit: Beverly Newman ter,” Ross-Toledo stated. “We were splitting activities between the two centers as well, and we didn’t have enough volunteers,” she said. “A lot of the activities were being canceled because we didn’t have enough volunteers who wanted to host those activities.” “[Every time] we tried to put them together there was an uproar,” Bonaguidi said. “Then the state came in and said, ‘Look, we’re not supporting two senior citizen centers. So if you guys don’t comply and move it into one, we’ll just cut the funding.’” Bonaguidi explained that a lot of people in the community used to be against combining the two communities. But now that the south center is no longer there, things seem to be working out. R o s s -Tole d o s a id t he seniors originally felt territorial about the centers and didn’t want people from the south side coming to the north, but once they were told it would lead to more activity participation and social i ntera ct ion, more people got on board with the idea.
“In the last couple years we have had a significant number of senior consumers who support the idea,” Ross-Toledo commented. “They really want to see some investment in seniors in the community and so they’re all on board with working towards a new center that will reach more consumers and [have] the flexibility of hosting and coordinating Senior Olympic and different statewide senior coalitions.” “[S e pa r a t i n g t he ce n ters] made no sense anyway, because on Fridays most of the south side [residents] would go to the north side because they had chili,” Bonaguidi commented. R o s s -Tole d o said Neighborhood’s building is well-built, but it does have some significant issues, such as a leaky roof. Bonaguidi appea red in front of the county’s Board of Commissioners during the May 4 meeting to request help in paying for the design of the new, bigger Regional Senior Center. He asked the board to match the funds the city is going to provide, and the board unanimously agreed. The new building’s design will run $650,000, with the bill totaling $7 million. The county and the city will share the cost. Since the county is helping foot the bill, they requested the official name of the center be the Gallup-McKinley County Senior Center. During the May 25 city council meeting Assistant City Manager Jon DeYoung, Bonaguidi, and Ross-Toledo asked the council for support with the Senior Capital Outlay Project application. The funding would provide equipment and help the city build the senior center.
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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports VA N D A L A T TA C K S D.A.’S OFFICE, LEAVES PRINTS Gallup, June 2 Someone went on a rampage at the McKinley County District Attorney’s office when
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they stole a sign and broke some windows. On June 2, around 6:07 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis Jr. was dispatched to the District Attorney’s office in Gallup at 207 West Hill Avenue because someone had stolen a sign from outside the building. When he arrived at the scene he met with the a member of the building’s maintenance staff, who showed the deputy that someone had stolen a sign and pulled a green steel post out of the ground on the east side of the courthouse. He then took him to the north side of the office, where three windows had been smashed. In his report, Davis noted there wa s blood about a foot away from the broken
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windows. The trail went from the building north toward the Veteran’s Memorial site, and then east toward Camille’s Café before looping back to the courthouse. More damage was visible on the north side of the building. Some of the windows had shoe prints on them. Skid marks on the sidewalk indicated the steel post from the east side had been dragged to the north side of the building. A TV was found at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Davis went back to the Sheriff’s Office and collected five sets of fi ngerprints from it. ABANDONED DOG Gamerco, June 2 A woma n pulled up to another woman’s house and after they got into a physical altercation she left, leaving her dog and truck behind. On June 2, around 7:10 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Clayton Etsitty was d i spatched to 603 Sa nt a
Rita Ave. in Gamerco. Metro Dispatch had received a call from a woman who wanted to report the fight. When he arrived, Etsitty met with Yvette Cook, 52, of Gamerco. Cook stated that Felicia Gomez, 38, of Gallup, had started yelling at her, and became aggressive. Cook admitted to punching
Gomez multiple times, and then she said Gomez walked away, heading northbound on Santa Rita Avenue. I n h i s repor t , Et sit t y noted that Cook said she w a nt e d G ome z a r r e s t e d
WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT | SEE PAGE 19
This table represents a seven-day period of Gallup Police Dept. incident calls. June 2 - June 8 INCIDENT TYPE
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Feron Tapahia May 30, 6:47 pm Aggravated DWI McKinley County Sergeant T a m m y Houg ht a l i ng w a s p a rke d along Highway 400 when she saw a silver vehicle traveling nor th f l a sh i n g it s headlights on and off. There was a white pickup truck speeding immediately behind it. The pickup appeared to swerve across the road and the silver vehicle pulled off. The truck passed it, eventually stopping near the onramp of I-40, exit 33. Houghtaling pulled up to the pickup and met the driver, identified as Feron Tapahia, 23, of Pinedale, N.M., who stated he had been drinking earlier. Tapahia’s passenger said he tried to tell Tapahia he had too much to drink, but he would not listen.
Houghtaling’s report said Tapahia had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, and slurred his speech to the point that it was difficult to understand him. He also appeared to have vomited and told Houghtaling he was too intoxicated to take the standard field sobriety tests. Tapahia was taken to the sheriff’s office for a breath test, but he became disorderly along the way. He began to say it was not good that Houghtaling was arresting her nephew, even though she stated repeatedly she did not know him and was not related to him. Tapahia posted samples of .26 and .25. W hile Houghta ling wa s inside the sher iff ’s office, Tapahia vomited once more. He was transported to Gallup I n d i a n M e d i c a l C e n t e r, where he continued to be disorderly. A fter receiving a medical clearance, he was driven to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked. Tapahia was released on his own recognizance.
Wade Yazza May 29, 1:29 pm Aggravated DWI (Third) M e t r o Dispatch issued an attempt-to loc a t e on a black Jeep d r iv i ng ea st on H ig hway 264 that was swer ving across the road. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie traveled to the scene and located the vehicle traveling east and turning south onto U.S. Highway 491. The Jeep turned and began traveling north. Willie caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. He met the driver, Wade Yazza, 30, of Church Rock, N.M., who failed to produce a driver’s license and registration. Yazza said he was just going to visit a friend with other passengers in the vehicle, all of whom appeared intoxicated to Willie. Willie also noted Yazza had signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Yazza said he had not consumed alcohol prior to driving. He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests
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after he turned the vehicle off. As Yazza exited, Willie saw an empty bottle of Smirnoff vodka in the front seat. Yazza failed the field tests and was placed under arrest. The remaining passengers were released from the scene, while Yazza was taken to the sheriff’s office. Yazza refused to give a breath sample and he kicked the back panel and side doors of the unit while on his way to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked. He later bonded out. Austin Mooney Sept. 28, 1:38 pm Aggravated DWI When Sagebrush Liquors in Yatahey refused the driver of a gray Dodge Challenge service, McKinley County Deputy Terence Willie was called out. He spotted the car going south on U.S. Highway 491 and turned to follow. The Challenger ran a stop sign as it pulled into the parking lot at T&R Market, 667 N. U.S. Hwy. 491. Wi l l ie met t he d r iver, Austin Mooney, 24, whom he noted had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Mooney was upset that he had been stopped and refused to cooperate with Willie’s instructions. He said “I refuse everything. I plead the Fifth.” No documentation was provided at the scene, but Willie did fi nd an open 12-oz. container of Golden Road Mango Cart in the vehicle. Based on the investigation, Willie placed Mooney under arrest. Mooney agreed to give a breath sample and
was transported to the sheriff’s office for the test, where he posted two samples of .10. T he McK i n ley Cou nt y Magistrate Court report said Mooney was arrested without a warrant for being under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and having an open container in his vehicle. Raelynn Lee Sept. 2, 10:07 pm DWI New Mexico State Police O f f icer R a chel H a l l wa s patrolling U.S. Highway 491 when she noticed a vehicle fail to maintain its lane near Mile Marker 1 and cause a break in traffic. Hall pulled the vehicle over and conducted a traffic stop. She met the driver, Raelynn Lee, 27, of Gallup, who handed her a suspended license a nd identification card. Hall ran it through the National Crime Information Center and the license came back as suspended. She noted Lee smelled of alcohol and her eyes were bloodshot and watery. The inside of the vehicle also smelled of alcohol and Hall saw several open containers there. When she was questioned, Lee said she had gotten off work and was going to meet her sister. She agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed. She was placed under arrest and transported to the local state police office after agreeing to the breath test. She posted two samples
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A century of federal indifference left generations of Navajo homes without running water CONCLUSION: A DEAL CLIMATE CHANGE COULD BUST By Elizabeth Miller New Mexico In Depth April 12, 2021
s part of the settlement that made the Navajo-Gallup Project a possibility, the Navajo Nation shifted its priority date from 1868, when the reservation was established and among the earliest rights in the Colorado River Basin, to 1955. “That’s yesterday, in terms of water rights,” Brad Udall, senior water a nd climate research scientist at Colorado State University, said. Given that the system puts the newest rights at the top of the list to cut when faced with a shortage, that puts Navajo water supplies in the crosshairs when faced with ongoing drought and increasing aridification of the Southwest. Flows in the entire Colorado River Basin are down by 20 percent, at least half of which is attributed to climate change. That exacerbates the ongoing over-allocation of water in the Colorado River, which counts on seeing 17 million acre feet per year of water in a basin that has reported only about 12.6 million acre feet in recent years. Water managers have been scrambling to avoid a brewing crisis for the millions of people who depend on the river for water, and for the river itself. “There’s a tenuous balance that exists between supply and demand right now, so if you add demands or reduce supply,
The San Juan Lateral under construction along Highway 491 in western New Mexico. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miller Pandemic mitigation eﬀorts included installing new water sources for communities, like this one at the Tse Daa K’aan (Hogback) Chapter. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miller you’re going to knock the system out of balance,” Udall said. The more factors climate change researchers consider, the more dire that situation becomes. Lower Basin States have grown to use their full allowable water, or even a little more. But Upper Basin states still use just about 4.3 million acre feet per year. “For New Mexico, we take our settlement with the Navajo Nation and Jicarilla Apache Nation very seriously, and the water we’re talking about here for human uses is a really big piece of that,” Rolf SchmidtPetersen, director of New Mexico’s Interstate Stream Commission, said. “It’s human uses in this area, potential for economic development in those areas, and potential for reducing human health and safety risks, so we see that as being really, very important,
and because we’re still using well less than our Upper Basin compact agreement, that’s still reasonable to do.” The Navajo Nation has said that if water runs short, under certain circumstances, they’ll reduce diversions to their farms to leave more water for downstream users, he added. The settlement also committed the Navajo Nation to add $45 million in water conservation measures to the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project, so annual water needs there could shrink. The agreement protects the water supply for farms, power plants, and residents of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Even faced with diminished river flows, water managers point to the Navajo and Cutter reservoirs, which will supply the San Juan and Cutter laterals. “To the extent they rely on reservoir water, it’s going
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to be more reliable than most sources on the river,” Eric Kuhn, former general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District and co-author of Science Be
Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River, said. “I’d rather be below Navajo Reservoir and relying on Navajo Reservoir than below Lake Mead and relying on Lake Mead.” B u t J a n e n e Ya z z i e , co-founder of Sixth World Solut ion s contend s t he whole system may need to be rethought. “We assume there’s plenty of water out there, we just need
the infrastructure to bring it to us,” she said. “I think what would be important in this time is to recognize how unsustainable our demand has become, and how important it is for us to build collective consciousness and collective power around restoring our responsibility to maintaining these water systems.”
Re p o r t i n g fo r t h i s story was supported by grants from the National G e o g r a p h i c S o c i e t y’s C o v i d - 19 E m e r g e n c y Fund for Journalists and The Water Desk at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism.
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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, June 4, 2021
By Steve Newman
Urban Microbiomes Every city has been found to have its own unique “fingerprint” of viruses and bacteria that researchers say can probably be used by authorities to determine where someone is from with about a 90 percent accuracy. A team led by Cornell genomics expert Christopher Mason asked colleagues around the world to collect swabs from urban transport systems and conducted a genetic analysis on each. Besides finding that the larger the city, the more complex its diverse microbial life, they also discovered 10,928 viruses and 748 bacteria that were previously unknown to science. “I think it’s a wonderful affirmation of how much left we have to discover about the world,” Mason said.
-74° Vostok, Antarctica or two after that, before even more greenhouse gas emissions cause that limit to be crossed permanently. WMO SecretaryGeneral Petteri Taalas said that the new study is “yet another wake-up call” to slash greenhouse gas emissions. A separate study concludes that nearly 40 percent of all heat-related deaths around the world from 1991 to 2018 can be attributed to human-caused climate change.
Earthquakes A w ide a rea of A l a s k a f r o m Fairbanks to Anchorage and Homer was jolted by an unusually sharp tremor.• Earth movements were also felt in Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Cyprus, the India-Bangladesh border and New Zealand’s Canterbury region.
Unabated Warming The U.N. warns there is now a 40 percent chance that global temperatures will rise within the next five years, at least temporarily, to surpass the key global temperature limit of 1.5 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels. But the World Meteorological Organization says that natural climate variability could mean there would be a brief cooling for another decade
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weeks that the rodents have begun eating each other after devouring crops and exhausting other food sources. With hordes of the ravenous pests causing “unprecedented” losses for farmers, the government has placed an order with India for the banned poison bromadiolone to help cull the surging house mouse population. “We’re at a critical point now where if we don’t significantly reduce the number of mice that are in plague proportions by spring, we are facing an absolute
4.2 economic and social crisis in rural and regional New South Wales,” Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall told reporters.
Wayward Jumbos A herd of 15 wild Asian elephants that left a Chinese nature reserve in April has destroyed crops, wrecked barns and wandered through communities as it trekked relentlessly for nearly 300 miles toward Yunnan’s provincial capital of Kunming. No one knows why the
pack of pachyderms has made the journey, but elephant expert Chen Mingyong told China’s official Xinhua news agency that the leader possibly “lacks experience and has led the whole group astray.” Officials have been tracking the animals with drones and a task force in 76 cars, and have used roadblocks and tons of food in an attempt to shift the elephants’ course.
Tropical Cyclones Weak and disorganized Tropical Storm Choi-wan left at least eight people dead in central and northern areas of the Philippines as it triggered floods and mudslides.• Tropical Storm Blanca, the second of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, churned the open waters well off the Mexican coast. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication©MMXXI Earth Environment Service
Earth’s deepening climate crisis is causing oxygen levels in freshwater lakes around the world to decline rapidly in a trend that threatens freshwater biodiversity and drinking water quality. As global heating warms the waters, they cannot hold as much oxygen. And the recent intense summer heat has reduced how much surface water mixes with and delivers oxygen to the deep. A research team found that the oxygen decline has been between three and nine times faster during the past 40 years, falling 19 percent in deep waters and five percent at the surface.
Rodent Crisis Australia’s worst mice plague in decades has become so acute in recent
Some believe habitat loss due to human encroachment drove this elephant herd to travel hundreds of miles across southeastern China. Photo Credit: Xinhua HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
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FOG’s Transparency: Key to Democracy Project By Kent Walz Former president NM Foundation for Open Government
ransparency issues often focus on elected bodies and whether they follow the law governing public meetings, or executive agencies and whether they comply with statutes like the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. Important questions, to be sure. But a judicial system that is open and accessible to the public is every bit as important, or perhaps more so, when we consider its role in a functioning democracy. It is the courts, after all, that arbitrate disputes on access issues involving other branches of government. And it is the courts and jury system that resolve civ il
disputes and ultimately decide whether criminal conduct merits the deprivation of liberty. Chief Justice Michael Vigil of the New Mexico Supreme Court shared some thoughts on the matter earlier this month. “New Mexico courts recognize the critical importance of allowing the public to see and hear for themselves how our justice system fairly and impartially resolves legal disputes,” he said. “Without that transparency and access, we risk an erosion of public confidence in the rule of law and trust in our independent judicial branch of government. “Our democracy depends on maintaining that public confidence and trust,” he added. Given the openness of New Mexico’s court system, which as far back as the 1980s had the foresight to allow photography and televising of court
proceedings, it would be easy to take for granted that the judicial system here and elsewhere has always operated in this fashion. And that would be wrong. The term “Star Chamber” remains part of our current day lexicon and refers pejoratively to any secret or closed meeting by a judicial or executive body. Rooted in English history, the Star Chamber was well intended, but came to abuse its powers, using torture to obtain confessions and meting out sentences that included whipping, pillory, prison and mutilation, according to the First Amendment Encyclopedia. Jurors were sometimes punished for finding verdicts against the Crown and King Charles I used the Star Chamber to crush opposition to his policies. It’s not beyond the pale to
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image (sic) some politicians, if given free rein, would fi nd this a useful tool. The Star Chamber was abolished by Parliament in 1641 and historically many court proceedings in this country were open. But it wasn’t until 1980 in a case called Richmond Newspapers Inc. v. Virginia, that the United States Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment generally prohibits closing criminal trial proceedings to the public. The underlying case was a high-profile murder prosecution and the court’s plurality opinion noted, correctly, that secrecy ... “limits the stock of information from which members of the public may draw.” The right for the public to attend isn’t absolute, but to close a criminal case, courts must exhaust all reasonable alternatives and make specific fi ndings as to why closure is necessary. We all just witnessed fi rst-hand how the justice system works in real life with the Derek Chauvin prosecution in Minneapolis. Imagine how damaging it would have been to the system if this had been done in secret. The U.S. Supreme Court would be well served to adopt the same procedures in the federal system to allow photography and broadcasting. New Mexico’s state court system has gone above and beyond in providing access to both criminal and civil cases. Even dur ing COV ID, “our courts expanded their use of technology to ensure members of the public could view and listen to proceedings conducted by video and telephonic conferences,” Vigil said. “When courts conducted jury trials, they were required to provide a way for the public and press to witness what happened even if there was no space in the courtroom, because of the need for physical distancing and to follow other COVID-safe practices.” The state Supreme Court has broadened public access through technology by live streaming oral arguments, including in high profi le cases
involving elections and the state’s public health emergency orders. The state’s judiciary also has added a YouTube channel with videos, including self-help information to assist people representing themselves. And the state judiciary has embraced social media, posting notices on Twitter about court orders, opinions and other critical information. We may not always agree with court decisions. But we should all be able to agree that the rule of law is essential to our democratic system and that, as Vigil said, secrecy can only lead to an erosion of trust in the rule of law. Louis Brandeis is often cited for his “sunshine is the best disinfectant” quote, which he wrote before he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But according to research by the Sunlight Foundation, he had been thinking for a while about the notion of “the wickedness of people shielding wrongdoers & passing them off (or at least allowing them to pass themselves off) as honest men.” His proposed remedy? “If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions,” he wrote, “it would purify them as the sun disinfects.” It was true then and it’s true now. And it is every bit as important to our democratic system that these principles apply not just to the executive and legislative branches, but to the judicial branch as well. Kent Walz i s a former president of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. He is a recipient of FOG’s Lifetime Achievement award. This guest column is part of FOG’s Transparency: Key to D emocra cy Pro ject. Accountability ensures that government is held responsible to the citizenry; transparency gives the public the right to access government information and requires that decisions and actions made by the government are open to public scrutiny and occur in the light. OPINIONS
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Special Olympian Delilah Maria is congratulated by fellow athlete Cameron Cheromiah and her grandmother Eﬃe Martin at the ﬁnish of Maria’s leg of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in Gallup June 5. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Participants march along Historic Highway 66 June 5 as part of the Gallup leg of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Special Olympian Shelby Peterson carries the torch for the start of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run at the McKinley County Courthouse June 5 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Masked supporters perform their part of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in downtown Gallup June 5. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Runners carry the torch in Gallup after the walking portion of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run June 5. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
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Stirring things up NMFOG COMBINES ARTQUEST WITH HACKATHON Staff Reports
wo weekends in June will bring together public art with the p u b l i c ’s r i g h t t o know, thanks to DataFest: ArtQuest, a free event from New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. Registration is now open for indiv iduals and teams w ishing to pa r ticipate in the June 12 and June 19th t h e D a t a Fe s t : A r t Q u e s t Hackathon. The June 12 por tion of the event will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center with two workshops. Then the action shifts all across the City of Albuquerque as participants will be asked to capture information about the city’s public art, including locations of individual sculptures, statues and murals and the GPS coordinates of each item. The participants will be asked to take photos of the art, as well. Participants will also be asked to capture the same information about Bernalillo County’s public art and the University of New Mexico’s public art. A tutorial and a collection point for the data will be announced. The June 12 segment continues through the second weekend on June 19 during which participants will be asked to gather again at the A lbu q uer q ue C onvent ion Center and use the data collected and submitted to create innovations with the end user in mind. Prizes will be
awarded for the best creation. Workshops on data and coding will be offered. Refreshments will be provided. Melanie Majors the executive director for NMFOG explained how the June event compares with what is generally considered a hackathon. “A traditional hackathon is an event where programmers, coders and other I-T specialists get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project,” Majors said. “In this event, we are extending participation beyond those involved in I-T, as we know that art raises public consciousness, inspires us and brings people together. “Through this public participation project, NMFOG hopes to raise awareness of the public’s right to know,” she said. She pointed out that in a hackathon, par ticipants often develop prototypes of software applications like web or mobile apps. It is also an opportunity to network with other coders, seasoned mentor s a nd l ike -m i nded individuals. “This is an opportunity for those who are not policy geeks or record seekers to learn more about the importance of public data and public records in a fun environment that incorporates an area not often associated with transparency and accountability – public art data,” she said. The City of Albuquerque has partnered with NMFOG on DataFest:ArtQuest.
Majors said NMFOG had approached several public agencies about hosti ng a hackathon and said the City of Albuquerque staff was quick to see the value of the project, and suggested involving the arts. Thus DataFest:ArtQuest was born. “The City is excited to partner in this activity as we know that art can be an effective tool to encourage dialogue and civic engagement,” Sherri Brueggemann, Public Art Manager for the City of Albuquerque, said. “We hope to engage the public with capturing images of public art in their neighborhoods along with seeing what kind of exciting program and tools coders might come up with for learning about and enjoying more public art.” The event will be in person and virtual. Individuals are encouraged to join teams and sign up. All Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed in
accordance with New Mexico Department of Health Public Health guidelines. A full schedule of event as well as the registration form is available at http://www.cabq. gov/datafest. Other orga nizations involved include Code for Albuquerque, CNM Ingenuity Deep Dive Coding, Community Geography at UNM, A BQ IGers, AIGA NM, Coffee + Creatives, Cultivating Coders and Yelp. D a t a Fe s t : A r t Q u e s t i s funded in part by the National F re e dom of I n for m a t ion Coalition, dedicated to helping establish, support and empower state Freedom of Information coalitions, including NMFOG, to improve the laws, public policies, and practices of government information dissemination at the state and local levels. A s a n a d vo ca te for transparency in government, NMFOG’s mission is to defend the public’s right
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‘In the Heights’ offers viewers a dose of high-energy fun By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: OUT OF RUNNING TIME: 143 MINUTES T h i s f i l m op ene d at theaters and became ava i lable for strea m ing on HBO Max on June 10. T o n y Aw a r d - w i n n i n g playwright and songwriter L i n-Ma nuel M i ra nda is k n ow n fo r c r e a t i n g t h e musical Hamilton, but fans will know that he has also helpe d c r e a t e ot her s uc cessful stage productions. His first creation was In the Height s, which premiered on Br o a dw ay i n 2 0 0 8 t o great accla im. This week, the story is being given the Hollywood big screen treatment. Like any adaptation from another medium, there are a few minor issues present in the translation. However, it ’s d i f f ic u lt not to find this high-energy f i l m a ny t h i ng but pu nchy and fun. U s n a v i d e l a Ve g a (Anthony Ramos) is a young man running a convenience s t or e i n t he Wa s h i n g t on Heig ht s neig hborhood of Manhattan. Born to now-deceased immigrant parents, he drea ms of retur ning to t he D om i n ic a n R e pu bl ic a nd open i ng a bea ch side business. Through song and
Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) and his crush Vanessa (Melissa Barrera) dancing in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights,” a 2008 Broadway musical now getting the Hollywood treatment. Photo Credit: Warner Brothers
da nce, we lea r n about his life and those who frequent h is shop. For Usnav i, t he most notable customers are Vanessa (Melissa Barrera), a salon employee whom he has a crush on, along with elderly “A buel a” Cl a ud i a (Ol ga Mer e d i z), who h a s acted as surrogate mother for the lead and other locals. There is also Nina (Leslie Grace), a Stanford University student a r r iv ing home for the summer with unexpected
news, a s well a s Usnav i’s good fr iend Benny (Corey Hawkins). Over the next few days, t he va r ious cha racters interact and share their hopes and desires. Of cou rse, there a re other stor y threads, other characters, and a winning lottery ticket, which results in a very lengthy narrative. However, t he f i l m m a ke s up for the numerous introductions w ith a n a r ray of impressive musical numbers
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per for med w it h v igor. I n fa c t , t he mov ie do e s it s best to make each one more impressive. Initially, there are lengthy takes following Usnavi and the other characters around his store as they sing, but things become even more elaborate as others get involved. This includes a big performance at the hair salon (e v e n m a n n e q u i n h e a d s and wigs get involved), and another using the water at a publ ic pool. T he song s hit gravity-defying heights, making them engaging and dynamic to watch. The catchy musica l numbers a nd photography are a blast, but Ramos and the rest of the cast are the real selling point. They are all extremely likable, belting ever y number out with brash confidence, which is a n a sset . W h i le t here a re s ome no t ewor t hy p oi nt s made about the difficulties immigrants face on a daily ba sis, the personal dra ma presented is very simple and familiar. Will Usnavi leave his neighborhood and will he get together with Vanessa? Wi l l Ben ny f i nd happiness with Nina and will she retur n to Sta nford for the following term? The plights of t he cent ra l cha ra cter s
aren’t always high-stakes, but at least the enthusiasm on d i s pl ay c a r r ie s v iewer s over t he s e for mu l a ic elements. Another minor issue has to do w ith there being so many stor ylines that when the end of the second act arrives, it’s a full ten minu t e s fe a t u r i n g m u l t i p l e performers having earnest d iscu s sion s about t hei r dreams and debates about the future. Naturally, all of t h is mater ia l needs to be addressed, but seeing one scene a f ter a nother, dea ling with the sa me kind of choices, does lend an on-thenose feeling to the material and begins to slow the pacing down. Still, when the characters u lt i mately t u r n a cor ner, their big smiles and charm take over. If you’re a fan of musicals, this cast and its numbers will keep viewers absorbed through the more predictable story passages. W hile the cha racters may not show as much complexity as they could have, In the Heights is still an enjoyable and well-intentioned sugar r ush that’ll plea se a nyone looking for upbeat entertainment at the cinema. V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY
Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for June 11, 2021 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome to another look at Blu-rays and DVDs comi ng you r w a y. There’s a great mix of familiar and new, interesting features being made available in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t or shouldn’t be going out to the movies just yet, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES! ASSAULT ON VA- 33: T h i s i ndependent a c t ion feature follows a decorated a r my vetera n v isiting his local VA hospital for a routine checkup. He arrives just as a group of terrorists decides to take control of the building. They immediately take hostages, including the lead’s wife. The protagonist evades capture and takes action, trying to stop the threat and save lives. There aren’t many reviews for the picture just yet, but a few that have popped up online haven’t been complimentary. They describe the movie as an ineffective, predictable, low-budget Die Hard rip-off that doesn’t offer much in the way of exciting action or human drama. It features Sean Patrick Flanery, Michael Jai White, Mark Dacascos, Weston Cage Coppola, Abigail Hawk, Gina Holden and Rob Van Dam. CITY OF LIES: Based on rea l events a nd set in 1 9 9 7, t h i s police procedural depicts two L.A. detectives assigned with looking into the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. As they get closer a nd closer to discover ing the tr uth, their super iors begin getting in the way and threatening the investigation. Th is production w rapped back in 2018, but was shelved because of behind-the-scenes legal disputes. It finally got a limited release a couple of months ago and is now arriving on disc. Critics were split on the final results. Those who disliked liked it stated that the COMMUNITY
narrative was too choppy and felt the story wasn’t told with enough energy. Still, just as many enjoyed the work of the actors and thought that it was compelling, addressing important issues about police corruption. It stars Johnny D e p p, Fo r e s t W h i t a ke r, Toby Huss, Day ton Callie, Neil Brown Jr. and Xander Berkeley. FL A SH B ACK: A m a n begins having strange visions from his youth involving a female friend who vanished. He encounters a mysterious a nd forgotten figure from the same period, inspiring him to dig deeper into what happened to his long-lost pal. It soon becomes clear that the disappearance may have had something to do with a strange and powerful drug he and his friend used to consume. In order to figure it all out, the hero embarks on a time-traveling, drug-induced odyssey. R e a c t io n t ow a r d t h i s indie flick was mixed. Half said that the concept was engaging, but said that they lost interest and enthusiasm as events became more and more convoluted. Slightly more thought the movie was so ambitious and trippy that they couldn’t help but enjoy the wild ride, even if some elements didn’t quite come together. The cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Maika Monroe, A m a nd a Br u gel, H a n n a h Gross and Emory Cohen. TH E LOV EBI RDS: Released by Netf lix at the height of the pandemic, this comedy is now debuting on disc. It’s about a couple who is con sider i n g breaking up while going through a rough patch in their relationship. When they witness a violent crime and believe they will be blamed for it, the pair goes on the run to try to prove their innocence. Critics gave the film slightly more positive notices than negative ones. Those who panned it said that the plotting was weak and episodic, noting that the lead actors were forced to generate laughs from lessthan-stellar material. They
felt the jokes were too scattershot to earn the movie a pass. Still, the majority said the cast was charming enough to recommend the title as a simple, straight-forward little comedy that delivers a handful of chuckles. It stars Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp and Kyle Bornheimer. PUNK IN THE C A P I TA L : B U I L D I N G A SOUND MOV EMENT: T h i s docu ment a r y ex a mines the rise of punk music between 1976 and 1984, as well as the artists who grew from a movement based in Washington D.C. Using interviews and archival footage, viewers witness the anarchistic music trends and artists that began to thrive and find a following in a city known for its conservatism. Apparently, this feature was many years in the making and was largely crowd-funded. Members of the press who have seen it have reacted favorably. They felt that the film did an excellent job of detailing the beginnings of the punk era and the incredible scene coming out of Washington
(including a number of notable bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Fugazi). They also liked the interviews with various musicians from the area, including Henr y Rollins, Ia n MacKaye a nd Darryl Jenifer. THE STYLIST: A serial-killer hairstylist is the conceit behind this independent horror feature. It follows a young woman working in a beauty salon, giv ing haircuts by day and scalping customers during the evening hours. When she’s hired to do the hair at a wedding ceremony, the maniac becomes obsessed with the lavish lifestyle of her employer and tries to get through the event without indulging in her darker impulses. Naturally, it isn’t long before attendees find themselves being victimized. Reviewers gave the feature high marks. A few of them did state that in addition to the lead actress, the movie was too reminiscent of straightto-video features from the late ‘80s. Everyone else suggested it could become a cult film and was incredibly stylish with a stunning and
memorable clima x. It features Najarra Townsend, Brea Grant and Davis DeRock. U N D E R C O V E R PUNCH & GUN: Known as Undercover vs. Undercover in its homeland, this Hong Kong action picture involves a cop desperate to take down a major drug dealer and his team of violent criminals. To do so, he goes undercover and ends up befriending his target’s biggest enemies, who also happen to be crooks. The officer finds it difficult to keep his true identity secret a nd hope s t h at h i s newfound revenge-seeking allies don’t turn on him. Response toward this foreign-language title has been decent, if not exceptional. Online notices suggest that the movie is a throwback to ‘90s action cinema. They commented that while the story isn’t revolutionary, the action scenes are well-shot and edited and the final showdown is impressive. The cast includes Philip Ng, Vanness
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ith Fourth of July only 26 days away and drought conditions not getting any better, the Gallup City Council had a decision to make at its meeting June 8: To ban or not to ban— fireworks. Gallup Fire Chief Jesus Morales and Fire Marshal Jon Pairett informed the council that the county and city’s drought conditions hadn’t changed since McKinley County Fire Chief Brian Archuleta last presented the findings to the county commissioners May 4. McKinley County is still in the D3 and D4 intensity zones according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Morales and Pairett advised the council to proclaim extreme drought and ban certain types of fireworks.
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“The purpose of this proclamation is to reduce fires, to reduce accidental fires, [and] to reduce accidents throughout the holiday,” Morales said. The county commissioners chose to ban fireworks on Cinco de Mayo earlier this year, and Morales and Pairett encouraged the council to do the same for the Fourth of July. During the April 6 commissioners meeting, County Attorney Doug Decker explained that only certain fireworks can be banned. Sparklers and smaller fireworks that don’t go high in the air and don’t make a loud noise can’t be banned. During his part of the presentation, Pairett explained that the Predictive Services National Interagency Fire Center looked at the time period between June and September. They determined that the recent La Niña caused above normal temperatures and below average precipitation. This, along
with other factors, leads to an above normal potential for fire. Between April 1 and May 31, the Gallup Fire Department responded to 27 brush/outside fires. Pairett said the monsoons are difficult to predict at this time, but that they could start as soon as mid-July. Another concern is that there may be lingering and dry conditions throughout the summer. The council approved the proclamation. Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, asked the two men if a proclamation would affect the fireworks display the city is planning for the Fourth. City Manager Maryann Ustick and Morales assured Palochak that it would not. “In fact, we encourage the public to visit and attend our public display rather than setting off fireworks on their own,” Morales
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stated. “We’d rather they come and see the professionals set up the professional fireworks.” On the Fourth, Gallup Fire Department will be checking to be sure people are following the rules. “It’s not something ideal, I wish we could restrict more, but we’re restricting everything we can within our means and within our power,” Morales commented.
The drought proclamation will last 30 days, and the council can modify the rules at any point during that time. People wishing to set off fireworks will be required to obtain a permit. The permits cost $15 and can be purchased at the city clerk’s office. The fire department will also have permits available as they check in on people on the Fourth.
which people vote on every two years,” Bonaguidi said. In an interview with the Sun, he explained that if the city gets this funding the center will be able to be completed in the next two to three
years, instead of five. Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, expressed her support for the senior center. “This is a move in the right direction,” she said. She also liked the name
suggestion. “I’m so thankful to the county for giving us money for the design simply because the center is used by many city and county residents. “I think we need to let our egos go aside. We need to look
at what’s best for the people, our citizens who are seniors, a nd get the best possible senior center we can get,” she said. The council approved the city applying for the bond.
A lber t wa s dispatched to Allsup’s West, 2857 W. Hwy. 66, in reference to a suspected drunk driver. The caller stated a white Ford Taurus was traveling in the median and almost collided with the caller’s vehicle before pulling into the parking lot as Allsup’s. Albert arrived at the scene and found the vehicle parked by a gas pump. There were two people inside, and the
passenger shut off the engine at Albert’s request. He spoke with the driver, Shane Chon, 22, who had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, and had trouble keeping his balance. Chon admitted to drinking two 12-oz. cans of Juice beer two hours prior to driving and was heading home from the nearby Lowe’s store. He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed
them. Based on the investigation, Alber t placed Chon under arrest for DUI. Chon agreed to give a breath sample and was transported to the Gallup Police Department for the test, where he posted samples of .21, .16, and .14. The report also
stated Chon threw up before being taken to the county jail and his vomit smelled of alcohol. The criminal complaint filed in McK inley County Magistrate Court stated Chon drove under the influence and without a valid license.
from family or friends. Another 14 percent would reduce spending on other things, while 10 percent would either figure out “something else” or don’t know what they would do. 5. Take a close look at your investments and review them for changes. Remember, as we get older, we have less time to make up losses in our investments and as you age, your investment horizon normally shrinks. 6 . St a r t pay i ng dow n debt. Debt can be a drag on your retirement, and once the debt is retired, stress becomes less, and
your options for life increase. 7. Budgeting and following a monthly plan can help. There are numerous studies about budgeting; one thing is for sure, people who have a budget and follow it have less stress. Make a budget and stick to it. Life should be enjoyed. Use these simple seven financial tips as the first step to regaining financial freedom and reducing stress. Send your financial questions to Lawrence Castillo at LandCRetirementPlanners@ g m a i l . c o m fo r f u t u r e columns.
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WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT | FROM PAGE 6 for trespassing. He noticed there were signs posted outside the house that said “no trespassing.” Cook explained that Gomez works with her father. She didn’t know why the woman was trying to fight her, but did notice that she was drunk. Gomez was driving a gray GMC truck, and she parked it in Cook’s back yard. Etsitty found the truck and a dog sitting beside it. When Etsitty went to turn off the truck, the dog jumped inside. He closed the door so the dog couldn’t get back out. The truck was towed by Speedway Towing and Animal Control was called to take the dog. Cook had no injuries. She said she just wanted the incident reported. APARTMENT, CAR DAMAGE Gamerco, May 31 A fight late one May night, led to property damage and a call to the sheriff’s office. On May 31, around 1:42 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deput y Ha rla nd Soseea h was dispatched to Ramirez Apartments at 508 Crystal Ave.
BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 17 Wu, Andy On, Nicholas Tse and Wenjuan Feng. THE UNHEALER: The mom of a bedridden teen suffering from an eating disorder decides to take extreme action after she witnesses a faith-healer seemingly cure a patient. It seems that the procedure is more successf u l t h a n pla n ned, a s t he
in Gamerco because someone had reported damage to their car. When he arrived, Soseeah met with a Gamerco woman named Monica Lee Wytewa, 40, who said her common-law husband Gerald Suitza, 42 of Gamerco, had kicked in the door to their apartment and then accused her of cheating. Wytewa stated that Suitza had stolen money from her. She explained that she wanted half the money so that she could pay rent. In his report Soseeah noted that Wytewa had said Suitza was mad all day and was even accusing her of cheating when they drove down to Zuni earlier that day. She told Suitza to get out because he was scaring the kids. She then made dinner for her children, while also making a plate for Suitza. He eventually brought the plate back in and threw it on the table before he started arguing with her again. Wytewa told him to leave again and asked for her phone that was in the car. He gave her the phone and took his clothes out to the car. Then he got angry again and started walking toward her. She ran back into the apartment and slammed the door. After a few minutes she went back outside to get the money from Suitza again by
reaching into his pocket. But he put the car in reverse and took off. Wytewa admitted she had thrown a rock at the back window of the car and broken it.
youngster seems to suddenly acquire supernatur a l power s . These new gifts ultimately have a negative impact when the young man decides to seek revenge on those who tormented him. There aren’t a lot of write-ups on this title just yet, but horror journalists who have seen
it have generally been upbeat. Most of them suggest that this little genre flick isn’t a classic, but found that the performances were solid and that it offered some effective moments of gruesome fun. It stars Natasha Henstridge, L a nc e He n r i k s e n , C h r i s Browning, Adam Beach and Gavin Casalegno.
CROSSING THE BORDER Yatahey, May 29 A high-speed chase led McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies to the Arizona border, but they eventually had to give up the chase and let the Window Rock Navajo Police Department take over. On May 29, around 5:46 pm, Metro Dispatch advised McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies of a possible intoxicated driver parked at pump two at the Tohlakai Speedway, 1039 US Hwy. 491 in Yatahey. W hen Deputy Terrence Willie arrived at the scene, he saw a brown Dodge Ram 300 truck parked in the dirt lot south of the business. The vehicle seemed to cooperate when it pulled up to a stop light when Willie activated his lights. But then the driver took off. Willie began to follow the vehicle, and it turned south on U.S. Highway 491. In his report Willie noted that the truck was swerving between lanes and traveling at 70 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. E v e n t u a l l y t h e t r u ck
cro s sed t he border i nt o Arizona, and Sergeant Tammy Houghtaling told deputies to stop pursuit. The Window Rock Navajo Police Department took over the chase at that point. But eventually one of their sergeants told their deputies to cancel pursuit as well. Willie called the Window Rock Dispatch asking about the vehicle and according to his report the dispatcher told him a Window Rock police officer had arrested a man named Jonathan Dick, 35, from Many Farms, Ariz. Willie left a message for the Navajo Nation police officer to call him so he could file a criminal summons at the Magistrate Court in Gallup. The summons is for aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer. HAVING A BAD NIGHT Vanderwagen, May 25 A concerned mother called the police one day because her son was intoxicated and making threats. When she called on May 27, around 3:30 am, the Los Alamos woman explained that her son, Alex Silver, was at 31 Sager Dr. in Vanderwagen and he was drunk. She stated he had a court date the next day for a DWI. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerald Watchman told
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the woman that he couldn’t just remove Silver from the house if he hadn’t actually done anything illegal. He did offer to follow the mother to the house and check on her son. L a t er on , t he wom a n reached out to Watchman again because she could hear her son yelling in the house. In his repor t with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Watchman noted that he tried to open the door to the room Silver was in, but it was locked. When he was finally able to get into the room through another door, Silver was swinging a black pipe around, hitting the door and walls. Once he was able to get him out of the room, Watchman took Silver back to his patrol car, where he admitted he was under the influence of meth and alcohol. The deputy found a hammer and a hatchet in the room Silver had been in and learned that three windows had been broken, and there was a gash in the dry wall by the door. Silver’s mother estimated that the damage would cost $1,000 to repair. Silver asked Watchman if he could get him some sleeping pills, since he hadn’t slept in days. Watchman took him to the Gallup Indian Medical Center.
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Gallup, New Mexico 87305 (505) 722-4463 Attorneys for Plaintiff Publish Date: May 28,2021 June 4,2021 June 11,2021 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, June 18th, 2021 at 9:00 am MST. Meeting will be conducted at the Gallup Housing Authority, 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. A copy of the agenda and/or specific agenda items may be obtained at the Gallup Housing Authority office. This is a public meeting except for items to be considered in closed session. A general public comment period is allowed at the end of the business portion of the meeting. Please be advised the Gallup
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 Housing Authority will comply with all Federal and State COVID-19 protocols; group sizes dependent upon the McKinley County COVID-19 risk level, social distancing and mask requirements amongst attendee’s, and not allowing anyone who is sick or exhibiting signs of COVID -19 into the public meeting area. Documents are available in various accessible formats and interested parties may also participate by phone. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the Gallup Housing Authority at (505) 722-4388, at least (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Please contact the Gallup Housing Authority, if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed Gallup Housing Authority
Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board Publication Date: Gallup Sun June 11, 2021 *** LEGAL NOTICE
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 specifications, copies for such may be obtained from the Procurement Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or McKinley County website: www. co.mckinley.nm.us . McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868, Ext. 1076. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 13-1-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal
BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 19 1970s and follows an unusual f ig u re who shows up in Holly wood with the goal of maki n g h i m s el f famous. A beautiful actress sees pr om i s e i n t he le a d a nd takes him on a drea mlike journey through show business. There were a few who appreciated its eccentricities and thought that while the movie was utterly bizarre, it did make some interesting points that would change the way you see Hollywood. However, more said that they couldn’t make any sense of the picture. They wrote that the tone wa s off a nd that the jokes didn’t work (the mov ie wa s a lso nominated for a few Razzies at the beginning of 2020). The cast includes James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Joey K i ng, Jack i Weaver, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride. BL A STS FROM TH E PAST! Wow, it’s a not her busy week for older titles getting h ig h- def i n it ion upg ra des. VCI has a Blu-ray of Puzzle (1974) a ka L’u o m o Se n za Memoria, an Italian thriller about a London-based man s u f fer i n g f r om a m ne s i a . He travels to Italy to try to figure out who he is, only to discover that he is married. He then gets embroiled i n a compl ic at ed mu rder
statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 9th day of June 2021 BY: /s/ Billy W. Moore Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, June 11, 2021 The Gallup Sun *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the County of McKinley will receive competitive sealed bids
i nve s t iga t ion a nd beg i n s to wonder if he isn’t being manipulated by those around him. The disc includes a 4K transfer of the feature, a film historian commentary, trailers, publicity materials and liner notes by an expert in the Italian giallo genre. Kino is delivering a couple of F rench features on Blu-ray. Car touch e (1962) is an adventure film about a Robi n Hood-l ike ba nd it s t e a l i n g f r om t he u pp er class. It was a big hit in its homeland some 60 years ago. This Special Edition release comes with a 4K restoration of the feature from the original camera negative, a movie critic commentary, a documentary on the production and a trailer. They also have Le Magnifique (1973), a French spy comedy that pokes fun at Ja mes Bond f licks a nd features Jacqueline Bisset as the female lead. The disc includes a commentary and comes with a trailer. Under the Sand (2000) is a n eer ie d ra ma w it h Cha rlotte Ra mpling about a woma n whose hu sba nd disappears without a trace wh i le on vacation at a beach. The Blu-ray comes w ith a n a rch iva l d i rector commentary and interviews with star Rampling, as well as a new audio track with a film expert. You’ll also get a trailer for the film. And the d ist r ibutor ha s t he si lent melodrama The Woman One Longs For (1929), a German e f fo r t s t a r r i n g M a r l e n e Dietrich.
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for IFB #2021-08 New Manufactured Home for Thoreau Fire Station until Tuesday, JUNE 22, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the County Commission Chambers, and as more particularly set out in the specifications, copies for such may be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or McKinley County website: www.co.mckinley. nm.us. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information, please contact Hugo G. Cano
It comes with a commentary and a track featuring an orchestral score. Those interested in the h istor y of a n imation may be curious about Son of the W hit e Mare (1981) wh ich is arriving on Blu-ray from Arbelos. This is a Hungarian animated movie that is making its debut on disc in North America. The fantasy film is noted for its trippy and psychedelic imagery. Technical specs on the release include a new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, remastered short films from the same director, an interv iew w it h t he f i l m ma ker, newsreel footage of the figure from 1973, essays on the movie, and much more. M i l l Creek i s a lways good for some notable Blurays a nd t h is week is no exception. Their discs don’t come with extras, but are a lways rea sonably pr iced. You can purchase the Sean Con ner y d r a m a F i n d i n g Forrester (2000), as well as the body-switching comedy Like Father, Like Son (1987), starring Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron. The distributor has several double-feature Blu-rays a r r i v i n g on store shelves, too. The first contains two Matt Damon titles, T h e Adj u stm e nt B u r e a u ( 2 0 1 1) a n d T h e G o o d S h e p h e r d (20 0 6). Ma rk Wahlberg fans can get the heist f l ick Co ntr a ban d
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(2012) and the thriller Fear (19 96), i n wh ich t he st a r plays the central villain. If you a re feel i ng nost a lg ic for teen-based features, you can pick up December (1991) alongside the cheesy action picture, Toy Soldiers (1991). T he l a t t er s t a r s S e a n Astin and Wil W heaton as private school students who must free themselves after bei ng t a ken host age by a militia. And if you want more action, Mill Creek has a Bluray containing the film adaptation of Miami Vice (2006) and The Kingdom (2007).
T h i s week, you c a n pick up the Chadwick Boseman crime-thriller, 21 Br idges (2019) and the fantasy sequel, D r a go n h e ar t: Ve n ge an c e (2000). They also have the action picture Killer Elite (2011), which features Jason Statha m, Clive Owen a nd Robert De Niro. And if you haven’t picked up Jurassic World (2015) on Blu-ray, you ca n do so now at a lower price. Finally, Warner Archive is making a new made-to order Blu-ray ava ilable to cu stomer s on it s website and A mazon. T here Was a Crooked Man … (1970) is a pr ison break feature with K i rk Dou g l a s a nd Hen r y Fonda that has received high ma rks from cr itics for its clever script and story turns. You can now own it and take in the widescreen cinematography and improved picture quality. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Look i ng for somet h i ng for small tykes? If they like Se sam e Street a nd mat h, then you’re in luck! Sesame Street: Cool Counting Collection DVD ON THE TUBE! And here are this week’s TV-themed releases. Ame r ican Ex pe r ie n ce: American Oz (PBS) Baseball: A Film by Ken Bur ns (PBS Documentar y Series) The Critic: The Complete Series L ife a t t h e Wa t e r h o l e (PBS) Westworld: Season 3 V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM
Paul Naschy’s Howl of the Devil (1988) and Jorge Grau’s Hunting Ground (1983) aka Code of Hunting are arriving on Sta nda rd Edition Bluray courtesy of Mondo Macabro. These are both Spanish hor ror pict u re s not ed for h av i ng a great dea l of graphic v io lence. Each has been given a 4K transfer from the original film negative and comes fully uncut with lengthy cast and crew interviews. Full Moon has acquired t he r i g ht s t o t he It a l i a n B -mov ie, L o ve r of t h e Mo n st e r (1974), s t a r r i n g Klaus Kinski. The distributor is giving it the high-definition treatment and releasing the movie uncut and remastered, along with some genre film trailers. Universal is rereleasing some of its Blu-ray catalog titles with price discounts.
DATED this 11th day of June 2021 BY: /s/ Billy Moore__ Chairman, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, June 11, 2021, The Gallup Sun
COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2021 FRIDAY, JUNE 11
NEW MEXICO WILDLIFE CENTER
1 pm Join us on Facebook, @ galluplibrary and YouTube for a virtual session with the animals and staff at the New Mexico Wildlife Center. For more information email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
REGISTER FOR JUST CRAFTIN’ AROUND CLUB
Register to participate in OFPL’s virtual get-together of the Just Craftin’ Around Club at ofpl.online by June 11. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org 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, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. This week we will focus on a Pocket Solar System. SATURDAY, JUNE 12
VIRTUAL SHOW OPENING: TUTUS TO TANGOS BY SHANNON GURLEY O’DONNELL
12 pm LIVE on the @ gallupARTS Facebook and Instagram pages.
JUST CRAFTIN’ AROUND CLUB 12 pm Join OFPL and the Just Craftin’ Around Club LIVE on Zoom for an afternoon of chatting and crafting! Virtually chat with other community members to exchange craft ideas, stories, and food recipes as we craft together through knitting, collaging, painting, sewing, drawing, crocheting, and more.
CHAMBER FRIEND-RAISER GLOW GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:30 pm-12:00 am @ Fox Run Golf Course (1109 Susan Ave.). Fees and admission: $75 per player; $300 for a team of four; $100 for a hole sponsorship (No limit). For more information contact Cecilia Perez/ Alyssia Smith or visit the web site: http://thegallupchamber.com
GALLUP 9TH STREET FLEA MARKET
9 am-5 pm @ 340 Ninth St. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States. With
more than 500 vendors and as many as 10,000 visitors each week, the flea market serves as a social and cultural centerpiece for Gallup and is a significant economic driver for the community and surrounding Native American tribes. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is located on Gallup’s north side, one block east of, and parallel to, Highway 491. Turn right from U.S. 491 at the bright yellow roof of the King Dragon restaurant, then left on Ninth Street. Admission is free. MONDAY, JUNE 14
10 TIPS TO TAKING A BETTER SELFIE
4 pm 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, Celebrate Nature Photography Day by learning helpful tips to take a better selfie both indoors and outdoors. Sharpen your skills with this interactive workshop in getting a better selfie. For more information email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, JUNE 15
REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING
9 am-11 am @County Commission Chambers (207 W. Hill Ave.). The County Commission will hear comments and consider the repeal/revocation of Ordinance 2020-APR-003 requiring the use of face masks/ face coverings in public. (This item is carried over from the canceled meeting of June 1, 2021). The commission will also consider two ordinances related to a proposed Industrial Revenue Bond for Arroyo Solar.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
1 pm-2 pm @ Student Support Center Board Room (640 S. Boardman) WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16
SUMMER READING 2021: TAILS AND TALES
Summer Reading is back with three different ways to win prizes! Sign up at ofpl. online or request a paper log with your curbside pick up order. Read four hours to win a book and free small gelato courtesy of Fratelli’s. Vote in the Land of Enchantment Book
Awards to win a free personal pizza or round of mini golf from Pizza 9. Complete a Summer of STEM kit to win a Lego prize courtesy of Kiwanis. Do one, two or all three! Challenge begins June 16th and the last day to receive prizes is July 31st. For more information email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
TECH TIME: ONLINE EDUCATION & TRAINING
4 pm @ Facebook, @ galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public Library for FREE computer classes. Registration is not required but is available for anyone who wants to participate in the LIVESTREAM courses. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291.
THE MAGAZINE CLOUD
We know you have missed reading all of your favorite magazines at the library. So, let us show you how you can read them from home using our new magazine cloudLibrary Newsstand.
SUMMER READING 101
Ready for summer reading? Learn how to register for this year’s summer reading program using our new system, Beanstack. We’ll show you everything you need to know to get started and enjoy our summer reading program.
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 At the Zoo! THURSDAY, JUNE 17
WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB
6 pm Zoom discussions will begin about OFPL’s Book Club choice Canyon Dreams: A basketball season on the Navajo Nation by Michael Powell. The moving story of a Navajo high school basketball team, its members’ struggles with the everyday challenges of high school, adolescence, and family, and the great and unique obstacles facing Native Americans living on reservations. For more information email bmartin@
gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
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 first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl.online. This week we will help you with Hand and Foot Animal Painting. 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
From April - June, 2021, gallupARTS will be producing 300 Free Family Art 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-come-firstserved 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 email bmartin@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
CURBSIDE CHECKOUT SERVICES
OFPL staff continues to provide essential services to our community by offering curbside checkout, virtual classes, workshops, and public education through our social media platforms. Visit ofpl.online for the online request form. • DVD/CD check out limit is 10 - 30 library items total. OFPL Staff is on-site Monday through Friday from 11 am-5 pm and will offer curbside
pick-ups only from 12 pm - 4 pm. Saturday pickups must be scheduled in advance. There will be Saturday curbside pickups only from 12 pm-4 pm. New requests will not be processed on Saturdays. Please allow 48 hours for the fulfillment of all library requests. Call (505) 8631291 to schedule a Saturday pick-up and for reference services.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY REGISTRATION
OFPL is recruiting new members for our Friends 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 childlib@ gallupnm.gov 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 jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
RMCHCS COVID VACCINATION WALK-IN CLINIC
8am-4pm Mon.-Fri. @ College Clinic (2111 College Dr.). No appointments needed. RMCHCS is offering COVID vaccines to anyone ages 16 and up. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccine, but insurance companies will be billed an administration fee, so be sure to bring your insurance information. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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