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‘Gallup Gearheads’ gearing up for fi rst robotics competition

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he Los Alamos High School robotics team is trying to recruit more members, which is why they held a robotics demonstration on Nov. 18 at Rehoboth Christian School. Andrew Erickson, the mentor for the robotics team, along with his students from Team #4153, came down to show off their robot “Hoops-a-long.” The robot was designed by the students to play a game wherein it picks up balls and shoots them into a net about eight feet high. The robot has been in several competitions and has placed fourth nationwide. Erickson said a lot of work has gone into designing the robot, and constant calibration is needed to have the robot perform well and adjust to temperature changes. A special drive was made on it to move in any direction and is operated with an Xbox controller. Erickson hopes the students will be encouraged by the robot’s success to sign up for the Gallup robotics team and compete in 2023.



Rehoboth Christian School students interact with Project Y, a robot created by Los Alamos High School students, on Nov. 18. The robot named “Hoops-a-long” can shoot hoops. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein “A total of eight weeks and 1,000 manhours were needed to complete ‘Hoops-a-long’ to be ready for competition,” Erickson said. “We hope it will do its job for students who want to join the robotics program.” F utu re Ga llup tea m members will build a robot between January and March 2023 and travel out of state for competitions. Rehoboth students got the chance to operate the robot a nd were a ma zed at how it per for med. The Boys & Girls Club of Gallup brought

the opportunity to the high school, according to Marisa Hutchinson, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Gallup. Hut ch i n son sa id she learned of robotic engineering back in 2012 and thought it would be great for Gallup to be a part of the robotic fever. She added that Comcast gave the Boys & Girls club a grant to help build a robot. “It’s not the future, but wh at i s h appen i ng now,” Hutch i nson sa id. “ To put


Rehoboth student Alex DeArmond enjoys driving the Project Y robot created by Los Alamos High School students on Nov. 18 at Rehoboth Christian School in Gallup. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES New section opens at UNM-Gallup library

10 12 14 17 FUTURE BALLOON PILOTS Preparing the next generation to take to the skies

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RED ROCK RALLY LIFE Association president gives thanks

MAKING MEMORIES Balloon pilots reflect on their special rally moments

MOVIE REVIEW Take a holiday into a ‘Strange World’


NEWS 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 Rehoboth Christian School hosted ‘Hoops-a-long,” a robot created by Los Alamos high school students, on Nov. 18. Photo Credit: K. Helfenbein The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 1983 State Rd. 602 Gallup, NM 87301

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intersection of South Second Street and West Coal Avenue and had parked before the railroad tracks. Ga llup Off icer Vincent Thompson traveled to the scene, where he found the vehicle south of the tracks and conducted a traffic stop. Thompson approached the passenger side window and saw the driver, Tso, slumped over in the driver’s seat. He tried to wake Tso up, at which point the vehicle reportedly began to move forward. Thinking the suspect was trying to leave, Thompson got back into his unit and followed the Yukon east on Highway 66, which pulled over between First Street and Second Street and parked partially in the roadway.

Thompson met with Tso and began questioning him. Tso allegedly stated he had just gotten off work at Applebee’s and had been working several days straight which led to him being tired. As he spoke, Thompson observed Tso show signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Tso exited the vehicle at Thompson’s command and said he had consumed several unidentified beverages prior to driving. Officers arrived at the scene and searched Tso’s vehicle, where they reportedly found two open containers of Truly. A fter agreeing to take


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Associate professor Joe Kee, left, performs a Blessingway Ceremony while Library Director Markos Chavez watches during the dedication of the new Native American Studies section at the Zollinger Library Nov. 3. Photo Credit: Jessica Pino By Richard Reyes Senior Public Relations Specialist for UNM-Gallup


earing a headband, bowguard, turquoise necklace and moccasins, Joe Kee blessed the new Native American Studies section at the Zollinger Library on The University of New Mexico-Gallup campus Nov. 2. Kee is an associate professor of Navajo language and Navajo government at UNM-Gallup. He performed a Blessingway Ceremony with a Navajo wedding basket, arrowhead, blanket, corn pollen and water while speaking Diné bizaad to acknowledge and honor the many Indigenous peoples in this country and on this continent,

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including those from the Navajo, Zuni, Laguna, Hopi and Apache nations who live in the region. “The purpose for this blessing is really in acknowledging the existence of a new Native American Studies section inside the Zollinger Library that will house hundreds of books where Indigenous students and students of all backgrounds can come in and learn about the people,” Kee said. “Its purpose is to offer appreciation and make sure the folks involved — past, present and future of UNM-Gallup faculty, staff and students — will continue to build a connection


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Bridging the gap INTRODUCING A NEW GENERATION INTO THE WORLD OF BALLOONING By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


ccording to the Balloon Federation of America, about 80% of balloon pilots will age out of the sport in the next 10 to 20 years. In order for ballooning to continue as a sport and pastime, the younger generations will need to become more involved.

ballooning. She started flying in the early ‘80s, and she ended up teaching Meyers’ father. When the couple divorced, Marchand went on to find a pilot to marry in Procopio. With all that family history, Myers said she was always interested in ballooning. However, she didn’t get her ballooning license at the age of 16. Instead, she went on to give birth to her

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Colleen Marchand, Addy Myers, and Marissa Myers represent three generations of a family of balloonists. Marchand has been flying since the ‘80s, Marissa just got her pilot’s license last year, and Addy is planning on getting a license once she turns 16. Photo Credit: Justin Treptow And that’s exactly what pilots like Marissa Myers are doing. Myers is the stepdaughter of Peter Procopio, the founder of the Red Rock Balloon Rally. In an interview with the Sun, Myers explained that it was actually her mom Colleen Marchand who was interested in

three children. After she gave birth to her children, she went on to become a nurse. It was only recently, at the age of 35, that she decided to pursue ballooning as a fulltime profession. She now owns



BRIDGING THE GAP | FROM PAGE 10 Pagosa Adventure, a company that helps people take hot air balloon rides and rafting experiences down the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs, Colo. A long w ith Pagosa Adventure, Myers is also working with a group that is going to offer scholarships to women and young people to help them get their balloon pilot licenses. The group is also going to be giving presentations at schools around Colorado and New Mexico. “The demonstrations are just to get the kids exposed to [ballooning] a little bit, get them understanding the science, and maybe spark an interest,” Myers said. The Balloon Federation of America is also working on getting young people involved in the sport. The organization offers a variety of summer camps where kids ages 13-17 learn the basics of ballooning; including safety, flight, and pilot decision-making skills. While Myers and others are trying to teach people about hot air ballooning, there are multiple reasons why someone may not be able to get into the hobby. One of those reasons is the price. A brand-new balloon can cost up to $50,000. A used balloon can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000, although that doesn’t include the trailer and truck needed to haul it. Myers suggested that if someone is interested in ballooning and doesn’t want to buy their own balloon, they should join a crew. “I just encourage people to come out and get involved. Find a balloon crew that you can be involved with,” Myers said. A balloon crew is a group of people that helps the pilot get the balloon set up and ready to fly. The average hot air balloon

weighs about 300 pounds, so getting people to help is essential. Myers said that once someone has found a crew, a pilot is usually pretty willing to help train them. She said people will often trade crew hours for instructional hours. Ballooning isn’t all fun and games though. Myers said one of the most difficult things about flying a hot air balloon these days is figuring out where to land it. “A lot of people have become very privatized where they don’t want you landing on their land, so our landing options are becoming fewer and fewer with the explosion of growth, especially in Pagosa and Gallup,” Myers explained. In almost the same breath though, Myers did express her appreciation for landowners who do let hot air balloons land on their property. “We are so appreciative of all the landowners, that’s just one of the difficulties we are facing.” ON THE OLDER SIDE OF THINGS Tom Gough has been flying his own balloon since the early ‘80s. Unlike Myers, he did not grow up with balloons. His first experience with a balloon happened when he was driving down a road in Nebraska one Friday in 1971. He saw a balloon heading toward the ground, and he decided to follow it. He got off the interstate and ran out to where it landed. That’s when he met Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine, and helped him pack up his balloon. After that, he went back to work, but his life was never the same. He’d caught the hot air balloon bug. He told his colleagues at work about his experience, and a woman told him that her son actually bought a balloon


recently, and he couldn’t fi nd anyone help him with it. The next Saturday Gough was out in a field in Nebraska in the early morning. “It was magic because there were about 10 balloons in this park and ground fog up to about your waist everywhere ….,” Gough said about his first experience as a crew member for a pilot. He said his life was changed forever after that chance encounter, and if he hadn’t been driving down that Nebraska interstate at that time, he would’ve continued on with his life “in a fog.” Since that fateful day, Gough has traveled all over the world with balloons. He’s been all over Europe, and to almost every providence in Canada. Despite everywhere he’s


Nizhoni Pagosa is a balloon that has been in Marissa Myers’ family for 40 years. Photo Credit: Marissa Myers Gallup Sun • Friday November 25, 2022 11

A sight like no other WHAT IT TAKES TO PUT ON AN AMAZING BALLOON RALLY By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


he Gallup skies will soon be full of bright colors as the Red Rock Balloon Rally welcomes about 140 pilots to town on the weekend of Dec. 2. In an interview with the Sun, Bill Lee, the president of the Red Rock Balloon Association, said the event usually brings in about $2.5 million to the City of Gallup’s economy as people from around the world visit hotels and eat at restaurants. He said last year saw a record attendance number after they took a year off for COVID; roughly 30,000 people attended the mass ascensions. To prepare for such a big event, the committee in charge of coordinating it began meeting in June to prepare for the December balloon rally. As the event gets closer, they start meeting every week. Each person in the group has a list of responsibilities. Someone has to coordinate with the hotels that the balloonists stay in; someone else sends out the invitations to the balloonists; and then there are the people who look at the logistics of Red Rock Park and prepare the launch squares that the balloons will take off from. Lee said the Red Rock Balloon Association sent out 160 invites to balloonists this year, and he expects about 140 pilots to show up. The Red Rock Balloon Rally was once the second largest balloon festival in the world, with only the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta beating it. Lee said the rally is still within the top five international events when it comes to the number of balloons flown. The balloon rally is possible thanks to many sponsors. McKinley County is the main

Bill Lee, president of the Red Rock Balloon Association. File Photo sponsor though, and Lee said the county really stepped up a couple years ago after the Gallup Refinery, formally a major sponsor, shut down in October 2020. Gallup Propane also sponsors the event. They used to provide all of the propane, but now they sell it to the Association at a discounted rate. Any excess propane is donated to the Manuelito Children’s Home to help keep the kids warm during the winter. Lee said one of his favorite parts of the entire weekend is the Thursday evening when the pilots arrive, calling it “a homecoming” for the pilots. “It’s all of our friends who are really like family,” Lee said. “We have a Ballooning Family. Many of these folks have been coming for years and years and years, and even the folks who haven’t been here before, who are brand new, to see the smile on their face and to welcome them into our part of the world or our balloon family here because they’re so excited to see the Red Rocks, they’ve heard so much about it.” Besides reuniting with old and new friends, Lee also said he loves the first mass ascension that takes place Friday morning. “To see all of the balloons fill

those canyons with just so many vibrant colors from all the balloons is just spectacular. To be in the sky and see that, that’s a real blessing; that’s not a view most people get,” Lee said. “It’s really spectacular. It’s really wonderful from the ground too, but I just can’t explain how grand that vision is, how much joy that brings me.” The Red Rock Balloon Rally will take place Dec. 2 – 4. For a list of events, visit or turn to page 10.

Sights from the 2021 Red Rock Balloon Rally. Photo Credit: Courtsey of the Red Rock Balloon Association

Memories are made at the Red Rock Balloon Rally By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


oing up in a hot air balloon just once is an adventure for most of us. For Peter Procopio, it was just the start. The fi rst time he saw a hot air balloon drifting over Gallup – not long after he’d moved from New York in 1977 – he was transfi xed. He followed it and met the pilot, Alan Wilson. Soon after, he ended up trading a construction job to converting Wilson’s carport into a garage for ballooning lessons from Wilson and his wife, Kaye. The rest is history, and that 41-year history became the Red Rock Balloon Rally in 1981. The first event had just 25 balloons. Eventually that number swelled to 200, and now rallies draw

about 150 participants each year. The Red Rock landscape has been a draw for pilots since the beginning. “The highlight of this particular rally is being able to fly in the Red Rock canyons around here,” Procopio said. “The attraction for the pilots is to drop in and out of the canyons. We can retrieve balloons from the canyons all around the event.” The mass ascensions, the most visual aspect of the rallies, are sure to wow observers on the ground every time, but those folks seldom see the unexpected events that balloonists experience. The early chill this year brings memories of the 1992 rally that got snowed in. One might think that was a “worst” rally memory, but “that turned

Red Rock Balloon Rally co-founder Peter Procopio piloting his balloon. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Rock Balloon Rally into a great weekend,” Procopio explained. “We had about 200 balloons come to Gallup and then it began snowing the day of the arrival and it didn’t stop snowing for three days. The whole town was shut down. All the

Peter Procopio’s Koshare balloon is a favorite among Balloon Rally attendees. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Rock Balloon Association


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MEMORIES | FROM PAGE 14 balloonists were stranded here and people made the best of it,” Procopio said. Procopio remembered that a lot of balloonists spent their time that year making snowmen out on the yard of the El Rancho Hotel, where a lot of them were staying. He said that when the sky did fi nally clear up, about 20 people were able to go out to Red Rock Park and fly their balloons, although they didn’t get very far.

BRIDGING THE GAP | FROM PAGE 11 been, Gough said Gallup is his favorite place to fly. “I would rather fly in Gallup than any place I can think of. Part of that is the terrain, and the other part, and probably more importantly, it’s the people,” Gough said. “If the people weren’t nice or fun to be around, you wouldn’t think it was a great place to fly, you wouldn’t want to come back.” Gough is 80 years old, and he saw that first balloon when he was 40 years old. He said this year’s Red Rock Balloon Rally would be his last time as a pilot, although he still plans to crew for friends when he gets the chance. “I wouldn’t quit [if I had a choice],” Gough said. “The problem is if you don’t fly very often, you’re not sufficient. Back 20 years ago I use to fly 200 days a year. Now I’d be lucky if I flew 20.” Gough is still able to reflect back on all the amazing experiences he’s had. One of the more memorable flights happened when he took one of his friend’s acquaintance out for a ride. Gough said the man didn’t talk much during the flight, but he did ask some

“[Recovering] your balloon in two feet of snow is difficult, but they had a ball,” Procopio said. Procopio recalled a rally in the late 1990s in which a balloonist inadvertently dropped in on a Navajo coming-of-age ceremony and became part of the party. “At first they thought maybe they had done a bad thing, but the people came over and they were thrilled, because this balloon had a big [sun face] kachina on the side of the balloon,” Procopio explained. “They took

it as a sign of good luck. Their crew all participated in the celebration with the Navajo family. That was one of the most special things that I’ve heard of.” During some of the early years the rally featured an event that saw balloonists competing to collect bundles of weighted helium balloons deposited in various places for them to find. One year a bundle drifted down the rocks and a spectator went down after it. “One of the balloon bunches landed on the sloping side of the red rocks. A spectator thought

they would slide down and get the balloons and they did, but they didn’t think about how they would get back up,” Procopio said. The spectator was stranded, until a pilot saw them and maneuvered over toward them and was able to get them into their basket. “It saved their life maybe and avoided a search and rescue operation,” Procopio said. “The pilot not only saved their bacon, but also got a bunch of balloons.” That was the last year of the

competition aspect of the rally. Procopio said that those kinds of stories are often told at the post-flight tailgates. He added the rally is a chance for people from all over the world to see and experience Gallup. “We have people from all over the country that come to this event, from as far away as Pennsylvania. We had one from England,” Procopio said. “In addition to the flying, what the people come here for is the hospitality. Gallup is a very friendly place.”

questions about the balloon and thanked him for the ride. Later that day, Gough’s friend asked him if he knew who he’d had in his balloon. Gough replied by saying “yeah, he’s your friend Neil.” Gough’s friend laughed, and said, “and his last name is Armstrong.” Gough said Neil Armstrong, yes, the astronaut who was the first person to walk on the moon, was very polite, and he got his autograph later that night. Besides Armstrong, Gough has flown two other astronauts in his balloon and a couple of Russian cosmonauts. After reflecting on his years as a pilot, Gough discussed the future of ballooning. He said the Baby Boomer generation needs to step up if the sport is going to continue. “Any time the older generation sees someone who expresses an interest, they need to nurture that and support that,” Gough said. “And we do that all the time.” Gough agrees with Myers about fi nding a crew to learn about ballooning. He said that experience can teach someone everything they need to know, from how to put the balloon away to what everything is called.

“Quite frankly I think it’s just as much fun to crew as it is to fly,” Gough said. He also suggested looking up the Balloon Federation of America. They have a list of pilots from every state. He encourages young people to go out and try to learn as

much as they can. “I would hope that there are young people out there who would desire to explore an area of aviation that most people don’t ever get an opportunity to experience,” Gough said. Most i mpor t a nt of a l l though, Gough said, is the

people you meet while ballooning. He calls his friends his “Balloon family.” “Your balloon family is as important to you as your own family because you share a common bond and you share a common interest and the passion,” Gough said.


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‘Strange World’ brings heart, grand visuals By Glenn Kay For the Sun RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 102 MINUTES This animated family feature from Walt Disney Pictures will be released theatrically in the US on Nov. 23. Due to the pandemic, Disney has employed an unusual release strategy for its animated features over the past couple of years. Its previous title, Encanto received a brief theatrical run before premiering on the Disney+ streaming site only a few weeks later. Strange World appears to have finally set things back to normal, heading exclusively to cinemas. But is it really worth seeing on the big screen? As it turns out, the updated distribution blueprint does highlight the movie’s strongest element. The story is set in an unusual community called Avalonia that is completely surrounded by mountains. Daring explorer

Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid) searches for a way over the mountains with his crew and teenage son Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal). Unfortunately, the elder has a falling out with his offspring after a strange plant is discovered during the journey. Searcher and the crew head home with the find, but Jaeger continues and disappears in the wild. Twenty-five years later, the rare greenery is being farmed by Searcher as a power source for the community. He lives happily with his wife Meridian (Gabrielle Union) and 16-year-old son, Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White), but his boy harbors his grandfather’s bold ambitions. When their vital crop begins dying, Searcher is recruited for an expedition beneath Avalonia’s surface to solve the problem. But Ethan also sneaks aboard with other family members in pursuit. They all find themselves in a bizarre underground world filled with unfamiliar lifeforms. The human drama is very simple and focused on Searcher, Ethan and Jaeger. This is essentially a story about fathers pushing their kids to be someone they simply aren’t. The movie focuses on this element and repeats it throughout.

Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his son Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White) visit a bizarre new land in “Strange World.” Photo Credit: Disney The trip to new lands reinvigorates insecurities and past gripes between Searcher and his son, as well as those with his own father. While familiar, they are

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Nov. 25, 2022 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and

DVD. With Thanksgiving arriving, this edition isn’t quite overly packed, but it does include a couple of high-profile titles and some interesting independent fare. 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! BROS: A 40-year-old gay man who has never been in love meets a man and begins to want to take his romantic life seriously. However, the protagonist is insecure and doesn’t want to get his hopes up, leading to plenty of humor and complications as they attempt to begin a relationship. Promo materials describe the film as the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men. Critics were very amused by the picture. A small contingent did complain that the film felt self-congratulatory and didn’t make them laugh as much as they hoped for. Regardless, the vast majority said that while it wasn’t per fect, t here were some big laughs and a few unique twists on rom-com tropes. The movie stars Billy Eichner, Luke Ma cFa rla ne, Guy Branum, Miss Lawrence, Ts Madison, Jim Rash, Monica Raymund and Debra Messing.

you. It provides an exhaustive look at the making-of the hit program and includes interviews with many members of the cast and crew. They all share their memories of working on the project and how it all came together. S o f a r, e v e r y h o r r o r movie critic has raved about this doc. All of them called it e s s ent i a l v iew i n g a nd wrote that they discovered new information about the mini-series and its difficult production. They also appreciated its examination of the impact that it had on many viewers. Interview subjects include director Tommy Lee Wallace, sta r s Tim Cu r r y, Richa rd Thomas, Seth Green, Emily Perkins and many more. BL A STS FROM TH E PAST! If you’re looking for something a little older, there is plenty available for purchase

as well. B i g Wo r l d Pictures is putting out a Blu -r ay of t h e T u rk i s h d r a m a Distant (2002). It’s about a country boy who moves to the big city to stay with his older cousin (a photographer obsessed with cleanliness). This disc comes with a making- of, a s well a s Ca n nes coverage of the movie and a video essay on the title. Universal is focusing on upgrading a nimated catalog films this week. Puss in B o ot s (2 011) is being given a 4K Ultra HD a nd Blu-ray rele a s e. T he sa me is t r ue for the popular family sequel, Shrek 2 (2004). V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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PROJECT Y | FROM PAGE 4 Gallup on the map would be great since high schools have been doing this - and why not our community?” T he sma l l g roup ca me up with the motto “Fear the Gears” and is known as the Ga l lu p G e a r he a d s Te a m #4251. Hutchinson hopes to recruit students who are very interested in STEM. In 2012 the team placed 43rd with their first robot, and Hutchinson said they’re shooting for the number one spot. “We can be number one,

and why not be number one?” Hutchinson said. As the robot was whisking about the lobby of Rehoboth Christian School, Hutchinson explained that future team members don’t have to have any prior robotic engineering experience, they just have to participate and have fun. “We’ll all learn as we go. There’ll be a start date and a stop date to make the robot in about eight weeks. Then we’ll go to Fort Worth, Texas to have the robot checked out for qualifications,” Hutchinson said. L oca l compa n ies have ju mped on boa rd to help

the club reach that goal of becoming number one someday. The sponsors include DA B I nc, P i n nacle Ba nk, Home Depot, Controlled Air & Metal, and the Boys & Girls Club of Gallup. Hutchinson says they are still looking for more help from local companies. Currently, the budget for her group is allowing for eight students. If any student is interested to be on the Gallup Gearheads team, you can call (505) 488-2378 or text (928) 235-7268; email; or visit the Boys & Girls Club at 416 W. Princeton Ave.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 6 the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, Tso performed poorly and was placed under arrest. He agreed to a breath test and was transported to Gallup Police Department for the test, where he posted samples of .30 and .28. Tso was then taken to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (third), driving with a revoked license, parking in the highway, and having an open container. His motion hearing is set for Feb. 9. Name: Alyssa Yazzie Age: 26 Arrested: Oct. 12 Charge: Aggravated DWI (second)

Status: Pre-trial hearing held Nov. 16 Name: Donovan Cadman Age: 23 Arrested: Oct. 10 Charge: DWI Status: Motion hearing on Feb. 2 Name: John Hoskie Jr. Age: 52 Arrested: Oct. 9 Charge: Aggravated DWI (second) Status: Pretrial hearing on Jan. 4

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UNM-GALLUP ZOLLINGER LIBRARY | FROM PAGE 8 to this place and that learning and knowledge will continue to grow.” Kee said he came from a traditional Navajo upbringing, so he learned to conduct such blessings from the elders and medicine people in his family. At one point in his life, he recognized the responsibility had been vested in him to carry on their teachings. The dedication ceremony was the library’s official introduction to the newly organized collection of books on Indigenous history, art, anthropology, science and more.

MOVIE REVIEW | FROM PAGE 17 As for the visuals, they are magnificent. The titular world is something to behold on the big screen, with incredible vistas and fantastic beings flying and wandering in elaborate wide shots. This is an unknown world composed of mostly organic material and the concept allows the

The library’s Director Markos Chavez said that when he came to work for UNM-Gallup at the end of February, he asked the staff for ideas. Research librarian Jim Fisk mentioned that he always wanted to have a Native American Studies section at the library, and Chavez wholeheartedly agreed it was needed. Markos then consulted with library info specialist Yolanda Chavez to see if the plan was feasible or “a dream for another time.” They decided to move forward with the idea and got to work pulling Native American books from separate sections all over the library and re-cataloguing them for the new section. The library staff finalized the new Native American Studies section in August, but they

decided to wait until National Native American Heritage Month in November to officially unveil the collection. “My big dream now is to use this as a beacon to bring people here and have them come into the library and make use of this section and fi nd the materials they need, honor the culture and learn the history,” Markos said. Fisk and Markos added that Kee was supportive of the idea from the beginning and helped to identify some must-have titles for the collection early on. Kee said he supported the project because it was important to him that UNM-Gallup be a place where Native American students could have a place for learning and knowledge. “We are a young population,”

Kee said. “We’re losing quite a bit of the language and the cultural and traditional teachings due to the communication gap that may exist between the older generation and the younger generation. As a young nation, it’s important to just become a force in moving the nation forward, and the only way that can happen is in pursuing a formal education while at the same time maintaining our connection to the cultural aspect of who we are as a person.” He noted that many elders tell young people, “T’áá Hó Ájít’éego,” which means, “It is entirely up to you to succeed.” “That goes back to our elders who were incarcerated at Fort Sumner,” Kee said. “That’s where one of the great Navajo leaders, Chief Manuelito, said

‘Education is a ladder. Continue to climb this ladder.’ He foresaw that years down the road for his people, in order to be successful, that our children take to learn as much as they can in the formal education system while at the same time maintaining ties to their cultural groups.” Fisk noted that the Zollinger Library is open to the general public — not just the students, staff and faculty of UNM-Gallup. Community members only need a photo ID to apply for a library card. The library is located on the UNM-Gallup campus at 705 Gurley Ave. For information about the library, call (505) 863-7531 or visit the library’s website at gallup.

filmmakers to get very creative with the look of the film. A couple of the creatures stand out as well. A blue figure nicknamed Splat is exceptionally well-designed. Despite it being a blob of sorts that can only communicate through movement and gestures, it comes off as remarkably cute and manages to earn some chuckles. Yet, while the movie looks

stunning it still isn’t quite ideal. There is conflict featured in the interpersonal father/son relationships and early on the journey itself is fraught with danger, but none of it feels as thrilling as it should. For all the family issues, no one really flies off the handle and all are remarkably level-headed and reasonable given the circumstances. Truth be told, the sense of

menace fades as the characters become less concerned about their surroundings and more focused on themselves. At one point, the script even throws in a comment to try and deflect criticism from this issue, but one still wishes there were more friction on display. In fact, had a specific character not flipped allegiances and instead kept hunting down the crew as prey, it might have added more anxious moments (and dark humor).

But even if it isn’t as pulse-pounding as it should be for an adventure story, the film has a nice message and is a visual wonder. And it attempts to insert a few unique components into its plot, which is admirable. Strange World may not end up getting the blood pumping, but it is a noble effort with some interesting facets and plenty of epic compositions that will wow viewers. V I S I T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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Community Calendar Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, 2022 FRIDAY, NOV. 25


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 @ OFPL’s Facebook page. Learn how to create your own dreamcatcher using wire, suede lace, string, beads, and more as well as its history and significance to the Indigenous people. Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov 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 pneilson@gallupnm. gov 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 or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, NOV. 26


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 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. 28


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


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week explore the basics of rocket propulsion by building and testing your own balloon rocket. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, NOV. 29


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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


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


3:30 pm @ UNM-Gallup:

Room 200 of the Student Services and Technology Center. Presentation by Associate Professor Joe Kee. For information, contact Richard Reyes at


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 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.


4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is “Thor: Love and Thunder” (2022).


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “moving colors.” 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, DEC 1.


Throughout the month of December select a wrapped book to check out, unwrap, and read! Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


5 pm - 8 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library will be giving away free books and bookmarks. For questions please call 505863-7531 or email markos@


In the spirit of holiday giving OFPL will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, and earmuffs throughout the month of December. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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


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


4 pm on OFPL’s Facebook page. This week they will be making tissue hot air balloons to celebrate the 41st Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally. For more information email: bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, DEC. 2 SUNDAY, DEC. 4


@ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). Don’t miss the most beautiful ballooning event in New Mexico, flying high over the red rocks. SATURDAY, DEC. 3 SUNDAY, DEC. 4


8 am @ Red Rock Park Trails. This annual event serves as a fundraiser for the bands of Rehoboth Christian School.



7 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). For questions, please call 505-863-7531 or email THURSDAY, DEC. 8


5 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Trainers will face other trainers in a winner take all battle royale. For questions and to register, please call 505-863-7531 or email SATURDAY, DEC. 10


12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Make your own ornaments this holiday season. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


10 am - 4 pm @ El Morro Events Center (210 S. Second St.).


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

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