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Home healthcare workers: invisible during the pandemic By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


ome health care is a demanding profession that has been made even harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. A n organization called New Me x ic o C a r e g i ve r s in Action wa s created to address some of the issues fa ci ng home hea lt h ca re workers. Because the wages for these workers are so low,

Valerie Tsosie is a member of the New Mexico Caregivers in Action program. She takes care of her 64-year-old father by preparing his meals and helping him run errands. Here she participates in an NMAC Zoom meeting on Aug. 30. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pam Stafford NMCA, a 501©6 non-profit, has provides health insurance, as well as vision, dental

Children’s home gets big check

Shane Roanhorse is an Arizona member of New Mexico Caregivers in Action. He has been caring for his 92-year-old grandmother for four years. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pam Stafford and life to caregivers for $15 a year. In addition to New Mexico, NMCA is offering this same service to people in Arizona. Some of the people who


Children play on a seesaw at Manuelito Children’s home in July 2019. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Staff Reports


he Manuelito Children’s Home had plenty to celebrate on Colonel Sanders’ birthday Sept. 9. The K FC Fou ndation’s Kentucky Fried Wishes prog ra m awa rded t he home $10,000. The home was nominated for the grant by local Gallup KFC team members for the work they do within the community. The children’s home plans to use the funds to build a sustainable greenhouse to provide healthy fruits and

vegetables for children, giving them a sense of responsibility and resourcefulness. T he Wishes prog ra m awarded 11 non profit organizations with $10,000 each in honor of KFC’s famous 11 herbs and spices. Kentucky Fried Wishes is an independent 501c3 organization that has provided more than $20 million to more than 6,400 KFC restaurant employees and students through eeducation, hardship assistance and personal finance programs. Visit them at



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Adventure Gallup and Beyond presents an update for the north side Outdoor Recreation project to the city council By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent

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The Outdoor Recreation project will cover land east of the Gallup Flea Market and west of the Gallup Off-Highway Vehicle Park. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brian Leddy

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outdoor recreation project that would be on the north side of Gallup. The project would cover the land east of the Gallup Flea Market and west of the Gallup Off-Highway Vehicle Park. The

northern border includes Navajo Nation land, and the southern boundary runs along Maloney Avenue. President of AGB Brian Leddy said that this would be a legacy project and could

Adventure Gallup Board President Brian Leddy presented the North Side Outdoor Recreation project to the Gallup City Council Sept. 14. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brian Leddy potentially improve the quality of life in Gallup. “Gallup needs to fi nd ways to attract [and] entertain people who will contribute to our community,” Leddy said. “Having a close-by place to hike, bike, go



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Weekly Police Activity Report Man found dead at Staff Reports STOLEN IDENTITY Ramah, Aug. 30 A woman who was missing her weekly unemployment benefits from her state issued card, received a text message on Aug. 24 suggesting she log in to a website to verify her identity. She followed the instructions and said the site she reached looked like the New Mexico Work Force Solutions page. But when she got there the page froze. She ca lled N.M. Work Force Solutions Aug. 30 and learned there had been cases of fraud. The text message came from (936) 514-8952. The bank for the fraudulent checking account was confi rmed to be Wells Fargo BK NA Iowa. The woman was asked to sign a fraud affidavit and fi le


a report, which she did, for McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Todachine. REFUSING TO LEAVE Gallup, July 23 W hen a n i nt ox ic at ed male was told to leave the Burger King at 801 N. U.S. Hwy. 491, he just stood there. Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was called to the scene and spoke with the manager, who continued to tell the man, identified as Preston Lynch, 30, of Chinle, to leave. Lynch expressed racist aggression toward Yazzie, who was able to detain him before he got more upset. Yazzie placed Lynch inside his unit and asked the employees what had happened. They explained that Lynch was told to leave but did not. An employee said Lynch got in

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the manager’s face, before he pushed him away. Then Lynch punched him, the employee, in the jaw. Yazzie transported Lynch to Gallup Detox and was accepted. Lynch was also issued a non-traffic citation for battery. Lynch was released on his own recognizance. REPORTED BY HER SISTER Gallup, July 23 M e t r o Dispatch fielded a number of calls about the same driver on July 23. One of those was the sister of the driver. People said a suspected drunk driver


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ot a lot is known about the male found unresponsive outside of Big Cheese Pizza, 1516 E. Hwy. 66, Sept. 15. Gallup Police were called to the scene at 8 am that day and were followed by emergency units. The male was deceased. His identity is unknown. No foul play is suspected in this incident.

Police unit responds to a call about a man found outside Big Cheese Pizza, 1516 E. Hwy. 66, on the morning of Sept 15. Photo Credit: Gallup Police Department

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Rachel Livingston Sept. 4, 3:24 pm DWI (Second) A bl a ck pick up t r uck pulled up near the spot where McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terence Willie was stationed and informed him that a Ford bearing a temporary license plate had almost struck him while traveling north on Highway 602. Willie traveled on the highway and found a tan Ford Contour which fit the description parked alongside the road. He pulled over and met with Rachel Livingston, 52, of Gallup. She showed signs of being intoxicated and told Willie she did not have her vehicle documents with her. Livingston then sped off from the scene and Willie followed her, turning onto Catapia Canyon Road, where Livingston’s vehicle drove off the road at 75 mph and collided with a tree. Willie went to evaluate

Liv ingston. She was lying across the front seat and no airbag had deployed. She had a cut on her upper forehead and some blood coming from her head. She was alert, talking and crying. T he veh icle cont i nued running and was stuck in the sand. When asked to provide personal information, she refused. She said she had not been drinking. She said she was coming from Pinedale and going home on Jones Ranch Road. She then became disorderly and said she fell off the wagon and did not want to drink and was trying to deal with family deaths due to COVID-19. Medical staff arrived at t he scene a nd ex a m i ned L iv i ng st on before t r a n s por t i ng her to Rehobot h McKinley Christian Health Care Services. Willie searched the crash scene and found Livingston had an active bench warrant in Gallup. He traveled to the hospital and spoke with

her, where she agreed to take standard field sobriety tests, but failed. After consenting to a blood draw, Livingston was transported to McKinley County Adu lt D e t e nt ion C e nt er. However, the nursing staff would not admit Livingston due to her previous medical issues at the jail. Willie released Livingston to the RMCHCS emergency room and said a summons would later be fi led for DWI, driving on a suspended license, careless driving, failure to use safety belts, open container and a lack of evidence of registration and of fi nancial responsibility. Severn Blackmountain Sept. 3, 4:26 pm Aggravated DWI While travel i n g s out h on H ig hway 602, McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Sg t . Ta m my Houg hta li ng








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saw a car traveling 10 miles over the speed limit in a 55-mph zone. She turned to follow the vehicle, which pulled off onto Refuge Rock Road and eventually stopped. Houghta ling met the dr iver, later identified a s Severn Blackmountain, 36, of Kayenta, Ariz., who appeared confused as she spoke with h i m. Bla ck mou nt a i n h a d blo o d s ho t e ye s , s lu r r e d speech, and did not submit the identification Houghtaling requested. Blackmountain agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but had difficulty performing them and eventually failed. He was placed under arrest, while the passengers in his vehicle were relea sed from t he scene. Houghtaling found numerous open, partially emptied containers of several different alcoholic drinks inside. He wa s tra nspor ted to the sheriff ’s office, where he refused to give a breath sample. Blackmountain was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked with aggravated DWI, speeding, license on demand, evidence of insurance and open container. Blackmountain posted a $1,000 cash or surety bond. Edward Johnson Aug. 31, 7:04 pm DWI The driver of a pick up tr uck lost cont rol a nd went off the road and r ol le d ov e r nea r the 6 mile marker of Highway 400. McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane Bennett responded to the call and arrived at the scene to fi nd a male in dark clothes walking near a white overturned vehicle. The male, Edward Johnson, 37, of Manuelito, said he had been driving when he tried to veer around nearby road construction and take pictures at McGaffey Lake. That’s when he lost control of the truck. Johnson had abrasions on his hands and legs. Bennett checked the cab of the vehicle and found an open can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, which Johnson admitted to drinking. Johnson also showed signs of being intoxicated with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Johnson became a ngr y

when he was questioned, but agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests. He performed poorly and was placed under a r rest. A fter being transported to the sheriff’s office for the breath test, he posted samples of .14 and .12. Bennett tra nspor ted Johnson to Gallup India n Medical Center for medical clearance, after which he was taken to McKinley County Adult Detention Center for booking on his fi rst DWI. Johnson was released on his own recognizance. Leland Ramone July 24, 9:04 pm Aggravated DWI After a white pickup truck collided with another vehicle in the p a rk i n g lo t of the Sports Page Bar, 1400 S. Second St., Gallup Police Officer Elijah Bowman was dispatched to the area of Highway 564 after the truck traveled in that direction. Bowman found the truck near the intersection of Boyd Avenue and Boardman Drive heading north. When the truck failed to stop at a solid white line, Bowman conducted a traffic stop. The driver, Leland Ramone, 38, of Prewitt, had difficulty following instructions given by Bowman. He tried to get out of the truck without turning it off. Bowman said Ramone had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Ramone agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but failed and was placed under arrest. Ramone did not consent to the breath test. Bowman searched the vehicle and found seven open containers of Bud Light between the front and back seats. Ramone said he had taken his last drink 30 minutes before. Di spatch a dv i sed t h at Ramone had an active DWI wa r ra nt out of Roosevelt Cou nt y. He wa s t a ken to McK i n ley Cou nt y Adu lt Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI, possession of open containers in a motor vehicle, failure to produce his license and the Roosevelt County warrant. Ramone was released on his own recognizance. PUBLIC SAFETY



Niagara Rockbridge crowned Miss Navajo Nation 2021-2022 St. Michaels, Ariz., was honored as the Miss Navajo Nation 2021-2022 First runner-up. Oshkaillah Lakota IronShell, of St. Michaels, Ariz., was also recognized as the Second runner-up. Pa r r ish is cur rently enrolled with the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She anticipates g raduati ng w it h a masters degree in May 2022. She will also return to her work with the Arizona State Treasurer’s Office. “On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we honor and thank Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish, her family, and everyone who provided support and encouragement during her reign. We wish her the very best and continued success as she pursues the next milestone in her educational endeavors. Thank you for all of the wonderful work and contributions for our Navajo people. May

Close up of Miss Navajo Nation’s crown made by Matthew Charley of Bread Springs, N.M. Photo Credit: Courtesy OPVP you be blessed many times in return. Ahe’hee’,” Nez added. “Shaandiin has been heart warming and provided hope for many families, children, and elders during the pandemic. Her smile, love, and faith shined on the frontlines. She will always be a leader to the Navajo Nation. We pray for her success and health,” Lizer said. Du r i ng the coronation

ceremony, the Office of Miss Navajo Nation and the Office of the President and Vice President also unveiled the new M i s s Nava jo Nat ion Crown, which was made by Navajo silversmith Matthew Charley, of Bread Springs, N.M. The crown was designed to signify the resilience and strength of a Diné woman. It is deep stamped and inlaid with white shell and turquoise.

Newly-crowned Miss Navajo Nation 2021-2022 Niagara Rockbridge of Tselani/Cottonwood and Pinon communities, celebrating her title. Sept. 11 in Window Rock, Ariz. Photo Credit: Courtesy OPVP Staff Reports


avajo Nation President Jonathan Ne z , F i r s t L a d y Phefelia Nez, and Second Lady Dottie Lizer joined Miss Navajo Nation 2019-2021 Shaandiin Parrish, as she crowned the 2021- 2022 Miss Navajo Nation, Niagara Rockbr idge of Tsela n i / Cottonwood and Pinon communities, during a live virtual coronation ceremony at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. on Sept. 11. Niaga ra Rockbr idge is K i n y a a’á a n i i ( To w e r i n g Hou se), bor n for Ha sh k ’ hadzohi (Yucca Fruit-StrungOut-In-A-Line), her maternal grandparents are Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan), and her paternal grandparents are Tó’áhani (Near the Water Clan). Her parents are Deborah and Gary Rockbridge. “On behalf of the Navajo INDIAN COUNTRY

Nation, we congratulate each of the three contestants for successfully completing the most prestigious cultura l pageant in the world. They all showed compassion, love, and the teaching of T’áá Hwó Ají Téego, or self-reliance and self-determination, during the week. We appreciate each of them for their bravery and confidence for sharing their values, beliefs, and teachings,” Nez said. “Congratulations to the new Miss Navajo Nation, Niagara Rockbridge, her family and everyone who supported her through the competition. We are confident that you will serve and represent our Diné people with great honor, strength, and compassion. We also congratulate the communities of Tselani/Cottonwood and Pinon, Arizona, for raising a strong and resilient young Diné woman, Niagara Rockbridge.” Shandiin Hiosik Yazzie, of Gallup Sun • Friday September 17, 2021




Earthweek: Diary of a Changing World Week ending Friday, September 10, 2021

many regions and among a variety of species. She says this means climate change is probably the only common factor behind the evolution. “Shapeshifting does not mean that animals are coping with climate change,” Ryding said. “It just means they are evolving to survive it.” But she adds that not all species may evolve rapidly enough to survive global heating.

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Solar Meltdown E a r t h’s r e l i a nce on electronics could make the planet vulnerable to a global internet “meltdown” should a solar storm as powerful as the one that occurred in the pre-hi-tech year of 1859 knock out that technology. The Carrington E vent of S ept . 1-2 , 18 59, caused serious damage to teleg r aph system s of t he day. Speaking to “WIRED,” researcher Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi said that while local and regional fibre networks probably wouldn’t be badly a f fected by such a la rge scale solar storm, she is concerned about the repeaters used to connect the world’s vast undersea cable system. Earlier studies have warned that other technology, especia l ly orbit i ng s a t el l it e s, could be fried by an intense solar storm.

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Earthquakes At le a s t one person was killed as a powerful temblor caused scattered damage and power failures around Acapulco.• Earth movements were also felt in West Texas, New Zealand’s North Island, eastern Taiwan and Bali.

Babbling Bats The in fa nts of one bat species in Latin America have

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been found to make a babbling sound not unlike those of human babies. While the early vocalizations of human babies are integral to their language development, there has been little evidence of the behaviour in other species. But resea rchers from the Museum of Natural History in Berlin found that baby greater sac-winged bats are especially loquacious, mouthing 25 different types of syllables. Study co-author Martina Nagy says that as in speech, the bat

babbles are a precursor to the sounds adults of the species use to communicate. Bouts of the bat babbles can last up to 43 minutes, according to Nagy.

Dwindled Giant South America’s once- mighty Pa r a n á R iver i s now at its lowest level since 1941, causing thousands of acres of wetlands to dry up as well as threatening public water supplies and the livelihoods of fi shermen and farmers. Experts say they don’t know if this is part of a natural cycle or climate change. But there has been a threeyear period of below-normal rainfall at the river’s source in southern Brazil. Low water levels have also created a 50 percent drop in hydroelectric power at generating plants along the Argentina-Paraguay border.

Climatic ‘Shapeshift’ A new study reveals that some warm-blooded animals are getting larger beaks, legs and ears to better regulate their body temperatures as the planet gets hotter. Researcher Sara Ryding of Australia’s Deakin University says that the physical evolution of some species is occurring across

A new r e por t highlights how air pollution, ma in ly from coal, is impacting life expectancy far greater than diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and even behavior such as smoking cigarettes and waging war. The Air Quality Life Index reveals that unless particulate pollution is reduced to meet World Health Organisation guidelines, the average person will lose about 2.2 years of his or her life. Even though China has slashed its air pollution, dirty air is still cutting about 2.6 years off its life spans. I nd ia h a s m a de no such efforts, and its citizens lose 5.9 years off their lives, especially in the highly polluted north of the country.

Tropical Cyclones Tropica l Stor m C o n s o n k n o c ke d out power in par ts of the Ph i l ippi ne s. • T y phoon Ch a nt hu br ief ly rea ched Category-5 force east of the Philippines.• Newfoundland was on alert for Hurricane Larry as Tropical Storm Olaf cl ipped Ba ja Ca l i for n ia .• Tropical Storm Mindy doused northern Florida and southern Georgia. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication©MMXXI Earth Environment Service

Baby greater sac-winged bats of Central and South America have been found to babble very similarly to human babies. Photo Credit: Michael Stifter


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Pandemic offered Velarde winery time to improve By Holly Bradshaw Eakes Finance New Mexico project


hen t he coro n a v i r u s pa ndemic temporarily halted tourist traffic and shuttered restaurants and bars throughout New Mexico, Black Mesa Winer y in Velarde had an inventory of wine and hard cider worth $100,000 and fewer avenues to deliver its products to customers. Winery owners Jerry and Lynda Burd were able to keep products moving out the door through online wine tasting events, shipments to wine club members, and creative drive-by tours that kept customers engaged. The slowdown also gave the Burds time to examine all aspects of their operation and to consider changes that could streamline processes, open new markets, and increase market share when the pandemic ended. The Burds sought help from New Mexico Manufacturing Ex tension Pa r tner sh ip, a nonprofit organization that helps businesses transform their operations to improve production, competitiveness, and profitability. New Mexico MEP Innovation Director Scott Bryant worked with the couple and their 12 employees to help them evaluate the entire production line. Bryant broke down each step involved in producing Black Mesa Winery’s 30 different wines and four fl avors of cider. He identified how the winery could improve material handling safety, simplify some aspects of production, and adopt new manufacturing technologies appropriate to its capacity and volume. To i mprove eff iciency, Bryant suggested shortening the distance between production and shipping operations to minimize the time spent fi lling orders. He also urged the Burds to close the gaps between different production processes by adding wheels to equipment that is used at multiple places on the property. This modification, which could be done by a local machinist or welder, would allow equipment


Sign at the entrance of Black Mesa Winery in Velarde, N.M. Photo Credit: Courtesy Finance New Mexico

to be moved as needed around a dedicated space in the facility that is closer to the storage tanks. “What Scott challenged us to do is question how do you make this happen more quickly, how do you make the process flow,” Jerry said. “You make the wine flow through a hose; you don’t move the tanks. “You make the cider flow from beginning to end in one building,” he continued. “He helped us to see how a minute here and a minute there adds up to a lot in a year.” The evaluation process allowed the winery to retain three otherwise idle employees and identified small changes that resulted in cost savings of $50,000 — a large number for a small business during a pandemic. “We’re not working any longer hours and we’re not working harder,” Jerry said. “We are getting more done.” The seeds New Mexico MEP planted are now part of a continuous process of i mprovement at t he w i nery. Some of Bryant’s advice remains posted on a wall. When questions arise, Jerry replies, “Remember what Scott said,” as he points to the wall. The Burds are also testing a new-technology packaging system they learned about from Bryant. If their experiments deliver positive results, customers will be delighted and the winery will save costs related to transportation, shipping, and cleaning. The change could increase market share

and help the winery expand into new markets. “The same old, same old, was not going to work, and you want to come out of this being able to hit the ground running,” Jerry said. Black Mesa Winery has emerged from the pandemic stronger than before. Sales in 2021 are ahead of 2019, and

One of the products of the Black Mesa Winery in Velarde, N.M. It is distilled from apples grown from Taos to Espanola. Photo Credit: Courtesy Finance New Mexico

cider production has more than doubled. As the only cidery using 100 percent New Mexico grown apples, sourced from Taos to Espanola, Black Mesa Winery is also helping develop the rural economy.

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From the NBA to annuities, from free throws to guaranteed income “LAYIN’ IT ON THE LINE” By Lawrence Castillo Host of Safe Money and Income Radio


Did you know in his 19-year NBA career, he earned a total of $292 million in compensation? He was the highest-paid player over that time period, making enough money for a couple of hundred families to live in complete comfort. As the athlete’s age, we have

recently read an article about Shaquille O’Neal and his after-basketball life that was truly amazing.

watched salaries skyrocket to levels we cannot comprehend as just regular folks. Shaq was one of the all-time greats, and he proved it on and off the basketball floor. Did you know he also starred in movies and had three very successful

records with over 1.3 million copies in sales? Shaq became a brand, and he used his celebrity to put in place a money-making machine for his retirement from basketball. The article mentions his endorsement life: products we

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A bizarre true story: ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 126 MINUTES Searchlight Pictures will be releasing this feature in theaters on Sept. 17. The 1980s were a strange decade. As a child, I can remember being at home and fl ipping channels on the television, only to come across a strange syndicated program called, “The PTL Club.” It was quite surreal to witness, at fi rst coming off like an overly elaborate and gaudy variety show before morphing into an extended pitch from the hosts asking viewers to call in and send them money. As one might have expected, a series of scandals eventually arose when the IRS started to investigate the ministry and its fi nances. “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” is a biopic that tells the story of the central participants in the series and what inspired their criminal acts. Told from the point-ofview of Tammy Faye LaValley (Jessica Chastain), the story begins with the lead attending a Minneapolis bible college. She meets and begins a relationship with the modest, but charismatic Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), an aspiring televangelist who professes his belief that God wants his followers to attain wealth and success in life. The two eventually marry and create a successful Christian-themed puppet show for children. After drawing the attention of famous religious TV personalities like Pat Robertson (Gabriel Olds), they are given their own program. However, they soon decide to break away and start a new venture. As “The PTL Club” grows in popularity and influence, the two begin spending less time together and confl ict arises as their personal problems, lavish lifestyle, and grand plans for the ministry become unsustainable.   The real-life figures are as big, grandiose, and eccentric as COMMUNITY

the programming on the show, which provides a great deal of dramatic material to work with. Chastain and Garfield do their best to try to humanize them, at least to a degree. The focus is on Tammy Faye and naturally she fares the best, particularly in her attempts to promote kindness and understanding toward the gay community during the AIDS crisis. And we see an interesting transformation, if not in overall personality, then at least in terms of her lifestyle. The figure changes from modest student to a TV star who begins to adopt her on-air character and appearance in real life. Her physical change from beginning to end is bizarrely compelling to witness. It is also fascinating to see what is going on behind the curtains and get a peek at the behind-the-scenes trials of the show. Viewers see the over-the-top delusions of Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye being realized, as well as the splintering affect that endless work and time apart has on their relationship. The leads have run-ins with various members of the televangelist community, including Jerry Falwell (Vincent D’Onofrio) and it’s intriguing to see backstabbing among noted religious leaders. There’s plenty going on and several of these elements are entertaining. The characters themselves are selfi sh and their behavior is exaggerated, which does make them difficult to relate to

Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) and Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain) are all smiles and lovey-dovey as they are interviewed by a national news network in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures and presents minor problems. Even with their big dreams and Tammy Faye’s attempts to help the underrepresented, it’s evident from the outset that their “Prosperity theology” and desire for people to enjoy riches applies only to themselves. When the two confront one another privately on personal issues, they always appear to be “on” and acting in an insincere manner. This could easily have been their authentic behavior, but we never fully see

beneath the surface. And since there is a great deal of material to cover, the movie does extend itself longer than it needs to, particularly during the fi nal act. “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” may not provide a clear rationale for exactly what was going on deep inside the minds of its central personalities, but it is extremely wellacted and does try to show some of the hardships experienced by the title character,

as well as the good she did manage to accomplish during her time on-air. And some of these fi gures still have a following. Bakker returned to television in 2003 and was recently charged with selling a modern-day snake oil formula to help treat coronavirus. This exposé also serves as a fitting warning … take evangelists and their claims with an enormous grain of salt. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for September 17, 2021 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another look at some of this week’s Blu-ray and DVD highlights. This is another busy edition, packed with Hollywood blockbusters and interesting independent fare. So, if you can’t or shouldn’t be heading out to the movies right now, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES! BLACK WIDOW: The latest Marvel comic book adaptation is a prequel of sor ts that follows the popula r Russia n super soldier Black Widow. Following the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” the Avengers have been temporarily disbanded. Black Widow goes on the run, returning to her homeland to reunite with her surrogate family. She also squares off against the sinister general who raised and trained her to be a killer. Overall, reaction to the feature was positive. About a quarter of


reviewers complained the film felt formulaic, wasn’t focused enough on the title character, and didn’t generate the required thrills. However, the majority described the movie as an entertaining popcorn flick that benefited from amusing bickering between the lead and her eccentric family members. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz. CENSOR: A film censor is a person who watches movies for the general public, putting a rating on the content and occasionally demanding cuts if they deem the material too graphic or offensive. This chiller film details one such figure, a woman with a mysterious past who spends her days imposing edits on horror pictures. She sits down to watch her latest assignment and is chilled by the plot’s similarity to a real and traumatic past event involving her sister. The censor’s grasp on reality slowly begins to erode. Critics were appropriately disturbed by this British feature.

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A small contingent said the movie emphasized form over content and believed that the payoff wasn’t satisfying. Still, the majority were gripped by the story, calling it eerie, original, and very clever. They also said the tale was bolstered by some fine performances by the cast. The movie stars Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns and Vincent Franklin. ZOLA: Based on a series of popular tweets, this comedy/ drama follows a Detroit waitress who befriends one of her customers. The lead is invited to take a trip to Florida with the female patron and enjoy some da ncing and partying. It all starts out as fun, but the situation rapidly deteriorates as the pair becomes mixed up with a pimp, an idiot boyfriend, Tampa-area gangsters and other bizarre figures. Most enjoyed this unique little independent effort. A small contingent complained that the movie was stylish, but that its characters weren’t well-developed and that some of the scenarios missed the mark.

Still, the general consensus was that the leads were engaging. They also thought the movie oozed charm, while also providing the odd uncomfortable, but effective shock. It features Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari’el Stachel and Nelcie Souffrant BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! If you enjoy goofy horror B-movies from the 1950s, Arrow Video has you covered with, “Cold War Creatures: Four Films from Sam Katzman.” The set contains the entertainingly kooky picture, “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955), which involves a mad scientist using atom-powered zombies to take over the world. A couple of weeks back, Shout! began re-releasing Blu-rays from Laika studios, which is responsible for some incredible animated features. This week, the distributor is presenting the Academy Award nominated fable, “Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016), in addition to “ParaNorman” (2012), a wonderfully cute, horror-themed tale. Both of these discs come with all the bonuses that were on previous discs, as well as some new featurettes that present all the storyboards for the feature. You’ll also get extras that detail the animator’s work on the characters and stop-motion puppets used in the production. Sounds like another excellent disc and hopefully we’ll get an upgraded Blu-ray of “Missing Link” (2019), Laika’s most recent title, in the near future. Additionally, they have “Blue Panther” (1965), a French Eurospy romp inspired to some degree by the popularity of the James Bond character. This title involves a secret agent trying to prevent a mad doctor from releasing a deadly virus. The Bluray contains a 4K restoration of the film, a commentary with movie authorities and some trailers. A nd K i no is releasing a Blu-ray of “Rififi in Paris” (1966), aka “The Upper Hand,” a crime movie about gold smugglers. Despite the title, this does not appear to be a direct sequel to the legendary 1955 French crime film, “Rififi.” “The Devil in Maddalena,” (1971) aka, “Maddalena,” is

arriving courtesy of One 7 Movies. It is considered a controversial and hard-to-come-by Yu g o s l a v i a n / Italian coproduction. The story details a woman who begins to torment and flirt with a priest, questioning his profession and vow of celibacy. The film’s score was composed by Academy Award-winner Ennio Morricone. This release doesn’t offer many extras, but the film has been fully restored from the original negative for Blu-ray. Warner Bros. is presenting a new updated version of one of their most beloved titles. They have a 4K Ultra + Blu-ray + digital set of “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994), with improved picture quality on the 4K edition, along with the previously released regular 2008 2K Blu-ray with all of the excellent, if already familiar, bonuses. For those who weren’t around when the movie was originally released, it was nominated for seven Oscars (although it didn’t end up winning any), and is currently the highest rated movie of all time by IMDb users. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Kids certainly have plenty of material to choose from this week. “Blue’s Clues & You! Story Time with Blue” (Nickelodeon) “The Boss Baby: Family Business” “Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One” (PBS Kids) “Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog” “Ultraman 80” The Complete Series “The Ultraman” The Complete Series ON THE TUBE! And here are all of the TV-themed titles arriving on store shelves. “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” Season 2 “Exhumed: A History of Zombies” (PBS) “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths and Secrets” Volume 2 (PBS) “Mare of Easttown” (HBO series) “Masterpiece Mystery: Guilt” (PBS) “Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One” (PBS Kids) “Sweet Autumn” (Hallmark) DVD V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY

WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT | FROM PAGE 8 was behind the wheel of a gray Honda with heavy frontend damage traveling west on Hasler Valley Road. Early in the report, the suspected driver was believed to be Delcita Delgarito, 33, of Gallup, who was being followed by her sister. G a l lu p O f f ic e r s we r e advised the vehicle was seen turning into Black Diamond

Trailer Park. Dispatch checked the name given for the driver and the address at 327 Black Diamond Canyon. Sergeant Matthew Graham recognized the vehicle at that address and approached a female on the porch there. The woman was identified as Delcita Yazzie. Family members said they followed her into Gallup and that she got into an accident in the Iyanbito area which caused the front-end damage

to the car. Graham was also notified that the woman was in a pursuit with the Navajo Nation Police Depar tment, which attempted to stop her when she was coming from Burnt Corn Road. But she did not stop. W hen Off icer A a ron Ma rquez a r r ived at t he scene to speak with her, he described her as disorderly. He said she appeared intoxicated, having bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Yazzie had difficulty keeping her balance and then tried to get into her vehicle, where the officers began to place her under arrest. She yelled at them to get off of her while she began kicking them in the legs and eventually spat on an officer. After placing her in his unit, Marquez transported Ya z z ie t o Ga l lup I nd i a n Medical Center for clearance, during which she continued to be belligerent toward the officers. Yazzie eventually

r e c e i v e d m e d ic a l c le a rance and was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for seven counts of battery on an officer, DWI, no license, a nd hav ing a n open container. Marquez noted in the police report that this was not Yazzie’s fi rst arrest for DWI. Yazzie was released on her own recognizance.


Sights from the Miyamura Homecoming Parade


he Miyamura Patriots held their Homecoming Parade o n A z t e c Ave nu e in Ga llup Sept. 10. Their

Homecoming Assembly will take place at noon Sept. 17 at Miyamura High School. It will be followed by the homecoming football game Sept. 17 at 7 pm

at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons, RAH Photography

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Eagles slam the Patriots FINAL SCORE: BELEN 23 - MIYAMURA 7

Patriot William Weaver-slivers (61) catches the ball Sept. 10 in a game against the Belen Eagles. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Miyamura’s Oscar Flores (14) attempts to run the ball as two of Belen’s Eagles tackle on at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup Sept.10. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Isaiah Martinez (12) attempts to run the ball at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup Sept. 10. Final score: Eagles 23-Patriots 7. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Patriot Abdullah Al-Assi (8) punts the ball at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup Sept. 10 in a game against the Eagles. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons, RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Isaiah Martinez (12) attempts to run the ball at Angelo Di Paolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup Sept. 10. Photo Credit: Ana Hudgeons, RAH Photography


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Mask order extended Staff Reports


ew Mex ico mu s t continue to mask up following the release of a Sept. 15 public health order issued by acting Secretary David Scrase, M. D. Scrase has directed that ever yone t wo ye a r s a nd above should wear a mask or multi-layer cloth face covering indoors, except when eating or drinking until Oct. 15. Businesses, non profits, houses of worship and other establishments are permitted to put stricter requirements in place. Businesses, non profits a nd establish ments other than healthcare operations,

NMCA | FROM PAGE 4 have taken advantage of this include people outside of New Mexico. Shane Roanhorse has been taking care of his 92-year-old grandmother by himself for four years. Despite the heavy workload, Roanhorse is paid $12.15 an hour by the state of Arizona, which only compensates him for five of the 24 hours he works each day

CITY COUNCIL | FROM PAGE 6 out and picnic, and just enjoy the great outdoors is a tremendous asset for professionals who value exercise, getting outdoors, and enjoying the Southwest.” “I like what all you have developed here,” Di st . 4 Councilor Fran Palochak said. “But it always comes down to money, and right now we have some large ticket items we’re trying to do within the city, like build a police building [and] we’re trying to upgrade our

WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT | FROM PAGE 17 KNOCKED OUT Gallup, July 19 A security guard at the Pep Boys in Gallup was punched after he tried to stop a man from stealing shirts from the business.

utilities or indigent care services . must report any occurrence of a rapid response to the New Mexico Environment Department and are required to mon itor when such a n establishment has four or more rapid responses within a 14-day period. While these entities will not be required to close, they must make the public aware of positive cases through these reports. A ll businesses, non profits and establishments must adhere to COVID-Safe practices. Private educational instit ut ion s, i nclud i n g home schools serving children from outside the household will also be required to adhere

Different styles of face masks. Photo Credit: Courtesy

Cabinet Secy. for the N.M. Health and Human Services Dept. David Scrase, M. D. File Photo

to face covering and CovidSa fe practices for i n-person instr uction contained in the New Mexico Public E d u c a t i o n d e p a r t m e n t ’s “Reentry Guidance” and the “COVID-19 Response Toolkit

for New Mex ico’s P ubl ic Schools.” I n h i s o r d e r, S c r a s e reminded New Mexicans that state departments and agencies are authorized to take all appropriate steps to comply

with the order, and that state of f icia ls may en force the order by issuing a citation of violation which could result in civil administrative penalties of up to $5,000 for each violation under NMSA 1978, Section 12-10A-19.

“People don’t realize the ins and outs and the behindthe-scenes work that goes into it,” Roanhorse said. “I think a lot of people just assume ‘oh, you’re just looking after an old person.’ But, oh my gosh no, it’s so much more than that.” He believes the low pay is at least partially a result of a view that caregiving is something a family copes with, as opposed to a paid position. According to the organization’s website, the average

hourly wage of a New Mexico home health care aide was only $9.51 an hour in 2018. That wage increased thanks to legislation passed in 2019, but many people still fi nd themselves struggling. Another Arizona caregiver taking advantage of what NMCA has to offer is Sacheen Begay who takes care of her 18-year-old son, who has Down Syndrome. “It ’s rea l ly helped me understand that if I didn’t have

insurance, it is a way for me to get [it],” she said. Valerie Tsosie, another A r izona ca regiver who receives suppor t th rough NMCA told the Sun that in some cases caregivers actually die before their clients do. She said that sometimes a caregiver gives so much to their work, they forget about themselves. Tsosie emphasized practicing self-care. She suggested caregivers ask themselves if

they’ve eaten that day, or if they’re getting enough rest. She explained that self-care is just as important as the health care they provide to others. “Because if you don’t [take care of yourself], who’s going to take over for you?” For more information about how the NM Caregivers Association can help caregivers with insurance and other needs, visit or call them at (505) 867-6046. 

wastewater treatment center.” Leddy told the Sun that the board doesn’t know the total project price at this time. Gallup Land Partners currently owns the property. Leddy said they would be the ones who would need to get an appraisal conducted. AGB is currently working with the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments to determine which grants they can apply for and what type of public and private funding will be available to them. T he project is on t he Infra str ucture Capita l

Improvement Plan list, a fiveyear plan the city created to defi ne development needs and identify funding sources. During the city council meeting, Gallup’s Planning and Development Director Clyde Strain reminded the council of its top five priorities and asked councilors if they wanted to change them. The top five priorities before the meeting were: Gallup Water Wells, Public Safety Building Construction, East Nizhoni Boulevard Reconstruction, New Regional Senior Citizens Center, and the New Regional

Library Construction. Strain reminded the council that the priorities had not been set in stone. He said the design portion of the public safety building project is complete and funding must still be collected. The East Nizhoni Boulevard reconstruction project has received funding for Phase One. Strain reassured the council that the city staff went through the list to prioritize these projects thoroughly. “We were able to remove a lot of items that were completed, so we’re pretty proud of ourselves for getting that done,”

Strain commented. “There are items on this list that have been there a long time, and we managed to get a lot of infrastructure projects, utility projects, [and] things like that removed off the list.” The council decided to approve the staff’s priority list. The North Side Outdoor Recreation Development project is still on the ICIP list. Leddy informed the council that the AGB would soon take their plan to the county commission. More information will be available once the land appraisal is complete.

On July 19, around 3:11 pm, Gallup Police Officer Victor Madrid was dispatched to the Pep Boys at 702 U.S. Hwy. 491 in Gallup because a fi ght had broken out. When he got to the scene, he noticed a man was sitting on the ground while another man was being held down. The men holding the other man down said he had hit the security guard and

knocked him out. The man sitting on the ground was later identified as the security guard. W hen Ma d r id went t o grab the suspect he noticed that the man, later identified as Elroy King Jr., 28, of Fort Defi ance, Ariz. was already in handcuffs. Madrid spoke to the witnesses who were still around.

He spoke to one man who is a Pep Boys employee. The employee stated that the security guard had confronted three men who were standing by the garage on the south side of the business. He explained that three men had d iscussed someth ing just before King punched the guard, who passed out. He grabbed King after the punch

was thrown. Another witness, backed up the employee’s statement. He also added that King had tr ied to kick the secur ity guard while he was being restrained. According to the police repor t, King was issued a non-traffic citation for battery, which he signed. He was then released.

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RELAY FOR LIFE 5 pm-midnight @ Courthouse Square (207 West Hill). The Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. Survivor registration begins at 5 :00 pm. The Opening Ceremony begins at 6:30 pm. Please wear a mask and social distance. For more information call Joyce (505) 862-1457 or Linda (505) 297-9515.


J.R. WILLIS: POSTCARD ARTIST AND GALLUP ARTS ENTREPRENEUR 3 pm LIVE on the Octavia Fellin Public Library Facebook page visit the Gallup New Deal Art Virtual Presentation. Take a deep dive into the life and career of J. R. Willis, an artist who got his start in Gallup in the 1920s. Willis (1876-1960) was once a prominent Gallup and Old Town Albuquerque artist. Willis came to Gallup in 1917, operated a camera store and photography studio and helped start the Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial. He also published hundreds of beautiful postcards of Native Americans and the Southwest. Librarian and historian Joe Sabatini hosts. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.

BUCKIN’ AT THE ROCK 2 pm @ Red Rock Park with a Meet and Greet at Fire Rock Casino for Professional Bull Riders. Tickets are on sale for $33 and on the day of the event at the Red Rock Park box office for $40

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

LEVITT-AMP CONCERT STREAMING 4 pm. Levitt-AMP concerts stream Thursdays through Sept 23 and air Saturdays on KGLP 91.7 FM.




The next regularly scheduled meeting is Oct. 19.

12 pm-4 pm. Join OFPL at the Rio West Mall 1300 W. I-40 Frontage Road for tie dye! Bring your own shirt! We’ll also have books, computer access and library card sign-up. For more information email childlib@ or call (505) 863-1291.


GALLUP CHAMBER AND LEADERSHIP MCKINLEY BUSINESS EXPO 10 am-2 pm. Vendors welcome. There will be food trucks, dance groups, music, a karate demo, car/ motorcycle show, business vendors. Vendors $75 per booth; $20 registration for the car/motorcycle show. For more information call (505) 722-2228.

SPORTS FANS’ GUIDE TO ROUTE 66 BOOK SIGNING 1 pm-3 pm @ Sammy C’s Rock’n Sports Pub and Grille (107 W. Coal). Meet author Ron Clements as he discusses his book and signs copies. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

CREATIVE CORNER 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-old or older. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at Each session is limited to 20 individuals on a first-come first-served basis. Have you taken a road trip using an atlas and now it is collecting dust? Repurpose your old maps into a unique rose bouquet to use in your home or during a special occasion. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

TECH TIME: ONLINE EDUCATION & TRAINING 4 pm. Join us 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.


Refresh your skills! The phrase use it or lose it applies here. If you have lost some of your basic knowledge about computers and want a refresher, join us for this live and in person session.

SCIENCE AND THE FIVE SENSES 1 pm. Join us on Facebook and YouTube to explore with our five senses. This month we’re focusing on science we can hear!- Drinking Straw Flutes. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

BE AN ARCHITECT CHALLENGE 4 pm. Join OFPL at the Children’s Branch to learn more about engineering and physics. OFPL challenges you to build various structures to test weight distribution, weather factors, and more! Learn how engineers create bridges and skyscrapers that stand against environmental and human factors with a supplemental book list provided prior to the event. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.

GOING PLACES WITH STORYTIME 11 am. Join us outside by the playground at Octavia Fellin Public Library Children’s Branch. Join us for stories, songs and activities related to transportation and getting around. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

2021 LEVITT AMP GALLUP MUSIC SERIES - REVÍVA 7 pm @El Morro Theatre (207 W. Coal Ave.) in person @ El Morro Theatre and live streamed @GallupMain Street. Revíva is part of the 2021 Levitt Amp Gallup Music Series. Revíva w/ Foundations of Freedom is a reggae band based in Albuquerque.

CRAFTY KIDS 4 pm. on Facebook and YouTube @galluplibrary (all ages) for family-friendly crafts and step-by-step tutorials for all skill levels. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at This week we will teach you how to make a Paper Cup Horse Puppet. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291. ONGOING

365 DAYS WORTH ART123 Gallery’s larg-

est-ever solo show features local Diné artist Christian Bigwater and includes 365 digital artworks created at a rate of one every three days over the last three years. The show will be on view at ART123 Gallery through Oct. 2. For more information visit ART123 Gallery is on Facebook @ ART123Gallery, gallupARTS is on Facebook and Instagram @gallupARTS.

PICTURING WOMEN INVENTORS POSTER EXHIBITION During the month of September, OFPL is displaying a series of posters that explore the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors. It highlights the distinctive motivations, challenges, and accomplishments of exceptional 20thand 21st-century inventive women who are diverse both personally and professionally. The exhibition illustrates the creativity of women inventors while inspiring young people (especially girls) to see themselves as future inventors. For more information email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291.

SPOOKTACULAR BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST Join OFPL for a wicked and spooky time as we host our second Bookmark Design Contest featuring the theme “Monster Mash.” OFPL is challenging the community’s creativity to design Halloween-themed bookmarks. Create your own haunted houses, creepy crawlers, and more! Pick up a paper submission from the Main Library or the Children’s Branch or submit at ofpl. online. All art mediums welcome! Winners will be selected in the following age categories: 0-5, 6-11, 12-18, 19+ and will receive a certificate of recognition, professional bookmark prints, and a gift card. Submission deadline is Nov. 1. Winners will be announced Nov. 15. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS NEEDS HELP 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 bbbsmountainregion. org, email, or call (505) 726-4285 or (505) 728-8356.

RMCHCS COVID VACCINATION CLINIC 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.

RMCHCS RAPID CARE 9 am-6 pm Mon.-Fri. Closed weekends. @ 1850 E. Hwy. 66. Acute care, Minor sprains & strains, minor procedures, physicals – DOT Employment and sports.

MCKINLEY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES 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 cvvaccine. 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.

MCKINLEY COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION CLINICS 8 am-4 pm @ 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. Also available are: COVID vaccines Moderna/Pfizer We take walk-ins. Register on site.

CIBOLA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 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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