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Rule revision eases path for cannabis retail downtown By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent

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wo cannabis retailers intended to set up shop in Gallup once legalization was finalized in April 2022. However, both retailer permits were initially denied when they were determined to be within 300 feet of protected uses, or residential uses, and both appeals challenged the 300-foot rule. The appellants also asked the city to reduce the allowable distance to 150 feet. Rodney Curnutt wanted to open The Green Scene dispensary at 202 S. Third St. When his permit was denied, he challenged the defi nition of “residential use” and the inclusion of museums in protected uses. The council’s actions solved his problem so he was able to get Planning Commission approval for a conditional use permit the following day and is planning a grand opening for Jan. 23. However, Joseph Hyde, of Hyderoponics Indoor Garden Center, wanted a conditional use permit to allow his garden supply business at 300 W. Hill Ave. to sell hemp seeds, arguing that the cannabinoid content of seeds is too low to

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be considered cannabis, so the 300-foot rule should not apply. Hyde got fed up with waiting for the city to change the rules and moved his business to Grants before the change. “I can’t just sit around. It’s not my personality, so I found another way,” he said. “I’m going to have a garden center for cannabis consumers and people who want to grow seeds at home.” Hyde said he is still planning on selling seeds, but the new location will also allow him to sell consumable cannabis. Hyde’s state cannabis license has always allowed him to open a dispensary, but that was not his plan in Gallup. He decided to extend his business to include

a dispensary, which opened Jan. 16 at 118 High St. in Grants under the Hyderoponics Indoor Garden Center name. He’ll have to commute to work every day, but he said his rent is cheaper in Grants so that will offset the cost. He’s spent the last month getting the new location ready. “I’ve been closed for a month so I could put all my time into getting this up and running. There was a lot I had to do,” he said. Since he originally was only planning on selling seeds, he didn’t have security systems or safes set up. He also didn’t need solid commercial doors, but now that he’s selling consumable cannabis he has installed

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Joseph Hyde wanted to start his business Hyderoponics Indoor Garden Center in Gallup, but due to the original cannabis ordinance, he decided to move his business to Grants. Photo Credit: Hyderoponics Indoor Garden Center website them at the new site. LOSSES LEA D TO REVISIONS The loss of one retailer to another city and ongoing clashes with other retailers led to the City of Gallup revising the zoning ordinance for cannabis sales. The biggest change to the Land Development Standards regarding marijuana sales is how the Planning Department will determine proximity to homes. Under the previous standards, cannabis retailers were

barred from setting up shop within 300 feet of a “residential use.” But that definition was a bit unclear when it came to mixed uses downtown, where some businesses have attached apartments. “We removed the term ‘residential use’ entirely because it was just too confusing. Is it a house? Is it an apartment? Is it when someone sleeps on a couch inside a business? So

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we just removed it,” Planning Manager Nikki Lee explained during the city council meeting Jan. 10. “Now what we are doing is controlling it with the pure residential districts.” Going forward, cannabis retail will be allowed in primarily commercial districts, as long as they are 300 feet from

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the nearest residential zone. That spares prospective cannabis retailers the challenge of sitting 300 feet from apartments in downtown’s mixed use commercial zones. The rules the city council City Council approved also remove museums from the list of “protected” uses that cannabis retailers must avoid. New cannabis retail is still forbidden within 300 feet of day care facilities, schools, religious institutions, cemeteries, community or recreation centers, correctional facilities, libraries, parks and public open spaces – unless they move in after the cannabis business is established. HOME GROWN Changes to the cannabis ordinance will also affect home growers. Planning and Development Director C.B. Strain had mentioned in study sessions last year that home

growers were often not complying with a rule that required grow operations to be in a secured building. “Where we are having a big issue is with residential cultivation,” he said at the time. “The state requires that it be indoor cultivation. People are planting [marijuana plants] outside and covering them with a tarp.” The revised ordinance states that home growers would need a permanent structure with solid walls that can be secured with a lock and “structures constructed or covered with plastic or cloth shall not be considered a secured building.” Outdoor cultivation is still prohibited. All of that, however, isn’t the end of the cannabis conundrum. As the city was working on the retailing rules, prospective commercial cultivators have been watching. Builder Rick Murphy raised the issue of overlap of an

industrial zone, which allows cannabis cultivation, and the Downtown District Overlay zone, which does not. “It is possible for the council to change the boundaries,” City Manager Maryann Ustick told the council. “You need to make a policy decision. Do you want it to be industrial or do you want it to be part of downtown?” That issue was outside the scope of the revisions the Council was addressing, but the following day Murphy filed a request for a text amendment to make the change. That request is pending and will require public hearings. At the meeting Murphy said zoning regulations are making it difficult for businesses. “I always see us writing our way out of opportunities in this community,” he said. “If we tried to do the Flea Market now in the city it would never fly, but it’s a great attraction for Gallup.”

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Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports

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Featured DWI Thomas Brown Nov. 3, 9:08 pm DWI (Eighth) Reckless driving led to a Ga llup ma n, T h o m a s Brow n, 62, being arrested a nd cha rged with the latest in a leng thy list of DWIs. Metro Dispatch advised of a black Chevrolet pickup that was in the median of the intersection near Mollica Drive and Highway 66. Gallup Police Officer Christopher Dawes responded to the call and was advised the suspect vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 66. Dawes was near Family Dollar at 2800 E. Hwy. 66 when he saw a pickup matching the description of the suspect vehicle and began following it. The pickup slowed down b e for e d r i v i n g o nt o t he sidewa lk a nd pulling into the parking lot of the New Mexico Food Stamp Office at 3006 E. Hwy. 66. Dawes pulled behind the pickup and conducted a traffic stop. He met the driver, Brown, and bega n spea k i ng w ith h im about the stop. Dawes noted several open containers of 99 Bananas in the middle console along with a strong smell of alcohol inside the vehicle. Brown reportedly showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and smelling of alcohol. Brown exited the vehicle

on Dawes’ com ma nd a nd told h i m he wa s hea d i ng home. He admitted he drank a n unspecified number of alcoholic beverages before agreeing to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Brown performed poorly on the tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. Dawes checked Brown’s vehicle once more and reported ly fou nd t h ree clo s ed containers of 99 Bananas in addition to the open containers. Metro Dispatch then advised Dawes that Brown had 13 prior DWI convictions in total. As a result, Dawes obtained a blood warrant signed by Magistrate Judge Virginia Yazzie before transporting Brown to Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services for the blood draw. Once the draw concluded, B r ow n w a s t r a n s p o r t e d to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for DWI (eighth or above), improper turning at intersection, and open container. His arraignment hearing is set for Jan. 23. Name: Brittany Billie Age: 25 Arrested: Dec. 20 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Status hearing on Jan. 24 Name: Yvette Joe Age: 36 Arrested: Dec. 13

Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on March 7 Name: Carlyle Cooke Age: 39 Arrested: Dec. 11 Charge: DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Feb. 2 Name: Misaiah Jones Age: 28 Arrested: Dec. 8 Charge: Aggravated DWI (second) Status: Motion hearing on Feb. 28 Name: Kami Gaddy Age: 35 Arrested: Dec. 1 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Feb. 28 Name: Tyrick Quetawki Age: 41 Arrested: Nov. 25 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on March 16 PUBLIC SAFETY


Alleged abuser arrested outside of Gallup Indian Medical Center Staff Reports

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man was charged with child abuse when he got into a fight with a minor outside of the Gallup Indian Medical Center. On Jan. 9, around 8:45 pm, Gallup Police Officer Jarad Albert was dispatched to GIMC, 516 E. Nizhoni Blvd., when two men began fighting outside the hospital. When Albert arrived at the scene, he met the two men who were fighting. One was identified as a minor, and the other was identified as Fernando Largo.

Fernando Largo According to Albert’s report,

the minor told him that he was sitting in a vehicle in the GIMC parking lot with Largo, 32. Largo was in the driver’s seat while the minor was in the passenger seat. The minor said he thought Largo was going to take the vehicle’s keys, so he grabbed the keys from the ignition and held on to them. Largo demanded the keys, but the minor would not give them to him. That’s when Largo started insulting the minor and said that his father “doesn’t love him.” The minor said he ignored Largo by looking at his phone, but that’s when Largo allegedly

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punched him in the side of the face and then crawled on top of him. Largo kept punching him, but he was able to open the passenger side door, and both of them fell out of the vehicle. The minor said that Largo “was swinging everywhere toward him,” so he began “swinging back.” The fight continued, until the minor saw some nurses walk out of the hospital, and he yelled for help. As security arrived, the two men were separated, and Largo was placed in handcuffs. However, he was able to escape

from the hospital security, and he reportedly attacked the minor again while he was still handcuffed. While security was trying to remove him from the minor, he bit the minor’s leg. The minor said he could feel Largo “chewing” on his leg. Two GIMC nurses at the scene said they had walked outside to pick up their food when they heard scuffling, and they saw the two individuals fall from the car. Largo was charged with child abuse. His preliminary examination is scheduled for Jan. 25.

Johnson that he would find out where he lives and come and vist him and make him “sorry.” He also said he would not have “any mercy” on Johnson or his family. In his report, Johnson said he felt threatened by Antone.

Antone was charged with criminal damage to property, two counts of assault, disorderly conduct, and assault upon a peace officer. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

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man tried to break into City Hall, and is now facing multiple charges Around 5:30 pm, on Dec. 3, Gallup Police Officer Darius Johnson, was dispatched to City Hall, 110 W. Aztec Ave. When he arrived at the scene, he found two security guards trying to hold on to a man who was later identified as Jacob Antone. When Johnson spoke to the security guards, one of them explained that he was sitting inside City Hall at the security guard desk when he heard a window shatter. He ran outside and confi rmed that a window had been broken. That’s when he saw Antone, 32, walking away from the building. The security guard said he told Antone to stop, but that’s when Antone tried to punch him. The other security guard was able to step in and break up the fight. According to Johnson’s report, he did notice that the City Hall window near the PUBLIC SAFETY

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Jacob Antone Utilities Department was broken. The estimated cost of the damage was $800,000. When Johnson told Antone he was under arrest, he reportedly began to argue. While Johnson was transporting him to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center Antone kept saying Johnson had made a mistake, and that if he filed the paperwork against him he would “be sorry.” Antone also told Johnson that his family would be sorry, telling Johnson he would “get” his wife and

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Governor delivers fi rst State of the State address of her second term Staff Reports

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ANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued her fifth State of the State address, the first of her second term as governor, on Jan. 17, laying out her legislative priorities for the 2023 legislative session. Continuing strategic and meaningful investments in the FY24 Executive Budget Recommendation, the governor’s legislative priorities encompass initiatives in housing and homelessness, health care and behavioral health,

education and child wellbeing, public safety, economic development and relief, infrastructure, and tax reform. Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda for the 2023 session of the New Mexico Legislature includes: H E A LT H C A R E & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH • Expanding and improving rural health care delivery: Establishing the Rural Health Care Delivery Fund, created with a $200 million investment, to provide support for rural health care delivery in parts of New Mexico often

underserved by available health care options by providing funds for the establishment of new or expanded services. • Protecting abortion access for New Mexicans: Codifying abor tion rights protections in state statute to ensure access to reproductive health services is safeguarded. • Expanding access to reproductive health services: Investing $10 million in capital outlay funding for a full-spectrum reproductive health clinic in southern New Mexico. • Improving access to

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham affordable, high-quality health care: Creating the New Mexico Health Care Authority, a comprehensive entity that will expand access to affordable health care and streamline the government’s efforts to support families and their health care needs while more effectively holding insurers accountable. • Prov iding transparency for prescription drug pricing: Requiring licensed drug wholesalers to disclose prices and require Pharmacy Benefit Managers to disclose any increases of more than 40% over a five-year period, or more than 10% in the prior year, as well as the reasons for the increase. EDUCATION & CHILD WELLBEING • Extending in-classroom learning time: Requiring and providing the resources needed for increased educational hours during the school year. • Supporting special education: Providing extended learning time for students with disabilities, ensuring special education services are

data-driven and effective, and increasing support for special education educators. • Ensuring teachers keep more of their salaries in their pockets: Covering the individual cost share for health care premium costs for school personnel, a first-of-its-kind initiative for New Mexico. • K ids K itchens – Establishing healthy universal free meals for students: Eliminating school meal costs for every New Mexico child. An additional $20 million capital outlay investment will fund school kitchen infrastructure improvements to enable schools to provide healthy and fresh foods for students. • Attendance interventions: Requiring data-informed school attendance interventions aligned with student needs and expanding dropout prevention and recovery efforts. PUBLIC SAFETY • Keeping repeat violent offenders off New Mexico streets: Establishing a “rebuttable presumption” to ensure that those accused of murder, gun crimes, rape or other sex crimes do not pose a danger to the community before being released pending trial. • Addressing the scourge of gun violence: Keeping New Mexico families, communities and businesses safer through a robust tranche of gun legislation, including a ban on the sale

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NM Kids releases new data book PANDEMIC-ERA CHILD WELL-BEING DATA BETTER THAN EXPECTED Staff Reports

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LBUQUERQUE – The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on New Mexico’s children and families, but data from 2021 reflect no significant declines — and even some slight improvements — in child well-being. That is among the findings in the 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, which was released on Jan. 18. This annual accounting of ch i ld wel l-bei ng i n t he state tracks several indicators across four doma ins: e c o no m ic s e c u r it y, e d u cation, hea lth, a nd fa mily and community. Indicators include issues such as child poverty and food insecurity rates, parental employment a nd education levels, a nd teen birth rates. T he repor t i s relea sed at the beginning of the legislative session each yea r to give lawmakers an idea of s ome of t he ne e d s of New Mex ico ch ild ren a nd fa m ilies. T h is yea r’s data book ha s a n empha sis on promoti ng generationa l p r o s p e r i t y. I t u s e s t h e most recent data available. T he pa ndem ic h a r med many New Mexicans – particularly those who are paid low wages – but both state a nd feder a l rel ief helped mitigate the damage. While all states received federal relief, not all states enacted their own relief or increased ta x credits for hard working families as New Mexico d id. T he se st at e ch a nge s w ill help fa milies mov i ng for wa rd a s feder a l rel ief STATE & REGION

Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children Amber Wallin dissipates. New Mexico also u sed some of t he federa l funds to expand food security measures and child care a s si st a nce, wh ich helped fa m i l ies, worker s, a nd providers. “New Mexico’s governor and legislature have made several policy changes that will benef it New Mexico’s children and families long after the pandemic,” Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mex ico Voices for Children, which is the KIDS COUNT anchor in the state, s a i d . “ T h e c r e a t io n a n d increase of many tax credit s t h a t benef it k id s a nd families, the expansion of child care assistance, paid sick leave, and the extension of postpar tum health care through Medica id a re just some of the recently enacted policies that set New Mexico apart and will improve child well-being moving forward.” Indicators in which New Mexico saw some improvement in recent years i nclude d you n g c h i ld r e n not enrolled in preschool, h ig h school st udent s not graduating on time, babies bor n at a low bir thweight,

KIDS COUNT Coordinator for New Mexico Voices for Children Emily Wildau a nd teen bi r t h r ate s. Big challenges remain for New Mexico children, including poverty and food insecurity. However, the Data Book also shows that New Mexico is

seeing bigger improvements than most states in indicators such as children in preschool a nd ch i ld ren w it h access to health insurance. “W h i le ou r t e en bi r t h rates rema i n h ig her t ha n the national average, New Mexico continues to close t he g a p, m a k i n g s i g n i f i cant improvements,” Emily Wildau, research and policy a na lyst a nd K IDS COUNT coord i n at or, s a id. ‘We’ve s een a 5 8 % i mprovement over the past decade, with big gains for Hispanic and Native American teens. That is significant.” A side from data , the annual report also includes policies for law makers to consider that would improve

c h i ld wel l - b ei n g. A mon g t ho s e a re i ncre a si n g t he Child Tax Credit for low-income families and making it permanent, improving child care access and early educator wages, d iver si f y i ng the state’s revenue streams to decrease over-reliance on oil and gas revenue, supporting economic oppor tunity measures such as minimum wa ge i ncrea se s a nd pa id fa mily medica l leave, a nd prov id i ng hea lt hy school meals for every student. The 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book: Promoting Generational Prosperity is available online at https: // www.nmvoices.org/ archives/17485.

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McKinley County receives funds for Red Rock Park improvements in governor’s grant Staff Reports

from Angel Fire to Anthony. My administration will continue prioritizing investments in projects that make a real difference in communities small and large, rural and urban.” The grant program awards funds to improve the quality of life for New Mexico residents by creating new or expanding existing regional recreational facilities. Project applications were evaluated by their demonstrable benefit to the local community, either by attracting and retaining residents or attracting visitors. Award funds are eligible to be used for project planning and design, purchase of recreational equipment, and project construction. Examples of eligible projects include community

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ANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Department of Finance and Administration announced on Jan. 13 the award of $45 million from the Regional Recreation Centers/Qualify of Life Grant to tribal, municipal, and county governments across New Mexico. “Investing in quality recreational facilities [is] important to supporting the health, happiness and wellbeing of New Mexicans in communities across the state,” Lujan Grisham said. “We are glad to deliver $45 million in funds for projects that will improve quality of life and recreational opportunities

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picnic shelters, or other structures that enhance public-based recreational activities. “Mora County would like to take this time to express our sincere gratitude to the State of New Mexico for considering us for the recent Regional Recreation Centers-Quality of Life Award,” Mora County Commissioner Veronica Serna, Dist. 1, said. “As many know, Mora County has experienced severe destruction, and the residents have encountered extreme challenges.” SIerna went on to explain what Mora County plans to do with the funds. “With this grant, we can create a safe, recreational area for our residents,” she said. “These mountains and pastures have also served as a means to sustain our livelihood so with an opportunity to offer alternatives to supplement this, I am hopeful that this award can be a step towards recovery.” Grant awards were made for 36 different projects around New Mexico, including:

• $6.5 million to Curry County for the Curry County Event Center Multipurpose Livestock Pavilion • $5.3 million to the City of Grants for Phase 1b of the Grants Multi‐Purpose Arena • $4.9 million to the Village of Logan for the Logan Recreation Complex • $3.5 million to McKinley County for Red Rock Park improvements • $3.3 million to the City of Carlsbad for the Cavern Theatre Rehabilitation Project • $3.2 million to the City of Anthony for the Anthony Youth Farm Farmer’s Market Complex • $3 million to the City of Farmington for the All Abilities Park • $2.5 million to Mora County for the Mora County Recreation/Community Center • $1.3 million to Zia Pueblo for the T’siya Community Wellness Center and Park planning and design Project funds will be delivered by reimbursement over two years. STATE & REGION


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Lady Bengals dominate Lady Demons Lady Bengal Delia Tello (23) dribbles down the court as Lady Demon Michelle Malezewski (1) attempts to block her. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Daliyah Morris (22) looks for an open teammate during the game against the Santa Fe Lady Demons Jan. 13. The Lady Bengals defeated the Lady Demons 63-32. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Rylie Whitehair (34) shoots a free throw during the game against the Santa Fe Lady Demons Jan. 13. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Lady Bengal Rylie Whitehair (34) looks for an open teammate as Lady Demon Makayla Gonzales (10) attempts to block her. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Sports scores for Jan. 11 - Jan. 17 Boys Basketball 1/12 66-8 (W) Navajo Pine v. Northwest 1/12 59-42 (W) Tohatchi @ Crownpoint 1/13 52-35 (L) Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Coronado 1/14 68-58 (L) Gallup v. Albuquerque Academy 1/14 55-44 (L) Miyamura v. Los Alamos 1/14 64-31 (L) Thoreau v. Kirtland Central

1/14 58-13 (L) Tse’ Yi’ Ga @ Navajo Pine Girls Basketball 1/11 48-17 (W) Crownpoint v. Wingate 1/11 55-21 (W) Thoreau v. Newcomb 1/12 48-37 (W) Navajo Pine v. Northwest 1/13 63-32 (W) Gallup v. Santa Fe 1/13 59-25 (W) Tse’ Yi’

Ga v. Coronado 1/14 38-25 (W) Crownpoint v. Sandia Prep 1/14 61-33 (W) Gallup v. Chinle 1/14 49-40 (L) Tohatchi @ Thoreau 1/14 44-39 (L) Tse’ Yi’ Ga @ Navajo Pine 1/16 48-31 (W) Crownpoint @ Tohatchi

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Sports schedule for Jan. 20

Boys Basketball 1/20 Gallup v. Shiprock 7 pm Away 1/20 Miyamura v. Bloomfield 7 pm Away 1/21 Crownpoint v. Newcomb 4 pm Away 1/21 Navajo Pine v. Cuba 4 pm Home 1/21 Ramah v. Hozho Academy 2:30 pm Away 1/21 Rehoboth Christian v. Estancia 2:30 pm Home 1/21 Tohatchi v. Wingate 4 pm Away 1/21 Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Pine Hill 2:30 pm Home 1/21 Zuni @ Thoreau 4 pm 1/23 Gallup v. Bloomfield 7 pm Away 1/24 Crownpoint v. Navajo Prep 7 pm Away 1/24 Gallup v. Aztec 7 pm Home 1/24 Miyamura v. Shiprock 7 pm Home 1/24 Ramah v. Northwest 6:30 pm Away 1/24 Rehoboth Christian v. Laguna Acoma 4:30 pm Away 1/24 Thoreau v. Wingate 7 pm Home 1/25 Tohatchi v. Socorro 7 pm Home 1/26 Navajo Pine v. Laguna Acoma 7:30 pm Away 1/26 Thoreau @ Crownpoint 7 pm 1/26 Tohatchi @ Zuni

7 pm 1/26 Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Hozho Academy 6:30 pm Home Girls Basketball 1/20 Crownpoint v. Newcomb 7 pm Home 1/20 Thoreau @ Zuni 7 pm 1/20 Tohatchi v. Wingate 7 pm Home 1/21 Gallup v. Shiprock 7 pm Home 1/21 Miyamura v. Bloomfield 7 pm Home 1/21 Navajo Pine v. Cuba 2:30 pm Home 1/21 Ramah v. Hozho Academy 1 pm Away 1/21 Tohatchi v. Navajo Prep 4 pm Away 1/21 Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. Pine Hill 1 pm Home 1/23 Thoreau v. Navajo Pine 7 pm Home 1/24 Ramah v. Northwest 5 pm Away 1/24 Rehoboth Christian v. Laguna Acoma 6 pm Away 1/24 Tse’ Yi’ Ga v. To’hajiilee 5 pm Home 1/25 Crownpoint v. Navajo Prep 7 pm Home 1/25 Thoreau v. Wingate 7 pm Away 1/26 Gallup v. Aztec 7 pm Away 1/26 Miyamura v. Shiprock 7 pm Away 1/26 Navajo Pine v. Laguna Acoma 6 pm Away 1/26 Rehoboth Christian v. Northwest 5 pm Home SPORTS


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Think small TINY ART IS COMING TO GALLUP By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent

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f Gallup’s murals are her wardrobe, Tiny Art will be her accessories. gallupARTS and Gallup MainStreet are partnering to bring Tiny Art to town this spring with a project to turn unsightly bits of infrastructure into beautiful little surprises. As a movement, Tiny Art is about putting little spots of art in unexpected places. That takes different forms in different communities; Gallup will follow the model of the Itty Bitty Art project in Boulder, Colo., in which local artists took on small projects to repair urban wear and tear with art. “They took blemishes in the environment like cracks or missing tiles and they had artists creatively intervene to beautify it,” gallupARTs Executive Director Rose Eason said. Some pieces involve painted designs on otherwise unsightly infrastructure like exposed pipes or cracked walls; others are more sculptural, 3D installations. All of them are small. The projects aren’t meant to fill in sinkholes or repair crumbling infrastructure. Instead, they’re intended to spark joy and wonder at small, ordinary things. Artists might fi ll sidewalk cracks with mosaic materials or replace cracked tiles or missing fence post fi nials with small, artistic flourishes. “They are meant to be surprising and whimsical, kind of unexpected. You’re not trying COMMUNITY

“Refueling Encounters” by artist Daniel Morrison, part of Golden, Colo.’s Itty Bitty Art project. Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Golden, Colo. to do something big and grand. Just something super creative and original and delightful,” Eason said. She hopes to put out a request for proposals this month, have a selection committee review and city signoff in February, then have artists

working through March to be ready for a dispersed Tiny Art unveiling to coincide with this year’s fi rst Arts Crawl April 8. It will even include a scavenger hunt. To choose the project targets, Eason walked downtown with Michael Bullock, director

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of the Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District, looking for “blemishes in the built environment.” For the fi rst round all of the targets are on city property and affected city departments have all cleared them for makeover. The six items identified for tiny-artification are parking meter “stubs’’ on the curb outside of Jerry’s Café; a missing finial on the fencepost along the Sammy C’s parking lot at Third Street and Aztec Avenue; missing tiles on the El Morro Theatre facade (pending historic building review); a light post base at the corner of Fourth Street and Aztec Avenue; planters at the Cultural Center; and missing brick in the Courthouse Square bench wall. The results are meant to remain in place for a long time. The project is part of a statewide effort by arts advocacy group Creative New Mexico that will see art organizations

in nine other cities doing their own projects to showcase the value of arts in communities. “There’s so many roles art can play. Sometimes it’s great to have art be serious and identify serious issues and engage with those,” Eason said. “Sometimes it’s fun to just have it be super beautiful. Sometimes it’s fun to have it be just totally wacky.” If Tiny Art is well received, gallupARTS plans to do it again in future years. “This could grow into an even bigger project in the future,” Bullock said. “There’s a lot of potential places to fi x. Just small little things but I think they can make a big difference.” To see a gallery of Golden, Colo.’s 14 Itty Bitty Art projects go to: https://www.cityofgolden. n et / play / recreation- attractions/public-art/ itty-bitty-art/.

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‘The Son’ is a stilted misfi re after Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father’ By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 123 MINUTES This f ilm f rom Sony Pictures Classics opens at theaters nationwide on January 20. This season sees a lot of Oscar hopefuls vying to get attention and earn themselves coveted Academy Award nominations. Sometimes, these titles earn praise and go on to be major contenders. Others, well, come across as stilted misfi res and quickly disappear from view. The Son has a wonderful cast and a writer/director coming off a major triumph with his 2020 effort The Father, which won Academy Awards for Best Actor and Screenplay. Alas, this effort turns out to be the latter of two scenarios described above. It’s a well-intentioned Opening at El Morro January 13, 2023

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mess that doesn’t resonate as intended. A f ter the a r r iva l of a new baby with partner Beth (Vanessa Kirby), divorcee Peter (Hugh Jackman) attempts to juggle his busy career and fatherhood. Things get considerably more complicated with the unexpected arrival of Peter’s ex-wife Kate (Laura Dern), who reports that their teenage son Nicholas (Zen McGrath) is behaving strangely and has not attended school for weeks. Peter confronts the lad, and the evasive teen asks if he can move in with his dad, Beth and the newborn. The father agrees, hoping to set the boy back on the right path. But as the stay progresses, tension arises between all parties and Nicholas’s condition worsens. These difficulties force Peter to reevaluate his parental methods and confront his own chilly father (Anthony Hopkins). There is plenty of dramatic material to work with here, including issues like depression and suicide, as well as parental responsibilities and how to handle psychological problems. And there are a few quiet, genuine and moving moments featuring Peter remembering happier times with a younger version of his son. Unfortunately, there is a lot of artifice to this production and the movie deals with its serious subject in a less-thansubtle manner. From the outset, Nicholas clearly displays signs of depression. Yes, the youth does inform his dad that he is attending school again and occasionally musters something other than a scowl at his new guardians. And the lead is depicted as

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Hugh Jackman is a father who has a baby with his new wife Beth (Vanessa Kirby). His teenage son from a previous marriage (Zen McGrath) comes to live with them in the movie ‘The Son.’ Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics a man who might not catch every self-destructive trait in his son’s behavior. However, Nicholas’s odd, unsettling acts and comments are so prevalent that it becomes difficult to buy into the lead, or any of the other characters involved, as being this clueless. This falseness isn’t helped by the setting either. Much of the fi lm takes place in the glossy apartment of Peter, Beth and the newborn. The new baby is adorable, but is frequently taken away from the living room via a sliding door to a nearby nursery. That isn’t jarring, yet for a movie detailing the struggles and difficulty involved in being new parents, the infant never causes a single problem and seemingly fades into the background.

The trio of characters converse loudly, argue, and at one point crank up their stereo and dance... with the infant in the next room. Most parents will ask how a napping baby wouldn’t be awakened by such noise (they may also wonder where they can purchase this seemingly magical soundproof door). It certainly doesn’t add authenticity to the proceedings. And when the drama intensifies, the characters and their conduct become even more unnatural and amplified. A conversation between Peter and his father dealing with their strained relationship and regrets could have been handled in a thoughtful way, but the pop is never presented as anything but a monster and it quickly devolves into

bickering. Even some of the quarreling between Peter and Beth seems absurd. After Nicholas shows even more erratic behavior, Peter suggests that the couple accept the youth’s offer to babysit their newborn while they attend a party. The debate that follows only earns unintentional chuckles. Not h i ng feel s genu i ne here. The film falls flat and the big fi nale doesn’t make an emotional impact. Everyone involved in The Son is certainly talented and they’ll all bounce back from this earnest blunder, but the exaggerated presentation of the important issues contained feel fraudulent and the fi nal product preposterous. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY


Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for January 20, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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elcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD.There’s plenty to choose from this week in a wide variety of genres. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

DETECTIVE KNIGHT: REDEMPTION: While most low-budget direct-to-disc a ct ion pict u r e s do n’t w a r r a n t sequels, occasionally a few come to fruition. This is a follow-up to the 2022 film Detective Knight: Rogue, which followed a cop seeking vengeance for the shooting of his partner.

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After finding himself in police custody for his vigilantism, the lead accidentally ends up in the middle of a jailbreak led by a psychotic bomber (whose team members dress like Santa Claus). Our hero makes a deal with authorities to take down these baddies in exchange for his freedom and badge. It features Bruce Willis, Lochlyn Munro, Corey Large and Miranda Edwards. LOUDMOUTH: Reverend Al Sharpton is the subject of this documentary. The filmmakers tell the polarizing figure’s life story and detail his experiences as a pastoral prodigy, spokesperson for racial justice and media statesman. Along the way, viewers witness his brash and unusual tactics as the fi lm attempts to determine whether or not he was an opportunist or a trailblazer. It also contains interviews with President Barack Obama, James Brown, Reverend Jesse Jackson and more. This is a DVD-only release.

THE MENU: In this darkly comic thriller, a group of food enthusia sts (a n d o n e outsider inv ited at the last minute) gather for a ver y exclusive dining experience with a renowned chef. After being taken to a private island, the stuffy artisan serves them elaborate courses. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before the attendees discover that their host is not only serving some… unique dishes, but that he has extreme plans for them all. The mov ie stars Ralph Fiennes, A nya Taylor- Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janey McTeer, Judith Light and John Leguizamo. SPIN ME ROUND: An American chain restaurant manager is selected to attend a training program in Italy. She is initially thrilled by the prospect, imagining that she will soak in European glamor and maybe

even meet a potential boyfriend in the process. The CEO and his sister take an interest in the protagonist a nd wh i sk her away on another trip. However, strange comments begin setting off alarm bells in the lead’s head and she begins to wonder if she may actually be in danger. It features Alison Brie, Alessandro Nivola, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Lil Rel Howery and Fred Armisen. TILL: This biopic tells the story of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie. In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett heads out to Mississippi to visit his cousins. After making an innocuous comment to a shopowner, he is lynched. Grief-stricken, his mother decides to do everything she can to see those responsible prosecuted. She takes unusual steps to do so, in the process garnering national attention.

It st a r s Danielle Deadw yler, Jayl n Ha l l, F ra nk ie Faison, Haley Bennett, W h o o p i Goldberg, L a y n e Lawson and Kevin Carroll. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! It’s a quiet week for kid’s entertainment, but here is what is arriving for youngsters. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Top 10 Tiger Tales (PBS Kids) DVD ON THE TUBE! And you’ll fi nd listings of all the TV-themed releases below. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Top 10 Tiger Tales (PBS Kids) DVD Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: Welcome to Mama’s & Playing Cupid (Hallmark) DVD My Life is Murder Series 3 (Acorn) DVD NATURE: American Ocelot (PBS) DVD V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

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Where can you fi nd the money to build a safe, predictable retirement? By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist

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ou are likely to be retired much longer than you think. For how long do you think you will live? Do you believe you’ll live into your late 70s? Are you confident you’ll follow in the path of your parents, who were alive and well into their mid to late 80s? T he aver a ge joi nt l i fe expectancy (men and women together) is approximately 90 years for over 49% of the population. A full 20% of Americans live to age 95! Depending on your unique perspective, that’s either good or bad. It’s good because many people want to live for as long as possible, provided they are in decent physical and mental health. However, a long life can be bad news when it puts you at risk of outliving your

money in retirement. Something else to consider is that these numbers are AVERAGES. More people are hitting triple digits, and you could very well be one of them. There are tons of exceptions to the rule, especially if you are the benefi ciary of excellent genes, have made an effort to stay fit and healthy, a nd have ma naged stress properly. Longevity is a possibility. This is why creating a portfolio to help you maintain your current standard of living in 30-plus years of retirement is challenging. Having less money in retirement is a concern for retirees and pre-retirees. Nearly all seniors know someone who has beaten the odds and lived longer than they planned. Many retirees and pre-retirees had had someone in their own families who went

through hardship and deprivation because they ran out of money at a time when they needed it the most. The logical solution to not having enough money for retirement is to start earlier and save more. That’s not always easy to do, however. Many people are barely making ends meet and don’t have much discretionary money to create retirement income. You may fall into that category and worry that you don’t have any money to build a retirement account. How do you fi nd money to fi nance a retirement plan? Developing a saving and income-planning mindset is valuable at any age. Understandably, you might have a tight budget due to where you are in your career track. Or, you might have

family, medical, or debt issues that make sav ing a tough proposition. For t u nately, t here a re some ways you can free up cash or find the money you never knew you had to fund a retirement plan. Here are three things you can do right now to free up money for retirement. 1. Debt restructuring. Look at all your debt, including student loans and consumer debt. Perhaps you can negotiate lower rates or pay the debt off more slowly. 2. IRA or 401(k). Ask your fi nancial expert and tax advisor to see if you might qualify to pull money out of your qualified plan without a penalty. If you qualify, you can use that cash to purchase investments that give you higher interest rates. This option is available

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Lawrence Castillo under rule 72(t) for certain individuals who are younger than 59 and a half. 3. Live a simpler lifestyle. Making your car, major appliances, and other bigticket items last longer can add up to thousands of dollars you can use to fund your post-career life. No matter your current financial situation, you can and should set aside money for a time when you will no longer get a paycheck. Starting early and being consistent, along with small lifestyle changes, will help you avoid common mistakes and achieve a better retirement lifestyle. Lawrence Castillo Host of Safe Money and Income Radio. L and C Retirement Income Planners, 4801 Lang St. NE Suite 100 Albuquerque NM 87109. Interested in additional information? Register for my FREE Newsletter at 888-9983463 or click my newsletter l i nk: ht t ps://a n nu it y.com / lawrence-castillo-newsletter/ Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved. OPINIONS


Letter to the Editor PREDATORY LENDING FINALLY ENDING IN NEW MEXICO

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n Jan. 1, we marked the end of four decades of predatory lending in New Mexico, thanks to a new law that reduces the maximum annual interest rate on small loans from 175%, one of the highest rates allowed anywhere in the nation, to 36%. A s Think New Mexico explained in our 2020 policy report making the case for this reform, the 36% interest rate cap is actually a return to a highly effective consumer protection law that was in effect from the mid-1950s through the early-1980s. In the 1950s, the New Mexico legislature and governor capped the annual interest rates of loans at no more than 36%. This law protected consumers while still allowing plenty of access to credit. Unfortunately, in 1983, in response to federal interest rates that spiked as high as 20%, the legislature and governor repealed the state’s interest rate cap. Even at the time, there were those who raised concerns about what unlimited interest rates would mean for New Mexicans. Then-Representative Ted Asbury spoke in opposition to repealing the 36% interest rate cap: “I wonder if the longterm effect isn’t going to be disastrous.” Unfortunately, it was. After New Mexico’s interest rate cap law was repealed, predatory lenders flooded into New Mexico. In 1992, there were 23 storefront lenders in our state; by 2020, there were 561, one for every 3,819 New Mexicans. By comparison, there is a McDonald’s for every 23,298 New Mexicans. These lenders were concentrated around low-income OPINIONS

Kristina G. Fisher, Associate Director of Think New Mexico communities and communities of color, with 60% located within 10 miles of Native lands, according to research by the Center on Law and Poverty. Meanwhile, nearly nine out of ten predatory lenders were headquartered outside of New Mexico, meaning that they drained scarce dollars out of the pockets of low-income New Mexicans and sent those profits out of state, a form of reverse economic development. The tide began to turn in 2006, when the U.S. Department of Defense recognized that predatory lending was impacting national security because so many members of the military were becoming trapped in high-interest loans. So Congress passed the bipartisan Military Lending Act, capping the annual interest rates of loans to military service members and their families at 36%. This federal law protected over 17,000 active duty,

national guard, and reserve members in New Mexico. States began to follow suit, enacting their own 36% interest rate caps. As they did so, they demonstrated the effectiveness of this reform: people in states with reasonable interest rate caps saved millions of dollars in interest and fees while maintaining access to credit through a variety of more affordable options, such as nonprofit credit unions – of which New Mexico has 40 with around 150 locations across the state – and responsible small lenders that offer loans at 36% or less. During the 2022 legislative session, Think New Mexico successfully championed the passage of the 36% interest rate cap in partnership with the other members of the New Mexicans for Fair Lending Coalition, including NM Native Vote, the New Mexico Credit Union Association, the Center on Law and Poverty, and Prosperity Works, among others. Now this coalition is working to spread the word about resources available to New Mexicans who need help paying their bills, accessing fi nancial assistance, or locating affordable loans from responsible sources like the state’s many credit unions. A link to the resource guide, which includes a map of credit union locations, can be found on our website at:

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https://www.thinknewmexico. org/end-predatory-lending/ New Mexicans deser ve access to fair credit at reasonable rates. Thanks to the newly restored 36% cap, that is finally

the law in New Mexico once again. Sincerely, Kristina G. Fisher Associate Director, Think New Mexico

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If you squint, it almost makes sense ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist

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didn’t wear glasses until I was 19. As an up-and-coming visionary word nerd, I had never thought I needed corrective lenses. Of course, I always fancied monocles, although I didn’t know how to

keep one in place. As it turned out, I was near-sighted. I learned this by attending a large lecture hall-format class in college. I found myself squinting to see the professor’s handwritten notes scrawled on the chalkboard. I began to get headaches from the eyestrain. Soon enough, I went to an

optometrist and got my first prescription glasses. Now I look 17% smarter! You knew a grammar tie-in was coming, and here it is: the headache caused by a squinting modifier. Yes, squinting (or ambiguous, as they’re sometimes called) modifiers are misplaced words or phrases that are placed in a sentence so that

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they could refer to one or two parts of a sentence. Here’s an example: Karatechopping often causes injury. Due to the placement of the modifier “often,” we can interpret this sentence in one of two ways. We don’t know if “often” modifies “karate-chopping” or “causes injury.” To correct this, we need to move “often” so it is clear which phrase it is affecting. Byron told a stranger at the bus stop eventually the moon would shrink to the size of a walnut. In this example, does “eventually” modify “told” or “would shrink”? Did Byron wait until the stranger at the bus stop was walking onto the bus? Either way, I’d be suspicious. Gluten-free creperies are open on Leap Day only in the village of Coubisou. Now, for those of you who don’t know French towns, Coubisou is a village in northern France; its compound name (cou bisou) translates into English as “neck kiss.” Regardless, the placement of “only” in the above sentence

Curtis Honeycutt makes you wonder: are the specialty creperies only open on Leap Day, or are they only open in Coubisou? Are you curious about the notion of a pop-up gluten-free crepe shop? If only “only” were placed before “gluten-free” or after “Coubisou,” we’d have a better understanding of what’s happening here. The moral of today’s story, boys and girls, is that we need to be careful about where we place our modifiers; if we aren’t, we might not know where to fi nd wheatless crepes on Leap Day. Cur ti s Honeycutt i s an award-winning syndicated humor columnist and author. Connect with him at curtishoneycutt.com.

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theft. • Getting more police of f icers on the streets: Investing an additional $100 million in the Law Enforcement Recruitment Fund to continue supporting the hiring of law enforcement officers to forces across the state. • Establishing parity in survivors benefits for fi rst responders: Establishing a state fund for survivors benefits for the families of fi refighters killed in the line of duty. • Supporting public sa fet y a nd gover n ment staffing: Amending PERA regulations to 1) allow for PERA retirees to return to work for no more than three additional years after having been retired

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Clay Edwards has been appointed as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent Cris Todd Edwards. All personals having claims against the Estate of the Decedent are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of any published Notice to Creditors or sixty (60) days after the

/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 ***

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 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 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 CLASSIFIEDS

(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

CLASSIFIEDS Read online at gallupsun.com 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 must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-

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8. If your land was valued in 2022 in accordance with the special method of valuation for land used primarily for agricultural purposes, and the land is still used primarily for agricultural purposes, you need not reapply for that special method of valuation in 2022, but it is no longer used primarily for agricultural purposes, you must report the change to the Assessor 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 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.

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Mexico. Santiago Chavez, Director Property Tax Division

Publication: Gallup Sun January 6, 2023 January 13, 2023 January 20, 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: https://gmcs.bonfirehub.com/ 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 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held “In-Person” -- Adhering to the Social Distancing Protocols in effect for the meeting day -- including room capacity limits, mask requirements and other safety practices issued by the Governor’s Office due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of the quorum of the governing body. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup,New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. The agenda can be sent electronically upon request. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Shawna Garnenez at (505) 863-1400 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to view. Done this 17 th day of January 2023 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Robert Baca, Chairperson Publication Gallup Sun date: January 20, 2023 CLASSIFIEDS


CALENDAR

Community Calendar Jan. 20 - Jan. 26, 2023 FRIDAY, JAN. 20

GRAND OPENING AND RIBBON CUTTING - I KNEAD SUGAR TEA SHOP 12 pm - 4 pm @ 118 Boardman Dr.

KEEP GALLUP CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL BOARD MEETING 4 pm on Zoom. For more information go to gallupnm.gov.

CREATIVE CORNER - BLACKOUT POE-TRY ART 4 pm @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Celebrate and honor Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday by creating found poetry from recycled books then turn the poetry into a Poe-inspired painting. Email jwhitman@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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

GET UP AND GAME 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 pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, JAN. 21

KEVA PLANK BUILD-OFF 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 bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

GALLUP 9TH ST. FLEA MARKET 9 am - 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea CALENDAR

Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States.

KIDZ CINEMA 2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is How to Train Your Dragon (2010). Email bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 8631291 for more information. SUNDAY, JAN. 22

MOVIE SHOWING 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

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DISCUSSION 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 markos@unm.edu.

FAMILY STORYTIME 11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “Move It!” Email bmartin@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

EUREKA! 4 pm @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Explore the power of clean energy by re-purposing a shoebox to design a solar-powered mini house! Email pneilson@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 8631291 for more information. TUESDAY, JAN. 24

HIRING EVENT 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 jobs.corecivic.com.

REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING 9 am @ 207 W. Hill Ave.

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

CHESS CLUB 4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25

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

WINE AND PAINTING 6 pm - 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.). $35/ person. Purchase tickets at www.galluparts.org/wineand-painting.

REVOLUTION CHESS CLUB 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 revolutionchessclub@gmail.com.

MIDWEEK MATINEE AT OFPL 4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Freaky Friday in honor of Opposite Day.

FAMILY STORYTIME 11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “Move It!” Email bmartin@ gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

TINKER TECH 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s

Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for an interactive, hands-on tech program for tweens & teens. THURSDAY, JAN. 26

COLLEGE ACCESS NIGHT 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

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING WITH COUNCILOR LINDA GARCIA, DIST. 1 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Gallup Senior Center (607 N. 4th St.).

JANUARY FILMS 4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). The library will be showing Cut Bank.

GUEST CURATOR TALK 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.

CRAFTY KIDS 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). For more information email: bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY, FEB. 2

FREE FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION

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

BUILD-YOUR-OWN-BUNDLE 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.

WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB 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 bmartin@gallupnm.gov or call 505-863-1291 for more information.

INTER-TRIBAL INDIAN CEREMONIAL: A PHOTO RETROSPECTIVE The City of Gallup invites you to celebrate the centennial of Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial through images and objects, an exhibition curated by OFPL. Email tmoe@gallupnm.gov for more information.

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

GOOGLE CAREER CERTIFICATE 6 pm @ El Morro Theatre. SCHOLARSHIP Join OFPL with Director/ producer Katrina Parks along Jump-start your career with a Google Career Certificate with emeritus of the Center scholarship. For more info for Southwest Research, email bmartin@gallupnm.gov Tomas Jaen, author Sharon or call (505) 863-1291. Niederman, and several special guests for a panel discussion of Route 66: The Untold Story of Women on To post a nonprofit or the Mother Road. ONGOING

THIRD ANNUAL VALENTINE ART SWAP

civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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