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DESTINATION: GALLUP City logos get fresh coat of paint By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


allup is getting a brand refresh. Based on surveys of residents and past visitors, as well as local history, the branding consultancy company Bandwagon LLC has developed a color palette and mood for a new logo to be used in Gallup promotional materials including print, digital advertising, billboards, visitor guide, and tourist merchandise, such as T-shirts. The new logo and slogan are a move away from “GallupRealTrue,” as the city works to forge a unique brand as a destination city. “The art, the jewelry, the weavings were things that all the surveys brought up,” Bandwagon partner Cory Cart said. “We realized there was a very distinct color palette and a very distinct shape

that is in everything from jewelry to the fashion designer [Navajo Spirit]’s logo. “You’re seeing it in one of the hotels, the columns holding up the porch to a drive under,” he said. Bandwagon commissioned Navajo

meeting. “We’re giving you guys a brand that is nodding to that historical past.” While Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas have benefited from increasing Route 66 tourism in recent years, New Mexico has not been as aggressive about mar-

artist Victor Pascual, who grew up in Farmington, to design the logo. The hope is that the chevron-shaped logo suggests both Native American and cowboy cultures that are embedded in Gallup’s history. “We have a unique opportunity to bridge the past of Gallup and the future and what visitors are looking for now,” Cart told the City Council at its July 13

keting its strip of the Mother Road, Cart pointed out. The new logo design is part of a plan to capitalize on that while building Gallup’s singular identity. “It’s going to be an invitation from you and the people that make Gallup unique to the visitors,” Cart said. “It’s an invitation to come and visit you in your home.” It’s not just Gallup leaving the “True”

image behind. Cart noted the state tourism department is moving away from the New Mexico True slogan, drifting back to “The Land of Enchantment.” “Santa Fe has never gone with the True brand. Neither has Albuquerque,” he said. “It takes 15 minutes to explain




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To keep Gallup flush, sewer rates must rise By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


ithout the sewer service rate hike t h a t ’s h i t t i n g Gallup utility bills this month, the city could be in fi nancial trouble. “We have infrastructure that is failing,” Executive D i r e c t o r o f Wa t e r a n d Sanitation Dennis Romero said. “By not taking care of that capital need, your operational costs go up because we can’t just let sewage run down the street.” The increase amounts to about $5 a month for those in modest circumstances, and more like $12 a month for a family in a single family home, Gallup CFO Patty Holland told the Sun. That averages out to about 25 percent a month for customers, beginning July 1. “Unfortunately the need has been increasing because we’ve been using our cash,” Holland said. “Right now… we’re showing about $1 million cash usage in the new year without a rate increase.” Even with future increases, Holland said “it’s going to take us three to four years to build up to what we consider to be acceptable cash on hand.” While City Council members expressed dismay at having to raise rates, they approved the hike una nimously May 25 after learning the situation has gotten so dire that the city is spending more to keep up with patching the sewer system than it would to update systems that may date back to WWII or before. The oldest line in the city is a four-inch cast iron pipe under the alley between Coal and Aztec Avenues, laid in 1929. It’s a common infrastructure problem in older cities nationwide.

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“The replacement curve never really took hold … We have aging infrastructure that has now aged out, materials that are older or are falling apart,” Romero said. “ There are still brick manhole covers and sewer collection networks in town. “Eventually those bricks fall in and create clogs, or we have a cavern underneath the ground where we have sewage going to the next section of pipe and it’s just a “National Geographic” - Carlsbad Cavern kind of thing — We have that on Maloney [Avenue] right now,” he explained. In addition, design errors from when the system was built mea n the treatment plant is at a higher elevation than the inflow, which causes foul-smelling backups when sewage flows in the wrong direction. “That thing is about five feet to seven feet higher than it should be,” Romero said. “During high flows the sewage actually backs up into that interceptor line right along Route 66. We have a potential for backups there,” he said. A previous administration addressed odor problems with a chemical-based system called Evoqua which uses calcium nitrate to treat the sewage. Romero said it’s “very pricey” and treating the effluent more effectively along its journey will let the city decommission that system in a couple of years, saving $500,000 a year that can then be diverted to paying off loans for system improvements. The last bump to wastewater rates was nine percent about three and a half years ago, also following consultation with RBC Capital Markets, the city’s fi nancial advisers, Romero said. “I remember the look on


Water line repair at Woodrow Drive. File Photo [Dist. 3] councilman [Yogash] Kumar’s face when the RBC consultant wanted 40 percent,” he added. “I’m very aware of how this will affect people.” With the country just starting to emerge from the pandemic, and recognizing how much of the community lives on a shoestring, council members lamented having to hike rates. “It’s unfortunate for residents, especially [those] who are having a hard time paying their bills, especially with COVID and everybody’s just coming back,” Councilwoman Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, said. “Everybody is trying to pay for their rent and their cars and their food and then we are putting the burden of this increase on them. “I hate that we’re doing this right now … I hate to do it, but we gotta do it,” she said. Cou nci lwoma n F ra n Palochak, Dist. 4, whose district includes the treatment plant, was concerned about keeping the stink down as well. “We have residents out there that are very close to that plant in both directions, and they should not have to suffer

with that odor,” Palochak said. “I don’t want the Evoqua taken offl ine unless we are sure that it is going to be sustainable. “I realize that you all struggle with this, I struggle with it for our citizens,” Palochak continued. “But there is a point where we have to say we can’t go any further without a rate increase, and I think we have reached that point.” Romero has promised to return to the council within nine months with a plan to offer discounts for fi nancial hardship cases. T he r at e h i ke s fol low an April evaluation of the Wastewater Enterprise Fund, produced by RBC. Through a combination of measures including the rate increase, equipment repairs, purchases, and reducing costs, the department can turn its money-losing situation around in a few years, the advisers said. The department is also getting new software that will let them bring the cost monitoring in-house, which will eliminate the expense of consultants for water and sewer matters. This year’s rates include a monthly service charge based on water meter size ($6.38

for most homes) and a variable volume charge based on monthly water consumption in either gallons ($0.006004 per gallon) or cubic feet ($0.044916 per cubic foot). The maximum volume charge per month is $120.08. The biggest increase is to wastewater connection (“tap”) fees, which are now $50 for all connections, up from $3. That’s in line with comparable cities in New Mexico, and far lower than the $1,000 fee in metro areas like Albuquerque, Romero said. For nonresidential properties, rates vary based on water meter size. Fees go up from there, and are based on a number of different conditions. Residents who don’t use city water service are billed the service charge plus a fee charged at 2,000 gallons per month. Outside the city limits, the residential rates are double those inside the city. Commercial rates are based on the previous year’s average water consumption among the city’s commercial customers. The charge for multiple residential or nonresidential/commercial customers that do not receive city water service, but have a master-metered water source, is set at applicable residential or nonresidential rates. Future rate hikes will be tied to the federal Consumer Price Index, and may happen automatically every July 1, depending on that metric. “It seems like bad news all around, but we have a plan in place,” Holland said. “We’re work i ng t o m a ke improvements. “We’re working to make this a smoother process and we’re working to provide this for the community and make sure they are receiving the quality they need.”


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The two Ceremonials still at loggerheads By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


s August approaches, disagreements r em a i n b e t we e n the two Ceremonial events, the live performances and the virtual broadcasts. The Gallup Inter-Tribal

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher Babette Herrmann Office Manager Mandy Marks Managing Editor Beth Blakeman Design Vladimir Lotysh Contributing Editor Cody Begaye Correspondents Molly Adamson Russell Jones Holly J. Wagner Photography Cable Hoover Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Knifewing Segura On the Cover: Center: The new logo design for Gallup, created by Navajo artist Victor Pascual. Image by C. Cart, Bandwagon LLC Right side: Cory Cart, Chief client officer at Bandwagon LLC Photo: Courtesy

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Indian Ceremonial Association, known to some as the local office, has moved its operations from 206 Coal Ave. to 2105 E. Aztec Ave. Dud ley Byerly s ay s it has no relationship with the Intertribal Ceremonial Office, which is run by the State of New Mexico. Byerley who is a former director of Ceremonial, told the Sun, July 20 that efforts to cooperate with the state’s event were a failure. “We tried our best to work with those folks. They rejected everything we put to ‘em,” he said. He said the state indicated the local event would receive $30,000 from 2019. “And then they backed out on that,” he said. Byerley also said the state

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A glimpse of the 2019 Ceremonial night parade on Second Street in Gallup. Photo Credit: Vanessa Tom Photography

changed its mind about taking care of everything except the art show and the rodeo, and leaving those events to the local association. “We have no agreement with the State of New Mexico,” he proclaimed. “The original local Ceremonial Association this year is putting on everything we can do with the money we’re getting, and it will be 100 percent locally sponsored.

“If anybody puts heads in beds … it will be the local association, not the state of N.M.,” he continued. “We want to invite everybody to come out. Ceremonial belongs to the people in our area and it should remain so,” Byerley said. The Gallup Sun reached out to the State of New Mexico Intertribal Ceremonial Office, but received no reply by press time.

Obituary Arturo S. Candelaria April 19, 1936-May 27, 2021 Husband, Papi, Suegro, Tata, Great Grandpa, Nino, Uncle, Amigo, & Cuñado -Mentor, Teacher, HealerA r tu ro wa s bor n to V i r g i n i a a nd P r a jer e s Candelaria in San Mateo, N.M., where he and his wife, Mary Lou, raised their four children and spent time with grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He spent his life mining uranium, raising cattle and racehorses, farming the land, and working as Cibola County Commissioner. He loved going up the mesa to have a picnic and would never turn down an opportunity to drink a beer with a friend. A r turo was loved by many. He was truly our rock and defi nitely one in a million. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed without measure.”


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The goat who got away Beth Blakeman


goa t wa s luck y enough to have a little human help on July 19 when he got a little lost on the Mendoza extension. W hen Gallup Sun publ i sher Babet te Her r ma n n spotted him, she called the

The lost goat surrounded by helpful humans. From left: MCSO Undersheriff James Maiorano Sheriff ’s Office Patrol Deputy Jonathan Todachine and Deputy Jeff Barnhurst July 19 on the Mendoza extension. The red paint on the goat’s hindquarters, is not blood, but a type of brand made with paint. Photo Credit: Courtesy: MCSO

The goat on the back of a truck after being rescued on the Mendoza extension July 19. The red paint on the goat’s hindquarters, is not blood, but a type of brand made with paint. Photo Credit: Courtesy: MCSO McKinley County Sheriff ’s O f f ice a nd r e ceive d t he assistance of Deputies Jeff B a r n hu r s t a nd Jon a t h a n Todachine and Undersheriff James Maiorano, as well as Cowtown’s Dudley Byerley

in catching the goat. The goat was not injured. The red paint on his rear is a type of brand. He was taken to the N.M. Livestock Board in McKinley County.

McKinley County Sheriff ’s Office Deputy Jeff Barnhurst and Cowtown’s Dudley Byerley in the hat, work together to rescue a lost goat July 19. Photo Credit: Courtesy: MCSO

N. M . S t a t e L i v e s t o c k Boa rd Inspector By ron Mur phy, told the Sun that in order to reclaim the goat, t he ow ner mu s t pr e s ent identification. As of July 21, the only person who came to claim the goat was a woman who had no proof of ownership. She told Murphy, July 20, that she bought the goat from the flea market, but did not present a bill of sale. If no one claims the goat before the end of the weekend, the goat will be sold at Cow House in Kirtland in San Juan County July 26.

Dudley Byerley of Cowtown holding the lost goat caught on the Mendoza extension July 19. Photo Credit: Courtesy: MCSO

Obituary Leandra Ann Yazzie, of Phoenix, Ariz. died July 15, 2021. She was 34. She was born in Navajo, N.M. on May 26, 1987. Leandra was preceded in death by Willie Roy Sr. (Poncho), Peggy Laughing (Grandma), Beverly Brown (mom). She is survived by Irene Pearl Yazzie (Mother), Leander M. Yazzie, Vernon Laughing (Brothers). Aunties: Betty Laughing, Brenda Begaye. Cou si n s: Cy nt h ia Scot t , Cassandra Scott, Ryan Scott, Myron Scott, Valcita Begaye, Lamber t Begaye, Delber t Begaye, Elbert Begaye.


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Leandra Ann Yazzie Funeral Services will be held at Rollie Mortuary on Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10:00 am. Memorials/Flowers can be sent to: Rollie Mortuary. NEWS


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hese manikins are no dummies. In fact, the new Qua lity Ca rdio pulmonary Resuscitation training manikins heading to the Gallup Fire Department have smart features that give realtime feedback to trainees on how effective their optimally-lifesaving measures are. The life-size Little Family dolls – just a head and torso for adult and child models, plus a full-body baby – are laced with digital sensors that measure pace, pressure and compression depth, and send signals to digital phone apps, so trainers and their charges can easily see the results in real time. “This is going to provide the fi rst responders with information that they are doing compressions [at] the right depth and pressure and the right rate,” Fire Chief Jesus “Chuy”Morales told the Sun. “Many times they weren’t going the right depth and it was hard to evaluate.”


A tra iner ca n mon itor as many as six trainees at a time using the instructor app. There’s also a classroom app, which can connect to up to 42 manikins at a time and includes a QCPR Race game to keep trainees engaged. Finally, there’s a SkillGuide app that provides real-time feedback and can be used on its own or with the other apps. Using the high-tech manikins, “Our learners get more comfortable and confident in their skills doing CPR,”

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator Jessica Creech said. “It gives you a feel for the depth you must go to perform CPR so it’s effective. “The more people get comfortable with it, the more they are willing to help,” she said. The depa r tment offers CPR training not only for city employees, but for anyone in the community who needs certification for work — like nursing home workers and lifeguards — or just to feel prepared for emergencies. The

Life-size Little Family Quality Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training models. Photo Credit: Courtesy

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Gallup Fire Marshal Jon Pairett

city program trains between 200 and 300 people a year, nine people at a time, Morales said. Classes cost $55 per person, to cover the cost of materials. Part of learning to do CPR properly is getting comfortable with performing a pretty rough maneuver. “It’s pretty brutal, sometimes you will hear ribs crack,” Creech said. “But at the end of the day you are trying to save a life. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” she said. T he A mer ica n Hea r t Association has included QCPR in its guidelines since 2019, Morales said, but the pandemic scuttled plans to get the new dummies sooner. This year the department received a $4,916 grant from the New Mexico Department of Health to buy 10 sets of the manikins, and the City Council approved the purchase July 13. The funds are coming in August, so barring supply chain issues, Morales hopes to have the manikins by the end of the month. The Council also approved acceptance of a $2,970 grant from insurer FM Global for fire prevention education materials. Those funds will be used to buy new activity books for use in elementary school education programs. But that really doesn’t tell the whole story. Fire safety coloring books are nothing new, but the department is developing a grade-specific curriculum for the K-6 crowd, Gallup Fire Marshal Jon Pairett said. Instead of a firefighter just giving a talk and passing out coloring books, the new books include games and activities that the educator can use during presentations. “We are going to go over the activities in the coloring books,

interacting with the kids. It’s more about developing skills. It’s about retention, so when they go home and talk to their parents it’s not just, ‘I saw a fire truck today,’ ” he said. “We are trying to spend quality time with the kids.” Pairett hopes to start the new curriculum in elementary schools this October to coincide with Fire Prevention Week, but the new program is designed so classes can be offered throughout the term. “It will depend on the schools, because this is the first time that we are trying to spread the classes out and do more grade-specific education. If we could get an hour per class, that would be amazing,” he said. He’s also hoping to expand the program to middle and high schools this year. “We have already talked about it with some of the schools a nd cou nselor s,” Pairett said. “In the past it was all focused on elementary schools. “With the middle schools we want to just recap everything, what their knowledge is on fi re prevention,” he added. “A lot of those kids are watching their younger siblings.” At the high school level, the program will focus more on science and potential fi refighting or EMS career paths that don’t require college. “We’ve even talked to some of the science classes about teaching the science behind it,” he said. “If we understand the science behind it we can do more to prevent fi res,” “We went into one of the science classes and they were teaching fi re science,” he continued. “They’re teaching the exact same things that we teach new fi refighters.” NEWS

Gallup Housing Authority How I lost my Housing Unit - Part I

Providing Decent, Safe, and Affordable Housing

Alfred Abeita, Sr., Board Chairman

Richard F. Kontz, Executive Director

The original intent of public housing was to provide affordable rental housing for working class people. Over time added to the list were elderly and disabled people. The theory was that as working class people moved up the ladder by promotion to better paying jobs or seeking of higher paying job opportunities they would eventually “graduate” from public housing into paying market rate rent for housing or better yet they would be able to buy their own homes. Stated another way - They would make enough money they wouldn’t need assistance from the Government. Unfortunately, many residents of Public Housing have no real desire to “move on up the ladder”. In fact, many want to stay poor so they can get minimum rent of $50.00 a month. We have seen many cases where a family moves in at minimum rate and within one or two months they obtain employment but fail to report this within 10 days as required by GHA policy and their lease. Then when it comes time for their annual recertification for continuing to receive HUD housing assistance they will quit their jobs so that they appear to be poor again. What these people don’t understand is that HUD requires public housing authorities to verify tenant’s income through the Enterprise Income Verification [EIV] system. Through this system GHA staff will find out that tenants have worked and earned income. When this happens HUD requires GHA to calculate the amount of “back-rent” they tenant now owes and must collect the back-rent through a repayment agreement. This is one of the “biggest” reasons why Tenants lose their housing units. The moral of the story is: Tenant needs to honest with GHA Housing Management and report all sources of Income in a timely manner.

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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports DOLLAR STORE DAMAGE Vanderwagen, July 13 A customer came into the Family Dollar store at 1902 Hwy. 602, Vanderwagen, N.M. and after purchasing a fourpack of soda, threw the receipt back at the clerk. After leaving the store, the clerk heard a thud come from outside and was told by a witness that a male had thrown a can of soda at a car windshield and left. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy M.E. Harvey arrived and discovered the windshield of the clerk’s car was cracked and there was a soda can on the ground about four feet from the right rear bumper of the Chevrolet Cruz 4-door passenger vehicle. There were no other accounts of the suspect. T he i nvestigation is ongoing.

FLEA MARKET CONFRONTATION Gallup, July 12 An argument between a hay vendor and buyer at Gallup Flea Market almost resulted in battery and assault charges for one of them. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Bittony was dispatched to the flea market after 9 am and met with caller, Selena Prieto. She told Bittony her father, Rito G. Pietro, had been shoved and spat on by hay vendor, Pablo Valenciano. Emergency Medical Technicians were at the scene checking on Rito when Bittony spoke with the caller. She showed Bit tony a video of the incident she had recorded on her phone, of the two men yelling and standing right next to each other. Valenciano turned to walk away, but Rito walked over to confront him. There did not

appear to be any spitting as reported by Selena Prieto, but Rito Prieto gave his account anyway. He had wanted to buy hay from Valenciano, but he was not around earlier, so he ended up buying from another vendor. Valenciano accused Rito of stealing hay, leading to the confrontation. Valenciano told Bittony he knew Rito Prieto would sneak around the area and suspected he might steal hay, but had no proof. He said Rito Prieto pushed him, but he did not want to press charges because Rito Prieto had health issues and carried a canister of oxygen. No charges were filed, but a report was made of the incident. ATTACKED WITH KNIFE Gallup, July 9 A man observed hitting a

window with a large box at 98 Twin Buttes Rd. in Gallup July 9, brought out McKinley County Sheriff’s Officer Jeff Barnhurst. The person who called in the alleged break-in had heard noise from inside their home a nd wa s confronted by a man identified as Patrick Brown, 41, who was waving what he described as a large kitchen knife in a slashing motion. The resident’s daughter recorded the incident with her phone and advised her father to leave Brown alone. When Brown was told he was being recorded, he left and went to his address on Taos Drive in Crestview, N.M. Barnhurst reviewed the video. The victim told Barnhurst he didn’t know what set Brown off and all Brown kept saying was, “you know what it’s about.” Deputies advised shortly afterward that Brown was found walking in the area of #50 Taos and Barnhurst traveled to the scene and confirmed his identity. Brown said the incident resulted from a cell phone and sim card “doing something to his brain” and he needed to take care of it. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the jail and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. DWI ARREST LEADS TO BATTERY Gallup, Jan. 25 McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie saw a

gold Hyundai going too slowly — 25 mph in a 45-mph zone — on Highway 118. He ran the license plate and the registration and insurance. They all showed up suspended. Willie pulled the vehicle over near the Speedway store at 1223 E. Hwy. 118 about 6:16 pm and met the driver, Damian Francis, 33. Willie noticed an open container of Importers Vodka in the vehicle along with signs of impairment, including bloodshot eyes. Francis only provided a N.M. Identification Card when asked for a driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance. He told Willie he had COVID, but agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests. He failed and was placed under arrest in the back of Willie’s patrol unit. When a tow truck arrived, Francis became disorderly, yelling and kicking the right rear door of the unit. He managed to kick the door open. Willie got Francis back inside the patrol unit. Francis cursed and began spitting at Willie, and threatening him and his family. His actions were interpreted as a refusal to give a breath test. Willie transported Francis to McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked for numerous charges including a second aggravated DWI, aggravated battery, assault on a peace officer, and criminal damage to property. Metro Dispatch advised Willie that Damian has one prior DWI.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Randall Chee Feb. 14, 7:00 pm DWI (Third) When a green Ford pickup crossed the white dotted line into the left lane at South Third Street and Coal Avenue, Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie stopped the driver. Randall Chee, 25, was behind the wheel. Willie said Chee had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech when he met him. While waiting for Chee to produce a driver’s license and vehicle registration, he noticed a 24 ounce can of Bud Light, three miniatures of Yukon Jack and three miniatures of 99 Proof of watermelon in the truck. Willie began a DWI investigation on Chee and Metro Dispatch confirmed a prior DWI as a juvenile and two prior DWIs as an adult. Chee admitted to drinking alcohol. Chee failed to provide a license, registration or proof of insurance. He was taken

to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and consented to a breath test. The results were .11/.10 He was arrested for DWI, having an open container in his vehicle and a charge of roadways laned for traffic. Kenneth Joe, Jr. Nov. 6, 2020, 7:06 pm DWI (Second) After hearing of a green GMC Envoy driving recklessly and speeding on State Highway 602, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie arrived to find the car fully engulfed in flames, according to sheriff’s reports. Kenneth Joe Jr., 29, reportedly crashed his Envoy and was caught and held down by two men until officers arrived as he tried to run for the fence line. Willie said Joe appeared highly intoxicated with bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He could not walk and was belligerent with the ambulance drivers before falling asleep on the way to the hospital.

Joe refused to give any blood or breath samples and was arrested for DWI second offense, failure to give notice of accident, leaving the scene, careless driving, display of registration, evidence of fi nancial responsibility, and driving while license is revoked. Olga Munoz Castillo July 11, 2020, 1:04 pm DWI Drivers on Interstate 40 called in to report a brown Nissan that was swer ving across lanes. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie found the car around Mile Marker 5, and which was a construction zone at the time. Willie reported that he waited until they were through the construction zone to turn his lights on. Willie said the Nissan continued to drive at around 35 miles per hour on the shoulder before nearly striking a guardrail. The driver, Olga Castillo, 45 of Albuquerque, was asked to

roll down the window. Willie said he smelled alcohol coming from the car and saw a box of Budweiser on the back seat. He asked Castillo to step out and tried to get her to do the standard field sobriety tests. A language barrier prevented Willie from being able to tell Castillo what he needed her to do, but he said just observing her actions gave him enough reason to take her in. Once back at the station, a Spanish-speaking deputy spoke to Castillo over the phone, and she agreed to provide a breath sample. The two samples provided were .18 and .17, respectively. Castillo was booked for DWI, resisting an officer, failure to maintain traffic lane, open container, and no driver’s license. Sylvester James March 11, 2020, 12:54 am DWI A Sanders, Ariz. man was arrested after he passed a New Mexico State Police officer doing 75 in a 55 mph zone, according to Officer Nathaniel Renteria’s report. Sylvester James, 28, told Renteria that he was headed to Sage, Ariz. The officer said he smelled alcohol and James told

him he knew he was doing 75 and that the speed limit was 55. Renteria noticed two open cases of beer on the passenger seat and James told him he had been drinking for three days. James refused both the field sobriety tests and to provide a breath sample. He was arrested for DWI, speeding in a safety corridor, open container, no driver’s license and driving while license revoked. Brian Chee April 10, 2019, 10:34 pm DWI (Third) Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer Thomas House found the driver of a silver Impala asleep when he responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle. The driver, Brian Chee, 48 of Sundance, Ariz., said he was headed home from a friend’s house. The officer asked Chee to step out of the vehicle, according to police reports. House said Chee was wobbly on his feet and smelled of alcohol. Chee agreed to perform field sobriety tests, after which he was placed under arrest. He refused to provide a breath sample and was taken in for DWI third offense and proof of insurance.



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Boarding school victims honored Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE, — A Boarding School Healing Action event was held July 17 in Albuquerque. It was attended by 24th Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Cove, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Red Valley, Tsé’ Ałnáozt’i’í, Tooh Haltsooí,

process will be painful. “It won’t undo the heartbreak and the loss we feel,” she said. “But only by acknowledging the past can we work toward a future that we’re all proud to embrace.” T he B o a r d i n g S c ho ol Healing Action event took

place at Graves Park to honor the lives of 120 Indigenous children buried at the 4-H Park who attended the Albuquerque Indian School from 1882 to 1933. It also honored school survivors who were traumatized by the abuse and neglect. “For gener a t ion s, ou r

families suffered silently with the pain of losing a child or sibling at boarding school,” Crotty said. “This is a time for genuine truth and reconciliation.” The event included food, healing activities, and traditional dances to promote care and support for the community.

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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, July 16, 2021

By Steve Newman

Earth’s Hottest Day The deadly and de st r uc t ive heat wave baking much of the western U.S. and Canada this month also caused the mercury to soar to record levels in the recurrent hot spot of Death Valley, Calif. Not only did the desert hellhole reach a blistering 54 degrees Celsius on the afternoon of July 9, but two days later it also saw the hottest 24-hour period ever measured reliably. A combination of a morning low of 42.0 degrees and a maximum of 53.7 degrees on that date produced the highest daily average temperature ever recorded on the planet — 47.8 degrees.

Earthquakes At least five people were killed when a magnitude 5.8 temblor wrecked dozens of homes in central Tajikistan.

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• A swarm of tremors in quake-prone eastern Taiwan caused scattered damage around Hualien County. • Earth movements were also felt in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, northwestern Laos and Indonesia’s North Sulawesi Province.

A Flooded Future In less than 15 years, every stretch of U.S. coastline will


experience more severe hightide flooding, which a new NASA report says will be amplified by climate change and the moon. Nuisance floods of lesser magnitudes are already swamping parts of some coastal cities, especially around Miami. But as sea level continues to rise and the moon moves into a part of an 18.6-year cycle that elevates high tides, NASA warns that coastal flooding will be far more severe in the mid-2030s. While

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the planet is now experienc-72 ing such a peak Vostok, in the moon’s Antarctica g r av it at iona l influence on ocean tides, most U.S. coastlines have not yet seen enough of a sea level rise to suffer significant tidal flooding.

Canine Altruism? Dog owners who believe their pets might toss them a treat if they could, would likely be disappointed, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna trained 37 dogs to operate a food dispenser by pressing a button. They found there was no difference in the dogs’s tendency to press the button for humans who had earlier given them treats and for those who had not. Previous studies have found dogs will help other dogs that have helped them. However, that “reciprocal altruism” apparently doesn’t extend to humans.

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Wildlife experts are expressing concern over recent avian behavioural changes

and the deaths of birds due to excessive heat. The international organisation Hot Birds Research Project says that in Australia, the southern U.S. and Africa’s Kalahari Desert, the mounting episodes of excessive heat are having profound effects on birds. Record heat in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal state last November saw scores of birds fall dead, the country’s first reported bird fatalities from heat. Ornithologist Susan Cunningham of the Hot Birds Research Project says, “Some bird species are spending more time trying to stay cool as they deal with increased numbers of hot days. Birds are forced to shelter in the shade when they should be foraging.”

Rodent Empathy A new study finds that rats undergo the same type of brain activity as humans when they rescue a member of their own social group. Scientists say the fi nding may bring a better understanding of why humans tend to help people they know over strangers. Researchers at Tel Aviv University placed rats of the same kind, as well as different kinds of rats that had never met, in cages with one being trapped. Brain activity was monitored and showed the rats that helped their fellow group members seemed to demonstrate “an empathetic response” to their friends’ distress. The study concludes that similar brain activity in other animals may drive comparable social biases to help their own over others.

Pacific Cyclone Hurricane Felicia reached Category-2 force late in the week as it churned the open waters of the Pacific between Mexico and Hawaii. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication ©MMXXI Earth Environment Service

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Navajo communities’ human rights case to be heard GRASSROOTS NONPROFIT CHALLENGES USA, NRC, STATE OF NEW MEXICO By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


he petition of a grassroots nonprof it k now n as Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining to the InterA merican Commission on Hu ma n Rig ht s, ha s been declared “admissible.” New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney Eric Jantz says that single word — “admissible” — is a major step forward. “The take-home here is that the United States has been violating human rights in a context of uranium mining for generations,” he explained. “This is the fi rst time that the state [New Mexico] and the U. S. have been forced to account for those violations.” The petition alleges that the United States “by its acts and omissions that have contaminated and will continue to contaminate natural resources in the Diné communities of Crownpoint and Church Rock … has violated Petitioners’ human rights and breached its obligations under the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.” “The Commission’s decision to hear the case, ENDAUM et a l. v. United States of A merica, is only the second time that the huma n rights body, the autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), based in Washington, D.C., has found admissible a case of environmental justice against the United States,” the Law Center stated in its news release July 19. “The petition marks the first time the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] has been forced to account for its decades of human rights violations,” Jantz told the Sun. ONE MAN’S PERSPECTIVE In testimony given in the petition, Larry J. King, a member of ENDAUM’s Board of Directors, described the importance of the land to his family. K ing, who is employed with the Federal Public Health Service and worked as a uranium miner in the Old Church Rock mine, explained that his family buries the umbilical cords of their newborns on

family land to bind each child to Mother Earth. King and his family, whose lives are intertwined with the land, put the significance of his home into words. “It is a Navajo belief that to maintain harmony, a Navajo must live between the four sacred mountains,” he stated. “In my family, we make prayers to these mountains ever y morning and we feel we are being protected here by the four sacred mountains.” King told the Sun about the

Members of the Church Rock and Crownpoint communities are petitioning to keep the United States and the Canadian mining company Laramide Resources, Inc. from opening four uranium mines. Photo Credit: Courtesy

canyon near his home. “The canyon there is full of traditional things that are coded or said in the prayers, like the echoes of the canyon and the highest peaks where the sunlight first hits both peaks when the sun rises, and where the flow of the water starts and the animals that live in the canyon,” he said. “I’ve seen eagles that come out of the area. “My home in Crownpoint is within these mountains, and so my family belongs here,” he said. “We don’t need to go back and start destroying Mother Earth again.” He stressed the point in reference to the idea of four new uranium mines being planned for Church Rock and Crownpoint. MORE AREA MINING PLANNED The ENDAUM petition says the State has issued a license to Hydro Resources, Inc. currently owned by Canadian mining company Laramide Resources, Inc., allowing uranium mining at four sites in the Navajo communities of Church Rock and Crownpoint in northwestern N. M., with plans to mine the two sites in Church Rock fi rst and the two sites in the Crownpoint Chapter later.


Under the terms of the license issued by the State through the NRC, HRI may forcibly remove individuals and families from one of the areas identified for mining, or restrict grazing, agriculture, and cultural activities such as plant gathering, during mining operations. The land where King and his family now reside is very near the site of the Church Rock Chapter in northwestern New Mexico, about five miles east of Gallup. K i n g s a id t h a t b ei n g removed during mining operations would be impossible for him. He said he would not be able to relocate. “We would have no place to go,” he said. “Through my father’s side, this parcel of land [Section 17] has been in my family’s possession for several generations. “We all live here together on my family’s land and we feel at home, at peace, and safe,” he said. King added that for many Navajo people their flocks of sheep and livestock are considered part of the family. “For the older Navajo people, if their sheep get taken away, they get sick,” King said. Many of Church Rock’s residents are Diné and engage in subsistence agriculture and gather medicinal and culturally significant plants from the land.

New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney Eric Jantz. Photo Credit: Courtesy NMELC ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PETITION SCHEDULED “This [petition] is a major step bringing forth accountability of the federal government in terms of their policies toward Indigenous People,” ENDAUM Director Jonathan Perry said in the news release. “We, the Diné, will continue to stand our ground against any uranium mining activities on or near the Navajo Nation.” “The priority of the U.S. government should always be adequately addressing the 523 clustered contaminated sites on the Navajo Nation, not licensing any new extraction projects,” Perry continued. “Especially any … mining proposals that threaten the well-being of our people, aquifers, and

homelands.” “The Navajo Nation hosts 520 abandoned uranium mine sites and three uranium mill sites that are Superfund sites,” according to the petition. “These sites are the source of contamination for tens of millions of gallons of groundwater and countless acres of land.” Written arguments in the case are due in August, with a possible 60-day extension, and then a hearing in Washington, D.C. is likely to be scheduled in the spring of 2022, according to Jantz. WHAT WOULD WINNING MEAN? If the licenses for the four new uranium mining operations are revoked as the petition requests, Perry said he can envision at least two future paths. “It would be appropriate for the Navajo Nation to purchase these areas,” he said. “That way the ban on uranium mines from 2005 could cover this location.” The second possibility he explored was the idea of working with the Red Water Pond Community Association and others to strategize and push for uranium cleanup for the Navajo Nation and the federal government. “The issue extends beyond the Navajo Nation with the aquifer,” Perry stated. “We want to consider our local towns such as Gallup and Grants.” “We’re looking at this area collectively.”

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‘Luca’ takes its time, but ultimately charms viewers PATIENCE PAYS OFF WITH THIS QUIET, GENTLE EFFORT By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 96 MINUTES T h is featu re w i l l be released direct-to-streaming on Disney+ (and have a simultaneous limited run at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.). For over 25 years, Pixar has been considered the biggest and best animation outfit in the world, creating elaborate and visually groundbreaking worlds with titles like “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “Inside Out” to name just a few. Their latest effort is something of a contrast to many of the features that have preceded it. “Luca” feels much smaller in

scope and more personal, telling a simpler coming-of-age and literal fish-out-of-water story. L u c a P a g u r o (J a c o b Tremblay) is a young, timid sea monster who lives with his mother (Maya Rudolph), and father (Jim Gaffi gan), in the waters off the coast of the Italian Riviera. While his parents insist that he avoid the dangerous humans above, the youngster is convinced to visit the surface by teenage sea monster, Alberto Scorfano (Jack Dylan Grazer). Luca learns that when they are dry, he and Alberto become humanlike in appearance. Naturally, family tensions arise as Luca fi nds himself returning again and again to land. Eventua lly, he a nd his pal decide to run away to the human world. Once there, they befriend Giulia Marcovaldo (Emma Berman), and become enemies with an arrogant teen

named Ercole Visconti (Saverio Raimondo). Luca and Alberto try to fit in and make hasty plans to win a local triathlon that will earn them money for a Vespa, which they believe will whisk them away to permanent freedom. Initia lly, this rev iewer wasn’t overly taken by the feature. The underwater sea monster kingdom looks perfectly fi ne, but doesn’t make a striking impression, certainly not wowing in the way that other titles from the studio have. The shy Luca is a genial and likable enough protagonist. But much like the animation and humor used in early scenes, it doesn’t make a notable impact. In fact, for the fi rst 15 minutes or so, it seems as if this feature isn’t going to be a noteworthy Pixar production. But a funny thing happens as Luca spends more time on the very scenic Italian Riviera, hangs out with Alberto and

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terrifying statues of sea monsters being harpooned and witnesses the town’s main export, fish, being diced up before them. And the big race, which features a swimming, pasta-eating and cycling element, allows for plenty of enjoyable gags. The relationship between the two leads is authentically childlike and it is also relatable to see Luca and Alberto hatch big plans that aren’t especially well-thought-out. Additionally, the movie benefits from its memorable antagonists. The bullying, conceited


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elcome to another look at highlights arriving on Bluray and DVD. This is yet another busy edition filled with interesting titles in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES! AN AMERICAN IN PARIS: THE MUSICAL: Based on the 1951 feature film, this story was adapted to the stage in 2014 as a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. The original was a grand success, featuring tunes written by George and Ira Gershwin. This theatrical recreation of the story retains all of the memorable numbers. The narrative follows a World War II veteran in France embarking on a career as an artist and falling for a socialite. As you may have already guessed, this release is a recording of a 2018 production from London’s West End. There haven’t been a great many reviews of the disc yet, but the ones that have appeared online, state it is an impressively mounted show that will certainly impress theater fans. The cast includes Robbie Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Zoe Rainey, Sophie Apollonia and Daniela Norman.

HYDRA: This Japanese feature is set at a Tokyo sushi bar. A chef works quietly behind the counter, avoiding any sort of interactions with customers. The reason for his antisocial behavior soon becomes clear. This man feels compelled t o s e c r e t ly watch and protect the owner of the establishment. When a crooked officer threatens the woman, we learn that the lead was once part of an organization devoted to eliminating police corruption. He soon realized that he may be forced into doling out his brand of justice. There aren’t many notices available for this feature yet and the ones that have appeared online are mixed. About half have complained that the characters and story aren’t well developed. Still, all the write-ups note that the fight choreography and action is exceptionally handled. The cast includes Masanori Mimoto, Miu and Tasuku Nagase. DREAM HORSE: Based on a true story, this biopic follows a woman who works as a bartender in a small Welsh town. Yearning for some excitement in her life, she overhears a conversation about breeding racehorses and tries to convince those in her community to pool their funds and give it a shot for themselves. They meet numerous obstacles along the way, but soon find their own horse competing professionally on the track. This

British feature garnered a warm response from the press. A few found it all a bit sentimental in its attempts to manipulate audiences. Still, the consensus was that the performers were first rate and that the picture was an amusing and sincere tale certain to earn goodwill from viewers. It stars Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Joanna Page and Karl Johnson. For the time being, this feature is being released exclusively on DVD.

turn violent. Overall, the press was very upbeat about this independent horror flick. A tiny number didn’t appreciate the humor and thought the movie was tonally unbalanced. Still, the consensus was that the leads were exceptional and that the film delivered plenty of laughs, memorable scenes and some insight into strained marriages. It stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons and Nyisha Bell.

JAKOB’S WIFE: A pastor’s wife begins to feel taken for granted by her husband after 30 years of marriage. After an old flame returns to town and tries to rekindle their old relationship, she really begins to consider a change. Unexpected, supernatural events occur and the woman discovers that she has powerful abilities and a new taste for blood. It leads to various realizations and confrontations that

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s another remarkably busy week for older films receiving Blu-ray upgrades. receiving Bluray upgrades. Blue Underground is getting the ball rolling with an impressive “Limited Edition” 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray presentation of “Dead & Buried” (1981). This is a creepy horror gem that got lost in the shuffle during its initial release at theaters 40 years ago. The story involves a smalltown cop investigating a series of violent slayings that appear to be the work of various locals.

The performances are excellent and the movie features plenty of thrills and chills that have slowly turned this film into a cult classic. Besides a major 4K restoration of the film with improved picture quality, the disc comes with four commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes footage, a look at the locations used in the feature, a new interview with the director and score composer, a discussion with the author of novelization and a special featurette on make-up effects man Stan Winston. You’ll also get an interview with co-writer Dan O’Bannon, a featurette on co-star Robert Englund (who would later star as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street) and tons of publicity materials. Additionally, this set comes with a CD of the complete score, as well as a lengthy essay on the film and its importance in the horror genre. This is an impressive set worth picking up. 2014 marked the release of





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what the slogan means. “That takes time away from explaining the destination,” he said. Also, consumers researching vacation spots tend to search for community information using the terms visit, experience, or enjoy with the city name, hence the pending website, which should be unveiled in September. Gallup’s City Council unanimously approved the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce tourism services contract and city budget adjustments for tourism grants. The city’s tourism department won a 2:1 matching grant from the New Mexico Tourism Department, which means the city will spend $42,491 of its own money and $84,983 in grant funds to market Gallup tourism. The grant funds will help cover 12 months of social med ia a mpl i f ic at ion a nd

LUCA | FROM PAGE 18 Ercole is an extremely entertaining foil for the two leads, making bizarrely humorous demands of other kids around him (including expressing disappointment with a henchman

BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 19 the critically acclaimed documentary “Electric Booga loo: The Wild, Untold Story of Ca n non Films.” It chronicled the careers of eccentric producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who tried to create their own big Hollywood studio and made numerous films (most of which were incredibly cheesy) during the late ‘70s and ‘80s. As the previously mentioned documentary was being completed, the two subjects of the film decided to produce their own feature about their lives. “The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films” (2014), is now getting a Blu-ray release,

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by the state,” Lee said. “It has been closed for a long time and there is no opening date scheduled. “It’s usually the top-running visitor center in the state – the other one is Del Rio on the other side of the state,” he said. Lee and Lazarz are both excited about developing the Visit Gallup app, not least because it’s easy to update as things change. The last Visitor Guide was created in 2019, then COVID-19 hit and shut down a lot of tourism. “Of the traders listed in the [current] Visitor Guide, at least fi ve are no longer in business,” Lazarz said. “Of the restaurants, at least three are no longer in business. “But we’ve got other exciting busi nesses that have opened since that are not in the Visitor Guide,” she said. Using a cell phone app will let tourism staff update information “in a fl ash,” Lee said, as well as meeting travelers where they are. “It’s much easier to deal with than carrying a book,” he said. “We’re still fi nding a happy medium.”

G o o g le S e a r c h m a n a ge ment for the new website; six months of digital display advertising on cell phones and embedded in games and social media , including a threemonth campaign in Phoenix, Ariz.; and a year of advertisements in “ROUTE” Magazine. The $115,000 budget allocation for the Chamber includes $15,000 for advertising and promotional services, $75,000 for the operation of the yearround Visitor Information Center and $25,000 to print the 2022 Visitor Guide. In exchange for developing the guide, the Chamber gets the right to keep revenue from guide ad sales. Complementing the

measures approved July 13, will be digital kiosks downtown, where travelers can get updated information about what’s happening in town. The Council approved the kiosks in the spring at a special meeting for Capital Improvement Projects. Kiosk placement won’t be determined until the website widget and app are complete, Gallup Tourism and Marketing Manager Jennifer Lazarz told the Council. This year’s budget shifts some money from marketing

to operations to keep up with increasing wages and make sure the visitor center can stay open. That’s especially important because the next nearest visitor center to the Arizona state line has been closed for repairs for some time, Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Lee said. It gives Gallup an opportunity to pull in visitors who, in the past, might have stopped there instead. “ To o u r w e s t i s t h e Manuelito visitor center run

by coaching another helper to slap them). Not only is he consistently funny, but the alltoo-brief appearance of Uncle Ugo (Sacha Baron Cohen), is also memorable. He is a sea monster who lives in the deepest, darkest reaches of the sea and expresses his love for his

home in a hilariously eccentric manner. Viewers are advised to continue watching past the end credits for more Ugo fun. Additionally, this film offers an interesting ending, allowing its various characters the opportunity to identify their

different wants in life and choose their own paths. It’s remarkable that despite my initial resistance, this quiet and gentle effort ended up making a more empathetic impression than a few of the studio’s more elaborate productions. In the end, bigger isn’t always

better and there’s a refreshing honesty and relatability to the low-key Luca. Those who allow the feature some extra time to draw them in, will ultimately be taken on a pleasing journey. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

so those who want to hear their version of events can now pick it up. The disc comes with a trailer. Scorpion is delivering the low-budget, Australian sci-fi/ action picture,” The Time Guardian” (1987), on Blu-ray. It’s set in a desolate future where monsters rampage the land and follows a man as he travels back in time to try to save the world. The movie has been given a new HD master from a 2K Scan of the inter-positive and the disc also includes a trailer. Shout! Factory is premiering “Eight Legged Freaks” (2002), on Blu-ray. This is an enjoyable, PG-13 genre film about a small desert town being invaded by giant, mutant spiders. It stars David Arquette and Kari Wuhrer and features an early appearance by a very young Scarlett Johansson as the female lead’s teenage daughter. The movie is being presented with a new 2K

scan and comes with a newly created making-of featuring interviews with cast and crew members. You’ll also get a previously recorded commentary with the director, producer and star Arquette. And there are eight added scenes included, as well as a trailer and a short film with a similar concept from the director. If baseball is more to your liking, the distributor also has a Bluray of “Little Big League” (1994). The story involves a 12-year-old boy who inherits the Minnesota Twins baseball team and decides to manage them personally. Extras include interviews with cast members Luke Edwards and Timothy Busfield and a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette and a trailer.

Cu n n i ng h a m (“F r iday t he 13th,” “DeepStar Six”) about a mother a nd daughter who are kidnapped by a psychopath under Gra nd Central Station in New York City. The pair has to find a way to escape and fend off the maniac in the process. This feature has also been given a 2K restoration and comes with an interview and an introduction from Cunningham, a film historian commentary, and publicity materials. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! There isn’t much for kids this week, but if you’re desperate, you could try some older movies featuring comedian Jerry Lewis. “Jerry Lewis – The Essential Twenty Film Collection” DVD ON THE TUBE! And here are all of the week’s

TV-series releases. “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” Volume 1 “Bordertown” Season 3 “The Brokenwood Mysteries”: Series 7 “Gangs of London” Season 1 “Gr e a t Per for m a nce s: Broadway Musicals – A Jewish Legacy” (PBS) “Hallmark 2-Mov ie Collection: Just the Way You Are & Be My Valentine” (Hallmark) DVD “Head of the Class” Season 3 “Inside the Met” (PBS) “Love in Design” (Hallmark) DVD “NOVA: Fighting for Fertility” (PBS) “Shameless” Season 11 “Star Trek: Discover y” Season 3 “The Walking Dead” Season 10 V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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RCS (Gallup, NM) seeking qualified applicants to fill two positions: Nurse Case Manager Duties include managing medication schedules and resident appointments, care plan oversight, providing staff training and on-call coverage. Current NM RN license required. Recent grads and new nurses encouraged to apply. Must be 21 and pass a criminal background check. Signing bonus. Visit or call (505) 863-8940 for an application.

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WRITERS/ PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED The Gallup Sun is hiring freelance writers and photographers. We know you’re out there! Please email resume with samples/clips to Publisher Babette Herrmann: *** ACCOUNTS SPECIALIST Do you enjoy talking to and meeting new people? Do you prefer a job that requires a mix of time at the office and field work that challenges your unique set of skills? Moreover, as a current customer service representative or sales representative, do you truly care about the folks you’re helping on a daily basis? If you answered yes to these questions, then the position of Gallup Sun Accounts Specialist might be for you. In this dynamic, career-track position, you’ll visit existing Gallup Sun account clients, and visit with potential clients. You’ll provide our clients with the attention they deserve. You’ll work hard, but with vision and purpose, and no two days will be the same. This is a fulltime, salary-plus-bonus position with a SEP IRA and health/dental/vision credit package. Two-weeks paid vacation after one year of employment. Serious applicants only. Please email your cover letter and

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the Self-Storage Lien Act of the State of New Mexico, Section 48-11-7, that the following personal property will be sold or otherwise disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and other related charges. The personal property is located at ADOBE SELF-STORAGE, 1708 South Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico. Unit Number: 419 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Vanessica Begay 2801 Radosevich Gallup, NM 87301 Description of Personal Property: Truck bed toolbox and rolling soft cooler. The sale or disposition of the above property will be held on Tuesday, the 10th day of August 2021, at the hour of 10:00 a.m., at ADOBE SELF-STORAGE, 1708 South Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico. The property can be viewed at 9:00 a.m. the day of the sale. The property is subject to the Occupant redeeming the lien prior to the sale. This Notice is being published once a week for


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with more accurate and reliable water meters, namely ultrasonic and two (2) consecutive weeks. electromagnetic (MAG) meters. Mechanical 1st Publication Friday, July meters that will be 23, 2021 removed include turbine, 2nd Publication Friday, July positive displacement, and 30, 2021 compound meters. Work Gallup Sun per water meter will include meter removal and new *** meter installation, meter ADVERTISEMENT FOR start up, traffic control as BIDS required, business/tenant notification prior to work, BOR ICI WATER METER and in a couple instances a REPLACEMENT completely new water meter vault installation. New CITY OF GALLUP meters and appurtenances have been shipped Formal Bid No. 2112 to the City of Gallup warehouse and are ready Notice is hereby given to be installed. This work that the City of Gallup, involves the cooperation of New Mexico will receive Resource Wise LLC, who ELECTRONICALLY will be assisting with each submitted bids for meter installation. construction of CITY This project is located in OF GALLUP BOR and around the City of ICI WATER METER Gallup, NM at a total of 17 REPLACEMENT until the residential and commercial hour of 2:00 p.m., local locations. time, Tuesday, August A non-mandatory Pre-Bid 17, 2021 at https://app. viewing for all plan holders to be held in person on Bids will be electronically August 5, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. opened, and publicly read local time. Attendees are aloud at the Office of the to assemble at DePauli Procurement Manager via Engineering at 307 S. 4 th virtual conference/video Street, Gallup, New Mexico calls or through other prior to leaving in caravan virtual means. form to several of the meter This project consists sites. of replacing existing Plans, Specifications and mechanical water meters Bidding Documents may


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be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC at 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 863-5440, 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. NOTE: The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/RFx software

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powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from bidders must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective bidders will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Negometrix is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Negometrix. Register your company at Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BIDS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted after due date and time. Bid Openings, and PreConstruction Conferences will be held via conference/ video calls or other virtual means until further notice. Details regarding virtual bid opening are provided within bid documents. Dated this 20th day of July, 2021 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publication Date: Friday, July 23, 2021 ***

MCKINLEY COUNTY ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITY ECONOMIC DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District Authority (the “Authority”), the governing body of the McKinley County Electric Generating Facility Economic District (the “District”), will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m. Adhering to the Social Distancing Protocols, issued by the Governor’s Office; and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of a quorum of the Authority, this meeting will be physically closed to the public but open to the public via technology services. Members of the public may view the live stream feed offered on the approved Facebook account of the McKinley County Managers Office. The members of the Authority may participate in the meeting by phone or other technological participation methods. All interested parties are invited to attend and listen to the proceedings of the Meeting via the live steam mentioned herein.




4 pm outside the Children’s Branch near the playground for a tie-dye session. Join OFPL for amazing colorful chemistry Supplies are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. You can also bring your own 100 percent cotton clothing to tie-dye! For more information email or call (505) 863-1291 to reserve your shirt. MONDAY, JULY 26


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 firstcome, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at This week our focus will be on Dragon Masks. Breathe fire with a “Raya and the Last Dragon”-inspired dragon mask. Learn how to create your own scaly mask using paper, glue, and markers. This is inspired by “Tails & Tales of Summer Reading 2021.” For more information email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, JULY 27


5 pm. Join OFPL LIVE on Zoom. Dive into the challenge of computer programming and coding! Learn more about computer literacy, an essential and in demand skill in today’s rapidly changing industry. Codeucate provides interactive classes in coding in the popular and most used computer languages and programming. Register online at ofpl. online to learn more about

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Codeucate services and enter to win a gift card. Must have parents or guardians permission to participate. For more information email jwhitman@ or call (505) 863-1291. WEDNESDAY, JULY 28


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.


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 or call (505) 863-1291. THURSDAY, JULY 29


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 This week we will help you with the Turtley Cool Turtle Bowls.


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before 3:00 pm. Published in Gallup Sun July 23, 2021. *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Among the item(s) will be to: 1) to finalize the 4 th quarter financial report and FY22 final budget; and, 2: first reading of a proposed Ordinance “Regulating Medical and Recreational


Senior Center (607 N. 4th St.). Meet with District 1 Councilor Linda Garcia with your questions. For more information call (505) 879-4176. ONGOING


Through July 30. To enroll for Fall 2021: Complete an UNMG TRIO/SSS application. For more information go to


7 am-7 pm Mon.-Sun. The Gallup Fire Dept. will conduct annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance. This includes capturing pressure readings, flowing water of the fire hydrant, cleaning, painting and documenting any inefficiency found. Customers who experience any discolored water problems after the tests are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet outside of the house and let it run for five to 10 minutes. A slight decline in water quality is common. If quality does not improve or further problems occur, contact the Gallup Water Department by calling the utility dispatcher at (505) 863-1200. Testing is scheduled to continue until August.


7:30 am-5:30 pm @ Student Support Center (640 Boardman).


9 am-1 pm @ 13 school sites Mon-Thur, (Fri-Sun meals are picked up on Thursdays). To see the entire list of sites, go to


8 am-5 pm Mon.-Fri. @ College Clinic (2111 College Dr.).

Cannabis Establishments, Other Cannabis Businesses, Production of Cannabis and Cannabis Products” based on the intent motion adopted July 15, 2021. This meeting will be held “In-Person” -- Adhering to the Social Distancing Protocols in effect for the meeting day -- including room capacity limits, mask requirements and other safety practices issued by the Governor’s Office due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act

No appointments needed. For COVID testing please call (505) 236-1074 and someone will come out to your vehicle to obtain a specimen.


9 am-6 pm Mon.-Fri.; 9 am-1 pm Sat; Closed - Sun.


9 am-6 pm. Closed weekends @ 1850 U. S. Rte. 66. urgent care visits, vaccines, primary care. (505) 488-2606.


8:30 am-4 pm; closed 12 pm-1 pm Mon.- Fri. @ McKinley Public Health Office (1919 College Dr.) Call (505) 7224391 to schedule an appointment. Bring your child’s shot record. Vaccines will be provided at no cost for children through 18 years of age.


BBBS is seeking help after losing its air conditioning. It must replace both the air conditioning and the furnace system at a cost of $8,300. BBBS has suspended in-person match meetings out of its office. If you wish to help, visit bbbsmountainregion. org or email, or call (505) 726-4285.

Summer Reading 2021! Children read four hours, vote in the Land of Enchantment Books Awards, or complete a Summer of STEM kit. Do one, two, or all three! Expand your horizons, read different genres and a variety of literature and complete a book bingo card. All age groups are eligible to win PRIZES. Return your bingo card to be entered into weekly prize drawings. Sign up at ofpl. online or request a paper log/ bingo card with your curbside pick-up order. The last day to receive prizes is July 31. The last day to submit your bingo card and enter into a grand prize drawing is Sept. 1. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.

VIRTUAL SHOW OPENING – ELTINE BIKÉYAH//LAND BY MARINA ESKEETS 12 pm LIVE on @gallupARTS Facebook and Instagram pages. This exhibition will be on view at ART!@# Gallery through August 4. ART123 is open Tues.-Sat. 12 pm-4 pm.


The club meets monthly. It WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB is a non-profit 501c, and an “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific all-volunteer organization Knowledge and the Teachmade up of local amateur ings of Plants” by Robin Wall radio operators who assist Kimmerer shows how other local governments during living beings—asters and emergencies, find lost people, goldenrod, strawberries and and help citizens obtain their squash, salamanders, algae, licenses to become amateur and sweetgrass offer us gifts radio operators at no cost. and lessons, even if we’ve Visitors and members must forgotten how to hear their voices. Zoom discussions will pay for their own meals. be held in August. For more information email bmartin@ To post a nonprofit or or call (505) civic event in the calendar 863-1291. section, please email:


All ages can participate in

allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of the quorum of the governing body. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office and can be sent electronically upon request. or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Shawna Garnenez at (505) 863-1400 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 21 st day of July 2021 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Billy Moore, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun, July 23, 2021

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99th Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Association Schedule

AUGUST 7-15, 2021 Saturday - August 7, 2021

Friday - August 13, 2021



Sunday - August 8, 2021


Tuesday - August 10, 2021


Saturday - August 14, 2021



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