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Gallup Sun • Friday October 15, 2021
City to apply for $18.6 million in GRE bonds to fund public projects By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent
he City of Ga llup has developed a plan to fully finance the new public sa fety
building. During the Oct. 12 city council meeting, City Manager Maryann Ustick explained that the city could use Gross Receipts Tax bonds to fund the project. First, however, the council had to decide between two options; one that would give the city $12.8 million now and $5.8 million in FY24, and another that would provide $9 million now and $9.5 million in FY24. The city will then go on to apply for the money through the New Mex ico F ina nce Authority.
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Gallup City Manager Maryanne Ustick Ustick told the council that not all of the allotted funds would go toward the public safety building and that it would be necessary to designate where the remaining money would be spent. The city staff recommended using the remaining funds for turfing/returfi ng sports fields and milling/repaving streets.
Gallup Public Works Director Robert Hamblen “Returfi ng is cheaper than a new field because of the drainage and design and all that,” Ustick explained. She said that Assistant City Manager Jon DeYoung received an estimate that indicated building a new field would cost about $1 million, while returfing the park would cost only about $500,000 per field. Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, was in favor of fixi ng up t he spor t s f ield s, especially the ones at Ford Canyon Park. “We’ve had to close our soccer field out west because of prairie dogs; it was too dangerous for kids to play in those fields because of the holes, and they need that to be in tip-top shape to play their very best,” Palochak said during the Sept. 28 council meeting, when the issue of the bonds was first addressed. “So we need to invest money to upkeep our parks, so that our kids can continue to get exercise and play games and learn good sportsmanship.” As for the streets that would be resurfaced as part of the project, Ustick said the city would need to know how much funding was left over from the other projects before deciding how many of Gallup’s streets
Gallup City Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4
Gallup City Councilor Yogash Kumar, Dist. 3
can be repaved. During the Oct. 12 meeting, Public Works Director Robert Hamblen reminded the council that a three-street repavement project that was completed over the summer cost about $9,000. Before they made their decision, Gallup’s Chief Financial Officer Patty Holland told the council that option two would basically only cover the costs for the public safety building, leaving only $3 million for other projects. The council ultimately decided to go with the first option. “Today’s money is worth more today than tomorrow[‘s], and with the cost of construction going up, it’s important that we get the police department building up,” Councilor Yogash Kumar, Dist. 3, said when he supported the first option during the Sept. 28 council meeting. Ustick informed the council that the city currently has $11 million put away for the construction of the public safety building. About $6 million of that came from the governor’s office, and Ustick said that amount expires on June 30, 2023. During the Sept. 28 counci l meet i ng, when t he se options were fi rst presented
to the council, Erik Harrigan, the ma naging director at RBC Capit a l Ma rket s’ i n Albuquerque, noted that 55 percent of the money must be spent within three years of receiving it. Five percent of the funds have to be committed within six months. RBC has been the municipal advisor to the City of Gallup for at least 10 years. As municipal advisor, RBC advises about debt for public projects. “[Because] the bonds do enjoy tax exemption, the New Mexico Finance Authority don’t (sic) want you sitting on the money for a long time” Harrigan explained. Ustick stated that the public safety building is “shovel-ready” and that the city is just waiting to make sure they have adequate funding for the project before they can go out to bid for it. She said the building is estimated to cost about $20 million in total and that they have until the end of the year to work on the GRE bonds. She estimated that the public safety building would go out for bid in either January or February of next year. The new public safety building will be constructed at the current location at the back of the property.
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Market Rate Apartment in Gallup Area Market Rate Rental are available to all income levels at the going Rental rates 1. East Mesa Apartments 203 Debra Drive Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505) 879-0614
2. REMAX/Combined Inv. 1638 S. 2nd St. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-7811
3. Park Apartments 1638 S. 2nd St. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-7811
4. Cedar Crest Apartments 200 Nizhoni Blvd. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-4557
5. Vista Del Sol Apartments 800 So. 3rd Street Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-4787
6. Nizhoni Terrace Apartments 222 Nizhoni Blvd. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-3327
7. Orleans Manor Apartments 900 S. Boardman Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-4236
8. Casitas De Sanchez 212 W. Coal Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)863-8992
9. Casamera Apartments 350 Basilio Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)863-2700
10.Bear Springs Plaza 286 State Rd 400 PO Box 357 Fort Wingate, NM 87316 Telephone: (505)488-5512
Low-Income Housing in the Gallup Area These units have low-income eligibility criteria applied in order to rent 1. Cedar Hills Apartments 1710 Elm Cir. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)863-3689
2. Sagebrush Apartments 650 Dani Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-7454
3. Hidden Valley Apartments ϴϭϬ WĂƩŽŶ ƌ͘ Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)863-9253
4. Gallup Housing Authority 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-4388
5. Sun Valley Apartments 201 Montoya Blvd. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)863-6726
6. Pinon Hills Apartments 2811 Dairy Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-6025
7. Villa De Gallup Apartment 325 Klagetoh Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)726-0804
8. Jordon Apartments P.O. Box 840 Gallup, NM 87305 Telephone: (505)863-2205
9. Chuska Apartments 2534 E. Aztec Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)863-6131
10.Hooghan Hozho (Mixed-Income Housing) 201 E. Coal Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-9588
11. ůŝīƐŝĚĞ / ƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚƐ 601 Dani Dr. Gallup, NM 87301 Telephone: (505)722-0127
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Gallup Sun • Friday October 15, 2021
MCSO gets GMCS ready for active shooter situations By Molly Howell Sun Correspondent
ctive shooter situations took center stage at the Gallup McKinley County School District board meeting Oct. 4. McKinley County
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Undersheriff James Maiorano III gave a presentation about how the sheriff’s office educates GMCS staff about active shootings. Before COVID-19, the protocol involved three elements: a PowerPoint presentation, takedown drills in which the GMCS staff learns things like how to lock a classroom down, and how to barricade a door, and then the sheriff’s department does a full-blown drill with the staff only. That is followed by an analysis of how the staff performed and how the safety team could have improve their response. According to Maiorano, a safety team is responsible for securing the building and for the safety of the students and staff in the event of a shelter in place, lockdown, or evacuation
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situation. The McK inley County Sheriff’s Office has revisited the PowerPoint presentation because of COVID-19. T h e s h e r i f f ’s d e p a r t ment uses a program called A.L.I.C.E, which stands for A ler t, Lockdow n, Infor m, Counter, and Evacuate. According to the ALICE Training website, the fi rst step school staff should take when someone realizes there is an active shooter on the property is to alert everyone of the situation. Then teachers must barricade the room, which is the second step of the process. Staff must then inform others of the intruder’s location. That can be done with a 911 call, a public address a n nou ncement , or v ideo surveillance. The Counter step involves making noise and creating distractions to reduce the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Evacuation is the last step. School staff must know their environment well enough to
McKinley County Undersheriﬀ James Maiorano III discover the safest way out of a dangerous situation. Maiorano praised GMCS staff for how they’ve been doing dur ing the training sessions. “Your school staff is amazingly receptive to it,” Maiorano told the board. “They take it seriously.” He said so far, 20 of the 33 GMCS schools have been scheduled for their training. Five schools have already completed the program for this year.
Maiorano said the sheriff’s department has been working with the schools to answer questions such as how to lock the threat outside the building and how to respond to a threat inside. MCSO also focused on ways to lock down individual classrooms. He said the sheriff’s department has learned a lot from previous situations. “We used a lot of things we learned from the Aztec school shooting and some of the other shootings and we apply them,” Maiorano said. “So every time we have a new shooting we try and analyze that data and then try to tweak our class accordingly, so that we can give the school staff the best info that we can.” The Aztec school shooting Maiorano referenced happened on Dec. 7, 2017. William Atchison shot and killed two st udent s before shoot i ng himself.
SCHOOL BOARD | SEE PAGE 17
Arizona man found dead in Gallup
Police investigate an unattended death near the Gallup Home Depot at 530 Kachina St. Oct. 8. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Police Department Staff Reports
he body of a 62-yearold Arizona man was discovered outside the Home Depot at 530 Kachina St. in Gallup on the afternoon of Oct. 8. Gallup Police were called to the scene just before 4 pm and
found the man unresponsive. Emergency units pronounced him dead. The man is identified as Roger Teller, of Chinle. His cause of death has not been deter mined. Investigators do not su spect fou l play. Nex t of k i n have been notified.
Weekly Police Activity Report Staff Reports NEV ER MIND MY FACE. JUST GET M Y MONEY BACK. Gallup, Aug. 15 A man who suffered a 3-inch laceration to his left cheek, a large abrasion to his forehead and a mark next to his right eye, didn’t want medical attention, but called the police because his bag was stolen. The man said he was jumped by three people who stomped on his face. When Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brow n a r r ived nea r the Hacienda Motel, 2510 E. Hwy. 66, the man refused to say who had attacked him and would not give a description. Instead, he said, “it’s all good.” He did tell Brown that one of the three had brass knuckles. The victim said a brown backpack that held about $187 in cash was stolen from him. A MedStar ambulance arrived at the scene, but the caller refused treatment and said he would walk to a family member’s house. Brown told the caller to contact police if he wants to provide any further
information. There were no other details given in the report. HOSPITAL FREAK-OUT Gallup, Aug. 14 A male patient brought in to Gallup Indian Medical Center by the Gallup Fire Department and MedStar asked to be seen in the emergency room. He was told he was already in the Emergency Room and
w a s go i n g to get seen. But when health care staff walked him to the east annex in another part
WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT | SEE PAGE 17
This table represents a seven-day period of Gallup Police Dept. incident calls October 6 - October 12 INCIDENT TYPE
NUMBER OF CALLS
All other calls including. attempt to locate, burglary, battery, assault, party call disturbance, etc.
Gallup Police narcotics agents, detectives and oﬃcers serve a search warrant Oct. 8 at 405 McKee Dr. Mohammed F. Uweis, 53, of Gallup, was taken into custody for a second-degree felony for traﬃcking of methamphetamine, and a fourth degree felony for possession of Fentanyl, as well as a bench warrant. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gallup Police Department NEWS
Gallup Sun • Friday October 15, 2021
WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Valerie James-Antonio Aug. 14, 11:36 pm Aggravated DWI On his way out of the El Rancho Hotel, Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie saw a t a n pick- u p truck driving the wrong way on the street. The truck turned west onto Aztec Avenue from Ford Drive and then into the eastbound turn lane while goi ng westbou nd. Ya zz ie got behind the truck after it returned to the westbound lane. Then, after it turned north onto Navajo Drive, he conducted a traffic stop near the curb. He met the driver, Valerie James-Antonio, 46, of Gallup. Antonio told Yazzie she was following her uncle in the truck in
front of her. Yazzie noted she had bloodshot eyes and looked as if she spilled a drink on the front of her shirt. He asked her to step out of the tan truck and offered to administer the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Antonio said she had a bad knee, so alternative tests were given. She performed poorly on all of them and took a portable breath test, posting a sample of .182. She then admitted to having consumed alcohol several hours prior to driving with a passenger in her vehicle. The passenger, who was also intoxicated, was transported to Gallup Detox while James-Antonio was placed under arrest. She agreed to give a breath sample and was transported to Gallup Police Department for the test, where she posted two samples of .16. Ja mes-A ntonio wa s taken to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI, driving
on right side, and careless driving. She was released on her own recognizance by Judge Janelle Griego. Chelsea Yazzie Aug. 13, 3:16 am Aggravated DWI A white Nissan that was seen swerving on the road on Highway 66 and striking several curbs was reported to Metro Dispatch by someone driving behind it. Gallup Police Officer Michael Eley was dispatched to locate the Nissan traveling westbound on the highway. As he passed a local hotel, he saw it. Eley caug ht up to t he Nissan, which pulled over on the side of the road near Gallup Municipal Air por t, at 2111 W. Hwy. 66. He conducted a traffic stop and met the driver, Chelsea Yazzie, 29, of Kayenta, Ariz. As she rolled her window down, Eley noted
a smell of alcohol coming from inside. The driver also appeared to have difficulty fi nding her identification. She admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day. She agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Yazzie mentioned that some of the exercises caused her pain, so Eley administered alternative tests. She performed poorly on each test and was placed under arrest. Eley searched the vehicle and found several open and empty containers of different types of alcohol strewn inside. Ya z z ie a g reed t o g ive a breath sa mple a nd wa s transported to Gallup Police Department for the test, where she posted samples of .24 and .23. She was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI and having an open container in her car. Shantel Begay Aug. 7, 1:53 am Aggravated DWI A vehicle was driving recklessly on Second Street and pulled into the parking lot of
a nearby Speedway at 1730 S. Second St. Gallup Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched to investigate. As his unit got close to the vehicle, the suspect tried to drive off, but Yazzie activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop. He met the driver, Shantel Begay, 28, of Gallup. Yazzie noted Begay had bloodshot eyes and staggered as she got out of the vehicle. Begay told him she was picking up her brother at the Sports Page Bar at 1400 S. Second St., where she admitted to drinking two shots of whiskey. Begay agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, but performed poorly and did not complete them. W hen Yazzie told her she was being taken into custody, she said, “No!” After he got cuffs on her and seated her in his unit, she started to repeat the word “No” over and over. He took that to mean she would not provide a breath sample. Yazzie transported Begay to McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where she was booked for aggravated DWI and resisting arrest.
Hanging out the windows of a speeding car attracts police attention Staff Reports
chase near downtown Gallup and into a nearby neighborhood led to several juveniles being pulled over and one getting charged. Gallup Police were having a briefi ng near downtown early on Aug. 13 when Officer Julio Yazzie spotted a white Toyota RAV4 traveling south on Third Street at a high rate of speed with several people hanging out of the windows. Yazzie got to his unit and followed the SUV onto Mesa Avenue and then Fourth Street, where he found the vehicle near the intersection of Morgan Avenue. He pulled over near the SUV and found several people inside. As Yazzie activated his unit’s emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, the Toyota took off on Fourth Street. Multiple officers then followed the SUV onto Fourth Street and Park Avenue. The vehicle ran several stop signs as it turned onto Elva Drive, where it ran into a dead end. One of
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the passengers in the vehicle got out and ran into the nearby hills. Officers were able to catch him and bring him back. Yazzie saw all of the passengers in the vehicle were juveniles, so their full names were not listed in the report. The driver was also identified as a juvenile, and was called “J” by his mother as he called from the scene. Each passenger appeared intoxicated. Since J was identified as the driver, he was given the Standard Field Sobriety Tests while the others were released to their parents. J performed poorly on the tests and stated he did not feel well. After the tests concluded, Yazzie transported J to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for medical clearance. J was then transported to San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center, where he was booked for charges including aggravated DWI, resisting arrest, speeding, failure to stop, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, no license, and concealing his identity. NEWS
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By Steve Newman
Arctic Minimum The sea ice surrounding t he Nor t h Pole reached its lowest coverage of the year on Sept. 17. While not a record low this year, sea ice cover has dropped by about 50 percent since the 1980s, which scientists say has been a direct result of greenhouse gas emissions. This summer’s more stubbor n ice forced Russia to use icebreakers to clear a path through its summertime Northern Sea Route after it remained blocked for the fi rst time since 2008.
Eruptions Many residents of Spain’s La Palma Island were told to seal doors and windows with tape and wet towels to protect against potentially toxic gases emitted by the eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano. Almost 600 homes have been lost to lava since the Canary Island volcano began erupting on Sept. 17. • Guatemala’s Fuego volcano spewed ash and lava during a 32-hour eruption just southwest of the capital.• Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted with fountains of lava in its summit crater.
Arboreal Confusion E x t r e m e weat her event s brought on by climate change have disrupted the annual fall foliage season, especially in parts of North America. The leaves of deciduous trees from eastern Canada a nd New Eng la nd to t he
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Earthquakes African penguins were s t u ng t o death by a swarm of honeybees on a beach near Cape Town. The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds told reporters the bees appeared to target the eyes of the 63 dead penguins. “We checked the other bodies again and found stings still embedded around the eyes in almost all of the birds,” sa id foundation president
Tropical Storm Gu lab uprooted thousands of trees a nd uti l it y poles while f looding parts of India’s central Bay of Bengal coast and interior areas.• Ty phoon Mindulle wa s pred icted to sk i r t Japan’s eastern coast days after Tropical Storm Dianmu soaked central Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. • Hurricane Sam, Tropical Storm Teresa and Tropical Storm Victor spun over various parts of the North Atlantic basin.
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‘Cooked’ Mussels Some of Greece’s hot test summer weather in decades decimated parts of the country’s mussel harvest a nd the baby mussel seeds that would have grown i nt o nex t ye a r ’s m a t u r e
A sharp tremor on the Greek island of Crete killed one person and injured about 20 others as it caused significant damage.• Earth movements were also felt in central Pakistan, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a wide area of Japan’s Honshu Island, eastern Taiwan and southeastern Dominican Republic. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication©MMXXI Earth Environment Service
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emotional toll infl icted last autumn by untold hundreds of millions of the marauding mice created economic and mental health crises for many growers. Wildlife experts say that the poisons used by farmers to help control the ravenous hordes have also killed large clusters of cockatoos and other creatures.
By Steve Newman
Earth Dimming Global heating du r i ng t he pa st two decades has caused the planet t o a p p e a r d i m me r f r om space, scientists say. Less low-lying cloud cover over parts of the warming oceans is said to be the main cause of a 0.5 percent drop in the amount of light refl ected by the planet. Most of the dimming observed by satellites was across the vast Pacifi c a nd dur ing the la st three years of the 1998-2017 study. Scientists at the Big Bear Solar Obser vator y in New Jersey write in Geophysical Research Letters that the changes in Earth’s reflectiveness did not match changes in the sun’s brightness during recent solar cycles.
Historic Eruption The eruption of the La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands became the most destructive in Spain’s history after parts
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Heat Islands Heat stored in buildings, roads and other manm a de objec t s i s c au si ng t he nearly quarter of the world’s population that lives in cities to suffer increased health hazards and economic hardships caused by global heating.
And researchers write in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” that as metropolitan areas grow larger, they will become even greater heat traps. During the past 40 years, hundreds of millions of people have moved from rural areas to cities in search of a better life. The heat there worsens preexisting health conditions and the ability to work, the report says. About 40 major cities in the United States alone saw ex posure to extreme heat grow “rapidly,” mainly in the Gulf Coast states from Florida to Texas
Tropical Cyclones T he rem n a nt s of Tropical Storm Gulab, which earlier lashed India’s Bay of Bengal coast, regenerated i nto Cyclone Shaheen over the A rabian Sea. It then triggered dust storms and severe flooding from southern Iran to Oman. At least 36 people were killed by the cyclone from India to the Saudi Peninsula . • Typhoon Mindulle brought he av y r a i n a nd ga le s t o the east coast of Japan. • Ber muda was pounded by heav y su r f f rom pa s si ng Hurricane Sam, which still maintained tropical storm force as its remnants eventually skirted Iceland.
Rodent Resurgence Austra lia’s disastrous mouse plague is growing rapidly again as the countr y leaves winter time and approaches the summer growing season. Following a lull in recent months, experts warn that farmers could again be forced to destroy their crops if they become contaminated by the pests’ droppings or decaying bodies. The losses and
Much of t he world appea r s unprepared for the hazards that global heating will bring, with increased f lood i ng, hu r r ica nes a nd drought. A new repor t by the World Meteorologica l Organisation says that well over half of the 100 countries surveyed need better weather forecasting systems to cope. The report documents that since 2000, flooding disasters rose by 134 percent compared with the last two decades of the 20th century. Droughtrelated d isa ster s rose by 29 percent during the same period. Asia suffered most from increased flooding, while African nations recorded the most drought-related deaths. A quarter of all cities around the world already experience water shortages.
Earthquakes At least 20 people we r e k i l le d and hundreds injured when an overnight temblor wrecked mud homes in central Pakistan. • Earth movements were also felt in northern Afghanistan, metropolitan Tokyo, northeastern Japan, the Big Island of Hawa ii, the nor thwester n Philippines and southwestern Switzerland. Dist. by: Andrews McMeel Syndication©MMXXI Earth Environment Service
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Protection for Bears Ears restored Staff Reports
A SH INGTON, D. C. – Navajo Nation President Jo n a t h a n Ne z was at the White House along with tribal, state, and federal leaders, Oct. 8 as President Joe Biden signed a proclamation that restores the Bears Ears National Monument, located in southeastern Utah, to the boundaries established by President Obama in 2016. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell were also present for the ceremony. “The Navajo Nation, along with a coalition of tribes, wholehea r t ed ly suppor t s today’s action by the BidenHarris Administration,” Nez said. “This historic signing of the proclamation and restoration of the Bears Ears National Monument is a victory for our people, our ancestors, and future generations. “Bears Ears is home to many of our historical and cultural sites, plants, water, traditional medicines, and teachings for our people,” he said. “We are here today through the strength of our ancestors and our prayers.” The landscape is the ancestral home of many southwestern tribes and the birthplace of Navajo Headman Manuelito. Tribal nations depend on the land within the region to sustain their traditional livelihoods and cultural practices, such as hunting, gathering, and
Bears Creek National Monument in southeastern Utah. Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org ceremonies. In April, Nez was among several tribal leaders who met Haaland to call for the restoration and expansion of the national monument. The Navajo Nation was one of five tribes that also included the Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi Tribe, and Zuni Tribe that led the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition to advocate for the protection of Bears Ears from the threats of looting, vandalism, and energy development. Zuni Tribal Gov. Val R. Panteah, Sr., Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Manuel Heart, Hopi Ch a i r m a n T i mot hy Nu v a n g y a om a , a nd V ice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva were among the tribal leaders in attendance. Former President Obama designated 1.35 million acres of land under the Bears Ears National Monument, on Dec. 28, 2016 in accordance with the Antiquities Act of 1906.
President Trump later reduced the size of the designation by 85-percent, or 202,000 acres, which continues to be contested in court by several tribes including the Navajo Nation. “The restoration of Bears Ears honors the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to tribes and reaffirms our seat at the table as the first people of this land. This was a combined effort among past and present leaders and advocates including members of the Navajo Nation Council,” Nez added. In 2015, the Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, along with tribal, state, and federal leaders at the White House in Washington D.C., on Oct. 8 as U.S. President Joe Biden signed a proclamation restoring the Bears Ears National Monument. Photo Credit: OPVP Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the designation. On Nov. 10, 2020, the Navajo Utah Commission also passed a resolution supporting the full protection of 1.9 million acres of land under the Bears Ears National Monument. Immediately after the signing of the Bears Ears proclamation, Biden handed the signature pen to Nez. In an expression of appreciation and honor, Nez later took off his turquoise necklace and
presented it to Biden to signify the blessing and protection of Bears Ears National Monument and other sacred sites. Biden also signed proclamations for the Grand StaircaseEsca la nte, a nd Nor thea st Ca nyon s a nd S ea mou nt s Nat iona l Monu ment s. On the same date, Oct. 8, Biden also signed a proclamation recognizing Oct. 11, 2021 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The ceremony can be viewed online at: https:// youtu.be/vqdohiEuvWY.
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Inflation can be a terrible retirement partner ‘Perspectives’ By Lawrence Castillo
It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that consumer prices have gone rogue in 2021. Prices for goods and services are surging at the fastest pace in over ten years, threatening to squeeze households and squelch a potential post-COVID economic recovery. Economists, bankers, and
“ Wa r r e n B u f fe t o nc e pointed out that when you do the math, it is obvious that inflation is far more destructive to wealth than any tax levied on us by the government.” - Lawrence Castillo
pundits insist that inflation rates reflect pandemic-induced trends and are only temporary. However, many retirees, pre-retirees, and investors are concerned that prices will keep going up, stalling economic growth and causing stocks to plummet. If you are a certain age,
you might remember the double-digit inflation of the 1960s and ‘70s, which reached its apex during the Jimmy Carter Administration. Like all inflation, the price hikes were due
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New Mexico Voices for Children says state must diversify revenue sources SUGGESTS TAX CHANGES
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4. The state already has unmet revenue needs and they are expected to grow. 5. Raising adequate and sustainable revenue can help promote equity in New Mexico communities. The policy brief shows, oil and gas extraction to be an extremely unstable source of revenue that the state depends upon for funding essential programs like education. While that may seem ir releva nt during boom times, Voices for Children says it is important to remember that every past oiland gas-fueled revenue boom has been followed by a bust and subsequent budget cuts to education and health care. “When we’re in an oil boom, too many policymakers seem to suffer from collective amnesia about the bust times,” James Jimenez, executive director of the child advocacy organization, said. “Oil extraction is a volatile industry and it’s unwise to put too much reliance on it for revenue we need every year. “Unfortunately, because of years of tax breaks based on failed trickle-down economic theory, that’s where we are.” The policy brief makes note that approximately 30 per cent of the state’s revenue for the operating budget comes from oil and gas extraction. And when the industry is in a bust phase, lawmakers have often dealt with the loss of revenue by making steep spending cuts to education, health, and public safety programs, which help families and the economy
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New Mexico celebrates its meaningful heritage REPRESENTATIVE DERRICK LENTE GUIDED INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY FROM INCEPTION TO CELEBRATION By Rachel Pfeiffer Sun Correspondent
ew Mex ico cele brated Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an official holiday for the third time this year on Oct. 11. Indigenous Peoples’ Day officially replaced Columbus Day in the state in 2019. The day offers New Mexico’s Indigenous population a formal opportunity to celebrate their culture and their heritage. However, the holiday only came to fruition after a great deal of work and debate. The process of changing the holiday began with legislation sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente, D-Sandia Pueblo, and co-sponsored by Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe. Lente said the idea of a formal day to celebrate Indigenous heritage is something he as an Indigenous person has wanted for some time. With his position in government, he decided it was time to take steps to make this dream a reality. The Committee of Indian A f f a i r s e n t hu s i a s t ic a l l y
Riders at the Oct. 11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Horse Ride sponsored by Building Nations LLC. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura supported Lente’s proposal for the new holiday. In fact, many committee members were shocked they hadn’t heard a proposal about this before. Lente prepared the bill for the regular session and Romero signed on as a co-sponsor. Once it reached the house and senate in the early months of 2019 a debate ensued. S ome r e pr e s e nt a t i ve s were concerned about what
might be lost or forgotten by replacing Columbus Day. But Romero didn’t see a confl ict. He pointed out that many New Mexicans didn’t want to celebrate Columbus’ complicated colonial legacy any longer. “Columbus Day celebrates a sort of false history. We don’t share that history, and Christopher Columbus that was never part of New Mexico history,” Romero said. “Part of
the real debate we had before [the bill] became law was just why it was so important to the people of our state to have that day of recognition and day of reckoning with our own history as New Mexicans.” House Bill 100 passed in the house by a vote of 50-12 before surviving stiffer opposition in the senate, passing by a vote of 22-15. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the bill April 2, 2019, officially designating the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The governors’ office reached out to Lente the day the bill was signed into law, and he says it was amazing to hear the news. “[I felt] vindicated, not personally, but for Indigenous populations around the world,” Lente said. For the inaugural Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October of 2019, Lente attended a celebration at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The organizers anticipated up to 200 guests, but thousands showed up. The event drew global
Representative Derrick Lente, D-Sandia Pueblo, sponsor of House Bill 100, which replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October. It was signed into law April 2, 2019. Photo Credit: nmlegis.gov media attention, with reporters on the scene from as far away as Taiwan and countries in Europe. Lente said that celebration really embodied what Indigenous Peoples’ Day is all about. “This piece of legislation is not about any one person,” he said. “That day exemplified it perfectly. “ T he people t hat were
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Monster Mash Dash, Wellness Fair combines fun with health By Rick Abasta Sun Correspondent
he Community Pantry a nd Hope Ga rden invites Gallupians to dress up as their favorite characters and celebrate the changing of the season at the Monster Mash Dash and Wellness Fair Oct. 23 at the Fox Run Golf Course at 1109 Susan Ave. “We want to bring awareness to the community for wellness services,” Community Pantry Executive Director Alice Perez said. Perez also emphasized the need for volunteers at the Pantry. The Community Pantry was founded by Jim Harlin and Tom Crider in 1999 to serve people in northwestern N.M. with healthy food and nutrition initiatives. The pantry includes a food distribution warehouse, COMMUNITY
large outdoor garden, and greenhouses. Today, the Community Pantry serves a population of 100,000 and has provided 40,000 meals annually. Lisa Blanco, Community Pantry Board President, said the idea for the Monster Mash Dash came out of the blue as the Community Pantry Board discussed the logistics of hosting a fun run and sharing public information about services provided by the pantry. The Monster Mash Dash is a public outreach event hosted by the Gallup Pantry in an effort to combat hunger in McKinley County. The fair will be open from 10 am - 2 pm. It will include a costume parade with one prize each for the best adult and child costume, goodie bags for all registered participants, and free
Linda Rogers as the witch, and her daughter, Community Pantry Board Member Jeni Verdigo Black as Sally the Nightmare Before Christmas, along with a couple of ghoulish friends in a dress rehearsal for the Oct. 23 Monster Mash Dash and Community Wellness Fair fundraiser for the Gallup Community Food Pantry. Photo Credit: Courtesy Christian Verdigo Black games for the children. Zumba is scheduled at noon. The fi rst 40 participants to
register in the 5K fun run/3K walk will get a free t-shirt. There will also be medals
awarded for the top three male and female competitors in the race. A concession stand will be on site selling food and nu merou s a rea orga n i za tions will set up information booths to offer public outreach and wellness services. T hey i nclude t he Ga l lup Fire Department, McKinley County Sheriff’s Department, McKinley County Recycling, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, and Presbyterian Health Plan, Inc. The proceeds from the events go to the Community Pantry in their never-ending fight against hunger in McKinley County and New Mexico. Masks will not be required at the outdoor event. For more information, visit: www.thecommunitypantry.org
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ArtsCrawl returns from hibernation BRINGS TATTOOS, MUSIC, FACE-PAINTING, CROWDS Emily Jones has her face painted at a booth in downtown Gallup Oct. 9 during ArtsCrawl. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Artist and tattoo creator Mackenzie Cheama, tattoos Tonya Walker in front of an exhibit of Cheama’s artwork inside Shallow Gallery during ArtsCrawl Oct. 9 in downtown Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Guitarist Dave Lansing fronts the Christopher Shayne band from Phoenix, Ariz. during a performance at ArtsCrawl in downtown Gallup Oct. 9. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
Gallery patrons take in a solo show by artist Dana Aldis at Art123 Gallery during ArtsCrawl Oct. 9 in downtown Gallup. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
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Visitors crowd the recently reopened Coal Avenue Commons during ArtsCrawl in downtown Gallup Oct. 9. Photo Credit: Cable Hoover
‘Halloween Kills’ brings gore together with dark humor By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: OUT OF RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES Universal Pictures will release this film at cinemas on Oct. 15. It will also stream on paid tiers of Peacock for the next 60 days. One of the longest-running franchises in horror history is the “Halloween” series, which follows the exploits of a masked psychopath named Michael Myers. In 43 years, there have been numerous sequels to the first film, a spin-off set during the same holiday season and a reboot featuring two standalone titles. “Halloween Kills” is the newest chapter. It follows a successful and entertaining 2018 effort that was a direct follow-up to the 1978 original, reuniting the maniac with the franchise’s greatest heroine. The latest effort has its share of tonal issues, but is still an extremely well-shot and acted effort that will still amuse genre fans. The story begins with the original survivor of the killer’s 1978 murder spree. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has once again successfully fought off an attack from Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). After arriving at the hospital with daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), some of the family members discover that Myers is still alive and hasn’t fi nished slicing and dicing his way through their hometown. Word soon spreads everywhere that the maniac is still on the rampage. One of the children whom Laurie babysat in 1978, Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), decides that the justice system isn’t doing enough to stop the threat. He recruits townspeople to catch and punish Myers themselves. But the group devolves into a violent and outof-control mob. Despite being a slasher pic, there’s a lot going on in this sequel. As expected, the movie does detail Myers moving in the shadows and murdering COMMUNITY
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) seen here with a bloody knife, appears in “Halloween Kills” with her daughter Karen (Judy Greer ) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) (not pictured here), in a grisly new chapter of the “Halloween” series. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Universal Pictures people in incredibly violent and grotesque ways. These sequences are tense and wellshot, often climaxing with wince-inducing deaths. Some of the most effectively nasty bits involve horrific damage being delivered to faces and eyeballs. These scenes aren’t pretty to watch, but they are effective at making the threatening villain even more of a superhuman force, as he leaves body after body in his wake. Curtis is also excellent as always, lending gravitas to her long-surviving character and offering a new take on how this unstoppable evil force operates. The supporting performers are solid, too, even down to the bit parts. There’s a streak of dark humor running throughout the feature, allowing victims to get in a funny comment or two and make a likable impression before they meet their gruesome ends. Additionally, one admires the attempts to strive for a deeper meaning by adding a vengeful mob into the proceedings. Most horror films include angry villagers chasing monsters around. T h i s g r ou p, howe ver, becomes just as horrible and cruel as the figure its members are pursuing. Yet, somehow these intriguing elements don’t always come
together quite as smoothly as one would hope. Curtis herself ends up being sidelined for a lengthy portion of the story and discrepancies in tone do take their toll over the course of the running time. We cut back and forth from humorous exchanges between characters to extremely exaggerated murders. That’s difficult enough to pull off, but adding in a serious subplot about normal people being transformed into killers via a mob, is a major contrast with the movie’s over-the-top genre elements.
All of these parts might have played together more seamlessly if either the humor and gore had been toned down, or the vigilante aspect had been more grimly satirical and less serious than it ended up being. Despite these issues, one appreciates the attempts to add subtext to a slasher fi lm and there are enough jolts here to entertain. In fact, it’s still better than many of the original’s sequels released over the past four decades. Even those who are disappointed with some
aspects on display should be pleased to learn that one last film is coming and that it promises to properly wrap things up (admittedly, this also occurred in the now disregarded 1998 effort, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,” so take that claim with a grain of salt). In the end, “Halloween Kills” is not a franchise highlight, but enough of it works to keep audiences engaged in the moment and excited for a big fi nale in the future. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM
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GALLUP’S WAYNE LUFKINS FOLLOWS FAMILY INTO SERVICE
By Rachel Pfeiffer Sun Correspondent
n elite, tight-knit g roup of a i r men compose the United States A ir Force Honor Guard, among them Gallup’s own Wayne Lufkins. Lufkins is the son of recently elected Eleventh Judicia l District Attorney Bernadine Martin. “We’re all so proud of him,” Martin told the Sun. “Wayne comes from a long line of veterans. His grandfather served in the Korean War as a paratrooper. “His grandpa George Willie was a Code Talker. He has numerous cousins and uncles that have served since World War II,” Martin said. Lufkins is excited to continue this military legacy in the Honor Guard. The Honor Guard represents the United States Air Force in official cer emon i a l f u nc t ion s i n Washington, D.C. and around the world. They carry the colors of the United States and the Air Force at special ceremonies and Washington, D.C. parades, perform precise drills
Wayne Lufkins stands at attention with his Honor Guard class at graduation on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. Lufkins graduated with class 21-D on Aug. 13. Lufkins is ﬁfth from the left in the front line. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wayne Lufkins around the country at functions such as sporting events
Wayne Lufkins in his Honor Guard uniform prior to his graduation on Aug.13. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wayne Lufkins
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and render honors for fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. While Lufkins is honored to be a part of this select unit, it isn’t something that he ever anticipated. Lufkins’ fi rst experiences with the military came while he was still in school. At Gallup High School, he was a member of the Junior Reserve Off icers’ Tra ining Cor ps, whose mission is: “To motivate young people to be better citizens.” In the JROTC, Lufkins met requirements and participated in ceremonies at the school, laying the foundation for his future. “I was super involved in everything about it,” Lufkins said. “It was really intriguing, and I like the structure that the military presented. “It was a lot of life skills in general that I just didn’t get in other classes in high school,” he said. A f ter g ra duat i ng f rom Gallup High in 2015, Lufkins joined the Air Force. At that time the Honor Guard wasn’t on his radar at all. Most of those serving in the Honor Guard come straight from basic training, but Lufkins is a part of an even more select group of prior service members selected for the Honor
Guard. To be selected for the Honor Guard, airmen must fi rst be recommended for it by someone in their leadership chain. “It was a surprise to me. I didn’t realize that someone had put my name up,” Lufkins said of his recommendation. “I just got an email one day saying, ‘Hey, we’re considering you.’ I was like, ‘what the heck,’ because the requirements are so stringent. “We’re a unit of 300 members, about 85 to 90 percent of those are airmen who are straight out of basic training,” he added. Once selected, Luf kins underwent eight weeks of training where he learned all the drill movements and how to take care of his uniform. “The biggest thing was maintaining our bearings, where we don’t move for anything,” Lufkins said. One of t he proudest moments in Lufkins’ training came when he received the Top Gun Award. “The person that receives the Top Gun award did the best overall in military movements throughout their evaluations,” Lufkins explained. “We had to take evaluations, and we were only allowed to miss so many items.
“Essentially, I got the award because I missed the least on all of our evaluations,” he said. Now t hat h i s t ra i n i ng is over, Luf kins ser ves in Arlington National Cemetery where he and his fellow Honor Guard members render honors for fallen soldiers. In these ceremonies, some serve as pallbearers while others, like Lufkins, serve in the firing party. The fi ring party shoots several rounds as a salute to the soldier being buried. “For military honors, we issue three volleys of seven rounds, and we do that in unison. Our motto is seven as one,” Lufkins said. Lufkins will serve a fouryear tour in the Honor Guard. After that, he will move on to a different deployment. At the end of the day, Lufkins said his military career is an important example of how working hard and taking a leap of faith can lead to unexpected opportunities. “I think it’s important for people to go out and do what they want to do,” Lufkins said. “I never pictured myself where I am today. “I definitely didn’t think that it was going to happen the way it did, but life is full of surprises. If I can do it, then anyone else can too,” he said. NEWS
SCHOOL BOARD | FROM PAGE 6 After Maiorano’s presentation, school board vice president Chris Mortensen asked about the sheriff’s office reaction time to some of the more rural schools . Maiorano stated that it takes his officers an hour and 25 minutes to get to Tse Yi Gai High School. He added that it took 25 minutes to respond to the Tohatchi incident. Tohatchi High School was placed under lockdown on Sept. 23, 2019, and police units from multiple jurisdictions
WEEKLY POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT | FROM PAGE 7 of the hospital, he became agitated and began asking why he was not being taken to the emergency room. Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was called to the scene where he was told that the patient, identified as Byron Custer, 35, of Gallup, grabbed a staff member’s right wrist and prepared to bite him. The staff member said Custer managed to scratch him. A security guard said Custer spit into her eyes. She said she noticed a knife in Custer’s sock. She said he did not pull it out or attempt to use it. A second security guard who pinned Custer to the wall to get him to calm down, said he was injured in his rib cage and chest area during that struggle. Another staff member said Custer spit at him, but only got his cheek. Custer was cleared by GIMC
NEW MEXICO VOICES | FROM PAGE 12 prosper. While policymakers have taken steps in recent years to bolster state reserves in order to buffer the state from dramatic revenue fluctuations, the brief argues that, long-term, New Mexico’s economy and
CASTILLO ON INFLATION | FROM PAGE 12 to several factors, including an oil crisis in the Middle East, excessive government spending, and a slow-acting Federal NEWS
responded. According to a Sun article, students from the high school and Tohatchi Middle School were escorted to Tohatchi Elementary School, where they followed release procedures implemented by police and district staff. “I guess some of it is just luck of the draw; if you have somebody local to [respond to] it,” Mortensen said. “You’re just timing how long it takes to get from here to there, but there’s a chance that there’d be someone – FBI or state [police] – someone running around out there at that time.”
“I n work i n g w it h t he schools, especially the rural ones, we teach the import a nc e of k now i n g t he i r [active shooter] drill ver y well, because these schools are going to be handling the emergency situation until we arrive,” Maiorano said. He ex pla i ned t hat t he average active shooter situation lasts between 2 to 12 minutes, which doesn’t give police enough time to get to the scene. “So that means that the school staff has to be prepared to handle that situation on their own until we arrive,
and that’s the impor tance of the safety team and that’s the importance of practicing the drills until they’re per fec t ,” M a ior a no s a id.
and booked for aggravated battery, assault and battery on health care personnel. He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Robert Ionta
The manager still asked to have a trespass warrant issued because of his actions from the day before. The male stated his name was Daniel Etsitty, which Olivares asked Metro Dispatch to search. Dispatch advised that his full name was Taylor Daniel Etsitty, 26, of Sundance, N.M. and he had two Magistrate Court warrants. Etsitty was placed under arrest for the two warrants and was issued a trespass notice and citation for shoplifting. He was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked. He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Robert Ionta.
and burgled. The rear window of their truck had been shattered and several tools were missing. The owner said a medium-sized rock was in the front passenger side and it looked to him as if the suspect (s) had tried to break the left rear passenger window, but failed. Gallup Officer Norman Bowman verified the damage to the rear window and the glass shards inside the truck cab. No witnesses came forward and no suspects were identified. An effort to locate the missing tools turned up empty. Bowman advised the owner that a report on the incident would be made.
PARKING LOT VANDALISM Gallup, Aug. 13 While inside Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille 107 W. Coal Ave., a couple of customers who arrived around 8:30 pm, returned outside to fi nd their vehicle had been vandalized
T WO H ITS I N ON E NIGHT Gallup, Aug. 13 On the same night as the parking lot burglary at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille, 107 W. Coal Ave., another man discovered the rear window of his 2021 Chevy Malibu had been
shattered. The car was also in Sammy C’s parking lot. Ga llup Off icer Wa r ren Bowannie met with the owner a little after 11:30 pm at the business. The car’s owner said he was inside when the car was vandalized. A passenger who came with him was outside the bar and noticed that the rear window on the vehicle had been broken. There were 6-inch long masonry bricks on the ground next to the car. The right rear and right front windows were also damaged with what appeared to be bricks. The hood and rear had dents as well. The owner estimated the damage to be about $1,100. Bowman noted all the damage to the vehicle as described by the victim. No witnesses came forward at the scene, and there are no suspects. Bowman canvassed the area to attempt to locate those responsible, but no one was found. No other information is available.
revenues need to be diversified in order for the state to have a bright future that works for all New Mexico families. “Aside from the boomand-bust nature of fossil fuel extraction, the industry itself is in a long-term decline,” Research and Policy Analyst Paige Knight, who authored t he pol icy br ief, poi nted out . “Ch a nge s i n energ y
consumption, the rise of renewable energy resources, and the growing public concern over climate change, all point to the need for the state to take revenue diversification seriously. “For t u nately, t he cu rrent revenue surplus gives lawmakers some breathing room, allowing them to do some future planning that will strengthen the state budget
over the long term,” she said. In addition to exploring the top five reasons the state should diversify its revenue sources, the policy brief also includes several recommendations for how that could be done in ways that would also make our tax system more just. Among them are raising the income tax rates for the state’s highest income earners;
reforming or repealing itemized deductions, fully repealing the capital gains preference, enacting a “mansion tax” on high-value or second homes, establishing a corporate minimum tax of $500 or more and raising the gas tax. For more about raising adequate revenue on which New Mexico can rely, visit nmvoices.org/archives/16217
Reserve. INFL ATION IS THE SILENT THIEF OF RETIREE WEALTH Unfortunately, it is impossible to know if our current rising prices are temporary or a sign of things to come. Yet,
many economists believe that the diversified, globally-integrated U.S. economy is big enough and robust enough to avoid the hyperinflation found in countries such as Zimbabwe. Still, if you are about to retire, you should maintain
vigilance when it comes to inflation. Even if increased inflation lasts only a few years, it can wipe out a significant part of your retirement savings. An annual infl ation rate of just three percent seems insignificant. However, at a
three percent rate, if you currently have monthly expenses of $4,000, they will be $5,000 a month in just ten years.
THERE’S NOTHING IN MY POCKETS Gallup, Aug. 14 A male was walking up and down the aisles of the Family Dollar store at 2800 E. Hwy. 66. The store manager realized he was the same person who had walked into the store the day prior and left with about $30 worth of unpaid-for merchandise. Metro Dispatch was advised, and Gallup Police Officer Maria Olivares arrived at the store and met with the male. She told him that he was suspected of shoplifting. He turned out his pockets, showing her he did not have any merchandise on him.
GMCS superintendent Mike Hyatt informed the board that all of the schools have safety plans that are shared with different departments like the fi re and police departments. These plans ensure that those entities have contact with the schools and that they understand evacuation plans. He also said the district is looking to improve the security cameras that are currently
in use. Mor ten sen sug gested another safety measure that could be put in place. “It might make sense to have some kind of back door to where the sheriff, or whatever municipality, has like almost immediate access to the security camera footage and can see what’s going on out there,” Mortensen suggested. Hyatt explained that the district was looking into the possibility of staff being able to access the security cameras through the cloud so that they could check it on their cellphones or laptops.
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It’s a blowout AZTEC TIGERS DECISIVELY DEFEAT GALLUP BENGALS FINAL SCORE: AZTEC 50 - GALLUP 0 Gallup Bengal Isaiah Reece (88) passes the ball as the Aztec Tiger defense attempts to stop him Oct. 8 at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Gallup Bengal Ronalden Navajo (40) tackles the ball carrier for the Aztec Tigers at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium Oct. 8. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
The Aztec Tiger quarterback looks for an opening as number 14 of the Gallup Bengals attempts to stop him Oct. 8 at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Gallup Bengal Joaquin Ortega (5) tackling an Aztec Tiger at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium Oct. 8. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Number 64 of the Aztec Tigers attempts to break through the Bengal Defensive line Oct. 8 at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium. The Bengals lost 50-0. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Gallup Bengal Andrew Wilson (28) attempting to stop Aztec Tiger #2 on Oct. 8 at Angelo Dipaolo Memorial Stadium in Gallup. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
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Ramah’s undefeated streak broken BUT THE MUSTANGS ARE BACK FINAL SCORE: RAMAH MUSTANGS 53 – CARRIZOZO GRIZZLIES 0
The Ramah Mustangs come running in to the Leslie Clawson Memorial Stadium in Ramah on Oct. 9 as they prepare for kick oﬀ against Carrizozo. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Ramah Mustang Hunter Tietjen (25) tackles Carrizozo Grizzlie Joel Villanueva (64) Oct. 9 in Ramah. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Ramah Mustang Whelan Clawson (20) rushes past Carrizozo Grizzlie Joel Villanueva (64) in Ramah Oct.9. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Ramah Mustang McKay Evans (15) runs the ball attempting a touchdown Oct. 9 in Ramah. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Ramah Mustang Bowdy Evans (11) makes a touchdown catch for the Ramah Mustangs Oct. 9 in Ramah. Ramah beat Carrizozo 53-0. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
Ramah Mustang Josh Sackett (56) helps defend ball carrier Wyatt Clawson (2) as he breaks away from the Carrizozo Grizzlies defensive line Oct. 9 in Ramah. Photo Credit: RAH Photography
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 1) The deadline for the McKinley County Assessor to resolve protests from September 28, 2021 to no later than November 27, 2021. Done this 9th day of September 2021. Santiago Chavez, Director Property Tax Division Published: Gallup Sun October 8, 2021 October 15, 2021 October 22, 2021 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF MCKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Estate of JONATHAN HOLT TRUEX, Deceased.
By James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representative 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Publish Date: Gallup Sun October 15, 2021 October 22, 2021 October 29, 2021 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Among other items to be discussed is the proposed ordinance, “Wireless Telecommunications Facilities” Ordinance No. 2021-NOV-005. As part of this consideration, there will be a public hearing for the Commission to hear comments regarding this issue.
ANTHONY JEWELL TRUEX
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No. D-1113-PB-2021-00052 NOTICE TO CREDITORS ANTHONY JEWELL TRUEX has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of JONATHAN HOLT TRUEX, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative at the offices of Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Dated:
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law) the location, placement, construction, appearance, design, and modification of Wireless Telecommunications Antennae, Towers and other Wireless Telecommunications Facilities on lands and properties within the County. The title (subject to amendment or substitution) and subject matter of the Ordinance are as follows: MCKINLEY, NEW MEXICO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ORDINANCE NO. 2021-NOV005 AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE SITING AND PERMITTING OF WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES. A general summary of the Ordinance is contained in its title. Complete copies of the proposed Ordinance are on file and available for public inspection during the normal and regular business of the County Clerk, whose office is located at 207 West Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the McKinley County Manager at 207 West Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico at least
one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. This notice constitutes compliance with NMSA 1978, Section 4-37-7 (1981). Dated this 12th day of October 2021. Publication date: Gallup Sun October 15, 2021 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MCKINLEY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO By: /s/ Billy Moore Billy Moore, Chair *** STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF MCKINLEY ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT KHALAF INVESTMENTS, INC., Plaintiff, No. D-1113-CV-2021-00397 CHRISTOPHER NOEL and DAWN NOEL, Defendant. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT TO: CHRISTOPHER NOEL
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property in McKinley County, New Mexico:
and DAWN NOEL their heirs, Successors & Assigns and All unknown claimants of interest.,
A tract of land situated within the Southeast Quarter of section 19, T 13 N, R 17 W, N.M.P.M, McKinley County, New Mexico, and being described more particularly as follows:
You or your attorney are hereby directed to file a pleading or motion in response to the Complaint to Quiet Tile on file herein on or before 20 days from the date of the last publication of this Notice in the Office of the Clerk of the County of McKinley, that being the Court in which said Complaint is filed, and to serve a copy of the same pleading or motion upon Plaintiffs or Plaintiff’s attorneys, Mason & Isaacson, PA., 104 East Aztec, P.O. Box 1772, Gallup, New Mexico 87305, (505-722-4463). Unless a responsive pleading or motion is entered by you in this cause on or before the above date, judgment will be rendered against you by default. The general object of said action is to quiet the title of the following-described
CASTILLO ON INFLATION | FROM PAGE 17 For this reason, it is critical for those within ten years of retirement to review their plans and adjust for worst-case scenario inflation levels. Many people fail to realize just how significant the impact of inflation is on their savings. For example, if you own an asset that is bringing in four percent returns with no income tax, and the annual infl ation rate is also four per cent, that scenario is equivalent to a 100 per cent tax in a time where inflation is at ZERO! If the inflation rate were to go to five
Commencing at the Southeast corner of the said section 19 then along the eastern section line at N 00° 15’ 14” E, a distance of 520.05’, then S 89° 44’ 12” W, a distance of 451.25’ to the Southeast corner of the said tract and the point of Beginning: Thence S 89° 44’ 12” W, 451.25’; Thence N 00° 15’ 47” E, 390.79’; Thence N 89° 44’ 12” E, 451.25’; Thence S 00 15’ 47” W, 390379’ to the point of Ending and containing 4.04 acres, more or less, there is a 12.5’ easement of the right of way for road along the eastern boundary of
per cent, and your asset is still making only four percent, you would be paying a tax equivalent to 125 per cent. B A K E I N F L AT ION PROTECTION INTO YOUR FINANCIAL BLUEPRINT Inflation is a stealth tax that, although it doesn’t go entirely unnoticed, is not as in-your-face as government-levied taxes. Government tax increases, such as those on income or property, are more readily identified and felt. On the other hand, inflation is like bleeding to death from a thousand tiny pinpricks rather than one gaping wound. Inflation expresses itself as a few cents more for a loaf of bread, a
the said tract. SUBJECT TO all legally existing easements, restrictions and reservations. WITNESS the District Judge of the Eleventh Judicial District Court of the State of New Mexico, and the seal of said Court this 7th day of October 2021. Clerk of the District Court By Deputy Publish Date: Gallup Sun October 15, 2021 October 22, 2021 October 29, 2021 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF MCKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Adoption Petition of DELVIN DUANE BENNETT and GWEN BENNETT No. D-1113-SA-2021-11 NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT
five-cent price increase on coffee, and so forth. Inflation leaves you scratching your head, wondering how your paycheck could vanish so rapidly. Retirees and those leaving the workforce must partner with their advisors to put some armor around their wealth in a few years. Your savings must be protected as much as possible, or you risk running out of money when you need it most. Your advisor or advisory team may recommend various strategies using things such as certain types of annuities, cash-flowing investments, or even precious metals or cyber currencies.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY | FROM PAGE 13 there, from the youngest and most innocent of children to our elders that spoke on stage, talked about their experiences and talked about how important this was going to be for all people of Indigenous descent. It was beautiful,” Lente said. W h i le C OV I D m e a n t that last year’s celebrations
These young riders participated in the Oct. 11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Horse Ride that started at Smith Lake and ended more than 34 miles away at Rehoboth Christian School at 211 Tse Yaaniichi St. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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TO: UNKNOWN FATHERS OF BABY BOY CANUTO (DOB – 01/11/2016) YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Petition for Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights, has been filed in this Court. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that a hearing will be held before the Honorable Robert A. Aragon at the McKinley County Courthouse in Gallup, New Mexico, on the 9th day of November 2021, at 11;00 o’clock a.m., for the purpose of determining whether your consent to the adoption should be implied. The District Court complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is counsel’s or a pro se party’s obligation to notify the clerk of the Court at least five (5) days before any hearing of the anticipated attendance of a disabled person so that appropriate accommodations can be made. the Court may be notified as to the appropriate type of accommodation which will be necessary.
Additionally, it is counsel’s or a pro se party’s obligation to notify the Clerk of the Court at least five (5) days in advance of any hearing for which a non-English language interpreter will be required. Attorney for Petitioners: James Jay Mason Attorney at Law Address of Attorney: P.O. BOX 1772 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 WITNESS the Honorable Robert A. Aragon, District Judge of said Court of the State of New Mexico and the Seal of the District Court of said County, this ___ day of October 2021. Clerk of the District Court By Deputy Publish Date: Gallup Sun October 15, 2021 October 22, 2021 October 29, 2021
Depending on your goals and risk tolerance, alternate investment strategies can form a protective barrier against erosive elements, including inflation, sequence of returns risk, and other attacks on your wealth. The bottom line is: Like an unwelcome house guest, it’s bound to show up when you least expect it, and it will outstay its welcome nearly every time. Don’t forget to plan for inflation. Send your fi nancial questions to Lawrence Castillo at LandCRetirementPlanners@ gmail.com for future columns.
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took place online, this year Lente was once again plann i ng t o at t end i n- per son celebrations. To him this holiday represents more than just a date on the calendar. “It’s not just a simple celebration on one day of the year. It’s the notion that Indigenous people in the United States can feel proud of their descent and their heritage,” Lente said. “Even though we’re not well represented in mainstream
America, the fact that we have a visibility here and now means that we are not invisible. “We still have a meaning and a purpose here, and we play a huge part in the society today.” T h i s yea r, I nd igenou s Peoples’ Day was marked with a 34 -mile horse ride that started at Cornerstone Ministry Center in Smith Lake at 1299 N.M. Highway 371 and traveled west to Rehoboth Christian School.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCTOBER 15 - OCTOBER 21, 2021 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291.
MEXICAN STREET TACOS
4 pm on on Facebook, @ galluplibrary, or YouTube. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a unique experience. Submerge yourself in a cooking demonstration featuring Mexican Street Tacos. Learn how to create easy and authentic carne asada street tacos your family will enjoy! Want the recipe beforehand? Request it ahead of time using our Supply Request form at ofpl. online. For more information email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
12 pm-48 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 email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING
4 pm Friends of Octavia Fellin Public Library will be electing officers at El Morro Events Center (210 S. Second St.) immediately following the book sale. For more information on how to become a Friend email aprice@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
COMMUNITY VACCINATION CLINIC
9 am-1 pm @ Zuni Fairgrounds (west of the First Financial Bank - 1230 State Hwy 53). COVID vaccination drive thru (12 years and over); Flu vaccinations (3 years and over).
FLU VACCINE CLINIC
9 am-1 pm Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services will hold a flu vaccine clinic for adults and children ages 6 months and older at 2111 College Dr. Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots will also be available for those who are eligible. Please bring CALENDAR
your insurance information and COVID-19 vaccinations cards with you. For more information call (505) 863-1820.
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. We’ll answer questions, showcase library materials, and more Deep in the Stacks! For more information email mdchavez@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291.
10:30 am behind the Children’s branch of the library (200 W. Aztec Ave.) will be a farewell Storytime with Anne before she moves out of state. Bring your favorite book to read aloud to Anne or write a poem or song to perform. For more information email bmartin@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB
Register at ofpl.online 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@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
12 pm-7:30 pm @ Gallup
Image by Chauncey Foster Skate Park (308 E. Hwy. 66). we.grow.eco is holding this skate jam in conjunction with Enchantment Skate Shop as part of an environmental project during a cross-country walk from Virginia to California. It is part of a fundraiser for we.grow.eco, Enchantment Skate Shop, and future Gallup skate jams. Wegroweco.org promotes sustainable relationships within communities by encouraging unifying actions to clean up the environment and strengthen the capacity to critically think about the way we coexist within the ecosphere.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY INPERSON MEETING
2 pm @2302 Mariyana St. In addition to this in-person meeting and potluck, a local memorial service will be planned for former Gallup resident and PSS member Satya Deb Misra, who died Aug. 11. For more information email radioplay@ usa.net or call Martin at (505) 863-6459. MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
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. Winners will be announced Oct. 18. For more information email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS
7:30 am-5 pm Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is offering breast cancer screenings Monday Thursday throughout October. If you are 40 or older and have not had your annual mammogram screening, call (505) 863-7015 for an appointment. There is a $75 fee for patients without insurance.
VIRTUAL ARTIST TALK WITH DANA ALDIS
6 pm LIVE on the @gallupARTS Facebook page. Dana’s creative process is full of juxtapositions, capturing outdoor subjects through studio practice, painting large spaces in intricate detail, and artfully composing highly realistic scenes.
CREATIVE CORNER – PUMPKIN DIORAMA
4 pm. @ the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Get ready for Halloween by making a pumpkin diorama. Create a spine-chilling scenic view within a pumpkin perfect for the upcoming Halloween festivities. 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 ofpl.online. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 863-1291.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19
REGULAR COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING
9 am-11:30 am @ 207 W. Hill Ave. Regular County Commission meeting.
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@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291.
CURIOSITY AND CREATIVITY WITH THE NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER
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 Board Games.
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 taste!- Solubility. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20
VAMPIRE LORE DIVINATION
1 pm Join OFPL Live on Zoom or Facebook @galluplibrary. Meet Shanna Stoker. Come one, come all for a once in a lifetime opportunity! Meet virtually with a descendant of Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker, author of 1987 Gothic Horror novel, “Dracula.” Shanna will discuss the astonishing revelation of her family lineage and dive into her knowledge of the supernatural. The owner of The Ghoulish Garb, she makes custom apparel and tarot decks. Learn how to use Ancestry.com to trace your family genealogy at your library. For more information email email@example.com or call (505) 863-1291.
11 am. Join us on FaceBook and YouTube for stories, songs and rhymes to chill your bones! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
HONORING THE DEAD: MINITIKTOK SERIES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ofpl.online. This week we will focus on Bracelet and Bookmark Straw Weaving.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH JUSTIN PATTON
9 am-4:30 pm @ Red Rock Park Auditorium (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock, N.M.) Patton is an award-winning author, and world-class leadership development and executive coach. He will be discussing how to “Communicate with Influence” and “High-Performance Management.” For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact the Gallup Chamber at (505) 722-2228. Members and employees’ tickets are $100 each. Non-members may attend for $150 per ticket. LUNCH IS ON YOUR OWN. ONGOING
WOMEN’S HEALTH UNIT AT RMCHCS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
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.
SUNDAY FUN DAY QUILTERS & GALLUP’S VETERANS HELPING VETERANS SEWING ANGELS
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.
The New Mexico Department of Health has a COVID-19 eligibility tool at https://vaccineNM. org. A short questionnaire will help determine eligibility for the Pfizer booster and allow for an appointment to be scheduled. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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NOVEMBER 2, 2021 REGULAR LOCAL ELECTION 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Gallup McKinley County School Board Bond Question and Tax Levy Question University of NM Gallup Advisory Board Zuni Public School Board Soil & Water Conservation Districts: McKinley, Gamerco and Ramah Cuba Soil and Water Conservation Districts
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF “EARLY VOTING” AND AVOID THE LINES ELECTION DAY Absentee Voting
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McKinley County Courthouse Rotunda 207 W. Hill Ave. Gallup, NM 87301 Begins Tuesday October 4, 2021 through Saturday October 30, 2021
Mondays through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm CLOSED ON SUNDAY AND INDIGENOUS DAY
Mondays through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm CLOSED ON SUNDAY AND INDIGENOUS DAY
ALTERNATE EARLY VOTING: October 16, 2021 THROUGH October 30, 2021 Thoreau Fire Station # 65 First Avenue, Thoreau, NM, 87323 Tuesdays through Fridays: NOON to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
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ALL PRECINCTS AND VOTER CONVENIENCE CENTERS WILL BE OPEN ELECTION DAY 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL OR VISIT OUR OFFICE AT THE MCKINLEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, ROOM 100, 207 W. HILL AVE. GALLUP NM 87301
505-722-4469 OR 800-245-1771
OR VISIT US ON THE WEB @ WWW.CO.MCKINLEY.NM.US UNDER DEPARTMENTS OF
MCKINLEY COUNTY, BUREAU OF ELECTIONS
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