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Press Release McKinley County Going to Four-Day Workweek Monday through Thursday Work Schedule Extended County Office Hours Beginning March 5th, 2017, the McKinley County Administrative Offices will extend its official work hours to include early morning and evening times Monday through Thursday. Residents can conduct County business at the Courthouse anytime between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm; Monday through Thursday. These additional County hours will allow residents to maximize their time with more flexible hours to visit the County offices. McKinley County prides itself on offering residents progressive services and is proud to be the first in the county area to implement this exciting new initiative. The McKinley County administrative offices will be closed on Fridays. However, public safety departments will remain operational; McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Dispatch Center, Adult Detention Center, Juvenile Detention Center, Thoreau EMS and DWI Compliance. Assuring seamless customer service is a top priority for the County and we will continue providing community services that are needed. Without making this change, the County will be faced with other cost saving measures i.e. layoffs and furloughs. Either of these options would reduce our ability to maintain current service levels. Even with this action, the County may face other challenges to maintaining our service level depending on what the State does to local governments in the State budget cycle. Extending our customer hours beyond the traditional 8:00 am to 5:00 pm workday will make McKinley County Government more accessible to our residents; and, the change will be especially beneficial to our working residents, who will now be able to take care of business at the Courthouse without having to take time off during their busy work days. County employees will continue to work 40 hours a week as this is a Culture Change; the Process will stay the same.

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NEWS Hyatt signs $150K a year GMCS contract

GMCS SUPERINTENDENT IS HIGHEST PAID PUBLIC OFFICIAL IN MCKINLEY COUNTY By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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ike Hyatt is the newly i n st a l led superintendent at Gallup-McKinley County Schools and the twoyear contract inked by Hyatt pays a n a nnual sala r y of $150,000. The two-page document was signed Feb. 21 and given to the Gallup Sun as per a New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act request. The signing took place on the same date as the most recent regular board meeting. Hyatt is the fourth superintendent to serve Gallup schools in the past eight years. The contract, which begins July 1, 2017, makes Hyatt the highest paid public official in McKinley County. “This is consistent with what superintendent’s around New Mexico make,” Mitchell said. “It’s really not a high amount when you look at the

Mike Hyatt size and responsibilities of our district.” Under the terms of the agreement, Hyatt receives a $150,000 annual salary, which includes benefits such as health, vision and dental insurance. There is a $7,800 stipend for the use of a cellular telephone and a vehicle. “I’m pleased with the contract,” Hyatt said. “It is a very workable document.” Prior to taking on the superintendent job at GallupMcKinley County Schools, Hyatt earned an annual salary

of $88,000 as an assistant superintendent at GMCS. Former Gallup superintendent Frank Chiapetti, who was let go by the district about two months ago, commanded an annual salary of $132,000. The rationale behind Chiapetti’s dismissal has yet to be made public. Chiapetti is superintendent until June 30, 2017, Mitchell said. Hyat t’s cont ract is up for renewal June 30, 2019. “ T he boa rd w i l l per for m an annual evaluation of the

superintendent and consider an extension of (this) contract on an annual basis no later than its February meeting each year,” the contract reads. T he Ga l lup -McK i n ley Schools superintendent job was not advertised and there were no resumés received for the job, school officials have said. Manuelito was the sole negotiator with Hyatt on the new contract. There are 35 elementary, middle and high schools in the

Gallup school district and there are three new members to the Board of Education: They are Charles Long, Christopher Mortensen and Michael Schaaf. The three begin board duties next week. The highest annual salaries at the city of Gallup range from around $100,000 to $125,000 and include everybody from the police chief, city manager, to the city attorney. The same amounts and job titles account or county salaries.

Counterfeit scam Early Voting is now being conducted at Gallup City Hall, located at 110 West Aztec Avenue. Office hours are Monday thru Friday; 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Voters may also call the City Clerk’s Office at 863-1254 to request an absentee ballot by mail. The last day to vote early or to request an absentee ballot will be on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. Voters from District 1 and District 3 will vote for a City Council candidate for a four-year term. ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE ELECTION, PLEASE CALL THE GALLUP CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT 863-1254.

Gallup Police Department reported that Fire Rock Casino has had movie prop bills passed off as legal tender. It has the funny money company’s logo where the Department of Treasury logo is supposed to be.

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Candidates front and center at forum DISTRICTS 1, 3 ELECTION IS MARCH 14

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homeless man, mumbling about a government con spi ra cy, urinates in a downtown alley at lunchtime. He could be the responsibility of the city police, a homeless

shelter or a mental health system. And if he’s been in Gallup any length of time, he’s been shuttled among all three. That was the consensus at a political forum held March 1 at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce where candidates for two council

seats introduced themselves and their platforms to the public. District 3 incumbent councilman Yogash Kumar and challengers Angela Chavez and Esco Chavez and Linda Garcia of District 1 squared off in a 90-minute question-and-answer session to give the public a

better idea of who’s in the race. “I want to finish the job that I started,” Garcia said. A Gallup native and retired municipal employee, Garcia is unopposed in the March 14 election. “Vote for me,” she said jokingly. The forum was sponsored by the Gallup Independent and KGLP radio station and moderated by representatives from both outlets. One of the questions posed to ca nd idates dea lt w ith Gallup’s chronic substance abuse problem. The city consistently carries one of New Mexico’s highest DWI arrest rates.

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“We need to teach our kids about the dangers of substance abuse,” Esco Chavez, also a Gallup native and a retired city of Gallup employee, said. “We have to look at what the Giants (retailers) are doing.

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Gallup Council passes rodeo agreement VETERANS CEMETERY EASEMENT FINALIZED city will vacate the present easement.” Kozeliski noted that the cemetery land, which is located off Hasler Valley Road, was donated to the state by the city for the sole purpose of the construction of the cemetery. “It’s very appropriate that we’re keeping things (electrical lines) underground,” Councilor Fran Palochak, a Gallup native and a U.S. Navy veteran, said.

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he Gallup City Council unanimously passed an agreement Feb. 28 that relates to the High School and Junior High School rodeo associations. The action took place at the regular city meeting and was not met with opposition. The agreement was introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski. “This is only our second year in hosting it,” Kozeliski explained. “Many years ago the city hosted the state high school finals, but this is the joint finals and our second go-round.” Kozeliski told council members that the city was successful in its response to a Request for Proposals from the High School Rodeo and Junior High School rodeo associations and, as a result, was awarded the state high school and junior high school state finals. The terms of the contract are identical to last year’s dual hosted championships, Kozeliski said. The State Rodeo Finals (organization) does not pay the city a fee for the use of Red Rock Park, which is where the event is held, Kozeliski said. “They do not pay,” he said. “We co-host the state final and part of our hosting is to provide the facility. The state organization and the city split the income from stall rentals and recreational vehicle space rentals.” There are about 125 contestants from around New Mexico that participate in the rodeo finals, Kozeliski said. Kozeliski said the contestants have to qualify in locally hosted rodeos around

CANDIDATES | FROM PAGE 4 Who’s going to fight Giant?” In what specific ways would the candidates address the problem of panhandling was another question. That might be Gallup’s second most notorious problem, some public officials have said. “We have an ordinance on aggressive panhandling,” Garcia said. “We have to work with the police department and other agencies like NCI to get rid of it.” “It’s the biggest problem with people of my district,” Angela Chavez, the owner and operator of Angela’s Café along West Historic Highway 66, said. “My place of work is a hub for tourism. I think we can get together and find creative solutions.” Asked about making downtown a better and more attractive place, particularly for tourists, Kumar, a local hotelier, noted the city’s recent passage NEWS

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the state in the fall and spring and then the top contestants qualify for the state finals, he explained. On another rodeo note, Gallup hosted the annual Junior High Finals Rodeo for nine years, but things got to a point whereby Gallup couldn’t meet the organization’s minimum requirements with respect to horse stalls and RV spaces with water, electric and sewer, Kozeliski said. “The bottom line is they just outgrew us and Red Rock Park simply is not big enough in square footage to meet their minimum requirements,” Kozeliski said.

public utility easement pertaining to the planned $6 million Veterans Cemetery. “The city is moving overhead electrical lines that presently cross the center of the new veterans’ cemetery,” Kozeliski explained to council members. “The state of New Mexico is granting the new easement along the south side of the cemetery and once the lines are moved and placed underground, the

The Gallup City Council unanimously agreed to an amendment agreement between the city of Gallup and the Pueblo of Zuni. The amendment changes the requirement for a conservation easement to be placed on property the city purchased as part of a settlement to a deed with restrictions which Zuni and the city agreed would work better in transferring the property to a state agency. The matter is part of a bigger settlement regarding G-22 water rights litigation that has been pending for 37 years and which has been in active litigation for the past seven years, Kozeliski said.

UTILITY EASEMENT RELOCATED At the same council meeting, the Gallup City council accepted a of a tax increment finance package and encouraged the continued working relationship with the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation a nd t he Bu si ne s s I mprovement District. Kumar suggested the putting up of signage to curb panhandling at Gallup’s private establishments like Safeway. “Where people get hit up are at the private places,” Kumar said of panhandling. “We have to encourage signage. Perhaps a memorandum of understanding with the city would be appropriate. We have to do more to limit access to the businesses.” Gallup city councilors serve fouryear staggered terms and earn an annual salary of $15,000. “It was a good way to find out how these people stand on the issues,” Sandra Worthington, 32, a newcomer to Gallup from Maine said after the forum. “I’m only here for six months, so I don’t think I’ll have a chance to actually vote.”

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Navajo leadership asks public to spay/neuter, vaccinate pets Staff Reports

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I N D OW R O C K – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a 2017 proclamation this past week to challenge and encourage the people of the Navajo Nation to be responsible pet owners. “We want our people to be active and play outdoors, but many are discouraged with many free-roaming dogs on the Nation,” Begaye said. “We encourage you to collar, license, vaccinate and confine your pet.” R e c e n t l y, t h e r e w e r e reported multiple dog maulings that resulted in human, livestock and other animal’s death. There are a number of calls on an annual basis

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President Russell Begaye signs a 2017 proclamation to challenge and encourage the people of the Navajo Nation to be responsible pet owners as Vice President Jonathan Nez and Director Bidtah Becker of the Division of Natural Resources witness the signing. Photo Credit: OPVP

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Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Doña Ana vote and result in more people exercising their right to vote. When more citizens participate in our democracy, our democracy is stronger.” SB 224 would change current law to allow qualified citizens to register at any early voting center or a county clerk’s office until three days

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Dead body found in Allison Road area

WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports

TOUGH LOVE 2/28, THOREAU McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y S h a n e Bennett responded to a late night call from a concerned relative about a case of domestic abuse underway involving several household members, including two children. He arrived at the scene on 40 Rose Street to find John W. Gibson, 21, combative and intoxicated with blood on his face. Gibson had started drinking before 1 pm, and according to one household member he had been drinking all day. The face of the household member who had witnessed his early drinking was discolored from serious bruising that allegedly been inflicted by Gibson earlier that night. Gibson was outside in front of the house when another unsuspecting family member arrived around midnight. Even though it was below freezing they found him standing outside of their home with his shirt off, intoxicated. After they entered the home, Gibson followed them inside and reportedly began attacking them physically. The victim began punching him in the face, in an attempt to get him to back off. Gibson’s blood was still on their fists when the deputy arrived. According to the household member who subdued him, Gibson was set to move to Arlington, TX in a few days, but instead he was arrested and charged with two counts of battery against a household member.

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the 27 mile m a rker by McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y A r n o l d Noriega. Marijuana smoke wafted from the inside of the vehicle as the deputy questioned him. The fast-talking driver claimed to be on his way to a BBQ contest and a reunion in Houston, TX. The deputy noticed that the vehicle was a rental and inquired if Contreras-Vasquez was the renter of the vehicle. He stated that he was not, that a friend had rented it for him, and explained that this friend was also being stopped east of their location by another deputy. Parts of his story did not add up with the deputy, and he noted that the driver was extremely nervous, talking very fast and rambling, but he finally decided to let him go, and issued a warning citation. He told him he was free to leave. A s C ont r er a s -Va s q ue z approached his vehicle to leave, the deputy repor tedly changed his mind, and asked for him to hold on for a moment. Contreras-Vasquez jogged back to the deputy who began asking more detailed questions about the BBQ contest and the reunion, as the story was arousing stronger suspicions. He questioned him about the marijuana smell and if he was in possession of the drug. Contreras-Vasquez admitted to smoking a joint earlier. The deputy then asked if he could search ContrerasVasquez’s vehicle. He consented, and after the deputy uncovered two small bags of marijuana in a backpack within the vehicle, Daniel yelled from outside that he was only trying to have fun w ith his fr iends. Nor iega ignored him and persisted in his search. His intuition was rewarded with a red lunch box full of 12 pounds of crystal methamphetamine further back in the vehicle. ContrerasVasquez was taken into custody and booked on charges of drug trafficking.

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DAIRY BURGLAR 2/24 GALLUP T h e ow ner of a bu i ld i ng repor ted a burglary in progress at one of the busi nesses loc a t ed a t Creamland, 1005 East Hwy 66. He had arrived sometime around 10 am to discover that one of the front windows of the business had been broken. After entering the property he found a man in a hoodie and shorts at the back of the store, John A. Cabrera, 35. The owner confronted him and told him to wait for law enforcement to arrive. The suspect replied, “I didn’t break the window, I came in after it was broken,” before fleeing, according to the report.

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allup Police Department was dispatched to Allison Road near Maloney Avenue Feb. 24, in response to a deceased male that was found under the Interstate 40 overpass,. GPD Public Information Officer Capt. Marinda Spencer said they received the call shortly before 10 am, and the man found had no identification

on his body. He’s believed to be Native American, between 40-50 years of age. She said he’s about 6 feet tall and weighs between 200-230 pounds. Foul play isn’t suspected at this time, but Spencer said the Office of the Medical Investigator is working the case. In an update Thursday, Spencer said the department has ID’d the body, but hasn’t been able to make contact with the next of kin.

A man’s body was found off Allison Road Feb. 25. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Pernall Begay Feb. 21, 11:44 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department Officer Justin Benally was called to a scene at the Mootel Motel, 1305 Hwy 66, in response to a report of an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The victim, 23, was lying on the ground as the officer arrived on the scene. The man had been arguing with Begay was a family member, who had arrived at his motel room intoxicated. The victim told him to come back when he was sober. According to the report, Begay, 31, did not cooperate with the request and began throwing objects at the victim. The situation escalated even further as Begay entered his minivan, revved his engine, and proceeded to drive towards the victim. A friend of the victim tried to save him by shoving him out of the way, but he became trapped under the vehicle and his leg was broken, and according to a later testimony he was taken to the hospital. Begay then reportedly fled the scene heading eastbound on Hwy 66. A McKinley County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled him over near El Capitan Motel at 1300 Hwy 66, where he noted the odor of alcohol emanating from the allegedly aggressive Begay as well as a head laceration. A sheriff’s deputy asked him to calm down, but the situation worsened and it was clear that he would not submit to a sobriety test. Begay claimed he had never been to the Mootel and

knew nothing about his family member that had found lying on the ground. Begay was noncompliant and refused medical treatment repeatedly after being taken to a local hospital for the laceration. He was also booked for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Victoria Lynn Pinto Feb. 16, 9:53 pm DWI G P D Officer John Whitsitt received a call to i nve st igate a r e ck le s s driver operating without he a d l a m p s on the west side of Gallup near Allsups. The responsible citizen who made the call assisted the GPD by following the vehicle while the officer was en route and reported to Metro Dispatch that it had stopped at Giant west located at 3302 Hwy 66. After arriving on the scene, Whittsitt approached Pinto and noted in his report the odor of alcohol and slow, slurred speech as she responded to his questions. She claimed that a friend was inside the store paying for gas. The officer administered the field sobriety tests and she failed. After being placed under arrest, other officers told Whitsitt that they had discovered a small child hiding in the back seat. Pinto’s 6-year-old daughter had been in the vehicle while she was intoxicated. Another officer transported the girl to the safety of her grandmother’s’ home while Whitsitt administered breath tests. She blew a .14, twice, and was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child.

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Frederick Nelson Billie Feb. 8, 1:55 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r F r a nci s C o l l i n s responded to a repor t about a suspicious vehicle parked at a 7-2-11 store, 610 West Maloney Ave. Billie, 31, who was asleep in the driver’s seat, had placed several bags of heroin on the center console of the vehicle in clear view of the officer. Billier admitted freely what it was and cooperated as the officer administered a field sobriety test. According to Collins report, Billie behaved oddly and also failed the tests. Billie admitted to taking some of the heroin earlier that night and was also booked for possession. Daniel K Cornfield Feb. 8, 5:59 pm 2nd DWI, aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s Department D e p u t y Johnson Lee caught a vehicle on radar speeding west on U.S. Route 264 near the 12.1 mile marker. Cornfield, 40, who was accompanied by a passenger, allegedly to the officer and claimed his name was Ricky Yoe. He explained that he did not have a driver’s license. Lee suspected that he was lying and ran the name through the system. When it did not return any results and he failed the field sobriety tests, the passenger, a family member, revealed

his name. She was permitted to leave with the car as it was registered in her name. He blew 0.16/0.17. Rufus R. McCabe Feb. 6, 9:35 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated Officer D a n i e l Brow n of the GPD a r r ived on the scene of a v e h i cle accident at U.S. 4 91 a n d w e s t M a l o n e y Avenue in Gallup. McCabe’s wrecked vehicle was filled with three empty bottles of alcohol behind the driver’s seat, Brown’s report states. The 35 -year-old slurred and grunted at the officer, claiming the accident had been caused by ice. While it had been raining earlier it was warm enough that no ice could have formed. Brown noted the strong odor of alcohol, his bloodshot eyes and heavy, labored breathing. McCabe refused to answer any more questions and complained about lower back pain. He was transported by ambulance to a medical facility. Witnesses told the officer that McCabe hit the corner at a high speed while heading south on west Maloney Avenue, and crashed into the curb before rolling into the dirt. At the hospital McCabe continued to claim he had hit a patch of ice. He was booked for multiple offenses including careless driving. Allison Natewa Nov. 13, 1:48 am DWI GPD officer s Joh n Gonzales and Douglas Hoffman w e r e

traveling west near each other on Hwy 66, when suddenly, as they approached Coal Avenue, a vehicle abruptly cut off Hoffman, who had to brake to avoid a crash. Hoffman pulled Natewa, 30, over and spoke with her. He asked her to turn off the vehicle and exit it. She failed field sobriety tests. Her boyfriend in the passenger’s seat was also intoxicated. She blew 0.17 during the breath test. Laverne Barton Nov. 12 11:16 PM Aggravated DWI E v e n t h o u g h M C S O Task Force Super v isor T a m m y Houghtaling was nearing the end of her shift, she was alert and ready enough to save a driver from the serious risk of death. Houghtaling was assisting the Gallup Police Department at a stop on I-40, on the exit 22 ramp, when suddenly a vehicle got on the freeway w it hout t hei r he a d l ig ht s turned on. Houghta ling ra n a s fa st a s she cou ld to her squad car, worried as she glanced dow n I- 40 t o w it ne s s a sem i-tr uck approach i ng t ow a r d s t h e r e a r o f t h e da rkened vehicle. She wa s a fra id the dr iver would be in a serious life-threatening accident. Fortunately for the driver, she was able to stop the vehicle near the 21 mile marker before it could be hit. A s Ba r ton, 56, wa s pa rk i ng, the law officer noted that she nearly hit a guardrail. Laverne said she did not realize the lights were turned off, while Houghtaling observed the smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. She failed field sobriety tests and blew .16/.16.

LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 1:00 PM MST, at the Gallup Housing Authority board room, 203 Debra drive, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The agenda will be available to the public at the Gallup Housing Authority office. All interested parties are invited to attend. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board NEWS


Ford Canyon Senior Center remains closed

State Auditor: High level theft at Northern New Mexico College

CITY LEAVES UTILITIES TURNED ON By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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ESTIMATED $200,000 IN FUNDS MISSING Staff Reports

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ANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College March 1. Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found. A high-level employee in the business office resigned in connection to the missing money. Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds. “These were hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been serving students a nd facult y, not the personal benefit of an employee,” Keller said, in a news release. “We are working quickly to help bring accountability to the matter, and

State Auditor Tim Keller we appreciate the cooperation of the College and law enforcement. The discovery presents another opportunity for the College to right the ship by implementing policies and procedures to keep this from happening in the future.” The State Auditor is referring the criminal matter to the State Police and First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna.

he lights are on, and there are periodic veteran’s club activities, but there really isn’t much else happening at the Ford Canyon Senior Center these days. Gallup Assistant City Manager Jon DeYoung responded to questions put to the city about the closing of the Ford Canyon Senior Center located on Buena Vista Avenue. “(The Ford Canyon Senior Center) was temporarily closed on Nov. 1 to finish the construction of the parking lot,” DeYoung explained. “After the completion of the parking lot, we were not able to fill a few critical senior center positions to enable the city to provide the service level required by the state Non-Metro Area Agency at both centers.” DeYoung said the utilities at the 8,200-square-foot Ford Canyon Senior Center remain on and veterans services are still offered from the building. DeYoung did not specify what type of veteran services are offered. Some questions about the closing of the Ford Canyon Senior Center arose when District 3 city council candidate Esco Chavez posed the closure inquiries at a news conference two weeks ago and called specifically to address Ford Canyon’s closing.

“It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to have that building closed,” Chavez, a Gallup native and a retired city parks and recreation director, said. “Nobody can believe that they (the city) want to keep it closed.” DeYoung said the reason for the parking lot project was to fix a drainage problem. He said the total cost of that project was $314,000. DeYoung said the senior center building itself is in “good” condition and was given a good bill of health in an asset management survey. The parking lot also serves residents that utilize the neighboring Ford Canyon Park.

BUT THE LIGHTS ARE ON To keep the utilities on is costing taxpayers around $500 per month, DeYoung said. Kimberly Ross-Toledo is the manager of both senior centers and Ross-Toledo reports to DeYoung. None of DeYoung’s explanations sit well with José Esposito of Gallup, 83, who used to frequent the Ford Canyon Senior Center on a daily basis prior to its closure. “I have spoken to some city people and they don’t much have a lot of answers about the closing and don’t know a lot about when the (Ford Canyon Senior Center) will open again,” Esposito said. “I was all but told to stop asking questions about it. I’m glad (Esco) is taking a stand on this.” DeYoung said the city continues to work with the state on fiscal 2018

budgeting for both senior centers. Gallup City Councilor Yogash Kumar, whose council district includes the Ford Canyon Senior Center, said he’s a fan of such centers, but long-term staffing is a problem at Ford Canyon. He said a program manager is needed along with a licensed CDL employee to work at Ford Canyon. “I think there are a variety of reasons as to why people choose not to stay in that (Ford Canyon) job a long time,” Kumar said. “In the Ford Canyon case, most of the seniors that used to go to that center are now going to the north side center. From what I hear they like it and are happy with the variety of activities there.” “The state requires that specific levels of service be provided in order to continue to receive state and federal funding,” DeYoung said. DeYoung explained that fiscal 2017 annual state funding for the centers is $144,486; federal funding is $191,037 and can only be used for food; local funding is $674,314. “Basically, 64 percent of the senior budget is covered by the city of Gallup; 14 percent is covered by the state; 18 percent is covered by the feds and the rest we hope to get from consumer donations,” DeYoung said. Gallup is the sole municipality of its size in New Mexico that operates two senior centers. The city’s north side center is located at 607 N. Fourth St.

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t the Feb. 6 regular meeting of the Ga l lup - McK i n ley Cou nt y Boa rd Of Education, two high school teachers pitched the idea of taking a small group of students to Europe for cultural exposure a nd to get some valuable education outside of the confines of McKinley County.

T h e c o s t of t h e t r i p, which would include visits to Berlin and Vienna, ranges in the $3,000 range, AP history teachers Garrett Stolz and Cody Moody of Miya mura H ig h told school boa rd members. A grand idea, but not necessarily something students around McK inley County can readily afford, boa rd president P r i sci l la

Manuelito quickly reminded the two. W hile we at the Ga llup Su n a ren’t rea l ly a ga i n s t such a t r ip, wh ich t he tea cher s were a sk i ng t he s cho ol boa rd t o a pprove t h e p r e - pl a n n i n g of , we think the teachers should

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MADAME G

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MARCH 3

Prepare for war, figuratively. The First Quarter Moon emerges again on March 3 and tensions rise. It’s always better to prepare than to expect a peaceful surrender. The Sun is in Pisces and this may mean peace is near. But, some causes are worth fighting for. Madame G suggests you learn the difference between wasted time and a meaningful existence. Seek and ye shall find!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re looking for something. Have you found it? Maybe you never will. But, the key is in looking deep and digging deeper. Don’t waste time on frivolousness. You may experience a temporary happiness in fleeting pleasures (i.e. sex, drugs, or alcohol). Such moments, will never lead to permanent bliss. In order to get there, you must let go of all expectations. Live a little.

Times are changing. You can’t change this. You head from one moment to the next and expect the sun to rise and it does. So, you assume nothing else changes. Mortals must accept that all things change over time. Your friends will age and loved ones die. It’s easier to blame than move on. But, in the end you must decide what to do for it’s your life, to do as you will. What’s next?

You may have faith in little, but you should have faith in yourself. There is little that you couldn’t accomplish. It’s up to you to take on the world, even if it is one silly little challenge at a time. You’re more than capable. If the Oscar producers can spend millions and still make mistakes—it’s not the end of the world if you do. Better to live and try than do nothing.

Don’t panic! No one gets through this life alive. Show no fear and act with profound courage even when others try to bring you down. Ignore those people who fill you with negativity and doubt. Just be your usual detached, cold self. You’re the little engine that could, so keep choo-choo-ing up that hill! Your life is for living: five, four, three, two, one GO!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

What are you waiting for? The going doesn’t get easier. You’ll never find the perfect moment, partner, or life experience. You have enough in you to get where you want to be. If you haven’t heard lately—you’re enough. This must be a hard truth in yourself. There is no other way to live. You will always be enough. Stop seeking outside. Look within and there you’ll find peace.

What lies at the center of hope? You may think it lies at the heart of promise—the promise for a better and brighter future. You may even believe that it signifies change. Hope is all of these things and more. Yet, hope is merely a belief, or faith, that what was true today can be better tomorrow. Share this faith with the world. Don’t hide among the dirt and brush. Share the light.

How do you kill a tiger? Well, you might try to make them swim like a fish. Actually, tigers are excellent swimmers and will scare you (should you be unfortunate enough to run across one). Perhaps you know people who try to judge a tiger on their ability to forage for fruit. Whatever the case, you won’t thrive under those conditions. But, you can become stronger. Take them on!

What’s in your heart? You may think life is passing you by, but what better time to take on the world than now. Now is the perfect time to live the life you’ve always wanted and to be who you’ve always imagined. It’s in your best interest. There will never be a time like now. There will never be a greater time for living your life. The clock is ticking and all is finite. Act now.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The heart is a funny organ. It speaks of joy and sorrow. But, the truth is that the heart knows. Your head will mess up the equation. You’ll find justification for misdeeds in yourself and others. Never look outside for the answer, for it is within you. Your heart knows this. Your heart has already decided. The rest of your mind, body, and soul must catch up. Make it so.

Your light shines brighter than the rest. But, that doesn’t mean you’re above wearing out. Even you may experience the rush of disappointment or sadness. This is to be expected. In those moments, you must put your head down and breath. Take a moment and then put your arms in a fighting stance and run. For you are capable of taking down all in your path. It’s just an obstacle.

Life is full of doubts and triumphs. You may have made poor choices along the way. Some of those choices may have turned out to be good or blessings in disguise. Only you can define what is good or bad. Only you know if these are good days or bad. But, you do have the power to change your path. Don’t be afraid. This is a wonderful time to live and thrive. Take it on now!

So, your heart is a little bruised. What did you expect? You can’t get through life unscathed. In fact, no one gets out alive. The question is what’s worth risking and what isn’t. You can’t pray that the heavy winds of time will never touch you. It will. What type of life would shelter you from all harm? There’s reckless and boring. You don’t need to be one or the other. Live!

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Nonprofit lender helps machine shop expand, diversify client portfolio By Finance New Mexico

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hen Robert S a nc he z got a chance to buy the shop where he started his machining career, it was too good to pass up. That was 20 years ago, when Tremble Navigation purchased the Albuquerque machine shop of Terra Avionics and prepared to move the company to Austin. The new buyer proposed to sell the machine shop to Sanchez and offered him a twoyear contract to build parts for Tremble — mostly radios and transponders for small aircraft. That contract alone provided enough revenue for Sanchez to cover the purchase price. Within four yea rs, the renamed Advanced Machining and Sheetmetal Design (AMSD) had sold off that product line and ended its work with Tremble. By then the company had acquired new customers, and it needed more equipment.

GOOD CONNECTIONS Robert’s wife, Diana, had met Norma Valdez, a loan officer with The Loan Fund, through her work as an escrow officer at Fidelity National Title of New Mexico. In 2012, Diana

EDITORIAL | FROM PAGE 11 fo r m u l a t e a c u r r i c u l u m plan whereby participating students can receive course c r e d it for t he E u r o p e a n getaway. The first thing that academ ic adv isers from you r school and from abroad tell prospective over sea s student s i s t hat t he se k i nd s of tr ips are not vacations. Heck, ma ny of u s who’ve t raveled a nd st ud ied i n another country have nothi ng but positive t h i ngs to say about the ex per ience. A nd when you arrive back home and your G.P.A. goes up, that’s even better! Stolz and Moody should re-introduce this as an overseas study trip. On the surface, it seems like a 12-day

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approached The Loan Fund, New Mexico’s oldest nonprofit community lending organization, for the first time as a client. The purpose of the first loan was to buy an additional computer numerical control unit that would allow AMSD to keep up with demand and continue building its client base beyond the aviation and electronics industries. Because the machine wasn’t new, the company had problems finding a bank that would lend the money to buy it. “Norma and The Loan Fund were excited to do business with us because they hadn’t been in this market before,” Robert said. “They financed a piece of equipment for roughly $100,000 … for the sheet-metal side of the shop.” The new machine added capacity to the shop, allowing AMSD to serve its growing list of clients with both their fabrication and machine processing needs in one place — at significant savings — rather than having some of the work contracted out. It also allowed the company to expand and provide jobs for four full-time workers. AMSD’s diversified portfolio includes private and government clients in the

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vacation in which the sole memor ies broug ht back might be about food and not things related to something a c a dem ic, wh ich i s wh at Gallup and McKinley County students need. We t h i n k i f e x p o s u r e is the root motivation for t he tr ip, t hen why not go to the Bronx in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los A ngeles or even Hawaii to soak up some culture – and for school cred it? Forget Europe, how many students at GMCS have traveled the big cultural centers inside of the United States? Those places aren’t that ex p e n s i ve a nd s t ude nt s , no doubt , wou ld r e ceive an “outside the classroom” education on the same par as that Stolz and Moody are suggesting.

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GOOD PARTNERS “The Loan Fund is a great place,” Robert said, “and more people should know about them. They made a loan possible for our growing business during a time when credit was becoming less available.” Diana said she was pleasantly surprised to realize how invested and supportive the organization is in its clients’ success. “The Loan Fund has been an extension of support and guidance for us,” she said. “As small-business owners, everything has been a learning curve. It’s nice to have an entity like The Loan Fund to help us navigate some of the things that arise as we move forward.” The Loan Fund’s investments suppor t more than 1,200 New Mexican jobs at businesses that generate more than $100 million in annual revenues. About 60 percent of the organization’s clients are people of color and 45 percent of borrowers are women, and

before a primary and a general election. The bill would increase the length of time during which voters may register by 25 days, while putting in place safeguards to maintain the security of the state’s voter registration system. “I’m very pleased that the state senate has embraced increasing access to the ballot box and making it easier for every eligible citizen to cast a ballot. I’m grateful for their support, and look forward to making a strong case for this legislation when it is considered by the House,” New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said. Viki Harrison, Executive Di rector of New Mex ico Com mon Cause lauded

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Steinborn for working to ensure all eligible New Mexicans are registered to vote. “Democracy works best when the highest number of people participate in the process, Harrison said. “Low voter turnout has been a problem in New Mexico, and registering through early voting is an effective way to boost voter turnout.” Meredith Machen, President of the New Mexico League of

Women Voters said Steinborn’s bill greatly expands civic engagement and participation. “Many young would-be voters have been shut out of voting because they do not realize that there is a 28-day deadline,” she said. “The three-day application allows for ample time for voter registrations to be processed. We appreciate Sen. Steinborn’s efforts to promote democracy through this common sense legislation.”

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COMMUNITY Nez visits with students at the Navajo Nation Science Fair Staff Reports

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HURCH ROCK, N.M. – V ic e P r e s id e nt Jonathan Nez visited with students at the 2017 Navajo Nation Science Fair Feb. 28, to encourage them to continue to achieve a brighter future for themselves and the Navajo Nation. In a speech to the students, Nez said, “You can do whatever

you want in life. Set a goal and reach it. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Remember these words of encouragement as you start accomplishing things for yourself, families, community and our Navajo people.” Nez was greatly impacted by the science fair project by a student from the Eva B. Stokely E lement a r y S cho ol. T he student submitted a science

fair project titled, “Is bottled water ‘good’ for you?” From her research, she discovered that arrowhead water and tap water registered as an eight on the pH scale. “Come to find out, other bottled waters had a high concentration of acid. Thank you for empowering me to make better choices for my own health and my family,” Nez said. Over 200 students from over 21 schools participated in today’s Navajo Nation Science Fair. This is the seventh science fair that Johanson Phillips, principal education specialist,

has helped organize. “We created this science fair to encourage our children to learn the scientific method and conduct a research project. This process will help prepare them for the nex t level,” Phillips said. “The projects a re becom ing bet ter a nd better each year. They are even running trial experiments.” The science fair is run by various volunteers that are responsible to judge, cook, register participants and prepare the event area. The winners of this science fair will proceed onto the Arizona State Science Fair, then the Intel

International Science Fair. “The Navajo Nation Science Fair has set the bar high amongst other local public school science fairs by requiring more research based and data driven projects from students,” Julia Mitchell said. Nez thanked the scientists, volunteers and the Department of Diné Education for organizing this science fair for our youth. If you are interested in being a judge for the science fa ir, plea se contact Julia Mitchell with the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education. Her email is: juliamitchell@ nndode.org

Vice President Jonathan Nez listens to the student from Eva B. Stokely Elementary School present her project titled, “Is bottled water ‘good’ for you?” Photo Credit: OPVP

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‘Logan’ delivers a darker, grimmer X-men story RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 137 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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t has been quite a run for Hugh Jackman in one of his most memorable roles as the X-Men superhero, Wolverine. Logan, which marks his ninth onscreen appearance as Wolverine, is by far the darkest tale for the character. Perhaps encouraged by the R-rated hit, Deadpool, the filmmakers have been allowed to go down a more adult path (if you consider dropping more f-bombs and adding graphic violence mature). Regardless, this is still a strong movie, bolstered by some solid performances and an attempt to deliver something a little different. Set several years in the future, human mutations have seemingly stopped and pre-existing mutants died off. A somewhat sickly, hard-drinking Logan (Hugh Jackman), hides away on the fringes of society and keeps a low-profile. Working as a limo driver on the Mexican-American border, he slips back and forth between countries, helping take care of Charles (Patrick Stewart), now debilitated and suffering from mental illness. Helping the pair is a nurse named Calaban (Stephen Mercha nt) w it h exceptional tracking abilities.

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new and unusual challenges for them. There’s plenty of funny banter between the performers, with Calaban standing out. As for the youngster, Laura doesn’t do much in the way of talking and doesn’t stand out quite as strongly as the others, but then again, she isn’t the lead. The freedom of having an R-rating means Wolverine’s claws draw a lot more blood than they have in the past. There’s no holding back here and so limbs and other body parts are frequently severed. Much of the action is well-handled and even shocking at

times. A musing, although slightly overdone are a series of claw-to-the-skull shots, which work very well early on but do get a little repetitive after the twentieth or thirtieth person finds those long knuckle knives going through their head. And the movie also loses a bit of momentum towards the third act. It’s first two-thirds are consistently entertaining, but after a confrontation at a farmhouse one expects things to be moving towards their climax. Unfortunately, the pacing slows and it takes a lot longer to get to its resolution than expected. And after a several

scenes featuring the child going on the offensive successfully, it seems a little odd to see her and others in real peril while facing off against the very same threat. Still, these are minor issues. Logan is an effective superhero movie that provides plenty of action, great performances and even a little thoughtful meditation on mortality and mentoring as well as the evils of global corporations. Only time will tell whether or not he returns, but if the actor decides to retire the character after this feature, it certainly has been an entertaining run.

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Grants-Cibola School District to teach Navajo language PRESIDENT BEGAYE SIGNS MEMORANDUM

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INDOW ROCK – On Feb. 27, Navajo Nation President Russel l Begaye signed the Memorandum of Agreement with the GrantsCibola School Distr ict to teach the Diné language in the schools of the district. “We are excited to know that the Navajo language will be taught at this school district. Our identity and language is directly tied into the land. The content of each word and philosophy is contained in one word. When you hear our language, you start to see the expression of our culture,” Begaye said. T he Na v a j o l a n g u a ge encapsulates everything we are about within each of those words, this signing is significant for our Navajo children, he added. “When we use our language, we rediscover ourselves, our identity and self-worth. Our children will develop as individuals and pursue their goals and aspirations with confidence knowing they know where they come from,” Begaye said. “ T ha n k you for to Superintendent Space and your district for taking the initiative to enact this MOA. To the Department of Diné Education, we applaud your efforts for the youth,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. We always tell our youth to learn their language. The work you do is important to ensuring a bright future for our youth and Diné Bizáád, he added. “It is a pleasure to offer the Navajo as a language course at the Grants-Cibola School District,” said Superintendent Marc Space. “We offer Keres and Spanish, with this MOA

President Russell Begaye signs the Memorandum of Agreement with the Grants-Cibola School District alongside Vice President Jonathan Nez, Department of Diné Education Superintendent Dr. Tommy Lewis and Grants-Cibola School District Superintendent Marc Space. Photo Credit: OPVP in place, we can now offer the Navajo Language to our students.” The Grants-Cibola County School District covers all of Cibola County from the BacaPrewitt Chapter to Bluewater. There are about 3,700 students in the district and 10 percent of those students are Navajo. “The Grants-Cibola County School District took the initiative to integrate Diné Bizáád into their district. This memorandum of agreement is the same to that which was signed by the Gallup-McKinley School District. This effort is commendable. The Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education will provide technical support to the district,” said Dr. Tommy Lewis, Navajo Nation Superintendent of Schools. The Department of Diné Education will also ensure that the Navajo teachers understand their role and the Navajo

Language standards. This is the fifth memorandum of agreement signed between the Navajo Nation

and the public-school districts in New Mexico. The language program is currently in effect at the Los Alamitos

middle school. The district fully intends on expanding the program to the other schools in the near future.

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Flu cases widespread across New Mexico Staff Reports

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he New Mex ico Department of Health reports widespread flu activity across New Mexico March 2, and expects heightened activity for weeks to come. NMDOH encourages residents who haven’t gotten the annual flu shot to do so as soon as possible as this year’s influenza vaccine is proving effective in reducing a person’s risk of having to visit the doctor’s office for influenza by nearly half. “We are only at the halfway point of the 2016-2017 f lu s e a s on , s o a nyone’s chances of getting the f lu are far from over,” said Lynn Gallagher,  Depa r tment of Health Cabinet Secretary. “Flu can infect anyone - including healthy people - sometimes more than once per flu season. All of us have a responsibility to help protect ourselves and those close to us who may be at high risk of serious flu complications such as hospitalization and death.”

Since January, flu-related hospitalizations have climbed threefold, with young children 0-4 years of age and those older than 65 years having the highest risk. The predominant virus circulating is influenza A(H3), which is included in this season’s vaccine. Already 34 pneumonia and flu deaths have been reported during the 2016-2017 season. Last season, 190 New Mexicans died of pneumonia and/or flu. It is recommended everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. With more flu season still to come, getting a flu vaccination if you haven’t already gotten one, or even if you think you already had the flu this season, is important and can still protect you from illness. Flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season. The Department of Health recommends New Mexicans talk with their healthcare provider or pharmacist about

getting the flu vaccine. The Depa r t ment of fer s vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insura nce ca rd. Flu frequently causes types of pneumonia that can also be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine, so asking your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you need the pneumococcal vaccine (which can be given at the same time as flu vaccine) is also recommended.

People in high risk groups and those who live with or care for high risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu. People in high risk groups are at increased risk for having serious flu‐related complications, such as hospitalization and death. Flu vaccination is highly recommended for the following high risk groups: • Pregnant women (any trimester) and up to two-weeks post-partum. Children under 5, but especially children younger than 2-years old. And people 65 years old and up. • People of any age with

certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and lung or heart disease and those with immunosuppression from medication or disease • People who live in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including healthcare personnel and caregivers of babies younger than 6 months • American Indians and Alaskan Natives • People who are morbidly obese While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based h a nd sa n it i zer ; cover i ng coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

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asha, an 8-year-old, neutered and blind Husky went missing from his foster home on north McKinley Street in Gallup Feb. 20. The non-profit, New Mexico Dog, based in Albuquerque, has spearheaded search efforts. Rasha is microchipped and was wearing a red collar, but no ID tags. He is mostly white with a bit of red in his fur and has two blue eyes. He was

recently rescued and is not familiar with the area at all. There are many people very worried about Rasha’s safety out on his own, and we are desperately seeking info on his whereabouts. There is a $1,000 reward for the safe return of Rasha, no questions asked. If you might know where Rasha is, or might have seen him wondering around town, please call the numbers listed in the f lyer as soon as possible.

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SPORTS 360 Tohatchi girls blast Newcomb, 68-32 LADY COUGARS NO. 3 IN NEW MEXICO

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he Toh at ch i L a dy Cougars blew past Newcomb and beat the Lady Skyhawks 68-32 Feb. 24 in the District 1-3A championship game played at a jam packed Tohatchi High School gymnasium. All-State point guard Kalian Mitchell led a Tohatchi offensive attack that smothered the Lady Skyhawks from start to finish. Senior guard and defensive specialist Cheyenne Begay was named the 3A player of the year and Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi was named the 3A Coach of the Year. The Lady Cougars (22-5, 8-0) advanced to play Dexter (11-15, 2-7) March 3 in the opening round of the state 3A tournament. That game will be played at Tohatchi High. “We were able to get in the offenses that we wanted and that helped,” Bitsoi, a former all-state guard about a decade ago at Tohatchi High, said. “We had very good guard play. We were very good on defense and that helped us get a big lead in the first quarter.” The Lady Cougars jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead

and never looked back. Bitsoi looked as though she was more concerned with who’d produce from the bench as opposed to figuring out what the starters would end up doing. Mitchell answered any doubts Bitsoi had about anything, Mitchell, all-state as an eighth grader at Tohatchi Middle, found open teammates with regularity. Begay was everywhere as a trailer and setting up teammates for inside and outside jumpers. Senior guard Crystal Haley, perhaps Tohatchi’s most unpredictable offensive threat, kept Newcomb honest on defense. Mitchell downplayed the leadership role. “It was the whole team coming together and getting in the flow,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think it was me who was doing a lot. It was everybody else on the team.” Tohatchi freshman forward Gabrielle Thomas was hustling and diving all over the place and saving loose balls to Mitchell, Begay or Haley. The Lady Cougars led the game 40-15 at the end of the second quarter as Mitchell superbly directed plays from the point guard position. Mitchell is equally the passer and shooter so defenses have to stay on her. “We had a lot of turnovers

The District 1-3A champs – Tohatchi Lady Cougars. File Photo and didn’t execute the right way,” Lady Skyhawks head coach Shawn Miller said. Newcomb finished the season with a 16-13, 6-5, record and Miller noted that the 2017 Lady Skyhawks basketball season recorded the most wins since 2002. “I thought we ra n our offense the way we wanted to,” Miller said. “Give credit to Tohatchi.” Tohatchi went on a 13-0 tear

of unanswered points at the beginning of the third quarter. Miller called a couple of time outs, but even Tohatchi’s bench players were getting in on the fun. The Lady Cougars coasted during the four th quar ter with the very capable Krystal Benally getting some minutes at the point. Newcomb eighth grade guard Hanna Begay played a very respectable game for the Lady Skyhawks. Begay

recorded a lot of minutes, scored 10 points, but had it tough keeping up with Mitchell and company on defense. Tohatchi is in the state tournament for the third consecutive year. Mitchell and Haley scored 13 points apiece for the Lady Cougars and Begay hit nine points. Benally scored eight points and Thomas hit a well-earned seven points mostly on passes from Mitchell and on put backs.

Navajo Pine’s Wilson to attend Dakota State University WILSON HIT SOLE NP HOME RUN IN SCHOOL HISTORY By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent

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AVAJO, N.M. – Navajo Pine High School is just in its third year of varsity baseball and can already boast of a collegiate signee. Matt Wilson, a shortstop for the Warriors and member of the baseball team the past three years, announced Feb. 14 that he’ll attend Dakota State University in South Dakota come fall. Wilson signed a letter-of-intent to attend DSU at Navajo Pine in the presence SPORTS

of his mother, Hilda Wilson, Navajo Pine Athletic Director Sean Manuelito, Navajo Pine Principal Mary Ann Sherman and Navajo Pine Counselor Joshua Stepney. Wilson sa id he wa s recruited by a number of schools, among them Bacone College in Oklahoma. Bacone is the oldest continuously operated college in Oklahoma. “I am ver y happy with my choice,” an elated Wilson said after the signing. “It’s my favorite sport. I’m ready to start meeting new people and ready to start a new life in the

classroom.” Wilson, 17, said he chose DSU because the school was the first to really reach out and communicate with him in lengthy conversations. He said he plans to major in elementary education, saying upon graduation from DSU he’d like to return to Navajo and become a teacher and help his community. “I feel like when I graduate I can come back and help the community,” Wilson said.

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Sitting are (left to right), Hilda Wilson (mother of Matt), Matt Wilson and (Navajo pine AD) Sean Manuelito. Standing are (Navajo Pine Counselor) Joshua Stepney and (Navajo Pine Principal) Mary Ann Sherman. Photo Credit: Courtesy Gallup Sun • Friday March 3, 2017

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Duke City Gladiators slammed by Metro Stars PHOTOS BY KNIFEWING SEGURA

Running back Antonio Bray (3) scores for the Gladiators Feb. 25.

Gladiators defense stomps Metro Stars in this photo, but Stars got the better of the home team, winning the game by a score of 70-6 during an exhibition game at Tingley Stadium in Albuquerque Feb. 25.

Defensive Lineman Eric Banford chats with Kicker Brian Weems before the start of the game Feb. 25.

Gladiators Tyler and Amanda Feb. 25.

Late firefighter honored at Gladiator’s game Staff Reports

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n June 30,2013, 19 f i ref ig hter s w it h the Prescott Fire Department’s interagency Gra nite Mounta in Hotshots were overrun and k illed by a w ild f ire  nea r Ya r nell, A r iz., ignited by lightning on June 28, 2013 in what was the greatest loss of life of firefighters in a wildfire since 1933; the deadliest wildfire of any kind since 1991; and the greatest loss of firefighters in the United States since the September 11 attacks.  

At their exhibition game Feb. 25, the family received this hand painted fire helmet by retired Fire Captain Danny Parker of the Chino Valley Fire Department. Parker’s son, Wade Parker, 21 years of age, was among the 19 heroes that gave their life to their community on that fateful day. The team honored Wade and his service along with Danny and his family for their sacrifice. The helmet is a reminder of the support and love of the Duke City Gladiators organization and the support and love of the Duke City community.

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Duke City Gladiators honor the family of late Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter lost more than three years ago in a tragic brush fire that claimed 19 firefighters in all. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura SPORTS


Coach’s Korner: Q&A What kinds of exercises should women 60 or over perform that have a history of hip problems, yet want to lose some weight and get fit? Mary, Albuquerque, NM After receiving clearance from your primary care provider (PCP) to begin exercise the next step is to find fitness professionals with the ability and experience to design a program with your history of hip problems, be it arthritis or hip replacement in mind. Since the hips are the center of strength and balance in the body I recommend you start with someone experienced in bodyweight training. The ideal programs for i nd iv idu a l s 6 0 a nd over include exercises that incorporate full range of motion movement (ROMM), strength and balance as a focus, sometimes referred to as sensory-motor training. Although weight machines have a place in the fitness industry they are not typically designed to allow for complete and full range of motion during exercise. Once you ex per ience improved mobility and flexibility you can increase the intensity of your exercise program. Bodyweight training produces excellent overall benefits in addition to helping you to achieve the fitness you desire. How d o I a d dress chronic low back pain? Earl, Washington, D.C. To effectively add ress chronic low back pain start by looking at some of the contributing factors to see if any of these fit for you. Start with

VACCINATE PETS | FROM PAGE 6 that involve a v icious dog bite wh ich ca n of ten lead to certain diseases such as rabies. In response, the Navajo Fish & Wildlife Department decided to r un a v igorous campaign aimed to reduce the number of preventable animal attacks and diseases. All animal owners are urged to a ct ively pa r t icipate i n decrea si ng t he u nwa nted dog a nd cat popu lat ion within the Navajo Nation by spaying and neutering their animals. Highlighting the need for SPORTS

CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 7 Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat and Of f icer Nor ma n Bow ma n arrived quickly and began searching the area, locating the suspect, Cabrera, behind a Gas Up convenience store nearby. He was placed under arrest for breaking and entering – the third time since October.

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excess weight. If we carry more than 20 pounds of extra weight losing the weight is priority one to alleviate low back pain. The body will always have problems when carrying more weight than it’s designed too, and the area we carry the extra weight is the back. The next place to investigate is prolonged sitting. We sit for long hours in our work and this is not likely to change any time soon. However, taking frequent breaks to stand and stretch will increase blood flow to restricted areas affected by prolonged sitting and give the back a break (opps, I mean relief). If you are not able to leave your desk or take breaks then practice breathing in through your nose into the diaphragm. The diaphragm originates at L4 of the spinal column, the area where we experience back pain the most; breathing in through your nose is a quick way to support posture and relieve back pain associated with slouching

or leaning over the computer keyboard. Of all the causes of lower back pain, posture is the easiest to correct. Paying attention to how we routinely stand, sit; make sure our feet face forward in relation to our hips and how we walk should help alleviate most back pain related to posture. Tight hamstrings are serious contributors to low back pain and the cause of serious injuries for athletes. Piriformis, sciatica, shoulder and neck pain as well as headaches are linked to tight hamstrings. If you have not been successful stretching on your own seek help from fitness and movement professionals, your back will thank you. G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssio n a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coa ch, Auth or, an d the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

collaring aggressive dogs, Vice President Nez referenced the recent spate of fatalities resulting from dog attacks on the Navajo Nation. “We need control over dogs that are vicious. This is for the public good, especially for young children and elders,” Nez said. He commended the tribal animal control program for promoting responsible pet ownership. Community members are encouraged to report all dog bite incidents to the Navajo Nation Fish & Wildlife, Animal Control Program at (928) 871-6451. Community members are

asked to report all livestock da m a ge i ncident s to t he Navajo Nation Fish & Wildlife, A n i ma l Cont rol P rog ra m at (928) 871-6451 or to the Navajo Nation Department of Resource Enforcement at (928) 871-5200. We u rge t he People to v isit t he A n i ma l Shelter s of the Nava jo Nation each first and third Tuesday of t he mont h to l icense a nd vaccinate their pets for the health, safety and welfare of the Navajo Nation. For more information about the Navajo Nation Animal Shelters, visit the following website: http://www.nndfw.org/ AnimalControl.html.

Gallup P o l i c e Department Officers J u s t i n Benally and Harland Soseeah were d is patched to 710 S. Second St in response to a domestic d ispute call. The distressed caller explained to dispatch that he was being attacked by a woman and he claimed that she was going crazy and on methamphetamine. A s the officers a r r ived on the scene a shirtless man ran out of the residence and explained that a household member, Michelle Saucedo, 32, had removed her clothes and locked herself inside the residence after assaulting him with thrown objects. She had also surprised him with a BB gun across the back of his skull as he was sitting on the couch in the living room. The victim stated that after the attack with the BB gun he ran to the bedroom to escape the violent individual, and she then proceeded to blockade the door so he could not escape. She entered the bedroom after an undisclosed amount of time and he took the opportunity to run for the exit while she was distracted, just as the police arrived. O f f icer s ob s er ve d t he bu m p o n h i s he a d f r om being hit across the head a nd a sked Saucedo to get dressed and come outside for que st ion i ng. Saucedo cooperated, ex pla i n i ng that she was just drinking and had not touched drugs in weeks. She said that the victim was cheating on her. Stating repeatedly that the incident was merely an argument, she did not give any

other information. The victim claimed that Saucedo had probably hidden the BB gun when officers came up empty handed in their search for the weapon. Saucedo wa s booked for aggravated batter y with a dead ly weapon a nd fa lse imprisonment.

ACCIDENTS VEHICLE MALFUNCTION 2/25 MENTMORE A reported vehicle malfunction on a clear and dry day turned into a life-threaten i ng sit uat ion when a vehicle traveling at 55 mph containing four passengers flipped and rolled four times on NM-118 around the 7.6 mile marker. Deputy Selina Brown of t he McK i n ley C ou nt y Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene to assist. All passengers sustained injuries and had to be transported immediately to Gallup Indian Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle, Christopher G. Richards, of Mentmore, who did not have a driver’s license or insura nce, st ated t hat he wa s traveling at 55 mph when suddenly the vehicle began jerking and sliding, and the brakes locked up under his feet before it rolled over. The vehicle had been givi ng t hem problem s si nce the day before the accident. A loud noise wa s present in the vehicle as the driver began to lose control, witnesses said. Richa rds, 33, was issued a citation due to the lack of a driver’s license, child restraint and lack of insurance.

VEHICLE VS PEDESTRIAN 2/24 GAMERCO A s El izabet h Qu i nt a na headed nor th up U.S. 491, she str uck pedestr ia n Gordon Watch ma n a s she merged onto South Chino Loop. The pedestr ia n was k nocked u nconscious but w a s s t i l l br e a t h i n g a n d mov ing slightly when Med Star ambulance arrived on the scene to transport him to Ga l lup I nd ia n Med ica l Center. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were uninjured. The status of the pedestrian is unknown as of press time.

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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 3 - 9, 2017 FRIDAY March 3 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! Introduction to Computer Skills, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. GET UP AND GAME (ALL AGES) Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 4 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SATURDAY March 4 HANDS OF HOPE’S SPRING GARAGE SALE 8 to 11 am: There will be a big assortment of household items, toys, adult, and children’s clothing, and more! Proceeds benefit Hands of Hope Pregnancy Center. For information call (505) 722-7125. First Baptist Church Gym, 2112 College Dr. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 3075999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY March 5 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist. Begins: 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. SOUPER BOWL COMMUNITY PANTRY FUNDRAISER The Westminster Presbyterian morning worship service will be held at the pantry at 10:30 am, followed by a Soup Luncheon fundraiser from noon to 2 pm. Tickets for the luncheon are $5 and are available at the pantry, from WPC church family, and at the door. Bring

non-perishable food items for the pantry as well. 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. A FRESH LOOK AT DEMENTIA 4 pm: What dementia is, activities that may slow or delay it, current research and management options, and how it impacts families. Free. Call Robert at (505) 615-8053. Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Hwy. 66. TUESDAY March 7 SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS DYING, HOW DO YOU COPE? 10 am: For family members and caregivers of those struggling with terminal illness of a loved one. Free. Call Robert at (505) 615-8053. Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Hwy. 66. WARRIOR WALK Meet at the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park, Window Rock, Ariz. at noon. Part of a monthly series of hiking groups for veterans, family, and supporters. For more information, contact Robertson Yazzie (505) 274-1747. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! Introduction to the Internet Computer Class, 3 - 5 pm. The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 6 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: LED Circuits (Teen Tech Week) WEDNESDAY March 8 DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP 10 am; March 9, 6:30 pm: Support, sharing and practical information for caregivers and family members who are caring for a loved one on their dementia journey. Free. Call Robert Continued on page 23

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2016 baseball season with a 3 -11 record. New Warriors head baseball coach Lindsey Brown said she’s seen Wilson on the field in practices and

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can definitely say that he’s the real deal. Wilson has had three different head baseball coaches while at Pine and ha s sta r ted each of those years. “He can play,” Brown said. “He’s very smart and he’s a very versatile athlete.” Wilson was named Player of the Year at Pine in baseball in 2016. Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, S.D. The university is known for its array of courses in computer technology and requires undergraduate students to use tablets and laptops in class, according to its website information. Athletically, DSU plays as a n independent in the Association of Independent Institutions. The Troja ns a re pa r t of t he Nationa l Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Navajo Pine opens the 2017 baseball season March 14 at Wingate High School. Sherman said she’s proud of Wilson’s college acceptance, saying she and everyone at Navajo Pine wish him well. CLASSIFIEDS


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at (505) 615-8053. Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Hwy. 66. TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. Free WARRIOR WALK Meet at the Red Rock Pyramid Trailhead in Church Rock at 12:30 pm. Part of a monthly series of hiking groups for veterans, family, and supporters. For more information contact, Robertson Yazzie (505) 274-1747. SYMPHONY CHACO: A JOURNEY OF THE SPIRIT 6 - 8 pm: Opening reception for the Symphony Chaco performance. A general reception is followed by the documentary, The Mystery of Chaco Canyon. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. THURSDAY March 9 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family (all ages). Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Paper-plate spring flower basket JILL COHN IN CONCERT 6 - 7 pm at the library’s main branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING WITH COUNCILOR FRAN PALOCHAK Residents of District 4 (and beyond) are invited to the 6 pm meeting. Stagecoach Elementary, 1498 Freedom Dr. ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. BABY AND YOU Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is offering childbirth educaCALENDAR

tion classes the first Saturday of the month beginning Jan. 7. Classes are from 9 am to 1 pm in the RMCH library, second floor. Classes are free. For more information, call Women’s Health unit at (505) 863-7026. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board meets on first Monday each month from 3 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the second Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call Bill Bright at (505) 7220039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or

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help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226 for details. OPEN-MIC NIGHT Wednesdays: Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. SAVE THE DATE COMMUNITY HEALTH & JOB FAIR March 10, 9 am - 2 pm: New Mexico Workforce Connection, Dine Hooghan Bii Development and The Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center host the job fair featuring various health educators and recruiting employers. For more information, call Nikki Lee at (505) 863-8181. The Gallup Community Service Center, 410 Bataan Veterans St.  A FORUM ON TRAUMA AND ITS PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS March 11, 8 - 9 am: A no-cost forum presented by Gallup Indian Medical Center and RMCHCS Behavioral Health Services in concert with the Behavioral Health Collaborative. “Understanding Trauma and Chronic Conditions; ‘Flight or Flight Responses’; Behavior and Emotions; Responding to Stress. Lunch is provided. 1901 Red Rock Dr. WARRIOR WALK March 11: El Malpais National Monument Vet-

eran Hike. Meet at the Monument Visitor Center at 1 pm. Part of a monthly series of hiking groups for veterans, family, and supporters. For more information, contact Robertson Yazzie (505) 274-1747. GALLUP HIGH SCHOOL RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM FUNDRAISER Denny’s North on March 11 and 12, from 3-6 pm both days. Students will act as greeters, servers and bussers and will earn 10 percent of all register receipts and all tips during these times. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. 836 N U.S. 491. MURALISTAS NANI CHACON & BE SARGENT March 11: Artists will be present to talk about their work and experience as muralists. 307 S. Second St. (207) 522-9107 or (405) 395-8686. IT’S A GENERATIONAL THING March 11, ArtsCrawl: Chaco Canyon is turning 110 years old! Mark the occasion with Symphony Chaco, presented by the Gallup Community Concert Association, and have some intergenerational fun with student art shows, family-friendly hands-on workshops, and glimpses into historic downtown Gallup. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST March 11, March 18, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4: There’s no fee to take this proficiency assessment for graduating high school. High school seniors may participate in the Navajo Nation Bilingual Proficiency test held at the Department of Dine Education Building, Window Rock, Ariz. Call (928) 871-7660 for more info. Navajonationdode.org. NON-DENOMINATIONAL MONTHLY TAIZE’ SERVICE March 12 at 4 pm: Join us for a special service — a time of rest, silence, and spiritual refreshment. Take this opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before a new week begins. Music, chant, scripture, and candlelight are part of this hour held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boardman Dr., 151 N.M. 564 near the Orleans Manor Apartments. For more information call Kathy Mezoff (505) 8706136.

MCKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING March 14, 1:30 pm: Meeting called to remedy the allegation of an Open Meetings Act violation that was received on Feb. 15, 2017. Meeting held in the Commissioner Chamber, third floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 W. Hill Ave. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP March 15, 10 am; 6:30 pm: This group provides anyone who has been impacted by the death of a loved one, how to work through your emotions. Free. Call Robert at (505) 615-8053. Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Hwy. 66. GALLUP HIGH SCHOOL/TEAM BENGALS TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS March 15 and 16 in the Gallup High School Auditorium from 5 - 7 pm. Auditions are open to all High School and Middle School students in the region. Students must audition in order to perform in the April 1 Talent Show. Audition fee is $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society/ Relay for Life. Please call (505) 721-2518 if you have questions. 1055 Rico St. PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY March 19, 2:30 pm: Join us for stimulating conversation and discussion about shared concerns. PSS programs are varied and deal with the history, geology, geography, the diverse cultures of our region, and critical environmental concerns in our area. The community is welcome. Refreshments served. For information, contact Martin Link, (505) 863-6459. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. 5TH ANNUAL TEEN FILM FESTIVAL: THROUGH THE LENS The library will hold its annual Teen Film Festival at El Morro Theatre on April 29. Submissions are to be no more than 7 minutes and are due April 1. For more information call (505) 726-6120 or e-mail childlib@gallupnm.gov. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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