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he national, state and POW-MIA flags stood at half-mast Monday at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, in honor of slain Navajo Police Department Officer Houston James Largo. Prior to Monday night’s vigil for the fallen officer, McKinley County Under Sheriff Paul Lucero said, “Our condolences to his family. He was definitely a good officer and will be missed. Everyone is very sad here.” MCSO deputies assisted NPD officers in apprehending shooting suspect Kirby Cleveland Sunday, according to media reports. Largo passed away from his injuries Sunday afternoon. Early Monday, local law enforcement escorted the body into the borders of the city to Rollie’s Mortuary. Largo’s
career spanned several years with the the McKinley County Sheriff Office, and the Gallup Police Department prior to his joining the NPD. He served the Crownpoint district. He was 27. Neon blue skies streaked with pink canopied the large gathering of about 100 people who had arrived early to the 7:30 pm vigil. Twenty minutes later the crowd had swelled to about 200. One of the training officers at GPD, Andy Yearley, spoke fondly of Largo. “We’re always told to go a mile above and beyond, but went two miles above and beyond,” he said. “He always took the time out of his day to help others. If he saw some kids playing basketball he would stop and play basketball with them, knowing that those kids would remember him when they grew up.” Everett Jim spoke to the gathered crowd holding their
Scores of supporters line up on the Miyamura overpass to honor Navajo Police Department Officer Houston James Largo as his body is being escorted by law enforcement from different agencies to Rollie Mortuary in Gallup March 13. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons bright candles in the darkness. He said that he was a friend of Largo’s before he was an
Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil in Gallup Monday night to honor the late Houston James Largo, who died March 12 after sustaining gunshot wounds in the line of duty, just outside of Prewitt, N.M. He was 27. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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officer. “He was a really smart guy,” he said. “We were the original geek squad. No matter what, he brought laughter to our group. He could have been anything, like, an engineer or a scientist, but he took the humble path and became a warrior.” Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart thanked the community for showing up. The crowd
grew so big that they ran out of candles early in the evening before the event started. Officers rushed out to find and purchase more, as many as they could, for the crowd. “It’s times like this that keep us going to work everyday,” Hart said. “We thank you for
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Houston James Largo worked with the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the Navajo Police Department. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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McKinley County supports lessening uranium mining BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE TO BE FORMED By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners voted 2-1 March 14 to support a resolution related to the gathering of more information about the environmental impact of uranium mining. That was the outcome of a regular county commission meeting whereby area community members asked the county to not entertain notions about uranium mining. C o m m i s s io ne r s C a r ol Bowman-Muskett and Bill Lee voted in favor of the resolution. Commissioner Genevieve Jackson opposed it on the grounds that some new detail should be included in a new resolution. Bowman-Musket and Lee suggested that passing a moratorium could land McKinley County in legal and financial hot water. “If we pass a moratorium, do we know what the legal ramifications are,” Lee asked. “I’m suggesting we hold off on that and at least hold more public meetings.” A similar input meeting was held in January and members of the community again asked the county to not move ahead with any ideas pertaining to uranium development. Leading up to the January meeting, various groups asked the county to come up with a policy that would pause potential uranium mining and evaluate community risks and safety measures. At this week’s meeting, which lasted about two hours, public comment favored the adopting of a moratorium as opposed to furthering another resolution. At the end, though, those who spoke and the Board of Commissioners agreed on the formation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force – the hopes of which the two sides believe might yield some consensus. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said several of those present from the public would be part of the committee NEWS
McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker along with McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas. “It’s very preliminary right now,” Decker said of the committee formation. “But the task force itself will be formed and will begin holding meetings very soon.” T he me e t i n g w a s , i n essence, a special meeting
called to follow up on a previous and similar resolution from Jan. 3. The meeting was called after an apparent state Open Meetings Act violation relevant to the January meeting. “It’s good that the commissioners listened to us today,” Mitchell Capitan of Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, said. “The problems that were brought forward at the meeting are ones that we have been working on for a long time. We are also worried about water contamination, especially in the Crownpoint community. I hope that moving forward they (county commissioners) reconsider the
moratorium and make the resolution stronger.” A local resident who works with community groups on the issue weighed in. “It’s not the victory that we wanted but it’s a small steep in the right direction,” Janene Yazzie said. “We need continued public support to hold our commissioners accountable, in writing, a formal agreement and another county resolution that establishes the task force.” Teracity Keyanna of the Red Water Pond Road Association spoke out about the contamination dangers of uranium. “We would like to see the county commissioners be
champions for our children,” Keyanna said. “In our community, we have 30 to 40 students who go to school in Gallup that are impacted by the uranium mines that weren’t cleaned up properly. We want the county to establish a dialogue between the communities most impacted and county government so that we can establish real solutions. Our children are our future. We need to do this for them.” A local, outspoken activist thought the meeting was a starting point in the uranium discussion. “I thoug h the meeti ng was OK,” Mervyn Tilden, a
self-identified activist from Church Rock, said. “We still did not have reps from the uranium companies here. Everybody should be brought to the table. The formation of the task force is a step in the right direction.” Steve Verchinski, a former McKinley County employee said, “We want to see New Mexico be a peace state. We need to keep uranium in the ground.” Decker sa id since this week’s meeting only pertained to supporting the various’ efforts, a new resolution or a moratorium ordinance would have to be done at a separate county meeting.
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Garcia, Kumar reclaim city council seats By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he two incumbents running for Gallup City Council seats March 14 reclaimed their seats, according to unofficial election results from Gallup City Hall. The certification related to the election took place this week and included City Clerk Al Abeita, deputy City Clerk Alicia Palacios,
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Municipal Judge Grant Foutz and City Attorney George Kozeliski. Linda Garcia and Yogash Kumar won council seats in District 1 and District 3, respectively. There are 6,459 eligible voters in Gallup. There were 799 votes cast in the election. The election turnout number was 12.37 percent. “Everything went very well,” Gallup Deputy City Clerk Alicia Palacios said after the election.
“There were no problems with the voting machines.” Garcia ran unopposed and garnered 96 total votes. Kumar was challenged by political newcomer and restaurateur Angela Chavez and former city parks and recreation director Esco Chavez. Garcia and Esco Chavez are Gallup natives. Angela Chavez and Kumar are Gallup transplants. Kumar is a hotelier with holdings as far away as Albuquerque.
Garcia, the only candidate present at City Hall monitoring election results, got 96 votes. Kumar won District 3 with 301 total votes and Esco Chavez accumulated 224. Angela Chavez garnered 175 total votes. “I’m very happy with the way things turned out,” Esco Chavez said. “We didn’t win, but we came away with a lot of votes.” The absentee and early voting tallies were 31 and 289, Gallup City Clerk Abeita said. Palacios said there was a poll worker who called in sick and that left the North Side Fire Station No. 2 minus a worker, she said. Gallup councilors serve
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four-year staggered terms and earn an annual salary of $15,000. Palacios said an election canvassing took place March 16 at 10 am at city council chambers. “I’m pleased with my vote,” voter Maria Vargas said. “I wish more people would vote.” The canvassing results were not available at press time.
Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Advertising Raenona H arvey Correspondents Bernie Dotson Tom Hartsock Lealia Nelson Calendar Editor Mia Rose Poris Photography Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Knifewing Segura Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: Gabriel Albert speaks fondly about his cousin, the late Navajo Police Officer, Houston James Largo. Photo by Knifewing Segura The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office (By Appointment): 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 728-1640 Fax: (505) 212-0391 email@example.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.
Are four heads better than one? DIMAS, LEE, BOWMAN-MUSKETT, JACKSON GO TO WASHINGTON
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ince the election, hundreds of people from a rou nd the cou ntry have traveled to Washington to sit down with congressional leaders. Last week, the McKinley County Board of Commissioners took the plunge and visited with New Mexico’s congressional delegation. The trip cost about $4,300 and was paid for by county taxpayers. McKinley County Ma na ger A nt hony Di ma s and Commissioners Carol Bowman-Muskett, Genevieve Jackson and Bill Lee f lew coach via Delta and Southwest airlines to the Nation’s Capital. The trip took place from March 6 through March 9 and the meetings were conducted at the congressional offices at the U.S. Capital. The commissioners stayed at the ritzy Embassy Suites in D.C. at $272 per night. The trip included meetings with Ben Ray Lu ján, Michelle Luján Grisham, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich and Steve Pearce. Pearce is the sole Republican serving New Mexico. Within the past year, Luján has visited Gallup and McKinley County the most, including one local meeting at the Downtown Events Center
Commissioner Carol Bowman-Muskett
Commissioner Bill Lee
County Manager Anthony Dimas
She didn’t travel with the McKinley County delegation, but Rep. Michelle Grisham, D-NM plans on running for New Mexico governor.
in which future funding for NCI was discussed. Lu ján Grisham has announced her candidacy for the governorship of New Mexico and Heinrich was mentioned as one of the people considered by Hillary Clinton for vice president. According to the travel itinerary of the commissioners, there were also meetings with NM Delegation Officer Director Stephen Jochem and with heather dean of the Federal Highway Administration and
with Bruce Loudermilk of thee BIA. “It was a very productive trip,” Dimas said. “We had a chance to sit down with the
Commissioner Genevieve Jackson
entire delegation and share thoughts and ideas on a lot of topics impacting McKinley County.” Dimas said some of the
topics talked about were transportation issues like the widening of U.S. 491, various roads, the Na’Nihzhoozhi center, Inc., health issues, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and a host of other issues. Lee said trip represented the first time for some to sitdown with Pearce, who grew up in the Hobbs area, and frankly talk about McKinley County. “I liked thee chance to sit and talk about county and the needs of the county,” Lee, who served as McKinley County Manager for about 18 months. “It was a productive meeting for each of us.” Dimas said there were no promises made, but each side came away with some eye-toeye seriousness and understanding. Bowman-Muskett said the trip was productive. “This gave us a chance to sit down and discuss issues and answers,’ Bowman-Muskett said. “I think trips like this are important for both sides.”
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A look at Gov. Martinez’s vetoes By Andy Lyman and Joey Peters NM Political Report
ov. Susana Martinez is getting attention, to say the least, for her on slaug ht of vetoes as the legislative session nears a potentially messy end. But the tension between Martinez and state lawmakers started with her early veto of the bill to fund the operations of the Legislature during the session and the interim. It continued towards the end of January, when she vetoed a much-publicized bill to allow NEWS
for industrial research of hemp. February came and went w it h no bi l l s hea ded t o Martinez’s desk. But at the end of the first week of March, she rejected a measure to allow teachers to use all of their allotted sick days without absences making a negative impact on their statewide evaluation. Though the teacher evaluation has been one of Martinez’s biggest and most controversial policies, the bill was sponsored by some of her fellow Republicans. The bill
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Municipal candidates offer up campaign finance reports SECOND REQUIRED REPORT TO BE FILED SOON By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
a ndidates seek ing political offices in Ga l lup’s t wo cit y council district races had to do more than just qualify and get their names on the March 14 ballot. They also had to report their fundraising efforts to the city. There are two times that candidates have to file information with the city clerk’s office. The first deadline is Feb. 28.
WHAT DID THEY SPEND IT ON? Among the money spent this campaign season was $2,227.12 by Angela Chavez who r a n a ga i n s t Yoga sh Kumar in the District 3 race. Listed on Chavez’s campaign expense report, filed with the city clerk’s office, is $1,098.56 at Amsterdam Printing, an online promotional products
p r i n t i n g c o m p a n y, a n d $1,128.56 at Butler’s Office Equipment and Supply along East Historic Highway 66 in Gallup. Fel low Di st r ic t 3 cit y council race challenger Esco Chavez did not file a campaign disclosure repor t. Chavez explained that by saying he’ll submit “something numerically to the city after the election.” He did not disclose the amount in a telephone conversation with the Sun. Chavez said he received two campaign contributions less than $100, which does not require reporting. Incumbent Yogash Kumar spent $1,254.82 a s of the Feb. 28 dea d l i ne. Ku ma r spent $758.19 with the Gallup Journey, $235.85 at Butler’s, $145.78 at Willy Walt Printing for online printing information and $155 with McKinley County Request. Referencing city ordinance, City Clerk Al Abeita said candidates who either receive
cont r ibut ion s or ex pend funds on their campaigns, in amounts that exceed $1,000, must file two statements. “As of Feb. 28 (candidates) Linda Garcia and Esco Chavez advised that their contributions and spending did not exceed $1,000,” Abeita said. Incumbent Garcia said she didn’t spend or receive funds on her campaign. She said she used campaign signs that were left over from four years ago. Abeita reiterated that the first campaign finance statement is due two weeks preceding election. The second and final statement is due 7-30 days after the election, Abeita said. “Candidates who spend $1,000 or less on their campaign must file an affidavit with the city clerk no later than seven days after the election,” Abeita said. The penalty for not filing finance reports could result in a hearing, Abeita said. “If a determination is made that a violation occurred, then
a public reprimand may be issued against the candidate,” Abeita explained. “If a violation was made by a candidate
w in ning the election, the city council may suspend or remove the candidate from office,” he said.
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vehicle and watched as the vehicle drove off south. The victim’s phone was also in the vehicle and had no way to call for help. The stranded driver had to hitchhike to Window Rock in order to find help. From there he was able to get a ride back to Gallup Police Department, where a report was filed. The vehicle is a 2007 black Nissan Frontier, with license plates reading 290SPK. The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male about 6 feet tall wearing a white cap. If you have information about this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 877-722-6161.
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It was a somber and emotional moment for spectators gathered on the Miyamura overpass as they awaited to pay their respects to NPD Officer Houston James Largo as his body was being transferred to Rollie Mortuary in Gallup from Albuquerque. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
WARRIOR | FROM PAGE 2 your support.” Nava jo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez gave a long speech, in Navajo, and then in English, to the quiet, somber, crowd. “I appreciate the chief and the Gallup Police Department for hosting this vigil tonight, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department for their support, and let’s not forget our first responders, firefighters, EMT’s and all the people of Gallup and these surrounding areas,” he said. “Whenever we’re in danger, we’re all one big family. We appreciate the donations you’ve given to the family, his parents, siblings, and the
children. We mourn and our heart is broken for you. The entire Navajo Nation’s heart is broken for you. We need to instill respect for authority among our children.” Sheriff Ron Silversmith of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department, who spent 30 years with the GPD, said, “He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He loved what he did. When I got the call and had to drive out there, it was horrible. When I got out there and found out that it was him, it was even worse.” He continued, “If you have a police officer in your family, give them a hug and thank them, knowing what they have to go through out there and face to protect our community. Every once in awhile if you see
an officer, just smile and wave at them or say hello. They appreciate that and it keeps them going. They’re there for you and your protection.” Off icer Chapla i n Mike K leeberger of the Ga llup Police Department lead a closing prayer with a reading from Psalms. After the prayer, hugs were exchanged, and donations were accepted for the family. A nyone who wishes to assist the family of the fallen officer is asked to donate directly to the memorial fund account with Wells Fargo. The account name is Officer Houston J. Largo, the number: 7034959507. Gallup Police Department may also be contacted for questions or more information about donating.
originally passed the Senate unanimously and the House with only three no votes. The Senate voted to override her veto, the first time such an action happened in her administration. From there, she unleashed the veto pen, knocking down six bills in one day. There has been a lot of speculation about why Martinez vetoed many as bills as she without adding explanations to her executive messages. Martinez added explanations to all of her veto messages during the legislative session for at least the past two years. Legislative staffers familiar with both the Gary Johnson and Bill Richardson administrations said both previous governors made a point to explain why they vetoed legislation. Pocket vetoes, which happen after the session, do not come with messages. Spokesmen for Martinez did not respond to an email inquiry regarding a lack of veto explanations. Martinez issued a statement to KOAT-TV criticizing the Senate for spending too much time on passing what she called “meaningless bills.” She also implied that her vetoes were a direct result of her frustration with the Senate. “That’s disappointing and that failure of the Senate to live up to its constitutional duties, including passing a balanced budget, has led to many vetoes,” Martinez told KOAT-TV. Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino said
he and his colleagues are at a loss for why Martinez vetoed the handful of bills without any stated reason. “I have no idea,” Ortiz y Pino told NM Political Report. “She’s been mad at us since day one.” Ortiz y Pino, who is also a member of the Senate Rules Committee, said Martinez first became frustrated when the Rules Committee, she felt, was not confirming her appointments fast enough. Things got worse, Ortiz y Pino said, when the Senate voted, almost unanimously, to override a veto. “It’s pretty clearly, ‘I’ll tech you guys a lesson,’” Ortiz y Pino said. Below is a list of legislation that has been vetoed by Martinez. We will update the list with any more vetoes as they come in. January 27 Senate Bill 176 Making a General Appropr iation to the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches Sponsored by Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming and Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales House Bill 144 Industrial Hemp Research Rules Sponsored by Rep. Bill Gomez, D-La Mesa March 14 Senate Bill 67 Notification of TIDD to County Treasurers Sponsored by Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe To view more of Gov. Martinez’s vetoes, visit: nmpoliticalreport.com
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GPD narcotics director outlines 2017 drug busts By Naomi Mercedes Chan Sun Correspondent
allup Police Department’s narcotics division held a press conference March 9 to discuss the state of the illegal drug trade in Gallup and those caught in the act of trafficking narcotics to the masses. Director of Narcotics Lt. Billy Padavich discussed some busts his team has engaged in recent months with help of patrol officers and detectives. “I know that a lot of times the community is wondering what is going on with the department, whether we are doing something to crack down on the drug activity in the area,” he said. “We’ve been really busy – extremely busy. There’s a lot we can’t talk about but I wanted to throw out some of the solved cases, those that we can, at this time.” Padavich explored several stings they had performed over the past few months. A lleged cocaine dealer Frederick Nelson Billie had been booked Feb. 8 with intent to traffic and for a second DWI. No other details were released. “Metha mpheta m ine we have started seeing more of,” Padavich said. “It’s nowhere near the level of what other cities see, but we are aware of it. We’ve been starting to see a
little bit of cocaine and heroin, not too much, thank goodness.” Most of the time criminals are netted easily during sting operations. But not everything always goes according to plans. “On Feb. 27 our undercover narcotics detectives set up a buy op in relation to a suspect Delilah Miles. We had been working this case for a while. She called to a location to do the pickup at a vehicle, which was parked,” he said. Padavich explained that as the undercover detective
arrived on scene, Miles was spooked at the last minute for unknown reasons and tried to escape, but the detectives caught her in her vehicle. They found enough drugs and had already acquired enough evidence to book her for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Padavich reiterated that he was very pleased with the operation and that his narcotics detectives had done a great job. Miles remains in custody as of March 16. Pa dav ich out l i ned t he recent bust of John Paradise and Darrell Desiderio on March 3. The Gallup Sun covered the capture of the infamous felons in last week’s issue. Padavich explained that Paradise had been caught incidentally, and that Desiderio’s face had been recognized by an officer. The director explained that Desiderio is a highly dangerous felon, who they had been tracking for some time, with two outstanding warrants for trafficking. After a
search warrant was issued to gain permission to search the vehicle itself they found “baggies of heroin, a white powder consistent with cocaine and a brown powder I understand to be consistent with heroin,” Padavich said. Paradise is still behind bars as of March 16. Padavich mentioned several other recent successful stings including one with an Isaiah Tso who was caught with methamphetamine stashed in a stolen vehicle Feb. 27. In another bust, Charlene Hannaweeka, who has alleged ties to Desiderio, was arrested March 3 for one count of possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in custody as of March 16. Desiderio was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for stabbing Andrew Garcia in August. According to the police report, Hannaweeka handed him the knife used in the stabbing.
Desiderio has a fairly lengthy rap sheet, according to New Mexico Courts case look up website. Mea nwh ile, on Feb. 9, Joseph Donaldson of Gallup was arrested for possession of 5 lbs of marijuana. According to Padavich, Donaldson was cooperative and did not give the department any trouble. The end of the first of month of the year resulted in a notable bust. Charles Martinez was arrested on Jan. 30 for metha mpheta mine tra ff ick ing. Allegedly, he had been trafficking meth out of the Lariat Lodge motel. He handed a packet of meth to a drug addict in front of an undercover officer, and was arrested. Padav ich w rapped t he press conference up by again praising his team and the other wings of the department that assisted with these operations. “Our whole department is incredible and we rely a lot on the patrol and detectives to pin these people down,” he said. “It’s really a team effort. I can’t say enough good things about everyone here. Our guys in narcotics are go-getters and they are working all the time to catch these guys and bring them in. I have the best people, I’m very lucky.”
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Janice Benally February 2, 9:30 am Aggravated DWI G P D O f f i c e r Fra ncis C ol l i n s a r r ived at a vehicle accident at Cou nt y Road #1 and East Sanostee Drive in Gallup. The vehicle had run over the dividers in the middle of the road near the BNSF Railroad tracks. The severely damaged vehicle had two deflated tires and the coolant tank had ruptured, leaking coolant fluid onto the roadway. Metro Dispatch aler ted BNSF t o slow t r a i n s so that the veh icle cou ld be removed sa fely. T he of f icer approached Benally, 29, and noticed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her window.
The woman had her driver’s license at the ready and was holding it out of the window as the officer approached. Benally appeared extremely sleepy. She told the officer she had been drinking, but only a couple of drinks. Benally could not answer any questions about the crash. She failed the field sobriety tests. No breath test results are listed in the report. Diana L Gilson December 3, 6:01 pm Aggravated DWI G P D O f f i c e r R a n som J a m e s j o i n e d O f f i c e r J u s t i n B en a l ly a t the scene of an accident at 3012 Highway 66 in Gallup. The driver of the vehicle, Diana Gilson, 42, had the odor of alcohol emanating from her person. An elderly woman was also in the vehicle. She reportedly told the
officer, “I don’t know what’s going on. Is this the hotel I’m staying at? Where is La Quinta? I don’t know what happened I blacked out.” The officer asked her if she had drank anything, and Gilson responded that she had taken shots at a balloon rally. The officer administered the field sobriety tests and she failed. She blew .16/.15 in custody. Cimarron Star Howard Dec. 1, 12:36 pm Aggravated DWI A r e c kless SUV was seen weavi ng i n a nd out of lanes, southbound on U.S. 491, around noon. T he d r iver waved a bottle of whiskey at a fellow motorist, who quickly reported him to dispatch as they passed. Deputy Merlin Benally of McKinley County Sheriff’s Office caught up with the
cheeky driver, checked the license plate, and stopped, Howard, 37, around the 7 mile marker. The officer reports that the driver’s door opened slowly after being pulled over. He yelled at the driver to stay in the car, but the driver proceeded to exit the vehicle completely, and carefully walked to the back of the vehicle, only to lean against the trunk. The officer asked, “What are you doing man?” Howard replied, confused, according to the report, and said, “I’m sorry”. The officer asked him “Why did you get out of the car?” to which Howard then answered, “‘Cuz you were tailing me.” The officer explained to the possibly drunken man that he did not have to get out of the car. The suspect then retorted, “Yeah, but, I knew you were going to ask me to”. Howard cooperated with the field sobriety tests, and admitted to drinking. He claimed he was trying to pick up his girlfriend and bring her home. He asked to be taken to jail because he did not want to take any more tests, reportedly. He blew a ,224 during the breath test. Katasha M. Smith Nov. 29, 10:15 pm DWI A car turned west on Highway 66, with its he a d l ig ht s turned off, in v iew of McK inley C o u n t y Sheriff Office Deputy Lt. Eric. D. Jim. He followed it to Lariat Lodge at 1105 E. Hwy. 66, where the vehicle parked. The lieutenant approached Smith, 26, at the wheel, who had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her and red, watery eyes. She denied that she had anything to drink, but later admitted to drinking after further questioning, according to the report. Smith failed the field sobriety tests. She blew .14/.14 during the breath tests.
William Bia III Nov. 25, 10:55 pm Aggravated DWI Deputy M o n t y Yazzie of the McK inley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e , noticed a vehicle pull out of a business suspiciously, making a wide turn into the outer lane, against traffic. The deputy immediately followed Bia east, on N.M. 264, and pulled them over almost immediately around the 12 mile marker. Bia, 25, was drinking earlier as he failed all of the field sobriety tests. At first, he tried to avoid admitting it, blaming the smell of alcohol emanating from the vehicle on his passenger, but later, after failing the sobriety tests, admitted to drinking. He was transported to the Sheriff’s office where he was read the New Mexico Implied consent act nearly 2 hours later. Bia told the deputy “I don’t agree”, reportedly, and was booked for aggravated DWI. Angeline Tolth Nov. 24, 4:04 pm Aggravated DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f ic e r Douglas Hoffman responded to a call in reference to a suspected drunk driver in an area behind Albertson’s, 1702 E 66th Ave. The witness who made the call heroically volunteered their time to help tail the driver to make sure the officer was able to find her. Hoffman followed their instructions and was able to catch up to the suspect’s vehicle while it was on Redrock Drive. He observed it for a short time to determine if she
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Miyamura High School celebrates nd 2 annual Multi-Cultural Festival FOLKS FROM PALESTINE, SPAIN, MEXICO CELEBRATE CULTURE
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
t was a cultural mash-up, an ethnic callaloo. If you asked some of those in attendance, they probably would’ve said in accented English that the event was “awesome.” Gallupia ns, both those born here and those who have traveled thousands of miles to adopt the Indian Capital as their own, rushed into heavy
participate in food tasting, dancing and arts and crafts. People from around McKinley County, young and old, came out to mingle and soak up some culture. Janice Spiros, a librarian at Miyamura High, believed attendance from students, parents, administrators and outsiders to be in the thousands. There was enough food to serve more than everyone who came out – and then some, Spiros speculated. By the time the event was
From left, Miyamura High students Tiffany Briggs and Samyuta Komaravolu. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
The Miyamura High School Multi-Cultural Festival showcased the foods, arts and crafts, and dance of exotic cultures and faraway places. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura embraces at a parade and food booths March 14 at the 2 nd annual Multi-Cultural Festival at Miyamura High School. “I like it. It’s a chance to learn about other cultures,” Jon a t h a n B r ow n , 17, of Vanderwagen, said. Brown is from Gallup and a student at Zuni High School. “The food is awesome.” The three-hour affair saw cultures from around the world
over, the food was just about gone. “I am from Ghana,” Nura Nur udeen said. Nur udeen was dressed in traditional Ghanaian clothing. “I am going to college here. Gallup is my home at the moment.” Attendees at the festival, held in the front entry a rea a nd ca feter ia of the school, munched on black beans and rice, tikka masala,
The crowd soaks up the multi-cultural flavors of faraway places while socializing with friends. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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Nation Indian Reservation, sa id. Pa rdo at tended the parade. “Who would think that something like this could be held in Gallup.” The event was sheer paradise for xenophiles: 13-year-old Gallup twins David and Daniel Mendoza spotted the East Asian food booth and couldn’t resist. “I’m not even sure what it was, but it was delicious,” Daniel said of a small rice dish. “That’s what makes this so awesome.” NEWS
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OPINIONS Gallup Sun Editorial: Complacency is the enemy
here was both the good news and the bad news this week detailing drug operations around Gallup and McKinley County. The good news is that at least eight suspected methamphetamine abusers have been taken off the streets. Arrests were made as part of the city’s routine sweeps of various neighborhoods by the Gallup Police Department and the McKinley County Narcotics Task Force.
The bad news is that we still have a serious problem in Gallup and the surrounding areas when it comes to meth, cocaine, marijuana and heroin. The arrests that took place were all over the city. John Paradise, a habitual criminal who is still in custody on a $8,000 bond amount, was one of those booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, and another frequent name on the Gallup Sun pages, Darrell Desederio, was taken into custody on an
outstanding warrant. The city and county police have sa id t hat met h ha s become a dangerous scourge in our community. We agree. B e side s Pa r a d i s e a nd Desederio, six other people were taken into custody by police on suspected drug charges. Isiah Tso was booked by Gallup Lt. Billy Padavich on suspected meth possession,
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MARCH 17
The Moon goes Void of Couse on March 17 at 3:57 PM MST. And Mercury is in Aries until March 31. What could go wrong? You may want to get out and stay the course. But, don’t forget to wear green. St. Patty’s day is here and everyone could benefit from a little luck. So, bust out the dancing shoes, clover green t-shirts, and enjoy a round of green beer. Good luck!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your heart is willing, but the flesh is weak. Don’t be so hard on yourself. The only shame is not learning from your mistakes. Wisdom comes when you can appreciate the times you’ve failed and move onward. Keep chugging forward. The greatest gift you can give yourself is compassion and a little TLC. Unconditional love applies to you, get out there and try again. You got this!
You’re a proud person. Pride comes before the fall. You should have faith in your abilities, but someone is always better, richer, bigger, or just more. This is not the root of failure. You must continue to try and hone your skills. Stop bragging and start doing. To be the best, you must continue to challenge yourself. Never stop! Keep going and you will find greatness.
Sharpen your saw! Meaning, your mind requires as much discipline as the body. Only you know what your future holds. This world is full of promise, if you’re willing to put in the work. It’s up to you, to determine, what is worth doing and what isn’t. The fork in the road is not the end of the line. You’re on a journey endowed with riches, if you can see them for what they are.
Life may get you down in the dumps. But, you’re a lovely soul. Stop fretting about what could be and start dealing with what is. You have the chance to take some time and do what you should have always done. Let go. Forgive those who wrong you. Stop worrying about getting even and start living your life. If you don’t, then you will have regrets. Live. Now.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Life is not an individual sport. Humans are a herd species. However, a few moments alone are a balm to the weathered spirit. This too shall pass. Enjoy your moments and cherish your freedom—it’s well earned. You may find yourself trapped in your own thoughts and full of regret. But, remember life is a journey not a destination. There’s always hope—always.
In order to find your fortune, you must first seek it. There are many paths on the way to greatness, but only one needs you. Only you know what you seek. Only you know what you’re willing to do and how far you’re willing to go. Your purpose will not happen upon you. And the beginning of a thousand-mile journey begins with one step. Get stepping!
The heart is a lonely hunter. But, you don’t have to do this journey alone. You may not find your true love in a pretty package. They may be just as damaged as you. And that’s the beauty of it. You love them in all their deficiencies, and they you, in return. Stop looking for perfection and beauty in a superficial package. Create life with true beauty and live a good life. Say yes!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’re a selfish being. Don’t worry, all human beings are to some extent. You must stop and ask yourself, if your particular brand of selfish is helpful or hurtful to loved ones, the environment, or the world. You may need to ask your friends for clarity. But, now is the time for taking action. Don’t worry about the devilish details. Pick a direction and start hacking away at the weeds. GO!
You may wish for another time or place. But, those wishes merely deprive you of the present moment. Don’t give up on love or life. Take to the streets and start moving. Try new things and have fun. Don’t wait for life to catch up and be right—just take right now. Take life with both hands and start doing something. You’ll find your calling and life will have meaning. Good luck!
Hope floats! Stop trying to live the life of your dreams and just do it. Your life is precious and has meaning. You only need to seek and uncover your purpose. This is a lifelong journey with many steps, hills, and valleys. How glorious. How amazing. Stop lolling about and get in on the action. Your heart is dreaming, so go ahead and try. What can you lose? Just do it!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Regret is a painful loss. It’s the source of unnecessary pain and heartache and like heart disease—it’s preventable. So, stop wallowing in regret and get out there and get into the action. You may fail. You may not win an award. But, isn’t it better to be a contender for the Olympics than someone who didn’t try. A broken heart is better than none at all. The choice is yours.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your heart begs for you to listen. This is your conscience and your spirit seeking out your purpose. The journey of life will take many forms, but only you can decide which one is worth the doing. You have a generous spirit and an adventurous heart. Perhaps this is the time for seeking those paths, going on quests, and taking on dragons. Live with meaning.
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Children’s Grief Center receives generous grant from insurer Staff Reports
L BUQU ERQU E – T he Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico announced March 13 that it received a $15,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative. Because of our commitment to provide a safe and supportive environment where children, teens and their families can share experiences and feelings while grieving a death, we are now partnering with BCBSNM whose Healthy Kids, Healthy Families vision is to help improve the health of youth and their families in local communities. “We’re proud to give our support to the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico as a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families partner,” said Janice Torrez, vice president of external affairs for BCBSNM. “Their work is so important and makes a difference during such a difficult time after the death of a loved one.” Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a signature program of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico. The initiative focuses on engaging children and their families in understanding the importance of nutritious food, raising the level of physical activity, improving immunizations rates, better managing chronic conditions and promoting safe environments. Likewise, the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico provides a safe environment for children to talk about their
INTERSECT | FROM PAGE 12 according to police reports. A loca l d r ug add ict once sa id this about meth: “You have Satan and you have the demons he controls. All the other drugs are pretty much the demons. Meth is Sata n himself.” Although we support and applaud the recent law enforcement actions resulting in the arrests, we’re not convinced that this negative publicity is going to substantially deter future drug use in and around McKinley County. Sure, it’s a step in the right direction, but more – much more – needs to be accomplished. First, there needs to be a renewed effort to educate our young people
feelings with other children that have also experienced a death of a loved one. Since 2001, trained bereavement facilitators have led these free and muchneeded support groups that promote hope, healing and healthy coping skills for bereaved youth. “We are honored to have BCBSNM support through their Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative. This support will help us to continue to provide hope and healing to almost 500 children and their families annually,” said Jade Richardson Bock, executive director of the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico. A 13-year-old that attended group after the death of her mother said, “I talked about it and let the tears go that I was never able to shed. The Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free support services for grieving children and is the only such program in central New Mexico through our North Valley and Rio Rancho locations. We are also the only organization in the state that supports children outside central New Mexico through our annual summer Camp Corazon. Before the grief center’s inception in 2001, this much-needed service did not exist. Children who attend bereavement support groups come from all backgrounds and circumstances. The main 3 reasons that children and families come to the center is because of an experience of death due to car accidents, cancer or suicide. about the dangers of drug abuse. In a county where alcohol is king, it’s easy to forget about the dangers of drug use. The effort to get rid of drug and alcohol abuse must begin at home and must be vigorously supported by institutions like schools. We have to assume that our kids will experiment with drugs at some point, and we, accordingly, have to make them aware of the legal and health consequences. Those who protect and serve must continue their enforcement of the laws related to illegal drugs and alcohol. And the judicial system must see that those convicted of drug offenses receive the appropriate punishments. And we as individuals must lead by example as our combatants can always use a helping hand. Complacency is the enemy.
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From left, VP of external affairs for BCBSNM Janice Torrez, Executive Director of CGCNM Jade Richardson Bock, and BCBS President Kurt Shipley. Photo Credit: Children’s Grief Center of NM Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is the largest commercial health insurer in New Mexico with 550,000 New Mexicans carrying a Blue Cross and Blue Shield card. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health
Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Contact: Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico - Jade Richardson Bock (505) 323-0478 or Jade.firstname.lastname@example.org
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COMMUNITY Kids ‘uplifted’ by visit from local firefighters By Naomi Mercedes Chan Sun Correspondent
ven a fter pulling a n a ll-n ighter until 6 am putting out a three stor y, aba ndoned school f ire in Tohatchi, Firefighters from McKinley West Volunteer Fire Department, District 7 arrived at 8:30 am, to Uplift Community School March 9. L t . D a rle ne C h iq u it o, Building Manager Alton Yazzie, and Firefighter Tarik Hooper, joined their Fire Chief Rudy Nez to assist in the extensive demonstration and talk. To the 62 grade schoolers it was nothing but fun, as the room was punctuated by loud screams of delight during the hour long demonstration. The latest firefighting equipment was worn and shown in operation to the fascination of all. Yazzie put on his firefighting gear in under 60 seconds. Chief Nez set the timer and the kids eagerly decided to chime in with a spontaneous countdown of their own. They appeared shocked when he had finished at 45 seconds. The countdown trailed off and they stared at the tall helmeted firefighter with eyes wide and mouths agape. “Now we’re going to have
one of your teachers try. Which one do you want?” asked Nez. Several teachers hurriedly ducked out of the room at this point. After the children peered around for a few seconds, several shouts of “Her! Her!” united in unison at first grade teacher Honey Chavez, who immediately performed a face palm. “Good choice!” Nez said. Chavez rose like a good sport and managed to don the outfit in just under 60 seconds, which seemed to meet with the approval of the tiny mob. Nez cracked jokes to his energetic but riveted audience to keep their attention, and then provided clear, concise and practical knowledge they could use at home. “Does you r mot her or father, or grandpa or grandma have one of these at home?” he asked. The kids nodded in unison at the large bottle of powdered creamer he held aloft. “This is what we call a dry cow,” he quipped. The kids giggled. He sprinkled some of the creamer over a lighter and flames shot up. The kids shrieked with laughter. “Don’t DO that!” – a worried teacher warned immediately, and pointedly, at a group of boys near her. “If you see something like this near the stove, warn
McKinley County District 7 Fire Chief Rudy Nez gives Baily Muskett of Uplift Community School the opportunity to pretend to put out a fire. Photo Credit: Naomi Mercedes Chan somebody that it’s not OK. It can start a fire,” Nez said. He held up a lighter. “If this is on a microwave, it can start a fire. Don’t ever touch a lighter or matches, but warn somebody, tell your grandma or auntie, somebody, that it isn’t safe. Tell them Chief Nez told you it wasn’t safe.” After covering the other
McKinley County District 7 Fire Chief Rudy Nez conducts a demonstration for students of Uplift Community School March 9. Photo Credit: Naomi Mercedes Chan
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basics of dealing with a fire, in clear, simple terms, the Nez and other firefighters lead the kids outside, to two shiny white fire trucks. He explained how the vehicles were operated and what the department would do when lightning struck a tree out in the field or if a house caught on fire. “Water is water ... if there is no fire hydrant, we can suck up and transport water to the fire with this truck from a ditch, a lake (or) anywhere.” Nez said. The kids jumped up and down in excitement as the firefighters hooked up the hose to the hydrant, while Nez explained safety procedure to the kids. Lining up single file, each of the 62 tiny students, one by one, had a chance to spray the powerful fire hose into the air with assistance from the chief. Parents and educators had a chance to speak with Nez and shake his hand after the first group returned to class. “You were fighting a fire all day and all night until 6 am and still found time to come out here?” a visitor asked him. He grinned and said “If it’s for the kids, yeah.”
Chiquito commented that after staying for the last group of schoolchildren that afternoon, they would be heading back out to Tohatchi to make sure the school fire was completely out.
UPLIFT GOING UNDER Uplift is closing down at the end of the school year, a decision made by the state. Uplift’s director, Alecs Mohica, a former U.S. Navy officer, touched on the closing of the school. “We plan on going out with a bang, to give the kids some good memories to look back on.” She discussed plans for the rest of the school year, including visits from various educators and professionals. A professor from the University of New Mexico who wishes to remain anonymous is visiting the school, as well as the deputy director of Nasa on the April 4. “We’re still running full speed ahead, we’re not slowing down at all, and we might even have an astronaut visit us in April along with the deputy director, who knows.” COMMUNITY
Chacon, Sargent showcase work at mural art exhibit By Naomi Mercedes Chan Sun Correspondent
he fresh, clean, and open space of Opo Gallery, hosted two c e l e b r a t e d mu r a l artists this past Arts Crawl March 11– Nani Chacon and Be Sargent. The exhibit runs for two months, and, it is an excellent opportunity for students and those curious about the people behind some very prominent murals in Gallup, Albuquerque, and elsewhere around the United States. Murals are a highly celebrated art form in New Mexico, not only due to the suitably dry climate, but for the aesthetics of the wide open skyline and constant bright sun. Sargent was the only one of the two that was present before the show opened, but visitors were already milling in. Sargent grew up in both Albuquerque, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her prominent murals are found throughout Gallup. She worked in New Mexico, of course, but also Boston. The East Coast influence was clear in her work. A visitor asked if she liked John Singer-Sargent. “Do I like my great grandfather’s first cousin?” she quipped with a smile. “Yes I do.” The famous artist, SingerSargent, born in a Florence, Italy, and famous and infamous in Paris, gave up a knighthood in England to retain his United States citizenship, unsurprisingly, as he enjoyed the American continent immensely. He traveled from Florida to Montana as well as up and down the East Coast. He lived from 1856-1925 and was in Be Sargent’s family tree, as first cousin, three times removed. Thoughtful and soft spoken, she explained that she was currently involved in landscape work, and showed me a pair of large, colorful abstract treescapes, emphasizing lines and negative space. “I stopped producing murals in 2009,” she said. “I wanted to focus on my abstracts and landscapes. Right now I’m just focusing on landscapes for the moment. Those were done out in the field, by the way - plein-aire” The focus of the show was on the murals of the “muralistas,” as Opo framed the show COMMUNITY
Local artist Be Sargent stands in front of her work at Opo Gallery March 11. The display shows some of the steps she goes through when creating murals. Photo Credit: Naomi Mercedes Chan on their Facebook page; however, visitors can also take a look at those two newer works while they are at Opo as well as the adjacent gallery filled with the of art of Linda Bowlby. Nani Chacon, who grew up in Chinle, AZ, arrived as the show got underway. The gallery was loud and lively. A movie showed Chacon’s background in street graffiti and studio art, showcasing American Indian women, painted in the style of fashionable 1950’s pinup models. Some of the murals depicted sacred icons like Spider Woman vogueing on “She Taught Us How to Weave.” The fresh face of the ancient mixed with the stylization of the new was exciting and interesting to the crowd gathered here. “I get inspired by culture and history, light and simple beauty, making a communication, between contemporary life and traditional,” she said. Chacon says she is doing “a lot” of commissions at the moment, but her next public mural will be going up at the Espanola Center Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola. There were many interesting works at the show. Highlights include “Manifestations of the Glittering World” and “Against the Storm She Gathers Her Thoughts” by Chacon. Chacon has the gift of transforming simple icons into stunning statements. Limited edition photo prints of Chacon’s murals are available, signed and numbered. M e a nw h i l e , S a r g e n t ’s
lovely iconic charcoal portraits alongside the concept work for the mural on Aztec Avenue, c a l led “Work of Strength.” “The red rocks turned out quite well on that one,” she said. Sa rgent encourages
Nani Chacon stand in front of her work at the opening of the mural exhibit at Opo Gallery March 11. Photo Credit: Naomi Mercedes Chan
instructors to bring art students to the gallery to view the works on display. “I hope educators bring students by, here, because it shows process, and the intricacy of process, and how much work goes into murals. It’s really a rare opportunity to see this
sort of art behind the scenes,” she said. Sargent and Chacon will host a Q & A on April 22, from 2 - 4 pm at Opo Gallery. Opo Gallery is located at 307 S. 2nd St., Gallup. Call (207) 522-9107 for information.
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Begaye promotes diversification of Navajo Economy at RES 2017 Economic Summit dur ing a breakout session titled AS VEGAS, NV – In “Diversification – Expanding addressing tribal eco- B e yo n d S i n g le R e v e nu e nomic diversification, Sources.” The Summit is being P r e s i d e n t R u s s e l l held at the Mirage hotel from Begaye said the Navajo Nation Mar. 13-16. needs to move away from The president acknowlcoal and oil based revenue edged the history that tribal generation while addressing nations have had in dealing infrastructure needs, work- with the federal government force development and expe- but also noted that tribes have diting processes for business persisted to grow in spite of development. adversity. He said tribal nations “The Navajo Nation is at could benefit from pursuing a critical point where it must projects that are in line with diversify its revenue sources federal priority. away from the coal and oil “We have to ma ke up industry,” Begaye said. our mind that we, as Indian The president said the nations, will connect with the Navajo Nation’s revenue from presidential administration by coal and oil has fallen from 77 any means possible to have percent down to 66 percent. them address our concerns,” The nation foresees this drop- he said. “The Navajo Nation ping 20 percent more if Navajo has been able to meet with the Generating Station shuts down transition teams and we are in 2019. talking with the Secretaries to Begaye spoke on Mar. 14, at address issues we want pushed the 2017 National Reservation at a federal level. This is our Staff Reports
President Begaye’s speech was well received by the panelists and gathered attendees. The president addressed infrastructure issues that need to be put in place to assist business development March 14. Photo Credit: OPVP responsibility as tribal leaders.” Panelists spoke about tribal nations being overly dependent on single sources of economic activity and the need for them to develop diversified business
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dollars and utilizing federal exempt tax bonds. “We need banks and investors to be willing to work with tribes in diversifying our revenue sources,” he said. The president also addressed issues of housing, the obstacle of dual taxation on tribal lands and how public safety affects diversifying economies on tribal lands. Begaye also reinforced the importance of tribes working with their respective tribal councils to address beneficial legislative issues. “Sometimes you only need to tweak one of your tribal statues to make laws friendlier to our tribal entrepreneurs,” he said. “We need to maintain stability, continuity and economic growth on tribal lands and we can do it through diversifying our economies.”
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During his speech on diversification at 2017 National RES March 14, President Begaye said it’s the responsibility of tribal leaders to ensure their concerns are addressed at the federal level. Photo Credit: OPVP COMMUNITY
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i n nacle Ba ncor p Chairman Sid Dinsdale announced this week the signi n g of a n a g r e eme nt for Pinnacle Bancorp to acquire A m F i r st Ba n k located i n Nebra ska a nd Colorado, a wholly owned subsidiary of AmFirst Financial Services Inc. “We are excited to welcome AmFirst Bank to the Pinnacle Bancor p family,” Dinsdale said. “We look forward to continuing to grow our relationships in Nebraska and Colorado.” AmFirst Bank has total assets of $260 million with th ree operating locations i n Nebra ska i nclud i ng McCook, Hayes Center and Benkelman, and two operating locations in Colorado including Greenwood Village and Longmont. “We operate u nder the community banking model, and we’ll maintain that community-based philosophy for AmFirst Bank through local decision-making and strong c u s t omer r el a t ion s h ip s ,” Bank of Colorado President Shawn Osthoff said. “We see A mFirst Bank’s staff as a valuable asset, and we look
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ impresses with gorgeous visuals By Glenn Kay For the Sun
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develop affection for him. When Maurice returns to the village, he enlists the help of arrogant suitor Gaston (Luke Evans) and his lackey LeFou (Josh Gad) to help rescue his daughter. This production certainly pulls out all of the stops. It’s gorgeous to look at with grand and impressive production design. The costuming is just as elaborate and eye-popping. As expected, the musical numbers couldn’t be more incredibly detailed with bright, intense and almost kaleidoscopic colors popping off of the screening during a rendition of “Be Our Guest.” Naturally, there is a somewhat exaggerated tone to the proceedings. However, the human performers embrace the larger-than-life tone with aplomb. Just as in the animated feature, Gaston makes for an entertaining foil and the actors in general capture the spirit of their animated counterparts. So, how does a briskly paced animated feature find itself 45 minutes longer in translation? Well, there are a few extra musical numbers. They fit in well, even if one would be hard-pressed to call them essential to the story. And the pacing is a bit slower. It does take a bit too long to the get to the heart of the tale involving the budding relationship between Belle and 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 17, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on DVD and Bluray. As always, there’s plenty of choose from with all sorts of features in a wide variety of genres. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! American Violence - In this independent thriller, a world renow ned psycholo gist decides to get at the root cause of v iolent behavior. As a n ex per t , he’s a sked to travel to a penitentiary and interview a death row inmate. When the lead learns more about the prisoner and the crime, he must decide whether or not to grant a stay of execution. This one hasn’t gotten much (if any) notice, so viewers should set expectations low. It features Bruce Dern, Denise Richards, Kaiwi LymanMersereau, Columbus Short, Rob Gronkowski and Michael Pare. Collateral Beauty - After t h e t r a g ic death of his child, a Manhattan business executive shuts down emotionally and retreats away f rom his business partners. In an effort to regain control of their fledgling company, his associates hire actors to pretend to be Time, Death and Love. The performers converse with the entrepreneur in an attempt to help him deal with his loss. This holiday drama ended up on a lot of “worst of the year” lists. It has been described as a poorly executed weeper that is obvious in its manipulations. Many beleive it completely wastes a talented cast with its bizarre and preposterous storyline. The movie stars Will Smith, Edward COMMUNITY
Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Pena, Helen Mirren, Naomi Harris and Keira Knightley. Elle Isabelle Huppert earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her work in this French thriller. She plays an icy businesswoman with a dark history who is violently raped in her home by an intruder. The woman goes back to her regular routine, but as more incidents follow her personal relationships are examined and suspicions are raised. This one isn’t for everyone, but it did earn strong reviews from the majority of the press. A few noted that it was a bit longwinded, but most admired the brave lead performance and appreciated that events played out in a complex manner unlike a Hollywood production. It also features Laurent Lafitte and Anne Consigny. Fences Here’s another title that impressed the Academy. Based on the Pulitzer P r i ze w i nning play by August Wilson, this drama is set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and follows the patriarch of a working class, AfricanAmerican family. Over the course of conversations with friends and family members, he discusses his life and examines various aspects of it, including race relations. Critics were very positive about the feature. While they admitted that it wasn’t as strong overall as its remarkable source material, many though it was a solid adaptation boasting a couple of excellent lead performances, with Viola Davis (who took home an Oscar for her work) standing out in particular. The cast also includes Denzel Washington, Stephen Henderson, Jova n Adepo, Russell Hornsby and Mykelti Williamson. The Love Witch - Using old pulp novels and 60s melodramas as inspiration, this independent horror/thriller involves an attractive young
witch searching for a companion. Unfortunately, a spell she pla ce s ends up taking effect on several men who end up pursuing her relentlessly. T h i ngs get even more complicated when she meets the man of her dreams as she fend off the others. Notices were very good. While a few commented it was overlong, almost all called it a funny, stylized and gorgeous-looking production that offers some deeper themes than one might have initially expected. Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell and Jeffrey Vincent Parise headline the feature. Passengers - This big-budget, sci-fi Christmas release i s about a man who is accidentally awoken from hypersleep while on a 120 year journey a cro s s t he universe. Lonely and realizing he’s still about 90 years from his final destination, he considers waking another passenger to keep him company. The majority of press members didn’t like the movie. There were a few who enjoyed the concept and slick production design just enough to give it a pass, but others found fault in the logic of the story and criticized the forced romance as ridiculous and, well, more than a little bit creepy. It stars Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia. Sol a ce An FBI spec i a l a ge n t ca n’t solve a ser ies of homicides and decides to adopt some unique methods in this thriller. He calls an old associate who happens to possess psychic abilities and asks for his assistance. While initially resistant, the friend is compelled to join the investigation after having a vision of the hero’s partner being murdered by
the criminal. Too bad the filmmakers couldn’t read the minds of reviewers well in advance. They panned it, calling the screenplay preposterous and suggesting that the only thing raising it to the level of mediocrity was its talented cast. Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrell play the leads. W h e n t h e B o u gh Breaks - This suspense pic t u r e i nvolve s a couple desperate for a baby. They hire a surrogate, but clearly don’t do enough in the way of a background check - as the pregnancy advances, the woman becomes psychotic and obsessive about the husband. Critics weren’t very impressed by this pulpy thriller. While a few enjoyed it purely on a camp level and thought the stars did their best to make the most of the material, almost all others wrote that the story was completely predictable and that the end result played out like a silly, run-ofthe-mill Lifetime TV-movie. It stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Michael Kenneth Williams and Glenn Morshower.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Shout! Factory have some early 80s fun as well arriving on Blu-ray. Firestarter (19 8 4) i s a n adaptation of the Stephen King novel about an eight year old girl ( played by Drew Barrymore) with pyrokinesis. She and her father go on the run from government forces who want to capture the kid and harness her powers. This Collector’s Edition release includes a new 2K transfer of the feature, a making-of documentary, and some music-based features that contain interviews with Tangerine Drea m member Joha n nes Schmoelling and a new performance of one of the score tracks. You’ll also get publicity
materials. Also coming from the same distributor is the John Milius action picture, Red Dawn (1984). This one features several young stars, including Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell and Jennifer Grey as high school students who become guerilla soldiers after the country is invaded. The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray includes a 70-minute documentary on the production, numerous archival featurettes and a theatrical trailer. In anticipation of the upcoming l ive - a c t ion adaptation, Starz/Anchor Bay are releasing Ghost in the Shell (1995) on Blu-ray. This landmark animated effort from Japan involves a cyborg policewoman hunting down a hacker about to release a computer virus that could cause mass devastation. It has been released on the format before, so interested parties will have to check out the disc to see if it offers anything new or unique (details haven’t been listed as of this writing). Wa r n e r Archive a lso have a couple of i mpre s sive Blu-ray releases. They include Demon Seed (1977), which features an organic supercomputer. It becomes obsessed with its creator’s wife and plots against the scientist to father its own child with the woman. In addition, the monster-movie The Valley of Gwangi (1969) is also being given the high definition treatment. This one’s about some cowboys who make a turn into the wrong valley and find themselves face to face with dinosaurs. Ray Harryhausen (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Clash of the Titans) created the incredible stop-motion effects. But that’s not all. Criterion have Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976) arriving on
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Memorial fit for a warrior HOUSTON JAMES LARGO LAID TO REST
Naomi Mercedes Chan Sun Correspondent
EHOBOT H, N.M. – Ne a rly a t hou sand people packed the auditor ium at Rehoboth Sports Center in Gallup March 16 to witness the memorial service in honor of Officer Houston Largo of the Navajo Nation Police Department, who succumbed to injuries after being shot while on duty March 11. Family members spoke fondly of Largo, saying he wanted to be a police officer at a young age, even going on ride alongs with police. He worked for the Gallup Po l i c e D e p a r t m e n t a n d McKinley County Sheriff’s Office before heading to the NPD to become an officer, to serve his own people. Three of the officers who had worked closely with Largo were called up to speak. Sgt. Custer Br yan who
a leader.” Luke, as well as the entire auditorium was very emotional and he his voice quivered as he closed the speech. Officer Christopher Sloan came to the podium after him, saying, “Not only was he a great officer, he was a great friend. As a police officer we both knew the responsibilities of the job. He would call me in the middle of the night just to tell me something funny. When he called or texted me his personal ringtone was ‘Houston, we have a problem.’” T he aud itor iu m crowd chuckled. “I long to hear that ringtone again,” he said, choking up a little. “He was like a little brother. I was honored to have witnessed greatness. I will always be honored to have served with him. We will take over from here. Rest in peace, brother.” President of the Navajo Nation Russell Begaye took
Houston James Largo’s mother Maggie Charley (center). gets some comforting from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (right) during his funeral service at the Rehoboth Sports Center March 16. Photo Credit: Courtesy person, loved by a family, with a big heart, and they deserve to be respected,” Begaye said. The audience applauded.
First responders take a moment to salute fallen Navajo Police Department Officer Houston James Largo March 16. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura trained him at the NPD said, “Houston was always very intelligent, very honest, and courageous. He was always smiling. He was a very outstanding officer. He just had that leadership quality in him. He always stood by my side. I was always close to him. My brother, my best friend, watch over me as you rest in peace.” Officer Joe Luke spoke next. “Strength, brotherhood, family, friends. He would have made a great sergeant. He was
some time to honor Largo. “Thank you for allowing him to serve,” he said. “He always wanted one of those code talker dolls. This morning at 6 o’clock we found the Navajo code talker doll for the family donated by a member of the community.” Begaye then presented the doll to the family. “It is a devastating thing to go through this because, every officer is precious to us. Underneath the uniform, behind that badge, there is a
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The president continued, “Next time you’re pulled over, or see an officer, say, ‘thank you’. We want to make that a habit on the Navajo Nation.” The President gestured towards the floor of the auditorium at a woman in navy. “Governor Martinez thank you for being here and accompanying the family of the fallen officer,” he said. The auditorium roared with applause as Martinez stood up and joined Begaye on stage. “Serving his neighbors was
a way of life for this young man,” she said. “He worked hard to make his dream a reality, pushing himself through school. My heart breaks for you. Having had family members in the service, I know that you never know when they walk out that door if they will come back.” Martinez continued, with emotion in her voice, “I can’t imagine how you feel. They laid their life on the line for a complete stranger. I hope you find healing and comfort in his legacy of decorated service.” The governor ended her talk with a reading of “The Policeman’s Prayer” by an unknown author. Chief Phillip Francisco of the Navajo Nation Police Department said he’s had a trying week, dealing with the
death of the young officer. “Being a police officer on the Navajo Nation is pretty unique because we are all Navajo, protecting Navajo, protecting family,” he said. “ T h is is t he second t i me during my watch this has happened. I have not yet been able to take the steps I want to take to prevent this from happening, and I regret that. To my officers at Crownpoint, I know this is difficult. I know you are hurting. I am here for you. Lean on your brothers and sisters and lean on me. I am here for you.” Over 100 hundred officers from many different departments were present from the four corners region to pay their respects. Largo, 27, was laid to rest at the Sunset Memorial Park in Gallup.
A police escort trails behind the hearse carrying the remains of Houston James Largo March 16. He was laid to rest at Gallup’s Sunset Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons COMMUNITY
SPORTS 360 Tohatchi wins NM 3A championship WIN IS FIRST IN THS TEAM SPORT HISTORY
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
unior point guard Kalian Mitchell scored a team high 20 points and senior tea mmate Cheyen ne Begay poured in 18 as the Tohatchi Lady Cougars beat Eunice 57-50 in the championship game of the New Mexico Class 3A girls basketball division March 10 at WisePies Arena – also known as the Pit at the University of Albuquerque. Tohatchi came into the game ranked No. 3 in 3A across the state and Eunice was the tournament’s top seed at No. 1. “It was a very tough game. We hung in there,” Tohatchi head coach Tanisha Bitsoi said after the game. “This is a very exciting moment for Tohatchi High School. The girls worked hard all year long and stuck to our game plans in
each of the games we played.” Tohatchi jumped out to a three-point lead in the first quarter behind jump shots by Mitchell and layups by Begay. For most of three quarters, the early lead was the only lead that the Lady Cougars claimed throughout the game. The Lady Cardinals shot well and played more than decent defense against a Tohatchi team that was averaging nearly 30 to 40 points a half over the 2107 basketball season. Tohatchi, with Mitchell running the show, was able to control the early tempo of the game, and led 9-8 at one point in the first quarter, but Eunice came back and was able to maintain leads through the next two quarters. Junior sensations Harria Mendoza and Jada Jones were specular for Eunice and each played the complete floor game.
Mendoza scored 25 points in the game and Jones scored 18. The two were the sole Eunice players who scored in double figures. Just two more Eunice players scored points in the game. “We had a couple of turnovers late in the game and that played a role in the loss,” Eunice head coach Jimmie Jones said. “Tohatchi played a very good game.” Mitchell, an all-state player each of her years at Tohatchi High, fouled out in the game as did Eunice senior shooting guard M’lee Vinson. Tohatchi ended the game with 16 fouls, compared to 14 for Eunice. The Lady Cougars ended the 2017 with an overall record of 26-5, 8-0. Eunice finished the 2017 basketball season at 27-4, 9-0. Eunice opened the season with a 47-43 away loss to West Las Vegas, but regrouped after
Lady Cougar Kailian Mitchell (5) musters up all she’s got for the layup at the state championship game at Wise Pies Arena in Albuquerque March 10. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
TOHATCHI’S VICTORY CELEBRATION March 17: Gym Set Up and final planning meeting. The high school gym will be available on Friday starting at 6 pm to decorate the gym. Drinks and other
donations can be brought to the gym at this time. March 18: Parade. Line up starting at 9 am at the gas stations. At 10 am the parade will start to proceed along the route going through Tohatchi community housing (the route that is used for Homecoming Parade) ending up at the mid-school parking lot. We are asking fans to line the street along the community housing. Pep Rally and Cook Out: Following the parade there will be a pep rally and cook out at the Al Grinsdale Gym. There will be GMCS and Navajo Nation officials that will speak to celebrate the success of the GBB team. The girls basketball players will be introduced and a Pep Rally held. There will be grills on hand to cook hotdogs. Community members can bring their own grills and help cook.
Lady Cougar Cheyenne Begay with her eyes on the hoop during a free throw attempt. Her teammate Sherika Watchman (44) keeps a close eye on the ladies of Eunice High March 10. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
The Tohatchi Lady Cougars hold their hard fought state trophy up. It’s the first time Tohatchi High’s girls basketball team has won a state championship. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons SPORTS
that and that was a plus for the season, the team’s head coach said. The Lady Cardinals beat Laguna Acoma 44-38 a couple of days prior to the championship game to earn the right to play Tohatchi. The game was the first team sports championship in Tohatchi history. “What an awesome performance put in by the Lady Cougars on the court,” John Brooks, athletic director at Tohatchi, said of the championship game. “This is the first state championship in a team sport for Tohatchi.”
Tohatchi Lady Cougars 2017 New Mexico 3A state champs. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Gallup Sun • Friday March 17, 2017
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 9 was driving aberrantly. The vehicle hit the curb and began driving up along the sidewalk, according to the report. The officer immediately turned on his lights and siren as the vehicle continued to drive, turning right onto Nizhoni. The disorderly vehicle bounced up onto the curb again recklessly, before almost hitting a street sign. Finally the driver, Tolth, either noticed or decided to obey the sirens and lights of Officer Hoffman, and brought the vehicle to a rest at the stop light at Nizhoni Street and College Drive. The officer approached Tolth, 53, asking her to step out over the curb she had ran over. The driver was silent and would not face the officer. Hoffman still noticed the smell of alcohol on her, despite her avoidance, according to the report. Tolth said she had one can of beer, and did not have a driver’s license. The empty can was sitting behind her seat. She refused field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest. She did cooperate with a breath test and produced a driver’s license, which was suspended. She was also cited for departing from her lane onto the curb and a suspended driver’s license. Tolth blew a .20/0.18.
DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 19 Blu-ray. Based on a true story, this Mexican thriller involves a group of student hiking into a small village. The local priest is less-than-welcoming. In fact, he accuses them of being communists and rallies locals into lynching the group. The disc features a new 4K transfer of the film and conversations with filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron about its importance in cinema. On the horror front, you can pick up H a m me r ’s T he Man W ho Could Cheat Death (1959), featuring Anton Diffring and Christopher Lee. It follows a scientist who keeps his youthful appearance by surgically removing glands from
Todd O. Peterson Nov. 24, 1:50 am Aggravated DWI A vehicle traveling north in the southbound la ne da ng e r o u s l y, p a s s e d a vehicle before merging into the northbound lane once again on N.M. 602. Gallup Police Depar tment Of f icer Joe Roa n hor se s t opped t he veh icle a nd noted that Todd Peterson, 27, smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot red, watery eyes. Peterson admitted to the officer he had drank four beers. He swayed from side to side and could not stand up straight without holding onto the vehicle during the field sobriety tests, which he failed. A passenger in the vehicle was taken to Gallup Detox. The vehicle was left on the side of the roadway in a secure location. Peterson was taken into custody and when the test was administered Peterson did not not provide a valid breath test sample. He was charged with an aggravated DW I due to being unable to provide a sample for the machine. He was cited for lack of driver’s license, unlawful use of license, and driving on a divided street. his living victims. The Skull (1965) is from Amicus and stars Peter Cushing as a man who becomes possessed by the skull of the Marquis de Sade. Severin have a Blur ay of t he low-budget exploitation horror title, Drive-In Massacre (1976) about a pair of detectives trying to stop a sword-wielding serial killer who is terrorizing a drive-in theater. It comes with a director commentary, interviews with cast and crew and a trailer. These also have an interesting Blu-ray compilation of kung fu movie trailers - it’s called Return of Kung Fu Trailers of Fury. On a classier note, Icarus a re relea si ng a DV D of A Boatload of Wild Irishmen: The Life of Robert Flaherty (2 010), wh ich det a i l s t he
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life and career of the famed documentarian who founded t he gen re a nd i s perh aps b e s t k now n for t he t it le Nanook of the North (1922). The are also putting out To Te l l t h e T r u t h : Wo r k in g for Change (Documenting Ha r d T i m e s 19 2 9 -19 41) and T he Strategy of Tr uth (Documentary Goes to War 1933-1945).
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are t he week ’s kid-friendly releases coming your way. Daniel T i g e r ’s Neighborhood: Daniel Visits the Farm (PBS) Jetsons & W WE: Robo-Wrestlemania LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 6
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Power Rangers S.P.D.: The Complete Series T h e Zeta P roject: The Complete 1st Season (Warner Archive) T h e Zeta P roject: The Complete 2nd Season (Warner Archive)
ON THE TUBE! There’s plenty of TV-themed releases arriving as well. Read all about them below. As Time Goes By: Volume 2 (Remastered) Bridal W a v e (Ha ll ma rk TV-movie) CHiPs: Season 5 C.O.P.S.: T h e Complete Series Diagnosis Murder: Seasons 6, 7 & 8 Drunk History: Season 4 Hollow Crown: Season 2
MOBILE HOMES MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $205/mo. Double Wide $260/mo. Call Mike 505-870-3430 or Carmelita 505870-4095. VEHICLE SALES FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2014 Toyota Prius V, very good condition, 36,000 miles. Must sell, leaving country. $14,000. Clean Title. Call/Text 505-339-7487
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Jayce and the W heeled Warriors: The Complete Series Marco Polo: The Complete Miniseries The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection (5 Seasons, 123 Episodes) M r s . Bradley My st e r i e s: The Complete Series (BBC) Nash Bridges: Season 5 Nash Bridges: Season 6 Newhart: The Final Season Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series Secrets of the Six Wives (PBS) Secrets of the Sky Tombs (PBS) Six: Season 1 Stran d ed by Para dise (Hallmark TV-movie) Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 Z Nation: Season 3 CLASSIFIEDS
COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 17 - 23, 2017 FRIDAY March 17 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! 10:30 am -12:30 pm, MS Excel Intermediate Course: 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. UNM-G COLLEGE SEMINAR 10:30 am - 11:30 am: Learn time management, self-awareness, self motivation, effective study skills and beyond. Call (505) 863-7706, UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. SATURDAY March 18 NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST 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) 8717660 for more info. Navajonationdode.org. Overeaters Anonymous Overeater’s Anonymous 12step 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) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY March 19 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Join us for the Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am. For more information, please call (505) 863-4695. Location: 1334 S. Country Club Dr. PLATEAU SCIENCES SOCIETY 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) CALENDAR
863-6459. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. TUESDAY March 21 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: Lego challenge FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! 3 - 5 pm, Facebook for Beginners: 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. BENEFITS OF INTERNSHIPS 3:30 - 4:30 pm at UNM-Gallup. Free and open to the public. Call (505) 863-7757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 705 Gurley Ave. WEDNESDAY March 22 SPRING JOB AND CAREER FAIR Held in UNM-G’s Gurley Hall Commons. (505) 863-7757 or email@example.com. UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. 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 SERVICE: WOMEN COME MARCHING HOME 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the Zollinger Library Conference Room at UNM-Gallup. Call (505) 8637500 for more info. UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. MARCH FILM SERIES: GIRL POWER 5:30 pm: popcorn is provided. This month celebrates women’s history month, honoring trailblazing women. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: The Women (2008)
TEXTBOOK READING WORKSHOP Bring any textbook. SSTC Room 120 at UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave.
information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd.
STEP RIGHT UP! VIOLET MCNEAL’S MARVELOUS MEDICINE SHOW 6 pm: Diana Enright portrays the infamous Violet McNeal, aka Princess Lotus Blossom. During the medicine show era of the late 1800s, people were looking for home remedies and patent medicine. With her Victorian sensibilities, business acumen, and a natural flair for drawing a crowd, Violet thrived in a male driven profession and sold many cures using advertising as entertainment. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
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.
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 education 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) 722-0039 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.
THURSDAY March 23
FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St.
CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Fabric scrape picture art
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or 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) 7220117. 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 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! March 24, 10:30 am -12:30 pm, Job Search with Technology: 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 email@example.com or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.
NO URANIUM MINING RALLY AND SUPPORT GATHERING March 25, noon to 4 pm: rally and support gathering for NoDAPL, No Uranium Mining in Church Rock and Crownpoint, Stand for Indigenous Rights at the Gallup Cultural Center. Bring your signs, banners, posters, and prayers. 201 E. Hwy. 66 MARCH FILM SERIES: GIRL POWER March 29, 5:30 pm: popcorn is provided. This month celebrates women’s history month, honoring trailblazing women. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Film: Frida CPE MURAL CONTEST Crownpoint Elementary School’s ready to put a personal touch on the walls. Help them make the school fantastic! Entries must be submitted by March 31 to the school office. For entry guidelines and info, firstname.lastname@example.org. nm.us. UNM-G COLLEGE SEMINAR 3 - 4 pm, April 20; 10:30 - 11:30 am May 12: Learn time management, self-awareness, self motivation, effective study skills and beyond. Call (505) 863-7706, UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. 5TH ANNUAL TEEN FILM FESTIVAL: THROUGH THE LENS Octavia Fellin Public 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. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST 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. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
Gallup Sun • Friday March 17, 2017
GALLUP McKinley County Schools K-3 PLUS A SUPER START TO SCHOOl THIS SUMMER!
If you have a student that will be in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, or 3rd Grade NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, please contact your Elementary School for enrollment information 24 Friday March 17, 2017 â€¢ Gallup Sun
This program is available at ALL GMCS Elementary Schools! CLASSIFIEDS