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I-40 study shows motorists want wider roads, shoulders By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


ith all the transportation studies going on these days, it seems like all roads lead to – or at least through – Gallup. Most recently, the New Mex ico Depa r tment of Transportation held a hearing for the I-40 Corridor Study, which is studying traffic on Interstate 40 from the Arizona state line to Albuquerque. Consultant Parametrix has done traffic and accident studies and held two public hearings so far, and is continuing to solicit comments about how to make i-40 a smoother ride. A top goal is to make traveling I-40 safer. Crashes on the stretch of highway in the study peaked in 2019 at 672, then decreased to 645 in 2020 and 600 in 2021. About 18 crashes a year involve fatalities. One thing the public comments have made clear so far is that motorists want more lanes and wider shoulders. The most common complaints have to do with traffic slowdowns because of construction and accidents. In fact, the top three concerns among commenters were traffic backups (91%), lane closures from accidents (82%) and lane closures due to construction


(78%). Getting around those situations would go a long way toward providing relief. “People are really concerned about safety in this corridor and overall reliability,” NMDOT Project Ma nager Summer Herrera told the audience at an April 25 public hearing. “People are frustrated with those closures and with trucks taking up both lanes.” Like other communities, the traffic is heavier during traditional commuting hours. For now, two lanes in each direction seems to be enough. But as the community grows, more lanes may be needed. Traffic planners are also concerned about “geometric deficiencies” – ramps or curves that aren’t optimal for motorists to navigate – and deteriorating or obsolete infrastructure, such as 32 bridges that don’t have enough horizontal or vertical clearance. Those deficiencies become a problem, especially when backups on I-40 push motorists off to parallel or frontage roads that may run through smaller communities. About 120 miles of Historic Highway 66 parallels I-40 between Arizona and Albuquerque. “It can be hard to figure out how to get on and off of alternate routes,” Parametrix Deputy

NMDOT is currently working on a study to see what improvements need to be made to I-40 from Arizona to Albuquerque. Pictured: I-40 westbound at mile marker 28. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein Project Manager Stephanie Miller said. “They are not highways. Speeds are quite a bit [lower]. They are not designed to accommodate the interstate traffic.” Parametrix traffic lead Charles Allen said that the I-40 study will help NMDOT prioritize what needs to be repaired or improved. ”This is not something that will be built in a year or two years,” Allen said. “We will look at the condition of the roadway and the safety of it and work on the biggest need.”

The current comment period for the I-40 study runs through May 24. The public may comment via the project website (, by email to or by postal mail to I-40 Corridor Study, 9600 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 97113. NMDOT also had a hearing in March for the Route 66 Improved project, which covers roughly the same length of Historic Highway 66, and the city has consultants working on a Transportation Master Plan to

address traffic planning as the city grows. It’s not as confusing as it sounds: each of the studies looks at roads under a different jurisdiction. I-40 is federal, Highway 66 is state and the city study looks at all of the streets under city control within city limits. Although the agencies didn’t coordinate on the timing of their studies, they are expected to reference each other when all the studies are completed. All three studies are set to include public hearings again in the fall.


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Weekly DWI Reports Staff Reports Featured DWI Jimmy Longhair March 29, 8:19 pm DWI (Eighth)

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A near head-on collision w ith Gallup Police led to a Vanderwagen man, Jimmy L o n g h a i r, 68, being arrested and charged with his eighth DWI. McKinley County Sheriff’s D e p u t y Te r e n c e W i l l i e responded to a vehicle pursuit on Bread Springs Road when Gallup Police Officer Timothy Hughte reported that a vehicle nearly collided with his own unit. MCSO Lt. Johnson Lee and Deputy Nocona Clark arrived at the scene shortly

afterward. Willie arrived at the scene near the 0.5 mile marker and repor tedly found a white Nissan Altima parked facing eastbound. He met Lee at the scene, who informed him that Hughte stated the suspect vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lane on Highway 602 while he was driving north in the northbound lane and they nearly collided near the intersection of Jones Ranch Road and Highway 602. A fter speaking to Lee, Willie met the driver, Longhair, who repor tedly displayed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes and smelling of alcohol. Longhair stated he was uninjured and admitted to driving the vehicle. He said he was driving home to Bread

Springs Road. Longhair also reportedly said he consumed four 12-oz. cans of Bud Light, but he couldn’t remember what time he had drank them. The report also stated it looked as if he had urinated himself. Longhair declined to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests, allegedly saying it was too cold. He was placed under arrest and transported to the sheriff’s office for the breath test, where he posted samples of .23 and .21. Longhair was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was booked for DWI (eighth), careless driving, no



Mothers May Saturday, May 13, 7 - 9 PM Gallup Repertory Theater at the El Morro Theatre presents - Cinderella PRE-ARTS CRAWL - Gallup Repertory Theater at the El Morro Theatre presenting Cinderella. Date of performance: May 13th, showtime 1pm, at the El Morro Theatre Tickets are $10 apiece at the door. Door opens at 12:30pm ARTS CRAWL 7-9 PM – Gallup Repertory Theater, outside the El Morro Events Center, will display the Cinderella Carriage for photo opportunity. ART123 Gallery Show Opening: "Prussian Horizons" by Lakin Epaloose A collection of Zuni, Baroque, Cubist, landscape and contemporary art through a sentimental lens. LOOM Gallery "Solitude" by Armond Antonio

Family Craft in the Events Center: Mini Woven Baskets Use scissors, glue and yarn to turn paper cups into beautiful woven miniature baskets Pop-up Children's Museum in the Events Center Play with us in the Construction Zone! Use the conveyor belt and wheelbarrows to move and construct walls with our foam bricks, create ball runners with our magnetic wall, and make designs on the sequence board. Weaving In Beauty Weaving demonstration and class information FACELESS – Zuni Rock Band – First Street and Coal Avenue Jamming and throwing down some of your favorite hard rock/metal songs - Representing Zuni, NM DJ Katrina – Curated Dance Music – Second Street and Coal Ave. Local Arts & Crafts Vendors Food Vendors Food Trucks

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Man killed in shooting at Sports Page Staff Reports


man was shot and killed outside of Sports Page Lounge, 1400 S. Second St., in the early morning of May 6. Around 1:45 am, Metro Dispatch received a call after shots were reportedly fired at Sports Page Lounge, located at 1400 S. Second St. When Gallup Police officers

arrived at the scene, they found security guards performing CPR on the victim in the bar’s parking lot. The victim had reportedly told the security guards that he had gotten into a fight with the suspect in the bar. He asked them to escort him to his car. As the security guards were escorting the victim to his car, a man ran up to them and reportedly shot at the victim multiple

times. The security officers shot back at the suspect. The suspect is being treated at the hospital and his status is currently unknown. In an interview with the Sun GPD Police Chief Erin Toadlena-Pablo said that the police department currently has a warrant for the suspect’s arrest, and they’re just waiting for him to be released from the hospital. At press time,

he had not been released yet. The names of the victim and the suspect are currently being

withheld pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation and the notification of next of kin.

Gallup Police responded to a call after a man was shot and killed outside of Sports Page Lounge May 6. File Photo

MCSO, McKinley Fire respond to semi truck crash Staff Reports


wo semi trucks crashed into each other in the early morning of May 8, causing a fire to break out on

Interstate 40 near the 51 mile marker. McKinley County Sheriff deputies responded to the crash around 4 am. They found one of the trucks completely engulfed


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in flames, and it was blocking both lanes of traffic. In an interview with the Sun, McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III said that one of the truck drivers had

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A semi truck caught fire after another semi truck driver crashed into it in the early morning hours of May 8. File Photo gotten out of his truck to check on an issue with his lights when the second truck rear-ended his semi. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this accident. No injuries were reported. Drivers were diverted off

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the interstate at exit 53 using Highway 122 to avoid the area. McKinley Fire worked to extinguish the flames while tow companies were contacted to clear the road so the interstate could open back up. PUBLIC SAFETY

Maintain Good Order A Message from Gallup Housing I once heard a preacher speaking who had previously been in the military. He talked about how everything in his life was “ordered” and “timely” and the purpose was so that his unit would be “efficient and effective” when they were called into conflict. He talked about how the CO would constantly remind them daily “MAINTAIN GOOD ORDER”. Sometimes, a recruit, would be “brave” [or crazy] enough to ask: WHY? And the CO in a loud voice would say to the unit, soldiers tell this “newby” why and they would shout in unison: “to lessen Disruption; to lessen Disorder; to lessen Disunity; to lessen Confusion; to lessen Chaos”. This concept “to Maintain Good Order” would serve us well as a guiding principle for life. For instance, how many times have you heard stories of someone “drinking” to much and then getting mad at the person they supposedly love and beating up them up. Or getting behind the wheel of an automobile while intoxicated and causing a wreck that kills someone. What about someone who can’t manage their money very well, as a result they never have enough to pay for everything. Or they have their priorities backwards on how they spend their money – gambling and drinking first and pay rent last with the end result being they lose their rental unit and the family is out on the streets. These are some of the things we see with Tenants who lost their rental units: • Problems managing limited financial resources. • Limited Education and skills keeping many from getting good paying jobs. • Excessive drinking, which results in fighting and domestic calls to 911. • Lack of good parenting skills, resulting in child abuse and neglect. • Lack of relationship building skills and dispute resolution skills. These all can be addressed through various local help resources, but people need to take the first step and seek that solution for themselves. GHA has developed a Tenant Resource Guide for this purpose. Copies may be obtained by requesting at:



Nygren signs $1.5 million tourism legislation Staff Reports


INDOW ROCK, ARIZ. — To stimulate tourism, Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren signed $1.5 million legislation allowing revenue in the Hotel Occupancy Tax and Tourism Fund to be used by all Navajo Nation programs for tourism-related purposes May 8. Nygren called tourism an “untapped market.” “So, anytime there’s legislation related to tourism, I think that’s a great investment into our nation, into our communities,” Nygren said of the legislation sponsored by Navajo Nation Council Delegate

Eugenia Charles-Newton. “I also want to thank the sponsor for sponsoring legislation to make $1.5 million available.” The funding pays for a study along Interstate 40, which is expected to cost $400,000. The interstate runs across the southern borders of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico. T he leg islation a lso funds the Chuska Mountains Recreation Corridor and the Shiprock Pinnacle Project, as well as provides money for a Dinosaur Tracks Project. Some funding would go toward the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum in Tuba City, Ariz. “I’ve always said I supported

tourism. It’s one of those

Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren approved $1.5 million to go toward tourism in the Navajo Nation May 8. Photo Credit: OPVP

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avenues to expand on the needs of the Navajo people truly,” Nygren said. The President anticipates that the injection of funds into the Navajo Nation tourism industry, that’s been underfunded for the last three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will create a thriving Navajo tourism business. “I am energized by the opportunities presented with this funding,” Nygren said. “We’ve got so many people that own trails, walking companies, and into the different aspects of bed and breakfast across the Navajo Nation.” Despite the negative fi nancia l i mpacts, the Nava jo Tourism Department said they continue to work with chapters that request their assistance on

projects by promoting their destination through collaboration with Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico State Tourism Offices. Arval T. McCabe, the Navajo Nation Tourism Department’s Manager, who attended the signing ceremony, said one of the projects the department is working on is creating a park at the Shiprock pinnacle. McCabe said the Cudei, Shiprock, and Red Valley Chapters had given their support. The funding would also help improve an eight-acre area around the dinosaur tracks in Coal Mine Chapter, east of Tuba City, along State Highway 264. Mc C a b e t h a n ke d t h e P r e sident for a ppr ov i n g Charles-Newton’s legislation. INDIAN COUNTRY


A family band makes it big By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


rom an early age, Rippy Bryan Williams tried to instill a love of music into his two daughters, Lilly and Lola Williams. But he had no idea that showing the girls music from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s would lead to them wanting to start their own band. But that’s exactly what happened, and now six years later “Rippy and the Sillyettes” is still going strong. In an interview with the Sun, Rippy said that his daughters’ favorite artist growing up was Frankie Valli. And when Lola was eight years old, Rippy took her to see him perform. At the meet-and-greet after the show, Valli signed a CD for them, and that’s when Lola told him “When I grow up, I want to be like you.” Valli responded by saying “When you grow older, don’t be like me, be better than me.” After that interaction, Lola went home and told her dad she wanted to start a band with him. Rippy and Lola started off their musical journey as a duo, performing at local coffee shops like the Gallup Coffee Company. The f irst time they

performed there, Rippy had just been there to get some work done, but Lola said she wanted to sign them up for the open mic. R ippy a d m it s t h a t he thought his young daughter would chicken out and that he would have to perform alone, but she hopped right up on that stage. They performed the only song they knew, “Hats Off to Larry” by Del Shannon. Once they were done, people were reportedly shouting for an encore, to which Lola replied, “that’s the only song we know!” They soon learned their next song, “Dream Lover” by Bobby Darin. They took their show on the road, performing locally. Rippy said that at fi rst Lilly showed no interest in what he and her younger sister were doing. But after a while, she said “Dad, I want to join the band.” Rippy bought her a ukulele, and then taught himself how to play the instrument so that he could teach her. And thus “Rippy and the Sillyettes” was born. Now, the three family members travel all over New Mexico and parts of Arizona to perform. Recently though, they expanded their horizons and traveled to Los Angeles, Calif. As a part of the Native

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American Music Fund, an organization that introduces music to Native American children, “Rippy and the Sillyettes” was invited to perform at “Skaville,” a Los Angeles music festival that was held the weekend of May 5. During the festival the girls and their dad rubbed elbows with the band members of “No Doubt” and “Saturday Night Live” legend Fred Armisen, who performed right after them. While her dad and older sister were impressed by meeting ‘90s rock band “No Doubt” — sans Gwen Stefani — Lola

tried to keep her cool and didn’t want to embarrass the rockstars. “They’re normal people like us…I don’t want to make them uncomfortable in any way by saying ‘hey can you sign my drumstick or can I get a picture with you?’ because I don’t know how that makes them feel,” Lola explained. Rippy said he was amazed by how calm his daughters were during the festival and while meeting celebrities, when he himself was very nervous. Rippy said Lola and Lilly simply were “talking to them just like it’s one of her friends from school.” Although the band has been playing together for six years now, their future is a bit

uncertain. Lily is a junior in high school right now, and Lola is a sophomore. With Lilly’s graduation fast approaching, the band might have to disband. Lilly plans to become a fl ight attendant, which would have her traveling all around the world. Rippy said he’s excited to see what his oldest daughter does. “We’re not going to hold her back,” Rippy said. “We’re not going to say ‘no, you need to stay and play in our band.’” So for now, he’s just happy getting to play music with his girls. “I’m just enjoying every minute of it. I know it’s not going to last forever, and I’m just thankful to have played as long as we have,” Rippy said.

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Starry night for students JFK MIDDLE SCHOOL HOSTS A STAR PARTY By Dee Velasco


oon parties and star parties are something that John F. Kennedy Middle School is famous for hosting every year, even enticing local stargazers with yummy s’mores. However, this year’s star par ty, which was initially pla nned for the month of January, was canceled due to bad weather. As luck would have it, JFK middle schoolers still got their chance at hosting another star party with the help of a few friends. By fate, the event moved forward on May 8 with the help of loca l teachers collabo rating with “friends in high places.”

It a ll bega n w ith loca l teacher Michelle Brown — a fifth grade teacher at Del Norte Elementary in Roswell — texting Mike Condrey, the science department Chair at JFK, saying she has a friend who works for NASA. That friend is Brian Day — Deputy Sta ff Scientist at the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. Day was going to be in Gallup May 8, and the new star party was arranged. “Without hesitation I said yes and that’s what got us going,” Condrey said in an interview with the Sun. Condrey said it took less t ha n t wo shor t week s to plan out everything for the star party. They were able

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to secure the Star Lab — the district’s inf latable planetarium, two Dobsonian telescopes, as well as a n EV Digital telescope. J F K m idd le s cho oler s are learning how to use the new telescopes and with the event, it couldn’t have come at a better time. “As our next star par ty comes around and our moon party, you’ll see that these [telescopes] are going to be a great asset to our school.” Condrey said. Brown knew that the students from around the area would get a kick out of the party, especially with having somebody from NASA involved. “I’ve worked with Day for

a long time and was happy to hear that he was going to be in the area and it just fell together.” Brown said. The event was meant to show students what’s out there in space, teaching them about the moon and other planets. Day ha s been work i ng for NASA for over 23 years, and has been working with Brown for ma ny years, as well with other schools in the area doing some serious exploration of the moon. Day sa id he wa nt s t he Navajo people to know everything they are planning and wants them to participate in the event and to be a part of it. “We are very aware that the moon is very sacred in t he Nava jo cu lt u re,” Day said. “We want to make sure that we have a dialogue going with the Nava jo people to make sure that we are communicating and understanding any concerns that they may have.” T h e s t u d e n t s go t t h e chance to use some of the same software that they use at NASA to find landing sites on the moon. Du r i ng h is presenta tion at JFK Middle School, Day ex pla ined how NASA “treks” planets. Students also watched a 3-D virtual tour of the moon and other planets. Day talked about the planets’ terrains and other aspects of the solar system, while doing a show and showing off rocks from the moon a nd Ma rs, which the audience could touch. Day s poke a bout t he Rover paths on the moon, and

Deputy Staff Scientist at NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute Brian Day holds a sample of a moon rock during his presentation on John F. Kennedy Middle School’s star party May 8. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco how elementary students are using that same software to study craters on the moon. He said a trip is being planned to the Meteor Crater in Arizona to compare the crater there to the craters on the moon. K a zee Sm it h, a fou r t h grade student from Jefferson Elementary who out to see the digital telescope, said it was the “funnest part” of the event. Smith said he loves science, astronomy, and everything about the solar system. “I l i ke k now i ng about stars and black holes,” Smith said, “It’s cool how the digital telescope can connect to other devices and how it’s all mechanical.” For more cool space information be sure to visit or COMMUNITY

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New police chief, same mom TOADLENA-PABLO FINDS A WORK-LIFE BALANCE IN NEW ROLE By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


ow that she is officially Gallup’s Chief of Police, Erin Toadlena-Pablo has a whole new set of responsibilities. But she also has the responsibilities of being a mother. To a d le n a - Pa blo i s a mother to six children: eightyear-old Jayace, 16-year-old Emily, 22-year-old Kymberly, 23-year-old Kiana, 26-year-old Kobe, and 29-year-old Joshua. Just because most of her kids are older and out of the house doesn’t mean ToadlenaPablo doesn’t still face the challenges of motherhood. She sa id the ha rdest pa r t about being a mom is when the kids leave the nest. In an interview with the Sun, she recalled when her first child, Joshua, left for college and how difficult that was for her. “I think when my son left for college, I cried every day he was gone,” Toadlena-Pablo said. “I made my husband

drive every weekend to visit him in college.” W he n To a d le n a - P a blo started her career with the Gallup Police Depar tment 21 years ago as a detective, it was difficult to leave her children at home. Her daughters Kymberly and Kiana were only babies, and her two sons Kobe and Joshua were in elementary school. “Having to work a 12-hour shift and not being able to get them ready for the day in the morning and then when I got back [home] they were already asleep and redoing that the next day, that was a lot harder when they were younger,” she said. “But as they got into middle school and high school, I hate to say this, but my kids probably got used to my absence.” When she was a detective Toadlena-Pablo had times where she was on-call. This meant that her family couldn’t travel or go anywhere too far away from Gallup when she was on-call. Now, as Chief

of Police, Toadlena-Pablo is on-call 24/7, seven days a week, every day of the year. Toadlena-Pablo said she relies on her husband and other family members on the days her demanding job pulls her away from her kids. “I don’t normally get off at 5 pm, for example the city council meeting is tonight, so I won’t get home until 8 or 9 pm depending on how late the meeting goes. So dinner is not going to be made by me tonight, so I rely on my husband to take care of that, or sometimes my mom will come over and get them dinner,” Toadlena-Pablo explained. No m at t er how long Toadlena-Pablo has been with the GPD, she says it’s still difficult to miss out on things with her kids. “The days I’m not able to pick them up or to attend events for their school or getting a birthday cake for them


Jayace Pablo stood by her mother Erin Toadlena-Pablo’s side as she was sworn in as Gallup’s new Police Chief May 2. The mother/daughter duo received a blessing during the swearing-in ceremony. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond

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TOADLENA-PABLO | FROM PAGE 14 for school is really difficult for me,” Toadlena-Pablo said. But now with her new job she’s found a schedule that works for her and her family. The mornings are her time to spend with family, especially her youngest child, Jayace. To a d le n a - P a blo h e l p s Jayace get ready for the day by doing her hair every morning. This is the mother/daughter duo’s time to check in with each other. Toadlena-Pablo makes sure to ask open-ended questions such as “tell me four things that were amazing yesterday” rather than “how was your day?” Just like a ny cop, Toa d len a -Pa blo k now s t h at her job come s w it h some sca r y cha l lenges. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 224 officers died in the line of duty in 2022 nationwide. That is always something Toa d len a -Pa blo keep s i n mind, and she said she and her fa m i ly face each day

knowing that there may come a day when she doesn’t come home. “I think we made it a priority to make sure that when we left one another in the morning or in the evening if I had to work a night shift, that we tell each other that we love each other as if we aren’t going to see each other again,” Toadlena-Pablo. “[We make] sure that we a re a cohesive family where we would always have each other’s backs.” Toadlena-Pablo’s family was front and center at her swearing-in ceremony May 2. Jayace stood by her mother’s side on st age a s she received a blessing during the ceremony. And after the ceremony, K ia na told her mother what it meant for her as a child to see her mother go out into the field. Toad lena-Pablo sha red what Kiana said to the family after the ceremony: “I want to tell everyone t hat ever y t i me my mom went to work, I cried for her. I didn’t want her to go, and I wanted her to stay. But I’m

really glad she went to work because look at what she’s become today.” Toad lena -Pablo sa id it broke her heart to hear her daughter say that. With Mother’s Day coming up, Toadlena-Pablo wanted to give a shoutout to her fellow female police officers who h ave ch i ld ren, t hei r families, and the sacrifices they make. “I’m grateful for the significant others of our female officers, and I’m thankful for their children and their parents,” Toadlena-Pablo said. “It is a great sacrifice to have your parent for the majority of your life in law enforcement, and to have that person leaving to do this job, it is a lot. I just want people to remember to tell their mother to share your feelings and talk how much they’ve influenced you.”

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‘Book Club: The Next Chapter’ struggles to create conflict By Glenn Kay For the Sun RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 107 MINUTES This movie from Focus Features opens exclusively at cinemas on Friday, May 12. There have been a couple of comedies in recent months featuring an impressive cast of acting veterans, including Maybe I Do and 80 for Brady, both of which left this reviewer unimpressed. Arriving just in time for Mother’s Day, the sequel Book Club: The Next Chapter is another attempt to garner laughs from legendary stars. It’s genial, very nicely photographed and a little stronger than the other titles mentioned in this paragraph, but there is only so much a great cast can do with bland material. The fi lm begins with book club members Diane (Diane Keaton), Vivian (Jane Fonda), Carol (Mary Steenburgen) and Sharon (Candice Bergen) having endured the COVID-19 pandemic by having video chats instead of in-person get-togethers. Over this time, the independent Vivian announces that she has fi nally decided to settle down and marry boyfriend Arthur (Don Johnson). With the outside world improving and restrictions being lifted, the group reunite and decide to celebrate the upcoming nuptials with a bachelorette trip to Italy. As they see the sights, they joke with each other and share ongoing concerns about their relationships and living life to its fullest. But of course, certain parts of the trip don’t go as smoothly as COMMUNITY

hoped for and the gang find themselves in a few comedic predicaments. To be frank, there isn’t much conflict or drama in this follow-up. While the characters are still dealing with minor problems in their personal lives from the fi rst fi lm, nothing about the story is particularly urgent or dramatic. Vivian feels some jitters about finally tying the knot, Carol worries about the health of her husband Bruce (Craig T. Nelson) after his stroke, Sharon is still looking for romance and everything seems, well, generally fi ne between Diane and Mitchell (Andy Garcia). And while there are a few references to a recent book discussed in their club, even the reading material doesn’t inspire specific story material. Instead, it seems like the characters travel around Italy trying to get themselves into trouble. A s noted, the ca st a re incredibly talented and do manage to elevate pedestrian material with a few offhanded comments and good-natured jabs at each other. There are a lot of bad puns and eye-rolling material, but an occasional funny remark (like a wedding dress shopping appointment). One welcome addition is the presence of a police officer (Gia nca rlo Gia n n i n i), who appears after the ladies lose their bags and one very unusual valuable. Sharon and this relaxed crimefighter cross paths and butt heads on a few occasions throughout the fi lm. Giannini’s low-key delivery does make for an entertaining contrast between his character and the high-strung ex-judge. Beyond that, the only major problem introduced is jammed into the proceedings near the end of the second act. It’s almost as if everyone involved

From left, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda reunite in “Book Club: The Next Chapter’ for Fonda’s character Vivan’s bachelorette trip to Italy. Photo Credit: Focus Features is primarily enjoying the scenery for the fi rst 75 minutes. To a degree this is understandable, as the backdrops are quite gorgeous. The fi lm is beautifully shot with incredible views of places like the Spanish Steps in Rome and the canals of Venice. At least when the screenplay doesn’t create friction or big laughs, the scenery is eye-catching. In fact, it makes one wonder if a travelog

featuring the actual performers shooting the breeze at these sights wouldn’t have made for a more entertaining fl ick. In general, the fi lm is sweet, looks pretty and may entertain some members of its target demographic. It has a couple of funny bits and its light tone makes the entire experience fairly innocuous. Unfortunately, the screenplay struggles to create confl ict, and therefore

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for May 12, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another examination of some of the highlights arriving this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, it’s an interesting edition with plenty of intriguing titles 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!

CHILDREN OF THE CORN: Based on the Stephen K ing shor t story (which was previously adapted into a film in 1984 that spawned s e v e r a l sequels), this new upd a t e was filmed back in 2020 during the pandemic. After sitting on the shelf for a while, it received a limited theatrical run a couple of months ago. The story involves a group of children in a small village who become possessed by a sinister

spirit in a cornfield. They rise up against their parents and violently murder their guardians and any adult who arrives in town. One high school student fi nds the bloody rampage horrifying and decides to try and stop it. Response towards this feature was poor overall. A small number wrote that the movie was disturbing, had some interesting ideas and was an improvement over the 1984 original. Unfortunately, the vast majority complained that it was predictable and didn’t offer anything new to the original story. Some even commented that the final product was silly rather than scary. HEAVEN SENT: In this faith-ba sed romantic comedy, a woman gives up on love after some bad personal e x p er ie nc e s and focuses all her attention on her grandson and her small business. She is eventually convinced by a friend to attend a speed dating event and meets a

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widowed pastor who has been dealing with the loss by devoting himself to his quirky congregation. The two unexpectedly hit it off and begin seeing each other. This movie has been available on streaming sites since February and is now being released exclusively on the DVD format. There aren’t many reviews available for the feature and those that have appeared online are from reviewers who specialize in promoting faithbased entertainment. These individuals have stated that the movie is well-meaning and presents authentic characters dealing with personal issues. A HOUSE MA DE OF SPLINTERS: This documentary was filmed in Ukraine on the Russian border and follows the work done by employees at an institution that takes in children who have been removed from their homes while awaiting custody claims to be processed. The crew captures the staff attempting to help the youngsters feel safe. It also details the thoughts and concerns of the kids, who not only have to deal with personal losses but a war raging all around them. The film earned rave reviews

and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards earlier in the year. One reviewer found the movie too painful to endure given that it doesn’t provide any sense of closure to the trials being endured by the youngsters. Everyone else wrote that it was powerful, raw and wrenching, but also hopeful as the children featured try to keep moving forward. KNOCK AT THE CABIN: The latest from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Visit, Split, Old) involves a young girl vacationing with her parents at a remote cabin in the woods. All of a sudden, they are taken hostage by a group of armed strangers. The leader demands those being held make a shocking decision which the captors believe will avert an impending apocalypse. The parents attempt to figure out if what is being relayed is the truth and how to respond. This picture earned a wide variety of responses from the press, but the majority recommended it. About one-third stated that after a dynamic opening, the movie became sidetracked with subplots and couldn’t deliver on its early promise. However, the consensus was that the movie was incredibly tense and compelling from beginning to end. They also praised the cast and thought their performances were excellent. UNICORN WARS: Ever wanted to see a bloody conflict between teddy bears and

unicorns? This foreign-language animated Spanish film depicts just that, as told from the perspective of two brother bears training at a bootcamp. One is an aggressive fighter, the other a sensitive and withdrawn figure. Despite their differences, the two animals try to support each other and survive basic training before being put on a brutal combat tour by their superiors. The film won many awards in its homeland including Best Animated Film and is finding a cult following in North America. The press in this part of the world has been more positive than negative. Those who disliked the picture wrote that it was trying too hard to shock viewers and that the end results didn’t resonate emotionally. Still, most found it visually impressive and were taken aback by the distressing things being depicted through bright and cuddly bears. They called it an impressive antiwar statement that wouldn’t be easily forgotten. UNWELCOME: A young couple inherit a large estate in the Irish countryside and are thrilled to move out there. It all seems lovely until a local reminds them to leave out a meaty food offering nightly for Redcaps living on the property. For those not up on their Irish/Scottish folklore, Redcaps are goblins named for their vibrant headwear soaked in the blood of their enemies. Naturally, the two forget one night and find themselves under attack by these brutal and unforgiving creatures. Overall, critics were amused by this Irish feature, which was co-written and directed by the figure who also made Grabbers, a well-received 2012 horror/comedy. A percentage of them did call the story predictable and


DVD/BLU-RAY | FROM PAGE 22 complained that the movie was drained of chills by showing the villainous creatures too frequently. Regardless, two-thirds called it an entertaining genre picture with a ton of scares and laughs in equal measure. BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! If you’re looking for something older, there are plenty of feature options as well. Arrow Video is releasing Hand of Death (1976) aka Countdown in Kung Fu on Blu-ray. This period martial arts feature from Hong Kong marks the first effort from famed action director John Woo (The Killer, Hard Boiled, Hard Target, Face/Off) as well as early screen appearances from Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. The disc includes a 2K picture restoration from the original film elements, a martial arts expert commentary track, an archival featurette on Woo’s early career, a never-before-seen discussion with star Tan Tao-Liang, an archival interview with Sammo Hung, an alternate credits sequence, publicity materials, as well as a poster with original and newly commissioned art for the movie. Criterion is giving the classic Japanese title Branded to Kill (1967) a 4K Ultra HD a nd Blu-r ay presentation. T h is st ylish and entertaining gangster flick involves a Yakuza assassin who messes up an assignment and ends up with a price on his own head. Extras include a recent interview with the director and assistant director, a new discussion with the star, a talk with the director from 1997, a trailer and a COMMUNITY

booklet with a lengthy essay on the title. Dark Force is presenting a double-feature Blu-ray of Whose Child Am I? (1976) and Weekend Murders (1976). The first tells the story of a couple who want a baby and experience terror after the artificial insemination process. The second film involves members of a British family being picked off while attending the reading of a will. The latter picture arrives with an interview and commentary track with the star and the disc also includes trailers and upgraded picture quality on the titles. Kino is also presenting several Blu-rays. The Experts (1989) is a comedy starring John Travolta and Arye Gross about two pals who are kidnapped by the KGB and forced to train Russian spies how to be hip like Americans. The disc contains a 4K image restoration from the original camera negatives. It also arrives with an interview with director Dave Thomas (perhaps best known as Doug McKenzie from SCTV) and a trailer. Kamikaze (1986) is a slick French thriller co-written and produced by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) about a mad scientist who invents a device that uses television airwaves to kill irritating TV show hosts. It comes with a film critic commentary, an interview with the director, a documentary on the production and a trailer. Stone Cold (1991) is one of those guilty pleasures – a B-movie so over-the-top and strange that it is entertaining in a surreal way. The flick stars ex-NFL player Brian Bosworth as an undercover DEA agent who sets out

to eliminate a dr ug-dealing biker gang that are also plotting to raid the State Capitol. This Blu-ray presents a 2K restoration, plus new interviews with Bosworth, co-stars Lance Henriksen, Arabella Holzbog and Sam McMurray. It also arrives with an action film historian commentary track and a pair of trailers. For t ho se who enjoy stand-up comedy, Mill Creek Entertainment is making Maria Bamford – Stand-up Spotlight available on DVD. It contains two entertaining specials featuring the popular comic. Sandpiper Pictures is presenting the out-of-print UK musical Absolute Beginners (1986) on Bluray. This is a period feature about a Soho photographer fighting to win his girlfriend back after she becomes famous and falls in with the wrong crowd. The movie features some catchy tunes and stars Eddie O’Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie and Ray Davies (from the band The Kinks). Additionally, the distributor is releasing the Judy Garland drama, I Could Go on Singing (1963). Garland plays an American performer in London who tries to reclaim the child she gave up for adoption. Both of the titles featured above are bare bones with no disc bonuses. F i n a l l y, Warner Bros. is making the Superman I-I V 5 -F i lm Collection set available. It features 4K Ultra HD discs and Blu-rays of all four movies in which Christopher Reeve played the title character. As you might have guessed given the name of the set, it includes

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have extended family here, and they’re able to cobble together a network of childcare,” Eason said. But childca re isn’t the ha rdest pa r t about motherhood for Eason. She said the ha rdest pa r t about bei ng a mom is tr y i ng to maintain her patience. “There’s just lots of different ways your patience i s t e s t e d , eit her ju s t by h av i n g t o r e p e a t t h i n g s or they have ta ntr u ms or they’re hav ing trouble expressing themselves or they just don’t quite underst a nd somet h i ng,” Ea son said. “There are sometimes behav iora l issues that

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Two New Mexico students named 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Staff Reports U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced May 10 the 59 th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. The New Mexico scholars are: Brian L. Han, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Emma Elizabeth Clayton, The ASK Academy, Rio Rancho “U.S. Presidential Scholars have always represented the future of our country and the bright promise it holds. I want each of these remarkable students to know: your passion and intellect, pursuit of excellence, and spirit of service are exactly what our country needs,” Cardona said. Cardona applauded the students. “On behalf of President Biden, I am delighted to join your family, friends, and communities

in celebrating your accomplishments,” he said. “ Aim high, share your talents, and continue embracing opportunities to lead as your exciting future unfolds.” New Mex ico P ubl ic Education Department Cabinet Secretary Dr. Arsesnio Romero was delighted to hear the news. “Thank you for all the hard work and dedication to learning and excellence that you have exhibited throughout your education in order to receive this prestigious national honor,” Romero said. “You make New Mexico proud!” T he W h ite House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership. Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more

than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2023 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers. As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and

one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 8,000 of

the nation’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.






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CLASSIFIEDS GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Need a past issue? $2.00 per copy. Note issue date and send check or M.O. to: Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305. Subject to availability. AUTO SALES Amigo Automotive Center

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Send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Executive Director Mandy Marks: Reporter Wanted The Gallup Sun seeks a stringer or two to cover general assignment in Gallup and surrounding areas. Please email resume to: gallupsun@ LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES Public Notice

The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA), Navajo Air Quality Control Program (NAQCP), Operating Permit Program (OPP) is accepting written comments on the renewal of Part 71 permit for El Paso Natural Gas Company (EPNG) White Rock Compressor Station. The station performs natural gas inlet filtration, compression, and gas cooling for the purpose of natural gas transmission. The White Rock Compressor Station is located 22 miles East of Newcomb, New Mexico in San Juan County on the Navajo Nation. The facility was initially constructed in 1966 and modified in 1991, 2005, and 2010. The facility currently consists of two natural gas-fired regenerative-cy-


CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 26 cle turbines (units A-01 and A-02), for gas compression, two natural gas-fired RICE generators (units AUX A-01 and AUX A-02), and two microturbine capstones (units AUX A-03 and AUX A-04), for auxiliary power. The recent Title V renewal application was received by NNEPA on May 26, 2022, within this renewal application the White Rock Compressor Station did not propose any changes to their facility or operations, all requirements have been carried over from the existing permit. This notice of draft Part 71 renewal permit fulfills the public notice procedure to which the draft permit is subject to. Written comments, written requests for a public hearing, written requests for notification of the final decision regarding these permit actions, or inquiries or requests for additional information regarding these permit actions should be submitted to Natasha Yazzie at nyazzie1@navajo-nsn. gov, or by mail to NAQCP/ OPP P.O. Box 529, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504. Written comments and/or written requests must be received by 5:00 pm (MST), June 7, 2023. Written comments will be considered prior to final permit decisions. A public workshop will be held at White Rock Chapter House on May 26, 2023 (10am to 2pm). If NNEPA finds a significant degree of public interest, a public hearing will be held. NNEPA will send notification of the final permit decision to the applicant and to each person who has submitted writCLASSIFIEDS

ten comments or a written request for notification of the final decision. The applications, proposed air permits, and statements of basis are available for review at NNEPA, NAQCP/ OPP website at: These materials may also be viewed in person at NNEPA/OPP office at Route 112, Bldg. # 2837 Fort Defiance, AZ 86504. Viewing hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Persons wishing to be included on the NAQCP permit public notice mailing list should contact Angie Frank in writing at NAQCP/OPP at the above address, by phone at (928) 729-4096, or by email at angiefrank@navajo-nsn. gov.

er, 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) 7224388, at least (1) week before the meeting, or as soon as possible. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board Published: Gallup Sun May 12, 2023 *** McKINLEY COUNTY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the County of McKinley will receive competitive sealed bids for IFB #2023-05 Cinders for McKinley County Road Department until Thursday, June 08, 2023 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the County Commission Chambers, and as more particularly set out in the specifications, copies for such may be obtained from the Procurement Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or McKinley County website: www. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868, Ext. 1076. The Procurement

Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 13-1-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 8th day of May 2023 BY:/s/ Robert Baca Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, May 12, 2023, The Gallup Sun *** LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


Published: Gallup Sun May 12, 2023 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority (GHA) will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 9:00 am MST. GHA will conduct the meeting at the main office, located at 203 Debra Dr. Gallup, New Mexico 87301. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the agenda, or specific agenda items, at the Gallup Housing Authority office. The meeting is open to the public except for items to be considered in the closed session. Documents are available in various accessible formats and interested parties may also participate by phone. If you are an individual with a disability who needs a read-


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 27 Public Notice is hereby provided that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: Ancillary Services Multi-Year Agreement RFP-2023-42BK Commodity Code(s): 94815, 94876, 94886, 94887, 96167, 96258 As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, May 30, 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 12th Day of May 2023 By: /S/ Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 RFP ISSUE DATE: May 5, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: May 12, 2023 (Gallup Sun) *** LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Public Notice is hereby provided that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: Legal Services Multi-Year Agreement RFP-2023-44BK Commodity Code(s): 96149

NAVAJO OFFICE OF VITAL RECORDS & IDENTIFICATION (NOVRI) is now accepting applications for the following position:

NETWORK SPECIALIST The Network Specialist will primarily implement, configure, and install NOVRI’s network. Continue with day-to-day monitoring and assess the network to ensure that it will

perform at its highest efficiency.

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Closing date is May 17, 2023 at 5:00pm. 28 Friday May 12, 2023 • Gallup Sun

As more particularly set out in the RFP documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, May 30, 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 12th Day of May 2023 By: /S/ Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 RFP ISSUE DATE: May 5, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: May 12, 2023 (Gallup Sun) May 13, 2023 (Albuquerque Journal)

AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO CHANGE NAME (OF PERSON UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE) TO: EURICA NICOLE WILSON, Mother, and BARACK BAUPISTA CASTILLO, Father: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Petitioner, EURICA NICOLE WILSON, by and through her attorney, GRANT L. FOUTZ, Rosebrough, Fowles & Foutz, P.C, is a resident of Gallup, McKinley County, State of New Mexico has filed a Petition to Change Name of her child in the Eleventh Judicial District Court, McKinley County, New Mexico, wherein she seeks to change the name of her child from MAXIMUS TRISTAN WILSON to MAXIMUS TRISTAN McCORD. This Petition will be heard before the Honorable Louis E. DePauli, Jr., District Judge, on the 6th day of June, 2023, at the hour of 11:15 a.m. at the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 W. Hill Ave., Gallup, New Mexico. JODIE SCHWEBEL Clerk of the District Court By /s/ Michelle Sanchez Deputy Clerk Published: Gallup Sun May 12, 2023 May 19, 2023



In the matter of the petition of EURICA NICOLE WILSON

THE MARY ELEANOR FOUTZ REVOCABLE TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. No. D-1113-CV-2023-00127 MARY LYNCH, if living; if deceased, THE ESTATE OF MARY LYNCH, Deceased;

No. D-1113-CV-2023-00202 For change of name of MAXIMUS TRISTAN WILSON

THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF MARY LYNCH; and ANY UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN THE PREMISES ADVERSE TO THE PLAINTIFF, Defendants. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF ACTION THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO TO: MARY LYNCH, if living; if deceased, THE ESTATE OF MARY LYNCH; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF MARY LYNCH, and ANY UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN THE PREMISES ADVERSE TO THE PLAINTIFF PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff THE MARY ELEANOR FOUTZ REVOCABLE TRUST has commenced an action to quiet title to the premises described below: Northwest 1/4 of Section Twenty-two (22), Township Fifteen (15) North, Range Twelve (12) West, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico. The above described property is located in Smith Lake, McKinley County, New Mexico. You are hereby notified that unless you file a responsive pleading on or before June 19, 2023, with the above Court, the Judgment or other appropriate relief will be rendered against you by default. You are further notified that the name of Plaintiff’s attorney is Grant L. Foutz, Rosebrough, Fowles & Foutz, P.C., 101 West Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 722-9121. /s/ Grant L. Foutz Rosebrough, Fowles & Foutz, P.C. Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1027 Gallup, New Mexico 87305


CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 28 (505) 722-9121 Published: Gallup Sun May 5, 2023 May 12, 2023 May 19, 2023 *** STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF McKINLEY ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT No. D-1113-pb-2023-00011 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ITAF RASHID, DECEASED. NOTICE TO CREDITORS BY PUBLICATION KAREEM RASHID has been appointed as the Personal Representative of the Estate of ITAF RASHID, deceased. All persons having claims against this Estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative c/o Budagher & Tann, Attorneys at Law, 3500 Comanche Rd., NE, Bldg B, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, or filed with the Eleventh Judicial District Court of McKinley County, 207 West Hill Avenue, Ste 200, Gallup, NM 87301. KAREEM RASHID, Personal Representative The Estate of ITAF RASHID, Deceased. 3500 Comanche Rd., NE Bldg B Albuquerque, NM 87107 Respectfully Submitted By: /s/ Guy W. Tann CLASSIFIEDS

Guy W. Tann BUDAGHER & TANN Attorneys for Kareem Rashid 3500 Comanche Rd NE, Bldg B Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505) 881-9060 Published: Gallup Sun April 28, 2023 May 5, 2023 May 12, 2023 *** IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE NAVAJO NATION JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO In the Matter of: B.D.B., Z.B., T.B., M.B., J.B.; Minors Ricky and Jennifer Sena, Petitioners v. Delphine Whitegoat, Respondent Byron Begay, Sr., Respondent/Deceased No. CPFC-DM-000060-2023 TO: DELPHINE WHITEGOAT A Petition for Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption of Minor Children has been filed against you in the Family Court of the Navajo Nation by Ricky and Jennifer Sean c/o The Law Offices of David R. Jordan (505) 863-2205. This publication in the Gallup Sun serves you as legal notice to you. You are given 30 days after the first publication. You can prepare a written answer on your own behalf and file it with the court. Or you can hire legal counsel to help you prepare a written answer and file it with the court. If you want to object to the claim and/or have the court hear your side of the case, you have to file a written answer within the 30-day period. You may represent yourself in this action, or you may hire legal counsel. If you do nothing and choose not to file an answer,

the court may give judgment against you for what the petition demands. If you do nothing and choose not to file an answer, the court may give judgment against you for what the petition demands. May Dated: April 24, 2023 The Law Offices of David R. Jordan, PC 1995 State Road 602 PO Box 840 Gallup, NM 87305-0840 Published: Gallup Sun May 5, 2023, May 12, 2023, 19, 2023, May 26, 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: AUTOMOTIVE GLASS No. ITB-2023-43RB Price Agreement COMMODITY CODES: 06057, 44063 As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website portal Sealed bids for such will be received until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on May 31, 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.


25 WORD OR LESS: $10 26-50 WORDS: $20 51-75 WORDS: $30 76-100 WORDS: $40 $10 FOR EACH ADD’L 25 WORDS EXTRAS - $10 PER WEEK, PER ITEM: TEXT BOX, YELLOW HIGHLIGHT, PIC, AND/OR LOGO Newspaper published Fridays. Prepayment required. Classifi eds due Wednesday Noon. Deadline subject to change Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Email: Offi ce (505) 722-8994

ident Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 BID ISSUE DATE: May 12, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: May 12, 2023 (Gallup Sun)

Public notice is hereby given that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: LIBRARY SUPPLIES, MATERIAL & EQUIPMENT No. ITB-2023-47RB Price Agreement






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ed at https://app.negometrix. com/buyer/3226


CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 29 As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website portal Sealed bids for such will be received until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on May 31, 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. th

Dated the 12 Day of May 2023 By: /S/Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 BID ISSUE DATE: May 12,

PUBLICATION DATES: May 12, 2023 (Gallup Sun) *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Formal Bid No. 2310 Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, is accepting ELECTRONICALLY submitted bids for the following: WATER DISTRIBUTION, TRANSMISSION, WASTEWATER COLLECTION, STREETS AND DRAINAGE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS As more particularly set out in the bid documents, Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be examined and/or download-

NOTE: The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/RFx software powered by Mercell. All solicitations will be released electronically through Mercell and responses from bidders must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Mercell, prospective bidders will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Mercell is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Mercell. Register your company at Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BIDS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted after due date and time.


*Home Delivery: __ 1 yr. $45 __ 6 mo. $25

For information on this bid, contact Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director, at 505863-1334; Email: frodriguez@ Dated this 9th day of May 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor CLASSIFIED LEGAL COLUMN: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-May 12, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO FORMAL BID NO. 2311

Three Convenient Delivery Options Snail Mail: __ 1 yr. $110 __ 6 mo. $60

Electronic bids for such will be submitted at https://app. until the hour of 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on June 1, 2023, Bids will be electronically opened, and publicly read aloud at the Office of the Procurement Manager via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means.

Digital (Email): __ 1 yr. $35 __ 6 mo. $20

Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, desires to purchase the following:

*Gallup metro area only

Name: ________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________ City/State/Zip: _________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ (for billing purposes only) Mail Check to: Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305 Fax: (505) 212-0391 • Email: Credit Card #: __________________________________ Exp: ________ 3-4 digit code: ________ Billing zip: _________ Pay By Phone: (505) 722-8994 The Gallup Sun is distributed weekly, on Fridays. Forms received after Wednesday, the subscription will start the following Friday.

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CHLORINE CYLINDERS FOR THE CITY OF GALLUP MULTI-TERM CONTRACT As more particularly set out in the Bid documents, copies of which may be obtained from the City of Gallup Purchasing Division, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301; or contact Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director via email at Copies

are available for viewing or can be downloaded from: buyer/3226 Electronically submitted bids for such will be received at the Office of the Purchasing Department until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on JUNE 6, 2023 when bids will be opened and read aloud in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means. The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/RFP software system powered by Mercell. All solicitations will be released electronically through Mercell and responses from bidders must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Mercell, prospective bidders will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Mercell is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Mercell. Register your company at Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BID PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated this 12th day of May 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-May 12, 2023 CLASSIFIEDS


Community Calendar May 12 - May 18, 2023 FRIDAY, MAY 12


@ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Zollinger Library is here to help you make memories with their end-of-year photo booth in the library gallery. Everyone is invited to make use of the photo area to take pictures with those special to them.


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!


4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information.


1 pm - 5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Every Friday, come to the children’s library to unwind from a busy week! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, MAY 13


gallupARTS is seeking work that honors the families of WWII Navajo Code Talkers for a group show in July. The submission deadline is May 13. Email for more information.


9 am - 1 pm @ Gallup Lumber. Relay for Life is putting on a bake sale. All proceeds will go toward cancer research. For more information call (505) 870-6205.


2 pm - 4 pm @ Zuni Tribal CALENDAR

Archives (16 St. Anthony Dr., Zuni). The celebration includes hands-on activity stations about water, a Zuni cultural dance performance, Zuni artisans, and information from local gardening organizations.


7 pm - 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). A collection of Zuni, Baroque, Cubist, landscape and contemporary art through a sentimental lens. The show will be available through June 3.


10 am - 5 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.)


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


9 am - 3 pm @ Holiday Nursery (224 S. Valley View).


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec. Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Brave (2012). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


9 am - 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest Native American markets in the United States. SUNDAY, MAY 14


Celebrate Mom today. MONDAY, MAY 15


All ages are invited to register for OFPL’s 2023 Summer Reading Program as theycelebrate kindness, friendship, and unity “All Together Now.” You may register in-person at the Children & Youth Library, Main Library or at Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This month, they will be exploring the topic of food. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Build your own anemometer to measure wind speed. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, MAY 16


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, MAY 17


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.


4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Night at the Museum.


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This month, they will be exploring the topic of food. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm - 6 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). OFPL’s MakerSpace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, and exploring. Participants ages 5 and up can come in to create

their own design for the 3D printers or explore the many engineering activities and equipment! THURSDAY, MAY 18


6 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.).


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). For more information email: or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE SUNDAY, MAY 21


First United Methodist Church (1800 Red Rock Dr.). Enjoy painting for a cause. All proceeds go to Relay for Life. Limited to 20 people.To reserve a place and for more information call Pam at (505) 870-6205. TUESDAY, MAY 23


9 am @ 207 W. Hill Ave.


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, MAY 24


6:30 pm @ various sites. THURSDAY, MAY 25


6:30 pm @ various sites. FRIDAY, MAY 26


6:30 pm @ various sites.


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. SATURDAY, MAY 27


1 pm - 5 pm @ ART123 Gallery ( 123 W. Coal Ave.). Register at www.galluparts. org/workshops ONGOING


Friends of OFPL will have a book sale at the library throughout the month of May, with new materials added daily! Fill up a bag with books for $5 or buy one for $1. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. RECRUITING TEEN MAKERS OFPL is recruiting Teens to help spread their passion. Get trained and certified on our MakerSpace equipment and become a Teen Ambassador for the MakerSpace! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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. 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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Now, we’ll pay off your phone up to $800 and get you on our best plan yet—Go5G Plus. The first plan where new and existing customers always get the same great device deals and are upgrade-ready in two years. Up to $800 via virtual prepaid card for eligible phone payoff when you switch; card typically takes 15 days. Limited-time offer; subject to change. See for Go5G Plus benefits, including the ability to be ready to upgrade in two years. Up to $800 To Pay Off Eligible Phone: Qualifying device, credit, service, and port-in required. You must unlock device before port-out; ask us how. Device balance (incl. lease purchase option) up to $800 paid by virtual prepaid Mastercard® (no cash access & expires in 6 months) which you can use online or in-store via accepted mobile payment apps, typically within 15 days. Tax excluded. Submit proof of balance & 90+ days in good standing with carrier & device within 30 days of port-in and be active and in good standing when processed. Devices previously used for Keep & Switch are not eligible. We might ask for more information. Up to 5 lines. One offer per subscriber. T-Mobile Prepaid Mastercard is rebate/reimbursement or exchange on port-in; for any tax implications, consult a tax advisor. No money has been paid by you for the card. Card is issued by Sunrise Banks N.A., Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Use of this card constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in the Cardholder Agreement. See Terms and Conditions (including arbitration provision) at for additional information. T-Mobile, the T logo, Magenta and the magenta color are registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG. © 2023 T-Mobile USA, Inc.