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CITY RENEWS VET CENTER LEASE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Ga llup Cit y Council unanimously passed a management agreement related to the veterans center along West Maloney Avenue. The action took place at the March 28 regular city
meeting and was not met with opposition by council members or members of the community. City Attorney George Kozeliski introduced the matter to council members. “Everything is the same in this agreement as per a previous agreement,” Kozeliski told council members. “It is a management agreement that needs
your approval.” Kozeliski said the veterans center building, located at 204 W. Maloney Ave., used to be a fire station up until about three years ago. “It was the old, closed north side fire station,” he said. Joe Zecca, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, said renewing
the management agreement allows vets a convenient place to meet. Zecca is a signee to the management document and is chairman of the Gallup Area Veterans Council, Inc. “I think it’s a good thing that we have that building to meet at,” Zecca said. “I’m glad both sides agreed on this.” Noting some history of
the building, Kozeliski said the city owns the structure outright. He said the building was being used to store fire equipment and to house the fire marshal prior to the veterans occupying it. And the city fire marshal moved
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NEWS Lundstrom briefs Gallup Council on 2017 NM legislative session AGREEMENT OK’D WITH YOUTH CENTER
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
t a t e R e p. Pa t r ic i a Lundstrom, D-Gallup, briefed the Gallup City Council March 28 on the happenings at the 2017 session of the New Mexico Legislature. Lundstrom’s remarks were for discussion purposes only and were not intended to be voted on. Lundstrom told council members that the 2017 legislative session, which convened Jan. 17, saw 277 bills approved out of nearly 1,000 that were considered. “This was an approval rate not seen since 2003,” Lundstrom said. “The governor has already acted on a number of bills and has until April 7 to act on the remaining bills or they will be automatically vetoed.” Lundstrom, elected in 2001, said the budget dominated the bulk of discussions at the Roundhouse this time around, but there were equally heated discussions about the minimum wage, ethics, public safety and job creation. Lundstrom, who sits on the appropriations and finance committee, said New Mexico’s population is flat. “There are more people moving out than in,” she said. “But our death rate is lower than our birth rate. So, overall our population is remaining flat. Every sector of our economy is sluggish, except for our health care industry.” Gallup won’t see much, probably nothing, in capital outlay funds due to the statewide budget cr unch,
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Lundstrom informed. “Ga llup, nor a ny other municipality in the state, most likely won’t receive capital outlay funds,” she said. She continued that capital outlay funds would be used in state projects. For the next fiscal year, the state legislature approved a $6.1 billion budget package. That amount represents an .04 percent increase over the current state budget. Lundstrom touched on a few bills that she either sponsored or co-sponsored that have an area impact. A bill on small short term loans, like payday loans or tax return application loans, would have a maximum interest rate of 175 percent over a four-month term and without the possibility of a rollover. Other relevant bills went through the state legislature, also. “We approved legislation that allows students to take a 16-month break between high school and college and still be eligible for the lottery scholarship,” she said. Councilor Fran Palochak thanked Lundstrom for her at t ent ive a nd i nt el l igent approach at representing Gallup at the state level. “Thank you very much for what you do,” Palochak said. “You do everything in a very respectful and intelligent way.”
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management agreement for the Youth Center with the Boys and Girls Club. The matter was presented to council members by City Attorney George Kozeliski. The current management agreement expires on June 30, 2017. The agreement approved by council members at the
Tuesday meeting continues through another two years. “It was a big savings to simply allow the Boys and Girls Club to manage the facility,” Kozeliski said after the meeting. Kozeliski noted that there are various entities located in the building that houses the
Youth Center. The North Side Senior Center is the primary area and Presbyterian Medical Services runs a clinic inside the edifice, too. The Boys and Girls Club and senior Center are in the building as well. The Boys and Girls Club manages the Youth Center and is paid by the city to do so.
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ABQ man jailed on drug possession, warrant, resisting arrest charges By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n A lbuquerque man, already facing resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, might be looking at a separate assault upon a police officer charge, too, after a recent incident, officials said. The culprit in the situation remains jailed at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $2,000 reduced bond amount, according to jail records. Rudy Mar tinez-Zepeda, 25, was taken into custody by a female deputy with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office on March 26 when MCSO was called to the Thoreau Giant Station. There, Deputy Lasheena Johnson encountered Zepeda and his mother, Lorraine Zepada, who were stopped at the station after a visit to a friend’s house.
Rudy Martinez-Zepeda Johnson recorded in a police report that at about 4:27 pm, she arrived at the station only to find customers and some store personnel “standing around the store.” A clerk pointed to the south side of the store and things took off from there. Johnson said she observed a r a ck of su ng la s se s t o be pushed over inside the
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convenience store. Lorraine Zepeda approached Johnson and said she and her son, Rudy, were about to leave the station. Lorraine Zepeda said Rudy was sitting in the driver’s seat of the van. “As I drew closer, I drew my duty weapon,” Johnson wrote in the police report about approaching the van. She said she commanded Zepeda to show his hands and exit the van. He refused. Johnson discovered that Rudy Zepeda was in possession of a smoking pipe that contained a white-like residue. “As I placed my handcuffs on him, he pushed away from me,” Johnson recorded. Zepeda was ultimately handcuffed and put under control. A state police officer later arrived on the scene and assisted with the apprehension of Zepeda, the police report states. L or r a i ne Z e p e d a t old Johnson that her son grew
angry when she would not give him the keys to the van. He walked inside the store with his friends, one of whom knocked over the sunglasses stand, Lorraine Zepeda said. While Johnson was conversing with Lorraine Zepeda, Rudy uttered something to Johnson to the effect of, “You’re going to die like Houston and I’ll make sure of it.” Merle Bates, an investigator with MCSO, said he’s looking to make the proposed assault on a police officer charge stick. He said Rudy Zepeda made the
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Vehicle accident leads to drug bust By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
hen McK i n ley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert T u r ney a r r ived at the scene of an accident at Twin Buttes Road, it was to assist deputies already investigating the non-injury crash March 26. He saw that the other deputies were safely away from the road speaking with the driver, 38-year-old Tyrannus White, when he decided to scour the area for other possible victims. But, he was instead distracted by one set of “distinct tennis shoe” tracks that led around the vehicle and back towards the road, as noted in his report. “I observed in plain view within the vehicle several small marijuana cigarette parts, two
Tyrannus White orange colored rolling paper packs, a small digital scale, an ignition interlock device, a small aluminum foil drug smoking pipe, and numerous small green leafy stems and parts consistent with the marijuana,” Turney noted.
Turney next turned his attention on White. He noticed that he was wearing baggy and bulky clothing. “I suspected further criminal activity afoot,” Turney wrote. He then asked for White’s permission to “search his person,” which the suspect agreed to. As he felt inside of his lower right pants pocket, he found a a plastic baggie that contained a “white glass-like substance.” White freely admitted that the substance was methamphetamine. Turney immediately handcuffed White, arresting him for possession of meth. A further search turned up a larger plastic bag that contained an hodgepodge of syringes, hundreds of small, plastic baggies, and a small
amount of what appeared to be marijuana. “The driver contacted me before we left and stated that he had been ‘working with’ two narcotics agents, the drugs were not his, and he wanted to make a deal to take ‘two’ people ‘down,’” the report states. Turney followed up on White’s comments about being an informant, but narcotics agents rebuffed these claims.
White was booked for possession of methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana. He was still in custody at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center as of March 30. He’s being held on a $5,000 cash only bond. He has a preliminary examination hearing set for April 5 at 1:30 pm in Magistrate Judge Kenneth Howard’s chambers.
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Man arrested in courtroom fight By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ome ba d word s f rom t wo men at Distr ict Cour t March 22 for separate cases er upted i nto a f ig ht , w it h one litiga nt sa id to a nother, “I’m going to k ill you,” according to a police repor t. The incident happened just after District Court Judge Louis DiPauli, Jr., recessed a domestic v iolence hearing involving Michael Williams, 37, and Amy Lucero, 37. Lucero and Bryan Burrola are litigants in a 2016 case involving stolen credit cards that belonged to a dead woman from California. That ca se is sepa rate from the domestic one dealing with Williams and Lucero. Burrola, 40, was working for a tow company at the time and stole the dead female’s credit cards and Lucero used the cards to make purchases at a few area businesses. The dead woman’s family notified Gallup police as to the wrongdoing. I n t he cou r troom situation bet ween Wi l l ia m s a nd Br ya n Burrola, Deputy Paul Davis of the McKinley County Sheriff ’s Office, said Burrola told him that Williams swung at him with a closed fist and struck him behind the left ear, and on the left side of his head as the two a ssessed each other at some point. NEWS
April 1st 12-4pm April Fool’s Carnival & Bake Sale: Multiteam fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big sisters. Center Court April 6th-15 Easter Bunny visits & photos: Center Court M-F 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun Noon-6pm April 8th 12-2pm 3rd Annual EGGstravaganza: Activities, Crafts and games. $6 per child (in space across from Fallas) April 15th 3pm Trashion Show: (near food court entrance) See amazing fashions made from recycled items. Michael Williams “I asked (Burrola) if he needed an ambulance,” Davis recorded in the report. “(Burrola) stated that someone had already called.” Davis said he spoke with a few witnesses who saw the hitting incident between Williams and Burrola. He e nde d u p r e a d i n g W i l l i a m s h is M i ra nda r ig ht s a nd a r rested W i l l i a m s for b a t t e r y a nd t o ok Williams to the McK inley County Adult Detention Center. Williams bonded out on March 22 on a $500 bond amount for the battery charge.
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Gallup man jailed on DWI charges By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Gallup man remained behind bars March 28 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on charges stemming from a DWI traffic stop in Indian Hills, according to a police report. Nathan Bia, 41, was taken into custody after Gallup police officer Harland Soseeah conducted a traffic stop at 12:27 pm. Bia was behind the wheel of a grey mini-van that was swerving through a construction zone near Vandenbosch Parkway. After hitting a curb and getting stuck for a while, the report states, Bia drove into the Gilbert Ortega’s Shell gas station and went inside and then walked into the Indian Hills neighborhood area. Prior to Gallup police arriving, Bia was observed by a Community Service Aide. The gas station is a far cry from Bia’s listed driver’s license address which is 3150 W. Highway 66, as listed on the official police report. Bia, an employee at the Microtel Inn, 3270 W. Historic Highway 66, got out of the van under the observance of the CSA and started walking around Indian Hills, apparently in an attempt to throw off the cops, the police report suggests. Bia was driving so bad that he hit some construction cones in
M Nathan Bia the street, there because construction workers were doing some street work in the area. “I a sked Natha n i f he wanted to do some field sobriety tests,” Soseeah stated in the police report. “Nathan stated that he wanted to do the tests.” Bia failed the two field sobriety tests administered by Soseeah. He was charged with aggravated DWI, careless driving, having an open container of liquor in a vehicle, no proof of insurance, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The marijuana, concealed in two white containers, was found as Soseeah was looking for proof of insurance. The March 28 incident isn’t Bia’s most recent brush with the law and a DWI situation. Bia was arrested about six months ago near Crownpoint in the same vehicle and for the same offense.
Juan David Villegas
E X I C O C I T Y, Mex ico – New Mexico Attorney Genera l Hector Balderas announced March 29 that Juan David Villegas was successfully extradited this afternoon and is on U.S. soil in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service. Balderas used the extradition process for the return of this fugitive back to the United States, and as a result Jua n Dav id Vi l lega s wa s
captured a nd retur ned to stand trial for the deaths of his wife and four daughters in New Mexico. On June 12, it is alleged that former fugitive Villegas shot a nd killed his w ife, Cynthia Villegas and shot and killed his four daughters: Yamilen Villegas; Cynthia Janeth Villegas; Abigayl (Abby) Villegas; and Idaleigh (Idaly) Villegas. After Villegas allegedly
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Yahtahey female strikes parked cars, jailed
WOMAN HIT CARS AT SUN VALLEY PARKING LOT unattended vehicle charges, was released from custody March 20, records show. The arrest was connected to the female hitting a slew of parked cars at an apartment complex. Valarie Negale, 26, was taken to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center after
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Ya t a h e y fe m a l e , jailed March 19 at the McKinley County Adu lt Detent ion Center on abandonment or abuse of a child, driving while under the influence of alcohol, consuming or possessing alcohol in an open container and duty upon striking an
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08 Christina Martin March 25, 2:01 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated A domestic dispute in the parki n g lo t of Motel 6 drew the at tention of one employee, who i n t u r n c a l le d t he police. When Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer arrived the two quarreling lovers were parting ways in their vehicles. Thayer stopped Martin to conduct a welfare check, according to the report. Martin, 46, smelled of booze and had red, watery eyes, the officer noted. She admitted to having two beers, and agreed to take the field sobriety tests. She failed each test and blew a .16 twice – twice the legal limit, earning the aggravated charge. Sophina Thompson Jan. 26, 4:34 pm DWI W hile GPD Sgt. Benny
Gaona was working the DWI Ta sk Force Enforcement, another officer informed him of a possibl e d r u n k dr iver that had been involved in an accident at the intersection of Boardman Drive and Highway 66. According to the report, Thompson had rear ended the vehicle in front of her. Gaona also noted that she smelled of alcohol. Thompson, 41, didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests and blew a .12, followed by a .10, then a .09 during the breath tests. She was also cited for the wreck and not possessing a driver’s license. Roberta Joe Jan. 25, 12:19 am DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y A r n o l d Noriega was Roberta Joe patrolling
the area of A l l i s o n subdivision when he spotted a car in the usua l ly empt y parking lot. Sanjuanita Burbank Inside were three occupants. He could immediately smell booze wafting from the vehicle. He also noticed an open bottle of of 99 Apples (vodka) in the car. Joe said she was trying to get a wifi signal. When Noriega asked her to step out of the vehicle, out dropped her vodka. From there, things escalated. She refused to take the field sobriety tests and started freaking out when the deputy asked her to put her hands behind her back as she was being arrested for DWI. “She yelled, ‘no,’” the report states. At this time passenger Sanjuanita Burbank jumped out of the car, reportedly asking Noriega, “What is going on?” Noriega warned her to get back in the vehicle or get tasered. She drop the “F” word
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BOX CUTTER ATTACKER 3/25, Gallup I t ’s n o t clea r f rom Gallup Police Department O f f i c e r V i c t o r Rodriguez’s repor t on what the motive was for Jimmy Silago allegedly stabbing a man in the neck with a box cutter. According to the report that briefly notes eyewitness and the victim’s accounts, a female driver was giving Silago a ride when he reached up from the backseat and stabbed the male sitting in the front seat with a red box cutter. Silago was still in the vehicle when Rodriguez arrived on NEWS
scene at the 300 block of Black Diamond. He cooperated with the police. However, absent was the victim. He had made his way back to his home at the Black Diamond Trailer Park. The report doesn’t state the severity of the victim’s injuries, other than the driver reportedly said that he was “bleeding bad.” Officers interviewed the victim, and didn’t note any tension between the two men prior to the stabbing. Silago, 38, was arrested for aggravated battery.
CHALLENGING A COP 3/25, Fort Wingate A morning of partying, and behaving aggressively toward a deputy, landed Sonya Dees in jail for assault and battery on a peace officer, in addition to resisting and evading arrest.
McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s D e p u t y S a l i n a B r o w n a r r i ve d a t 559 S hu sh Dr., around 1 pm, in response to an intoxicated woman at the residence. As Brown tried to nail down the story of what had transpired, she was met with a talkative Dees, and an uncooperative friend. Dees, 29, made her way into the residence, and as Brown was taking a statement, she heard a “loud scream.” She called for backup and rushed into the home where she found Dees and her mother standing on either side of a couch. The mother claimed that Dees tried to strangle her. When she attempted to put the now mouthy Dees in
on the deputy repeatedly. After Noriega placed Joe in the back of his patrol unit, he resumed dealing with Burbank who was resisting being placed in handcuffs. He warned that he was going to tase her, then delivered a five-second drive stun to the shoulder blade. As Burbank continued to resist, next came another five-second tasing so the deputy could gain some “pain compliance.” In the meantime, the third pa ssenger wa s record i ng the incident on a cellphone, which Noriega confiscated for evidence. Joe was booked for a DWI and blew a .15 and .14 during the breath tests. Ferna Claw Jan. 22, 11:15 pm DWI T h i s time around D e p u t y Noriega was the one hanging a rou nd i n an empty parking lot – across from Allsups on Arnold, just observing folks driving by. While he sat there, observing, he noticed that a red Pontiac approaching the intersection at Aztec and Arnold failed to make a complete stop, and continued westbound on Aztec,
next heading south on Clark. He pulled Claw over, and immediately noticed the smell of pot and booze lingering from the vehicle. Claw, 26, readily handed over her driver’s license and admitted to not having insurance. She told Noriega that she had one Bud Light beer that evening, and agreed to take the field sobriety tests, which she failed. She blew a .02, twice, and was transported to a local hospital for a blood draw. Results were not indicated in report. Paul Ration Dec. 11, 3:11 am DWI Ration wa s fou nd pulled over on the side of Interstate Highway 40 at the 22 mile marker. GPD Officer Joe Roanhorse approached the driver who, according to the report, had the smell of booze on his breath along with bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Ration, 74, tried to place the blame on someone that had fled from the vehicle, but his story
handcuffs, she resisted and was tasered. Dees even pushed her knee into the deputy’s stomach, the report states. Brown took Dees into custody at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center.
m o v i n g target. Sky Link notified police that the vehicle wa s i n the vicinity o f Wa g o n Wheel Road, near U.S. Route 491. GPD Officer Roxanne King began following the Hyundai over the Munoz over pa ss south, and into the parking lot of the Ranchito Motel. As the occupants started to open the doors, they pulled a fast one and sped off from the scene.
STOLEN CAR RECOVERED 3/24, Gallup A woman that reported that her white Hyundai Elantra was stolen from her residence on the 800 block of Patton Drive was lucky to get her ride back. But it wasn’t without a wild chase through Gallup. Thanks to the victim’s Sky Link tracker, cops were able to locate the
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Begaye appropriates millions to support entrepreneurship, economic development Staff Reports
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – President Russell Begaye approved legislation appropriating $20 million dollars to the Sihasin F u nd Nava jo Com mu n it y Development F i na ncia l Institution Economic Development Expenditure Plan March 27. “During the time that Vice President Jonathan Nez and I served on the Navajo Nation Council, we advocated on behalf of the Navajo CDFI as being a tool that would benefit the Nation. Getting it off the ground will make a difference in helping entrepreneurs start businesses on the Nation,” Begaye said. The vision of Navajo CDFI is to develop a financial infrastructure and a sustainable capital based economy on the Navajo Nation to further economic development. The project is proposed to be a financial
President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez. File Photo catalyst that will support and strengthen the private sector in creating a private business economy. “The Nava jo CDFI was conceptualized in response to the unknowns of how the Depa r t ment of T rea su r y would assist tribal communities. It has been worked on for many years now. I remember handing this document over to Senior Delegate Roy Dempsey who ran with it and got it passed through Council.
We are finally seeing Council support of the Navajo CDFI by putting dollars toward it,” Vice President Nez said. Establishing the Navajo CDFI will build capacity for tribal development through a range of financial products and services, not limited to loans, loan guarantees and other financial services. It will provide a source of funding for qualified Navajo-owned businesses and industries, Navajo governmental entities
and private non-profit organizations established to foster economic development on the Nation. The Navajo CDFI, as a U.S. Treasury certified CDE, will also be eligible to receive New Market Tax Credits from the Federal CDFI Fund. The New Market Tax Credit program provides incentives for community development through the use of tax credits that attract private investment to distressed communities. “To put $20 million dollars into this program is significant. We will use the Navajo CDFI wisely to ensure that every entrepreneur that applies is assessed and has someone to walk them through the process of establishing their business,” Begaye said. “The signing of this bill is a win for the entrepreneurs that have been waiting for an opportunity.” Begaye thanked the Navajo Nation Council for their directive in having Speaker LoRenzo Bates move this legislation over
to the Office of the President a n d V i c e P r e s i d e n t fo r signature. “ We a p p r e c i a t e t h e i r acknowledgment of the voice of the Navajo People in making sure that the president has a say in every appropriation made by Council,” President Begaye said. “To bypass the voice of the people is simply wrong. We thank the Council for recognizing this and bringing this legislation to OPVP for signature.” Vice President Nez said the Navajo CDFI will help Navajo business owners and entrepreneurs establish more economic development opportunities for the Nation. “It’s great that President Begaye signed it into law. President and I both supported the Navajo CDFI from the onset as we were both shareholder representatives for it,” he said. “It’s great to see it moving forward. It will help our Navajo entrepreneurs in kick starting their businesses.”
Heinrich advances outdoor recreation, conservation bills
SENATOR CLAIMS THE BILLS WILL BENEFIT N.M. ECONOMY Staff Reports
ASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. S en at or Martin Heinrich, D -N.M ., le d i n advancing two bills he introduced March 30, that will enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, reauthorize a key conservation program, improve access to public lands, and protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Nor te National Monument northwest of Taos. T h e S p o r t s m e n’s A c t of 2017 cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today with bipartisan support. Senator Heinrich introduced the bill with Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
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New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich Committee U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. T h e S p o r t s m e n’s A c t includes the text of Senator Heinrich’s Hunt Unrestricted
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A ride on the wild side
The Voodoo Dolls and Dabs Tour rocked the Gallup Downtown Conference Center March 24. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
CRIME BLOTTER | FROM PAGE 7 The vehicle stopped in the area of 6th Street and Mesa, and the four to five occupants fled the scene. The vehicle continued to coast until it hit a fence at Highway 66 and 6th Street. Police caught up with two of the occupants, and later determined that the driver was 20 year old Rayann Gerhardt. Apparently one of the occupants was a minor, so Gerhardt was booked for unlawful taking of a vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
HIGH SPEED DRAMA 3/24, Gallup A n of fduty deputy in a n u n ma rked unit decided to fol low a black Cadiallac XTS with California plates that was traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound Interstate 40. He in turn notified deputies working in the area of the speeding car that it was reaching speeds of 105 mph. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agent Anthony Morales sat in wait until the vehicle flew past him at mile marker 57, near Thoreau. NEWS
He pulled the Cadillac over and noticed two men in the car and a single black backpack in the backseat. Morales approached the driver, Michael Garcia, who appeared nervous, noting that “his hands were trembling.” Garcia, 27, told the agent that the Cadillac was a rental and that he didn’t have the paperwork with him. Before more questioning could get underway, Morales asked the Garcia to drive to the 53 mile marker to where it would be safer to continue the traffic stop. On the way to the mile marker, Metro Dispatch notified Morales that the Cadillac was stolen. So, he called for backup. Fa st for wa rd, none of Garcia’s stories on why he was in possession of the vehicle were legitimate. Inside the vehicle Morales found a 9 mm Taurus model handgun that was loaded with one round in the chamber. He also recovered some weed and a digital scale. Garcia, whose address is listed in Albuquerque, was placed under arrest. B e fo r e b e i n g t o w e d , Morales conducted an inventory search of the vehicle and found a treasure trove of contraband. He discovered a purple Royal Crown bag in the center console, which contained “a glass pipe with a white residue,” consistent with what is used to smoke crystal
methamphetamine. In the trunk he found a black gun box containing two rif les, but neither item checked out as stolen. Bad news for Garcia, a convicted felon.
Garcia was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for the receiving/transferring a stolen motor vehicle, three-counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a controlled
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Hobby Lobby coming to Rio West Mall Staff Reports
dding more variety for shoppers in the Gallup and surrounding area, Rio West Mall will add a new anchor, Hobby Lobby is projected to open in January
2018. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a major Oklahoma City-based corporation began as Greco, a miniature picture frame company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family garage to a 300 square-foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was born. It is now the nation’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer. “The success of our stores in New Mexico led us to look at Gallup and Alamogordo,” said Bob Miller, company spokesperson.“We think these are great locations and we are eager to get the doors open and become a part of these communities.” The new stores will join a chain of over 700 stores across the nation. Each store offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products including floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, wedding supplies, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.
“It has been a long two-year process working with Hobby Lobby and showing them that we are a beautifully diverse community of Artists in and around the surrounding reservations. We executed a signed lease on Monday and I am grateful that Hobby Lobby has decided to invest in Gallup by opening a store at the Rio West Mall,” said Leasing Director of Rio West Mall Ida Mangum. “I know they will do well, bring more jobs to our area and give our local economy a boost.” “Our area has an abundant number of crafters and artists who will be thrilled that they don’t have to travel far to get their supplies, “said General Manager of Rio West Mall Anita Artalejo. “Hobby Lobby appeals to everyone from homeowners who enjoy seasonal decorating to families who love to plan lavish events/ parties and to everyone in between. I am excited about the growth for Rio West Mall.”
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EXTRADITE | FROM PAGE 6 killed his wife and four daughters, he fled the United States for Mexico where he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals. “ To d ay we b eg i n t he process of bringing justice against Juan David Villegas who rocked the community of Roswell and the entire state when he allegedly murdered his own family and fled to Mexico,” Balderas said. “I want to thank U.S. Marshal Conrad Candelaria, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce, and their amazing teams for their assistance in returning Juan David Villegas to New Mexico to face his crimes. Our partnerships from the federal to local levels are how we are working to put away the most dangerous, violent offenders in New Mexico.” Balderas is currently in Mexico meeting with Mexican justice officials, including the Attorney General of Mexico (Procurador General de la República) Raúl Cervantes A nd r a de t o cont i nue t o streng then New Mex ico’s strong diplomatic relations with Mexico and will personally thank Attorney General
YAHTAHEY | FROM PAGE 6 a apparent evening of drinking. Gallup police officer John Gonzales recorded in a police report that Negale, a former employee at Gallup’s west side Conoco, 3302 W. Historic Highway 66, left the scene of what appeared was an alcohol-fueled accident at the Sun Valley Apartment Complex on East Montoya Boulevard. Gonzales caught up to Negale and companion Johnny Yazzie at California Chinese, 1020 W. Maloney Boulevard, and made inquiries as to why they were there at 1:30 am. in the morning. Gonzales suspected some drinking and asked each who was driving. He got different responses from both. Upon Gonzales’ arrival, the pair was looking over damages sustained from hitting the parked cars, the police report suggests.
Cervantes Andrade for his cooperation and effor t to return Villegas to New Mexico. Balderas also maintains regular communication with Mexican border state attorneys general regarding issues impacting the border and international extraditions. The United States’ extradition treaty with Mexico allows extraditions of violent offenders or child predators, and the Office of the Attorney General is the only state agency in New Mexico that provides extradition support to local law enforcement and district attorneys. The Border Violence Unit of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General navigates this lengthy and complex process with the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. State Department and the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. However, the extradition process would not be successful, if not for the AG’s strong relationships, collaborations a nd com mu n ication w ith Mexican officials. International extraditions are one of the most important functions of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. “I d id not ice ( Va ler ie Negale) sway back and forth and I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person,” Gonzales wrote in the report. “Valerie had a hard time keeping her balance during the instructions (of the test).” There was a 10-year-old child in the 2016 grey Jeep Patriot that Negale and Yazzie were driving. According to the police report, Negale blew a .018 on a breath test. An .08 is the legal limit in New Mexico. Negale struck several vehicles in the parking lot of Sun Valley, and left the scene. When Gonzales encountered the two at California Chinese, they were looking at the Jeep Patriot, apparently to assess damages which happened at Sun Valley. There was not an attorney listed in jail records for Negale. Negale was released from jail on a $5,000 bond.
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Report: Drilling spills down in 2016 By Laura Paskus NM Political Report
il and gas companies reported fewer toxic spills in New Mexico last year than in 2015. According to the Center for Western Priorities’ 2016 Spill Tracker, companies reported 1,310 spills in 2016. Most of those occurred in Lea and Eddy counties, the site of most drilling activity in the state. The nonpartisan group’s Spill Tracker is based on publicly-available records from New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Div ision, which is within the state’s Energy, Minerals a n d Na t u r a l R e s o u r c e s Department. According to the Spill Tracker, five companies were responsible for nearly 40 percent of all spills of crude oil, natural gas and produced water. T ho s e compa n ie s a r e COG Operating (a subsidiary of Concho Resources, Inc.), Occidental Per mia n and Oxy USA, Devon Energy P roduc t ion a nd BOPCO, which was recently acquired by ExxonMobil. A total of 445 crude oil spills occurred, for a total of 14,021 barrels. Companies also reported 281 natural gas leaks, which accounted for
RECREATION | FROM PAGE 8 on National Treasures Act to improve access to public lands where hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are permitted. Add itiona l mea su res Heinrich championed for New Mexico in the bill include reauthorizing the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act and a provision giving small media groups and individuals easier access to film and photograph on public lands. Hunters and anglers alone spend more than $613 million per year in New Mexico, and outdoor recreation as a whole is directly responsible for 68,000 jobs in the state. The Sportsmen’s Act is supported by New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “Hunting and fishing are an integral part of our American NEWS
Photo Credit: blake.thornberry cc 848 million cubic feet of natural gas, primarily methane. There were also 658 spills of produced water. Produced water can include naturally-occurring water that comes up with natural gas and oil during the drilling process or water that’s been injected underground during hydraulic fracturing. It can be contaminated with oil, metals, radionuclides and chemicals. Most spills were due to heritage, but without our public lands, that tradition will be lost. This bill will make sure our kids and grandkids will be catching trout and chasing antelope on our public lands for many years to come,” Heinrich said. The Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio Wilderness Act, introduced by Heinrich and U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., also passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today. The bill establishes two new wilderness areas, the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness and Rio San Antonio Wilderness, within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. The Río Grande del Norte National Monument is widely supported by Taos county residents, who have seen major economic activity since designation in 2013. A year after the national monument was designated, it was reported that
equipment failure, unknown factors and corrosion. The Center for Western Priorities also issues spill repor ts for Colorado a nd Wyoming. “New Mexico does post spills data online, something not all Western states do,” Jesse Prentice-Dunn, advocacy director at the Center for Western Priorities, told NM Political Report. “Once you find the database it’s fairly easy the town of Taos lodgers’ tax revenue increased by 21 percent in the second half of 2013, compared with the same time period in 2012. In addition, gross-receipts revenue to businesses in Taos County in the accommodations and food service sector rose 8.3 percent in the second half of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, representing an increase of $3.7 million. “From the tops of Cerro de la Olla and Ute Mountain, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, the Río Grande del Nor te is one of the most spectacular places on earth,” Heinrich said. He then shared a letter to the editor from Floyd Archuleta, a rancher from El Prado who supports the legislation. Both the Sportsmen’s Act and the Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio Wilderness Act will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.
to navigate, providing information on who spilled what, when and where.” Still, the database could include more information, she said. “Colorado requires drillers to provide information on a spill’s proximity to buildings,
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 7 didn’t pan out. Roanhorse noticed a partially consumed 12-ounce bottle of Budlight in the vehicle. Ration eventually admitted to drinking, but only one beer, the report states. Ration agreed to take the field sobriety tests, but didn’t fare too well. There was no record of breath tests results listed in report. Jay Charley Dec. 10, 9:51 pm DWI Charley was a dead giveaway as he sat passed out in his car that was parked on the
water, and livestock,” she said. New Mexico’s database does not. For those who want to track some of that information in their own counties, PrenticeDunn recommends people visit the online database regularly throughout the year. Since 2009, New Mexico has been unable to hold oil and gas companies accountable for spills. That year, Marbob Energy Corporation sued the state Oil Conservation Division, saying it lacked the authority to assess civil penalties and sanctions against companies. Marbob Energy is now owned by Concho Resources, which also owns the company responsible for 11 percent of the spills in 2016. When handing down their 2009 decision in the Marbob case, New Mexico Supreme Cour t justices wrote that while they were sympathetic to OCD’s need for greater enforcement authority, changes had to come from the Legislature. I n t he mea nt i me, OCD
DRILLING | SEE PAGE 21 sidewalk by the Wendy’s restau ra nt on U.S. Route 491. His car was still in d r ive w it h t he eng i ne running, GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki noted. To make matters worse, the vehicle’s doors were locked. One of the officers on scene placed some stop sticks in front of Charley’s tires as a precaution. He eventually woke up, but wasn’t cooperative. He refused to take field sobriety tests and only blew once for the breath test with a result of .21.
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Veterans center provides a safe haven | FROM PAGE 1 to another building near the Harold Runnels Swimming Pool Complex, Kozeliski noted. “The mayor and council were looking for a place for the veterans to gather and it was decided that this would work,” Kozeliski said. The agreement expires on June 30, 2019, or until a permanent place is found for veterans, the document reads. Dave Cuellar, a Vietnam Veteran (U.S. Army) and retired police officer, who also sits on the veterans council, is a prominent member of the group Veterans Helping Veterans. This group has taken on the responsibility of opening the center’s doors each day and providing a safe haven for local vets. Their biweekly meeting held on Fridays at Don Diego’s, usually attracts about 100-150 veterans from the area. He said having the center available at other times for meetings, gatherings and socializing has made a difference in countless lives. “I am really grateful for the city providing us use of this building,” he said Cuellar said the group rolls out the red carpet to families that need a nice place to have a reception to honor a loved
One of the doors to the former fire station, now turned veterans center at 204 W. Maloney Ave., was painted with patriotic zeal to honor those who served in the Armed Forces. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura one that served in the Armed Forces, and has passed on. With the city taking care of the rent, VHV doesn’t have to worry about overhead and can focus on what the group does best – taking on veterans causes such as raising funds
for a mammoth size flagpole, and equally stated flag at the location of the future veterans cemetery. The main entrance will be off Hassler Valley Road, near the Community Pantry. Cuellar said the smoke and alcohol free veterans center has its doors opens on most days, and attracts some interesting characters and strikes up fond memories.
“We have had some good conversations in there,” he said. “You never know whose going to show up.”
THE AGREEMENT STATES, AMONG OTHER THINGS: • The city pays the veterans center manager $500 per month (Joe Zecca).
• The city is responsible for the electricity, water, sewer and solid waste charges and center management is responsible for natural gas charges. • The (minor) repairs to doors, windows, trim, drains and pipes are the responsibility of building management. (Minor repairs are those under $200 per month, the agreement states).
Veterans Helping Veterans organizer Dave Cuellar, a Vietnam Veteran (U.S. Army) and retired police officer, wears red on Red Friday – “Until they all come home.” Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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OPINIONS Smart startup: Know the rules By Finance New Mexico
tarting a business in New Mexico involves securing a tax reporting number and federal income tax ID. Beyond those basics, some business owners need special permits to serve food or alcohol or to operate in industries that a re subject to heightened regulation. The business ow ner is
responsible for knowing what permissions are required.
WHERE TO START Most New Mexico businesses pay gross receipts, compensating and withholding taxes, which means they need to obtain a Combined R epor t i n g S y s t em (CR S) number from the Taxation and Revenue Depar tment. Businesses use this number
to report and pay the state, county and local taxes they collect on behalf of multiple taxing authorities. To pay income taxes, a sole proprietor can use a personal Social Security number, but a business organized as a corporation or a business that employs others needs a Federal E m ploye r Id e n t i f ic a t io n Number, or FEIN, from the Internal Revenue Service. A business with employees
has to register with the state: www.dws.state.nm.us Department of Labor and determine whether it must withhold state income taxes from employee paychecks, pay state unemployment taxes and provide workers’ compensation coverage. Some cor porations are exempt from gross receipts taxes because they don’t sell or lease goods or property. These don’t need a CRS number, but
they might need to file a corporate income and franchise tax return, which requires registering with the Corporations Bureau at the New Mexico secretary of state’s office. T h e s t a t e R e g u l a t io n and Licensing Department subjects some businesses — such as child care, gaming, construction, financial
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MARCH 31
The Sun is firmly in Aries. This encourages a strong sense of self-assertion. BOLD, is your middle name. You’ll find action speaks louder than words, especially as a First Quarter Moon flares on April 3. The combination may strike a match on your passions, for good and evil. Madame G suggests you temper angry outbursts and have a little fun. Take action now.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The Sun is Aries. Your time is now. You’ll face a few obstacles and you’ll be triumphant. The best course is, to take action, obliterate obstacles, and torpedo towards your destiny. Even if you’re $3000 PC breaks down for no reason, you’ll find the answer. Sometimes the best advice and most profound discoveries don’t cost money—they’re already on YouTube. Go!
What’s in a name? You don’t always need to categorize a person by their usefulness, career, or wallet size. This is just a suggestion. You may need to dig a little deeper in order to truly understand the soul of man or woman. Quick and snappy judgements are not for the discerning character. Trust yourself to err. For to err is human; to edit divine. Thanks Stephen King.
You’re a puzzle. You have many shades of good humor, compassion, and just a little evil. That’s okay that makes you human—and interesting. You’re complex like a rubrics cube. Someone can figure you out, eventually, even if it’s only you. Take joy in the fact, you balance the scales between lightness and darkness. Luxuriate in the fact that you’re alive. Enjoy the journey.
Truth is a hard pill to swallow. Stop making it worse than it is. You’re capable. And many people have done more with less. What’s stopping you? A little pride and confidence, well to quote a genius: “you’ll never feel like it.” Stop asking for permission, even from yourself and do it. Be like the Nike commercial. It’s never too late, to be who you always should have been.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You find contentment in the subtle and more rustic endeavors. Perhaps you’re as busy, as a little squirrel who steals your lighters. Consider taking precautions against fires. But, don’t be stingy. Everybody works hard even the little rodents of the mesa. Allow them to store their little grains, chunks of dog food, and twine. For in the winter, you’ll have a friend for life. Share the love!
Freedom is a state of mind. Your physical body requires unrestricted movement. But, your mind requires just as much, if not more. You can’t force your brain into a cage for long. Stop wasting your energy on worthless rumination. Stop honoring the unworthy. To win, battle is not always necessary. Sometimes, you need simply out last your enemies. Break a leg.
You’re ready. Stop worrying. The best action you can take right now is the first step. How do you eat an elephant? Take one small bite at a time. Pick up the fork or put it down. The choice is yours. You must ask yourself: how much will you regret not doing this? Your head may say many things against your heart. But, only you know what you can live with. Do it, or not.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
In the almost never-ending quest for your other half, you’ll meet many people. Some are wise and kind, some not. You’ll find mentors and charlatans. Learn from them, all of them. This is the time for exploration and compassion. Your heart may never truly feel at peace, but that is part of your journey. You may find that you’ve already found yourself along the path. Be at peace.
The heart is a lonely hunter. This is especially true when you’re alone. But, you can be alone in a crowded room or a busy city. Sometimes the best company is your own thoughts. You must learn to show compassion to yourself. You’ve made choices. You can make news ones. This is the time for action and selfreflection. Teach people how to treat you. You’re enough.
The world owes you nothing. You may fight the unfairness of this fact. And you’ll battle the ocean, a hurricane, a volcano, or some other unforeseen force of nature. Only you know what is earned and what is not. Stop begging. Start taking deliberate action and earn what you want. There is no shortcut or happy ending. Struggle is the gift and curse, for life. That’s Truth.
You’re leaving on a jet plane… You don’t know where you’re going and the course is a little scary. Don’t puke. If you do, airplanes come equipped with sickness bags, so you’ll be fine. Go ahead and use it. Bravery is more than lacking fear. True courage is speaking up even when your voice shakes. You can do this. Take the bully by the horns and don’t let go. Good luck!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Your heart is a many splendid thing. In fact, it’s worth a fortune. So, why are you wasting it on junk food and junk relationships? This is no way to live a long and healthy life. Don’t waste your precious fortune on the unworthy. Stop looking for answers outside of yourself and look within. Your heart already knows the answer. Your heart already knows the direction. Love yourself.
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
STARTUP | FROM PAGE 14 ser vices and mining — to extra scrutiny because of the potential social or environmental risks and sensitivities associated with their operations. Oil and gas businesses, for example, need an Oil and Gas Reporting Identification Number from the Oil and Gas Bureau. The state expects the business owner to contact the department for these permits.
LOCAL PERMITS Bu s i ne s s e s a l s o ne e d to register with the city or county where they are based. Some New Mexico municipalities have a special category for home-based businesses depend ing on the impact they have on a neighborhood
(e.g., no impact, low impact, conditional use), and each category imposes different requirements for the number of employees allowed, hours of operation and noise limits. A ll businesses have to know and obey community laws about signage, including how big a sign can be and where it can be placed. New Mexico’s many historic districts often restrict the designs and colors allowed on signs. Business owners should contact the building or planning department in their communities to learn more about these rules and permit requirements. Some municipalities require a permit from the police or fire department for burglar or fire alarms. And any significant modification to the business’s building or grounds usually requires a construction permit
from the building or planning department. For more i n for m a t ion about the r ules a nd regulations that apply to businesses in New Mexico, visit: f i n a ncenew mex ico.or g /
steps-to-starting-a-business To learn more about municipal codes that apply to businesses, visit: growitnm.org/ municipal-index, and click on the municipality where the business will be located.
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Letter to the Editor: Area pollution claims explored * * T he Wor ld He a lt h Organization has determined that the number one environmental health hazard in the world is indoor air pollution – and it has nothing to do with second hand smoke. Nearly four million die every year from indoor pollutants, largely from indoor cook stove fuels like wood, coal and cow dung. The pollutant is extremely fine particulate matter that settles deeply in the lungs causing a multitude of respiratory problems, heart disease and stroke, primarily to children, women and elderly confined to the home all day. It was the same health hazard which shortened lives previous to the 20 th century, and was effectively ended by the availability of fossil fuel energy. ** W hich br ings us to the 2010 study by the Dine’ Environmental Institute in conjunction with Joseph Bunnell and the US Geological Survey, which measured particulate airborne matter inside homes on the Navajo Nation where the Navajo suffer disproportionately from respiratory illness during the winter season. The conclusion was indoor air pollution, not outdoor air pollution from coal plants, but indoor pollution from coal and wood stoves was responsible. The reason those dangerous stoves are in use is due to energy poverty, which is defined as a lack of accessibility to affordable, efficient OPINIONS
energy – in other words, energy from fossil fuels – the energy which has doubled American lifespans since the 19 th century. That energy also permitted us access to clean water as well as fertilizers which have allowed us productive land that preserves fallow land, natural reserves and wilderness. ** The third study is by John Boice of Vanderbilt University, also from 2010, titled “Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Popu l at ion s L iv i ng Nea r Uranium Milling and Mining Operations in Grants, New Mexico, 1950 to 2004.” Boice evaluated cancer mortality and cancer incidence of miners, mill workers and local population. He determined that only miners had increased rates of cancer, not mill workers or local population – and only miners exposed during the 40s and 50s had high rates with a large decline in the 60s leading to a low incidence in the 70s and beyond as mining conditions improved. In modern uranium mining the average annual radon exposure of uranium miners has fallen to levels similar to concentrations inhaled in many homes. ** The next study regards Navajo cancer incidence rates from 1994 to 2004 by the Navajo Division of Health from records obtained from the Center for Disease Control, Navajo HIS and National Cancer Institute. Lung cancer is the primary
cancer associated with radon exposure. Despite the five significantly large regions of uranium mining activity on the Navajo Nation, lung cancer is one-tenth that of non-Hispanic whites. That’s ten times
less likely to get lung cancer. This trend also occurs in other regions thru-out the West which have slightly elevated background radiation levels. Background radiation is the natural radiation surrounding
us, seeping from the ground along with solar and cosmic radiation. In fact, radiation spas are frequented by many
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COMMUNITY McKinley County unemployment rate at 9.5 percent MCKINLEY STILL ONE OF NM’S TOP JOBLESS COUNTIES
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ew Mex ico’s season a l ly a d ju s t ed unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February 2017, up from 6.7 percent in January and 6.6 percent a year ago. I n M c K i n l e y C o u n t y, the unemployment rate for February was 9.5 percent and in neighboring Cibola County, about a 55-minute drive from Gallup, the unemployment rate for Febr ua r y wa s 8.6 percent. The unemployment rates for both McKinley and Cibola counties were down a little from Januar y, with McKinley’s rate at 9.7 percent and Cibola’s rate at a former 8.8 percent. The unemployment statistics are one month behind due to the amount of time required to compile them, officials with the New Mexico Department of Work Force Solutions have said. “What we’re still seeing is seasonal jobs and some seasonal hiring still in the fold,” Tracy Shaleen, an economist with the New Mexico Department of Work Force Solutions, said. “To some degree, those numbers mirror what is happening with respect to u nemploy ment a rou nd
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industries are starting to pick up at this time.”” Bill Lee, a member of the McKinley County Board of Commissioners and the executive director at the GallupMcKinley County Chamber of Commerce, said there are still some employers who are hiring to get ready for the beginning of spring. He said there was some notable pick up of new hires and seasonal hires at places like the Rio West Mall and that, no doubt, figures into McKinley County’s unemployment rate. There is a new
restaurant coming to Gallup, and scheduled to hold a grand opening soon, and places like that cut into the lowering of McKinley County’s unemployment rate, Lee said. “There was some seasonal hiring and there will be some more seasonal hiring once spring gets into full bloom, in terms of retail,” Lee said. “The other side of that is McKinley County remains one of the top counties for unemployment in New Mexico. That’s not good for anybody.” Shaleen said manufacturing jobs around the state was down 900 jobs or 3.3 percent. He said unemployment losses were experienced in construction, down 100 jobs, or 0.2 percent. McK inley County’s top employment industries are connected to health care, retail and education. In Cibola County, the largest employment industries are the tourism, government and health care sectors. Parts of the Navajo and Zuni reservations are located in Cibola County, just as they are in McKinley County. There are 33 counties in New Mexico. New Mexico’s highest unemployment rates are in Luna and Sierra counties. The unemployment rates in those counties are 19.6 percent and 10.1 percent in Sierra County, which is northeast of Luna, respectfully. The lowest unemployment rate in New Mexico is Los Alamos County with a 4.2 percent unemployment rate. The national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent in January 2017 and 4.9 percent in February 2016. “I’m unemployed and I’m still tr ying to find work,” Darryl Smithson, 29, of Bread Springs, said. “I got a DWI about three months ago. But I’m still looking for a job,” Smithson said. COMMUNITY
‘Ghost in the Shell’ characters are hard to love BUT SPECIAL EFFECTS CAPTIVATES THE EYES RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 108 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
o be perfectly honest, while this reviewer ha s seen the 1995 anime feature upon which this live-action remake is based (along with a manga comic book), he doesn’t remember it all that well. And perhaps that’s a good thing. With little in the way of expectations, the flaws that are present in this sci-fi action film update don’t seem quite as bothersome. Instead, first impressions of Ghost in the Shell leave one marveling at its consistently bizarre and memorable imagery. Set i n t he f ut u re, t he story follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), a special member of a task force trained to take down criminals. She’s remarkable in particular because she is a cyborg. Her body is made up entirely of mechanized limbs; the only original part of the woman is her brain. After an attack by cyber-terrorist Kuze (Michael Pitt) on Hanka Robotics, Major finds herself not only attempting to stop him, but dealing with visual glitches appearing in her own field of vision. Helping the heroine stop the threat and
Scarlett Johansson plays the cyborg Major, who kicks some criminals’ butts with the help of some dazzling special effects in ‘Ghost in the Shell.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures receive treatment are her partner Batou (Pilou Asbaek), boss Chief Aramaki (“Beat” Takeshi Kitano) and doctor Ouelet (Juliette Binoche). One can not deny that the feature looks absolutely phenomenal. There are striking visuals and characters throughout, the likes of which appear totally new to the world of live-action. From the robotic Geishas whose faces open up, characters possessing unusual, augmented physical alterations, to a tank with spider-like characteristics, every shot in the movie looks great. 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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Even the holograms-filled cityscapes and streets are striking to witness. The action is also handled impressively, with Major jumping around and taking out villains using elaborate slow-motion choreography and creative editing. The film was screened in 3D and this is one of those occasions where the format benefited it; the depth was very evident and consistently on display. While the technical elements are perfect, there are some minor issues. The tone is deadly serious. While Asbaek
provides a bit of comic relief as Major’s partner, and toughguy Kitano is always fun to watch, the film feels too heavy. Frankly, it could have used just a bit more levity to break up the oppressiveness. The pacing is fast, but as events progress the solemn pitch does become exhausting and appears to slow things down. This is also a movie filled to the brim with cold, cybernetic characters. The lack of relatable characters leave the viewer less invested and at some emotional distance.
Thankfully, there are a few story additions that attempt to address this problem to some degree. The concept of a person once human and now dealing with a newfound existence in a completely cybernetic body is an interesting one (even if it has been seen before in films like Robocop). Wisely, the film inserts a deeper and more detailed back-story for Major that adds a deeper resonance to this theme. It doesn’t result in any big emotional moments, but does inject enough humanity to the proceedings to keep us watching. This movie is far from perfect and may be off-putting to some viewers. It’s pretty clear that it has issues with certain elements, namely the stiff nature and mannerisms of its characters. But the visuals are nothing short of jaw-dropping. This is an absolutely incredible-looking movie with stupendous practical and computer effects. Even if one isn’t all that invested in the plight of the characters, it’s always interesting to look at. And for a reviewer expecting the worst, that was enough to keep me engaged and cut it some slack. Ghost in the Shell may not capture the heart, but it will keep the eyes captivated over its running time. To read some more awesome movie and DVD reviews, visit: cinemastance.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 31, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome to another ed it ion ch ron icl i ng t he h ig hlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There are a lot of notable new releases arriving, including some big fantasy flick, Oscar nominees and eccentric fare. 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! 2 0 t h Century Wo m e n Set in 1979, this drama involves a teenage b oy l i v i n g i n a l a r ge home Santa Barbara with his eccentric single mom and their tenants. After the boys gets into some trouble, the mother persuades her younger occupants to offer advice and help guide him into adulthood. Reviews were quite strong for this effort. While a few felt it meandered and didn’t care for the quirky tone, most found it to be a well-acted, thoughtful and at times funny. The earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. It stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann and Billy Crudup. Ar s e n a l - Two brothers come to blows after ta k i ng d i ffer e nt l i fe paths in this independent action/ thriller. One chooses an honest life as the owner of a construction company, while the other becomes a low-level mobster. When the racketeer is kidnapped by a rival outfit, the brother goes on a mission to try and rescue him. Notices were quite terrible, with most ripping it apart. They called it dull and uninteresting, the kind of movie that even a wild, over-the-top and exaggerated supporting performance from Nicolas Cage couldn’t save. The cast
also includes the likes of John Cusack, Adrian Grenier and Johnathon Schaech. The Bad Kids - This documentary travels to an impoverished high school in the Mojave Desert attended by students at serious risk of dropping out. Already behind on their credits, this place of learning stands as their last chance to earn a diploma. The film follows a few of the students, detailing their personal problems as well as scholastic issues that are preventing their graduation. The press were uniformly positive about it. They gave the film high marks for its attempts to make viewers sympathize and understand the troubles that these unfortunate kids must face every day. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - The biggest mov ie of the week is this prequel of sor ts to t he Ha r r y Potter series. It involves Newt Scamander, a writer working on an encyclopedia of magical creatures 70 years prior to the previous set of movies. When visiting New York City, he and some of his wily beasts must stop an evil force from enacting a plot against wizardry. The press weren’t quite as enamored with this effort as they were with the original Potters, but most did recommend it. A few found the entire enterprise a bit stiff, but more thought it was different enough and were entertained, enjoying the lavish visuals and amusing life forms. It features Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Da n Fogler, Coli n Farrell, Samantha Morton as well as a big guest cameo. A Monster Calls - A 12-year old boy is visited by a giant, walking tree in this unusual d r a m a . Troubled by his mother’s terminal illness and a c t i ng out i n v a r iou s ways, the monster appears and returns three time to pose questions and help the child process the tragic situation.
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The press liked the movie quite a bit during its release over the Christmas season. Some did find it heavy-handed and wrote that it didn’t have as big of an emotional impact on them as it should have, but more were impressed by the incredible visuals, unusual themes and performances. For them, it marked and affective and moving little drama. Liam Neeson voices the monster, while the family members are played by Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Lewis MacDougall. Patriot’s D ay - T he horrific B o s t o n Marathon bombing in 2 01 3 g e t s retold in this film that depicts the events and aftermath. Following the point-of-view of a Police Sergeant, the movie chronicles his reaction to the events as well as the efforts of the investigators to hunt down the persons responsible before they can strike again. Reviewers generally liked the feature with a few minor caveats. There was some criticism of it being an oversimplification of events and having a tinge of jingoism at certain points, but most believed that it was a restrained and well-told adaptation of the day. It stars Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon and Jimmy O. Yang. Silence - The latest from fa med director Ma r tin Scorcese didn’t get quite as much press as some of his previous releases. This is a pious movie about a pair of two Christian missionaries heading to Japan (where their religion is outlawed) in order to spread their beliefs and find a fellow man of the cloth who has gone missing. They are met with great resistance from the Emperor and his troops. Reaction to the feature was positive overall, although several had issues. Those who didn’t care for it found it to be a slow and repetitive trudge, but others who liked it complimented the beautiful photography and its meditative, ponderous look at religion. The cast includes Liam Neeson,
Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Issei Ogata, Tadanobu Asano and Ciaran Hinds. A Ta l e of Love and Darkness This bio g r a p h i cal film tells the story of t he c h i ld hood years of w r iter and journalist Amos Oz and his time spent during the formation of the state of Israel. Personal a necdotes make up much of the experiences recreated. Reaction to the drama was mixed with a few more giving it a recommendation than telling readers to pass on it. Some complained that while specific elements were well-handled, there was an unwelcome melodramatic streak and that it came across as dramatically flat. More felt that the performances were good that that the film was nice tribute and decent first effort from star and writer/director Natalie Portman. It also features Makram Khoury and Gilad Kahana. Why Him? - A conservative, overprotective father takes his family on a trip to visit his college age daughter in this wacky comedy. When they’re introduced to her new boyfriend, the dad is less-than-impressed. A tech billionaire, the beau lacks traditional social skills and the two quickly butt heads. This wacky comedy got split reviewers, with a few more falling on the negative side. Almost all admitted that it was uneven and that the execution of the comedy was hit and miss. Some found themselves laughing just enough to earn it a nod, while others couldn’t quite bring themselves to give it a commendation. It stars Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Megan Mullally, Zoey Deutch, Cedric the Entertainer and Keegan-Michael Key.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Well Go USA have a great Blu-ray set arriving this week. The Phantasm Collection is exactly what it sounds like - a compendium of all the films in the Phantasm series. They include the original Phantasm (1979), Phantasm II (1988),
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) and Phantasm: Ravager (2016). For those unfamiliar with the series, these horror f licks involve the heroes discovering a sinister, otherworldly mortician/ grave robber who possesses a dimensional portal. He has evil little grunts at his disposal along with flying spheres that drill into the skulls of victim. The movies are quite surreal, dreamlike and nightmarish in many respects. The original is a horror classic and the first sequel is a whole lot of fun as well. While, the later features aren’t nearly as accomplished, fans can now own them all remastered and in high definition with an enormous bevy of bonuses. The movies all have audio commentaries, deleted scenes, promotional materials and other extras, and the set comes with a bonus disc with a new documentary and other previously unseen treats. Speaking of box sets, the Vestron Video/Lionsgate line has one of their own with the Wishmaster Collection. This series is about a nasty, evil genie who is summoned by various characters, only to have their wishes turned against them. It contains Blu-rays of Wishmaster ( 1 9 9 7 ) , Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999), Wishmaster 3: B e y o n d the Gates of Hell (20 01) a nd Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002). Frankly, this horror franchise is far cheesier than many others of its ilk. I remember far more laughing than shrieking at the theater when the first movie premiered. And while the original did offer a few goofy (sometimes unintentional) laughs, the three sequels were made for the direct-to-video market and are even less proficient. Still, might be fun if you remember them fondly. They come with plenty of bonuses though, including audio commentaries, featurettes and interviews. If you enjoy the series, you’ll appreciate the effort involved
DVD REVIEW | SEE PAGE 21 COMMUNITY
SPORTS 360 Pats’ boys take Route 66 Classic HUGHTE LEADS ZUNI GIRLS TO WIN
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Miyamura Patriots routed the competition in a March 25 track and field meet at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium. The boys topped the Route 66 Classic with 114 overall points and the girls took third place with 59 points. The Patriots were missing several players due to the fact that Spring Break was in session. Patriots’ head coach Petersen Chee said he brought up some players from the JV squad to remedy the shortage.
“We had some players on break,” Chee said. “But things turned out well.” M iya mu ra placed f i r st in nine events, including a first place finish in the boys meter. In that event, Andrew Pawlowski ran a 53.74 time and Gallup’s Zakarri Fields ran a 54.74 slot. The Zuni High School Lady Thunderbirds accumulated 77.5 overall points ahead of Belen at 71.5, which took second at the event. The Lady Thunderbirds were competing in their second meet of the week, having traveled to Magdalena just 48 hours earlier.
“I knew they were probably tired from the travel,” Zu ni head coach Chr is Ca r rol l sa id. “But we ra n solid races.” Carroll noted that two runners for Zuni qualified for state. They were Chelsea Hughte in the 3200 and Ryan Bowekaty in the boys’ 800 meters. Hughte took second place to Gallup’s Jessica Ramirez (12:28:54) with a time of 12:32:04 and Bowekaty claimed first place with a time of 2:05:84 in the 3200. “We had a very good outing,” Bengals’ head coach Andrew Rodriguez said. “I thought we
ran and participated well in each event.” The Patriots’ boys came in first place in the medley relay with a winning time of 32:14. Kyle Keeler ca me i n f i r st place in the shot put with a time of 40:00:05 and Aaron Alejo took first in the triple jump with a 40’1.5 jump for the Patriots. In the girls standings, Belen finished with 71.5 overall points and the Rehoboth Lady Lynx finished fourth in the meet with 46 points. Grace Huizinga of Rehoboth took first place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.5 and teammate Sydni Brown
took second place with a time of 19.14. Brown finished first in the high jump with a jump of 4’2. The Zuni Lady Thunderbirds got off to a fast start in the 4X400 relay and Kiana Luna was first in the 400 meters with a time of 1:08.84. Hughte finished first in the 1600 meters at 5:55:84. There were 10 boys and girls teams that participated in the Route 66 Classic. They were Miyamura, Belen, Gallup, Dulce, Zuni, Native American C o m m u n i t y A c a d e m y, Rehoboth, Thoreau, Ramah and Laguna Acoma.
Runners from different schools in the region compete in the 10-team Route 66 Classic on March 25 at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
Gallup wins one, loses second game of double-header By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup Bengals won one and lost another during a double-header baseball game March 25 at Ford Canyon Park. The Bengals dropped the first game 12-0 to Bernalillo, but got back on track and won the second game 4-3. The Spartans scored seven runs in the seventh inning and the Bengals never recovered in the first game. The Bengals (2-9) went into the second game behind 3-0 in the third inning, but scored a decisive run in the seventh inning. “I’m happy with the way we played today,” Spartans’ head coach Brandon Gilliard said of the win. The Spartans are 10-7 on the 2017 baseball season.
A Bernalillo batter lines up a pitch in the March 25 baseball game between Gallup and Bernalillo at Ford Canyon Park. Gallup lost the game 12-0. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Gallup Sun • Friday March 31, 2017
Gallup Mid beats JFK in close game PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS
Clayton (17) from JFK slides into first base safe as Joseph (4) from Gallup Mid tries to tag him out.
Two JFK players run to catch a fly ball. Clayton, (17), (left) came up with the catch March 29 at the Gallup Sports Complex.
Two JFK players run to catch a fly ball. Clayton, (17), (left) came up with the catch March 29 at the Gallup Sports Complex.
Ethan (15) from Gallup Mid scores the final run to beat JFK 8 to 7 March 29.
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High School Sports Scoreboard GALLUP BENGALS Boys Tennis 3/28: Gallup @ Grants: 0-7 Boys Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - 3rd Place (3/12) Girls Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - 4th Place (4/13) 3/11: Rehoboth Invite - Overall - 1st Place (1/11) Best Finishes 400 Meter - Antonino Spinelli - 00:58.02 200 Meter Hurdles - Tyler Jones - 00:46.17 4 x 100 Meter - Gallup Relay Team - 00:47.60 4 x 200 Meter - Gallup Relay Team - 01:40.71 4 x 400 Meter - Gallup Relay Team - 03:59.68 1600 Sprint Medley - Gallup Relay Team - 03:55.39 Long Jump - Zakarri Fields 10 pts - 19’ 5.75” Varsity Baseball (4-9) 3/28: Wingate @ Gallup 0-12 Wingate @ Gallup 4-7 3/25: Bernalillo @ Gallup 12-0 Bernalillo @ Gallup 3-4 3/23: Belen @ Gallup 12-0 Varsity Softball (3-3) 3/23: Belen @ Gallup 12-0 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - 1st Place (1/12) 3/11: Rehoboth Invite - Overall - 11th Place (11/11) Girls Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - 3rd Place (3/13) Varsity Baseball (7-6) 3/25: Miyamura @ West Mesa 12-1 Del Norte @ Miyamura 4-0 Deming vs. Miyamura 4-2 Espanola Valley vs. Miyamura 12-10 Varsity Softball (7-6) 3/24: Roswell vs. Miyamura 8-1 Bernalillo vs. Miyamura 5-2 3/23: Los Alamos vs. Miyamura 1-12 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Boys Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - Overall - 7th Place (7/10) 3/18: Farmington Invitational - Overall - 13th Place (13/13) 3/11: Rehoboth Invite - Overall - 4th Place (4/11) Best Finishes 200 Meter - Tyler Arviso 00:24.95 SPORTS
800 Meter - Devin Toddy 02:23.31 3200 Meter - Devin Toddy - 10 pts - 11:11.64 Girls Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - Overall - 5th Place (5/12) 3/18: Farmington Invitational - DNP Varsity Baseball (2-2) 3/27: Rehoboth @ Thoreau 18-5 Varsity Softball (4-2) 3/25: St. Pius X vs. Rehoboth 3-13 3/24: Moriarty vs. Rehoboth 14-1 3/23: Hot Springs vs. Rehoboth 5-22 WINGATE BEARS Boys Track & Field 3/11: Rehoboth Invite - Overall - 6th Place (6/11) Best Finishes 110 Meter Hurdles - Willie Becenti - 00:19.94 Varsity Baseball (4-9) 3/28: Wingate @ Gallup 4-7 Wingate @ Gallup 0-12 Varsity Softball (5-2) 3/28: Wingate @ Zuni 19-2 Wingate @ Zuni 22-2 3/17:Wingate vs. To’hajiilee 16-15 Wingate vs. Navajo Prep 11-12 Wingate vs. Santa Fe Indian 4-6 TOHATCHI COUGARS Boys Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - Overall - DNP Girls Track & Field 3/25: Route 66 Classic - Overall - 12th Place (12/13) Varsity Softball (3-1) 3/25: Zuni vs. Tohatchi 7-11 Newcomb vs. Tohatchi 6-17 3/24: Newcomb vs. Tohatchi 3-15 Zuni vs. Tohatchi 13-11 Scores and overall standings feature Gallup, Miyamura, Wingate, and Rehoboth high school varsity teams only, via maxpreps.com. Other high schools are welcome to submit scores and standings. Submit up-to-date varsity team scores/ standings by Wednesday to: email@example.com
DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 in compiling and releasing this collection. Kino have some interesting titles as well arriving on Bluray. Dakota (1945) is a John Wayne western about corrupt businessmen trying to take the property of some Fargo farmers. September Storm (1960) is a drama about a group of men searching for sunken treasure. Ken Wuhl stars in The Wanderers (1979), which follows a group of Italian teens and their adventures in a local gang. What’s the Matter With Helen? (1971) involves a series of murders at a dance studio - the owners (one of whom is unhinged) are played by Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters. Finally, Z.P.G. (1972) is a sci-fi movie about a couple who choose to have a baby after laws outlaw the practice. It features Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin. Blue Underground have the thriller Venom (1981) arriving on Blu-ray. This one about a group of crooks who take a family hostage in a London flat. Unfortunately, they soon learn that a deadly snake is loose in the very same
DRILLING | FROM PAGE 11 was supposed to refer cases to the New Mexico Off ice of the Attor ney General— which it has not done since losing the Marbob case in 2009. Ea rlier this yea r, Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, introduced a bill in the New Mexico Legislature that would have given OCD the authority to hold polluting companies accountable. Senate Bill 307 would have increased fines not updated since the Legislature passed the Oil and Gas Act in 1935. It also would have brought the state into compliance with an
location and slithering in the vents. The cast includes Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski and Nicol Williamson. If memor y serves, it’s a pretty ridiculous picture that strains credibilit y, bu t m i g ht provide a few laug h s for B-movie fans. The Michelangelo Antonioni classic Blow-Up (1966) is coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. David Hemmings plays a London mod photographer who begins to think he may have taken pictures of a murder. He attempts to make sense of the event by blowing up the negatives. This release includes some great extras, including a new 4K transfer, documentaries about the making-of the feature and filmmaker, conversations with the actors, trailers and a booklet about the movie.
may be of interest to young viewers. Amazing Ape Cyberchase: Data Collection and Analysis Monster High: Electrified Static Shock: Season 1 (Warner Archive) Swan Princess 7: Royally Undercover
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And these are the week’s TV-related releases. Archer: Season 7 Frontline: Preside nt Trump (PBS) Jack Taylor: Set 3 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. VIII NOVA : The Nuclear O p t i o n (PBS) Planet Earth II Static S h o c k : Season 1 (Wa r ner Archive) The Undertaker: Seasons 1&2 The Undertaker: Season 3
agreement established under the federal Sa fe Dr inking Water Act, in which the U.S. Env ironmental Protection A ge nc y a u t ho r i z e d New Mexico to manage its own underground injection control program. That allows New Mexico to issue permits for underground injections, examples of which include when operators inject liquids, gases and chemicals u ndergrou nd to boost oil production and when companies dispose of wastewater, including from hydraulic fracturing, underground. The bill passed through both the Senate Conservation and Senate Judiciary committees. Martinez had hoped
it could bypass the Senate Finance Committee and end up on the Senate floor before the close of the session. But Senate Finance Committee chair Sen. John Arthur Smith, was too busy with other bills and issues at the end of the session to hear the bill. It’s unlikely a similar bill will be introduced next year, as legislators during the 30-day session will focus only on bills related to the budget or prioritized by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. I n 2 01 5 , c o m p a n i e s reported 1,477 spills. Of those, 795 were caused by equipment failure. Visit: nmpoliticalreports. com
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LETTER TO EDITOR | FROM PAGE 15 for health benefits. ** National Cancer Institute and US Center for Disease Control data also reveals McKinley County is second from the bottom for cancer incidence rate among all New Mexico counties, sixteen percent lower than the state average. New Mexico has the lowest cancer incidence rate of all fifty states, fifteen percent lower than the national average. This translates to a whopping 31% lower than the national average for McKinley County. Here are links to some of these studies. ht t p://new s.n a t ion algeographic.com/ news/2014/03/140325-worldhealth-organization-indoor-fuel-pollution-death/ https://www.hindawi.com/ journals/jeph/2010/260525/ http://www.thegwpf.com/
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RECYCLING’S NO JOKE DON’T BE A FOOL 2 pm: McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council meeting topics include April 15 Trashion Show, Curbside Recycling Update, Recycling Outreach & Opportunities — Gerald Millie (505) 722-5141, Linda (505) 905-5966. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. Web: recyclegallup.org MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL MEETING 2 pm: The public is encouraged to attend to learn about recycling opportunities in our region, updates on residential Gallup curbside recycling, the April 15 Trashion Show, plans for recycling outreach and more. For more information, call Gerald / Millie (505) 7225141 or Linda (505) 9055966. Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill Ave. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous Continued on page 23 green-europe-lets-its-poorfreeze-to-death/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pubmed/18714128 h t t p : // w w w. n e c . n a v a jo-nsn.gov/Portals/0/Reports/ Navajo%20Cancer%20Rpt%20 062610.pdf h t t p s : // w w w. s t a t e c a ncer prof i le s.c a ncer.gov/ incidencerates/index. php?st at eF I PS = 35& c a n c e r= 0 01& r a c e = 0 0 & sex= 0& age= 0 01& t y p e =i nc d& s or tVa r i a ble Name=rate&sortOrder=default#results h t t p s : // w w w. s t a t e c a ncer prof i le s.c a ncer.gov/ incidencerates/index. p h p? s t a t e F I P S = 0 0 & c a n c e r= 0 01& r a c e = 0 0 & s e x= 0 & a g e = 0 01 & y e a r = 0 & t y p e = i n c d & s o r tVa r i a b l e Name=rate&sortOrder=default#results Joe Schaller, citizen watchdog 505-870-8305
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year lease required. No pets. Call 863-4294 before 7 pm for information. 2 & 3 BR MH’s with washer/ dryer for rent. $570 to $670 plus deposit. Credit Check and Police Check. Quiet and safe. White Cliffs, 4 miles east of Gallup; Call Carmelita 505870-4095 LEGAL NOTICES IN THE PRAIRIE BAND POTAWATOMI NATION DISTRICT COURT POTAWATOMI RESERVATION MAYETTA, KANSAS IN RE ESTATE OF: ) ) Case No 2016-PB-0009-PT JAY BOWERS LEVIER ) DOB 05/07/1975 ) Decedent. ) NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND ALL PERSONS CONCERNED ON HEARING FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF JAY BOWERS LEVIER YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the last date for filing claims against the Estate of Jay Bowers Levier shall be May 10, 2017. Claims of creditors shall be filed in duplicate to the court and shall be itemized correctly and in full, shall be signed under oath by claimant, and shall make investigation of its validity. Untimely claims shall not be approved for payment from the estate. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that a final settlement hearing and determination of heirship shall be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., on the Estate of Jay Bowers Levier. The Court at
that time shall determine that the duly appointed, qualified and acting administrator has fulfilled the duties assigned; the heirs be determined; the Estate be assigned to the persons entitled thereto; the costs be determined and ordered paid; the administration of the Estate be closed and the administrator, Delaine Levier be finally discharged and released from further liability of the Estate of Jay Bowers Levier. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my official signature and seal of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation District Court this 17th day of March 2017. _____________/S/___________ ___________ Corinne Lange, Judicial Administrator PBPN District Court 11444 158th Road Mayetta, KS 66509 866 966 2242 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. SERVICES Need non medical transport? We provide low cost transport within Four Corners area. For more info please call 505-7136628 We provide all cleaning services at very affordable prices. Move in / move out; commercial /residential. Call: 505-713-6628 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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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MARCH 31 – APRIL 6, 2017 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 3075999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. SUNDAY April 2
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND SILENT AUCTION 8 am-1 pm: The Gallup Community Service Center and Relay For Life are sponsoring this fundraiser. Come eat some pancakes and bid on your favorite item! $7 adults / $5 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets in advance or to donate an item for the auction, call Beverly (505) 722-9230 or Joyce (505) 863-3075. Tickets available at the door. Gallup Community Service Center (Old Bingo Hall), 410 Bataan Veterans St. 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. MONDAY April 3
LADIES NIGHT AT THE GYM Check-in and expo 6 to 7 pm: Open to the public. Short exercise classes, a personal trainer, and a nutritionist. RSVP (505) 863-7589, gallupgym@unm. edu, UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. TUESDAY April 4
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: Color-changing slime WEDNESDAY April 5
CAREER FAIR 10 am to1 pm: Military, Law Enforcement and Firefighters job opportunities. Bring resume. Gurley Hall Commons, 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 APRIL FILM SERIES: BASED ON A TRUE STORY CALENDAR
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. April 5: Sully; Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. THURSDAY April 6
CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Craft Stick Spring Garden 2017 GALLUP AUTHORS FESTIVAL: “UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY” April 7 starting at 6 pm and running through April 8, 4 pm, Octavia Fellin Library will be hosting the 2017 Gallup Authors Festival – Unity through Diversity. This year’s festival will host 38 southwest authors, including Simon Ortiz, Jason Yurcic, Laura Tohe, CB McKenzie, Mark Rudd and Jessica Helen Lopez. Authors will be available throughout the festival to discuss their works and sign books. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. 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 Meets on first Monday each month from 3:30 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 7220039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-
8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia.
FREE PARENTING CLASSES Parenting classes for parents of young children, every Tuesday at NTU Child Care Center through April 16, from 5-7 pm. Parenting classes for parents of teens, every Wednesday at Office of Dine YOUTH through April 10 from 5-7 pm. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail. com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting free classes about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 – 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am – noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. OPEN-MIC NIGHT Wednesdays: Local talent takes center stage from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at Coal Street Pub, 303 W. Coal Ave. (505) 722-0117. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and
partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org.
SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. SAVE THE DATE
CALLING ALL SPOKEN-WORD ARTISTS, POETS, STORYTELLERS! Perform at the Gallup Poetry Slam at ArtsCrawl: Flower Power on April 8 from 8:15 – 9 pm. Sign up for a slot in advance by e-mailing artscrawl@galluparts. org or calling (505) 488-2136, or register the night of the event in the Second Street Event Center. Local poet Masha Deykute will lead a poetry-writing workshop before the Poetry Slam from 78 pm (also in the Event Center). For questions or more information, contact Rose at email@example.com or (505) 488-2136. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN APRIL! 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. Introduction to the Internet, April 11, 3-5 pm; MS Word for Beginners, April 14, 10:30 am-12:30 pm; Internet II, April 18, 3- 5 pm; MS Word Intermediate Course, April 21, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; Advanced Facebook, April 25, 3 - 5 pm; PowerPoint for Beginners, April 28, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. MAKERS CLUB (AGES 6 AND UP) Tuesdays at 4 pm: For children interested in building, creating and mess-making. Every features a different project or experiment related to science math or engineering. April 11, Magnet Madness; April 18, Lego
Challenge; April 25, Paper Engineering. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave
APRIL FILM SERIES: BASED ON A TRUE STORY Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. Apr. 12: Deepwater Horizon; April 19: War Dogs; April 26: The Social Network. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) FAMILYFRIENDLY CRAFTS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS. Thursdays at 4 pm: April 13, No-Sew Sock Bunny; April 20, Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder; April 27, Lunch-sack Animal Puppet. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. 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. NEW REHOBOTH HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING On May 8, the school officially breaks ground and dedicates the building project to God. (505) 863-4412, rcsnmorg. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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