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SSSSHHH! City pursues railroad quiet zone, crossing safety measures





City aims to bring peace, quiet to downtown THE NEXT CHAPTER OF A 20-YEAR SAGA

Train passing through Gallup at Second Street crossing on July 27. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent

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verybody needs a little peace and quiet now and then. Especially near railroad tracks. That’s not as simple as it seems. Federal law requires railroad engineers to blast their horns at least 15 seconds, and no more than 20 seconds, in advance of all public grade crossings to wa r n a nyone nea rby t hat they’re coming. It helps prevent accidents w ith ca rs, pedestrians and animals, but doesn’t do much for neighborhood tranquility. But there’s hope: loca l governments can apply for “quiet zones” at street-level crossings. To get approved, they must first mitigate the increased risk caused by the


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absence of a horn. The city has hired Wilson and Co. to do just that, and to guide the city through the quiet zone application process. “It’s just one step closer to a quiet zone that we’ve been a f ter for 20 yea r s,” Mayor Louie Bonaguidi said during the July 26 city council meeting. T he qu iet zone, wh ich must be at least a half-mile long, is a big deal for future plans in the area, especially a new l ibra r y a nd potentia l redevelopment of the former Alpine Lumber site into a retail and restaurant complex. “ The qu iet zone wou ld affect the entire downtown area, including any future d e v e l o p m e n t ,” P l a n n i n g and Development Director


Train passing through Gallup between crossings at Third and Second Streets on July 27. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan

Clyde St r a i n s a id. “ T he goal is to minimize the horn noise downtown for all the businesses.” T he cros si ng i mprove ments would include railings to corral pedestrians through the sidewalk crossings and prevent them from straying onto the tracks. The railings would have emergency exit gates with kick plates to meet ADA guidelines. “A s p e de s t r i a n s come to the crossing, they have now he r e el s e t o go bu t t h rou g h t he ch a n nel i zed g a t e s ,” c o n s u l t a n t Jo h n Rangel said. Rangel said that as the city gets further into the project, they will decide whether the current gates need to be moved and whether or not the sidewalk or roadways needs widened, or a median needs

to be added. Since the 1970s there have been an average of one railroa d-pedest r ia n col l ision per year at the Second Street and Third Street crossings, according to city statistics; about 60% of them were at the Third Street crossing. The safety improvements have to be separated from the quiet zone application for funding purposes, but are necessary to qualify. “It ’s a pret t y det a i led a nd compl icated proces s and [Wilson & Co. has] done t h i s before,” St ra i n sa id. “It w i l l br i ng t he project

through the process of regulatory approval and permitting by the Public Utilities Com m i s sion a nd Feder a l Railroad Administration.” That process includes a plan for safety improvements, detailed in a notice of intent to pursue an FRA quiet zone. The fact that one side is a city road and the other is a state road doesn’t help; it mea ns more pa r ties have t o s i g n of f on t he pr oj ec t . Ust ick sa id t he cit y has been working with the New Mexico Department of Transportation on this issue for many years.

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ehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services is temporarily closing its Labor & Delivery unit starting Aug. 3. In a press release published on July 25, the hospital stated that patient safety is their top

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be seen during regular clinic hours at Red Rock Clinic for OB/GYN ser vices. Patients with questions should contact their primary obstetrics provider. “RMCHCS understands the importance of providing vital medical services to the community and we are recruiting

for much-needed positions,” the press release stated. “Like hospitals across the country, RMCHCS faces challenges recruiting and retaining qualified medical professionals in specialties like obstetrics.” In the press release, the hospital staff thanked the public for understanding the

situation. “We understand the burden this places on expectant mothers and their families,” the press release stated. “The hospital will share more information in the near future. We thank you for your understanding as we work through these challenging times.”


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priority, and the hospital is currently unable to provide appropriate physician and clinical coverage to operate the unit safely. The hospital anticipates reopening the unit with full providers and nursing coverage in the coming months. The hospital is working with physicians, emergency departments, and acute care providers to ensure continuity of care for their affected patients. The emergency room remains open and ready to provide care to any expectant mother needing emergency treatment. Current prenatal patients will be assisted by their providers establishing care elsewhere. Patients can continue to


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City council discusses, debates rodeo back numbers ARE THEY GOOD FOR MARKETING? By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


s the number on a rodeo buckaroo’s back a marketing tool? That was the question for

city councilors on July 26, and ultimately they decided the answer is yes, if it includes certain design features. At issue was whether Lodger’s Tax funds, which are designated for marketing efforts to get

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Back numbers from 2020 and 2021 include the Gallup True logo, while the 2022 design changed with the times and sports the new Visit Gallup logo. Photo Credit: Larry Peterson “heads in beds,” could be used to pay for rodeo back numbers. The question came up because Lodger’s Tax rules were updated about a year ago and back numbers were excluded from the list of approved marketing uses. “One of the things recommended was that back numbers for participants wouldn’t be eligible. The idea was that it was a piece of paper pinned on the back with a number. That could not be eligible as promotion and marketing,” City Manager Maryann Ustick said. “When I saw them it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t a piece of paper with a number. They are really advertisements for the event and the city of Gallup.” The felt numbers include the event name and the Visit Gallup logo. WildThing organizer Larry Peterson asked the council to interpret the rule to mean that the back numbers qualify for reimbursement of the over $1,700 that was spent on this year’s back numbers. The question was financially inconsequential, as the cost would be within the budget of the Lodger’s Tax funds granted already. The issue was more about proper accounting.

“I don’t understand how this logo going on the back really brings people in,” Councilor Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, who was ultimately the only vote against the revision, said. “It’s already on there and it’s very small, so you can’t really see it. Is this logo on the backs really bringing in tourism?” Peterson pointed to word-ofmouth and social media exposure to make his case. “Just so you know, as of yesterday, our Cowboy Poker TikTok [...] has been viewed almost 15 million times, and [riders] were wearing those,” he said. “I’m not big on the internet stuff, but the Daily Mail [a British tabloid with international circulation and 21 million Facebook followers] called me and did a 10-minute interview and they posted a story about the Cowboy Poker. The video went worldwide, and they [riders] were wearing those.” Meanwhile, back numbers are a prized souvenir for contestants, and may lure others to participate in future years. “All our rodeo champions and our bull riders, everybody gets them. They wear ‘em everywhere and they take ‘em home

with them. Gallup is portrayed right up front,” Peterson said, noting that 350 contestants at Best of the Best wore them and took them home to their states. “We had Brazilians there. We had Canadians there. They go home everywhere, and they’re not going to throw them away, they’re going to show them to everyone.” Best of the Best organizer Walt Eddy stepped up to support the rule change. “They’re used as part of the promotional package trying to get contestants and people from out of town to come in. That is a souvenir from Gallup,” he said. “They take ‘em home, they have ‘em enshrined. It’s somewhat advertising, but more of a promotional incentive to bring the contestants into town.” While Piano said she’d feel more comfortable if the funds were supporting a video than back numbers, other councilors felt the numbers do enough to make the cut. The council voted 4-1 to approve the rule change. Future rodeo back numbers will be eligible for Lodger’s Tax funds, as long as they meet design requirements for marketing purposes and get approval in advance.

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allup’s city council will have a work session to talk about potential water rate increases at 4:30 pm Aug. 2 at the City Council Chambers. The session is to look at possible alternatives to proposed

water rate hikes of 22.5% this year and again next year. The council discussed the increases in May, but postponed action after two councilors voiced concerns that the bumps were just too big. The or igina l proposa l would add $5.50 - $6 a month to bills for lower-consumption

residential customers, and $12 to $15 for residents who use more. The meeting will be open to the public and will be broadcast on the city’s Facebook page. No action will be taken at the meeting, but it gives the public an opportunity to comment before any rate change is approved.




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CAUGHT AGAIN Gallup, July 22 A Gallup police officer had to pull a man over after he saw he was driving an unregistered vehicle for the second time, and when the officer went to check the car he also found meth inside it.

On July 22, around 2:30 pm, Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar saw a man that he recognized as Anthony Estrada, 67, driv ing a black Chev y Camaro, going east on Aztec Avenue near Second Street. According to Salazar’s report, he knew Estrada because he had stopped him in the same Camaro and given him a warning for having a false display of registration in the past. According to Sa la za r’s repor t , t he l icen se plate Estrada had on the Camaro belonged to another vehicle he owned. Salazar had previously told Estrada that he needed to remove it from the Camaro, and he warned him that if he saw him driving the car with



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Thomacita Edison June 2, 6:11 pm Aggravated DWI with minor in vehicle A call for a welfare check on a child led to Thomacita Edison, 30, of Santa Fe, being arrested for DWI with a minor in her vehicle. Metro Dispatch received

the reports of a welfare check of a child in a residence on the 600 block of West Mesa Avenue. Gallup Officer Jarad Albert responded to a call for assistance on locating the child from Officers Jamaal Coleman and Daniel Brown around 7:30 pm. The father of the child said she was not at home and was possibly out with her friends somewhere in town. T he of f icer s r e ceive d information stating the child wa s at t he Econo L odge at 3101 W. Hwy. 66 with a woman, later identified as Edison. Albert and Sgt. John Gonzales arrived at the hotel and questioned the staff, who confi rmed Edison had been staying at the hotel. Officers checked t he room where Edison had been stay ing, where they met another man



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FBI aims to improve missing Indigenous people reports MORE THAN 170 NATIVE AMERICANS VERIFIED AS MISSING IN N.M., NAVAJO NATION Staff Reports

work together to fi nd resolution for those who are missing and their families,” Marcelino ToersBijns, unit chief of the Missing and Murdered Unit at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Ser vices, sa id. “ T h is si ng le - sou rce dat a set is a n i mpor t a nt


he FBI, in an effort to address the crisis of missing or murdered Indigenous persons, is releasing a list of more than 170 Native Americans it has verified as missing throughout New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. This effort is being publicized to help locate these individuals, increase transparency, and to encourage relatives of missing Indigenous persons who are not on this list to reach out to local law enforcement and fi le a report. The list can be found at “Every missing person is important. For a long time, the issue of missing Native Americans has been in the news and a lot of people have been wondering if anybody is paying attention,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of t he A l bu q uer q ue F BI Division said. “I am here to

Photo Credit: FBI assure you the FBI has been paying attention, and together with our partners, we are taking a significant step towards justice for these victims, their families, and communities.” The relea se of the list is the result of almost six months of work combining and validating different databases of missing Indigenous persons in New Mexico. “We will meet the case of each missing and murdered

I nd i ge nou s p e r s o n w it h urgency, transparency, and coord i nat ion,” A lex a nder M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, said. “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community, and the development and implementation of this list marks a promising step forward in the investigation and resolution of these cases.” “It is important that we

improvement in information sharing that demonstrates how BIA and federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are


DWI Task Force conducting checkpoints

The McKinley County Sheriff’s office has done many DWI checkpoints in the past. File Photo Staff Reports

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Covid 19 Protocols: ALL loose debris must be placed in tied bags, secured boxes or containers to prevent scattering of contents (Includes: loose trash, clothing, small household items, yard waste, etc.)

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hroughout the months of July through September, the McKinley County DWI Task Force, to include but not limited to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Gallup

Police, and New Mexico State Police, will be conducting DWI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols within McKinley County. Law enforcement will be targeting impaired drivers on roadways and at checkpoints.

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resource challenges may limit students’ ability to get support when and how they need it. Funds can be used to expand the capacity of existing staff and make new resources like telehealth and online 24/7 counseling available to students. “Our main reason for this funding is to provide online counseling. We do have two personal behavioral health coaches, but a lot of times, our students have a crisis in the evenings, and it can be more accessible and comfortable to access services online. Because of cost, we hadn’t been able to do this, but this funding gave us the perfect opportunity to implement this for the fall,” Cathy Mitchell, Vice President of Student Services at New Mexico Junior College, said. Expanding resources could be especially critical for New Mexico’s small rural campuses and Tribal colleges who may not have access to other services. “Mental health and behavioral health were severely impacted by the pandemic across many sectors. Being able to work with public higher education institutions and Tribal colleges to address these issues and challenges is something that we are very excited about,” Nathan Moquino, the Higher Education Department Indian Education Department Director, said. “Whether it’s about struggles in the classroom, learning persistence, or being away from home and cultures of origin for the first time, these wraparound support systems are critical for student success in higher

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student-ready campuses in New Mexico.” In addition to providing help to students currently experiencing crisis, programs like the WISH project at New Mexico Highlands University plan to address underlying issues that contribute to mental distress for students and work with them to develop skills that will help them in the future. “An analogy I like to use is this: let’s say there’s a river and people are falling in. You don’t just pull them out, but you go upstream and find out why they are falling in,” Kimberly Blea, Dean of Students at New Mexico Highlands University, said. New Mexico colleges and universities submitted proposals to the New Mexico Higher Education Department describing how they plan to directly benefit students. Proposals that

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ANTA FE – The New Mexico Higher Education Department has announced that it will award $1 million to establish and expand mental health services for students on college campuses across the state via funding approved by Gov. Lujan Grisham. The department is awarding $50,000 grants to 20 programs across 14 college and university campuses throughout New Mexico as part of its Mental and Behavioral Health Grant Initiative. The funds will be used to expand existing services, add new resources, conduct staff training, and engage in outreach campaigns encouraging students to seek help. The announcement comes on the heels of the new 988 crisis support line becoming available to New Mexicans 24/7 and partnerships with the Human Services Department and other state agencies to create accessible and high-quality behavioral healthcare for all New Mexicans. Providing targeted support to college students can go even further toward helping alleviate the challenges faced by college-going New Mexicans. “We know students are more likely to succeed when they have support inside and outside of the classroom. Many college students experience unexpected life events, and balancing work, school, and obligations on top of keeping up with their classes can be challenging. Investing in these vital resources is important to ensuring that students have the support they need to stay in school and succeed academically,” Higher Education Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez said. The funds expand upon existing investments made under Lujan Grisham’s administration for wraparound support services that aim to help students stay and succeed in college. While many college and university campuses already offer counseling and behavioral health services, staffing and

of students at Luna Community College live in communities that were affected by recent wildfires, which impacted their ability to focus on school. Public emergencies such as COVID and wildfires add additional stress to students who may already be struggling. A study by the American Council on Education found that one in three students meet the criteria for a clinically significant mental health condition and found that students with poor mental health are more likely to have lower GPAs, take longer to complete a degree, or drop out entirely. “In the context of coming back to campus after the pandemic and after the devastating fires for some campuses, these mental and behavioral health grants provide necessary resources,” Higher Education Deputy Secretary Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D said. “Normalizing students using these services is a critical way that we can create


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AS CRUCES, N.M. – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently announced that the first satellite campus for New Mexico’s Next Generation Media Academy will be co-located with Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University at the NMSU Arrowhead Center in Las Cruces, N.M. The Media Academy is a priority initiative for Lujan Grisham, who has identified fi lm and television production as a priority industry in the state to create higher paying jobs and diversify the economy. The Next Generation Academy will be a certificate program that fast tracks people into in-demand jobs with high-level training and on set paid apprenticeships. The Las Cruces facility will coordinate fi lm, television, and media into a core bilingual curriculum

and will have a one-of-a-kind program that teaches high school and college instructors about the industry. “ T h i s a d m i n i st rat ion’s investments in the film and television industry have continuously paid off, as evidenced by last year’s record $855 million in film spending in New Mexico,” Lujan Grisham said. “I will continue to do everything we can to get and grow those industry dollars and jobs right here in New Mexico. Partnerships and projects like the New Mexico media academies are how we continue the growth of film and TV production – and with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, this workforce training will be free to New Mexicans.” The governor made the announcement on July 26 at the Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus with academic and community

Arrowhead Center at NMSU leaders. T he Ne x t G e ne r a t io n Media Academy is supported with a total appropriation of $40 million secured by Gov. Lujan Grisham in the 2022 legislative session. With a hub in Albuquerque, and at least one branch to be located in Las Cruces, the fi lm academy will be the epicenter

for film, television and digital media training and job competencies. The Academy is a pa r tnership between the New Mexico Economic Development Department, the Higher Education Department, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the New Mexico fi lm partnerships established by 2019’s

Senate Bill 2, Netf lix, and NBCUniversal. F i f teen New Mex ico post-secondary fi lm and media programs and institutions have already agreed on a core curriculum for students. “I’m thrilled to have Las Cruces become the southern New Mexico home for the Next Generation Media Academy,” state Senator Jeff Steinborn, President of Film Las Cruces, said. “We appreciate the governor and legislature making this important investment to help our community and others create good film training and jobs.” “The creation of this Next Generation Media Academy, and its satellite location in Las Cruces, represents a tremendous investment in the state’s fi lm and digital media workforce,” NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu said. “We’re delighted


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Virtual meeting 6:00 PM Public Meeting – ICIP FY2024-2028 Attend online or by telephone ONLINE: 87145489742?pwd=ZGJqR0lhQnRyL0tPbTFleXpvakxvdz09 PHONE: (669)444-9171 Meeting ID: 871 4548 9742 Passcode: 051827 PURPOSE OF MEETING: To obtain public input concerning the capital improvement projects listing for the City of Gallup’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP). For more information or questions, please contact CB Strain or Alicia Santiago in Planning & Development at (505) 863-1279.

passes amendment to protect kids online Staff Reports


ASHINGTON D.C.– U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, voted to advance critical legislation that will enhance and enforce online privacy protections for children and teenagers on July 27. Co-sponsored by Senator Luján, The Kids Online Safety Act empowers kids and parents to take control over kids’ online experiences to better protect their health and well-being. The Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act updates online data privacy rules for the 21st century and ensures both children and teenagers are protected online.

“It’s clea r socia l media will continue to be a huge pa r t of ou r ch i ld ren a nd teena ger s’ l ives, a s more young Americans are forced to rely on the inter net to stay connected,” Luján said. “ T r a g ic a l ly, t he s e s oc i a l media companies have capitalized on this opportunity by manipulating our personal a nd pr ivate data to shore up their own profits, while ignoring the consequences. That’s why it’s critical that Congress acts urgently to c r e a t e leg i sl a t ive g u a rd rails that give users control over their personal information while holding Big Tech accountable for harm to our


Construction to begin for Navajo housing in Rock Springs Chapter Staff Reports

July 26 by President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Maureen Curley, NHA Chief Operations Officer Dwayne Waseta,


OCK SPRINGS, N.M. — Speaker Seth Damon of the 24th Navajo Nation Council was recently joined on

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Speaker Seth Damon breaks ground alongside Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and NHA representatives during the July 26 ceremony. Photo Credit: OPVP community for our families to thrive and build a life here. The Navajo Nation Council commends all those involved for their leadership as we break ground to begin construction for this much-needed housing project,” Damon (Bááhaalí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Red

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had Estrada pull over on First Street between Aztec and Coal Avenues. Estrada allegedly tried to explain why he hadn’t gotten the car registered yet, but he kept messing up his storyline and told a confusing story.

W hen Sa la za r pu l led Estrada over, a woman was sitting in the passenger seat of his car. Estrada said he didn’t know her very well, and that he was just giving her a ride. Salazar began speaking to the woman, and she told

the officer that she had been smoking meth in the car with Estrada. When Salazar heard this, he asked Estrada if he could search the car, and Estrada gave him permission. Salazar found meth in the car, along

with a glass pipe, sheets of foil, and some lighters. Estrada was charged with possession of a controlled substance and false evidence of registration. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3.

where she took the test and posted samples of .33 and .32. She was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI and DWI with a minor in the vehicle. Her pre-trial hearing is set for Aug. 11.

Name: Monako James Age: 29 Arrested: July 3 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Oct. 4

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who told them Edison left the room sometime before they arrived. Shortly afterwards, Albert saw a silver Nissan passenger car that Edison reportedly drove pull into a parking space. There was a woman in the driver seat and a child in the passenger seat, who was later identified as the child from the welfare check. Albert met the driver, Edison, who showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and a smell of alcohol inside the vehicle. Other officers arrived

to speak with the child while Albert spoke to Edison. She told Albert the child asked to be picked up from her father’s house on Mesa Avenue. She gave inconsistent answers about her last consumed drink when Albert questioned her. In his report, Albert said he observed her swaying in place in addition to the aforementioned intoxication signs. Ed ison ag reed to t a ke the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, but performed poorly and was determined to be under the influence and was placed under arrest. Edison agreed to the breath test and was transported to the Gallup Police Department,

Name: Monica Nachin Age: 41 Arrested: June 24 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on

Name: Adam Shorty Age: 27 Arrested: May 20 Charge: DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Aug. 4


District Assistant Lester Yazzie and recognized the tireless work of Brian Reid, Earl Tulley,

and the late Victor McCray. “This project will begin next week with our contractors

from Arviso Construction, a Navajo-owned company. There are also plans to build more homes at the Rock Springs Chapter. Constructing new homes for the Navajo people that last a lifetime is an essential task for the Navajo Housing Authority. We look forward to working with the Navajo Nation Council and the Executive Branch to complete more projects,” CEO Maureen Curley said. According to the NHA, the Rock Springs community has around 41 acres of land ready for new development in the future. Additionally, about 88 acres are available at the Bááhaalí Chapter, 160 acres at the Red Rock Chapter, and 144 acres of land at the Manuelito Chapter for new construction. “It i s a n honor a nd a

historic day to be with the Rock Spr ings community. These ten public rental units are just the fi rst phase of our larger vision for the Navajo Nation. Building new homes a nd N H A neig hborhood s begin at the grassroots level with the support of the communities we serve. Thinking a hea d, t hese houses a nd apartment units will become a home for those who need it most,” Commissioner Terry Yazzie said. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that around 60,000+ new homes would need to be built to sufficiently meet the growing needs of the Navajo people. The Navajo Housing Authority is working on 50+ housing projects across the Navajo Nation in the next year.

the license plate on it again, he would be pulling him over for the violation. So Salazar did just that. He


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Eight important facts about retirement planning ‘Layin’ it on the line’ By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


retirement. For example, earning $50,000 a year, you should aim to save at least $500,000 by retirement. Bonus fact about retirement: Don’t forget about inflation Inflation will have a significant impact on your retirement savings. For example, if infl ation is 3%, the cost of living will be 33% higher after 10 years. As a result, you’ll need to save more money for

retirement than you think. The future points to one conclu sion : T he 6 5 - a nd older age group is expected to become larger and more influential. Have you made arrangements for health care expenses? Are you comfortable with your decisions? Have you considered market volatility? Inflation? Research shows that the average American has $95,776 saved for retirement, and 1 in 3

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etirement can mean many different things to many people. For some, it will be a time to travel and spend time with family. For others, it will be a time to start a new business or begin a charitable endeavor. Regardless of what approach you intend to take, here are nine things about retirement that might surprise you. 1. No age restrictions on when you can retire In the pa st, most peo ple retired around age 65. However, retiring later in life has become more prevalent in recent years. In fact, there’s no age restriction on when you can retire. As long as you have the fi nancial means to do so, you can retire at any age. 2. Retirement income can be taxable Depending on your retirement account type, you might have to pay taxes on your retirement income. If you have a traditional IRA, you may owe taxes on the money you withdraw in retirement based on your overall income. If you have a Roth IRA, you won’t owe any taxes on the money you withdraw. 3. You might need to adjust your withdrawal rate The 65-and-older population is the fastest-growing age group in the United States and has grown by 34.2% over the past decade. The percentage of money you can safely withdraw from your retirement account each year depends on several factors, including the size of your nest egg and how long you expect to live. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should withdraw no more than 4% of your nest egg each year. 4. Consider delay ing your Social Security You’ll receive a reduced benefit if you start collecting Social Security benefits at age 62. For example, suppose your full retirement age is 67, and

you start collecting benefits at 62. In that case, you’ll receive only 70% of your monthly benefit. If you wait until age 70 to start collecting, you’ll receive 132% of your monthly benefit. The average Social Security retirement benefit is $1,536 per month or about $19,000 per year. The maximum possible Social Security benefit for someone retiring at full retirement age in 2020 is $3,345 per month or $39,000 annually. 5. Don’t forget the cost of nursing homes Most hea lth i nsu ra nce plans don’t cover the cost of long-term care, such as the cost of a nursing home. Consider purchasing a longterm care insurance policy or set aside funds to cover any future care costs. The average cost of nursing home care in America is expected to be more than $8,000 a month by 2023. However, actual costs will vary from state to state. 6. You might have to downsize your home If you plan on downsizing your home in retirement, you might be surprised to learn that the cost of living in some areas is quite high. For example, the cost of living in Manhattan is more than double the national average. As a result, you might have to downsize your home to a smaller apartment or condo. 7. Consider working in retirement If you don’t have enough saved for retirement, you might need to work during retirement. In fact, about 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 are still working. Working during retirement can help supplement your income and allow you to stay active. 8. You might need to save more than you think The amount of money you need to save for retirement depends on a number of factors, including your lifestyle and how long you expect to live. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should aim to have at least 10 times your annual income saved by



Continuing their wrestling journey together RHYS SELLERS, GEORGE PIESTEWA SIGNED TO WRESTLE FOR NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


wo of Miyamura High School’s wrestling seniors will continue to be teammates at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., next year. Rhys Seller a nd George Piestewa signed their letters of intent to wrestle for the college on July 22. P ie s t ew a s a id he w a s excited to get to continue to have Rhys as a teammate. “It’s goi ng to be rea l ly exc it i n g. We’ve w r e s t le d toget her si nce we were seven or eight, and it’s crazy that we’re still going to be partners in the same room,” Piestewa said.

R hy s went 41- 0 du r i ng last year’s season, and won the state championship for t he 120 pou nd s categor y. Piestewa was the state runner up at 113 pounds, a nd went 37-3 during the season. Wr e s t l i n g c o a c h Na t e Sellers, who a lso happens to be Rhys’ dad, said it’s the boys’ dedication that makes them good wrestlers. “What makes them good wrestlers I would say is their work eth ic a nd thei r dedication to the spor t,” Nate sa id. “A lot of high school athletes are predominately on ly work i n g out du r i n g their sea son, a nd [George a nd Rhys don’t do that]. It shows for George and Rhys, t hey ’re con s t a nt ly i n t he

room getting better. As soon as state was finished, they were back in the room, practicing their craft.” P iestewa sa id t hat one of the things he’s lea r ned through wrestling is how to be humble. “With this spor t, you’re goi n g u p a g a i n s t p e o ple you believe are the best or you’re the best, and then in the end you find out that you two are very humble people a nd r e s pe c t one a not her when it comes to the aspect of wrestling,” Piestewa said. Rhys said he enjoys the individuality of the sport. “You can tell when someone’s a hard worker because it w i l l rea l ly show on t he mat, unlike any other sport,”

Rhys Sellers is going to New Mexico Highlands University to study biology and George Piestewa will be studying wildlife biology. Photo Credit: GMCS Rhys said. “Wrestling is one of those spor ts where it’s


Levitt Amp wraps up with rock ‘n’ roll band By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent

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or the final Levitt Amp concert, a “soulful, funky, rock n’roll” band will be coming to Gallup. Or at least that’s how Taylor Scott describes his band, the Taylor

Scott Band. Scott started playing gigs when he was 14, but he actually picked up a guitar for the fi rst time when he was only 9


Taylor Scott heads the Taylor Scott Band. The musician started his career by touring with blues legend Otis Taylor right out of high school, but eventually decided to start his own band. Photo Credit: Chip Duden

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B.J. Novak plays a journalist who travels to Texas after finding out that a former fling of his has died, and the family, including brother Ty (Boyd Holbrook), believe she was murdered. Photo Credit: Focus Features middle of nowhere. Additionally, the well-written screenplay deserves a nod for critiquing all of its characters and showing everyone as fl awed. Things get very messy in this movie when what really occurred to Abilene is fi nally brought to light and the fi nale

is appropriately tangled. “Vengeance” was not what this reviewer expected when he walked into the theater, especially given the producer behind it. But this reaction should actually be taken as a compliment. B.J. Novak has conjured a unique little fi lm

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Focu s Feat u re s w i l l release this fi lm in theaters on July 29. Jason Blum is a producer most famous for his low-budget horror efforts, including the “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “Purge” movie franchises. So, when a film called “Vengeance” appears at cinemas with Blum’s name on it, one might assume that they will be seeing a genre flick in a similar mold. But that isn’t the case here. Director/writer and star B.J. Novak (who will be most familiar to viewers from the TV-series “The Office”) has created something quite different. The story does revolve around a mysterious death, but it isn’t focused on a maniacal killer. Instead, it’s a grim fi shout-of-water comedy/drama that works far more effectively than one might anticipate. Ben Manalowitz (Novak) is a shallow New York-based journalist. Out of the blue, he receives a strange call from Texas. The heartbroken voice on the phone announces himself as Ty Shaw (Boyd Holbrook) and explains that his sister Abilene Shaw (Lio Tipton) has died of an opiate overdose. The protagonist is confused by the news, having no idea who the deceased is. However, he soon realizes Abilene was a woman with whom he had a brief fl ing and that the family believe their relationship was serious. He ends up being roped into visiting her West Texas hometown to attend her funeral. While there, Ty appears and explains that his sister’s death was actually but an act of murder… one that the pair should avenge. A shocked Ma na low itz doesn’t want to get involved, but sees an opportunity. He

sets out to do a big story on the odd family and their refusal to accept reality. But as his investigation progresses, he fi nds himself growing close to them and wondering if their claims are true. It would be easy for the screenplay to simply focus on making fun of the Shaw family and their eccentricities. Thankfully, it also highlights Manalowitz’s general ignorance of the area being v isited a nd exa mines his manipulation of those around him in order to create a story. Novak’s character is a challenging one to portray and the actor deserves credit for his work in the fi lm. Manalowitz isn’t especially likable on paper, which could easily have turned viewers away. But, using humor in the fi rst act to place the arrogant and patronizing lead in uncomfortable situations works to the movie’s benefit. There are some darkly funny moments early on, including the lead being asked to give a eulogy at Abilene’s funeral and plenty of awkward exchanges with Ty in which his ideas are challenged. W h i le t her e a r e g a g s throughout, the story does slowly shift gears to focus on the myster y itself and Manalowitz developing true affection for his surroundings. This includes a change in attitude and passion to discover the truth for the sake of the Shaw family. Surprisingly, the subtle change is a smooth one and ends up creating plenty of engaging drama. Of course, the supporting cast are also essential to the movie’s success. They are uniformly excellent as they turn from quirky to pensive and share personal memories of Abilene. There’s also an unexpected ly effective suppor ting turn from Ashton Kutcher as local record producer Quentin Sellers. The performer doesn’t have a ton of screen time, but stands out as he details his work attempting to inspire hopeful local talent in the


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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for July 29 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This week is a big one, with a few major releases, in addition to some well-regarded independent fare. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to keep yourself indoors, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

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D O CT O R ST R A NG E IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS: The latest Marvel Universe superhero feature details a new adventure with the title character. The story begins with a teenage g i rl making contact with the lead. She explains that she has the ability to travel between alternate universes and that an evil figure is pursuing her in order to steal her powers. Doctor Strange attempts to protect the visitor, traveling to other universes in the process. In these strange worlds, the lives of notable characters have played out differently, adding complications for the heroes. Reviews were generally upbeat for the feature. About 25% of write-ups complained that the tone was too dark and that

a general feeling of superhero movie fatigue is now setting in. However, the overall consensus was that director Sam Raimi (the original “Evil Dead” film series, “Drag Me to Hell”) did manage to deliver thrills, shocks and throw in some unique horror elements to help the picture stand out from others of its ilk. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez and Rachel McAdams. THE LOST CITY: A reclusive romance/adventure novelist begins to lose her creative spark after the death of her husband. While being forced to promote her latest , les s tha n- stella r work on a tour with the cover model for her books, she is kidnapped by a billionaire. He demands the author travel to a hidden island in the Atlantic Ocean and help him locate a priceless jewel she noted in one of her tales. The sweet-natured but dense cover model sets out to rescue her, despite having absolutely no skills as a soldier. It appears that the press generally had a good time with this picture. A small contingent called the movie unfunny and overly familiar nonsense that wouldn’t remain in the memory for long after the credits rolled. However, most found the

chemistry between the leads irresistible and thought it was an amusingly sweet and sincere effort that harkens back to rom-com adventure films of old. Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nunez, Patti Harrison and Brad Pitt headline the feature. BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! This is a very busy week if you’re looking for high-definition upgrades of older titles. K i no ha s plenty to choose from this week. You can pick up a Blu-ray of the thriller “El Cortez” (2006). Lou Diamond Phillips plays a man just released from a mental institution who gets involved with a gold mine scheme, a drug dealer and a femme fatale. It comes with a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scene and trailer. One of their biggest releases is a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray set of the wonderful science-fict ion d ra ma , “Eter na l Su nshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004). Jim Carrey stars as a depressed man who suffers a painful break-up and decides to have his memory of the relationship erased from his brain. He soon finds out that his subconscious isn’t as willing to let go of the past. Kate Winslet and Elijah Wood co-star. In addition to the restoration, it comes with all of the previously released bonuses from old DVD editions) and a new interview with the cinematographer. You can also pick up a standalone Blu-ray with the 4K film restoration. Stanley Kubrick’s heist mov ie “ T he Killing” (1956) wa s prev iously released on Blu-ray by Criterion, but

now Kino are presenting a 4K Ultra HD edition of the title. It arrives with a movie expert audio track and a trailer. Alas, there is no Blu-ray included, so interested parties should make sure they have a 4K Ultra HD set-up before purchasing. If you’re looking for 4K Ultra HD exclusives, Lionsgate have you covered. They are pres e nt i n g t he comedy “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar” (2021) on the format, as well as the Nicolas Cage action feature, “Primal” (2019). There are no Blu-rays included in these releases, just 4K Ultra HD versions and digital copies of the films. Severin is releasing “The Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee Collection 2” Blu-ray set, which contains new restorations of obscurities like “Uncle Was a Vampire” (1959), “Secret of the Red Orchid” (1962), “Dark Places” (1974), “Dracula and Son” (1976), “Mask of Murder” (1988) and “Murder Story” (1989). It comes with numerous bonuses like commentaries and interviews, as well as a CD of the soundtrack from Dracula and Son. Severin is also releasing the parody, “The Return of Captain Invincible” (1983) with Alan Arkin. In this tale, a once revered a nd now drunken superhero comes out of retirement to save the world. This set has two Blu-ray and a CD. Blu-ray one contains a theatrical cut of the movie with cast and crew interviews. The second Bluray has a Director’s Cut with commentary from filmmaker Philippe Mora (“Mad Dog Morgan,” “Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf,” “Communion”), and other bonuses relating to the director. The CD contains a soundtrack for the movie. Shout! Fa ctor y ha s a Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray of the science-fiction/

horror fl ick, “Species” (1995). Once jokingly referred to me by a film professional under the moniker, “The Monster is a Babe” (a more apt title, if you ask me), the movie features an alien who takes t he for m of an attractive woman in order to mate with human men and produce offspring that will take over the world. Besides the picture restoration, you’ll get all of the features included in previous releases like a commentary with the director and stars Natasha Henstridge and Michael Madsen, another track with the special effects team, an alternate ending, featurettes and more. Universal is releasing and rereleasing a number of catalog titles on Blu-ray this week. They include “ B e g i n n e r s” ( 2 0 1 0 ) , “Captain Fantastic” ( 2 0 1 6 ) , “Changeling” (2008), “The Guest” (2014), “Hail, Caesar” (2016), “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (2016), “The Place Beyond the Pines” (2012) and the John Candy comedy, “Uncle Buck” (1989). There are some good movies in there! YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Alas, this edition is a bit of a thin one for kid’s releases, but there should be more next time. ON THE TUBE! And here are all of the TV-themed sets arriving this week. “The 4400” The Complete Series (Paramount) Blu-ray “The Gilded Age” Season 1 (Studio Distribution) DVD “Night Gallery” Season 2 (Kino) Blu-ray “Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders” Season 3 and 4 (Kino) Blu-ray “Starhunter ReduX” The Complete Series (2017) (Shout! Factory) Blu-ray V I S I T: WWW. CINEMASTANCE.COM

working together to address this horrible crisis.” The FBI validated the status of missing Indigenous persons as listed in the National Crime Information Center, a computerized system of criminal justice information available to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and other criminal justice agencies. Many records of missing I nd igenou s per son s were i n c o m pl e t e o r o u t d a t e d because the record was not upd a t ed once a dd it ion a l det a i l s were ma de ava i lable or once the person was located. The FBI vetted hundreds of files and arrived at more t ha n 170 ca ses of Native Americans in New Mexico who have been verified as



services to communities that have historically been underserved,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “The New Mexico Department of Public Safety is the f irst agency in the United States to modify its NCIC Missing Person Form t o a l low repor t i ng a gencies to identify Indigenous people and their respective tribes, pueblos, or nations,” New Mexico Department of Public Safety Secretary Jason R. Bowie said. “We intend to find answers and justice for these women and families in our community. For generations, a disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women a nd r el a t ive s h ave gone unrepor ted. We resolve to address and prevent further tragedy in our state; everyone deserves to feel safe in their neighborhoods.”

If someone’s relative is included in the names, the FBI is actively checking numerous law enforcement databases and other sources nationwide to identify leads that will be quickly passed along to the appropriate agency. If an Indigenous family member who is missing is not included in this list the relatives are urged to contact their local or tribal law enforcement agency and ask them to submit a missing person report to NCIC. For further assistance with their request, family members or local law enforcement can cont a c t t he New Mex ico Attorney General’s Office or the FBI. This project is in addition to the FBI’s continuing efforts to call attention to unsolved Indigenous homicides and missing person cases it is investigating.

• New Mexico Militar y Institute, Roswell: Leadership and Character Development Program: Phase 1: Intra-Personal Skills/ Self-Awareness/Wellness • New Mex ico St ate University School of Nursing, Las Cruces: Campus Suicide Prevention Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution on the U.S.Mexico Border • New Mexico State University – Doña Ana Community College, Las Cruces: DACC health programs expansion • New Mex ico St ate University – Grants: One-Stop to Well-being • Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint: Project Peace: Building Mental Awareness, Erasing Stigma, & Promoting Well-being • Southwester n Ind ia n

Poly tech n ic I n st it ute, Albuquerque: Supporting the Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of our Tribal College & University Students • Sa n Jua n Col lege, Farmington: SJC AWARE • The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque: UNM Manzanita Clinic Teletherapy Expansion • The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque: Lobo Balance: Stress Management in College • The University of New Mexico Women’s Resource Center and El Centro: UNM Women’s Resource Center & El Centro de la Raza Mental Health Collaborative • The University of New Mexico – Valencia Campus: UNM Valencia Mental and Behavioral Health Support Program

• Luna Community College, Las Vegas – Building Rough Rider Resilience • Centra l New Mex ico Community College, Albuquerque: Wellness CNM • Clovis Community College: Student Wellness Outreach, Education, and Assessment • New Mex ico St ate University, Las Cruces: No Mind Unheard: Creating a Campus Culture of Mental Health

Awareness and Promotion. New Mexico State University – Alamogordo Campus: Cultivating Connection through Community • Western New Mexico University, Silver City: WNMU Mental Health Awareness Month F o r m o r e i n fo r m a tion about the New Mexico Higher Education Department and resources for college students, visit

are not keeping pace, with widespread accounts of viral content promoting huma n smuggling, vaccine hoaxes, and election misinformation. Congress has a moral duty to ensure that all social media users have the same access to truthful and trustworthy content regardless of the language they speak at home or use to communicate online,” Luján said. La st yea r, Lu já n intro duced leg islat ion to hold

large social media companies accountable for using computer algorithms that promote harmful and dangerous content that leads to offline violence. The senator also chaired a hearing on disrupting da ngerous a lgor ith ms a nd pa r t icipated i n hea rings convened by Senators Blumenthal and Blackburn, where Frances Haugen, made it cle a r— C on g r e s s mu s t intervene to get real transparency from Big Tech.


young people’s health and our democracy.” Luján has pushed social media companies to address t he d i s p a r i t ie s b e t we e n English speakers and Spanish speakers on their platforms in the past. “There is significant evidence that you r Spa n ishlanguage moderation efforts

Nat ion, Nat ive A mer ic a n pueblos, a nd loca l law enforcement. “The FBI resources and manpower dedicated to producing this validated list of missing Indigenous persons across New Mexico is critical to define the true scope of M M I W R i n t he st ate,” New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Secretary Lynn Trujillo, Chair of the MMIWR Task Force, said. “The data shared today will guide the state’s response to this ongoing cr isis. The ta sk force will continue strengthening partnerships across all levels of government, including grassroots organizations that are on the ground providing direct support to families and communities.” “This is an important step among many, and this multi agency effort is crucial to provide justice and victim

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incorporated mental health best practices, direct services to high-need student populations, and plan to use innovative outreach strategies were awarded. The following campuses and projects have been funded at $50,000 each: • The Institute of American I nd i a n A r t s , S a nt a Fe: #ReclaimYourMedicineIAIA: I nd igenous P revention, Expressive Arts & Traditional Healing Program • New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas: Wellness Initiative for Student Health (WISH) • New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs: Expanded mental health resources and training

missing. The list includes all missing Indigenous persons within New Mexico, but it also includes the Navajo Nation, which crosses into New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The FBI plans to update the names monthly. Pa r t ner s i nvolved i n t h e p r oj e c t i n c lu d e t h e U. S . A t t o r n e y ’s O f f i c e , Bu reau of I nd ia n A f fa i r s Office of Justice Ser vices, New Me x ic o’s M i s s i n g a nd Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, New Mexico Department of Public Safety, New Mexico Department of India n A ffa irs, Ber na lillo County District Attorney’s O f f ic e , a nd t h e C i t y of Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion. As part of this effort, the F BI received i n for mation and support from the Navajo




LAWRENCE CASTILLO | FROM PAGE 15 Americans have no retirement savings. Suppose you don’t have enough saved for retirement. In that case, you should consider working during retirement, downsizing your home, or delaying your Social Security

WRESTLING | FROM PAGE 16 all on you instead of having teamwork […].” Rhys explained that the

LEVITT AMP | FROM PAGE 16 years old. A f t e r g r ow i n g u p i n Wyoming, Scott joined blues legend Otis Taylor on tour, spending four years touring internationally. But Scott said it was his desire to create his

FILM | FROM PAGE 12 that Doña Ana Community College and the New Mexico State University System can be a part of this effort that will

benefits. You should also be aware of the potential costs of nursing care and long-term care. Finally, remember that you might need to adjust your withdrawal rate as you get older. With careful planning, you can ensure a comfortable retirement. A ret i rement st r a t eg y is not a “set it and forget

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New Mex ico H ig h la nd s University’s wrestling team wou ld be f u l l of you nger w r e s t ler s t h i s up com i n g school yea r, a nd that he’s excited to be a part of that.

“It’s going to be a really young wrestling team this nex t couple of ye a r s , s o being able to start from the roots of the team, being the start of history, is one of the

best things possible,” Rhys said. Rhys is going to be studyi ng biolog y when he’s not on t he w rest l i ng mat . He said he wants to become a

pediatric orthodontist, and a degree i n biolog y is the f irst step in achiev ing his goal. Piestewa will be studying wildlife biology.

own music and tour under his own name that made him come back to the U.S. and start his own band. Scott said he’s excited to come to Gallup for the first time. “I’ve never been to Gallup, I’ve only ever been to Santa Fe, so I’m excited to see a new

part of New Mexico,” Scott said. “Every music event I’ve ever played at or been at in New Mexico has been a damn blast with super good crowds and a lot of energy, so I’m hoping that’s the vibe [in Gallup.]” Scott said one of his favorite things about performing is the fact that he’s able to

bring people together with his music. “Aside from just playing on stage, it’s the community of it. People kind of open up to have a good time,” Scott said. Scott’s latest album “The Hang” is due to release soon. “Talk to Me” is one of the fi rst singles off the album, and it

can be streamed on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, or anywhere else music is streamed. The Taylor Scott band will be playing the fi nal show of the Levitt Amp Concert Series on July 30. The concert starts at 6 pm at the Courthouse Square. The event is free to the public.

have a significant economic impact on our state.” “These efforts already in progress in Southern New Mex ico, bolstered by t he Next Gen Media Academy, will prove to be a win, win,

win proposition,” NMSU – Doña Ana Community College President Monica Torres said. Direct spending from fi lm and television productions hit a record high of $855 million in the most recent fi scal year, a 36% increase over fiscal year 2021. Spending in rural communities outside of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor has also exploded due to added incentives championed by the governor. Direct spending grew from $6.5 million in fi scal year 2021 to $50 million last year. The academy is anticipated to open to students in 2023. “ Tha nks to the investments made by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Economic Development Department, and par tners across the state, New Mexico is a top destination for fi lm production and careers in the media industry,” Higher Education Department S e c r e t a r y S t e p h a n ie M . Rodriguez said. “The Next

Generation Media Academy leverages the high- quality career education provided by our state’s public colleges and universities to grow our own talent right here at home and make these exciting careers accessible to New Mexicans in their own communities.” “ T he Nex t Gener at ion Media Academy is a result of our close partnerships with the media industry and with those who teach these skills,” Econom ic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said. “We all sha re the same goal: getting New Mexicans into higher-paying jobs and growing the industry so we can develop steady, year-round employment for our professionals and students who want to work in the fi lm and media industry and remain in New Mexico to build a career and raise a family.” “ U n d e r G o v. L u j a n Grisham’s steady leadership,

New Mexico has become an innovative and well-regarded destination for fi lm and television productions,” Film Office Director Amber Dodson said. “We continue to see more and more interest in the state as a place not just to produce content, but as an affordable and tolerant state where fi lm industr y workers wa nt to live. The film academy will open this industry and these exciting jobs to a new generation of skilled and diverse professionals.” S i nc e L u j a n G r i s h a m took office in 2019, Netf lix announced a major expansion in the state with a commitment to spend another $1 bi l l ion over 10 yea r s, dou bl i n g t he c om p a ny ’s or i g i n a l c om m it me nt t o New Mexico. NBCUniversal opened a production facility in Albuquerque with a commitment to $500 million in direct production spend over the next 10 years and 330 jobs. Bot h A lbuquerque a nd Santa Fe have consistently been named by MovieMaker magazine as top cities for fi lm professionals to live and work and New Mexico was named a fi lm production Hot Spot by Deadline magazine in 2020.


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FOR RENT Hospital area - 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, $1,800 per month - (505) 879-8601 *** HOUSE RENTALS AVAILABLE: Hospital Area - 3 bed/2 bath Indian Hills - 4 bedroom/3 bath Downtown Area - 2 bed/ 1 bath Downtown Area - 1 bed/1 bath August Rental: Downtown -3 bed/2 bath Indian Hills - 3 bed/2 bath

2021 Subaru Legacy Low miles Color: White Interior: Peanut Butter Priced to Move

Email berlinda@gallupliving. com or call (505)488-2344 for more info. HELP WANTED McKinley County is now accepting applications for the following positions: POSITION Maintenance Worker

2020 Chevrolet Malibu Final Price $ 28,750.00 Condition: Used Body Type: 4 DR Sdn LT Transmission: Automatic Ext. Color: Silver Stock # A22102

SNAPS SA Coordinator Misdemeanor Compliance Officer DEPARTMENT Facilities Management

accepting applications for the following positions: POSITION: GIS Manager DEPARTMENT: GIS Department FOR BEST CONSIDERATION DATE: August 4, 2022 Applications and additional information regarding positions can be found on the County web site

DSP Workers (Open Shifts): To provide direct care clients with guidance, home maintenance, transportation, implementing and documenting individual service plans. If no qualifying EEO / NNPE applicants, non-NNPE will be considered. Positions OUF. For more Info call 505-488-2691 or P/U Apps @ TAOS, Inc., Gallup HR Office at 122 Boardman Dr – Across East McDonald’s

Dezirie Gomez, CPO Human Resource Director


*** TAOS (Tohatchi Area of Opportunity; Services, Inc.) JOB VACANCIES: We are looking for sincere and dedicated Staff to work with Developmental Disability Individuals Executive Director: To provide leadership, apply for Grants/ Funding, be responsible for overall planning, operations, and implementing goals of the Organization. Prefer MA Degree; 4 Years of Experience.





ance mandates, health provisions, and fiscal integrity are based on person- centered client services. 2 years’ experience in healthcare related field.



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Competitive Pay Good Work Environment Flexible Schedules Employment Advancement We are looking for Honest, Dependable, and Trustworthy persons. Please apply at 1717 S. Second Street


Amigo Toyota 2000 S. Second St. Gallup, NM 87301 (505) 722-3881

Applications and additional information regarding positions can be found on the County web site

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 Lots Sixteen (16), Seventeen (17), Eighteen (18) and Nineteen (19) in Block N of the FORD ADDITION, (I. H. Ford’s Subdivision) to the Town of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico, as the same are shown and designated on the map of said addition filed in the office of the County Clerk of McKinley County, New Mexico on May 8, 1919. The above described property is located at 219 E. Pershing Ave., Gallup, New Mexico. You are hereby notified that unless you file a responsive pleading on or before September 4, 2022, with the above Court, the Judgment or other appropriate relief will be rendered against you by default. You are further notified that the name of Plaintiffs’ attorney is Robert F. Rosebrough, Rosebrough, Fowles & Foutz, P.C., 101 West Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 722-9121. /s/ Robert F. Rosebrough Robert F. Rosebrough Rosebrough, Fowles; Foutz, P.C. Attorney for Plaintiffs

P.O. Box 1027 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 (505) 722-9121 Published by Gallup Sun July 22, 2022 July 29,2022 August 5, 2022 *** Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following items will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/ or related charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 2610 E.. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD. Please call 505-863-5419 for more information. Last Known Address of Tenant: Dorrin Thomas PO Box 1293 Ft. Defiance, AZ 86504 Book Shelf, Coolers, Totes, Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items may be viewed on the day of sale only. CASH ONLY. Please call the office to verify

Info. Sale May Be Canceled By Right of Lien Holder. Published by: Gallup Sun July 22, 2022 July 29, 2022 *** NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Qualifications-based competitive sealed proposals for RFP No. 2022-08 LEGAL SERVICES FOR RAMAH WATER & SANITATION DISTRICT will be received by McKinley County, 207 West Hill Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301 until Thursday, August 18, 2022 2:00 p.m. local time. Proposals will be received at the County Manager’s office 207 W. Hill Ave. Gallup, NM 87301. Copies of the Request for Proposals can be obtained by contacting Hugo Cano, Procurement Manager at hugo. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and to waive all formalities. The Procurement Code, Sections

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ROUTE 66 GALLUP FREEDOM RIDE FLIGHT & CRUISE You’re invited to downtown Gallup to enjoy Route 66 with the whole family. This event features car shows & cruises, hot air balloon mass ascensions, circus performers, live bands, food trucks and more! A schedule of events will be on the event website. FRIDAY, JULY 29

AERIAL PERFORMANCE 6:30 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Meek Watchman taught a six-week aerial program. Her student, Jade, will be showing off what she learned in an aerial performance combined with poetry.

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) 8631291 for more information. SATURDAY, JULY 30

END OF SUMMER X-STREAM PIRATE PARTY 12 pm to 4 pm @ Fox Run Golf Course (1109 Susan Ave.). Celebrate the end of summer with fun and prizes! OFPL has been collecting your activity logs all summer long for this special raffle. Enjoy food, games, a temporary tattoo parlor, a dunk tank, a mermaid Princess and more! Explore oceans of possibilities with OFPL! Email or

DATED this 29th day of July 2022 BY: /sww/ Billy Moore Chairman, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Gallup Sun July 29, 2022 Sunday, July 30, 2022 Albuquerque Journal *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF McKINLEY

of THOMAS MICHAEL PINO, deceased. All persons having claims against this Estate are required to present their claims within four 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 office of Grant L Foutz, Rosebrough, Fowles, & Foutz, P.C, 101 West Aztec, Suite A, P.O. Box 1027, Gallup, New Mexico 87305, attorney for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Dated: July 22, 2022.


/s/ Margaret W. Pino MARGARET W. PINO Personal Representative /s/ Grant L. Foutz Grant L. Foutz Rosebrough, Fowles, & Foutz, P.C. Attorney for Personal Representative P.O. Box 1027 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 (505) 722-9121

NOTICE TO CREDITORS MARGARET W. PINO has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate

Published by Gallup Sun July 29, 2022 August 5, 2022 August 12, 2022

In the Matter of the Estate of No. D-1113-PB-2022-00035


Community Calendar JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2022 FRIDAY JULY 29, SATURDAY, JULY 30, SUNDAY, JULY 31

13-1-28 Through 13-1-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks.

call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

LEVITT AMP CONCERT SERIES 6 pm @ Courthouse Square. Come join the fun in the heart of downtown Gallup for the final Levitt Amp concert of the year. This week the Taylor Scott Band will be performing.

WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB OFPL’s book club book for July was “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.) on Aug. 16 and Aug. 27. Refreshments will be served! Email or call 505-863-1291 for more information.

CHESS CLUB 4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.).

Join the chess club at OFPL! Through the game of chess, members of the club are able to bond and improve their chess skills! Each Tuesday people can learn and practice chess theory and strategy together. Each Saturday a tournament will be held. Prizes will be awarded! All ages are welcome, although this is targeted at the age 8-18 range. Participants do not need to attend every event. Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov 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 readaloud stories every week! This week’s theme is weather. Age 0-4. Email or call (505) 8631291 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, JULY 31

END OF CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE OFPL will be collecting donations of new and gently used children’s books from July 11 through July 31 in conjunction with KOAT-TV’s annual New Mexico Children’s Book Drive. These books will be distributed to children around the state through schools and partner literacy organizations. You may drop


book donations off at the Children & Youth Library (200 W. Aztec Ave.) or the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. MONDAY, AUG 1.

SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD MEETING 3:30 pm to 5 pm. The meeting will be held virtually. For more information go to

MIGHTY CHONDRIA KIDS 4 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 they’ll explore the amazing properties of water through simple interactive experiments.Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, first-served basis. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, AUG. 2

CHESS CLUB 4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Through the game of chess, members of the club are able to bond and improve their chess skills! Each Tuesday people can learn and practice chess theory and strategy together. Each Saturday a tournament will be held. Prizes will be awarded! All ages are welcome, although this is targeted at the age 8-18 range. Participants do not need to attend every event. Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3


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 discover different ways that kids can have fun with water, whether it is by swimming, splashing in puddles, or taking a bath. Age 0-4. Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information. THURSDAY, AUG. 4

START OF GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL @ Red Rock Park Convention Center (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). Founded in 1922 and considered a New Mexico destination experience, the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial is one of the oldest continuous recognition of Native American culture and heritage and known for attracting an international audience. As it reaches its 100th anniversary, the event continues to evolve while enshrining the earliest ideas of creating opportunities by spotlighting Native American authenticity. This centennial milestone is a cumulation of tributes to the generational event caretakers and the ancestral and present-day Native American tribal participants.

AUGUST FILMS: THE POWER OF LIBRARIES 4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This month Zollinger Library is showing the power of libraries. 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 “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.” For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email

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 walk-ins ready to provide help in keeping safe, stable, and affordable housing. Appointments are also available by contacting New Mexico Legal Aid

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 This week they will be making a recycled plastic bottle game. For more information email: bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE

FRIDAY, AUG. 5 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. 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. SATURDAY, AUG. 6

EXPOSÉ: A SHOW FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE 5 pm to 7 pm @ 204 E. Aztec (the old Century 21 office building). A special oneweek show by five visual and literary Native artists exploring issues of exploitation in the Native arts market. Exposé will be on view from Aug. 9 - 14 from 10 am - 6 pm daily, and open by appointment through Sept. 3.

ARTIST SHOWCASE - CHRISTIAN BIGWATER Diné painter Christian Bigwater’s work is at the intersection of personal and cultural, past and present, traditional and contemporary. His art will be featured at ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.) until Aug. 6. MONDAY, AUG. 8

TWEENS WHO STREAM 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join OFPL for interactive STREAM workshops. This week they’ll be building water filters. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a firstcome, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, AUG. 9


SUPPORT GROUP 6 pm @ Veterans Helping Veterans (908 E. Buena Vista Ave.). This meeting is for Women Veteran, veteran wives and widows or any woman related to a veteran.


POKÉMON GO! SUMMER CELEBRATION 4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Come and celebrate the end of the summer gym battles. Find out which team has controlled Zollinger Gym the most this summer. Trade Pokémon, meet new trainers, and enjoy the celebration. Snacks will be provided. For questions please call 505-8637531 or email markos@unm. edu. FRIDAY, AUG. 12

INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL: A PHOTO RETROSPECTIVE 10 am to 7 pm @ the Rex Museum, on the corner of Highway 66 and Third Street). The city of Gallup invites you to celebrate the centennial of Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial through images and objects, an exhibition curated by OFPL. The exhibit will run through September 2022. Email for more information. SATURDAY, AUG. 13

ARTSCRAWL 7 pm to 9 pm @ Downtown Gallup. Come experience local and professional art, artist demonstrations, gallery openings, live music, handson crafts, and games for the kids.

AERIAL ARTS DEMONSTRATION BY MEEK WATCHMAN 7:30 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). During ArtsCrawl, enjoy an aerial lyra demonstration by gallupARTS’ Summer 2022 Creative-in-Residence, Meek Watchman.

ART ON THE FENCE 7 pm to 9 pm. During ArtsCrawl, Meet the six artists behind the Centennial Ceremonial Art on the Fence project. Find them next to their installations long Coal Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets.

SHOW OPENING: “MADE IN NATIVE AMERICA” 7 pm to 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). A show exploring issues of authenticity in Native American art by Guest Curator Karl Bautista. “Made in Native

America” will be on view through September 3. ONGOING

GALLUPARTS EXTENDS HOURS 12 pm-6 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays (123 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 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 12 YEARS OLD AND OLDER ONLY those with certain immune deficiencies are eligible for the first and second boosters. Must wait four months out to receive the second booster.

50 YEARS AND OLDER If you’re 50 years and older, you are eligible for a second booster, and must wait four months out to receive the next booster. COVID testing is available for patients meeting testing criteria and who have established care with one of RMCHCS’s providers. For individuals seeking to establish care, please see or call patient access clerk for more information. If you are not enrolled with RMCHCS, you must call College Clinic at 505-863-1820. RAPID COVID TESTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.


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 “Dolphin Tale” (2011). Email


at (505) 722-4417. Email: or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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MIDWEEK MATINEE AT OFPL 4 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 “Finest Hour” (2016) to celebrate the Coast Guard’s birthday. or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.



LIFE’s ROOTS DETERMINE LIFE’s ROUTES from Richard F. Kontz Executive Director of the Gallup Housing Authority I highly recommend this Book: “The other Wes Moore – One name, Two fates” written by Wes Moore. This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore who grew up in the same low income neighborhood within several blocks of one another, but without each other’s knowledge. One Wes Moore has grown up to be very educated, very successful in life and has experienced seeing things he never ever dreamed of seeing as a child coming from a poor neighborhood. The other Wes Moore got involved in drugs and drug-dealing at an early age and went to prison after getting involved with an armed robbery which resulted in the killing of an off-duty police officer. This Wes died in prison. They both had mothers who loved them and tried their best to raise their kids the right way. One mother an immigrant, came legally to the United States when she was very young. She eventually married and both [her husband and herself] saw America as the land of opportunity, if one worked hard and applied yourselves. Unfortunately, she lost her husband one day when he died of a heart attack. When her son started to run with the wrong crowd she did everything she could to get him into military school. She felt he needed the discipline. She worked three jobs to help pay for his schooling and her son who at first resisted eventually accepted the disciplined approach of military prep school. He would go on to serve in the military and would eventually graduate from John Hopkins University and become a Rhodes Scholar. The other mother got hooked on drugs and had men in and out of the household. While she tried to raise her son right she failed. Her son found he could make easy money running drugs for dealers and would eventually become a dealer. At one point he tried to get out knowing that most of his friends died young in this line of business. But, the lure of the fast life and money sucked him back in. He eventually attempted an armed robbery with some of his friends and shot an off-duty cop who attempted to stop them. The police were relentless in pursuing the “cop killer”. As a result of the publicity on the killing of the police officer the “successful” Wes Moore received a call one day from his mother telling him about the Wes Moore who killed a police officer. He eventually made contact with the imprisoned Wes Moore and much of the book is about their parallel life stories. How did one Wes come out okay and became a very successful person in life and the other Wes ended up in prison and eventually died there. WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE? Clearly the book shows the ticket out was EDUCATION and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Wes Moore also had to learn that life isn’t fair but to sit around and complain about it wasn’t going to change your circumstances. He also realized that while “racism” still exists and will probably always exist that shouldn’t become an excuse not to become successful in life. And, he had to learn proper behavior is part of being a productive and successful citizen no matter where you choose to live. He learned “Respect is earned not demanded”. In closing, I see the same things locally amongst many low income families. This book has much to teach about how “Life’s roots determine Life’s routes”. Just because you are born in poverty doesn’t mean you have to live there for the rest of your life. Things can change and be different. The choice is yours. There are numerous resources here in the Gallup area to help you with that. Your comments are welcome!

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