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Going global? ADJUSTING BUDGETS TO SALVAGE RURAL HEALTH CARE By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


ealth care is one area of life where one size does not fit all. That can be a real problem for small, rural communities like McKinley County, which rely on local hospitals for a full range of care – some of which isn’t available locally. Fixing the situation won’t be easy and it’s going to take commitment, a panel of local providers told a community audience Sept. 10 at an event sponsored by Community Health Action Group. Attendees were treated to a screening of the activist fi lm American Hospitals: Healing a Broken System, which asks the question: “How can we


incentivize hospitals to provide the highest quality care with the lowest affordable cost to the community?” The fi lmmakers make the point that rural communities are often not well served by a system built around huge, urban medical centers. Large hospitals are increasingly profit-driven, pushing expensive interventions when a patient is in dire condition and focusing less on the dayto-day care that may be just as important but doesn’t ring up as much on cash registers. This is partly because private investors have taken a stake in the health care business and look at hospitals like any other business. “Pr ivate equity-backed firms have been attracted to

emergency rooms in recent years because ERs are profitable and because they have been able to charge inflated amounts for out-of-network care — at least until a federal law cracked down on surprise billing,” as stated in a Kaiser Family Foundation study published in April. The article cited a doctor/CEO of a startup job site for emergency physicians, who found that private equity-backed staffi ng firms run 25% of the nation’s emergency rooms. Another study published by Becker’s Hospital Review in February found that less than 15% of hospital board members at the country’s highest-ranked hospitals have any medical exper ience, but 44% have backgrounds in private equity, banking and fi nance.

The film focuses on how for-profit health care often puts physicians at odds with their mission by putting pressure on visit times and expensive services. Local providers Dr. Valory Wangler, Dr. John Mezoff and Dr. Warner Anderson provided commentary and took audience questions after the screening, with CHAG leader Dr. Constance Liu acting as moderator. One solution the fi lm proposes is replacing the feefor-service model with global budgeting, which sets an overall limit on health care spending, leaving it to providers and payers to determine how to keep spending under budget. In global budgeted systems, providers are paid an agreed amount to treat a population for a specified length of time. Such a system might help rural hospitals attract and retain the kind of talent they want, rather than physicians whose f irst motivation is profit, the doctors suggested.

Dr. Valory Wangler, Executive Director of Gallup Community Health “It changes the attitude from teaching services that make money and cutting those that don’t make money, like labor and delivery, but which are very community important,” Mezoff said. Anderson lamented how a shift away from service hurts rural hospitals. “In the past, 40 years ago, people came here because they wanted to serve…What


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Advocates, business leaders debate family/ medical leave act By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


elcoming a new family member into a home or taking care of a partner or elder is demanding under the best of circumstances, but it’s doubly difficult for workers who have to do their regular jobs all day, then provide care in between workdays. The Southwest Women’s Law Center is getting behind efforts to pass a state Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, holding listening sessions around the state to take the temperature of residents and employers and gather comments to refi ne a bill for the 2024 legislative session. The same bill died in a House committee last year, but advocates are hoping for a better reception in the next session. The bill would require workers to pay $5 per $1,000 earned into a fund that would pay employees of companies with more than five employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave for the birth or adoption of a child or if a worker needs to take care of a relative who’s



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Bill Lee, executive director of the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said any family leave bill should be optional for all employers and workers and that the proposed bill would saddle employers with more bureaucracy and what is effectively a tax. File Photo temporarily injured or ill. Employers would pay 0.4% of workers’ pay into the fund, which would pay workers while they are on such a leave. “There are many workers who do take unpaid FML when they have a baby or when they are taking care of a serious medical condition for themselves or a family member,” Terrelene Massey, executive director of the SWLC, said. “Unfortunately, people quit their jobs when they don’t get


Terrelene Massey, Executive Director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center, supports the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Terrelen Massey support. Most often, this is women because women are predominantly the caretakers.” SWLC’s position is that a PFML bill would help New Mexico employers hire and retain workers and make the state a more attractive place to work. So far, 13 other states have passed some form of family/medical leave. “I do think PFML will benefit employers in New Mexico as well, because this is an added benefit that we’re hoping to provide at a minimal cost,” Massey said. “Providing this benefit statewide through this

fund will help mom and pop shops.” Although the bill would exempt companies with fewer than five employees – 66% of businesses in New Mexico, Massey said – business leaders at a Sept. 6 session in Gallup were nonplussed, at best. Bill Lee, executive director of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said any family leave bill should be optional for all employers and workers and that the proposed bill would saddle employers with more bureaucracy and what is effectively a tax. He’s heard from local business owners, he said. “All of them talked about what a tremendous hardship this would put on the business and their employees and the costs they would have to incur to do this,” he said. “This bill would put another half a billion in payroll taxes into the state coffers because everybody would have to put into it whether or not they will use it.” While it doesn’t say so, the bill would require employers to get new payroll software that supports the deductions, Lee said, and might force

other process changes. He’s also concerned that the fund would run out of money within two years, potentially creating an unfunded mandate. He’s not satisfied with the SWLC’s arguments. “We’re look i ng at how employers would save money. What happens with a PFML policy,” Massey said. “The department approves their leave because they provided su f f icient docu ment at ion leading up to the leave. There would be a fund that would provide partial payment to that employee. That frees up the money that employers pay.” But Lee is unconvinced. Employers would have to fi nd temp workers to fi ll in for the employee on leave – a challenge in an environment where businesses can barely fi nd regular, full-time employees. It’s even more difficult when the position is specialized, like a welder or nurse, he added. The Greater Ga llup Econom ic Development Corp. is siding with Lee and the businesses the Chamber represents.



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STAR AHTLETES Five GMCS students are recognized this week

MOVIE REVIEW Investigate spooks with ‘A Haunting in Venice’

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Taking things too far SECURITY GUARD FIRES A PELLET GUN AT A MAN Staff Reports


security guard for Southwest Jewelers Supply & Pawn was arrested after he allegedly shot at a man with a pellet gun. On Sept. 4, around 4:30 pm, Gallup Police Officers Aaron Marquez and Julio Yazzie were dispatched to the business at 828 E. Historic Hwy. 66 after the store’s security guard, who was later identified as Jordan Morgan Hengel, called and said that someone was throwing rocks at him and his dog. When Yazzie and Marquez arrived at the scene Hengel, 33, pointed out a man who was walking east of the business. Marquez went to speak to the man, and according to his police report, he noticed the man was bleeding from the face. The man told Marquez that he’d been sitting outside of Southwest Jewelers Supply & Pawn. He said he wasn’t on the property, but rather on the sidewalk. Suddenly, a store employee wearing a green shirt reportedly started yelling at him, telling him and the other people he was with to leave. The man reportedly told the employee that his group would leave, and that’s when Hengel became conformational, saying “what the f*** did you say to me?” The victim said he repeated himself, and he and his group began to leave. But while they were leaving, Hengel allegedly pulled out a black pellet gun. Hengel reportedly began shooting at the victim multiple times while he was trying to PUBLIC SAFETY

walk away. The victim said he was shot three or four times in the face and back. In his report Marque noted that the man was bleed- Jordan Morgan Hengel ing from his top lip and he had indentations on his body that were consistent with a pellet gun. The victim said he had thought Hengel had a real gun, and that he was scared for his life. While Marquez was talking to the alleged victim, Yazzie spoke to Hengel. Hengel initially said he didn’t own a pellet gun. He claimed that he only had a real gun, and said it wasn’t used during the situation. Hengel once again said that the man had been throwing rocks at him and his dog. Meanwhile, the victim said he never tried to defend himself, nor did he throw any rocks. Eventually, Hengel confessed that he did have a pellet gun. According to Marquez’s report, Hengel admitted that he “might have escalated the situation.” Hengel told the officers that he’d given the pellet gun to a friend who took it to his house to remove it from the scene. The pellet gun was eventually returned to Southwest Jewelers Supply & Pawn. Hengel was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 13.






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Fire call turns into drug bust POLICE CHECK ON SITUATION, FIND WOMAN WITH FENTANYL Staff Reports


woman was caught with fentanyl after police initially thought she was setting fires at a local business. On Sept. 4, Gallup Police Officer Timothy Hughte was dispatched to the Home Depot at 530 Kachina St. after a woman, who was later identified as Amanda Gruber, was trying to start fires at the business. When Hughte arrived at the scene, he was told that Gruber, 38, was headed toward Walmart (1650 W. Maloney Ave.). Sgt. Terrance Peyketewa was able to talk to her, and she said she hadn’t stopped at Home Depot, but had merely been walking through the parking lot. She gave her identity “just in case [the police] needed her further” and Peyketewa let her walk off toward Walmart. Hughte ran Gruber’s name by Metro Dispatch and they told him she had a warrant out for her arrest. He found her on

the east side of Walma r t. She said that she knew she had a warrant, and according t o Hug ht e’s repor t she asked if she Amanda Gruber cou ld t a ke care of it the next day. After that conversation, Hughte searched Gruber for weapons by looking into the pockets of her baggy sweatpants. He found a used foil with black residue on it in her left pocket and a wallet and another used foil with a bobby pin and the plastic body of a pen inside her right pocket. The pen’s ink had reportedly been taken out so now it was just a hollow tube. When Hughte opened the foils he found a single blue pill inside one of them. Gruber was charged with her initial warrant and possession of a controlled substance. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 27.

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Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Featured DWI

Marcia Whitehorse July 25, 10:30 pm Aggravated DWI (Third) A Smith Lake driver, Marcia Whitehorse, 39, tried to pass through a DWI Task Force checkpoint and ended up being arrested and charged with her third DWI. New Mexico State Police Officer Joe Roanhorse was working a McKinley County Task Force Checkpoint near mile marker 5.5 of Highway 371 i n T horeau. A wh ite Toyot a Ya r is pu l led i nto

the checkpoint, and when Roanhorse went to speak to the driver he reportedly noticed the odor of an intoxicating liquor in the vehicle. Roanhorse also noted an open container of Budweiser behind the front passenger seat. The driver, Whitehorse, produced a New Mexico ID, at which point she was told to exit the vehicle. W h itehor se repor ted ly admitted to consuming a 24 oz. can of Budweiser, then stated she only had half of the can prior to driving. She showed further signs of intoxication, including smelling of alcohol and slurred speech. She agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. However, she performed poorly on the tests and was deemed too impaired to safely operate a vehicle. Whitehorse was placed under arrest. While searching the vehicle, Roanhorse located a halfempty 12 oz. can of Budweiser. W hitehorse wa s tra nsported to the New Mexico State Police Office for the

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breath test, where she posted two samples of .18. She was then transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (third), driving with suspended/revoked license, open container, no insurance and expired registration. Her motion hearing is set for Nov. 9 Name: Myron Chee Age: 35 Arrested: Aug. 10 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 17 Name: Ethan Litsuie Age: 31

Arrested: June 21 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Oct. 17 Name: Jonathan Alec Long Age: 24 Arrested: June 17 Charge: DWI Status: Motion hearing on Oct. 17 Name: Alton Cowboy Age: 54 Arrested: June 17 Charge:

Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Oct. 10 Name: Ernie James Begay Age: 51 Arrested: June 2 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Motion hearing on Oct. 10 Name: Kyle Chee Age: 22 Arrested: May 20 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Final pretrial hearing on Sept. 28

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Gov. takes aim at gun violence, fentanyl MCKINLEY COUNTY SHERIFF VOICES HIS DISAPPROVAL Staff Reports


ANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Sept. 8 a new public health order that outlines immediate actions aimed at quickly reducing gun violence and illegal drug use in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The recent shooting deaths of a 13-year-old girl on July 28, a 5-year-old girl on Aug. 14, and an 11-yearold boy on Sept. 6, as well as two mass shootings this year spurred the governor to declare gun violence a public health emergency on Sept.7. T he Sept. 8 publ ic hea lt h

order includes directives to curb the gun v iolence and drug abuse that the governor has declared to be public health emergencies. “As I said [on Sept. 7], the time for standard measures has passed,” Lujan Grisham s a i d . “A n d w h e n N e w Mexica ns a re a fra id to be in crowds, to take their kids to school, to leave a baseball game – when their very right to exist is threatened by the prospect of violence at every turn – something is very wrong.” During a substantive and e a r ne s t conver s a t ion on Sept. 8 w ith public sa fety officials including Bernalillo

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McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III County Sheriff John Allen, A lbuquerque Pol ice Ch ief Harold Medina, former State Police Chief Pete Kassetas, and state law enforcement le a der sh ip, t he gover nor ex pa nded on her pla ns to drastically reduce the number of violent incidents and fenta nyl-related deaths in New Mexico. The governor also signed an executive order declaring illegal drugs a public health emergency on Sept. 8. The action plan includes a suspension of open a nd conce a le d c a r r y l aw s i n Bernalillo County, temporarily prohibiting the carrying of guns on public property w it h cer t a i n except ion s . E xcept ion s i nclude for l icen s ed s ecu r it y g u a rd s a nd law enforcement officers. Citizens with permits to carr y firearms are free to possess their weapons on private property (such as at a gun range or gun store), provided they transport the firearm in a locked box, use

a trigger lock, or some other mechanism that renders the gun incapable of being fired. The public health order also directs: • T he Reg u lat ion a nd Licensing Div ision to conduct monthly inspections of licensed firearm dealers to ensure compliance with all sales and storage laws. • The Depa r tment of Hea lth, a long w ith the Env ironment Depa r tment, to begin wastewater testing for illegal substances such as fentanyl at schools. • The Depa r tment of Health to compile and issue a comprehensive report on gunshot victims presenting at hospitals in New Mexico, which shall include (if available): demographic data of gunshot victims, including age, gender, race, and ethnicity; data on gunshot victim’s healthcare outcomes; the brand and caliber of the f irea r m used; the genera l circumstances leading to the injury; the impact of gunshot v ict i m s on New Mex ico’s healthcare system; and any other pertinent information. • A prohibition on f irea r m s o n s t a t e pr o p e r t y, including state buildings and schools. This also includes other places of education where children gather, such as parks. • T h e S t a t e Po l i c e t o add officers in Albuquerque with funding for over time provided. • T he Ch i ld r en , Yout h a nd Fa m i l ies Depa r tment t o i m me d i a t e l y s u s p e nd




‘The College Tour’ offers WNMU students a chance at stardom Staff Reports


ILVER CITY — It is not every day that a professional film crew makes its way to Silver City. This fall, though, Western New Mexico University will be in front of the lens on the TV series The College Tour. The first college or university in New Mexico to be on the show, WNMU will be the sole focus of the halfhour episode, scheduled to be available for streaming next spring. Now in its 10th season, The College Tour is a T.V. series created by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers. The series tells the story of colleges and universities across the country. E a c h e pi s o de of T h e College Tour focuses on a single college or university. Hosted by Alex Boylan, who won CBS’s Amazing Race at age 23 and has gone on to have a highly successful career both in front of and behind the camera, the show features college students telling their own stories. The series can be watched on Amazon Prime and other streaming services. “The idea for The College Tour came to me from my 16-year-old niece. Because of the pandemic and finances, she wasn’t able to travel to tour colleges,” Boylan said. “So using our skills as executive producers we created a series inspired by her and millions of other young people who are interested in attending college. This series is so fun to produce!” STATE & REGION

Alex Boylan brought the idea for ‘The College Tour’ to life after his 16-year-old niece had a hard time touring colleges due to COVID. Photo Credit: The College Tours The crew of The College Tour will be fi lming on campus Nov. 6-10. To prepare for their visit, WNMU is currently holding auditions for ten students to be featured on the show. Selected students will be guided by the production team of The College Tour this fall as they write and practice their

Grant County will benefit by having the spotlight shine on our beautiful corner of New Mexico,” Lunt said.

More information about the collaboration between WNMU and The College Tour can be foun d at

own scripts in preparation for fi lming. By teaming up with the series, WNMU will have an opportunity to highlight its strong academic programs and services and to give a national audience a taste of what life is like on campus and its surroundings. WNMU Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Andrew Lunt sees the partnership with The College Tour benefitting the students involved, the university, and the southwest New Mexico community. “Students will have a n opportunity to tell their own stories and work with a professional production crew, WNMU will have a chance to spread the word about the good work that is being done here, a nd Silver City a nd

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Patriots lose homecoming game Miyamura Patriot Seth Torres (25) tries to break tackles from the Goddard Rockets during the game Sept. 8. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Miyamura Patriot Seth Torres (25) runs down the field as a Goddard Rocket player tries to tackle him Sept. 8. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Miyamura Patriot Dylan Joines (1) races down the field as Goddard Rocket Deshon Young (85) attempts to block him Sept. 8. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Miyamura Patriot Dylan Joines (1) slips past a tackle from Goddard Rocket Gary Roybal (12) Sept. 8. The Rockets defeated the Patriots 49-0. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


Sports scores for Sept. 7 - Sept. 13 Football 9/7 28-26 (L) Crownpoint v. Navajo Prep 9/8 49-0 (L) Miyamura v. Goddard 9/8 66-38 (W) Navajo Pine v. Alamo Navajo 9/8 18-0 (W) Tohatchi v. Laguna Acoma 9/9 55-0 (L) Gallup v. Taos 9/9 44-20 (W) Ramah v. Pine Hill 9/9 62-18 (L) Thoreau .v. McCurdy Boys Soccer 9/7 10-1 (W) Rehoboth Christian v. Grants 9/8 7-1 (W) Miyamura v. Belen

9/9 3-2 (L) Gallup v. West Las Vegas 9/9 8-0 (W) Rehoboth Christian v. Socorro 9/12 3-1 (W) Miyamura v. Pojoaque Valley 9/12 10-0 (L) Rehoboth Christian @ Gallup Girls Soccer 9/7 2-2 (Tie) Rehoboth Christian v. Grants 9/8 2-1 (W) Miyamura v. Belen 9/9 3-2 (L) Gallup v. West Las Vegas 9/9 3-0 (L) Rehoboth Christian v. Socorro 9/12 5-0 (W) Miyamura v. Pojoaque Valley 9/12 4-2 (W) Rehoboth Christian @ Gallup

Volleyball 9/7 3-1 (W) Gallup v. Grants 9/9 3-1 (L) Crownpoint @ Navajo Pine 9/9 3-1 (L) Ramah v. Zuni 9/9 3-0 (L) Thoreau v. Clovis 9/12 3-1 (L) Crownpoint v. Cuba 9/12 3-1 (W) Miyamura v. Pojoaque Valley 9/12 3-1 (W) Ramah @ Rehoboth Christian 9/12 3-2 (W) Thoreau v. Oak Grove Classical Academy 9/13 3-0) (W) Gallup v. Navajo Prep

Sports schedule for week of Sept. 15 Football

9/21 Gallup v. Los Lunas 4 pm Home


9/15 Crownpoint v. Newcomb 7 pm Home 9/15 Gallup v. Espanola Valley 7 pm Away 9/15 Miyamura v. Socorro 7 pm Home 9/15 Tohatchi v. Cuba 7 pm Home

Girls Soccer

9/15 Ramah @ Navajo Pine 5 pm 9/16 Thoreau v. Cuba 2 pm Away 9/19 Crownpoint @ Ramah 6 pm 9/19 Miyamura v. Window Rock 6 pm Away 9/19 Navajo Pine v. Newcomb 6 pm Away 9/19 Rehoboth Christian @ Tohatchi 6 pm 9/19 Thoreau v. Aztec 6 pm Away 9/21 Gallup v. Santa Fe 6 pm Home 9/21 Miyamura v. Valencia 6 pm Away

Boys Soccer 9/19 Gallup v. Grants 5 pm Away 9/19 Rehoboth Christian v. Sandia Prep 5 pm Home

9/15 Rehoboth Christian v. Shiprock 6 pm Away 9/19 Gallup v. Grants 3 pm Away 9/19 Rehoboth Christian v. Sandia Prep 3 pm Home 9/21 Gallup v. Los Lunas 4 pm Away

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the circumstance. He rarely ever misses school or practice, and his teammates can always count on him for just about anything.

aces and digs throughout the weekend. As a tri-captain of the team she worked hard to support her teammates and keep them positive and motivated while playing against 4A and 5A teams.

really enjoy being a round him.

Shailene Sandoval Margaret Caponpon School: Miyamura High School Name: Margaret Caponpon Sport: Volleyball Grade: Junior Margaret has been a Varsity player since her freshman year and is the cornerstone of both the offense and defense as an outside hitter. She is an All District performer and a leader for the team. Her smile is infectious, and she loves playing the game.

Brant Dauphanias School: Tohatchi High School Name: Brant Dauphanias Sport: Cross Country Grade: Freshman Brant challenges himself both academically and athletically, he challenges himself academically through his course work at McKinley Academy a nd athletica lly through Cross Country. He is a great teammate and always has a positive attitude no matter

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Omar Maria Leticia Sena School: Thoreau High School Name: Leticia Sena Sport: Volleyball Grade: Junior Leticia had a great weekend of volleyball during the Moriarty tournament on Sept. 9. She had numerous kills,

School: Ramah High School Name: Omar Maria Sport: Football Grade: Senior Omar really stepped up in the Musta ng v ictor y at Pinehill on Sept. 9. He is a positive and coachable team member. Coaches and players

School: Tse’ Yi’ Gai Name: Shailene Sandoval Sport: Volleyball Grade: Junior Sh a i lene received t he All-Tourney award from the Magdalena volleyball tournament over the Sept. 8 weekend. She was chosen as Tse’ Yi’ Gai’s Star Athlete of the Week because of her improvement in her hitting approach, ser ving skills, and sportsmanship (able to play under pressure).



Showing off their purple school spirit

Dylan Joines and Lorianna Piestewa were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of Miyamura’s homecoming game against the Goddard Rockets Sept. 8. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

The Miyamura Patriots Football team threw candy to parade goers during the school’s homecoming parade Sept. 7. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

One of several floats participating in the MHS Homecoming Parade Sept. 7 in Gallup. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein The Homecoming Court rode in style during the Miyamura homecoming parade. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


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‘A Haunting in Venice’ offers some seasonal fun By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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exclusively at cinemas on Friday, Sept. 15. There certainly is no shortage of murder/mystery features based on the work of Agatha Christie. What is a little unusual is, for all of her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, filmmakers and T.V. producers tend to gravitate toward the same stories. Murder on the Orient

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Express was released in 2017 and became a box office hit that led to a follow-up, Death on the Nile, only last year. But neither were the fi rst adaptations of each tale. A Haunting in Ve nice fi nally tells a story that is new to the big screen. Truth be told, this sequel doesn’t alter the formula dramatically from the previous pictures, but the unfamiliar source material does add a bit of freshness to the proceedings. S et a f t er t he clo se of World War II, Hercule Poirot ( K e n n e t h B r a n a g h) h a s become wear y of examining various scenes involving violent death. He decides to retire and live a solitary life in Venice, Italy. Or at least, as quiet an existence as any famous detective can hope for. Despite his best efforts to keep visitors at bay, old friend and mystery writer Ariadne Oliver (Tina Fey) manages to draw the sleuth out. Oliver tells him she’s working on a new project and is attending a Halloween party and séance at the “haunted” palazzo of famous opera singer Rowena Drake (Kelly Reilly). The author insists that she needs Poirot’s help to expose med iu m M r s. Rey nold s (Michelle Yeoh) as a phony. Poirot relents and attends the gathering, but things take a grim turn when an attendee is murdered. With a raging storm and rising canal waters trapping everyone inside the creepy home, Poirot must quickly determine who the killer is. This feature is far more intrigued by the supernatural than previous entries and employs a claustrophobic and creepy vibe. Visually, it

‘A Haunting in Venice’ is a story by famous mystery writer Agatha Christie that has not been told in film before. Kenneth Branagh returns as the detective Hercule Poirot. Photo Credit: 2Oth Century Studios is dimmer, with the majority of the running time in a dark, musty locale. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t wondrous to look at. There are some wonderful shots of Venice filled with mist and fog. Dutch tilts and extreme angles are used liberally to great effect, adding plenty of atmosphere and a bit of extra tension to the proceedings. As expected, the familiar faces of the cast (which also includes Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan and Jude Hill) are all as engaging as the frightened attendees. A nd of course, the lead character Poirot makes an entertaining foil for all the talk of hauntings and ghosts. He frequently delivers his comments about the paranormal with amusingly blunt derision and it’s admittedly fun to see the character critique spiritualists while still getting an unexpected shock or two of his own. One element that may still be overly familiar to viewers is the sleuth’s methods and the structure of the middle act of the picture. Once again, Poirot interviews each subject and almost instantly determines that every character

has an ulterior motive for having been present at the ceremony. But thankfully, the story contains a few less characters than previous tales, so it doesn’t feel bloated. Another minor problem is that, like other Poirot tales, the resolution is convoluted. The fact that almost every issue raised during the brief discussions with suppor ting characters is revisited and quickly resolved does come across as outlandish. Regardless, this likely has more to do with the old-fashioned source material than the fi lmmakers. Yes, some of the elements presented are too routine, but the movie is very well-paced and beautifully shot. It also offers a couple of minor surprises and unexpected story elements along the way that manage to keep the murder/ mystery investigation from feeling too routine. In the end, using untapped resources does work in its benefit. A Haunting in Venice may not provide big shocks, but will deliver a thrill and a chill to those looking for some seasonal fun. V ISI T: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for September 15, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another look at some of the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This edition includes a nice mix of studio features and independent efforts. 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!

AIR: Based on the true story, this film involves a new executive at Nike who turns hea d s a f ter watching NBA rookie Michael Jorda n play ba sketba l l. Certain that the athlete will become famous, the businessman offers the fresh face an expensive contract. With everyone ready to lambaste the pair, Jordan becomes an immediate success on the court and the two create “Air Jordan” sneakers. Critics enjoyed this sports drama. A small contingent complained that the movie was slight and only served to boost the Nike brand and Michael Jordan. However, the majority wrote that it was well-paced and acted, had a lot of heart and served as an enjoyable inspirational tale. The film is directed by Ben Affleck and stars Matt Damon, Affleck, Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker and Julius Tennon. Please note that those with an Amazon Prime subscription can also stream the feature on this service. CORNER OFFICE: A stiff and eccentric new employee at a strange corporation is COMMUNITY

determined to make his way up the ranks. When he discovers a hidden office that no one else ca n see, he decides to use it in order to plot his rise. After co-workers accuse him of being unstable, the protagonist eventually squares off against them as he attempts to leave his mark at the company. This dark comedy didn’t impress reviewers. Almost onethird of them liked the performances and thought the film was completely unique and quirky, keeping them intrigued throughout. Sadly, the rest found its critique of the corporate world too on-the-nose and the events repetitive and unexciting. For the time being, this is a DVD-only release. It stars Jon Hamm, Danny Pudi, Christopher Heyerdahl and Sarah Gadon.

the usual wild comedy route of simply trying to shock audiences, and then overdosing on sentimentality. Everyone else stated that while the story was familiar, the cast was charming and there were enough wild, surprising gags to make a positive impression. It st a r s A sh ley Pa rk, Stephanie Hsu, Sherry Cola, Sabrina Wu, David Denman and Annie Mumolo. KING ON SCREEN: Fans of horror author Stephen King may be excited to see this documentary. It reports that since the 1976 adaptation of the book Carrie, more than 80 King works have been translated to film and television. A documentary crew seeks to determine why the writer’s books are so popular and how he became the most adapted author in the world.

I t fe a t u r e s inter v iews with dozens of directors and performers who have w o r k e d on va r ious K ing-related projects. This effort received a positive reception, although not overwhelmingly so. About one-third thought it only provided fan service and had so much material to cover that it didn’t answer many of the questions raised. But the consensus was that it had some wonderful interviews and was an efficient overview of the many good and bad King adaptations that have come down the pipeline. Interview subjects include James Caan, Tim Curry, Frank Darabont, Mike Flanagan, Mick Garris, Taylor Hackford, Mark

L. Lester, Vincenzo Natali and Greg Nicotero. This is a DVDonly release for the time being. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! You’ll find all the kid-friendly releases listed below. The Furry Fortune (Vision Films) DVD PB S Ki d s: 17 P up p y Adventures (PBS Kids) DVD Shrek the Third (2007) (Universal) 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray set ON THE TUBE! Here are all of the week’s TV-themed titles. Abbott Elementary Season 2 (Warner Bros.) DVD Buffalo Soldiers - Fighting on Two Fronts (PBS) DVD Chicago P.D. Season 10 (Universal) DVD Cobra Kai Season 5 (Sony) DVD V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

JOY RIDE: A young executive who arrived in the U.S. as a Chinese adoptee is given a big break and is a sked to travel to China and close a contract with a big client. She decides to take along her childhood best friend as a translator, who, in turn, invites her shy cousin. The lead also pays a visit to an old college chum. Things immediately go haywire for the friends and, in order to repair the damage, the protagonist must lead them on a quest to locate her birth mother and attend a follow-up meeting. This raunchy comedy met with a favorable response. A handful critiqued it for following Gallup Sun • Friday September 15, 2023 15


Our state must continue its historic investments in families, kids By Amber Wallin, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children and James Jimenez, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children Action Fund


ith great opportunity comes great responsibility. As was the case earlier this year, the Governor and Legislature will again have significant revenue to allocate once they meet in January of 2024. At a recent legislative hearing, Secretary of Taxation a n d R e v e nu e S t e p h a n i e

Schardin Clarke spoke eloquently about both the opportunity and the responsibility. She said the state is “building a bridge from peak oil” to income that is more predictable and sustainable. Such a bridge is built on investments in our people – what economists refer to as our human capital. I n fa ct , t he st at e h a s already begun work on that br idge. In 2023, our New Mexico Legislature, under the incredible leadership of Speaker of the House Javier Martinez, Senate President

Pro Tem Mimi Stewart, and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham enacted several measures that will make a noticeable difference in the lives of people across the state. A mong those measures were the historic investments they made in the lives of New Mexico kids, specifically our youngest learners. They set aside more funding for child care, universal Pre-K, and early childhood development programs. They made school meals free for everyone and increased a state Child Tax Credit that benefits every child in the state.

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New Mexico’s children deser ve every opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. With the critical funding our Legislature appropriated, these programs will reduce childhood poverty and improve educational outcomes for children. They will also expand economic opportunities for families across New Mexico. And we know that kids do better when families have the resources they need. Progress like this doesn’t come easily. It is an important reminder that voting matters. Last November, by an overwhelming margin of 70%, voters approved constitutional amendment 1, which directs the state to use an additional 1.25% from the $24 billion Permanent School Fund for early childhood care and K-12 programs. Research shows that these kinds of long-term investments in our children and families lead to generational improvements in health, education, and economic outcomes, but they must be given time to work. Fortunately, the resources will be available to continue building on the work done in 2023 and prior years. So, as the Legislature and Governor craft the budget for next year, we encourage

Amber Wallin, Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children them to frame each decision a round how the ex penditures will help provide better opportunities for our children. In other words, we must continue building the bridge and ensure that no one is left behind. Further investments in human capital could include baby bonds, paid family and medical leave for all workers, supporting a career ladder for early childhood professionals, continuing to rebuild behavioral health services, fully funding environmental cleanup and pollution enforcement, and significantly boosting wages for Child Protective Services workers and other hard-to-fi ll vacancies within state government. We hope everyone will join us in thanking our legislators for their incredible work during the 2023 legislative session. Next time you see your state representatives around town, take a moment to say thanks. A nd then encourage them to keep investing in our children, families and communities.



Gee whiz! LET’S BRING BACK THESE NIFTY ‘50s SLANG TERMS ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


he 1950s were a wild time. Everything was in black and white, there weren’t any footprints on the moon and no one had even heard of Taylor Swift. Can you imagine what that must have been like? A lt houg h some t h i ng s from the 1950s are long gone, the decade’s slang terms live on. Let’s take a look at some notable quotables from the mid-twentieth century. Gringles: worries. As in, “Boy, do I have a fat stack of gringles today.” I like gringles

because it sounds like “gripes” and “Pringles” had a baby. Let’s bring it back! W hat’s buzzin’ cousin? This means “how’s it going” or “what’s happening.” I love the rhyme and the “z” sounds in this phrase. I’m going to replace “what’s up” with this phrase in daily use. Flutter bum: a good looking man. This is the decade’s lesser-known version of “dream boat.” To use the term today, you could say, “Ryan Gosling was a real flutter bum in the new ‘Barbie’ movie.” Agitate the gravel: to leave. Imagine a sock hop that goes sideways. Fonz and the gang decide to leave in a hurry, so

they peel out in the gravel parking lot. I have dreams of agitating the gravel at most social gatherings, especially when I’m in “Antsville” (a crowded place). Cut the gas: be quiet. This was a nicer way of saying “shut your pie hole.” If a real chump was saying bad things about your old lady — or worse — your car, you’d be remiss not to tell him, “Aw, cut the gas, chuckle head!” Cow-handed: awkward. Imagine a human with cow hooves for hands. Better yet, a Tyrannosaurus Rex trying to do push-ups. That’s quite cowhanded. In middle school, all my school pictures showed a

cow-handed kid who had been suckerpunched by preteenage nerdiness. Get bent: die. Yes, to tell someone to “get bent” was to wish their time on Earth to expire. To go west. To kick the bucket. To meet their maker. That’s intense. He aven s t o B et s y : t o express surprise. I still hear this one today, although it sounds antiquated when people say it. That’s not a bad thing, as I think it’s neat to hear a variety of phrases. “By golly” or “boy howdy” can be used interchangeably with “heavens to Betsy.” We still hear many ‘50s phrases today. Some include

Letter to the Editor GMCS’S BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS ARE NOT RACIAL Dear Editor, I commend the Sun for your objective reporting on the front-page story “GMCS back in the hot seat.” You clarify the issue by presenting both

sides without bias, a quality rarely seen in modern journa lism reeking of tabloid sensationalism. Claims of racism are very serious charges. Nowadays a

person can lose their job and their life destroyed from just an accusation. If those charges of racism are fabricated and

can’t be backed up with evidence, a vile and sometimes criminal condition known as “race hustling” is revealed.

Curtis Honeycutt the ubiquitous “cool,” “ankle biter,” “cruisin’ for a bruisin,’” “dibs” and “having a blast.” What midcentury words and phrases do you think we should bring back? Jump on the party line and let me know. —Curtis Honeycutt is an award-winning syndicated humor columnist. Connect with him on Twitter (@curtishoneycutt) or at

Race hustlers represent the very worst of racism; stoking fear and hatred in the name of racial sensitivity and fanning the fl ames of racial division where racial harmony and


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RURAL HEALTH CARE | FROM PAGE 1 I’ve found is that [now] people come to Gallup and say, ‘Look at all those people. I can make a ton of money.’ Then they come here and it takes about a year to fi gure out, no, it’s a lot of work,” Anderson said. Corporate-style health care often leads to bloated salaries for administrators and a few providers, Anderson pointed

GUN VIOLENCE | FROM PAGE 8 t he Juven i le Detent ion A lter native In itiative a nd evaluate juvenile probation protocols. McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III released a s t a t ement i n r e s p on s e to Lu ja n Gr isha m’s public health order: “An 11-year-old boy was killed by an armed assaila nt i n A lbuquerque a nd a manhunt is still under way to apprehend that criminal,” Ma iora no sa id. I offer my

out, while neglecting preventive care and services like labor and delivery that are in demand but not big revenue generators. “A lot of salaries have ballooned to astronomical proportions – high salaries for some providers, administrators, all these high-end people that are getting huge salaries beyond what is reasonable,” he said. Wangler said any solutions

should be data driven to meet the local demand. “Community input would be important, but balancing that with the actual data,” she said. “This community has a high level of diabetes. How do we make sure that we have the medications and the support services for that?” One audience member suggested partnering with a federal hospital, as a few rural communities have done, to

pool resources so the hospital provides interventions while physicians outside the hospital provide primary care. That’s difficult to persuade the federal government to do, but in McKInley County it may be possible to work with Indian Health Service on that kind of arrangement. “A b ou t 70 % of R MC H patients are Native American. If IHS was willing to contract out for primary care, that

would be one way to do it,” Anderson said. Another step could be the citizen advisory panel that CHAG is recruiting, under the aegis of the Chamber of Commerce, to counsel the new hospital board, Mezoff said. “Whatever ser v ices are developed here, we have to have a mechanism to make sure they are sustainable,” Anderson said. “We saw what happened to OB-GYN.”

condolences to the fa mily in this ver y difficult time. I believe the A lbuquerque Police Department has committed resources to finding that criminal and bringing justice for the family.” But he also expressed his disapproval of the governor’s suspension of open and concealed carry laws. “However, the Governor has reacted by suspending t he r ig ht s of law- abid i ng citizens to carr y a firearm to protect us against these same criminals. In her own s p e e c h t h i s e ve n i n g t he

Governor stated she does not expect criminals to follow this order,” Maiorano said. “I swore to protect and defend the laws of New Mexico and the U.S. Constitution a nd c a n not suppor t a ‘ publ ic health’ order that infringes upon the rights of law-abidi ng cit i zen s t o defend themselves.” The public health order does not a f fect McK i n ley County yet, but it could in the future. “I think we are all greatly s a d de ne d by t he v iole nt cr ime in the A lbuquerque Metro area and should work together to reduce the crime rate Statewide. We cannot st a r t t h is f ig ht by t a k i ng all the guns from the good guys while publicly recognizing the bad guys will still ca r r y t hem a nd use t hem against us,” Maiorano said. “A lt houg h her order does not currently affect the citizens of McKinley County it is a public health order and subject to change. I do not support the governor’s temporar y suspension of legal concealed ca r r y a nd open ca r r y f i rea r m s. T h is w i l l directly impact and infringe upon the law-abiding citizens of New Mexico.” On Sept. 13 a New Mexico cou r t issued a tempora r y restraining order regarding

cer t a i n prov i sion s of t he public health order. T he cou r t’s r u l i ng ha s temporarily paused enforcement of sect ion s 1 a nd 4 of the public hea lth order until a preliminar y injunction hea r i ng is schedu led approx imately two weeks from now. All other sections of the order remain in effect. Lujan Grisham responded to the court’s decision in a press release that was published Sept. 13. “Today a judge temporarily blocked sections of our public health order but recognized the significant problem of gun violence in this state, pa r ticula rly involving the deaths of children,” Lujan Grisham said. “I refuse to be resigned to the status quo. As governor, I see the pa i n of fa m i l ies who lost their loved ones to gun violence every single day, and I will never stop fighting to prevent other families from enduring these tragedies.” She went on to lay out the strategies she plans to implement, specifically in Bernalillo County. “We will stay the course by increasing State Police presence in Ber na lillo County, arresting the hundreds of v iolent offenders with outstanding warrants s t i l l on ou r s t r e et s, a nd

directing our healthcare system to immediately expand capacity to accept persons experiencing drug addiction and homelessness,” she said. She stated that now is the time to take action against gun violence. “Over the past four days, I’ve seen more attention on resolving the crisis of gun violence than I have in the past four years. Now is the time to bring clarity of purpose: New Mexica ns must again feel safe walking home from school, driving to the g rocer y store, or leav i ng their hometown baseball stadium,” Lujan Grisham said. “Who will stand up to protect families and children? I will.” F i n a l ly, she c a l led on other state leaders to step up as well. “A n d I c a l l o n l e a d ers across the state, from loca l law en forcement to the Legislature to mayors and county commissioners: Stand with me to enact solutions that save people’s lives. Throwing up our hands is not an option,” Lu jan Grisham said. Lu jan Grisham’s administration intends to update the public health order with add itiona l mea su res to address public sa fety a nd health shortly.

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FMLA | FROM PAGE 3 “While GGEDC supports a healthy and happy workforce for all New Mexicans, the current legislation as presented last year has serious concerns

GMCS | FROM PAGE 17 unity once thrived. According to comprehensive international studies by the left-leaning World Values Survey, the U.S. was the most racially tolerant country in the world in 2008. That status has sharply declined. Since 2010 race hustling, hate crime hoaxes, identity warfare, and racial rioting in America have skyrocketed, enabled by a complicit mainstream media, academia, and Democrat Party rule. “Police targeting Blacks” is

for u s a s it st a nd s now,” Tommy Haws, president of GGEDC’s board of directors, said. “We will work for a more business-friendly and workable solution than what is currently available that will not hurt small businesses, create

new mandated taxation of employees and employers, and add administrative burdens to our largest employer group – small businesses. Until an equitable solution is found, we cannot support the current legislative effort.”

SWLC will continue holding the listening sessions into the fall. The next session is in Silver City, New Mexico on Sept. 20. The next meeting near Gallup will be in Grants, New Mexico on Nov. 2. For a full schedule, see https:// “We s t i l l h ave sever a l communities to hear from,” Massey said. “We will see what come s out of t he se town halls and do the best we ca n to deter m ine [the next steps.]”

an example of a racial claim not supported by evidence. The data clearly shows that Blacks have simply committed crimes at a far higher rate than Asians and Whites since the 1960s. McK i n le y C o u n t y i s 80% Native. The notion that Superintendent Mike Hyatt and the majority Native staff of GMCS are discriminating against Native children is rather mind boggling. However, Hyatt is white a nd race hustlers have a long history of demonizing “self-r ighteous whites” as racist villains, even accusing

our business community of discrimination. Anybody who has worked in Gallup’s private sector knows that if you don’t give quality service to your primary customer demographic you will not survive in this competitive economy. If they discriminate it is by merit and content of character - very rarely by skin color. Same for our public schools. SOLUTIONS BASED ON SOCIAL SCIENCE, NOT HYSTERIA Some 59 years of behavioral science data reveal that a

high percent of dysfunctional behavior problems and mental illness in children originate in broken homes, more so than poverty. The GMCS behavior issues aren’t much different than those in inner cities where exceptionally high numbers of children come from fatherless homes and government-dependent welfare recipients. The prevailing and convenient approach to societal quandaries in Gallup is to simply play the race card aka victim card and claim racial oppression.

The more complex solution based on decades of research is to confront the enablers of a multitude of counterproductive federal welfare programs which have been hell-bent on destroying the nuclear family which was so healthy and vibrant prior to 1964. Those enablers (and race hustlers) include the BIA, UNM, teachers’ unions, and our elected officials representing a Marxian-radicalized Democrat Party. Sincerely, Joe Schaller Gallup citizen



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The critical trio of life expectancy, health care costs, retirement risks By Al Martinez Guest Columnist


hen it comes to preparing for retirement, a holistic approach is imperative. As you map out your golden years, three pivotal considerations stand out: life expectancy, health care costs, and retirement risks. Each plays a significant role in ensuring you have adequate funds to support a comfortable and fulfilling retirement. Let’s delve deeper into each. 1. LIFE EXPECTANCY: PLANNING FOR A LONGER FUTURE In the 21st century, thanks to advancements in medical science and healthier lifestyles, people are living longer. That’s great news, but it also means we need to plan for extended retirement years. Understa nd i ng the

Numbers: The average life expectancy continues to rise. In many countries, it’s common for people to live into their 80s or 90s. However, this is an average; many live longer. Therefore, it’s wise to plan with the assumption that you could live to 100 or beyond. Implication for Savings: A longer life requires more savings. If you retire at 65 and live to 100, that’s 35 years without employment income. You’ll need a substantial nest egg to maintain your desired lifestyle. 2. HEALTH CARE COSTS: AN ESCALATING CONCERN One of the most unpredictable and often underestimated expenses in retirement is health care. As we age, medical needs typically increase, and with them, the associated costs. Rising Medical Expenses: Each year, medical costs tend to inflate. Over the course

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M a r k e t Vo l a t i l i t y : Depending on how your retirement savings are invested, market downturns can significantly impact your nest egg. Diversification and risk management strategies are crucial. Inflation: The purchasing power of your savings can erode over time due to inflation. A loaf of bread that costs $2 today might cost $3 or $4 a couple of decades from now. Your retirement strategy needs to account for this. Unexpected Life Events: These can range from major home repairs to helping out family members in need. Such events can quickly drain resources if you have not planned for contingencies. Emotional and Psycholog ica l Factor s: Retirement isn’t just a financial transition; it’s also a lifestyle and emotional one. Adapting to a new daily routine, finding purpose, and managing potential feelings of isolation are all challenges to be considered. Given the uncertainty of life expectancy, the unpredictability

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receive ELECTRONICALLY submitted bids for construction of CITY OF GALLUP COAL/ AZTEC AVENUE ALLEY 2ND & 3RD STREET SURFACE & DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS RE-BID until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, October 17th, 2023 at https://app.negometrix. com/buyer/3226. 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. Work for this project will be located in the alleyway between Coal Avenue and Aztec Avenue from 2nd Street west to 3rd Street. Work on the project will include the removal of the existing driving surface and replaced with improved drainage surface. Work includes a road profile surface consisting of geogrid, and concrete. Additional work shall include a trench drain system with tie-in to existing culverts, existing meter cans, manhole collars and telecommunication covers, bollard protection and roof drain outlets. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 8635440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may also be examined and/ or downloaded at https://app. NOTE: The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/ RFx software powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from bidders must be submitted electronically

through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective bidders will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Negometrix is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Negometrix. Register your company at Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED BIDS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted after due date and time. Pre-Bid/Pre-Proposal Conferences, Bid Openings, and Pre-Construction Conferences will be held via conference/ video calls or other virtual means until further notice. Details regarding virtual bid opening are provided within bid documents. Dated this 12th day of September 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publication Date: Friday-September 15, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO FORMAL BID NO. 2323 Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: WATER SOURCE HEAT PUMP REPLACEMENT AT GALANIS MULTI CULTURAL CENTER, GALLUP NM

By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor 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 September 28, 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 September 2023

Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-September 15, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Request for Proposals (RFP) NO. 2022/2023/01/P Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, is accepting sealed proposals for the following: Drone and/or Fireworks Display Services for Independence Day Celebration Gallup, NM As more particularly set out in the RFP 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 at Copies are available for viewing or can be downloaded from: buyer/3226 Electronically submitted proposals shall be received via electronic bidding platform until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on or before October 5, 2023 where proposals will be received and recorded by the City of Gallup Purchasing Department via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means. The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/


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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 RFP software system powered by Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from proponents must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective proponents will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Negometrix is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Negometrix. Register your company at Only ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept proposals submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated this 12th day of September 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor

Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-September 15, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Request for Proposals (RFP) NO. 2022/2023/03/P Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, is accepting sealed proposals for the following: Industrial Workforce Development Program Gallup, NM As more particularly set out in the RFP 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 at Copies are available for viewing or can be downloaded from: https://app.negometrix.

com/buyer/3226 Electronically submitted proposals shall be received via electronic bidding platform until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on or before October 10, 2023 where proposals will be received and recorded by the City of Gallup Purchasing Department 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 Negometrix. All solicitations will be released electronically through Negometrix and responses from proponents must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective proponents will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project


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Community Calendar September 15 - 21, 2023 FRIDAY, SEPT. 15


9 am @ 203 Debra Dr.


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, SEPT. 16


12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with crafts that highlight the diversity and beauty of Hispanic culture around the world.


12 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Join the library for an enchilada lunch to honor el Dia de la Independencia de México. There will be music and games.


2 pm in-person at the Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. OFPL’s book club book for September is Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Email bmartin@ or call 505-8631291 for more information.


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. (2005). CALENDAR

Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov 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. MONDAY, SEPT. 18


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This month, they will be exploring the subject of space, and taking a look at the Earth, moon, sun, planets, and stars. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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


12 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Join Zollinger Library for friendly weekly chess matches. For questions or more information, call 505863-7531 or email markos@ TUESDAY, SEPT. 19


10 am @ UNM-Gallup’s Calvin Hall Auditorium. A free event where artists and creatives learn about copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property concerns.


9 am - 5 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Can you find the treasure of Captain Zollinger? Follow the clues, find the chest, and collect the treasure.


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, SEPT. 20


6 pm @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). First Financial Credit Union will be hosting a series of finance classes at OFPL. This week’s topic is “A Roof Over Your Head.” Classes are limited to 25 participants, advance registration at or the front desk at the main library is required.


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


4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is The Bob’s Burgers Movie.


11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). This month, they will be exploring the subject of space, and taking a look at the Earth, moon, sun, planets, and stars. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


4 pm - 6 pm @ the 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, SEPT. 21


11 am - 6 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Try out the library’s special two-hole mini golf course. Score a hole-inone and get a special library prize!


4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This month, Zollinger Library is recognizing books that were adapted into movies. This week’s film is A Street Cat Named Bob.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). For more information email: or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, SEPT. 22


10 am - 2 pm @ 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.


Submit a design for a special edition of OFPL library cards. Designs may be submitted to either the Main or Children and Youth Library. The deadline for submissions is September 22nd.


OFPL is recruiting teens for its Teen Advisory Board. TAB members will provide guidance and assistance for the library’s teen programming, space, and collections. They will also be non-voting members of the Library Advisory Board. The TAB will meet on the fourth Friday of each month at 6 pm at the Children & Youth Library. This month’s meeting is on Sept. 22. SATURDAY, SEPT. 23


1 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the basics of using your Cricut

to cut and shape paper. Class is limited to 20 participants, advance registration at http:// or the front desk at the main library is required. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, SEPT. 26


6 pm in-person at OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. OFPL’s book club book for September is Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Email bmartin@ or call 505-8631291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27


6 pm - 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Have a creative night out! Registration is $35/person. THURSDAY, SEPT. 28


4 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn how to make strawberry freezer jam with Elena Bowers from New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Class is limited to 20 participants, advance registration at or the front desk at the main library is required. Email ctatsukawa@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information FRIDAY, SEPT. 29


5 pm - 6 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). It’s just like the classic game you know and love but with book covers! Email or call (505) 8631291 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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