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Bengals spirit BROTHERS ATTEND EVERY GAME DESPITE DIAGNOSIS By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


he Gallup Lady Bengals’ softball season is over, but if you had a chance to go to a game you might have seen two older men sitting in the stands, cheering as loud as they could. Those two men are known as the “Bengals Number One Fans.” Benjamin, 81, and Gilbert Brown, 83, attend almost every Bengals softball game, rain or shine, despite Benjamin currently undergoing dialysis for kidney failure. “Every time he gets out of dialysis, he wants to go to a softball game,” Benjamin’s daughter Una Paseda said. Benjamin said he’s had a lifelong passion for all things sports. His first sport he ever played was softball, but later on in high school he was his school’s quarterback, a record-setting track star, and a basketball player. “I like sports, especially the high school sports. I like to watch them play,” Benjamin said. “I’ve always been that way.” Benjamin and Gilbert try to attend almost every Gallup softball, baseball, and basketball game they can. They also catch the occasional track and field meet.


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Benjamin said his favorite part about watching high school sports, especially basketball and softball, is the players’ determination. “In basketball, as well as softball, they try their best. … That’s one thing I like about sports, you can feel the thrill that goes through them when they play,” Benjamin explained. Gilbert said going to the high school games was initially just something for him and his brother to do together. “We’re both retired and we’re both elderly and we had nothing to do, so that’s how we started,” he said. Although neither of them have any kids or grandkids currently on the team, some of Gilbert’s kids did go to Gallup High School. Despite not having any relatives on the team, Gilbert said he likes being able to support the softball team. “Not many fans follow the softball team except the parents of the players. But we like to watch them. We follow them everywhere, every game they play,” Gilbert said. The two men often sit in the stands and yell out supportive advice to the girls whether they’re playing defense or offense. They often tell them just to have fun


and do their best. “We just encourage them to go out there and have fun,” Gilbert said. “We tell them ‘You’ll remember this for a lifetime. Playing [sports] will be something that will remain with you the rest of your life.’” Lady Bengals junior Jazmine Marrufo said the men’s support means a lot to her and the rest of the team. “They honestly mean so much [to us]. Knowing they don’t have anybody on the team to actually watch in their own family, and [that they] come out just to support our girls and our team, it just means the world to know that we’re trying our hardest for other people who appreciate the work that we put in,” Marrufo said. Junior Victoria Zarate said that this season Benjamin’s presence really encouraged her to do her best and that she was “putting it all out there for him.” “For me, knowing that he was sick was the biggest thing. I knew I wanted to do my best for him,” Zarate said. The girls showed their appreciation for Benjamin and Gilbert by presenting them with some hats, signed softballs, and signs that said “#1 Fan” during the team’s district championship game April 29. The Lady Bengals made it to

Benjamin Brown, 81, poses with the softball, hat, and sign the Gallup Lady Bengals softball team gave him during their April 29 game. Benjamin has gone to every softball game this year to cheer on the Gallup team, despite his kidney failure diagnosis. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond the state championship, losing in round two to the Silver City

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CAUGHT WITH METH Man smokes illegal drug in front of officer

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12 15 16 SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Lady Bengals win first round

FAREWELL TOUR Steve Stucker says goodbye in Gallup

‘WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP' ‘90s sports comedy gets a remake NEWS

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New rule may open opportunities for cannabis cultivation By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


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accord that would let him lease one of his buildings for marijuana cultivation. Mur phy asked to have the city’s Land Development Standards amended to accommodate possible grow-op in what is presently the Cash & Carry building. That was running up against four zoning elements: the standards; a Downtown Overlay District that forbids cannabis cultivation and requires at least 50% of any business be devoted to public-facing uses ranging from entertainment to retail to food and beverage; and a requirement that cannabis growing operations be screened from public view with a wall. A ny ch a n ge s t o t he

standards or the overlay district would have to be applicable to any other structure with the same zoning, but the property’s unusual location at 101 N. Third St., between State Highway 118 and the railroad tracks, actually works in Murphy’s favor. The building is in the industrial zone, which allows cannabis cultivation. It’s also in the Downtown Overlay Zone, which is intended to encourage a lively downtown populated with restaurants, galleries, shops and other local businesses. Cannabis retail is allowed in the overlay zone, but cultivation is not. Both rules are also under a code section that requires new cannabis businesses to be at least 300 feet from residential

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he calls started coming in to local law enforcement agencies about a year ago, usually from family members wanting to report a relative missing. While that in itself may be frightfully common among Native people, these disappearances are different. They are part of a regional fraud scheme targeting vulnerable Natives. The Ga llup Police Department has handled 32 cases suspected to be connected to the fraud. Of those, 18 have been closed and 14 remain open, Chief Erin ToadlenaPablo said during a press conference held May 17. Twenty of those cases were opened last year, the rest this year. The city has also taken on 19 related cases from other jurisdictions. “Early on our officers knew we had a problem,” ToadlenaPablo said, noting that reports were bubbling up from community service officers who frequently interact with street people. Even if someone is itinerant, homeless or dealing with sobriety issues, relatives often know their patterns. It’s not unusual to not hear from that person for days at a time, but those relatives know when it’s been too long. Sadly, that may be the fi rst indication that scammers have “recruited” – read abducted – a vulnerable family member. That’s when the search begins. Families are forced to expend time, money and resources to go out and look for their missing kin. Most often, family members have been left to search for their missing loved ones, NEWS

Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley unaware that they may have been lured into a van with food and alcohol on the spot and promises of substance abuse treatment and shelter at their destination. From there, the victims are transported to group homes known as pop-up rehab facilities in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. The scammers may change their victims’ names or other information to apply for public health and welfare benefits the victims never receive. Those who refuse may be dumped on the street hundreds of miles from home, with no resources or contacts to get back. Others who remain in the pop-up homes may face physical abuse. They are forbidden to speak their native language under threat of having their phones taken away. “I was completely astounded, especially when I talked to our Chief of Police. It really made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” Gallup Mayor Louie Bonaguidi said during the press conference, which announced cooperation among local, state, tribal and federal authorities. While agencies collaborate to try to stop the fraud and what is loosely called recruitment, a viral video has surfaced

that shows an alleged Navajospeaking scammer trying to lure a man into a van. The man was talked out of getting into the van by a bystander who was recording the incident. Scammers, it has been reported, have used the Navajo language to gain trust with their targeted victims. “ That’s dishea r tening because we do have a generation of speakers that are unable to effectively translate to our Diné people,” Navajo Nation Council Delegate Dr. Andy Nez said. Nez emphasized that anyone that reports being targeted by the scammers will not be “blamed or shamed” over their personal circumstances, including substance abuse or nontraditional gender identity. He also offered to help with translating or doing voiceovers for public ser vice announcements. The encounters may happen in remote areas of the Navajo Nation or on populated city streets in Gallup, Albuquerque, Farmington, New Mexico, or Phoenix, where witnesses have reported vans skipping from bus stop to bus stop looking for targets. Often the victims are in a diminished capacity at the time and have little will or ability to resist. Nava jo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley’s voice broke when she spoke of receiving a call three weeks ago from the family of a man who has been missing for three months after making what should have been a routine visit to Gallup for medical reasons. “Ever since then he has not been back home. Usually he

does a one-day trip, hitchhikes into town for dialysis or to donate blood,” she said. Curley and others are afraid


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‘Let me smoke fi rst’ MAN LIGHTS UP IN FRONT OF OFFICER Staff Reports


Gallup man tried to smoke some meth in front of a police officer before he was arrested on drug charges. On May 8, around 8 pm, Gallup Police Officer Aaron Marquez drove to the Desert Rose Trailer Park (2500 E. Aztec Ave.) after a woman called Metro Dispatch and said that a man who was later identified as William Skeet, was walking around her home. The woman called multiple times saying that Skeet was knocking on her door. The woman said the man had long hair, and that he was wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. She also noted that he’d been traveling on foot. When Marquez initially checked the area, he could not fi nd a man who matched that description, and the woman didn’t want to meet with officers. Marquez left the scene, but the woman called Metro Dispatch again and said Skeet was back. The woman said she was now willing to meet with officers. As Marquez was driving back up to the mobile home, the woman came out and pointed at a man across the street. The man, who was identified as Skeet, 32, was walking west bound on Aztec Avenue. As Marquez was approaching Skeet, Metro Dispatch informed him that the man had a warrant out for his arrest regarding a sexual abuse case. According to Marquez’s report, Skeet appeared to be jittery, and he was grinding

William Skeet his teeth. Skeet initially told Marquez that his name was “Standoff Gasing.” He also gave a false Social Security number, changing it multiple times. Marquez asked Skeet to come back to the caller’s house so that she could identify him. Skeet would not get into Marquez’s police vehicle, but instead walked back to the mobile home park. Before Marquez could tell him which trailer the woman lived in, Skeet walked up to the correct unit, knocked on the door, and began yelling. He then began pacing in front of the door, despite Marquez telling him to sit down. At that moment, a gray car pulled into the trailer park, and Skeet got into it. Marquez asked the driver of the vehicle to stop driving and turn off the vehicle. Instead of listening to Marquez’s requests for him to get out of the vehicle, Skeet jumped into the backseat.


Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Featured DWI Victor Chee March 19, 7:52 pm DWI (Fifth)

A caller advised Metro Dispatch a man had too much to drink and was driving, eventually leading to Victor Chee, 63, of Fort Wingate, being arrested for DWI. Gallup Officer Daniel Brown was patrolling when he was advised by Metro Dispatch that an anonymous caller contacted them from Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave. to say Chee had too much to drink and requested aid. Medstar staff were dispatched to Walmart, where they later requested police assistance after stating the suspect, Chee, was intoxicated and had left the scene westbound in a maroon Subaru Outback. Brown turned onto Maloney Avenue from U.S. Highway 491 to locate the suspect. As he approached Allison Crossing north of the train tracks near Highway 66, he saw a line of vehicles parked waiting for an eastbound train to pass. Brown PUBLIC SAFETY

then saw a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle that left from Walmart in the middle of the roadway. He approached the vehicle from the passenger side and reportedly found Chee inside unconscious at the wheel with the engine running. Brown knocked on the window repeatedly to get Chee’s attention. Despite repeated knockings and questions, Chee was slow to respond to Brown’s questions. Brown stated he believed Chee was heavily intoxicated due to his reactions. When Chee did roll down the window, he reportedly showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot eyes, a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle, and his speech was slurred to the point Brown did not understand what he was saying. There were allegedly also several crushed cans of Budweiser inside the vehicle. Chee eventually exited the vehicle on command, staggering and swaying as he stood. He said he consumed an unspecified amount of beer prior to driving and was reportedly hard to understand and nearly incoherent as his speech was heavily slurred. Brown took his responses to the questions as a refusal to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. Metro Dispatch advised Brown that Chee had four prior DWI charges and was on the felony list. A tow truck was called to remove Chee’s vehicle from the scene before Brown transported Chee to a local hospital after obtaining a blood warrant signed by 11th District

Judge Louis Depauli. After the draw was fini shed a nd Chee received medical clearance for being highly intoxicated, he was t r a n s por t ed t o McK i n ley C ou nt y A d u lt D e t e nt io n Center and booked for DWI (fifth), resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, open container, and driving with a revoked license. Following a bind over on April 5, his arraignment hearing is set for June 12. Name: Emily Shundeen Sam Age: 33 Arrested: April 9 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on May 25

Name: Ophelia Feldrin Skeet Age: 41 Arrested: March 31 Charge: DWI Status: Status hearing on June 6 Name: Chelsea Troncoso Age: 30 Arrested: Feb. 24 Charge: Aggravated DWI (second) Status: Motion hearing on May 23 Name: Jennisha Damon Age: 24 Arrested:

Jan. 8 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Final pretrial hearing on May 25 Name: Terry Nelson Age: 52 Arrested: Dec. 4 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Status conference on July 17 Name: Tyrick Quetawki Age: 41 Arrested: Nov. 25 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Bench trial on May 11

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Vanderwagen man charged with involuntary manslaughter Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE – A man from Vanderwagen, N.M., has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after he reportedly hit two people with his car, killing them.

According to the indictment, on Oct. 2, Sheldon Carlton Daye, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, allegedly hit and killed two people who were stopped on the shoulder of Highway 602, repairing a flat tire, near Bread Springs, N.M. Daye, 29, was allegedly driving

while under the influence at the time. Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque F ield Of f ice, a n nou nced that Daye was charged with

involuntary manslaughter May 16. Daye will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled. An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Daye faces up to eight years in prison.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and the New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

Man flees scene of gas station hit-and-run Staff Reports


man was recently arrested for hitting a woman’s car at a local gas station. On May 6 around 11 pm, Gallup Police Officer Vincent Thompson responded to a call

concerning a hit-and-run at Maverik at 3540 E. Hwy. 66. When he arrived at the gas station, he met with the owner of a black Buick Regal. The woman said a man named Francis Shorty Jr. hit her car. According to the victim, Shorty drove by the gas station in

a black Nissan Titan on Highway 66 “saying all kinds of stuff.” He then reportedly turned on to Toltec Drive and started traveling southbound before turning around and pulling into the gas station parking lot. Shorty allegedly pulled up next to the victim’s car before

backing into the driver’s side. According to Thompson’s report, Shorty knew the victim was inside the car. After he backed into the woman’s car, Shorty started driving toward the parking lot exit. The victim’s husband tried to stop Shorty by putting his hands out and telling him to stop, but Shorty drove forward. The husband was not in front of the vehicle at the time. The victim did complain of some back pain, but she ultimately refused any medical attention. Shorty was seen traveling westbound on Highway 66. The victim said Shorty was drunk and possibly the only one in the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen

DRUG CHARGES | FROM PAGE 8 Marquez drew his taser and again asked Skeet to get out of the vehicle, to which Skeet responded: “No, let me smoke fi rst.” Skeet then began smoking out of a glass pipe he reportedly had on him. Multiple officers had to be

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Francis Shorty Jr. traveling eastbound from Zecca Plaza by Sgt. Matthew Graham, although he wasn’t able to stop it. A judge signed a warrant for Shorty’s arrest on May 9, and he was eventually located on May 14. He was charged with aggravated battery, resisting arrest, and failure to give immediate notice of an accident. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24.

called to the scene before Skeet stepped out of the car. Meth was allegedly found in the car where Skeet was sitting. Skeet was charged with his previous warrant, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and concealing identity. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24. PUBLIC SAFETY



Police identify gunman, three victims in Farmington shooting Staff Reports


our people, including the alleged gunman, were killed during a shooting in Farmington, N.M., May 16. T he shoot er h a s been identified as Beau Wilson; an 18-year-old Farmington High School senior. A r ou nd 11 a m , t h r e e Farmington Police Officers were eating lunch when they received a call about shots f i red a long Nor t h Dusti n Avenue between Apache and Ute streets. During a press con ference held M ay 16, Farmington Mayor Nathan Duckett said the officers did not have time to put on their body armor. Accord i n g t o aut hor ities, Wilson was staying in a home in the area. He reportedly opened fire on houses and cars in the area “at random.” A Ring doorbell camera caught the first round of shots a little bit before 11 am. Over 100 calls about the i ncident repor ted ly ca me into the Farmington Police Department. Farmington Deputy Police Chief Baric Crum said the crime scene was “nearly a quarter-mile.” From the fi rst initial shot to the moment Wilson was shot and killed, the incident only lasted eight minutes. A motive is unknown at this point. Three women were shot and killed in the incident: Shirley Voita, 79, Gwendolyn STATE & REGION

Gwendolyn Schofield Schofield, 97, and Melody Ivie, 73. Schofield and Ivie, who were mother and daughter, were traveling together when the incident occurred. Six people, including two police officers — Farmington Police Sgt. Rachel Discenza and New Mexico State Police Officer Andreas Stamatiadis — were injured, and transpor t e d t o t he S a n Ju a n Reg iona l Med ica l Center. Stamatiadis, who was shot while driving to the scene, and the four civilians were treated and released from the hospital. Discenza is reportedly recovering from a wound to her pelvis. Five people were reportedly treated at the scene for injuries such as cuts from flying glass. When he was answering questions from the press, Chum said that Wilson had t h ree g u n s, i nclud i ng a n assault-style rif le, on him at the time of incident. He reportedly legally purchased

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t he a s sau lt - st yle r i f le i n December, a month after his 18th birthday. Crum said a family member of Wilson’s owned the other two guns. “The event is diffi cult to u nder st a nd,” Fa r m i ng ton Police Chief Hebbe said. “We are doing the best that we can [to] piece through [evidence], talk with family members of the suspect, piece through what wa s goi ng on, look through the evidence to figure out what the motivation was.” During the press

conference, Duckett made sure to mention Farmington’s resilience. “We are a resilient community, a community that cares for each other. In the face of adversity, we must stand together, comfort one another, and make a determined effort to heal these wounds so we can emerge stronger and not allow this act of violence to defi ne us,” he said. The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and more details will be published as they become available.

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Lady Bengals advance to second round Lady Bengal Victoria Zarate (7) races past second base during the playoff game against the Lovington Lady Wildcats May 11 at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The Lady Bengals defeated the Lady Wildcats 3-0. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Seniah Haines (5) takes her turn at bat during the playoff game against the Lady Wildcats May 11. The Lady Bengals advanced on to the second round of the championship. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Bengal Victoria Zarate (7) prepares to steal second base while Lady Wildcat Jocelynn Holguin (9) looks for the ball. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Lady Bengal Kaiel Blackgoat (15) prepares to make the catch as Lady Wildcat Chloe Corral (14) crosses first base May 11 at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


Lady Fighting Colts sprint past Lady Patriots

Lady Patriot Catcher Matias Morgan (12) prepares to catch the ball during the game against the Lady Fighting Colts May 11. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Patriot Shantaya Belone (23) prepares to catch the ball as Lady Fighting Colt Makaylah Roybal (11) stands on first base. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Patriot Aubrey Tah (9) waits to steal second base as Lady Fighting Colt Jayelyn Sanchez (2) holds down first. The Lady Fighting Colts defeated the Lady Patriots 17-2 during the first state championship game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Patriot Andrea Vinson (5) pitches to the Lady Fighting Colts May 11 at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein SPORTS

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KOB weatherman says goodbye to New Mexicans with farewell tour By Molly Ann Howell Sun Correspondent


fter 33 years of keeping New Mexicans informed about the weather, KOB 4 weatherman Steve Stucker is retiring. His next career move? Embracing his faith and turning to ministry full-time at his church, the New Covenant Church in Albuquerque. “I’ve been really really involved in my faith. I lived a crazy life for a long time, and Jesus just changed my life. … I just get a lot of joy in just being able to share that,” Stucker said in an interview with the Sun. “About three years ago it became clear to me it was time to hang up the T.V. thing while I still have some time and some health left and really devote the rest of my time to serving the Lord in ministry.” Stucker is currently an A s s o c i a t e Pa s t or a t t he church. He leads the men’s m i n ist r y a nd d i rect s t he “Compassion Ministry,” which helps families with special needs, such as single mothers or grandparents raising their grandchildren. To celebrate the end of his television career, Stucker is going around the state and meeting with his fans. He was in Gallup May 10 COMMUNITY

at Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille. Stucker said he was very thankful for everyone who came out for the event, saying that people from all over the Four Corners showed up. “I have just been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the viewers. It’s so much more than I deserve,” Stucker said. “It makes me laugh and brings tears to my eyes. People have always been so kind to me, and they’ve really treated me like family.” Sammy C’s Rock N’ Sports Pub & Grille owner Sammy Ch ioda sa id he wa s glad Stucker made his restaurant a stop on his tour. “First of all I thought it was great for Gallup to be recognized as a destination place for Steve Stucker to do his farewell tour. … We were touched he even considered coming to Sammy’s, and we were so excited,” Chioda said. S t u c ke r w a s b o r n i n Council Bluffs, Iowa. After going to college in Missouri, Stucker ended up in Armallio, Texa s r ight a fter college, where he repor ted on the weather part-time. He moved to New Mexico in the fall of


Mickey and Lynn Menapace pose with Steve Stucker during his Thank You Tour at Sammy C’s in Gallup May 10. Steve’s last day on air as a KOB 4 weatherman was March 31, but he’ll be traveling through New Mexico on his “Thank You New Mexico Tour” until May 31. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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This feature from 20 th Century Studios will be streaming Friday, May 16 exclusively on Hulu. This week sees action blockbuster Fast X being released at movie theaters everywhere. If you’ve already enjoyed the first nine chapters, nothing a reviewer asserts will make a significant change on whether or not you’re going to see the next chapter. So, instead of presenting a review of a critic-proof movie, this writer decided to take a look and provide an analysis of an alternate option. While it isn’t a sequel, the new film White Men Can’t Jump

is a remake of a sharp-witted 1992 sports comedy that starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. As someone who saw and greatly enjoyed the original, it is admittedly hard to overcome a bias toward the first film. This updated version does feature charismatic leads and delivers a few laughs, but it also waters down some of the original’s edge and unpredictability. Kamal (Sinqua Walls) was once a basketball prodigy destined to become one of the game’s greatest players. But a violent episode ruins his career before it even starts, and ten years later he finds himself working as a delivery man and only playing the game with close friends. After getting into an on-court argument with eccentric, wobbly-knees, health-drink salesman Jeremy (Jack Harlow), Kamal finds himself being hustled.



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’m a proud librocubicularist. As much as you probably want this to mean I’m starting a new political party of which I will be its presidential candidate, alas, this isn’t the case. The Word Nerd party would be a better name, although “librocubicularist” is my current favorite sesquipedalian word. To be a librocubicularist is to be someone who reads in bed. I love reading in bed. After the kids are asleep and I’m winding down for the day, I read for about 20–30 minutes. And, for me, it has to be fiction. You see, I used to read non-fiction books about ways to help right the wrongs of the world, or about problems of injustice. While these books are definitely important, reading them before bed would get my mind ramped back up, leading to trouble sleeping. When I’m lost in a good work of fiction (or even a so-so one), my


brain can escape to a make-believe world where the outcome has no real-world ramifications. Right now, I’m about to finish Stephen King’s seven-book Dark Tower series for the fourth time. Each time I read it, I find new details. While King’s magnum opus may not be for everyone, I highly suggest you give Book One, The Gunslinger, a try. Reading for twenty minutes a day has incredibly positive effects on kids. For instance, if you read to your child for twenty minutes per day, she’ll be exposed to 1.8 million words per year. Spending screen-free time with your children gives you great bonding time and allows you to enter into literature as a team. My kids prefer different types of books, but our trips to the library always result in heaps of new worlds to explore. For adults, reading slows the drying of mental cement. I think we should all be life-long learners. In order to keep our brains nimble, we need to continually expose ourselves to new information and ideas.

This can be in the form of fiction, nonfiction, philosophy, religious texts or even graphic novels. Reading keeps your imagination active and engages your brain. Reading teaches old dogs (i.e., you) new tricks. I encourage you to become a

librocubicularist. Whether you read physical or digital books, I recommend winding down your day in bed with a good book. It will allow your mind to forget the troubles of today as well as the challenges you’ll face tomorrow. After all, each day holds enough

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MOVIE REVIEW | FROM PAGE 16 Strangely enough, he doesn’t get angry and instead sees an opportunity. Kamal convinces Jeremy to take an act to the streets and begin hustling players to make extra money. Knowing the dishonest nature of their acts, they also do everything they can to prevent their significant others Imani (Teyana Taylor) and Tatiana (Laura Harrier) from discovering their scamming ways. When the two are invited to compete in a public tournament for big money,

LAST SEEN IN GALLUP | FROM PAGE 7 that people may not seek help or legitimate services they need because the scam has dashed their trust.

it becomes difficult to keep up their ruse. As mentioned, the two leads are fun to watch. Kamal makes a memorable impression as a man trying to provide for his family, yet struggles with feelings of guilt and rage for destroying his own professional career. His sudden outbursts do create some tension during the film’s most intense matches. And Jeremy provides some chuckles with his ability to talk and get under the skin of opponents. The character also struggles with ACL injuries and painkiller addiction early in the

film, although the drug issue is sadly brushed to the side later in the film instead of providing more dramatic material. A portion of the insulting chatter feels a bit obvious, but some of the barbs the leads use on competitors to confuse or make them miss a shot are amusing to hear. There’s also a funny and over-the-top gag involving an extreme reaction after one confrontation gets particularly out of hand. These particular moments are entertaining. The film is also nicely photographed with well-edited game highlights as the teams play.

Honestly, this may all work well enough if you have never seen the original film. Unfortunately, if you do remember the source material, that title was far edgier. Despite their issues, the leads in this redo are, well, nice guys. The first movie featured some nasty double-crosses and the characters couldn’t help but take advantage of others when an opportunity arose... even if it also had terrible repercussions on their private lives. In this film, the intentions of the two leads are almost entirely noble. And while the female characters here

are strong-willed, the dramatic stakes aren’t as high because the men seem to be only doing what they’re doing in order to overcome personal issues. The leads in this film are quite compelling and there are chuckles, but in other respects this remake is a bit too nice - at times it even feels like it actually wants to inspire instead of delivering biting humor and big twists. White Men Can’t Jump does score some points, but could have used more sting to really stand up against its predecessor. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

Meanwhile, the criminals have proved elusive, not least because the crimes cross multiple jurisdictions, including state lines. It took a little time for law enforcement agencies to put the pieces together to realize the scope of it and start

working together. Su spect s were f i r st described as two A frican American men, then one, then two again, working with a Navajo man. Later reports have indicated a non-medical transport service may be involved.

“These cases have crossed state lines and have been referred to the FBI,” ToadlenaPablo said. She stressed that Gallup PD won’t turn away any missing person report because of jurisdiction, and the agencies are sharing information to solve the crime. Gallup Police, Navajo Nation Police, Zuni Police, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police have met

twice, last November and last month in Fort Defiance, Ariz. to share information. “A lot of people don’t have access to the inter net or cell phone usage, so the outreach was really important,” Toadlena-Pablo said. If you think a family member or friend has been targeted by the scam, call the Gallup Police Department at (505) 863-9365.

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CANNABIS CULTIVATION | FROM PAGE 6 correctional facilities, libraries, parks and public open spaces. In this case the hangup was nearby Iglesia Hispania Pentecostal El Pueblo de Dios, a religious institution less than 300 feet away. Following a previous suggestion from the city council, planning staff proposed reviving an old rule that eliminated the distance requirement where the cannabis business and the protected use are less than 300 feet apart, but separated by an “adequate barrier” such as an interstate highway or railroad right-of-way. The church is on the other side of the tracks from

Murphy’s property. Ga l lup’s Pla n n i ng a nd Development Director C.B. Strain has previously recommended eliminating all of the protected uses except schools and day care facilities, but the council has been determined to preserve them. “The more we whittle this down, we might as well go back to my original idea and just get rid of all the protected uses,” Strain said. “There’s got to be a line in the sand drawn at some point to say, this is our regulation. Anybody can challenge a regulation, but if it’s to the point where we are just amending it every time someone challenges it, we should just get rid of it.” The overlay zone also has

the 50% requirement, which staff finds onerous for all businesses, not just the cannabis sector. The new recommendation drops the requirement to 30% for the Downtown Overlay Zone, and the entire percentage if the underlying zoning is industrial. Although the client that approached Murphy about a grow-op at his site has moved on, lifting the percentage requirement will let him market the property for cultivation or as a warehouse space, something he said is scarce in Gallup. “We’re happy. It’s pretty close to what we originally proposed, maybe a little better,” Murphy said. The screening requirement

STEVE STUCKER | FROM PAGE 15 1983. When he first moved to New Mexico, he was a radio disc jockey, playing Top 40 rock n’ roll music. After 15 years in the radio business, he turned to television, and joined KOB 4 in 1990. De s pit e repor t i n g t he weather for so many years, Stucker doesn’t consider himself a meteorologist. Instead, he calls himself a “metriocracist.” But telling people whether it’s going to rain or not is just the beginning of what he does. “Weather is fi rst and foremost, but here in New Mexico, we go for long stretches where we just for day after day talk about how beautiful it’s going to be. And that can be kind of boring sometimes,” Stucker said. “[The job] was a great opportunity for me to be an entertainer, to create some fun, and to really become a part of the community.” In his new role, he’s hoping to remain a part of the communities of New Mexico. He said NEWS

was easily dispatched after Strain pointed out that it was created when the city council anticipated allowing outdoor grow-ops, a plan it ultimately scrapped. “There is no place to apply it so it needs to go away,” Strain said. Planning and Zoning commissioners support the recommendations. The panel approved them on a 5-0 vote May 9, and praised staff’s work to find solutions. “This really does open up cannabis opportunities in a defined area. I think that’s good for the community,” Chairman Kent Wilson said. Com m i s sioner Keega n MacKenzie-Chavez observed

that many of the properties in the immediate area are difficult to develop, and Commissioner Fran Pawlowski said, “You’ve gotta start somewhere, and this is a really good start.” The public will have another opportunity to comment when the proposed changes go to the city council May 23. “I think the council’s concerns have pretty much been addressed. I think everyone is generally In favor of all the changes so I don’t see any problem coming there,” Murphy said. He’s held off marketing the property until the issues are settled. If approved, he will still have to go back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a waiver of the 300-foot rule.

You New Mexico Tour” as he says ‘farewell’ to fans and shares fond memories. His fi nal day on air will be on May 31. KO B 4 n e w s a n c h o r Danielle Todesco-Espinosa often shares the news desk with Stucker. As someone who grew up watching him talk about the weather, Todesco

said she was really going to miss Stucker. “He’s such a n icon, so somebody like him leaving KOB, you definitely feel it. … We always say people like him are part of the fabric of KOB, so we’ll always have his legacy there, but we defi nitely feel him being gone already,” Todesco said.

For Steve Stucker, sharing the weather with the people of New Mexico doesn’t just make him a weatherman, but an entertainer too. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Steve Stucker he hopes to host some community seminars and become a guest teacher/preacher at area churches. Along with being a pastor, Stucker will also continue working with the non—profit he fou nded a nd d i rec t s, Beds4Kidz. The non-profit

gives beds to needy families. The organization has helped over 16,000 people, according to their website. But Stucker isn’t quite fi nished with his time at KOB 4. Although his last forecast aired on March 31, Stucker is still traveling on his “Thank Gallup Sun • Friday May 19, 2023 19


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 have the court hear your side of the case, you have to file a written answer within the 30day 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 *** PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. Among the other items, the commission will consider a new Personnel Policy Ordinance numbered 2023-MAY-009 (with anticipated adoption at a meeting in June of 2023). This meeting will be held “In-Person” and the requirements of the Open Meetings Act allowing members of the public to attend and listen to meetings of the quorum of the governing body. This meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. The agenda can be sent elec-

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REDI-MIX CONCRETE 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 13, 2023 when bids will be opened and read aloud in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room via

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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 15, 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 Negometrix. com. Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BID PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated this 19th day of May 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor

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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 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, June 13, 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 19th 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 19, 2023 (Gallup Sun) May 20, 2023 (Albuquerque Journal) CLASSIFIEDS


Community Calendar May 19 - May 25, 2023 FRIDAY, MAY 19


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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.

4 pm - 5:30 pm @ the Solid Waste Building (1580 Hasler Valley Rd.) and streamed on Zoom. For more information go to

KIDS CRAFTER-NOON 1 pm - 3 pm @ Studio123 at ART123 Gallery (123. W. Coal Ave.). Kids ages 8+ are invited to spend the afternoon coloring, cutting, collaging, constructing and crafting!

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

GET UP AND GAME 1 pm - 5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Every Friday, come to the children’s library to unwind from a busy week! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, MAY 20

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 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

GALLUP 9TH ST. FLEA MARKET 9 am - 5 pm @ 340 9th Street. The Gallup 9th Street Flea Market is one of the largest CALENDAR


FAMILY STORYTIME 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.

EUREKA! 4 pm @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, MAY 23


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

CHESS CLUB 4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, MAY 24



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

MIDWEEK MATINEE AT OFPL 4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Baywatch.

FAMILY STORYTIME 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.

TINKER TECH OPEN MAKERSPACE TIME 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 25


CELEBRATE RECOVERY: SPEAKER MEETING AND FAQ SESSION 6 pm @ @ Community Bible Church (2 Hilltop Dr.). This meeting will cover Step 1 of the 12-step recovery program. For more information, email Steve Maus at or call him at (302) 437-9352.

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



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@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, MAY 27

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: CYANOTYPE PRINTING WITH CHERILLE W. 1 pm - 5 pm @ ART123 Gallery ( 123 W. Coal Ave.). Register at www.galluparts. org/workshops FRIDAY, JUNE 2


‘ALL TOGETHER NOW!’ SUMMER READING REGISTRATION 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.

one for $1. Email bmartin@ 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.

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.t

FRIENDS OF OFPL BOOK SALE 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

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