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TEACHER OF THE MONTH RETURNS Hozho Academy teacher is this month’s recipient By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


ach month, Camille’s Sidewalk Café recognizes one local teacher within the Gallup area for his or her determination to help students go above and beyond. Prospective teachers are nominated by students who feel they deserve to be recognized. This month, Amanda O’Leary, who has worked at Hozho Academy for three years, is the recipient of the Teacher of the Month. In an interview with the Sun, O’Leary said she had no intention of being a teacher when she started college in Wisconsin. Instead, she wanted to be an oceanographer. But when she realized that might be difficult with the nearest ocean being over 700


miles away from Madison, Wis., she changed her goal. She graduated with two degrees in sociology and biology and spent six years in the Peace Corps building fish ponds and teaching English overseas. That’s where she said she found her passion for teaching and decided to apply for the Peace Corps master’s program. That decision led her to Albuquerque. She completed her master’s in education in 1999. “The choices [with the Peace Corps fellowship] when I was accepted, the choices were I could’ve gone to Mississippi, some place in Alabama [or to Gallup], and I was just thinking ‘big city is not for me.’ I really like the size of Gallup, it’s perfect. I like the outdoorsy stuff too, it’s pretty here,” O’Leary said. She began her teaching career

at Gallup-McKinley County Schools by teaching at Tohatchi Elementary in 1999 before switching to Chee Dodge Elementary. She stayed home with her young children for seven years and then returned to GMCS in 2007. O’Leary teaches fifth-grade math and science. She said her favorite part about teaching is that each day is different. “There’s good days and there’s bad days, but you never know from one day to the next what it’s going to be,” O’Leary explained. “It could be very enlightening, or it could be a major headache, but it’s always different.” One thing that was definitely different was the challenge of


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By: Joseph Bruchac

Thanksgiving is more than just one day, so a Mohawk elder said to me. Though it is good that we remember this time with feasting each November. We need to give thanks every dawn for the gifts of life, for each breath drawn. For everything that keeps us living, we speak our words of true thanksgiving.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH | FROM COVER COVID. O’Leary explained how the pandemic made her job as a teacher difficult. “I think with this COVID thing, the kids don’t know how to interact with each other,” O’Leary said. “There’s a lot of immaturity issues, and they don’t know how to sit still. There’s a lack of an


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LOCAL NEWS attention span, and that’s been very difficult.” Part of the problem, O’Leary said, was that when Roosevelt Elementary closed last year, the students weren’t used to the changes. Before the school closed, they were seeing a new substitute teacher every day. And then COVID hit, and the students were sent home. O’Leary said the kids are getting better now that things are


returning back to normal. She said she prefers in-person learning to remote learning. “Even when we had the pandemic I would have preferred to be in-person. I just think it’s better because you can see reactions, you can see what the kids know and what they don’t,” O’Leary explained. “It’s much easier to judge how your teaching is going – are they getting it or are they not getting it?”


here’s good days and there’s bad days, but you never know from one day to the next what it’s going to be” — O’Leary O’Leary gave some advice to new teachers who are just starting out in their teaching careers. “I would say to be consistently firm and don’t lower your expectations. As soon as you lower your bar, they’re going to give up; they’re just going to be like, ‘well, there’s no consequences, so I’m not going to do it,’” O’Leary said. “Reward the ones [who do their work], and work with the ones who don’t.” She said she makes sure to set boundaries with the students who don’t finish their homework. If they don’t, they often have to stay inside during recess to complete their homework. Hozho Academy Principal Juliane Hillock said that O’Leary’s boundaries and standards for her students make her a good teacher. “She has high standards for students and she doesn’t compromise them,” Hillock said. “Sometimes it’s hard for students to rise up to those expectations at the beginning, but by the end of the year those students are benefitting from those high expectations.” Sometimes, however, those high standards can have a somewhat negative effect. O’Leary said

she was surprised to have won the award because it’s been a difficult year for her. “I was super surprised, because I didn’t think my kids this year even liked me because I’m very persistent and very ‘this is what we do, this is our routine.’ Routine is essential,” O’Leary said. “So I didn’t know who nominated me, and I was trying to figure it out, and Ms. Hillock didn’t know, so when I did find out I was surprised because it was one of my students from last year.” Despite her comments about the difficulty of being a teacher with high standards for her students, O’Leary said she has no plans to retire any time soon. She does know what she wants to do after retiring, though. She said she loves to garden. “Someday, maybe when I’m retired, I would love to cross breed orchids and exotic plants,” O’Leary said. She hopes to one day create a desert rose that blooms into multiple colors. To nominate a teacher of the month, visit Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe at 306 S. Second St.


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vents held in city parks next year will have to meet a few new standards the city plans to impose to limit crowds, noise and intrusion into surrounding neighborhoods. In the past, permits have only addressed food preparation and things that directly affect city property, such as street closures for block parties, or security when alcohol will be served.


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New Mexico launches Environmental Crimes Task Force Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Environmental Pro-

tection Agency convened New Mexico’s first Environmental Crimes Task Force on Nov. 9. The goal of the Environmental Crimes Task Force is to increase federal,

Leadership of the Environmental Crimes Task Force. Photo Credit: New Mexico Environment Department tribal and state cooperation in investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of environmental laws. In pursuit of this goal, the Task Force will meet regularly with members from agencies to disseminate actionable intelligence and coordinate responses to address those individuals and entities who threaten the nation’s health and environment by violating such laws. Violating environmental laws—including, but not limited to, the federal and state air, water, and hazardous waste laws—is a crime and can be punishable by incarceration and/or monetary fines. “If you circumvent New Mexico’s environmental laws – we will fi nd you and we will prosecute you,” Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ja mes Kenney said. “The Environmental Crimes Task Force will bring much needed investigation and prosecution resources and coordination to New Mexico, which will serve to level the playing field and increase environmental compliance in our communities.”

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The Environmental Crimes Task Force will also focus on advancing civil rights and environmental justice through timely and effective remedies for systemic environmental v iolations in underser ved communities that have been historically marginalized and overburdened, including low-income communities and communities of color. “This task force is being created to curb environmental crime in the state of New Mexico and neighboring tribal ter r itor ies,” K im Ba h ney, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division for the Southwest Area Branch, said. “Public health and the environment should not suffer at the hands of deliberate polluters.” Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, explained that the task force would be looking out for marginalized groups. “Low-income communities and communities of color have disproportionately borne

the burden of environmental crime,” Uballez said. “Through the Environmental Crimes Task Force, we will bring fair treatment and meaningful involvement of underserved communities that have been historically marginalized and overburdened by systemic environmental violations, pollutions, climate change and abuse of natural resources.” Commissioner of Public L a nd s S t eph a n ie Ga rc i a Richard said that the task force would hold companies responsible. “As Land Commissioner, I’ve prioritized the protection of our natural resources. Under our Accountability and Enforcement program, we’ve successfully persuaded companies to comply with their environmental obligations,” Richard said. “Many companies do the right thing, but when companies don’t and they break the law, there should be consequences for those actions.


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U.S. Department of Education launches new initiative to support career-connected learning Staff Reports


ASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of “Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success,” a new Biden-Harris Administration initiative supported by the Departments of Commerce and Labor to increase and expand access to high-quality training programs to help young Americans pursue jobs in today’s in-demand fields, and be prepared for careers of the future, on Nov. 14. This new effort unites key agencies of the Biden-Harris

Administration to strengthen the connection between K-12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce programs. With the support of the $120 billion dollars dedicated to K-12 education in the American Rescue Plan and Perkins funding, the Administration is ensuring the next generation is building the skills necessary to fill high-paying jobs like those created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and CHIPS and Science Act. This includes expanding access to skills-based learning and training pathways, like Registered Apprenticeships in

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona key industries such as advanced manufacturing, automotive, and

cybersecurity. As part of the launch, the Department is announcing $5.6 million dollars in Perkins funding for a new program to expand work-based learning opportunities for students and will issue new guidance on how federal funds can be used to develop and expand career pathway programs, including Registered Apprenticeships. As part of this new initiative, the Department will host regional summits with students, educators, employers, and other stakeholders to learn about practices that have led to success and challenges that must be addressed. “It’s time we bridge the divide between our K-12 systems and our college, career, and industry preparation programs, which leave too many students behind and perpetuate inequities in our most diverse, underserved, and rural communities,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said. “An education system reimagined for the 21st century engages youth of all ages in the power of career-connected learning and provides every student with the opportunity to gain real-life work experience, earn college credits, and make progress towards an industry credential before they graduate high school.” Cardona praised the BidenHarris administration for the work they’re doing in education. “Today, the Biden-Harris team is raising the bar with new investments and resources to support intentional collaboration between schools, colleges, workforce development agencies and

industry partners and building clearer pathways for students to rewarding careers and lifelong success,” Cardona said. In support of the launch, the First Lady Jill Biden, Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will travel to northwest suburban Chicago to meet with students enrolled in a career-connected learning program at Rolling Meadows High School. The Secretaries and the First Lady will also visit Aon’s Chicago facility hosted by the Chicago Apprenticeship Network to highlight the value of Registered Apprenticeship, particularly in non-traditional industries and corporate careers with a focus on underrepresented populations and communities in key sectors of technology, finance, insurance, and banking. The visits coincide with the first day of National Apprenticeship Week, marking the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. “America is home to some of the world’s brightest and most ambitious students, and we owe it to them to set them up for success,” Raimondo said. “Careerconnected education programs are essential to the success of the American economy and will spur a new generation of researchers, engineers, and manufacturers in critical industries. In launching this initiative, these programs and their graduates will enable us to continue outcompeting and out-innovating the rest of


GMCS school receives national recognition Staff Reports


ANTA FE – Two New Mexico schools have been named National ESEA Distinguished Schools after being nominated by the state Public Education Department. The honor goes to: • Wagon Mound Elementary School, serving 43 students in the Wagon Mound Public School District, and • John F. Kennedy Middle School, serving 715 students in Gallup-McKinley County Schools. “These two schools exemplify the important work in education that is taking place in our state as we continue to close the achievement gap,” Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus said. “We congratulate the efforts of students, educators and families in these Gallup and Wagon Mound communities. They spotlight excellence in academic growth and exceptional

support of special populations.” Wagon Mound Elementary School is being recognized for exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years and John F. Kennedy Middle School is acknowledged for excellence in serving special populations of students, especially Native Americans. E SE A s t a nd s for t he Elementary and Secondary Schools Act, federal legislation passed in the 1960s as part of the War on Poverty to close skill gaps in reading, writing and math. Since 1996, the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators has been selecting examples of superior, federally-funded school programs for national recognition. Title I of the act was originally intended to compensate for the considerable educational deprivations associated with child poverty. Both distinguished New Mexico schools are Title I schools, which

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Public Education Secretary Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. File Photo means they receive federal funding because they serve large numbers of students from economically disadvantaged homes. “As a Wagon Mound alumni, it really makes me happy to see my students going in the right direction, and making leaps and bounds,” Wagon Mound Schools Superintendent

A nita Romero said. “I am hopeful that my staff is setting the foundation needed for a brighter future for all our students. I am very proud of all of them and can’t wait to let everyone know of their achievements.” She explained that school a d m i n i st rat ion a nd st a f f decided to break up students by test scores, not grade level. They were placed in two-hour reading and math blocks, incor porating science and social studies into these time frames to provide well-rounded academic experiences. The New Mexico schools are among approximately 100 schools throughout the country that will receive national recognition for exceptional student achievement at the 2023

ESEA National Conference Feb. 1-4 in Indianapolis and online. Selected schools demons t r a t e a w i d e a r r a y of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community. State education agencies nominate schools for the title under three categories: • Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years • Closing the achievement gap between student groups • Excellence in serving special populations of students

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EVENT PERMITS | FROM PAGE 6 “We treat all of the venues where special events may occur the same. There is really nothing in [the existing ordinance] that explicitly allows tailoring of the permit to the reality of a specific venue,” City Attorney Curtis Hayes said. The new rules will take into consideration factors like anticipated attendance and event duration. The goal is to keep events manageable and avoid confl icts that can arise when too many people show up where there are no bathrooms, little room to park, or events are intrusively loud. An event at Viro Circle Park in June triggered the review, after neighbors complained about the noise and attendees parking across nearby driveways and disrespecting neighbors. That event also included cooking hot dogs and the use of a generator to power movie and sound equipment. “We need to decide, are we


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the world.” The “Raise the Bar” initiative includes: • Investi ng $5.6 m i llion in Perkins funding for s chool s t o ex p a nd work- b a s e d lea r n i n g opportunities The Education Department announced that it will launch the “Ca reer Z Cha llenge: E x p a n d i n g Wo r k- B a s e d L e a r n i n g O ppor t u n it ie s” competition in Spring 2023. The competition will foster multi-sector partnerships and expand work-based learning opportunities for students. Semi-fi nalists and fi nalists will be eligible to receive targeted technical assistance including

going to allow permits at any neighborhood parks or just no, not at all, and if we are going to allow it, what is the number [of people who would be allowed to attend],” Councilor Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, said. Many of the city’s parks – B u b a ny, G ol d e n A ge , Hadden, Henrietta, Indian Hills, Mossman, Sky City, Stagecoach and Viro Circle – are neighborhood parks and “are more designed for neighborhood-scale events, and we have not really defi ned that,” City Manager Maryann Ustick said. That leaves Ford Canyon, Playground of Dreams and the Spor ts Complex, plus Courthouse Plaza, to accomodate large-scale events. Larger events can also drain scarce city resources, Community Ser vices Coordinator Ben Welch said, especially when cash-strapped nonprofits are the hosts. “They want the city to be fi rst and foremost all – security, cleanup, whatever it takes

to provide whatever they don’t have, whether it’s a nonprofit or not,” he said. “The police department just doesn’t have the man- and woman-power to do that.” As it is, Gallup charges just $10 to process event permits, while many similar cities start fees at $100, Welch said. The revised ordinance is expected to set limits on how many people will be allowed at events based on park size. It may also set limits on time/ duration, noise and availability of bathrooms and electricity. “All of the recommendations we came up with in the proposal are really safety and health recommendations. We noticed that our ordinance didn’t have those kinds of criteria that would allow us to deny a permit,” attorney Thomas Lynn Isaacson, who reviewed the ordinance, said. With those parameters in place, the City Council is expected to take up the new rules in December or early next year.

professional development support, webinars and training, as well as a portion of a prize pool. • Providing new guidance to schools on using American Rescue Plan funds to expand career pathways for students to pu rsue in-demand jobs and support Registered Apprenticeships The Department will publish a “Dear Colleague Letter” that provides information on how schools can use ARPA funds to develop and expand career pathway programs and help more students pursue careers in in-demand fields. This initiative builds on Biden’s FY 2023 Budget proposal, which invests $200 million in Career-Connected high schools and supports competitive grants to grow

and build models of this bold vision. Funding would also support partnerships between local educational agencies, institutions of higher education—including community colleges—and employers, to encourage earning college credit while in high school through dual enrollment in core content and career and technical coursework; workbased learning opportunities; a nd academic a nd career counseling. Biden’s FY 2023 Budget proposal also includes $1.4 billion for Career and Technical Education programs. This includes an increase of $20 million for CTE state grants that would expand access to career-connected programs for more students. STATE & REGION


Fall sports wrap-up TALKING TO THE COACHES WHO LED THEIR TEAMS TO THE PLAYOFFS By Molly Ann Howell GMCS keeps Sun Correspondent winning NEW COACH TAKES GALLUP TO THE PLAYOFFS David Foley started his first season as Gallup High’s head football coach on a rocky note, finishing the first half of the season 1-4, but the team was able to pick up the second half, going 4-1, and that’s what helped them enter the playoffs. Their first playoff game against Bloomfield ended with a score of 49-0. Foley discussed some of the reasons Bloomfield The 2022 Gallup Bengals volleyball team. Photo Credit: Felicia and Marvin Photography was able to outplay them. “They had some big kids up front, we thought we’d be able to handle them better, but they were a really strong team and we didn’t move their defensive front the way we needed to [in order to] have more success in the game,” Foley said. “But we’re always trying to focus on ourselves and our own improvement as a team.” Despite how the season ended, Foley said he was proud of what the team accomplished, especially with the new coaching staff. And he’s already looking onwards to next year. “As far as next year, we need to have a great offseason. We’re going to be very young, and we don’t have the strength and size, just looking at the kids coming back, to compete against the schools in 5A right now,” Foley The 2022 Gallup Bengals Girls cross country team. Photo Credit: Kyle Benally explained. “But if all our guys, including linemen and defenO V E R C O M I N G a successful season. They finsive backs, get a bit more mus- OBSTACLES ished 14-11 and made the state cle mass and get a little more Sickness and struggling championship. Unfortunately, conditioned and a little more to find a gym to practice in they lost in the second round to speed, I think we’ll be in good didn’t stop the Gallup Bengals Los Alamos and Pojoaque Valley. shape.” Volleyball team from having Gallup High School’s gym SPORTS

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Gallup High wasn’t the only Gallup-McKinley County Schools representative in the fall sports playoffs. The Thoreau Hawks football team made it to the second round of the playoffs. They won over the Hope Christian Huskies in the first round on Nov. 5. They won 19-13. But in the second round, they lost to the St. Michael’s Horsemen with a score of 50-0 on Nov. 12. The other GMCS football team to make it to the playoffs was the Miyamura Patriots. However, they lost in the first round to the Valley Vikings, with a score of 30-6 on Nov. 5. In volleyball news, the Ramah Mustangs went on to the second round of playoffs after beating the Springer Red Devils 3-1 in the first round on Nov. 10. They lost both of their second round games against the Legacy Academy Silverbacks on Nov. 10 and the Alamo Navajo Cougars on Nov. 11. They lost both of those games with scores of 3-0. The Thoreau Hawks volleyball team also made a playoff appearance, although they lost both their playoff games. The first one was against the Cottonwood Classic Prep Coyotes with a score of 3-0 on Nov. 10, and then later that day, they lost to the Ruidoso Warriors with a score of 3-1.

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FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP | FROM PAGE 13 had to shuffle from their home gym to four other gyms: Chief Manuelito Middle School’s gym, UNM-Gallup’s gym, Miyamura’s gym, and Rehoboth Christian’s gym. Despite this challenge, head coach LaRena Moris said the team stepped up to the challenge. “They played the best game they could every single game that we played,” Moris said. “I’m really proud of how far they’ve come this season with what little that we had, especially in regard to practice times and places. I think they’ve worked extremely hard and extremely well with one another to get as far as they did and making it to district as district runner up and then making it to state.” Besides the lack of a home gym, Moris also noted that during the last two weeks of the regular season, a majority of the team came down with the flu. Moris said that really affected how the girls played those last games, especially the district championship against Aztec. “I think if we were at 100% and everyone had been healthy, I think we would have given a

good run at state,” Moris said. Moris also said that a part of the reason the team was able to make it as far as they did was their ability to trust and push each other. She said the team is already looking forward to next year. “They’re already so enthusiastic to come back next year,” Moris said. “They’re already talking about the things they want to do, the things they want to change.” A TEAM EFFORT Cross country may appear like an individual sport to the untrained eye, but Gallup’s cross country coach Kyle Benally says it’s the complete opposite. The Gallup boys and girls teams did well this year, both making it to state and placing eighth. Benally noted that the placement is the best either program has done in a while. “Once we got there, although we dealt with some injuries, and I’m not making no excuses, we performed at the best we could at that particular moment,” Benally said. “It may not have been what we were looking for, but overall it gives us that confidence going into next season knowing we’re a lot better than where we had been the last couple of years.” This is Benally’s second full

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The 2022 Gallup Bengals Boys cross country team. Photo Credit: Kyle Benally season as the cross country head coach, and he said he’s already looking forward to mapping out a plan of success. “It’s my second season, and I feel like there were a lot of things I did wrong. Someone on the outside looking in might say ‘oh you guys made it to state, you guys didn’t do anything wrong,’ but I’m not satisfied with us getting to state; I want to be there and competing for the podium, because I want these athletes to experience what it feels like to win,” Benally said. Benally explained that

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he tries to get the athletes to believe in themselves and that he doesn’t want them to think of cross country as an individual sport. “If I relate it to other sports, not just one person can score 100 points and win the game by themselves in basketball,” Benally explained. “It’s the same thing with cross country. Just because you may win the individual first place title for state, how does that help your team if your team is not wanting the same thing?” Benally’s philosophy is “team

first,” and he’s already looking forward to next year. “I want to see how hungry they get. They all got a taste of the state competition, what the state championship is like, so hopefully now the nerves and the overall fear of these big schools like Albuquerque or the northern schools, they can get that out of the way,” Benally said. “Now they know what it feels like to be in the big game so to speak, the big race, so now hopefully they’re able to put that into positive energy and use it correctly on the course.”

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RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 127 MINUTES This Apple Original Film will be in movie theaters in some markets and be available globally on Apple TV+ on Nov. 18. In recent years, it seems as if this season is inundated with various new holiday-themed comedies, most hoping to become a perennial favorite. But for every success story like “A Christmas Story” (1983), “Scrooged” (1988), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989), “Home Alone” (1990), “Love Actually” (2003), “Bad Santa” (2003) and “Elf “(2003) come many more that don’t quite hit the mark. The musical comedy “Spirited” is intriguing in that the lead performer already has a film noted above. It presents a nifty twist on a familiar concept and is a pleasant, well-intentioned effort that delivers a few laughs. However, it is also overlong and doesn’t do quite enough to stand above the crowd. Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” this story focuses on the behind-the-scenes work of the ghosts who visit miserly souls in an attempt to scare them into becoming better human beings. Primarily, the spirit known as Present (Will Ferrell). After he, Past (Sunita Mani) and Yet-to-Come (voiced by Tracy Morgan) successfully COMMUNITY

505-863-9363 Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell dance up a storm in “Spirited.” Photo Credit: Apple TV+ turn another grouch around, the protagonist begins to question the easy targets being picked by superior Jacob Marley (Patrick Page). He soon becomes determined to convert an “irredeemable” soul. The figure standing out in Present’s mind is Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds) who runs a public relations agency specializing in publicizing lies. But when the protagonist sets out to change Briggs, he discovers that the figure is charismatic and masterly manipulative. Present soon begins to question his own work and existence. As previously mentioned, the premise has a great deal of potential and when the two central characters are onscreen there is plenty of amusing debate and funny comments. The role of Present suits Ferrell well, initially playing the figure as kind and polite before his 200-yearold backstory is revealed. The ghost character also has a few nice romantic moments with Brigg’s put-upon assistant Kimberly (Octavia Spencer).

Reynolds is equally fun (and has even more to do) as the cutthroat Briggs. The man entertainingly critiques some of the recreated memories from his childhood while probing Present for cracks that might turn him into an ally. When the pair sing and dance together about being bad, it results in the film’s musical highlight.


These moments are fun, but they are largely found in the middle of the picture. And as good as they are, one wishes that Briggs had been more overtly nasty early on. While he is repeatedly deemed irredeemable and talks about doing some dastardly things, it’s all played in a light, breezy manner. He doesn’t come across as a truly

vicious and cunning adversary for Present. This seems like a missed opportunity that would allow the stars to butt heads in a more comedically confrontational way. It also takes a while for


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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Nov. 18, 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 very busy week with a wide variety of features in various genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

ALLEGORIA: In this independent horror film, a group of young artists that include a drama student, writer, painter, singer a nd sculptor strive to create their masterpieces. However, supernatural occurrences follow and they all find themselves facing off against an evil force as they try to finish their various works. This film is written and directed

by Spider One, front man of the band “Powerman 5000” and brother of musician/film director Rob Zombie. There aren’t a lot of reviews for this picture yet and reaction appears split down the middle. Half wrote that the segments were underdeveloped and that the film simply wasn’t memorable. Just as many called it creepy and atmospheric, also appreciating the way that the filmmaker managed to incorporate heavy metal music into the feature. John Ennis, Krsy Fox, Adam Busch, Bryce Johnson, Scout Taylor-Compton and Edward Hong headline the film. CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE: This little romantic-comedy involves a trio of sisters from England who go on the hunt for their estranged dad after he suddenly disappears. They end up locating their father in the

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Caribbean and decide to spend the holidays with him. Naturally, they also confront their pop in the hopes of convincing him to return and finding out why he left without warning. The title is debuting on disc (as well as on streaming platforms) right now and so there aren’t any reviews currently available for it. There are some familiar names in the cast, but the corny online trailer does the movie no favors and makes it obvious why it would not be screened prior to the release date. The cast includes Kelsey Grammer, Elizabeth Hurley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nathalie Cox, Naomi Frederick and Victoria Ekanoye. GIGI & NATE: After a horrible accident, a young man is left quadriplegic and finds it impossible to move forward. Things change when he is introduced to a n u nusua l helper named Gigi. The service animal is a capuchin monkey and the two bond surprisingly quickly. Not only does the protagonist’s life begin to improve, but he also feels inspired by his new companion. While many thought the drama was well-intentioned, critics were not impressed by what they witnessed. A handful did find the feature sweet and thought it offered a couple of unexpected turns that kept them watching. Everyone else stated that the story was blandly delivered and that the drama was cloying, manipulative and ineffective. It features Charlie Rowe, Marcia Gay Harden, Jim Belushi, Josephine Langford and Diane Ladd.

JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE: Based on a true story, this comedy tells the tale of a long-married couple. The husband feels a bit frustrated after being forced into retirement with little savings and uses his considerable math skills to find a loophole in a local lottery. His technique works and the couple decide to share their considerable profits with the town. Of course, this attracts the attention of those running the giveaway. Two-thirds of critics enjoyed this comedy. Naysayers thought the cast were solid but that the presentation of the story was flat and would have benefitted from an edgier approach. But most appreciated the performers, found the various quips to be funny and thought that the picture had a sweet message. It stars Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Larry Wilmore, Rainn Wilson, Lily Schlesinger, Jake McDorman and Michael McKean. MOONAGE DAYDREAM: Famed musician David Bowie is the subject of this documentary. Using never-before-seen and rare footage, interview clips and other bits and pieces from his 54-year career, the filmmakers attempt to show a more detailed picture of the man and his creative process. This movie is also the only film that has been sanctioned by the estate of the family and presents remasters of 40 songs performed by the artist. The movie received a great deal of praise from those who saw it. A tiny number suggested

that the 140-minute running time was too short to get all the necessary details about the subject. However, everyone else found the doc to be impressive, informative and visually impressive, helping fans and those unfamiliar with the man get a clearer understanding of his extensive work and lengthy career. THE PASSENGER: A group of tourists being taken on a sightseeing ride in the country accidentally strike a lady hiking in the night. They all rush to collect the woman and take her to get help, but find that she may not actually be human. Soon, they are all attacked by this strange, mutating figure (in the process, some appear to become creatures themselves). This Spanish horror/science-fiction picture amused many genre fi lm enthusiasts. A limited group thought that it aped gory horror/comedies like “Dead/Alive” and “Evil Dead II” but didn’t surpass or match them, rendering itself unnecessary. Still, the majority wrote that it was fun, fast-paced and amusingly gruesome with great practical effects, unique characters and plenty of outrageous moments. It features Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez and Paula Gallego. R.I.P.D. 2: RISE OF THE DAMNED: “R.I.P.D.” was a 2013 science-fiction buddy picture with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges about agents at an afterlife law enforcement agency. The movie tanked critically and commercially, but for some reason Universal Pictures has decided to produce a directto-disc sequel. It features new characters who are recruited into the organization and travel back in time to the old west. While there, they must face off


BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 16 against a killer and close a gateway to hell. There are very few write-ups currently available for this picture. Those that have appeared suggest that while the performers are likable, there isn’t much they can do to save a low-budget sequel that no one really wanted or needed in the fi rst place. The cast includes Jeffrey Donovan, Rachel Adedeji and Penelope Mitchell. T H R EE T HOUS A N D YEARS OF LONGING: A lonely scholar who specializes in narrative structure attends a conference in Ista nbul, Turkey. W hile v isiting a n antique shop, she purchases an impressive lamp. After examining it, a Djinn (or genie) appears before her and offers three wishes. The woman is skeptical, knowing that these gifts often backfi re. She begins questioning the figure, who tells the lead about himself and tries to convince her why she must believe him. Overall, the press appreciated this fantasy. A number of critics complained that there wasn’t much onscreen chemistry between the leads and that the story didn’t spark enough passion. Regardless, the majority thought it was visually spectacular, enjoyed many of the story segments and thought the film was an interesting, intellectual take on myths and storytelling. It stars Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

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BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! Looking to pick up some older titles on Blu-ray? You have plenty to choose from. “Death Game” (1977) aka “The Seducers” is arriving on Blu-ray from Gr indhouse Releasing. It’s about a man who is seduced a nd a bu s e d by two young women. T he pic t u r e h a s received a 4K restoration and includes the director and co-star Colleen Camp being interviewed by Eli Roth (“Cabin Fever,” “Hostel”). There are additional interviews with actors and crew members, a 24-page booklet with details about the movie, as well as publicity materials. Kino is presenting the Henry Silva action picture “Assassination” (1967) on Bluray. It a l so come s w it h a 4K picture restoration, as well as a film historian commentary track and a trailer. “The Diamond Wizard” (1954) is an interesting crime picture about a treasury agent trying to stop thieves from creating and selling artificial diamonds made from sugar. The movie was originally released in 3D at theaters. This distributor is presenting

dancers on grand sets, but there is an overly indulgent amount of them. And frankly, while there are amusing lines in a few of the tunes, the songs themselves don’t make a lasting impression. The sentimental final act also veers back into these dance

the movie in 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray (as well as with an Anaglyph 3D version). They are also releasing a Bluray of “The Valachi Papers” (1972) with Charles Bronson. This disc includes a commentary with a Bronson biographer, in addition to multiple trailers, TV and radio spots for the movie.

Ultra HD only edition of the movie available. Alas, no Blu-ray is included in this set. If you are so inclined, you can also pick up this version in Steelbook packaging.

Lionsgate is celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Reservoir Dogs” (1992) with a 4K Ultra HD and Bluray package. T h i s d a rk ly humorous and dramatic cult classic from Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) features a desperate group of crooks holed up in a factory after a botched job. Besides the improved picture quality, it also comes with deleted scenes and multiple featurettes.

The exceptional Paramount Presents line is also adding a title to its roster. The Elvis Presley musical “Blue Hawaii” (1961) arrives in a package that contains the film in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. Presley plays a tour guide who wants to sing but whose family prefers that he work for the family pineapple business. It’s an enjoyable effort that features great musical numbers. Bonuses include a film historian commentary, a photo scrapbook of the production, collectable packaging with a fold out of the original poster, and plenty more.

pictures from 2012 and 2014 and the three recent Tom Holland efforts made from 2017 to 2021. One expects the discs include all of the previously released extras. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! It’s a slow week for kids, but you’ll find what is available listed below. “Gigantosaurus Season 2 We’re in This Together” (NCircle) DVD

The very entertaining comedy “Wayne’s World” (1992) is also celebrating its 30th Anniversary and Paramount is presenting a 4K

Sony is presenting a big Blu - r ay box set that contains all of the “Spider-Ma n” mov ies t hey have produced. The “SpiderMan 8-Movie Col lec t ion” contains the fi rst trilogy with Tobey McGuire made between 2002 and 2007, the two Andrew Garfield “Amazing Spider-Man”

ON THE TUBE! And here are all of the TV-themed releases coming your way this week. “Darby and Joan” Series 1 (Acorn) DVD “A Discovery of Witches” The Complete Trilogy (3 Seasons) (RLJ Entertainment) Blu-ray “Doom Patrol” Season 3 (Warner Bros.) Blu-ray “Gigantosaurus Season 2 We’re in This Together” (NCircle) DVD “Hallmark 3 -Mov ie Collection: Magical Christmas Ornaments / Snow Bride / The Christmas Cottage” (Hallmark) DVD “Halo” Season 1 (Paramount) Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD or Steelbook 4K Ultra HD “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” Season 1 (Paramount) 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” Season 2 (Paramount) 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray “Why Women Kill” The Complete Series (Paramount) Blu-ray V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

productions and various asides to wrap up every subplot. As a result, it all ends up feeling a bit dragged out. This all sounds overly critical, as it is a well-mounted and perfectly decent holiday fi lm. The performers are likable and

there is an amusing quip here and there. But it also feels bloated and for all the chuckles there aren’t any truly big laughs or lasting moments that stay with you. If you’re looking for genial seasonal entertainment, “Spirited”

should serve you reasonably well. But it seems unlikely this nice movie will have the same kind of lasting power had there been more cutting commentary. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

The underrated follow-up “Airplane II: The Sequel” (1982) is being rereleased by Paramount on Blu-ray. It isn’t as good as the original “Airplane!” from 1980, but it does offer plenty of laughs and a hilarious supporting turn from William Shatner.

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Confused about this word? Get in line ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


f all the Scrabble letters, Q and Z hold the most value, at 10 points apiece. In 1982, Karl Khoshnaw — the Michael Jordan of Scrabble — used both letters to spell the word “caziques.” Caziques (plural form of a type of oriole) earned Khoshnaw 392 points, which still is the world’s top-scoring single Scrabble move ever. You don’t see many Q words out there, but one has always intrigued me: queue. I’ve seen the following phrase online in many language humor forums, which

probably means Mark Twain said it: “‘Queue’ is just the letter ‘Q’ and four silent vowels waiting in line.” Queue can’t be a word. It looks ridiculous and feels even more strange to type. However, it’s a word. Pronounced like its first letter, queue (as a noun) means “a line of people or cars.” As a verb, queue means “to get in line.” It’s more often used in British English in the same way that the word “line” is used in American English. In computing, a queue is a type of linear data structure. I won’t get into any more detail, as I have reached the limits of my hacker knowledge.

Curtis Honeycutt We get “queue” directly from the French word for tail. This makes sense, as a line of people is essentially the “tail” for the head of the line. The French term for “ponytail” is “queue de cheval,”

which directly translates to “horsetail” or “tail of the horse.” I really wanted to get horses into this column, as I am deathly afraid of them and do not trust them. As many people agree with me (about typing “queue,” not about horse panic), we find people writing “que” instead of “queue.” The word “que” is an often-used word in French, Spanish and other Romance languages that means “that” or “what,” depending on context. Que and queue are not the same. If you didn’t know — now you know. Do you find yourself more often getting “queue” and “cue”

mistaken? You’re not alone. As the two words are homonyms, “cue” seems like the right word to write. “Cue” generally means “a signal to start something. In billiards, you hit the “cue ball,” which is the first ball hit before all mayhem breaks loose. So, as you queue up for a burger at your next barbecue, an awkward silence is the perfect cue to begin explaining to people the difference between these confusing words. I’ve been told people love English language explanations while waiting for their meat. Curtis Honeycutt is an award-winning syndicated humor columnist and author. Connect with him at

He won the Nobel Prize, how about quantum annuities? ‘Layin’ it on the line’ By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


lbert Einstein was ahead of his time. He revolutionized phys-

ics thinking, and his theory beginning with the breakout year of 1905, is still the basics of quantum physics today, over 100 years later. When Einstein is remembered for his work, it is almost always E = mc², the

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theory of relativity. However, I think a more interesting part of Einstein’s life was his view on compound interest. Albert Einstein called compound interest “the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.” T h e Po w e r o f T a x Deferral Compound interest allows an account to grow by earning interest on the original

investment and any accumulated interest. Here is a generally accepted definition of compound interest: The interest is calculated on the initial principal and the accumulated interest of prior periods. Compound interest differs from simple interest in that simple interest is calculated solely as


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Gov. Lujan Grisham announces launch of groundbreaking new child care search tool Staff Reports


ANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department announced on Nov. 15 the launch of a new child care search platform designed to help New Mexico families find child care that fits their needs. The Child Care Finder allows parents and caregivers to search for one of the over 1,000 child care programs statewide, filtering by proximity, age of child, quality rating, tuition, language, program type, and more. “Making sure that every New Mexico family and child

has access to affordable quality child care is a cornerstone of the work of this administration, and we are committed to continuing to close remaining barriers to access,” Lujan Grisham said. “It can be stressful for families to fi nd care for young children, and we want to do everything we can to set up families and kids for success.” ECECD Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky backed up Lujan Grisham’s statement by discussing how easy the search platform is to use. “Our goal was to make the search process easy and intuitive and put the information families need most right at their fingertips,” Groginsky said. “We

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham want to take the stress out of the search and help match families with a child care program that meets their needs.” The Child Care Finder website takes the latest data directly from the ECECD child care provider database

and populates the basic information into family-friendly profiles for each child care program. Individual child care providers can claim their profi les within the system to customize content, add more detail, post photos, and interact with families who have questions or want to schedule a tour. Families can search for programs using parameters such as: • ZIP code/map location • Age range • Availability • Days of the week • Drop-off/Pick-up time • Program type • Weekly/monthly tuition • Pa r t ic ipa t ion i n t he ECECD Child Care Assistance

Program • Quality rating • Language supports The Child Care Finder is a continuation of ECECD’s partnership with Wonderschool, a platform that provides a powerful suite of business and marketing tools to child care providers. ECECD is providing more than 700 Wonderschool licenses free of charge to child care providers statewide through its Elevate NM Child Care initiative. Participating providers gain access to a custom website,


Conservation candidates won elections, now must rise to address challenges like climate change By Hannah Grover For NM Political Report


ollowing the Nov. 8 election, New Mexico will now have a congressional delegation consisting of strong advocates of conservation and public lands. Democrat Gabe Vasquez joins incumbent U.S. Reps. Melanie Stansbury and Teresa Leger Fernández representing New Mexicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mark Allison with New Mexico Wild and Greg Peters with Conservation Voters of New Mexico said Vasquez’s election was an important win for public lands. A llison highlighted Vasquez’s resume, including working for New Mexico OPINIONS

Wildlife Federation and the Wilderness Society. “He’s an avid outdoorsman,” Allison said. “I think he is closely associated in the public’s mind with outdoor recreation, equitable access and conservation issues.” That will be impor tant for Vasquez’s southern New Mexico district, especially amid the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources, Allison said. He said Vasquez spoke during the campaign about holding the energy industry accountable while also recognizing the role that oil and gas play in supporting economies and providing jobs. Overall, Allison and Peters said candidates who support conservation efforts in New Mexico won elections.

The Capitol in Washington D.C. Photo Credit: Susan Dunlap L e ge r Fe r n á nd e z a nd Stansbury were both re-elected in their races, as were Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Public Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard. This wa s not fully

surprising as polls like the Colorado College State of the Rockies’ 2022 poll have shown voters in the western United States largely support conservation measures. Peters highlighted that the

State of the Rockies report showed 85% of those polled in New Mexico said that it was important for them to know what a public official’s stance was on the environment before they would support that offi cial. He also pointed out that 82% of the New Mexicans polled said they would support the creation of new national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and tribal protected areas. Allison said it is also important for elected officials to work with communities that are linked to fossil fuel extraction to find ways to make the transition to renewable energy. “That transition is going to be important and it’s going to be important to get [it] right,” he said.

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LAWRENCE CASTILLO | FROM PAGE 18 a percentage of the principal sum. Compound interest is offered by banks and savings institutions and is also referred to as Double Compounding. The interest is credited, but it is taxable. The downside is when the interest is credited to your account and comes with tax liability. Insurance companies offer products that allow for tax deferral and compounding but, under

CHILD CARE | FROM PAGE 19 communication tools, a billing and accounting system, business coaching, and administrative tools that help automate time consuming tasks. These resources help child care providers improve the financial stability and overall efficiency

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES TASK | FROM PAGE 8 We’re proud to be a part of this task force and look forward to working with other agencies to safeguard New Mexico’s natural resources,” Garcia Richard said. NMED and EPA will coordinate the Task Force among the participating agencies. This includes continuing to expand its membership, convening trainings and meetings, and leading efforts to coordinate criminal enforcement of environmental laws. The Task Force partners include the following state and federal agencies that will coordinate on the investigation and criminal prosecution of individuals and organizations who commit environmental crimes:

certain situations, can also defer the tax liability. These products are called annuities and life insurance. If the accumulated funds are left untouched, the tax liability is deferred. This concept is referred to as Triple Compounding. If some of your savings are placed in an annuity, the benefit of tax deferral provides for: • Interest on your principal • Interest on your interest and Interest on your tax saving, because your interest is free from current income tax

in an annuity, can all continue to compound instead of being withdrawn for tax payments. Is that all there is? No! There is also Quantum Compounding. Quantum Compounding is building on Triple Compounding by adding features only found on certain insurance company annuities: • A bonus of 5% to 10% may be available on funds deposited immediate and guaranteed • Long-term care benefit riders may be available • Lifetime income provisions

• Annual moveable minimum guarantees • Full guarantees against loss and risk based on the insurance company’s ability to pay. • Probate avoidance using a named beneficiary Consider the use of Quantum Annuities for added benefits and added value for yourself and your heirs. Lawrence Castillo is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a n a t ion a l or g a n i z a t ion committed to a fully transparent approach to money management.

Lawrence Castillo Host of Safe Money and Income Radio. L and C Retirement Income Planners, 4801 Lang St. NE Suite 100 Albuquerque NM 87109. Interested in additional information? Register for my FREE Newsletter at 888-9983463 or click my newsletter li 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.

of their programs, leading to better long-term access to child care for New Mexico families in underserved areas. Child care programs participating in Elevate NM Child Care have active profiles within the statewide Child Care Finder tool at launch. “At Wonder school, we believe every family deserves

access to convenient care options that fit the needs of their unique child, and we believe prov iders deser ve support to grow their small businesses and offer vital services to their communities,” Wonderschool CEO and Co-Founder Chris Bennett said. “Our partnership with New Mexico enables both. We are

excited about the results we’ve seen, to date, as well as what’s to come.” “ T h i s i s such a good resource and communication tool, both for families and child care providers,” JoEllen Bellington, Director of Fuzzy Slipper Family Child Care in Albuquerque, said. “The Wonderschool platform has

helped me with the marketing and management of my child care business, and I am grateful for all of the work the state has done to support early childhood educators and child caregivers.” ECECD’s Child Care Finder is available at: https: //child care.ececd .

• New Mexico Attorney General • New Mexico Department of Public Safety • New Mex ico Energ y, Minerals and Natural Resources • New Mexico Environment Department • New Mexico Game and Fish Department • New Mexico State Land Office • Federa l Bu reau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office • U.S. Attorney’s Office • U. S . E n v i r o n m e n t a l Protection Agency • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service • Navajo Nation Department of Justice In New Mexico, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office prosecute individuals

and organizations that conduct criminal activities that violate federal and state laws enacted to protect environmental quality, human health, and wildlife throughout the State of New Mexico. On Navajo Nation and depending on the nature of the crime, both the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office may have jurisdiction. Examples of criminal environmental violations include: • A chop-shop where stolen vehicles are dismantled and used oil is dumped; • An oil and gas operator who fabricates records to show they looked for leaking components but never did so or conceals oil spills; • Industries that fail to follow safety protocols as outlined in its risk management plan, which can put its workers and the public at risk;

• A wastewater treatment plant operator or industrial user who changes sample results to show compliance of non-compliant discharges to surface water or groundwater, including instances of public official misusing their authority for personal gain or benefit; • A company that illegally discharges pollutants into a river or channel which leads to a river due to intentional or negligent maintenance of equipment and/or properly trained staff with or without a permit; • Demolition and construction activities involving removal of asbestos without following proper worker safety practice standards or illegal disposal; both causing potential exposure and creating health risks for workers and the public; • Illegal storage, transportation or disposal of hazardous or

radiological wastes; • Importation of illegal pesticides, refrigerants, or wildlife; • Use of pesticides and refr igera nts that a re not EPA-approved; • Oil spills, releases or discharges; some of which compromise the fi shing rights or practices of indigenous or disadvantaged communities; • False reporting of air em issions resu lti ng from inadequate, under design or nonexistent pollution control devices; • Companies and individuals that tamper with emissions devices or write and install tunes in road vehicles; • False statements to the EPA, NMED, or other regulatory agencies that undermine the integrity of environmental protection programs or permits.

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PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Among other items to be addressed the Adoption of Ordinance 2022-NOV-003 to continue imposition of Local Liquor Excise Tax for another three years. This meeting will be held “In-Person” -- Adhering to the Social Distancing Protocols in effect for the meeting day -- including room capacity limits, mask requirements and other safety practices issued by the Governor’s Office due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of the quorum of the governing body. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County

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Community Calendar Nov. 18 - Nov. 24, 2022 FRIDAY, NOV. 18


9 am @ 203 Debra Dr.


10 am - 2 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the fundamentals and techniques of rug weaving in traditional Diné style, including warping, carding and spinning. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


3 pm @ @ Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn beading basics to create your own Indigenous-inspired rosette. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm - 7 pm @ 515 Park Ave. Performances, food, and fun!


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

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


1 pm - 5 pm @ the Children’s Library (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Every Friday, come to the children’s library to unwind from a busy week! Email pneilson@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information. SATURDAY, NOV. 19


12 pm - 6 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Find the perfect locally-made, handcrafted artisan gift for everyone on your list.


12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall near the food court (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Join OFPL and Rio West Mall for some crafts and self care! Email bmartin@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is “Brother Bear’’ (2003)

in honor of Native American Heritage month. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


9 am - 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States. MONDAY, NOV. 21


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “colorful creatures.” Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week conduct your own chemical research by trying different methods to get a penny as shiny as possible. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, NOV. 22


4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “colorful creatures.” Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for an interactive, hands-on tech program for tweens & teens. THURSDAY, NOV. 24 SATURDAY, NOV. 26


OFPL will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. THURSDAY, NOV. 24


9 am - 12 pm. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. Email: or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm on OFPL’s Facebook page. This week they will be making animals using crafty sticks and felt! For more information email: bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE TUESDAY, NOV. 29


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm @ @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Free info session for artists and creators on entrepreneurship and business resources. Register by calling (505) 863-7637 or emailing WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30


5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). OFPL is inviting youth artists to submit artwork to display at the youth library using the theme: Spectacular Munster Mash. Email jwhitman@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


5 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Join Zollinger Library for their monthly gathering of trainers. THURSDAY, DEC. 1


5 pm - 8 pm @ UNM-Gallup Gurley Hall. Free entertainment, a visit from Santa, and a closing ceremony for a student art exhibit. Info: Richard Reyes (505) 863-7542 or SATURDAY, DEC. 3




Take a stroll along Coal Ave. from First Street to Third Street and check out window paintings of Frosty the Snowman gamboling about Gallup. This event will be going on until Dec. 31.


@ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Throughout November, Zollinger Library will be collecting donations of books for the community. For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email markos@


OFPL invites the local community to add photos, messages, and symbolic items to the Altar “Ofrenda” during the month of November. Email or call 505-863-1291 for more information.


The Friends of the Octavia Fellin Public Library is having a membership drive through the end of the year.


The City of Gallup invites you to celebrate the centennial of Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial through images and objects, an exhibition curated by OFPL. Email for more information.


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


Jump-start your career with a Google Career Certificate scholarship. For more info email or call (505) 863-1291. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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