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Gallup Growth Management Master Plan nears completion By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


esidents are familiar with most of the business and commercial neighborhoods in their cities, but they probably don’t think of them as the seeds of Regional Town Centers. These centers are identified as neighborhoods built around local amenities including commercial activity, recreational a nd ot her cit y fa ci l it ies, and pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly transportation. Consultants working on Gallup’s Growth Management Master Plan have identified four areas that have self-selected through organic growth. The areas, identified with compass points for discussion, are places where more uses have sprung up around an anchor business or facility. The idea is to bring housing nearer to places people need to go and make it easier for them to get from homes to businesses without using a car, Dekker Perich Sabatini



A map of the possible Northside regional town center. City consultants have suggested that this area and three others dubbed eastside, southside and westside town centers, could be places to focus future development to create more walkable neighborhoods as Gallup grows. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dekker Perich Sabatini Consulting


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MASTER PLAN | FROM PAGE 4 consulta nt Jessica Lawlis explained to the City Council and planners at a Sept. 12 joint session. The panels had joint sessions in March and July to participate in visioning exercises to help guide the project. “A lot of what we’ve heard was community frustration with the quality of existing sidewalks, not having adequate and safe connections to get from their neighborhood to downtown, just increased opportunities for people to walk or bike to places and not have to rely on their vehicles,” Lawlis said. That supports the idea of town centers that serve local neighborhoods for most needs, which would also let residents shape the character of the communities as they grow. “A big part of what came out of the community input revolved a round what we planners call ‘placemaking,’ this concept of creating targeted destinations where people want to spend their time, reside, work and play,” Lawlis said. Encouraging growth in these areas would also help the city focus development on areas already served with infrastr ucture like roads, water and other utilities and emergency services, rather than outlying areas that may have plenty of space but not much in the way of services. That’s also an opportunity for the city to look at higher density housing, which may be multistory. Real estate broker Jason Valentine attended the meeting to encourage planners and councilors to consider more places for owner-occupied multifamily housing, in part to bridge the gap that keeps many people renting. NEWS

“Housing affordability is lower than it has been in about 20 years,” he said. Valentine noted that he expects the average $220,000 price of a single-family home i n Ga l lup to i ncrea se to $260,000 over the next five years. “Higher density creates a step toward single family ownership,” he said. “Condos, townhomes and co-ops offer people opportunities to own and build equity.” One part of the plan that still needs work is the propo s e d v i sion s t a t ement: “Gallup engages the diverse com mu n it y t o a ch ieve a vibrant, safe, healthy, and prosperous future which honors the community’s culture and heritage.” Some councilors thought the statement was too generic and needs more emphasis on local culture and the arts. “I don’t want it to be so vague that it doesn’t identify with our community,” Councilor Sarah Piano, Dist. 3, said. A not her a spect of t he plan is technically outside of Gallup, but not by much. The consultants have identified areas the city might want to look at for annexation as growth demands. The consultants will come back to the community in November with “a fairly complete plan” for review, Lawlis said. That will include public open houses and doing a series of focus groups on each element of the plan in mid-November. In the meantime, the public has another month to review and comment on what has been done so far and leave com ments about speci f ic issues on interactive maps, available on the project website at Gallup Sun • Friday September 22, 2023 5

City scrambles to fi nd funding for homeless haven By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


uring the pandemic, many people without homes were at risk of contracting the virus. But they received a bit of a break thanks to the city, the non-profit Heading Home, and the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department when the Lexington Hotel reopened Feb. 1, 2021. After some utilities and c o n s t r u c t i o n wo r k , t h e Lexington Hotel offered a safe place for people without housing. But now, just over two years later, that safe place is at risk of disappearing. G a l lu p’s I nt er i m C it y Manager Jon DeYoung received a letter Sept. 8 stating that the Lexington Hotel would cease

operations Sept. 30 due to a lack of funding. Heading Home, the organization that ran the Lexington Hotel, had a ser vices agreement with the city and the New Mexico Finance Authority. During the Sept. 12 city council meeting Ken Collins, the Executive Director of the Hozho Center for Personal Enhancement and a board member of Heading Home, explained the situation that led to the funding problems. He said that Heading Home’s former CEO Steve Decker mishandled the organization’s funds. “… T h e C i t y o f Albuquerque [which is where Heading Home is based out of] came in and they started opening up shelters, providing Heading Home with fi nances

[and] a lot of funding to start these new programs and new shelters,” Collins said. “[The former CEO] just got ahead of himself in terms of solving the problems without doing the necessary accounting, budgeting, or setting up accounts systems for the money coming in.” Collins claimed that the f u nds ea r ma rked for t he Lexington Hotel disappeared. Many people who are a part of Heading Home and its board of directors didn’t fi nd out about the missing money until the current CEO Connie Chavez, who was hired almost two months ago, got the books in order. Chavez was unavailable for comment by press time. Now, the City of Gallup is trying to help the organization

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Ken Collins is the Executive Director of the Hozho Center for Personal Enhancement and a board member of Heading Home. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ken Collins come up with funding so that the roughly 24 people living at the hotel won’t have to leave the place they call home. “We don’t want to have to move anyone out or drastically cause things to change over there if it’s unnecessary,” DeYoung said. T he cit y u sed feder a l CARES Act money to fund the hotel and its operation. Now they’re looking at other funding sources. DeYou ng sa id t he cit y has reached out to McKinley County and the Navajo Nation to see if they could pitch in fi nancially. In the meantime, DeYoung said city staff are combing through federal grants in search of additional funding. “There’s a short term goal of keeping it operating so that folks who are housed there can continue to stay there and have the services that were provided,” DeYoung said. “The long-term goal is to try and fi nd a sustainable funding source to keep the Lexington operating.” The city has held multiple meetings with Heading Home

and other concerned entities since the potential closing was announced. During those meetings the organization’s budget was reviewed and unnecessary items were reportedly removed. DeYoung didn’t specify which items were considered optional expenses. DeYoung sa id that the “bare-bones” operational cost of Heading Home is about $50,000 a month. Currently, Heading Home is trying to fi gure out how they’re going to make it past Sept. 30. On the whole, the city is trying to raise at least $150,000 to help the organization make it to Dec. 31. Collins stressed to the city council that the real victims in this situation are the residents who may be without homes soon. “What’s tragic about this is as a group the folks [at the Lexington Hotel] have really gelled now over the last couple of years,” Collins said. “There’s been a lot of people who have gone through, but the ones who are there now, they really have a sense of community.” While the city is working to find alternative funding sources, Heading Home has turned to GoFundMe to raise money. Their goal on the fundraising website is at least $150,000. As of Sept. 21 at 9:30 am the amount raised on GoFundMe was just over $6,000. To donate to Heading Home visit their GoFundMe page at ht t p s: // www.gof un dm e. com/f/support-the-lexington- and-its-positiveimpact?utm_ medium=copy_ l i n k& u t m _ s o u r c e = c u s tomer&utm_campaign=p_ cp_ guide_ do&member=29264967 NEWS

Changes brewing at Rehoboth hospital CRITICAL ACCESS DESIGNATION, A CASH INFUSION, NEW BOARD MEMBERS By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


ehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital is going through some changes, starting with a move designed to help the facility survive a difficult business atmosphere and recover from problems it’s faced in recent years. The hospital received its Critical Access designation in early August. That means more favorable payments from Medicare and Medicaid under a program designed to make sure rural hospitals can stay open and serve their communities. “The goal is that [patients] won’t notice anything different. The changes really function as regards to how we are reimbursed,” RMCH president and CEO Robert Whitaker said. Before the designation, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services reimbursed the hospital a flat fee depending on the patient’s diagnosis. As a critical access hospital, RMCH will get a per diem rate for each patient and will be reimbursed for the costs of care. Although RMCH has been licensed for up to 70 beds, critical access hospitals are limited to 25 adult inpatient beds for acute care. Board vice chair Genevieve Robran said the hospital census usually shows 20 to 23 beds occupied, so patients likely won’t even notice. The secret weapon of critical access hospitals is “swing beds,” an arrangement that lets the hospital transition patients from acute care to skilled nursing care within the hospital. Instead of forcing a patient who needs skilled nursing care like IV medication, physical or occupational therapy or wound NEWS

Robert Whitaker, RMCH president and CEO care to seek another facility at the end of acute care, Medicare patients will be able stay longer if they have certain care needs after receiving at least three days of acute care “to help them recover and heal beyond what the hospital can provide,” Whitaker said. “We are going through and building that program – proper policies, billing and charting, to make sure that the program is well founded,” he said. Since existing staff already have the requisite skills, swing beds should be available to eligible patients later this year. To help the hospital make the transition to critical access, the state Indian Affairs Department is providing a $3 million grant, to be administered by McKinley County. “It was $3 million that was done through the Indian Affairs Department, which was set aside to help hospitals transitioning from full service-hospitals to critical access hospitals. We were the only hospital doing it,” former board chairman Bill Lee said. “Probably most rural New Mexico hospitals, if they have not already done it, will be transitioning to Critical Access hospitals.” The money will help the hospital update its electronic health records system and fund operations during the transition, Whitaker said.

Former City Manager Maryann Ustick is now a Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital board member. File Photo FINDING NEW BOARD MEMBERS Lee, whose day job is executive director of the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce, resigned his position with the board at its last meeting, so filling board vacancies and electing new officers will be top

priorities at the board’s Sept. 27 meeting. Robran, who is also a regional director at Presbyterian Medical Services, said the board put out a request for interested parties to submit a letter of intent to serve and a resume or CV. “We were looking for business experience, financial experience, medical knowledge and hospital systems knowledge,” Roboran said. Being from McKinley County was considered a plus. “We had a handful of interested people. We sorted through them and brought on one person to the board,” Roboran said. Board members are all unpaid volunteers. Joining the board for her first meeting on Sept. 27 is former

city manager Maryann Ustick, who was approved at the August meeting. Topics expected to be on the agenda for the upcoming meeting will include consideration of two new board members, which would make a full complement; electing new board officers; and discussion of the hospital’s relationship with management company Community Hospital Corp. The hospital’s contract with CHC requires 180 days notice if the hospital plans to change their relationship. No decision has been made so far but Lee said during his tenure that the hospital is likely to change from a management contract to a procurement arrangement when the existing contract ends in May of next year.

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Crushing the evidence MAN TRIES TO HIDE FENTANYL FROM OFFICERS Staff Reports


man tried to get rid of the evidence against him by crushing the fentanyl pills he had on him before police could find them. On Sept. 14, around 6 am, Gallup Police Officer Elijah Bowman was dispatched to the Speedway gas station at 3302 W. Hwy. 66 after someone called into Metro Dispatch reporting a suspicious vehicle at the business. When Bowman arrived at the scene, he found a brown pickup truck behind the gas

station. When he approached the vehicle he saw the man in the driver’s seat, who was later identified as 28-year-old Donald Crain, trying to put his belt back on. According to Bowman’s report, Crain told him he was just sitting there. A woman was also sitting with Crain in the truck, and they had all the windows covered up with clothes. As Crain got out of the truck Bowman reportedly saw a blue pill under the driver’s seat, which Bowman identified as fentanyl. Bowman escorted Crain to the back of his patrol

car and placed him inside. As he did so, he noticed another blue pill by Crain’s feet. While Bowman was placing Crain in handcuffs, the man began yelling at the woman who was found with him, telling her to “take the blame” for him. Bowman arrested Crain for possession of a controlled substance and transported him to the Gallup Police Department so that he could fi nish the necessary paperwork. During the drive Crain reportedly kept moving around in the backseat. When they arrived at

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GPD Bowman opened the door of his patrol unit to let Crain out, and he noticed part of a crushed blue pill by the door and another crushed piece on the car’s seat. Crain was also charged with tampering with evidence. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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Stealing lots of lights Staff Reports


man was charged with larceny after he tried to steal multiple flashlights from Home Depot. Around 11:30 am on Sept. 13, Ga l lup Pol ice Of f icer Da r iu s Joh n son wa s d is patched to the Home Depot at 530 Kachina St. after a man who was later identified as 42-year-old Jason Frank allegedly stole some items from the store. When Johnson arrived at the scene, he met with a Home Depot Loss Prevention Agent who pointed Frank out. The man said he saw Frank put some fl ashlights in his backpack. He said he told Frank to stop but the man allegedly just cussed at him instead of stopping. After hearing the agent’s complaint Johnson placed F ra nk in the back of h is patrol car. According to his report, Johnson found multiple fl ashlights that were still in their packages in Frank’s backpack. The agent confi rmed that

Jason Frank Frank hadn’t paid for the flashlights. In total, Frank reportedly stole over $378 worth of flashlights. Frank allegedly admitted to stealing the f lashlights, and after speaking with him Johnson found out that Frank had several warrants out for his arrest. Frank was arrested for his outstanding warrants and larceny (more than $250 but not more than $500). His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17. PUBLIC SAFETY

Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Featured DWI

Nora Bahe Aug. 5, 8:42 pm Aggravated DWI (Third) Driving without headlights led to a Gallup woman, Nora Bahe, 38, being arrested and charged with her third DWI. McKinley County Sheriff’s Officer Francesica Henry was traveling westbound on Aztec Avenue near the three-way stop at Arnold Street when she observed a white Chevrolet SUV come up behind her unit without its headlights on. The suspect vehicle turned onto Clark Street and Henry followed, activating her unit’s emergenc y l ig ht s. Hen r y

conducted the traffic stop near the intersection of Clark Street and Gold Avenue and met the driver, Bahe. The report stated Henry smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and the driver allegedly kept answering the same questions. Bahe exited the vehicle on command and agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. However, Bahe performed poorly on the tests and was placed under arrest. Officer Gilbert Gonzalez arrived at the scene and administered a portable breath test, which showed a .199. Bahe was transported to the sheriff’s office for the full test, where she posted two samples of .21. After the paperwork was completed at the Gallup Police Depar tment, Henr y transpor ted Ba he to McK inley County Adult Detention Center, where she was booked for aggravated DWI (third), failure to dim headlights, open container, no insurance, and no registration. Her motion hearing is set for Nov. 30.

Name: Tenickeia Renae Totsoni Age: 26 Arrested: Sept. 15 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 10 Name: Earl Jay Farnell Age: 25 Arrested: Sept. 14 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 19

Name: Simon R Jones Age: 40 Arrested: Sept. 11 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 5

Name: Derrick Avery Bia Age: 37 Arrested: Sept. 9 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 12

Name: Timothy David Yazzie Age: 25 Arrested: Sept. 11 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Second) Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 17

Name: Loren Peshlakai Age: 43 Arrested: Sept. 6 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Oct. 10

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School: Crownpoint High School Name: Cayden Nodestine Sport: Cross Country Grade: Sophomore Cayden has never missed a meet or a cross country pratice. During tough cross country pratices on the track, Cayden leads by example by running each lap with precision and consistency, working on his form, strength, and power to fi nish every repeat efficiently. School: Miyamuara High School Name: Brielle King Sport: Volleyball Grade: Senior

Brielle has been a stabilizing force for the Miyamura Lady Patriots at the net all season long. She has become a ver y versatile player and will do whatever the team needs in order to be successful. She was selected to the All Tournament Team in the team’s last tournament in Roswell for outstanding play on both the offensive a nd defensive sides of the ball. School: Ramah High School Name: Lyric Burson S p o r t : Che erle a d i n g / Volleyball Grade: Sophomore

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M a lcol m i s a lway s re a dy and contributes to the overall team success. He is truly a leader on and off the field by setting the sta nda rd of what a st udent at h lete at Tohatch i shou ld st r ive to be.

Tohatchi cross country meet on Sept. 1, despite never having competed in cross country before. Ly r ic is a great leader and motivator to her squad members. She is determined and dedicated to supporting her team in volleyball and cheer, and she’s the Ramah Mu st a ng’s on ly dua l at hlete this season. She rushes from one practice to the next quickly, never compla ins, and always has a smile on her face. School: Thoreau High School Name: Quidencia Begay Sport: Cross Country Grade: Sophomore Quidencia received third place for J V girls at the

School: Tohatchi High School Name: Malcolm Brown Sport: Football Grade: Senior W hen t he oppor t u n it y r ises to compete a nd play,

School: Tse’ Yi Gai High School Name: Andrew Antone Sport: Cross Country Grade: Sophomore Andrew’s been really pushing himself and wants to run. He’s not shown the slightest sign of wanting to give up or doesn’t complain at all about anything. He does what is asked of him at practice and at meets.


Sports scores for Sept. 14 - Sept. 20 Football 9/15 12-6 (W) Crownpoint v. Newcomb 9/15 58-0 (L) Gallup v. Espanola Valley 9/15 28-27 (L) Miyamura v. Socorro 9/15 20-13 (L) Tohatchi v. Cuba Boys Soccer 9/19 6-0 (L) Gallup v. Grants 9/19 2-0 (L) Rehoboth Christian v. Sandia Prep Girls Soccer

9/19 8-0 (W) Gallup v. Grants 9/19 10-0 (L) Rehoboth Christian v. Sandia Prep

Window Rock 9/19 3-0 (L) Navajo Pine v. Newcomb 9/19 3-0 (W) Rehoboth Christian @ Tohatchi 9/19 3-1 (L) Thoreau v. Aztec

Volleyball 9/14 3-0 (L) Navajo Pine v. Menaul 9/14 3-0 (L) Ramah v. Quemado 9/14 3-1 (W) Tohatchi v. Bosque 9/16 3-2 (L) Thoreau v. Cuba 9/19 3-1 (L) Crownpoint @ Ramah 9/19 3-1 (W) Miyamura v.

Sports schedule for week of Sept. 22 Football

9/23 Rehoboth Christian v. Santa Fe Indian 12 pm Home 9/22 Miyamura v. Moriarty 7 pm Away 9/26 Gallup v. Kirtland Central 9/22 Navajo Pine v. Magdalena 5 pm Away 6 pm Away 9/22 Tohatchi @ Crownpoint 7 pm 9/26 Miyamura v. Aztec 6 pm 9/23 Ramah v. Jemez Valley 2 pm Away Home 9/23 Thoreau v. West Las Vegas 2 pm Home 9/26 Navajo Pine v. Northwest 6 pm Away Boys Soccer 9/28 Rehoboth Christian v. East Mountain 5 pm Home 9/22 Miyamura v. Oak Grove Classical 9/28 Miyamura @ Gallup 5 pm Academy 4 pm Away 9/23 Rehoboth Christian v. Kirtland Central Volleyball 10 am Home 9/26 Gallup v. Kirtland Central 4 pm Home 9/23 Miyamura v. Moriarty 3 pm 9/26 Miyamura v. Aztec 6:30 pm Away Home 9/28 Gallup @ Miyamura 7 pm 9/23 Tohatchi @ Ramah 2 pm 9/28 Rehoboth Christian v. East Mountain 9/26 Gallup v. Highland 6:30 pm 3 pm Home Away 9/26 Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Hozho Girls Soccer Academy 5 pm Home 9/28 Gallup v. Socorro 6 pm Away


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Cougars conquer the Lynxes

Lady Cougar Cierra Cecil (27) hits the ball over the net as Lady Lynx Chloe Frederiksen (9) attempts to block it during the Sept. 19 game. The Tohatchi Lady Cougars defeated the Rehoboth Christian Lady Lynx 3-0. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Cougar Tatum Begay (12) sets the ball up for a teammate during the Sept. 19 game against the Lady Lynx. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein Lady Lynx Shanoah Eddie (8) sets the ball up for a teammate during the Sept. 19 game against the Lady Cougars. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Lady Cougar Tatum Begay (12) sets up the ball for a teammate as Lady Lynx Chloe Fredriksen (9) attempts to block it during the Sept. 19 game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Miyamura gives Socorro a scare

Miyamura Patriot Clint Slaughter (14) attempts to catch a pass in the Miyamura end zone during the Sept. 15 game against the Socorro Warriors. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Miyamura Patriot Seth Torres (25) jumps up in the air to avoid his opponents during the Sept. 15 game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Socorro Warrior Alex Amaro (2) tries to gain yards as Miyamura Patriot Landon Varela (15) tries to tackle him. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Miyamura Patriot Bryan Herold (40) looks for an open teammate during the Sept. 15 game against the Socorro Warriors. The Warriors defeated the Patriots 28-27. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Recognizing ‘The Legend’ GALLUP SENIOR CENTER DEDICATES DINING HALL TO JUAN DELGADO By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


legend has died, or rather, “The Legend” has died. Th i s wa s t he mon i ker given to Juan Delgado around Gallup. In an interview with the Sun, Tim Delgado, Juan’s youngest son, explained how his father earned that name. “A lot of people called him ‘The Legend’ because he did everything. There wasn’t a lot that my dad did not do,” Tim said. “When he applied himself and did something he was really good at it. He took on things that people thought were impossible.” EARLY LIFE Juan was born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Winslow, Ariz. He was three months old when his

family moved to Gallup. Grow i ng up i n Ga l lup, Juan became very involved in sports. He received a total of 12 letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track throughout his youth. After high school, Juan decided to enlist in the Army in 1959. In a 2009 article from the Gallup senior center magazine Gallup Senior Guide, Juan explained why he wanted to join the Army. “Everybody was joining, it’s just what men did after high school,” he said. But even in Germany, home wasn’t far away. One day while Juan was standing in formation in Ger ma ny, a Ma jor was inspecting uniforms and stopped right in front of him. The man asked Juan ‘Why is your stripe not polished?’

A photo of Juan Delgado in his Gallup High School football uniform stood at the center of the dedication ceremony at the Gallup Senior Center on Sept. 14. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the City of Gallup Jua n d id n’t k now how to respond, but he soon realized who the man was: the a s si s t a nt footba l l coa ch from Gallup High School, Mr. Denard. Denard told him he needed a r ig ht t a ck le, a nd soon enough he was in charge of the army’s recreation efforts in Germany. He ended up at survey school, where he moved up the ranks to Sergeant. SERVING GALLUP After his time in the Army,

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Jua n ca me back home to Gallup, where he married his fi rst wife Elisa Sandoval, and they moved to Los Angeles. After six years in California, he returned to Gallup. In his younger adult years in Gallup, Juan had many jobs, most notably running a nightclub called El Corral. Ma ny fa mou s ba nd s performed at the club, including Ray Camacho, the Teardrops, Cayman 5, and Charlie Pride. H ow e v e r, t h e n i g h t c l u b

tragically burned down in the late 1950s. It wasn’t until he was in his 60s that Juan took on the job that he is probably most known for around Gallup. He fi rst ran the city’s Recreation Department, and then went on to lead the Senior Center Program. He helped out at the Senior Center for 28 years before he retired from the


THE LEGEND | FROM PAGE 14 position in 1990. Tim said that when his dad started at the Senior Center, he surveyed all the seniors and asked them what they wanted to do at the senior center. The fi rst thing on that list? Travel. A friend of Juan’s was a retired mechanic, so he fi xed up an old school bus and the two men took it upon themselves to load up the senior citizens and take them wherever they wanted to go. They often drove to Albuquerque and Las Cruces, and took groups to Las Vegas, Nevada almost every other month. “He saw those million-dollar buses taking elderly people on trips and said, ‘well s***, if they can do it, we can do it,’” Tim said. Tim, who was in middle school and high school when his dad worked at the Senior Center, remembers how some of the senior citizens’ children were concerned about these bus trips. They were worried about their elderly parents sitting in uncomfortable seats,

but the senior citizens often told their children they didn’t mind. “Some of the community members would say ‘Mom, Dad, why do you wa nt to ride on that school bus? I can drive you to Albuquerque or Las Cruces’ and they would always say ‘No, we’re riding with Juan,’” Tim said. The big trips Juan organized included a trip to Hawaii where 160 seniors hopped on to two planes, as well as multiple trips to Disneyland. He even took one group to Europe. “One thing my dad recognized was that anything he experienced in life prior to him serving the senior citizens, he wanted them to experience it too because he knew that we lived in an impoverished community and he knew a lot of the people had never traveled,” Tim said. “They never did anything outside of their home or hometown.” Tim said his dad would often get calls in the middle of the night from some of the senior citizens asking him if he could come fi x their toilets or telling him that their water

Tim Delgado, one of Juan Delgado’s eight children, read a eulogy for his dad during the Sept. 14 dedication ceremony at the Gallup Senior Center. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond had stopped running. Tim said his father would always rush right over to their homes. During his free time, Juan officiated basketball, baseball, and football games around Gallup for 50 years. After he retired from the Senior Center, a manager at Rio West Mall asked him to put on a Santa costume during the holiday

Linda Garcia spoke during the dedication ceremony for Juan Delgado at the Gallup Senior Center Aug. 14. “Whatever you needed and you asked Juan Delgado for, his answer was never no,” she said. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond season. “I think he was always looking for something to do,” Tim said. “He really poured his heart into our community.” HONORING HIS LEGACY Juan passed away in his sleep on Aug. 15. He was 92 years old.

Juan’s hard work and dedication for the senior center is one of the reasons the City of Gallup decided to dedicate the Senior Center’s dining hall to him by renaming it the “Juan Delgado Dining Hall.” District 1 City Councilor Linda Garcia attended the Sept. 14 dedication ceremony. “The reason that we [dedicated the dining hall to Juan is because] he contributed so much to the seniors. … Whatever you needed and you asked Juan Delgado for, his answer was never no,” Garcia explained. Mayor Louie Bonaguidi was a close friend of Juan’s. The two worked on improving the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial together. “He was a close personal friend of mine. We usually had lunch every two weeks or so for the past 15 years,” Bonaguidi said. “But as for what he contributed to the com mu n it y, it’s probably unmatchable to any other citizen I’ve ever known.” When the new senior citizen center Is built, the new dining hall will still bear Juan’s name.

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at cinemas in major markets, but will be available to stream on Friday, Sept. 22 on Amazon Prime. Most kids find themselves being introduced to wrestling on the T.V., taking in the over-thetop spectacle and showmanship. Frankly, plenty of them continue following these characters into adulthood. One of the most popular leagues in the world is located

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in Mexico and known as Lucha Libre, with the most famous wrestler being El Santo or The Saint. But there have been other notable luchadors who have made their mark. The new film Cassandro tells the real story of one such person who overcame personal and professional obstacles to make his dreams come true. Saúl Armendáriz (Gael García Bernal), is a gay man living with his single mother (Perla De La Rosa) in El Paso, Texas and struggling to make ends meet. He works the amateur wrestling circuit in Juárez, Mexico, but isn’t treated well by fellow competitors. T i red of losi ng ever y match and frustrated at the lack of attention given to him, Armendáriz convinces successful trainer and female wrestler Sabrina (Roberta Colindrez) to coach him. His skills improve and it is suggested that he create a new “exotico” personality for the ring. The protagonist initially refuses but soon comes around to the idea, creating the character “Cassandro” and occasionally using telenovela costumes to inspire his look. He instantly becomes popular, attracting the attention of local promoter Lorenzo (Joaquin Cosio) and his assistant Felipe (Bad Bunny). But Armendáriz’s newfound success causes stress with his mother and friction in his relationship with closeted fellow wrestler Gerardo aka “El Comandante” (Raúl Castillo). Despite being the tale of an aspiring wrestler who uses a flamboyant public persona to accomplish his goal, the movie still manages to keep its lead character relatable. Gael García Bernal makes a very positive impression as Armendáriz. The character is treated poorly by

Saúl Armendáriz (Gael García Bernal) creates an exoctic wrestling character named Cassandro to prove himself in the ring. This biopic details Armendáriz’s struggle to make a name for himself as an openly gay wrestler. Photo Credit: Amazon Studios those around him and serves as a real underdog. Despite many difficulties thrown his way, he generally keeps smiling and turning on the charm to get ahead. A lot of the fun comes in seeing Armendáriz build his character and embrace his role as a heel in the ring. Horrible insults and slurs are consistently thrown his way, but one can see the joy in the wrestler’s face, not only knowing that he is finally making a lasting impression on crowds, but also winning over some of them with his exaggerated routine. Of course, we do see insecurities as Armendáriz faces threatening opponents who can potentially hurt him, as well as personal struggles that include a deeply religious father who wants nothing to do with him. Some of these moments are effective, but a few aren’t as moving. The longshot story itself is still about as familiar as it gets and certain elements ultimately feel predictable. And the movie does try to show the effects of personal trauma on the lead’s psyche during a big moment in the ring in front of a large crowd, but it’s dealt with too briefly. Still, the work of the star and

supporting performers are compelling enough to cover for any tropes. This feature also marks the narrative debut of documentarian Roger Ross Williams, who previously made a non-fiction short on the wrestler and seems an expert choice in handling this biopic. While the director’s documentary background might lead one to anticipate a gritty, grimy look for the film, it is surprisingly polished and beautifully lit. Many of the arena backdrops, bars, clubs and even strolls outdoors at sunset feature bright colors that are vibrant, pop and make an impression. Despite a few familiar moments, this outsider story is confidently told and features a wonderful cast. It certainly manages to keep one’s attention throughout the zippy running time. Even Lucha Libre fans will be impressed by a significant supporting role for real-life wrestler The Son of El Santo. But in the end, you don’t have to be a wrestling enthusiast to find Cassandro an enjoyable and inspirational biopic. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for September 22, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. BIG NEW RELEASES!

BAD CITY: Set in a city awash in poverty and crime, this Japanese effort follows a shady businessman who decides to run for mayor. Unfortunately, t he a rea i s already run by persons connected to the local mafia. So, in order to get ahead, the candidate begins killing his opponents and threatening the mob. A former police captain serving time for murder is released and told to go undercover and stop the candidate. This foreign-language feature received generally upbeat notices. A small number suggested that while the action scenes were solid, the motivations and plot were convoluted. All others stated that the fight scenes and chases were incredible to witness and that this stylish effort delivered thrills despite being produced on a small budget. BIOSPHERE: After a global apocalypse wipes out the majority of the planet, there are only two survivors who manage to eke out an existence inside a sealed and protected dome. One is the ex-president of the U.S., and the other is his chief scientific advisor. The two lonely men are horrified when the only female fish in their pond dies and one of the remaining males takes ill. The scientist makes a discovery about what is occurring and reveals that similar changes may occur to them. Critics enjoyed this eccentric COMMUNITY

effort. There was a minor contingent who fou nd the humor hitand-miss and wished the film had dealt with its theme more thoughtfully. However, the majority called the movie totally unique and consistently surprising, with wonderful performances from its two leads that kept them enthralled throughout. LINOLEUM: A middle-aged host of a children’s show about space travel still dreams of becoming an astronaut. When a satellite crashes into his backyard, he collects the pieces and begins to work on creating his own rocket. Naturally, the man’s family are deeply concerned about his obsession. Things get even stranger when the protagonist sees a doppelgänger living nearby and experiences more strange visions from the sky. This independent “dramedy” was well-received by reviewers. One-fifth did complain that the story felt overly extended and they didn’t like the finale. However, most thought it was an intelligent and engrossing satire that veers effectively into drama thanks to an exceptional lead performance.

falls in love, but u nder st a nd s that she can’t live on land. When a witch ma kes t he young lead an incredible offer she accepts the terms, but soon realizes that the decision has put the undersea kingdom in jeopardy. More members of the press liked this adaptation than disliked it. About one-third criticized it as being an overlong and less-effective redo of the 1989 animated version that lacked drama or thrills. Still, the general consensus on the film was that it was fun. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?: A young documentary filmmaker struggles to find a romantic partner in this

comedy from the UK. After using dating apps and finding no spark between herself and potential suitors, she decides to make a movie about her British-Pakistani neighbor and childhood friend. He opts for an arranged marriage through his parents and she records him as he meets and plans to marry a stranger from abroad. Along the way, her ideas about relationships begin to alter. The film garnered more positive reviews than negative ones. Nearly one-third complained that the final product was conventional and closed on a predictable note, lacking the ability to delve deeply into its themes. Still, most thought that the cast were extremely charismatic, the movie

itself was sweet and that the end result was breezy and enjoyable. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here is a list of kid-friendly titles arriving this week. The Little Mermaid (2023) (Disney) multiple editions, including 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, or Blu-ray only Sonic the Hedgehog The Complete Series (NCircle Entertainment) DVD ON THE TUBE! Below is a selection of this edition’s TV-themed releases. Cannes Confidential (Acorn) DVD Fire Country Season 1 (Paramount) DVD Sonic the Hedgehog The Complete Series (NCircle Entertainment) DVD The Way Home Season 1 (Hallmark) DVD V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM

THE LITTLE MERMAID: The latest Disney animated classic to get a live-action reboot is this famous tale based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. A rebellious daughter of a king wants to travel beyond the sea and see the human world. She sneaks away, meets a prince and Gallup Sun • Friday September 22, 2023 17


State leaders celebrate renaming of Gallup veterans clinic By Sen. Martin Henirch, D-N.M.


ongress passed a bill on Sept. 18 that renames the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic for the late Corporal Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, who died on Nov. 29. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., led the companion bill in the Senate. S. 475 previously passed the Senate and now goes to President Biden’s desk

to be signed into law. “The call of ser v ice is one that a select few among us choose to answer,” Leger Fer ná ndez said. “Hershey Miyamura chose to answer it twice. He volunteered to serve not only in World War II, but also in the Korean War, where he was imprisoned for 27 months after staying behind to protect his squad and allow them to escape from attack.” Leger Fernández thanked her colleagues for passing the bill. “I am grateful to my colleagues for passing this bill

and honoring this hero. We will honor Corporal Miyamura’s memory every day by providing care for our veterans in Gallup under his name,” she said. Heinrich also commented on the bill’s passing. “Renaming the VA Clinic in Gallup is one important way we can continue to honor Hershey Miyamura’s courageous actions and brave sacrifices during the Korean War and his lifelong commitment to this community,” he said. The senator also looked back on his own memories with Hiroshi. From left, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, and then-U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., cut the ribbon at the VA’s Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Gallup June 5, 2015. File Photo

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“I will never forget the interactions I was so lucky to have with Hershey over the years. I was especially proud to join him nearly a decade ago to cut the ribbon and open this clinic that provides vital health care ser vices to veterans from Gallup and surrounding areas,” Heinrich said. “I hope that honoring Hershey’s memory in this way will inspire future generations of New Mexicans to learn more about his life and the powerful example of humble patriotism that he left behind as his enduring legacy,” Luján shared the importance the VA Clinic would continue to have for the people of Gallup. “I’m proud our legislation to honor Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura’s legacy passed the House and Senate and will be signed into law. By

renaming Gallup’s VA Clinic after Hershey, we show a small token of gratitude for the true American hero he was,” Luján said. “As a Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient, a father, mentor, and friend, Hershey’s legacy represents the very best of New Mexico. From his time serving our country, to working in the community of Gallup, his work ethic and selflessness was admired by all who were fortunate enough to know him.” Hiroshi’s children Mike and Pat Miyamura, and Kelly Hildahl, are supportive of the legislation. “ We t h a n k S e n a t o r s Heinrich and Luján for introducing legislation to rename Gallup’s VA Clinic after our


These ‘outta sight’ ‘60s slang terms are poised for a comeback ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


ure, we could discuss some far-out, groovy words we’re all hip to (if you can dig it). However, today’s installment of Grammar Guy discusses some of the less common 60’s slang I think we should give another try. So, before you can reply with a “sock it to me,” it’s time to get in our verbal time machines and split. Copacetic: No problems — things are all right. I’d like to see a version of “copacetic” used sarcastically like the “this is fi ne” meme featuring the dog sitting in a burning room. Is your world collapsing around

MIYAMURA | FROM PAGE 18 fa t her H i ro sh i ‘Her shey ’ Miyamura. It would be an honor and a privilege to have his name associated with such a wonderful and needed service for our military veterans in Gallup and surrounding areas,” they said upon the introduction of the bill. A second generat ion Japanese American, Hiroshi fi rst volunteered for the U.S. Army near the end of World War II. He did so at a time when many of his fellow Japanese A mer ica ns, i nclud i ng h is future wife, were detained in American internment camps. He enlisted in the 442nd Infantry Regiment, which was composed of soldiers with Japanese ancestry and became one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history. Following the start of the Korean War in 1950, the Army recalled Hiroshi, who had remained in the Reser ves, OPINIONS

you? It’s copacetic. Everything is copacetic. Shine me on: when someone was ignoring your presence. This was the 60’s equivalent of “ghosting.” I’m tired of hearing people say “ghosting,” so let’s pepper in “shine me on” to our conversations. It’s a gas: that thing is fun. If you’re having a great time doing something, insert this phrase into your lexicon. For example, “I’m staying home tonight with a warm blanket and some reruns of ‘Antiques Roadshow.’ It’s a gas.” Scratch, bread, dough: money. Although most people don’t carry cash anymore, my millennial counterparts could say things like, “I’ll never have

enough bread to afford a house; boomers say it’s because I’m buying too much avocado toast.” Fink: a tattle tale. My kids inform me of everything the other one is doing, especially if it’s something they hadn’t ought to be doing. Instead of calling each other “tattle tale,” I’m going to teach them the word “fink.” This will introduce some variety into my everyday kid chaos. Ho d a d : s ome one who doesn’t surf, especially a person who just hangs out at the beach. In the much-acclaimed 2023 fi lm Barbie, Ken’s main skill is hanging out on the beach. He doesn’t swim, surf or make sand castles. He’s quite

the hodad. Sosh: a person who is stuck-up or snooty. In today’s influencer culture, I’m ready to bring back “sosh.” Whenever I see a teenage hooligan making a TikTok dance video in public, I’m going to stand in the background of the frame and declare them a good-for-nothing sosh. Call me square, but I think that’s a funny idea. Beat feet: leaving somewhere quickly. About 20 minutes into any party, I’m ready to beat feet. I’m jazzed once I get into my scuzz bucket and burn rubber out of the host’s cul-de-sac. Are there any ‘60s words or phrases you still use (or want to bring back)? Don’t fl ip your

back into active duty. During an overnight firefight from April 24–25, 1951, then-Corporal Miyamura covered the withdrawal of his entire company from advancing enemy forces as a machine gun squad leader. His selfless actions that night allowed all 16 of his men to withdraw safely before he was severely wounded and captured as a prisoner of war. Nearly two and a half years later, following his release and return to the United States, President Eisenhower presented him with the Congressional Medal

of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. After he received his honorable discharge from the Army, Hiroshi moved back home to New Mexico and opened up a service station along Route 66 in Gallup. He remained active in his community for his entire life, advocating for his fellow veterans and inspiring young people with lectures on patriotism, on faith, and on service. Ken Riege, a fr iend of H i rosh i’s a nd a U.S. A i r Force veteran and a member of the Korean War Veterans

Association, explained his friend’s mission in life. “I am so extremely honored to be asked to make a statement regarding the renaming of the Gallup CBOC Clinic after my dear friend and fellow Korean War Veterans A s soci at ion Member M r. Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura,” Reige said. “Hershey’s main mission was to ensure his fellow veterans received the care they needed and earned and he would be so extremely proud and honored knowing that the Gallup Veterans Clinic will

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now bear his name and that this facility will continue his legacy and mission while providing the needed medical care to his fellow veterans. I am also very thankful for all the hard work of U.S. Senator Heinrich’s office and staff for all they have done to ensure the Gallup CBOC stayed open and to bestow this honor upon our dear friend Hershey.”


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Public notice is hereby given that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: PAVING SERVICES No. ITB-2024-06RB Price Agreement COMMODITY CODES: 91371, 91375, 91394, 91395, & 91396 As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the GallupMcKinley County Schools

eBidding platform website portal Sealed bids for such will be received until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on October 6, 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.

Sealed bids for such will be received until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on October 6, 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.

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By: /S/Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1 BID ISSUE DATE: September 22, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: September 22, 2023 (Gallup Sun) *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE TO BIDDERS Public notice is hereby given that the Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: On-Call REFRIGERATION SERVICES District Wide No. ITB-2024-08RB Price Agreement COMMODITY CODES: 740, 91484 As more particularly set out in the bid documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the GallupMcKinley County Schools eBidding platform website portal

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BID ISSUE DATE: September 22, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: September 22, 2023 (Gallup Sun) *** LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID Public Notice is hereby provided that the GallupMcKinley County Schools is accepting competitive sealed proposals for: EQUIPMENT RENTALS, RELATED PRODUCTS & SERVICES ITB-2024-09GH Commodity Code(s): 975 & 981 As more particularly set out in the ITB documents, copies of which may be obtained by downloading from the GallupMcKinley County Schools eBidding platform website Sealed proposals for such will be received until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on, October 12, 2023. FAX and HARDCOPY


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Development of a Foreign Trade Zone & User Fee Airport Application Gallup Municipal Airport – 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 (505) 863-1334. Copies are available for viewing or can be downloaded from: https://app. 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 offerors must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Negometrix, prospective offerors 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

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SR TUTOR/ACADEMIC COACH Req27098 UNM-Gallup is seeking two highly motivated, student-oriented Sr. Tutor/Academic Coach to work in the Center for Academic Learning (CAL). The success of our students requires Academic Coaches to be proficient in planning and implementing student success initiatives designed to support them as they pursue their educational goals. The selected candidates will: provide academic tutoring services to a wide variety of individuals and groups throughout our diverse student body; lead and coordinate activities within CAL; guide and assist students with homework, problem solving, report writing, and test preparation; facilitate reading and writing labs to develop writing, math, and other academic skills; maintain and update confidential files and records; research and select learning materials, textbooks, software, and equipment to facilitate tutoring; and participate in the overall administration of the CAL. Minimum Qualifications: Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified For complete information including closing dates and instructions on how to apply, please visit our website at or scan the QR code or call (505) 863-7557. UNM Gallup Human Resources, 705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, NM 87301. EEO/AA/Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled/and other protected classes.

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 New Mexico (the “City”), the City will conduct a public hearing to consider a proposed Ordinance, the title of which appears below. A complete copy of the Ordinance is available for public inspection during normal and regular business hours at the Office of the City Clerk, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The title of the proposed Ordinance is: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF AN AMENDED AND RESTATED WATER PROJECT FUND LOAN/ GRANT AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE NEW MEXICO FINANCE AUTHORITY (“FINANCE AUTHORITY”) AND THE CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO (THE “BORROWER/GRANTEE”), IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SEVEN MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHT




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Community Calendar September 22 - 28, 2023 FRIDAY, SEPT. 22


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


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


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


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010). Email 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.

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.




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.

1 pm-2 pm @ SSC 640 Boardman Dr.


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

4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email or call (505) 863-1291 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! CALENDAR


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 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 505-

863-7531 or email markos@ TUESDAY, SEPT. 26


9 am @ 207 W. Hill Ave.


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


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 or call 505-863-1291 for more information.


4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27


5:30 pm @ Gallup City Hall, City Manager’s Conference Room (110 W. Aztec Ave.).


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


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 Conjuring.


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 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. 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.


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 The Diaster Artist.


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. 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) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, SEPT. 30


Attorney David Eason presents What is Law - The Rule

of Law as the starting point for learning about the principles and rules of the justice system. Email or call (505) 8631291 for more information. ONGOING


@ First Nations Community HealthSource-Gallup (1630 S. Second St.). First Nations Community HealthSource-Gallup offers Free Rapid HIV, Syphilis and Hep C Testing, Monday – Friday from 1 pm to 6:30 pm by appointment. Get your results within minutes. To schedule an appointment call (505) 863-8827.


Library cards are free to McKinley County residents. Tap into amazing resources including streaming movies, audiobooks, a seed library, the New Mexico Family Pass for free entry to museums and historic sites, and 56 databases like Ancestry, Comics Plus, and the Chilton Manuals online.


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.


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