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New metering tech to save money, improve utility service By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


magine how much easier moving would be if you could have your water and power disconnected and reconnected instantly, with the flip of a switch. Or how much you would save if a utility could alert you to a water leak or electric connection burnout before it happens? That’s the promise of a new utility management system that could save the city and the public plenty of money and headaches. Gallupians won’t notice any difference for about a year, because that’s how long it will take to install new electric


meters for all customers and information transmission nodes onto a couple dozen utility poles around town. Right now, the city is operating under the Automated Meter Reading system that requires city staff to drive by customers’ electric and water meters to collect the usage data with a receiver. That’s time consuming, subject to human error and it runs up the fuel bills. The new system from a British Columbia-based company called Tantalus is designed to transmit information directly from meters and service points in the field to the city’s central control system, in real time. “We will bring in hundreds of

thousands of intervals of data all day long. We’ll use that to be proactive to make the system better, stronger and safer,” Andrew Mitchell, director of utility solutions for Tantalus, told the city council in a presentation Dec. 13. “It is really powerful to be able to see this kind of data on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour basis, from a customer service perspective.” Staff will be able to see exactly what’s happening in the city’s water and electric systems, from impending system failures to when an individual property’s water system has a leak or a meter connection is about to fry, all the way down to electric service “blinks.” “It will formulate a grid that turns from green to red [to show] those areas that our electric department specifically needs to target,” Deputy Electric Director Chuck Nourse said. “Right now our system is reactive.” Staff will be able to connect or disconnect service and create payment plans for customers who fall behind from a computer dashboard. The system will effectively eliminate estimates, which come up when AMR field data is not available for a customer account. The department will also be able to alert individual customers if their water or power

use suddenly spikes. Instead of sticker shock from a higherthan-usual bill, the department will be able to call a customer the day the drain shows up in the system, so they can catch a leak or fault before it racks up big bucks. About 95% of the city’s water and power meters will be connected. That’s about 8,000 new smart electric meters; the system will work with the 10,000 existing water meters around town. The new smart meters will be built around computers using the Linux operating system. At installation they will only use about 25% of their capacity, so the city can upgrade to offer features like load management, streetlight control and distribution automation to self-heal the grid, and new capabilities as they become available. “We simply push it out over the airwaves and your old meter becomes a new meter pretty much instantaneously,” Mitchell said. “This will require a large up-front cost, but can be completed in about one calendar year,” Nourse told the council. The whole system will cost about $2.2 million for equipment, installation and training, plus $60,000 a year after that for ongoing use.

The new system will be a boon to the Electric Department, which has been working with about half staff since the pandemic began, Nourse said. “We’re already in the process of reclassifying them and adding duties,” he said. “This is going to reduce their time in the field by about 80%.” When they do have to go out into the field, techs will know what they’re looking for based on information in the central system. “It will greatly assist our crews in locating and detecting problems,” Nourse said. “Every blink, outage – whatever the cause that some of these happen, like if it comes from tree branches rubbing lines – they create something like an electrical signature. We can tell the crews to ‘specifically look around for this’ when they go on a call.” Possibly the best part for employees and customers is avoiding angry confrontations over higher bills or service disconnections, which will be more efficient and safer all around. Tantalus has more than 245 utility customers and 3 million endpoints deployed, Mitchell said. The company is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol GRID.


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ity Manager Maryann Ustick and Planning and Development Director Clyde Strain were expecting the Coal Avenue Commons project

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to be finished around March or April of 2023. But as most Gallupians know, traffic is now flowing smoothly along First Street and Second Street. Constr uction compa ny Murphy Builders wanted to finish up before Christmas, so they did. In an interview with the Sun, Ustick said everyone was glad they finished earlier than expected with the bad weather Gallup has been experiencing lately. The first phase of the project was finished in July 2020. The second phase focused on First Street and Second Street, with ADA-compliant sidewalks, new benches, landscaping and lighting and a new signal at the intersection of Coal Avenue and Second Street.

During Phase 2 of the Coal Avenue Commons Project, the Coal Avenue and Second Street intersection in Gallup is operating as a four-way stop. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein The only thing that still needs to be done is putting in the pedestrian lighting. Currently, the traffic lights work, but they only blink on and off, acting as a four-way stop.

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Water rate stalemate creeps into business By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


t’s not just residents eagerly awaiting a decision on water rates. Businesses have plans to make, and they can’t do it without some reliable way to predict costs. That issue trickled into town as negotiations on a new utility rate contract for nitrile glove manufacturer Rhino Health opened a can of worms about creating an industrial water rate. The city ha s proposed creating an industrial rate – something the Greater Gallup Econom ic Development Corporation has been after for a decade – as part of a larger water rate overhaul, but the city council has been unable to reach a decision on that.

Rhino Health’s logo Mayor Louie Bonaguidi GGEDC Executive Director Patty Lundstrom and her team explained how important predictability is for businesses and recruiting to the the city council during a Jan. 3 meeting. GGEDC is asking that any new rate structure include an industrial rate to help attract

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new manufacturing businesses and a credit for industrial customers who experience utility outages. “It’s an enormous cost to the businesses when water, wastewater and electricity are interrupted. This is compensation for operating costs,” Lundstrom said, recalling efforts to entice JTM Foods to the area last summer.

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“They asked specifically how many electric disruptions do we have per year,” she said. “In the company’s mind they want to know, ‘what does an hour and a half do when you’re mixing pie fi lling for manufacturing and distribution?’” A review turned up 183 power outages – seven large scale – between July 3, 2021 and May 21, 2022. Interruptions like that are expensive for businesses, including Rhino Health, prompting GGEDC to ask that the new water rates include a promise to industrial customers that they will get a utility credit to offset production losses caused by utility outages. “It’s thousands of dollars when they have to stop….the nitrile stuff that they actually make the gloves with is only good for a certain amount of time,” Lundstrom said. “When they have disruptions like that it can mean anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 because they have to throw it all out. Because if they’re not getting clean water, there’s a problem.” Councilor Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, reassured the GGEDC team that an industrial rate is on the way once the council is able to agree on a new water rate structure. “We are supposed to be doing an industrial rate this year and it will be 70% of the lowest commercial rate,” she said. Councilors were aghast at the initial proposal last April to raise water rates 22.5% last year and again this year to fund ongoing maintenance and improvements to the aging water system. At the council’s request, staff came back with proposals for increases of 10% to 15% spread out over a longer duration, but the council still

wasn’t satisfied. Meanwhile, the city is charging below cost to deliver water under the old rate schedule and the water department can’t borrow or bond unless it can show cash flow. RHINO HEALTH Councilors were tasked with negotiating a contract that allows Rhino to forecast costs, without making concessions that other businesses would ask to duplicate in the future – not least being an exemption from the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project surcharge that was requested but denied. Businesses outside of city limits must contract with the city individually for utilities. Church Rock-based Rhino contracts with the city for water, wastewater, solid waste, and electric service. Rhino was operating under a 2019 contract that expired in 2021. When the contract was signed, the city anticipated it would have an industrial rate in place by the time it expired. Instead, the renegotiation would have come up at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and was postponed until the danger had eased and conditions returned to something like normal. During that time, landlords and utilities were also under a moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs, which strained utility budgets picking up the slack of nonpayments. Then inflation set in. Going into 2023, Rhino was looking at a $7,500 per year increase. Compounding the sticker shock, the 2019 contract included a standard surcharge









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Weekly DWI Report

Staff Reports Featured DWI Kyle Mariano Nov. 1, 10:32 pm Aggravated DWI (Third) A T hore au m a n , Kyle Mariano, 28, allegedly drove recklessly near the New Mexico State Police station at 4200 E. Hwy. 66 and was eventually arrested for his third DWI. The first calling party informed M e t r o Dispatch they saw the suspect vehicle, a gray Buick Electra, driving westbound on Highway 66 near Fire Rock Casino and swerving across the roadway. A second caller told Dispatch they saw the suspect vehicle continuing to swerve as it passed the state police station. Ga l lup O f f icer A a r on Marquez responded to the attempt-to-locate and drove eastbound on Highway 66. He located the suspect vehicle and turned to follow it. The report stated the vehicle was traveling 25 mph in a 45-mph zone and swerved onto the median and then back into the roadway, disrupting traffic behind it. Marquez followed the vehicle as it turned south onto Patton Drive and then hit the curb near Blake’s Lotaburger, 2666 E. Hwy. 66, and pulled into the pa rking lot. The driver, Mariano, stopped the vehicle and showed the keys to Marquez as he approached. Mariano reportedly told Marquez he was coming from Mariano Lake to the restaurant, where he worked, even though it was closed. Marquez

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saw Mariano show signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. Mariano also stumbled as he exited the vehicle. He told Marquez he last consumed two pints of Importers Vodka the prev ious night before agreeing to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. However, in addition to performing poorly on the tests, he allegedly seemed confused about the tests and also thought it was morning when he was questioned. Mariano was placed under arrest based on his performance. Metro Dispatch advised Marquez of his two prior convictions before he transported Mar ia no to Gallup Police Department for the breath test, where he posted two samples of .31. He was then taken to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (third), roadway laned for traffic, and minimum speed regulation. His motion hearing is set for March 2. Name: Tasha Spencer Age: 29 Arrested: Nov. 1 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Jan. 31 Name: Cody Garcia Age: 25 Arrested: Nov. 3

Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Jan. 31 Name: Dustin Nalwood Age: 33 Arrested: Aug. 15 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Final pre-trial hearing on Jan. 24 Name: Pete John Age: 27 Arrested: July 23 Charge: DWI Status: Jury trial on Dec. 2 Name: Jennifer Thornburg Age: 40 Arrested: July 23 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Final pre-trial hearing on Jan. 24 Name: Colin Gibson Age: 30 Arrested: July 15 Charge: DWI Status: Jury trial on Jan. 13


Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports NOT SHARING Gallup, July 1 A ma n na med Winfred N e l s o n allegedly punched a nother man in the f a c e whe n he wouldn’t share his drink. O n Ju ly 1, around 2 pm, Gallup Police Officer Ryan Boucher was dispatched to Andy’s Trading at 612 W. Wilson Ave. when someone called in saying that a man was at the store and his nose

was bleeding. When Boucher arrived at the scene, he met the victim, who was bleeding heavily from his nose, and had blood on his shirt. According to Boucher’s report, the man appeared to be highly intoxicated. The victim explained he’d been drinking with Nelson, 52, and while they’d been sharing drinks, there came a point when he didn’t want to share anymore. In response, Nelson allegedly punched him in the face. The victim said he wasn’t expecting the punch, and that it had startled him. He said he thought he lost consciousness for a little bit. The victim said Nelson stole

about a fi fth of a drink from him. Public Service Officer Kerry Smith found Nelson on Ninth Street. He was arrested for robbery. His preliminary examination was on Jan. 4. PEA NUT BRITTLE PROBLEMS Gallup, Feb. 15 A man pulled a knife on a store’s employees when they caught him trying to steal some peanut brittle. On Feb. 15, around 5:30 pm, Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched to the Shop and Save West at 205 Marguerite St. when a man, who was later identified as Jose

Martinez, pulled a knife on one of the store’s employees. W h e n Y a z z i e a r r ived at t he s c e ne , he met with the store’s security guard. According to the security guard, the situation started when he noticed two men in the back of the store putting items into a backpack. He said he noticed Martinez, 25, put some peanut brittle into his pockets. The security guard said he was able to get the peanut brittle back, and he started

escorting Martinez and the other man out of the business. Another employee was helping him, and as they were leading the men out of the store Martinez threatened the employee with a knife. The security guard and the employee said Martinez repeatedly made “slashing motions” toward them, but the two men did eventually leave the store, heading east. The employee noted that he had a box cutter in his pocket, and that Martinez saw it and asked him “what he was going to do with it.” Officers were able to detain Martinez and the other man near Bradley Street and Aztec Avenue. Martinez was charged with aggravated assault. His preliminary examination is scheduled for Jan. 18.

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body was found on the side of the road on the eastbound side of I-40, near mile marker 20. Around 10 am on Jan. 7, the Gallup Police Department received a call from someone

who was driving eastbound on I- 40. According to Gallup Police Captain Erin To a d len a - Pa blo, of f icer s fou nd t he body nea r t he Munoz Overpass. This story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.

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Lady Bengals sail past Pirates

Lady Pirate Dezeray Valley (4) looks for an open teammate as Lady Bengal Ashlee Duboise (1) attempts to block her. Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Raven Tso (10) moves the ball down the court as Lady Pirate Ebony Chavez tries to intercept Jan. 10 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Lady Bengal Ashlee Duboise (1) tries to get open to receive a pass during the game against the Grants Pirates Jan. 10. The Lady Bengals won 77-58. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Pirate Ebony Chavez (23) looks for an open teammate as Lady Bengal Bailey Mike (12) attempts to block Jan. 10 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


Bengals begin year with a win

A Bernalillo Spartan looks for an open teammate while Gallup Bengal Isaiah Tom (0) guards the basket. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Bengal Kaden Bitsie (2) grabs the rebound during the game against the Spartans Jan. 3 in Gallup. The Bengals defeated the Spartans 93-72. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


Gallup Bengal Nathaniel Yazzie (25) attempts to block Bernalillo Spartan Jason Lovato (1). Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Bengal Nathaniel Yazzie (25) goes in for a lay-up during the game against the Bernalillo Spartans Jan. 3. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Sports schedule for Jan. 13 Boys Basketball 1/13 Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Coronado 6:30 pm Home 1/14 Gallup v. Albuquerque Academy 7 pm Away

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Girls Basketball 1/13 Crownpoint @ Tohatchi 7 pm 1/13 Gallup v. Santa Fe 6 pm Home 1/13 Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Coronado 5 pm Home 1/14 Crownpoint v. Sandia Prep 2:30 pm Away 1/14 Gallup v. Chinle 2 pm Away 1/14 Tohatchi @ Thoreau 4 pm 1/14 Tse’ Yi’ Ga @ Navajo Pine 1 pm 1/17 Ramah @ Navajo Pine

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1/5 58-48 (L) Crownpoint v. St. Michael’s 1/5 66-16 (W) Gallup v. Hatch Valley 1/5 50-26 (L) Navajo Pine v. Capitan 1/5 83-29 (L) Ramah v. Lordsburg 1/5 66-15 (L) Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Cuba 1/5 56-48 (W) Crownpoint v. Moriarty 1/6 54-48 (W) Gallup v. Navajo Prep 1/6 70-52 (L) Miyamura v. Farmington 1/6 53-51 (L) Navajo Pine v. Pine Hill 1/6 59-38 (L) Ramah v. Animas 1/7 46-43 (L) Crownpoint v. Bosque 1/7 74-64 (L) Gallup v. Farmington 1/7 40-30 (L) Miyamura v. Navajo Prep 1/7 73-18 (L) Ramah v. Cloudcroft 1/7 79-50 (L) Thoreau v. West Las Vegas 1/10 53-43 (W) Crownpoint v. Wingate 1/10 77-64 (W) Gallup v. Grants 1/10 71-38 (L) Miyamura v. Farmington 1/10 84-35 (L) Ramah v. Zuni

1/10 72-63 (L) Thoreau v. Newcomb 1/10 67-45 (L) Tohatchi v. Navajo Prep

Girls Basketball 1/5 39-37 (W) Crownpoint v. Laguna Acoma 1/5 36-34 (L) Navajo Pine v. Estancia 1/5 53-34 (L) Ramah v. Menaul 1/5 42-34 (W) Thoreau v. Belen 1/5 48-28 (L) Tohatchi v. Farmington 1/6 52-40 (L) Miyamura v. Grants 1/6 46-10 (W) Rehoboth Christian v. Bosque 1/7 49-37 (W) Thoreau v. Grants 1/7 54-27 (L) Tohatchi v. Kirtland Central 1/9 68-21 (L) Miyamura v. Farmington 1/9 39-25 (L) Navajo Pine v. Newcomb 1/9 47-29 (W) Tohatchi v. Piedra Vista 1/10 77-58 (W) Gallup v. Grants 1/10 63-36 (W) Ramah @ Zuni



Window Rock artist brings art back to the reservation RAPHAEL BEGAY CURATES SHOW FEATURING FIVE DINÉ ARTISTS By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


aphael Begay is of the Honágháahnii, Kin łichii’nii, Tábaahí, and Áshíí hí tribes. Honágháahnii is literally translated as “one who walks around,” and that’s exactly what Begay does with his camera. He calls what he does “cultural landscape photography.” Begay grew up in Hunters Point, Ariz. He now lives in Window Rock, Ariz. In an interview with the Sun, he shared the story of how he became interested in photography. He was involved in his middle school’s newspaper, and the photography instructor gave the students the opportunity to exhibit a piece. They were told to shoot something that they found compelling, personal, or sentimental. Begay took a picture of a rushing waterfall that was near his grandparents’ house. “I reference this point in my journey because it was the first time I realized an image could have such power, memory, and a way to connect ideas for myself but also as an extension of that community and that family that was my childhood upbringing,” Begay explained. Nowadays, Begay said he uses his art to support the two-spirited LGBTQIA+ queer Indigenous community in the Southwest region of the United States. One of his goals is to bring art back to the Indigenous reservations. And he’s using his time as a curator for a show at the ART123 Gallery to do just COMMUNITY

Raphael Begay aims to bring the Indigenous creations seen in distant cities to the Navajo Nation with what he has dubbed “cultural landscape photography,” photos taken when he walks around the land. Photo Credit: Raphael Begay that. “A goal of mine is to bring the creative and Indigenous imagination that we normally find in Santa Fe or Albuquerque or elsewhere back to the reservation. This is an opportunity to do that within the local Gallup region, especially given the high Native population, especially Navajo,” Begay said. “With this opportunity I wanted to celebrate that.” Begay curated a show entitled Ref lect & Refract: Diné Photography & Visual Sovereignty that features five Diné artists – Evan Benally Atwood, Lonnie Begaye, Ryan Dennison, Nate Lemuel, and

Tyrell Tapaha – who he thought shared that goal and vision. The show celebrates the artists’ relationships to and perspectives of Dinétah, the Navajo homeland. “We each have a story to tell, and I believe the story of Diné to be one of never-ending beauty, kinship, and life. Inspired by the journey of the storyteller, Refl ect & Refract is an opportunity to see and to steward our connection to land, light, and love,” Begay said in a press release published by gallupARTS on Jan. 9. He went into more detail about his goal for the show with the Sun. “The message I’m trying to portray with the show ‘Reflect and Refract’ is that we as creatives, as artists, as Indigenous people, have the inherent right to determine and represent ourselves in the best light that we see,” Begay said. “I’ve been inspired by self-determination

as a right as an Indigenous person, as Diné, as Navajo, …. I believe photography or any art form has an opportunity to inform and inspire and allow an individual to create their own destiny, or at least activate space in a way that allows them to curate their future that is more informed, that is more discussed.” He said he’s trying to show people the beauty of living on a reservation. “Despite the reality of living on the reservation, there is a beauty to it. There’s a perseverance and a reverence and a sense of resilience that is inherently found in living on the reservation,” Begay said. “I think most people on the reservation look at it as limiting, but I look at it as the most beautiful thing in the world. There’s this sense


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American remake of 2016 Swedish comedy/ drama ‘A Man Called Ove’ falls short By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 126 MINUTES In 2016, the little Swedish comedy/drama A Man Called Ove came out of the blue and surprised critics. Based on a novel by Fredrik Backman, the simple tale of a grouchy, suicidal old man rediscovering his humanity became a massive hit in its homeland and earned Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Make-Up Effects. Now, the story has been r e i nt e r pr e t e d for Nor t h American audiences. If you are not familiar with the original, A Man Called Otto is genial and warm-hearted. But somehow, it feels bland and pales in comparison to the 2016 version. The story follows extremely u n pl e a s a n t s e n i o r O t t o Anderson (Tom Hanks). He Opening at El Morro January 13, 2023

makes morning rounds in his residential street in Pittsburgh, complaining about and staring down locals who do not follow neighborhood rules. Otto also plans on killing himself in the coming days. But the frustrated man finds his attempts thwarted by bad timing. And despite his attempts to keep everyone at arm’s length, an encounter with new neighbor Marisol (Mariana Treviño) and her family sends his plan into turmoil. She continually asks for help and engages the annoyed protagonist in conversation, slowly wearing him down. This is all interspersed with flashbacks of a young Otto (Truman Hanks) and his experiences with wife Sonya (Rachel Keller). As the senior finds himself pulled into the lives of those around him, his bleak outlook begins to change. The original fi lm managed to charm by avoiding overt sentimentality and focusing on the gradual and subtle changes of the title character. While this adaptation does follow many elements closely, it is less subtle in its execution. A nasty real estate developer (Mike Berbiglia) trying to tear the neighborhood down is emphasized and serves as a direct foil for the lead. In fact, this movie makes great efforts from the start to emphasize that viewers like Otto even when his

Otto (Tom Hanks) is a man who spends his time complaining about his neighbors, keeping them at arm’s length, and planning his suicide. But his plans are thwarted by his neighbor Marisol (Mariana Treviño) as she continually asks for his help. Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures behavior is brusque. Additionally, flashbacks are delivered in a more dramatic tone in this version and the sadder story elements are played in too grandiose a manner (with a swelling score) to milk a bigger emotional reaction. It works reasonably well, but the tactic adds artifice to the lead’s transformation and ultimately blunts its climatic impact. At lea s t t he c a s t a re

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charismatic enough to keep our attention. Nothing in the story will surprise viewers, but there are a few amusing moments thanks to the efforts of the central performers. Entertaining scenes include a couple of Otto’s interrupted suicide attempts, as well as some gruff responses and confrontational exchanges between himself and those who get on his nerves (like power company representatives and a cashier at a hardware store). An interaction with a clown also delivers a chuckle. And, of course, the lead’s interactions with new, overly talkative neighbor Marisol contain some enjoyable back-and-forth jabs. St i l l, t he end product

doesn’t wow or make much of a lasting impression. If you haven’t seen A Man Called Ove, then it is probably wiser to attempt to track down that version of the story. It didn’t overplay the drama, yet still managed to feel substantial and pull on the heartstrings. A Man Called Otto seems earnest and is capably made, but t he f i l m i s fa r f rom awa rd s - c a l iber m a t er i a l. This effort may satisfy fans of the star or those completely unfamiliar with the novel or Swedish feature, but the fi lm feels routine and traditional in its delivery of the source book. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY

gallupARTS receives $400,000 Digital Projects for the Public grant from NEH Staff Reports


allupARTS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts council serving Gallup and McKinley County, is the recipient of a $400,000 Digital Projects for the Public “Production” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to build, launch and market its Gallup New Deal Art Virtual Museum—a highly interactive website researching, showcasing, and interpreting Gallup’s expansive and impressive collection of New Deal art. This grant will fund the third phase of gallupARTS’ GNDA project initiated by a 2018 NEH Digital Projects for the Public $30K “Discovery” grant and developed through a 2020 NEH Digital Projects for the Public $100K “Prototyping” grant. gallupARTS’s award is one of 204 totaling $28.1 million announced on Jan. 10 by NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe. “The range, diversity, and creativity of these new projects speak to the wealth of

humanities ideas and deep engagement of humanities pr a c t it ioner s a cro s s ou r country,” Lowe said in a press release published on Jan. 10. “From Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Hilo, Hawaii, NEH funding reaches thousands of towns and communities, supporting local organizations, fostering creative projects, and providing access to high- quality humanities for all Americans.” ga l lupA RTS Execut ive Director Rose Eason thanked the NEH. “gallupARTS is deeply honored to receive this award,” Eason said. “The level of support this project and our com mu n it y cont i nue s t o receive from NEH is truly game-changing. With this award, we will be able to open the doors of the GNDA Virtual Museum to the public, so to speak, and bring to life a trailblazing project that preserves an important historical and cultural legacy and brings it into the 21st century as an educational resource, community building tool, a nd

Bronze sculpture donated by artist Anna Hyatt Huntington to the New Deal Gallup Art Center in 1941, currently on view at the Octavia Fellin Public Library. File Photo economic development asset.” gallupARTS Board Secret a r y Ca rol Sa rat h

showed her excitement and appreciation as well. “Over the years the New

Deal art in our community has sat mostly inaccessible and unnoticed in public school buildings, the public library, and the county courthouse. The buildings and furniture from the period have also gone under-appreciated simply because we as a community have not realized the history, that the pieces all fit together as a collection and the significance of that fact,” Sarath said. “This third major award from the NEH represents years of hard work that gallupARTS has done in collaboration with many scholars and experts


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Letter to the Editor TOP FIVE OR SIX ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM Dear Gallup Sun, Your informative Top Five stor ies of 2022 made me ponder on the “Top Five or Six Elephants in the Room” – those enormous and difficult issues which are obvious yet ignored due to the discomfort or political embarrassment of those in power. 1. Duplication of services Your “RMCH still facing problems” seems to have been a n a n nua l stor y for some 50 years, before the

Rehoboth-McKinley General merge when we had three hospitals. Many of us wonder why there are multiple hospitals in a region which should require only one. We a re per plexed that there is a need to segregate non-Indians from Indians. Whether you have a Medicare, Medicaid, VA, ACA, Indian Health ID, or other insurance card, it should be a simple billing process when presented at any health care facility. If you

desire to build a new Indian hospital, kill two birds with one stone: conglomerate, and relieve the county taxpayers from this mess. 2. The Nava jo - Gallup Water Supply Project water pipeline funding The “water rate hike” was another of your top fi ve stories. Water is the most critical need for the economic future of Gallup and the Navajo Nation. Do you remember Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus for

“shovel-ready” infrastructure projects? It was mostly corporate bailouts while only stimulating unions, infl ation, and debt. Hardly a drop went to the Navajo-Gallup pipeline. For a project that originated in the 1960s, it appears the wheels of federal government funding are turning awfully slow. 3. Five f ire stations? Cities our size across New Mexico and the nation have privatized services in order

Will ChatGPT replace human writers? ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


elcome to the year of AI content creation. From writing to artwork created by artificial

intelligence software, the internet is embracing this “make the computer do it for me” approach. Soon after OpenAI launched ChatGPT at the end of November 2022, the company was valued at a cool $29

In Loving Memory Adrian Jeffery Edsitty of Sheep Springs, N.M., died on Jan. 9. He was 29. He was born in Gallup on May 31, 1993. Adrian was preceded in death by his grandparents Doris Carl and Joe Carl Sr., Christine Allen, John Allen, Nelson Etsitt y, Kee James, and Helen Y. James. He is survived by his mother Gloria Carl; his

father Jimson Edsitty; his sisters Chelsea Edsitty, Victoria Edsitty, Kimberly Edsitty; and his brothers Jason Edsity and Jimson Edsitty. Funeral services will be held at Cope Memorial Chapel in Kirtland, N.M., on Jan. 16 at 10 am. Memorials and f lowers can be sent to Cope Memorial Chapel at 458 Co Rd. 6100 in Kirtland.

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Curtis Honeycutt billion. But my question is: will AI chatbots replace human writers? Not anytime soon. As a content manager for a robotics startup, my day job involves writing relevant and interesting articles, case studies and thought leadership on my industry. It takes time to do this well, but quantity of content is simultaneously as important as the quality of the work. For website articles, search engine optimization is king. In theory, you could crank out a ChatGPT essay once per day

and load it up with all the keywords you want your potential customers to fi nd in a Google search. This would direct customers to your website, where they might purchase your product or service. But what if the writing is lousy? After weeks of experimenting with ChatGPT, I’ve found that the service creates vague and repetitive articles. If you type in a prompt such as, “Write a blog article discussing the limitations of AI-written website articles,” you’ll get a result that is a solid “C” grade essay. If that is your standard of quality, then feel free to publish it on your website. Over winter break, Princeton computer science ma jor Edwa rd Tia n built software that can sniff out a ChatGPT plagiarism checker called GPTZero. Essentially, GP T Z ero c a n det er m i ne whether a human or a bot wrote an article.

to avoid public labor union shakedowns where taxpayer money is funneled to outsiders and Democrat Party coffers, yet Gallup city hall folds like a cheap suit when union thugs make lame threats of ‘legal action.” When did this happen? The consequences of pandering to labor unions are in plain sight; five fi rehouses and

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | SEE PAGE 18 While I come from the “don’t use Wikipedia as a source for your research paper” millennial generation, I do fear the rise of AI chatbots is going to make us even more reliant on these technologies to form coherent thoughts. In fact, there’s a dating app service that will help you compose replies to potential matches that will help you sound cooler, sexier and funnier. It’s a regular cyber Cyrano de Bergerac. AI software like ChatGPT does have some pretty cool applications. You can prompt it to write original jokes; you can use it as an alternative to Google to explain complex topics; you can even prompt it to write a silly limerick about your great uncle Vern. I’m sure we’ll be able to harness AI technology to create interesting and useful content, but it’s not going to replace this columnist anytime soon. Cur ti s Honeycutt i s an award-winning syndicated humor columnist and author. Connect with him at OPINIONS

You’ve probably never heard of one of the best fi nancial products available By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


s more and more seniors look for ways to lower their taxes in retirement, QLACs are stepping into the spotlight. Many seniors in the early phases of their retirement don’t need to tap into their traditional retirement accounts (IRAs/401ks). Unfortunately, they a re forced to do so because of IRS Requirement Minimum Distributions rules. Note: The RMD age recently changed from 70.5 to 72. When you reach your RMD age, you must take money out of your qualified plan each year. Be sure to clarify with your CPA or tax planner to which group you belong. If you are in a similar situation and don’t need to take distributions, you may wa nt to consider set ti ng up a Qualified Longevity

Annuity. The “qualified” part of the QLAC refers to the fact that this kind of annuity is purchased with “qualified” funds as defi ned by the IRS. A QLAC uses a portion of a person’s RMD distributions to grow deferred until a certain age (85 maximum). QLACs are a type of longevity annuity. A QLAC, which has the insurer taking on market and interest rate risk, is set up by transferring money from an existing IRA or 401(k) account to a n insura nce compa ny annuity. A QLAC contract pays you a steady stream of Income later in life. T he longev it y a n nu it y “chassis” of a QLAC has been around for years. But what has changed is how the IRS treats longevity annuities within tax-deferred accounts. Current rules allow individuals to spend 25% of their retirement savings account or $135,000 (whichever is less) to purchase

a QLAC. I n 2014, t he T rea su r y Department relaxed RMD rules a bit to encourage Americans to prepare for retirement. These new rules let you buy a QLAC with your IRA and not include the value of the QLAC when you calculate your RMD. How does a Qualified Longevity Annuity Work? A Qua l i f ied L ongev it y Annuity is an annuity into which you pay a lump sum of money. At a future date specified on your contract, you begin receiving guaranteed monthly Income for as long as you live. A longevity annuity appeals to many because the stock market and interest rate risk

transfers to the insurance company. The insurance company tells you exactly how much income you will get in the future when you purchase the annuity. This future income amount is guaranteed! Wit h a QL AC, you get tax-advantaged income security that starts in your old age for an attractive price. By owning a QLAC, you may be able to increase the amount withdrawn from your savings in the early retirement phase by as much as 30% because the annuity will give you predictable, guaranteed income later. Many retirees purchase QLACs because of their tax advantages. However, they have ot her benef its, too.

Lawrence Castillo Q L ACs re qu i re on ly one upfront payment and don’t have annual fees. They are one of the easier-to-understand, straightforward, and transparent fi nancial products. How can a QLAC help reduce taxes?


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LAWRENCE CASTILLO | FROM PAGE 17 A QLAC can help you retain more of your money in retirement by reducing your tax burden. Let’s say you had a traditional IRA and invested the maximum allowable $135,000 into a QLAC with a payment start date of age 80. If you had not purchased a QLAC, your $135,000 would grow in value. When you reached your RMD age, you would have to withdraw your fi rst RMD, which is fully taxable as income. Having a QLAC, you are permitted to omit that $135,000 from your RMD calculations. The tax savings from not having to take your RMDs for nearly ten years could add up

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | FROM PAGE 16 double the expenses of a town typically with one, sometimes two stations, while multiple other fi re-control operations are provided by regional government agencies… and don’t get me started on what we’ve recently learned about teachers’ union corruption. Name the other cities. Give us some examples. 4. The BI A sacred cow With a $500 million annual budget they are the

to huge savings. To understand how this might help your unique situation, you will need to consult a tax expert who understands the inner workings of QLAC products. What are some pros and cons of QLACs? Q L AC s , a s me nt ione d before, allow you to defer mandatory distributions up to age 85, which could add up to significant tax savings. Also, you can retain tax advantages because you purchase a QLAC with qualified funds. A QLAC can provide an increase in your financial security and well-being. You will have the kind of contractually guaranteed, predictable stream of income that you only get with annuity products.

Properly designed QLACs can also help you cover longt er m c a re ex pen se s a nd provide protection for your spouse so that if you die before they do, they will continue to receive income. Converting as little as 15% of your 401(k) balance to a QLAC when you retire can boost your retirement readiness in a meaningful way. The downsides of QLACs QLACs have many positive benefits, but they are not for everyone. If you enjoy a lot of hands-on control over your money, having a QLAC might not work well for you. That’s because you relinquish shortterm control over your money to get guaranteed lifetime income with an annuity. Like many other fi nancial

products, QLACs require a degree of trust in the company providing the product. After all, payouts for annuities are contingent upon the claims-paying ability of the annuity company who issues t hem. You mu st do you r research and only select companies with strong ratings and positive client feedback. You should only purchase a QLAC after consulting a safe money and income specialist. Even if you currently have a fi nancial advisor, he or she may not understand the nuances of a QLAC, especially if you choose to use a QLAC in more complicated financial planning strategies, such as “laddering.” If your current advisor cannot explain QLACs to you, seek advice from a

qualified expert. L aw rence Ca st i l lo i s a member of Sy n di c at e d Columnists, a national organization committed to a fully t r a n s pa rent a pproa ch t o money management. Lawrence Castillo Host of Safe Money and Income Radio. L and C Retirement Income Planners, 4801 Lang St. NE Suite 100 Albuquerque NM 87109. Interested in additional information? Register for my FREE Newsletter at 888-9983463 or click my newsletter link: lawrence-castillo-newsletter/ Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved.

powerbrokers of Gallup, yet have you ever heard a media inquiry into what they do and where all that money goes? Since they own and manage Indian property and allot funding, they are essentially legal guardians of all tribal residents. Those who escape the socia list squa lor a nd oppression of the reser vation for the freedoms, civilization, NCI fl ophouse, and entertainment of Gallup are not homeless, vagrants, or transients. They are refugees. Why isn’t the BIA covering all refugee costs rather than the

city bearing the blame and expenses? 5. Not just one, but three power plant closures How crazy is that? In the most energy impoverished region in the nation, with NO electricity to thousands of households, our ivory tower leaders in Santa Fe chose to wage an insane war on hydrocarbons (Energy Transition Act) and shut down the Prewitt and San Juan power plants, not to mention Arizona’s Page plant. 6. Solar Genocide Panels Do you wonder why we ra rely hea r about our

virtuous solar farm? The only report I ever saw on it was an Independent report two years ago detailing numerous maintenance and sunshine (??) issues befuddling Gallup’s Electric Department director. Yet for well over a decade *every* solar farm has had those same issues. The precedent was set long ago with the Spanish solar crash in 2009. The Gallup Solar Farm is, like all solar farms (look up “Ivanpah $2.2 billion bust”), an impotent unsustainable boondoggle, and the impoverished bear the burden of subsidies and surcharges granted to the elite eggheads a nd

clueless virtue signalers of these green energy schemes. Solar panels are toxic, non recyclable, and made from slave labor and cancer villages in CCP China. I warned the city of “green” energy and curbside recycling scams, yet they chose the Sustainable Gallup Board’s solar farm scheme. They did not choose wisely. It’s uncomfortable enough to have one elephant in the room, but a whole herd will get you chin deep in the stench of public sector doody. Sincerely, Joe Schaller Gallup, N.M.


recognized the importance of this collection early on.” gallupARTS is the first organization in New Mexico to receive a Digital Projects for the Public Production grant, and one of 15 organizations nationwide to receive a 2023 Digital Projects for the Public grant.

to identify and understand Gallup and McKinley County’s New Deal legacy. This is very exciting for ever yone who has been involved, and special recognition goes to local scholar Carolyn Milligan who

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WATER RATE | FROM PAGE 6 to support the NGWSP contract, but through a city error, the company has never been charged that fee.

RAPHAEL BEGAY | FROM PAGE 13 of imagination and tenacity of the human spirit that is found in that.” Rose Eason, gallupARTS Executive Director, said that

COAL AVENUE COMMONS | FROM PAGE 5 people call “scrambling,” which accommodates pedestrians who want to cross the intersection diagonally instead of corner to corner across one street at a

“This is going to be the industrial rate, that’s all there is to it, for the next two years. That’s why I want to keep the Navajo-Gallup fee in there,” Mayor Louie Bonaguidi said. “I would rather lower the

commodity charge… we’re going to do what we can to help, but I also need Rhino Health to say ‘we’ll meet you halfway.’” The cou ncil agreed to a contract that keeps the

NGWSP surcharge, reduces the commodity rate for Rhino and ends up reducing the company’s increase to about $4,000. The new contract will remain in effect for two years regardless of what action the

council takes on the broader rate overhaul. “We don’t want to lose Rhino [Health]. At the same time on the city’s side, we don’t want to give the farm away,” Bonaguidi said.

Begay’s ability to push the envelope is what made him a great final curator for the series of curated shows put on by gallupARTS. “R a phe a l i s a n enve lope-pushing curator. His work so meaningfully Indigenizes the

practice of curation, which has long conformed to Euro-centric values and perspectives,” Eason said in the press release. “What he is doing is so essential, and also so exciting!” When asked what his favorite part about taking photos is

walking around in nature with his camera and finding what he calls “visual blessings,” – themes, images, symbols, or compositions that inspire him. For Begay, it’s all about seeing what the land has to offer. Reflect & Refract: Diné

Photography & Vi sual Sovereignty will open on Jan. 14. A Guest Curator Talk with Begay will be held on Jan. 19 at 6 pm at the ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.) and on the gallupARTs

time. Strain and Ustick said one of the main goals of the project is to bring more people downtown. “I think it was very important for the City of Gallup. Traditionally, small towns were built around their downtowns… And as time went on and big box

stores came about, downtowns kind of died, or [didn’t have] as much traffic come downtown,” Strain said. “So this was a critical project to kind of revitalize our downtown, to make it more pedestrian friendly or event-welcoming. …” Although the Coal Avenue

Commons project is basically finished, Ustick said the city has more plans for downtown. “We’re not done. We’re working on pedestrian alleys,” Ustick said. “We’re looking at ways to do some additional infrastructure in some of the alleyways that will help some of the businesses

that are already here expand and redevelop. The investment in infrastructure by [the] government is a catalyst for investments by the private sector.” Ustick and Strain said there would be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project, but a date had not been set by press time.

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 /s/ Kat Fox Kat Fox NM Financial & Family Law, P.C. 320 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 1401 Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: 505-503-1637 Email: kaf@nmfinanciallaw. com Published: Gallup Sun January 6, 2023 January 13, 2023 January 20, 2023 *** COUNTY ASSESSOR ORDER NO. 22-18 NOTICE OF REQUIREMENTS TO REPORT CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO PROPERTY VALUATION AND CLAIMING EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTY TAXATION The County Assessor hereby publishes notice to property owners, pursuant to Section 7-38-18 NMSA 1978, as follows: 1. All Property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes not valued by the Assessor in 2022 for property taxation purposes must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2023, unless it is not subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in 2023. The report must contain the required information and be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8 NMSA 1978. 2. If you have made improvements to real property during 2022 and the improvements cost more than Ten Thousand CLASSIFIEDS

Dollars ($10,000), the improvements must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2023. The information required and the form may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8 (c) NMSA 1978. 3. All real property owned by any nongovernmental entity and claimed to be exempt from property taxation under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of Section 7-36-7 NMSA 1978 shall be reported for valuation purposes to the appropriate valuation authority. If a change in eligibility status or ownership of the property has changed, the change shall be reported no later than the last day of February 2023. Section 7-388.1 NMSA 1978. 4. If you own property that has decreased in value during 2022, and that property is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report the decrease in value to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2023. The report must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-13 NMSA 1978. 5. If you have believed that your real property is entitled to head-of-family exemption, veteran exemption or disabled veteran exemption from property taxation, you must apply to the Assessor for exempt status no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in 2023. Exceptions: If an exemption from taxation was in effect for 2022 and the basis

of the exempt status or use is unchanged from that year, application for exemption need not be made for 2023. If you have previously been granted an exemption and now have a change in ownership or status you must notify the Assessor of the change no later than the last day of February 2023 of the change. If required, application for exemption must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-17 NMSA 1978. 6. Property subject to valuation is presumed to be nonresidential and will be so recorded by the Assessor unless you declare the property to be residential no later than the last day of February 2023. If your property has changed in use from residential to nonresidential or from nonresidential to residential use you must declare this status to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2023. The declaration must contain the required information and must be in a form that may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-17.1 NMSA 1978. 7. If you are a person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older or disabled, and whose “modified gross income” was not greater than $40,400 in 2022 and you own and occupy a single-family dwelling you may be eligible for a limitation on the taxable value of your residence in 2023. The limitation of value specified in Subsections. A, B and C under Section 7-36-21.3 NMSA 1978 shall be applied in the tax year in which the owner claiming entitlement files with the county assessor an application for the limitation. The application

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no later than the last day of February 2023. If your land was not valued in accordance with that method of valuation in 2022 and it is now used primarily for agricultural purposes, application must be made under oath, in a form and contain the information required by department rules and must be made no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in 2023. Section



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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 7-36-20 NMSA 1978. 9. If you own “livestock” that is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report such livestock to the Assessor. All such livestock present in the county on January 1, 2023 must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2023. If the livestock is transported into the county after January 1, 2023, it must be reported to the Assessor no later than the first day of the month following the first month in which the livestock has been present in the county for twenty (20) days. The report must contain the required information and must be on forms obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-21 NMSA 1978. 10. If you own a manufactured home [that was not previously assessed] and it was present in the county on January 1, 2023, you must report it to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2023. The report must contain certain required information and must be on a form obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-26 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-38-8, 7-38-8.1, 7-38-13, 7-3817, 7-38-17.1, 7-36-7, 7-36-21.3, 7-36-20, 7-36-21, and 7-36-26 NMSA 1978, and related Taxation & Revenue Department Regulations. It is not intended to reflect the full content of these provisions, which may be examined at the office of the County Assessor.

Done this 22nd day of November 2022 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santiago Chavez, Director Property Tax Division Publication: Gallup Sun January 6, 2023 January 13, 2023 January 20, 2023 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority (GHA) will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 9:00 am MST. GHA will conduct the meeting at the main office, located at 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the agenda, or specific agenda items, at the Gallup Housing Authority office. The meeting is open to the public except for items to be considered in the closed session. Documents are available in various accessible formats and interested parties may also participate by phone. If you are an individual with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or accessible format to participate in the meeting, please contact GHA at (505) 722-4388, at least (1) week before the meeting, or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board Published: Gallup Sun January 13, 2023 ***

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO NAVAJO GALLUP WATER SUPPLY PROJECT REACH 27.7B FUNDED BY THE WATER TRUST BOARD THROUGH NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY, WPF #5424 AND U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT NO. R11AC40002 Formal Bid No. 2301 Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive ELECTRONICALLY submitted bids for construction of NAVAJO GALLUP WATER SUPPLY PROJECT REACH 27.7B until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Bids will be electronically opened, and publicly read aloud at the Office of the Procurement Manager via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means. The project consists of installing approximately 6,650 linear feet of 18” Cl. 350 ductile iron waterline, 15,000 linear feet of 18” Cl. 235 dr-18 PVC waterline, and a meter station. The waterline intersects Kinder-Morgan, Transwestern, and Marathon gas lines and crosses through the North Fork of the Puerco River. Work will include air release stations, valves, fittings, specials, grade control structures and devices, grading, excavation, trenching, backfilling, and compaction. Asphalt, gravel road surfacing, and fencing will also be required. This project is located northwest of Gallup, New Mexico within Sections 18,17, 8, 9, and 10, T15N, R17W N.M.P.M.

The 18” waterline begins at the end of NGWSP Reach 27.6 close to the intersection of Hasler Valley Road and County Road 43. The waterline then runs northwest along Hasler Valley Road and the Transwestern Gas Line to the west boundary of Red Rock State Park. The meter station in located south of the Kinder-Morgan gas lines off of Hasler Valley Road. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 863-5440, upon deposit of $400.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be examined and/or downloaded at https://app.negometrix. com/buyer/3226 All solicitation will be released electronically through Mercell and responses from bidders must also be submitted electronically through Mercell online platform. Mercell will provide all prospective bidders information regarding bid solicitation including addendums to project requirements. Mercell is a completely free service for all respondents. Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED PROPOSALS will be accepted; system will NOT accept proposals after due date and time. Bid openings will be held via Zoom meeting; details regarding meeting will be provided within Mercell bidding platform. A non-mandatory Pre-Bid viewing for all plan holders to be held January 26, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. Attendees to as-

semble at DePauli Engineering at 307 S. 4 th Street prior to leaving in caravan form to various project sites. Dated this 11 th day of January 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-January 13, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE TO BIDDERS Public notice is hereby given that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: District-Wide Weed, Brush, and Vermin Control Services Multi-Year Price Agreement ITB-2023-23KC NIGP Commodity Code(s): 91059, 94092, 98872, 98889 As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Bonfire eBidding website: portal/ Sealed bids for such will be received at the Procurement Office until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on January 23, 2023. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the specified CLOSING date and time. Public Bid Opening shall be conducted through online meeting software. Dated the 13th Day of January, 2023 By: /S/Charles Long, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 BID ISSUE DATE: January 13, 2023 PUBLICATION: January 13 & 20, 2023 CLASSIFIEDS


Community Calendar Jan. 13 - Jan. 19, 2023 FRIDAY, JAN. 13


3 pm @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Create décoratifs art inspired by the Great Gatsby, fashion, and culture of the roaring twenties. Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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 @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (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, JAN. 14


4 pm - 6 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Reflect & Refract: Diné Photography & Visual Sovereignty celebrates select artists’ relationships to and perspective of Dinétah, the Navajo homeland. The show will be at the gallery until Feb. 4.


10 am - 11:30 am @ UNM-Gallup’s Calvin Hall Auditorium. There will be an invocation, sermon, benediction and choral music. This event is open to the public.


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.


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s


Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Meet the Robinsons (2007). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. MONDAY, JAN. 16


4 pm @ OFPL’s Facebook page. This week celebrate the creativity of culinary arts with chocolate! Email pneilson@ or call (505) 8631291 for more information. TUESDAY, JAN. 17


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.


Join OFPL AND ART123 by decorating a canvas. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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, JAN. 18


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


6 pm - 7:30 pm @ Rio West Mall’s food court (1300 W. Maloney Ave.) A free chess club that is open to players of all ages and skill levels. For more information email


4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Christopher Robin in honor of Winnie the Pooh Day.


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “Martin Luther King Jr. Day Storytime.” 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, JAN. 19


4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). The library will be showing Beyond the Lights.


6 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.) and on the gallery’s Facebook page. Go behind the scenes of Reflect and Refract with artist Raphael Begay.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). For more information email: or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, JAN. 20


12 pm - 4 pm @ 118 Boardman Dr.


4 pm on Zoom. For more information go to SATURDAY, JAN. 21


12 pm - 4 pm @ @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Join OFPL and Rio West Mall

and celebrate International Creativity Month by engineering and building creations with Keva Planks, or tackle one of their Keva challenges. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SUNDAY, JAN. 22


2 pm @ Grace Bible Church (222 Boulder Dr.). Lifemark will be shown at the church. A free will offering will be taken for the new future Pregnancy Support Center of Gallup. MONDAY, JAN. 23


5 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library will show the documentary King: A Filmed Record. For questions, please call 505-863-7531 or email TUESDAY, JAN. 24


10 am - 1 pm @ Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce meeting room (106 U.S. Hwy. 66). Cibola County Correctional Center will be hosting a hiring event. For more information about positions available, visit their website


6 pm @ City Council Chambers, Gallup City Hall (110 W. Aztec Ave.). The meeting will also be streamed on the City of Gallup’s Facebook page at City of Gallup, New Mexico Government. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25


5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.



5 pm - 7 pm @ UNM-Gallup’s Gurley Hall and Calvin Hall Center. The UNM-Gallup TRIO Upward Bound program will host a community-wide College Access Night for high school sophomores and juniors


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Gallup Senior Center (607 N. 4th St.). THURSDAY, FEB. 2


6 pm @ El Morro Theatre. Join OFPL with director/ producer Katrina Parks along with emeritus of the Center for Southwest Research, Tomas Jaen, author Sharon Niederman, and several special guests for a panel discussion of Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on the Mother Road. ONGOING


OFPL staff who will create a bundle of material specially for you! Let them know what type of materials and genres you are interested in, and they’ll browse for you and create a custom bundle of material for you to pick-up curbside. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


OFPL’s book club book for January is Shutter by Ramona Emerson. Discussions will be held in February on Zoom or in person at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Email or call 505-863-1291 for more information.

To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar 6 pm - 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery section, please email: (123. W. Coal Ave.). $35/person. or Purchase tickets at www.galfax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.


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