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100 years of the Gallup Ceremonial LANDMARK CELEBRATION FEATURES VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON EVENTS By Cody Begaye Contributing Editor

in-person event slate on Aug. 4 with the Ceremonial Night Parade at 7:30 pm. The theme of the parade is “Come Back Down Memory Lane” to mark 100 years of the Ceremonial celebrating Native American & Indigenous Peoples culture, heritage, art, songs and dances throughout its 11-day run. The event slate was determined after overcoming one of the most daunting challenges that the Ceremonial faces each year: budgeting. “Lots of little things can change or unexpectedly come up during the event planning process, so I believe it’s best to keep the expenses modest and not over spend,” Ray said. “That then leads to another


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global pandemic pushed the big celebration back one year, but the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, founded in 1921, will commemorate its 100th show from Aug. 4-14. This year’s show carries a particularly special aura due to the centennial, which the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Board wants to convey through the events and the culture and history on display. “We want to congratulate the State of New Mexico, City of Gallup, [Indigenous people] from all over the world, our local Native People, and everyone that has been a big part of this beautiful event for the last 100 years,” Ceremonial Board Member Rhonda Ray said. “It


is a privilege, honor and legacy to celebrate the contributions that dedicate and honor

Native American Culture all around the world in the heart of Gallup.”

WHAT TO SEE AND DO The Ceremonial begins its



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RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 126 MINUTES This feature from Sony

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Brad Pitt plays an assassin whose mission is to board a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and steal a suitcase in “Bullet Train.” Photo Credit: Sony Pictures thrills and dark comedy in equal measure. The tale is told from the point of view of an assassin (Brad Pitt) convinced that he is cursed by bad luck. After seeking therapy for his psychosis, he returns to work under the assigned name of Ladybug. His mission is to board a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and steal a suitcase. It seems like a simple job, until other killers appear onboard. They include Yuichi

Kimura (Andrew Koji), a man seeking revenge against the clever sociopath Prince (Joey King) who pushed his child off a building ledge. Other passengers include Tangerine (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Lemon (Brian Tyree Henry), two British gunmen assigned to escort a young man (Logan Lerman) to his dad, a notable and mysterious Russian mobster k now n a s W hite Death. Additionally, there is a knife-wielding Mexican

assassin named Wolf (Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio) and an executioner named Hornet (Zazie Beetz), whose specialty is using snake poison. Connections between all the characters are slowly revealed, leading to bloody confrontations. W h i le det a i l s fo r t he numerous a nd va r ied



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Pictures is playing exclusively at theaters and IMAX screens on Friday, Aug. 5. With the summer winding down, many studio offerings in August are lower profi le movies or more eccentric fare. The action picture “Bullet Train” certainly falls under the latter category. It’s a violent, overthe-top action picture that depends on viewers overlooking the numerous coincidences it would take for all the events depicted to actually occur. Perhaps it’s the cast, the stylish neon-tinged photography or the action scenes, but as this exaggerated feature rapidly hurtled forward, this reviewer found himself being won over by the flick. The movie is a blast that delivers


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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for August 5, 2022 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a quieter edition with fewer discs, but there still are a few features coming your way that may be of interest. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or shouldn’t be out in public, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

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499: Made to coincide with the Spanish conquest of Mexico 500 years ago, this unique picture mixes documentar y and dramatic elements. This major period in history is told from the point-of-view of the ghost of conquistador Hernán Cortés, who recounts his journey into the Aztec Empire and

his colonization efforts. The movie contains information about the trek and also provides present day interviews that connect the current humanitarian crisis occurring in the country to these episodes in the past. Critics were very impressed with this effort. A few found the unique format distancing and didn’t think it effectively addressed problems with colonialism. But everyone else complimented the film as being completely original in execution and beautifully shot. They wrote that the fi lmmaker presented a thorough and complicated picture of struggles within the country that stemmed from its origins and continue to this day. APPLES: Set during a worldwide pa ndemic that causes its victims total amnesia , a m iddle-aged man who survives the virus struggles with having no memory of his past. He is sudden ly

placed in a program for those who have not been claimed by their families. The lead performs assigned tasks designed to create a new identity. As he creates an alternate history for himself, he becomes attracted to another woman in recovery. This Greek feature is a co-production between the country, along with Poland, Au s t r a l i a a nd Sloven i a . Notices were excellent for the drama. The small contingent who disliked the movie found it too low-key and wrote that the story needed more energy. Still, the consensus was that the end result was eccentric but moving. They said the story and characters were very relatable and that the film itself offered an interesting perspective on what makes us human. Aris Servetalis and Sofia Georgovassili headline the picture. BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! Looking for something a little older on the Blu-ray front?

A rrow Video have decided to give the thriller “F lat l i ner s” (19 9 0) a n upgrade a nd are making it available for pu rcha se on either 4K Ultra HD or separately on Blu-ray. For those who don’t remember the movie or haven’t seen the 2017 remake, the story involves five medical students who experiment with “near death” experiences. Soon, visions from past events return to cause havoc in their lives. This feature from director Joel Schumacher (“The Lost Boys,” “Falling Down”) was a hit during its original release and boasted a cast including the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt and William Baldwin. The discs include a new restoration of the movie from the original camera negative and tons of new bonuses like a fi lm historian commentary, interviews with the screenwriter, director of photography, lighting technician, first assistant director, the production designers, the score composer and the orchestrator, the costume designer and all sorts of publicity materials. Kino is presenting the action flick “Catch the Heat” (1987) in high defi nition. It stars Tiana Alexandra as a “one-woman strike force” out t o t a ke down a heroin operation. Rod Steiger co-stars and the disc includes a trailer and a limited edition “O-Card” (which is card stock that goes around the plastic Bluray box). Action enthusiasts can pick up “High Desert Kill” (1989) on Blu-ray from Scorpion. This is a made-for-TV thriller that originally aired on the USA Network. A group of buddies decide to head out camping, only to fi nd the forest silent. A s it tu r ns out, a n a lien power is present and eventually attempts to influence their behavior. Marc Singer,

Anthony Geary a nd Chuck Con ner s a re fea t u red i n t h i s t it le. It a r r ive s i n a 1.33:1 format a nd a 1.78:1 edition (it presumably played in cinemas in foreign markets). Both versions have been given 2K restorations. Shout! Factory is presenting the drama “Last Days in the Deser t” (2015) on Bluray. The movie is described as a n i mag i ned chapter from Jesus’s for ty days of fasting and praying in the desert. Ewan McGregor plays the main character and the Devil, and Ciaran Hinds and Tye Sheridan also appear in the fi lm. A trailer is included on this release. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are a couple of titles that may be of interest to kids. “Krypto the Superdog” The Complete Series (2005-2006 animated DC series) (Warner Bros.) DVD “Bubble Guppies: Fin-tastic Fairy Tales!” (Nickelodeon) DVD ON THE TUBE! And you’ll find all of the week’s TV-themed releases listed below. “Bubble Guppies: Fin-tastic Fairy Tales!” (Nickelodeon) DVD “Hallmark 2-Mov ie Collection: A Royal Runaway Romance & Butlers in Love” (Hallmark) DVD “Hallmark 2-Mov ie Collection: Just One Kiss & Love, Classified” (Hallmark) DVD “Krypto the Superdog” The Complete Series (2005-2006 animated DC series) (Warner Bros.) DVD “Ride w it h Nor ma n Reedus” Season 3 (Image Entertainment) DVD “A R o y a l R u n a w a y Romance” (Hallmark) DVD V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM


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Rehoboth baseball player commits to Oklahoma Christian University By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


ehoboth Christian High School’s baseball team finished this past season with a record of 20-2. And now one of the boys who helped them achieve that record is going on to play baseball at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Okla. Tyler Keedah signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the university on July 28. In an interview with the Sun, he said he was excited for all that the college had to offer. “ I c h o s e [O k l a h o m a Christian University] because they have a good engineering

Tyler Keedah signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Oklahoma Christian University on July 28. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan


August 2022 Arts & Entertainment Calendar THURSDAY, AUG. 4 SUNDAY, AUG. 14

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START OF 100TH GALLUP INTERTRIBAL 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. 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 one-week 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. SUNDAY, AUG. 7 TUESDAY, AUG. 9

CEREMONIAL FILM FESTIVAL @ El Morro Theatre (207 W. Coal Ave.).


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to prevent flooding,” Hamblen said. “We are surrounded by hills and uneven terrain. This causes f looding in the low lying areas. City crews are still working on the cleanup in multiple areas throughout

Logan Avenue reconstruction project is estimated to be a $1.2 million project. It will entail a complete street rebuilding, including curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and underground utilities. He said the

the city.” Cleanup includes removing trash, fallen trees, old appliances, furniture, and anything else that ends up in the city’s drainage system. Hamblen said a lot of things end up in the system. “It’s pretty much a never ending job keeping up with the maintenance of our drainage systems,” Hamblen said. “The city street department spends countless hours working on drainage maintenance throughout the entire city.” Hamblen said that the city has some upcoming drainage system improvement projects they’re excited to get started on. He said the West Logan Avenue reconstruction project will include drainage improvements, along with a West Aztec project as well. Hamblen said the West

city is expecting to take project out to bid in the spring, and it will take approximately six to eight months to complete once they fi nd a company to sign on to it. The West Aztec Avenue project will take the drainage west to Marguerite Street and north to the drainage channel. Hamblen said the city is currently in the process of securing easements across private property to carry the drainage structure. Hamblen estimated that the West Aztec Avenue project would cost about $2 million, and will hopefully go out to bid next spring as well. He estimated that the project would take about four to six months. With these upcoming projects, perhaps Gallup will see some relief from flooding in the near future.

or most of the spring and summer, Gallup had been seeing major drought conditions. According to the Drought Monitor, McKinley County was in the D3 (extreme) drought zones, with a small part of the northwest corner of the state in the D2 (severe) zones for May, June, and most of July. But that all changed during the last weekend of July, and now Gallup is experiencing a lot of flooding. On July 29, parts of the city received two inches of rain i n le s s t h a n a n With the recent rain storms, the ground is oversaturated and cannot absorb the water in Tohatchi Aug. 3. hour, and on July 30 Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan about .60 inches was added on top of it. Weather. com is also showing more rain for the upcoming weekend and early next week. The large amount of sudden rain has led to flooding all over town, and Public Works Director Robert Hamblen said in an email sent to the Sun on Aug. 2, that the city is currently working on fi xing the issue. According to Hamblen, the July 29 storm hit about 75% of the city. From the east side of town, the flooding started at Patton Drive and went all the way to Rico Street. He said it also covers the north and south sides of the city as well. Hamblen said there’s not much the city could do to prevent the flooding, but that they’re working on fi xing the issue. “When you get that much rain in less than an hour, there’s not much you can do

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and Councilor Fran Palochak, Dist. 4, seemed to lean toward sticking with the original proposal to keep water projects on track, not least because some lines will have to be replaced to accommodate the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project when it reaches buildout in a few years. “In 2020 we had 76 water

asked the council to make sure residents have plenty of notice before getting hit with any increase, especially with infl ation biting into consumers’ wallets. “Every time I go grocery shopping, I shake my head and wonder what families are doing,” she said. Resident Pat Sheely asked the Council to appoint a task

force to do comprehensive planning for the region’s water future beyond the NGWSP. “While a rate hike is necessary and I support it, it’s not enough. Our aquifers do not have enough water. They take years to recharge,” she said. “We have staked our future on the pipeline. But how long will the San Juan River provide?”

Water line repair at Woodrow Drive. File Photo breaks,” Palochak said. That’s an average of one break every four and a half days. “In 2022 we have 30 water breaks. It concerns me that we are reactive, constantly trying to plug these holes. [...] We have got to start replacing these pipes when they get to the end of their life expectancy, rather than waiting 100 years ‘til they all start blowing up.” Councilor Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, asked for the sanitation department to do more to promote the city’s water saver rebate program, and possibly to fi nd a way to help low-income residents make repairs to leaks that drive up their consumption and bills. A running toilet, for example, can waste up to a gallon of water per hour, depending on capacity and water pressure. Although it won’t help in the short term, several people agreed another measure the city must consider is using “gray water” – water reclaimed and treated from effluent lines. Gray water systems must be kept separate from drinking water supplies, but can be used for some irrigation and industrial purposes. Resident JoAnn Benenati


“We re-compacted it and this last storm washed everyth ing back out,” Ma r r u fo ex pla ined. “With the la st storm on Friday night, we had a sewer blow out on Second Street as well.” That repair is expected to soak up about $600,000 from the sewer fund. Operating costs went up 30% from fi scal year 2021 to 2022, Holland said, and remain something of a wild card with unpredictable infl ation. The original proposal – which still has proponents – would add about $5.50 to $6 a month for lower-consumption residential customers, and $12 to $15 for residents who use more. A breakout for the newly proposed rates wasn’t immediately available, but staff will present that information in another work session, probably later this month. Holland’s presentation was built around a 10% increase, but City Manager Maryann Ustick said the next presentation could include a 15% hike option, after Lee reported survey results that suggest the community could manage that amount. While sympathetic to ratepayers, Mayor Louie Bonaguidi

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allupians can still expect a water rate increase soon, but instead of the previously reported 22.5%, it’s looking as if it will be more in the range of 10 to 15% each year. City staff reworked the numbers after Councilor Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, balked at the steep increase originally proposed in May. Under that plan, customers would have faced a 22.5% increase this year and next year. The new proposal would raise rates 10% in each of the next four years and 5% for each of the two years after that. “The base data has not changed. All of our projections a re still the sa me,” Chief Financial Officer Patty Holland told the city council at an Aug. 2 work session. “Instead of trying to be more aggressive and do more capital projects, we’ve pared this down to a 10% increase over the next few years.” That would mean shrinking overall water-related capital investment over the next six years by almost 39%, from $31.7 million to $19.4 million. It would bring the water department to the desired 180 days cash on hand in fiscal year 2026, but will curtail bonding ability until then. Reducing the rate increase will reduce funds for capital projects this year from $8.2 million to $2.7 million. “The main thing it does is reduce our ability to do loans or bonding by half,” Holland said. “So we would do bonds in $5 million increments instead of $10 million.” The city is trying to balance replacing and repairing lines that are past their life expectancy – causing dozens of breaks around the city every year – with making the rate increase palatable to residents and business owners. “W het her you a r e for or aga inst the water rate increase depends on whether the line broke in front of your hou s e,” Ga l lup - McK i n ley County Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Lee, who fielded a

three-question member survey on the issue, said. Recent rain storms haven’t made the situation any easier. Acting Water/Wastewater Director Adrian Marrufo said last week’s storms wreaked havoc on Apache Circle, where crews had recently dug in to check a line and found it was fine.


Council mulls water rate options




ot air balloons are no longer Gallup’s only form of air travel. On Aug. 1, Advanced Air became the fi rst passenger carrier in 12 years to offer service to and from Gallup Municipal Airport. Mayor Louie Bonaguidi and Councilors Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, and Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, were on the fi rst fl ights to Phoenix, where Rep. Ruben Gallego met their fl ight. “The flight was nice. The air service itself is what’s exciting. It connects us to the rest of the world, especially the west,” Bonaguidi said. “It saves us having to make a trip to Albuquerque and catch another fl ight, [which means] you have to spend a night there going out and probably when you come back.” Flights in and out of Gallup a re on n i ne - seater s, a nd Bonaguidi said he hopes the service gets popular enough to

Mayor Louie Bonaguidi and Councilors Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, and Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, were able to fly on the first Advanced Air flight out of Gallup Municipal Airport on Aug. 1. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan get bigger planes. “This is just the beginning. I hope it catches on,’ he said. “I’d like to see it reach the point where we need a bigger plane.” The new service can cut down on travel expenses for Gallupians, who can connect to most destinations from Phoenix, and for their friends and family who want to visit, Piano said, noting that departing passengers don’t have TSA lines in Gallup (although

passengers have to go through TSA for connecting fl ights). “It was truly amazing. It was a smooth ride. The customer service was great,” Piano said. “It was really fast and easy. I’m planning to use it quite a bit – I have a sister who lives in Phoenix.” She also hopes Advanced Airlines gets enough business to ex pa nd to ot her destinations. “I think it is possible to add

additional destinations, but the reality is we need people to use what we have now to show that it works,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for people.” Joe Digregorio was the fi rst paying customer for the new route. “It was a delightful fl ight, very smooth and comfortable. We didn’t get any turbulence until we landed,” he said. “The other nice thing about it is you fly into [Sky Harbor] Terminal 3. It’s so much easier because you fly right in and your ride service can pick you up right there.” Digregorio’s wife is getting medical treatment in Phoenix, so he was also the fi rst to buy Advanced’s Bulk Club ticket book, which is available on the carrier’s website and priced at $826.60 for 10 one-way tickets on the route.

The ticket books could come in handy for traveling families: The tickets are transferable to friends or family members when f lights are booked. “Gallup people are going to really benefit from this because they can get on a plane and go down to Phoenix for specialized medical care or golf,” Degregorio said. “They can travel for a sporting event, they can come out and go back the next day.” Councilor Michael Schaaf, Dist. 2, wasn’t able to join the fl ight, but was on hand for the sendoff. “I’m glad Advanced Air is here. It connects us with Phoenix and further, you can go all the way to L.A. on Advanced Air,” he said. The city posted a video of the Aug. 1 takeoff on its Facebook page.

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GFD brings fun new spin to fi re education at schools By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


any adults remember the day a fire truck pulled up outside their school classroom: they met firefighters, got a close-up look at a fire truck and maybe even got a coloring book. Gallup Fire Department has been busy with a new approach to fire education, developing grade-specific lessons designed to fit into students’ regular school programs. Younger children will still get a coloring book, but the way fi refighters interact with them is different. In a kindergarten class, presenters may sit on the floor and read to a class or color with them. A visit from Sparky the fire education dog is always a hit. “Kids at that age, it’s hard to keep their attention for 30 minutes,” Gallup’s Fire Marshal Jon Pairett, who gives the presentations with fire inspectors Arlita Pablo and Andrew Laweka, said. “It’s mostly about them getting to know who firefighters are and what we do.” A ty pical visit at Tobe Turpen Elementary has firefighters pulling up in their rig, showing students the truck and gear at the curb one grade at a time, then going indoors to give a presentation with visual aids to each group, fi fth grade teacher Viola Hoskie said. “They respond to any kind of in-person presentation,” Hoskie said. “I know that they’re engaged when they are listening and asking questions.” It also helps with retention. “I learned not to keep piles of stuff in front of the door to not block the fire escape [route],” Cauy Boggs, an 11 year old who was in Hoskie’s class last year, said. “I also learned that a rubbery smell is most likely an electrical fire.”

Fire Inspectors Arlita Pablo and Andrew Laweka show off GFD’s newest recruit, a fire prevention education robot. The robot debuts this year and will be named via an elementary school contest. Photo Credit: GFD This year will add a special surprise for elementary classes: a new fire education robot and a contest to name it. The winning class will be the first to get a visit from a radio-controlled Dalmatian driving a fire truck, complete with lights and sirens on it. ‘It’s fully remote controlled so we can drive it around,” Pairett said. “The Dalmatian’s head moves. We can control its eyelids. [...] We have a little headset so when we talk the Dalmatian’s mouth moves and it changes our voice to a cartoon voice.” Progressing through grades, the lessons layer on new information. First and second-graders learn about 911 and home fire safety. Upper-grade elementary and middle schoolers learn about cooking and home fire safety. “Last year we went into the middle schools for the first time in a while. We talked to them about kitchen fi re safety because we know a lot of those kids go home and cook. We also taught them how to use portable fi re extinguishers,” Pairett said. The key to the grade-specific

programs is adapting the lessons to fit state educational standards. Fire education doesn’t take students away from their regular programs, it’s designed to fit in. “There’s lot of things where we can adapt our program to meet those standards of learning. When we go into the schools [...] we are actually teaching the students things that they are going to need anyway, that they are required to be taught,” Pairett said. After their visit, Hoskie’s class had science lessons about the difference between chemical and physical reactions and a problem-solving exercise on how to build a fireproof structure. “They had to do a blueprint and back up all their claims with facts,” she said. “They know what evidence to present to prove that their structure is fire resistant.” Pairett hopes to do a fire science module for high school science classes, but so far his team has been addressing health and culinary arts classes. In health classes they focus more on medical and personal health topics, like wearing seatbelts, not drinking or texting

Gallup firefighters show students at Lincoln Elementary School their rig and gear. Photo Credit: GFD and driving and properly fitting child car seats. In culinary arts classes the focus is kitchen fire safety. “Those kitchens where the kids are cooking have very specialized fire protection equipment just like a restaurant kitchen would,” Pairett said. “Especially if those kids are interested in becoming professional chefs, we want to teach them about kitchen fi re safety in a business kitchen and how those fi re protection systems work.” The high schools did have one surprise for presenters: “We took Sparky,” Pairett said. “At first we didn’t think it would go over real well because those kids already know it’s someone in a suit, but the kids really

loved it.” Older students also get a career pitch. Fire service offers a career path that doesn’t require a four-year degree. Students can get a basic EMT license at UNM-Gallup and then apply to Gallup Fire. The department will pay for fire training for new hires. Pa iret t is enthusia stic about continuing to build and refi ne the education program to strengthen safety and community ties as well as hopefully gain a few recruits. “This year we’re taking what we learned last year and expanding it a little more,” he said. “We’re getting further into our lesson plan development because we know what worked and what we can do better.”


6A 8A 10A 17A 18A TSE YI GAI High school welcoming middle schoolers

PAYING FOR COLLEGE State offering free tuition

MEET YOUR PRINCIPALS Get to know the leaders of GMCS

CRACKING DOWN ON DRUGS GMCS seek MCSO’s K-9 division’s help

SPORTS OVERVIEW Get ready to cheer on GMCS athletes


The Opportunity Career Center is an exciting new program that provides students the ability to learn a trade, with an applied curriculum and real-world experiences while simultaneously completing their graduation requirements. This program is offered to most GMCS high school students. Students enrolled in the Opportunity Career Center program will also be allowed to participate in all their homeschool activities, like sports, clubs, and school dances. Contact Doug MacPherson at 505-721-2400 for information or click on the QR Code and ÀOO RXW WKH EULHI VXUYH\


Tse Yi Gai extends opportunities to grades 6-8 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION ASSIGNMENT 22-23 SY SCHOOL Catherine A Miller (034) Chee Dodge (030) David Skeet (160) Heather Gutierrez Del Norte (174) Director Ramah Elem. (132) 721-1159 Thoreau Elem. (162) Tobe Turpen (091) Tohatchi Elem. (164) SCHOOL Crownpoint High (039) Gallup High (055) Jack McFarland Miyamura High (073) Navajo Pine High (075) Director 721-1026 Ramah High (130) Thoreau High (145) Tohatchi High (064) Tse Yi Gai High (089)


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Kristen Bischoff Director 721-2243

SCHOOL Crownpoint Elem. (038) Indian Hills (062) Jefferson (066) Lincoln (077) Navajo Elem. (079) Red Rock (134) Stagecoach Elem. (152) Twin Lakes (170) SCHOOL Chief Manuelito (003) Crownpoint Mid (088) Gallup Central High (016)

Jason Wayman Director 721-1156

Gallup Mid (054) Kennedy Mid (190) McKinley Academy (400) Navajo Mid (100) Thoreau Mid (155) Tohatchi Mid (120)

PRINCIPAL Nick Garro 721-1420 Tammy Somers 721-1320 Amanda Clawson 721-1720 Cynthia Mowrer 721-5220 Oscar Ontiveros 721-3720 Michelle Galaviz 721-4420 Noel Thomas 721-5020 Robin Holder 721-4720 PRINCIPAL Kelly Morris 721-1620 Tammy Hall 721-2520 Jessica Rodriguez 721-1920 Roberta Tayah 721-3620 David Gibbons 721-3820 Lawrence Sena 721-4520 Kristi Del Curto 721-4820 Kelly Morris 721-5520 PRINCIPAL Riss Robinson 721-1520 Daryl Antone 721-2920 Sasha Blanco 721-3020 Kelley “Fitz” Fitzmaurice 721-3420 Kitty Wise 721-3520 Eva Prieto 721-3920 Clara Morris 721-4320 Elna Go 721-5120 PRINCIPAL Randy Crisler 721-5620 Kay Morris 721-5420 Douglass (Doug) MacPherson 721-2420 Lindsey Mingus 721-2720 Leoneil (Neil) Tulabing 721-3120 Brittainy Garro 721-4200 Jody Alexander 15320 Nadine Gonzales721-4620 Lucinda Bitsoi 721-4920

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iddle school students in the Pueblo Pintado area have a new option for school this year with the addition of grades 6-8 at Tse Yi Gai school.

It also creates opportunities for student athletics, she said. With enough enrollment, the school could field middle school football, basketball, volleyball and track and field teams. Until then, eighth graders can petition to “play up” – on the high school teams.

The front of Tse Yi Gai High School. Photo Credit: GMCS Gallup McKinley County Schools decided to expand enrollment after a community survey indicated support. The school has space for 891 students, much larger than the high school population it has recently served. As a high school only, it ended the last term with 67 students. To date, 14 middle schoolers have enrolled for this term. Adding younger grades will fi ll some of the excess capacity while making attendance easier for some students and their parents. “Adding grades 6 -8 will allow students to attend school with their siblings,” Principal Kelly Morris said. “The [Bureau of Indian Education] schools in the area have a different school calendar and a different school day. Having siblings attend the same school will help parents when child care is needed for younger siblings.”

“Academically, students who attend Tse Yi Gai in grades 6-8 will have exposure to the rigorous curriculum that their peers will be taught from,” Morris said. “It will help to improve the overall education of the students in the area at a younger age.” The school is also transitioning to an engineering school in the district’s relatively new pathway system. Last year, courses were Introduction to Engineering and Design, and Civil Engineering. Morris plans to have a third level course ready next year, when enough students have completed the fi rst two courses. “A pathway is a threecourse sequence and internships in whatever engineering path we have available,” GMCS Director of Instruction Wade


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f a college education sounds out of reach because of the cost, the state can bring that dream a big step closer to reality with programs that pay tuition for students transitioning from high school, and older students who’ve been out of the education system for a while. “We’re going to be able to cover free college for every New Mexica n,” Stepha nie Montoya , New Mex ico Depa r tment of Higher Education’s public information officer, said. T he prog r a m s, k now n as Lottery scholarships for new high school grads and Opportunity scholarships for returning students, cover the cost of tuition for community college or trade school for students to get an associate’s degree or career certificate, or transfer credits toward a fouryear school. They are designed to cover tuition and any mandatory fees – such as student association or lab fees – for eligible programs, Montoya explained. Other scholarships or fi nancial aid don’t affect them, so if a student does get other scholarships, they can use these funds for housing, transportation, child care, or other expenses that support educational success. To qualify for a Lottery scholarship, a student must start attending college within 16 months of high school graduation or receiving a GED and must remain enrolled full time, which means 15 credit hours per semester at a fouryear university or 12 hours at a two-year school. They must maintain a 2.5 or better grade point average in college (high school GPA is irrelevant to eligibility). Although students aren’t e l i g i ble for t he L o t t e r y

Stephanie Montoya, spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Higher Education. File Photo scholarship until they attend college for one semester, they may qualify for a bridge scholarship or the Opportunity scholarship to cover the qualifying semester. That scholarship is also open to adults who have fewer than 90 credit hours toward an associate degree or 160 hours toward a bachelor’s degree on their transcript. That means people who had to leave college before graduating or never got the chance to go when they were younger have a chance now. For all fi nancial aid, candidates are encouraged to contact their local college financial aid offices and to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which reviews their qualifications for federal programs like Pell grants. UNM-Gallup has the online form available on its website ( nancialaid/) and it’s also available at “We help students complete the FA FSA application, whether or not they are attending here,” UNM-Gallup F i na ncia l A id Ma nager Ernestine Shirley said. She also said it’s wise to apply as early as possible, and warns students to watch out for application scams: “If the students complete an application and it




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next year. Eighth grade students will be able to take high school Art, P.E. and Algebra at Chief Manuelito. We œi iÜ ?ÒiÜ? ծܼҮœ Ş ª Ü?ÜŔi Ş ª ÜV ?ÕÕÜޮܮéÒÜnÞ Ü Ò?ŞiÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÁÜ ªÜ?ŞŞ Þ ®ª_ÜŔiÜ?ÒiÜ®ziÒ ª Ü?ÜMÒ®?ŞV?ÕÞ ª Üi iVÞ œiÜ and a variety of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes to our students. The purpose of these classes, along withh others, is to better prepare students for high school and give them more opportunities to explore their interests at the middle school level. Another way we hope to inspire student learning is to provide more opportunities for students to present, perform, and compete throughout the school year.

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Crownpoint Middle School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? My name is LaWanda Nodestine-Henry. I am tree clamp clan, born for salt clan, my maternal grandfather is mud clan, and my paternal grandfather’s clan is deer springs clan. I am originally from Hosta Butte, New Mexico. I am married with two boys. I grew up in Crownpoint, New Mexico and graduated from Crownpoint High School. After high school I joined the Army. I attended the University of New Mexico and received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I then attended Lamar University and received master’s degrees in School Counseling and Educational Leadership. I attended Liberty University and ÒiVi œiŞÜ¦ŖÜ ®VÞ®ÒÜ®vÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ªÜ ªÜ0Ò?é¦?Þ® ® ŖÁÜÜ What made you want to become an educator? I became an educator for various reasons, I loved history and wanted to teach history in middle school. While doing my internship at Crownpoint Middle School, I fell in love with Math. I became a 6th grade math teacher at Crownpoint Middle School. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? Having a great school year. And getting to know each of my W s students.

Riss Robinson

Crownpoint Elementary School

I am originally from Missouri, but I have lived in New Mexico for most of my life. Growing up, I lived in Crownpoint, Thoreau and then Gallup. I graduated High School from Los Lunas High school, home of the Tigers! After High School, I attended Eastern New Mexico University for both my undergraduate and graduate degree in Special Education. While at ENMU, I met the love of my life who would later bless me with two amazing children. Later, I had the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University. Before becoming a Principal, I worked as a Special ŞéV?Þ®ÒÜv®ÒÜ}œiÜŖi?ÒÕÜÕé¼¼®ÒÞ ª ÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜŔ Þ Ü ªÞiªÕ œiÜ ®M? Ü Õ?M Þ iÕÁÜÜ What made you want to become an educator? I knew that I was going to be a teacher while in High School because of a fellow student, Isaiah. Isaiah was a student with severe exceptionalities who happened to be in the same dance class as myself. When it came time to choose teams for our Winter Recital, no one picked Isaiah. But we did! After working with Isaiah, I realized that I was going to be a Special Educator. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? Our goal for this school year is to increase student Reading ?ªŞÜ ?Þ Ü¼Ò®}V iªVŖÜÒ?ÞiÕÜMŖÜŞi œiÒ ª ÜÕ® ŞÜ ªÕÞÒéVÞ ®ªÜÞ ?ÞÜ ÕÜiª ? ª Ü?ªŞÜÒi iœ?ªÞÜޮܮéÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕØÜŔ i_Ü utilizing data to drive our instruction.

Tammy Somers iiÜ ®Ş iÜ i¦iªÞ?ÒŖ

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Michigan and moved to New Mexico in 1989 to take a teaching job. I attended Western Michigan University, University of New Mexico and Western New Mexico University. What made you want to become an educator? I wanted to become a teacher because I enjoyed reading and wanted kids to adore it as much as I did. What are your goals for the upcoming school year?This year? year I am looking forward to ªÞiÒ?VÞ ª ÜŔ Þ ÜÞ iÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕ_ÜÞ i Òܼ?ÒiªÞÕÜ?ªŞÜÞ iÜÕÞ?zÜ®ªÜ?ÜŞ ziÒiªÞÜ iœi ÁÜ Ü ?œiÜMiiªÜ?ÜÞi?V iÒ_Ü?ܼ?ÒiªÞÜ?ªŞÜ?ªÜ ªÕÞÒéVÞ ®ª? ÜV®?V Ü?ÞÜ iiÜ ®Ş i_ܪ®ŔÜÞ iÜ?ަ ª ÕÞÒ?Þ®ÒÁÜ Ü iÞÜÕéV Ü?Üvii ª Ü®vÜ ®ŖÜŔ iªÜ?Üv®Ò¦iÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÜ ÒiiÞÕÜ ¦iÜ ÜÞ® iÞ iÒÜŔiÜŔ ܦ? iÜ iiÜ ®Ş iÜÞ iÜMiÕÞÜi i¦iªÞ?ÒŖÜÕV ®® Ü ªÜÞ iÜŞ ÕÞÒ VÞÁÜ0 ?ÞÜ ÕܦŖÜ ®? ÁÜ

Randy Alan Crisler

Chief Manuelito Middle School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I was born and raised in Nevada. I spend my elementary and high school years in Elko, a small town in northern Nevada. I consider myself a desert rat. Even though I spent two years in the Philippines, I’ve spent most of my life in the deserts of Nevada, Arizona, the Middle East, and New Mexico. After the Philippines I went to College at the University of Arizona in Tucson. After that, I attended the American University in Cairo Egypt for my master’s degree. What made you want to become an educator? A history teacher at my high school inspired me to become a teacher. He shared his experiences traveling around the world and I became fascinated with other languages and cultures because of him. This led me on a path to also become a history teacher. I love to teach students about ªiŔÜ ?ª é? iÕ_ÜVé ÞéÒiÕ_Ü?ªŞÜÞ iÜŞ œiÒÕ ÞŖÜ®éÒܼ ?ªiÞÜ®ziÒÕÜéÕÁÜÜ ÕÜ?Ü¼Ò ªV ¼? _Ü Î¦Ü¼Ò œ i iŞÜÞ®ÜŔ®Ò ÜŔ Þ ÜÞi?V iÒÕp helping them inspire students in their content area. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? Chief Manuelito has some exciting new goals for this coming year. One of our main goals is to make changes to greater inspire student learning. We have changed our i iVÞ œiÜV ?ÕÕiÕÜÞ®Ü? ªÜŔ Þ ÜÞ iÜ ÜÕV ®® ܼ?Þ Ŕ?ŖÕܼҮ Ò?¦Ü?ªŞÜ®ziÒÜ®éÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕܦ®ÒiÜ ÜÕV ®® ÜVÒiŞ ÞÕÜÞ ÕÜ

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Reynolds, Georgia. I am a proud alumnus of the ‘Unsinkable’ Albany State University, Columbus State University, and Northwest Missouri State University. My wife, iœ ª_Ü?ªŞÜ ÜÒiÕ ŞiÜ ªÜ Ò Ś®ª?Á What made you want to become an educator? “Every child deserves a champion-an adult who will never give up on them. Who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? To Become “The” Gallup McKinley County School of Choice!

Cynthia Mowrer i Ü!®ÒÞiÜ i¦iªÞ?ÒŖ

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I have lived in Gallup since second grade and attended Lincoln Elementary, Gallup Junior High, and graduated from Gallup High School. I attended UNM in Albuquerque for my teaching degree, and WNMU for educational leadership. My husband and I have four children, two that graduated from Gallup High, and two graduated from Miyamura. I taught at Stagecoach Elementary for 20 years and was the principal at Tobe Turpen Elementary for 7 years, before retiring for a year and returning to work at i Ü!®ÒÞiÁÜ Üiª ®ŖÜV?¦¼ ª _ÜŔ? ª _ÜÒi?Ş ª _Ü ?ª ª Ü®éÞÜŔ Þ Üv?¦ Ŗ_Ü?ªŞÜ¦®Þ®ÒVŖV iÜÞÒ ¼ÕÜŔ Þ Ü¦ŖÜ éÕM?ªŞÁ What made you want to become an educator?Ü educator? Ŗܼ?ÒiªÞÕÜŔiÒiÜiŞéV?Þ®ÒÕØܦŖÜŞ?Ş_Ü ®ªÜ iŔ Õ_ÜŔ?ÕÜ?Ü ? é¼Ü High counselor and my mom, Lynelle Sensabaugh, was a Gallup High librarian. I wanted to do what they did, and they supported and encouraged me. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? ÕÜ?ܪiŔܦi¦MiÒÜ®vÜÞ iÜ i Ü!®ÒÞiÜÞi?¦_Ü ÜŔ?ªÞÜÞ®Ü iÞÜÞ®Ü know the community and families we serve, so we can work together to teach our students.

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Gallup Central High School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Boston then moved frequently during 25 years with the military. I learned ?Ü ®ÞÜ œ ª Ü ªÜ ?¼?ª_Ü ®Òi?_Ü?ªŞÜÕiœiªÜŞ ziÒiªÞÜ2Á.ÁÜÕÞ?ÞiÕÁÜ ®ª ÜÞ iÜŔ?ŖÜ Üi?ÒªiŞÜ a bachelor’s degree and a pair of master’s degrees in meteorology and military operations & leadership. What made you want to become an educator? Volunteering in my children’s schools got me thinking about teaching. Eventually I decided teaching was the best way to continue serving my nation and my community after retiring from the military. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? ŖÜ ®? ÕÜv®ÒÜÞ ÕÜÕV ®® ÜŖi?ÒÜ?ÒiÜÞ®Ü i?ŞÜ®éÒÜÕÞ?zÜÞ Ò®é Ü a successful launch of the Opportunity Career Center. The center’s goal is to provide high school students across McKinley County the opportunity to receive high quality, hands-on, vocational learning integrated with ¦®ÒiÜÞÒ?Ş Þ ®ª? ÜV®éÒÕiÕÁÜ8iÜŔ Ü i ¼Ü®éÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜ iÞÜ ª®Ŕ iŞ iÜ?ªŞÜiŕ¼iÒ iªViÜéÕivé Üv®ÒÜ}ªŞ ª ÜÒiŔ?ÒŞ ª Ü employment in our community or beyond.

Amanda Clawson ?œ ŞÜ. iiÞÜ i¦iªÞ?ÒŖ

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I am a native New Mexican. I grew up in Pojoaque, NM where I attended school from ªŞiÒ ?ÒÞiªÜÞ Ò®é Ü´çÞ Ü Ò?ŞiÁÜ vÞiÒÜ ÜÕV ®® _Ü Üi?ÒªiŞÜ¦ŖÜ}ÒÕÞÜéªŞiÒ Ò?Şé?ÞiÜ Şi ÒiiÜ ªÜ ?ÒÒ ? i_Ü ?¦ Ŗ_Ü?ªŞÜ é¦?ªÜ iœi ®¼¦iªÞÜvÒ®¦Ü Ò ?¦Ü:®éª Ü2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖÜ in Utah. While in Utah, I also completed a Professional Massage Therapy program at the Utah College of Massage Therapy. After returning to New Mexico, I continued my education at Northern New Mexico College in Elementary Education. I earned my Master’s in Educational Leadership through Western Governor’s University. I began my teaching career in the

Õ¼?ª® ?Ü,éM VÜ.V ®® Ü ÕÞÒ VÞ_Ü?ªŞÜ Ü?¦ÜiŕV ÞiŞÜÞ®ÜMi ªÜ¦ŖÜ´âÞ ÜŖi?ÒÜ ªÜÞ iÜ ? é¼Ü V ª iŖÜ ®éªÞŖÜ.V ®® Ü ÕÞÒ VÞÁÜ What Wha a made you want to become an educator? I chose to become an educator because I know the positive impact of good education to broaden opportunities and change lives. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My driving goal is to always encourage academic iŕVi iªViÁÜ ŖÜÕ¼iV }VÜ ®? ÕÜv®ÒÜÞ iÜé¼V®¦ ª ÜÕV ®® ÜŖi?ÒÜ ªV éŞiÜÕÞÒiª Þ iª ª Üv®éªŞ?Þ ®ª? ÜÒi?Ş ª ÜÕ ÕÜ across all grade levels, promoting, and recognizing academic successes, and improving attendance to ensure students are exposed to high quality instruction daily.

Tammy Hall

Gallup High School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Þ ®é Ü ÜŔ?ÕÜM®ÒªÜ?ªŞÜÒ? ÕiŞÜ ªÜÞ iÜ ŞŔiÕÞ_Ü?vÞiÒÜ œ ª Ü ªÜ ? é¼Üv®ÒÜ®œiÒÜâŜÜŖi?ÒÕÜ Üª®ŔÜV®ªÕ ŞiÒܦŖÕi vÜ?ªÜ®{V ? ÜË ? é¼ ?ªÌtÜÜ éÒ ª ÜÞ ÕÜÞ ¦i_Ü Ü ?œiÜ ?ŞÜÞ iÜ¼Ò œ i iÜ ®vÜÕiÒœ ª Ü ªÜ¦?ªŖÜV?¼?V Þ iÕÜŔ Þ ªÜÞ iÜ ? é¼Ü V ª iŖÜ ®éªÞŖÜ.V ®® Ü ÕÞÒ VÞÜ? Ü while working with students from birth to 21 years of age. What made you want to become an educator? Unlike some educators, my journey into the world of education was intentional and direct. Immediately out of high school, I attended Ohio University to work towards a dual major in Special Education and Early Childhood. After spending a few years as a Special Education teacher and Kindergarten teacher at Smith Lake Elementary, north of Thoreau, I began attending Western New Mexico University and earned my Master’s in Educational Leadership. These degrees have enabled me to serve as a teacher, early childhood interventionist, facilitator, coordinator, director, assistant principal and principal in varying locations across the district. Later in my career, I enrolled in an online degree program through Arkansas State and earned my Education Specialist degree. All these experiences have provided me with many learning opportunities which have helped me grow as an educator. What are your goals for the upcoming school year?Ü ªÜ®éÒÜiz®ÒÞÜÞ®ÜÕé¼¼®ÒÞÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜ ªÜ?ÞÞ? ª ª ÜÞ i Òܼ®ÕÞ year? ÕiV®ªŞ?ÒŖÜ ®? Õ_Ü ? é¼Ü Ü.V ®® ÜŔ ÜV®ªÞ ªéiÜޮܮziÒÜ,?Þ Ŕ?ŖÜV®éÒÕiÕÜ ªÜ ª ªiiÒ ª _Ü ®ªÕÞÒéVÞ ®ª_Ü8i Ş ª _Ü Computer Graphics and Health Careers that are linked to the other core courses in which the students are enrolled. Our focus this year is to engage, connect and support students in mastering content through relevant and challenging instruction. In addition to traditional course work, we will also be embedding instruction that supports student’s social-emotional well-being as well as their ability to communicate, collaborate, problem solve, and persevere through challenging tasks. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to learn and practice all the skills they will need to successfully meet their future goals.

Lindsey Mingus

Gallup Middle School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Wooster, Ohio and attended Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. I studied Middle Grades Education with Content Specializations in Math and English Language Arts. After College I moved to Gainesville, FL where I received my }ÒÕÞÜÞi?V ª Ü ®MÜ?ÕÜ?ܦ ŞŞ iÜÕV ®® ܦ?Þ ÜÞi?V iÒÁÜÜ vÞiÒÜv®éÒÜ?¦?Ś ª ÜŖi?ÒÕÜ ªÜ ? ªiÕœ iܦŖÜ éÕM?ªŞÜŔ?ÕÜ®ziÒiŞÜ?Ü ®MÜ ªÜ ? é¼_Ü! Ü?ÞÜ2! ÜÕ®ÜŔiܦ®œiŞÜÞ®Ü the beautiful southwest. I was hired to teach at Gallup Mid and of my 10 years in the district 9 of them have been as a Gallup Mid Mustang as a teacher or administrator. I have been married for ´çÜŖi?ÒÕÜ?ªŞÜ ?œiÜÞŔ®Ü?¦?Ś ª Ü ÞÞ iÜ é¦?ªÕÜŔ ®Ü?ÒiÜÚÜ?ªŞÜâÁÜÜ Ü?¦Ü?Ü}iÒViÜ Şœ®V?ÞiÜv®ÒܦŖÜV ŞÜŔ Þ Ü ®ŔªÜ .ŖªŞÒ®¦iܦ? ª ÜÕéÒiÜŔiÜ ?œiÜ?ÜV®¦¦éª ÞŖÜÞ ?ÞÜ ÕÜ?VVi¼Þ ª Ü®vÜŞ ziÒiªÞÜ?M Þ iÕÁÜÜ œiÒŖ®ªiܪiiŞÕÜ?ܼiÒÕ®ªÜŔ Þ Ü ®ŔªÜ.ŖªŞÒ®¦iÜ ªÜÞ i ÒÜ viÁÜÜ ªÜ¦ŖÜvÒiiÜÞ ¦iÜ Ü ®œiÜÞ®ÜÒi?Ş_Ü ª Þ_Ü?ªŞÜ iÁÜÜ Ü ?œiÜ?ÜÕŔiiÞÜÞ®®Þ Ü?ªŞÜ ®œiÜÞ®ÜM? iÁÜÜÜ What made you want to become an educator? I became an educator because of the amazing teachers who encouraged and pushed me. I learned so much about myself and how to persevere when things got tough. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? I am so excited to work with the teachers and students this year to work on skills in all contents where students are able to discuss, cite evidence, and defend their answers.

Jessica Rodriguez

Hiroshi Miyamura High School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I am originally from El Paso, Texas and have had the pleasure of doing quite a bit of traveling around Texas and New Mexico. I am proud to say that I have been awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a Master of Education in Secondary Education, and am currently a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. What made you want to become an educator? Education is my passion both as a student and an educator. The best way that I can describe why education is my calling ÕÜMiV?éÕiܪ®Ü¦?ÞÞiÒÜŔ ?ÞÜ}i Ş_Ü®Òܼ®Õ Þ ®ªÜ Ü ?œiÜiœiÒÜ i Ş_ÜÞ iÜ Òi?ÞiÕÞÜ ®ŖÜ®vÜiœiÒŖÜ ®MÜ Ü ?œiÜiœiÒÜ i ŞÜ ?ÕÜ been teaching and training others to empower them through knowledge. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? The goals for Hiroshi Miyamura High School this upcoming year are to improve the relevance of education through our pathways and provide more avenues in which our students will be set up for success after they graduate.

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Indian Hills Elementary

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Gallup. Went to school and graduated from GMCS. Received my Master of Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. What made you want to become an educator? :®éÜ ?œiÜÞ iÜ?M ÞŖÜޮܦ? iÜ?ÜÒi? Ü Ş ziÒiªViÜ ªÜÞ iÜ œiÕÜ®vÜV ŞÒiªÁÜ ?V ÜŞ?ŖÜÞ ?ÞÜŖ®éÜŔ®Ò ÜŔ Þ ÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕ_ÜŖ®éÜ ?œiÜÞ iÜ potential to make a lasting impression. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? To have each student become a

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Sasha Blanco iziÒÕ®ªÜ i¦iªÞ?ÒŖÜÜ

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I was born in Hobbs, NM, but have basically lived my entire life in Gallup. I attended the University of New Mexico where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and pursued my Master’s in Educational Administration from Grand ?ªŖ®ªÜ2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖÁÜÜÜ ®ÒÜÞ iÜ ?ÕÞÜ}vÞiiªÜŖi?ÒÕ_Ü Ü ?œiÜ ?ŞÜ¦?ªŖÜŞ ziÒiªÞÜÒ® iÕÜŔ Þ ªÜÞ iÜŞ ÕÞÒ VÞÁÜÜ.®¦iÜ®vÜÞ ®ÕiÜ roles include being an educational assistant, 5th grade teacher, reading interventionalist, instructional coach, ?ÕÕ ÕÞ?ªÞÜ¼Ò ªV ¼? _Ü?Þ iÞ VÜŞ ÒiVÞ®Ò_Ü?ªŞÜ¼Ò ªV ¼? Ü?ÞÜ iiÜ ®Ş iÜ?ªŞÜ iziÒÕ®ªÜ i¦iªÞ?ÒŖÁÜÜ8 iªÜ Φܪ®ÞÜŔ®Ò ª _Ü I like spending my time outdoors at sporting events. I enjoy spending time playing soccer with my boyfriend and doing home improvements around my home. Family is very important to me, and I spend a lot of time with my niece and nephews. I have a rescue dog named Billy and a new St. Bernard puppy named Nike. I read that when fully grown, Nike could weigh between 150 to 175 lbs., yikes! What made you want to become an educator? I knew I wanted to be an educator since I was a sophomore in high school. Some friends and I were volunteering for a project in my mother’s classroom. Students were working on an activity called Pumpkin Math that had elements of measurement, prediction and estimating. They were so iŕV ÞiŞÜŔ Þ ÜÞ iÜ?VÞ œ ÞŖÜ?ªŞÜŞ ŞÜª®ÞÜÒi? ŚiÜÞ iŖÜŔiÒiÜŔ®Ò ª Ü®ªÜŞ ziÒiªÞܦ?Þ ÜV®ªVi¼ÞÕÁÜÜÜ.ii ª ÜÞ iÜ ŞÕÜÕ®Ü i? iÒÜÞ®Ü i?ÒªÜVÒi?ÞiŞÜ?ÜÕ¼?Ò ÜŔ Þ ªÜ¦iÁÜÜ0 ?ÞÜŞ?ŖÜ Ü ªiŔÜ ÜŔ?ªÞiŞÜޮܦ? iÜ?ÜŞ ziÒiªViÜ ªÜV ŞÒiªÎÕÜ œiÕÜ?ªŞÜ mentor the next generation of scholars. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? iziÒÕ®ªÜ ?ÕÜ?ÜÕ¼iV ? ܼ ?ViÜ ªÜ¦ŖÜ i?ÒÞÜMiV?éÕiÜ Ü?ÞÞiªŞiŞÜ elementary school here and it is where I started my teaching career. Our school goals are to increase the iziVÞ œiªiÕÕÜ®vÜ0 iÒÜ Ü?ªŞÜ Ü ªÕÞÒéVÞ ®ª_ÜŔ iÜVÒi?Þ ª Ü?ܼ®Õ Þ œiÜ?ªŞÜvÒ iªŞ ŖÜ i?Òª ª Üiªœ Ò®ª¦iªÞÁÜÜ0 iÜ ®œ Ş ´«Ü VÒ Õ ÕܼÒiÕiªÞiŞÜ¦?ªŖÜV ? iª iÕÜ ªÜÞ iÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÜ}i ŞÜ?ªŞÜ ¦¼?VÞiŞÜ? Ü®vÜéÕÜ?ªŞÜiŕ¼®ÕiŞÜÞ iÜiŕ¼?ªÕ ®ªÜ®vÜ Ş Þ? ÜÞiV ª® ® ŖÜ ªÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÁÜÜÜ0 iÜ¼Ò ¦?ÒŖÜV ? iª iÜ ÕÜÞ iÜ ¦M? ?ªViÜMiÞŔiiªÜÞ iÜi{V iªVŖ_ÜÞ iܼ?ViÜ®vÜ i?Òª ª _ÜÆé? ÞŖ_Ü?ªŞÜÞ iÜ®œiÒ? Ü i?Òª ª Üiŕ¼iÒ iªViÜ ªÜ®| ªiÜ?ªŞÜ®ª ªiÜV ?ÕÕiÕÁÜÜ

Leoneil Tulabing JFK Middle School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. I was the youngest in my family. I graduated from Philippine Normal University with the degrees of BS in Mathematics for Teachers and MAEd Major in Educational Management. I taught for 5 years in the Phillippines before starting my career with GMCS in 2015. I taught math at Thoreau Middle School. I became the School Leader Intern during the 2018-19 school year and later principal. I am currently the principal at JFK Middle School. My hobbies are cooking, playing M?Õ iÞM? _ÜM?ަ ªÞ®ª_Ü?ªŞÜV iÕÕÁÜÜ Ü? Õ®Ü iÜÞÒ?œi ª ÜÞ®ÜŞ ziÒiªÞÜÕÞ?ÞiÕÜ iÒiÜ ªÜÞ iÜ2.Ü?ªŞÜ®Þ iÒÜV®éªÞÒ iÕÁÜÜ What made you want to become an educator? I decided to become an educator because of the love that I have for education. This noble job is not easy, as an educator you should have the patience and the growth mindset of Mi ª Ü?Ü vi ®ª Ü i?ÒªiÒÁÜ ÜMi iœiÜÞ ?ÞÜÞ iÜvé } ª ܼ?ÒÞÜ®vÜMi ª ÜiŞéV?Þ®ÒÜ ÕÜŔ iªÜŔiÜ?ÒiÜ?M iÜÞ®Ü i ¼Ü®éÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜ to be prepared in all stages of life and achieve their highest potential. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? year?Ü0®Ü.é¼¼®ÒÞÜ?ªŞÜ é ŞiܦŖÜÕÞ?zÜ ªÜ ®ŔiÒ ª ÜÞ iÜ?V?Şi¦ VÜ ?¼ÕÜ v®ÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜÞ ?ÞÜŔiÒiÜV?éÕiŞÜMŖÜÞ iܼ?ªŞi¦ VÜ?ªŞÜÞ®Ü ªVÒi?ÕiÜÞ iÜ?V?Şi¦ VÜÕÞéŞiªÞܼҮ}V iªVŖܼiÒViªÞ? iÜ®vÜ JFK especially in Math and ELA. I want to create a more conducive and safe learning environment for the students of JFK.

Kelley Fitzmaurice “Fitz” Lincoln Elementary

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up on the East Coast, living in New Jersey through middle school then in New Hampshire for high school. I went to Norwich University in Vermont graduating in 2015 with a BA and a BS. I am currently attending Southern New Hampshire University working on a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and I also have a Master’s of Arts in history. I moved to Gallup in September 2015 to begin teaching history at Miyamura High School. Outside of work I like spending my time with my two dogs, watching movies, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Penguins. What made you want to become an educator? I wanted to be an educator ever since I started kindergarten. I’m not sure what drew me to the profession in general, but I can’t picture myself doing any other job. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My goals for the upcoming school year are to ensure that all students have a safe place to learn and grow at Lincoln Elementary. Our students are the future, and my goal is for the students of Lincoln Elementary to be on a path to be lifelong learners.

Brittainy Garro McKinley Academy

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Hello, my name is Brittainy Garro and I am a proud mother of two wonderful children and a wife to a very supportive husband. I grew up in Ignacio, Colorado, GO BOBCATS! I attended Eastern New Mexico University where I received my bachelor’s in science and my Masters in Educational Leadership. When I am not at school, I enjoy being outside as much as possible. I especially love gardening and being in the mountains. What made you want to become an educator? I wanted to become an educator because of my passion for science. I admire how Science is everywhere and is a constant part of our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. I enjoy learning and teaching others about science, and I especially appreciate educating the youth, because they ?ÒiÜ®éÒÜvéÞéÒitÜ ÜŔ®Ò Ü ?ÒŞÜÞ®Ü ?œiÜ?ܼ®Õ Þ œiÜ ª éiªViÜ®ªÜ¦ŖÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕ_Ü éÕÞÜ iܦŖܦ®ÕÞÜ ¦¼?VÞvé ÜÞi?V iÒÕÜŞ ŞÜv®ÒÜ me. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? year?Ü ŖÜ ®? Üv®ÒÜÞ iÜççÛçâÜÕV ®® ÜŖi?Ò_Ü ÕÜÞ®Ü i?ÒªÜiœiÒŖÞ ª Ü

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Early Release Every Friday Early Release Thursday 10/20/22, 1/5/23 & 3/23/23

June Juneteenth 06/19/2023

May Memorial Day 05/29/2023 May Last Day of School/End of Fourth Quarter 05/26/2023 May Report Cards 05/31/2023

April Navajo Sovereignty Day 04/24/2023

March Spring Break 03/13-17/2023 March End of Third Quarter 03/10/2023 March Report Cards 03/24/2023

February Parent Teacher Conference 02/06/2023 February Presidents’ Day 02/20/2023

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Representative Patty Lundstrom


about the McKinley Academy program and share it with everyone. I want to continue to build the program and provide this amazing opportunity to more students. More importantly, I want the students of McKinley Academy to feel like they are leaders of their education and have them be the face and voice of the program. I am extremely excited to be a part of this life changing program and cannot wait for the school year to begin!

Kitty Wise

Navajo Elementary

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Northwest Louisiana in the small community of Stanley. I received my bachelor’s from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and my Masters from University of Phoenix and University of New Mexico. What made you want to become an educator? It is a career I always gravitated toward. However, I also had a Social Studies teacher in middle school and High School who was awesome and made me want to do what she did. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? I want to build on the things we accomplished last year. I want to ensure students are receiving the best possible education we can give them. I want our school to be a safe and welcoming place for students to learn and parents to visit.

Jody Alexander Navajo Mid

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in southeast Texas in the Big Thicket. I earned my bachelors and a masters, both in instrumental music education, at Western Kentucky University, my master’s in educational leadership at American College of Education and I am pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at American College of Education. What made you want to become an educator? ÜŔ?ªÞiŞÜÞ®ÜÕ ®ŔÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜÞ iÜ®¼¼®ÒÞéª Þ iÕÜÞ ?ÞÜ?ÒiÜ®éÞÜÞ iÒiØÜÞ ?ÞÜ Þ iÒiÜ ÕÜ?ÜŞ ziÒiªÞÜ viÜv®ÒÜÞ i¦Ü vÜÞ iŖÜŔ?ªÞÜ ÞÜ?ªŞÜ?ÒiÜŔ ª ÜÞ®Üiŕ¼iªŞÜÞ iÜiz®ÒÞÁ What are your goals for the upcoming school year? Our goal at Navajo Mid is to continue our academic gains and lead the district as we did the 2021-2022 school year.

Roberta Tayah

Navajo Pine High School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I ÒiŔÜé¼Ü ªÜÞ iÜ i?ÒÞÜ®vÜÞ iÜ!?œ? ®Ü!?Þ ®ªp ª i_Ü Ò Ś®ª?ÁÜÜ ®Þ ܦŖܼ?ÒiªÞÕÜ?ÒiÜvÒ®¦Ü the Chinle area. I went to school in Chinle and graduated from there before I left for V® i iÁÜÜ Ü?ÞÞiªŞiŞÜ ®ÒÞÜ iŔ ÕÜ ® i iÜ ªÜ éÒ?ª ®_Ü ® ®Ò?Ş®ÜŔ iÒiÜ Ü®MÞ? ªiŞÜ¦ŖÜ0i?V ª ÜŞi ÒiiÁÜÜ:i?ÒÕÜ ?ÞiÒ_Ü I attended Harvard University where I obtained my Principalship degree. Northern Arizona University is where I ®MÞ? ªiŞÜ¦ŖÜ.V ®® Ü ®éªÕi ª ÜŞi ÒiiÁÜÜ2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖÜ®vÜ Ò Ś®ª?Ü Ò?ªÞiŞÜ¦iÜ?Ü ®VÞ®ÒÜ®vÜ, ®Õ®¼ ŖÜ ªÜ ?ª é? i_Ü Reading and Culture after documenting my passion for family stories. What made you want to become an educator? I became a teacher and school principal long before I became a mother. I started my personal children library before I had my own children. I always had a passion for reading so after reading 500 Children Literature Books in one summer for a college course, I pursued a Teaching degree. I wanted to become a school principal because I wanted to promote quality and equity in the education of Native children, which was often lacking when I was in the classroom as a teacher. Today, I continue to promote reading and collect books for my personal library as I was recently blessed with a grandchild. I continue to promote the best for all children in schools in terms of gaining a quality and equal education as I would for own children. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? There are numerous goals for NPHS this upcoming school year: One, ensure quality education for all students so content learning is prioritized to increase student and Þi?V iÒÜŞ?Þ?ÁÜÜ0Ŕ®_Ü iÞÜÞ iÜV®¦¦éª ÞŖÜ ªœ® œiŞÜ¦®Òi_ÜiÕ¼iV ? ŖÜ?vÞiÒÜÞ iÜ $7 ܼ?ªŞi¦ VÜMŖÜ ?œ ª ܦ®ÒiÜ parent meetings, school announcements, chapter meetings, and community functions. Three, for administration to be in the classrooms more than before to ensure student i?Òª ª Ü?ªŞÜÞi?V iÒÜiziVÞ œiªiÕÕÁÜÜ ®éÒ_ܦ? iÜ!, .Ü?ÜÕ?viÜ?ªŞÜiª ®Ŗ?M iÜ i?Òª ª Ü environment for ALL.

Eva Prieto

Red Rock Elementary Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school alongside Red Rock Elementary .V ®® ÎÕÜ?¦?Ś ª ÜÕÞ?ztÜÜ Ü ?œiÜMiiªÜV®¦¦ ÞÞiŞÜÞ®ÜÞ iÜ}i ŞÜ®vÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÜv®ÒÜÕ ŕÞiiªÜŖi?ÒÕÁÜ éÒ ª ÜÞ ÕÜÞ ¦i_Ü Ü ?œiÜ had the privilege to teach and work with a variety of students from preschool all the way to graduate school. I attended the University of California Los Angeles for undergrad and both WNMU and UNM for graduate school. I have a master’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Business Administration. I am also a !?Þ ®ª? Ü ®?ÒŞ iÒÞ }iŞÜ0i?V iÒÜ?ÕÜ?ªÜ ŕVi¼Þ ®ª? Ü!iiŞÕÜ.¼iV ? ÕÞÁ What made you want to become an educator? I truly believe that education chose me. One of my inspirations to pursue education was my High School French Teacher, Mrs. Brown. Her support, and belief in me, gave me the V®ª}ŞiªViÜޮܼéÒÕéiܦŖÜ ®? ÕÁÜ ÜV®ªÞ ªéiÜÞ®ÜMiÜ ªÕ¼ ÒiŞÜ?ªŞÜŞÒ œiªÜޮܦ? iÜ?ܼ®Õ Þ œiÜ ¦¼?VÞÜŔ Þ ªÜ¦ŖÜÕV ®® Ü community and the lives of students. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? I appreciate the opportunity to share your child’s educational experience with you and I look forward to collaborating with you on a journey to serve our students and families. I am committed to engaging our school community in our shared vision where all stakeholders work towards ?V?Şi¦ VÜiŕVi iªViÜ?ªŞÜÕÞéŞiªÞÜ?V iœi¦iªÞÁÜ Ü?¦ÜV®¦¦ ÞÞiŞÜÞ®ÜÕÞéŞiªÞÜ i?Òª ª Ü?ªŞÜ ªœiÕÞiŞÜ ªÜÕÞ?zÜ development and growth.

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Clara B. Morris

Stagecoach Elementary School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I am of the Edge of Water (Zuni) Clan born for the Towering House Clan, and my maternal and paternal Clans are Red Streaked Bottom and One Walks Around. I was raised and still resident in Chichiltah, a community in Vanderwagen, New Mexico. I received my Bachelors from the University of New Mexico in Elementary Education with a TESOL iªŞ®ÒÕi¦iªÞØÜ?Ü ?ÕÞiÒÕÜ i ÒiiÜvÒ®¦Ü!®ÒÞ ViªÞÒ? Ü2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖÜ ªÜ ? v®Òª ?Ü ªÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ªÜ and Educational Leadership. What made you want to become an educator? My interest in becoming an educator started with tutoring students in reading and writing. I saw great potentials with each child. But, helping them learn to read and write within a few hours a day was not enough. This was how I got started in the education system. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My goal is to ensure the students are taught using the best practices in a safe and positive environment to be successful

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Thoreau Elementary

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Vanderwagen, NM. I attended Roosevelt Elementary, JFK Middle School, and graduated from Gallup High School. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Ş ®®ŞÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ªÜvÒ®¦Ü2! _Üi?ÒªiŞÜ}ÒÕÞܦ?ÕÞiÒÎÕÜŞi ÒiiÜ ªÜ ®éªÕi ª ÜvÒ®¦Ü WNMU, earned second master’s degree in Educational Administration from WNMU, ?ªŞÜi?ÒªiŞÜ¦ŖÜ ®VÞ®Ò?ÞiÜ ªÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ª? Ü Ş¦ ª ÕÞÒ?Þ ®ªÜvÒ®¦Ü! .2ÁÜ What made you want to become an educator educator? I want to help students and guide them Þ®Ü?VV®¦¼ Õ Ü?ªŖÞ ª ÜÞ iŖÜÕiÞÜÞ i Òܦ ªŞÜÞ®ÁÜ Òi?¦Ü t What are your goals for the upcoming school year? ŖÜ ®? Üv®ÒÜ.:ÜçŜçç çŜçâÜ ÕÜÞ®Ü i ¼Ü¦ŖÜÕÞ?zÜ?ªŞÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜÞ®Ü have an awesome school year learning and growing to meet our annual goals for reading and math.

Oscar Ontiveros

Ramah Elementary School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I was raised in El Paso, Texas and I am a product of the El Paso Public School system. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree in Pk-12 Mid-Management Administration from Sul Ross State University. Hobbies: As an avid tennis player in my youth, I played on the Junior ?œ ÕÜ é¼Ü0i?¦ÁÜ8 iܼ ?Ŗ ª ÜÞiªª ÕÜv®ÒÜ Ş ?ªŞÜ éª ®ÒÜ ® i iÜ ÜMiV?¦iÜ?ܪ?Þ ®ª? Ü champion and was named an All-American. Since my parents were both expert geologists, I continue to enjoy collecting museum quality mineral specimens from all over the world. Activities: I have served elementary, middle, and high school settings as an Assistant Principal and Principal. Over the last âçÜŖi?ÒÕ_Ü Ü ?œiÜÕiÒœiŞÜ ªÜ ÕÞÒ VÞÜ i?ŞiÒÕ ¼Ü¼®Õ Þ ®ªÕÜ?ÕÜ?Ü ÒiVÞ®Ò_Ü ®®ÒŞ ª?Þ ª Ü Ò?ªÞÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ª_Ü ª é? Ü Education, Special Programs and Even Start Family Literacy Programs. My professional experience includes Ŕ®Ò ª ÜŔ Þ ÜÞ iÜ2Á.ÁÜ i¼?ÒÞ¦iªÞÜ®vÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ªÜœ? Ş?Þ ª ܪ?Þ ®ª? ÜMiªV ¦?Ò ÕÜv®ÒÜÕV ®® ÕÜÞ ?ÞÜŔiÒiܼéM Õ iŞÜ ªÜ areas such as The Concept of a Learning Centered School, Challenging Standards and Curriculum, The Classroom Common Core, and Expectations for Schools, Families and Communities. I served six years on national panels with Þ iÜ${ViÜ®vÜ ª é? Ü ŞéV?Þ ®ªÜ ª®Ò ÞŖÜ ?ª é? iÕÜ z? ÒÕÜ?ªŞÜÕ ŕÜŖi?ÒÕÜŔ Þ ÜÞ iÜ${ViÜ®vÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ª? ÜŝiÕi?ÒV Ü and Improvement. What made you want to become an educator? To my surprise, becoming an educator has been the hardest, thankless job I ever ended up loving. I am grateful for the turn of events that led me to become an educator, ®Þ iÒŔ ÕiÜ ÜŔ®é ŞÜª®ÞÜ ?œiÜv®éªŞÜ¦ŖÜV? ª ÁÜÜ.V ®® ÜŔ?Õܪ®ÞÜ?ÕÜi?ÕŖÜv®ÒܦiÜMiV?éÕiÜ ª Õ ÜŔ?Õܪ®ÞܦŖÜ}ÒÕÞÜ language, but my teachers always took the time to help me understand what was being taught. My teachers fostered within me a desire to learn, challenge myself and explore. I wanted to share that same experience with others. As a student, I always dreamed about becoming a teacher because my teachers were always encouraging, and they were able to make learning so much fun. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? Positive thinking will continue to make it easier for us to focus ®ªÜÞ?Õ ÕÜÞ ?ÞܪiiŞÜÞ®ÜMiÜŞ®ªiÜ?ªŞÜ i?ҪܪiŔÜ ªv®Ò¦?Þ ®ªÁÜ ÞÎÕÜ ¦¼®ÒÞ?ªÞÜÞ®Ü?V ª®Ŕ iŞ iÜÞ iÜV ? iª iÜ®ÒÜŞ {Vé ÞŖÜ Þ®Ü}ªŞÜ?ÜŔ?ŖÜޮܮœiÒV®¦iÜ ÞÁÜŝiÕ iªVŖÜŔ Ü i ¼ÜéÕÜ?VVi¼ÞÜÞ iÜ ÕÕéiÜ?ªŞÜ}ªŞÜÕÞi¼ÕÜޮܦ®œiܼ?ÕÞÜ ÞÜŔ iÜÕÞ?Ŗ ª Ü ¼®Õ Þ œiÁÜÜ Üiŕ¼iVÞ?Þ ®ªÕÜv®ÒÜÒi?Ş ª Ü?ªŞÜŔÒ Þ ª ÜŔ Ü i ¼ÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜ?ªŞÜÕÞ?zÜŞiœi ®¼ÜVÒ Þ V? ÜÞ ª ª ÜÕ Õ_ÜŔ V Ü are important to make well-reasoned decisions. Reading requires you to think and process information in ways that you may not experience in other forms of entertainment. While reading, students will sharpen their ability to take notes to keep in their mind a focus on what they are learning.

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Ramah Middle/High School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in beautiful Ramah, NM. I graduated from Ramah High School in the late ´«ŜŜÕÁÜÜ ÜÒiVi œiŞÜ¦ŖÜM?V i ®ÒÎÕÜŞi ÒiiÜvÒ®¦Ü Ò ?¦Ü:®éª Ü2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖ_Ü?ªŞÜ?Ü master’s degree from Western New Mexico University. This is my 20th year working in for Gallup McKinley County Schools. What made you want to become an educator? The primary motivator for me as an educator is student success. I have had experiences that helped me realize the value of education and the joy of helping people learn, and those experiences led me to pursue a career in education. It is a privilege to contribute to the learning and success of students. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My goal this year is to further develop an engaged learning community that recognizes the value of education, provides opportunities and support for students, and builds students’ skills for life-long success.

Noel Thomas

Tobe Turpen Elementary

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Noel Thomas born and raised in Gallup NM. I am happily married to my husband 0Òiœ®Ò_ÜŔiÜ ?œiÜâÜ ŞÕÜ iŕ Ü ªÜ«Þ Ü Ò?Şi_Ü i ?ŝ?ŖÜ ªÜnÞ Ü Ò?ŞiÜ?ªŞÜ ® iÜ®éÒÜ? ¦®ÕÞÜ two-year old. I enjoy reading, watching baseball, outdoor activities such as camping, }Õ ª _Ü?ªŞÜ éªÞ ª ÁÜ0? ª Ü?Şœ?ªÞ? iÜ®vÜÞÒ ¼ÕÜÞ®ÜÒi ?ŕÜ?ªŞÜÒivÒiÕ ÜŔ Þ Ü¦ŖÜv?¦ ŖÁÜ Ü have a big family that I love spending time with. I am blessed with amazing parents that have been supportive of all of my endeavors in life. I have my bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico, and my master’s in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University. What made you want to become an educator? ܦ?ŞiÜÞ iÜŞiV Õ ®ªÜÞ®Ü ®Ü ªÞ®ÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÜÞ®ÜMiV®¦iÜ ª éiªÞ ? Ü ªÜ students’ lives. I want to continue to share my love for learning. I had great educators growing up and I want to be able to share and give back to the community. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My vision as principal at Tobe Turpen Elementary is to V®ªÞ ªéiÜÞ®ÜÕé¼¼®ÒÞܦŖÜÕÞ?zÜÕ®ÜÞ iŖÜV?ªÜ®ziÒÜÞ iÜMiÕÞÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÜ¼®ÕÕ M iÜޮܮéÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÁÜÜË8$ŝ Ü ŝ _Ü $Ü ŝ_Ü 8 :.Üŝ ŝÜ8 $Ü:$2Ü ŝ tÜ ®®®ŔŔŔ tÌÜ

Robin Holder

Tohatchi Elementary

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Conyers, Georgia, a small town outside of Atlanta. I went to Middle Georgia College and Georgia Southern University. What made you want to become an educator? I believe teaching is in my blood. My grandmother and three of her sisters were all teachers. I have three cousins who are also teachers. I loved school and learning. I had many great teachers when I was a student who inspired me to become a teacher. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? What are your goals for the upcoming school year? Our goal for Tohatchi Elementary is for it to be an engaging and challenging learning environment for all our students. We want to encourage all parents and guardians to participate in their child’s learning at home as well as in school events.

Lucinda S. Bitsoi

Tohatchi Middle School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? :?Î?ÞÎii Ü_Ü ÒiiÞ ª Õ_Ü. Üi Ü éV ªŞ?Ü.ÁÜ ÞÕ® Ü: ª Õ Ŗi_Ü ? ÞÕ®® ܪ Õ _Ü!?ªiiÕ ÞÎiiŚ Ü Tachiinii bashishchiin, Kinyaa’aanii dashicheii, Ashiihi dashinali. I am from Naschitti, New Mexico, I grew up in the Tohatchi, Naschitti area with my parents and grandparents. I ?¦Ü¦?ÒÒ iŞÜŔ Þ ÜâÜV ŞÒiªÜ?ªŞÜ®ªiÜ Ò?ªŞÕ®ªÁÜ Ü?ÞÞiªŞiŞÜÕV ®® Ü?ÞÜ ? é¼Ü V ª iŖÜ County Schools (GMCS) and graduated from Tohatchi High School. I have worked for the GMCS district for 25+ years. I have attended Fort Lewis College, The University of New Mexico, and Western New Mexico University. What made you want to become an educator? I started out as an assistant with Navajo Nation Headstart, and as a special educational assistant, and from that point I decided that I wanted to pursue my career in education, I enjoy working with students, helping them grow and encouraging them to strive for their goals. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? I am excited for the upcoming school year and looking forward to our students returning to school. I am also excited that we will be including 4 Pathway classes in our schedule this school year. My goals are to work towards our students progressing, growing academically, and developing skills that they will continue to utilize throughout middle school, into high school and skills they will ¦¼ i¦iªÞÜÞ Ò®é ®éÞÜÞ i ÒÜ œiÕÁÜ ÜŔ®é ŞÜ? Õ®Ü iÜÞ®ÜMiÜ?M iÜÞ®Ü i?ÒªÜ?ªŞÜ Ò®ŔÜ?ÕÜ?Ü i?ŞiÒÜÞ®ÜÕé¼¼®ÒÞܦŖÜÕÞ?z_Ü teachers, students, and the community. We want all students to be successful and do the best they can do, to ÕÞÒ œiÜv®ÒŔ?ÒŞÜ?ªŞÜ¦iiÞÜÞ i ÒÜ ®? ÕÁÜ V ª ÜM?Ü?ŞiiÞÎ ÁÜ:ii ®_ÜŖii ®_ÜŖii ®Üª?Õ Ş® ÞÕ® Á

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Tohatchi High School

Tell ell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I grew up in Gallup and am a proud graduate of Gallup High School 1988. I went to college and graduated from UNM with my Bachelors and received my masters from Ò?ªŞÜ ?ªŖ®ªÜ2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖÁÜ éÒ ª ÜÞ ?ÞÜÞ ¦iÜ Ü ®Þܦ?ÒÒ iŞÜޮܦŖÜ éÕM?ªŞÜ Ò ?ªÜ?ªŞÜ ?ŞÜâÜŔ®ªŞiÒvé ÜV ŞÒiªÜ¾ ¦ i_Ü ?V®M_Ü?ªŞÜ Ò ?ªÜ ÒÁ¿Ü Ü ?œiÜ? Ŕ?ŖÕÜMiiªÜ?Ü vi ®ª Ü i?ÒªiÒÜ?ªŞÜŞiV ŞiŞÜÞ®Ü ®ÜM?V Ü?ªŞÜÒiVi œiܦŖÜViÒÞ }V?ÞiÜ ªÜ ަ ª ÕÞÒ?Þ ®ªÁÜ$ªViÜ Ü received my administration degree I became an assistant principal at a charter school in Albuquerque NM. I decided that is was time to move back home and applied with GMCS for a principal position Ŕ Þ Ü0® ?ÞV Ü Ü.V ®® Ü ªÜçŜçŜÁÜ0 ÕÜŔ ÜMiܦŖÜâÒŞÜŖi?ÒÜ ªÜ0® ?ÞV Ü?ªŞÜ ÜV?ªª®ÞÜŔ? ÞÜv®ÒÜÞ ÕÜÕV ®® ÜŖi?ÒÜÞ®Ü begin our new journey. What made you want to become an educator? I have always been fascinated by teaching. I thought that maybe one day that I could teach and become like some of my favorite teachers in the past. I have now been in education 19 years and do not see myself stopping anytime soon. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My goals for the upcoming school year are to engage the community and school, and to make sure that Tohatchi is known for its outstanding education opportunities.

Nadine Gonzales Thoreau Middle School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I was born and raised in Grants, NM. Once I graduated high school, I went to Silver City and attended Western New Mexico University for a year. I then transferred and Ò?Şé?ÞiŞÜvÒ®¦Ü2! ÁÜ ŖÜ}ÒÕÞÜÞi?V ª Ü ®MÜŔ?ÕÜ ªÜ ªŞiÒ ?ÒÞiª_Ü?ªŞÜ ÜÕÞ?ŖiŞÜ?ÞÜÞ ÕÜ level for four years. I then taught sixth grade for eight year and then seventh grade

English/Language Arts for four years. I received my master’s degree in Educational Administration in 2015, which ? ®ŔiŞÜ¦iÜÞ®Ü iÞܦŖÜ}ÒÕÞÜ¼Ò ªV ¼? Õ ¼Ü ªÜçŜ´ÙÁÜ ÜÞÒ?ªÕviÒÒiŞÜÞ®Ü ? é¼Ü V ª iŖÜ ®éªÞŖÜ.V ®® ÕÜ?ÕÜ?ÜÞi?V iÒÜv®ÒÜ the 2020-2021 school year and then became the principal at Thoreau Middle School in July 2021. What made you want to become an educator? When I was little, me and my sisters used to “play school”. When ÜÕÞ?ÒÞiŞÜ ªŞiÒ ?ÒÞiª_Ü Üvi Ü ªÜ ®œiÜŔ Þ ÜÕV ®® ÁÜ ªÜÞ iÜ}ÒÕÞÜ Ò?Şi_Ü ÜÞ® ŞÜ¦Ŗܦ®¦Ü ÜŔ?ÕÜ ® ª ÜÞ®ÜMiÜ?ÜÞi?V iÒÜŔ iªÜ Ü grew up. When I was a teenager, I thought about a few other careers, but nothing ever felt right for me other than teaching. I love helping students see outside the perspectives they currently have, as well as helping them learn to believe in themselves. Kids of all ages are always good company! What are your goals for the upcoming school year? At Thoreau Middle School, we want to improve the reading levels of our students. In order for them to be successful in all classes, and of course in life, they need to be able Þ®ÜÒi?ŞÜ éiªÞ ŖÜ?ªŞÜV®¦¼Òi iªŞÜŔ ?ÞÜÞ iŖÜ?ÒiÜÒi?Ş ª ÁÜ ÜŔ?ªÞÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜÞ®ÜMiÜV®ª}ŞiªÞÜ?ªŞÜMi ª Ü?M iÜÞ®ÜÒi?ŞÜ Ŕ ÜMé ŞÜV®ª}ŞiªViÜv®ÒÜÞ i¦ÁÜ vÜŔiÜ®¼iªÜŞ®®ÒÕÜÞ®ÜÒi?Ş ª _ܦ?ŖMiÜÞ iÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜŔ ÜMi ªÜÞ®Üiª ®ŖÜ ÞÁÜ Another goal is to create an environment where students look forward to coming to school. We need to improve ®éÒÜ?ÞÞiªŞ?ªVi_Ü?ªŞÜ vÜÞ iÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÜ ®® Üv®ÒŔ?ÒŞÜÞ®ÜMi ª Ü?ÞÜÕV ®® _ÜÞ iŖÜŔ ܼéÞܦ®ÒiÜiz®ÒÞÜ ªÜ iÞÞ ª Ü iÒiÁÜ vÜÞ iŖÜ are here more, they learn more!

Lawrence Sena

Thoreau High School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? I am originally from Santa Rosa, NM where I graduated high school. I attended college at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM with my bachelor’s degree in both Elementary Education and Social Studies. I began my teaching career back in Santa Rosa where I spent time teaching at the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. My family and I then moved to Tucumcari, NM where I continued to teach and coach while continuing my education. I received my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Western Governor’s University and then moved to Thoreau, where I have been the principal for the past 6 Ŗi?ÒÕÁÜ Ü ?œiÜ? Õ®ÜV®ªÞ ªéiŞÜ¦ŖÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÜÒiVi œ ª Ü?ªÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ª? Ü.¼iV ? ÕÞÕÜ i ÒiiÜ ªÜ ŞéV?Þ ®ª? Ü i?ŞiÒÕ ¼Ü from North Central University. I am married to my wonderful wife Patricia, together we have 4 daughters and 1 son-in-law. We enjoy camping, }Õ ª _ÜÕ¼®ÒÞÕ_ÜÒi?Ş ª Ü?ªŞÜÞÒ?œi ª Á What made you want to become an educator?Ü educator? éÒ ª ÜV® i iÜ ÜÕ¼iªÞܦŖÜÕ馦iÒÕÜV®?V ª ÜŖ®éÞ ÜÕ¼®ÒÞÕÜ?ªŞÜ Ü really enjoyed helping youngsters learn new things. I decided that teaching would be the best of both worlds, I would get to not only teach athletics, but I would get to teach students in the classroom. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My biggest goal for this school year is to promote a more positive school environment for all students. The development of our career pathways along with our new ª iŞÜ i?Òª ª ÜÕV ®® ܼҮ iVÞÕÜÕ ®é ŞÜÒi? ŖÜiŕV ÞiÜ®éÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÜM®ŞŖÜ?ªŞÜÕÞ?zÁÜ0 ÕܪiŔÜÞŔ ÕÞÜÞ®ÜÞ iÜŔ?ŖÜŔiÜŞ®Ü things here should really bring about a new energy to our school building that should allow us to help close the achievement gap and increase student test scores.

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Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Ü ÒiŔÜé¼Ü¦?ªŖܼ ?ViÕÁÜÜ ÜÕ¼iªÞܦ®ÕÞÜ®vܦŖÜ¼Ò ¦?ÒŖÜiŞéV?Þ ®ªÜŖi?ÒÕÜ ªÜ:é ®ª_Ü Oklahoma, and most of my secondary years in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. However, I graduated from high school in Parker, Colorado. I received my two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, CO and my master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. What made you want to become an educator? I have wanted to be a math teacher since I was 7. I always enjoyed school and math was my favorite subject. I decided to go into administration after teaching for 8 years because I wanted to have a greater impact on student education. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My goal is to be active in both of my schools and help each school improve student education.

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Twin Lakes Elementary School

Tell us about yourself i.e., Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college? Ü Ò?Şé?ÞiŞÜvÒ®¦ÜÞ iÜ2ª œiÒÕ ÞŖÜ®vÜÞ iÜ, ¼¼ ªiÕ_Ü ¦?ª_Ü-éiŚ®ªÜ ÞŖÜŔ Þ Ü my bachelor’s degree in Education. I have my master’s degree in Educational Administration. I joined GMCS in 2015 as a 4th grade teacher at Red Rock Elementary School. I was evaluated as an Exemplary Teacher by the state for 2 consecutive years. After that, I moved as an Instructional Coach to Kennedy Middle School. I became a performing coach for the district too. I enjoyed coaching teachers because I do that with sincerity and dedication for the success of our students. I also had an opportunity to be interviewed by one ®vÜÞ iܼҮviÕÕ®ÒÕÜ?ÞÜ27 Ü ?ÒŞiªÜ.V ®® Ü®vÜ éÕ ªiÕÕÁÜ0 iÜ ªÞiÒœ iŔÜŔ?ÕÜ?M®éÞܦŖÜÕÞ®ÒŖÜ ªÜ¦Ŗܼ?Þ Ü®vÜV®?V ª Ü Þi?V iÒÕÜ ªÜÞ i ÒÜ}i ŞÜ®vÜÞi?V ª ÜÞ®Üiª ?ªViÜÞ i ÒÜ ª®Ŕ iŞ iÜ ªÜŔ?ŖÕÜ?ªŞÜ¦i?ªÕÜÞ®ÜÞi?V ª Ü®éÒÜÕÞéŞiªÞÕÁÜ ÞÜŔ?ÕÜ?Ü very enjoyable interview and was published on their site. I continued with my career path, and I applied as School Leader Intern at Tobe Turpen Elementary School before coming to Twin Lakes Elementary as the School Principal. What made you want to become an educator? Since I am the only one in the family who followed in my mother’s footsteps as an educator, I took it as a legacy to be valued. My mother taught me and showed me how noble teaching profession is. I’ve seen so many opportunities where teaching has a great role in helping or assisting students to succeed. I want to continue doing this. I want to show it to the whole world that New Mexico students V?ªÜV®¦¼iÞiÜ ®M? ŖÁÜ0 iŖÜV?ªÜ¦? iÜ?ÜŞ ziÒiªViÜÞ Ò®é Ü®éÒܪ®M iÜÞi?V iÒÕÜ?ªŞÜ¼iÒv®Ò¦ ª Ü ŞéV?Þ ®ª? Ü Assistants and the unending support from administration. What are your goals for the upcoming school year? I want TLE to go beyond what we had achieved in 2021ççÁÜ0 ?ÞÜŔ?ÕÜ éÕÞÜÞ iÜÕÞ?ÒÞ ª ܼ® ªÞÁÜ0 ÜŔ ÜÕii ܦ®ÒiÜÕ ª }V?ªÞÜ Ò®ŔÞ Ü ªÜ?V?Şi¦ VÕÁÜ8iÜŔ ÜÞ?¼Ü¼?ÒiªÞ? Ü involvement targeting 100% daily attendance and positive behavior in the classroom. We at Twin Lakes ES would like our eagles to soar showing changes. We must always remember that: “Change is the end result of true learning” by: Leo Buscaglia $zÜÞ®Ü?Ü ®®ŞÜÕÞ?ÒÞÜ0Ŕ ªÜ ? iÕÜ .Ü?ªŞÜ ? é¼ V ª iŖÜ ®éªÞŖÜ.V ®® Ü ÕÞÒ VÞÜçŜçç çŜçât

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By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


allup-McKinley County Schools is cracking down on drugs. During

principals and safety officers learn about the sweeps on the day that it happens. “If we give notice, it’s all going to disappear before we get there,” Maiorano said.


MCSO’s K-9 division cracking down on narcotics at GMCS

Sgt. Johnson Lee w/ K-9 Max, Dep. Frank Villa and NMSP Ofc. Merlin Benally at Tohatchi Elementary talking to the students about the K-9 program. Photo Credit: MCSO

Maiorano said that last yea r the K- 9 d iv ision d id sweeps at Navajo Pine High School, Thoreau High School, M i y a mu r a H i g h S c h o o l , Gallup High School, Navajo M id d le S c ho ol , T hor e a u M idd le School, a nd Chee Dodge Elementary School. Maiorano said that some

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the previous school year, the school district started a partnership with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and its K-9 division. The partnership formed a f t er t he school d i st r ic t approached the sheriff’s office a nd ex pressed a concer n about fi nding vapes and marijuana products inside some of the middle schools and high schools in the district. “The idea of working with the district was to keep the kids and the schools safe, to keep a safe, drug-free school env i ron ment . I t h i nk t he school administration and administrators do a pretty good job, they’ve found more product than we have with the dogs, so clearly there is commitment coming out of the district for finding this stuff and making sure that it’s not happening inside of their school,” Undersheriff James Maiorano III said in an interview with the Sun. Maiora no said that the dogs are brought in on random days, w it h on ly t he coordinators knowing when they’re going to a r r ive at the schools beforehand. The

Sgt. Johnson Lee w/ K-9 Max at Thoreau Middle School. Photo Credit: MCSO




allup-McKinley County School’s new school year starts Aug. 11, and

with that comes new seasons of school sports. The Sun got the chance to talk to some of the district’s coaches about what they’re looking forward to this year.

Yá’át’ééh, shik’éí dóó shidine’é. Keshi Hom A:Kuwaye. Saludos padres, madres y amigos. Hello everyone, welcome back to a great new school year! The Culture Education Department is excited for another new year of language acquisition and development. The goal of the Heritage Language program is to develop and build each students’ oral language skills in speaking, listening, and responding in their heritage language through daily classroom instruction. Cultural education is working toward building a stronger connection with words, phrases, and communication skills that will build fluency. All students are welcome in the program. Teachers want as many students as possible in the program that is possible. It does not matter whether a student speaks perfectly or is at the beginning steps with learning their home language, they are all welcome in the program.

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Cultural education will be incorporating a new innovative experience to build opportunity for student language use in the public arena. This school year, Cultural Education will work alongside fifth grade and social studies teachers, district-wide, to integrate a Heritage Language Cultural History/ Government/ Social Studies Fair during the second semester of 2022-2023. Cultural education would like to highlight some recent successes in the Heritage Language Program. What is exciting and a first for Gallup-McKinley County Schools, is having a Navajo Heritage Language Program and teacher physically hired in every school this year. GMCS has also hired Spanish and Zuni Heritage Language teachers for area schools that serve those specific language-based populations. Providing an HLC teacher at each school site would not be possible without the Heritage Language Educational Assistant Internship program. Any adult that has a high school diploma and can speak the Navajo Language, Cultural Education asks that they apply, and join the team! As always, GMCS and the schools need every parent, guardian, and community member to support in building a positive school-to-community partnership. The district and schools need every parent, guardian, community member, and GMCS staff member to seriously consider being a part of their school’s Advisory School Council (ASC). Notices about the ASC and voting will take place, at each school, in September 2022. Therefore, sign up and join your child’s educational team!! GMCS and Cultural Education look forward to this school year and building a true family and community connection. If you have any questions or need information about HLC, please do not hesitate to call XV DW ± $KpKHH‫ ތ‬

M I Y A M U R A’ S N E W FOOTBALL COACH This will be David Foley’s first year as Miyamura’s head football coach. Miyamura’s first official game of the season is on Aug. 19 at home against Aztec, and Foley said he’s really looking forward to it. “[I’m looking forward to] game one. We’ve been working real hard in the offseason,” Foley said. “I just really love football; I enjoy being out there with the kids and teaching it, but I’m really looking forward to kickoff of that first game, and then we’ll really figure out what we’re good at and what we need to keep working on this season.” One of the things Foley said he wanted to work on this year was the team’s offensive line. “I know we need to get a little bit better at the offensive line, so we’re trying to create consistent offensive line blocking rules,” Foley explained. “As I’ve watched film from last year, there were times when there was a little bit of confusion about who they were supposed to block. So that’s one thing I’m hoping we can improve on.” Foley said he’s also trying to strengthen the JV team, and not focus solely on the varsity team. “I’m hoping we can do a bit more with the development of our ninth and tenth graders, especially as the school year starts,” he said. Overall though, Foley said one of his main goals is just to make sure everyone feels included. “I wanted to give these kids a real competitive fire. We’re trying to do our best to build team unity, get everyone involved.” Miyamura’s first official game of the season is on Aug. 19 at home against Aztec. GALLUP HIGH GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Last year, the Lady Bengals went 25-5. This year, after seven seniors graduated, coach Todd McBroom is looking at a pretty different team. “We’ve k i nd of got a

n e w g r o u p ,” M c B r o o m explained. “The group that just graduated, we had seven seniors and I’ve had a lot of those sen ior s si nce they were freshmen and sophomores, so we’ve kind of had the same core kids, so we’re going to have some new faces step into some new roles, Jordan Stewart of the Miyamura Patriots tosses the ball during and it will be an Aug. 24, 2018 game against Aztec at the Angelo DiPaolo exciting to see. Memorial Stadium in Gallup. File Photo I’m excited to get going on it.” He said that the new tea m d y n a m ic w i l l allow different players to step up into leadership roles. “We’ll probably have six or seven seniors again, so we’ll have a nice older group, but we’ll have some young kids stepping in also. We’ll have some young Gallup Bengal Kamyrn Yazzie (20) seizes an opportunity and kids to mix in with takes the ball from Kirtland Bronco Mckleigh Begaye (23) during these seniors, and the Feb. 17, 2018 basketball game at Gallup High. File Photo it’ll be a fun year,” McBroom said. Miyamura wrestling coach Nate He said that building chem- Sellers is still getting his team istry within the new team is one ready to go and also trying to of his major goals. recruit more wrestlers. “When you lose half your Sellers coaches Miyamura’s roster to graduation, chemis- boys and girls wrestling teams. try is always a big thing,” he Last year, the girls won their said. “This is probably the big- state championship, and the gest turnover we’ve had, so just boys got fifth place at state. messing [the players] together “We’re looking to improve and getting the kids playing on the boys’ side,” Sellers together and building the chem- explained. “It’s a little bit more istry as the year goes on will be difficult to retain boys than really important.” it is girls for some reason. The Lady Bengals’s first Wrestling’s a pretty hard sport.” official practice won’t be until Sellers said he’s looking m id-November. McBroom forward to guiding the kids said their fi rst game would be and teaching them all about around Thanksgiving. wrestling. MIYAMURA WRESTLING Wrestling season doesn’t start until the winter, but


“[I’m looking forward to] developing the kids and giving them opportunities to compete on the highest level in the state,” Sellers said. “It’s all about development and teaching the kids dedication. There’s so much to learn in wrestling, so it’s definitely a life-learning sport when the kids walk into the room.” Sellers is still trying to recruit more wrestlers for both of his teams. He said part of the reason he doesn’t have as many wrestlers as he would like is because the sport isn’t as wellknown as other sports such as football and baseball. “The biggest thing is just recruitment. I think kids are a


room training. Sellers said both teams are currently working out three times a week. Matches won’t begin until December, but Sellers said he’s always recruiting more wrestlers for the two teams. “The door’s always open,” he said. THOREAU HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Last year Thoreau’s volleyball team had a 11-12 record, and they were runner ups at district. They didn’t make the state tournament, but Coach Kyron White is hoping that will change this year. “The goal is to try to and get back to the state tournament, but to also do very well in our district,” White said. “I also think as a coach, my goal

is to really teach the girls the expectations of what Thoreau volleyball is, just because we are a young team. I think one of my biggest goals is just to have fun and teach them the game.” Six seniors on the team graduated last year, so White will be coaching a team full of younger players. “Right now we have a lot of youth on our team,” White said. “Last year we graduated six seniors, so this year I’m thinking we might have 2 or 3 seniors, so we have a lot of girls who are going to be inexperienced in certain situations, but I also think that we have a lot of girls who can play multiple positions […].” White said tryouts for the team will take place on the first day of school, Aug. 11.

one student, which led them to believe that the individual was dealing or reselling the pens. “At Miyamura High School there was a decent amount of product found, and I’m not exactly sure where the case went because we turned it over to the Ga llup Police Depa r t ment a s t he pr imary agency to investigate,” Maiorano said. Maiorano said that once the K-9 div ision finds the drugs or drug paraphernalia, they turn what they found over to the district and the district deals with the student’s punishment from there. A juvenile probation officer is the one who decides whether the student will face any legal charges. Maiorano said the action the district or legal authorities take depends on the age of the student, what is found, and in what quantity. It’s all looked at case by case. The K-9 division uses dogs to locate drugs, but Maiorano said the school sweeps can also be a positive experience for the students and staff. “We use [the sweeps] as bot h a n educat iona l tool and as an enforcement tool. The idea is for all the kids in the school, and the school staff and law enforcement to have a positive interaction,” Maiorano said. “For those k id s who a ren’t br i ng i ng drugs into school and aren’t

the elementary level, but that it doesn’t mean it’s not there. “I’m not saying it’s not t here; at t he element a r y school level we have gotten reports of them fi nding marijuana products, vape pens, and THC products,” Maiorano said. Ma iora no sa id t he K- 9

division is planning on starting the sweeps ea rly this school year. “We intend to kick right off at the beginning of the school year to send that message early in the semester that drugs are not going to be tolerated at the GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y S chool District,” Maiorano said.

having drug related issues, it’s going to be a positive reinforcement, because [the officers] introduce their dogs.” Ma iora no sa id they do bring the dogs to the elementary schools, but only to introduce the kids to the dogs and explain what they do. He said nothing has been found at

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of the schools came up clean, but that doesn’t mean that drugs aren’t present at the school. The dogs are trained to find marijuana, THC products, a nd other na rcotics such as cocaine or fentanyl. Maiorano said they haven’t found cocaine or fentanyl at the schools; instead they’ve found THC gummies, THC vapes, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia such as pipes and lighters. Maiorano went into detail about the types of vapes the division has found at schools. “ The vape pens we’re f i nd i ng r a nge f rom ver y skinny pens that look like pens – fits in a back pack really well – to USB-charged vapes,” Maiorano said. “Even if they’re tobacco, it’s still unlawful to possess tobacco u nder t he a ge of 21, s o whether it’s a THC product or a tobacco product, both are under violation of school policy, and a violation of New Mexico law.” Since the dogs can only detect marijuana and narcotics, Maiorano said that about 99% of the vapes the division has found have been THC vapes rather than tobacco. In one case at Miyamura High School, the div ision fou nd a la rge qua ntit y of vape pens that belonged to

sport, I think that’s the biggest thing, just trying to get more people to try the sport of wrestling out. It’s not your big sport like baseball, football, or basketball where it’s pushed on kids at a young, young age. We don’t even have middle school wrestling in McKinley County, so a majority of kids don’t even know what Miyamura Patriot Sean Pinedo takes down his opponent wrestling is until their from Bloomfield to secure his spot for state wrestling at freshman year.” Miyamura High School on Feb. 12. File Photo A lthough wrest l i ng i s a w i nt er little leery to try wrestling out sport, Sellers said he works because of the physical contact with the kids year-round. that’s involved in the sport,” When state wrestling fi nishes Sellers said. “But just trying up in February, a lot of the kids to open kids’ minds up to the are right back in the wrestling




Project SEARCH brings people with intellectual, developmental disabilities into the workforce By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent

competitive jobs. GMCS special education teacher David Palenschat is the instructor for the program. His job is to teach the students employability skills while they’re also learning from their internships. “[My favorite part] is the look on their face when they get their fi rst paycheck and when they first get offered a position and a job when everyone else around

them thought it was not possible for them to be employed, to be competitive,” Palenschat said. The program is funded by the New Mexico Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the New Mexico Department of Hea lt h / Development a l Disabilities Support Division, the UNM Center for Development & Disability, and the Navajo Nation of Special Education and Rehabilitation

Services. The interns receive minimum wage during their internships. The program focuses a lot on hospitality and service jobs. Some of the areas the students could work include laundry, housekeeping, front desk, snack/coffee bar, kitchen prep, inspections, dishwasher, server, busser, maintenance, or grounds keeping. Some of the local businesses that participate in the program include Springhill Suites, Comfort Suites, Del Taco, Anthony’s A Taste of the Southwest, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Rhino Health, Xtreme Cuts, and Quality Inn. Samuel Post is the general manager at Springhill Suites, and he is a big supporter of the program. “We make sure we put them where they get a chance to succeed, where they can develop what fits their skill sets and still matches the hospitality and brand standard needs,” Post said. “If they’re lacking on that we sure enough give them the tools to succeed.” Post said he began working with the interns from the

Bell said, noting that soft skills are just as important as job

training. “They will be taught those skills, and how to interview, how to work in a partnership and how to explain your work to a prospective boss.” St udent s not on ly get courses designed to prepare

them for futures in engineering or mechanical trades, but can be placed in paid internships at the end of the sequence. The district works with businesses in the region to take on interns, and pays students’ wages.

Internships will be new this year at Tse Yi Gai. There were 20 interns across schools and disciplines last year, Bell said, and the program is growing. “We’re going to have 80 this year. We’ll keep expanding as we learn.”


said, but the office hasn’t yet generated a list of qualifying certificate programs. That might be a temporary hurdle for students pursuing certificates, Shirley said, until colleges know which of their offerings are eligible. “Most of our programs are eligible as long as they are approved by the [federal] Department of Education,” she said. There are a few caveats: both schola rships a re for fi rst-time certifications; anyone who has already earned

an associate’s or bachelors’ degree isn’t eligible. Students must be New Mexico residents and attending a public college or university. “O ver 10,0 0 0 st udent s have already benefited under the [Oppor tunity] funding we have received,” Montoya said. The state’s Legislative F i na nce Com m it tee est imates statewide demand for the Opportunity Scholarship alone could total more than $100 million per year. For more information see


ccording to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 19.1% of people with disabilities were employed in 2020, compared to 63.7% of able-bodied people. When it comes to intellectual disabilities, the GallupMcKinley County Schools is trying to do something to bring that percentage up. On May 20, five students graduated from the district’s Project SEARCH program, a program that helps individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities prepare for the workforce. The program is a one-year internship for people aged 18-22 who have graduated high school. The program prepares them for integrated, competitively paid work. Project SEARCH is an international program, it’s even located in Iceland. This year’s graduating class was the eighth group to complete the course. The interns complete three 10-week internships where they gain hard and soft employability skills that prepare them for


Springhill Suites Assistant Manager Anthony (far left) and the hotel’s General Manager Samuel Post (far right) stand with four Project SEARCH graduates – Devi Charley, Demitria Haswood, Sequoyah Zunie, and Krystal Shirley during the May 20 graduation ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn. Photo Credit: GMCS

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requires money, it’s a scam.” Both programs are calibrated to help students prepare for jobs in high-demand sectors in the state, Montoya said. Students may choose to pursue certifications in areas like building trades, a twoyear (associate’s degree), or to earn credits toward a fouryear degree. “Certificate programs align with whatever the highest workforce needs are,” Montoya

program when he worked as the food and beverage manager at the Hilton Garden Inn. When he became the manager at Springhill Suites three years ago, he knew he wanted to continue to be a part of Project SEARCH. “We’ve seen the value in the program, not just for the company, but for the kids; how much they transition, how much they change, how much they develop, and we wanted to continue to be a part of that,” Post said. Post mentioned an intern who eventually became one of his full-time employees, Craig Roberts. Post said that when Roberts started his internship he wouldn’t talk to women and he couldn’t read. But now, Post calls Roberts the “backbone of the company.” Post has four full time employees who graduated from the program. “They run circles around anyone I could just hire off the street,” he said. This article previously ran in the Gallup Sun on May 27. Please contact GMCS for more information about the program.

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man and a woman tried robbing a local sporting goods store but were surprised when they found an employee sleeping in the store. On July 28, Gallup Police Officers Aaron Marquez and Matthew Strandy were dispatched to Sports World at 1500 S. Second St. when a man called Metro Dispatch and said someone had broken into the business and was still there. The officers arrived at the scene around 5:15 am. According to his police report, Marquez noticed that the business’s glass door was shattered. The officers saw a man, who was later identified as Bartholomew Whitegoat, run from the business. They also found a woman, who was later identified as Charlene Hannaweeka, hiding behind a pillar next to the business. When police approached Hannaweeka, 38, she told them she had nothing to do with the situation, and that she had just walked up to the store.

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Strandy was able to catch up with Whitegoat, 25. More officers arrived on the scene to help handle the situation. Marquez placed Hannaweeka in the back of his patrol car, and then walked up to the business, where he noticed a blue bike sitting next to the business’s entrance. When Marquez spoke to the man who was inside the store, he identified himself as a store employee. The man’s hands were bleeding and medical personnel were called in to check on him. The store employee said

he’d been sleeping in the back of the business when around 5 am he woke up to the sound of footsteps. According to the employee, he got up and and noticed someone walking around with a flashlight. The employee asked the man what he was doing, and the man replied by saying he was robbing the store. The man told the employee he’d gotten in through the window. The employee explained that he’d tried calling the police, but the man knocked his phone out of his hand. According to the employee,

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he tried to grab the man to prevent him from leaving, and that’s when the two of them started fighting. The employee said a woman appeared in the doorway and yelled at him to let the man go. The woman then allegedly began grabbing items from the store. The employee said that he eventually got tired while he was fighting the man, and stopped fighting him. The man then went to the broken door and began handing the woman things from the store. The employee said that the man had a skateboard with him, and he did swing it at his head, but he was able to move out of the way. That’s when the officers arrived at the scene. After Marquez got done talking with the employee, the store’s owner arrived at the scene. The owner told police that he’d left the store around 8 pm the night before and there hadn’t been any damages. During a walk through with the store’s owner, Marquez noted that eight skateboards were scratched. The store owner said each of the skateboards cost $60. Sixteen t-shirts were scattered around the business, and they all had blood, dirt, and scuff marks on them. The store owner said each shirt cost $20. Two pairs of bike gloves had also been damaged, and the store owner valued them at $20 each. The store owner estimated that the broken glass door would cost about $1,200 to replace, and the logo sticker that had been on the door would cost $500 to replace. A bike that belonged to the store was found outside, and it

was scratched up as well. The owner said it would cost $7,500 to fix it. The owner also noted that another bike was missing, and that it would cost another $7,500 to replace it. When officers were fi nally able to talk to Whitegoat, he said he wasn’t involved, and that the store employee had just started randomly hitting him in the face. According to the police report, officers found Whitegoat with two skateboards and two long-sleeved gray t-shirts on him. Whitegoat also admitted to having lost a blue celphone, which officers had found at the crime scene. When the officers talked to Hannaweeka, she restated that she wasn’t involved. She said she’d only been there to try and convince Whitegoat not to steal anything. The store employee identified Whitegoat as the man he’d been fighting with and Hannaweeka as the woman who was taking things out of the store. The officers were able to view some video footage of the incident, and the footage matched the employee’s story. Whitegoat was charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property (over $1,000), and breaking and entering. Hannaweeka was charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property (over $1,000), and breaking and entering. Whitegoat and Hannaweeka’s first court appearances were on July 29.

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n outing to a concert turned violent when one man punched a young girl. While officers were clearing out the parking lot of the Sports Page Lounge, 1400 S. Second St., on July 31, a woma n approached them and explained that a man had punched her daughter. The woman led the officers over to a car that was parked on the northside of the parking lot. When the officers arrived at the vehicle, they noticed a man, who was later identified as

Raymond Clark, lying down on the ground next to the vehicle. According to Gallup Police Officer Aaron Marquez’s report, the 16-year-old victim was sitting in the back of the vehicle, holding the left side of her head, and crying. When Marquez spoke to the victim, she explained that she had been at the Wowie’s Event Center seeing a concert. The victim said that she’d gotten to the vehicle first when the three of them were about to leave, and she sat in the driver’s seat waiting for her mother and Clark. When the two adults arrived

at the car, Clark allegedly opened the driver side door and punched the minor in the head. The victim said she didn’t black out, but she was dizzy. The victim’s mother backed up her daughter’s story. She said they’d gone to Wowie’s because her daughter wanted to see a band perform. The mother said that she and Clark had begun drinking at the concert, and that Clark had gotten upset when some people around them started making jokes. Clark eventually got up and went outside, and the victim’s mother went outside to look for him soon after. The two adults

eventually found each other, and started walking back to the vehicle they came in. The victim’s mother said Clark kept asking about the victim and where she was while they walked back to the car. The victim’s mother said that when Clark punched her daughter in the head, she pushed him to the ground, and then she saw the police officers and asked for help. According to Marquez’s report, Clark was too intoxicated to give a statement. The officers called medical personnel to come check on the victim and Clark. The victim

Man threatens others with machete Staff Reports

In his report, Brown said he noticed a machete lying next to


he was loitering and “talking shit.” The security guard said Descheenie even got in his face, but then he turned around and pulled a machete out of his backpack. The security guard said he went to pull out his mace,

Raymond Clark only had some redness on her head. A family member came and picked the victim up at a local hospital. Clark was arrested for child abuse. His preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 10.

but then decided to just let Descheenie go because he was worried about being stabbed with the machete. Descheenie was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, and concealing identity. His preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Devon Descheenie Descheenie, 19. Brown went to put handcuffs on Descheenie, and he began to try and pull away. Once Brown was able to handcuff Descheenie, the man began spitting. The officers put a “spit hood” on him to prevent him from spitting on them. Descheenie refused to walk, and sunk down to the ground, but he eventually did get up and start walking. In his report, Brown noted that Descheenie was highly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. When the officer asked Descheenie his name, he responded with “Lucky

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man was walking around the Heritage Plaza reportedly threatening people with a machete. On July 5, around 2 pm, Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to the Pepboys tire shop at 702 U.S. Hwy. 491 when a caller told Metro Dispatch that a man was threatening people at the store with a machete. When Brown arrived at the scene, he met with a Heritage Plaza security guard, who pointed out which direction the man had gone in. The security guard said the man had tried swinging at him and pulled out a machete. Witnesses said the man was wearing black shorts with a white stripe, a black shirt, a gold chain, and he had a camo backpack. Brown and Officer Christopher Dawes found a man fitting that description just south of the tire shop. The man, who was later identified as Devon Descheenie, was sleeping on his stomach when the officers found him.

Eighteen” but he did eventually give them his real name. The security guard confirmed that Descheenie was the one who had threatened him with a machete. He said he’d been chasing Descheenie off the property all day because


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FBI announces cyber security outreach for New Mexico businesses Staff Reports


he FBI wants to make the private industry in New Mexico aware of increased malicious cyber intrusions and encourage companies of all sizes to establish proactive relationships with them as soon as possible. Executives and cyber agents from the Albuquerque FBI Division are involved in media appearances, a social media campaign, and presentations to local industry groups. “The most important action a company can take in preparing for a cyber security incident is to develop a relationship with their local FBI field office before it happens,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda said. “We can provide intelligence on trends as well as advice to help you avoid computer compromises in the first place. And you will have a dedicated FBI contact you can call 24/7 to quickly report an incident and get us working to help you.”

According to the FBI Internet Crime Compla i nt Center, there were 19 ransomware incidents r e p o r t e d i n Ne w Mexico in 2021, up from 10 the year before. However, it’s likely the number of actual incidents were much higher. Nationally, between 2019 and 2021, the number of ransomware complaints reported to IC3 increased by 82%. The FBI recommends that all companies, regardless of size, take these preventive measures during this heightened threat environment: - If possible, identify your company’s most sensitive information and encrypt it. - Ensure your organization has an incident response plan that includes the FBI. Your organization should exercise your incident response plan on a routine basis.

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Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.

states where abortion remains legal are protected from any efforts to restrict their practice or create uncertainty about their legal liability. Specifically, the bill will: • Protect health care providers in states where abortion is legal from being subject to laws that try to prevent them from providing reproductive health care services or make them liable for providing those services to patients from any other state. These protections could be enforced by a federal lawsuit from the Department of Justice, a patient, or a provider, ensuring a future Department of Justice could not turn a blind eye to state laws that violate these protections; • Prohibit any federal funds from being used to pursue legal cases against individuals who access legal reproductive health care services or against health care providers in states where abortion is legal; • Create a new grant program at the Department of Justice to fund legal assistance or legal education for reproductive health care service providers; • Create a new grant program at the Department of Health and Human Services to support reproductive health care service providers in obtaining physical, cyber, or data privacy security upgrades necessary to protect their practice and patients; and • Protect reproductive health care providers from being denied professional liability insurance coverage because of legal services offered to patients. In addition to Senator Luján, Murray, Padilla, and Rosen, the legislation is also co-sponsored by Senators Schumer D-N.Y, Bennet D-CO, Markey D-MA, Stabenow D-MI, Heinrich D-N.M., Blumenthal D-CT, Wyden D-OR, Warren D-MA, Merkley D-OR, Smith D-MN, Van Hollen D-MD, Cardin D-MD, Menendez D-N.J., Klobuchar D-MN, Murphy D-CT, Reed D-RI, Cortez Masto D-NV, Whitehouse D-RI, Hirono D-HI, Sanders I-VT, and Duckworth D-IL.


Rosen said. “Nevada is a strongly pro-choice state, and no Nevada doctor should be punished by another state’s restrictive abortion laws simply for doing their jobs and providing health care to women in our state.” “As a full-spectrum OBGYN and abortion provider, I wholeheartedly appreciate the Senate’s effort to create legislation that protects our ability to provide important reproductive healthcare for our patients. I have experienced personal and professional harassment for simply doing my job, including inflammatory and intimidating statements from the highest levels of my home state government and threats of violence from people I have never met. This behavior cannot continue,” Bernard, who has endorsed the legislation, said. Bernard explained how making doctors face legal repercussions for giving abortions could affect the OBGYN workforce. “Living in a state with one of the highest maternal mortality risks and with a severe shortage of OBGYN specialists, I can say firsthand how much people in my state need the care I and other OBGYNs provide,” Bernard said. “If we do not stop this state-sanctioned harassment, we will lose OBGYNs and health risks will increase substantially. I stand with our Senators to promote the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act to preserve our ability provide important health services in my home state, including abortion care.” “Imagine looking someone in

the eye and saying: ‘I have all the skills and the tools to help you, but our state’s politicians have told me I can’t,’” Dr. Nisha Verma with Physicians for Reproductive Health said. “As a doctor, I am being forced to grapple with impossible situations more and more – situations where the laws of my state directly violate the medical expertise I gained through years of training and the oath I took to provide the best care to my patients. I am heartbroken that the people in my communities in the South are not able to access the same quality of care as those living in other parts of the country, not because their doctors don’t have the skills or knowledge to provide that care, but because they are prohibited from doing so by abortion bans that are based solely on politics. Politics. Not medicine.” “Being an abortion provider means being for our communities, supporting them and providing care in the way they want or need. It also means living with the threat of surveillance, harassment, intimidation and violence from those that seek to eliminate abortion access and harm providers of this care. This is our reality,” Dr. Jamila Perritt, an OBGYN and President andCEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health, said. Perritt spoke highly of the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act. “Considering the long history of harm against abortion providers, I am glad to see Congress introducing the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act,” Perritt said. “Every person - abortion providers, supporters, staff, every person in our community deserves support and protection. We deserve to do what we are trained to do: provide comprehensive reproductive health care that patients need without bias, shame, or stigma. We deserve to provide this essential health care without violence or harassment.” The Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act will ensure that providers in

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ASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Ben Ray Luján D-N.M., joined Senator Patty Murray D-WA, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Alex Padilla D-CA, and Senator Jacky Rosen D-NV, on Aug. 2 and introduced the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act to protect doctors against Republicans’ non-stop attacks and ensure they can safely provide abortion care in states where it is still legal. The Senators took to the Senate floor later that week to seek unanimous consent to pass the legislation. Republicans’ nonstop attacks against women’s reproductive freedom has long targeted doctors, with state laws like Texas’ SB8 allowing for anyone to bring a lawsuit against an abortion provider. But in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, these attacks have ramped up—with Republican state legislators drafting legislation that would make it a crime to perform an abortion on a state resident even in another state where abortion is legal. And already, abortion providers are facing non-stop attacks from Republican politicians, including Dr. Caitlin Bernard— an abortion provider who is facing legal threats after providing legal abortion care to a 10-yearold rape victim who was forced to cross state lines. Bernard’s case is emblematic of what abortion providers across the country are facing, as Republicans lob legal threats and intimidate doctors providing legal abortion care. The Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act will help protect against these attacks, ensuring that providers in states where abortion remains legal are protected from any efforts to restrict their practice or create uncertainty about their legal liability. “Overturning Roe v. Wade not only jeopardizes the health and wellbeing of women, but it now

can throw medical professionals in legal jeopardy even in states that continue to honor a woman’s right to choose,” Luján said. “Having medical professionals subjected to constant fear, persecution, and legal prosecution is wrong and does not create safe environments for patients or providers. The Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act is a critical bill to help protect those who are protecting women and their personal medical decisions.” “Doctors shouldn’t be punished for providing their patients with legal abortion care—full stop. The legal threats, the intimidation, and the non-stop attacks from Republicans against abortion providers are unacceptable, and Democrats are fighting back,” Murray said. “This bill is simple: it protects doctors providing legal abortion care, and ensures they can practice medicine and save lives without threat. It’s urgent that we protect the doctors so many women depend on, so this week we’re calling for unanimous consent to get this done—and Republicans will either stand aside so we can pass this bill, or show once and for all that their messaging that they ‘don’t want to punish doctors’ is hollow.” “Abortion access is a fundamental right—and California will proudly remain a safe place for people to receive the care they need,” Padilla said. “As Republicans continue to pass cruel legislation rolling back reproductive rights, we must protect health care providers from overreach by anti-abortion states. I urge my colleagues to pass the Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act to protect the courageous women and men delivering essential medical care to those who need it.” “As MAGA Republicans in Congress continue their efforts to ban abortion nationwide, we’re introducing legislation to protect doctors in states where abortion remains legal from facing prosecution by anti-choice states,”




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100 YEARS OF THE GALLUP CEREMONIAL | FROM PAGE 4 challenge, which is to gather and analyze the valuable event data. This can be interpreted as the event mishap on event [Return on Investment] to track what did or did not go well.” Ray mentioned other logistic challenges with vendors and coordinators, including confirming communication, paying deposits on time, looping in on relevant communication, confirming the venues, the dates and times, and fi nal confi rmation. She said the weather is another factor to consider with the bevy of outdoor events, some of which could be canceled in certain conditions and can lead to crowd downturns and refunds needing to be issued. But through it all, Ray said the Board will work through these issues through clear communication, which she holds as the key to success. “Overall, we all have challenges in life, but we will continue to overcome, communicate and have faith in each other,” Ray said. ONE WORLD BEAT T hen on Aug. 5 the Ceremonial begins in earnest at Red Rock Park at 1 pm with the Artisans Market, song and dance performances on the Four Winds Stage, and Ceremonial Queen & Tribal Royalty Meet & Greet. The day will be capped by “One World Beat,” described as a showcase of Native American & Indigenous Songs & Dances. The showcase runs on Aug. 5-6 at 7 pm both nights and features a spotlight performance and featured act. The Aug. 5 spotlight perfor ma nce is Pa my ua , a n Alaska-based Inuit-soul musical group established in 1995 which showcases Inuit culture through song and dance performances. As explained on their website, “pamyua” is pronounced “bum-yo-ah” and is the Yup’ik Inuit word for “encore” or “do it again.” More information can be found at The second spotlight performance for Aug. 6 is HAKA: Mori Cultural Experience. Hailing from Aotearoa, or New Zealand, the group performs a

haka, a ceremonial Mori war dance that includes tribal dances and choral singing to graceful action songs. CEREMONIAL RODEO 2022 The weeklong slate for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Rodeo at Red Rock Park begins with the Six-Shooter Six-Steer Team Roping Shootout on Aug. 7 at 8 am at the Butler Jackpot Arena, with teams and pairs aiming to rope one of six steers in the best time. Following Jackpot Roping on Aug. 8, the rodeo festivities continue with the Junior Open Rodeo at Red Rock Park Arena on Aug. 9 at 8 am. Riders under 17 years of age will be split into five age-group categories and then compete in over 30 events that include flag racing, barrel racing, goat tagging, wooly riding, break away roping, pole bending, team roping, and more. Two events added to this year’s schedule are the Father/ Daughter Rescue Race and Mother/Son Ribbon Roping. Then on Aug. 10, there is the Iron Cowgirl Challenge at Red Rock Park Arena at 7 pm. Women of all ages will participate in events including breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping and calf roping to compete for a cash prize. Various rodeo slack events will occur on Aug. 11 as a preamble to the weekend’s show, including bull riding, junior bull riding, and an open rodeo slack at 8 am. The timed event slack will follow at 9 am, team roping at 6 pm, and conclude with rough stock performances of the open rodeo at 7 pm and a second rough stock at 7:30 pm. Team roping events will occur from Aug. 11-13 at 6 pm each night. As for the main event, the fi rst performance of the open rodeo will occur on Aug. 12 at 1:30 pm at the main arena with the second performance following on Aug. 13 at 6 pm. The rodeo will be capped on Aug. 14 with a wooly riding preshow at 11:30 am that will lead to the 12 pm show that includes a top 10 short round alongside Old School Days rodeo that will feature a wild horse race, hide race, pony express race, frybread pan throw, ranch bronco riding, women’s steer riding, fruit scramble and buffalo riding.

CEREMONIAL QUEEN PAGEANT The ceremonial would not be complete without the Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Pageant, where contestants will compete for the crown and title of The Ceremonial Queen to demonstrate the annual Ceremonial and Native A merican and Indigenous Peoples and serve as an inspiration and role model to Indigenous peoples. This year’s contestants are Caitlin James, Navajo; Cajaun Cleveland, Navajo; Destiny Touchine, Navajo; Penelope Joe, Navajo; Samantha Antone, Tohono O’odham/Navajo; and Tyneesha Charlie, Navajo. The public events will be held at the El Morro Theatre at 207 W. Coal Ave. Guests will be able to attend the following events: Aug. 8: 2 pm - Little Miss Ceremonial Pageant (Free Event) Aug. 9: 6 pm - Ceremonial Q u e e n D i n n e r, S i le n t Auction and Public Speaking Competition Aug. 10: 7 pm - Traditional Ta le nt S h owc a s e , 2 0 212 0 2 2 M i s s Ga l lup I nt erTr iba l Ceremonia l Queen Amber Ballenger Outgoing Presentation and Crowning of the 2022-2023 Miss Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen P O W - WO W, S O N G , DANCES Another marquee event of the Ceremonial runs Aug. 12-13, the Kiowa Gourd Dance and Contest Pow Wow at the Red Rock Park Arena. The first gourd is at 4 pm and is followed by the grand entry at 7:30 pm the fi rst night, followed by the gourd dance at 2 pm and the grand entry at 6 pm on the second night. The dance contest age groups and categories are listed as follows: Golden Age (Ages 60+) Women’s all categories combined M e n’s a l l c a t e g o r i e s combined Adults (Ages 18-59) Wo m e n’s : N o r t h e r n Traditional; Souther n Traditional; Fancy Shawl; Jingle Dress Men’s: Northern Traditional; Souther n Stra ight; Fa ncy

Feather; Grass Dance Teens (Ages 13-17) G i r l’s : No r t h e r n a n d Southern Traditional combined; Fancy Shawl; Jingle Dress Boy’s: Northern Traditional and Southern Straight combined; Fancy Feather; Grass Dance Junior’s (Ages 7-12) Girl’s: Traditional combined; Fancy Shawl; Jingle Dress Boy’s: Traditional combined; Fancy Feather; Grass & Chicken (combined) Tiny Tots (Ages 0-6) Combined FILM FESTIVAL Visitors to the fi rst weekend of the Ceremonial can get a glimpse at Native American and Indigenous storytelling by taking in a screening of over a dozen feature-length and short fi lms at the El Morro Theatre from Aug. 7-9. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 7 2 pm - Legends of the Sky 3:45 pm - Dance Me Outside 5:30 pm - The Red Hooghan Aug. 8 4 pm - Skins 6 pm - Honor Riders 8 pm - Smoke Signals Aug. 9 3 pm - Pow Wow Highway 4:45 pm - Turquoise Rose 6:30 pm - 2021 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Tou r: (UDEYONV ) (W hat They’ve Been Taught) - Brit Hensel (Cherokee Nation); THE HEADHUNTER’S DAUGHTER - Don Josephu s R aph a el Eblahan (Ífugão, Visayan); THE ORIGINAL SHAREHOLD ERE X PER I ENCE - Pet y r Xyst (Roadrunner clan in the Pueblo of Laguna); LONG LINE OF LADIES - Shaandiin Tome (Diné); KICKING THE CL OU D S - Sk y Hopi n k a (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians); M A I DEN HOOD - Xóch it l Enríquez Mendoza (Zapoteca) 8:30 pm - Q&A/Film Talk 9 pm - S pi r it of t he Ceremonial THE REST OF THE FARE Guests can also expect the Artisans Market, Juried Art Show, and assorted events at Red Rock Park and other noncity entities with their own gatherings. Also on Aug. 6 at 7 am is

the 5K Run/Walk that begins at Ellis Tanner Trading Company, 1980 Hwy. 602. Registration is free for all participants. This crowded slate represents the endeavors of the Ceremonial Board, the City of Gallup, and the many sponsors who bring the show to fruition each year and have done so for a century. “From the earliest days, the local women, men, children and tribal members, have held the Ceremonial to celebrate these beautiful traditions, stories, dancers, and culture. The Ceremonial brings so much meaning to life experiences and offers a sense of self and cultural expression,” Ray said. “My heart is so full of love right W now for this event and the people from the past, present and future. “The [event] reinforces the Ceremonial heritage by reminding us of the contributions made by each and every one of us who nurtured these traditions and will continue to do so. How much work and love have een put into this beautiful event can be seen on full display by people who believe, love and honor the culture of the Navajo people and other Indigenous people here and around the world,” she continued. Ray left with this last message for Ceremonial guests: “While you celebrate these events with us, please learn, listen, teach and share your stories. Appreciate the beauty of our stories, dances, artists, drums, and each other. Get together, laugh and pray for blessings. Interact with others and other natives. Support the art and artists. Respect the elders, listen to their stories. Share what you see with others who were not able to be with us by sending on social media. In doing so, it will support the coming years of the Ceremonial. Enjoy the native foods, rodeo, One World Beat events, all the songs and dances, art exhibits, and don’t forget to make your offerings. Pray before you leave for safe travels until we see you again.” For more information on the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, including ticket sales and a full schedule, visit

a ssor tment of cha racters could have ea sily bogged things down early on, this feature wisely gets its protagonist onto the train as quickly as possible and then begins to identify others, eventually doling out backstories for everyone. The approach of throwing one into the middle of a dangerous situation does allow for plenty of action and suspense early on as Ladybug (and the audience) attempts to get his bearings and other

WEEKLY DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 13 issued for a possible drunk driver near the Speedway at 3302 W. Hwy. 66. The suspect vehicle was listed as a gold Buick passenger car with three men and one woman inside. Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar was parked in the median of I-40 near exit 16, which was close to the address given by Metro Dispatch. Shortly after the transmission was received, Salazar saw a vehicle matching the description of the call traveling eastbound on I-40. The vehicle had no license plate, and Salazar followed it and eventually pulled it over and conducted a traffic stop near mile marker 18.


remain calm during attacks and provide philosophical enlightenment are entertaining. In fact, all of the characters have very peculiar quirks that make an impression. In particular, the brotherly bickering between Tangerine and Lemon is fun to watch. There is also a hilarious fl ashback towards the close involving an unexpected subject that amusingly pokes fun at the previous reveals while employing entertaining camera angles. Other visuals in the fi lm a re just a s str ik ing, w ith the train itself ultimately

becoming a character. There a re interesting indiv idua l compartments, including one with a large costumed fi gure that also creates some unexpected tension. The set design and bright lighting lend a slick appearance that is always impressive. A nd d i rector Dav id Leitch (“Deadpool 2”) certainly knows how to shoot and edit action. While some scenarios are truly outrageous (including one with characters hanging from the edge of the moving train), it’s all exciting and dynamically shot.

As mentioned, when all is revealed the various acts of t he ch a r a c t er s a r en’t likely to hold up to scrutiny. But it’s clear that everyone involved knows this and are simply having fun with the absurdity. The cast is uniformly excellent and there’s a unique and crazed energy to the entire enterprise that should bring a smile to action film fans. “Bullet Train” is a wild and wooly action picture from beginning to end that is worth catching on the big screen if you can nab a ticket. V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

Salazar approached the passenger side window and saw each occupant was showing signs of intoxication. He spoke to the driver, Joe, who slurred his speech as he answered Salazar’s questions. After exiting the vehicle to continue questioning, Joe lifted his sunglasses and revealed his eyes were bloodshot and watery. Joe denied consuming any alcohol prior to driving and was hesitant to perform the Standard Field Sobriety Tests after stating he had been convicted of a DWI within the previous week. Joe agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests after his initial hesitation. He performed poorly on the tests and Salazar placed him under arrest afterwards. The passengers in the vehicle were

transported by a Gallup public safety officer to detox at Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc. while Joe was taken to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for the breath test, where he posted two samples of .09. Salazar transported Joe to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked h i m for a g g r avat ed DW I (fourth/subs off), driving with a suspended license, no license plate, and having an open container. His preliminary examination was on Aug. 3.

Pre-trial hearing on Aug. 18

Status: Pretrial hearing on Aug. 11

wrist that Strandy’s Apple Watch’s wristband broke. The officers took Chiquito back to the apartment complex, where they met with the victim and his g i rl fr iend, who ex pla i ned t h a t s h e’d b e e n d r i v i n g her boy fr iend home when Ch iqu it o bega n t h row i ng rock s at t hei r c a r at t he intersection of Coal Avenue and South Puerco. Acc o r d i n g t o t he v ic tim, he got out of the ca r a nd told Chiquito to stop. That’s when Chiquito started threatening the victim and his girlfriend. T h e v ic t i m e x pl a i n e d that Chiquito started walki n g e a s t b ou nd , bu t t he n he c a me up f rom beh i nd them through the alley and

sta r ted fighting with him. T he v ict i m sa id Ch iqu it o r u s h e d t ow a r d h i m a n d began punching him on the left side of his face. Accord i ng to Stra ndy’s repor t, he did notice some swelling and redness on the left side of the victim’s face. T he v ict i m sa id Ch iqu it o punched him about 10 times. Initially Chiquito would not g ive t he of f icer s h i s na me, but t hey were able to get a hold of his wa llet and figure out who he was through that. Ch iq u it o wa s ch a r ge d w ith batter y, a ssault, a nd t wo c ou nt s of r e s i s t i n g , evading, or obstructing an officer. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23.

Name: John Pete Age: 27 Arrested: July 23 Charge: DWI Status:

Name: Jennifer Thornburg Age: 40 Arrested: July 23 Charge: Aggravated DWI (misdemeanor) Status: Pre-trial hearing on Aug. 16 Name: Ivan Yazzie Age: 39 Arrested: July 9 Charge: Aggravated DWI

Name: Colin Gibson Age: 30 Arrested: July 15 Charge: DWI Status: Pre-trial hearing on Aug. 16 Name: Lee Begay Age: 50 Arrested: May 20 Charge: DWI Status: Motion hearing on Sept. 8

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tackled him to the ground. When Strandy caught up to t he t wo men, Ch iqu ito had his left hand under his body, and he was ignoring Mora les’s request to show his hands. The two officers were finally able to handcuff Chiquito and stand him back up. Accord i ng to Stra ndy’s report, Chiquito kept swearing at the off icers, say ing t h at he h a d n’t done a nything, and threatening them. Chiquito kept tr y ing to throw himself to the ground, a nd at one point he threw himself around with so much force w it h h is r ig ht ha nd cl a s ped t o St r a ndy ’s lef t

murderers see familiar faces and also try to piece together what is occurring. The Kimura storyline is more somber and serious than other threads and because of the rapid pacing, it does take a bit of time for the jokes to land early on. However, as more details come to light about these killers, it results in more laughs. The movie is brutal and cruel towards the assassins (which makes sense, given that most of them are cold-blooded murderers), but the humor serves as an entertaining contrast. Ladybug’s attempts to





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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 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF McKINLEY

No. D-1113-PB-2022-00035 THOMAS MICHAEL PINO, Deceased.

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The general object of said action is to quiet the title of the following-described property in McKinley County, New Mexico: The Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter (NE ¼ NW ¼) of Section Thirty (30) in Township Thirteen North (T13N), Range Seventeen West (R17W), N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico. TOGETHER WITH an access easement as follows: A 12 foot wide strip of land lying in the NW1/4 of the NE ¼ of Section 30, township 13 North, Range 17 West, N.M.P.W., McKinley County, New Mexico, the Center line of which strip being described as follows: Commencing at the north ¼ corner of said section 30; Thence S00 degrees 34’ 03” E along the ¼ section line 1248.19’ to the real point of

beginning; WITNESS the District Judge of the Eleventh Judicial District Court of the State of New Mexico, and the Seal of said Court this _____ day of July, 2022. Clerk of the District Court By Published: Gallup Sun August 5, 2022 August 12, 2022 August 19, 2022 *** REQUEST FOR QUOTES SERVICE VALVES REPLACEMENT – Morgan Site RFQ# 16-04-2022 GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY August 1, 2022 The Gallup Housing Authority is requesting qualified Contractors provide a written quotation for: Replace Residential Water Service Valves – Morgan Site as described in the quote package. You are invited to submit a faxed or emailed quote to be received by Mike Burnside, Project Coordinator, for the Gallup Housing Authority. The

Housing Authority Main office is located at 203 Debra Drive, Gallup, NM 87302, phone number (505) 722-4388. Contact Mike Burnside to receive a quote packet and to make an appointment if you wish to see the site. Your written quote must be submitted no later than 3:00 PM, FRIDAY, August 19, 2022, at the Gallup Housing Authority Main office or by email to Mike.Burnside@ Quotes received after this date and time will not be accepted. This Request for Quote is a Small Purchase as defined by New Mexico Statutes Annotated, Chapter 13-1-125, and shall not exceed $60,000. The Gallup Housing Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any or all quotes or any part thereof and to waive any informality in any quote not deemed in the best interest of


GEORGE ANAST, Plaintiff, v. No. D-1113-CV-2022-00234 PINEHAVEN HILLS TRUST & UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN THE PREMISES ADVERSE TO THE PLAINTIFF, Defendant. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT You or your attorney are hereby directed to file a pleading or motion in response to the Complaint to quiet title on file herein on or before 20 days from the date of the last publication of this Notice in the Office of the Clerk of the District Court, Eleventh Judicial District of the State of New Mexico, sitting within and for the County of McKinley, that being the Court in which said Complaint is filed, and to serve a copy of the same pleading or motion upon Plaintiffs or Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec, P.O. Box 1772, Gallup, New


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

/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

Mexico 87305, (505- 722-4463). Unless a responsive pleading or motion is entered by you in this cause on or before the above date, judgment will be rendered against you by default.

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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.




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program and they have baseball, and they’re a Christian school, so I get to keep pursuing my faith,” Keedah said.

Keeda h said he’s pla nning on studying mechanical engineering. “[I’m looking forward to] getting better at the sport and learning a lot more about engineering,” he said. Keedah played fi rst base for Rehoboth Christian, and one of

Community Calendar AUGUST 5 - AUGUST 11, 2022 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.

CREATIVE CORNER – RECYCLED MAGAZINE ART 3 pm in-person @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.). Shred your old magazines to create colorful animal art. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, firstserved basis using the Supply Request Form at For more information email or call (505) 863-1291. SATURDAY, AUG. 6

his coaches, Anthony Sanchez, said that something that makes Keedah a great baseball player is his willingness to work with his teammates. “He’s just an overall great kid. His skill level is really really good as a baseball player, but what makes him a great

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baseball player is how good of a teammate he is and how he treats other players,” Sanchez said. “He’s real coachable and real easy to get along with.” When asked what type of advice he would give Keedah, Sanchez said he would tell him to just enjoy the experience.

“The one thing I told him and what I tell all my players is live in the moment. Not very many people get the opportunity to do what Tyler’s doing, so he needs to enjoy it, work hard at it, and just keep doing what he’s doing,” Sanchez said.

CALENDAR EXPOSÉ: A SHOW FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE 5 pm to 7 pm @ 204 E. Aztec (the old Century 21 office building). A special one-week 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.


ter’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.

RUMMAGE SALE 8 am to 3 pm @ the corner of Coal Avenue and Puerco. The sale benefits a Future Pregnancy Support Center in Gallup. For more information or to donate items call (505) 870-1703.


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

FAMILY STORYTIME Join OFPL @ 2 pm on Saturdays inside the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for storytime activities, songs, rhymes, and read-aloud stories every week! This week 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) 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. 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 first-come, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at ofpl. online. Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information.

GMCS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 1 pm-2 pm @ SSC 640 Boardman Dr. TUESDAY, AUG. 9



REGULAR CITY COUNCIL 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.


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.

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 “Pinocchio” (2019) to celebrate Book Lover’s Day.

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 “Dolphin Tale” (2011). Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

FAMILY STORYTIME Join OFPL @ 11 am on Wednesdays inside the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for storytime activities, songs, rhymes, and read-aloud stories every week! This week experience the rain, its beauty and importance to the earth. Age 0-4. Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information. THURSDAY, AUG. 11

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GMCS 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.

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 at (505) 722-4417. 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 firstcome, first-served basis using the Supply Request Form at This week they will be making a back-toschool themed picture frame. For more information email: or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE 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, hands-on 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.


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. SUNDAY, AUG. 14


WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB OFPL’s book club book for July was “Sankofa” by Chibundu Onuzo. 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. THURSDAY, AUG. 18

LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING 5 pm LIVE on Zoom. Join the Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom. us/j/89314239454 or at Meeting ID: 893 1423 9454. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


NATIONAL KOOL-AID DAY @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library will celebrate National Kool-Aid Day by giving out free Kool-Aid. Just drop by the library and get your free drink with every checkout. For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email SATURDAY, AUG. 20

EMPLOY MCKINLEY JOB FAIR 10 am to 4 pm @ El Morro Event Center and El Morro Theatre (207 W. Coal Ave.). Open to everyone. Three workshops from 10am-12pm. Learn how to do a cover letter, resume, and interview etiquettes. Job Fair from 12pm4pm. Twenty (20) employers will be in attendance. Email com for more information.


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@gallupnm. gov 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 SIX MONTHS AND OLDER If your baby is six months old or older, they are now eligible for the first and second boosters. Must wait four months out to receive the second booster.

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.


4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Through the game of chess,


This week’s movie is “The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mine.” For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email

Gallup Sun • Friday August 5, 2022

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.

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


















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