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Gallup transients continue to settle in alleys, on rooftops By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


r i a n McD o n a ld , a dedicated local business owner, has scaled the roofs of Gallup businesses and homes for some 23 years. In his more than two decades of heating and cooling work on downtown Gallup rooftops, he’s noticed that he’s not alone. The people he sees at work are not colleagues, friends, or anyone he knows. They’re squatters. These folks take shelter by haphazardly climbing pipes and jumping on trash bins to launch themselves onto roofs — building hutches and makeshift tents out of the sides of swamp coolers, and creating makeshift toilets and fire pods for warmth. As the owner of Universal Air HVAC, 2265 Peggy Ann Dr., McDonald provides heating

and cooling sales, installation, and services for homes and businesses around the city. W h ile squat ter s play house on rooftops, often unbeknownst to folks on the ground, business goes on as usual in downtown Gallup. When McDonald saw an encampment on one roof in January, he thought it was above Red Rock Insurance, 212 Coal Ave., He mentioned it to owner Joseph Sanchez. Someone climbed up to check it out and the encampment turned out to be on the roof of a neighboring business. “I’m finding them (transients) in the alleys, under bridges,” McDonald said. “They’re everywhere — downtown Gallup is the worst.” A few months later, in April, squatter issues captured Sanchez’ attention again, when uninvited guests












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Are changes on the horizon RMCHCS doctors vote to unionize for RMCHCS? CEO DOES NOT DISPUTE THE By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


octors, nurses, and local residents filled the air with tearful a nd i mpa s sioned testimonials when they met to talk about patient care and employee treatment at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hea lth Ca re Ser v ices at a community town hall Oct. 2. The estimated 100 in-person attendees and 100 online at tendees were joi ned by Mayor Louis Bonaguidi and Dist. 1 City Councilor Linda Garcia at the First United Methodist Church at 1800 Redrock Dr., #7000. Pr ior to the event, RMCHCS interim CEO Don Smithburg made it clear that he wou ld not be present and no one from the hospital would be, either. He said he considered the town hall t o be a u n ion - s pon sored event, backed by the Union of American Physicians and

One of the speakers at the Oct. 2 community town hall to address health care issues at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services. Photo Credit: Courtesy of UAPD Dentists, which promotes itself as a body that stands up for doctors. T he tow n ha l l wa s announced shortly after the hospital declared it would close it s Women’s Hea lt h Unit during October, which came after Dr. Hannah Palm, the hospital’s last OB-GYN



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doctor, resigned. Dr. Caleb Lauber, the former Chief of Medical Staff at RMCHCS, opened the meeting by explaining the import a nce of hav i ng a Nat ive person on staff who could speak to Native patients in their own language — who could teach Native hea lth care to new doctors —and who understood business. He said he possesses those skills, but when he showed an interest in becoming the CEO, he discovered he might have an adversary. Lauber said he believed he pre sent ed a t h reat t o Smithburg by applying for the position of CEO. That’s when his time on the board was cut short, ending in only about six months. Lauber said his termination was explained to him as being a “reduction in force.” That account never satisfied him. Mea nwhile, he had patients to think about. He felt like he was abandoning them. Lauber was concerned about who wou ld f i l l h i s role on the board, and as a Native doctor and teacher. He a l s o e x pr e s s e d c o n cern about the future of the HEAL Fellowship that trains OB - GYN doctors liv ing in rural areas. “Since the residency program requires an OB -GYN program to be functioning and the Women’s Health Unit has closed, the residency program is in jeopardy,” he said. Overall, he considers the current state of the hospital as vulnerable to changes that will hurt the community at large. “My concern when I was on the boa rd wa s that he [Smithburg] wanted to close the hospital,” Lauber said. “In

RESULT By Beth Blakeman Managing Editor


nly a day before the emotional town hall meeting that highlighted many disappointments with the current administration at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, a ray of hope arrived for some in the form of a vote. A vote count of the doctors who wanted to join a union was taken by the National Labor Relations Board Oct. 1 over Zoom. Twenty-four doctors cast their ballots and the majority voted to join the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, a union with offices in California and Washington State which represents physicians, dentists, health practitioners and professionals all over the country. The precise number of votes is not being released, however, UAPD organizer Bryan Toledano said the union considers the vote to be a “strong majority” in favor of collective bargaining. An internal letter from RMCHCS interim CEO Don Smithburg refers to it as a “narrow margin.” The NLRB notified the hospital of the vote and RMCHCS did not contest it. The letter from Smithburg said the administration is prepared to begin communicating with the union in good faith. The next step in the process is for a representative to be named for the local UAPD members. The representative will join several, possibly as many as four doctors, at the bargaining table when they meet with hospital administrators. This union covers doctors at the hospital. It does not cover nurses, medical assistants or other hospital workers. Should those workers decide to organize, their interests would be covered under sister unions such as the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.

the back of my mind I was thinking ‘does he want to sell the hospital to some group that could buy this hospital for pennies on the dollar?’” Those questions were followed by the next speaker, Rose Marie Cecchini, director of the Office of Peace, Justice and Creation working with Catholic Charities of the Gallup Diocese, who questioned the Community Hospital Corporation business model. Cecchini recapped

numerous news reports about safety issues, layoffs, and reprisals against staff members who spoke out about issues at the hospital. Then she said the “business first” model put in place by CHC in Plano, Tex., which currently ma nages RMCHCS, is not compatible with, and is detrimental to, the value system of patient care expressed in the hospital’s mission statement,



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Mill levy agreement reconfi gured to support RMCHCS By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


cK i n ley Cou nt y commissioners spent part of the Oct. 5 meeting considering how to help Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services deal with some of its fi nancial issues. The use of mill levy funds came up as a way to provide relief. A mill levy is a tax rate that is applied to an assessed value of a property. In a previous inter view w it h t he S u n , McK i n ley County Attorney Doug Decker said the hospital had previously used the tax money they received for operational costs, maintenance, and repair. Now the hospital administration has asked if the funds ca n be used to help with payroll. The commissioners a p pr ov e d t he r e q u e s t e d change with the stipulation that the hospital would give the commissioners a general report on how the money is being used and what is left in the account after they’ve paid

their employees. I n a n i nt e r v iew w it h t he S u n, t he McK i n ley Cou nt y Com m issioners Board Chairman and Dist.1 Commissioner Billy Moore said the commissioners’ only issue with the hospital was that they didn’t always tell them what the money was being used for, and that’s why they’re requiring the report now. Hospital interim CEO, Don Smithburg was unavailable for comment when the Sun reached out, but he gave an emailed statement to KRQE News 13 that was published on Oct. 4. “We appreciate the community’s passion and commitment to ensuring RMCHCS remains a vital health care resource and economic driver for Gallup,” Smithburg said in the statement. “We share this passion, which is why new leadership with deep professional experience was recruited to help stabilize the organization. We w i l l cont i nue ou r intense focus on the challenges a nd oppor t u n it ies

McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker that lie ahead,” he continued. “Right now, that means stabilizing the hospital’s fi nancial outlook and quality assurance programs after years of mismanagement.” Mo o r e s a i d t he c o m m i s sion’s he sit a nc y w a s based on the hospital’s past performance. “The only problem we had previously was that [the previous administration] were (sic) comingling the money and there was no accounting for the mill levy money that we have to account for as a government agency, because it’s taxpayer money,” Moore said. “That was one of the concerns.

McKinley County Dist. 1 Commissioner Billy Moore

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services interim CEO Don Smithburg

“ We w a nt e d t o m a ke sure that it was definitely accounted for, where if it was audited, or needed to be audited, there was a clear understanding of what it was used for and where it was used,” Moore said. Decker estimated that the hospital’s current payroll is about $1.5 million a month. This amount is not for travel employees who visit the hospital, but rather for those who work for RMCHCS directly. The commissioners discussed the issue at length, although no one from the hospital was at the meeting. Moore said he met with Smithburg a nd the hospital’s board chairman Steve McKernan, along with county m a n a ger A nt hony Di m a s about a month ago. “I met with them and they just suggested that it would help them fi nancially get over the hurdle to turn the hospital around and get things going,” Moore said. In an interview with the Sun, Decker explained that

the hospital representatives wanted the agreement to end on Dec. 31, 2022, while some of the commissioners wanted it to conclude in six months. “So [the commissioners] came to a unanimous consensus to have it alerted that it will end when the commission gives the hospital 90 days’ notice that they’re ending that agreement,” Decker said. Dimas was the one who suggested the six-month time limit. “It gives us time to evaluate what’s working and what’s not working, and it doesn’t tie our hands for the long haul,” Dimas said. Dimas explained that after the six-month period was over, the commissioners would reevaluate the situation and determine whether the agreement should continue for another six months. “We want to help them,” Dimas clarified. “I didn’t want [the agreement] to be for a long time; I wanted a short period, so we could evaluate it and see if it’s working.”




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ROOFTOP | FROM COVER tried to build a fire behind his office. Sanchez was only one of several businesses affected. His neighbor Rick Heisch of Shi’Ma Traders, 3316 E. Historic Hwy. 66, learned of a structure on his roof in June. Heisch said he’s currently facing thousands of dollars in repairs due to the activities of people camping on his roof. He doesn’t blame all of his roof issues on the campers. But he said they certainly haven’t helped. They “halfway caved in my lower roof … jumped up and down on a guide wire that was holding up my business sign,” he said. He said squatters messed up his cooler, too. The estimate for re-tarring the lower part of Heisch’s roof is $3,000. It doesn’t include the

structural damage, the swamp cooler, or the guide wire that holds up his sign. S a n c h e z go t a n o t h e r reminder of the squatters in August when his own cables were cut on Aug. 2, and he was left without internet or phone lines for three days. To combat the problem, Sanchez installed cameras and talked to his neighbor Tony Bonaguidi about taking down a pipe at 210 Coal Ave. that was being used to access the roof. But the August cable incident was the last straw for Sanchez. He organized a meeting inviting his neighbors and Dist.1 City Councilor Linda Garcia to discuss solutions to what he considers a growing problem. The outcome was promising. Garcia said she would use $4,500 of her discretionary funds to install eight-foot high gates to close off the alley between Second and Third

An encampment built above one of the downtown Gallup businesses was discovered by Brian McDonald while providing HVAC service. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joseph Sanchez Streets. T he s pi ked gat e s a re designed to make it harder for trespassers to enter the alley and access dumpsters for a boost to the roof. Garcia pointed out that closing the alley with gates works well for her north side constituents, although McDonald said he still sees squatter activity there. He says it’s part of the average daily routine in Gallup. It’s so common he doesn’t report everything he sees.

“The stuff you’d see [on Gallup rooftops] would blow your mind — knives, needles, bottles, clothes,” McDonald said. He also said he reports violence or safety issues about once a month. But he hasn’t been reporting thefts from his company’s vehicles, because his deductible is too high. Nevertheless, it adds up to thousands of dollars of losses for his company. Even though he doesn’t know who the squatters are,

McDonald says that over the years they have been getting younger, more violent, and more demanding. When it comes to being threatened with v iolence, McDonald declined to comment. GATES TO ARRIVE NEXT WEEK Gallup business owners are hopeful that the gates for the alley between Second and Third


This is the alley behind Red Rock Insurance Agency, 212 Coal Ave., where transients started a fire in April. This is just one of many issues Gallup businesses have faced as a result of uninvited people staying in local alleys and camping on roofs. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joseph Sanchez




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Tangled up in his explanation MAN IS ARRESTED AFTER THREE-VEHICLE CRASH Staff Reports


Gallup man has been charged with vehicular homicide after he cr a shed i nt o two other cars while driving drunk. Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer Christopher Dawes was called to 100 Mendoza Rd. about a three-car crash with possible injuries on Sept. 29 a little after 2:30 in the afternoon. He met with a man who was involved in the crash, who

stated that a black Hyundai was trying to turn onto Horse Find Road when it was hit by a red Jeep that he estimated to have been traveling about 75 miles an hour. The Jeep rearended the Hyundai, which caused it to hit the a truck. The man from the Hyundai said that he went to confront the man in the red Jeep, and that he could smell alcohol, although the man in the Jeep said he hadn’t been drinking. Dawes noticed a man sitting on the side of the road

next to the Jeep and went to talk to him. The man was later identified as Darryl Yazzie, 53, from Gallup. Dawes checked with Yazzie to see if he was injured. He was not hurt. He explained that he had been driving home with his friend when the accident happened. While Dawes was questioning him, Yazzie started to stagger back toward his car and the officer asked him to stay by him. Dawes noticed that Yazzie had bloodshot, watery

eyes and Yazzie confi rmed that he’d had a couple beers at The Rocket Cafe an hour before. Although he admitted to drinking, Yazzie said he hadn’t caused the accident. He told Dawes that he arrived just after it happened. That’s when Dawes asked him what had happened to his Jeep, if he hadn’t been in the crash. Yazzie said the car that caused the crash had hit his vehicle when it turned the corner. Dawes asked Yazzie what

Scene of the crash at 100 Mendoza Rd. Sept. 29. Photo Credit: GPD corner he was referring to,


Unwelcome visitor chased away from local hotel Staff Reports


man on the fourth floor of SpringHill S u it e s , 110 5 W. Lincoln Ave., was made to feel unwelcome after he flashed a machete and made a threat. The incident was

called in and Gallup Police Officer Christopher Dawes arrived to fi nd the man running across the intersection of U.S. Highway 491 and West Maloney Avenue. The man wasn’t alone. He was being followed by other officers. Dawes parked his

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vehicle ahead of t he ma n, who bega n running down the nea rby h i l l . D awe s joined the chase and yelled for the

The Gallup SpringHill Suites had an unwanted guest Aug. 4. Photo Credit: Courtesy man, later identified as Eric Jose, 40, of Ramah, to stop. Jose did not respond. It wasn’t until officers brandished their tasers, that Jose

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Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports NOT JUST MOTEL TOWELS Gallup, Aug. 4 Security at the Howard Johnson at 2915 W. Hwy. 66 saw a female guest drive a vehicle up to the door of her room and park while two males moved a portable air conditioner from the motel into the car. When asked what they were doing, the driver took off westbound on Highway 66. There was no further contact with the vehicle. Twenty-one-year-old Sharon Whitehorn of Albuquerque was the registered guest. The incident was reported to Gallup Police Officer Iris Martinez A su m mon s for la rceny w a s f i le d fo r W h i t e h o r n i n t h e G a l l u p Mu n i c i p a l Cour t. The a ir conditioner had a n esti mated va lue of $475. BANK ROBBERY BY APP Gallup, Aug. 5 Digital banking by Zelle proved to be a disaster for a

Gallup woman. A woma n who sa id she had been losing money from h e r b a n k a cc ou nt for 14 days at $400 a day between June 23 and July 6, believed three people were responsible. She told Gallup police t h a t she fou nd t he w it h drawals on her bank statement a nd t h at t he money had been taken through use of a banking app, known as Zelle. T he money wa s t ra n s fer red to the accou nts of people identified on the statements as “Joleen A ragon,” “Jones Damon,” and “Blaire Stuwe.” She did not know any of the people named on the statements. T he la st w it hd rawa l took place on July 6, but by then the report says at least $10,000 was either taken or pending withdrawal from the account. The v ictim was told by Wells Fargo that the account is closed and the investigation has been completed. Her lawyer requested that she get a police report.

THREAT AT THE CARWASH Gallup, Aug. 7 A man said that all he did wa s a sk for cha nge. But his story differed w it h another man who ca l led Metro Dispatch and said he’d been threatened with a knife near Best Carwash, 1321 W. Jefferson Ave., and the person with the weapon left the scene heading south. Gallup Officer Matthew Strandy met the caller, who identified his assailant as Brian Vanwinkle, 41, of Ganado, Ariz. The caller said Vanwinkle approached him and asked to use his phone. When he refused him, Vanwinkle got upset and started yelling. He told Vanwinkle to leave. Instead, Vanwinkle showed him a knife and began making slashing motions and threatening his life. Vanwinkle left, but Officer Christopher Dawes found him at the nearby Speedway store,

701 U.S. Hwy. 491, and confi rmed that he was carrying a knife in his pocket. Vanwinkle told Strandy he had only asked the calling party for change, but was told to leave the property. Strandy transported Vanwinkle back to the car wash, where he was identified as the man who threatened the caller. Stra ndy tra nspor ted

Vanwinkle to McKinley County Adu lt D et e nt ion C e nt er. Vanwinkle became hostile during the drive and yelled that he had been framed by the staff and he was going to fi nd and kill Strandy. Vanwinkle was booked for aggravated assault. He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Robert Ionta.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Amanda Arviso Aug. 21, 2:06 am Aggravated DWI A car swerving across the road near Zecca Pla za wa s ca l led in to Metro Dispatch. Gallup Police Officer Luke M a r t i n wa s called to investigate. He drove to 3810 E. Hwy. 66. He found a silver Ford Focus with a suspended registration tag being driven by a woman. He watched it turn onto Miyamura Overpass and followed it to Hasler Valley Road where he conducted a traffic stop. Ma r tin met the dr iver, Amanda Arviso, 31, of Church Rock, N.M. He said she had bloodshot eyes, slurred her speech, and smelled of alcohol. She appeared confused as he spoke to her and only

provided her driver’s license. There was an open container of Truly brand alcohol in the center console, but Arviso denied drinking anything. Arviso agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, but performed poorly. She was placed under arrest and arranged for a family member to pick up her car before being transported to Gallup Police Department for the breath test. She posted two samples of .19. She was then taken to McK i n le y C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center and booked for the aggravated DWI, mandatory fi nancial responsibility, and display of current valid registration plate. She was released on her own recognizance by Judge Janelle Griego. Jerry Charley Aug. 15, 12:25 am DWI Ga llup Off icer Wa r ren Bowannie was in the vicinity of 1500 S. Second St. when he spotted a man urinating next

to a Pontiac GrandAm with a six-pack of blue Bud Light bottles next to him. The man then got into the vehicle and headed toward Crazy Joe’s Discount Store at 1506 S. Second St. Bowannie followed. Bowa n n ie conduct ed a traffic stop and met the driver, Jerry Charley, 46, of Rehoboth, N.M. There was a smell of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle, and Charley admitted to having drunk two Bud Lights prior to driving. He exited the vehicle on Bowannie’s command. Bowannie said Charley staggered as he walked. Charley agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests, but then had alternative tests administered after he told Bowannie of an injury that could hinder his attempts. He performed poorly on the tests and was placed under arrest. Family members were

contacted to pick up the car and he was taken to the police department for the breath test. He posted two samples of .05 and was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for DWI, having an open container, duration of evidence, and indecent exposure. He posted $500 cash bond. Henrietta Chee Aug. 16, 1:25 am Aggravated DWI A woma n who said she was running away from p e ople who were trying to kill her and at the same time trying to find her family in Lupton, Ariz., was involved in a car crash near the intersection of Coal Avenue and Highway 66. Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched and met another officer at the scene who had already met with driver, Henrietta Chee, 41, of St. Michaels, Ariz. A witness saw Chee pull up to the Ranchito Motel, 1009 W. Coal Ave., get out of her car and go inside. Officers determined she was intoxicated and had sustained injuries. So, she was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center by Med Star, where Yazzie met with her. That’s when he heard her say she was fleeing from people who were threatening her life and she was trying to fi nd her family in Lupton, Ariz. She stated she “had enough” and wanted to crash her car. But then she wanted to see her husband and was refusing treatment until she did. As she was being treated for her injuries, Yazzie noted Chee smelled of alcohol and she told him she consumed shots from two miniatures of Yukon Jack prior to the crash. She agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests and was transported to the

police department. Chee performed poorly on the tests and was placed under arrest. She refused to give a breath test, and was carrying a revoked /suspended driver’s license. Chee was taken to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI, careless driving, no license, and an active warrant. She posted $300 cash bond and was released on her own recognizance by Judge Janelle Griego. Dyson Benally Aug. 15, 2:43 pm DWI A man driving a white Dodge passenger c a r bec a me the focus of Gallup police officers after he crashed into a curb near the Walmart at 530 Kachina St. Officer Vincent Thompson arrived at the scene and met the officers who had arrested Dyson Benally, 33, of Chinle, Ariz. Benally showed signs of being intoxicated including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and swaying as he stood. He smelled of alcohol and there was also an open container of Natural Ice in the cupholder of his car. Benally became unruly, refusing to take the standard field sobriety tests and eventually threatening the officers as he was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He refused to cooperate with the medical staff at the jail and was taken to Gallup Indian Medical Center for clearance. Benally remained disorderly with the officers and hospital staff, and was eventually sedated and kept at the hospital for further care. The report stated a court summons was fi led. He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Cynthia Sanders.

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Letter to the editor NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY ON THE CALENDAR: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY MATTERS Editor, Every day is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Even more so in the “Indian Capital of the World” where the Gallup City Council acknowledged the historical contributions of the First Nations who call “Turtle Island” home and met the challenge of celebrating the correct history of this misguided federal holiday. On September 27, 2016, the Gallup City Council passed R e s olut ion / P r o cl a m a t ion R2016–40, declaring the second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” into perpetuity. On October 17, 2017 the McKinley County Commission also approved Resolution/Proclamation No. OCT-17–085 designating the Second Monday in October of each year as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” At a September 26, 2017 GCC meeting, (former) Mayor Ja ck ie McK i n ney s t a t e d that the Resolution / Proclamation would be on permanent display in City Hall. I have yet to see this fulfi lled, so perhaps the current Mayor Louie Bonaguidi will see to it that this commitment is honored. Accordingly, 573 federal tribes are recognized in the United States of A mer ica and every year, the number of states and cities are added to the list (internationally) that also acknowledge the Indigenous Nations and our role in the World’s Society on this Marked Day. Historically speaking, then Mayor McKinney and Navajo Nat ion Cou nci l Delegat e Edmund Yazzie were the fi rst elected government officials who attended the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Event in 2019. The fake history of the sailor who was lost at sea and found by the “Indians” who have inhabited the “American” continents since time immemorial, is not ref lected in school books or the education system of America. Instead we are given the bogus myth of “Divine Providence” and “Manifest Destiny.” T he h istor ica l t r uth OPINIONS

remains with over 100 million Indigenous Peoples having their lives indiscriminately k i l led out r ig ht , s t a r ved, raped, ex ploited, i mpr is oned, and sold into slavery. The Diné (Navajo) survived the Long Walk and the following four years in America’s first Concentration Ca mp at Hwéeldi (Fort Sumner) only to return to our homeland and flourish. With the last four years of Republican GOP (Gang of Putin) rule under the most racist U.S. president (Donald T r u m p), t he I nd i ge nou s Nations in America have a lot to recover and the U.S.

Government has far more to add if it can fulfill its Trust Responsibility it has through the treaties we were forced to sign. Trust Responsibility: Fake Republican GOP president Donald Trump basically tore up the Treaty Obligations and bega n t a rget i ng Nat ive American reservations for economic exploitation by (inter) national corporate interests. Trump did away with “Trust Responsibility” by stripping the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe


Local Navajo activist Mervyn Tilden holds up a sign during a peaceful demonstration on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in 2018. Tilden was instrumental in persuading lawmakers to recognize what was once known as Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. File Photo

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Building Nations commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a horse ride Staff Reports


uilding Nations LLC is promoting a 34-plus mile horse ride to honor the cultures and histories of Indigenous tribes across the country. Riders will take a horseba ck r ide over a 34 -m i le route starting at Cornerstone Mi n istr y Center i n Sm ith Lake, 1299 N.M. Hwy. 371, and travel westbound to Rehoboth Chr istia n School, 211 Tse Yaaniichi St. The second Monday in October is the date set for Indigenous Peoples’ Day in New Mexico. That will fall on Oct. 11. The date was declared as Indigenous Peoples’ Day by the Gallup City Council in September 2016; by the McKinley County Commission in October 2017. In April 2019 it became an official state holiday. This year, on Sept. 30, U. S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Ben Ray Luján, D -N.M., a long w it h U. S. Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif. i nt roduced leg islat ion to replace the official holiday recognized on the second Monday of October and make it Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The bill would also replace any mention of Columbus Day in all federal laws or regulations, referring to the date as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. At least 13 states and more than 100 cities have recognized this change, including Washington, D. C. “By celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we lift up the strength and resilience of America’s Tribal Nations,” Heinr ich sa id. “I’m proud to stand with New Mexico’s Tribes and Pueblos who have led the way to re-frame this national holiday to honor all of the significant contributions and diverse cultures of our Native communities.” “Let this day serve as a celebration of our country’s Tribal Nations and Native communities, and a reminder of the work ahead, to continue COMMUNITY

to strengthen and improve the federal government’s relationship with Tribal governments and Indigenous peoples,” T he leg islation is sup por ted by the Ind igenous People’s Day Initiative, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the National Congress of A mer ica n Indians, the Association of American Indian Affairs, the Navajo Nation, and the All Pueblo Council of Governors. “Recognition of Indigenous People’s Day will help our future generations hold onto our identity and ensure the su r v iva l of ou r cu ltu res, la ng uages, a nd i nd igene ity. I believe that the name change from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day will provide young Navajo children with a sense of pride in the beauty they hold within,” Nav a jo Nat ion P re sident Jonathan Nez said. The legislation is being cosponsored by U.S. Senators Alex Padilla, D-Calif., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Tim Kaine D-Va. In the House of Representatives, the legislation is being cosponsored by U.S. Representatives Suzan K. DelBene, D-Wash., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and Sharice L. Davids, D-Kan. Public offices and local school districts will be closed for the holiday. In New Mexico, the participants in the Indigenous Peoples’ Day horse ride will travel the route described below a nd stop at seven exchange areas: • Begin at 8 am and travel west on Navajo Service Route 49 and stop at a dirt road turnoff at the 5.5 mile marker. • Continue west to Mariano Lake Community School at 11.1 miles. • A gated stop with event staff at 16.5 miles. • The riders and other staff will break for lunch at 21.9 miles. • The route then tur ns south onto N.M. Highway 566 and stops at the Speedway

store in C h u r c h Rock, Hw y. 55 MM 45, Springstead Loop, at 26.5 miles. •T h e N a v a j o Hou si ng Authority section in Church Rock at 29.7 miles. •T h e r ider s t hen tu r n west onto Historic Route 66 and travel to Fire Rock Casino at 32.2 miles. T he r id ers are expected to arrive at Rehoboth Christian School after 2 pm. Riders who wish to participate can join the ride

at the designated exchange areas along the route, where water will be provided for the horses.

All riders can also join the route at the Fire Rock Casino exchange area to ride the fi nal 1.8 miles together.

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First responders, deputies demonstrate the latest life-saving gear on Public Safety Day

Ernest Manuelito tries on a ventilator mask at a display with the Navajo Estates Fire Department during the McKinley County Annual Preparedness and Public Safety Day at Rio West Mall in Gallup Oct. 2. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

Jeremiah Roman attempts to drive a pedal cart while wearing goggles that mimic the effects of driving drunk Oct. 2 during the McKinley County Annual Preparedness and Public Safety Day at Rio West Mall. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sanchez explains the parts and equipment in a police cruiser to Tia Chatto and Deon Chatto at the McKinley County Annual Preparedness and Public Safety Day in Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover

A crowd of attendees browses the display from the McKinley County Office of Emergency Management at Rio West Mall during the McKinley County Annual Preparedness and Public Safety Day Oct. 2. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover


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‘No Time to Die’ instills an oddball energy into the James Bond series By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 163 MINUTES This feature from United Artists Releasing opens at movie theaters on Oct. 8. Nearly 70 years ago, author Ian Fleming created the iconic British secret agent, James Bond. In the years that followed, the character adapted with the times and spawned a fi lm series containing 25 offi cial titles. The latest feature is “No Time to Die,” and it marks the fi nal onscreen appearance of Daniel Craig as the famed spy. As one might expect, the action on display is extremely impressive to watch. But the story’s attempts to wrap up threads introduced in previous films is clunky. And for this reviewer, there’s a distinct lack of adventure or thrills present that one would expect from the series. This story sees James Bond (Craig) off-duty and living off the grid with Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). When armed fi gures unexpectedly make an attempt on Bond’s life and he learns that Swann has been hiding a secret from him, the protagonist ushers her away. Some time later, the lead is approached by CIA agents Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) and Logan Ash (Billy Magnussen). They need his assistance with a new threat involving a microscopic nanobot-based DNA weapon that could potentially wipe out anyone whom the user targets. While Bond follows the trail, he meets new “00” and CIA agents Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and Paloma (Ana de Armas). The hero also comes into contact with an old enemy Er n st Blofeld (Ch r i stoph Waltz) and a new foe named Lyutsifer Safi n (Rami Malek). The movie starts off quite well, with a memorable opening involving a masked assassin, followed by Bond being attacked by various thugs and racing through a picturesque European village. Since the COMMUNITY

beginning of the franchise, the stunt work has been fantastic and as expected, this picture keeps the tradition going. There’s also some entertaining confl ict in a Cuba-set sequence that features Bond and new agents Paloma and Nomi getting involved in an elaborate fracas. In particular, supporting cast member Ana de Armas stands out and adds humor as a new and untested spy. That’s why it is disappointing that the movie becomes ponderous and convoluted during its second half as the action ceases and motivations for the various foes are revealed. While it’s impressive that all the cast is committed to depicting the drama with utter seriousness, their tone is in contrast with the sillier nanobot-based plot elements. And ultimately, for much of the two-hour-and-forty-threeminute r unning time, the movie is content to somberly explain who was responsible for which specific acts and add some last-minute emotional reckoning for the lead. Sadly, these revelations aren’t exciting to witness. The pacing crawls during the second half and the story loses its vitality. Malek does make for an interesting enough foe with Lyutsifer Safi n, but the picture also suffers from having too many baddies. This includes a henchman (Dali Benssalah) w i t h a u n i q u e p hy s i c a l

James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) peace is short-lived when an old friend from the CIA asks him for help in “No Time to Die.” This is Craig’s last appearance as the British secret agent. Photo Credit: United Artists Releasing attribute, a nasty rogue agent a nd t he reappea ra nce of Blofeld. They’re all vying for screen time and Safi n doesn’t have the opportunity to make a notable impression. In fact, if memory serves, the main villain doesn’t even cross paths or have direct contact with Bond until the fi nal act of the movie. He may ver y well be a criminal mastermind with a nifty poison garden, but it would have been much more

dynamic to see Bond and this fi gure trade barbs and blows throughout the picture. So, despite some great action early on and the explosive nature of the fi nale, “No Time to Die” takes itself too seriously and ends in a tired manner. Personally, I’m a big enthusiast of James Bond and adored the fi rst few Craig movies. But as time has passed and the tone has become more and more downcast, the zip and fun associated with the famed

character has been drained. Even more surprisingly, this title unexpectedly implies that the most recent movies may not be connected to the earlier Bond film timeline. At least that gives fans some hope that follow-ups will either revitalize the franchise or that some very, very creative writing may right the wrongs committed by this oddball entry. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM




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CRASH | FROM PAGE 10 because the roadway they were on was straight. Dawes noted that Yazzie’s speech was slurred and he could smell alcohol.

UNWELCOME VISITOR | FROM PAGE 10 on the ground. Jose was placed in handcuffs and taken to Dawes’ unit. Dawes was advised to take Jose back to the original scene

a nd com mu n it y resident s throughout the gathering. Dr. Lawrence A ndrade, owner of Family Medicine Associates, said he was verbally attacked by Smithburg, who called him angr y and bitter and said he was promoting lies and spreading malicious rumors because he [Smithburg] did not give Andrade hospital privileges. Andrade asked if Smithburg and CHC are the be s t t he com mu n it y c a n get. He suggested creating a petition and getting 10,000

citizens to sign it, demanding the CHC, the hospital board, and Smithburg “get the heck out of our community.” His brazen suggestion was met with applause. “What’s the worst that can happen if we turn it over to a group of local doctors to run the hospital?” he asked. “I don’t think it can get any worse.” A n d r a d e s a i d h e fe l t that appeals to the County Commission were falling on deaf ears. He w a s n’t t he on ly

physicia n a da ma nt about the hospita l’s upper ma nagement. More doctors spoke up. D r. C h r i s Ho o v e r, a n R MC HC S u r olog i s t , s a id healthcare workers “need a voice” to help restore some ba la nce to t he hospit a l’s power dynamics. He pointed out that many RMCHCS medical assistants and other patient-centered workers, did not attend the meeting. As Hoover spoke a bout t he t hei r a b s ence, someone i n t he aud ience

called out, “They’re afraid.” As the town hall came to a close, tearful proclamations by doctors who had resigned, and grateful patients, preceded the final announcement by UA PD orga nizing director Rachel Flores. Flores called on everyone concerned about the hospital to contact their city councilors, county commissioners and the hospital board. Smithburg was invited to respond to comments made at the town hall meeting. He did not reply by press time.

Yazzie took and failed the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Officer Daniel Brown told Dawes that one of the three passengers in the Hyundai had a seizure. All of them suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital by Med Star

Ambulance. Sergea nt Ter rence Peyketewa advised Dawes to draft a blood warrant on Yazzie because of the severity of the crash. He took Yazzie to the Gallup Police Department and began to draft the warrant

while Detective Tasheena Wilson kept an eye on Yazzie. Peyketewa informed Dawes that the woman who had the seizure had died. A f ter he wa s taken to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Yazzie

was driven to the McKinley C ou nt y Adu lt D e t e nt ion Center where he was charged with one count of vehicular homicide, two counts of great bodily injury by motor vehicle, and one count of careless driving.

to be confi rmed as the suspect. Two witnesses at the scene stated Jose had been sleeping in the hallway on the fourth f loor of SpringHill Suites when he was awakened. After being told to leave since he did not have a room there, Jose became aggressive. He

reportedly displayed a long white and blue knife and stated he was going to kill one of them. However, when police stopped him after the chase, he was not armed. Jose eventually left the premises, but was followed by the witnesses until police

arrived. They watched him on security footage at a nearby gas station. The witnesses saw Jose run when he heard sirens. They pointed him out to officers when they arrived. Dawes reviewed the footage and confi rmed the witnesses’ reports. Jose was placed under arrest and transpor ted to Rehoboth McKinley Christian

Health Care Services after he complained of heart problems. He was disruptive toward the medical staff, but clearance was obtained and Dawes took Jose to McKinley County Adult Detention Center where he was booked for aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Jose was released on his own recognizance by Judge Virginia Yazzie.

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ROOFTOP | FROM PAGE 9 Streets will put a damper on the squatter activity atop their buildings. The original idea had been for the alleys to remain closed

That plan may be amended as at least one business owner, Joseph Sanchez, would prefer to see the gates closed during the day. Garcia said the gates will be completed with locks installed by Oct. 11.

with access limited to businesses, emergency vehicles, utilities and garbage pickup. Howe v e r, C it y M a n a ge r Maryann Ustick wanted the gates open during the day. The current plan is for Gallup City Solid Waste to open the gates at 6 am and for business owners to close them at 5 pm. Garcia says her understanding is that the gates will be closed on weekends.

She is also meeting with a business on Second Street to discuss that owner’s potential interest in installing more gates in the area. If an effort is launched to collect signatures for that purpose, Garcia said she will also cover the cost of gates on First and Second Streets with her discretionary funds. That amount has yet to be determined.

A view of workers standing outside the newly-installed alley gate at Third Street on Oct.6. A gate is being installed at each end of the alley to discourage squatters from using it as a place to camp and reach roofs in downtown Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joseph Sanchez

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY | FROM PAGE 13 of their land. They fought back and won. Many tribal leaders were deceived by Trump and supported his attacks on Indigenous sovereignty. The local issues are related to the institutionalized racism NEWS

(White supremacy) in Gallup, once the territory of my Dine’ (Navajo) people. Stolen land a nd fa iled treaties is not Justice... “Native Americans” everywhere have the opportunity to participate in the continued progress we share with our votes, our plans for our future, our productive contributions

Violent graffiti in the downtown Gallup alley between Second and Third Streets. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Joseph Sanchez

to society and our direction with our history, culture and language. As it has always been done. Prior to the pandemic, the (recent) historical Indigenous Peoples’ Day event has been held from noon to 5:00 pm at the Gallup Cultural Center located at 201 E. Hwy. 66. If it is possible, this annual event

must be continued. Wherever you are, join the International Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. Mervyn Tilden Kinlitsoh sinilí (Church Rock) Editor’s note: As of Oct. 7, no contacts at the City of Gallup or the Indigenous Peoples Commission

have announced plans to hold a special event on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021. Building Nations LLC is holding an Indigenous Peoples’ Day horse ride beginning at 8 am Oct. 11, starting at the Cornerstone Ministry Center in Smith Lake at 1299 N.M. Hwy. 371.

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Panthers take a swipe at the Patriots FINAL SCORE: PIEDRA VISTA 41-MIYAMURA 7 Miyamura Patriot Christopher Chavez (7) attempts to run the ball as the Piedra Vista Panther defense attempts to stop him at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup Oct. 1. Photo Credit: RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Chris Chavez (7) attempting to break away from the Piedra Vista defensive line at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium Oct. 1. Photo Credit: RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Abdullah Al-Assi (8) kicks the ball on Oct. 1 at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Christopher Chavez (7) catches a touchdown pass as a Piedra Vista Panther attempts to tackle him, at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium Oct. 1. Photo Credit: RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Dylan Joines (2) attempts to catch the ball for an interception against Piedra Vista at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium. The Patriots lost 41-7. Photo Credit: RAH Photography

Miyamura Patriot Ethan Joines (3) attempts to catch the ball as the Panther defense tries to stop him Oct. 1 at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium. Photo Credit: RAH Photography

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*** LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Public Notice is hereby provided that the GallupMcKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: On-Call Construction Contractor District-Wide Services Multiple Award Multi-Year Agreement RFP-2022-14RB COMMODITY 909 Building Construction Services, NEW (Incl. Maintenance & Repair Services) 910 Building Maintenance, Installation & Repair Services 912 Construction Services, General (Incl. Maintenance & Repair Services) 913 Construction Services, Heavy (Incl. Maintenance & Repair Services) 914 Construction Services, Trade (New Construction)

Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, October 28, 2021. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date and time. The Gallup-McKinley County School Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any formalities or minor inconsistencies, and/or cancel this solicitation in its entirety. Dated the 8 th Day of October 2021 By: /S/ Charles Long, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 RFP ISSUE DATE: October 8, 2021 PUBLICATION DATES: October 8, 2021 (Gallup Sun) CLASSIFIEDS



4 pm on Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube. Celebrate Día de los Muertos with OFPL. Decorate a sugar skull to keep or share on OFPL’s community altar at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Donate photographs, marigolds, food, and more to honor your departed loved ones. Request a sugar skull through our Supply Request form at For more information email jwhitman@ or call (505) 863-1291.



7 pm-9 pm Gallup ArtsCrawl in Downtown Gallup. Come experience local and professional art, artist demonstrations, gallery openings, live music, hands-on crafts, games for children, food and craft vendors and more. Parking is available on Aztec Avenue in the lots between Second and Third Streets or along Historic Highway 66.


11:30 am LIVE on @gallupARTS Facebook and Instagram 12 pm-4 pm in person opening 7 pm-9 pm open for ArtsCrawl ”Into the Great Wide Open” by Dana Aldis. Let your gaze linger on blue skies, wild horses and expansive vistas.


1pm. Join OFPL on Facebook, @galluplibrary or YouTube to make self-care products. Watch our previous self-care workshops on YouTube to boost your mental, emotional, and physical health. Ingredient list for the Aromatherapy Rice Bag will be available at prior to the workshop. For more information email jwhitman@ or call (505) 863-1291.


7 pm-9 pm. Fall into Autumn

with an early book sale at ArtsCrawl in front of the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) Get a preview and a chance to purchase some of the items that will be available at the huge blowout book sale next week! For more information email or call (505) 863-1291. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10



4 pm. @ the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with - Rainstick & Wampum Weaving. Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by learning how to create your own rainstick and wampum weaving. A musical instrument that was used by many indigenous cultures to summon rain for crops, animals, and thirst. Wampum weaving is popular in Eastern woodland tribes for ornamental, ceremonial, diplomatic, and commercial purposes. Courses are geared toward individuals approximately 15-years and older. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, firstserved basis using the Supply Request Form at For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.


8 am Gallup will mark the day with the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Horse Ride over a 34mile route starting at Cornerstone Ministry Center in Smith Lake (1299 N.M. Hwy. 371) heading west to Rehoboth Christian School. Riders can join the ride at exchange areas along the route, where water will be provided for the horses. All riders will be able to join at the Fire Rock Casino exchange area to ride the final 1.8 miles together. Riders are expected to arrive at Rehoboth after 2 pm.



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.


4 pm on FaceBook and YouTube to explore different activities from our friends at the National Hispanic Cultural Center to inspire cultural curiosity and learning. This week our focus will be on Piñatas. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13


11 am. Join us on FaceBook and YouTube for stories, songs and rhymes to chill your bones! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14


4 pm-8 pm at El Morro Events Center (210 S. Second St.). Fall into autumn with Friends of the Library’s huge blowout book sale!! Get a bag for $10.00 or become a Friend for $5 and receive a special discount. We will be accepting cash, local checks, or payment through Paypal. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291. The sale will continue on Oct. 15 from 4 pm-8 pm and Oct. 16 from 12 pm-4 pm.


1 pm Join OFPL on TikTok @ofpl_library for cultural short videos focusing on how our local community celebrates and honors its dearly departed ones leading up to Día de los Muertos. For more information email jwhitman@ or call (505) 863-1291.


4 pm on Facebook and YouTube @galluplibrary (all ages) for family-friendly crafts and step-by-step tutorials for all skill levels. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a firstcome, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at This week we will focus on Sun & Moon Art.



The Rehoboth McKinley County Health Care Services Women’s Health Unit (1902 Red Rock Dr.) is temporarily closed. They anticipate reopening by the end of Oct. The ER remains open and will provide care to any expectant mother needing treatment. Patients with questions should contact their primary OB/GYN doctor.


11 am-5 pm Mon.-Thurs.; 12 pm-4 pm Fri. until Oct. 29 @ UNM-Gallup Campus Ingham Chapman Gallery (705 Gurley Ave.). Hundreds of handmade masks, during the 2020 pandemic, were created by two local sewing groups, Gallup’s Veterans Helping Veterans Sewing Angels, and the Sunday Fun Day Quilters, to provide aid to our local community to help prevent the spread of COVID. This exhibition displays a selection of handmade quilts as well as one-of-a-kind masks that were completed by the Quilters and Sewing groups.


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 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 Oct. 15. Winners will be announced Oct. 18. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.


Register at for a copy of “Reservation Restless” by Jim Kristofic now through Oct. 16. As a park ranger, Kristofic explores the Ganado valley, traces the paths of the Anasazi, and finds mythic experiences on

sacred mountains that explain the pain and loss promised for every person who decides to love. After reconnecting with his Navajo sister and brother, Kristofic must confront his own nightmares of the Anglo society and the future it has created. Zoom discussions will be held in November and will include the author himself! For more information email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291.


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.


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

RECOVERY MEETINGS 6:30 pm Thursdays Across Nations/Western Indian Ministries, Window Rock, Ariz. Contact: Steve Maus (505) 371-5749; Steven,maus@ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Tuesdays Joshua Generation for Jesus Church, 1375 Elva Dr. Gallup. Contacts: Pastor Debra Chee (505) 702-5132; dchee4@ Pastor Dennis Gallegos (505) 870-2175; joshuageneration. 7:00 pm Thursdays Zuni Christian Reformed Church, 19C Pia Mesa Rd. Zuni, N.M.. Contact: Tim Eisenga (505) 782-5649; Church on the Street; Dream Center: Men and Women; Recovery Homes; 308 DeeAnn Ave, Gallup; Contact: Pastor Carlos Juarez (505) 879-2954; Life Changers Recovery Program; 110 Lupton Rd. West of Gallup; Contact: Joshua Newton (505) 288-0330 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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