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Winners, losers and…huh? LATE WITHDRAWAL CREATES CHAOS AROUND DISTRICT 1 COMMISSION SEAT By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent

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ost of McK i n ley Cou nt y’s Ju ne 7 elections have clear outcomes, but the District 1 County Commission seat is still undecided – at least temporarily – and two candidates are still standing in the Sheriff’s race. The District 1 confusion arose because the winner, Ernest C. “Charles” Becenti III, withdrew from the race after the deadline for the county to submit ballot information to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office. That meant his name was still on the primary ballot, and he won with 44% of the vote (1,266). Young J. Tom trailed with 30% of the vote (877) and Vincent Muskett got 26% (765). Becenti did not return phone calls by press time. The deadline for candidates to officially withdraw from the General Election is Aug. 30, Oliver’s spokesman Alex Curtas said. “Becenti will need to submit a timely withdrawal before the General. Because his primary withdrawal was not timely, he has not officially withdrawn,” Curtas said. “If he does so, the county central committee for the Democratic Party will nominate a replacement for the General ballot.” A spoke sma n for t h e McK i n le y C o u n t y Democratic Party didn’t respond to a request for i n for m at ion about t he


HOUSIING EMERGENCY Acknowledging Gallup’s housing shortage

Undersheriff James Maiorano III received 36% of the vote for McKinley County Sheriff. Photo Credit: James Maiorano III

A McKinley County voter sits with signs of support. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

nomination process by press time.

Sheriff Ja me s M a ior a no I I I bested the other Democrat candidates for Sheriff with 36% a mong Democrat s (2,198). Tallies for the other Democr a t compet it or s were Francie L. Martinez, 28% (1,680); Matthew K. Hughbanks, 18% (1,113); and Paul R. Lucero, 18%(1,059). In November, Maiorano will face off against the sole Republican in the race, Elreno C. Henio, who got 100 percent of the 1,071 Republican votes. Maiorano, who is undersheriff at the department, said the core of his campaign will be to continue programs that have already begun – specifically internships, K-9 outreach, active shooter response training for schools, and a program that has jail trustees doing cleanups – to improve the


Signs showing support for Danielle Notah for McKinley County Assessor and Brent A. Detsoi for Magistrate Judge Division 1. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

quality of life for the community; then “educate the public” so voters can judge his performance. “I’ll continue to educate folks to November, and they should be able to see that by example,” he said. He also wants to increase the department’s presence at community meetings to get feedback, and do more to communicate how the department is responding. “The feedback from the

public is amazing. We see things from two different points of view,” he said, but, “if they don’t see change they will think it was a false promise or that nothing happens.” Henio, a former Navajo Nation police officer, has worked his way up to patrol lieutenant since joining the Sheriff’s Department in 2004 and prides himself on being on the front lines in the community.

Walt Eddy won the District 2 Commissioner seat unopposed. Photo Credit: Walt Eddy

“ T hat’s why nobody knows me. I’ve always been on the front lines,” he said. “That’s my platform. I’m trying to be a sheriff out on the streets. [...] You can look at statistics and graphs, but by the time you read those, it’s already changed.” He puts a high premium on adaptability and on de-escalation skills, especiallly in a tense world. “There’s a lot more violence in the world. Marijuana is legal now. Law enforcement has to be adaptive,” he said. “Experience trumps everything. [...] The whole department, from patrol all the way up to the top, should get to know the community. It’s not that hard from the inside. It looks hard from the outside.” Two races, District 2 Commissioner and Assessor, were effectively decided on primary day, either because



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City Council declares a housing emergency By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


ocal Realtor Jason Valentine built his career on selling homes in Gallup. And over the years, he’s noticed that the demand for homes has skyrocketed, but the

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inventory hasn’t grown with that demand. It wa s a problem he couldn’t just walk past, so he launched the Gallup Housing Summit in March 2019. Yet, despite some deep conversations about what to do, housing problems remain the same. And for this year’s summit he wanted to hear from a wider group of community leaders — both in politics and business. Mayor Louis Bonaguidi, Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, and Brett Newberry of the accounting f ir m Newberry and Associates, and many more, joined in to discuss Gallup’s housing shorage.

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Jason Valentine, of Coldwell Banker, led the 2022 Gallup Housing Summit April 29. File Photo

In an interview with the Sun on May 27, Valentine said that according to the goals that were set in the 2020 housing analysis, 70 new units were supposed to be built every year to make up for the lack of housing in the city. He noted that only seven building permits have been dispersed this year. “This thing is starting to become code red critical,” Valentine said. “Tax migration patterns show we lose about $330 million a year leav ing our community

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bec a u s e people go t o Albuquerque or Phoenix to do their shopping, or they emigrate over to those cities because there’s better job opportunities.” Du r i ng t he Apr i l 29 housing summit, Valentine detailed the crisis at hand, and the community leaders in attendance ultimately decided that declaring a housing emergency would create the urgency needed to read ily add ress the shortage. Also, the summit focused on who still needs to be brought into the housing

conversation. The group collectively agreed that t he Mor tga ge F i n a nce Aut hor it y, Ga l lup Cit y Council, McKinley County Board of Commissioners, the Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, and other entities need to have a seat at the table. “We’ve been trying to advocate for stronger-together partnerships; private, public, and tribal to come together on things that we regionally need,” Nor thwest New Mexico Council of Governments Deput y Di rec t or E v a n Williams said during the summit. “The county has been a very good partner, as well as the city. The tribal communities we just need to outreach and bring to the table [...].” Gallup Land Partners was another organization that the group noted that needed to participate in the


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Commissioners place a fi reworks ban on McKinley County By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


rought conditions have still not improved, and with

the Fourth of July less than a month away, the McKinley County commissioners have made the decision to ban certain fireworks. According to the Drought

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McKinley County’s drought conditions put it in the D2 (severe) and D3 (extreme) zones on the Drought Monitor, which is put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Image Credit: Richard Heim, NOAA/NCEI

Monitor, McKinley County is now in the D3 (extreme) drought zones, with a small part of the northwest corner of the state in the D2 (severe) zones as of May 26. The Drought Monitor is put out by the the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of NebraskaLincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to Weather Underground, a website that provides long-range weather reports, McKinley County hasn’t seen any rain since April 13, and that day it only rained .03 inches. It also

rained on April 5, but that was only .04 inches. Wind has also been a factor in the drought conditions. According to Weather Underground, on April 22, wind gusts got up to 52 mph. McKinley County hasn’t seen any extreme fires despite the dry conditions. However, fires continue to ambush other parts of New Mexico. According to the McKinley County Fire Department presentation that was given during the commissioners’ June 7 special meeting, the Hermit’s Peak-Calf Canyon fire has destroyed 315,000 acres. The Black Fire has

destroyed 246,000 acres, the Fost Fire over 10,000, and the Bear Trap fire 38,000. These factors led the commissioners to approve the firework ban during the meeting. “It was really a no-brainer with the drought conditions and the wildfires in New Mexico,” Dist. 1 Commissioner Billy Moore said in an interview with the Sun. “We didn’t really have a choice.” With a firework ban, only certain fireworks can be banned. Things like sparklers and smaller fireworks that don’t go very high will not be a part of the ban.

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WINNERS | FROM PAGE 4 the candidate was unopposed or because all of the candidates for that seat were of the same party. The primary winners become the presumptive winners, but their names will still appear on the November ballot as unopposed candidates.

County Commissioner, District 2 Walt Eddy ran unopposed for the seat and won with 100 percent of the 1,130 votes cast in the race. Eddy’s main concern is inadequate or deteriorating roads and bridges, he said.

CITY COUNCIL | FROM PAGE 6 discussion. According to the organization’s website, GLP owns approximately 26,000 acres of land in Gallup. D u r i n g t he su m m it , Bonaguidi showed his support for declaring a housing emergency. “ [... If] it could shake

“Once I get into office and get to see the road department’s list of priorities, that would be a start. I’m not privy to that information right now.” He plans to meet with all of the Navajo chapters within his district, as well as Zuni and Ramah, because “I need to make sure I have a good handle on what people in the community say they need fi xed.” He’s a lso concer ned about the ongoing issues at Rehobot h McK i n ley Ch r i st ia n Hea lt h Ca re Services. “Our hospital is very important to our community. [...] Just to live here we need the best medical care we can get,” he said, loose some of the federal funding I would do it immediately,” Bonaguidi said. Meanwhile, in response t o com mu n it y lea der s’ input during the summit, Valentine came before the city council at the May 24 regular meeting to present a resolution with the declaration. “Our hope is that with

The Assessor oversees property in the county, including mapping, inventory and valuation for tax purposes. Edward Becenti Jr. won the six-way race with 24% of the votes (1,501). Others in the race and their vote tallies were; Harriett K. Becenti (20%, 1,252); Danielle Notah (19%, 1,197); current District 2 Commissioner Genevieve Ja c k s o n (18 % , 1,111); Paulinda L. Yazzie (12%, 759); and Anthony N. Begay

(5%, 319). All contenders are Democrats. Becenti, who is Chief Deputy County Clerk and has worked in that office for nearly 17 years, said he’d like to see more of the Assessor’s Office staff trained as property appraisers. He also wants to emphasize customer service to make it easier for citizens to find the information they need. “[Staff] know what to look for and what person to talk to. They know where the information is when they talk to a customer,” he said. “I tell my staff, ‘Always picture yourself on the other side of the counter.’ Some people think they know

what they want but they have to do more research.” Winners who are county employees will have to resign from those positions when they take office, Cou nt y At tor ney Doug Decker said. “Edward Becenti Jr., once taking office as Assessor, will have to resign the employment position with McKinley County,” he said. “The same is true for Deputy Sheriff Officers who get elected to a county office. The swearing in will take place just prior to Jan. 1, 2023, the official day of taking office, and the resignation(s) will have to occur by Dec. 31, 2022.”

a declaration of a housing emergency, our city will be able to align resources, both public and private, to assist with this dire situation as well as appointing a champion — hopefully from our elected officials — who will support the efforts of the private sector to develop and implement a plan to solve this housing

emergency,” Valentine said. According to the resolution, the city council would declare a housing emergency, which would allow for more flexibility in finding remedies. The resolution also urges the governor and New Mexico legislature to provide a policy reform that would allow for f lexible partnerships

and incentives for market rate and missing middle housing in rural communities like Gallup. Finally, the resolution calls on leaders to seek s upp or t f r om hou s i n g fi nancing entities, such as the aforementioned MFA. T he c ou nc i l u n a n i mously agreed to accept the resolution.

adding that he has firsthand experience. “I had a horse fall down and [I broke] every rib on my left side once.”

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Three people caught stealing from Automotive Machine Works Staff Reports


hree peop l e were caught stealing tools from a local car shop. On May Bartholowmew 29, around Whitegoat 6:27 pm, Gallup Police Officer Ryan Boucher was dispatched to Automotive Machine Works, 206 S. Second St., because of a burglary. The caller said he could see people going into the business. When Boucher arrived on the scene, he reportedly saw a man wearing a black shirt running south across I-40.

A f t er b e i n g advised to move h i s patrol car to Second Street, Boucher saw a man Christopher Begay wearing a black hoodie. Boucher was able to detain the man, who was later identified as Christopher Begay, 30, and placed him in the backseat of his patrol car. According to Boucher’s report, Begay smelled like gasoline and oil. He also noticed that Begay had grease on his hands, hoodie, pants, and sneakers. A f ter Boucher had detained Begay, he noticed

Sg t . Joh n Gonza les and Lt. Mark Spencer walking from the north side of the business with a man Shayann Jim and woman in handcuffs. The man was identified as Bartholomew Whitegoat, 37, and the woman was Shayann Jim, 23. According to Boucher’s report, Automotive Machine Work’s door was open and a fence on the west side of the business had a large hole cut out of it. When the officers entered the building, Boucher noticed greasy footprints on the floor next to the door.

A witness told Boucher that she had seen Begay throw a backpack over the business’s fence. Gonzales found tools in Jim’s backpack, and large bolt cutters in Whitegoat’s backpack. Boucher also found a set of channel locks Jim’s bag. Jim stated that she had only met Whitegoat an hour ago, and that he had given her the tools. When Boucher talked t o W h it ego a t , he con firmed that he’d only just met Ji m . He s a id he’d been “set up” a nd t hat two men had come out of the business and jumped him. Boucher noticed that Whitegoat had dried blood on his lips.

When Boucher spoke with Begay, he at first gave a false name. He then claimed that he’d just been sleeping when police arrived on the scene, and then he’d just started running when he saw the cops. Begay claimed he had no idea what was going on at the business. He said his clothes were greasy because he’d been helping a friend fix a toilet. But then Begay changed his story, saying he’d been fixing his uncle’s car, saying that they “changed the part underneath the car that looks like a toilet.” Begay, Whitegoat, and Jim were all charged with burglary and conspiracy. All three of their preliminary hearings were on June 8.


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Derrick Tso Yazzie May 20, 1:38 pm DWI (Fourth) A w rong way d r iver nea rly coll id e d w it h the trailer for a community cle a nup i n Mentmore, le a d i n g t o D er r ick Yazzie, 39, of Mentmore, being arrested for his fourth DWI. McK inley County Under sher i f f Ja mes Maiorano III issued a call for assistance with the driver on Mentmore Road from Highway 602, which was received by Deputy Eric Jim. Maiorano informed Jim that the driver, Yazzie, came around the corner and nearly collided with their

trailer. Yazzie’s vehicle continued the wrong way on the road before coming to a stop in the middle of the road. Jim met with Yazzie after speaking with Maiorano, who said Yazzie admitted to consuming two bottles of Dos Equis prior to driving. As he spoke to Yazzie, Jim noted several signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol coming from his person. Yazzie said he was coming from Utemore, which he said was south of Gallup, and heading towards his home in Mentmore. Yazzie said he consumed one-and-a-half bottles of Dos Equis before driving and he agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. He performed poorly on the tests and was placed under arrest.


Weekly Police Activity Reports STOLEN IDENTITY Gallup, May 28 A man tried to cash a check that wasn’t his, but it didn’t end well for him. On May 28, Gallup Police Officers Jarad Watchman

and Francis Collins were parked near Penny Pinchers, 1301 E. Hwy. 66, when the store’s clerk approached them and told them about a fraudulent check. The clerk explained that

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a man, who was later identified a s Nor ma n S m i t h J r. , came into the s t or e w it h the check and an ID. Smith, 45, allegedly said that he’d had the check for about a month now because he’d been in jail. The check was for $950 and it was dated for May 28. It was from Danny Auto Sales, 700 E. Hwy 66. The clerk said that the photo on the ID did not look like Smith, and that’s why he called his uncle, who owns Penny Pinchers. The clerk’s uncle told him that there had been a recent break-in at Danny Auto Sales, and that the check was probably stolen. Smith allegedly overheard the conversation and asked the clerk for “his” ID back. The clerk told Smith to hold on and wait for the police, and that’s when Smith ran out of the business and took off in a green Ford Expedition. The clerk told the officers that Smith had headed west bound and Collins drove off to track down the Expedition. He eventually found the Expedition and pulled Smith over at the Gas Up, 920 E. Hwy. 66. Watchman and the clerk arrived at the scene and the clerk was able to positively identify Smith as the man who had come into Penny Pinchers. The officers also learned that Smith had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Magistrate Court for the battery of a household member. Smith was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He was charged with fraud and identity theft. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 8. The stolen ID and check were logged into evidence. BROKEN TV Gallup, April 22

A woman b r o k e another person’s TV after getting in an argument. On April 22 a rou nd 10:52 am, Gallup Police Officer Ryan Boucher was dispatched to 680 Todd Dr., due to a woman who had destroyed someone else’s property. When Boucher arrived at the scene, he met with the victim, who said a woman named Cheyenne Begay, 21, lives with him and that she’d been in her room yelling and throwing things. The man said he went into the room to try and calm Begay down, and that’s when he reportedly saw his flat screen TV on the floor. According to the police report, the man said that Begay was possibly upset about an argument she’d had with someone over the phone. The man said he believed Begay threw his TV on the ground. The man estimated that the TV cost about $2,000. He tried to turn on the TV, but it wouldn’t turn on. Boucher also tried to turn it on, but with no success. There was no visible damage to the TV. Begay was not at the house when officers arrived at the scene. The victim said Begay didn’t physically harm him, but that his wife had an order of protection against Begay, and that he would like one as well. Officers put out a warrant for Begay’s arrest since she was not there when they arrived. She was finally caught and arrested on June 2. B egay wa s ch a r ge d with criminal damage to property. Her bench trial is scheduled for June 14. BREA KING A ND ENTERING Gallup, April 18 On April 18, around 1:22 am, Gallup Police officers Iris Pinero, Dominic Molina,

and Warren Bowa nnie were d is patched to the Golden Desert Motel, 1205 W. Hwy. 66 because of a report of breaking and entering. Metro Dispatch told the officers that the suspects had left the area. Bowannie was able to track down one of the suspects, a man named Davison Begay. Once Begay, 36, was detained, the officers went back to the motel and were able to speak to the motel’s manager. The manager explained that the incident had happened in room 47. Only one person was registered to be in the room, and that man had recently been taken to the hospital around 9 pm. The officers watched a surveillance video of the i ncident t hat occu r red around 1:17 am. According to Pinero’s report, the video features Begay and two unknown people. A woman wearing a black sweater with a white skeleton print on it can be seen swinging a bat into a glass window. Once the woman broke the window, Begay allegedly crawled into the room and was able to unlock the door to the room to let the unknown woman inside. An unknown man, who wa s la st seen wea r ing a black sweater, a black bea n ie, a nd blue jea n shorts, kept watch outside while Begay and the unknown woman were inside of the motel room. He eventually enters the room, and then a couple minutes later the video shows the three individuals leaving the room. A witness said he heard glass shattering and he also allegedly saw the people go into the room, and then he called the police. Officers were not able to fi nd the other two suspects at the time of the report. Begay was charged with breaking and entering. His preliminary hearing was on April 27.


‘Black Cap Bandit’ at large GRANTS PD ASKS FOR PUBLIC’S HELP Staff Reports


he FBI and Grants Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the “Black Cap Bandit,” who is responsible for a bank robbery that happened on June 7. At approximately 2:22 pm, a n u n k now n m a n entered the Wells Fargo at 201 N. First St. in Grants. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money. The robber received an undisclosed amount of

money and left the bank. The suspect is described as a Native American man in his mid 20s, approximately 5’ 7” to 5’ 9,” and approximately 160 lbs. He was wearing a black baseball cap with an unknown white logo on it, a black sweater, a light colored surgical mask, blue jeans, and black shoes. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this suspect. Bank robbery carries a

possible prison term of up to 20 years. The use of a gun, other dangerous weapon, toy gun, or hoax bomb device during the commission of a bank robbery can be punishable by a prison term of up to 25 years. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or Information about other bank robbers wanted by the FBI can be found at bankrollers.fbi. gov.

WEEKLY DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 11 Yazzie gave a breath sample but the results read as .00 on multiple tests and he was transported to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for a blood draw. Fol low i ng t he blood

“Black Cap Bandit.” Photo Credit: Courtesy of FBI

draw and receiving medical clearance, Yazzie was transported to the county jail and booked for DWI, failure to maintain traffic lane, and driving with a suspended license. His preliminary examination was on June 8.

A man the Grants Police Department is calling the “Black Cap Bandit” robbed a Wells Fargo bank on June 7. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with an unknown white logo on it, a black sweater, a light colored surgical mask, blue jeans, and black shoes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of FBI

Name: Lemuel James A ge: 24 Arrested: May 27 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pre-trial hearing on June 28

''A Tradition'' On the morning of June 7, a vehicle crashed into the side of the Washington Federal Bank, 221 W. Aztec Ave. According to their Facebook post, the Gallup Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Photo Credit: Gallup Police Department

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Do you insure your home? Your car? ‘Layin’ it on the line’ By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


et me pose th is q ue s t io n , do you insure your home? Your Cars? Your valuable possessions? Of course, you do. Why? You pass that obligation to a risk bearer, an insurance company, because you do not want to be exposed to risk or

loss. It is human nature to wish to protect our possessions if something devastating occurs. Now let me ask a critical follow-up question, do you insure your investments? Your retirement accounts? The sad fact is that many people do not take the same precautions for their essential money. If your investments are in risk-based assets like stocks,

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Join us on June 17th at 11:00 AM to learn all about semi-aquatic animals! Explore the lives of King Penguins and other semi-aquatic animals living in the BioPark. Learn about their natural environments, what they like to eat, and how to care for these amazing animals! Ask questions and talk with park ambassadors. Main Library 115 West Hill Ave.

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still is worth $105,000. In the 3rd year, your contractual market gains another 5%; now, you get 5% more on the $105,000, and this gain is locked in for the following year. What is this miracle insurance policy? It is called a Fixed Interest Annuity, and it is rapidly becoming the single most important product in the United States. Your funds can only increase; they are never subject to market risk. Think of a Fixed Indexed Annuity as sleep insurance; you will sleep better at night! L aw r enc e C a st i l lo is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully transparent approach to money management. Lawrence Castillo Host of Safe Money and Income Radio. L and C Retirement Income Planners, 4801 Lang St. NE Suite 100 Albuquerque NM 87109. Interested in additional information? Register for my FREE Newsletter at 888-9983463 or click my newsletter link: / lawrence-castillo-newsletter/ Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved.



An artist’s journey WHAT INSPIRES SHANNON GURLEY O’DONNELL roommate at the time suggested she use a watercolor wash behind her writing. Now, over 30 years later, hannon Gurley O’Donnell has worn some of O’Donnell’s watermany hats in her life. colors are slated to be feaShe originally thought tured in Gallup’s ART123 she wanted to be a doctor, Gallery. In an interview with but after a year at Creighton the Sun, she said she had no University in Omaha, Neb., idea she would be an artist she realized that wasn’t as she grew up in Gallup. the path for her. She went “My brother was the arton to be a fl ight attendant ist in the family, and I was and a manager at a Ronald the ‘brains,’ and those were McDonald House before our roles,” ‘O’Donnell said. finally getting a business She took some classes degree and working as a to improve her skill. She explained that art took a salesperson. But it wa s a c t u a l ly backseat as she raised her a small moment during kids, but once they were her time as a flight atten- adults, she was able to focus dant that would change more on her art, and take O’Donnell’s life. She used to classes. do a lot of writing, and her “It took me a long time to admit that I was an artist,” O’Donnell said. “It took me many years to own that I was an artist because I was like ‘oh a real artist can do it better than this.’” She sa id t hat it took plenty of time and practice to get to where she is at today. “Especially ea rly on, I would be trying to capt u re wh at I saw or what I was trying to do, and I just couldn’t quite get it; I didn’t have enough tools, I didn’t have enough ex per ience, I didn’t have the right techniques, and it would be just Shannon Gurley O’Donnell used a mix of acrylic and oil paints so frustrating,” to create ‘New Mexico True.’ Photo Credit: Shannon Gurley O’Donnell said O’Donnell By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


‘Li’l Buckaroo’ by Shannon Gurley O’Donnell, a watercolor finished in March 2022. Photo Credit: Shannon Gurley O’Donnell

O’Donnell said. Rose Eason, gallupARTS’ executive director, said she’s excited to see Donnell’s full range as an artist on display. “Shannon’s an incredible artist and I’m really excited that she’s done this ‘All Over the Board’ show this year because she does see ar t ever y where she looks and she does such

an amazing job of capturing different subjects or themes in different media,” Eason said. O’ D on nel l’s s how opens on June 11 during ArtsCrawl. She will also be giving a virtual artist talk on June 20 over on gallupARTS’ Facebook page. ART123 is located at 123 Coal Ave. in downtown Gallup.

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while she was reflecting on her journey as an artist. “I think it’s just as the years have gone by, from other classes, and from other artists and from just experimenting, I now have more techniques in my toolbox that I can express whatever I’m trying to express.” She said when she was fi rst starting out, she only dreamed of being featured in the ART123 Gallery. She remembers a specific time when she was showing her art in a coffee shop. “I remember being intimidated by ART123, like ‘oh, that’s a real gallery, I’m in a coffee shop,’” O’Donnell said. But she overcame those lingering doubts and now has a gallery showing to be proud of. O’Don nel l’s show i s called “All Over the Board,” because she paints multiple subjects and uses different media. Her artwork ranges from teacups and flowers to abstracts and nudes. “I like painting all kinds of things, and I paint from reference photographs,”

Shannon Gurley O’Donnell used pastels to create this painting of a horse. Photo Credit: Shannon Gurley O’Donnell


State Farm donates $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Staff Reports


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ocal State Farm agent Chee Montano has a long history of demonstrating what it means to be a Good Neighbor by stepping up to help his community. On June 2, Chee presented Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region with a $10,000 grant from State Farm as part of the compa ny’s Outsta nding Community Engagement Program. The nonprofit organization was selected by the insurance agent, as part of their recognition for being one of 100 agents nationwide who were nominated and selected for their outstanding community engagement. “At State Farm, we are committed to helping build

stronger communities,” Chee said. “For me, it’s not enough to simply say we’re a Good Neighbor, we embrace the responsibility to make this community better by being a part of a solution.” Sarah Piano, the Senior Director of Northern N.M. BBBS thanked Chee and State Farm for the donation. “On behalf of the many youths and families our Big Brothers Big Sisters organization serves throughout McKinley County and the Navajo Nation, thank you for this amazing support, State Farm!” Piano said. “We are honored to be selected by Chee, who has been a board member for 10 years and we are beyond grateful for his support of one-to-one mentoring. He and his entire family, as well as his State Farm

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives a $10,000 Community Engagement Grant from State Farm. Chee Montano (right) of State Farm presents the check to BBBS Senior Director Sarah Piano. Photo Credit: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region

staff, have been champions

for our program and understand the value of giving back to their community.” Piano also explained why the donation is important. “The majority of our youth are Native American and come from single-family homes in which resources are very limited. Connecting

youth with positive, caring role models helps to put kids on a path to success and gives youth a chance to reach their full potential. This would not be possible without our amazing mentors, board members and our generous donors such as State Farm.”

By Glenn Kay For the Sun


The casts from the original movies and the new trilogy share the screen in “Jurassic World Dominion.” Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

oversized, but they aren’t as dangerous or physically menacing as the dinos, lessening the tension. Still, as the story progresses and we encounter more raptors and other prehistoric beasts, there are a few exciting moments. One highlight involves jaws being closed around a steel ladder, and another details one character being pursued into a large waterhole by a threatening creature. And things do hit their stride when the two major plots converge and the characters all come together in the sanctuary. Goldblum in particular gets a chance to deliver some amusing lines

– one crack about a promise made to a dinosaur is genuinely funny. Personally, this reviewer thinks that a film about the world being overrun with dinosaurs and humanity dealing with no longer being the dominant species is dynamic. While enjoyable in spurts, this isn’t that movie. It introduces some of these ideas, but doesn’t really want to deal with them or debate it in a dynamic manner. In fact, the characters merely state that we should all just learn to coexist happily (which does come across as strange, given that the story continually makes reference

to several dinos as being the ultimate apex predator and, one assumes, an invasive species). Instead, “Jurassic World Dominion’’ haphazardly jumps around between subplots and tries to juggle too many elements to truly be effective. As a series fi nale it doesn’t completely muddle things and is fun enough if you’re a forgiving viewer, but one can’t help but find it lacking bite, thought-provoking observations, or even the sense of wonder and spectacle as in some of the previous chapters. VISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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Thi s feature from Universal Pictures will be released at movie theaters on June 10. In 2015, Universal Pictures released “Jurassic World,” a lively and entertaining sequel to the original “Jurassic Park” franchise that managed to elaborate on and create drama from a working and busy island theme park filled with living dinosaurs. The weaker 2018 follow-up introduced a black market involving rare giant reptiles, as well as human cloning. “Jurassic World Dominion” continues the focus on the latter thread. It claims to be the sixth and fi nal chapter in the series, tying up loose ends and bringing back characters from the original trilogy. This film tries to squeeze in too many characters and subplots and suffers greatly for it, although it does deliver a few exciting moments along the way. In the years since the last installment, dinosaurs have spread across the world. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) have gone off-thegrid to raise human clone Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon). When bounty hunters arrive and kidnap the teen, her adopted parents go on a globe-trotting mission to find her. In the meantime, Dr. Eillie Sattler (Laura Dern) begins investigating a series of attacks involving enormous locusts that have been wiping out crops across the U.S. She approaches paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) to assist her in learning who engineered the insects. The trail heats up when Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) invites the pair to an Italian

research facility and dinosaur sanctuary run by Biosyn Genetics CEO Dr. Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott). Essentially, the first half of the film is split into two different storylines. Time is spent reminding viewers of previous events, playing catch up with the many leads and where their lives have taken them, as well as introducing a few new characters like pilot Kayla Watts (DeWanda Wise) and Biosyn employee Ramsay Cole (Mamoudou Athie) into the mix. Despite the fast-cutting between storylines and attempts to keep things moving rapidly, it’s all surprisingly clunky and ineffective. Much of the dialogue consists of awkwardly blunt exposition and attempts at humorous witticisms that just don’t land. Additionally, placing the dinosaurs in real world environments doesn’t always have the same awe-inspiring effect. One bit with a brachiosaurus in a lumber mill is impressive, but other scenes involving carnivorous beasts in local woods end up looking silly and less-than-threatening. It’s also disappointing that the story seemingly focuses as much on the locust problem as the dinosaurs. Admittedly, these grasshoppers are doing horrible things and are oddly


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will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday, June 17, 2022, at 9:00 am MST. GHA will conduct the meeting at the main office, located at 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the agenda, or specific agenda items, at the Gallup Housing Authority office. The meeting is open to the public except for items to be considered in the closed session. Documents are available in various accessible formats and interested parties may also participate by phone. If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or accessible format to participate in the meeting, please contact GHA at (505) 722-4388, at least (1) week before the meeting, or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided

in various accessible formats. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board Published by: Gallup Sun June 10, 2022 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF MCKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO

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, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico.


Dated: April 26, 2022 In the Matter of the Estate of THOMAS REID FRYE, Deceased NO. D-1113-PB-2022-00023 NOTICE TO CREDITORS LAURA L. FRYE has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of THOMAS REID FRYE, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are

Laura L. Frye MASON & ISAACSON, P.A. By: James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representative 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Published by: Gallup Sun June 10, 2022 June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022


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NOTICE OF PROCEEDING AND HEARING NOTICE is hereby given by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (“Commission” or NMPRC) of the following matter: On March 29, 2022, AirVoice Wireless, LLC, d/b/a AirTalk Wireless (“AirVoice”), filed a petition requesting that the Commission designate AirVoice as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) in the state of New Mexico. AirVoice seeks designation solely to provide federal Lifeline service to qualifying New Mexico consumers and solely on non-tribal lands. AirVoice indicates in the petition that it will not seek (and is not eligible to seek) access to funds from the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) for the


purpose of participating in the Link-Up program or providing service to high cost areas. AirVoice is a Michigan limited liability company, with its principal office located at 9920 Brooklet Drive, Houston, Texas 77099. AirVoice is a provider of commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) and provides prepaid wireless telecommunications services to consumers by using the underlying wireless networks of its underlying carriers, AT&T Mobility LLC and T-Mobile USA, Inc., on a wholesale basis. AirVoice requests ETC designation that is statewide in scope, excluding Tribal Lands, subject to the existence of its underlying carriers’ facilities and corresponding coverage. AirVoice asserts that it meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for designation as an ETC, including Section 214(e)(2) of the federal Communications Act of 1934, as amended, Sections 54.101 through 54.207 of the Rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the State Rural Universal Service Fund (SRUSF) Rule under NMAC.

Further information regarding this case can be obtained by contacting the Commission at the internet and physical addresses and telephone numbers provided below. Additional details regarding the procedural requirements for this proceeding are set forth in the Procedural Order issued by the Hearing Examiner on June 3, 2022. All inquiries, correspondence, written comments, and other communications concerning this matter shall refer to Case No. 2200070-UT. The present procedural schedule for this case is as follows:

on August 25, 2022, by e-mailing Ana Kippenbrock at Ana.Kippenbrock@state. Written comments may be submitted before the Commission takes final action by sending the comment, which shall reference NMPRC Case No. 22-00070-UT, to prc. Public comments, whether oral or written, shall not be considered as evidence in this proceeding. Interested persons should contact the Commission at 888-427-5772 for confirmation of the hearing date, time, and place since hearings are occasionally rescheduled or, if deemed not required or necessary, canceled at the discretion of the Hearing Examiner or Commission. The procedural dates and requirements established by the Hearing Examiner are subject to further order or ruling of the Hearing Examiner or Commission. The Commission’s Rules of Procedure, at NMAC et seq., shall apply in this case except as modified or varied by order of the Hearing Examiner or Commission. The Rules of Procedure and other NMPRC rules are available online at the New Mexico Commission of Public Records’ State Records Center and Archives website at http:// Interested persons may examine AirVoice’s petition and other documents in the public record for this case on the Commission’s website under “Case Lookup E-docket” at https://edocket.nmprc. Anyone filing pleadings, documents, or testimony in this case shall comply with the Commission’s electronic filing policy, as amended from time to time. This includes filings in .pdf format, with electronic signatures, sent to the Records Bureau’s

e-mail address, as set out in the Commission’s procedural rules at: prc., or another Records Bureau address as set out on the Commission’s webpage, within regular business hours of the due date in order to be considered timely filed. Documents received after regular business hours will be considered as being filed the next business day. Regular business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT. Parties shall serve a copy on all parties of record and Staff. All filings shall be e-mailed by no later than 5:00 p.m. MT on the date they are filed with the Commission. All filings shall be e-mailed to the Hearing Examiner on the date filed at anthony.medeiros@ by no later than 5:00 p.m. MT. Such e-mailing shall include the Word or other native version of the filing (e.g., Excel or Power Point) if created in such format. Any filings not e-mailed to the Hearing Examiner in compliance with the requirements of this Order and Commission rules are subject to being summarily rejected and stricken from the record in the Hearing Examiner’s discretion. ANY PERSON WITH A DISABILITY REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHOULD CONTACT THE COMMISSION AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE HEARING AT 888427-5772. ISSUED at Santa Fe, New Mexico this 3rd day of June 2022. NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION Anthony F. Medeiros Hearing Examiner Published by: Gallup Sun June 10, 2022


(1) AirVoice shall file direct testimony in support of its petition on or before June 10, 2022. (2) Any person desiring to intervene to become a party (“intervenor”) to this case must file a motion for leave in conformity with NMPRC Rules of Procedure and NMAC on or before July 15, 2022. All motions for leave to intervene shall be served on all existing parties and other proposed intervenors of record. (3) Any intervenor may file direct testimony on or before July 15, 2022. (4) Staff shall file direct testimony on or before July 28, 2022.

(5) Any rebuttal testimony shall be filed on or before August 15, 2022. (6) Any motions in limine, motions to strike testimony, and other prehearing motions shall be filed on or before August 16, 2022. Responses to such motions shall be filed on or before August 19, 2022. (7) The public hearing of this matter shall be held on August 25, 2022 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time (MT) to hear and receive evidence, arguments, and any other appropriate matters relevant to this proceeding. The evidentiary hearing will continue, as necessary, on August 26, 2022. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the evidentiary hearing shall be conducted via the Zoom videoconference platform. Access to and participation in the evidentiary hearing shall be limited to party-participants (i.e., counsel and witnesses), the Commissioners, and other essential Commission personnel. The Zoom hearing will be livestreamed through YouTube and will be displayed on the Commission’s website at Persons not participating in the evidentiary hearing as an attorney or witness may view the hearing on the Commission’s website and shall not join the hearing via Zoom except to provide oral comment as allowed below. (8) Interested persons who are not affiliated with a party may make oral or written comment pursuant to Rule NMAC. Oral comment shall be taken at the beginning of the public hearing in this matter on August 25, 2022 and shall be limited to 3 minutes per commenter. As part of the public hearing, public comment will be taken via the Zoom platform. Therefore, persons wishing to make an oral comment must register in advance, not later than 8:30 a.m. MT

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AirVoice requests a waiver of the provisions of SRUSF Rule 17.11.11 NMAC that conflict with FCC rules, i.e., those portions that apply to Link-Up (which is only applicable to facilities-based ETCs providing service on rural, tribal lands); the New Mexico ETC eligibility requirements of and (B) NMAC to the extent they deviate from FCC rules, given that the FCC revised the Lifeline eligibility criteria to add the Veterans or Survivors Pension benefit program

and remove Low–Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), National School Lunch Program’s free lunch program (NSLP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and any other statespecified eligibility criteria from the list of qualifying programs (and federal income eligibility is based upon 135% of the federal poverty guidelines); and NMAC, to the extent the application form contemplated therein contradicts the universal application form(s) required by FCC rules.





MAD SCIENTISTS 3 pm @ the OFPL Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). These STREAM workshops explore Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics and discover an ocean of possibilities! This week they’ll be making jellyfish lanterns. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, JUNE 11

ART CRAWL 7 pm to 9 pm @ Downtown Gallup. Come experience local and professional art, artist demonstrations, gallery openings, live music, hands-on crafts, and games for the kids. “ALL OVER THE BOARD” SHOW OPENING 7 pm to 9 pm @ ART123

Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.). A variety show of work in multiple subjects and media, from horses to teacups to flowers to abstracts to nudes to portraits done in oil, watercolor and pastel by artist Shannon Gurley O’Donnell. SUMMER X-STREAM SCAVENGER HUNT 12 pm to 4 pm @ the Rio West Mall (1300 W Maloney Ave.), behind the Hobby Lobby. Participate in Summer X-STREAM by joining OFPL in an oceanthemed scavenger hunt and a chance to win some great prizes. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. ARTSCRAWL SCAVENGER HUNT & PRINCESS CELEBRATION 7 pm to 9 pm behind the Children’s Branch of OFPL (200 W. Aztec. Ave.). Participate in Summer X-STREAM by joining OFPL in an ocean-themed scavenger hunt and a chance to win

CALENDAR some great prizes. Special guest Princesses will be onsite to explore an ocean of possibilities at OFPL! Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. FAMILY STORYTIME Join OFPL @ 2 pm on Saturdays inside the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for storytime activities, songs, rhymes, and read-aloud stories every week! This week’s theme is fish. Age 0-4. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. GALLUP 9TH ST. FLEA MARKET 9 am to 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States. With more than 500 vendors and as many as 10,000 visitors each week, you can find food, crafts, jewelry, livestock, and household goods.

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SUMMER X-STREAM SCAVENGER HUNT X marks the spot inside the Rio West Mall behind Hobby Lobby.

X marks the spot at ArtsCrawl behind the OFPL Children & Youth Branch. Participate in Summer X-STREAM by joining OFPL for an ocean-themed scavenger hunt and a chance to win some great prizes! Special guest Princess will be onsite to explore oceans of possibilities at OFPL!

Participate in Summer X-STREAM by joining OFPL for an ocean-themed scavenger hunt and a chance to win some great prizes!

Rio West Mall 1300 West Maloney Ave. June 11th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

The Octavia Fellin Children & Youth Library 200 West Aztec Ave. June 11th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Call (505) 863-1291 for more information.



CREATIVE CORNER – TUNNEL BOOK DIORAMA 4 pm in-person @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.). Learn the basics of epoxy resin to create a tunnel book diorama. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl. online. For more information email jwhitman@ or call (505) 863-1291.

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? 5 pm @ Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Join the Zollinger Library for a special presentation on Juneteenth. Learn the history that led to the historical declaration of this new federal holiday signed into law last year. For questions call 505863-7531 or email CREATIVE-IN-RESIDENCE TALK 6:30 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Learn more about Meek Watchman, gallupARTS’ Summer 2022 Social Justice Creative-in-Residence and her «Indigenous Circus Poetry» project to combine aerial arts, creative writing, and the principles of K’e to help pre-teens and teens build self-esteem, develop trust, and establish a sense of belonging. MIDWEEK MATINEE AT OFPL 3 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Weekly film screenings of award-winning, classics, documentaries, newly released, and specially selected films. This week’s film is “Supernova” (2020). KIDZ CINEMA 12:30 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. Movies are catered with ratings PG and lower. This week’s movie is “Luna” (2021). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. FAMILY STORYTIME Join OFPL @ 11 am on Wednesdays inside the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for storytime activities, songs, rhymes, and read-aloud stories every week! This week’s theme is sharks. Age 0-4. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


CREATIVE MINDS @ ART 123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). “Creative Minds” is an art show celebrating young artists and their unique view of the world through photography. The exhibit will be on display until June 14. WOMEN VETERAN & FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP 6 pm @ Veterans Helping Veterans (908 E. Buena Vista Ave.). This meeting is for Women Veterans, veteran wives and widows or any woman related to a veteran. WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB 6 pm in-person at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” is the next OFPL book club read. The next discussion will be on June 25. CELEBRATE RECOVERY 6:30 pm @ Joshua Generation for Jesus Christ (1375 Elva Dr.). A Christ-centered recovery program that will help you heal from the pain of your unmanaged hurts, habits and hang-ups. TWEENS WHO STREAM 3 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.). Join OFPL for interactive STREAM workshops. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.



CELEBRATE RECOVERY 6 pm @ Community Bible Church (2 Hilltop Dr.). A Christ-centered recovery program that will help you heal from the pain of your unmanaged hurts, habits and hang-ups. JUNE FILMS: PRIDE MONTH AND JUNETEENTH 1 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This month Zollinger Library is celebrating Pride Month and Juneteenth. The film screenings are free and open to all students and staff as well as the community. Popcorn available, first come first served. This week’s movie is “Moonlight.” For questions please call 505-8637531 or email markos@


ABQ BIOPARK 11 am @ the Main Library and Children’s Branch (115 W. Hill Ave. and 200 W. Aztec. Ave.) or online at OFPL’s Facebook page to learn all about semi-aquatic animals. See real live penguins, learn about their environments, diets, and more! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SHARK WEEK TRIVIA 3 pm in person @ the Children’s Bran (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Celebrate Shark Week 2022 by testing your knowledge in a shark-themed trivia showdown. Prizes available for the top three winners of trivia. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, JUNE 18

LEVITT AMP CONCERT SERIES 6 pm @ Courthouse Square. Come join the fun in the heart of downtown Gallup at this free concert series brought to you by the Levitt Amp Foundation, Gallup Mainstreet Arts & Cultural District, Visit Gallup & the City of Gallup. This week Defi-I will be performing. MONDAY, JUNE 20

Ave.). An engaging puppet show for all ages.



REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING 9 am to 11:30 am @ 207 West Hill Ave.

POKÉMON GO GYM BATTLES The Pokémon Go! Battle for Zollinger Library will heat up. During the summer, the Library will check which Pokémon team has control of the Library’s gym at 5 p.m. each weekday. The team in control will have their flag raised for 24 hours. For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email OFPL SUMMER HOURS The Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) will now be open every Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm. The Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) will remain closed to the public, but will still be offering curbside pickup from 12 pm to 4 pm. Both libraries are open from 10 am to 5 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 11 am to 6 pm on Wednesdays. OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES SUMMER X-STREAM There’s something for everyone at the library all summer long! This year OFPL focuses on Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math to inspire curiosity and creativity for kids and adults alike. Registration for SUMMER X-STREAM begins May 16 in-person at the library or octaviafellinpl. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. ART ATTACK CHALLENGE Do you love making art? OFPL is inviting youth artists to submit creative work in any medium to decorate the youth library using the theme: “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Life After a Pandemic” Submission deadline is July 22. Visit for more guidelines. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. GALLUPARTS EXTENDS HOURS 12 pm-6 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays (123


WINE AND PAINTING 6 pm to 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.). $35/person. Purchase tickets at www. BEST OF THE BEST RODEO @ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). June 22 is the start of Best of the Best, where America’s top junior high and high school rodeo athletes compete for big cash payouts and prizes. Public entry is free. The last day of the rodeo is June 25. FRIDAY, JUNE 24

NAVAJO RUG WEAVING 10 am to 2 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the fundamentals and techniques of rug weaving in traditional Diné style, including warping, carding and spinning. Please bring your own weaving materials and/or projects. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TEEN PAINT NIGHT 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.). Learn how to paint with acrylics. Supplies will be provided. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. MAD SCIENTISTS 3 pm @ the OFPL Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). These STREAM workshops explore Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics and discover an ocean of possibilities! This week they’ll be making marbled mugs. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, JUNE 25

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PUPPET SHOW 1 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec

W. Coal Ave.) GOOGLE CAREER CERTIFICATE SCHOLARSHIP Jump-start your career with a Google Career Certificate scholarship. Prepare for entry-level positions in data analytics, IT support, project management, or user experience design - no college degree or relevant experience required. Apply for a scholarship at now through April 30.. For more info.: email or call (505) 863-1291. RMCHCS UPDATED VISITOR POLICIES Due to the recent downward trend of COVID-19 cases, RMCHCS has reinstated its visitor policy. The visitor policy supports two people per family member who have passed the coronavirus screening. Visitors must be 17 years old or older. Visitors must show documentation of COVID-19 vaccination. For more information visit RMCHCS COVID-19 TEST/ VACCINE/BOOSTER CLINIC 8 am-10 am Mon.-Fri. @ College Clinic (2111 College Dr.). 16 years and older. For test, someone will come to your vehicle. Please call (505) 2361074 and someone will come out to your vehicle to obtain a specimen. For vaccine and booster adult must be six months out from their second vaccine. Call College Clinic at (505) 863-1820 to set up an appointment. RMCHCS CHILDREN’S COVID-19 TESTS/VACCINATIONS 8:30 am-11 am and 1 pm-4 pm Mon.-Fri.@ College Clinic (2111 College Dr.). For COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. A patient/guardian will be required to remain with the patient and wait 15 minutes for observation immediately after vaccine is given. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.


ARTIST TALK WITH SHANNON GURLEY O’DONNELL 6 pm LIVE on gallupARTS’s Facebook page. Shannon Gurley O’Donnell is a woman of many talents. She works with multiple medias and subjects, from horses to teacups to flowers to abstracts to nudes to por-

traits done in oil, watercolor and pastel.

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EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 9 am to 12 pm. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. Join New Mexico Legal Aid at Octavia Fellin Public Library every Thursday from 9 am-Noon for assistance completing the ERAP application. They will be onsite for walkins ready to provide help in keeping safe, stable, and affordable housing. Appointments are also available by contacting New Mexico Legal Aid at (505) 722-4417. Email: or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. MIGHTY CHONDRIA KIDS 2 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for a STREAM workshop for kids and tweens (5-12). STREAM workshops explore topics in Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This week will be focusing on lighthouses. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

CRAFTY KIDS 4 pm Join OFPL in the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for family-friendly crafts and step-by-step tutorials for all skill levels. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at This week they will be making constellation tubes. For more information email: bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291.







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