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DEAR FUTURE TENANTS As most of you know there are many people in this area who need housing. Gallup Housing Authority is one of several housing providers who offers “assisted housing” for “income qualified” families.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? We determine your eligibility based on income limits developed by HUD. HUD defines low income as families who have gross incomes of 30% up to 80% of county median incomes. Gallup Housing Authority can provide you with information on income limits for the Gallup-McKinley County area.

HOW IS RENT DETERMINED? Your rent is based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income less authorized deductions/allowances. HUD allows the following deductions/allowances: $480 for each dependent; $400 for elderly or a person with a disability; and some medical deductions for families headed by an elderly person or a person with disabilities. Some deductions/allowances will have to be verified before they are allowed. Annual income is the anticipated total income from all sources received from the family head of household, spouse, and each additional member of the family 18 years of age or older. Once Adjusted income is determined then your rent is set at: 30 percent of the monthly adjusted income; 10 percent of monthly income; or minimum rent of $50.00; whichever is the highest.

WAITING LISTS and APPLICATION INTAKE: Since the demand for housing exceeds the available housing units, applicants are placed on waiting lists by bedroom size. To get on the waiting list you must submit an application. Currently, application intake is conducted on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Fridays of every Month from 8 am to 11 am. Applicants are selected as they move up to the top of their respective waiting list. Applicants must be ready to lease when their opportunity to get a housing unit comes up – This means you must have “funds in hand” to pay 1st month’s rent and a security deposit.

CLOSING REMARKS: Just being “poor” or low income does not automatically get the family into a rental unit. It is a process – you have to complete the paperwork – pass required background checks – show up for appointments – be ready to pay when you lease-up - You have to do your part, otherwise we can’t help you.



Mapping the future CITY SEEKS CITIZEN INPUT ON GETTING AROUND TOWN By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


allup, meet your transportation future. In fact, how about helping to plan it? Ga llupia ns w ill get their first chance to comm e n t t ow a r d t h e c i t y ’s Transportation Master Plan when representatives of city consultant Bohannan Huston host a public meeting to introduce it March 13 at 4:30 pm at the El Morro Events Center, 210 S. Second St. This first meeting is to explain what the TMP is, why it’s important to the city’s future and how citizens can raise concerns early. In short, consultants are putting together a document that aims to have every major mode of transpor tation in and around the city working together. It is intended for planners to use when making decisions about growth management and how to allocate scarce resources. “It’s mea nt to add ress traffic circulation throughout the city, things like traffic congestion, safety issues and potential opportunities for improvements,” Derrick Webb,


An interactive project map that citizens can use to literally pinpoint traffic problems right down to the block or intersection on any street in the project area. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bohannan Huston senior planner with Bohannan Huston, said. The idea is to create a more efficient transportation network that makes it easier for people to get where they need to go. “We a re rea lly look ing to the public to understand their lived experience with

the transportation network in the city,” Webb explained. “We need to understand where the pain points are, where opportunities lie, what types of improvements the community is really looking for.” Webb wants residents to know this is not a road maintenance hotline. Suggestions

will be used to create a big picture of community needs and possible responses to consider as other projects come up. “It’s kind of like a menu of o pt io n s ,” We bb s a id . “Understa nding that peo ple feel like adding capacity someplace is helpful, but

[the plan] won’t dictate lane or walk widths or anything specific.” For those who want to work ahead, the consultants have set up a website that



MURDER CASE Arrest made in the harrowing February incident

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LADY BENGALS How Gallup High players are prepping for state

MOVIE REVIEW Welcome March Madness with ‘Champions’

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New look, new trucks, new skills for Gallup Animal Protection By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


allup-McKinley County Animal Protection is sporting a new look with

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a new logo, some long-awaited new trucks and new training that will help with prosecuting animal abuse cases. The new logo is a circle sea l that reads Ga l lup -McK i n ley A n i ma l Protection over a stylized p aw l o go w i t h e m b e d ded pets, a nd the words Investigate*Protect*Educate. “I love it. I just got my truck back today with it on and it looks really nice,” Animal Protection Manager Tiffany Hubbard said late last week. “We wanted to get a fresh logo that was a more positive outlook and with a much cleaner look to it to represent the city and the county.”

The new logo will appear first on trucks and paperwork, and soon on uniforms once new patches are made. It replaces one that still said METRO on it, a vestige of years ago when the city and county had separate animal control forces. The new trucks – two in hand and three more on the way – have been on the wish list for years, but only found funding in the last several yea rs that were then followed by supply chain issues that kept them out of reach, Hubbard added. These are the first new trucks the department has h a d i n a b ou t a d e c a d e . Over that time the fl eet has

consisted mostly of refi tted hand-me-downs from other law enforcement departments. The newest of those is a 2011 model. “I have one right now, poor thing she is on her last legs,” Hubbard said, describing her oldest truck, a 2004 GMC. “We run them until they are almost dead.” The image refresh also reflects how the role of animal control officers has changed over the years. Offi cers are often called upon to take a n i m a l s o u t of a bu s i v e



GALLUP ANIMAL PROTECTION | FROM PAGE 6 or neg lec t f u l sit u a t ion s. Emotions run high and that can be dangerous. The department’s four officers are at varying stages of a three-module investigative training course called Code 3, which teaches investigative techniques like evidence c ol le c t io n , phot og r a phy, interviewing, bite case investigation and courtroom testimony, all to make stronger animal cruelty cases that will stick. They also learn critical people skills like de-escalation, situational awareness a nd s t r e s s m a n a geme nt . Hubbard said there’s a strong link between animal abuse a nd domestic v iolence. A home with one of those problems is often a home with both. “Sometimes it’s us [spotting it] first because animal abuse is a strong indicator that there is domestic violence or other abuse [in the home]”, Hubbard said. More often, police ca ll animal officers to remove animals from homes where they have already intervened in a domestic incident. “Taking someone’s animal away, people are very passionate about their animals,” Hubba rd sa id. “ T he good thing about that, if we are ever in those [domestic violence] situations, it’s always

benefits, Hubbard fears the benefit reduction hitting this month will mean more people who can’t afford to feed their pets. Hubba rd sa id the best things the public can do to help the situation is to spay and neuter their pets and to

suppor t animal protection laws. “The public can push for better protection for animals, in the form of stronger laws,” Hubbard said. “The stronger our laws are, the more efficiently we are going to be able to do our jobs.”

Gallup-McKinley County Animal Protection’s new logo reflects the city-county partnership and harm reduction focus. Photo Credit: Courtesy of City of Gallup with the police anyway.” Hubbard said it’s frustrating for animal protection off icers that cour ts often allow people conv icted of animal cruelty to self–report for their jail sentences, and many never show up. “We do our side of it. We are grateful when we get a conviction, but once it’s past a conviction, we’ve done our part,” Hubbard said. At the end of the Code 3 training, officers will be certified as Animal Cruelty Investigators. But make no m ista ke, t hey’ll sti l l pick up dangerous animals and strays as space allows. The department’s biggest

problem right now is just too many animals, Hubbard said. “That explosion of puppies and feral cats and kittens is because when COVID st opped spay a nd neut er ser vices, nothing got fixed for three or four months,” Hubbard said. “Now we’re dealing with the repercussions of that.” Add to that a statewide shor tage of veter inar ia ns, pet ow ner s du mpi ng pets a s pa ndemic benef its end a nd i n f lat ion i ncrea ses and slowing adoptions and tra nspor ts, a nd the result is overcrowding. With more than 35% of McKinley County residents receiv i ng SNA P

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MAPPING THE FUTURE | FROM PAGE 4 explains the timeline and has links to other relevant local studies. It also has an interactive project map that citizens can use to literally pinpoint traffi c problems right down to the block or intersection on any street in the project area. “We’re looking for input from the entire city, not from any one specific area. That’s why we have the callouts for ‘what areas do you think need work?,’” Planning and Development Director C.B. Strain said. Comments sought fall into a few general categories: safety concerns, traffic issues, pedestrian improvements, bicycle improvements and other comments. Residents can click a button to choose a category, set a map pin and add a

comment. They can also like others’ comments. No concern is too small: residents are invited to comment on things like where sidewalks have no disabled access, or there are no sidewalks at all; speeding problems; poor lighting; or where a bus stop or parking is needed. Comments can also relate to accessing trains and airplanes. Examples of citizen comments so far include “Much needed pedestrian improvements” downtown, “Extend Bengal Boulevard to Twin Buttes Road and further east to Crest View Road” and “Need a bus stop near the detox and recovery center for community accessibility.” A group of stakeholders – mainly local government a nd community leaders – are also working on the plan and have commented on the need for pedestrian and bike

The Highway 66 underpass near Fire Rock Casino is seen as a trouble spot where drivers regularly exceed the speed limit. In addition, residents claim it has poor lighting and presents safety issues for pedestrians and drivers, traffic issues and many potholes along the way. Photo Credit: Merrisha Livingston paths along Historic Highway 66 and a suggestion to “connect Mentmore to Mendoza to support a southern loop connection.” The main thing is for residents to “think about where they go on a given day, what trips they make,” Webb said, and make notes about traffic congestion and safety issues. Since part of the goal is to help identify alternative modes that people would take if they were convenient, comments about where sidewalk or bicycle facilities would get people out of cars are “super helpful.” The consultants encourage making comments as soon as possible, but the map will be available through the summer while they are creating the plan. They will present it at another public meeting and to the city council in the fall. The TMP is separate from the state’s Route 66 Improved initiative, which is focused

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on Historic Highway 66 and just fi nished a similar public comment period. The TMP addresses roads under city control, and will factor in plans for Highway 66 and other connection points such as county roads. Bohannan Huston will host the community meeting at 4:30 pm March 13 at the El Morro Events Center, 210 S. Second St. Those unable to attend in person may join via Zoom meeting with the meeting ID: 838 0612 7977 and passcode: 527526. The project website is at /gallup-transportation-ma ster-plan and the interactive project map is available at https: // /gallup-transpor tation-ma ster -plan / gallup-master-transportation-plan_interactivemap#/ NEWS



One arrested in teen’s murder Staff Reports


allup Police Officers were called to Ford Canyon Veterans Memorial Park, 908 E. Buena Vista Ave., Feb. 17 about 4:30 pm after park visitors reported that a person had been shot. Officers found Teagan Morgan, 15, of Gallup, unconscious behind the wheel

of a vehicle. Officers administered CPR and Morgan was transported by emergency medical personnel to a local hospital, where he later died. Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and reviewed surveillance footage from the surrounding area. According to a press release published March

2, they determined that Valentino Gutierrez, 18, of Mentmore, N.M., had approached Morgan to allegedly rob him. Morgan was reportedly selling electronic vapor devices with liquid that contained tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a compound derived from marijuana. Gutierrez told detectives that he handed Morgan counterfeit

cash, and then grabbed the vapor devices. When Morgan protested, Gutierrez allegedly shot him and then Valentino fled the scene Gutierrez with another person. Gutierrez was arrested March 2 and booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center

Swinging a bat in McDonald’s WOMAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT Staff Reports


Pinedale, N.M., woman named Delphine Whitegoat was arrested for aggravated assault after she came into a local restaurant and started swinging a metal bat at the customers. Ga l lu p Pol ic e O f f ic er Christopher Dawes responded t o t he sit u a t ion a t t he McDonald’s East, 2300 E. Hwy. 66, Dec. 7 around 1:15 pm. He met with the McDonald’s manager, who said Whitegoat, 33, came into the business and tried to hit a customer with a metal bat that had barbwire wrapped around its tip. Dawes met with the victim, and the man said he had been ordering food at the register with his family when Whitegoat came up to him asking for money. The man said he told Whitegoat he didn’t have any money for her. That’s when W hitegoat reportedly became angry and started cussing at the man and his family, saying “F*** PUBLIC SAFETY

you, your wife is cheating on you.” Whitegoat allegedly pulled out a t he met a l bat a nd told the victim “I Delphine Whitegoat a m goi ng to f***ing hit you with this.” She lifted the weapon and pointed it in the victim’s direction. The man responded by saying “If you try to hit me with that, I will protect myself.” He wa l ked away f rom Whitegoat and went into the McDonald’s play area with his family. But Whitegoat followed him, and continued to cuss and yell at him. She began banging the bat against a table. That’s when the manager got involved and removed Whitegoat from the business. Dawes watched a video of the incident, and asked for help from his fellow officers in fi nding Whitegoat. Officer Timothy Hughte

found Whitegoat at the Burger King located at 2400 E. Hwy. 66 shortly after Dawes put out

the request to locate. Whitegoat was arrested for aggravated assault with a

on the charges of Murder (a capital felony), Conspiracy (a capital felony), Armed Robbery (a second-degree felony), and two counts of Tampering with Evidence (a fourth-degree felony). His preliminary examination is scheduled for March 15. Detectives are continuing their investigation. More charges may be filed against additional individuals as further information and evidence becomes available.

deadly weapon. After she missed multiple court dates, a bench warrant for Whitegoat’s arrest was issued Feb. 2. She was served with the warrant Feb. 28. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 15.

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Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Featured DWI Derrick James Tapaha Jan. 1, 8:08 pm Aggravated DW I (Seventh) Driving without headlights resulted in a Pine Hill man, Derrick Tapa ha , 42 , being arrested and adding to a lengthy list of DWI charges. Ga llup Off icer Vincent Thompson was traveling eastbound on Highway 66 when he saw a silver Ford Hatchback traveling westbound with its headlights tur ned off. Thompson saw the vehicle

turn on its headlights as it passed his unit and he turned around. He caught up to the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 66 and Industry Road and followed it into the lot of West End Deli at 3030 W. Hwy. 66. Thompson met the driver, Tapaha, and informed him of the reason for the stop. Thompson saw Tapaha reportedly show signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and slurred speech as he said he was dropping off his brother at a truck stop. The report also noted an open box of Natural Ice in the backseat of the vehicle along with several open cans. Tapaha exited the vehicle on Thompson’s command and allegedly told him he had “a couple” drinks of Bud Light

and the open box and cans in the backseat belonged to his brother. Tapaha agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, but he performed poorly on the tests and was placed under arrest. Metro Dispatch advised Thompson that Tapaha had six pr ior DW I cha rges in New Mexico. After obtaining a signed blood warrant from Judge Cynthia Sanders, Thompson transported Tapaha to a local hospital for the blood draw. After the draw was completed, Tapaha was transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (seventh), driving without headlights, no license, and an open container. His arraignment hearing is set for March 13.


Name: Chelsea Troncoso Age: 30 Arrested: Feb. 24 Charge: Aggravated DWI (second) Status: Pre-trial hearing on March 28 Name: Kenisha Gorman Age: 19 Arrested: Jan. 27 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pre-trial hearing on March 7 Name: Mario Rodriguez Age: 31 Arrested: Jan. 27 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on March 14

Name: Gerad Skeets Age: 30 Arrested: Jan. 25 Charge: DWI Status: Motion hearing on March 7 Name: Jordan Soltero Age: 36 Arrested: Dec. 31 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Pretrial hearing on March 21 Name: Yvette Joe Age: 36 Arrested: Dec. 13 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Final pre-trial hearing on April 12

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Lady Bengals leap over Lady Jaguars to move on to semifi nals Lady Bengal Rylie Whitehair (34) and Lady Jaguar Jaiden Mondtomery (3) kick off the state quarterfinals game March 7 with a jump ball. The Lady Bengals defeated the Lady Jaguars 60-37, advancing to the semifinals. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Daliyah Morris (22) attempts to stop Lady Jaguar Azalia Malizia (23) from passing to an open teammate. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Summer Joe (32) looks for an open teammate while a Lady Jaguar player tries to block her. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


Lady Bengal Adrielle Thomas (33) shoots a basket during the game against the Lady Jaguars Mar. 7 in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Gallup Lady Bengals leaving everything on the court TEAM PREPARES FOR STATE BASKETBALL By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


aliyah Morris takes a deep breath before lining up for a free shot. She knows she has to remain calm and not let the crowd’s cheers distract her. She shoots, she scores, helping the Lady Bengals increase their lead in the Division Championship game against the Kirtland Central Lady Broncos. The Lady Bengals won the Feb. 25 game 54-46, punching their ticket to the first round of the State Championship, which took place March 3. Staying calm was one of the key portions of the girls’ strategy. Morris, a senior, bases her strategy off a saying she learned from her grandfather: “moving like water.” “You need to be like water for a lot of things to go your way,” Morris explained. “You

have to be under control, you have to be patient, and take things slow.” Kiera Livingston, another senior on the team, shared a different strategy. “Our strategy will just be pushing the ball and keeping the energy high and not giving them the chance to think they can beat us,” Livingston said. Livingston said that one key element to the team’s playbook is their defense. The defense puts pressure on their opponents, and Livingston said that’s a big component that helps the Lady Bengals win. Talking about the first-round game March 3, Livingston said she knew the team would have to “bring it” if they were going to move on to state. “The whole entire game I knew we had to come out with a lot of energy and get off to a fast start,” Livingston said. “We were ready to punch our ticket

Lady Bengals sophomore Rylie Whitehair and senior Daliyah Morris answer questions from the press following their victory over the Lady Jaguars March 7 in Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein to go to the Pit so we were getting mentally ready. It was just a fun game altogether.” The girls won against the Albuquerque Academy Lady Chargers 60-34. A lt hou g h Mor r i s a nd

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Livingston were a part of the champion team in 2021, Livingston said this win as a senior would mean a lot more. “Now, as I’m a senior and I’m actually doing my part for the team, it means so much to me and I’m so excited to be going to the Pit again and having that experience,” Livingston said. Morris said she plans on doing everything she can to help her team win in her fi nal year as a Lady Bengal. “I want to leave everything I have left on the court and just be able to say I did everything I could to help my teammates and try to achieve my goal of winning the title,” Morris said. The girls continued their winning streak by beating the Valencia Jaguars in the quarterfi nals March 7 with a score of 60-37. CONTINUING THE LEGACY This could mark the Lady

Bengals’ seventh state basketball title in the school’s history. In an interview with the Sun, Coach Todd McBroom said the legacy is all thanks to former coach John Lomasney. Lomasney started his career as the high school girls’ basketball coach in the late ‘80s, and went on to lead the girls to four championships before he retired after the 2008-09 season. “Lomasney was the one who turned the program into the tradition of what it is today,” McBroom said. “I’ve heard stories [about how] people didn’t really come to the girls’ games and then when Coach Lomasney took over it was just a day and night change with how it worked.” McBroom is in his sixth season as head coach. He came into


‘Champions’ doesn’t fi nd a spot on the winner’s podium up eliciting laughs. A subplot involving Marcus trying to land an NBA job through coaching assistant Sonny (Matt Cook) is also broadly overplayed. Additionally, the relationship

between Marcus and Alex starts off in such an adversarial manner that it never feels like there


Dine Local Restaurant Guide Please Support Local Businesses Woody Harrelson plays a character named Marcus, a minor-league basketball coach with a hot temper, alongside Casey Metcalfe as Marlon, James Day Keith as Benny, Ashton Gunning as Cody, and Tom Sinclair as Blair in ‘Champions.’ Photo Credit: Focus Features By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 123 MINUTES This film from Focus Features opens at movie theaters on Friday, March 10. Filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly got their start making notable and exaggerated comedies like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, which were massive hits. In the last decade, they’ve begun directing projects individually (with Peter even trying his hand at serious drama with the recent Green Book). Bobby Farrelly’s latest is Champions, a remake of a 2018 Spanish film. This feature attempts to blend broad humor and showcase the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It’s a well-intentioned effort, but one that never finds the right tone to deliver big laughs or convey a strong emotional response. COMMUNITY

Marcus (Woody Harrelson) is a minor-league basketball coach with a hot temper. His prickly personality has alienated him from most players and staff, hurting his career. After getting into another incident on the job with boss Phil Peretti (Ernie Hudson), he finds himself in a drunken fender bender. In order to avoid jail time, Marcus agrees to serve 90 days of community service managing the Friends, a local basketball team featuring players with intellectual disabilities. A fter a difficult star t, Marcus builds relationships with athletes like Johnny (Kev in Ia n nucci), Da r ius (Joshua Felder) and Cosentino (Madison Tevlin). But difficulties arise when he encounters Alex (Kaitlin Olson), a woman he had a brief fling with who also happens to be the sister of a player. Despite internal conflicts, the group begins to win under Marcus’s leadership and find themselves competing for a spot in the Special Olympics. Of course, the talented Harrelson is effective as the coach. The character has a pleasant redemptive arc and

the cast manage to eke some laughs out of his testy personality. In fact, some of the best moments are quieter ones between Marcus and the players. When the team insults him for his ignorance about their busy lives and capabilities, the dialogue is amusing. The story also includes a couple of fun moments when the lead has to capably adapt his coaching methods to assist and inspire his new friends. It’s simply unfortunate that other scenes in the movie aren’t nearly as successful. This is particularly true when the humor is played up in an exaggerated manner. Almost every person the group encounters comes across as excessively blunt and nasty. While there are certainly people who do behave abhorrently, in this film the bits ultimately come off as too magnified and phony. The physical comedy often falls flat as well. There is one sequence that involves a player suffering from motion sickness on a public bus and proceeding to vomit on the rude passengers around him. It doesn’t end

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for March 10, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at some of the latest Bluray and DVD highlights. This edition is a little quieter, but there are a few notable releases arriving on disc, as well as some interesting older features. 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! CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS: On Christmas Eve, a record shop owner looks forward to closing for the holiday and partying. Her plan goes wrong when a robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire, breaks out and begins murdering anyone it

encounters. The owner, some other employees and customers become targets and must fight for their lives against the sinister Saint Nick. The press responded favorably to this independent horror flick. One quarter of reviewers didn’t think that it made the most of its concept and wrote that the end result felt derivative and predictable. However, most commented that the movie succeeded at delivering some gross-out moments, as well as plenty of laughs. The movie stars Riley Dandy, Sam Delich, Jonah Ray, Dora Madison, Jeremy Gardner and Jeff Daniel Phillips. WOMEN TALKING: Based

on the book by Miriam Toews, this feature is loosely based on a real incident. The plot begins with the women of an isolated religious community discovering that a series of rapes committed against various members was performed by one of their leaders. The ladies initially feel powerless to do much about it, but ultimately get together to discuss whether to stay and mount a fight, leave as a group, or allow the abuse to continue. The film earned a lot of praise and has been nominated for two Academy Awards (for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay). A tiny group complained that the film was unsubtle, too talky and the story’s resolution

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disappointing. Everyone else thought the performances were fantastic and that the screenplay was smartly written. They also noted that it would also give viewers plenty to talk about afterwards. It features Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand. BLASTS FROM THE PAST! While there aren’t many new titles this week, there are tons of older films receiving high-definition upgrades. Criterion is presenting a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray set of what is considered one of the best mov ies ever made. Mildred Pierce (1945) is a melodrama from Michael Cu r t i z (T h e Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, White Christmas, King Creole) starring Joan Crawford as a devoted mother who divorces her husband and tries to set up a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. In addition to the

picture upgrade, this latest edition includes a conversation between to film critics on the movie, an excerpt from a 1970 interview with Crawford, a feature-length documentary on Crawford, a Q&A with co-star Ann Blyth, a discussion with the author of the original novel the movie is based on, as well as a trailer. Kino is making plenty of Blu-rays available to customers. Asphalt (1929) is a German thriller about a traffic cop tasked with escorting a beautiful thief to the police station. She turns on the charm, making his job more difficult than anticipated. It comes with a film historian commentary. If comedies from the 1980s are more to your liking, the long out-of-print feature Making Mr. Right (1987) is reappearing on Blu-ray. This underrated romantic-comedy is about a publicist hired by a space agency to help promote their newest achievement. She is


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BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 14 told that a scientist has created a human-like robot to command shuttle missions. The robot looks exactly like its maker, but is much kinder. This innocent robot ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the ad woman. The Blu-ray contains a 2K restoration of the film and a new audio commentary with producer/director Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) and star Magnuson. You’ll also get interviews with the pair and a trailer. The first copies of the disc come in a special cardboard slipcase. Mill Creek is adding a few titles to their Retro VHS Collection, which contains Blu-rays of movies in their original VHS cover packaging. The first title is the t h r i l ler T h e Fan (1996), in which an obsessed psychopath stalks a professional baseball player. It stars Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.


You can also pick up the thriller, Fear (1996). In this title, a teenager is stalked by an obsessive ex-boyfriend who ends up terrorizing the youth’s entire family. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman and Alyssa Milano. And Problem Child (1990) is the third title arriving with the special packaging. This film follows a couple who are tormented by the youngster whom they decide to adopt. Paramount is releasing some notewor thy titles as well. The first is a discounted repressing of the hit musical Grease (1978) with John Travolta and Olivia NewtonJohn. This version includes all bonuses from previous editions, including the singalong track.

show is the most watched program in history. It features convicts being forced to compete against gladiators and battle to the death. When a heroic figure is set-up for a crime he didn’t commit, he sets out to fight his way to freedom. The movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and is based on a story by Stephen King. The disc contains a Blu-ray with a recent 4K restoration. Sony is giving a couple of catalog titles the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Steelbook treatment. Air Force One (1997) is a popular action film with Harrison Ford as the President. When his plane is hijacked by terrorists, he decides to take them on himself. The feature also stars Gary Oldman and Glenn Close. Besides the upgraded image quality, this release comes

with a trailer and an archival com ment a r y track with director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, The NeverEnding Story, In the Line of Fire, Outbreak, The Perfect Storm). The period adventure film The Mask of Zor ro (1998) with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopk i n s i s also getting an upgrade. The legendary hero takes on a nasty tyrant trying to buy California from Mexico. Extras include an audio commentary with director Martin Campbell (No Escape, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, The Protege), a

Zorro documentary, a dozen or so deleted scenes, a music video and a trailer. Last week, Warner Bros. released a Rocky box set with the first four titles presented exclusively in 4K Ultra HD. They also put out the first film as a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Best Buy Exclusive. Now, they’ve done the same with Rocky II (1979). One assumes other sequels from the set will follow in the coming weeks. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! This isn’t a good time for kid’s titles, but upcoming editions should be more plentiful. ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: Marry Go Round & Wedding of a Lifetime (Hallmark) DVD NOVA: Rebuilding Notre Dame (PBS) DVD V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

The Running Man (1987) is receiving a 35th Anniversary Blu-ray. The action film is set in a dystopian future where a game

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How criminal fees damage our communities By Javier Rojo, MPA, New Mexico Voices for Children Dear Editor, As new Mexicans, w e’ v e m a d e s i g n i f i c a n t progress in improv ing the economic well-being of our children and families, including passing new and expanding existing tax credits for working families, requiring that employers provide paid sick leave, and passing a constitutional amendment that increases funding for early childhood education to help families afford childcare. However, a nu mber of ba r r ier s cont i nue to pre vent working families and their children from reaching their full potential. One devastating barrier many New Mexicans face is the sprawling and unfair use of fees in our cr imina l lega l system that hinder their ability to provide for their families. Fees are assessed by the courts for every conviction

– even tra ff ic tickets a nd minor infractions – and exist only to raise money for state and local governments. Yet one could say that the juice isn’t wor th the squeeze – meaning what we collect in fines and fees isn’t worth the effort (or cost) that goes into collecting them, with the cost of collections often outpacing the revenue generated. One study found that it cost $1.17 to collect every dollar. Millions of dollars in fees go uncollected across the state ever y year – making them highly inefficient revenue sources for our courts. Fees can total hundreds of dollars per person and are often added on top of a fine, restitution or other financial penalties. But too many of the people who become i nvolved w it h t he cr i m inal legal system come from low-income backgrounds and simply lack the means to pay them. And when we nickeland-dime struggling families,

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there are dire consequences that reverberate across our communities. People who can’t afford to pay these fees are subjected to punishments that further trap them in the criminal justice system and in poverty. These include a r rest wa rrants, driver’s license suspension, and the addition of even more unaffordable fees. We k now that the eco nomic pressure created by these unnecessary fees often force people to skip basic needs. This debt often results in less food on the table or missed rent payments that can lead to increased housing insecurity. In fact, a whopping 80% of survey respondents reported forgoing basic needs such as food and rent to pay off court debt, according to a new, comprehensive survey of New Mexicans from across the state. When the debt becomes too much, ma ny New Mexicans are forced to “pay

it off” by going to jail, costing the taxpayer more money, further threatening family economic security, and destabilizing communities. This even happens in cases that are ultimately dismissed. It’s no wonder fees are correlated with higher recidivism rates and declines in overall public safety. T h a n k f u l l y, t h e N e w M e x i c o J u d i c i a r y, N e w Mexico Sentencing Commission, Representative Micaela Lara Cadena, and a host of advocacy and behavioral health orga nizations are working to address this problem in this year’s legislative session. Policymakers are realizing they can help their constituents – and the bottom lines in their jurisdictions – by supporting fee elimination. Our state leaders must f i nd a bet ter solution for funding the criminal legal system – not only because fees are an inefficient and

Javier Rojo, MPA, is a Research and Policy Analyst for New Mexico Voices for Children. Photo Credit: Courtesy inequitable source of funding, but also to alleviate the harms they cause our families and communities. Sincerely, J a v i e r R o j o , M PA , Research and Policy Analyst for New Mexico Voices for Children


Best practices used to create sustainable streams of retirement income By Lawrence Castillo Guest Columnist


ur parents and grandparents both taught us that making mistakes was part of life. Some mistakes are easier to recover from than others. But when it comes to money and time, the closer you are to retirement, the less time you have to recover from bad money moves. My advice is not to take any chances you can’t afford. As you near retirement, you’ll need to spend more time creating an investment approach t hat a l ig n s ea ch a ccou nt to its specific goal for cash f low requirements dur ing retirement. The worst times for your investment portfolio to take a hit are somewhere in the five years before and five years after you retire. Some have called this the red retirement zone. Lose money in this segment, and it will significantly impact how you spend and

MOVIE REVIEW | FROM PAGE 13 is much chemistry between them. The story actually jumps between a dramatic scene in which the pair try to deal with their personal issues to another

GALLUP LADY BENGALS | FROM PAGE 12 the program at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. When asked during the interview before the March 3 NEWS

withdraw money throughout your retirement years. Here’s a new retirement approach. It’s not about being rich; it’s about hav ing the income needed to have peace of mind. We may never tire of discussing lessons from The Great Reces sion, wh ich hit two groups especia lly hard--teens who saw their parents lose a home or job, and boomers who saw their savings depleted precisely at the wrong moment in life. So proper financial planning for retirement is crucial to your success. Boomers need to learn that they are leaving the accumulation phase of their life and now will be focusing on asset protection, sustainable income, and distribution of their assets over the next 30+ years. Many people in this category express extreme insecurity regarding the reality of ever retiring and having a sufficient income stream during their retirement years. So

what can Worry-Free retirement income solutions offer you? Our planning provides a retirement income trifecta. F i r st i s a g u a r a nt eed sustainable way to maintain income in retirement. Second, are potentially higher income payments than you can achieve anywhere else. A t h i rd is a reduction of some of the market risk from your overall portfolio before and during the years of your retirement when you can’t afford to endure the consequences of a market downturn. It may be true that money can’t buy you love, but it can buy happiness in retirement, as sufficient amounts of guaranteed income equal a happy retirement. Planning with certainty is the new strategy for retirement income. For nearly two decades, financial advisors subscribed to the notion that their clients could spend 4% annually of their accumulated savings in

retirement and not run out of money. No more. Between market volatility, inflation, volatile interest rates and an uncertain economy, advisors are questioning the traditional approaches to retirement income. Of course, what you consider an uncertain economic environment depends on who is reporting the news and what day it is. But it doesn’t matter if you’re properly planned. Simply put, today’s retirement por tfolios dema nd a smarter balance of growth a nd sa fet y t o ef fec t ively achieve a stream of lifetime income. The good news is that the answers to the challenge are emerging in the form of improved strategies t hat prom ise to generate more income at less cost and with less market risk. Don’t be like Scarlet O’Hara, who said, “I can’t think of that right now. If I do, I go crazy. I’ll think about it tomorrow.” It would be best if you

thought about it today. L aw rence Ca st i l lo is a member of S y 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.

comedic bit in which they try to deal with a funding shortage that will prevent the team from taking part in a major tournament. One would expect the protagonists to put their heads together and come up with a clever fundraiser to get the word

out. Instead, the screenplay has Marcus and Alex carry out a ridiculous ruse to try and blackmail a nasty business owner. It doesn’t play and will leave most viewers stone-faced. In general, one wishes that a more subtle and realistic

approach had been attempted throughout. The entire cast do their best and do manage to generate a chuckle or two here. And of course, the message is also a welcome one. It’s an amiable effort, but the script lets

everyone down with some overthe-top elements and much of the film feels like a misfire. In the end, Champions tries very hard but the final product doesn’t end up on the winner’s podium. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

game how he felt going into the fi rst round of state, he said he was feeling good. “We’re starting to – in my opinion – play our best basketball of the year. This is the time you want to do that,” McBroom said. “We just beat Kirtland

basically two times in the past two weeks, and they’ve got the one seed so I feel good about where we are right now.” McBroom said something that makes the Gallup team different than any other team is the girls’ willingness to put

time in at the gym. “I think it comes down to you have kids who show up and they work hard in the gym, and you don’t get that everywhere, I promise,” McBroom said. “I’ve been places, I’ve talked to the other coaches,

and there are other programs where they struggle to get kids in the gym and we consistently get a whole bunch of kids in the gym. When you get a whole bunch of kids working, it makes it competitive from within.”

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These words are counting on you ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


’ve always been a numbers guy. In elementary school, if anyone made fun of my disproportionately large head, I would withhold answers to math homework. Yes, I was an egghead in more ways than one. Of course, I love to think about the i nter section of word s a nd nu mber s. T he other day I heard someone say “to the tenth degree.” As a number and word nerd, I knew this was wrong. In fact, to the tenth degree is a large amount; however, the correct

Curtis Honeycutt term is “to the nth degree.” To the nth degree means “a s much a s possible.” In math terms, to the nth degree means the highest power of the variable in a polynomial — think something “squared,”

which would be a number with a little “2” in the top corner. To the “nth” degree is an algebraic term for the largest number possible in the top corner, signified by the letter “n.” As it turns out, math and English get nerdy in a hurry! But we’re not done yet. Did you know that “zero” gets treated like a plural number? I’m guessing a team of powdered-wigged grammarians flipped a coin to decide this at some point in the days of yore. W hen you d iscuss one “potato,” you use the singular form of potato. When you discuss two “potatoes,” you use

the plural form. What about “zero”? You have zero “potatoes.” Yep, when it comes to English grammar, zero is plural. Speaking of plural number terms, what about “math” and “maths”? We all know that the full term is “mathematics,” but which is the correct shortened word term? That depends on where you live. In the U.S., we shor ten “mathematics” to “math.” The reason we do this is that “mathematics” is what we call a “mass” noun. A mass noun, as you may recall, is an uncountable, or abstract notion. Think about words like ***

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“sunshine,” “information” and “psychology.” Since “mathematics” is a mass noun, we attribute a singular verb to it: The mathematics class was easy. While we tend to use the term “math” in the U.S. and Canada, our English-speaking compadres in the U.K., Ireland and Australia (among others) use “maths.” Their argument is that mathematics is plural, as it ends with an -s. Because of this, they argue that the shortened form of “mathematics” should be “maths.” They are entitled to their incorrect opinion. Cur ti s Hon eycut t i s an award-winning syndicated humor columnist and author. Connect with him at

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NOTICE OF CONDEMNATION FOR PUBLICATION TO: Mary Masci Family Limited Partnership Venus Ann Masci Unknown Parties You are hereby notified that Plaintiff United States of America has filed a Complaint and a Declaration of Taking to condemn fee simple to the property described below. The public uses for which said interests in land are taken for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP), which is a major component of the Navajo Nation San Juan River Basin Water Rights Settlement in New Mexico. Once completed, the NGWSP will provide a reliable municipal, industrial, and domestic water supply from the


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San Juan River to the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup, New Mexico, and for other such uses as may be authorized by Congress or Executive Order. The interests in land hereinafter described are taken under and in accordance with 40 U.S.C. §§ 3113 and 3114; the Act of Congress of June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388, 389-90), and acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto, and particularly section 10602 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-11 (123 Stat. 991, 1379-82), and specifically section 10602(c) (123 Stat. 991, 1380). Funding for the taking was authorized and appropriated by sections 10501 (123 Stat. 991, 1375) and 10609 (123 Stat. 991, 1395) of Pub. L. No. 111-11, and section 701 of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111291 (124 Stat. 3064, 3156). If you have any objection or defense to the taking of your property in which you may have or claim some interest, you are required to serve upon Plaintiff’s attorney, at the address designated below, within twenty-one (21) days

after March 10, 2023, an Answer identifying the property in which you claim to have an interest, stating the nature and extent of the interest claimed and stating all your objections and defenses to the taking of the property. A failure to serve an Answer shall constitute consent to the taking and to the authority of the court to proceed to hear the action and to fix the just compensation and shall constitute a waiver of all defenses and objections to the taking. If you have no objection or defense to the taking, you may serve upon Plaintiff’s attorney, a Notice of Appearance designating the property in which you claim to be interested and thereafter you shall receive notice of all proceedings affecting said property. You are further notified that at the trial of the issue of just compensation, whether or not you have answered or served a Notice of Appearance, you may present evidence as to the amount of the compensation to be paid for the property in


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Parcel No. NGP-16 (Fee) A tract of land lying within Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, and more particularly described with New Mexico State Plane West Zone grid bearings and ground distances as follows:

You are further notified, however, that unless you file a Notice of Appearance, this proceeding may proceed to pretrial or trial without further notice to you. You are further notified that all persons, firms and corporations named as defendants herein are joined as defendants generally to the end that all right, title, interest and estate of all said defendants in and to any and all of the land herein involved shall be divested out of them and vested in Plaintiff.

Commencing at the Northeast corner of the Northwest Quarter of Section 9; thence S00°34’43”W, along the center of section line of said Section 9, 861.66’ to a point, thence N89°31’18”W, 593.18’ to a point, thence S00°20’20”W, 78.99’ to the point of beginning; thence S40°49’52”E, 313.05’ to a point; thence S49°10’08”W, 273.77’ to a point; thence N00°20’20”E, 415.87’ to the point of begin-

ning. Containing 0.9837 ac±. Parcel No. NGP-16A (P) (Perpetual Easement) A strip of land lying within the West Half of Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, more particularly described as follows: A strip of land being 80 feet wide, lying 40 feet each side of the following described centerline. Beginning at Reach 12.1 Station 121625+77.45, a point on the North/South Centerline of said Section 9 from which the Northeast corner of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 9 bears North 00°34’42” East a distance of 1854.57 feet; Thence, from the Point of Beginning, North 39°53’35” West a distance of 378.10

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feet to Station 121629+55.55; Thence North 58°44’09” West a distance of 364.34 feet to Station 121633+19.89; Thence North 40°49’52” West a distance of 39.01 feet to Station 121633+58.60, the Point of Terminus, from which the Northwest corner of said Section 9 bears North 57°05’19” West a distance of 2450.96 feet. The sidelines of said strip shall be extended or shortened as necessary to boundary lines. Parcel No. NGP-16A (P) contains 1.42 acres, more or less. Parcel No. NGP-16B (P) (Perpetual Easement) A strip of land lying within the West Half of Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico more particularly described as follows: A strip of land being 30 feet wide, lying 15 feet each side of the following described centerline. Commencing at a point on the Southwesterly line of said Parcel 2 as described and depicted in Schedule D, from which the Northwest Corner of said Section 9 bears North 55°07’25” West a distance of 2499.34 feet; Thence along the Southern Boundary Line of 2 said Parcel 2, South 49°11’14” East a distance of 268.60 feet to a Point on a Curvature, Station 14+15.46 and being the Real Point of Beginning; Thence 103.65 feet along a curve to the Left with a Radius of 150 feet, chord bearing North 07°11’47” West a distance of 101.60 feet to Station 15+19.11, the Access Road Point of Terminus, a point on the Southern Boundary line of Parcel No. NGP-16A (P) from which the North Quarter Corner of Said Section Bears North 15°16’57” East a distance of 1573.60 feet.

The sidelines of said strip shall be extended or shortened parallel to the adjacent centerline curve to the Southern boundary of Parcel No. NGP-16A (P) and to the South Boundary of Parcel 2. Parcel No. NGP-16B (P) contains 0.07 acres, more or less. Parcel No. NGP-16C (P) (Perpetual Easement) A strip of land lying within the West Half of Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, more particularly described as follows: A strip of land being 30 feet wide, lying 15 feet each side of the following described centerline. Beginning at a point on the Northeasterly line of the Rightof-Way of New Mexico State Road 264, from which the Northwest corner of said Section 9 bears North 46°40’32” West a distance of 2855.94 feet; Thence, from the Access Road Point of Beginning, North 07°11’39” West a distance of 36.50 feet to Point of Curvature (PC) Station 10+36.50; Thence 89.17 feet along a curve to the Right with a Radius of 150 feet, chord bearing North 09°50”10” East a distance of 87.86 feet to Point of Tangency (PT) Station 11+25.67; Thence North 26°51’59” East a distance of 51.71 feet, to PC Station 11+77.38; Thence 70.46 feet along a curve to the Right with a Radius of 150 feet, chord bearing North 40°19’18” East a distance of 69.81 feet to PC Station 12+47.84; Thence 123.92 feet along a curve to the Left with a Radius of 290 feet, chord bearing North 41°32’06”


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 East a distance of 122.98 feet to PC Station 13+71.76; Thence 43.70 feet, along a curve to the Left with a Radius of 150 feet, chord bearing North 20°56’47” Easta distance of 43.55 feet to Station 14+15.46, the Access Road Point of Terminus, a point on Southern boundary of Parcel 2 from which the North Quarter corner of said Section 9 bears North 13°16’57” East a distance of 1667.93 feet. The sidelines of said strip shall be extended or shortened to terminate at the property line and to the Right-of-Way of New Mexico State Road 264. Parcel No. NGP-16C (P) contains 0.29 acres, more or less. Parcel No. NGP-16A (T) (Temporary Easement) A strip of land lying within the West Half of Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, more particular-

A strip of land being 150 feet wide, lying 75 feet each side from Station 121625+77.45 to 121628+90.21 of the centerline described in Parcel No. NGP-16A (P); Thence being 115 feet wide, lying 40 feet right and 75 feet left from Station 121628+90.21 to Station 121630+64.78; Thence being 150 feet wide, lying 75 feet each side from Station 121630+64.78 to Station 121633+58.90 of the centerline described in Parcel No. NGP16A (P). The sidelines of said strip shall be extended or shortened as necessary to boundary lines. Less Parcel No NGP-16A (P) described above and any portion of Parcel No. NGP-16B (P) described below that lies within the boundary of described Parcel No. NGP-16A (T), Parcel No. NGP-16A (T) contains 1.06 acres, more or less. Parcel No. NGP-16B (T) (Temporary Easement) A strip of land lying within the




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West Half of Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, more particularly described as follows: A strip of land being 60 feet wide, lying 30 feet each side from Station 14+15.46.36 to Station 14+66.36 of the centerline described in Parcel No. NGP-16B (P). The sidelines of said strip shall be extended or shortened parallel to the adjacent centerline curve to the Southern boundary of Parcel No. NGP-16A (T) and to the South Boundary line of said Parcel 2. Less any portion of Parcel No. NGP-16B (P) that lies in boundary of described Parcel NGP-16B (T), Parcel NGP-16B (T) contains 0.036 acres, more or less. Parcel No. NGP-16C (T) (Temporary Easement) A strip of land lying within the West Half of Section 9, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, more particularly described as follows: A strip of land being 45 feet wide, lying 30 feet Left and 15 feet Right from Station 10+00.00 to Station 11+25.67 of the centerline described in Parcel No. NGP-16C (P); Thence being 60 feet wide, lying 30 feet each side from Station 11+25.67 to Station 14+15.46 of the centerline described in Parcel No. NGP-16C (P). The sidelines of said strip shall be extended or shortened to terminate at the property line and to the Right-of-Way of New Mexico State Road 264. Less any portion of Parcel No. NGP-16C (P) that lies in

CLASSIFIEDS Read online at boundary of described Parcel NGP-16C (T), Parcel NGP-16C (T) contains 0.23 acres, more or less. Dated: 2/21/2023 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA /s/ Scott Stemetzki By: SCOTT STEMETZKI ROBERT GORE Trial Attorneys, Land Acquisition Section Environment and Natural Resources Division United States Department of Justice P.O. Box 7611, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044-7611 Telephone: (202) 305-0298 (202) 305-0304 Fax: (202)514-8865 Email: scott.stemetzki@usdoj. gov Attorneys for Plaintiff United States of America Published: Gallup Sun February 24, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 10, 2023

*** NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to the Self-Storage Lien Act of the State of New Mexico, Section 48-11-7, that the following personal property will be sold or otherwise disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and other related charges. The personal property is located at ADOBE SELF-STORAGE, 1708 South Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico. Unit Number: 306 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Jerry Begay 2418 Baca Ct. Gallup, NM 87301 Description of Personal Property: Two auto tires, two folding chairs, two metal filing cabinets, small Craftsman toolbox, tackle box, round ta-


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 ble, chair, dolly, two vacuum/ carpet cleaners, folding camp chair, small grinder, walker, and numerous totes, bags and boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 405 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Calvin Analla, Jr. P. O. Box 324 Gamerco, NM 87317 Description of Personal Property: Small locking cabinet, homemade wire cart, shop vacuum, standing grinder, bed rails, wood bookshelf, plastic chairs, 50-gallon plastic drum, propane tank, and numerous totes, bags, and boxes of items unknown. Unit Number: 453 Name and Last Known Address of Occupant: Gayle Benally P. O. Box 6221 Gallup, NM 87305

Description of Personal Property: Tire ramps, portable fencing, empty plastic paint buckets, antifreeze, windshield wash fluid, extending shovel, and numerous totes, bags and boxes of items unknown. The sale or disposition of the above property will be held on Tuesday, the 21st day of March, 2023, at the hour of 10:00 a.m., at ADOBE SELF-STORAGE, 1708 South Second Street, Gallup, New Mexico. The property can be viewed at 9:00 a.m. the day of the sale. The property is subject to the Occupant redeeming the lien prior to the sale. This Notice is being published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks. 1st Publication: Friday, March 3, 2023 2nd Publication: Friday, March 10, 2023 ***



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority (GHA) will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday, March 17, 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.

Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board

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

TECH BYTES 11 am @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Each month, Zollinger Library will give short tech workshops on skills to help with classes and tasks at home. This month’s topic is Excel. For questions or more information, call 505-863-7531 or email

KIDS CRAFTER-NOON 1 pm - 3 pm @ Stuido123 at

ART123 Gallery ((123. W. Coal Ave.). Kids ages 8+ are invited to spend the afternoon coloring, cutting, collaging, constructing and crafting!

LODGER’S TAX COMMITTEE MEETING 10 am @ El Morro Events Center (210 S. Second St.).

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

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*** Legal Notice Invitation to Bid Public Notice is hereby provided that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: ON-DEMAND BUS & FLEET PAINTING, GRAPHICS DESIGN, & DECAL SERVICES ITB-2023-39GH Commodity Code(s): 63049, 63565, 92857 As more particularly set out in the ITB documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gal-

Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, March 27, 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. The Gallup-McKinley County School Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, waive any formalities or minor inconsistencies, and/or cancel this solicitation in its entirety. Dated the 10th Day of March 2023 By: /S/ Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 ITB ISSUE DATE: March 10, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: March 10, 2023 (Gallup Sun)


Community Calendar March 10 - March 16, 2023 FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Published: Gallup Sun March 10, 2023

lup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website

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


TEEN MAKERS CLUB 2 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). OFPL will provide a space where creative minds can give shape to their ideas, and help spread their passion. This month the focus is on origami and zoetropes as they discover animation! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

“CAUSE/CASUSE” ARTIST TALK 5 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.).

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 Dolphin Tale (2011). Email or call (505) 863-


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GALLUP 9TH ST. FLEA MARKET 9 am - 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States. MONDAY, MARCH 13

BEGINNING OF GMCS SPRING BREAK FAMILY STORYTIME 11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “Trucks.” Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information.

EUREKA! 4 pm @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Use magnets, a battery, and copper wire to replicate one of the first electric motors! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, MARCH 14

RELAY FOR LIFE PI/PIE DAY 10 am - 2 pm @ Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe (306 S. Second St.). Purchase pie by the slice ($3) or buy a whole pie for ($15)! All pies are donated by local restaurants, groceries, bakers, and bakeries! This event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society Gallup-McKinley Relay For Life Ups & Downs Team.

MYSTERY TRIVA NIGHT 4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This month, be ready to be surprised with mystery trivia.For questions please call 505-863-7531 or email

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. CALENDAR



6 pm @ Veterans Helping Veterans (908 E. Buena Vista Ave.). This meeting is for Women Veterans, veteran wives and widows or any woman related to a veteran.

4 pm @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Create a custom bookmark using a variety of recycled materials. Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

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

MIDWEEK MATINEE AT OFPL 4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Where the Crawdads Sing in honor of Women’s History Month.

FAMILY STORYTIME 11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This week, the theme is “Trucks.” Email or call (505) 8631291 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, MARCH 16

CRAFTY KIDS 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). For more information email: or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, MARCH 17



YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 1 pm - 3 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.).Topics include: photography basics, camera setup, artificial and natural lighting, media literacy, and youth empowerment.

EXPLORE WITH EXPLORA! 12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Engage in a new kind of learning with fun exhibits that nurture thoughtful experiments with wind, light, electricity, rotation, and more! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SUNDAY, MARCH 19

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: ALOCHOL POLICY 1:30 pm - 3 pm @ El Morro Theatre (207 W. Coal Ave.) The purpose of this community gathering is to explore and discuss evidence-based policy solutions to reducing alcohol-related harms in Gallup and McKinley County. MONDAY, MARCH 20



SEED STARTER POTS 4 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Make a seed starter pot and discover how to use the seed library at OFPL! Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


NAVAJO RUG WEAVING 10 am @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the fundamentals and techniques of rug weaving in traditional Diné style, including warping, carding and spinning. Please bring your own weaving materials and/or projects. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

PAINTING AND MOCKTAILS 6 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Complete a full painting while sipping on mocktails after hours at the library. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, MARCH 25

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS WITH INDIGENOUS LIFEWAYS PART 2: HEALING 1 pm - 3 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.). Book-ending the month of remembrance, this two-part, community dialogue will use art as a starting point to create a safe space to speak together about issues of economic exploitation that impact all of us.

TEEN MAKERS CLUB 2 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). OFPL will provide a space where creative minds can give shape to their ideas, and help spread their passion. This month the focus is on origami and zoetropes as they discover animation! Email jwhitman@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. ONGOING

April 1. All writers from the Four Corners region are welcome to submit their work. To learn about submission requirements, please visit

WE READ, WE TALK HYBRID BOOK CLUB OFPL’s book club book for April is The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. Discussions will be in April via Zoom or in-person at the Main Library. Email 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@ 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 for more information.

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

GOOGLE CAREER CERTIFICATE SCHOLARSHIP Jump-start your career with a Google Career Certificate scholarship. For more info email or call (505) 863-1291.

UNM-GALLUP LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL CALL FOR WRITERS Red Mesa Review, the literary arts journal of UNM-Gallup, is accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction and essays for its 2023 edition. The deadline to apply is

To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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