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A dog’s flight ONE DOG TAKES A JOURNEY ON AN AIRPLANE TO FIND HIS FOREVER HOME By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


he U.S. is home to about 1.3 million stray dogs, according to But, thanks to three animal rescues covering Gallup, Arizona, and Utah, one little blind and dead puppy is getting a second chance at life. Nanuk, who rescuers call “floofy” as a term of endearment, took to the skies Nov. 27. This fresh start takes him one step closer to his forever home. The puppy’s journey started on Veterans Day, when a Good Samaritan found him weak and sickly, and took him to the vet. After Nanuk spent a couple of days at Airport Animal Clinic in Milan for treatment of dehydration and starvation, he was whisked off to his fi rst foster home. Babette Herrmann, the founder of Four Corners Pet Alliance, named the puppy Nanuk, which translates to “polar bear” in the Eskaleut language. Nanuk is a white, fluffy husky-mix with mesmerizing baby blue eyes. “His mellow vibes makes him an excellent cuddler,” she quipped.


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Nanuk is a 12-week old blind and deaf husky-mix. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Justyne Moore

Nanuk the puppy was transported to a rescue in Salt Lake City by pilot Larry Erdman. Justyne Moore, left, holding Nanuk, helped coordinate the flight out of Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Justyne Moore It was touch and go with Nanuk during his first few


days in foster care. He recoiled when his foster tried to touch

him, and pooped out pebbles and vomited up pieces of fabric and plastic tubing that he likely consumed while wandering dangerously close to State Highway 602, just south of Gallup. But, he came around and turned into a cuddly puppy dog. “ P u p p i e s l i ke N a n u k inspire me to be a better person,” Herrmann said. “People should never turn a blind eye on an animal in need. If you can’t secure them, then leave them a snack and fresh water. Report the stray to the shelter or a rescue. Or better yet, open up your bathroom or laundry

room to a pup in need.” Herrmann, also the publisher of the Sun, started rescuing in 2010, but found herself struggling to pay for foster dogs’ vet care and food. So, she launched Four Corners Pet Alliance in 2015, a 501c3, to raise funds for the animals. The president of the rescue, Jo Bjorholm, said rescue is crucial to saving countless lives on the Navajo Nation and surrounding communities, and it’s a cause that’s close to her heart. “I do what I do because the idea of a puppy being abandoned and dying just tears my heart out,” Bjorholm said. “I do what I do because they’re so grateful for what you do. The puppy loves alone will get me through a day. Their appreciation, their love, it’s unconditional.” After nearly two weeks with Herrmann, it was time for Nanuk’s fl ight. He was put into a Cessna Hawk at Gallup Municipal Airport with a few people snapping pics like the puppy paparazzi. Pilot Larry Erdman started



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10 11 16 COLORING CONTEST The artists who brightened up the Balloon Rally

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NANUK | FROM PAGE 4 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 Hiroshi Miyamura served in the Korean War, and earned a Medal of Honor for his service. He was a cherished member of the Gallup community. File Photos 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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his Sunday morning early, flying from Payson to Gallup and onto Shiprock to pick up a cute big dog in need of medical attention. Nex t , Erd m a n hea ded northwest to Kanab, Utah where Nanuk received a celebrity status welcome with hugs

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included. From there, he was transported by vehicle to his new foster home with Rescue Rovers in Salt Lake City. Justyne Moore, who runs Operation Kind Heart, a transportation service that takes stray animals to no-kill shelters and rescues across the southwest, coordinated the fl ight. In an interview with the Sun, Moore explained that many moving parts have to work together for the transportation of a dog. “There’s a lot of pieces and parts that go into this transportation. It can be overwhelming at times because you’re trying to get this piece of the puzzle connected with this piece of the puzzle, and if this person falls out of the puzzle, then you’ve got to figure out another plan,” Moore said. To get Nanuk to his new foster in a timely fashion, Moore reached out to Erdman. He

volunteers for Pilots n’ Paws, a nonprofit organization that connects volunteer pilots with shelters and rescues that need animals transported via air for a variety of reasons. Erdman grew up pretending to fly in his backyard. His childhood dream became a reality when he earned his pilot license in 2019, at 55 years old. He has a passion for helping animals and people alike and said that’s part of the reason he fl ies. “If I fly, it’s almost always because there’s some sort of mission like that,” Erdman said. “I’m not the sort of person who just fl ies to an airport to get a hamburger, which some guys do.” Along with flying animals to shelters, Erdman also fl ies people who need medical assistance. He once helped a woman who had Stage Four cancer by f lying her to a surgery

appointment. He said that flying humans is much more stressful than flying animals, especially if they’re heading into a difficult situation. Erdman said Nanuk’s fl ight went well, and that he was a well-behaved pup the entire trip. This air transport marked Erdman’s 194th fl ight. Meanwhile, Nanuk’s foster is training him with commands suited for his special needs. All of this work is done with the intended purpose of finding the handsome pup his forever home. “In this case, Nanuk’s gonna need some training,” Moore said. “With him being so young … they’ll be able to get him to respond to someone and be set up for success, and be able to get into an adoptive home instead of being a dog that no


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@ Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center (400 Marguerite Franco Dr.). SATURDAY, DEC. 3


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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) 8637637 or emailing cjarvison@ WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7


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


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December movie preview By Glenn Kay For the Sun


his week sees the release of two movies with genre film elements. Vio-

lent Night from Universal Pictures features David Harbour as Santa Claus. When Saint Nick encounters mercenaries on his holiday rounds, he decides to put them on his naugh-

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” has a decidedly darker and more adult tone than the Disney versions. Photo Credit: Netflix ty list and wipe them out. The other movie coming out is Darby and the Dead from 20th Century Films. It involves a teen who develops the ability to see ghosts and decides to counsel them. This title is geared towards young audiences and will be available to stream on Hulu. Unfortunately, this reviewer wasn’t able to screen them in time. Still, this creates an opportunity to take a peek at some other titles arriving this month. Dec. 9 sees the arrival of G ui l l e r m o d e l To r o’s Pinocchio, which will be streaming on Netflix. This is an animated take on the famous story with a decidedly darker and more adult tone than the Disney versions. Gregor y Mann, Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Finn Wolfhard and Christoph Waltz are just a few of the names providing voices in the feature. Spoiler Alert is a drama/ comedy from Focus Features starring Jim Parsons and Ben

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Aldridge about two men who fall in love and then have to deal with complications after one of them falls ill with AIDS. Empire of Light from Searchlight Pictures will be opening in limited markets the same week, hoping to expand to areas like Gallup over the coming weeks. It’s a drama from director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall, 1917 ). The stor y involves a British cinema manager struggling with mental health issues. She and a new employee become friends and use the movies to try and inspire each other through tough times. It stars Olivia Colman, Michael Ward and Colin Firth. On Dec. 16, a sequel to one of the all-time biggest box office hits fi nally reaches cinemas. It took 13 years to make, but Avatar: The Way of Water picks up with the same characters after the events of the fi rst fi lm. A familiar enemy returns to Pandora and threatens lead Jake Scully and his family, who now live near a fantastical ocean. Like the original,

this fi lm will be available to view in 3-D. The following week gets off to an early start. On Dec. 21, Universal Pictures will release Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, another in this line of animated family fi lms. In this chapter, the title character discovers that he has used up all but one of his nine lives. He heads off to fi nd a mythical treasure that can restore his ability to cheat death. A ntonio Ba nderas, Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh, John Mulaney, Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman and Da’Vine Joy Randolph provide voices for the feature. Ju s t t wo d a y s l a t e r, Paramount is debuting Babylon at cinemas. This feature stars Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt and is said to trace the rise and fall of various performers living in excess during the early days of Hollywood. The fi lm is written and directed by Oscarwinner Damien Chazelle (La


Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for Dec. 2, 2022 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at the latest titles arriving on Bluray and DVD. Once again, there is a big studio release, as well as plenty of 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 movies a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

AMITYVILLE KAREN: My goodness, there are an aw f u l lot of “Amity v i l l e” f i l m s. Si nce the 1979 origina l (ba sed on the bestselling book), there have been more than 35 titles with the word in the title. The latest appears to have little to do with the original location or story. It’s a low-budget, independent effort about a nasty and entitled middle-aged woman who spends her days treating others horribly. After she steals a bottle of wine, she becomes possessed by an evil spirit and goes on a murder spree. It turns out that the booze has a connection to the notorious haunted house. DETECTIVE KNIGHT: ROGUE: The latest low-budget direct-tod i s c a c t io n p i c t u r e w ith Br uce Wi l l i s follows a good cop from Los A ngeles w h o s e GALLUP FUN!

partner is critically wounded during a heist. Determined to catch the masked thieves responsible, the lead follows the trail to New York City. As the threats and violence between him and the criminals escalate, local detectives get involved in the case and discover secrets about the cop. DON’T WORRY DARLING: In this thriller, a wom a n l iv i n g a s e em ingly idyllic life in a closed of f c om mu n it y beg i ns witnessi n g s t r a n ge e ve nt s . S he begins to question why she and other w i ve s don’t know what their husbands do for a living. As the protagonist becomes more determined to find out the truth about the town and what is going on behind the scenes, she comes under attack.

she a ccept s a position in a credit card fraud r ing. T h r ou g h several da ngerous intera c t ion s a nd altercations, the lead soon learns the ropes and begins branching out on her own. As she continues her pursuits, she is targeted by law enforcement, businesses and other criminals. MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON: A you ng woman with strange mental powers escapes from a mental asylum and flees to New Orlea n s. Once t here, she befr iends a single -mother in dire financial straits. The

parent takes the lost figure in, but decides to use her in order to make some fast cash. They begin a criminal enter prise that is initially lucrative, but also draws the attention of the police.

patriarch comes to believe that this animal may be magical, while his granddaughter tries to hide his views from attendees, fearing they will send him away to a retirement home.

P R A N C E R : A CHRISTMAS TALE: This family fable is debuting on streaming sites and on disc. The story involves a 10 -ye a rold girl who spends a great deal of her time attending to her recent ly w idowed g r a nd father. When the extended family gathers for holiday c e le br a t io n s , a r e i nd e e r appears near their home. The

THE SILENT TWINS: June and Jennifer Gibbons were identica l tw ins who grew up in Wales. Completely engrossed in their own world, the pair only communicated with each other and ignored everyone else in the community. This biopic tells their unusual story, depicting who they were and the incredible world they created to escape the reality of their own lives.


E M E R G E N C Y DECLARATION: A detective investigating a deadly virus gets horrible news when he learns that the terrorist who engineered it ha s hopped onto an international flight bound for the U.S. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he learns that his wife is on the very sa me a i r pla ne. W hen t he pilot becomes incapacitated, the hero has to contact the passengers and advise them on how to survive the ordeal. EMILY THE CRIMINAL: In this crime/drama, a young woman has difficulty finding a job to pay her loans, all because of a minor conviction in her past. Desperate, Gallup Sun • Friday December 2, 2022 9


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Supporting the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project REP. LEGER FERNÁNDEZ, SENATOR LUJÁN INTRODUCE BILL TO FUND PROJECT Staff Reports


ASHINGTON D.C. – The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is one step closer to becoming a reality. Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M., introduced a bill on Nov. 30. The bill amends the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project’s authorization to ensure it has the resources it needs to reach completion and to lower costs for the communities it serves. Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced the legislation in the Senate. The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project was first authorized as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which settled the Navajo Nation’s water rights in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico and funded the design and construction of the waterline to reach an estimated 250,000 people by the year 2040. Upon completion, the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project will provide long-term, reliable water supply from the San Juan River to the eastern Navajo Nation, the southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Gallup. Leger Fernández and Luján secured $67.3 million for the project in last year’s funding bill and another $123 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. However, unforeseen circumstances require new legislation authorizing additional time and resources to complete the project and for its long-term, sustainable operations and maintenance. “The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project provides water infrastructure across Northwest New Mexico, including to the NEWS

Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M. File Photo Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup,” Leger Fernández said. “This bill updates the law to extend the project timeline, authorize additional project funding, and reduce the cost burden on local governments and communities.” She also commented on how important clean water. “This bill will get us a step closer to delivering clean, reliable water to these communities,” Leger Fernández said. “We know that water is life and New Mexicans deserve clean running water wherever they live and do business.” Rep. Melanie Stransbury, D-N.M., showed her support for the bill. “Water is life and essential to our communities. For years, families living on the Navajo Nation and beyond have waited for water. We have a moral responsibility to ensure all of our communities have access to water and I am grateful for the extensive collaboration between the Navajo Nation, federal, state, local, and Tribal stakeholders in ensuring the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project is completed,”

Senator Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. File Photo Stansbury said. “I am proud to join Representative Leger Fernández and Senator Ben Ray Luján in introducing this critical legislation and supporting the implementation

of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to ensure every community has access to clean, safe drinking water.” The amending legislation makes several important changes: • Increases the project funding authorization to match updated construction costs. • Extends the project timeline beyond 2024 to 2029 to provide additional time for completion. • Waives operations and maintenance costs for the Jicarilla Apache Nation and City of Gallup for 10 years, and guarantees the waiver of operations and maintenance costs for

the Navajo Nation for 15 years. • Reasonably caps the construction repayment costs for the City of Gallup. • Allows the project to expand its service area to reach Navajo communities without running water. • Authorizes funding for conjunctive use wells for the City of Gallup to keep quality water flowing to residents while project construction is completed. The Navajo Nation, Jicarilla Apache Nation, State of New Mexico, City of Gallup, and McKinley County support the legislation.

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Hono Staff Reports

A Gallup hero has died. Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyam passed away on Nov. 29. He 97 years old. Miyamura was known his heroic actions during Korean War, for which he a Medal of Honor, the milita highest award given to sold Miyamura was one of two viving Medal of Honor recipi of the Korean War.

MILITARY SERVICE Miyamura was born on 6, 1925 in Gallup. He a r r ived in Korea Nove m b e r 19 5 0. He awarded the Medal of Ho for his actions on April 24 25, 1951, south of the Imjin R near Taejon-ni (Daejeon in Yeoncheon County w serving as a corporal in 2nd Battalion, 7th Infan Regiment, 3rd Infantry Divi During a night attack by Chinese, he saw that his sq could not hold much longe he ordered his men to retr However, he remained behin cover their withdrawal, ki an estimated minimum o invading Chinese forces. Miyamura was captu immediately after stayin cover his retreating allies. A and other prisoners of war w marched away, he helped wounded friend Joe Annello moving, but the North Kore threatened to shoot him i did not leave Annello beh Miyamura refused, but Ann convinced him to put him do Annello survived the and later visited Miyamur Gallup.

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Miyamura’s award was the fi rst Medal of Honor to be classified Top Secret. As Brigadier Genera l Ra lph Osbor ne explained to Miyamura and a group of reporters upon notifying them of his medal, “If the Reds knew what he had done to a good number of their soldiers just before he was taken prisoner, they might have taken revenge on this young man. He might not have come back.” Miyamura was held for 28 months. Following his release on Aug. 20, 1953, he wa s informed that he had been awarded the Medal of Honor and promoted to sergeant. He was repatriated to the United States and honorably discharged from the military shortly thereafter. His medal was presented to him by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in October 1953 at the White House. A book was written about Miyamura and Annello’s experience, “Forged in Fire: The Saga of Hershey & Joe,” which was published in 2012. The book details the horrors of the Korean War while also showing how one beautiful friendship was formed. It can be purchased online through Amazon or the Japanese American National Mu seum’s website. COMMUNITY IMPACT Many people in Gallup loved and admired Miyamura and all that he stood for. Dave Cuel l a r, he a d of Veterans Helping Veterans, ex pla i ned why M iya mu r a inspired himself and the Gallup community. “He’s inspirational because he was the recipient of the

Congressional Medal off Honor, Hon onor o, but more than that it wa was a s th tthe he way he conducted himself elf lf iin n th the he neighborhood. I don’t know no ow w how how w to explain it, he was just sstt a vvery ery er ry nice guy,” Cuellar said. Jessica Rodriguez, principal riinc ncip ipal paall of the Gallup-McKinley C County ount ou ntt y n School that bears Miyamura’s am mu u ra r a’ss name, agreed with Cueller el le el ler er by y saying that Miyamura was aass h humu um ble, kind, and caring. She Sh he e said said aiid that one of the goals that the Hiroshi Miyamura High School holds dear is living up to what Miyamura stood for. “He gave us the legacy that we strive to live up to through the ideals that his life exemplified,” Rodriguez said. “We do our best to persevere, we do our best to have that resilient mindset, and as a school we are constantly looking for ways to ensure that whatever we do here goes out in a way that represents Mr. Miyamura in a way that he would be proud of.” Rodriguez became principal at Hiroshi Miyamura High School in May 2021. She expressed her gratitude towards Miyamura for the kindness he showed her when she entered the role. “To me, individually, he means a whole lot because I was unfortunately the last principal that got to have that conservation with him and be blessed by him to be running this school, which is amazing,” she said. The high school holds a tradition where each graduating senior receives one of Miyamura’s Challenge Coins. The Challenge Coins represent the pride and commitment that someone in the service showed. Miyamura’s coin shows his face

on one side of the coin and the Medal of Honor on the other. Before COVID, Miyamura used to give the medals out to each graduating senior during their graduation ceremony. When Rodriguez became principal, she promised Miyamura that the school would make it a priority in their budget to keep the tradition going for years to come. She said that the coin tells students that “once they’re a Patriot, they’ll always be a Patriot.” A LASTING LEGACY Rodriguez said she’s glad that her school is named after Miyamura. “I think it was the right fit for our community. Him and his family are just amazing people; they’re just so generous, humble, and kind,” Rodriguez said. “Everything that he represents was something that I think the district at the time - and now wholeheartedly believed.” The high school is currently planning a special event to honor Miyamura and all that he achieved and gave back to his community. However, at press time, no date had been set for the event.



Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Featured DWI Roger Lee Nov. 8, 4:54 am Aggravated DWI (Fourth) A call for a single vehicle collision resulted in a Pinedale man, Roger Lee, 43, being charged with his fourth DWI. McKinley County Deputy Brandon Salazar was stationed near mile marker 27 of I-40 when the call of the collision near the old State Police Barracks on Highway 118 came in. The report stated the incident was located across the interstate from Salazar, so he moved his vehicle to fi nd the

alleged crash location. Salazar saw a red pickup truck parked on the north side of the road and two males standing outside. He turned off on exit 26 and drove to

the site where he found one of the males, later identified as Lee, trying to leave the scene with the vehicle keys. Lee was detained while officers arrived to assist. Both ma les repor tedly appeared intoxicated, with the second male at the scene telling officers Lee had been driving and they both consumed unspecified amounts of alcohol prior to stopping. The front passenger side tire on the vehicle allegedly came off while the vehicle was in motion, causing Lee to drive off the road. A search of the vehicle showed several open containers of Bud Light and 99

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Bananas both in and outside the vehicle. Salazar asked if Lee would perform the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, but Lee became argumentative and did not cooperate w it h Sa la za r’s request. Lee was placed under arrest after refusing the tests. The report also stated there was no evidence at the scene of the vehicle being properly registered or insured, and Lee’s license was invalid and suspended. The passenger was transported to Detox while Lee was transported to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for the breath tests, where he posted two samples of .21. He was then taken to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (fourth), suspended drivers license, improper display of registration plates, open container, leaving the scene of an accident, and no proof of insurance. His next preliminary examination is set for Dec. 21. Name: Joseph Yazzie Age: 65 Arrested: Sept. 5 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Jan. 31 Name: Colin Lucero Age: 26 Arrested: Sept. 4 Charge: Aggravated DWI

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FBI offers reward in Laguna Pueblo homicide Staff Reports


he FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the stabbing death of a Laguna Pueblo man.

On Aug. 12, 2021, Victor G. Jones, 42, was found deceased in the driveway of a residence in New Laguna, N.M. Jones was stabbed in the chest. Anyone with information is asked to the contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or online at

Victor Jones was murdered on Aug. 12, 2021. Photo Credit: FBI

Pinon man sentenced to 202 months for second degree murder Staff Reports


HOENIX – After pleading guilty, a man was sentenced to 202 months in prison for second

degree murder. On Nov. 14, Kelly Joyce, 3 8 , of P i no n , A r i z ., w a s sentenced by United States Di st r ict Judge Dom i n ic W. Lanza to 202 months in

pr i s o n , fol lowe d by f i ve years of supervised release. Joyce prev iou sly plea ded g u i lt y t o s e c o nd d e g r e e murder. On March 2, 2020, Joyce,

an enrolled member of the Nava jo Nation, repor tedly shot and killed a victim. The crime occurred in Pinon. The FBI and the Navajo Nation Div ision of P ubl ic

Sa fet y conducted t he investigation in this ca se. A s s i s t a n t U. S . A t t o r n e y Jillian Besancon, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

Dilkon woman sentenced to 51 months for child abuse Staff Reports


HOENIX – A woman was recently sentenced to 51 months in prison after she allegedly threw a child from a moving vehicle.

NANUK | FROM PAGE 5 one knows how to handle.” Although Moore doesn’t know exactly what happened to Nanuk, and why he is blind and deaf, she has a disturbing theory. Nanuk is a “double merle,” which results when two merle dogs breed. Merle is a genetic pattern that can be in a dog’s coat. Australian Shepherds and PUBLIC SAFETY

Melody Gwen Nez, 32, of Dilkon, Ariz., was sentenced on Nov. 21 by United States District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Nez prev iou sly plea ded g u i lt y to

Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. For at least several weeks in the summer of 2021, Nez allegedly abused a five-yearold child in her ca re. The abuse culminated in an Aug. 19, 2021, incident in which

Nez repor ted ly t h rew t he child from a moving vehicle, seriously injuring the child. The abuse occurred on the Navajo Nation, where Nez is an enrolled member. T he Federa l Bu reau of I nve s t i ga t ion a nd t he

Nava jo Nation Div ision of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. A s si s t a nt U. S. At t or ney s Alanna Kennedy and Alexander Samuels, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

collie breeds are often merle dogs. Double merle can lead to a heightened chance of the dogs’ offspring being either blind or deaf. Moore said breeders often toss aside double merle dogs because of health problems. “He was probably a castaway because whoever was breeding those dogs for big bucks doesn’t want someone to see that dog. That’s what breeders do with puppies who

are not ideal,” Moore said of Nanuk. Of course, Nanuk isn’t the only dog that deserves a miracle. Moore lives in Kanab and she picks up stray dogs from the Navajo Nation and fosters them until she fi nds a receiving rescue. She explained that many of the Arizona rescues and shelters are saturated with dogs from the reservation, and that’s

part of the reason she has to reach out to folks in other states. “On the Navajo reservation there are 250,000 strays,” Moore said. “Each of us are really trying to do our part with that insane amount of dogs that are on the reservation.” Despite the sometimes grueling 14-hour drives it takes to transport a dog, Moore says it’s all worth it as long as she’s able to save a life.

“I do this to make a difference in one dog’s life. I’m making a difference one reservation dog at a time,” Moore said. “I love reservation dogs. I think they have a beautiful soul about them.” To learn more about the rescues mentioned in this story, visit their websites at fourcornerspetalliance. org,, and Operation Kind Heart’s Facebook page.

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Wildcats surpass Bengals Wildcats player Troy King (#1) recovers the ball from a missed shot during the game on Nov. 22. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Bengals player Kistian Touchine (#4) has a firm hold of the ball while Wildcats player Tegan Helwood (#30) tries to take it from him. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Gallup Bengals player Joshua Keeto (#21) prepares to shoot a foul shot during a game against the Chinle Wildcats on Nov. 22. The Bengals lost 89-82. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

Bengals player Tavin Joe (#11) goes in for a layup while Wildcat Sincere Tso (#10) tries to block the shot. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston

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Sports schedule for week of Dec. 2 Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

12/2 Ramah v. Menaul 6:30 pm Home 12/2 Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Rio Grande 3:30 pm Away 12/3 Ramah @ Tse’ Yi’ Gai 10 am 12/6 Navajo Pine v. Northwest 7:30 pm Home 12/6 Ramah v. Native American Community Academy 5:30 pm Home 12/6 Thoreau v. Laguna Acoma 7 pm Away 12/7 Navajo Pine @ Wingate 6:30 pm

12/2 Ramah v. Menaul 5 pm Home 12/3 Ramah v. Del Norte 11:30 am Home 12/5 Thoreau v. Escalante 5:30 pm Away 12/6 Crownpoint v. Bloomfield 7 pm Away 12/6 Gallup v. Taos 6 pm Away 12/6 Miyamura v. Espanola Valley 6 pm Home 12/6 Navajo Pine v. Northwest 6 pm Home 12/6 Ramah v. Native American Community

Academy 4 pm Home 12/6 Rehoboth Christian @ Tohatchi 6:30 pm 12/8 Miyamura v. Valencia 6 pm Away 12/8 Rehoboth Christian v. Shiprock 6:30 pm Home 12/8 Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Legacy Academy 5 pm Home

Sports Scores for Nov. 18 - Nov. 29 Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

11/22 89-82 (L) Gallup v. Chinle 11/26 68-76 (L) Gallup v. Pojoaque Valley 11/26 59-55 (W) Miyamura v. Window Rock 11/26 69-50 (W) Navajo Pine @ Crownpoint 11/26 62-59 (W) Tohatchi v. Aztec 11/28 78-33 (L) Wingate v. Santa Fe Indians 11/29 76-38 (W) Crownpoint v. Cuba 11/29 64-61 (L) Miyamura v. Bernalillo 11/29 66-38 (L) Ramah v. Quemado 11/29 76-52 (W) Tohatchi v. Escalante 11/29 64-70 (L) Zuni @ Navajo Pine

11/22 50-35 (W) Gallup v. Valencia 11/22 72-43 (L) Tohatchi v. Volcano Vista 11/26 68-46 (L) Gallup v. Farmington 11/26 62-8 (W) Navajo Pine @ Crownpoint 11/28 58-11 (L) Wingate @ Navajo Pine 11/29 58-46 (L) Ramah v. Quemado 11/29 73-17 (W) Tohatchi v. Socorro 11/29 44-25 (W) Thoreau v. Aztec 11/29 64-21 (L) Zuni @ Navajo Pine

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What is cryptocurrency? ‘Layin’ it on the line’

By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


nce relegated to the global financial system’s outermost fringes, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have entered the mainstream consciousness in a dramatic and disruptive fashion. Many of us think of cryptocurrency as new. But the idea of creating a more open and accessible financial system with greater privacy and lower costs dates back to the 1980s. Bitcoin was the fi rst viable cryptocurrency, although there had been several previous attempts at designing more private ways to perform fi nancial transactions. Initially, Bitcoin enthusiasts were a select group of early adopters, mainly programmers and technologists. Computer programmer Hal Finney was the fi rst to download the original bitcoin software in 2009, receiving 10 bitcoins for his

trouble. How does cryptocurrency work? It would be best if you didn’t wind up in the weeds, so I will give only a brief overview of what makes cryptocurrencies tick. Bitcoin, and alternative cryptocurrencies, are built with something known as blockchain technology. Blockchain software is a decentralized, distributed, typically public database that records transactions across multiple computers. Concisely defi ned, a blockchain is a type of digital ledger made up of records known as “blocks.” No one can retroactively alter blocks on the chain without changing all subsequent blocks. Blockchain isn’t limited to fi nancial transactions, either. It also serves as a real-time ledger of contracts and physical assets. Because it is open, anyone in the blockchain can see the details of each block. When a block is stamped and

encrypted, the only person who can make changes is the person who “owns” that block. Owners of blocks only gain access to them through a unique private key. The entire blockchain is updated and synced in real-time when a block is edited. Banks and corporations are noticing blockchain. Blockcha in tech nolog y could revolutionize the fi nancial world. It cuts out intermediaries (middlemen), reduces costs, saves time, a nd prov ides greater fi nancial privacy. Using blockchain reduces transaction complexity. For example, if you buy stock using blockchain, your transaction is settled in minutes, not hours. You don’t need someone else to process your stock purchase. Also, even though there is no such thing as something that’s “hack-proof,” blockchain appears to be a lot more secure than anything else available today. Currently, only about 0.5% of the world is using blockchain technology. However, it’s poised to go mainstream very soon. Big banks, Insurance and technology companies, and venture capitalists dedicate

billions of dollars and thousands of employee hours to blockchain projects each year. Experts estimate that the banking sector alone could save as much as $12 billion annually by switching to the blockchain ledger. Summing it up: Cr y ptocurrency, based on blockchain technology, has the power to drastically change how we do business and make global transactions faster and more seamless. Cryptocurrency cannot be manipulated or controlled by a central bank like paper currency. It provides more security and privacy than our current system, and, in many ways, it is freer and more democratic. As technology evolves, transactions on the blockchain will become more straightforward and more accessible to ordinary individuals. If you are thinking about investing in cryptocurrency or if blockchain technology and cryptocurrency interest you, many excellent YouTube videos are available to give you more in-depth information about this incredible new fi nancial alternative. Websites also help you get a handle on the more technical aspects of the blockchain. Good Luck.

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Embracing unembraceable idea nouns ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


n elementary school, we learn that a noun is a “person, place or thing.” Rabbit. Cereal. Toilet. Especially toilet. Words like “toilet” make Mad Libs a hit with my kids when we take road trips. However, at some point down the line, we learn that an “idea” is also a noun. I don’t know which governing English language body decided this or at what point it became part of the school curriculum, but I’ll bet it was met with the same backlash as Pluto being relegated to a lower-level planet. Yes, ideas are nouns, and they’re my favorite types of nouns. These ideas were the ones the Founding Fathers often capitalized, and that the Bible extols: joy, honesty, freedom, loyalty, wisdom, truth and friendship. Sam the Eagle would be proud. Pride — there’s another one. The above examples were all positive words (except “pride,” depending on context). What about some negative idea nouns? I’m all too familiar with disappointment, failure, misery, sadness and

Curtis Honeycutt u nderachievement. I f ind these negative idea nouns as real mood-lifters in the Mad Libs road trip game: It’s time for your summer failure; don’t forget to pack disappointment and plenty of misery in your suitcase! You can’t have idea nouns w it hou t “- i s m s ,” wh ic h , again, are great Mad Libs head-scratchers: communism, antidisestablishmentarianism, totalitarianism, fascism, absolutism, materialism and even patriotism: It’s time for your summer fascism; don’t forget to pack communism and plenty of materialism in your suitcase! Although idea nouns can change the trajectory of a Mad Libs game, they do share a

common characteristic: idea nouns aren’t concrete nouns. Idea nouns are abstract nouns. You can’t touch “peace,” but you can experience it. You can’t lick “sorrow,” but somehow you can still taste it. Pain and pleasure are both fleeting and impossible to capture in a jar. And I’ve yet to see “faith” with my own eyes, but I suppose that’s kind of the point. I like ideas. I’m an idea guy. I think our language and culture would be incredibly pointless without the abstract concepts we wrestle with in idea nouns. Along with patience, perseverance and potential, we have to deal with anxiety, chaos and death. These are all idea nouns! After a few drinks, philosophical Mad Libs would be hilarious. In this version, you wouldn’t change any of the subjects: T.V. shows, president for a day, the recipe for a perfect great clam chowder. Instead, you’d have to pepper in a constant flow of ideas, concepts and belief systems. Who wants to get a kick out of disappointment with me? Cur ti s Honeycutt i s an award-winning syndicated humor columnist and author. Connect with him at

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MOVIE REVIEW | FROM PAGE 8 La Land). If you missed the one-week exclusive run of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Myster y at movie theaters last week, the fi lm will be debuting on Netfl ix on Dec. 23. Daniel Craig once again plays detective Benoit Blanc, who investigates a new series of murders. Once again,

DVD/BLU-RAY | FROM PAGE 9 BL A STS FROM THE PAST! If you’re looking for something older, you have options as well. Canadian Inter national Pictures is an independent outfit committed to releasing small fi lms from its home cou n try on Blu-ray – they often pair with distr ibutor Severin Films on some of their releases. This week, “The Amityville Curse” (1990) is arriving in high defi nition. It’s the fi fth Amityville f lick and features protagonists trying to purchase and fl ip the famous property, only to learn that the spirits inside would rather see them dead than get remodeled.



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the cast is huge and includes Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant, Natasha Lyonne and many more. Additionally, Tr istar is releasing I Wanna Dance with Somebody on the same weekend. It’s a biopic of musical artist Whitney Houston and features Naomi Ackie in the role of the iconic singing

legend. The British fi lm Living is building up a lot of positive buzz for awards season and the title will open in New York and L.A. on the same date from Sony Pictures Classics. It’s another movie that will make its way to other markets like this one over the following few weeks. And on Dec. 25, Sony is presenting A Man Cal l ed

Otto with Tom Hanks in limited markets before it opens wider across the country. It’s a remake of the Swedish fi lm A Man Called Ove and follows an ill-tempered and suicidal senior who accidentally befriends a young girl and her family who live nearby. The original is quite charming and one hopes that this Englishlanguage redo manages to be just as funny and ingratiating.

The disc includes a film historian commentary, video conference call inter views with the director, the director’s a ssista nt a nd a ca st member, as well as the cinematographer and more. Kino is releasing the Kirk Douglas crime film “Detective Story” (1951) on Blu-ray. The movie follows a busy day in the life of a hard-nosed detective. The feature has been remastered for disc from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Bonuses include a film historian commentary and a trailer. Joseph Cotton sta rs in the thriller “Peking Express” (1951), which is about a group of refugees who must square off aga inst outlaws while fleeing China via a locomotive. This release includes a 4K restoration of the feature from Paramount Pictures, movie critic commentary and a trailer. Speaking of thrillers, “The Unguarded Moment” (1956) is another suspense pic t u re. E st her Wi l l ia m s

takes on a dramatic role as a high school teacher who is stalked by a violent peeping tom. This title includes a 2K film restoration, two film expert commentary tracks and a trailer.

presenting several genre titles on Blu-ray. “B l ood Hunt” (1985) is a Spanish shocker about a v illage that hunts down teenage drug addicts as human prey. It is being made available in North America for the first time ever with a 2K scan from the original negative. “Libido” (1965) is an early “giallo” from Italy involving a young man who becomes a murderer a s a result of witnessing his father slay a woman. This film has been given a 2K restoration. It comes with a director interview, a film historian commentary and a trailer.

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And there’s more! “Alma’s Rainbow” (1994) is arriving on Blu-ray from Milestone. It’s a comingof-age t a le about t h ree black women dealing with t e e n i s s ue s l ike beaut y, self-image and the rights they have over their bodies. This movie has been restored in 4K for this release and the disc comes with a panel discussion, an oral history of the film and approximately nine short films from the director made prior to this effort. Sounds like a lot of impressive extras for fans of the movie. T h i s week, S ever i n i s

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles that may appeal to kids. “P ra ncer: A Ch r istma s Tale” (Universal) Blu-ray “Sherlock Hound: Complete and Unabridged” (198 4 -1985 Japa ne se a n im a t e d s er ie s) ( D i s cot ek Media) Blu-ray “Tom and Jerry’s Snowman Land” (Warner Bros.) DVD


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.

Of course, other Oscar contenders may also be squeezed into the month (and Academy Awa rd contender Wo m e n Talking is scheduled to arrive in cinemas on Jan. 2.). There may also be some release date shuffl ing, but this should give you some idea of what to expect movie-wise over the next few weeks. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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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.


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


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Frozen (2013). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more CALENDAR


3:30 pm - 5 pm. The meeting will be held virtually. For more information go to AgendaCenter.


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


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week use the Mohs scale of hardness to compare and analyze different rocks. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, DEC. 6


4 pm on Zoom. For more information go to


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 or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7


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


4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Krampus (Krampusnacht) (2015).


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “animals in winter.” 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. 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 markos@


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 felt Christmas trees. For more information email: bmartin@ or call (505) 8631291. SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY, DEC. 10


12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Make your own ornaments this holiday season. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


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



4 pm @ @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Make your own chunky knit blanket to keep warm this season and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa at OFPL. Email jwhitman@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


4 pm @ @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Games, snacks, coloring pages, and other relaxing activities. For questions please call (505) 863-7531 or email WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14


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


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


@ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Find the perfect locally-made, handcrafted artisan gift for everyone on your list. Open Tuesdays - Saturdays from 12 pm - 4 pm.


5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Create your own glitch-inspired graphics in this immersive workshop as you build skills in drawing and painting. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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


Starting at 4 pm each day @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. FRIDAY, DEC. 16


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. ONGOING


Throughout the month of December select a wrapped book to check out, unwrap, and read! Email



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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