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Crumbling sidewalks Rising construction costs hamper repair projects

By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


idewalks, curbs and gutters that are crumbling are the kind of thing that get citizens’ attention, because people encounter and use them every day. Getting them fixed is expensive, and takes longer with a tight budget.

So even though the city council greenlit about $250,000 that was previously set aside for a design and engineering plan to fi x curbs, gutters and sidewalks on five blocks around the city, only one of them will happen in the next year. That’s because each block will cost $400,000 – equal to the entire sidewalk budget for the 2023 fiscal year.

“Construction [costs] of these projects has gone up tremendously. I did originally request $2 million to construct the five blocks. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, I was only able to receive $400,000, so we will only be able to construct one block,” Public Works Director Robert Hamblen said. “The costs of materials are just

skyrocketing. Not just materials, everything.” The price of concrete has gone from $132 per yard before the pandemic to $174 per yard now. “Also the concrete companies are having supply issues getting fly ash and other components [which could push prices higher],” Hamblen said. Fuel costs are also straining

budgets across the board. “I’m hoping and praying that $400,000 will still be enough to do just that one block,” he said. Sidewalks are only expected to last 10-15 years. Hamblen estimated that most of Gallup’s






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sidewalks date back to the 1950s – before the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that new sidewalks i nclude ra mps at cor ners to make them wheelcha ir accessible. Many walks were laid with river rock, so they degrade faster because concrete aggregate doesn’t bind as well with the rocks’ smooth surfaces as with rougher rock shapes. To make matters worse, parts of the city sit on a former lakebed. That, combined with the protracted drought baking water out of the clay-heavy soil, can cause sidewalks to shift and buckle in much less time. One area of Ciniza Drive is breaking down after just four years. The city has tried various solutions, including reinforcing some sidewalks with rebar, but it isn’t enough. “The soil [underneath] is so dry that it’s shrinking and causing buckling on the sidewalks,” Hamblen said. “I’ve had streets lift up about 18 inches overnight.” His budget includes $20,000

Public Works Director Robert Hamblen per year to repair smaller sidewalk issues, usually stretches between 10 feet and 30 feet, as they arise. If necessary he can draw from another $60,000 in Street Department funds. “Sometimes we run short. T h e n t h e C o u n c i l mu s t approve more funding, however it’s not enough to take care of a whole block or the whole city,” Hamblen said. Consumers know it costs more to pay for things over time, and big box stores are proof that buying in bulk can bring prices down. The same is true for sidewalks. “We might be able to get a better deal if we could contract out multiple blocks at one time,” Hamblen said. Relief is not on the horizon, but Hamblen said he’ll apply

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for any applicable state or federal grants that come along. Even then, competition from other cities will be fierce. Mea nwh ile, deter iorating sidewalks are scattered around the city about equally in residential and business neighborhoods, inconveniencing locals and potentially creating liability issues for the city. “Not only do we not have sidewa lks, we don’t have curbs,” Linda Sherman, who lives on the 1000 block of Mesa Avenue, said. “I’ve been here for about 26 years and never had sidewalks. The curbs are there, but they are pretty much worn out.” In heavy rain, that causes problems. Sherman’s home is on a hill, and water runs into her garage during storms. “I have to put sandbags in front of the garage to keep the water out,” she said. “A few years back I complained. I was able to get them to come and redo the street, but they said they weren’t doing the sidewalks, curbs or gutters because of the steep hill.” So far liability hasn’t come up, but it could. Last year, one member of a vacationing couple tripped on a Kachina Street sidewalk. “A couple from out of town went out to eat and went back to their motel. There was a section of sidewalk that had heaved that someone tripped on,” Hamblen said. “The individual tripped and they were sore, but did not need to go to the hospital.” A 2016 “pavement distress survey” included observations on a total of 372 sidewalk sections, which vary in length (an average block is 1,000 feet long). The tally rated 156 segments good, 186 fair and 30 poor. Curbs and gutters were

Country Club Drive. Photo Credit: Public Works Director Robert Hamblen rated separately. Of 403 sections, 138 were rated good, 214 fair and 51 were poor. “The majority of the conditions they rated as fair. Next would be good. They also looked at the existing curb and gutter, because some have a curb and gutter but no sidewalk,” Hamblen said. Typically, developers are required to build streets and sidewalks when they construct a tract. In a few places there have been exceptions where the developer installed curbs and a street, but no sidewalks. That’s what happened on Elva Drive. T h e r e pl a c e m e n t l i s t approved June 14 includes two projects set for District 4 and one each for districts 1, 2 a nd 3, en su r i ng t he city’s resources are spread fairly among neighborhoods. Councilor Fran Palochak’s District 4 gets two blocks on the list because those neighborhoods have gotten short shrift in prior projects, Councilor Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, noted. The blocks on the approved list for sidewalk improvements are:

Country Club Drive from Hill Avenue south to Logan Avenue (District 1, Garcia) Ciniza Drive from Toltec Avenue west to the drainage bridge (District 2, Schaaf) Mariyanna Avenue from Nizhoni Drive south to Anton Street (District 3, Piano) Elva Drive from the water tank to the southern end; and Stagecoach Drive from Aztec Avenue south to Escalante Road (District 4, Palochak) Palochak put in a word to put Elva Drive at the top of the list. “I want to advocate for Elva Drive because they do not have sidewalks and they really need sidewalks. That is why I really pushed hard to get Elva in there,” she said. “It’s only going to be from the tank to the residential area at the end of the street.” Mayor Louie Bonaguidi poi nted out t hat “a l l t he streets are in dire need.” Piano lamented the rising costs but said that doing the design and engineering for all five blocks means, “They’ll be shovel-ready, so when we do fi nd funding, hopefully they will be ready to go.”


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Primary certified; District 1 candidate pending By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


rimary election results for McKinley County have been finalized and certified, but who will appear on the November ballot for County Commission District 1 is still a mystery. “The [county] canvass is

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher Babette Herrmann Administrative Assistant Valerie Smith Design Volodymyr Lotysh Contributing Editor/ Correspondent Molly Ann Howell Contributing Editor Cody Begaye Correspondents Rachelle Nones Rachel Pfeiffer Holly J. Wagner Photography Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Knifewing Segura On The Cover Ciniza Drive and Maryiann Drive are just two examples of Gallup sidewalks that need major repairs. Photo by R. Hamblen.

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finished and to my understanding is finished by the Secretary of State and the State Canvassing Board,” County Attorney Doug Decker said. Even that routine procedure, in which county commissioners certify the votes for their counties, was momentarily in doubt, but not because of anything in McKinley County. The three-member Otero County Commission initially refused to certify that county’s votes, based on unsubstantiated suspicion of Dominion voting machines. Until all counties had certified their votes, the state was unable to certify the election. That included federal and state races as well as county and city offices. Two of the Otero commissioners eventually relented and

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voted June 18 to certify, after the New Mexico Supreme Court ordered the commission to certify the results and Attorney General Hector Balderas threatened legal action if they didn’t. The holdout, Couy Griffin, founder of Cowboys for Trump, was sentenced earlier that day in Washington D.C. for participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. He received a $3,000 fine and was credited with time served for a 14-day jail sentence for trespassing. Meanwhile on the home front, Ernest C. “Charles” Becenti III, who 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. Becenti has until Aug. 30 to withdraw from the general election in November. He released a statement thanking voters but saying he still plans to withdraw. “First, I want to thank all the voters in McKinley County District 1, who placed their votes behind my candidacy,” he wrote. “As much as I want to serve the community through the next four years as McKinley County Commissioner, I had to withdraw my candidacy due to unforeseen circumstances. I plan to pursue this position again in the future, but for now I must stand aside in support of the other candidates.”

The process of replacing him on November’s ballot can’t begin until Oliver’s office receives his formal withdrawal, according to McKinley County Democrats Vice Chair Maryann Armijo. When it does, any registered Democrat in District 1 is eligible to be considered. Aspirants need only submit their names to the McKinley County Democratic Party for consideration. “It is up to the State Central Committee of McKinley County to make that determination,” she said, adding that in McKinley and many other counties, the 15-member State Central Committee and the County Central Committee “are one and the same.” The schedule for all this is still up in the air until Becenti formally withdraws. At that point, Armijo said, the committee will move to find a replacement within a couple of weeks. Since there is no Republican challenger for the race, whoever the committee picks is effectively the winner and will be on the November ballot as a formality and sworn in as commissioner in January.

FROM HOMELESSNESS TO HOME OWNERSHIP Richard F. Kontz, Executive Director, Gallup Housing Authority I have been reviewing various editorials and articles printed in the local press on the “alcohol problem” as it relates to street people and homelessness; and after previously talking with several people who operate at the ground level with this problem it feels like the following approach seems to be the common thought process. 1 – The eventual outcome of the “continuum of care” for the homeless should result in two things: They eventually get and hold a job and they eventually obtain affordable housing. In the process they become productive citizens of Gallup. 2 – The pipeline for housing would be: Homelessness to shelter to transitional housing to low-income rental housing to affordable home ownership. 3 – To get off the streets they first need to be detoxed and linked to sound counseling so they can begin to break free from their addictions and other issues which keep them on the streets. 4 – Then they would be placed into shelter housing if they are willing to stay in a counseling program. Counseling should not only be proven secular counseling methods but should also allow for spiritual counseling of their choice. And it should be evidence based. 5 – Eventually they will receive job counseling, education and job skills development making them able to get a job and move into transitional housing. Criteria would be set up where they stay there if they continue their counseling and continue with jobs training and development and hold a job. 6 – After they have been stable through counseling, obtained and held a job they can be graduated out of transitional housing into either low income or market rate rental housing depending on the level of income they make. 7 – After time progresses eventually, they would make enough income to afford to purchase a home of their own. Also, part of their program of education, training and counseling would be to learn to manage their finances and credit in a manner to position them to purchase their own home. The people I talked to all believe that is the path; and that we as a community need to put the pieces of the puzzle together to make it work. However, there are major limiting factors to be considered: [1] First, is the false assumption that all the street people need is “high quality professional” counseling and that all these people wandering the streets are just waiting for the offer of perfect counseling. Well, folks that just is not true. I have talked with many of these people – most do not want help – they choose that lifestyle. [2] The second is the lack of [meaningful] Jobs being created in our local economy. This would be a job which pays a level of pay, which enables a person to not only support themselves and their family but, pays enough to allow for saving of funds toward the purchase of an affordable house. There are other factors to be considered but these are the main two limiting factors.

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NMDOT traffic report for June 20 - July 1 Staff Reports


he New Mexico Department of Transportation asks all motorists to obey all traffic signs, use caution, and watch for heavy equipment and construction personnel in all work zones. PLEASE NOTE: Conditions are subject to

change without notice. Double fines for speeding in work zones in effect. During backups, use both lanes and take turns merging. Watch for slow moving or stopped traffic. Allow extra time and expect delays. INTERSTATE I-40, mile marker 111.043

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New Mexico State Road 53 approaching Zuni Pueblo. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – 117.000, west of Laguna to Mesita Mountain States Constructors, Inc. (Contractor) continues roadway reconstruction, ramp rehabilitation and bridge rehabilitation work. I-40 will be reduced to one lane from 7 am – 6 pm. The contractor will complete minor work, to include seeding, permanent signing and striping. Speed reduced to 55 mph through the work zone. I-40, mile marker 44, Coolidge Interchange El Terrero Construction, LLC (Contractor) continues work on drainage structures. Eastbound I-40 is reduced to one lane and detoured onto the westbound median shoulder. Westbound has both lanes open. The contractor’s work hours are 7 am - 5 pm, weekdays. U.S. ROADWAYS US 491/Carbon Coal Road Intersection, City of Gallup F isher Sa nd & Gravel (Contractor) continues roadway reconstruction, rehabilitation, lighting & signalization work. The contractor continues work between South Chino Loop and Mentmore Rd. The trailhead will remain closed. US 491 is reduced to one lane in each direction through the construction zone. South Chino Loop will be closed to traffic. Follow detour signs to County Road 7 for business access and Gamerco. Ninth Street will also be closed, east of

the US 491 intersection. Follow detour signs to Coal Basin Road for business access. The contractor’s work hours are 7 am - 5 pm, weekdays. US 60, mile marker 17.977 – 24.023 (west of Quemado) F isher Sa nd & Gravel (Contractor) continues roadway rehabilitation work. US 60 is reduced to one lane in each direction with flagger operations. The contractor’s work hours are 7 am - 5 pm, weekdays. Drivers can expect minor delays. US 180, mile marker 3.152 & 7.903 (west of Luna) Hasse Contracting (Contractor) began bridge rehabilitation work June 21. US 180 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The contractor’s work hours are 7 am - 5 pm, weekdays. Drivers can expect minor delays. STATE ROADWAYS N M 53, m i le ma rker 85.400 – 85.900, BNSF Bridge at Exit 85 Grants Hasse Contracting (Contractor) continues bridge and roadway rehabilitation work. NM 53 is reduced to one lane in each direction over both bridges. Speed reduced to 35 mph through the work zone. The contractor’s work hours are 7 am - 5pm, weekdays. N M 53, m i le ma rker 15.500 – 19.500, east of Zuni Pueblo Median Contracting, Inc.

(Contractor) continues roadway reconstruction and drainage structure improvement work. NM 53 will be reduced to one lane in each direction via a traffic signal. Only one direction of traffic will be allowed through the construction zone at a time. To avoid collision please do not run red lights and be patient for traffic signals to turn green. Speed reduced to 35 mph. The contractor’s work hours are 7 am - 5 pm, weekdays. NM 602, mile marker 6.00 – 12.00, north of Jct. NM 602/ NM 53 NMDOT Maintenance Crews have begun chip seal operations on NM 602. NM 602 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. A pilot vehicle will guide traffic through the work zone. Expect minor delays. Work hours are 7 am - 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. NM 122, mile marker 12.00 – 15.00, between Thoreau and Prewitt NMDOT Maintenance Crews have begun pavement preservation work on NM 122. NM 122 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Flag personnel will guide traffic through the work zone. Expect minor delays. Work hours are 7am-5:30pm, Monday through Thursday. To help with travel plans and avoid delays, visit www.

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Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society, Animal Protection declare four-week quarantine ANIMALS ABANDONED OUT FRONT WILL BE EUTHANIZED Staff Reports


ue to a distemper outbreak, the McKinley County Humane Society will be undergoing a full fourweek quarantine that started on June 20. During this time the Humane Society will not be doing any adoptions, animal viewings, and accepting any surrendered animals. The Gallup Dog Park will be closed during the four-week quarantine period. Distemper is a very serious disease that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of adult dogs and puppies. It is very contagious and transferred through airborne exposure (sneezing or coughing) to the virus from an infected dog or wild animal. All dogs and puppies are susceptible to the disease, but puppies four months and younger and unvaccinated adult dogs are at a higher risk.

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You vaccinate your dogs/puppies. Puppies must receive four

vaccinations in two-week increments and dogs must have their vaccinations done annually. Avoid any public areas (especially dog parks) if your animal is not fully vaccinated Because of the highly contagious nature of distemper, it is recommended that dog owners maintain your animals on your property and don’t let animals roam freely in order to avoid contact with other animals that may be infected. Gallup, McKinley County Animal Protection will not be accepting any stray animals during the quarantine. Please do not drop off any animals at the Humane Society Shelter during the quarantine period. Any animals found at the shelter abandoned will have to be euthanized due to the outbreak. Animal Protection will still be responding to calls regarding snakes, injured and aggressive animals.


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Phoenix man charged with aggravated battery, sexual assault Staff Reports


Phoenix man faces multiple charges after he was found in a motel room with a woman who claimed that he had sexually abused her. On June 16, Gallup Police Officer Aaron Marquez was dispatched to Motel 6, 3306 W. Hwy. 66 because of a domestic dispute. The motel manager had called the police after getting a call from Room 236. The manager said a female had called the front desk, and that she’d seemed intoxicated and wanted someone removed from the room. When Marquez initially knocked on the door, there was no response. After he knocked a few more times, a man who was later identified as Brandon Joe, 30, from Phoenix, Ariz., answered the door in boxers. Because the call was about a domestic dispute, Marquez asked Joe to step out of the

room. Once Joe was out of the room, Marquez stepped i n s i d e . According Brandon Joe to his report, Marquez noticed a woman sitting on one of the beds in the room covering herself with a sheet. Marquez also noticed clothes scattered around the room and multiple bottles of liquor by the T.V. The woman told Marquez that she was the one who had called the police because Joe “was being abusive.” She said that Joe had stolen her phone and would not let her leave. While Marquez was speaking to the alleged victim, Joe was outside the room telling other officers that the two of them had just been having sex. When Joe spoke, Marquez noticed that the woman would stop speaking and

put her head down. The woman repeatedly told Marquez that she was scared and that she didn’t want to say too much. Marquez tried to reassure the woman that she was safe, and she told him that Joe had taken all of her clothes. The woman began crying and told Marquez that she had tried to leave but Joe wouldn’t let her. According to Marquez’s report, the woman had gotten the motel room and Joe had come with her. The victim said she’d tried to call people to have them pick her up, but Joe threw her phone, which left it broken. Marquez could tell that the victim was truly terrified of Joe. She kept telling the officer that she was too scared to say anything. She told Marquez “You have no idea what he is capable of.” She stated that Joe “knows people.” At one point while Marquez was trying to reassure the victim, she said, “I will be safe for

tonight but won’t be safe for the rest of my life because he’s crazy and he knows people.” She said that if Joe couldn’t hurt her, he would find people who could. The woman finally explained that she’d invited Joe to the motel room because she was scared to stay in it alone. She explained that Joe had disconnected the phone initially, but she reconnected it and called the front desk because she was scared. Marquez asked the victim if Joe had sexually assaulted her, and the woman said he had. She also said he choked her, and in his report, Marquez noted that the victim did have bruising on her neck. The victim continued to cry and blame herself. She told Marquez that she’d been sexually assaulted on the bed. She said that the two of them had been drinking, but at one point she stopped and Joe continued.

At first the woman refused medical help, but Marquez was eventually able to convince her to let him drive her to the Gallup Indian Medical Center. While she was at the hospital, the victim explained that Joe had gotten upset when he saw that she was talking to other men when he was going through her phone. That’s when he broke her phone. The woman also said that Joe had allegedly ripped her clothes off of her, thrown her in the shower, and sexually assaulted her in there. The woman said she was sexually assaulted multiple times before she was able to make the call to the police. Joe was charged with second degree rape, aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment, interference with communication, and criminal damage to property of a household member. His preliminary examination is on June 29.



Crownpoint man pleads guilty to sex abuse of a minor in Navajo Nation Staff Reports


On May 10, 2022, Gallup Police Department officers responded to the Cliffside Apartments area on Dani Drive in Gallup in reference to a shooting. Byron Begay died from gunshot wounds he sustained during an altercation. The suspect - a slender Native American or Hispanic man with a tattoo on his right forearm - left the area driving a white Ford Taurus sedan bearing a New Mexico "Chili" styled license plate.

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LBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced on June 15 that Wade Dixon, 33, of Crownpoint, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country. Dixon will remain in custody pending sentencing. According to the plea agreement and other court records, on July 10, Dixon engaged in a sexual act with the victim, who was 13 years old. The abuse occurred in McKinley County, on the Navajo Nation. By the terms of the plea agreement, Wade faces 13 months in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. The Navajo Nation Police

Department investigated this case with assistance from the FBI. Special Assistant United States Attorney Chelsea N. Van Deventer is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. F o r m o r e i n fo r m a tion about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports BROKEN T.V. Gallup, June 14 A man broke into a woman’s apartment and broke her front door and her T.V. On June 14, around 12:12 a m, Ga l lup Police Officer Maria Olivares and Warren Bowannie were dispatched to the Sun Valley Apartments, 201 Joseph M Montoya Blvd., because of a call about property damage. The caller was a woman who lived in the apartment above H51, and she told the officers that she had seen a man wearing

a red shirt and blue jeans knocking on the apartment’s door several times before leaving. But according to the witness, the man, who was later identified as Randon Hooee, came back later and broke the glass door. When the officers got to the scene, they noticed broken glass surrounding the door of apartment H51. When Olivares entered the apartment, she allegedly saw a T.V. on the floor and a wooden stand that was upside down, along with other small items scattered across the floor. All of this evidence led Olivares to believe that someone had broken into the apartment. The witness said she saw Hooee, 37, leave the scene in a green and blue car.

The officers were able to speak to the owner of the apartment, who said she knew Hooee. She explained that Hooee had shown up at her mother’s house in Rock Springs around 11:45 pm looking for her. She explained that he had been angry with her because he believed she was dating another man. Officers were able to locate Hooee near Viro Circle Park. Metro Dispatch informed the officers that Hooee had warrants out for his arrest. The officers took Hooee back to the apartment complex, Where Olivares arrested him for breaking and entering and property damage of a household member. The victim said the LG T.V.

Hooee broke cost about $1,700. According to Olivares’s report, nothing else was broken or stolen except for the apartment door. A maintenance employee told the victim that the door would cost about $500 to replace. Hooee’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 29. CAUGHT WITH METH Gallup, June 10 A man who had multiple warrants out for his arrest also had meth when pol ice found him. On June 10, around 10:09 pm, Gallup Police Officer Francis Collins was dispatched to Lowe’s, 1120 E. Hwy. 66, because a man had allegedly been beaten with a bat.

While Collins was out looking for the suspect, Lt. Melanie Padilla found two men walking along the highway, and one of them was carrying a bat. The man was identified as Patterson Cleveland, and according to Collins’s report, he had two warrants already out for his arrest. Collins arrested Cleveland for his warrants and transported him to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Around 1:00 am on June 11, someone at the detention center contacted Collins and told him that a white, crystal-like substance had been found in Cleveland’s bag. Collins collected the two baggies of the substance, which were later identified as meth. Cleveland was charged with possession of a controlled substance. His preliminary hearing was on June 22.

N.M. high school students invited to apply to FBI Teen Academy Staff Reports


igh school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in spending a day with the FBI

in Albuquerque are encouraged to apply for the agency’s Teen Academy, which will be held July 26. The deadline to apply is July 7.

The FBI Teen Academy allows rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the 2022-23 school year an opportunity to get a peek into the inner workings of today’s FBI.

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Students who parttiicpate in the FBI Teen Academy will get to learn about different topics like terroism, cyber security, public corruption, evidence handling, SWAT and the day-today operations in a typical FBI office. Photo Credit: FBI Albuquerque

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FBI special agents and support personnel will provide lively presentations on a range of timely topics, including terrorism, cyber security, public corruption, evidence handling, SWAT and the day-to-day operations in a typical FBI office. “The Teen Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see if you could be the special agent of your dreams,” Gaby, a student who went through the class in 2019, said. “It has not only introduced me to peers that share the same passion and drive to make a difference, but it has also introduced me into a world that is much more than a government agency; it

is a family that works for the betterment of the community.” Students accepted into the program will be expected to attend all activities, which will run from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Punctuality, professional behavior and appropriate dress are required. An application form can be found at: https://www.fbi. gov/file-repository/fbi-albuquerque-teen-academy-application-2022.pdf/view “The FBI Teen Academy is a riveting experience that shouldn’t be passed by. It






































WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Featured DWI Mathew Jameson April 19, 9:49 pm Aggravated DWI (Third) A Gallup man, Mathew Jameson, 29, was fairly cooperative as he was arrested for his third aggravated DWI. Ga llup Off icer Vincent T hompson wa s i n for med by a woman of two possibly intoxicated persons in a silver

Toyota Camry at the Speedway station at 701 U.S. Hwy. 491. Thompson arrived at the st ation a nd found the suspect vehicle leav i ng t he premises, so he followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the lot of Delta Tire at 501 U.S. Hwy. 491. Thompson knocked on the

driver side window and met the driver, Jameson, whom he noted showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and slurred speech as he spoke. When asked to exit the vehicle, Jameson struggled to remove his seatbelt before doing so. He told Thompson he consumed three cans of Budweiser prior to driving. Jameson was smoking a cigarette he refused to put out, and when asked if he would perform the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, Jameson turned around, put his hands behind his back, and told Thompson to just take him in. Thompson

took his actions as a refusal and placed him under arrest. A search of Jameson’s vehicle revealed a pint of Importers Vodka on the driver floor. The report did not state whether the other passenger was released. Jameson also refused to give a breath sample. He was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (third), having an open container in a vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. His pre-trial hearing was on June 22. Name: Janice Wali Age: 50

Charge: Aggravated DWI (second) Arrested: April 26 Status: Pre-trial hearing on July 27 Name: Ty Smith Age: 25 Charge: DWI Arrested: April 30 Status: Pre-trial hearing on August 3

12-year sentence for woman who killed 18-year-old in car accident Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced June 21 that Bernadette Etsitty was sentenced to 12 years for the DWI-based vehicular homicide of Roxana

Saenz, the maximum allowed under the plea agreement. Etsitty was convicted by a guilty plea in April. “Drunk driving devastates our families, and public safety depends on our state leaders to enforce accountability to keep dangerous drivers off the

streets,’’ Balderas said. On the evening of June 23, 2020, Etsitty drove drunk, swerving into oncoming traffic and crashing into a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Saenz. Saenz was killed instantly. Saenz had just graduated from Del Norte High School and

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Bernadette Etsitty was planning on attending the University of New Mexico to become a veterinarian. Etsitty admitted drinking a 12-pack of beer and containers of alcohol were found in her truck. Her blood-alcohol results revealed an intoxication level at about twice the legal limit.

Several of Roxana’s family members spoke, including her father Leopoldo Saenz. He related that Roxana had planned on being the fi rst person in her family to graduate from college, and was proud to work her first job at Blue Cross Animal Clinic in Albuquerque before starting the fall semester at Universit y of New Mexico. Leopoldo stated he was sad to see how his family has changed from the crime of drunk driving that is 100% preventable. The case was investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department and co-prosecuted by attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General and the Second Judicial District At t or ney’s O f f ice. M a r ia Madrid with the Office of the Attorney General provided victim-advocate services to Roxana’s family.


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ocals know about the treasures in Gallup and surrounding areas – hot air balloons, natural wonders, bike and hiking trails, Native Dances, the arts community and New Mexico cuisine – and may take those things for granted. But they’re a big draw for visitors. T h is yea r Ga l lup get s a bu mp, i n t he for m of Smithsonian magazine’s “The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2022.” Gallup was chosen as the “Best Artsy Small Town,” a distinction shared with the world in an online article. “All of the small towns we feature are 25,000 or under in population, and have a lot to offer per capita, in terms of local culture, history and natural beauty,” Megan Gambino, web editor and leader of travel coverage, said. T he a r t wa s ju st t he beginning for the editors at, the storied magazine’s online presence.

Navajo Code Talkers participate in a Ceremonial parade. The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial was just one of the attractions “The Best 15 Small Towns to Visit in 2022” article in the Smithsonian magazine mentioned as an exciting event people can see in Gallup. Photo Credit: Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Office For them, Gallup is the whole package. “Gallup was a no-brainer, as it’s brimming with Indian trading posts and galleries, public art, artisan shops, cozy eateries, historic sites and hiking and biking trails through the area’s jaw-dropping red rock

landscape,” Gambino said. But the clincher was the 100th anniversary of the Gallup InterTribal Indian Ceremonial. “Each of the towns we highlight also has a specific reason to visit this year – say, the unveiling of a new museum, an inaugural festival or one celebrating a major anniversary, or a major historical event or natural phenomenon that will make this year special,” she said. “For Gallup, that milestone event is the centennial celebration of the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in August.” That’s’ great news for the Ceremonial, which, like many businesses and events, is still bouncing back from a couple of lean COVID years. “We’re beyond excited to be featured in this magazine. To think about where that goes, not only across our country but across the world, and how many people make it a bucket list point to say ‘I’m going to go to this. This is 100 years old,’” said Kyle Tom, president of the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Association. “For us on the board, I can honestly say that we want to be as true to this event as we can and honor the history and culture of it.

For people from around the world to take note of that and want to come experience the authentic ceremonial, it’s just very special.” Local tourism leaders are also pleased with the exposure for the community. Gallup’s marketing and tourism manager Jennifer Lazarz, who worked with the article’s author to identify some local attractions, said even though there is no way to measure how much impact the community gets from the article, it’s good street cred for a town with a big tourism economy. “Earning national media for Gallup is a big win for us. It shows the rest of the world what a special community we have and supports small businesses,” she said. “Pieces like this combat negative press but also help our own residents feel good about the place where we live. Gallup is a great destination and place to live, and we often underappreciate our own backyard. Coverage like this is also really helpful for local businesses – it lends them credibility with tourists and helps them to stand out.” T he a r t icle i s not i n Sm it h son i a n’s pr i nt ed ition, which has 1.6 million

subscribers. But that’s no problem, considering the website’s international reach and 10.8 million unique visitors a month. The article also includes a photo gallery of local businesses. “Those 10.8 million unique visitors are the audience that I want to reach,” Francis Bee, executive director of Gallup’s Business Improvement District, said. “Gallup has had a strong reputation, for at least 100 years, as an interesting place to visit for people who wish to enjoy an authentic experience of the American West. A significant percentage of visitors to Gallup come from outside of the U.S.” Impor tantly, he added, “Smithsonian magazine is read by people who actually do read it. The psychographic profile of Smithsonian readers aligns well with folks who are looking for the ‘Gallup Experience.’ If you want to experience the real America, this is the place.” Bill Lee, CEO of the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said the article should help highlight local businesses and bring in more visitors — and their spending money. “Gallup is very deserving of the ‘artsy small town’ moniker. It makes sense when you consider the huge cottage industry of Gallup/McKinley County, and the fact that most of those in that industry are artisans. It is estimated that roughly 75% of the world’s best Native American art comes from our area,” he said. “Our arts community also embodies the many cultures that make our community a unique melting pot. This combination of rich cultures helped us to be named one of the few arts and cultural districts in the state. This article is a huge win that promotes tourism and will bring outside dollars to Gallup.“ Read the article (and size up the competition) at the Smithsoian magazine’s website under the “Travel” section.

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ccording to her website, Raye Zaragoza dealt with a lot of pain growing up and trying to fit in as a Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous woman. But that’s all changed now that she’s grown up, accepted herself for who she is, and found her voice as a musician. “I am proud to be a multicultural brown woman with insecurities and a vibrant intersectional identity that I continue to grapple with,” Zaragoza stated in a post on her website. “I hope young girls of today will know that the ‘It Girl’ is whatever the hell they want to be.” “The It Girl” is one of the songs off Zaragoza’s 2020 album “Woman in Color.” Zaragoza grew up in New York City, where her father played trumpet in a mariachi band and performed on Broadway in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” In an interview with the Sun, Zaragoza said she grew up loving classic rock and roll, listening to artists like Led Zeppelin and Simon & Garfunkel. She began writing her own songs at 17 years old. “I love songwriting, I love being a communicator through song, and I love how it connects me to so many amazing people around the world,” Zaragoza said. “I love how it brings out the human connection. I love how songwriting connects a lot of people; music brings

Raye Zaragoza is a Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous woman. She uses her Indigenous background as inspiration for her songs. Photo Credit: Bolora the Explorer people together. It’s a universal language.” In 2016, Zaragoza’s first single “In the River” went viral. Zaragoza wrote the song after learning about the situation at Standing Rock and how it was affecting Indigenous communities. Her first album “Fight for You” was a protest-driven debut that Zaragoza said was about finding her voice as a woman of color. The album drew rampant praise from the likes of Billboard and Paste Magazine as well as touring opportunities with Dispatch and Donovan Woods, among others. Zaragoza will be performing as a part of the Levitt Amp Concert Series on June 25. The concert starts at 6 pm at the Courthouse Square. The event

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IN LOVING MEMORY Allison Lee of Mexican Springs, N.M., died June 19. He was 64. Allison was born into the Bitahnii, born for Tse Najinii. He was born in Gallup on April 26, 1958. Allison was preceded in death by Rena Mae Lee (his mother) and Chee Lee (his father). He is sur vived by his children: Alvina Earnhart (husba nd, Benja min Earnhar t), Ferguson Lee (wife, Milvia Valladares),

Raye Zaragoza began writing her own songs at 17 years old. She released her first single in 2016. Photo Credit: Kristen Drum

is free to the public. Zaragoza said she’s excited to come to Gallup. “I know Gallup has so many INDIGENOUS folks who live locally in Gallup and in the surrounding cities and areas, and I’m excited to connect with a lot of Native folks who I know live in Gallup who have never heard my music, and just to connect with a new city,” Zaragoza said. The Levitt Amp Concert Series is funded by Gallup MainStreet, the Levitt Amp Foundation, Visit Gallup, and the city of Gallup. For more information and more concert dates go to


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‘Elvis’ looks pretty, but lacks authentic insight By Glenn Kay For the Sun



his film from Warner Bros. opens in cinemas on Friday, June

24. Elvis Presley stands as one of the most iconic musical performers ever, ruling the charts in the late 1950s and selling so many records that he remains one of the highest selling solo artists in history. His high-energy shows and hip-swinging on-stage antics titillated some and enraged others, adding to his fame. Talented “Moulin Rouge” director Baz Luhrmann is another figure known for his fl ashy style and ability to deliver grand spectacle. While this director would seem like an appropriate fi gure to tell this story, it’s the wrong approach for the new biopic “Elvis” and doesn’t deliver the goods. It is eye-popping and slick, but hollow to the core and lacking any authentic

insight into the fi gure or his unusual life. The story is narrated from the point-of-view of the star’s antagonist, eccentric manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). While operating a traveling circus in the southern U.S., he witnesses an early performance by youngster Elvis Presley (Austin Butler). After seeing the reaction of female fans, Parker becomes determined to sign the artist, manage his career and cash in. It’s a meteoric rise to the top for the pair, but as the years pass troubles arise in their relationship. Parker has a few secrets and, as Elvis moves from project to project, the artist starts feeling manipulated by his controlling manager. This is one of the most hyperactive features in recent memory. The fi lm veers from one stor y in Elv is’ life to another in mere moments, buffered by glittering jewels, lights and spinning cameras with overly lengthy transitions between scenes. Early on, the movie feels like a montage, with Parker’s narration explaining what is occurring, followed by a line or two before moving to

Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley in the biopic “Elvis.” The story is narrated by Presley’s eccentric manager Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. another event. Naturally, it’s hard to dig deeper into the individuals involved using this approach. Butler does a nice job at embodying Elvis, but intera c t ion s w it h Pa rker a re presented in such an overthe-top manner that some of it is snicker-worthy. Hanks is plastered under make-up and

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padding, and there are literally shots of the supervisor peering from behind show curtains with a menacing grin. Everything about the movie is aggrandized, adding falseness to the proceedings. Those familiar with Elvis Presley will know that the artist had a serious prescription drug problem and got into plenty of personal scandals, as well as some odd exchanges over the course of his lifetime (including a plea to President Richard Nixon to let him join the FBI as a Drug

Enforcement Agent shortly after beginning his Las Vegas residency). These bizarre acts are largely ignored in the fi lm. What could have been an interesting exposé into an artist trying to maintain a famous public persona while str uggling with addiction and other personal issues is largely ignored. Instead, Elvis is exclusively portrayed as a sweet-natured kid who really, really loved his mamma. By the end, he transforms into a man whose suffering comes exclusively from his sinister manager, and while Parker was certainly a crook who exploited his star, it’s all delivered in an exaggerated manner that lacks authenticity. There are a few things in the fi lm that do work. The pacing does slow down during the lead’s preparations for what would later become known as the “Comeback Special” and interesting drama is generated from how this show was put together. When Parker does talk business and his own methods for hyping the musician, some of his pitches (like selling both Elvis buttons for fans and haters in order to monopolize the market) are shrewd and clever. And some of the onstage performances are actually energized by the quick cutting. When Elvis performs late in the fi lm, footage and sound from the artists who inspired him, as well as earlier performances from his youth are combined to interesting effect. However, for the most part, this biopic feels phony. A major artist with a huge public personality doesn’t benefit from an even largerthan-life onscreen portrayal. The rapid editing becomes tiresome and the screenplay doesn’t present an intimate enough picture of the artist or how he truly felt about the trials and tribulations of stardom. “Elvis” looks great, but is otherwise a disappointing cacophony. VISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM.

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elcome to another look at some of the highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s another busy edition, with studio films and independent fare in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t make it to the movies this week or need to keep your distance from others, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES! THE BAD GUYS: Based on the series of best-selling children’s books, this animated f a m i l y fe a ture follows a group of animal outlaws and con-artists. When they are caught in the middle of a heist, they ask for forgiveness and agree to become model citizens. While they initially consider their probation course a scam to stay out of prison, the group ultimately begin to want to become honest-to-goodness heroes. The press generally liked the film and gave it decent marks. A small group felt that the fi nal product was an average kid’s flick that didn’t make the most of its concept. Still, most thought it was a fine adaptation of the source material. They enjoyed

the characters and thought the idea was a lot of fun. The voice cast includes Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade and Zazie Beetz. CINDERELLA: Last year, Amazon Studios produced a lavish update of this fairy tale and premiered it on their streaming service. Now, t he t it le i s appearing on disc. This version incorporates musical numbers into its stor y. It involves a young woman who yearns of being a fashion designer, but who must contend with a wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Magic intervenes and the lead gets the opportunity to premiere new clothing designs at a royal ball. Notices were generally poor for this retelling. A small number commented that it didn’t take itself seriously and provided some campy fun. However, the consensus was that while well-intentioned, the picture was misguided in execution and a total jumble. They wrote that it didn’t manage to effectively deliver the points that it was trying to make. Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Nicholas Galitzine, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver and James Corden headline the movie.

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between the lead actor and his co-stars. Besides Cage, the movie stars Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, and Neil Patrick Harris. BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! If you’re more interested in catching up with or revisiting some older movies, you have plenty of options as well. Arrow Video is presenting the horror flick “Edge of Sanity” (1989) on Blu-ray. Anthony Hopkins (Psycho) plays the central character, a maniac targeting prostitutes. The movie actually combines elements of the “Jekyll and Hyde” story with the real “Jack the Ripper” slayings. This Blu-ray includes a 2K scan of a 4K restoration of the movie from the original camera negative. It comes with a fi lm historian commentary, a discussion with the director, a second interview with the moviemaker, a talk with the producer, a

featurette on “Jack the Ripper” movies, a trailer and more. Criterion is presenting the Hong Kong romance/ghost story “Rouge” (1987) on disc. The movie is a period piece about a suicide pact between two lovers that influences the lives of youngsters in a relationship decades later. The film has received a 4K digital restoration for Blu-ray. Extras include numerous documentaries and conversations with the filmmaker and discussions about the movie’s LGBTQ elements. The distributor’s big release of the week may be t he action classic “Shaft”1971). You can pick it up in a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray set or just as a Blu-ray. Richard Roundtree stars as the famous black private detective who is hired by a crime


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T H E U N BEA R A BL E WEIGHT OF MASSI V E TALENT: Nicolas Cage plays a version of himself in this dark action/comedy. In desperate need of cash, the actor agrees to appear at a birthday party for one of his biggest fans. A s it t u r n s out, his host ends up being a major drug cartel whom the FBI say is about to carry out some sinister plans after the celebration. Thankfully, Cage himself reveals some secret details about a former life that may enable him to take on all villains. The press had a great time with the movie. Only a handful didn’t like it, saying that it wasn’t as clever as hoped for and that it wouldn’t appeal to those who weren’t already Cage enthusiasts. Still, the consensus was that this flick was sharp, twisty and a blast to watch from beginning to end, with great interplay


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BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 19 lord to find a long-lost daughter. Naturally, the trail leads to some surprising revelations. Besides the upgraded picture, the disc includes the first sequel, “Shaft’s Big Score” (1972), a program on the history of black detectives in film, new and archival interviews featuring Parks, Hayes, Roundtree and the film’s crew, as well as a new making-of documentary, behind-the-scenes footage and much more.

Thomas. There are numerous cast and crew interviews included as extras, along with a photo gallery and a trailer for the movie.

Original) DVD “Cinderella” (2021) (for older kids) (Amazon) Blu-ray and DVD “The Patrick Star Show” Season 1, Volume 1 (Nickelodeon) DVD

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Remember, retirement is when you are usually no longer working, so most people could benefit from not having to worry about taxes (let alone higher rates that could continue to go up). Along with increased taxes, there should be a plan in place to protect the money in a 401(k) or IRA accounts, or it may be at risk from market losses. In 2008, the market had a correction of around 40%. Imagine if someone lost 40% of their account value. If the account had $100,000 and lost 40% in a market crash that would be a loss of $40,000, leaving the retirement account now at $60,000! Imagine withdrawing funds from that $60,000 while having to pay taxes on the money as well.

It is easy to see how these two things alone can drastically change someone’s retirement plans. This can mean the difference between someone retiring as planned or having to work far past retirement age. Almost every expert out there is talking about the next market crash. Will it be this month, this year… or maybe next year? No one knows when the next market downturn will happen. If taxes will be higher in the future, then wouldn’t it be great to switch those current accounts from tax-deferred to tax-free accounts? But it is safe to say that from historical data, there is an overdue market correction coming, which could happen very soon. Wouldn’t it be comforting to have money in an account

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ways. Teachers can still be relational online and affi rming of my students; they only need to have that drive to connect with students and display authenticity online. To me, it’s all about the details. When I remember the little things about my students; the likes, dislikes, special things, they feel heard and validated. When I notice a new haircut, or they got their braces taken off, connections are created beyond the classroom. Most people want to be heard, noticed, and acknowledged in some way. Whether they are students, parents or colleagues, the little things do matter. I encourage students to do

more and be more than they think is possible and I have found there is so much parent contact and communication in the online education world, which makes it easy to work together and find what best motivates students. As a parent of two students who completed high school at home, I have experience in motivating students who are working from home. Educating online has been an incredible learning experience for me and I am grateful to be making a difference in the lives of students every day. I hope all students feel the support teachers like myself really try to display in virtual education.

you do eventually have to pay taxes on it when you withdraw it in retirement. Now, one big question is, “do you think tax rates will go up or go down in the future?” You are probably thinking that they are going up! The next question is crucial for planning; “so if you think taxes are going to go up in the future, why are you deferring taxes now while at a lower rate, to then pay higher taxes in the future when you withdraw your money?” If you believe you will be in a higher tax bracket when you retire, then wouldn’t it be better to pay taxes now, so you don’t have to pay taxes at a higher rate in the future?

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“Fire in the Sky” (1993) is also comi ng on Bluray, courtesy of Shout! Factory. This is a film adaptation of an event from 1975, in which a group of men claimed they were abducted by a UFO. D.B. Sweeney stars with James Garner, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg and Henry

teaching virtually in 2020. With degrees in special education, interpreting for the deaf, and educational leadership, I did not expect to be working as a 2nd grade teacher at New Mexico Destinations Career Academy, but taking that position opened doors for me to learn a new avenue of communication with students online. I love teaching virtually because it allows me to work my schedule into what works best for me. It takes a certain person with resilience to connect with students online; I learned to navigate interpersonal communication in new

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EMAIL: GALLUPSUNLEGALS@GMAIL.COM DUE: TUESDAYS 5 PM ers in the San Juan County/ McKinley County area. Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) issued by the United States Probation Office will commence no later than October 1, 2022. Agencies must have experience in the evaluation and treatment in these specific areas and shall hold all proper licenses required by the State of New Mexico. Agencies interested in submitting proposals can download the solicitation information letter and RFPs from the United States Probation webpage at www.nmpp. or by contacting Edward E. Enriquez at Edward_Enriquez@nmp.uscourts. gov or (505) 348-2724. Published by Gallup Sun June 24, 2022 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PHASE II: COLLEGE DRIVE



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Delivery Driver The Gallup Sun is hiring contracted delivery drivers for Friday delivery. Pay + mileage. More hours available during the week for assistance with circulation. Drug test and background check. Current driver’s license, registration, and insurance required. Email:


CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 AND EAST NIZHONI BOULEVARD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS MAP No. HW2L600205 CITY OF GALLUP Formal Bid No. 2208 Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive ELECTRONICALLY submitted bids for construction of CITY OF GALLUP PHASE II: COLLEGE DRIVE AND EAST NIZHONI BOULEVARD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at buyer/3226. Bids will be elec-

tronically opened, and publicly read aloud at the Office of the Procurement Manager via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means. This project is for the improvements of the intersection of East Nizhoni Boulevard and College Drive. This project includes ADA pedestrian improvements with improved crosswalks, pedestrian signals, roadway surface, and traffic pavement markings. Miscellaneous items shall include utility improvements to the existing effluent and water lines. This includes the removal of existing tie-ins to the existing effluent line, new 12-inch pipe in the location of the existing 8-inch effluent line, and an extension of 8-inch

Check out our FREE access community website! Community Calendar JUNE 24 - JUNE 30, 2022 FRIDAY, JUNE 24

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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.


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 or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

QUILTS OF VALOR 6:30 pm @ Veterans Helping Veterans (908 E. Buena Vista Ave.). Quilts of Valor, a local quilting group, will be presenting 10 quilts to local veterans. Light refreshments will be served. SATURDAY, JUNE 25

LEVITT AMP CONCERT SERIES 6 pm @ Courthouse Square. Come join the fun in the heart of downtown Gallup at this free concert series

PVC waterline on the existing waterline. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 863-5440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be examined and/or downloaded at buyer/3226. NOTE: The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/RFx software powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from bidders must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective bidders will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Negometrix is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Negometrix. Register your

company at Only 2 ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BIDS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted after due date and time. Pre-Bid/Pre-Proposal Conferences, Bid Openings, and Pre-Construction Conferences will be held via conference/video calls or other virtual means until further notice. Details regarding virtual bid opening are provided within bid documents. Dated this 22nd day of June 2022 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publication Date: Friday-June 24, 2022

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 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 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

CALENDAR brought to you by the Levitt Amp Foundation, Gallup Mainstreet Arts & Cultural District, Visit Gallup & the City of Gallup. This week Raye Zaragoza will be performing.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PUPPET SHOW 1 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). An engaging puppet show for all ages.

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.

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 sea turtles. Age 0-4. Email 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. SUNDAY, JUNE 26

ROUTE 66 SHOWDOWN NTR TEAM ROPING All day @ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). This team roping event takes place immediately after the Best of the Best annual rodeo. This is

a National Team Roping event. Admission is free for spectators. MONDAY, JUNE 27

CREATIVE CORNER – PAPER MACHE WHALES 4 pm in-person @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.). Create paper mache whales celebrating this year’s Summer Reading X-STREAM program. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at For more information email jwhitman@ or call (505) 863-1291. TUESDAY, JUNE 28



MEETING 6 pm @ City Council Chambers, Gallup City Hall (110 W. Aztec Ave.). The meeting will also be streamed on the City of Gallup’s Facebook page at City of Gallup, New Mexico Government.

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. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

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 “ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021).

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 “Finding Nemo” (2003). Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.



SCOOTIN’ UNDER THE STARS 6 pm - 8 pm @ Courthouse Square. Free line dancing lessons and live music.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA, DIST. 1 6:30 pm-8:30 pm @ Gallup Senior Center (607 N. 4th St.).

1 pm @ the UNM-Gallup

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 walk-ins 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 (512). STREAM workshops explore topics in Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This week will be about octupuses. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, firstserved 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, firstserved basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl. online. This week they will be making Mars helicopters. For more information email: bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, JULY 1

FRIDAY NIGHT RIDES 12 pm to 8 pm. @ Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe (306 S. 2nd St.). On the first Friday of every month, join your fellow motor enthusiasts.


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 Curley Taylor will be performing. WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

POKÉMON GO JULY FACE-OFF 4 pm @ the Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library will host a Pokémon! Go battle day. Join fellow Pokémon trainers for friendly matches, trading, or just to hang out. Pit your team of three against others in our area and test your skills. This unofficial competition is open to everyone. For questions please call 505863-7531 or email markos@ FRIDAY, JULY 8

WILDTHING CHAMPIONSHIP BULL RIDING All day June 8 and June 9 @ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). #1 open Bullriding in the southwest!! Held at Red Rock Park every July, with some of the best bucking bulls in the business, huge fireworks, and over a $26,000 payout each year. The Parking and Concession proceeds go to the Manuelito Childrens Home making it the largest Fund Raiser of the year for them.

FREEDOM TRIVIA @ Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library will have trivia questions about Independence Day and the Revolutionary War. Throughout the day, answer questions and receive some red, white, and blue rewards. For questions please call 505863-7531 or email markos@

BLOCK LETTER BOOK ART 3 pm @ the OFPL Children’s Branch 200 W. Aztec. Ave.) Join OFPL to transform simple wooden letter

blocks into art using your favorite book covers, poetry, magazines, and more. Register at by July 6 to receive a 13-inch letter of your choice. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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.


12 pm-6 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays (123 W. Coal 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.

WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB OFPL’s book club book for July is “Sankofa” by Chibundu Onuzo. Register online at for a copy of the book until July 30. Discussions will be held on Zoom or in person at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) in August. Refreshments will be served! Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call 505-863-1291 for more information.

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 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


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 bmartin@ 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. Visiting hours are Monday Sunday 4 pm - 8 pm.

RMCHCS COVID-19 TEST/ VACCINE/BOOSTER CLINIC 8 am-10 am Mon.-Fri. @ College Clinic (2111 College Dr.). 16 years and older. 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.

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Whether you have a classic, off-road, sports, truck, motorcycle...whatever it may be, bring it over! Live music, raffles, games, and other fun activities (varies every event). And of course, great coffee, fantastic food, and good people.

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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 whales. Age 0-4. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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 “I Am Not Your Negro” For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email