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n eviction is not an easy obstacle to overcome, especially if an occupant is only given several days at most to clear out. Abruptly leaving a stable living space with no alternative or plan can lead to emotional, financial, and even physical strains. Five local residents alleged that they experienced the pain and inconvenience of an immediate eviction from their apartments, located at 107. E. Hill Ave, in August. The group filed a lawsuit against the city Nov. 1. So, why not a 30 day notice? The apartment complex, owned by Jordan Investments, LLC, was red-tagged by the city


and deemed a danger to occupants, hastening the near immediate eviction of residents. But, the dilapidated conditions of the building and reports to the city and landlord by tenants is by no account recent news. New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty alleged in a Nov. 1 press release that the city refused to enforce city code against Jordan Investments for years, despite multiple requests for help from tenants. Requests for repairs were reportedly ignored by the property owner, although rent increased significantly, NMCLP claimed. Earlier this year, residents of the apartment complex reportedly asked for the city’s assistance in addressing the la nd lord’s conti nued a nd

alleged violations of the law. Court documents state that Jordan Investments, Gallup code enforcers, the Gallup Fire Department, and the city in general have known about the issues at the apartment complex as early as 2021. Prior to the eviction, on July 20, tenants of the building met with code enforcement officers, City Councilor Linda Garcia, Dist. 1, and Gallup Police Chief Erin Toadlena-Pablo to express their frustration with the city and landlord over the lack of code enforcement and overdue repairs. Ga l lup’s Pla n n i ng a nd Development Director C.B. Strain, who serves as the city’s


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RESIDENTS CLAIM THEY WEREN'T GIVEN ENOUGH NOTICE STORY FROM COVER code official, told the tenants during the meeting that the building would be red-tagged if found uninhabitable, and they would be forced to move out. The tenants repor tedly agreed to these terms, and from there, events impacting their welfare progressed quickly. Six days after the meeting, on July 26, the building was red-tagged by the city’s code enforcement officers. Residents were ordered to move out within 24 hours, but the deadline was later extended to Aug. 1. In all, nine families, including children and elders, had to gather their belongings and leave their homes. New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty claimed that no information was provided to the residents as to what violations were found or when they would be remedied. “No information was provided to the residents as to what violations were found or when they would be remedied,” the press release states. “Residents were not provided with information about a return date or even a right to appeal the determination by the city.” REASONS FOR EVICTION According to a city of Gallup July 27 press release, the property was plagued by the following issues: insect-infested;


damaged windows and doors; ceilings with leaks and growing mold; walls with holes, cracks; growing mold; damaged and blood-stained f looring and carpet throughout; graffiti on all interior surfaces; unstable stairs in the common areas; damaged plumbing and light fixtures; and multiple other code violations. The release also stated “[the] property is not fit for human inhabitation and is dangerous both to those who occupy it and the surrounding community.” In a July 31 interview with the Sun, interim city manager Jon DeYoung said the city would help the tenants find new places to live. “We have done everything we can to assist in finding them spaces to go,” DeYoung said. “Currently, the Southwest Indian Foundation has been able to fi nd housing for all the residents who willingly left last week and are able to assist going forward with those who are still there at the facility and who chose not to leave voluntarily.” But now, the tenants are claiming the city didn’t do enough, as laid out in their lawsuit. Roy Benally, 81, a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city, lives on a fixed Social Security income, and feels

Interim City Manager Jon DeYoun overwhelmed by the sudden move. He agreed to an interview with the Gallup Sun. “I was happy living in my apartment at 107 E. Hill Ave. because it was affordable and it’s close to the hospital where I get medical treatment,” he said. “It needed some repairs, but I thought the owner and the city would help us. When I was suddenly forced to leave, I didn’t know where to go. I didn’t know how I was supposed to pack up all my stuff in one day.” Benally received temporary help from a non profit, but he claims the organization can no longer help him. “We shouldn’t be punished for asking the city to address the property owner’s neglect,” he said.

Lawsuit co-plaintiff Ronald Yazzie, said his family was evacuated last winter due to a nearby fire. He shared the apartment with his wife Taylor Sam and their 2-year-old son. When it was safe to return home, he alleges there was damage to the family’s apartment, including a broken window. “It was freezing in our apartment, and I was concerned about criminal activity that started to escalate in the area, so I reached out to the property owner to request repairs like I was supposed to,” Yazzie said. “I never heard back. That’s around the time I learned my neighbors wanted to try to get the city to help us, and I was relieved and got involved. I never expected the city to abandon us like this.” In a Nov. 6 interview with the Sun, DeYoung dismissed the claim that the city had abandoned the tenants. He noted that the property owner and local attorney David Jordan was initially given a deadline of Aug. 10 to address the violations before the city would do a follow-up inspection. At the time, Jordan was reportedly working on the repairs. “As long as [Jordan’s] working on it and in communication [with the city] then he is able to show us that he’s brought everything up into the city code

standards, then he can operate again,” DeYoung explained. Jordan didn’t respond to a request for an interview. Me a nwh i le, S overeig n Hager, an attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, said the City of Gallup is in the wrong in this situation. “This tight knit community is exactly what makes New Mexico a great place to call home,” she said. “The trauma that comes when a community is evicted with no notice, and through no fault of their own, cannot be understated. The New Mexico Constitution protects New Mexicans’ homes and renters have a right to due process before being forced to move. The City of Gallup must recognize and protect the rights of families that rent in the city.” THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS When it comes to the right of due process, Gallup follows the International Property Maintenance Code. The lawsuit claims that the IPMC does not give tenants the right to due process. In order to fight this claim, the tenants were scheduled to meet in front of the Board of Appeals Sept. 25, but that meeting was later canceled due to



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the appellants not providing a written statement of the claims or issues for the Board to review. The appellants did provide a statement the next day, and the hearing was rescheduled for Oct. 27. The appellants claimed that the city failed to provide constitutionally required notice and

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appeal rights to the residents of the building before they were told to leave. However, the IPMC states that if a building is inhabitable, anyone’s property right is null. During the hearing, the city’s Building Inspector John Margis testified and said that the building’s condition was among the worst he had ever inspected. Gallup Fire Chief John Pairett said that if the building ever caught fi re people would have about two minutes to evacuate. He also explained that from a scale of 1 to 10, he would place 107 E. Hill Ave. at a nine, meaning there was a high likelihood of serious injury or fatality if a fire were to break out. The appella nts a lso claim that the city should be required to make the repairs on the building. They referenced Section 109.4 of the IPMC, saying that the Code

Officer is required to perform the work that will address the emergency if they order an immediate evacuation of a structure. But in their fi nal decision, the Board of Appeals determined that nothing in Section 109 requires the City to make the repairs to 107 E. Hill Ave. It goes on to state that the city can’t take measures in an emergency to protect a building’s occupants or the public unless it has the cash on hand needed to rehabilitate the structure. The Board estimated that this amount would equal “hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more.” They ultimately concluded that the city is not responsible for coming up with the money or making repairs. The city is also not required to find tenants temporary housing, according to the IPMC. As a whole, the appeal was ultimately denied Nov. 1.

Now, the lawsuit asks the court to order the city to allow displaced tenants to reenter the property with a deadline for the landlord or the city to make repairs. If the city makes repairs, they would bill Jordan, as required in the Gallup property code in an emergency. The lawsuit also asks the court to enter an order declaring the city’s property code unconstitutional because it does not provide notice and appeal rights to tenants in the event of a condemnation. The complaint is asking the Court to award damages to the plaintiffs due to their suffering and expenses. The City of Gallup, the defendant in the court case, filed an entry of appearance, which means they stated that an attorney would be representing them, Nov. 13. No other information or further court dates were available at press time.

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cKinley County has decided to terminate its lease agreement with Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services. In a Nov. 14 open public meeting the county commissioners voted to exercise their right under Section 1.4 of the lease and give RMCHCS 180 day notice that the lease will be terminated April 15. McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas stated in a press release that the commissioners have instructed him to work with the RMCHCS board to come to some agreed upon procedures and processes to see if a resolution can be made. However, a few conditions

McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas

RMCHCS must meet the county's conditions by Jan. 15. If these conditions are met, the county commissioners will reconsider a 180-day lease termination notice. File Photo. must be completed by Jan. 15. If these conditions are met, the commissioners will reconsider

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the 180 day lease termination notice. These conditions are:

• Complete detailed account for mill levy funds for calendar years 2021, 2022, and 2023

• Open and transparent communication with RMCHCS employees and the community • Cont i nue d d i a log ue / communication with county m a n a gement a nd cou nt y commissioners • Payment in full for past due lease payments in just over $1.5 million


What a difference the pay makes MCKINLEY COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT BENEFITS FROM STATE FUNDING By Holly J. Wagner Sun Correspondent


hile state-backed salary enhancements have helped county law enforcement agencies

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hold on to staff, attracting new public safety workers is a bit more of a challenge. “The applicant pool is a lot more shallow than it used to be even 10 years ago. There is not a huge rush to get into law enforcement like there was when I applied to the Gallup Police Department," McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III, who applied in 2000, said. I n 2000, Ma i ra no sa id 40 people were fighting for 12 jobs at the Gallup Police Department. Now, every job open i ng at t he McK i n ley County Sheriff’s Office states “open until filled” on all of the positions. The department is constantly reviewing applications. One thing that’s helped keep deputies and dispatchers happy is the $12,000-a-year retention stipends the state pa id for this yea r, which Maiorano sought and received for deputies, dispatchers and detention officers. “We think the bonuses have been what helped us retain.… It’s not just law enforcement, it’s public safety,” he said. “Without the jail we can’t book the people that we are arresting. Without dispatch there’s no one to tell us where to go. The two are integral and I hope the state considers it the same way.” The state offered some law enforcement funding for the next two years as well, but it’s to fund existing positions. That’s less helpful because most cities and counties have already budgeted for salaries and benefits for open positions. What they need is a pot sweetener and funds for outreach like job fairs, printed brochures and other recruiting

materials. County Manager Anthony Dimas said it can cost $15,000 to run just one nationwide ad. “On the positive side, I think our biggest recruiters are our deputies themselves,” Maiorano said. “It’s not a difficult place to work as a law enforcement officer. We’re not faced with the same things that the rest of the country is. That’s what is helping us on the recruiting side.” So far this year, the sheriff’s department has had the most success with recruiting, bringing on seven new deputies – two first-timers who were sent to the academy for training, three that already had law enforcement certification and two more who had certification waivers, meaning they haven’t worked in law enforcement for two or more years and had to take a short refresher course to reestablish their certifications. Other branches are having a more difficult time. MCSO is down to four openings for sworn personnel, while dispatch has six vacancies and detention has 11. “Detention is extremely difficult,” Maiorano said. “The younger generations feel like serving at the jail is like being in jail.” Applicants still have to get over a couple of hurdles to be considered, and that’s where a lot of people wash out. Many applicants can’t pass the physical, mental or background check requirements. The biggest disqualifier is a criminal record. “It’s just hard because where we are living at. There's people that have been in custody and they have a background. If it’s a felony we can’t

McKinley County Adult Detention Center Deputy Warden Steve Silversmith discussed the recruiting challenges the county currently faces. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein hire them. If it’s a misdemeanor it can be worked with,” Steve Silversmith, deputy warden at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, said. Silversmith said he believes i n g iv i ng people second chances, but they can’t hire someone with a record. “What it comes down to is, we can’t hire anybody who’s been in our jail and knows where everything is at,” he explained. Silversmith is the guy looking for 11 good men and women right now. The department provides a 30-day training program and on-the-job–training after that. The detention center is not a prison. Detainees are people who are awaiting trial or serving sentences of one year or shorter. But they still need monitoring and services, primarily transportation to and from medical appointments and court appearances. “They are actually escorting them to where they need to be. It’s time and bodies,” Silversmith said. “That’s why




NMSP conducts Gallup operation to combat retail crime THREE PEOPLE WITH OUTSTANDING WARRANTS WERE ARRESTED Staff Reports


ew Mexico State Police officers conducted an operation at the WalMart in Gallup Nov. 3 aimed at preventing retail crime and holding those who are engaged in shoplifting and other retail crimes accountable. During the operation, State Police officers identified eight individuals engaged in shoplifting. Three of them were found to be wanted criminals with felony warrants. Katerri Vigil, 25, of Pinehill, was arrested for shoplifting (under $250) and had an active

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felony arrest warrant for seven counts of aggravated assault/ domestic violence, aggravated

fleeing a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, and two counts of leaving the scene of

an accident involving damage to a vehicle. D a r r e n Ja me s , 31, of Ramah, was arrested for shoplifting (under $250) and had an active felony arrest warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. Anderson Brown, 23, of Gallup, was arrested for shoplifting (under $250) and had felony arrest warrants for a probation and parole violation and abuse of drugs. He

also had arrest warrants for failure to appear in court for resisting and evading an officer, receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. A no t h e r s u s p e c t w a s arrested for shoplifting (under $250) and while being placed under arrest he became combative and ultimately was also charged with battery on a peace officer, resisting and evading or obstructing an officer, and concealing identity. NMSP had not released the individual's identity by press time. All those arrested were booked into the McKinley County Detention Center. Four other shoplifters were issued citations and were released. The public can expect to see more retail crime operations being conducted in the area by the New Mexico State Police as the holidays approach.

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Weekly DWI Report Staff Reports Featured DWI

Shayna Nez Nov. 11, 2:40 pm Aggravated DWI (Third) A Tohatchi woman, Shayna Nez, 31, was sought for a public

indecency call and eventually arrested and charged with her third DWI. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Valle was dispatched to the Gallup Flea Market at 120 Hwy. 608 after Metro Dispatch advised of the suspect driving a gray SUV. Valle arrived at the scene and drove past a gray Buick Encore with a matching license plate in the parking lot. Valle pulled behind the vehicle after it parked and met the driver, Nez. She stated she was driving from “down the road” back to her home in Tohatchi. While speaking to her, Valle reportedly observed Nez display signs of intoxication including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelling of alcohol.


Nez denied consuming any alcohol prior to driving and agreed to take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. She was given alternative tests after stating she was unable to do the walk and turn. Nez performed poorly on the tests and a search of her vehicle showed 11 miniature bottles of Yukon Jack, 3 miniatures of 99 Proof Grapes, and multiple open containers of Santa Fe Brewing Co. beer and IPA Voodoo Ranger craft beer. Based on his investigation, Valle placed Nez under a r rested. She repor ted ly refused to give a breath sample before being transported to McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked for aggravated DWI (third) and open container. Her pretrial hearing is set for Dec. 12.

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Name: Byron Begaye Age: 32 Arrested: Nov. 12 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Dec. 14

Name: Ethan Litsuie Age: 31 Arrested: June 21 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Agreed to pay fi nes, attend DWI school on Nov. 3

Name: Rydell Jake Age: 44 Arrested: Nov. 11 Charge: Aggravated DWI Status: Pretrial hearing on Dec. 19

Name: Duane Justin Francisco Age: 38 Arrested: June 29 Charge: Aggravated DWI (Third) Status: Failed to appear in court on Nov. 2, warrant issued

Name: Austin Evans Age: 25 Arrested: June 22 Charge: DWI (Second) Status: Convicted, sentenced to community service on Nov. 14

Name: Jonathan Alec Long Age: 24 Arrested: June 17 Charge: DWI Status: Convicted, sentenced to community service on Nov. 14

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Evaluating New Mexico's oil, gas emissions STUDY SHOWS STATE EMITS HALF THE OUTPUT OF TEXAS Staff Reports


he nationally leading oil and gas regulations of the Lujan Grisham administration are having significant and positive impacts on greenhouse gas emissions from the industry. A study released the week of Nov. 7 by the environmental measurement and analysis firm Kayrros found that New Mexico’s oil and gas operations emit half those of Texas, per unit. Texas’s industry is far less regulated and often results in emissions traveling across state lines into New Mexico.

Noting that both Texas and New Mexico have experienced exponential growth in oil and gas production over the time period its study covers, Kayrros said the difference in emissions between the states can only be attributed to New Mexico’s stronger regulations on methane waste and emissions. “This study proves what we in New Mexico already know: we are doing the right things at the right time to produce the cleanest barrel of oil in the country. It also proves that state leadership matters – and New Mexico will not abdicate

its responsibility to future generations,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “But make no mistake: we are not slowing down to celebrate. We are all in on all of it: whether it’s building state-of-the-art renewable energy, making more electric vehicles available to residents, shaping a cleaner oil and gas industry, or holding polluters accountable.” The research also tracked the number of “super emitter” events in the Permian Basin since 2019. Their results showed that Texas recorded 106 super emitter events over that time period compared

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A study released the week of Nov. 7 by the environmental measurement and analysis firm Kayrros found that New Mexico’s oil and gas operations emit half those of Texas, per unit. Texas’s industry is far less regulated and often results in emissions traveling across state lines into New Mexico. File Photo with 28 in New Mexico. Days after entering office in 2019, Lujan Grisham issued Executive Order 2019-03 on climate change, which directed state agencies to develop comprehensive rules for reducing emissions from the oil and gas sector. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas estimated to be 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. It generally gets into the atmosphere v ia leaks during the oil and gas production process, or when an oil and gas operator chooses to release or burn excess nat u ra l ga s i n proces ses known as venting and fl aring, respectively. Lu jan Grisham thanked New Mexico’s Secretary of the Engery, Minerals, and Natural Resources Depa r tment Sarah Cottrell Propst and

Env i ron ment Depa r tment Secretary James Kenney. “I also want to applaud Secretaries Sarah Cottrell Propst and James Kenney for their incredible work to curb emissions from the energy sector in our state. Their efforts have been critical,” she said. New Mexico’s metha ne waste rules went into effect May 25, 2021. The rules require all operators to capture 98% of their produced natural gas by Dec. 31, 2026. The rules also prohibit routine venting and fl aring. The rules set out a schedule and a series of steps for operators to reach 98% capture. The governor implemented ozone precursor rules in tandem with the methane rules that require measures to reduce emissions






avajo Nation President Buu Nygren met with the Gallup High School Bengal Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps during a Veterans Day event at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona Nov. 11. The event included a proclamation signing to honor Nava jo veterans from the Navajo Nation who served in the armed forces. The JROTC posted the colors at the beginning of the ceremony and concluded the event by retiring the flags. Nygren commended the Gallup High JROTC for their commitment to service and for representing their school and community, who brought in the flags to post the flags to start the Veterans Day event. “Our youth are so important to the future of our people and our nation. I’m proud to see our young leaders taking part in programs like JROTC that promote leadership, discipline, and service to others,” Nygren said. Cadet Lt. Colonel Elijah

Members of the Gallup High School Bengal Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps salute during a Veterans Day event in Window Rock, Arizona Nov. 11. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the OPVP Ramos, who quietly sang the Marine Corps Hymn during the signing of the 248th Marine Corps birthday proclamation, said helping honor Navajo veterans was an honor. “Our color guard stands

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proud,” Ramos said. After receiving his appreciation letter, Ramos said he had already enlisted in the Marine Corps and was waiting to head to boot camp after graduating from high school. Ramos enlisted under the delayed entry program. Nygren thanked the JROTC students for their professionalism and dedication to honoring the Navajo veterans. He presented the students to the crowd and then presented them with gifts inside the Navajo Nation Presidential office. “The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to become better citizens. And part of that has to offer community service and every time we have an opportunity to do something like this, they stand tall and I’m proud to take them anywhere that they’re needed,” Ramos said.

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Sports scores for Nov. 2 - Nov. 15 Football 11/4 35-8 (L) Thoreau v. Raton (State Football Championship) Boys Soccer 11/4 2-0 (W) Rehoboth Christian v. Santa Fe Prep (State Soccer Championship) 11/7 2-1 (L) Rehoboth Christian v. Sandia Prep (State Soccer Championship) Volleyball 11/2 3-0 (W) Crownpoint v. Newcomb 11/2 3-0 (W) Gallup v. Bloomfield 11/2 3-0 (W) Miyamura v. Kirtland Central 11/2 3-0 (L) Navajo Pine v. Laguna Acoma 11/2 3-0 (L) Ramah v. Magdalena

11/2 3-1 (W) Thoreau v. Zuni 11/2 3-0 (W) Tohatchi v. Fort Wingate 11/4 3-1 (W) Ramah v. Northwest 11/4 3-0 (L) Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. To’hajiilee 11/7 3-1 (L) Crownpoint v. Navajo Prep 11/7 3-1 (W) Gallup v. Shiprock 11/7 3-0 (W) Miyamura v. Bloomfield 11/7 3-0 (L) Rehoboth Christian v. Laguna Acoma 11/7 3-0 (W) Thoreau v. Fort Wingate 11/7 3-0 (W) Tse’ Yi’ Gai @ Ramah 11/9 3-2 (L) Gallup v. Aztec 11/9 3-0 (W) Miyamura v. Shiprock 11/9 3-0 (L) Navajo Pine v. Laguna Acoma 11/9 3-0 (L) Ramah v. Pine Hill 11/9 3-2 (L) Thoreau @ Crownpoint 11/9 3-0 (W) Tohatchi v. Zuni 11/9 3-2 (L) Tse’ Yi’ Gai v. Northwes 11/10 3-2 (W) Rehoboth Christian v. Dulce

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*DOOXS +RXVLQJ $XWKRULW\ 9LVLRQ DQG +RSH IRU WKH )XWXUH In early 2014 I left the County government after working there for 2 and ½ years. I was in the process of seeking another job when I received a call from Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney. He asked me if I would be interested in working for the Gallup Housing Authority as “interim Executive Director”. When I said I was interested he set up a meeting with Board Chairman Alfred Abeita, Sr. Mr. Abeita and I met for lunch at Earl’s Restaurant. THE FIXER: I was hired on a 3-month contract to review and assess operations and to make recommendations to the Board to fix the agency. Later, the job was advertised and I was selected on a permanent basis. Now I have been here nine years. GHA had suffered much since a prior Executive Director in had been convicted of embezzlement and Mayor McKinney and the City Council had acted quickly to remove the old board of directors and appointed a new board headed by Mr. Alfred Abeita, Sr. At that time GHA had been in “trouble status” for five years. My job was to fix GHA before it would be turned over to another Housing Authority for management purposes. NOW: Gallup Housing is in a very strong position financially and stable. I replaced all key staff with higher qualified staff. We went from a 43% delinquency rate to less than 1% for 7 years in a row. We went from 86% occupancy to 98-99% occupancy for 7 years in a row. We went from having 243 outstanding work orders to closing 150-165 monthly with maybe one or two carryovers to the next month. We went for receiving $243,000 in capital funds annually to receiving over $820,000 in capital funds annually. We have successfully procured two significant federal grants to provide security lighting and perimeter fencing for 4 of 6 developments and to perform Lead Based Abatement for 5 of 6 developments. We also purchased a 24-unit apartment complex in October 2019 and have successfully run that complex for four years. Now, we want to move into developing more housing for “Homeownership” purposes. Great things are coming! HOW did we do it? • We set a “high standard” – Our VISION is to be the “Premier” Housing Authority in the State. • We even expect to be recognized nationally as one of the “best”. • We developed clear goals and objectives to fix ourselves and to become “premier”. • We brought in the right team members to “play the game” at the highest level. • We maintain “good order” in all levels of our operations and don’t waste money. • We expect our employees to consistently work hard, deliver results and be “the Best”.


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Past and present veterans gathered at the Courthouse Square Nov. 11 for the Veterans Day ceremony. The event included speakers, posting of colors, and tributes to service members. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the City of Gallup

Iraq War Veterans James Eby discusses how active service members focus on their job and duties to the crowd at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony at the Courthouse Square. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein


Younger veterans were recognized for their service as well during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Courthouse Square. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the City of Gallup

Ch'ooshgai Community School Principal Frank Chiapetti, Jr. speaks about patriotism at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony at the Courthouse Square. Photo Credit: Kim Helfenbein Gallup Sun • Friday November 17, 2023 21

‘Next Goal Wins’ scores a victory with its charming cast By Glenn Kay For the Sun

RATING:  OUT OF  RUNNING TIME: 103 MINUTES This film from Searchlight Pictures opens

in cinemas on Friday, Nov. 17. During World Cup qualifying rounds in 2001, the American Samoa national soccer team suffered the biggest defeat in history. Even though few expected this group to progress into the tournament, at the time it was still considered a major embarrassment and dogged the country

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for years. They immediately became FIFA’s lowest-ranked team and languished over the following years. This hardly sounds like the material for an inspirational sports comedy/drama, but Next Goal Wins tells the story of their struggle for redemption. Director/co-writer Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, JoJo Rabbit) takes a breezier approach to the story than in his previous efforts. Still, for the most part, it does succeed in delivering laughs. Dutch-American Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) is a temperamental soccer coach known for his on-thefield outbursts. With his career in trouble, he is forced to accept the role of new mentor for the American Samoa team and turn them into a competitive squad for a new series of World Cup qualifiers. Rongen initially writes them all off, butting heads with mellow American Samoa Football Fe d e r a t io n He a d Ta v it a Taumua (Oscar Knightley), the man who actually fought for the coach’s appointment. The intense figure doesn’t fare any better with the team, including transgender player Jaiyah Saeula (Kaimana). While the mission is essentially impossible, Rongen must change his personal philosophy in order to bring some measure of success. A lot of hu mor comes from the team’s loser status. Knightley is extremely entertaining as his country’s soccer federation official, local TV-series cameraperson and more. Despite suffering many indignities, his sweet nature is endearing and most of the gags involving the character land. This is a fi sh-out-of-water story, with a lot of material

Michael Fassbender plays a soccer coach known for his on-the-field outbursts who is forced to accept the role of new mentor for the American Samoa team and turn them into a competitive squad in the ‘Next Goal Wins.’ Photo Credit: Searchlight Pictures involving the down-and-out Rongen having to adapt to local customs on a small island. Naturally, there are plenty of gags derived from the coach encountering noted officials and team members in unexpected places. And the fact that all the players have a relaxed attitude toward the game also results in comedic conflict between themselves and their exasperated trainer. The entire team ensemble is excellent and maximize the comedic potential of just about every scene they appear in. The movie also manages to deliver a couple of twists on the underdog sports fi lm formula. This group is never going to reach great heights, so it is interesting to see them deal with this fact and celebrate much smaller victories. There’s a hilarious moment involving an inspirational speech delivered by a newly motivated Rongen. He races up a mountain peak with the team, but fi nds himself completely out of breath when trying to deliver his big message. There are also plenty of fun cameos from the likes of Will Arnett, Rhys Darby and the

director himself (as the story’s narrator and local priest). Admittedly, the film does have its issues. The tale offers plenty of engaging moments with fascinating American Samoan characters and feels like more time could have been spent with them. While the tone is light and silly early on, the backstory involving the coach becomes considerably serious and melancholic. It does resolve itself in a sweet, emotional confession to the players. Yet this admission makes a few of the American Soccer Federation members come across as even more insensitive during their early interactions with the lead. The gags will likely still earn chuckles, but the ramifications of the reveal may briefly take one out of the story. Regardless, the movie is a well-intentioned and mostly winning tale of a group of outcasts fi nding suffering, as well as eventual joy and happiness, through the game of soccer. It doesn’t all work, but in the end the charming cast helps Next Goal Wins secure a victory. V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for November 17, 2023 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD. There’s a real mix of big Hollywood efforts and smaller independent fare in this edition. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors for a few days, be sure to give one of these titles a try! BIG NEW RELEASES!

57 SECONDS: A tech blogger discovers a time-altering device in this science-fiction/ action picture. Feeling hard done by a corporate empire who he claims destroyed his life, the protagonist decides to travel back in time and get the better of them. He soon discovers that his acts may have devastating consequences in the future and must alter his plans in order to prevent any calamities. Reviewers generally panned this effort. There was a lone voice who thought it offered a unique spin on the concept, with the protagonist becoming addicted to his time-traveling activities. However, everyone else stated that the screenplay was silly and that the big twists weren’t believable. They also wrote that the fi lm didn’t have a big enough budget to deliver the necessary thrills and spectacle. This is a DVD-only release. It stars Josh Hutcherson, Morga n F reema n, Greg Germann and Lovie Simone. THE BLIND: This biographical drama is set in COMMUNITY

Louisiana during the 1960s and tells the story of the Duck Dynasty T.V. show star Phil Robertson. It details how he fell in love and started a family, as well as the personal demons that threatened his well-being. Apparently, it also chronicles the man finding religion, cleaning up his act, and his attempts to build a successful life and business for generations to come. Not many critics saw this independent production, but those who did were generally positive about it. One noted that the picture was highly fictionalized and choppily put together, leaving them suspicious about the entire enterprise. Still, the majority called the movie sweet and thought it would appeal to fans of the series. The cast includes Aron von Andrian, Amelia Eve, Aaron Dalla Villa, Emily DeForest and John Ales.

well-regarded novel by Michael Ferris Smith). About one-third of reviewers complained that the story was overstuffed and that it eventually went to overly familiar and uninteresting places. Still, more appreciated the performances and characters, stating that it was an interesting slow-burn of a fi lm that dealt effectively with themes of guilt and redemption. Garrett Hedlund, Willa Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson, Ryan Hurst, Woody McClain and Katy Bodenhamer headline the picture. THE EQUA LIZER 3: Based on the popular T.V. show from the 1980s, this series of films follows an ex-government assassin who takes on private cases, trying to help those being treated unfairly and oppressed. This time

out, he leaves t he U.S. for Southern Italy. After making new f r iend s in a small village, the lead discovers that they are under the control of a local mob. He decides to protect them and take down the criminal outfit. The press was generally upbeat about this sequel. Onequarter of them were irked that the series focused on the protagonist being little more than a bloodthirsty vigilante. They wished the character would instead assist the other characters in clever ways. However, the overall consensus was that the action was well-handled, it delivered some wince-inducing thrills and served as a satisfying close to this reimagining of

the concept. It stars Denzel Washington, D a ko t a F a n n i n g , D a v i d Denman, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Gaia Scodellaro and Remo Girone. FREMONT: After serving a hard and lengthy stint in the American military as a translator, a young woman moves to the U.S. and tries to start a new life. She takes a job at a Chinese fort u ne cook ie f a c t o r y. Feeling lonely and adrift, the protagonist begins adding her own insights and hopeful messages into the product. Viewers


DESPERATION ROAD: An ex-con decides to return to his hometown in Mississippi a nd ma ke a new star t in this neo-noir feature. After trying to apologize for his previous acts to his ex-wife, he crosses paths with a troubled young mother and her daughter. His attempts to help them lead all parties into the middle of a violent revenge plot. Reaction was reasonably good towards this independent thriller (which is based on the Gallup Sun • Friday November 17, 2023 23

BLU-RAY/DVD | FROM PAGE 23 follow the lead character as she begins to fi nd her footage and her cookies go out into the public. Notices were excellent for this quirky independent comedy and it has fared well on the festival circuit. One or two reviews found the movie exceedingly deadpan and quirky to the point where they were taken out of the story. Everyone else called the low-key movie charming. They called the lead very sympathetic and were amused by the film’s unique sense of humor. The cast includes Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Gregg Turkington and Hilda Schmelling. MUZZL E: T h is buddy cop drama features a Los Angeles detective working

with a German Shepherd K-9. When the animal is killed in the line of duty, the offic e r g r ie v e s and is quickly assigned a new dog partner. This particular pooch has a temper, but the two end up forming a bond anyway. In the process, the cop uncovers a conspiracy and sets out to take down the figures who killed his old K-9 partner. This effort was panned by the press. About one-third of reviewers did think that the lead performance was strong and called it a gritty and effective crime fi lm. However, the majority thought it missed the mark. They commented that despite being dark and somber, the themes weren’t well-handled and that the story became increasingly over-the-top and

ultimately preposterous. It features Aaron Eckhart, Stephen Lang, Diego Tinoco and Penelope Mitchell. THE NUN II: This period horror sequel is a part of a series of spin-off films from The Conjuring cinematic universe, focusing on a menacing spirit who takes the form of a nun. It is set a few years after the events of the fi rst picture and moves the action from Romania to France. The survivor of the first picture, Sister Irene, is asked to take a novice and investigate a series of occurrences across Europe involving the ver y same demon. They end up squa r ing off against the sinister force at a French boarding school. T he f i na l

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product split reviewers. Almost half thought that while it delivered a few jolts, the middle section was very slow and that the fi nal fi lm wouldn’t make a lasting impression. The same number and a few more thought it was more effective than the previous installment and that it delivered the goods for genre fans. Ta issa Fa r miga , Jona s Bloquet, Storm Reid and Anna Popplewell headline the picture. BL ASTS FROM THE PAST! Plenty of classic titles are being upgraded as well. Criterion is delivering The Last Picture Show (1971) as a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray set (it can also be purchased as a standalone Blu-ray). This 50sset coming-ofage drama was nominated for eight Academy Aw a r d s ( i t won for Best Suppor ting Actor and Best Suppor ting Actress) and stars Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd as teens trying to determine their futures while living in a small dying oil town. The release also includes the sequel Texasville (1990), which details what has happened to the characters over the following three decades. The release includes a 4K digital restoration of the director’s cut of the film, as well as the theatrical and blackand-white director’s cut of Texasville, which is said to have significant alterations from the studio cut. You’ll get two commentaries with director Peter Bogdanovich and several cast members. It also includes three making-of documentaries, screen tests and location footage, a 1972 television interview that references

the movie, as well as an introduction to Texasville featuring Bogdanovich, Shepherd and Bridges. YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Below is a list of titles that may appeal to children. The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 The Complete Series (1990 animated series) (Ncircle) DVD CoComelon: Sing with Me (Moonbug Entertainment) DVD Disney Legacy Animated Film Collection – 100 fi lms on Blu-ray (Disney) Blu-ray Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go – Off the Rails (Ncircle) DVD ON THE TUBE! All of the week’s TV-themed releases can be found below. The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 The Complete Series (1990 animated series) (Ncircle) DVD CoComelon: Sing with Me (Moonbug Entertainment) DVD Doc Martin: Last C hr i stm a s in Po r twe nn (Acorn) DVD The Expanse The Complete Series (Universal) Blu-ray For All Mankind Season 1 (Sony) Blu-ray Hanukkah on Rye (Hallmark) DVD T h e Holid ay Stocking (Hallmark) DVD Justified: City Primeval Season 1 (TV Mini-series) (Sony) Blu-ray or DVD Leave It to Beaver The Complete Series (Universal) Blu-ray Nancy Drew The Final Season (CBS/Allied) DVD Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (Shout! Kids) DVD Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go – Off the Rails (Ncircle) DVD Ultraseven 55th Anniversary A nt holog y ( M i l l Creek Entertainment) Blu-ray V ISIT: W W W. CINEMASTANCE.COM COMMUNITY


Improving energy, agriculture coordination N.M. SENATORS INTRODUCE INTERAGENCY LEGISLATION By Senator Ben Ray Luján, D- N.M.


ASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, introduced the Department of Energy and United States Department of Agriculture Interagency Research Act Nov. 14. This act will require interagency collaboration on

activities including environmental science, electric grid modernization, and rural technology development. Overall, this bipartisan legislation will develop partnerships that maximize limited federal research dollars to improve the ability to address key agricultural research needs. T h e D OE a n d U S DA Interagency Research Act also leverages the DOE National Lab system to help USDA meet the wide-ranging challenges facing

the agricultural sector, stewardship of public lands, and economic opportunity in rural America. This legislation will also improve U.S. competitiveness on agricultural research and development compared to China and the EU, and build on successful DOE-USDA initiatives like Regional Feedstock Partnerships and Bioenergy Research Centers. “New Mexico is blessed to have a thriving agriculture sector, expansive public lands,

and National Labs right in our backyard,” Luján said. “With such resources at our disposal, it’s critical we capitalize on every opportunity to harness the power of our National Labs to further groundbreaking research. That’s why I’m proud to join Senator Hoeven to introduce this bipartisan bill that will boost our public lands and agricultural industry by improving coordination with DOE and USDA. This legislation will help codify this partnership and

Why ‘grateful’ is spelled that way ‘Grammar Guy’ By Curtis Honeycutt Guest Columnist


s we turn our calendars to November, I always wonder why there isn’t any good Thanksgiving music out there. Halloween has a handful of hits. Obviously, Christmas and Hanukkah have their own genre of “holiday” music. Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any good songs? These songs would be great. I’d be grateful to have a song connected with Thanksgiving in addition to Adam Sandler’s lonely “Turkey Song.” Wait a second — is it “grateful” or “greatful?” Let’s get to the bottom of this cornucopia of spelling confusion. I’m going to cut to the chase and let you know that “grateful” (with one “l”) is the correct spelling. The misspelling “greatful” is not a word. Don’t use it. Don’t let your friends spell it that way. It’s OPINIONS

incorrect. Of course, always be kind when correcting others’ spelling or grammar, and only do it on a one-on-one basis. Never correct someone’s spelling or grammar in public! How do we get this word “grateful” that just looks strange? After all, Tony the Tiger never says, “They’re grate!” when referring to a heaping bowl of Frosted Flakes. A “grate” is a noun that means “a frame of metal bars used to block something.” When used as a verb, “grate” means to either “reduce to small pieces by using a grater” or “to make an unpleasant sound.” If we think again about this “grat-” word stem, we can recall words like “gratify,” “gratitude” and even “gratis” (something for free). It’s time to bust out our Latin dictionaries, folks. The root Latin word we get “grateful” from is “gratus,” which means “pleasing or grateful.”

Words including “ingratiate,” “gratuity” and even “congratulate” come from the Latin root word that means “grateful.” Although initially, it makes sense to spell “grateful” incorrectly, now it all makes sense. Cheese is great. You can grate cheese. If a friend gives

Curtis Honeycutt This has no connection whatsoever with potatoes “au gratin.” “Gratin” is a French culinary term for something that is topped with a browned crust. “Gratin” comes from the French word “gratter,” which means “to scrape” or “to grate.” There it is! Now we can see where these two “grat-” words get their different meanings. A sound that is “grating” to your ears is incredibly unpleasant. It’s the sound of nails on a chalkboard or a fork scraping against a dinner plate.

Senator Ben Ray Luján, D- N.M. ensure our Labs are being used to their full potential to support the USDA and the challenges facing our farmers, ranchers, and producers.”

you an entire wheel of cheese, you are grateful for the thoughtful gesture. Now if we can just get someone to write songs about Thanksgiving and cheese, that would be great. —Curtis Honeycutt is an award-winning syndicated humor columnist. Connect with him on Twitter (@curtishoneycutt) or at

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Wellness includes more than money HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO A SECURE RETIREMENT By Al Martinez Guest Columnist


hen envisioning retirement, many conjure images of tropical beaches, serene landscapes, and the well-deserved relaxation that a lifetime of hard work grants. Yet, underlying these dreams is a cornerstone most focus on: financial security. And while a robust savings account is undeniably essential, a truly fulfilling retirement is like a well-rounded mosaic, with each piece playing a crucial role. In this tapestry of retirement, money is just one piece. Mental well-being, physical health, and vibrant social connections are equally, if not more, paramount. Let’s star t with mental well-being. The transition from decades of structured work life to the open-ended nature of retirement can be jarring

for some. The sudden shift can lead to feelings of displacement, lack of purpose, or even depression. To counteract this, retirees must seek out activities that stimulate the mind and soul. Whether it’s engaging in thoughtful reading, taking up writing, or even enrolling in courses that were once side-lined due to work commitments, the key is continuous engagement. Remember, the bra in, like a ny other muscle, needs its exercise. Furthermore, setting small goals or having daily routines can provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose, replacing the erstwhile work-driven validations. Physical health, a topic often highlighted yet seldom truly embraced, takes on even more significance in retirement. Regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and timely medical check-ups are the

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trifecta for longevity and vitality. Exploring activities like hiking, swimming, or even dancing can not only keep the body agile but also boost endorphin levels, contributing to mental happiness. And it’s not just about rigorous exercise. Simple routines like daily walks, gardening, or yoga can have transformative effects. Consider it an investment; every bit of effort you put into your health now will pay dividends in the form of an active and ailment-free retirement. Then there’s the aspect of social connections, an often underestimated pillar of a holistic retirement. Humans are inherently social beings, and the bonds we forge play a significant role in our overall happiness. Retirement provides an opportunity to rejuvenate old friendships, forge new ones, or even delve deeper into family relationships. Joining community clubs, participating in group activities or volunteering are fantastic avenues to stay socially active. And remember, it’s not about the quantity but the quality of these connections. Genuine, heartfelt conversations with a close-knit group can be more fulfilling than super ficial

interactions with a large circle. Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: money. While this ar ticle emphasizes the holistic elements of retirement, it by no means undermines the importance of fi nancial security. However, the essence here is balance. Having a hefty bank balance but neglecting mental health, physical well-being, or social connections can lead to a lopsided, unfulfi lling retirement. On the flip side, ensuring the other pillars are strong can lessen the fi nancial strain. For instance, good physical health can reduce medical expenses, and a vibrant social circle can offer emotional support during fi nancial downturns. In conclusion, envisioning retirement as a multi-faceted journey rather than a monetary destination can be the key to unlocking its true potential. Just as a painter wouldn’t rely on a single color to create a masterpiece, retirees should harness the various elements at their disposal to paint their golden years in the most vibrant hues. It’s a holistic dance of the mind, body, heart, and wallet. And when in harmony, these elements can orchestrate a retirement that’s not

Al Martinez just secure, but truly fulfi lling. So, as you step into or plan for your retirement, remember to look beyond the bank account. After all, the richest retirements aren’t just measured in dollars and cents, but in laughter, health, and cherished moments. Al Martinez is a member of Syndicated Columnists, a n a t io n a l or g a n i z a t io n committed to a fully transparent approach to money management. Syndicated Columnists is the sole provider of this material, both written and conceptual, for this column. All rights reserved.


LAW ENFORCEMENT | FROM PAGE 10 we need more staffi ng. I like to send two officers with one inmate because you never know what can happen.” In the facility, officers are each assigned to three of 10 detainee pods, but they also help each other on the


remaining pods, Silversmith said. They do security checks, manage detainee movements a nd v isits from outsiders coming in through TSA-style body scanners. Camaraderie on the job helps because, “You never know when you will need help. They’re all brothers and sisters,” Silversmith said.

T he cou nt y ’s benef it s package is one of the attractions for detention officer candidates, and Silversmith agreed with Maiorano that McKinley County takes care of its own. “Working for the county is the best. You couldn’t ask for any more,” Silversmith said. “They care about their

employee s, ever ybody i s friendly and works together and works well. It’s like a ship. Everybody is there for each other,” Silversmith said. Like other public safety jobs, there can be odd hours that make it difficult for single parents and some others. There are night and swing shifts and some over time.

But at the detention center the usual schedule is predictable, working 12-hour shifts, three days at a time. They get every other weekend and two days off during the week. “We like them to have their days off, family is important. It is good for them to enjoy life beyond work,” Silversmith said.

at individual facilities and specific equipment over time. These rules also require more

rigorous leak detection and repair requirements. Since the adoption of the venting a nd f la r ing r ules, the state has recorded a 36% reduction in gas lost and a 69% reduction in routine venting and flaring. “This has all happened at the same time that we have

seen a significant increase in oil and gas production, showing that effective regulation is not a barrier to economic growth,” Cottrell Propst said. Kenney said that while this is something to celebrate, there’s still work to be done. “While the 28

super-emitter events found in the Kayrros report are still too many, we are proud of our regulator y effor ts and the industry’s response to those efforts,” he said. “Our rules are helping New Mexico operators produce a lower-carbon barrel of oil than their counterparts in Texas.”

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allup Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division was recognized recently for its efforts to address fraud schemes targeting Indigenous communities. At the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association’s award ceremony, held Nov. 7 in Dallas, Texas, Lt. Anthony Seciwa and Sgt. Andrea Tsosie were recognized for the Division’s efforts to address “sober home” fraud schemes. The NHAFA recognized the “exemplary efforts and remarkable collaboration” of the GPD, Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and Federal Bureau of Investigations with the 2023 Excellence in Public Awareness Award. “Gallup has incredible men and women working to protect our community, and it is great to see their hard work recognized at the national level,” GPD

Chief Erin Toadlena Pablo said. “Our department has closely collaborated with our partners in law enforcement to respond to this emerging issue and we are dedicated to continuing this work to keep our community and neighbors safe.” The award recognizes that police officers from Gallup were the first to notify the FBI Albuquerque Field Office of unhoused Indigenous persons disappearing from the community. Investigations held by the GPD and its law enforcement partners revealed the people were being “targeted, recruited, and transported” to Arizona, where they were promised treatment and support in sober houses. The scheme involved billing for medical and treatment services that were not rendered. “Our department has been at the forefront of working to prevent and investigate these cases,” Toadlena-Pablo said, referencing the department’s

involvement in the Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative launched by the FBI in 2022. “We actively engage with families, community members and a wide range of organizations to provide tips and information to prevent these unfortunate situations before they happen.” The award recognizes that the GPD, FBI, and Navajo Nation DPS collectively worked to promote public awareness around these issues through use of websites, social media campaigns, briefings, reports, surveys, trainings and significant face-to-face engagement with communities. The GPD and its partners continue to investigate cases of missing persons and health care fraud schemes. For more information about how to protect yourself and loved ones, or where to report suspicious information, contact Metro Dispatch at (505) 722-2002 or Number 988.

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Control Program (AQCP), Operating Permit Program (OPP) is accepting written comments on the proposed renewal Part 71 permit for Western Refining Southwest, Inc. – Wingate facility. The Facility is a crude oil transloading and storage facility. The candlestick flare is the only emission source associated with the facility that is located on the Navajo Nation; therefore, this permit applies only to candlestick flare. The overall facility operates as authorized by the New Source Review (NSR) and Title V permits issued by New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). The Wingate facility is located 6 miles east of Gallup, New Mexico. The facility was initially constructed by ConocoPhillips Company in 1952, but was sold to Western Refining Southwest, Inc. in 2015. The recent Title V renewal application was received by NNEPA on December 16, 2022, within this renewal application, Western Refining Southwest, Inc. did not propose any changes to their facility. The emission unit covered under this Title V permit is the candlestick flare identified as Unit # 17. With the exception of the removal of the emergency affirmative defense provisions, all other applicable requirements have been retained from the previous permit. This notice of draft Part 71 permit fulfills the public notice procedures to which the draft permits are subject. Written comments, written requests for a public hearing, written requests for notification of the final decision, and inquiries or requests for additional information regarding these permitting

actions may be submitted to Natasha Yazzie at nyazzie1@, or by mail to NAQCP/OPP P.O. Box 529, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504. Written comments and/ or written requests must be received by 5:00 pm, December 20, 2023. Written comments will be considered prior to final permit decisions. A public workshop will be held at Church Rock Chapter House on December 7. 2023 (10 am to 2 pm). If NNEPA finds a significant degree of public interest, a public hearing will be held. NNEPA will send notification of the final permit decision to the applicant and to each person who has submitted written comments or a written request for notification of the final decision. The applications, proposed air permits, and statements of basis are available for review at NNEPA, NAQCP/OPP website at: https://navajoepa. org/air-quality-control-program. These materials may also be viewed in person at NNEPA/OPP office at Route 112, Bldg. # 2837 Fort Defiance, AZ 86504. Viewing hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Persons wishing to be included on the NAQCP permit public notice mailing list should contact Angie Frank in writing at NAQCP/OPP at the above address, by phone at (928) 729-4096, or by email at Published: Gallup Sun


CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 28 November 17, 2023 *** ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF McKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the Matter of the Estate Of No. D-1113-PB-2023-00036 ELAINE F. KNIGHT, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS WILLIAM GEORGE KNIGHT, has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of ELAINE F. KNIGHT, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Co-Personal Representatives at the offices of Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative, or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Dated: 10/18/2023. WILLIAM GEORGE KNIGHT, Personal Representative MASON & ISAACSON, P.A. James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representative 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Published: Gallup sun November 3, 2023 November 10, 2023 November 17, 2023 *** CLASSIFIEDS

ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF MCKINLEY STATE OF NEW MEXICO In the matter of the Estate of No. D-1113-PB-2023-00041 FREDDIE MICHAEL PALACIOS JR., Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS FREDDIE M. PALACIOS SR., has been appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of FREDDIE MICHAEL PALACIOS JR, deceased. All persons having claims against this estate are required to present their claims within four (4) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice or the claims will be forever barred. Claims must be presented either to the Personal Representative at the offices of Mason & Isaacson, P.A., 104 East Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, attorneys for the Personal Representative or filed with the District Court of McKinley County, New Mexico. Dated: _______________. FRED M. PALACIOS, SR. MASON & ISAACSON, P.A. By James J. Mason Attorneys for Personal Representative 104 East Aztec Avenue Gallup, New Mexico 87301 (505) 722-4463 Published: Gallup Sun November 17, 2023 November 24, 2023 December 1, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS NOTICE TO BIDDERS Public notice is hereby given that the Gallup-McKinley

County Schools, Gallup New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: PAVING SERVICES No. ITB-2024-16RB 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 Gallup-McKinley County Schools eBidding platform website Sealed bids for such will be received until 2:00 PM (LOCAL TIME) on November 30, 2023. FAX and HARDCOPY PROPOSALS will NOT be accepted. Offerors will not be able to upload proposals or documents after the speci-


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fied CLOSING date and time. Dated the 17th Day of November 2023 By: /S/Chris Mortensen, President Board of Education Gallup-McKinley County School District No. 1

BID ISSUE DATE: November 17, 2023 PUBLICATION DATES: November 17, 2023 (Gallup


Student Activities & Recreation Specialist Req27681 UNM-Gallup is searching for an energetic Student Activities & Recreation Specialist to plan, create, implement and sustain a variety of campus programs and services related to the student experience. This will include but is not limited to student leadership development, student organizations and clubs, co-curricular programs, sports and recreational programming, and collaborating with other student services departments and college units to coordinate programing aimed at student entry, progression and completion. The nature of this position requires flexible scheduling and some evening and weekend presence at student activities and events. Applicants must have experience with program planning, strong organizational and leadership skills, experience marketing events across multiple platforms, knowledge of current and developing student retention issues in higher education, knowledge of recreational principles and objectives, and the ability to supervise and train employees. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. For a Complete Application: Attach a cover letter, updated resume, and 3 supervisory references to your online application. Each of these items MUST be uploaded for applicant consideration.

TO APPLY: 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 29 Sun) *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO Request for Proposals (RFP) NO. 2023/2024/07/P Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, is accepting proposals for: Enhancing Arts Services and Programs 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: buyer/3226 Electronically submitted proposals shall be received via electronic bidding platform until 2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on or before December 14, 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 will now be accepted; system will not accept proposals submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated this 14th day of November 2023 By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday, November 17, 2023 *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO FORMAL BID NO. 2324 Public notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico, desires to purchase the following: FIRE TRUCK RESTORATION PROJECT Gallup, NM As more particularly set out in the Bid documents, copies of which may be obtained from the City of Gallup Purchasing Division, 110 W. Aztec Ave., Gallup, New Mexico 87301; or contact Frances Rodriguez, Purchasing Director via email at frodriguez@ Copies are available for viewing or can be downloaded from: https:// Electronically submitted bids for such will be received at the Office of the Purchasing Department until

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2:00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) on December 5, 2023 when bids will be opened and read aloud in the City Hall Purchasing Conference Room via virtual conference/video calls or through other virtual means. The City of Gallup has transitioned to a new e-Bid/RFP software system powered by Mercell. All solicitations will be released electronically through Mercell and responses from bidders must be submitted electronically through this online platform. By using Mercell, prospective bidders will be provided with all information regarding a bid including addendums and changes to the project requirements. Mercell is a completely free service for all respondents. Prior to submitting a proposal, respondents are required to set up their free account with Mercell. Register your company at Negometrix. com. Only ELECTRONICAL-

LY SUBMITTED BID PROPOSALS will now be accepted; system will not accept bids submitted AFTER due date and time. Dated this 14th day of November 2023

By: /S/ Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor Classified Legal Column: Gallup Sun Publishing Date: Friday-November 17, 2023


Honor your loved one in the Gallup Sun for FREE. One headshot allowed! Download form: (obituaries page) or stop by office at 1983 State Rd. 602. Let us design a custom tribute at an affordable rate! All obituaries are posted in our print and web editions!

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Community Calendar November 17 - November 23, 2023 FRIDAY, NOV. 17


Children & Youth Library. This month’s meeting is Nov. 17. SATURDAY, NOV. 18



1 pm - 5 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Gingerbread and supplies provided, you bring creativity! Email pneilson@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

12 pm - 4 pm @ Rio West Mall (1300 W. Maloney Ave.). Join OFPL and Explora for some interactive exhibits and activities in science, technology, engineering, math, art and fun for the whole family! Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.



10 am - 2 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.). Learn the fundamentals and techniques of rug weaving in traditional Diné style, including warping, carding and spinning. Please bring your own weaving materials and/ or projects. Email bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

6 pm - 8 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join OFPL for a Hunger Games Survival Challenge! Participants can try their hands at basic Archery, Survival, and Weaponry challenges, and victors will be rewarded generously.

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

MOVIE PRIMERE 6 pm @ El Morro Theatre. Come and see the newest Hunger Games movie, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

RECRUITING TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS 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 CALENDAR

WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB 2 pm in-person @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. OFPL’s book club book for November is Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge. Email bmartin@ or call 505-8631291 for more information.


KIDZ CINEMA 2 pm every Saturday @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.) for weekly family oriented film screenings. This week’s movie is Elemental (2023). Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

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



FAMILY STORYTIME 11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). November is Indigenous Heritage month so storytimes will feature Indigenous scientists who were pioneers in their STEM fields. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

EUREKA! 4 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. TUESDAY, NOV. 21

UNDERSTANDING THE LAW 1 pm @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill 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. During this session, he will be going over the concept of contracts. Email tmoe@ or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

CHESS CLUB 4:30 pm @ OFPL’s Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). Join the chess club at OFPL! Email pneilson@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22

MIDWEEK MATINEE AT OFPL 4 pm every Wednesday @ OFPL’s main library (115 W. Hill Ave.). This week’s film is The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

FAMILY STORYTIME 11 am @ the Children’s Branch (200 W. Aztec Ave.). November is Indigenous Heritage month so storytimes will feature Indige-

nous scientists who were pioneers in their STEM fields. Email bmartin@gallupnm. gov or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

OPEN MAKERSPACE TIME 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, NOV. 23 SATURDAY, NOV. 25


CRAFTY KIDS This week’s craft will be a virtual one. Create a Thanksgiving lantern for a centerpiece. For more information email: bmartin@ or call (505) 863-1291. SAVE THE DATE TUESDAY, NOV. 28

WE READ, WE TALK BOOK CLUB 6 pm in-person @ OFPL’s Main Library (115 W. Hill Ave.) or on Zoom. OFPL’s book club book for November is Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge. Email bmartin@ or call 505863-1291 for more information. THURSDAY, NOV. 30 ‘

POP-UP HOLIDAY ART MARKET OPENS 2 pm - 6 pm @ ART123 Gallery (123 W. Coal Ave.). Find the perfect one-of-a-kind, hand-made gift by a local artist for everyone on your

list! The Pop-up Marker runs until Dec. 21. THURSDAY, NOV. 30 SUNDAY, DEC. 3

42ND RED ROCK BALLOON RALLY @ Red Rock Park (825 Outlaw Rd., Church Rock). Don’t miss the most beautiful ballooning in New Mexico, flying high over the red rocks. ONGOING

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS gallupARTS is seeking proposals for shows of local art on social justice topics. The shows would be presented at the ART123 Gallery in May and June. The proposal deadline is Nov. 30.

FREE HIV, SYPHILIS, AND HEPATITIS C TESTING @ 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.

BUILD-YOUR-OWN-BUNDLE OFPL staff who will create a bundle of material specially for you! Let them know what type of materials and genres you are interested in, and they’ll browse for you and create a custom bundle of material for you to pick-up curbside. Email or call (505) 863-1291 for more information.

To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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