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VOL 7 | ISSUE 331 | JULY 30, 2021

Supplying since ‘ 71 Building a jewelry supply company piece by piece By Babette Herrmann & Beth Blakeman Sun Publisher/Managing Editor


hat started out as a side-hustle for the owner of the Thunderbird Motel during the Indian jewelry boom of the 1970s, has grown into the profitable and successful jewelry supply chain Thunderbird Supply Company. On July 17, Thunderbird celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a huge two-day sale, complete with cake and customer giveaways. CEO Danny Thomason said it was a proud moment for the employees of the Gallup flagship location. Thunderbird also ha s stores in Albuquerque, which opened in October 1993, and Flagstaff, Ariz., which opened in March 2007. Thomason recently took some time out of his busy management schedule to talk about the history of the popular store along with its humble beginnings. The concept for a jewelry supply store took shape when Thunderbird Supply

Co. owner, Don Cosper, started selling turquoise on the streets of Gallup in 1970, Thomason estimates. In his typed-out bio, Cosper said he and his wife decided in the late 1960s to spruce up the Road Runner Motel, which burned down in 2016, and add a gift shop. They displayed jewelry for sale from Richardson’s Trading Co., Johnny Murphy, and Gallup Indian Trading. Soon after, local artisans started to bring their goods directly to the motel. From there, they opened a gift shop at the Thunderbird Motel, on Gallup’s westside. It looked like Cosper was well on his way to success in the tourism business, operating motels and gift shops. But then a suggestion by a close friend threw a wrench into those plans. This friend said that he should buy a grinding wheel and one pound of rough turquoise to grind to keep himself busy in the evenings.  He took him up on it. Once he was done with grinding and










Media Release TO: FROM: DATE: SUBJECT:

Dear Parent/Guardian Neal Cunningham, Food Service Director, Eileen Haws, Food Service Supervisor July 1, 2021 Gallup McKinley County Schools Community Eligibility Program

Gallup McKinley County Schools are proud to be participating in a Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program for the current school year (2021-2022). If your child(ren) attends any of the 32 Gallup McKinley County Schools Listed: Catherine A. Miller Elementary, Chee Dodge Elementary, Chief Manuelito Middle, Crownpoint Elementary, Crownpoint Middle, Crownpoint High, David Skeet Elementary, Del Norte Elementary, Gallup Central High, Gallup High, Gallup Middle, Indian Hills Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle, Miyamura High, Lincoln Elementary, Navajo Elementary, Navajo Middle, Navajo Pine High, Ramah Elementary, Ramah Middle/High, Red Rock Elementary, Stagecoach Elementary, Thoreau Elementary, Thoreau Middle School, Thoreau High, Tohatchi Elementary, Tohatchi Middle, Tohatchi High, Tse' Yi' Gai High, Tobe Turpen Elementary, and Twin Lakes Elementary – a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch will be available to them at no charge. All students enrolled at the listed schools may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no cost to them. Studies have shown that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students. The school breakfasts and lunches that we serve follow U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs. Meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact us at (505) 721-1126 or (505) 721-1127 . Sincerely, Chef Neal Cunningham Director of Food Service

Non-discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal Civil Rights Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights regulations and policies, the USDA,its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form,(AD-3027) found online at:,and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410. Fax: (202) 690-7442 or E-mail: This institution is an equal opportunity provider. OR the short statement when applicable: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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We are pleased to announce that registration for new students is now open for • NEW Students • Kindergarten Students • Students who have left the district and are returning There are now 2 options to register new students: 1. On-Line Registration with any device has internet access Click on the following link to access the On-Line registration page on any device that is internet accessible: 2. If you are unable to use the On-Line registration option, you may click the following link to print out the enrollment packet: ID=1190632&type=d&pREC_ID=1980377

Documents needed at the time of registration are: • Birth certificate • Immunization records • Certificate of Indian Blood (if applicable) • Proof of residency (document with physical address listed, such as a utility bill, land deed, mortgage bill, etc.) • Transcript of grades from previous school These documents can be scanned and uploaded with On-Line Registration or copies can be made at the school site. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL DELAY ENROLLMENT! If your student is already enrolled with the district, do not use this link to update information. Annual packets will be issued to students the first week of school – please contact your child’s school site for more information.


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Councilors ask for more color NEW CITY LOGO TO UNDERGO CHANGES By Molly Adamson  Sun Correspondent 


he Gallup rebranding jour ney discussed by city councilors on July 13, continued on

July 27. Bandwagon LLC Chief Client Officer Cory Cart’s presentation from the previous meeting was put up for a vote July 27 and the “Visit Gallup” campaign received some criticism. G a l l u p To u r i s m a n d Marketing Manager Jennifer Lazarz explained that the rebranding is necessary in this era when technology searches help det er m i ne v a c at ion destinations. She showed the council that ‘visit’ is a commonly used term, whereas ‘real’ ‘true’ and ‘real true’ didn’t pull up any results about Gallup or any other city. She did note, however, that when she Googled “Gallup,” five local restaurants popped up.

Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi She said that the rebranding is an effort to bring people to the city and improve the economy. She also expressed optimism that the website and the new logo would help with both of those efforts. “I saw first-hand as the CARES grant manager and [in] meeting with businesses and talking with them over the last year, how tough not just the fi nancial impact and the employment impact of this pandemic has been, but how tough it is for them to get information about their businesses out to the public,” she said.  Councilor Michael Schaaf,



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GALLUP CEMETERY FLOODS 100 graves sunken


District 1 Gallup City Councilor Linda Garcia Dist. 2, asked Lazarz how much the new logo was going to cost. She said the city has already spent $20,000 on the project, but that there won’t be any other additional costs. She did mention the fact that billboards would be a future expense, but she noted that billboards have to be replaced every 18 months anyway. Councilor Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, expressed her dislike of the colors in the logo. She said she would like to see more turquoise included. She suggested putting ‘Gallup’ in a turquoise font.  Lazarz asked the council to vote on the size and shape of the logo alone, so she could bring it to her web designer to make sure it would work for the website.  The council unanimously agreed on the shape and size of the new logo. Lazarz plans to return with alternative color options for consideration at a later date. NO PARADE THIS YEAR  The Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial will be coming back this year, but event-goers will miss the chance to see the parades that were originally scheduled for Aug. 12 and Aug.14.  Kyle Tom, the President of

District 2 Gallup City Councilor Michael Schaaf

District 4 Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak

the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Association was supposed to ask the city council for permission to close the roads that make up the proposed parade route during the July 27 city council meeting, but he spent that time informing the council that the association wouldn’t be able to do the parade due to a lack of sponsors. “We tried any way possible to seek sponsorships to reach out to the groups to come and then of course to get the street closures,” he said. “But ultimately without as many groups as we normally have, we felt it would be in the best interest to forego the parade this year.”  The Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial Association events are all live Aug. 7-15 and information can be found at http:// The state’s virtual ceremonial events begin Aug. 15 with the Ceremonial Virtual Artisans Market. For more information go to http://

original proposal suggested the work sessions be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, when the council isn’t having its regular meetings. Bonaguidi has stated in the past that the special meetings would be for matters that may be of less interest to the public. The council discussed the mayor’s proposal in depth at the July 27 meeting.  While the proposal was being discussed, Bonaguidi changed his opinion from his original plan to one that would call for one work session a month. He suggested that meeting be held on a Thursday before a regularly scheduled meeting.  The resolution concerning the meetings listed four possible proposals. One version included Bonaguidi’s original suggestion. The second version suggested having only one work session a month. The third version stated that work sessions could be scheduled on an as-needed-basis.  Something that was discussed at the earlier meeting was the possibility that the city staff would have to provide the upcoming meeting agendas earlier than they do now, REFORMING CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Mayor Louis Bonaguidi brought a proposal to the city council in April to cut down regular meeting times by introducing work sessions. The



NON-PROFIT BREAK IN Vandals leave a mess at Big Brothers Big Sisters

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11 12 16 A COMMUNITY WITHOUT WATER Part three of the Federal Indifference follow-up

WHAT’S A VINEGAROON? Something new in the Southwest

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Heavy rains flood, damage cemetery Staff Reports


he Ga llup City Cemetery suffered damage from the July 24th downpour. Assistant City Manager Jon DeYoung told the Gallup Sun that 100 graves were damaged by flooding. One-hundred of them caved in. DeYoung said the repairs will include adding more dirt

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A storm on the night of July 24 left sunken graves in its wake at the Gallup City Cemetery. Photo Credit: Courtesy

The downpour July 24 not only created sunken graves, but moved markers out of place at Gallup City Cemetery. Photo Credit: Courtesy

to fill in the sites. He estimated that the repairs would be completed in the next few weeks.

make new grave mounds,” he said. “Wherever the headstones have sunk we’re having to lift them out and refit them.” Alonzo has four men working at the cemetery. He estimated that the cost of labor to restore the memorial ground

Publisher Babette Herrmann Office Manager Mandy Marks Managing Editor Beth Blakeman Design Vladimir Lotysh Contributing Editor Cody Begaye Correspondents Rick Abasta Molly Adamson Russell Jones Photography Cable Hoover Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Knifewing Segura On the Cover: A box of turquoise for sale on the roadside was the start of something big for Don Cosper. Photo Courtesy Thunderbird Supply Company

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C it y of G a l lu p P a rk s Director Vincent Alonzo went into more detail about what it takes to recover graves after the storm. “Right now I have a crew out there — W hat they’re doing is, wherever it’s sunk in, they’re having to refi ll and

would be a round $10,000. He added that the cost is someth i ng the Pa rks a nd Recreation Department can handle. A lonzo mentioned that some people have come out to the cemetery and refi lled their loved ones’ graves themselves. 


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Big Brothers Big Sisters suffers a break-in Staff Reports


t was a disheartening scene when Executive Director Sarah Piano opened the door to the office at Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region at 100 E. Aztec Ave., July 26. “A co-worker’s doorframe had been broken in two,” she said. In another co-worker’s office the windows were broken with bricks. “My office was just torn apart,” Piano said. She lea r ned about the break-in when an alarm went off at a law office nearby. Piano said she and her staff cleaned up as much as they could and the windows were replaced by Hernandez Auto Glass.

The desk that greeted Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Executive Director Sarah Piano when she arrived at work July 26 after a break-in. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sarah Piano BBBS reported the incident to the Gallup Police Department, which found a lot of fingerprints and at least one footprint. Despite experiencing a violation of privacy and security concerns, Piano said she is not a believer in living in fear. The non-profit is open and

operating. People can come in for appointments or work remotely. In the meantime, in getting back on their feet, BBBS is looking to enhance security, replace some of the stolen items and get the office professionally cleaned, Piano said donations are


EVENT UPDATE Annual Gallup Rt 66 Freedom Ride Flight Cruise Event has been canceled this year due to public safety concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus


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A view of the damage that workers at Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region office found in Gallup when they returned to work July 26 following a weekend break-in. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sarah Piano welcome. Donations and appointments can be made by calling (505) 726-4285 or (505) 728-8356.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region office at 100 E. Aztec Ave. was vandalized with broken windows over the weekend of July 24. Photo Credit: Courtesy Sarah Piano

Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports STOLEN VEHICLE Thoreau, July 19 A guest borrowing a vehicle without asking, led to a Thoreau man reporting it as stolen. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Todachine was dispatched to a residence on First Avenue, where the victim had called in stating they wanted to report a stolen vehicle. The vehicle had been purchased from an auction in California, and the main suspect was identified as Lori Baca, no information available. The victim reportedly met Baca at Route 66 Casino in early July and offered to let her stay with him, an offer which she accepted. The victim was out on a truck-driving job on July 3. That was when Baca apparently took the vehicle and kept it overnight. It was the victim’s roommate who discovered it missing. Despite repeatedly telling them both she would return the vehicle. She had not done so as of July 19. The vehicle, a 2006 Honda, was registered as stolen. No other information is available. WINDOW BREAKER Gamerco, July 19 An early morning fight

outside a residence on Chino Loop resulted in broken windows and missing items. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deput y F r a n k l i n Begaye arrived at the residence and spoke with the caller. She told him the suspect, Tandreka Anderson, 31, of Gamerco, had walked into the house and accused the caller of stealing something. Then Anderson reportedly said that the caller owed her $20. Anderson took the caller’s cell phone and left the residence, but was followed by the caller. Anderson eventually threw a beer bottle at the residence and then threw rocks to break one of the bedroom windows. Deputy Harland Soseeah arrived and traveled to the house at Chino Loop to confi rm the caller’s account. The caller said she had wanted to get money back from “Joe,” but he was not at the residence. The caller was asked about Joe’s whereabouts, but she said he had left earlier and she did not know where he was. No other information was available. Anderson was charged with cr imina l da mage to property.


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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Kevin Jones May 16, 1:17 am DWI (Third), Possession A missing license plate led t o a t r a f f ic stop as New Mexico State Police Officer R a chel H a l l pulled over a blue van. The driver, Kevin Jones, 29, of Pinedale, N.M., was asked to step out because Hall believed she smelled alcohol.  After failing three field sobr iety tests, Jones was taken in where he gave two breath samples that came back as .13 each. Upon entering the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, a small plastic bag with white crystals that field-tested as meth was found on Jones. He was arrested for DWI (Third), false evidence of registration, possession of a controlled substance, driving while license revoked, no proof of insurance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Jones was released on his own recognizance. Orlando Hoskie Sept. 15, 2020, 6:42 am DWI (Third) A silver car flew by New Mexico State Police Officer Nathaniel Renteria toward A r izona a s he sat beside Interstate 40. The dr iver, Orlando Hoskie, 36 of Fort Defiance, Ariz., was pulled over for doing 97 mph in a 75 mph zone. Renteria smelled alcohol and spotted two Budweisers on the passenger seat. Hoskie was asked to step out of the car and perform field sobriety tests. According to police reports, he failed those and later provided breath samples that came back as .16 each. He was arrested for DWI, speeding, careless driving, and open container.  Jessica Brown April 10, 2020, 7:30 pm DWI  A concerned citizen warned McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Tammy Houghtaling

about a drunk driver in a Chevy Malibu. Sheriff’s reports said Houghtaling found the car parked on the side of the road. The driver, Jessica Brown, 31, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. She told Houghtaling she had been drinking with a friend in Wingate and was headed home to Church Rock, N.M. Brown took several field sobriety tests and gave two breath samples. The breath samples returned as .24 for both. She was arrested for DWI and open container. Cheyenne Spean Dec. 17, 2019, 11 pm DWI A rollover on Interstate 40 left two people injured and a mystery for officers to figure out. New Mexico State Police Officer Austin Sanchez arrived on the scene to find a white Dodge truck that had rolled over and was blocking the lanes. Sanchez spotted a man identified as Ryan Charley bleeding from his right wrist.

Several witnesses told Sanchez that Charley was seen climbing out of the driver’s window. According to police reports, Sanchez said Charley had bloodshot eyes and had alcohol on his breath. Charley was airlifted to UNMH hospital. Sanchez then met with S a nder s , A r i z . r e s ide nt , Cheyenne Spean, 25, who was also involved in the wreck. Spea n told Sa nchez t hat Charley was driving and admitted she had been drinking. After investigating, Sanchez found multiple open containers and a half empty case of Natural Light inside the truck. The driver’s seat was close to the steering wheel and all the blood in the truck was around the passenger door. Spean was taken to the hospital where officers noticed bruising on the left side of her neck, where it would be if she had been driving. Based on his investigation, Sanchez determined Spean was the driver

and placed her under arrest for DWI, failure to maintain traffic lane, no driver’s license, and evidence of registration. Myron Antez Nov. 15, 2019, 1:35 am DWI New Mexico State Police Officer Matthew Williams pulled over a speeder doing 55 in a 45 mph zone. Williams approached the driver and smelled alcohol coming from the car. He saw a Bud Light spilling out on the floor. The passenger claimed the beer. However there were more alcoholic beverages in the car and the driver, Myron Antez, 43 of Gallup, told Williams he had a couple of Bud Lights after work. He refused to take any field sobriety tests and was taken to the NMSP office where he refused to give a breath sample. He was arrested for DWI and speeding and booked into the McKinley County Detention Center.

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he absence of water cascades. In addition to complicating every step of daily life — from washing hands, to making stew or having a cup of tea, to doing the dishes afterwards, it drives up illnesses and complicates public health issues. No water meant a school wasn’t built in Torreon, and other buildings were abandoned because of dry taps. Businesses didn’t open, medical clinics couldn’t operate, jobs drifted away. Whitehorse Lake Chapter and Pueblo Pintado had both been denied housing — the square, stucco-sided houses


with peaked roofs housing “When there’s no water, lived in Pueblo Pintado for agencies often construct — there’s no developments,” Chee 50 years and served as its because there was no water for Smith Jr. [of Whitehorse Lake] chapter president since 1986, s a id P ueblo those houses. P i nt a do, by Pe ople who his count, is might have 70 miles from prefer red to Fa r m i ng ton, stay where 48 miles from they grew up, Crow npoi nt , moved to citie s t o h ave 100 miles from running water. Gallup. [Leonard] “So we’re Tsosie,[a out there,” he council deletold the v isgate with the iting officials Navajo Nation i n 2 0 0 7. “A representing The $68 million Cutter Lateral water Treatment Plant south of Bloomfield, N.M. will deliver lot of people W h i t e h o r s e municipal and commercial water to Navajo and Jicarilla Apache communities. Photo say ‘nowhere,’ Lake, Pueblo Credit: Courtesy Bureau of Reclamation but we know where we are.” Pintado, and Torreon chapters and a former told federal officials. “So we’re The chapterhouse had a New Mexico state senator,] kind of still like in the — kind public high school, a Bureau of called it “the brain drain” and of like a third-world nation.” Indian Affairs boarding school, “the people drain.” Frank Willetto, who had an Indian Health Service clinic,

and a store, but not even half of their residents had water. “The chapter is trying to get water to each hogan or house or trailer house,” he said. “When you don’t do things for your community, that means you are doing bad things for that community. And water is number one that we need.” Willetto, who had been awarded the Congressional Silver Medal for his service as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II, had been denied veteran’s benefits to build a house because there were no fire hydrants in his community. He would be taken to Congress to tell that story again as lawmakers considered approving


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Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, July 23, 2021

reports that some of the primates have invaded homes to scavenge for food without fear of humans. This has forced some farmers to gather packs of dogs to protect their crops and other property. “My dogs sometimes sustain serious injuries,” Nicanor Odongo told the daily. Other farmers complain that the Kenya Wildlife Service is not doing enough to protect them from the baboons, but local officials say the agency is making plans to relocate the aggressive animals to a game park.

By Steve Newman

Climate Disasters Atmospheric experts concede that they were shocked by the intensity of the recent European floods and the North American heat dome, saying their computer models are not yet able to project such extremes. Some scientists say the next official predictions due out in August by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will already be outdated when released due to the rapidly intensifying climate emergency. Freak weather events are now happening with greater frequency, ranging from the heaviest rain on record in parts of Japan and China this month to the record-breaking June heat across parts of India, Pakistan and Libya.


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-73 South Pole, Antarctica by what some described as the strongest and longest quake to be felt there in years. • Earth movements were also felt in Pakistan’s Punjab province, northern Mongolia, southwestern Iran, the far southern Philippines and northwestern California.

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Costa Rica and Panama were jolted

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summer monsoon rainfall over the southwestern U.S. has brought out an acid-squirting creature in Texas’ Big Bend National Park that a Houston Chronicle reporter described as a “land lobster from hell.” Officials in the park say the vinegaroons, or whip scorpions, can shoot well-aimed but nonpoisonous vinegar acid from their tails if threatened. They also have large pincers, but are typically nocturnal and can’t


see very well. Park visitors are advised not to worry too much about the vinegaroons unless they happen to annoy one.

Flamingo Tragedy T he d r ied-up lake bed of central Turkey’s Lake Tuz is littered with the remains of thousands of flamingos that became the victims of a devastating regional drought and what some say were reckless irrigation practices this summer. Environmental advocates say a canal that usually feeds the shallow lake was redirected for use by farmers. Typically, as many as 10,000 flamingo chicks hatch at Lake Tuz each year, but most of the 5,000 that hatched this year died. Visitors to the UNESCO-protected lake say not a single live flamingo could be seen.







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Tropical Cyclones T y phoon I n-fa la shed some of Japan’s southernmost islands as a Category-2 storm. • Typhoon Cempaka soaked far southern China after making landfall in Guangdong province.• Hurricane Felicia weakened as Tropical Storm Guillermo formed off Mexico. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication©MMXXI Earth Environment




Ferocious baboons are terrorizing farmers in western Kenya with such intensity that conventional weapons such as clubs and spears cannot keep the marauders at bay. The Nation


A new study finds that a species of snake native to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster zone can be used to monitor the level of radioactive contamination 10 years after the world’s worst nuclear disaster there. Writing in the journal “Ichthyology & Herpetology,” researchers from the University of Georgia and Fukushima University say rat snakes travel only short distances, have long life spans and can accumulate high levels of radionuclides from contaminated soil. The researchers say this makes the snakes better monitors for radioactive contamination than the more mobile species like East Asian raccoon dogs, wild boar and songbirds.


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LBUQUERQUE — In response to a 2016 petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and partners, on May 26 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to protect the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The Service determined that lesser prairie chickens in the disappearing shinnery oak prairies of eastern New Mexico and West Texas qualify as endangered. Populations of the bird in other grassland habitats in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado qualify as threatened. “We’re thrilled to see these magnificent dancing birds finally getting the strong Endangered Species Act protection they need to survive,” Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said. “The lesser prairie chicken has to deal with

drilling rigs, pipelines and the deadly heat waves that burning all that oil and gas brings about. These safeguards are coming not a moment too soon.” The lesser prairie chicken’s decline has been fueled by the degradation and fragmentation of the vast southern Great Plains through conversion to cropland, grazing of cattle, erection of power lines and telephone poles, oil and gas development, as well as drought and high temperatures linked to global warming. Because lesser prairie chickens are exceedingly vulnerable to birds of prey, they instinctively stay far away from vertical structures — originally trees, but now also power lines, telephone poles and drilling rigs — that raptors naturally seek out as perches. As a result of these increasingly common manmade structures, the birds have a rapidly diminishing number of places to live. To hide from terrestrial predators, lesser prairie chickens

The lesser prairie chicken waits to learn if it will once again have endangered species act protection. Photo Credit: Courtesy of U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service require relatively tall grass, which has also left them vulnerable to the effects of cattle grazing. Background The Center for Biological Diversity’s predecessor organization, the Biodiversity Legal

Bureau of Land Management eyes possible new director Staff Reports


U R A NG O, Colo. — The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted  on Tracy Stone-Manning as the possible new Director of the Bureau of Land Management July 22.  Since that time she has faced severe criticism from Sen. Jim Risch, R- Idaho Her nom i nation ha s, however, adva nced to the full Senate for a vote after t he E ner g y a nd Na t u r a l Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines. A s BL M d i rec t or, “I n s ide Cl i m a t eNew s .or g ” says Stone-Manning would be positioned to play a significa nt role in the Biden Ad m i n i s t r a t ion’s cl i m a t e change policies, which would include conserving 30 percent

of t he nation’s la nds a nd waters and scaling back fossil fuel extraction on millions of acres of federal lands. T h ree member s of t he Mountain Pact network of local elected officials have expressed their confidence in Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management. Anna Peterson, executive director of The Mounta in Pact expressed her support for Stone-Manning in a press release issued July 22. “In ser ving in a variety of le a der sh ip r ole s over the last 20 years, Tracy has proven she is a skilled leader,” Peterson said. “She is eminently qualified to lead the Bureau of Land Management and she knows what local elected officials and communities need. “ S he i s com m it t e d t o ensuring a balanced approach


Foundation, petitioned to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species in 1995. Over the ensuing quarter century, the Center repeatedly sued the Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s delays in evaluating whether the bird should be protected. In 2014 the Fish and Wildlife Service finally listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened. But the following year, an oil and gas industry lawsuit led to

a voluntary habitat conservation agreement that replaced the federal listing. The insufficiency of that voluntary agreement induced the Center and its allies to petition in 2016 for endangered listing of the lesser prairie chicken. The subsequent lawsuit by the Center and allies and  comments  submitted in April led to the current proposal, which faced opposition from the oil and gas industry.

Tracy Stone Manning to be voted on for position of Director of the BLM. Photo Credit: Courtesy: National Wildlife Federation to land management — one i n for med by science a nd robust public participation,” she continued. “I am confident based on her record that she will work with diverse stakeholders and be an effective advocate for the conservation of America’s public lands.” Gallup Sun • Friday July 30, 2021



Dad goes to daycare By Lawrence Castillo Host of “Safe Money and Income Radio”


here comes a time in the natural evolution of life that [it] makes sense to look for outside help when caring for your parents. — Lawrence Castillo Dad was still vital and mostly self-sufficient, but he was bored and needed more to keep himself occupied. The idea of finding an adult daycare for him was finally addressed. He needed more interaction and more stimuli, plus we needed a short daily break. We embarked on the adventure of finding a satisfactory place for Dad to visit a couple of times a week. The first thing we learned was that there were two differences in adult daycare centers. One choice would be for health care needs, and the other was for social interaction. Fortunately for Dad, it was the social choice we were looking

for. We had been advised that there are many differences in adult daycare offerings, not just the health and special issues. One big issue was physical access; Dad used a walker, and occasionally it was easier for him to get around in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, not all adult daycare centers will take people in wheelchairs. We asked about an activities schedule. Do they offer physical activities? What mental stimulation offered? Does a daycare employee become involved, or is that left to those who have come to use the daycare? Do they encourage children to visit? Having a grandchild drop by and visit can raise the spirits of everyone. Activities are key. Ask! A well-run adult daycare center will offer activities that enrich the experience. Here are some of the activities that may be available: • Arts and crafts therapy

• Musical entertainment and sing-a-longs • Mental stimulation games such as bingo and card games • Stretching or other gentle exercises • Discussion groups led by a staff member • Holiday and birthday celebrations • Visit s by rel ig iou s organizations Does the daycare offer meals? If only snacks and drinks are offered, what is the menu? So many people have allergies, or are on a special or restricted diet, you have to ask. We learned about the importance of water. Seniors need water. Does the daycare center push drinking water? It seems like a simple question, but the answer is fundamental. One big surprise we found on our first-day care visit was how dirty the bathrooms were. It is important to ask to see and inspect the bathrooms. Is the towel dispenser full? Is there

hand soap? Are there handrails to help the user? Make sure you know what the hours of operation are. What happens if someone is late in picking Dad up? Are they open on weekends? Is there a shift change during the day? Will it affect Dad’s visit? A sk about co st s a nd expenses. How much is the daily rate? Is there an hourly rate? According to A Place for Mom, average daily fees range from $100 to $300. Is there a minimum weekly rate to hold Dad’s spot if he is not there regularly? Some nonprofit adult day care centers offer scholarships. Ask! We found the ratio of staff to users a concern when we visited the daycare centers. We always asked what their staff ratio was, and the better centers offered the better ratios. We found in nonprofit daycare centers; there was a better ratio of staff to the user.  It may seem an absurd question, but, are they licensed? Ask them, and then ask to see their licenses. Any credible center will happily show you their license. Don’t just assume it is there.

Lawrence Castillo For Dad, it has been a wonderful experience. He looks forward to going to the center, we originally scheduled two days a week, and now he is using the facilities almost every day. He has met a nice group of friends and has learned new activities he never dreamed would interest him. I hope our research will help you in your search for an adult daycare center. I found additional help here: Send your financial questions to Lawrence Castillo at LandCRetirementPlanners@ gm a i l . c o m fo r f u t u r e columns.

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How media keeps the government honest By Lucas Peerman Board member New Mexico Foundation for Open Government


he f i r st sentence i n New Mex ico’s Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance Guide states,”Access to public records is one of the fundamental rights afforded to people in a democracy.”

student relationship,” Ewing wrote in a text message. “I don’t operate that way and reported that immediately. … I believe in protecting innocent children.” “You are making erroneous assumptions based on a lack of information,” then-LCPD chief Patrick Gallagher retorted via text. “The district attorney, city manager and city attorney are well informed on the

relationship issue.” D’Ammassa continued to dig into it and after a series of other public records requests, uncovered that a Las Cruces police officer had allegedly engaged in an “intimate/sexual” relationship with an 18-year-old high school student participating in a workplace internship at the police department. The Sun-News learned that the officer resigned following

an investigation and that the police department no longer participates in the internship program. The public pays for this school-funded internship program, as well as the salaries of all employees at the police department. If this kind of alleged act — one that results in an officer’s resignation and a termination of a program — is taking place on the public

dime, the public deserves to know about it. However, several high-ranking and elected officials knew about it and didn’t think it was the public’s business. Had D’Ammassa not requested the text messages, this incident may have gone unreported. This is one of myriad IPRA


Dine Local Restaurant Guide Please Support Local Businesses Lucas Peerman is the news director of the Las Cruces Sun-News and a board member of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. Photo Credit: Courtesy Lucas Peerman Citizens can hold public institutions in the state to account through IPRA, and the Open Meetings Act. These acts mandate transparency. Government watchdog reporters are often able to shine a light on documents, text threads and other communication officials would rather be kept secret by fi ling IPRA requests or notifying the Attorney General’s Office of possible OMA violations. How do reporters use these sunshine laws to inform the public? “Las Cruces Sun-News” reporter Algernon D’Ammassa in 2019 wa nted to lea r n more about why Greg Ewing abruptly resigned as superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools. Among the d o c u m e n t s D ’A m m a s s a requested, via a public records request, were all text messages from Ewing’s work cell phone, which is paid for by taxpayers. D’Ammassa uncovered a few amusing text message exchanges, but nothing as explosive as the texts between the superintendent and the city’s police chief unrelated to Ewing’s eventual resignation. “Chief you told me you didn’t want the information out and you wanted it contained regarding the officer OPINIONS





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‘Stillwater’ makes a lasting impression By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 140 MINUTES This film from Focus Features opens in cinemas on July 30. Over the years, there have been plenty of movies about family members giving their all to try to prove a loved one innocent of a crime. In many of these stories, the leads take extreme measures to uncover the truth. By definition, “Stillwater” is one these fi lms, but this tale is handled differently from others of its ilk. This character-based drama focuses on the characters and takes many unique turns along the way, asking questions of its protagonist and addressing bigger themes in the process. Bill Baker (Matt Damon) is an Oklahoma oil-rig roughneck with a sketchy history. However, his focus has turned to helping his estranged daughter, Allison (Abigail Breslin). After traveling to France, it is revealed that she has been arrested and sentenced to prison in Marseille for murdering her partner. Allison insists

that the responsible party must have been a figure whom she and her girlfriend met at a party. When all legal avenues fail, Bill decides to hunt down the mysterious figure himself. He doesn’t speak the language, but is taken in by a kind local na med Vi rg i n ie (Ca m i l le Cottin) and her young daughter, Maya (Lilou Siauvaud). As his search begins to stall, the protagonist fi nds himself making a new start with his hosts. However, when a lead develops, Bill is faced with the dilemma of whether to continue in his pursuit or leave the job to authorities. W h i le t he s t or y i s n’t unusual, writer/director Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight,” “Win Win”) handles the material with far more complexity than most Hollywood dramas. Initially, the film addresses the lead’s difficulty communicating with residents, as well as with his own daughter. Bill’s determination and impulsive mindset is in some respects relatable. There are also some interesting exchanges between the protagonist and Allison, who becomes infuriated by her dad’s independent efforts to find the responsible party. His actions also lead to an intriguing conversation about the flaws in the family character

Bill Baker (Matt Damon) gets some lessons they don’t teach roughnecks when his estranged daughter Allison (Abigail Reslin – not pictured here) is arrested for murder in “Stillwater.” Photo Credit: Focus Features and how the best of intentions can sometimes lead one down a dark path. But as he spends more time with Virginie and Maya, we begin to see a more thoughtful and considerate figure emerge. Obviously, this narrative makes sure not to make a mockery of legal processes in other countries or show the protagonist getting the job done easily. Instead, the methods he employs are frequently blunt and ineffective. The lead fi nds himself in grave danger because of some lunkheaded actions. As he ultimately gets closer to the person he is

targeting, his acts threaten not only his daughter’s potential case, but put his new life in jeopardy. As things take an even more extreme turn in the latter third, the movie builds on these ideas and maintains a great deal of tension. The climax and resolution don’t disappoint either. While it may not shock all viewers, there are some interesting twists as some of the primary relat ion sh ips a re forever changed. It seems that there is always a personal cost to the decisions made and this drama isn’t afraid to examine them in detail. Naturally, as one might have guessed by now, a bigger metaphorical message eventually looms over the fi lm about the detrimental

and destructive effects of an American entering a foreign nation and aggressively intervening in their legal system and regulations. The somber approach, serious tone, and final message may not please all viewers, but it drew this viewer in. Additionally, the performances and relationships on display have a believable and authentic feel. And this is also a story that, by the close, delivers plenty of food for thought. “Stillwater” ultimately stands as a unique and enlightening drama and will make a lasting impression on those looking for a little more meat in their crime pictures.   V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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THUNDERBIRD | FROM COVER polishing the fi rst batch of turquoise, Cosper put up a sign “Turquoise for Sale” in front of the Road Runner Motel. He stood beside it, selling the pieces to jewelry makers. When he ran out, he bought more and went through the process all over again, hiring a worker here and there along the way. “It all started right there,” Thomason said. “He needed to hire someone. He didn’t mind hiring someone that knew a little more than he did.” It led to him fi nding someone else to run the Thunderbird Motel, so he could set up “Thunderbird Distributing” in a corner room. It wasn’t long before customers began asking Cosper why he didn’t sell silver. So, because his customers asked him to sell it, he invested in an inventory of silver. Thomason said Cosper’s willingness to add inventory based on customers’ requests mushroomed into the 27,822 squa re -foot location they have today at 1907 West Route 66. Cosper no longer owns any motels. “As everything grew, he [Cosper] listened to the customer,” Thomason emphasized. Around 1970 a miner named

Front Sales Representative Cassandra Dooline serves anniversary cake for the Thunderbird Supply Company 50th anniversary celebration at the store in Gallup on July 17. Photo Credit: Courtesy Thunderbird Supply Company Roscoe Scott tested out that openness to the customer practiced by Cosper. Scott mined coal, copper, and uranium. He said Thunderbird helped him to get work in the Arizona Highway Department and the Museum of Indian Arts in Denver. Around 1972 Scott said he started to do silversmithi ng a nd “I’ve been w it h Thunderbird ever since.” Scott had two jobs and Thunderbird was the one he fell back on when he was in-between jobs.

“Number one thing is that it helped put food on the table and it helped [put] shoes on the kids,” he said. “They grew up on Thunderbird.” At the time, Scott said silver was $4.50 to $5 an ounce. Now it runs nearly $25 an ounce. Scott, who has lived in Red Rock, about eight miles east of Gallup, for the past 49 years, said his family has grown with Thunderbird. He likes their competitive prices, their service, and the counter staff all

Leo Torrez hands a $50 gift certificate to Shawn B., who won it as part of a prize drawing because he was being assisted by an employee whose name was pulled as a raffle winner. It was all part of the July 17 Thunderbird Supply Company 50th anniversary celebration. Photo Credit: Courtesy Thunderbird Supply Company the way up to the management. The appreciation of that same attitude of Cosper’s, could also be heard in Lyndon Tsosie’s description of the supply company. Tsosie is a Navajo silversmith, born in Fort Defi ance, Ariz. He now makes his home in Gallup and began making jewelry in 1990. He was appreciative of Thunderbird Supply Company. For one thing, he said Thunderbird helped him in his career with silver. “Back in the early ‘90s, they’re the ones who helped

me with how to shine stones,” Tsosie said. “I would ask, ‘how do you shine this, how do you cut this?’” Tsosie said the supply company is still a big help with his career and not just with silver, but also with certain fi ndings and special tools. Tsosie’s experience is not unusual. Thunderbird works to help crafters learn and promote their creations, both in its stores and online.


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THUNDERBIRD | FROM PAGE 17 THOMASON CLIMBS THE CAREER LADDER Da n ny T homa son, ha s been an instrumental part of the store’s growth. He got his start as a summer intern in 1978. Then, as his internship came to a close, he felt he was facing a crossroads in life. He was struggling to decide whether to accept a full university scholarship or a position at Thunderbird. He chose the latter. Thomason started on the silver counter, and over the years he worked in purchasing, wholesale, and mail order, making his way up the company ladder. He was promoted

Native Touch findings, and squash blossoms, cones, bezel cups, ring shanks, bench beads, and bolo tips. Those are manufactured in Gallup. In Albuquerque, Thunderbird Supply produces the JCK line of Navajo pearls. Thunderbird ca r r ies over 10,000 different products in its stores. Additionally, the mail order part of the business has grown

A creation of Navajo silversmith Lyndon Tsosie. Photo Credit: Courtesy Lyndon Tsosie

Panorama of the front sales floor of the Gallup Thunderbird Supply Company on its 50th anniversary July 17. Photo Credit: Courtesy Thunderbird Supply Company to CEO in 2007. “It turned out to be more than a summer job,” he quipped.  From there, Thomason worked at establishing relationships with other wholesale vendors to expand the company’s offerings to its entrepreneurial customer base.

Thunderbird doesn’t take shortcuts with the supplies it offers to jewelry-makers. Those relationships paid off, Tsosie, who owns the House of Lyndon, said. He uses Thunderbird often. “It’s a great place to buy materials that nobody else has

Celebrating the Thunderbird Supply Company’s 50th anniversary on July 17 are, from left: Danny Thomason (CEO), Mary Thomason (Danny’s wife), Lettie and Don Cosper (owners) Photo Credit: Courtesy Thunderbird Supply Company


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at the time,” he stated. He went on to say the best thing he ever bought from Thunderbird Supply Company was silver. Scott said Thunderbird has been his main supplier over the years, allowing him to meet a lot of jewelry dealers from across the country and create relationships of his own. I n Dec. 2 0 02 , Co s per decided to extend his reach further into the jewelry supply business when he learned that the display product manufacturing operation dba Cases Unlimited was for sale. He pu rcha sed it f rom Marivel Manufacturing, Inc. in Tucson, Ariz. and began a new product line of trays/pads, boxes and riker cases. He gave the company a new name: Enchanted Cases and Display. Now a big portion of the Thunderbird warehouse in Gallup is dedicated to housing a machine that fabricates foam for display cases, while workers create a majority of the compa ny’s jewelr y displays. While Thunderbird Supply Company’s brand extensions expanded its reach to crafters, vendors and dealers beyond the Southwest, some of the silversmiths and crafters who remain in the area provide beadwork and jewelry that is currently on display, and supplies that are for sale in its stores. Thunderbird personnel told the Sun that many crafters create beadwork and manufacture metal items that can be found at Thunderbird. Not only that, Thunderbird crafters create products for branded jewelry lines, such as

Valerie Johnson, Sales Representative for Thunderbird Supply Company sister store, Thunderbird Jewelry, is measuring rhinestone banding for a customer July 17. Photo Credit: Courtesy Thunderbird Supply Company exponentially. Thomason said the store ships large quantities of supplies to South America and around the globe. THUNDERBIRD MODELS W h i le T ho m a s o n h a s worked on building a jewelry supply empire, and honing his management skills to keep his staff accountable and focused,

for events and photo shoots. D u r i n g T hu nde r bi r d’s annual advertising campaign, models may appear on billboards, in social media, on the City of Gallup Map and the Visitors’ Guides to Gallup and Albuquerque, as well as the Thunderbird calendar and website. Models help Thunderbird

Navajo silversmith Lyndon Tsosie, formerly of Fort Defiance, Ariz, now living in Gallup, is seen here with his Sun City, Ariz. class teaching stamping in Nov. 2019. Photo Credit: Courtesy Lyndon Tsosie he also helped launch the Thunderbird model campaign. He said he thought it would be a good draw after noticing the “Women of the Navajo” calendar campaign.  Over the years, the campaign has gone from being primarily Indigenous women to including models from diverse cultures, and also men. This year’s model auditions are set for: • July 31, 11 am-3  pm in the Red Shell Room at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1105 W

Supply Company to show the modern audience how handmade artists’ creations complement today’s fashions and everyday wear. In its worldwide campaign, the company collaborates with artists and models to promote them and their talents at no charge, so the beauty they create is available to all nationalities around the globe. For more information: call Vince or Rona at (505) 722-4323 ext. 1026 or 1012 NEWS


about having work sessions twice a month. She explained that on the Tuesdays they in the case of twice-a-month don’t have council meetings, special meetings The agendas she schedules appointments are currently made available to that are usually out of town. the public the Friday before an That would mean she would upcoming city council meeting. probably have to attend work Councilor Fran Palochak, sessions by phone or video. Dist. 4, expressed her concerns She also talked about the

amount of work city staff would be saddled with if the number of meetings doubled. “I don’t see the value in it,” Palochak said. “What I’m seeing is a lot of work for the staff. “You’re working them to death to get a work session that makes your life a little easier because you’re going to

get out of here a half an hour early,” she concluded. City Ma nager Ma r ya nn Ustick told the council that she and City Clerk Alfred Abeita usually have rough drafts of the meeting agendas completed a month in advance. She offered to send the agendas to council members at

the beginning of each month, so councilors could notify the city about which topics they would like addressed in a work session. The council unanimously decided to go with the third proposal: having work sessions scheduled on an as-needed basis.


A S S AU LT W I T H A KNIFE Gamerco, July 15 McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Salazar was patrolling near the area of

Cascade Street in the morning when he saw Willia m Schumaker, 30, of Jamestown, N.M., working on a vehicle in front of a residence. Salazar knew he had several warrants out for his arrest and drove toward him. After telling Schumaker to stay put while he advised Metro Dispatch, Salazar saw him f lee through the backyard and he ran after him. The repor t states Salazar yelled for him to stop multiple times, but his commands were ignored. The chase went to a residence on Draco Street, where Schumaker tried to barricade himself inside. Salazar reached the door and was able to pepper spray Schumaker and enter the house.

Salazar saw Schumaker was holding a pocket knife, so he tased him. He was able to place handcuffs on Schumaker and detain him until another officer arrived. He washed Schumaker’s eyes out with water while he waited for an ambulance to treat him. Schumaker was cleared by Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Ser v ices and released to Salazar, who took him to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked for aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Schumaker posted a $2,000 bond. SUPERMAN CANYON CHASE Gallup, June 24, 2020 McKinley County Sheriff’s Sg t . Ta m my Houg ht a l i ng joined a chase in progress late at night near Superman Canyon Road. Deputy Terence

Willie was pursuing a vehicle toward Red Hills Trailer Park, where Houghtaling met them. The vehicle drove on Rimrock Drive to Alto Place, and then back to Rimrock. The vehicle crashed, but continued on to Hazel Drive, eventually stopping at the intersection of Hazel a nd Dairy Avenue. A driver, identified as Taylor Etsitty, 26, and an unidentifi ed passenger exited the vehicle and fled the scene. The passenger ran toward Jay Street, while Houghtaling followed Etsitty to the porch of a house. Etsitty said the residence was his aunt’s and he f led the scene because he was scared. He was placed under arrest for evading or resisting an officer and was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked.

broke ground in Whitehorse Lake, a traditional Navajo medicine man blessed the earth on which it would be built, the people who would work on the project, and the communities who would receive its water. Again, when the Bureau of Reclamation and Navajo Nation Water Commission began construction on the lateral’s water treatment facility, the ground was blessed, and again, when everything was fi nished last fall. “It’s spiritual. I don’t know how I would describe it — the

same way as a person praying in a church, I guess. Asking the lord for spiritual help, spiritual guidance,” Smith said. “That it will happen, that it will help our people, and nothing will get in the way. … That’s what we bless it for, and that it will help our people.” Even the reservoir, a pool of blue nestled among a maze of mesas in northern New Mexico, miles from the San Juan River that feeds its water and far down dirt roads from any town, was blessed. The reservoir sits above Blanco Canyon, where

a single lane bridge crosses a section of the dry wash. Signs caution to yield to oncoming traffic, and watch for flash floods, which could swamp a car in the depression between where the bridge ends and the riverbank climbs out of the floodplain. Tamarisks line the banks, their bare branches red in winter. A few houses perch on promontor ies overlooking the empty riverbed and the canyon walls, where lines of junipers mark layers in the rock and dirt. Propane tanks

and firewood sit alongside the houses. School bus stops appear on the side of some of the graded dirt roads, sometimes where there’s not a house in sight. Blue posts dot the horizon, marking the buried pipeline. The line weaves among more prevalent natural gas pipelines, marked with yellow posts. All of it has the beginnings of a grownover, nondescript look, as though it has been there for ages. PA R T F O U R : C ONC LU SION : Wat e r reaches the communities

and how the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department hired a major who wasn’t qualified for the position and ended up paying him big bucks for over a year, while he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun or a badge. E a rl ier t h i s ye a r, “Searchlight New Mexico” uncovered how the Children, Youth and Families Department was using Signal, a phone app that automatically deletes texts once they are sent. CYFD head Brian Blalock said the information staffers send through

Signal is not subject to IPRA requests. How would we know? The public demands transparency for this very reason. The AG’s Office, which enforces IPRA and OMA, has advised public entities not to use Signal, or similar apps, when transferring information. Public entities can face big fi nes if they violate IPRA or OMA. In 2018, freelance journalist Heath Haussamen sued the state after Spaceport America didn’t fulfi ll his IPRA requests. The state settled

for $60,000 and the spaceport had to release the information anyway. Citizens are busy people; they need jobs to pay rent and hobbies to keep sane. Who has time to police the policy makers? Government watchdog reporters do that work, and they do it well. These reporters build sources within government circles, attend sparsely attended public meetings and request documents via public records requests, all the while gathering evidence and asking

tough questions to hold government officials accountable to the citizens they represent. The media that employ these watchdogs — often called the Fourth Estate, or the fourth pillar of government — are quite literally a stabilizing force upon which our democracy is built. This essay is part of FOG’s “Transparency is the Key to Democracy Project” focused on transparency and accountability as the basis for democracy.

BUSTED (AGAIN) FOR METH Gallup, July 16 A Yatahey man was already under a r rest, but he ended up i n more hot wa t er when narcotics were found on him inside the jail. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai was d i s pa t che d t o t he Adu lt Detention Center after staff located the narcotics. A correctional officer was moving Jimmie White, 49, from his holding cell to a Magistrate Court video hearing when White dropped a small clear

COMMUNITY WITHOUT WATER | FROM PAGE 11 the settlement between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico, and he’d go to Washington, D.C. on the day President Obama signed the bill approving the settlement. But he didn’t live long enough to see water in the pipes. “The communities regard the water project as a priority,” Tsosie said. “They’ve been waiting a lifetime for this.” Before the Cutter Lateral

NMFOG | FROM PAGE 15 queries by a New Mexico media organization that has kept governments honest. Public record requests just in Las Cruces have allowed the Sun-News to explain how the city’s tourism bureau was making employees falsify time cards to cheat them of overtime; how an engineer recommended not holding events at a downtown theater until structural repairs were made, but the city did anyway; NEWS

bag containing a small glassy substance later identified as cr ystal methamphetamine from h is ora nge ja il su it pocket. W hen the hear ing concluded, the officer returned White to his cell. That’s when he found another small clear bag with two pills inside. They were later identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride. White was booked for a bench warrant. Bringing contraband into jail was added to the charges against him. White was released on his own recognizance, however he is still in custody on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

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LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE 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

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 SELFSTORAGE, 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 two (2) consecutive weeks.

All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative at the offices of Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico.


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In the Matter of the Estate of JACK FOSTER, Deceased. No. D-1113-PB-2021-00036 NOTICE TO CREDITORS WYNEMA GONZALES has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of JACK FOSTER, deceased.

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before the City Council for final approval at its regular meeting to be held on August 24th, 2021. Both meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall located on the corner of South Second Street and West Aztec Avenue. ITEM ONE: CASE # 2100300002: Request by Gallup Housing Authority, property owner, for Final Plat approval of a Minor Subdivision; Arnold Development Subdivision an Unplatted Tract of Land situated in the West ½ of the NW ¼ of Section 21, T15N, R18W, N.M.P.M. Also dedicating Arnold Street, Arnold Circle, and Arnold Court to reflect the existing forty foot (40’) street rightof-way (R.O.W.). Rename Arnold Place to Arnold Court. The property is generally located immediately south of Aztec Avenue & east of Arnold Street; subdivision contains 10.7391 acres M/L which includes the dedicated R.O.W.’s of 2.0331 acres. ITEM TWO: CASE # 21-0600002: Request by Isidro and Eloise K. Chavez, property owners, for the Rezoning of 0.34 acres M/L FROM Mixed-Use Center (MXC) Zone District TO Heavy Commercial (HC) Zone District. The property is located at 612 & 614 South Second Street; more particularly described as Block 29 Frac. Lots 33 thru 36, A&P Addition Frac. Lots 24 thru 36, A&P. ITEM THREE: CASE # 21-0600003: Request by the City of Gallup, on behalf of the property owners, for the Rezoning of a portion of land FROM Heavy Commercial



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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 Standards” of the Municipal Code of the City of Gallup to add cannabis regulations to adhere to the newly adopted HB 2 Cannabis Regulation Act. The consultant team, Bohannan Huston, Inc. and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Design creating the new regulations have been working closely with City Staff. The consultant team will give the presentation and be available for questions and discussion. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request. Please contact C.B. Strain at (505) 863-1244, at least one (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. Copies of the Agenda are available on the City of Gallup’s website at: agendacenter The meeting will be accessible through the City of Gallup’s Facebook page: https://www. City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk PUBLISH: 30 July 2021 *** PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Jail Authority Board has scheduled their meeting for Tuesday, August 03, 2021, at 3:30 pm. This meeting will be open to the public via technology services to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 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. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request. Please contact Elvera Grey at Elvera., at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements to join the meeting.

All interested parties are invited to attend. Done this 27th day of July 2021 JAIL AUTHORITY BOARD /S/ Billy Moore, Chairperson Publication date: July 03, 2021 Publication Gallup Sun: July 30, 2021 *** MCKINLEY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO NOTICE OF MEETING AND INTENT TO ADOPT CANNABIS REGULATION ORDINANCE McKinley County, New Mexico (the “County”) hereby gives notice of a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of the County (the “Board”) on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. (unless changed by publication of the Board) in the Commissioner’s Chamber at the McKinley County Courthouse (Third Floor) located at 207 West Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301. At such meeting, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, the Board, constituting the governing body of the County, will hold a public hearing concerning, and will consider for adoption an ordinance (the “Ordinance”) to regulate (as allowed by the CRA) medical and recreational cannabis establishments, other cannabis businesses, production of cannabis and cannabis products and use in certain places. The title (subject to amendment or substitution) and subject matter of the Ordinance are as follows: MCKINLEY, NEW MEXICO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ORDINANCE NO. 2021-JUL004 AN ORDINANCE REGULATING MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL CANNABIS ESTABLISHMENTS, OTHER CANNABIS BUSINESSES, PRODUCTION OF CANNABIS AND CANNABIS PRODUCTS. A general summary of the Ordinance is contained in its title. Complete copies of the proposed Ordinance are on file and available for public inspection during the normal and regular business of the

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County Clerk, whose office is located at 207 West Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the McKinley County Manager at 207 West Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. This notice constitutes compliance with NMSA 1978, Section 4-37-7 (1981). Dated this 27th day of July, 2021. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MCKINLEY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO By:

/s/ Billy Moore

Billy Moore, Chair *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Among the item(s) will be a second reading of and public hearing on a proposed Ordinance “Regulating Medical and Recreational Cannabis Establishments, Other Cannabis Businesses, Production of Cannabis and Cannabis Products” based on the intent motion adopted July 15, 2021; and Intent Resolution confirmed on July 27, 2021. Because of COVID-19, and other location issues, this meeting will be a zoom meeting, members of the public may view/attend and listen via the live stream feed offered on the approved Facebook account of the McKinley County Managers. If any person wants to make a comment on any agenda item, they will need to call (505)8631400 no later than 1:50 PM on August 3, 2021 and leave their name and a telephone number so the Commission can make a return call at the appropriate time to receive the comment. Chair will call you on your return number so you can make your comment. The Commission Chair pursuant to state law and county policy can limit

the time of comments and reduce common or cumulative comments as needed; comments will be limited to 3 minutes 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. All interested parties are invited to view. Done this 27th day of July 2021 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Billy Moore, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun, July 30, 2021 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS MARGUERITE-FRANCO DRIVE AND VICTORIA AVENUE WATERLINE REPLACEMENT CITY OF GALLUP Formal Bid No. 2113 Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive ELECTRONICALLY submitted bids for construction of CITY OF GALLUP MARGUERITE-FRANCO DRIVE AND VICTORIA AVENUE WATERLINE REPLACEMENT until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, August 18, 2021 at https://app. Bids will be electronically opened, and publicly read aloud at the Office of the Procurement Manager via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means. This project will consist of installing new 6-inch waterlines at MargueriteFranco Drive and at Victoria Ave in Gallup, NM. Marguerite-Franco Drive will consist of installing approximately 830 linear feet of new 6-inch waterline starting from the intersection of McKinley Drive & East Wilson Avenue to the intersection of MargueriteFranco Drive & Maloney Avenue. Victoria Avenue will consist of installing approximately 665 linear feet of new 6-inch waterline starting from the intersection of Victoria

Avenue & Fifth Street to the intersection of Victoria Avenue & Third Street. Work at both locations shall include fittings, specials, trenching, backfilling, compaction, transfer of existing water services, existing waterline removal, waterline abandonment and traffic control. Sidewalk, curb and gutter, asphalt, and drivepad removal will also be required. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 8635440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be examined and/or downloaded at https://app.   NOTE: The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/ RFx software powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from bidders must be submitted 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. Pre-Bid/Pre-Proposal Conferences, Bid Openings, and Pre-Construction 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 28th day of July, 2021 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publication Date: Friday, July 30, 2021




3 pm. Outside the Children’s Branch near the playground. Join OFPL for an end of Summer Reading Block Party. Play and win prizes at OFPL’s Minute to Win It mini-challenges. Participate in Chalk the Walk and make your own colorful sidewalk chalk art. Assemble your own Artist Trading Cards and exchange them with other community members. Stop by for a fun-filled afternoon for all ages. For more information email aprice@ or call (505) 863-1291.


9 am-4 pm @ 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.


Through July 30. To enroll for Fall 2021: Complete an UNMG TRIO/SSS application. For more information go to loboacademy.php SATURDAY, JULY 31


11 am-3 pm in the Red Shell Room at Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1105 W Lincoln Ave. Thunderbird Supply Company is holding is model auditions.


2 pm. Join us on Facebook and Instagram, @galluplibrary or YouTube to catch conversations on various topics and hear about all of the exciting upcoming events at OFPL. Watch our newest virtual show! We’ll answer questions, showcase library materials, and more Deep in the Stacks! For more information email mdchavez@ or call (505) 863-1291.


All ages can participate in 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 CALENDAR

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 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 aprice@ or call (505) 863-1291.


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. MONDAY, AUGUST 2


1 pm-2 pm @ SSC 640 Boardman Drive


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 This week our focus will be on Glass Butterfly Havens. We will use moss, twigs, butterflies and other recycled materials to create a butterfly haven. Participants can add their own personal touches using items such as string lights, glitter, paint, and other materials. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, AUGUST 3


4 pm on Facebook, @ galluplibrary or YouTube at Octavia Fellin Public


Library for FREE computer classes. Watch our archived collection of classes or take part in our new LIVE In-Person classes. Submit your technology questions, and we will create tutorial videos to meet your technology needs. For more information email libtrain@ or call (505) 863-1291.


Everyone gets Spam emails, but too much can create unwanted clutter. This week’s Tech Time will focus on how to minimize spam, declutter, and avoid losing important emails to a sea of unwanted ads and newsletters. Discover the top tips to taking back control of your email!


1 pm-2 pm. Join us on Facebook and YouTube to explore with our five senses. This month we’re focusing on science we can see- Sink or Float. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4


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.


11 am outside by the playground at Octavia Fellin Public Library Children’s Branch. Join us for stories, songs and science!


8 pm @ the Historic El Rancho Hotel’s 49er Lounge. Americana artist Johnny Ironsights will perform as part of his Murder Mountain solo acoustic tour. The songs on his new album, “Murder Mountain” were written and recorded during the pandemic and follow the death of his father to cancer. The album is now in rotation at more than 100 radio stations in the U. S. and Europe. THURSDAY, AUGUST 5


9 am-4 pm @ 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.


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 This week we will help you with Organic Bird Seed Ornaments. ONGOING


Following a break-in over the week end of July 24, a number of things were taken or destroyed at the 100 E. Aztec Ave. office. Because the organization is committed to its cause, the doors are open and people are back at work. However, they would appreciate donations to help replace some of the items that were stolen, enhance their security, and get the office professionally cleaned. If you wish to help, visit, email info@, or call (505) 726-4285 or (505) 728-8356.


Jump-start your career with a Google Career Certificate scholarship. Prepare for entry-level positions in data analytics, project management, user experience design, and IT support-no college degree or relevant experience required. Apply for a scholarship at https://forms. gle/1jThmKPHVScnJuxr5 now through Sept. 15. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.


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


8 am-5 pm. Closed weekends @ 1850 U. S. Rte. 66. urgent care visits, vaccines, primary care. (505) 488-2603.


There’s still time! Don’t forget to return your summer reading bingo card to be entered into weekly prize drawings. Last day to submit your bingo card and enter into a grand prize drawing is Sept. 1. For more information email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291.


8 am-5 pm; closed 12 pm-1 pm Mon.- Fri. @ McKinley Public Health Office (1919 College Dr.) Call (505) 7222004 for WIC services. Call (505) 722-4391 for clinical services. For COVID vaccinations (Moderna & Pfizer), register at or call for assistance. Services include vaccines for children up to age 18 and adults 19 and older; Confidential family planning & STI services and confidential harm reduction services on Thursdays from 9 am-12 pm.


“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. Zoom discussions will be held, Aug. 12 at 6 pm, Aug. 19 at 6 pm and Aug. 28 at 3 pm. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.


The club meets monthly. It is a non-profit 501c, and an all-volunteer organization made up of local amateur radio operators who assist local governments during emergencies, find lost people, and help citizens obtain their licenses to become amateur radio operators at no cost. Visitors and members must pay for their own meals. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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Gallup Sun ● July 30, 2021  

In this week's issue Thunderbird Supply Company's 50th anniversary celebration gets the spotlight. a non-profit suffers a break-in, we meet...

Gallup Sun ● July 30, 2021  

In this week's issue Thunderbird Supply Company's 50th anniversary celebration gets the spotlight. a non-profit suffers a break-in, we meet...

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