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in a split vote July 28, after the fi rst vote was voided on a parliamentary issue. Resident Bill Lee appealed the decision, fearing Gallup will become a property use patchwork where anything goes. It’s his appeal the council will hear Sept. 13. Their job will be to determine whether the mixed-use zone was correctly applied to the property, based on city regulations.

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uick! Picture a mixeduse neighborhood. What does it look like? The future of housing in Gallup may depend on the answer to that question. The idea of mixed-use neighborhoods – where small businesses are part of residential neighborhoods – has caught on across the country in the last couple of decades. The idea is to create walkable neighborhoods where homeowners can live, work and access basic goods and services without ever starting their cars. It’s an appealing idea for developers, who get a backstop for their investments if housing doesn’t sell. In many parts of the country it also appeals to Millennials and young buyers who want to work from home and reduce their carbon footprints. “The reason it’s so popular is because Millennials like the concept of being able to live in a neighborhood, walk to work and then walk home without ever getting into their vehicle and driving around,” realtor Jason Valentine said. At its Sept. 13 meeting the Gallup City Council will try to thread the needle, balancing housing needs with business uncertainties, as it hears an appeal of the first ground-up build to win the mixed-use neighborhood zoning designation. At the center of the debate is what “mixed use” will look like in practice. It’s common in bigger cities, where


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Bill Lee is one of the concerned citizens who has voiced his concern about the mixed-use zoning. File Photo neighborhoods are built out and new construction aims to make infi ll neighborhoods walkable and services more accessible. In Gallup it’s relatively new, and not everybody is a fan. When the city streamlined its Land Standards in 2018, the list of zoning districts was cut from 30 to 15, Planning Director C.B. Strain said. Now the mixed-use zone is the only zone that allows all types of residential construction – homes, townhomes, apartments and more – and it includes a commercial component. At fi rst the zone was applied to existing properties to allow existing uses, so it wasn’t an issue. Enter businessman Eiad Su lei ma n, who ow ns t he Ashley Furniture Rental store, a hotel and a home in Gallup. He sought the mixed-use zone for about 20 acres of land he owns southeast of the intersection of Philipina Avenue and Strong Drive. The Planning Commission approved his application June 8 and again


“I believe that if this property is allowed to be rezoned, we’ll see a whole host of property owners throughout Gallup do the same thing and our zoning will become a mess,” Lee said. “The city will have no ground to stand on in denying [future applications] for that purpose.” Zoning is the fi rst step in property development. Owners can’t make plans unless they k now what u se s w i l l be allowed on the property they are developing. Suleiman’s property is bare dirt now, but it’s adjacent to homes to the north and east. His plan involves building 100 to 140 single-family homes priced at $250,000 to $300,000, starting at the northern part of the property, according to architect and representative Ryan Stearns, who noted, “he’s here 80% of the time” and plans to move into one of the homes he wants to build. Mov i n g s out h , f ut u r e phases could include more homes, townhomes and /or apartments. Mixed-use zoning also allows commercial spaces under 3,000 square feet. Under t he cit y’s L a nd Standards, some businesses

are automatically permitted in mixed-use zones, subject to rules governing those businesses. Those include convenience stores, utility offices, parks, recreation centers, libraries or museums, community gardens, religious institutions, frater nity or sorority houses, community residential facilities, medical, dental or veterinary clinics, public safety substations, personal service businesses such as barber and beauty shops, creative and tech businesses, small restaurants and mobile vendors. The mixed-use zone may allow other businesses with conditional use permits that require additional review, such as group homes and halfway houses, day care centers, educational facilities, hospitals or major medical clinics, pet services, a taproom or tasting room, theater, gym, bed and breakfast or boarding house, small car wash, funeral home, offices or artisan manufacturing. “There are some limitations as to the kind of business that can be put in without approvals, but even then you’re on a slippery slope as far as what the city is going to say. It should be more defi ned,” Lee said. Part of the problem is that nobody knows what to expect. Since mixed-use zones have so far only been applied to older neighborhoods that already had mixed uses, residents picture their neighborhoods suddenly looking like downtown. Some neighbors are nervous that they could eventually get stuck with businesses, and

their attendant noise and traffic, springing up willy-nilly among homes. “There’s a lot of areas in Gallup that look like a hodgepodge. I think they need to leave it as residential. I’m afraid of the commercial,” saidMarie Chioda, whose parents are longtime Philipina Avenue residents, citing safety and neighborhood security issues. “They just talked about businesses mixed in like in California or Phoenix. They didn’t talk about putting the multi-use in one section,” Tim Adcock, who lives on Puerco Drive and owns Ted’s Pawn & Jewelry and is against the new development, said. “I wouldn’t like having a real busy restaurant right next to my house.” Building has to make economic sense for Suleiman, who was unable to schedule an interview with the Sun by press time. The plan going in is for housing, but home sales in the fi rst phase could dictate changes to later phases. “This is the fi rst phase of a much, much larger Gallup project,” Stearns said. “There’s a lot of things in the works. It depends on how this project goes.” Mixed-use zone supporters like Valentine say if Gallup wants new housing, mixeduse may be the only option. Valentine acknowledged that other property owners are watching from the sidelines and said mixed-use zoning might encourage new development around the city.



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“The simple fact is, if you’re not willing to do mixed-use zoning you’re probably not going to get many developers moving,” Valentine said. “The days of massive subdivisions being built with nothing but single family houses are probably gone.”

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher Babette Herrmann Executive Director Mandy Marks Design Volodymyr Lotysh Contributing Editor/ Correspondent Molly Ann Howell Contributing Editor Cody Begaye Correspondents Rachelle Nones Holly J. Wagner Photography Alexis Callahan Kimberley Helfenbein Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Merrisha Livingston Knifewing Segura On The Cover The plot of land southeast of the intersection of Philipina Avenue and Strong Drive may soon become a mixed-use development of stores and housing, depending on the discussion at the Sept. 13 city council meeting. Photo by K Helfenbein

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allup’s housing situation is dire. It’s not just that housing is unaffordable, it’s that there simply isn’t enough housing to sustain the local population – much less growth – at any price. Ga l lup’s Cit y Cou nci l declared a housing emergency in May and Gallup-McKinley County Schools is planning a 152-unit apartment complex to ensure housing for teachers. Businesses from the hospital to public service agencies to the school district cite the lack of housing as a big hurdle to recruiting and retaining

workers. “I have two police officers right now who are looking for houses in the $250,000 to $300,000 price range.” realtor Jason Valentine said. “If we do nothing, Gallup continues to die. We’re losing population overall.” A lot of the problem is the “missing middle” – homes that are sized and priced for young families moving up or empty-nesters looking to downsize. These people don’t want to rent, they want 2-or 3-bedroom homes with yards for their children or grandchildren and pets to play. A shortage of those homes clogs up the whole system,

Valentine said. There’s no place for renters and starter homeowners to move up, so they don’t move. In addition, low home ownership locks many people out of a key element to building generational wealth and sets off a cascade effect in the local economy. “Home ownership is a big part of generational wealth,” Valentine said. “McKinley County has twice the poverty rate of the state. The poverty in the community is partly because of [low home ownership].” While residents miss out on building equity, the region misses out on collecting taxes

Realtor Jason Valentine. File Photo from businesses, workers and local commerce. “McKinley County is losing $330 million a year in taxable revenue because people are choosing to go to Maricopa County [Ariz.], people are choosing to go to Bernalillo, people would rather live or shop in Cibola County than McKinley County,” Valentine said.

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Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports TRYING TO GET CLEAN Gallup, Aug. 29 A woman told a police officer that she was trying to detox

from fentanyl when he found a blue pill in her pocket. On Aug. 29, around 6 pm, Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown was dispatched to the Historic El Rancho Hotel at

1000 E. Hwy. 66 when reports came into Metro Dispatch about a dispute at the hotel. When he arrived at the scene, Brown met with a man and a woman outside of the hotel. The woman, who was sitting on the rear bumper of a pick up truck, was identified as Stephanie Peterson. Peterson, 23, told Brown that she was trying to get away from her parents because they had been

“watching her closely.” Peterson explained that she was currently detoxing from fentanyl. According to his report, Brown asked her if she had any intention of hurting herself, and Peterson said she didn’t. Metro Dispatch was able to inform Brown that Peterson had a warrant out for her arrest, so she was placed under arrest for the warrant. When Brown asked her if she had any fentanyl on her, Peterson said she believed she had one pill in her right pocket. Brown pulled a blue pill that he identified as fentanyl out of her pocket. Peterson was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Her preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 7. M E T H , F E N TA N Y L FOUND IN CAR Gallup, Aug. 20 On Aug. 20, around 4 am, Gallup Police Officer Matthew


Strandy was dispatched to Allsups West, 2857 W. Hwy. 66, when one of the store’s employees called Metro Dispatch and said a red car had been parked at pump 1 for two hours. When Strandy arrived at the scene, he met with another officer who was talking to the



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Adrian Gilmore (1979) Aug. 27, 7:17 pm Aggravated DW I (Second) Being refused service at a liquor store led to Adrian Gilmore, 43, of Yatahey, being arrested and charged with another DWI.


he had probable cause to search her vehicle because of the items he could see. That’s when Dickinson admitted to using fentanyl just a few hours before. While Strandy was searching the car, he found 40 pieces of tinfoil with burn marks. He also found some tinfoil on the driver’s side of the car in the door handle cubby, and he found a crystal-like substance in the tinfoil. According to his report, Strandy believed the crystal-like substance was meth. When he asked Dickinson about it, she said she forgot it was in the car. Dickinson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14.

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woman in the red car, who was identified as Sabrina Dickinson. When Strandy approached the car he noticed a can of pepper spray sitting in the middle console. He also noticed pieces of tinfoil, a butane torch, a long piece of steel, and a red tube. According to his report, when Strandy got his fl ashlight out he noticed that the red tube had burn marks on it. According to Strandy’s report, all these items signaled to him the use of narcotics. When he asked her about the items, Dickinson told Strandy that a woman had been smoking fentanyl inside her car earlier. Strandy asked Dickinson to step out of the car, and told her

An employee of Sagebrush Liquors at 452 Hwy. 264 turned away a customer and called Metro Dispatch to advise the customer had left the store and was traveling westbound in a brown Buick Regal. McKinley County Deputy Terence Willie was traveling west on Highway 264 and found a vehicle matching the caller’s description turning onto Defiance Draw Road. Willie followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Sunset Valley Road and Defiance Draw Road. Wi l l ie met t he d r iver, Gilmore, and immediately noted signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol inside the vehicle. Gilmore exited the vehicle and produced the requested documents as he told Willie he was traveling home from Colorado. He also said he consumed two 12-oz. containers of Budweiser prior

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to driving. After stating the incorrect time, Gilmore agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Willie then administered the alternative tests after Gilmore stated he had surgery on his legs about five years prior. Gilmore performed poorly on the tests and was determined to be unfit to operate a vehicle and was placed under arrest. The report stated two passengers at the scene were released and walked to their homes. Gilmore refused to give a breath sample and was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (second) and having an open container in a vehicle. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 8




Navajo families receive long-awaited electricity to their homes Staff Reports


ONALEA, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Council Delegate Paul Begay joined residents and local leaders in Tonalea, Ariz. on Sept. 2, to mark the successful completion of powerline extensions to 18 homes for families that reside in the region known as Preston Mesa, many of whom have lived their entire lives without electricity. I n S e pt em b er 2 0 21, Jonathan fi nalized a sub-grant agreement between the Navajo

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (center) and Council Delegate Paul Begay joined residents and local leaders in Tonalea, Ariz. on Sept. 2 to celebrate the completion of powerline extensions. Photo Credit: OPVP Nation a nd Nava jo Tr ibal Utility Authority to begin

the powerline extensions, which were funded through

t he I nd ia n Com mu n it y Development Block Gra nt program, Tonalea Chapter, and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. “Progress and change are happening on the Nava jo Nation. The completion of the powerlines is life-changing for the 18 families who now have electricity in their homes, the majority being elders,” Jonathan said. He praised the people who were involved in the project. “ Th is effor t bega n at the local level when residents, such as Angelita Nez,

began the groundwork and advocated for the powerline extensions. They worked with Delegate Paul Begay and our Administration to make this happen. They exemplify the teachings of our elders, T’áá Hwó Ají Téego or self-reliance and self-determination. We are proud of this accomplishment and congratulate all of the families,” Jonathan said. Jon at h a n spoke about the importance of building and improving the Nation’s


Diné U.S. Army veteran receives new home through the Veterans Housing Program Staff Reports


EECNOSPOS, ARIZ. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez

had the honor of presenting the key to a new hogan-style home to 89-year-old Diné U.S. Army veteran, Kee C. Nez, in Teecnospos, Ariz on Aug. 6.

The veteran lost his previous





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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez presents the key to a new home to Navajo veteran, Kee Nez, and his wife in Teecnospos, Ariz. on Sept. 6. Photo Credit: OPVP

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ARMINGTON, N.M. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the White House’s Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization, and other key stakeholders in Farmington, N.M., on Aug. 25, during a roundtable discussion that focused on energy transition initiatives that support cleaner energy development, support for energy

workers, and economic and community development opportunities in the Four Corners region. The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power P l a n t C o m mu n i t i e s a n d E conom ic R ev it a l i z a t ion wa s e st abl i shed t h rou g h Executive Order 14008 signed by U.S. President Biden on Jan. 27, 2021, to support and revitalize the economies of coal and power plant communities. The initiative is co-chaired by the Director of the National Economic Cou ncil a nd the Nationa l

Climate Advisor, and administered by the U.S. Secretary of Energy. The group has identified Four Corners as one of six regions in the nation identified as most vulnerable to further declines in coal-related employment. “I appreciate the commitment of Secretary Haaland and the Biden-Harris Ad ministration to hav i ng a seat at the table for tribal nations. The Navajo Nation has been at the forefront of the energy transition initiatives in the southwest with the closure of several power

IHS mobile health units services improve access for tribal members Staff Reports

The Mid-Atlantic Service Unit serves seven mid-Atlantic tribes who share territory with the Commonwealth of Virginia. The seven tribes are the Pamunkey, Chickahominy, Ch icka hom i ny Ea ster n


Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez discusses energy transition with Secretary Deb Haaland, White House officials, and stakeholders on Aug. 26. Photo Credit: OPVP generating stations in our region,” Nez said. He a lso prom ised to


Division, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock Indian Tribe, Monacan Indian Nation, and Nansemond Indian Nation. T h e P a m u n ke y T r i b e received federal recognition in 2015 while the other six tribes received recognition in 2018. The IHS Mid-Atlantic Service Unit started in 2020 soon after the tribes received recognition. The service unit

serves approximately 3,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives. The mobile units will serve the Pamunkey Reservation, Nansemond Indian Nation and Rappahannock Indian tribal grounds. Upper Mattaponi will receive dental and substance abuse services. The mobile units will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Monacan Health Center in October 2021 and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The mobile health units will supplement the services provided by the MidAtlantic Tribal Health Center. Plans are underway for that center. “We are really excited to bring these services to our communities,” Mid-Atlantic S e r v ic e Un i t C E O K a r a Kea r ns sa id. “In order to provide quality care, including much-needed prevention ser vices, we knew that we needed an innovative model to meet those needs. Mobile health units benefit our more remote populations by providing access to care and promoting health equity.”

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he Indian Health Service announced three new mobile health units to serve patients in the Mid-Atlantic Service Unit service area on Sept. 6. The mobile units will provide various services, including vaccines, vital signs, COVID-19 screening, oral health, and mental health counseling and referrals. “These new mobile health units will improve access to care for American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the region ser ved by the Mid-Atlantic Service Unit,” IHS Na shv ille A rea Director Beverly Cotton said. “The ser vice unit provides an important link between the community and primary, dental and behavioral health care by increasing health care accessibility, especially for rural areas.” The mobile units will each provide primary, behavioral health and dental care, and plan to expand services over time. The units will be the primary source of services offered by the Mid-Atlantic Service Unit until the MidAtlantic Tribal Health Center a nd t he Mona ca n Hea lt h Center are built. IHS broke ground on the


President Nez discusses energy transition with Secretary Haaland, White House officials






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ANTA FE – With the release of spring 2022 student assessment data on Sept. 1, the Public Education Department has established a new baseline for student academic achievement and fulfilled Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive orders to create an assessment system that better serves New Mexico students, families and educators. The new assessment tool, the New Mexico Balanced Assessment System, delivers on empowering educators and families to better inform decisions that will yield stronger outcomes for students, and will ensure that PED’s policies are data-driven and targeted toward improving academic proficiency for every New Mexico student. “The New Mexico Balanced Assessment System has been a

stakeholder driven, multi-year, disciplined process to move away from an unpopular, ineffective test used previously in New Mexico to one that will better ser ve our students, educators, families and policy-makers from here on out,” PED Cabinet Secretary Kurt Steinhaus said. The new assessment tool equips educators, students and parents to identify key areas where students need additional educational support throughout the entire school year so corrective action can be taken before the end of the school year. As parents and teachers partner to support each student’s educational journey, they can now take a data-based approach with mid-year assessments to collectively work with local school districts to connect and implement educational programs to the individual student’s actual needs in

PED Cabinet Secretary Kurt Steinhaus real time. This new assessment and the proficiency levels were created by New Mexico educators from every corner of the state for all New Mexican students. The spring 2022 data went through a rigorous procedure involving 89 New Mexico educators called “standard setting,” which is used to defi ne achievement or performance

levels on the test to help clarify and communicate student expectations. New Mex ico’s st udent population has unique educational needs; the one size fits all approach like the former national standard test has, historically, proven to be ineffective in supporting New Mexico students make meaningful progress in educational outcomes. Moreover, the new assessment tool highlights what tactics are proving to deliver achievement results for school districts so these best practices can then be shared and implemented at the local level across the state at the discretion of the local school districts. In spring 2023, results will be returned to school the fastest in recent history - within 10 days of the closing of the window. Timely access to the results allows the education system to take a data-based approach in preparing for the next school year. Finally, new student testing only takes 3.25-5 hours per grade, compared to 8-11 hours per grade under the previous assessment. This gives New Mexico students more time in the classroom and teachers more time to do what they do best, teach. “[The National Education Association New Mexico] has long advocated for a fair student assessment system that both promotes positive student outcomes and enhances the ability of educators to provide quality instruction. We believe these efforts by the governor and the Public Education Department go a long way towards meeting those goals,” Mary Parr-Sanchez, President of NEA New Mexico, said. “The New Mexico PED has centered the unique needs of our students in creating this balanced assessment. The data collected in this system will inform, guide, and empower New Mexico educators to give the high-quality education our students and families deserve,”

Whitney Holland, a spokesperson for the New Mexico brance of the American Federation of Teachers, said. “We now have a solid new measure of student achievement in New Mexico that will serve as a benchmark for measuring academic progress in math, language arts and science,” Steinhaus said. “With this reset, we’re going to be able to gauge the direct effect of our tremendous investments and efforts to improve student achievement.” In the 2021-2022 school year, PED deployed the first assessments of New Mexico’s Balanced Assessment System, which includes both within-year state assessments (e.g., dyslexia screening for all fi rst graders, K-2 monthly progress monitoring for early literacy and math skills, interim mathematics and language arts assessments) and federally required end-of-year summative assessments. These endof-year assessments measure proficiency in content standards of English/language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and science in grades five, eight and high school. 34% of students assessed were proficient in language arts 33% of students assessed were proficient in science 25% of students assessed were proficient in mathematics “Generally, coming out of the pandemic, most states are seeing student performance is higher in language arts compared to math, but still lower than both had been prior to the onset of the pandemic,” Lynn Vásquez, PED’s Assessment & L ea r n i ng Ma n a gement Systems Division Director said. “Accelerating student learning will require continued investments in innovative approaches to learning.” In the coming weeks, PED


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ASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced on Sept. 6 that the Department’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $3.5 million grant to the city of Gallup for water utility infrastructure at the McKinley County Industrial Park within the Gallup Energy Logistics Park. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and EDA’s $300 million Coal Communities Commitment. This project will extend water main utilities and well features into new groundwater wells to service the industrial park and support health care product manufacturing business growth in a region impacted by the declining use of coal. The EDA investment is expected to create 440 jobs and generate $80 million in

President Joe Biden private investment, according to grantee estimates. “President Biden is committed to ensuring that our coal communities are provided with the resources they need to diversify and grow their economies,” Raimondo said. “This EDA investment will

provide critical infrastructure to support manufacturing business growth leading to a diverse, robust regional economy.” “ T h e [ E DA] pl ay s a n i mpor t a nt role i n sup por ting loca lly- developed strategies designed to

stimulate American manufacturing,” Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development A lejandra Y. Castillo said. “This project will strengthen Gallup’s economy, supporting manufacturing job creation and spurring private investment in the community.” “To grow new jobs, we need reliable water infrastructure for businesses,” Senator Ma r t i n Hei n r ich, D -N.M., said. “That’s why I’m proud to welcome these federa l investments that will address additional water needs in Gallup and present new economic development opportunities for the community.” “It is critical to invest in New Mex ico water in frastructure,” Senator Ben Ray Lu já n, D -N.M., sa id. “I’m proud to support $3.5 million for the McKinley County Industrial Park. This funding will improve water utilities and create good-paying jobs

in the Gallup community. This project is another step toward a sustainable future in New Mexico.” “I am grateful for this grant that will improve the water utility infrastructure for the city of Gallup, support manufacturing business growth, and generate jobs for our tribal and indigenous communities,” Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., said. “We are committed to creating a diverse and robust regional economy for our communities. For us, Nuevo Mexicanos, Agua es Vida.” This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Northwest New Mex ico C ou nc i l of Gover n ments. EDA fu nds NWNMCOG to bring together the public and private sectors


U.S. Department of Commerce invests $3.5 million for water utility improvements in Gallup



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AS CRUCES, N.M. – Whether you’re looking for a glass of dry, red cabernet to pair with a steak, or a glass of crisp pinot grigio to complement a cheese platter, rest assured you’ll be able to find a bottle of wine made from grapes grown in New Mexico. The history of New Mexico wine dates back to the 1600s, and today, the Land of Enchantment is home to over 50 wineries and tasting rooms. Despite the New Mexico wine industry’s robust histor y, it ha s faced si m i la r challenges in recent years as other agriculture-related

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ELECTRICITY | FROM PAGE 8 in fra str ucture to prov ide long-term benefits for communities and families. In 2019, Jonathan and Vice President Myron Lizer also approved $3 million for the design and construction of a new chapter house for the community of Tonalea, which was completed last year and now serves the

DINÉ U.S. ARMY VETERAN | FROM PAGE 8 home to a fire a few years ago and has lived with family members since. The home was funded and constructed through the Navajo Veterans Housing Program. T he 1, 3 0 0 s q u a re -foot home was built on a solid concrete foundation that includes two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and new appliances with electricity, plumbing, and a sewage system installed. The home is ADA accessible with widened doorways, safety handrails, a walk-in shower, doorway ramp, and other features to accommodate the elderly veteran and his wife. “The completion of this new home is a blessing for our Diné warrior, Kee, and his family. What he, and many of our warriors, endured while serving and protecting our

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ENERGY | FROM PAGE 9 cont i nue to work towa rd cleaner energy. “Through these discussions with our federal partners and others we continue on the path to cleaner energy development a nd we have several solar facilities that are in operation and more t hat a re bei ng developed on the Nava jo Nation. We look forward to continuing to work together on more energy initiatives that produce cleaner energy, jobs, and benefits for our communities,” Nez said. Fo r m a n y y e a r s , t h e Navajo Generating Station, Four Corners Power Plant, a nd Sa n Jua n Generating

community. During the ceremony, several of the residents expressed their appreciation to the leaders, NTUA, and longtime resident, Angelita Nez, who was the driving force behind the project. Angelita recalled that after recovering from COVID19 during the fi rst wave of the virus, she returned home after being hospitalized and began researching and gathering

documents to suppor t the powerline project. In November 2020, Angelita sent an email to NTUA officials and Jonathan describing the needs of the residents along with supporting documents including a past resolution from the Tona lea Chapter. Jonathan and NTUA responded to her email and continued coordinating the effor ts with A ngelita a nd

Begay. NTUA crews began the groundwork in March and completed the 18 new powerlines in June. Begay said the project is a blessing for the residents and community of Tonalea. He added that under current leadership, progress is being made with electrifying homes, connecting communities to water lines, and other improvements. “This is a blessing for the

elders who have lived in this remote area without power for far too long. I am very thankful to the residents, President Nez, and NTUA for coming together to deliver this service to our people. This is a very special day for the Tonalea community,” Begay said. Since 2020, over 1,000 homes on the Navajo Nation h ave been con nec t ed t o electricity.

country will never be forgotten. Today, we are honored to present him with a new home on behalf of the Navajo people,” Jonathan said. Jo n a t h a n we n t o n t o praise the Navajo Veterans Housing program. “We thank [Kee] and his family for all they have sacrificed for our country. This is also a big step forward for the Navajo Veterans Housing P rog r a m a nd we t ha n k Director Zwierlein and his staff for their hard work and commitment. As we move forward together, we will continue to see many more homes for our veterans constructed with the additional funding that was approved through [the American Rescue Plan Act],” Jonathan said. T h e N a v a j o Ve t e r a n s Administration, under Executive Director Ja mes Zwierlein, worked diligently to pass legislation to update policies under the Veterans

Housing Progra m that allowed the program to proceed with the construction of new homes for Navajo veterans. In July, Jonathan and the 24th Navajo Nation Council also approved $50 million through ARPA to fund the construction of more homes for veterans. “Because I have always s u p p o r t e d ou r No r t he r n Agency veterans wholeheartedly, I applaud the work of Di rector Ji m Zwei rlei n i n his endeavor to bring aid to rectify our housing issues for ou r Nation’s vetera ns. The Navajo Nation has one of t he most r u ra l reg ions with a large veteran’s population that is in dire need of homes. Many of our veterans paid a heavy price in service and defense of our country,” Vice President Myron Lizer said. Lizer went on to speak about the roles the Navajo Na t ion’s le a der s pl ay i n

helping veterans. “It behooves us as leaders to work hard for our veterans, helping to look for more ways to enhance services to ou r wa r r ior s. We’ve been working collaboratively with Director Zweirlein on the design of the Nava jo-style hogans as well as advocating to our state and federal partners to develop policies that will ensure continued housi ng access, qua lit y hea lt hca re, a nd f i na ncia l a s si st a nce for a l l of ou r Navajo Veterans. The NezLizer Administration makes c e r t a i n t h a t ou r Na v a j o vetera ns have t he r ig ht resources at the right time to achieve success,” Lizer said. In addition to constructing new homes, the Navajo Veterans Administration is also overseeing repairs and improvements to homes that were constructed for Navajo veterans between 2014 and 2017.

In 2017, the Office of the Auditor General conducted a n aud it of t he Vet er a n s Housing Program. The findings indicated that several veteran homes were not in livable and safe conditions. An inspection of randomly completed homes concluded that the homes did not meet s a fe t y a nd q u a l it y s t a n dards. The homes were not constructed by the current contractors. In June, Jonatha n a nd t he Nava jo Vet er a n s Ad m i n i st r at ion a l so pre sented a new 1,300 squarefoot home to 73 -yea r- old V i e t n a m Wa r v e t e r a n , Andrew Kelly, in Tuba City, A r iz. Under the Nez-Lizer Administration, the Navajo Veterans Administration will continue constructing more homes for Navajo veterans based on the list of housing applications that have been submitted over the course of many years.

Station — all located within or near the Navajo Nation — provided thousands of good paying jobs and provided a dependable source of revenue for the Navajo Nation, while using Navajo Nation resources to provide cities such as Phoenix and Tucson with low-cost electricity. The Navajo Nation has experienced significant financial losses due to the closure of the NGS power plant, ranging from $30-$50 million annually. In the next 10 years, the Four Corners Power Plant, the Cholla Power Plant and t he Sa n Jua n Generat i ng Station will also close. In Arizona, Nez has also been at the forefront of advocating for a Just Transition agreement that would provide

$100 million to the Navajo Nation over 10 years to help address the effects of the closure of power plants, to prov ide econom ic recover y suppor t, a nd suppor t for renewable energy development. Key aspects of the agreement are now subject to approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission. In 2019, the Navajo Nation adopted a Climate Adaptation Pla n t hat wa s developed by the Executive Branch in coordination with community leaders and representatives, and approved by the Naabik’íyáti Committee. The plan helps to identify and prioritize natural resources of concerns for communities, to establish timelines for action plans, and to allow for

flexibility within the plan to adapt to the effects of climate change. In previous discussions with federal officials, Nez has highlighted the Navajo Nation’s ongoi ng work to reduce its carbon footprint by prioritizing renewable energy development a nd suppor t for the New Mexico Energy Transition Act, which established new carbon emission standards to eliminate carbon emissions for energy production for the state by 2045. “ I n 2 01 9 , w e s i g n e d t he Nava jo Hayoo łka a ł Proclamation, which established a new vision and new standards focused on renewable energy development for the Navajo Nation. We have multiple solar facilities that

are being developed and one that produces over 55 megawatts of electricity for homes in the western part of our Nation. The Navajo Nation is aggressively working on renewable energy projects in New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona,” Nez said. The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power P l a n t C o m mu n i t i e s a n d E conom ic R ev it a l i z a t ion also issued several announcements dur ing the Aug. 25 v isit including the launch of a Rapid Response Team in the Four Corners Region and $600 million through the Bipa r tisa n In fra str uctu re Law to help reclaim orphaned wells, and investments through the Inflation Reduction Act.



Who gets your annuity if you die? ‘Layin’ it on the line’

By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


f you buy an annuity and die, the insurance company keeps your money! We have all seen and heard that broad statement. Is it true? No. Here is a secret about insurance companies that puts everything in perspective. Insurance companies do not

make decisions based on individuals; they make decisions based on a large pool of people. Their tool? The Commissioners Standard Ordinary Mortality Table. The statistical table allows insurance companies to know precisely how many people in a specific age group will die nationally. It is not a guess, and it is pure science. This table is so important because it allows insurance

companies to set rates for calculating retirement benefits for anyone at any age. For example, let’s estimate that a male age 65 with $100,000 in a retirement account could receive $600 a month for life. Insurance companies know precisely how many men age 65 will live and die each year stastically; they also know the life expectancy for a male age 65 is 20.5 years. W hat happens if a n

individual age 65 lives until age 100? What happens to the retirement funds placed in the annuity? Did it stop at his life expectancy, (85.5 years)? No, it continued until his


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N.M. STUDENTS | FROM PAGE 10 will be communicating with districts on how best to use the results to improve learning and teaching for students. PED will also host town halls for parents

WATER UTILITY | FROM PAGE 11 to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs. This project is fu nded

SAVING THE WINE | FROM PAGE 11 industries in the state. Those challenges include – but are not limited to – labor shorta ge s, cl i m at e event s a nd the COVID-19 pandemic. To address those cha llenges, the state legislature created the New Mexico Vineya rd Restoration Fund to provide rootstock for the production of wine by New Mexico wineries. T he f u nd w i l l prov ide $ 9 5 0,0 0 0 t o New Mex ico

in the coming weeks to ensure they understand how the test scores will be used and how to interpret their child’s results. “It’s been a long road, but we are excited to introduce the New Mexico Balanced Assessment System in which

testing is used to measure student achievement and data is used to support learning objectives all school year,” Vásquez said. In addition to the historic generational education investments since 2019, PED

implemented several strategies this year to immediately address student outcomes. PED expanded family literacy training in English and Spanish, as well as assembled a Math Tutoring Corps of current and retired teachers.

PED’s recruitment effor ts resulted in 300 additional teachers for the current school year. This fall, the department is providing teachers with three math-related professional development training opportunities.

under EDA’s American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance Program, which makes $500 million i n Econom ic Ad ju st ment Assistance grants available to American communities. The Economic Ad justment Assistance program is EDA’s

most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs.

EDA’s Coal Communities Commitment allocates $300 million of EDA’s $3 billion American Rescue Plan appropriation to support coal communities as they recover from the pandemic and to help them create new jobs and opportunities, including through the

creation or expansion of a new industry sector. Specifically, EDA has dedicated $100 million of its Build Back Better Regional Challenge funds and $200 million of its Economic Adjustment Assistance funds t o d i rec t ly suppor t coa l communities.

wineries and vineyards for the reimbursement of purchased rootstock or vines, to replace lost vines as a result of unavoidable event or to expand the planting of vines for the future grow th a nd viability of the New Mexico w i ne a nd g r ape g rower s’ industry. “Dr iv i ng t h rou g h New Mexico, it’s hard to miss all the vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms, but the industry has struggled in recent years due to unfortunate circumstances, and it’s our goal

to assist these agriculturalists through the vineyard restoration fund,” New Mexico Agriculture Secretar y Jeff Witte said. “The wine industry is vital to the livelihoods of those who pla nt v ines, har vest grapes, make wine and serve it to customers. It’s also important to the state’s overall economy.” New Mexico’s grape and w i ne i ndu s t r y ge ner a t e s approximately $876 million in total economic activity, according to a report by the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center a t L o s L u n a s . T h e 2 017 Census of Agriculture lists New Mexico as having 376 grape farms, covering 1,280 acres.

El ig ible appl ica nt s for funding include: • New Mexico wineries with an active license and established vineyard that is three or more acres in size. • New Mexico vineyards that currently grow grapes for the industry with a vineyard that is three or more acres in size. • New Mexico wineries with an active license that desire to plant or expand a vineyard to three or more acres. • New Mex ico fa r mer s with experience, land and water rights and an interest in grapes. • Beginning grape-growers or new farmers planting a vineyard.

The New Mexico Wi ne a nd Grape Grower s Association – also referred to a s New Mex ico Wi ne – will manage the funds. The New Mex ico Depa r t ment of A g r icu lt u re, u nder t he u mbrel l a of New Mex ico State University, will oversee the funding program, as outlined in House Bill 2. For more details and to apply, visit The 2022 planting season application deadline is Oct. 31. The application period for the 2023 planting sea son begin s Feb. 1. P rogram f un d s will be available each year throu gh Jun e 3 0, 2 0 25 or until fully exhausted, whichever comes first.


original deposit; no insurance company will ever profit from death. So what is the lie? Those who do not understand how an annuity works or a competitor in the annuity industry will use half-truths to gain a competitive advantage over a prospect that is not fully informed. Annuities mean guarantees, which can mean lifetime income without fear of losing the retirement benefit. Annuities should be considered when planning the foundation of your retirement plan. They layer guaranteed income on top of your social security benefits and your pension retirement income to form the basis of your retirement. Also, avoid any costs or delays in transferring your annuity value at your death to

anyone you wish; name a beneficiary; it is easy. L aw r e n c e C a s t i l l o i s a member of Sy nd icated Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully t r a n s pa rent approa ch t o money management. Lawrence Castillo Host of Safe Money and Income Radio. L and C Retirement Income Planners, 4801 Lang St. NE Suite 100 Albuquerque NM 87109. Interested in additional information? Register for my FREE Newsletter at 888-9983463 or click my newsletter l i nk: ht t ps://a n nu it / lawrence-castillo-newsletter/ Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved.

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ultimate death. Annuity payments for life are fully guaranteed, and the insurance company will continue to pay and pay and pay. How can they do that? Knowing how many men age 65 will die each year would me a n t h a t a not her m a n age 65 didn’t live until life expectancy. It is called the Law of Large Numbers. The man who died early, did the insurance company keep his unused funds? No, all remaining funds for anyone who dies prematurely will be returned intact to the annuitants named beneficiary. All the instance company makes is the extra yield from the

‘Pinnocchio’ looks polished, but feels wooden By Glenn Kay For the Sun


Tom Hanks plays Geppetto in the 2022 retelling of “Pinocchio.” Photo Credit: Disney when del ivered by a l ive performer. Things improve slightly as Pinocchio leaves home, become s sepa r at ed f rom Geppetto and is forced to fend for himself. Zemeckis does attempt to tweak the story a little and a few touches are effective. This reviewer did appreciate that Pinocchio is forced to learn and figure out important lessons on his own, instead of being rescued by the Blue Fa i r y a nd h av i ng t h i ng s

explained to him. But while this change is fine, other alterations don’t work quite as smoothly. There is a nice attempt to add a female character to the story in the form of Fabiana (Kyanne Lamaya). Unfortunately, she needs to be given more to do. The character isn’t given much of a purpose other than to sing a song and relay unnecessary exposition to Pinocchio. O n ly w he n P i no c c h io encounters The Coachman a nd bef r iend s L a mpw ick


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him attain his goal. However, the lead soon comes into contact with shady characters like Honest John (KeeganM ich a el Key), S t rombol i (Giuseppe Battiston), and The Coachman (Luke Evans), all of whom attempt to con the naïve wooden puppet. Revising this famous tale is truly a daunting task. And despite the star power of Hanks and technical skills of director Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future,” “Who F r a m e d R o g e r R a b b i t ,” “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” “The Polar Express”) behind the camera, the opening act is remarkably clumsy and awkward. In fact, the fi rst halfhour is set within one room, forcing Hanks to sing and interact alone with Pinocchio and other CGI-characters. The marionette looks convincing, but others (like pet cat Figaro) do not and have a distracting effect. Early attempts at humor fall f lat as well, including a labored series of jokes which involve some of Geppetto’s woodwork resembling Disney icons. Hanks does his best and lands a line or two. Still, it feels forced, with the actor seemingly encouraged to behave in an exagger a t ed m a n ner l i ke t he original animated character. It all comes across as artificial

(Lewin Lloyd) does the film jolt to life. This film’s depiction of Pleasure Island is a visual treat and, amusingly enough, the locale looks like a Disney r ide gone hor r ibly awry. While some of the vices from the original story have been softened, it’s still entertaining to watch. The humor and sinister elements featured in this section are compel l i ng a nd fa r more exciting than earlier sections of the feature. In summation, the visual effects bringing Pinocchio to life are impressive, the Pleasure Island section works and there are a few enjoyable recreations of the original’s famous tunes (alongside some competent but ot her w ise forgettable new additions). But sadly, in this adaptation the heart of the story with Geppetto doesn’t resonate at all. Instead, the film leaves audiences with some stiff interactions between characters and, most importantly, a weak and less-than-stirring climax and fi nale. This version of “Pinocchio” looks bright and polished, but feels stilted and wooden.

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This Disney+ Day prem ie r e w i l l l a u n c h o n September 8 th exclusively on Disney+. While Disney have been producing live-action adaptations of their own animated properties for decades now, in recent times there have been so many that it is hard to keep up with them all. Over the last three years, we’ve seen new editions of “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and “Mulan,” not to mention the “Maleficent” spin-offs from “Cinderella,” as well as “Cruella” from 101 Dalmatians and more. The latest live-action redo is “Pinocchio,” which in itself was an adaptation of the beloved 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi. Disney’s 1940 take on the book is still considered by many as one of their crowning cinematic achievements and one of the most memorable animated features in their entire catalog. The stor y is told by a friendly grasshopper named J i m i n y C r i c ke t (J o s e p h Gordon-Levitt provides the voice). The insect arrives at the home of a lonely woodworker named Geppetto (Tom Hanks), who has just fi nished creating an impressive marionette named Pinocchio (voiced by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth). After wishing upon a star that his creation was real, The Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo) appears and brings Pinocchio to life. T he t it le ch a r a c t er i s thrilled to have Geppetto for a father, but still yearns to be an actual boy. He is told by the fairy that being brave, truthful and unselfish may do the trick. Jiminy Cricket offers to be Pinocchio’s temporary conscience and help





Miyamura Patriots outperform the Bengals

Miyamura Patriot Ciyllis Cole-Roy (3) runs for a 93-yard touchdown against the Gallup Bengals on Sept. 1. The Patriots won the game 50-0. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Gallup Bengal Jaylah Greene (8) gains yards in the game on Sept. 1 vs. the Miyamura Patriots. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Sports schedule for week of Sept. 9 FOOTBALL GAMES 9/9 Gallup v. Taos 7 pm Home Game 9/9 Miyamura v. Goddard 7 pm Away Game 9/9 Thoreau v. McCurdy 7 pm Home Game 9/9 Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Reserve 7 pm Home Game 9/10 Crownpoint v. Navajo Prep 11 am Home Game 9/10 Navajo Pine v. Alamo Navajo 1 pm Away Game 9/10 Ramah v. Pine Hill 1 pm Home Game

BOYS SOCCER GAMES 9/13 Gallup v. Grants 5 pm Home Game

9/15 Gallup v. Los Lunas 4 pm Away Game 9/15 Miyamura v. Oak Grove Classical Academy 3 pm Home Game

GIRLS SOCCER GAMES 9/13 Gallup v. Grants 3 pm Home Game 9/13 Rehoboth Christian v. Kirtland Central 5 pm Home Game 9/15 Gallup v. Los Lunas 3 pm Home Game


9/10 Thoreau v. Cuba 3 pm Home Game 9/10 Tohatchi v. Bosque 3 pm Away Game 9/13 Crownpoint v. Ramah 6 pm Home Game 9/13 Miyamura v. Monument Valley 5 pm Home Game 9/13 Navajo Pine v. Newcomb 5 pm Home Game 9/13 Rehoboth Christian v. Tohatchi 3 pm Home Game 9/13 Thoreau v. Aztec 6 pm Home Game 9/14 Gallup v. Navajo Prep 6 pm Away Game 9/15 Miyamura v. Valencia 6 pm Home Game 9/15 Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Cuba 5 pm Home Game

9/9 Ramah v. Navajo Pine 6 pm Home Game

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Sports scores for Sept. 1-7 FOOTBALL GAMES 9/1 Crownpoint v. Zuni W 35-6 9/1 Miyamura v. Gallup 50-0 9/1 Navajo Pine v. Pine Hill L 50-38 9/1 Thoreau v. Kirtland Central L 36-6 9/2 Ramah v. Gateway Christian L 50-6 9/2 Tohatchi v. Wingate L 24-16

BOYS SOCCER 9/1 Rehoboth Christian v. Grants W 3-1 9/2 Miyamura v. Belen W 2-0 9/3 Rehoboth Christian v. Socorro W 1-0 9/6 Miyamura v. Pojoaque Valley W 5-0


9/1 Rehoboth Christian v. Grants 2-2 9/3 Rehoboth Christian v. Socorro W 3-1 9/2 Miyamura v. Belen W 3-1 9/6 Miyamura v. Pojoaque Valley W 10-0 9/6 Rehoboth Christian v. Gallup 6-1

VOLLEYBALL 9/1 Ramah v. Wingate W 3-0 9/3 Zuni v. Ramah L 3-0 9/6 Miyamura v. Pojoaque Valley W 3-1 9/6 Ramah v. Rehoboth Christian W 3-0 9/6 Thoreau v. Oak Grove Classical Academy W 3-0 9/7 Gallup v. Hozho Academy L 3-2 9/7 Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Coronado L 3-0


Wingate Bears roar to a win against Tohatchi

Tohatchi Cougar Elijah Johnson (10) readies a throw on Sept. 2. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan

Elijah Johnson (10) scored the Cougar’s second touchdown of the game before the Bears could stop him. The Bears ultimately won by a score of 24-16. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan

Tohatchi Cougar Zachary Parsons (25) tackles Wingate Bear Darrius Begay (15) during the game on Sept. 2. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan

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Riley Morgan (21) scores the first touchdown for the Bears as Cougar’s player Leland Johnson (2) tries to stop him. Photo Credit: Alexis Callahan


Ramah Mustangs speed past the Thunderbirds

Zuni Thunderbird Sara Sice (12) drills down on the serve for the Thunderbirds. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond Muckerman

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Kennedy Gibbons (6) serves the ball during the Ramah Mustangs game against the Zuni Thunderbirds on Sept. 3. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond Muckerman

During the Ramah Mustangs’ Sept. 3 game against the Zuni Thunderbirds, McKenzie Jimenez (18), Tiarra Benally (9), Jaidyn Lewis (2), and Terilynn Charley (15) work to save the ball. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond Muckerman

McKenzie Jimenez (18) directs a forceful response to a Zuni threat during the Ramah Mustangs’ Sept. 3 game against the Zuni Thunderbirds. The Mustangs won 3-0. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond Muckerman


Lady Lynxes leap over Lady Bengals

Lady Bengal Jasmine Garcia (14) and Jazmine Arrufo (5) surround Lady Lynx Meg Zwiers (19) while she has the ball. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Lady Lynx Lauryn Keedah (9) drives the ball down the field with Lady Bengal Destiny Claw (19) on her heels. The Lady Lynxes won the Sept. 6 game 6-1. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Lady Lynx Alieda Zylstra (1) tries to pass to one of her teammates while Lady Bengal Destiny Claw (19) attempts to steal it from her. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Lady Bengal Brenna Becenti (3) takes the ball toward the goal with Lady Lynx Mary Brown (13) on her tail. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston


Lady Lynx Lauryn Keedah (9) and Lady Bengal Jazmine Marrufo (5) battle for the ball during a Sept. 6 soccer game. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Gallup Sun • Friday September 9, 2022

Lady Lynx Meg Zwiers (19) takes control of the ball while Lady Bengal Jazmine Marrufo (5) tries to block her. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston


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beginning, commence at the Southwest Corner of Section 8 and run North along the section line a distance of 3639.19 feet to the Southwest corner of the herein described tract and the Real Point of beginning: Thence N 89‫ﹾ‬55′ E a distance of 400′ to a point; Thence North a distance of 200′ to a point; Thence S 89‫ﹾ‬55′ W a distance of 400′ to the Northwest corner; Thence South a distance of 200′ to the Point of beginning. The property described above is located at #9 Calle Bonita Ct., Thoreau, McKinley County, New Mexico. You are hereby notified that unless you file a responsive pleading on or before October 9, 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 Plaintiff’s 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, P.C. Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1027 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 (505) 722-9121 Published: Gallup Sun August 26, 2022 September 2, 2022 September 9, 2021 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF McKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO

A Tract of land lying in the West Half (W1/2) of Section Eight (8), Township Fifteen (15) North, Range Seventeen (17) West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, containing 1.836 acres more or less and more properly described as follows:

In Re Guardianship Proceeding for No. D-1113-DM-2022-00092 DAMARCUS A. RODRIGUEZ and JOSIAH A. MANSFIELD, both Minors.

To arrive at the point of


NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT TO: UNKNOWN FATHERS OF BABY BOY RODRIGUEZ (DOB – 10/30/2018) YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Petition to Appoint Kinship Guardian has been filed in this Court. You or your attorney are hereby directed to file a pleading or motion in response to the Petition for Kinship Guardian on file herein on or before September 23, 2022, in the Office of the Clerk of the above Court, sitting within and for the Eleventh Judicial Court, that being the Court in which said rPetition is filed, and to serve a copy of the same pleading or motion upon Petitioners or their attorneys, Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico. Unless an appearance is entered by you in this cause on or before the above date, a Order Appointing Kinship Guardian may be entered. The District Court complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is counsel’s or a pro se party’s obligation to notify the clerk of the Court at least five (5) days before any hearing of the anticipated attendance of a disabled person so that appropriate accommodations can be made. The Courts may be notified

as to the appropriate type of accommodation which will be necessary. Additionally, it is counsel’s or a pro se party’s obligation to notify the Clerk of the Court at least five (5) days in advance of any hearing for which a non-English language interpreter will be required. Attorney for Petitioners: James Jay Mason Address of Attorney: Attorney at Law P.O. Box 1772 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 WITNESS the Honorable R. David Pederson, District Judge of said Court of the State of New Mexico and the Seal of the District Court of said County, the 24th day of August, 2022.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS SHARLENE BEGAY-PLATERO has been appointed Personal Representatives of the Estate of EDWARD T. BEGAY, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative at the offices of Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Dated: 8/30/2022

Clerk of the District Court




Publish: Gallup Sun September 2, 2022 September 9, 2022 September 16, 2022

BY James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representatives 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463


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Public Notice Public Notice is hereby given that Gallup Business Improvement District, Inc. will conduct its regular monthly Board of Directors Meeting to be held virtually on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 3 PM. The agenda and log-in information will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting from and on City of Gallup website.

*** Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following Items will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/ or related charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 2610 E. Hwy 66 and Sunrise II Self Storage 3000 W. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD Please call 505 - 863-5419 for more information. Last Known Address of Tenant: Marcella Hoskie PO Box 2092 Gallup, NM 87305 Tires, Ice Chest, Couch, Boxes & Bags of Misc. Melissa Lopez 509 Rocco Cir. Gallup, NM 87301 Microwave, Couch, Dresser, Boxes & Bags of Misc. Items may be viewed on the day of sale only. CASH ONLY Please call office to verify Info. Sale May Be Canceled By Right of Lien Holder. Published: Gallup Sun September 9, 2022 September 16, 2022 *** LEGAL NOTICE

proposals for: College & Career Readiness Curriculum and Supplies Multi-Year Agreement RFP-2023-08BK Commodity Code(s): 71510, 91710 As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, October 7, 2022. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date and time. The Gallup-McKinley County School Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any formalities or minor inconsistencies, and/or cancel this solicitation in its entirety. Dated the 7th Day of September 2022 By: /S/ Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 RFP ISSUE DATE: September 9, 2022 PUBLICATION DATES: September 9, 2022 (Gallup Sun) September 10, 2022 (Albuquerque Journal)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS *** Public Notice is hereby provided that the Gallup McKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed

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Published: Gallup Sun September 2, 2022 September 9, 2022 September 16, 2022 ***

Published: Gallup Sun September 9, 2022




Multi-Year Agreement RFP-2023-09BK

reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any formalities or minor inconsistencies, and/or cancel this solicitation in its entirety.

Commodity Code(s): 98364, 20167

Dated the 7th Day of September 2022

As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website

By:/S/ Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1


Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, October 7, 2022. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date time. The Gallup-McKinley County School Board of Education

RFP ISSUE DATE: September 9, 2022 PUBLICATION DATES: September 9, 2022 (Gallup Sun) September 10, 2022 (Albuquerque Journal) *** Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs—Navajo Region The Bureau of Indian Affairs

Navajo Regional Office has published the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Navajo Nation Integrated Weed Management Plan. The methods proposed for weed control, management, and eradication include a combination of cultural, manual, mechanical, chemical, and biological methods. The public is invited to view the Final IWMP and EIS and provide feedback at the BIA Navajo Region’s website until October 4, 2022. Visit to view the documents and learn more about this project. Or you can email the BIA at for more information. Help us fight weeds together! Published: Gallup Sun September 9, 2022 September 16, 2022

Community Calendar SEPTEMBER 9 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

5 pm - 1 am @ Courthouse Square (207 W. Hill). Throughout Relay there will be activities for all ages including games, special laps, teams selling items and food, and more at their campsites. Visitors are welcome to walk the track along with team members. Teams are required to have someone walking on the track at all times.

game of chess, members of the club are able to bond and improve their chess skills! Each Tuesday people can learn and practice chess theory and strategy together. Each Saturday a tournament will be held. Prizes will be awarded! All ages are welcome, although this is targeted at the age 8-18 range. Participants do not need to attend every event. Email pneilson@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information.




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@ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library will be celebrating National Teddy Bear Day by collecting donations of new stuffed animals for one of the local charities. Bring a stuffed animal to their special Teddy Bear drop box in the library. Donors will receive a special Teddy Bear-themed thank you for their donations. For questions please call (505)-863-7531 or email

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

FAMILY STORYTIME WITH LOCAL AUTHOR SHEILA LOFGREN 2 pm @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for an exciting family storytime with a special guest! Local counselor, author, and illustrator Sheila Lofgreen will read stories that explore themes of social and emotional learning, including some of her own! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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.

September 23, 2022 September 29, 2022 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE TO BIDDERS Public notice is hereby given that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: ITB-2023-05RB FOOD VENDING CARTS Price Agreement Commodity Code(s): 16547 As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools

eBidding platform website portal Sealed bids for such will be received until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on September 22, 2022. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date and time. Dated the 9th Day of September, 2022 By: /S/Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 BID ISSUE DATE: September 9, 2022 PUBLICATION DATE: September 9, 2022 Gallup Sun Publishing September 11, 2022 Albuquerque Journal


SHOW OPENING: BECAUSE 7 pm to 9 pm (during ArtsCrawl) @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave. A community-based social justice group show at the intersection of alcoholism, the MMIW movement, homelessness, and cultural preservation featuring five local artists and a variety of 2D and 3D media. BeCause will be on view through October 1.

GALLUP 9TH ST. FLEA MARKET 9 am to 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States. With more than 500 vendors and as many as 10,000 visitors each week, you can find food, crafts, jewelry, livestock, and household goods. SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 MONDAY, SEPT. 12

GMCS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 1 pm-2 pm @ SSC 640 Boardman Dr.

TWEENS WHO STREAM 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join OFPL for interactive STREAM workshops. STREAM workshops explore

topics in Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This week, investigate how sound is created with electronic devices by building speakers using a few simple materials. Engineer your own speakers, then learn how they convert electrical energy into sound. Supply kits are available at OFPL on a first-come, firstserved basis using the Supply Request Form at Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, SEPT. 13

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.

WOMEN VETERAN & FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP 6 pm @ Veterans Helping Veterans (908 E. Buena Vista Ave.). This meeting is for women veterans, veteran wives and widows or any woman related to a veteran.

CHESS CLUB 4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s

Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Through the game of chess, members of the club are able to bond and improve their chess skills! Each Tuesday people can learn and practice chess theory and strategy together. Each Saturday a tournament will be held. Prizes will be awarded! All ages are welcome, although this is targeted at the age 8-18 range. Participants do not need to attend every event. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14

TEEN PAINT NIGHT 5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Learn how to paint with acrylics. OFPL is inviting youth artists to submit artwork to display at the youth library using the theme: Mythology. Use the materials and techniques learned in this workshop to contribute to the library space and leave a mark on OFPL. Supplies will be provided. Email jwhitman@gallupnm.


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

HOUR OF CODE 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for an interactive, hands-on tech program for tweens & teens. Stimulate your creative thinking and learn how to use computer coding to create art, tell stories, and design games! This week, animate a name by picking a name or word and then use Scratch to write block code that brings the letters to life through animation, sound, and music.

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 “A Star is Born” (2018) in honor of Country Music Day.

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, the theme is “loud and quiet.” Age 0-4. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information. THURSDAY, SEPT. 15

LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING 5 pm LIVE on Zoom. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.




CREATIVE CORNER - MELTED CRAYON BUTTERFLIES 3 pm @ Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) Get Creative and make your own art using material found around your home! Decorate your walls with marbled butterflies using crayons. Courses are geared towards ages 13-years and up. Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

GALLUP CHAMBER GOLF BALL DROP 6:30 am - 8 am @ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). Join the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce to see Bill Lee take his balloon high in the sky and drop hundreds of golf balls to the ground - who’s golf ball will find its way into the hole? If your ball makes it into the hole, you could win $1,000 or a round of golf for two people at Golf Ball Estrella in Estrella, Ariz. (prize includes roundtrip airfare to Phoenix and a $500 gift card). A regular ball drop costs $20, or a $100 for six balls. You can also do the 19th Hole Ball Drop, which is $100 per ball. Contact a Chamber Board Member to purchase Golf Balls OR you may Contact the Gallup Chamber for

RALLY 4 RECOVERY 11 am to 3 pm @ Courthouse Square. Family Fun, Education, Activities, Exhibits, Music & Swag bags! Visit the Hero’s Walkway, Watch Presentations & Demonstrations!

GET UP AND GAME! 12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall near the food court (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Get up and Game with video games and fun for the whole family including virtual reality! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

DRUM & RHYTHM WITH RANDY MARKHAM 2 pm @ @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Experience the art of percussion with local music teacher and musician Randy Markham. This hands-on workshop teaches the basic techniques of rhythm and drumming as well as a chance to participate in collaborative music making. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SUNDAY, SEPT. 18

BEGINNING OF BANNED BOOK WEEK The UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.) will begin celebrating the Banned Book Week. Each day the library will highlight a banned book and host a reading of that book at 4 pm. A short discussion will follow that reading. For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

NAVAJO RUG WEAVING 10 am - 2 pm @ the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the fundamentals and techniques of rug weaving in traditional Diné style, including warping, carding and spinning. Please bring your own weaving materials and/ or projects. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

CREATIVE CORNER – MARBLED CLAY DISH 3 pm in-person @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Create a reusable dish out of oven-baked clay. For more information email or call (505) 863-1291.


NORTHFEST 10 am - 2 pm @ Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center (400 Marguerite Franco Dr.). Join OFPL, GallupARTS, and the City of Gallup Parks & Recreation Department for the 4th Annual NorthFest event. Celebrate the diversity and spirit of Gallup’s Northside neighborhood through art, literacy, culture, and community-building activities that include t-shirt printing, face painting, water rocket building, crafts, storytelling, and live music! NorthFest is free and open to the public. The event is generously sponsored by City Councilor Linda Garcia. Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

GALLUP CHAMBER ANNUAL BANQUET @ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). Join the Gallup Chamber of Commerce for a great night with great people, music, dance, food, drinks, and some amazing silent auctions and raffle items. Individual tickets start at $200, the regular tables, which seat eight people, costs $1,300, and a high donor table, which seats 10 people, costs $2,800. ONGOING

INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL: A PHOTO RETROSPECTIVE 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. The Rex Museum (on the corner of Highway 66 and Third Street) is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday 10 am to 2 pm, Friday 4 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm.

WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB OFPL’s book club book for October is “A Place of Thin Veil” by Bob Rosebrough. Register online at for a copy of the book until Sept. 30. Discussions will be held on Zoom or in person with the author at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) in October. Refreshments will be served! Email or call 505-863-1291 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 ofpl. online now through April 30. For more info email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291.

RMCHCS UPDATED VISITOR POLICIES Due to the recent downward trend of COVID-19 cases, RMCHCS has reinstated its visitor policy. The visitor policy supports two people per family member who have passed the coronavirus screening. Visitors must be 17 years old or older. Visitors must show documentation of COVID-19 vaccination. Visiting hours are Monday - Sunday 4 pm - 8 pm.

RMCHCS COVID-19 TEST/VACCINE/ BOOSTER CLINIC 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.


9 am to 12 pm. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utili-

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


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4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This month Zollinger Library is celebrating Hispanic culture and experiences through films. The film screenings are free and open to all students and staff as well as the community. Popcorn available, first come first served. This week’s movie is “Corpus: A Home Movie About Selena.” For questions please call 505863-7531 or email markos@

ties. 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: bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.




SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, FROM 7 - 9 PM IN DOWNTOWN GALLUP Mural Dedication from 7-9pm - “A Moment to Remember” by Jason Kinlicheeni At 4th Street and the alley between Rt 66 and W. Coal Crashing Thunder Gallery Works created by Milan Sklenar ART GALLERY 123 Exhibit Opening - “BeCause” A community-based social justice group show featuring five local artists and a variety of 2D and 3D media Loom Indigenous Arts Gallery Presenting Hataałiinez Wheeler, A Journey of Personal Exploration Philander Begay RC Gorman Gallery Featuring Philander Begay, Isiah Begay, and Edwind Whitsinger

In the Event Center Family Arts & Crafts workshop 7pm-9pm “Veggie-stamped Tote Bags” Create a colorful patterned tote bag using fruits and vegetables as stamps!

In the El Morro Theatre Littleglobe Movie Showings multiple showings of 4-6 short films about Recovery, from 7 - 9pm Free admission Concession available.

DJ Benally Food Vendors & Food Trucks Local Arts & Craft Vendors

For information contact: Dee Santillanes, Arts Crawl Coordinator Phone: 505-728-1055 email: PLEASE WEAR A MASK