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iz Hannum, the execut ive d i rec t or of MainStreet, briefed t he Ga l lup Cit y Council on the progress of MainStreet at the March 28 city council meeting. And, Rose Ea son, the executive director at GallupArts, briefed council members on the progress happening

at GallupArts at the same meeting. Neither subject called for formal council votes. They were listed on the meeting agenda as information items and were introduced via visual aids. Ha n nu m told cou ncil members that for the past five months there is growth at MainStreet. MainStreet, per se, is part of New Mexico’s Econom ic Development

Department. Hannum said becoming accredited by New Mexico MainStreet is the top priority of the organization. Accreditation and making the organization available for grants and other financial opportunities, is something that is a priority within MainStreet, Hannum said. Ma i nSt reet combi nes


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NEWS Uplift Community School closing JUNE 30 IS LAST OFFICIAL SCHOOL DAY

Mike Kynard, deputy director of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, gave a presentation at Uplift Community School April 4 as part of the school’s focus on the ‘My place in space’ theme for this quarter. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ith less tha n two months left before the close of Gallup’s Uplift Community School, school administrators want students to have the best academic and social experience possible. Alecs Mojica, director at Uplift since January 2017, said the absolute last school date is June 30. The New Mexico Public Education Department approved a charter application for the school, 406 New Mexico 564, in 2011. The PED did not


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renew the charter. By state law, charter schools are free and subject to the same open enrollment policy as regular schools. “We are bringing training to staff and students to improve our school and our students performance,” Mojica recently told the Gallup Sun. “We intend to finish out the school year at full speed and include unique events that enhance our student’s project-based learning.” About three months ago, New Mexico’s Charter School Div ision made some recommendations for Uplift to approve a renewal charter.


“I’m going to recommend that the charter not be renewed based on multiple reasons, but first and foremost, because they have not fulfilled the mission of the school that the (PED) authorized them for,” wrote Gilbert Peralta, vice chairman of the Charter School Division, in a two-page December piece of correspondence. The Charter School Division stated that Uplift received failing grades for three consecutive years on student performance. Uplift serves K-8 students and the school has 179 registered students and a teacher for each grade level,

Mojica said. Moj i c a s a i d t h a t t h e school’s closing dates back to something that was administratively brewing at Uplift

more than two years ago. Asked to expound on the statement, Mojica said, “I have nothing I can say since I was not employed there at the time…” According to the state PED, Uplift failed to: • Complete teacher evaluations as required by NMTEACH, an arm of New Mexico’s teacher evaluation program. • Uplift failed to protect student safety by not developing a student wellness program. • Uplift failed to comply with certain legal provisions of which the school was not exempted. • T he c u r r e nt Upl i f t Community School charter license was granted under the conditions that Uplift meet stipulations regarding student growth and achievement and certain financial goals. Mojica said Uplift is working with Gallup-McK inley County Schools to assist students in finding new schools. Of the things happening to academically and socially benefit students, she said the University of New Mexico collaborated with Uplift’s science teacher and an official from NASA to set up a presentation that occurred April 4.



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East Side water leak halts business, shuts off water



significant water and sewer line break disrupted business at two hotels and a fast food restaurant and forced the city to shut off water April 3 at 20 residences, officials said. Dennis Romero, city water and sanitation director, said a leak was called into Metro Dispatch at around 8:30 am. The break occurred at the intersection of Ford Drive and Aztec Avenue and impacted the smooth flow of business at the Best Western Plus, Taco Bell and the El Rancho Hotel. The three businesses are located less than a mile from each other. The homes in question are located off Ford Drive. The break is connected to a 10-inch cast iron pipe that was installed in 1948, Romero advised. As of Wednesday of this week, work crews were still making repairs to the line

drain. “We had to remove the concrete structure, place a new 5-foot section of line in and pressurize the line,” Romero said. “One side of the line started leaking through, so we had to re-work the repair.” Romero stated that city work crews are completing repairs and not an outside firm. “No outside assistance was required,” Romero said. However, Romero added that after locating the leak, it was necessary to call in the Albuquerque-based Adame Construction to remove a portion of the concrete storm drain, as it was determined that it would not be safe to work on the line with the structure in place. Adame is in the process of fixing another repair that occurred at Fifth Street and Hill Avenue several weeks ago. That water line break destroyed at least one Chihuahita home. Rory Palmore, the manager at Best Western, said the 69-room hotel experienced

City workers burned the midnight oil to fix the sewer and water line break that disrupted the water supply of nearby businesses April 3. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura and some reservations could not be honored. An employee who answered the telephone at Taco Bell said water was off “for a long time”

of Second Street and Nizhoni Drive. “We can deliver the water if necessary,” Romero said. Rega rd i ng t he repa i r, Romero said, “Due to the lack of restraints for the line, we had to use full body flanges and mega lugs for the thrust that a pressurized line would create.”

Romero did not give cost estimates regarding the repair. He said it could take about a week for things to return to normal at Ford Canyon and Aztec Avenue. Wa t er s er v ic e a t t he impacted areas was restored at about 3 pm April 4, Romero said.

The city had to close off a stretch of Ford Canyon Drive due to a catastrophic sewer and water line break April 3. Photo Credit:Ryan Hudgeons on near 24-hour shifts. “The caller stated that water was seeping up from the asphalt,” Romero said of how the city was informed of the matter. “We responded and quickly got to work on what needed to be done.” In explaining the cause of the problem, Romero said a 4-to-5 foot section of the line was corroded and simply split. He said the section of the pipe in question was located underneath a 4-foot concrete storm


a water outage for almost 24 hours. He said when such a water break situation happens, it’s a “far-reaching” effect with respect to nearby businesses. “We sent a lot of our guests to the El Rancho because they have a restaurant and a very good restaurant,” Palmore stated. “But we couldn’t do that because they didn’t have water, either.” Palmore did not say how much revenue the Best Western lost, but said guests could not check in as normal

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and that the normal routine of doing things was interrupted. The employee a sked that her name not be used in the newspaper. Romero sa id t he a rea impacted by the water outage goes from Burke Drive to Aztec. He said the water outage went as far south as Hill Avenue. Romero said the city is using the CodeRed system to let impacted residents know that free water was available at Fire Station No. 1 at the intersection

A view of the damage caused by the sewer line break. Photo Credit: Dennis Romero NEWS

Serial check cashing fraudsters at large VINSON, MALONE PAIN LOCAL BUSINESSES

By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


Gallup man that was facing nine years in the slammer for la rceny a nd bu rglary, but was given probation instead, is on the lamb. Accord i ng to a recent McKinley County Sheriff’s Office report, and Gallup Police Department arrest warrant, James Vinson didn’t stay out of trouble for long after being released from jail on his own recognizance Feb. 24. He was placed on probation, but hasn’t checked in with his probation officer, and is considered an absconder. On April 1, MCSO Deputy Roxanne King was dispatched Advanced Technical Services, 2108 Mountain View, to take a report on a fraud attempt. An ATI official said Vinson, 45, tried to cash a check for $685.78 at T&R with the ATI name printed on it. According to the report, the manager from T&R called ATI and asked about the check. The

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manager was told by an ATI representative not to cash the check as he didn’t recognize the check number and Vinson’s name. During his attempt to cash the check, Vinson became irate and demanded the check back if the store wasn’t going to cash it. So, the T&R clerk made a copy of the check and of Vinson’s ID. As a safety precaution, the clerk at T&R called the pawn location in the mall to warn them that Vinson may try to cash a check. Sure enough he made an attempt, but was refused there as well. According to an the GPD arrest warrant for Vinson,

he made some checks with Southwest Indian Foundation’s name, but placed his name and a false routing and checking account number on the check. GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette has said in the past that Vinson, and like-minded crooks, “wash” the contact information and bank numbers from checks, and put their name on there instead, so the checks look authentic. Meanwhile, the GPD warrant states that Vinson hit Shush Yaz Trading March 31, cashing a hot check for $516.66. That same day he attempted to cash a check for $553.23 at Ted’s Pawn, but a call

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to the bank indicated that it was a stolen check, so that plan was thwarted. Also wanted, as part of the check forgery ring, is Joshua Malone. Malone also has a rap sheet and cashed a check fresh off the press using Central Auto Towing and Salvage’s name. He cashed the check for $450 at Shush Yaz Trading March 31, the same day as Vinson. A video camera captured the bogus transactions. More stores have fallen victim to Vinson, but police are still working on compiling arrest warrants for those hot check handoffs. To date, Vinson faces two

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counts of forgery and two counts of fraud. Malone, 40, currently faces one count of forgery and one count of fraud. Police want these two men off the streets. Call Crime Stoppers at (877) 722-6161 if you have any information on their whereabouts. Callers can remain anonymous.

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Advertising Raenona H arvey Correspondents Bernie Dotson Tom Hartsock Lealia Nelson Calendar Editor Mia Rose Poris Photography Ana Hudgeons Ryan Hudgeons Knifewing Segura Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: Left: Dowtown Coal Ave during sunset. Photo by Ryan Hudgeons. Right: A worker assesses the damage done by the sewer/water line break April 3. Courtesy photo. The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office (By Appointment): 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 728-1640 Fax: (505) 212-0391 gallupsun@gmail.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.

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State Auditor Tim Keller releases audit of NNMC

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A N TA F E – S t a t e Aud itor T i m Kel ler r ele a s e d t he mo s t recent annual audit of Northern New Mexico College April 3. The audit, conducted by an independent audit firm for fiscal year 2016, found an environment susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse. The audit resulted in 37 findings, including the probable theft of $200,000 by the former Director of Financial Services. The audit received a “disclaimer of opinion” meaning that the auditor was not able to confirm the reliability of the College’s financial statements. “Addressing the problems identified in the audit is critical to keeping the College’s limited resources with students where they belong,” Keller stated. “The audit provides a roadmap for the College’s new leadership to get a handle on financial practices and implement

NM State Auditor Tim Keller policies to protect public funds. We appreciate the College’s cooperation during the audit process.” The audit findings include: • Probable theft of $200,000 by the former Director of Financial Services; • General lack of controls over accounting practices, cash handling and capital assets; • E xce s sive s pe a k i n g

honoraria provided to the former President; • No code of conduct required to be signed by employees; • Procurement violations; and • A violation of the state constitution for not maintaining a board of regents consisting of five members. In August 2016, the Office of the State Auditor wrote to the Governor stressing the importance of filling regent positions to ensure appropriate governance at the College. However, the Governor did not nominate a fifth regent during the 2017 Legislative Session and the vacancy remains. Possible criminal violations identified in the audit were referred to the First Judicial District Attorney and State Police. The complete audit, including a cover letter from State Auditor Tim Keller is available at: www.saonm.org

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent hree people recently arrested as part of an undercover drug sting, were later released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on their own recognizance, records show. Sarah Clauschee, George Warren and Micah Six, were taken into custody March 24 and released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on March 28. Each was part of

Micah Six an undercover drug operation conducted by the Region 1 Narcotics Task Force. Accord i ng to a pol ice repor t, Clauschee, 38, of Ga llup, a ided undercover

George Warren agents in the purchase of several grams of methamphetamine. Warren, 39, and Six, 31, of Houck, Ariz., were the people who supplied the drugs to Clauschee, although Six served

Sarah Clauschee more as an accomplice. According to the police report, agents made contact


Two Gallup men jailed on heroin charge, bench warrant By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


wo k now n Ga l lup druggies with past cr imina l records remained behind bars April 6 in connection to a routine traffic stop. Officers with the Region 1 Task Force with the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office stopped a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck on March 28 at about 7:20 pm that was driven by an unknown female, and in which the two aforementioned males were passengers. Michael Garcia, 60, and David Grijalva, 65, were passengers in the vehicle that was registered to Garcia. Garcia


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possessed an outstanding warrant for possession of heroin. He was immediately placed in handcuffs and jailed, according to a police report on the matter. It was discovered that Grijalva had several items in his pants pocket, among them a syringe, various cigarette lighters, two used syringes, cook spoons, napkins, coins, dollar bills and pocket knives, the report states. There was discovered a plastic baggie containing two round balls of a black tar-like substance that tuned out to be 11.2 grams of heroin that was


Changes to Octavia Fellin Library’s Authors Festival lineup Staff Reports


ward winning author, C.B. McKenzie, is set to open the 3 rd Annual Authors Festival at the Octavia Fellin Public Library at 6 pm April 7. McKenzie is an international nomad who brings a unique voice to his characters and a diverse perspective to his audience. McKenzie’s Bad Country  won the 2014 Hillerman Prize for best mystery novel set in the Southwest. This crime novel interweaves the tension between tradition and modernity while exploring the “rez” culture of southern Arizona. Burn What Will Burn, McKenzie’s second novel released in the summer of 2016, brought the author equally high acclaim. Please

METH TRIO | FROM PAGE 6 with Clauschee through a Fa cebook a ccou nt a nd arranged to buy $70 worth of meth. A meeting was made at 914 Taco Bell at E. Historic Highway 66. One agent met with Clauschee and others staked out the area so that others who would be participating in the controlled buy would be at least detained, by the police, the report suggests. A meeting to purchase the drugs was set up at the All Indian Supply Co., 725 E. Coal Ave. Clauschee walked over to a white pickup truck

Keynote speaker C.B. McKenzie. join us for a spectacular evening of prose and mystery. Due to illness author Jason Yurcic will be unable to attend. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call (505) 863-1291. driven by Six and came back to the undercover agent with a clear plastic bag that contained the dope that was apparently bought from Warren, the police report reads. The pickup was ultimately stopped by undercover officials and Warren and Six were taken into custody. Warren admitted to selling the drugs to Clauschee and that Six saw him do it. Clauschee a nd Wa r ren were charged with the distribution and possession of meth. Six was charged with conspiracy. Each spent about two days in jail before the release.

Court sides with Navajo Nation over B.I.A. funding debacle Staff Reports


I N D OW R O C K – T he Un it ed States Cour t of Appeals for the District of Columbia held on April 5, that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owes the Navajo Nation approximately $15.6 million plus interest in funding it withheld from the Nation’s Judicial Branch operations in 2014. I n doi ng so, the Cou r t of A pp e a l s r ever s e d t he District Court’s March 2016 decision denying the Nation’s motion for summar y judgment under the Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. §450 et seq. T he BI A aw a r de d t he Nation only $1.3 million in 2014, but the Nation argued that the denial of the majority of its funding request by the BIA was untimely. Under the ISDEAA, the BIA has 90 days to deny a tribe’s funding

proposal, or the proposal is automatically approved. Although a BIA employee accepted and time-stamped t he Nat ion’s proposa l on October 4, 2013, t he BI A argued that due to a partial government shut-down the 90 -day clock did not star t r unning until October 17, 2013. The Court of Appeals disagreed with the BIA, holding that both the ISDEA A and federal case law suppor ts the Nation’s assertions that the 90 -day deadline began running on October 4, 2013. The Court chastised the BI A for a rg u i ng t hat t he Nation’s failure to respond to correspondence prior to the BIA’s final denial of funding should preclude the Nation f rom seek i ng t he den ied funding, saying: “ The gover nment itself has consistently taken the position that estoppel does not apply against the sovereign United States. It thus

ill-behooves the government to seek to impose such an uncommon action aga inst another sovereign, especially one to which it owes a ‘distinctive obligation of trust.’” “The Begaye-Nez administration commends the U.S. Cour t of Appeals decision to hold t he BI A accou nta ble for t r u s t re s pon s i bi l i t ie s t o t h e Na v a j o Nation,” Navajo Nation Vice P r e s id e nt Jo n a t h a n Ne z s a id. “Wit h hold i ng f u nd ing from  our tribal  cour ts wa s not on ly i l l-a dv ised, but a repudiation of government-to -gover n ment rela tionship between sovereign entities. We appreciate the reversal by the court to rectify this injustice.” Nava jo Nat ion Ch ief Justice Allen Sloan stated: “We look forward ultimately t o br i n g i n g t h i s c a s e t o a favor able re solut ion so that we may prov ide much needed services to our Dine people.”

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Church Rock man pleads guilty to a federal child sex abuse charge PLEA AGREEMENT MEANS LESS TIME IN PRISON Staff Reports


L BUQU ERQU E – Ad r i a n Tom , 3 8 , an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Church Rock, N.M., pled guilty earlier this week in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an abusive sexual contact charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Tom will be sentenced within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by not less than five years of supervised release. Tom will also be required

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to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence. On March 29, Tom pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. In enteri ng h i s g u i lt y plea , Tom admitted that in March 2010, he engaged in sexual contact with an 8-year-old Indian child while on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Tom remains in federal custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. L ed by Un it ed St a t e s Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Cr imina l Div ision’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sect ion, P roject Sa fe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

Alleged Gallup child molester free on $20K bond

REPORT TOO GRAPHIC TO LIST DETAILS By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Gallup man, arrested on th ree cha rges of c r i m i n a l s exual contact with a minor, a child under 13 years old, remains free on a $20,000 bail bond after being released from the McKinley County Detention Center on March 29. Eric Hernandez, 31, was taken into custody about a week earlier on the molestation charges. According to a repor t, Hernandez, over an extended period of time, allegedly fondled the private parts of at least one child and at various places in his West Wilson residence. The skin-crawling details, too graphic to note in this report, led to Hernandez’s arrest. Officials with the Gallup Pol ice Depa r t ment i nterv iewed the 5 -yea r- old little boy, who according to t he a r re st wa r r a nt , s a id Hernandez has repeatedly “touched” him inappropriately. T he i nter v iew wa s recorded at the Gallup police depa r tment on v ideo a nd audio and in the presence

Eric Hernandez of at least one detective, the arrest warrant states. The arrest warrant reveals that Hernandez physically disciplines the little boy in a manner, which is consistent with child abuse. In one instance, according to the testimony of the 5-year-old kid to the police detective, Hernandez touched his private parts while at least two other of kids were in the liv ing room and watching television. Hernandez was released on bond March 9. There was no at tor ney listed i n ja il records for Hernandez.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Herbert Curley Delgarito March 27, 1:44 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee encountered Delgarito w h i l e patrolling westbound State Highway 118. He had crossed the white shoulder lines and the lane line a few times giving Lee a good reason to pull him over. W hen Lee approached the vehicle, he noticed that Delgarito’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that he reeked of booze. When he spoke, he slurred his words. He claimed to be on medication, but Lee couldn’t make out what type of meds he was on as he spoke, according to the report. Lee noted that there was an open box of Coors Light on the passenger side floorboard. Delgarito also claimed that his spearmint gum that gave off an alcohol-like odor. Delgarito, 30, refused to take field sobriety tests. At the Sheriff’s office he blew a .16/.15 during breath tests. Earl R. Sherman Jan. 28, 2:52 pm 3rd DWI W h e n M C S O D e p u t y Eric D. Jim a r r ived t o the scene of an accident on U.S. Highway 608, he observed a Toyota Tundra with heavy rear end damage, and a Suzuki Forester with heavy front end damage. Both drivers

appeared to be injured, but narrowing down a possible reason for the crash wasn’t difficult to ascertain from Jim’s report. W he n he a ppr o a c he d Sherman, 29, in his Suzuki, he could smell the “strong odor of intoxicating liquor coming from within the vehicle,” the report states. A witness said that Sherman was traveling at a high rate of speed before colliding with the vehicle. At a local hospital, according to the police report, Sherman admitted to having more than a fifth of “99 bananas,” an alcoholic beverage. Jim failed in his efforts to get a blood test to determine Sherman’s blood alcohol content, but he was booked for DWI nonetheless. Spencer Smiley Jan. 21, 4:26 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated S m i l e y, 38, might have gotten away w it h another drunk-filled driving fest if it weren’t for an “occupant” chucking a Bud Light beer out the car window. Someone witnessed this shenanigan, which resulted in an attempt to locate from Metro Dispatch. MSCO Deputy Merlin Benally was in the area, and spotted a vehicle matching the description of the wanted vehicle – a white Bonneville with tinted windows and heavy rear end damage. Benally called in the plates, and noted in his report that the plates were registered to a Jeep. It was enough for him to conduct a traffic stop. Smiley attempted to step out of the vehicle, but was advised by Benally to sit back down. When the deputy approached

Smiley, he noticed a 750 ml bottle of Vodka at his feet. Smiley at that point admitted to drinking, and he handed over the bottle to Benally. From there, DWI Task Force Supervisor Tammy Houghtaling took over the scene. He failed field sobriety tests, and blew a .28, twice, during the breath tests. Marva Cheryl Tsosie Dec. 16, 10:15 pm DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f ic e r A d r i a n Quetawki was dispatched to We s t Highway 66, in search of a silver GMC truck that was driving recklessly in the area. Quetawki caught up with the truck, and noted in his report that the driver, Tsosie, was crossing over the shoulder lines. He pulled Tsosie over and asked for her driver’s license and vehicle paperwork. The officer noted that she was avoiding eye contact with him. When asked if she had anything to drink, she told the officer that she consumed one beer at a local bar that evening. But, when she stepped out of the vehicle, she had a hard time maintaining her balance. She agreed to do field sobriety tests, but told Quetawki that she had back and knee problems, so no tests were given. Tsosie, 46, was placed under arrest for DWI, and refused to take breath tests. Falen Claw Dec. 16, 12:40 am Aggravated DWI Officer Quetawki a r r ive d at State Highway 602 to assist with a traffic stop a l rea dy i n progress. GPD Officer Darius Johnson told Quetawki that

when he pulled Claw over, she jumped out of the vehicle and staggered on the shoulder before reentering the vehicle. Claw, 25, did admit to drinking two miniatures of Southern Comfort that evening. She agreed to engage in field sobriety tests, in which she failed. She blew a .24/ .21/.20 during the breath tests. Marty Toadlena Dec. 15, 2:20 am Aggravated DWI G P D O f f i c e r A n d r e w Thayer spotted Toadlena d r i v i n g reck lessly in the area of East Aztec and Boardman Drive. He initiated a traffic stop, but according to his report, Toadlena kept trucking along at 3 miles per hour. When he finally pulled Toadlena over, Thayer noted that he showed all of the classic signs of intoxication. He did admit to having a “single Tallboy” an hour before driving. Thayer asked him

to exit the vehicle, and when he did, Toadlena, 32, had a difficult time maintaining his balance. He refused to take field sobriety tests, but took the breath tests in which he blew a .21 both times. Eloy A. Hernandez Dec. 11, 2:41 am Aggravated DWI Hernandez didn’t get a chance to enjoy a Big Mac from McDonald’s ea st a s he was passed out i n t he d r ive - t h r u. And the arrival of officers spoiled any chances of him grabbing any post-napping grub. GPD Officer John Gonzales and another officer managed to wake him up. It was a precarious situation because Hernandez, 35, had his foot on the brake and his car in drive. Gonzales noted in his report that the smell of liquor wafted from the vehicle. The officers were able to safely remove him from the vehicle, but he refused to take any tests.

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Fraud scheme hits Milan man dies in car accident City of Albuquerque CROOKS GET $400K OF TAXPAYER CASH Staff Reports


LBUQUERQUE – The Office of the State Aud itor beca me aware April 6 that the City of Albuquerque was defrauded in a scam the OSA sent an alert about earlier this week. The City complied with a fraudulent request to cha nge vendor payment information that diverted at least $400,000 in public funds to a scamme r. T he OSA sent out the fraud a ler t ea rl ier t h i s week after an almost identical scam resulted

in the loss of over $200,000 in construction funds for a project at the San Antonio Elementa r y School i n Socorro.

“Unfortunately, the City of Albuquerque was hit by a scam that cost it over $400,000 in taxpayer dollars,” State Auditor Tim Keller said. “This is now the second entity in New Mexico that we are aware of that was tricked into diverting money to impostors posing as legitimate businesses. We want to again remind all governments to use the best practices we’ve outlined to prevent this.” Pursuant to state law, gover nment a g e n cies a re required t o repor t a ll criminal violations involving financial affairs to the OSA.



s Salvador Arau jo was exiting from Sun Loans in Tse Bonito onto east Highway 264 on the afternoon of April 3, his vehicle was struck by Shad Etsitty, who according to witness statements, was traveling down 264 at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic. Araujo was pronounced dead at the scene, at 3:40 pm. According to the accident report, compiled by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy

HEROIN CHARGE | FROM PAGE 6 in the possession of Grijalva, according to the police report. That amount was enough for police to determine that

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Grijalva had the intent of distributing the drug. “During the search, I found a plastic baggie containing a black tar like substance, a metal Altoids container, with six individually wrapped baggies containing a black tar like substance, and a sandwich-type bag containing a glass-shard like substance,” states the police report. Gr ij a l v a w a s c h a r ge d with trafficking a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of dr ug pa raphernalia. A third passenger in the vehicle, Oscar Moreno, was arrested and taken into

Joseph Guillen, the damage to Araujo’s vehicle and body was significant. He was pinned in the driver seat by the driver door and steering wheel, and had sustained visible head injuries and a possible chest injury. Navajo Nation Lt. Moore told deputies on scene that “he could smell an odor of intoxicating liquor coming from the driver” … Etsitty. Etsitty was transported to Fort Defiance hospital. It’s unclear if he sustained injuries, or if he’s facing DWI and/ or negligent driving charges at this juncture. cu st ody on a n out st a nd i n g bench w a r r a nt f r om McKinley County. Grijalva and Garcia and Moreno were passengers in the car. Another person, the female driver, was allowed to go and

Michael Garcia was not arrested. Grijalva was convicted in 11th District Court in McKinley County in 2016 with the attempt to commit a drug felony. In that case, Grijalva received a three-year suspended sentence. Grijalva also spent time in a Texas prison for the 1977 murder of an Amarillo female for a botched robbery. There were no attorneys listed in jail records for either Grijalva, Garcia or Moreno. Grivalja’s bond amount is $5,000. Garcia is jailed on a $10,000 bond and Moreno’s bond is listed at $1,500, according to jail records. NEWS



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OPINIONS Standing Rock Sioux applauds BNP Paribas’ decision to divest from DAPL By Chelsea Hawkins Pyramid Communications


ANNON BALL, N.D.— The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is pleased to a n nou nce BNP Paribas has sold its shares in the loan to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Representatives from the bank contacted the Tribe to share the news on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The Tribe commends the bank’s decision, which sends a strong message about the need for banks to respect Free, Prior and Informed Consent in their lending practices. BNP Paribas is the third bank in the DAPL loan consortium to divest, following similar actions by DNB and ING. “As corporate greed continues to fuel dirty energy projects on our land, it is heartening to

see that some banks recognize the imminent harm to our people posed by DAPL, and are taking actions accordingly,” said Dave Archambault, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “We appreciate BNP Paribas, ING and DNB leadership and their advanced understanding and respect of tribal sovereignty and Indigenous Peoples rights.” The Tribe has met with the


m a j o r it y of project lenders to DAPL, but few have taken concrete actions. Later this month, tribal leaders will attend Wells Fargo’s annual meeting, where shareholders will vote on a proposal instructing the bank to improve its policies and practices on the rights

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Today the Moon is Void Of Course, but that’s no excuse to ignore your New Year’s Resolutions. If you’ve made new goals, see this as an opportunity to focus on one new change. Madame G recommends slow and consistent effort. Instead of making huge goals aim to be a good person, enjoy family, or feel rich. What’s your bliss? Begin the search now. Enjoy!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

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Look towards the future. Don’t get bogged down in pettiness. You really don’t need to cry over spilled milk. You’ve a unique journey that no one else could accomplish, but it’s up to you to find the path and live it. Consider taking college courses and learn a new skill. If that’s not available, consider listening to business podcasts or visit the local library. Your future awaits!

If you’re hiding in your house and too afraid to leave, consider taking action. Is your house livable? Maybe you’re too attached to objects. You may want to read Marie Condo’s bestselling book, The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up. You can also watch her on YouTube. What makes you happy and what doesn’t? Find your bliss. Good luck!

Do you believe in Karma? If you’ve been putting out bad energy you’re going to get it back. Anger is understandable, but it’s never okay to actively harm another. Consider finding your bliss. Take action and work on discovering your own happiness. You’ll soon realize that when you work on your own happiness others follow. Show love! You’ll feel better.

Is your life full of bliss and joy? If it doesn’t take a long hard look in the mirror. You only have one person to blame for your unhappiness—it’s you. No one is responsible for helping, caring, or taking care of you. If you haven’t found it start looking. Read new books, listen to podcasts, or simply try a new experience. Try one new thing a week. You’ve got this!

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Your life is a maze. Is a minitour waiting somewhere in the middle? If you feel, in danger or that your life is a tragedy—it might be time for change. Madame G suggests you begin slowly. Consider changing your behavior first. If you want to lose weight, you must first believe you can. Then take massive action. Is there a marathon in your future? You’ve totally got this!

You light up a room and bring happiness everywhere. You’re living the life you want and if you’re not—change it. This is an excellent opportunity to let go of objects that no longer serve. Remove old objects and bring in the new and let go of hoarding. Consider watching Minimalism on Netflix. Enjoy your life and share your wisdom. Bliss is possible!

This is the year of massive action. Your life is an adventure just waiting for you. Take time and appreciate every aspect. What area of your life is neglected? Focus on one thing to change. Maybe you need a healthier lifestyle, more fun, or more time with the kids. Whatever the case write down your goals and get going. The time is now. There is no tomorrow. Do it NOW!

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Everyone you meet is a potential mentor, friend, lover, or enemy. That is the thrill, joy, and tragedy of life. Only you can determine where each person exists catergorically. Only you can determine the course of your feelings. If someone doesn’t value you—you must value yourself. Take charge of your emotions. Go on retreat and learn new coping skills. You’ll be glad you did.


What’s up? Maybe you’re heading down the right path and maybe you’re not, only you can tell. Whatever path you take it’s important not to lose contact with friends and family. Remember that there are those in life who are there during the good times, but they’re not there during the rough patches. Look out for the people who last. They’re the ones you need in life. Do more with less.

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Hello fellow traveler! Are you headed on a journey of the soul, mind, or body? Perhaps you’re learning a new skill or participating in the lives of your children. Take time and discover what makes you happy and brings you joy. Show others through your actions what is the best way to live (your own way). You may want to read books on entrepreneurship and taking action. GO!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Try anything new lately? If you haven’t, consider making your home blissful. The Danish have an interesting practice called Hygee. It’s the art of making your home cozy and wonderful in order to get through the rough winter months. If you find yourself in a funk or you’ve suddenly got writers block, make your house hygee. Clean out the junk and bring in the warmth. Have fun!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You may feel a bit lonely this year. Don’t focus on being alone. What can you do in order to find your bliss? Maybe you’re working on a book. Maybe you’ve finished. Pick a goal, one goal, and work on it all year long. Even if you forget about it until July, pick it up then and keep working. Whatever the case you’ll be closer than you’ve ever been to a dream. Live big! You’ve got this! OPINIONS

COMMUNITY Teacher of the Month runs on faith, a passion for teaching By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


oney Chavez loves her job as a first grade teacher for Uplift Community School in Gallup. And it’s likely that her kind, open and honest demeanor played a part in her being nominated, and winning, Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe teacher of the month. “I was pleasantly surprised,” she said, when she learned that she was the teacher selected. “My students were so happy for me.” Finding out that she was being honored was just the shot in the arm Chavez needed, as the news brought forth some bittersweet feelings as Uplift, a K-8 charter

Uplift Community School teacher Honey Chavez receives a gift basket from Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe Manager Carolyn Stansberry April 3. She was selected as Camille’s Teacher of the month. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Honey Chavez’s curious first grade students examine the contents of the goodie basket she received for being selected as Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’s teacher of the month. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons school, faces imminent closure at the end of the school year. “It came at the right time,” she said. “Everyone is doing their best to keep their spirit going.” And her enthusiasm for teaching comes seemingly naturally. Chavez, 32, said that she first knew that she wanted to become a teacher when she was a teenager. However, before heading off to college, she started a family, and spent quality at-home time with her son Ezekiel, who is now nine. COMMUNITY

Chavez said she earned her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from UNM-Gallup branch campus, and immediately went to work for Gallup McKinley County Schools before heading to Uplift. It was a homecoming, of sorts, as she did her student teaching at the campus. She chose to teach first grade, as she feels children absorb information readily at this age, and it’s the perfect opportunity for the young pupils to learn new

information and set good habits. But what sets Uplift apart from other schools is that students get to pick and choose topics they are passionate about, Chavez said, yet still meet the state’s Common Core educational guidelines. “We collaborate and work together,” she said. For instance, curriculum is tailored made to address the latest theme – “My place in space.” Students are learning the nuts and bolts of air and space within and outside of the earth’s atmosphere. As the quarter draws to a close, students will move onto a new topic. The space topic

reached its pinnacle when a representative from NASA visited the school April 4 for an out of this world presentation that addressed space travel to Mars and beyond. In the recent past, students took a field trip to the Sandia Peak Tramway, and discussed the effects altitude on the body as the tram climb up the side of the mountain. Once on top, they got glimpse of the pollution that blankets Albuquerque. “They are able to make a direct connection to what they’re learning in the classroom,” Chavez said. Moreover, there are 18 students in her class, and a teaching assistant, which allows for more one-on-one attention. Even students that fall under the special needs category get positive reinforcement and direction. “Students learn best when they feel valued, and that they’re important … and needed as a team member,” she said. Even with the closure of the school looming, Chavez plans on taking what she has learned and applying Uplift’s principles at another school. But, she’s not sure whether she’ll remain locally. “I am open to ideas,” she said. “God gave me this ability, and I am praying on where [he] wants me to be.” To nominate your favorite teacher, visit Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe at 306 S. 2nd St., Gallup. Contact: (505) 722-5017.

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This week in American history By Martin Link For the Sun


ne hundred years ago, the first week in April, 1917, was one of the most momentous times in our country’s history. For the three preceding years, Americans watched, with a degree of horrible fascination, as the countries of Europe and the Middle-East tore each other apart in the most vicious war humanity had ever witnessed. As a result of a constant attrition of young men, national resources, health facilities and general infrastructure, and most importantly, the involved country’s moral fibers, the battlefront had degenerated into a series of bloody, but stalemated conflicts. The French government was about ready to give up, the Italian Army virtually disintegrated at the battle of Caporetto, where 275,000 soldiers surrendered and the remaining 30,000 deserted, the Russian governing family -- the Romanovs, were executed, the

The fighting ended, exhausted and seriously depleted ranks of the 6th Marines gather outside Belleau Wood, France as seen in this undated WW I photo, before moving on. Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps Habsburg family who had ruled Austria-Hungary for the preceding 400 years fled into exile, and the total collapse of the 500-year reign of the Ottomans left the Turkish empire without

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lvis Presley didn’t die, he simply went on tour. That’s the feeling that most in the capacity crowd got at a March 25 show in which Elvis impersonator L on n ie Ya nes of Albuquerque performed tribute songs at the Gallup High School Auditorium. The near 90-minute show also featured a Beatles tribute segment called, “Twist and Shout.” Ya n e s i s c o n s i d e r e d an Elvis tribute artist and impersonator. “This was a very good show – very well done,” Sammy Chioda, a Gallup-based promoter of the show, said. “I’ve seen a lot of Elvis impersonators in my life. But nobody does it like this guy.”

Lonnie Yanes looks a lot like the late and beloved crooner Elvis Presley. Presley passed away at the age of 42, but his music lives on. Photo Credit: Courtesy Get ti ng i nto t he Elv is impersonation gig happened by accident, Yanes admits. It wasn’t something that he


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City Councilman Allan Landavazo speaks at the RMCHCS Urgent Care Ribbon Cutting on March 31, 520 Highway 564.

The Gallup High School Cheerleading squad poses for a team photo during the banquet at Gallup High School April 1.

Officer Manager Tamar Baloo introduces the staff and greets the crowd during the Urgent Care grand opening.

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‘Going in Style’ feels flat, formulaic RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 97 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t has been a long time since I saw the original Going in Style (1979). So long, in fact, that my memories of it have admittedly faded. Yet, while watching the latest remake to come down the pipeline, I couldn’t help but start to think of it again. The newest version is genial but feels very toothless, with little in the way of dramatic stakes or deeper themes. Direct comparisons aren’t necessarily a fair way to judge a film, but when the mind starts wandering off like this at a screening, that isn’t the best of signs. The plot involves three steelworkers and their families, all struggling to make ends meet. One is losing his house, the other has medical issues, and the third is, well, just a bit grouchy. Events take a turn for the worse when they learn that the company has been bought out and that their pensions have been eliminated. After Joe (Michael Caine) witnesses a bank robbery, he convinces his best pals Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) to attempt a heist. Together, they’ll steal back the much needed money cruelly taken from them. They’re all seniors, which means that holding up a

From left, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin play three old geezers who have lost their pensions. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so they plan a bank robbery to make up for all of that lost dough. Now Playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. bank will present both technical and physical challenges. Of course, my issue with this movie isn’t with the cast. They’re all excellent performers who do earn a chuckle here and there with less-than-ideal material. Caine attempts to inject his character with some outrage at profiteering banks, Freeman imbues his role with sweetness, and Arkin steals the show with some amusing quips as the designated grumbler of the gang. There are a few chuckles from supporting performances involving the perpetually confused Milton (Christopher Lloyd), an exasperated grocery store manager

(Keenan Wynn), and the amorous Annie (Ann-Margaret), who constantly flirts with an uninterested Albert. The real problem here is the general tone and formulaic storytelling. While the odd comment is funny, the humor is played in far too broad a manner. There are gags in which Joe has trouble rising out of a chair and others featuring Albert’s romantic interludes, all of which feel obvious in execution. A dry-run test robbery results in a chuckle or two. Still, it ends with an extended joke involving two characters attempting to make a getaway on a slow-moving

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scooter with a security guard in pursuit. It all comes across as very forced and phony. However, the screenplay’s worst crime is with its antagonists. As written, a nasty bank manager is so overplayed that he isn’t believable for a second. Humor is intended to be derived from him wetting himself during a robbery. This character and an FBI agent (Matt Dillon) tasked with catching the thieves are so clueless and dimwitted that one never feels any danger or risk for the protagonists during their robbery. If memory serves, the original film was about a frustrated trio raging out against a world that

had marginalized them in their old age. They were ultimately rebelling, even if they knew it might come at the cost of their lives. The motives here are simple and straightforward. So much so that this redo feels like a Grumpy Old Men sequel. Maybe Grumpy (But Sweet) Old Men Rob a Bank would have been a better moniker. As a result, the movie is well-intentioned and genial in the moment, but doesn’t present events with a unique enough perspective to make it worthwhile. In the end, Going in Style has little bite or edge and just isn’t funny enough to recommend. Visit cinemastance.com for more reviews 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup




Gallup Native Arts Market website launch, event announcement Staff Reports


he First Annual Gallup Native Arts Market, will be held August 10-12, next to Courthouse Plaza in downtown Gallup. W hile other events feature Native Art, this will be the first Nativemanaged art market to engage high-end artists to showcase the amazing work that comes from the Gallup area. The showcase artists will be juried into the show by a commission of established Native artists to control quality and represent the different art mediums such as jewelry, weaving, pottery, sculpting, etc. T he C om m i s s ion w i l l receive logistical suppor t from Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District and gallupARTS, to coordinate the logistics, permitting and funding for this project with fiscal sponsorship from the City of

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MainStreet, GallupArts directors brief Gallup Council FROM PAGE 1 historic preser vation with asset-based economic development to work with local affiliates and partners in rebuilding M a i n S t r e e t s . G a l l u p’s MainStreet must attain three goals in order to be certified as a program: Those goals are hiring an executive director, participating in fundraising, in which the city is a primary sponsor, and organizing a board of directors with established goals, Hannum said during the presentation. Regarding fundraising, Hannum, who came to Gallup from a job in Massachusetts, said a Kentucky Derby party is planned in May. Hannum has also put together a Gallup MainStreet for Downtown Dinners event for the remaining Wednesdays of the month of

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Council at the March 26 regular city meeting, also. Like Ha n nu m, Ea son sa id her organization has been making some big strides. “In the past ten months, GallupAr ts has grown treme ndou s ly a nd we h ave accomplished a lot,” Eason told council members. “We went from an all-volunteer organization to one with a part-time executive director.” Eason said the organization has grown by 17 percent, and has involved more than 550 creative partners and has seen a 30 percent increase from businesses. Eason said A r t123 ha s ex h ibited t he works of 51 local artists with some 6,500 annual visitors. Some future plans for the orga nization, Ea son sa id, include more back-end support for area artists, like business

management and online directory programs. More art education opportunities for the public are an organizational goal, too, Eason said. Art123 and ArtsCrawl are GallupArts’ two major programs, Eason said. ArtsCrawl is held downtown twice a month and carries different themes. “You’re doing a fantastic job,” Mayor Jackie McKinney s a id of E a s o n’s r ou g h ly 10 -minute council presentation. McKinney made the same remark to Hannum. The a nnua l sa la r ies of Hannum and Eason weren’t i m med iately ava ilable. Referencing a professional services agreement, Gallup City Clerk Alfred Abeita said the city pays Gallup MainStreet and Arts and Cultural District $40,000 for fiscal 2017.


“I try and sing the songs that people recognize,” Yanes said. “I have a lot of fun doing this every time I perform.” The Gallup High auditorium was packed for Yanes’ performance. Chioda estimated the audience to be around 750, most from around greater McKinley County. When Yanes walked on stage, some in the audience were already standing just to get a look at him. “He almost looks exactly like Elvis,” Mariam Cureton of Window Rock said. “I see a resemblance. He sings like Elvis, too.” Although Yanes enhances his appearance to look more like Elvis during a show, he said a passing illusion to Elvis is at least required to pull off such a show. That, and your heart has to be in it, he said. “There’s a time to be in character and a time to be yourself,” Yanes said. “I try and do an honorable tribute to what is a music superstar.” A Memphis native and one of the most significant icons of the 20 th century, Elvis Presley died in 1977. He is remembered as the “King of Rock ‘n Roll,” or simply as “The King.”

pre-planned or mapped out. “I have always liked rock ‘n roll and country music and I have always been an Elvis fan,” Yanes said. “About 25 years ago I started a little four-piece band. We would perform some country and wester n, oldies a nd good ‘ole rock ‘n roll music in different night clubs. Being that I looked like Elvis, and performing on stage, people would come up to the stage and ask me to do an Elvis song a nd each a nd ever y time I sang an Elv is song people would love it,” Yanes explained. “Yanes continued, “I saw the reaction of the aud ience and it was fantastic, so I had someone make me a Elvis jump suit costume and I extended my band to a 16-piece band.” At the Gallup High performance, Yanes got into a “2001 Space Odyssey,” which segued into “Cee Cee Rider.” He covered “Don’t Be Cruel,” “It’s Now or Never” and “Johnny Be Good.” Each show is a unique experience, Yanes admits.



By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he best of the Arizona boys and girls basketball teams beat their New Mexico counterparts in three out of four games played March 30 and April 1 at Miyamura High School. The games were not sanctioned by sports governing bodies of either state. The game is an annual affair organized by a free-lance journalist from Fort Defiance, Ariz. In the f i r st ga me, the A r izona girls, behind the savvy court play of Ganado guard Jaylynn Curley, beat New Mexico 89-88 in a game that went down to the wire with several changes of possessions. In order to play in the annual game, a player must be a senior. Window Rock’s Dominique Chee scored 9 points in the first game and provided some steady leadership toward the end of the game, which worked in

Arizona’s favor. Jacqulynn Nakai of Coconino dropped 11 points and Lynnae Mitchell of Winslow hit 11 points in the first game. Mitchell was particularly difficult to control in the game with respect to ball handling. Chee was the other ball-handler for Arizona as the Arizona Lady All-Stars held on for the win. New Mexico’s Shynell Dawes of Tohatchi scored two 3-point shots in the second half to keep New Mexico close. Tohatchi won the state 3A championship about two weeks ago. In the first boys game, Arizona won 100-96 as Rory Bille of Winslow scored 16 points and Michael Yellowhair of Ga nado h it 14 poi nts. Yel lowha i r wa s a stea dy presence in the game as his ball-handling skills and shooting ability were key in getting teammates Jevon Yazzie of Page and fellow Hornets’ teammate Jamal Coleman free for jumpers and inside shots. Coleman was one of the two

Jamaal C. gets the pass off to an open member of the Arizona All Stars. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

New Mexico All Star Cheyenne B. takes the shot. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Matt V. gets off a clean dunk during the halftime boys dunk contest. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Sarah G. goes around the Arizona defenders to the basket. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons SPORTS

tallest players on the court with David Riley of Farmington the other tall player. Coleman won the game’s dunk contest with a reverse tomahawk slam. “It was a very-well played game by both teams,” Arizona head coach Ryan Brown said of the first game. “Considering that this was the first time that most of these guys even met each other, much less played together on the same court, I’d say it was a good game.” Arizona withstood a late New Mexico rally led by power forward Troy Etsitty of Gallup and shooting guard Brandon Belone of Wingate High School. Balone got hot late from long range in the game and played some very heady defense for New Mexico that enabled the home team to

make several runs. In Saturday’s girls game, Arizona jumped out to big leads and never looked back in what turned into a rout. Cherelle Speen of Valley Sanders provided an inside and outside court presence that helped free up practically everybody on the Arizona team. Speen was part of the Sanders team that won this year’s state championship. Window Rock’s D’Ovionn Wagner momentarily got hot late a nd hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the away t ea m a n a dded cu sh ion. Arizona led 61-47 at the half and Francine McCurtain, a coach for Arizona, and former standout basketball player at Washington State University, could be heard telling the

players, “Keep getting back on defense. Look for open teammates.” McCurtain is a head basketball coach at Piñon High. The Arizona girls won the second game 116-97. The New Mexico boys won the second game 101-97. The second boys game went to overtime. The beginning of the fifth quarter in the overtime game saw Coleman and Riley battle it out with consecutive inside shots and post moves. But guards Matt Vail (Grants) and Michael Anzures (Grants) proved too much from the outside for Arizona. Vail was one of the game’s most valuable players as were Cheyenne Begay (Tohatchi) a nd Ni z hon i T hom a s of Flagstaff.

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Miyamura Lady Patriots battle Grants PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS

Miyamura Lady Patriot Annalisa Ferguson returning a serve at Ford Canyon on March 30 against the Grants Lady Pirates. The Pirates won the match, 1-8.

Miyamura Lady Patriot Grace O’Leary prepares to serve the ball at Ford Canyon on March 30 in the Lady Patriots home match.

Miyamura Lady Patriot Senior Sarah Espinosa hits it towards the Grants Lady Pirates during the Miyamura home tennis tournament on March 30 in Gallup.

Miyamura Lady Patriot Ashley Fernandez taking a leap to hit a ball back to her opponents during her tennis match on March 30 in Gallup against the Grants Lady Pirates.

HISTORY | FROM PAGE 14 the afflicted countries. On the evening of April 2, 1917, while in front of a subdued joint Congress and with a packed gallery listening, the President delivered his war message. The Supreme Court justices were also present. Much of his message dwelt with German submarines sinking American merchant and passenger ships, and then he said: “There is one choice we cannot make -- we are incapable of making -- we will not choose the path of submission and suffer the most sacred rights of our nation and our people to be ignored or violated. The wrongs against which we now array ourselves are no common wrongs; they cut to the very roots of human life.” He continued to a more meaningful expression of purpose. “The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace

must be founded upon the trusted foundations of political liberty.” He now felt that the only road to that peace was by America’s active participation in the war and asked the Congress for a joint resolution declaring war on Germany. At 3 am in the morning of April 6, after an 82 to 6 vote in the Senate, the House voted 373 to 50 to support the President – and the nation was at war. Now, the administration had to face the daunting task of raising and equipping a modern, efficient Army and Navy. Currently, there were less than 200,000 men in the combined armed forces, and only 19 field-grade officers that made up the General Staff in Washington. The newly-created Aviation Section consisted of four planes under the jurisdiction of the Army Signal Corps. One of the first decisions the General Staff was faced with was to find a field commander for the soon-to-be organized

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American Expeditionary Force, someone who would actually have some field combat experience. Their choice was the former commander of Fort Wingate and the field commander of an expedition in 1916 against the Mexican rebel, Pancho Villa -Brig. General John J. Pershing. Raising an Army and Navy of a million men took a little longer. By December 31, 1917 only 176,665 troops were in France and England and had not yet participated in any large-scale combat operations. That would all change in mid-April, 1918, but that’s another story. To get a good idea of America’s involvement in World War I, be sure to watch “The Great War” on New Mexico PBS, channel 5 - KNME. This 6-hour, 3-night event, airing in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I will be shown between 8 - 10 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-12.

STARTUP | FROM PAGE 12 ownership stakes in DAPL. The Tribe will continue to pursue divestment, shareholder advocacy and other tactics to show that Energy Transfer Partners’ conduct is unacceptable business

practice. The power of people speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline is greatly appreciated and today’s announcement by BNP Paribas is proof the fight continues and we look forward to further progress with the investment community, as well as in the courts.

The Dakota Access Pipeline being installed between farms, as seen from 50th Avenue in New Salem, N.D in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Tony Webster SPORTS

Coach’s Korner: How do you know? By Greg McNeil What is it? How do we know? When I began my study of the Chinese martial art Wing Chun Kung Fu, a close combat style of fighting popularized by Brue Lee and his sifu (teacher) the legendary Ip Man, I struggled to keep my eyes open during live combat practice because I was afraid of getting hit. My sifu, Kurt Saenz would say to me, “without the ability to see clearly what’s in front of you how can you evaluate if what your opponent does is real or a form of deception designed to confuse and throw you off balance.” I would later learn that combat was never truly about fighting but our ability to correctly process the information that was in front of us. Information takes many forms, serves many purposes. The abilit y to prov ide appropriate counter information during attack means that we can decode deception or other erroneous information that has the ability to confuse or mislead us into thinking and behaving in self-limiting ways. To act in self-limiting ways

usually means that we suffer at some level in our lives, especially when it comes to health. Let’s talk cancer. Is it true that cancer is incurable or were we told that it was? Of course we know people don’t live forever, but what does this have to do with information suggesting that cancer is incurable or only cured through mainstream medicine? Allow me to explain… Have you ever heard of Dr. Royal Raymond Rife, MD? In the 1920’s Dr. Royal Raymond Rife developed a machine called the frequency generator. Briefly, a frequency generator is a machine that moves energy or adjusts the frequency in the body to produce healing through the elimination of toxicity or disease. In 1934, under the watchful eye of the Special

Medical Research Committee appointed by the University of Southern California Dr. Royal Raymond Rife successfully treated and cured 1,000 cases of “incurable” cancer. With the use of his frequency generator Dr. Rife had a total recovery rate of 100%. What Dr. Rife proved was that every disorder in the body has a frequency, which in turn responds (or resonates) to a specific (optimal) frequency for its dissolving and healing in the body. After unsuccessful attempts to buy his research and equipment by various pharmaceutical companies Dr. Rife’s office was ransacked, his research paperwork was stolen and the frequency generator used to cure the 1,000 documented cases of “incurable” cancer was destroyed. T h i s colu m n does not

Tohatchi Lady Cougars Honored


he Tohatchi High Lady Cougars were honored by the Gallup McKinley County Schools Board of Education April 3. Back row, from left: Coach


Tanisha Bitsoi, Crystal Haley, Sierra Petterson, Samantha Belone, Kalian Mitchell, Gabrielle Thomas, Sherika Watchman, Shynelle Dawes, Daryl Bitsoi, and Assistant Coach Doug Ballard.

F ront row, f rom lef t : Shaundina Whitney, Brianna Denetso, K r ystal Benally, Cheyenne Begay, and Genae Mo r r i s . P h o t o C r e d i t : Knifewing Segura

examine the economic motives of others, but it does highlight that through research we discover the ability to counter misinformation and decept ion wh i le red i scover i ng paths to healing we have long forgotten. “In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.”Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine (1937) Knowing that you read

The Coach’s Korner is truly an honor, so I would ask that you research this information. Credibility is important to me, it’s important to you. Coach G G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssio n a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author, and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

High School Sports Scoreboard

GALLUP BENGALS Boys Tennis 4/4: Gallup @ St. Pius X: 0-9 Boys Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 2nd Place (2/9) Girls Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 3rd Place (3/9) Varsity Baseball (7-9) 4/4: Navajo Prep @ Gallup 4-5 Navajo Prep @ Gallup 0-2 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Tennis 3/30: Miyamura @ Grants 7-2 Boys Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 1st Place (1/9) Girls Tennis 3/30: Grants @ Miyamura 8-1 Girls Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 1st Place (1/9) Varsity Baseball (6-6) 3/30: Miyamura @ Shiprock 4-0 Varsity Softball (8-6) 3/31: Miyamura @ Espanola Valley 8-4 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Boys Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 8th Place (8/9) Girls Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 6th Place (6/9)

WINGATE BEARS Boys Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 4th Place (4/9) Girls Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 7th Place (7/9) Varsity Softball (6-3) 4/4: Wingate @ Laguna Acoma 8-6 Wingate @ Laguna Acoma 11-14 TOHATCHI COUGARS Boys Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 6th Place (6/9) Girls Track & Field 4/1: Shiwi Ye’la:ha Invite (Zuni, NM) - 8th Place (8/9) Varsity Baseball (1-1) 4/4: Navajo Pine @ Tohatchi 1-15 Navajo Pine @ Tohatchi 12-6 Varsity Softball (5-1) 4/4: Thoreau @ Tohatchi 6-18 Thoreau @ Tohatchi 5-21 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: gallupsun@gmail.com

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2017 GALLUP AUTHORS FESTIVAL: “UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY” Through April 8, the library hosts the 2017 Gallup Authors Festival – Unity through Diversity — with 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. JOHNSON-O’MALLEY INDIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING 9 am: Meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Carmen Moffett at (505) 721-1036. GMCS Student Support Center. 640 S. Boardman Ave. GET UP AND GAME (ALL AGES) Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 4 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SATURDAY April 8

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeater’s Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 to 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. ARTSCRAWL: FLOWER POWER Give peas and peace a chance from 7 to 9 pm! Celebrate Earth Day early with a flower-themed printmaking workshop, recycled craft activity, nature photography show, and seed giveaway. Time travel to the 1960s and channel your inner beatnik in a poetry-writing workshop and ArtsCrawl’s first-ever

Poetry Slam. Be sure not to miss show openings at downtown’s art galleries, live music and dance performances too! @ArtsCrawl Gallup on Facebook.

MONDAY April 10

FIRST 25 WORDS: FREE! 26-50 WORDS: $5 51-75: WORDS: $10 76-100 WORDS: $15

Newly renovated, 5 BR, 2 BA. Huge fenced backyard. 1412 S. Cliff, $182,500 Homeowner Financing available. Call 505870-7754


SUNDAY April 9

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.


in the Zuni mountains 20 minutes from Grants, NM 1.5 acres, $78k 505-240-2112


FREE PARENTING CLASS FINAL SESSION Parenting classes for parents of teens, Office of Dine Youth, Window Rock, Ariz., through April 10 from 5-7 pm.

Need a past issue? $1.50 per copy. Note issue date and send check or M.O. to: Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305. Subject to availability.

TUESDAY April 11


REGULAR COUNTY COMMISSIONER MEETING 9 am: A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting. Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill Ave.

Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce has an exciting opportunity for a person who: • Loves our community • Likes interacting with people • Is Knowledgeable about the history, culture and visitor opportunities of the surrounding area. • Has the Ability to read maps and give detailed directions. • Has an understanding of both Apple, IBM and other electronic devices. Computer software skills, the operation of internet search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software and calendars. • Likes to work with data and build reports • Is highly organized and goal oriented. Required High School Diploma or equivalent. Apply in person at 106 West Hwy. 66, bring resume. Gallup McKiney County

MCKINLEY COUNTY LIQUOR EXCISE TAX ALLOCATION COMMITTEE A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office. Discussion and recommendation meeting, 1 pm in the Commissioner Conference Room, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill Ave. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MARCH! Introduction to the Internet, April 11, 3-5 pm: The library is offering free computer Continued on page 23


PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting along with an open Public Hearing regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Plan and Five Year Plan, to be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 1:00 PM MST, at the Gallup Housing Authority board room, 203 Debra drive, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The agenda will be available to the public at the Gallup Housing Authority office.

ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico

By:/S/ Alfred Abeita,

Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. Installers needed for fiberglass insulation installation (residential & commercial). Piece work. Experience preferred, but will train. Valid NM DL, clean driving record a must. 401k matching available. Applications may be obtained and submitted in person at 1130 Bosque Farms Blvd., Bosque Farms, 87068 at 7 a.m. Monday - Friday. Preference given to Navajo candidates. Gallup Sun needs a calendar editor and freelance reporters. Please send resumes to: gallupsun@gmail.com HOMES FOR SALE Residential Construction Consulting. Thinking about building a home? Before, you buy the lot, or purchase house plans get the information you will need to make the right decisions during the Planning stage. In the City or Rural Construction. Get the information you will need to save you time and money on your new home or addition. Consulting suited to your specific need. Gallup Home Consulting, 35 year experience, Developer, GB-98, Building Inspector Certified, AAS Construction Technology. 575-343-2674

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OPEN House 1412 S Cliff Gallup NM Sunday, April 9 2:00 -5:00 pm PLACE YOUR REAL ESTATE AD HERE! FIRST 25 WORDS FREE. LOGO and/or PHOTO $5 EACH. APPEARS ON GALLUPSUN.COM FOR FREE! EMAIL: gallupsun@gmail.com CALL: 505-728-1640 HOMES FOR RENT 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 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

MAIL DELIVERY 1 year subscription. Send check for $59.95 to:

Gallup Sun Publishing PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 7 - 13, 2017 Continued from page 22

training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave.

MAKER’S CLUB (AGES 6 AND UP) A club for kids interested in science, math, building, and inventing. Each week features a different challenge, project, or experiment. Starts: 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Magnet Madness WEDNESDAY April 12

METRO-DISPATCH BOARD MEETING 9 am: All interested parties are invited to attend. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior. Meeting is held in the McKinley County Metropolitan Dispatch Authority Conference Room, 2215 Boyd 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. APRIL FILM SERIES: BASED ON A TRUE STORY Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Apr. 12: Deepwater Horizon THURSDAY April 13

CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: No-sew sock bunny 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, CALENDAR

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) 7268068 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.  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 wish-


ing 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

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. 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. LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA April 15, The Navajo Police Department hosts the run —100 percent of proceeds go to the Special Olympics Arizona. This year, 16.5 Km (10.2 miles) run: Seven flames carried throughout the State of Arizona. Join us on a small portion of the 187 miles! Run, walk, or bike. Start: Window Rock Veteran’s Memorial Park, Window Rock, Ariz. Facebook: @Spe-


SEPTETO NACIONAL DE IGANCIA PINEIRO April 23, 7:30 pm: The Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro is a Cuban group credited with expanding the Son musical style before Arsenio Rodríguez. It added the trumpet to percussion, vocals, and strings. Tickets $20 for adults; children 12 and under $5. Call (505) 7267550 for tickets, are at the door. Visit elmorrotheatre. com. El Morro Theatre, 207 W. Coal 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 18, Lego Challenge; April 25, Paper Engineering. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave ANNUAL SUNRISE KIWANIS CLUB FUNDRAISER SPAGHETTI DINNER The Gallup Sunrise Kiwanis Club holds its 14th Annual Spaghetti Dinner April 18 at the Miyamura High School Cafeteria, 680 South Boardman Dr., from 4:30 to 7 pm to raise funds for the Dictionary Project. Please join us in providing a dictionary for every Third Grade student in McKinley County. Tickets $6 from Sunrise Kiwanis members and Miyamura High School Key Club members or at the door. For more information, contact John Lewis Taylor at (505) 863-3770. APRIL FILM SERIES: BASED ON A TRUE STORY Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. 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 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.

BE CONTRACT READY A series for your small business. April 26, 9 am – noon, Part 1: Understand Solicitations; 1:30 – 4 pm, Part 2: Proposal Writing. Register for each class individually with the Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220, gallupsbdc@ unm.edu. BIRDHOUSE LIVE AUCTION The Ups and Downs team of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Gallup will hold their annual live auction of birdhouses (painted/decorated/reimagined) by local artists and craftspersons May 7. If you would like to help by making a birdhouse, please call Linda Shelton at (505) 722-2175 or (505) 297-9515 for more information. All birdhouses must be completed by April 23. 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 childlib@gallupnm.gov. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST Oct. 7, and Nov. 4: There’s no fee to take this proficiency assessment for graduating high school. High school seniors may participate in the Navajo Nation Bilingual Proficiency test held at the Department of Dine Education Building, Window Rock, Ariz. Call (928) 871-7660 for more info. Navajonationdode.org. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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APRIL 28, 2017 AT RED ROCK STATE PARK THERE WILL BE FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS FROM UNM ATHLETICS. Lions Hall is the original building of the UNM-Gallup Campus and from its landmark position overlooking the campus, represents the work of early community leaders who wanted a local community college. Construction on the Lions Clubhouse was completed in 1969 when the Lions Club donated the structure to the University. UNM-Gallup is now honoring both our past and our future by renovating Lions Hall. Once completed, Lions Hall will become the new home of the Middle College High School, our innovative charter school that gives students the oportunity to attend both high school and college while fulfilling completion requirements of both.










FRIDAY, JULY 21 Early Registration OHV/MX Park 5 – 9 p.m. (Camping available)

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017


START - 9:00 AM

• S c e n i c Wa l k / R u n 8 : 0 0 a . m . 3 m i l e s — a l l a g e s — $ 2 5 . 0 0


• Great Muddy Sprint & Endurance Race — 10:30 a.m.

• Registration 6 a.m. — 7:30 a.m.

3 mile course — $50.00, 6 mile course — $75.00

This run/walk with 8 color stations loops

• Lil Muddy Monster — 3:00 p.m. — ages 10 and under —

through historic downtown Gallup, New Mexico.


Entry fee: $45.00, children 6 and under free.

• BBQ 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. — MUSIC AND GAMES

Registration is online at www.active.com.

(1 meal ticket included per registration. Purchase additional tickets.)

For in-person registration, please contact Michaela Henry at (505) 863-7589.

Find registration and event details at active.com.

For more information, contact Ara Green

For more information contact Ara at (505) 863-7519

(505) 863-7519 or adgreen@unm.edu

or Christina at (505) 863-7 136. Vendors are welcome.


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