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PASSING THE TORCH Longtime Rehoboth Christian School director plans retirement. Story page 3


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)< &DSLWDO 3URMHFWV 5HSRUW The Maintenance Department is also responsible for conducting a 5-year capital improvement plan funded annually by capital grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Michael Burnside [Capital Projects Manager] oversees those projects and activities for the Housing Authority. Displayed below if the HUD approved 5-Year plan for 2018 through 2022 which show the status of each grant year funding, which is near completion. 2018-2022 Plan

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Please note: All 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 funds have been expended; and $530,961 of the 2022 funds have been expended leaving a balance of $281,816 at fiscal year-end. GHA spent $241,764.04 of the 2018 Emergency Safety and Security Grant, which provided for perimeter security fencing for Marce Development, Arnold Development and Romero/Clark Development; and provided for updated Security Cameras for the central office/warehouse facilities. GHA received a 2019 LBP Abatement Grant in the amount of $1,000,000 and was able to assess the occurrence of LBPs in all developments, and subsequently removed and abated all Lead Based paint in all developments for a total cost of $593,852.25. The balance will bereturned to HUD as the grant was restricted to LBP abatement. At the close of the Fiscal Year in June 2023, the Board of Commissioner approved the next 5-Year Capital improvement plan for 2023 through 2027.


Ippel to step down as Executive Director of Rehoboth Christian School HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WILL TAKE OVER STARTING NEXT YEAR By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


ob Ippel has been working for Rehoboth Christian School for 30 years, but now he’s looking forward to retirement. Ippel began his career as a teacher, teaching middle school English, math and working in the special student support services. He also ran Rehoboth Christian School’s choir program for both middle school and high school students, and he continued to do so while he took on his role as Executive Director. Before he became the Executive Director seven years ago, he was the middle school principal. “I think the thing that brought me the greatest joy [as the Executive Director] is that you were able to enter the lives of the parents. Before I’d always been a teacher or a principal, so my focus had been on students and my teaching staff,” Ippel said. “Now not only do I have the teaching staff but also getting to know the parents better. And when you’re in this position you can hear their stories both when things are going well and when


BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS Lincoln Elementary receives the honor


they’ve got pain in their he moved into administralives. It’s a special position, and actually became tion to be in to be able the superintendent for the to walk alongside people high school he went to in and support them.” 2008. Ippel a n nou nced Six years later, he his plans to retire in a was back in Michigan as press release that was a superintendent. Then, published Sept. 1. Now, he got the fateful call. he’s going to spend his A friend of his was in a final year at Rehoboth leadership cohort with Christian School trainIppel. Rehoboth Christian ing the man who will take School needed a high place: current Rehoboth school principal, and Christian high school Meester’s friend thought principal Dan Meester. he was the perfect fit. Ippel said he’s thankful “You never want to to have the opportunity close down an opportunity to train his successor. the Lord may have in store “A lot of organizations for you,” Meester said. don’t have this privilege Meester and his wife of being able to have this Rehoboth Christian School Executive Director Bob Ippel is flew out to Rehoboth, and much time to plan a tran- stepping down after more than 30 years with the school. File within 30 minutes they sition and to even have Photo knew it was the right fit that person who is the for them. Five years later, replacement be a part of that the San Jose, California area, Meester said he’s ready to step transition,” Ippel explained. “So but ended up going to college into this new role. I’m very thankful for his will- at Calvin University in Grand “In the five years I’ve been ingness to kind of journey with Rapids, Michigan. here Rehoboth has been such a me this year so we can set up After college, he taught high beautiful place and a beautiful the organization for success for school English at a school in the experience for both me and my next year.” Chicago area for five years before family [and] I’m just looking forMeester has 28 years of work- moving back to San Jose, where ward to being able to serve it in a ing at religious-based schools he taught at a large Christian new way,” he said. on his resume. He grew up in high school. Shortly after that Ippel gave Meester some


advice for the Executive Director role. “He’s been here for five years so to just continue to get to know the families and the community and take advantage of opportunities to serve alongside them,” he said. Ippel also spoke about the challenges that come with the position. “There’s so many unexpected challenges that come along the way. … There’s so many interruptions in terms of when you plan out your day, but on the other hand I look at those as opportunities,” Ippel said. “So every interruption is a chance for me to serve or learn. Trying to keep that perspective is very very important.” Once the school year is over, Ippel said he plans to spend his retirement years “Investing in family.” Most of his kids and grandchildren live in New Mexico, but one of his sons is in the military and serving in South Korea. Another son lives in Nicaragua with his family and he works at a school there. Ippel said he and his wife are planning on doing some volunteer work at the school, along with other ministries.


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Lincoln Elementary celebrates Blue Ribbon Schools award AWARD RECOGNIZES SCHOOLS FOR OVERALL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Staff Reports

and detailed documentation describing their school culture and philosophy, curriculum, assessments, instructional practices, professional development, leadership structures, and parent and community involvement. When they submitted their final school data to the U.S. Department of Education, they were hopeful they would get the award, but they also did not want to get their hopes too high. The school celebrated this


incoln Elementary, a school of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools district, has received the prestigious National Blue-Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. This year 353 schools were chosen nationwide, with only three of those schools being from New Mexico. The other two schools were Lydia Rippey Elementary in Aztec and Monte Vista Elementary in Albuquerque. The U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School Program recognizes public and private schools for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps. According to the department, over 10,000 Blue Ribbon School Awards have been awarded to over 9,000 schools, and the award “affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.” This is the fi rst time in the 40 years that the award has been given that any school from GMCS has been chosen. “Winning the Blue-Ribbon award is an exceptional achievement for our district, especially for Lincoln Elementary. Earning this award took hard work on many levels, and between many groups of people,” GMCS’s Superintendent Mike Hyatt said in a press release published Sept. 19. “Within the last few years our district has put EDUCATION

The Blue-Ribbon Award Celebration at Lincoln Elementary School was filled with cheers from both teachers and students on Sept. 22. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond several initiatives into place to greatly improve the quality of the education that our students receive. The teachers at Lincoln Elementary have fully utilized the tools, resources, and support available to them to ensure their students’ success.” The official announcement of the award arrived Aug. 19, but the students and staff at Lincoln Elementary have been anxiously awaiting the good news for months. The process to be considered for this award started last school year with former principal Kelley Fitzmaurice. Fitzmaurice described the experience of going through the selection process. “I spent about 50 pages of that application just bragging about the teachers. It was over 40 hours of work to submit all of the information that they were wanting,” he said. Fitzmaurice, with the help of his staff and district leadership, submitted extensive


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Preschool teacher fi nds her niche MEET CAMILLE’S TEACHER OF THE MONTH: SEFINA GARCIA By Molly Ann Howell Managing Editor


ach month, Camille’s Sidewalk Café recognizes one local teacher within the Gallup area for his or her determination to help students go above and beyond. Prospective teachers are nominated by students who feel they deserve to be recognized. This month’s award went to Sefina Garcia, an educational assistant for the preschool at Catherine A. Miller Elementar y School in the Ga l lup - McK i n ley Cou nt y Schools district. She teaches the three-and four-year-olds. Garcia moved from the Pinedale/Church Rock area to Gallup when she was five years

old. She grew up in the GMCS school system, and then went on to the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus to get her education degree. Before she began working at GMCS, she worked for the kid center at the UNM-Gallup campus. Now, she’s been at Catherine A. Miller Elementary for 10 years. In an interview with the S un, she ca lled teach i ng preschool-age students her specialty. “Preschool is my niche. When I use to work at the UNM-Gallup kid center I used to be a teacher there for the infant/toddler room, but I think preschool is still in my heart,” Garcia said. Both a former coworker and

a current coworker couldn’t agree with Garcia more. Monique Martinez, Garcia’s cu r rent coworker, ca l led Garcia her “right-hand,” saying that she couldn’t do what she does without her. “She is a natural teacher. She is kind, she’s committed, she’s very creative and talented. The students really do love her,” Martinez said. Lenore Diaz, who is now retired from teaching, worked with Garcia for almost six years. She said that Garcia was always great with the young kids. “She was very motivated. She brought great ideas to the classroom. She was very patient, caring, and loving with the children,” Diaz said.

Sefina Garcia is an educational assistant for the preschool at Catherine A. Miller Elementary. She says teaching preschool-age students takes a lot of patience, but it’s her passion in life. Photo Credit: Bryanny Rich “She was like a mother to them.” When it comes to wrangling a room of very young child ren together, Ga rcia admitted it can be difficult. But she said her favorite part is when one of her students begins to understand a concept, or rather, has an “A-ha!” moment. “When we’re working on the lesson and it’s quick for them. Like ‘oooh, I fi nally got it, I made a circle, or I made a square!’ Those moments are what capture my heart,” she explained. Besides teaching the students their shapes and colors, Garcia noted that helping the kids build their language skills

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is also an important part of her job. “You’ve got to have a lot of patience. You’ve also got to kind of pick up their language and translate them. Like ‘oh, this is what they meant to say,’” Garcia said. For example, a child may want to go outside, and once she’s realized what they want Garcia tries to help them verbalize it. Garcia is very passionate about what she does, and said that is a very important aspect of being a preschool teacher. “You’ve got to have the passion for it. You’ve got to make sure this is what you really want to do,” she said. EDUCATION



Bracing for a possible federal shutdown By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent

housing, compensation, pensions [and] education. The only caveat is that VA will not be able to conduct veterans outreach,” Aragon explained. Veteran outreach includes things like career counseling and transition services. Fe der a l c ou r t s wou ld remain open for at least two week s, but a f ter t hat t he future is uncer tain, Mitch El fer s, Clerk of t he U.S. Distr ict Cour t, Distr ict of New Mexico, said. “While all Federal Judicial agencies [U.S. District Court, U. S . B a n k r u p t c y C o u r t , U.S. Probation & Pretr ia l Ser vices, and the Office of the Federal Public Defender]


big question remained on everyone’s mind this week: What happens if the federal government shuts down? A shutdown could come as soon as Oct. 1 – the start of the federal government’s 2024 fiscal year – if Congress can’t come up with a shortor long-term budget. Even if that’s avoided now, it could happen later in the month or year, after the Senate tinkers with the House proposal and sends it back for approval. A shutdown now is likely to cut deeper than the last one, which started over the holidays in 2018 and dragged i nto t he new yea r. T hat’s because in the 2019 shutdown Congress had approved five of the necessary 12 spending bills before the shutdown. This time, none have been passed at press time. How will that affect citi zen s? For t u n at ely, some services are funded outside of the budget bills that go before Congress annually, so those services will not be affected. “Postal Service operations will not be interrupted in the event of a government shutdown, and all post offices will remain open for business as usual,” United State Postal Service spokeswoman Sherry Patterson said. “Because we a re a n independent entity t h a t i s gener a l ly f u nde d through the sale of our products and ser vices, and not by tax dollars, our services will not be impacted by a NEWS

The U.S. government could be shutting down as soon as Oct. 1. government shutdown.” Although people on public assistance or Social Security should receive their benefits on time because those have ongoing funding, reaching customer service if there’s a problem could be a challenge. L i ke S o c i a l S e c u r i t y, Medica re benef its w ill remain available, but both agencies may stop benefit verification and card issuance during a shutdown. Hea lt h ca re ser v ices for vet e r a n s a nd Na t i ve Americans would continue. “In case there is government shutdown, there will be no impact on veterans’ health care,” Veterans Affairs spokesperson Paula Aragon said. Checks will go out, the clinic in Gallup will remain open and burials will continue at VA cemeteries. “ We w i l l c o n t i nu e t o prov ide benefits including

will be impacted by a full or partial government shutdow n , t he Jud ic i a r y h a s funding that will allow it to continue operations for at least one pay period during a lapse in funding,” he said. “Contingency plans are being made to address a government shutdown that extends beyond t he t wo week s of Judiciary funding…the court will enter an administrative order [and will share] that plan as early as possible.” T h e U. S . D e p a r t m e n t


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FEDERAL SHUTDOWN | FROM PAGE 7 of Agr icu ltu re d id not respond to a n i nqu i r y by press time, but according to the nonprofit Committee

for a Responsible Federa l Budget, the Supplementary Nut r it ion a l A s si st a nce Program is mandatory, but the ability to send out benefits could be affected by a shutdown. During the last shutdown

t he USDA pa id Febr u a r y SNAP benefits early Jan. 20, just before the 30-day window ended, but it would have been unable to pay Ma rch benef it s i f t he shut dow n had dragged on. In addition, stores are not able to renew t he i r E le c t r o n ic B e ne f it T r a n sfer c a rd l icen se s du r i ng a shutdow n, so those whose licenses expire would not be able to accept SNAP benefits until after a shutdown. A spokesman for the U.S Department of Interior said Sept. 25, “We have nothing to share today.” Some federal employees m ay be f u rloug hed wh i le their offices close or scale b a ck t o skele t o n c r ew s , w h i le o t he r of f ic e s w i l l stay open but the workers requ i red to show up may

not receive their wages until after a shutdown ends. The 2 019 shut dow n l a s t ed 3 5 days. Dat a on how much t he 2 019 shut dow n i mpa c t e d the McKinley County economy wa s not im med iately available. Na t i o n a l l y, t h e t r a v e l sector could lose $140 mill ion d a i ly i n a shut dow n, according to the U.S. Travel Industr y A ssociation. That me a n s a shut dow n cou ld ma ke a dent i n tou r ism i n New Mex ico, home t o 18 Nationa l Pa rks a nd monument s. S ome pa rk s cou ld be shut tered, a nd ma ny other sites could lose basic maintenance like trash colle c t ion u nt i l a s hut dow n ends. The Nationa l Pa rks Ser vice did not respond to

inquiries by press time. In 2013 more tha n 400 pa rks were closed. In 2019 many parks remained open but did not have services. Closures cost not only the parks but discourage tour ism in the areas around them until they reopen. A trip to Gallup’s airport pr ob a bly won’t b e muc h affected, but it could be a d i fferent stor y la nd i ng i n Phoenix or at other airports, as Transportation Security Administration and air traffic control employees may be affected. In the 2019 shutdown, they had to work without pay. No m at t er how long it la sts, one g roup won’t be a f fe c t e d : C on g r e s s . U. S . le g i s l a t or s w i l l s t i l l ge t t hei r paycheck s du r i ng a shutdown.

Man threatens couple with a knife Staff Reports


man from Yahtahey was charged with aggravated assault after he threatened a couple with a knife. On Sept. 20, around 1 pm, Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched to the Busy Bee Laundromat at 2010 E. Hwy. 66 after being advised that a man, who was later identified as Christopher Nez, tried to take money from a couple by holding them at knifepoint. When Yazzie met with the couple, they said they’d been sitting by the batting cages on Aztec Avenue when Nez, 36, approached them with a knife. The woman said Nez came up to them and began yelling,

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Christopher Nez telling them to give him their money. Nez also reportedly began swinging the weapon at them. The woman estimated that the knife was about four or five inches long and came within an arm’s length of her,

and the man said the weapon was close to his throat. The man reportedly took off his belt to defend himself from Nez, and that’s when he took off. The couple said they hadn’t given Nez any money. The woman said that she knew Nez’s street name was “Money.” Accord i ng to Ya zzie’s report, GPD Officer Norman Bow ma n a nd Sgt. Benny Gaona were able to locate Nez while Yazzie was talking to the victims. Nez had a knife on him, and it was taken into evidence. Nez was charged with two counts of aggravated assault (use of a deadly weapon). His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18. NEWS



he future of energy is renewable, and for the shuttered Escalante Station near Prewitt that future may follow two paths: solar and hydrogen. Esca la nte operated a s a 253-megawatt, coal-fired power plant from 1984 to 2020. The plant was built by Plains Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative and began operations in 1984. The closure and conversion are part of the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association co-op’s Responsible Energy Plan, which sets goals for reducing emissions and increasing clean energy and flexibility for its members. W hen the closure wa s announced in January 2020 the plant had 107 employees; by the time it burned its last coal at 9:45 am Aug. 30 of that year, that number had slipped to 35. A few of those stayed on longer to complete the closure and turn out the lights. Fast forward exactly three years to Aug. 30, 2023, when Florida-based Origis Energy announced breaking ground on the conversion to Escalante Solar at the site. Origis acquired the development rights for the project from the original developer, TurningPoint Energy, and NEWS

will operate and maintain the 200-megawatt solar plant when it starts generating electricity late next year. Tri-State will buy the juice, so Escalante will still help feed the Continental Divide Electric Cooperative’s service territory along with all of Tri-State’s other members, including 10 others in New Mexico. “It’s meaningful that the first solar project to start construction as part of the Responsible Energy Plan we announced in 2020 will be built alongside our retired coal plant,” Tri-State CEO Duane Highley said. “We continue to reinvest in the local community and advance our goal of having 50% of the energy used by our members coming from renewable resources in 2025 and meeting the 2030 renewable energy requirements of the Energy Transition Act five years early.” While the solar plant is expected to need just four to six full-time workers when it’s up and running, construction on the conversion is expected to need up to 400 employees. The contractor for the job is Albuquerque-based GridWorks. Roughly 500,000 solar panel modules will be installed, to power an estimated 40,000 homes.

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Broncos bowl over the Bengals

Gallup Bengal Dominic Johnson (1) kicks the ball down the field during the Sept. 26 game against the Kirtland Central Broncos. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 10-1. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Kirtland Central Bronco Ethan Begay (6) is backed up by his teammates while Gallup Bengal Isaiah Fuller (9) attempts to stop him during the Sept. 26 game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Kirtland Central Bronco Cody Tsienginne (17) attempts to kick a goal while Gallup Bengal Anthony Thomas (25) prepares to block it during the Sept. 26 game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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Gallup Bengal Dominic Johnson (1) dribbles the ball down the field while Kirtland Central Bronco Canon Begay (21) moves to intercept him during the Sept. 26 game. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein SPORTS

Mustangs host the Cougars

Ramah Mustang Keena Turney (1) is ready at the net during the Mustang’s home game against the Tohatchi Cougars Sept. 23. Photo credit: Jenny Pond

Tohatchi Cougar Bobbi Yazzie (29) keeps an eye on the action while playing against the Ramah Mustangs at Ramah on Sept. 23. The Cougars won 3-0. Photo Credit: Jenny Pond


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As the students and staff at Lincoln Elementary bask in the success of being named a 2023 National Blue Ribbon school,, the question begs….Why Lincoln? What is it about their school and community that allowed them to earn this prestigious award? If you ask this question to anyone at Lincoln Elementary, they all start to sound alike, and all of their responses have to do with community, family, and safety. When asked about what makes Lincoln stand out from other schools, Superintendent Mike Hyatt said, “At Lincoln Elementary the teachers and staff are highly focused on creating a sense off safety and community y for their students. This is something that makes Lincoln stand out from other schools and greatly contributes to their success. Creating a safe and secure schooll environment allows the students to focus on what they are learning ," %'4#1 2&#+ 2&# $0##"-+ 2- !!-+.*'1& "'$ !3*2 tasks, even in the face of adversity.” Lincoln Elementary is in one of the oldest communities within the City of Gallup. Chihuahuita is the colloquial name for this close-knit community. Many of the Chihuahuita inhabitants are from multigenerational families that have called this community home for more than 100 years, where everyone knows everyone. Many in this area are Lincoln Elementary School alumni, including several of the o sstaff and tteachers. There is T a sense of belonging b aand pride tthat rradiates ffrom Gallup’s G

Chihuahitians that off Chih Ch C ihua ih uahi ua hiti hi tian ti anss an an andd it iiss th att ssense ense een se o ffamily and belonging that makes Lincoln Elementary School so special. L At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, A aanother district elementary school llocated in a neighborhood adjacent to Chihuahita was closed. The students C aand staff from that neighborhood sschool, Roosevelt Elementary, were moved to Lincoln which started the 2019-2020 school year in a brand-new school building. The principal at the time, Edgardo Castro, was responsible for both Roosevelt and Lincoln during and after the transition. His leadership during that time and through the 2021-2022 school year was crucial to keeping the staff focused and on a trend to meeting and exceeding scholastic standards of excellence. Principal Castro was known to have very high expectations for himself and his staff. Under his leadership the transition between the two schools was smooth. The merging could have been very challenging. The students and

sstaff from Roosevelt had to move from their building to another, becoming accustomed to a b new school, with new staff and other students. n However, the students and staff at Roosevelt H were resilient and meshed well with the w sstudents and the staff at Lincoln. They were both like-minded and focused on the same b tthings – the students! The now blended school ccommunity moved forward and continued ttheir focus and approach, with instructors aattending workshops and training to further help their students’ progress. h At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, A Edgardo Castro left the Gallup McKinley E County School district and was replaced with C Principal Kelley Fitzmaurice, or Mr. Fitz, as P he is known to his staff and students. Principal Fitzmaurice came to Lincoln Elementary at an extremely crucial time in the nomination phase of the Blue Ribbon Award. At the time, Lincoln Elementary School was already nominated by the New Mexico Public Education Department for the prize, which meant that Mr. Fitz was now responsible for the lengthy selection process. According to Fitzmaurice, it ttook about a week of his full, undivided attention, as well u aas full and direct input from both Kristin Bishoff, Director b of Instruction and Wade Bell, o Assistant Superintendent of A Curriculum and Instruction. C When describing how Lincoln W was able to earn this award w Fitz said, “So much of it came F ddown to the teachers and tthe care that they have for ttheir students and that school. There are many teachers at T Lincoln that have spent their L eentire teaching career at Lincoln. There are teachers L who have parents that were w tteachers. It is truly a family, aand that sense of community iis something that could not be overlooked”. Thankfully, b


Fitzmaurice’s leadership, Lincoln Elementary School continued their upward trend of academic excellence which kept them eligible for the Blue Ribbon award. At the beginning of this school year, Lincoln Elementary had a change in leadership once again when Principal Fitzmaurice was promoted to John F. Kennedy Middle School and new principal Olivia Lee was introduced. Principal Lee quickly noticed that Lincoln was very much a family unit and that she was coming to a place where everyone came together to get the work done. She echoed the culture of togetherness and community when asked how Lincoln achieved this award by saying, “These students, these parents, the teachers, the community all came together to support one another to achieve this award. It takes the community to work together to achieve greatness, and this school did it.” Teacher Ruby Maldonado has spent her 24-year career as a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. Ruby attended Lincoln as a child and sent her daughter to Lincoln as well. She said that in beginning of her career the school was graded exceptionally low and that their .#0$-0+ ,!# & " ,-2 & " 1'%,' ! ,2 progress p until u Principal P Phyllis P Casuse C ccame into lleadership aat Lincoln. According A tto *"-, "-9 '2 5 1 131# 5&- 012 12 02#" looking at the data and then training them on how to be more thoughtful about their teaching practices. “That was just kind of the beginning off teaching the staff that has been here for so long how to look at if what we’re teaching is working with the students.” They had to ask themselves

the tough questions like, “Is it me? What possibly is going wrong? Did I teach it wrong? What did I do? What was my misstep and really taking a & 0" *--) 2 7-301#*$ ," 0# #!2',% ," 2&#, #',% able to adjust your instruction.” It was this kind of critical questioning that sparked change. The staff changed their mindset about how they looked at the data and used it to help them adjust their methods on how they provided instruction. The sschool district had aalso begun to adopt protocols to help with p iinstruction which only made them stronger. m When Ruby Maldonado W ffound out that the Lincoln Elementary L School was being S nominated for a Blue Ribbon she said, “I was blown away and I am ecstatic and excited and so happy for our students! It all comes down to the students believing in themselves; they know if they do their best they can achieve (a Blue Ribbon)”. On Friday, O F id September 22nd a S huge celebration was h held h at Lincoln to honor the district’s h 012 #4#0 2'-, * Blue Ribbon School. B Students, Staff, GMCS S Administrators, A GMCS Board G members, Mayor m Louis Bonaguidi, NM Rep. Patty Lundstrom, former and current principals, former teachers, and the Lincoln and Chihuahita community were on hand to celebrate! Superintendent Hyatt asked several students to speak about why they were excited to win this award. One eager student stated, “I’m excited because I never had a school that accomplished something so big!” The celebration lasted through the school day and included a live

DJ, Bounce Houses, refreshments, s,, dancing and endless fun! The celebration did not end there. At the GMCS Boardd Meeting September M ti on S t b 25th, 2 25th GMCS honored Lincoln once again. Lincoln Elementary teachers Dora Cano, Denise Swatzell, and Ruby Maldonado spoke. All three women had attended Lincoln Elementary School as children, and they had all sent their own children to Lincoln. Impressively, all three have spent their entire careers at Lincoln, and believe they are a direct representation of their tight-knit Lincoln community. They L ddescribed how closely they work with each other and how w tthey feel like every person is iimportant stating, “everyone’s voice counts”. The trio read v aaloud several “feelings cards” where Lincoln students and w sstaff wrote down how they ffelt about accepting such an honorable award. They began h like “proud” and “validated” when tto readd words d lik “ describing their feelings. They ended with a call to action for themselves saying they were “challenged to maintain this level of excellence”. Students Eli Lovato, Michael Prem, and Hadley Henderson were on hand with a few words about how they felt about winning the Blue Ribbon Award with Henderson stating, “The Blue Ribbon Award is important to me because the teachers worked hard to help us grow our brains very smart.” The staff and students at Lincoln Elementary are still getting used to their new status as a Blue Ribbon School. Teacher Ruby Maldonado expressed that she speaks to her students daily about what it means to be a Blue Ribbon student. For Maldonado, she said that they are already looking ahead at the next three years to the time when they can be nominated once again for the Blue Ribbon. The Gallup-McKinley County School district is honored and so proud of the students and staff of Lincoln Elementary School. The devoted and humble staff of Lincoln Elementary have worked hard, they have paid attention, they have evolved, and they have grown. Their endless dedication and perseverance have paid off. Lincoln Elementary is a Blue Ribbon School!

Eagles soar past the Cougars Tohatchi Cougar Malcolm Brown (84) looks for an opening to move down the field during the Sept. 22 game against the Crownpoint Eagles. The Eagles defeated the Cougars 26-12. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Tohatchi Cougar Malcolm Brown (84) races down the field while Crownpoint Eagle Austin Begay (28) attempts to catch him. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Crownpoint Eagle Jonathan Antonio (18) runs down the field during the Sept. 22 game against the Tohatchi Cougars. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Crownpoint Eagle Tydon Tsosie (2) runs for a first down during the Sept. 22 game against the Tohatchi Cougars. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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stay in control of difficult situations inside the court. She is also a member of the MESA Club, a GATE student, and Vice President of the Junior Class. She wears many hats, but she is still able to manage her time for practices, studies, and club meetings.

School: Crownpoint High School Name: Terrianna Begaye Sport: Volleyball Grade: Senior

Terrianna is a dedicated athlete, she doesn’t miss any practices. Her leadership skills as the team captain have been nothing but positive. She recently won the Hatch Red or Green Invitational All Tournament award. School: Miyamura High School Name: Mataeo Juarez Sport: Soccer Grade: Senior

Mateo is a Midfielder and when on offense, has recorded eight goals and seven assists this season in addition to recording four goals in one match. On defense, he has recorded 16 stea ls. A s a co-captain, he assists players through directions while on the pitch. Mateo has been recognized twice this season as MaxPreps Player of The Game. School: Ramah High School Name: Heather Cox Sport: Volleyball Grade: Senior

Heather is willing to play at any position to help her team. She works hard to be a leader for the team and has a positive attitude. School: Thoreau High School Name: Noah Trickey Sport: Football Grade: Sophomore Noah was the offensive player of the game Sept. 22. He plays the tight end/slot position, and he had a number of great catches during this week’s game. He has worked hard throughout the season both on the field and off.

School: Tohatchi High School Name: Kari Chato Sport: Volleyball Grade: Junior

Kari is the volleyball JV team captain. In addition, she is a GATE student and Vice President of the Junior Class. She is a versatile volleyball athlete who can

School: Tse’ Yi’ Gai Name: Rickelle Sandoval Sport: Volleyball Grade: Senior

During the Aztec tournament over the Sept. 22 weekend, Rickelle’s serves set the rest of the team up for success. Her leadership on and off the court sets a good example for not only her teammates, but also other students. She is steady and reliable during the games and excels in practice.

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Walking toward a cure

Approximately 40-50 supporters participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event Sept. 23 at Fox Run Golf Course in Gallup. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, over $9,000 was raised at the Gallup event. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Guests visit the McKinley County Sheriff ’s Office booth at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event Sept. 23 at Fox Run Golf Course in Gallup. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

Diane McDargh spoke of her experience caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event Sept. 23 at Fox Run Golf Course. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein

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‘Dumb Money’ doesn’t rise to the bullish heights of recent fi nance-themed titles By Glenn Kay For the Sun

fully rounded. At least the material with the Gills does paint a more detailed picture. There are some interesting choices for Keith, as he must consider whether or not to sell his shares and face adversity from followers or stick to his guns and

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 105 MINUTES This f ilm f rom Sony Pictures opens wide on Friday, Sept. 29. If you follow Wall Street t r a d i n g, t hen you m ig ht remember t he Ga meStop “short squeeze” that occurred in 2021. Unexpected stock purchases grew into a massive group of online enthusiasts picking up the fl ailing property and driving its value to never-before-seen heights. A non-fiction book by Ben Mezrich called The Antisocial Network was released later the same year and now a narrative fi lm based on it has arrived at theaters. Dumb Money depicts this unusual story from the point-of-view of the individual who started the buying frenzy. Set during the pandemic, the tale follows struggling, Boston-based fi nancial analyst Keith Gill (Paul Dano). While enduring the COVID19 shutdown with his wife Caroline (Shailene Woodley) and their baby, he posts videos about his investments and high-risk stocks he feels are undervalued. After he purchases a large volume of GameStop shares, many of his online followers (America Ferrera, Myha’la Her rold, A nthony Ra mos, Talia Ryder) decide to do the same. When a number of billionaire investment firm CEOs (Rushi Kota, Nick Offerman, COMMUNITY

potentially lose the money that his family desperately needs. This main story does provide engaging drama. It’s also fun to see amusing scenes involving Keith bicker and fight with


Dine Local Restaurant Guide Please Support Local Businesses Pete Davidson and Paul Dano play brothers who were involved in the GameStop stock market “short squeeze” that occurred in 2021 in ‘Dumb Money.’ Dano’s character Keith Gill is the one who initially purchased a large number of GameStop shares, which led to many other people following in his footsteps. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Vincent D’Onofrio, Seth Rogen, Sebastian Stan) try to manipulate and profit from the situation using “short squeeze” tactics, they end up in over their heads. Gill’s online posts become a viral phenomenon and 175 million shares are purchased, causing a massive rise in value that threatens all the CEOs and major firms involved and piques the interest of the U.S. government. The movie is rapidly-paced, jumping between nearly a dozen characters involved in the trading process. And in some regards, this approach is effective. It keeps a movie detailing a group of talking heads staring at their computer screens about as energetic as possible. One can ea sily see how the stor y might be dull and dreary, but the filmmakers have taken great pa ins to consta ntly shuttle between the poor and the wealthy, showing their excitement and/also panicked

reactions as the stock value changes. T he dow n side t o t h i s technique is that, with the exception of Keith Gill and his immediate family, the supporting characters are all one-note. What is constantly emphasized in a less-thansubtle manner is that the investment fi rm managers are horrible. In fact, some of these figures may as well be laughing maniacally and twirling an oversized mustache. As expected, this is a story of average citizens taking on CEOs, but the only buyers we see are a nurse, college students and even a GameStop employee. They’re all either saddled with debt but sweet, or are treated poorly by their employers. Thankfully, there are plenty of familiar faces in the cast who are charismatic and help add relatability to the very simple backstories, but it is still hard for many of the characters to come across as

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Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for September 29, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


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

ELEMENTAL: The latest animated effort from Pixar and Disney is set in a city where the elements of air, earth, fire and water all live together. A young fire element is ex pect ed to take over her parents’ corner store when they retire, but she has trouble keeping her temper under control. When one of her outbursts threatens to close the

store for good, she teams up with a water element to save the business. Despite being from and made of completely different elements, romance blossoms between the two. Reviews were more positive than negative for this feature. About one-quarter didn’t think the romantic story was compelling and suggested that it also missed a lot of opportunities for humor and drama. Still, the majority were impressed by the spectacle and visuals and felt that its sweet and low-key message of love and understanding was effective. The voice cast includes Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie del Carmen, Shila Ommi, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Catherine O’Hara. THE ENGINEER: Based

on a true story from the 1990s, this tale i nvolve s t he sinister figure Yahya Ayyash, a master bombma ker who used a suicide squad to set up a series of deadly terrorist bombings in Israel. When one of the explosions kills the daughter of an U.S. senator, an ex-Mossad agent is hired to find the figure responsible and his crew. In order to do so, the protagonist recruits a special team of covert agents and the group goes undercover to locate the threat. So far, this action-thriller has been universally panned by the press. They all wrote that the movie handled real events in a poor manner, noting that the

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pacing was sluggish, the story formulaic and that the final result lacked any kind of tension. INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOOR: The fifth title in this franchise is actually a direct sequel to the fi rst and second mov ie s (t he previous two films are actually prequels). In the latest entry, the father from the first ch a pt er h a s repressed all memories of previous events and is separated from his wife. When he and his estranged, college-bound son begin having ghostly visions once again, the two come together to square off against demonic forces. While the original was well-received, the sequels haven’t gotten great notices and this picture continues the trend. Slightly less than half stated that the creepy atmosphere kept them on the edge of their seats and felt there were enough jolts to entertain genre fans. The rest complained that, despite a good moment or two, this episode didn’t deliver scare and felt too familiar. They concluded that the series has now run its course. NATTY KNOCKS: Set on Halloween, this tale focuses on a young babysitter looking after a pair of kids while trick or treaters wander the streets outside. The household is soon targeted by a serial killer, who is the son of a B-movie horror legend. The caregiver must use her wits and fighting skills to save the children and turn the tables on the maniac. The press was split on this title and it received a few more negative write-ups than positive ones. Those who enjoyed it said

the cast were excellent, that the film was slick and that it delivered a nostalgia kick emulating horror pict u res from the 1970s. Slightly more criticized the picture for borrowing so many elements from other, stronger horror pictures and thought its attempts at meta-horror failed. RUBY GILLMA N: TEENAGE KRAKEN: A teenage Kraken is the lead in this animated family film. She plays a shy and awkward monster and student desperate to fit in at her new high school. Things get complicated when the sweet-natured protagonist learns that she is next in line to lead her kind as a warr ior queen… and that she may have to do battle with power-hungry and popular mermaids whom she attends class with. The film received more positive notices than negative ones. Those who disliked the picture claimed that the story and writing was cliched and that it didn’t make a strong emotional connection with viewers. Still, more called the film a beautifully animated and enjoyable comingof-age tale featuring some welcome twists and an important message to stand tall and be yourself. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: After receiving a call from his wife that she is in


BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS | FROM PAGE 5 major accomplishment Sept. 22 with an outdoor ceremony. It was also recognized during the Sept. 25 school board meeting. Some of the schools’ students spoke about what it meant to them to have their school win

ESCALANTE STATION | FROM PAGE 9 McKinley County commissioners approved an industrial revenue bond worth up to $280 million for the project in April. The county expects to receive

BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 18 labor, a man drives as fast as he can to the hospital. But before he can get out of his vehicle, a mysterious and armed stranger enters. The unhinged but chatty new a r r i v a l demands the d r i v e r t a ke him to some unusual destinations, threatening to shoot him or anyone else who gets in their way. As the two talk, the crazed passenger’s motivations are slowly revealed. This thriller received a wide array of comments, although more were amused than disappointed. Those who didn’t like the picture took issue with the exaggerated storytelling and wanted more character development. Others couldn’t help but be entertained by the engaging and sometimes overthe-top performances, as well as the bizarre and unexpected events depicted on the screen. They called it a stylish, wild and NEWS

this award. “I like Lincoln because the staff are kind and they help me learn,” Eli Lovato, a Lincoln Elementary student, said. “I’m proud to be at a Blue Ribbon school. I want to thank all my teachers and Gallup-McKinley County Schools.” D r. A r s e n io R o m e r o, S ecret a r y of t he P ubl ic

Education Department, praised the three schools for being paragons for other schools to follow. “We could not be prouder of our Blue Ribbon Schools this year and the success of each school is rooted in their ties to community, strong leadership and resilience,” Romero said. “Each school offers us something to be inspired by

and something to aspire to. Congratulations to the students, staff and communities that make Lincoln Elementary, Lydia Rippey Elementary, and Monte Vista Elementary such proud examples of excellence in education.” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also congratulated the winners. “I want to congratulate

these teachers, administrators, students, and their families on their hard work to achieve Blue Ribbon status,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “This is what we can accomplish when we focus on supporting educators and creating classroom environments that make learning accessible for all students.”

about $7.1 million in taxes over the life of the project, with another $2.4 million going to Gallup-McKinley County Schools. “Tri-State’s investment in Escalante Solar is vital for the community,” CDEC CEO and general manager Robert E.

Castillo said. “While the solar project cannot replace jobs at the retired coal plant, the addition of a new tax base for McKinley County and our local school district is impactful, and we appreciate Tri-State and the project partners for bringing Escalante Solar to our region.”

Separately, a concern called Escalante H2Power plans to retrofit part of the plant to use blue/green hydrogen technology to generate and store power. Tallgrass Energy, based in Kansas, owns a 75% membership interest in that partnership; the other 25% is owned

by Texas-based Newpoint Gas, LLC. Neither Gr idworks nor Escalante H2Power responded to inquiries about when and what jobs would be available at the site, but Gridworks lists its open positions on its website,

enjoyable B-movie. It stars Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman. A THOUSAND AND ONE: A hairdresser and convicted thief loses custody of her child. After serving time, she returns to reestablish contact with her boy. She discovers her youngster is unhappy living in foster care. The lead snatches him away and the two attempt to make a fresh start while avoiding being caught by authorities. However, their relationship becomes complicated after the woman starts a new relationship with a fellow thief. O ve r a l l , c r it ic s we r e impressed by this drama. A

small number didn’t fi nd it as compelling as hoped for, also commenting that story segments set late in the feature weren’t as convincing as the 1990s material. However, virtually everyone else wrote that this was a dynamic story with wonderful performances that completely immersed them in the lives of the characters. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! You’ll find some kid-friendly releases listed below. A d v e n t u r e T i m e T he Complete Series (Warner Bros.) DVD Cats Don’t Dance (Warner Archive) Blu-ray Lonely Castle in the Mirror

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‘DUMB MONEY’ | FROM PAGE 17 brother Kevin (Pete Davidson), a horribly-behaved driver for an online food delivery service who doesn’t care in the least about the stock market.

It should also be noted that the movie assumes that the Wall Street terminology brandished will be familiar to viewers. If it isn’t (and this reviewer is no authority on trading practices either), it will take a bit of time to fully

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Published: Gallup Sun September 29, 2023 October 6, 2023 October 13, 2023



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Community Calendar September 29 - October 5, 20233 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 pneilson@ 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 pneilson@gallupnm. gov 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! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. SATURDAY, SEPT. 30


12 pm - 3 pm @ the Gallup Masonic Lodge (4501 E. 66 Ave.).


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.


2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Adventures of Tintin (2011). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.


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


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, OCT. 3


9 am - 2 pm @ UNM-Gallup Student Services and Technology Center Room 200.


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, OCT. 4


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


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, OCT. 5


@ Red Rock Park (5757 Red Rock Park Dr.). Presentations will start at 9 am, and the fun run will take place at 5:30 pm.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn how to make salsa with Elena Bowers from New Mexico State University, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.


4 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). This month, Zollinger Library is looking at the horror genre. This week’s film is My Friend Dahmer.


4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). For more information email: or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, OCT. 6



4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is Easter Sunday.


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.).


9 am - 3 pm @ Red Rock Park (5757 Red Rock Park Dr.). MONDAY, OCT. 9



5:30 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Join Zollinger Library and Dr. Skylar Stevens to

talk about the history of vaccines and how they work and bust some of the many myths about these life-saving molecules. For questions, call (505) 863-7531 or email FRIDAY, OCT. 13


3 pm - 5 pm @ the UNM-Gallup Zollinger Library (705 Gurley Ave.). Come to the library and watch a documentary about the many slasher films over the years. There will also be a display with books and more, showing the many urban legends and superstitions people have. For questions, please call 505-863-7531 or email SATURDAY, OCT. 14


9 am - 12 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join OFPL and see the annular “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse which will be visible from eight states–including New Mexico.


7 pm - 9 pm @ Downtown Gallup. Come experience local and professional art, artist demonstrations, gallery openings, live music, hands-on crafts, and games for the kids.


7 pm - 9 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Artist Dana Aldis finds her inspiration again in the wildly beautiful landscapes surrounding Gallup, from Pyramid Rock to McGaffey Lake, weaving together natural beauty with the complexities (and surprises!) of human interaction with the environment. The show will be on display until Nov. 4.


7 pm - 9 pm @ LOOM Gallery (209 W. Coal Ave.). Immerse yourself in a world of Zuni art.


1 pm - 3 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Follow step-by-step instructions to paint a spooky haunted house. For more information and to register go to ONGOING


OFPL’s book club book for November is Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge. Discussions will be in November via Zoom or in-person at the Main Library. Email or call 505-863-1291 for more information.


@ 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.


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 or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. GOOGLE CAREER CERTIFICATE SCHOLARSHIP 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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