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NEWS Gallup Council approves G-22 agreements CITY UNVEILS $90M PROPOSED 2018 BUDGET
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Cou nc i l a ppr ove d two measures at an April 19 special meeting related to surface water backup of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. The two measures dealt with the approval of a settlement agreement on G-22 water application litigation w it h W h i s per i ng Ced a r s Mutual Domestic Water Users Association and a separate approval of a settlement agreement on G-22 water application litigation with Juniper Trails Water Association. Both matters were introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski. G a l lu p C i t y M a n a ge r Maryann Ustick unveiled the proposed 2018 operating budget during the second half of the special meeting. “These two settlements were two of six settlements,” Kozeliski said, about the water deals. “We (the city) have two other protestants to either settle with or go to hearing on. It is litigation and had to be approved by council.” Kozeliski said council members unanimously approved the settlement terms. He said the terms are that the city monitor water levels in wells, and if the city starts pumping more than 500-acre feet per year from the Hogback well field on the east side of Gallup, and the city affects other water wells, then the city agrees to offset that problem in a variety of ways which is required by state law,” Kozeliski explained. “We have the same agreements in place at the Yatehey wells that we currently use,” Kozeliski said. The term G-22 refers to
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Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick. a deep underground water basin that is known as the San Andres Glorieta formation. The main well field will be near Indian Hills and a back up well field near the Ciniza Refinery, Kozeliski said. “This will be our backup water supply should anything happen to Navajo-Gallup, like long-term drought in Colorado, and there not be enough, or another Gold King Mine spill that polluted the San Juan River for a while,” Kozeliski said. Kozeliski continued, “We have pumped this aquifer for many, many decades and the water levels are dropping in these wells and we need to secure another source of water, and that is why G-22, a deeper, separate aquifer, is being pursued.” Kozeliski noted that neither Whispering Cedars or the Juniper Trails associations have any connection to the Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Project. “The Navajo-Gallup project is surface water coming from the San Juan River. The G-22 application is for ground water coming out of the well in the ground.” Kozeliski noted that Whispering Cedars protested the city’s use of Glorieta aquifer as this is the
Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington same locale in which they get their water, he said. “We do not think this supply (G-22) will be used very heavily, if at all, but we do have to have water to drink,” Kozeliski said. “This is sort of the suspenders that go with the belt.”
Gallup City Attorney George Kozeliski position. The move practically assures that Gallup will have just one senior center in the months to come, Mayor Jackie McKinney pointed out. Gallup Library Director
Mary Ellen Pellington said her proposal came in $200 less than last year’s budget, due to the lesser cost of equipment,” Pellington said. Pellington noted the recent hiring of a new deputy director at the Octavia Fellin Library, saying one of the things the new person will oversee is the improving of Fellin’s community archives program. Special activities funding calls for $120,000 to go to the Business Improvement District, $5,000 to gallupArts, $40,000 to MainSteeet and $20,000 to the Southwest Indian Foundation. A little more than $424,000 is proposed for Red Rock Park, which, among other things, includes maintenance and staffing costs.
GALLUP COUNCIL REVIEWS PROPOSED $90M BUDGET G a l lu p C i t y M a n a ge r Maryann Ustick introduced the fiscal 2018 operating budget at the special meeting. The document is valued at $90 million, with a proposed general fun set at $28 million. The Gallup City Council followed with a work session in which department heads went through requests. Ustick prefaced budgetary talks with the fact that the document doesn’t call for new personnel positions. “There are no new positions in the draft budget,” Ustick told council members. “This is the first of several work sessions.” Some of what the proposed budget calls for includes the elimination of a full-time program senior center specialist
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PLANNED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 2017 through 2021 GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY REPORT to THE PEOPLE The GHA is responsible for developing a 5-year capital improvement plan which is funded annually by capital grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. GHA receives approximately $350,000 annually for this purpose. On April 13, 2017, the Board of Commissioners approved a Capital Improvement plan for 2017 through 2021 in the total amount of $1,750,000. These funds will be used for Site improvements, Repair and Modernization of interiors and exteriors of housing units within the following six  public housing developments: GALLUP HOUSING AUTHORITY Unit Status Report by Development As of: April 17, 2017 HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
# of UNITS
VACANT BUT LEASABLE
VACANT BUT UNSAFE
AMP1 - MARCE DEVELOPMENT
AMP1 - ARNOLD DEVELOPMENT
AMP1 - ROMERO\CLARK DEVELOPMENT
AMP1 - SKY CITY DEVELOPMENT
AMP2 - FORD CANYON
AMP3 - SUNSHINE CANYON
Total Units under Management
The five-year planned use of funds approved by the Board of Commissioners is programmed at follows: Capital Fund Program - 5 Year Plan
Fees and Expenses
NMGRT on Construction Items
Total Planned Expenditures
Total Projected CFP Funds
Total for Five Years
** All figures are subject to change due to availability of funds, final contract bidding and/or change in circumstances which may affect planned projects. HUD allows moving projects back and forth throughout the plan years so long as the annual budgeted amounts are not exceeded. In addition, upon receipt of the Grant Award, Gallup Housing Authority has up to 3 years to expend the funds.
For more information, contact: Executive Director Richard F. Kontz Gallup Housing Authority (505) 722-4388 ext. 11 203 Debra Drive, Gallup, NM 87301 4
Friday April 21, 2017 â€¢ Gallup Sun
5th and Route 66 water line ‘nicked’ GALLUP SWAMPED IN WATER LINE REPAIRS
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ccidents happen. That was the word April 18 from Gallup Water and Sanitation
Director Dennis Romero about an accidental water line break at the intersection of 5th Street and Historic Highway 66. Romero said the contractor working on the 5th Street line replacement project was
preparing to tie into the new 16-inch line when the accident happened. There is water line construction activity as far south as Hill Avenue from Highway 66. The new break resulted in standing water and
the re-routing of downtown traffic. “W hile clearing up the excavated a rea to a l low for more room to finish the tie-in, the contractor, Adame Construction (Albuquerque), inadvertently hit (nicked) a 2-inch corporation, or service, saddle and stop connected to the older 16-inch line that is being replaced,” Romero explained. “The contractor nicked it with a backhoe, causing the water leak.” As far as cost goes, Romero said since the saddle and stop are being abandoned, and a switch over was scheduled for this week, no cost will be
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incurred as the line its attached to won’t be in service anyway. Romero described the saddle as a fitting device that was attached to a 16-inch iron ductile main. “ T he cor porat ion, or
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Chiapetti one of two finalists for Flagstaff superintendent job IOWA ADMINISTRATOR PICKED OVER CHIAPETTI
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
rank Chiapetti’s quest to get back into busine s s of educat ion came close last week after not getting picked for the top job at the Flagstaff Unified School District, according to information provided to the Gallup Sun from the Flagstaff Unified School District. Karin Eberhard, spokeswoman for the FUSD, said Chiapetti was one of 20 candidates who applied for the job. Eberhard said six candidates ended up getting a preliminary interview and two were finalists for the job. Chiapetti was the superintendent at GallupMcKinley County Schools for about three years. The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board voted 3-1 at a March meeting to enter into contractual negotiations
Gallup McKinley County Schools beleaguered superintendent Frank Chiapetti applied for the superintendent position in Flagstaff. The position ultimately went to Mike Penca of Mason City, Iowa. File Photo
Mike Penca was selected for the top job at Flagstaff Unified School District. Photo Credit: Courtesy
with Mike Penca of Mason City, Iowa. Christine Fredericks, a member of the FUSD, recently told the Arizona Daily Sun that one of the reasons she didn’t ultimately vote for
Chapetti was because of some newspaper articles in Gallup newspapers that talked about Chiapetti reassigning district staff, including principals, to improve test scores at district
schools. The reported move upset some Gallup administrators as well as students and parents, area officials have said. Chiapetti, who, technically, remains the superintendent at Gallup-McKinley County Schools, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education in December 2016 in a 4-1 board vote. A major point of contention during Chiapetti’s reign were suggestions by the Native American school board members that Chiapetti didn’t have Natives in mind when it came to major decisions. Chiapetti, 51, will be paid by Gallup-McKinley County Schools up until June 30. That makes career school district administrator Mike Hyatt the “interim” superintendent of the Gallup school district until the end of June.
Chiapetti earned $132,000 annually in the job. Hyatt’s contract pays $150,000 annually and is believed to be the highest superintendent contract in the history of the Gallup-McKinley County School District. Hyatt is the highest paid public official in McKinley County. Asked months ago, when he applied for a superintendent’s job in Las Cruces and while he was going through some Gallup school board uncer tainty, Chiapetti, a Gallup native, said he was looking elsewhere because “I’ve got to keep my options open.” Chiapetti did not return repeated telephone calls over the past few weeks from the Sun seeking comment. When asked if there were more applicants from either McKinley or Cibola counties who applied for the Flagstaff superintendent job, Eberhard chose to pass on the question.
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Friday April 21, 2017 • Gallup Sun
NM-born Super Bowl winner explains why he skipped White House visit By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
New England Patriots player who was born and raised in New Mexico was among those who skipped out on a White House meeting with President Donald Trump this week. Alan Branch, a defensive tackle for the Patriots since 2014, played high school football at Cibola High School in Albuquerque before going to college in Michigan. He discussed why he chose to not attend the White House visit on CNN Wed nesday night from his home in Arizona. He cited sexist remarks made by Tr ump where he was caught on tape before an Access Hollywood taping. The Washington Post first reported on the tape. Br a nch s a id it w a s n’t about politics. “For me it was a personal
Screenshot of Alan Branch speaking on CNN. m a t t e r. W h a t P r e s i d e n t Trump said on the bus really struck a nerve with me,” he said. “I’m a father of three daughters and I have a son as well and I just can’t see myself hav ing any ty pe of interest to go meet this person that said such horrible things.” Branch also said he would rather spend time with his family, noting he would have had to miss two of his daughter’s softball games to attend.
“For somebody to have me miss family time, which I don’t have during the season, that’s someone I’d have to respect,” he said. “And I don’t have enough respect for him to take the time away from my kids and my wife to just shake his hand. That’s just not me.” Fewer Patr iots player s attended the ceremony than the last time they won the Super Bowl. A tea m spokesma n
disputed that the drop in players was significant when s p e a k i n g t o T h e B o st o n Globe: “When you win two [Super Bowls] in three years, fewer people go than one in 10 years,” he said, noting that player turnout for the White House ceremonies between 2002 and 2005 decreased steadily. “It’s just the way it goes,” Stacey James said. “It’s a long day. It’s a cool thing you do once — maybe you do it twice — but it’s just not necessarily something you choose to do every time. We had people today who were attending funerals, who were sick — it wasn’t political; it’s just life.” T he Pat r iot s were t he first team to visit the White House after winning a championship. The Chicago Cubs, who won the World Series for the first time in 108 years last fall, visited the White House days before Barack Obama left office. Obama is from
Chicago, though he is a White Sox fan, not a Cubs fan. For his part, Branch said he hoped that Trump would be a good president. “I hope he does a great job. I’m an American at the end of the day, so I hope he does well.” O t her member s of t he Patriots organization suppor t ed T r u mp, i nclud i ng owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick. Quarterback Tom Brady counts Tr ump as a friend, though he did not attend the White House meeting because of family issues. Brady avoided saying whether or not he voted for Trump or supported his campaign. Branch was first drafted in 2007 and won two Super Bowls, both with the Patriots. He recently signed a two-year extension to stay with the team. Vi sit: nmpoliticalre port.com
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Gallup police looking for Josh Cucciardi
MAN FACES FORGERY, IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Gallup man, wanted on theft of identity and forgery charges, is on the wanted list of Gallup police, according to information obtained from Magistrate Court. An arrest warrant was signed April 19. According to a criminal complaint on the matter, Josh Cucciardi, 33, is the primary suspect connected to a series of forged checks that were cashed at Perry Null Trading Company and which later cleared at Pinnacle Bank in Gallup. The checks did not belong to Cucciardi and were written out in the name of another person. The Gallup Sun is not revealing the name of the person in which the checks were written out to. Cucciardi’s last known address is 206B E. Maple Avenue in Gallup. Cucciardi is a Gallup native with family that lives in the city. The person that the check was written out to informed investigators that the residence of his parents was burglarized a couple of years ago and this may be how Cucciardi got ahold of the personal banking information.
The victim met with police and provided signature samples in the presence of an attorney. The signatures did not match. A warrant was served on an associate of Cucciardi at that time revealed several copies of identification cards, and modified blank and filled out checks, according to the criminal complaint. Gallup police have evidence that Cucciardi indeed cashed at least one check at Perry Null’s using an altered ID. The bond amount issued by Magistrate Court is $10,000. Lt. Roseanne Morrissette, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, classified the situation as white collar crime. Morrissette said it’s a matter of time before police apprehend Cucciardi.
WATER LINE | FROM PAGE 5 service, can be used to facilitate a connection to a customer or for a drainage point in a line,” Romero said. “It was really more of a piece of equipment hitting a smaller fitting on the line than a pipe rupture.” In terms of how long it will take to get things back to normal at 5th Street and 66, Romero said the piping from 66 up to Park Avenue was installed over the past few months, so the city should have the connection swapped over from the older line to the new line in due time. There is no cost to fix the mishap, Romero said. Romero also said there have been no water leaks at the 5th Street and Highway 66 in recent
memory. He said there have been some leaks in an older distribution line in a section of the Coal Avenue alley, between 5th and 6th streets, but nothing other than that. “That’s a smaller distribution line and the leaks were attributed to the age of the line,” Romero said. Un for tu nately, the 5th Street corridor has become a hot bed for water line breaks as of late. A family temporarily went homeless due to a 20-foot geyser bursting at the intersection of 5th Street and Hill Avenue some month ago. The family’s home was destroyed in the incident and a civil lawsuit is in the works. A sepa r at e wat er l i ne break at the intersection of Ford Drive and Aztec Avenue is nearing repair, That break
shut off water at two hotels and a restaurant in the Ford Ca nyon v ici n it y. Romero said water line breaks are common everywhere, saying infrastructure everywhere is outmoded. “This by no means is a Gallup thing,” he said. “These kinds of things happen, and are happening, in a lot of places around the country.” Ron Addison, a Gallup transplant from Las Cruces who was taking his car to Gurley Motors Tuesday for repairs, said the city might have its hands full this summer with like repairs. Gurley is located near the 5th and 66 location. “They got to do something about all the breaks,” Addison said. “There’s been a lot lately and right near downtown.”
A water main “saddle” was used to stop the leak at 5th Street and 66. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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Politicians turn out for antiabortion conference, fundraising By Joey Peters NM Political Report
nti-abortion advocates from across the country held a press conference in Albuquerque Wednesday morning denouncing New Mexico’s f lagship university for its fetal tissue donation practices. Among those who spoke at the event were Rep. Ma r sha Bla ckbu r n, R-Tennessee, New Mexico Rep. Steve Pea rce, a Republican and Washington D.C. a t t or ney Ca t her i ne Glenn Foster. Blackbur n, who chaired the controversial congressional Select Panel on Infant Rights, said she came to “join my colleague in the House [of Representatives] and those in New Mexico that have worked on the issue of life.” The Select Panel released a
report in January faulting the University of New Mexico for lacking protocols to “ensure the survival of infants who show signs of life following extraction from the uterus.” It also scrutinized UNM’s relationship with Southwest Women’s Options, an abortion provider that has donated fetal tissue to the university for scientific research. Supporters of abortion rights, as well as minority Democrats in the Select Panel, have dismissed the report and the panel’s investigation for using “McCarthy-era tactics” to conduct “an end-to-end attack on fetal tissue donation and women’s health care.” Pearce contended that “the laws are clear” and that “we’re simply stating, ‘Do not violate the law.’” The Select Panel made 15 criminal referrals for its research of abortion providers
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Female child abuser out on $40K bond
5-YEAR-OLD GIRL KICKED IN THE BUTT, 8-YEAR-OLD BOY FED BOLOGNA SANDWICHES By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Ga l lup fema le, charged with two counts of child abuse, has been released from the Gallup-McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $40,000 bond amount, officials confirmed. Shannon Begay, 32, was jailed on April 3 and let out Apr il 5, according to jail records. According to an arrest warrant, Gallup police began investigating Begay after one of her kids, a 5-year-old, identified in the arrest warrant as A.B., came into the Gallup Indian Medical Center at least once looking malnourished and with body bruises. The same physical situation appeared to be happening to
an 8-year-old boy, identified in the warrant as A.B.’s brother. Shannon and Harold Begay were the legal guardians of the kids, according to statements in the arrest warrant. The kids were turned over to the Begay’s after the state Department of Children, Youth and Families placed them. The warrant states that the two kids were denied visits by
family members, as per the wishes of Harold Begay, the warrant states. Harriet Dawes, a relative of the kids, was told by Harold Begay that A.B. was suspended from school because she continuously urinated on herself. Dawes states in the arrest warrant that A.B. appeared to have lost a lot of weight. Tasheena Wilson, a detective with the Gallup Police Depa r tment, notes in the arrest warrant that the first time she saw A.B. the girl had red marks around her left eye and nose. “She had scars on her neck and jaw,” Wilson states in the arrest warrant. “Her left eye lid was lower than her right.” There were scars on A.B’s legs, arms and stomach area, Wilson notes. Also, it looked as though
A.B. hadn’t bathed in months, Wilson recorded. Shannon and Harold Begay told police that A.B.’s injuries were self-inflicted. The police ultimately confiscated Harold Begay’s cell phone to search for photographic evidence. A.B. and J.W. were interviewed by a child forensics specialist who said A.B. admitted to being hit and kicked in the butt by Shannon Begay. The child said Shannon Begay screams and hits her with a shoe and hit her in her left eye with her fist at least once. J.W. backed up A.B.’s testimony to the forensic specialist. He said Shannon Begay pushed his sister so hard one time that it created a hole in a door. The boy said that he and his sister were fed “bologna sandwiches and cold food,” saying he and
A.B. were told to sleep on the floor by Shannon Begay. J.W. said he did not feel safe with the Begay’s, but said he did feel safe with the Dawes family. Shannon Begay did say to Wilson that the body scars on A.B. came from fingers being pressed into A.B. Shannon Begay said A.B. injured her eye as a result of being pushed into a door knob. When Wilson asked why Shannon Begay apparently didn’t like A.B, Shannon Begay responded that she didn’t like A.B.’s mother. Shannon Begay told Wilson that she beat up A.B. about every three or four days. There was no attorney listed in jail records for Shannon Begay. Jail records show that Harold Begay was arrested in February, but not for the child abuse case.
Defendants sentenced to 25 years for murder of Sanders man
HOENIX – Earlier this month, Vaughn Paul James, 24, of Sanders, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 300 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Ja me s h a d prev iou sly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder-aid and abet. James’s co-defendant, Nolan Lewis, 30, of Kykotsmovi, Ariz., had also previously pleaded guilty to the same crime and received the same sentence. On Sept. 10, 2013, James and Lewis assaulted the victim near Sanders, Ariz. While the
victim was still alive, he was placed in the trunk of his own car. The victim was later found deceased inside the trunk of the car, which had burn marks near the gas tank. The victim died of blunt force trauma to the neck and head. James and Lewis are both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation, as was the victim. The investigation in this c a s e w a s conduc t e d by the Nava jo Nation Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attor ney, Distr ict of Arizona, Phoenix.
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HOENIX – Kevin Ray Yellowma n Sr., 34, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior
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CHECK BANDIT BUSTED 4/18, Gallup J a m e s V i n s o n rema ined i nc a r c e r a t e d at the GallupMcK i n ley County Adult Detention Center on a probation-related violation, officials said. Vinson was on probation for larceny and burglary charges. He’s being held on a $3,000 bond. Vinson was taken into custody April 18 for not checking in with his Gallup probation officer, according to jail records. Vinson was a suspect in recent incidents regarding the cashing of forged checks. He’s is also listed as an accomplice to Josh Cucciardi, who is currently wanted by local police for forgery and identity theft. In one instance of Vinson’s past wrongdoing, he attempted
to cash a bogus $685.78 check at T&R. T&R personnel called the false issuer of the check and that instance led to a string of false check-cashing attempts by Vinson.
MURDER SUSPECT NABBED 4/8, Gallup N i g e l M i c h a e l Johnson, 19, of A lbuquerque was taken into custody April 8 by the New Mexico State Police on a murdering charge stemming from Albuquerque. According to information provided to the Gallup Sun by the NMSP, Johnson was apprehended at a Gallup hotel where he was staying under a fictitious name, according to state police information. Joh nson is cha rged in the murder and robbery of 66 -year-old Ir v in Sanchez of A lbuquerque. Joh nson remained incarcerated at the
Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque without bond this week, records show. The state police report does not say why Johnson was staying in Gallup. The Albuquerque Journal reported this week that back in August 2016 a woman called police saying she witnessed three young men beat up an older Native American male, take his wallet and run away near the location of a 7-Eleven store at the corner of San Mateo and Kathryn SE. Sanchez later died at an Albuquerque hospital, the Journal reported. A no t he r m a n , E m i l io Mirabal, 19, was arrested about two months ago in connection with the incident. A third suspect is still at large.
SECURITY THREAT 3/28, Gallup A Gallup man, employed as an armed truck stop security guard and sandwich maker at a local Subway, managed to get out of jail March 29 in spite of the irresponsible use of a gun
against his former girlfriend, records show. Ph i l l ip Ramirez II, 26, was taken i nto cu stody by Gallup police on March 28 after he threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend and whoever she was seeing. Ramirez is a member of the New Mexico National Guard and a licensed gun carrier in New Mexico. Accord i ng to a pol ice report, Ramirez was jailed on an aggravated assault on a household member charge and subsequently booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He got out 24 hours later on a $5,000 bail bond. “I have two loaded guns in my car, I’ll show up at Rocket’s Café and shoot whoever you’re ta lking to,” Ra mirez told Chelsea Guillen, 22. “I’ll shoot him. I’ll shoot a guy,” Ramirez uttered to the ex-girlfriend, as per the police report. Gallup police officer Luke Martin wrote in a report that he arrived at the Hemlock Canyon Trail residence of Guillen at about 10:42 pm and in reference to an apparent domestic dispute. Ramirez was accusing Guillen of seeing another guy and was acting in a belligerent manner, the police report states. Guillen did not have physical injuries. By the time
police arrived on the scene, Ramirez had fled to his residence on East Logan Avenue. Guillen, who stated in the police report that she broke up with Ra mirez about a month ago, told Martin that Ramirez owns two handguns and a “rifle-type firearm.” She added that Ramirez has “military” training and suffers from “anger issues.” Guillen stated in the police report that during the argument at the Indian Hills home, Ramirez pulled out a black gun and waived it in the air. Ramirez went so far as to show Guillen that the gun contained real bullets. The two have a 2-year-old son, according to the police report. Guillen’s grandmother, who lives at the Indian Hills residence, was able to call police. Guillen said she felt Ramirez was definitely capable of shooting her and asked police to increase patrols of the Indian Hills home. A Gallup police sergeant wa s a ble t o s pea k w it h Ramirez, who said he had weapons in his personal vehicle. Ramirez declined to go in depth with police in answering questions about the incident without the presence of an attorney. Guillen was issued a domestic violence packet by Martin. Ramirez has since quit the truck stop security guard gig.
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then pointed the firearm at the officer and other family members. Yellowma n f led the home and later surrendered to law enforcement. Yellow ma n is a n enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, a s is the officer who wa s assaulted. The i nvestigation i n t h i s ca se wa s conducted by Nav a jo Na t ion Pol ice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. At tor ney, Distr ict of Arizona, Phoenix.
by five years of supervised release April 13. Yellowman had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm in a crime of violence. O n S e p t . 8 , 2 01 5 , a Navajo Nation Police Officer responded to Yellowman’s residence for a domestic disturba nce ca ll. Yellow ma n a s s a u l t e d t h e of f ic e r, obtained the officer’s duty we a pon , a nd d i s ch a r ge d t h e f i r e a r m . Ye l low m a n
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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports The legal limit is .08. Marty Chavez April 12, 4:10 pm 13th DWI, Aggravated It’s the u n luck y 13 t h DWI for Chavez, a serial drunk driver. Metro Dispatch “gave out an attempt t o lo c a t e” a silver mini-van in the area of Giant gas station, 1223 E. Highway 66. Chavez’s van was spotted next at Navajo Shopping Center. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie found Chavez at the Shop N’ Save, 200 Marguerite. Yazzie made contact with one of the witnesses that called into complain about the occupants in Chavez’s van. They had asked her for money while she was gassing up at another location. Meanwhile, Chavez exited the shopping center and proceeded west on Highway 66, and Yazzie followed until he signaled for Chavez to pull over. He pulled into the McDonald’s west parking lot. There were several people in the vehicle, Yazzie noted, adding that he could smell booze coming from the vehicle. He noticed that Yazzie had “bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.” Chavez, 54, didn’t have a driver’s license, but gave an
ID card instead. The deputy ran his name and found out that Chavez was on the felony DWI list. Chavez failed the field sobriety tests, and blew a .17 twice during the breath tests. Yazzie discovered five open cans of “Camo” and two tall cans of Bud Ice on the middle, center floorboard. The five occupants in the vehicle were taken to detox. As of April 20, Chavez remains in custody at McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $7,000 cash bond. If he bonds out, he’s required to wear an ankle monitoring device. James Eddy April 5, 10:45 pm 7th DWI Eddy’s reckless d r iv i ng helped cops to n a b h i m for his seventh DWI. McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Office DWI Task Force Supervisor Tammy Houghtaling located Eddy as he was backing out of a parking spot near Sports Page on Second Street. She followed Eddy as he headed west dow n Mendoza , a nd noticed that he was repeatedly swerving over the center and shoulder lines. Houghtaling pulled Eddy, 46, over and asked for his driver’s license, in which he replied that his license was suspended
for 10 years due to past DWIs. He failed the field sobriety tests, and blew .13/.14 during the breath tests. Derrick D. Watchman April 5, 9:06 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated Watchman’s refusal to pull over for a Navajo Nation Ranger led to a pursuit. MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally took charge of the pursuit, chasing the red Pontiac Sunfire down Hassler Valley Road. Watchman pulled over near the entrance to Gallup Motocross. Benally noted in his report that he could smell alcohol wafting from the vehicle upon approaching Watchman. He showed the signs of intoxication – slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and “a drowsy look to his face,” the report states. During the two breath tests, Watchman, 26, blew a .31. Benally found several open containers of booze in the vehicle as well. Adrian Miles Feb. 24, 3:52 pm Aggravated DWI Sonic north employees came to the aid of Miles’ 5-yearold child, who wa s wea r i ng pa ja ma s a nd no shoes, and whose father was seemingly intoxicated, according to Gallup Police
Tuba City man sentenced to 37 months imprisonment for domestic violence Staff Reports
HOEN I X – A rl i n Hatathlie, 35, of Tuba City, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Rosenblatt to 37 months’ imprisonment April 19. Hatathlie had previously pleaded guilty to two counts
of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. On March 26, 2013 and Nov. 18, 2015, on the Navajo Nation, Hatathlie, a member of the Navajo Indian Tribe, assaulted the victim at the time, also a member of the Navajo Indian Tribe, resulting in serious bodily injury.
T he i nvestigation i n t h is ca se wa s conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Department of Public S a fet y. T he pr o s e c ut ion was handled by Dimitra H. S a mpson, A s si st a nt U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
Department Officer Angelo Cellicion. Miles, 27, was reportedly trying to leave the scene of an accident. He had hit another vehicle in the parking lot. Cellicion noted that Miles refused to take field sobriety and breath tests. Miles was also booked for child abuse Louis Shay Feb. 7, 3:46 pm 4th DWI GPD Officer Dominic Molina wa s work i ng the DWI Task Force when he not ice d t h a t Shay didn’t stop at a three-stop at 9 th and Jefferson. Molina pulled him over and Shay came to a stop near the Giant in American Heritage Plaza. Molina stated in his report that the smell of booze lingered from the vehicle, so he asked Shay if he had anything to drink, to which he admitted consuming two cans of Steel Reserve. There were also three other occupants in the vehicle. Shay, 56, failed the field sobriety tests, and blew .14/.13 during breath tests. Inside the vehicle Molina found nine open cans of Steel Reserve beer and one can of Four Loko.
Sherylette Delgarito Jan. 28, 9:31 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated A s MC S O D e p u t y Joh n son L ee was driving ea st on H ig hway 371 in Thoreau, he noticed a vehicle stopped in the wash bay at Jim’s Carwash. Lee noted in his report that it was 15 degrees outside. As he approached the vehicle, he noticed several children in the backseat. When he initiated a conversation with Delgarito, he could small “a very strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from her.” When Lee asked for her to look at him, he noticed that her eyes were bloodshot and red. According to the report, when Lee asked her to have a seat in the back of his patrol unit she quickly became uncooperative and threw herself on the ground. Delgarito, 37, screamed and tried to crawl under Lee’s patrol unit. When Lee pulled her out she kicked him in the side of his leg. He finally got her into the patrol unit. The four children were released to a family member.
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OPINIONS LETTER TO THE EDITOR
pril 16, 2017 I recently read about a City sponsored sola r project goi ng to t he Cou nt y Commissioners asking for a 6-to-8 year tax abatement, which mean they would not have to pay taxes on equipment to the tune of $800,000 to $1,000,000. I understand local businessman Joe DiGregorio spoke against granting the tax abatement mainly citing the Counties deteriorating finances, which
Gallup solar deal is no deal at all
is limiting County services and causing employee layoffs. He felt the Commissioners should protect future tax revenues and he wasn’t convinced the energy savings would be realized as predicted. Well, I tend to agree with Mr. “D”. He is a very smart businessman. Here is my take on the situation. First, if I am a local businessman who wants to start a high cost venture, I have to purchase land, but in this case the City is granting this company
the use of City land. Second, because I had to purchase the land I have to pay property taxes, but in this case because the solar project is on city land, that exempts them from paying property taxes. Then I build my business or plant and I have to pay taxes on the fixtures and equipment. In this case, the company with City support is now asking the County to give up that tax revenue by granting 6-to-8 year tax abatement. So my big problem with this is “how come” outside
businesses always get these types of breaks and the local businesses don’t get the same treatment. That is just not “fair play”. Every businessman I talked to on this “agrees”. In the past, I worked for many years with the Navajo Nation government in various high level financial and economic development positions. Numerous times I had to review projects being proposed to the Navajo Nation Government requesting Tribal investment [cash or $1 per year leases],
incentives and/or tax breaks. What I found was that many of them could not stand on their own financially without such injection of government capital [cash or land] or tax breaks and waivers. They were not financially viable without these government incentives or tax breaks. In short if the solar project is really financially viable then they should not need more local tax breaks.
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF APRIL 21
Last week is in the past. This week expect to slow down. A New Moon emerges on April 27. This marks a quiet and restful time for quiet contemplation. Use your time wisely. Meditate on past behavior and how you can improve. Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Your best bet is to make a list of your top areas for improvement. Madame G says think and take action! GO!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Life is full of adventure and inaction. Everyone is on the verge of waiting for something to happen and the moment of action. In the quiet moment between action and choosing—reflection is king. Learn to use those quiet moments for understanding and acceptance. You must learn to live with what you can’t or won’t change. You may change the rest. There you’ll find happiness.
Don’t be afraid to take a chance on something new. Bravery involves more than taking on dragons or leaving the house. It’s about emotional vulnerability. In a twist of irony, those who show honest emotion are more courageous than those who hide behind cynicism and anger. You’re a true warrior. Take a moment for solitude and show them what you’re made of.
You’re ready for the next step. What is it? Maybe it’s your romantic relationship or career. You’re the master craftsman of your life. It’s on you how this story goes and what’s worth fighting for or leaving behind. Take time to think through your desires and scrap the excess. You may feel the twinge of regret at losing out, but you’ll gain so much more. Live your life, well.
Your heart’s in the right place. Don’t forget to consider the cost. If you do something, give freely of yourself and expect nothing in return. You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone, except for you. If you’re living the life you want then you’re doing great. Don’t live by anybody else’s standards. Only you know what’s worth it. Only you know what’s good enough. It’s your life.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Toss out superfluous goals. You’ll never find satisfaction quite like mastery over your craft. Regrets will not lead to practice. Take time to think through what you want carefully. Plot your goals and plan how to get there. The jack-of-all trades has fun and yet lacks the refined sense of accomplishment that comes with careful study. Who do you want to be?
Live it! You know your options. You know what needs to happen. Only you can make the choice to be happy or not. This is the best time to think things through. Go the extra mile. And write about it. You must document these changes for yourself. Show yourself that you’re capable of moving onward. The only critic you have is you. You’re the only one who can stop.
You’re heading in a direction that may or may not be good. It may encompass everything you think you want. Is it? Now is the time for thinking things through. Don’t accept a life other’s have chosen for you. You will live and die with your mistakes and regrets. Living with this disappointment is on you. Be brave! Live strong. And be true to yourself.
The quiet lion takes a stroll and discovers a herd of deer. This wealth of knowledge feeds the family during hard times. Don’t be afraid to listen to your inner monologue while quieting the inner drum. It’s in that moment, you may discover what you’ve always needed to know—in the way you’ve always needed to see it. Seek and ye’ shall find. Go forth!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You’ve challenged yourself and maybe you failed. Don’t despair. In fact, this is a good thing. The worst thing you can do is succeed all of your life. You need the challenge of failure to push you forward—to improve—and be the best you can be. All you need is a little hope. You can improve. If you put your mind to it—you will improve. Stop moping. Start doing. NOW go!
The truth is out there. What answers do you seek? Remember, the answer is worthless without the proper question. You must dig deep and unravel what you think you know. Truth resides somewhere between the known and unknown. It’s on you to reach that moment of peace and ecstasy. Take a moment and test your inner strength. Your will—will take you there. You can!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’ve suffered a disappointment. That sucks! So, get over it. Nothing quite repairs the heart like moving onward and forward. This sounds cruel. Madame G isn’t sorry. Stop wasting time on what will never be. You have options. You have the ability. Your heart is capable of more. You’re a strong and beautiful human being who is capable of more. Never give up!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You might be in for a grand surprise. Only it may not be that grand. People have a way of erecting revolutions with little more than an underground network. You may think you’re entitled to the latest promotion or award. That doesn’t make it true. Remember, always get it in writing. Don’t leave it to chance and hope for the best. You’ll regret it if you do. Good luck!
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COMMUNITY Reflections on a war hero grandfather
Kenneth Riege’s grandfather, Pvt. Paul Emerson Riege, 1st Battalion/5th Marines. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kenneth Riege By Kenneth Reige Guest Submission
ednesday, April 19, 2017 marked the 100th Anniversary of my grandfather Paul Emerson Riege enlisting into the United States Marine Corps to fight during WWI. With our nation having different events marking the 100th Anniversary of our official involvement in WWI, I am very proud of my family’s military history and in the fact that my grandfather served in the most decorated unit in the Marine Corps History – the 1st Battalion/5th Marines or better known as “The Fighting 5th.” One of (if not the most
important) battles that this storied unit (along with my grandfather) fought in is known as the “Battle of Belleau Wood.” There is a great book out on this battle called “The Miracle at Belleau Wood, The Bir thplace of the Moder n Marine Corps.” I have shared this story of my grandfather to many of my guests, (especially to Marines) and it is very exciting to hear their stories on how from day one of Marine Corps training they teach them about the Marines of Belleau Wood. One day when I was telling a young Marine who had fought with the 1/5 in Iraq, my grandfather’s story, he was so excited that he had told me that I was the first direct descendant
that he had ever met from the Marines of Belleau Wood. He stated, and I quote: “Your grandfather was a badass and I wish I could have sat down with him, had a beer and just listened to his stories.” It brought a lump to my throat and I simply stated, “So would have I.” I n r e t r o s p e c t , a f t er I joined the Air Force in May 1985, I went to see him in what my grandmother called “The Old Soldiers Home in Dayton, OH.” I decided to wea r my full dress blues, and when he saw me he sat straight up in his bed and had the biggest smile. Before I would talk with him it was yes, and OK, now
Kenneth Riege proudly displays his grandfather’s WW1 medals in his office at Comfort Suites in Gallup. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kenneth Riege it was “Yes Sir.” I asked him if he remembered the conversation that we had had four years earlier about him joining the military at a young age, and he said that he did, and I told him “I get it.”
I know we can’t turn back the hands of time, but if possible I would go back to him just to say “Thank You” and “Welcome Home,” and while he was my grandfather he was also my “Brother in Arms.”
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Paul Emerson Riege’s headstone is located in West Alexandria, OH where Kenneth Riege grew up. An interesting fact about this picture is his date of birth. He was born on June 7, 1900 and enlisted on April 19, 1917 at the ripe old age of 16. “I had asked him (when I was about 16) one time why did he enlist at such a young age, and his answer was, ‘Well when your country calls you answer that call.’ He also said, ‘If you ever serve in the military you will understand what I mean by this.’” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kenneth Riege COMMUNITY
‘Free Fire’ entertains expertly, if uncomfortably RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS
RUNNING TIME: 90 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ome features have “cult movie” written all over them. The new independent feature Free Fire is pretty certain to attain that title in the near future. It’s a gritty, grimy and punchy little picture that makes the most of a simple set-up and is filled with entertainingly oddball characters. You certainly wouldn’t want to hang out with any of the disagreeable hooligans featured, but watching them at their worst is a real hoot. Set in the 70s, IRA members Frank (Michael Smiley) and Chris (Cillian Murphy) are in Boston attempting to secure arms for their cause. Along with gang members Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti), the team use intermediary Justine (Brie Larson) to get in touch with weapons dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and representative Ord (Armie Hammer). Also on the scene are crewmembers Martin (Babou Ceesay), Gordon (Noah Taylor) and Harry (Jack Reynor). Let’s just say that most are not only heavily armed, but also not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Soon, shots ring out and all end up firing on one another. The tale definitely bears some plot similarities to the 1992 feature Reservoir Dogs. However, they are significantly different in terms of tone and intent. There’s far more of an emphasis on humor in this production. This is notable right from the set up, with the
LETTER TO EDITOR | FROM PAGE 15 Depending on how this project is structured, they are probably getting federal and state tax incentives or breaks already. Then the City is letting them build on City land thereby avoiding property taxes and now they want a total free ride from the County by having the County give them tax abatement for 6-8 years. I am sorry I think they are asking for too much. COMMUNITY
Brie Larson stars in the gritty flick, ‘Free Fire.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: StudioCanel UK posturing in funky 70s duds and soft period lighting, along with the particular kind of bickering and insults being thrown, even as the locale is being shot up (to the soothing sounds of John Denver, no less). Amazingly, the entire tale is set within a single place; a dirty, dusty and abandoned warehouse. This also adds some amusing and distinctive camera angles, often low-down with the actors and following them mere feet and sometimes inches from the ground. After all, most of the characters are forced to slowly crawl around as they try to get the upper hand or just get out of the place without being turned into a piece of human Swiss cheese. It’s a whole lot tougher than it initially appears, as nearly everyone involved takes a beating in one way or another. As impressive as it looks, a movie like this is really a ll about the cha racters. I also predict that if the Commissioners say “no”, this company will go back to their people, come back and say “it is all or nothing”. That is how the game is played. They think you will want what they are offering so bad, you are willing to sell the farm, your wife and kids to get it. Commissioners, I hope you will stand firm. Another Concerned Citizen of Gallup Richard F. Kontz 505-236-1122
Thankfully, the cast is absolutely first rate here. The movie devolves into chaos quickly and the faces on display lend for some immediate familiarity with the characters, allowing for the story, conflict and action to proceed on the spot. The events are often confusing
for the participants as well. At times, they don’t know who is on their side and can’t even remember who has fired at them or who they should be taking aim at. Everyone seems to have a moment or two to stand out. Vernon’s germ-phobia and
eccentricities lead to laughs. Other noteworthy moments include a decision made by Stevo to take some illicit drugs in order to help him endure the crisis (or at least put him in a strange stupor for it). The entire exercise is pared to the bone, but the performances are so strong that it’s a great deal of fun just to watch them all growl and roll their eyes at one another. The performers appear to be having a great time and the sense of demented fun is quickly transferred to the viewer. Admittedly, this isn’t the type of movie that will appeal to all. It’s foul-mouthed and starts off violently, escalating as it progresses before climaxing with some particularly nasty and wince-inducing altercations. It also doesn’t appear to be a deep examination of the human condition. Instead, the movie comes across as a gnarly, over-the-top comedy poking fun at shoot-outs and other tropes of action cinema. Regardless, Free Fire does its job expertly, and is an awfully entertaining ride (or more accurately, crawl).
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‘The Promise’ focuses heavily on melodrama RATING: «« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 134 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s unfortunate when a movie attempts to tackle a serious and impor tant issue and falls short. That’s the feeling one gets while watching the period drama, The Promise. The intent of shedding light on and garnering attention to the Armenian genocide is certainly noble. However, packaging such an abominable event within the melodramatic framework of a slick and polished romance flick doesn’t end up gelling. Set in 1915 during the onset of WWI, Mikael (Oscar Isaac) is an apothecary living in a small village in Armenia. In order to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor, Mikael makes arrangements to marry a local woman. But f i r st , he w i l l u se the dowry to pay for medical training and a degree in Constantinople. He arrives i n T u rkey a nd v i sit s a n uncle, who introduces him to Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian raised in France as well as her boyfriend, Chris (Christian Bale), who is an American reporter writing about the conflict. Despite their relationships, Mikael and Ana begin to feel an attraction between one
Christian Bale plays a jealous reporter in the WWI period drama, ‘The Promise.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: Open Road Pictures another. But when the Turkish government begins rounding up Armenians for “relocation”, their quest for survival takes them on different, occasionally intersecting paths. As mentioned, this is an impressive-looking production, with Spain standing in for Turkey and Armenia and the gorgeous backdrops colorfully
lensed. While beautiful, they do add a layer of artifice to the proceedings. Still, when the film chooses to detail the atrocities committed by the Turkish forces, they are effectively chilling. The quick and brutal executions are effectively rendered, particularly during a sequence when
a village is ruthlessly removed and gunned down in the woods. And Isaac makes his character likable and relatable, despite Mikael’s ill-advised actions that exist solely to move the romance forward between his character and Ana. One wishes that the story had focused solely on the
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historical events. Instead, the main plot revolves around a love triangle and the character’s liaisons. Ana struggles to decide which ma n she tr uly loves, Mikael is conflicted about moving forward because of his promise to return to his betrothed, and workaholic Chris labors w it h h is jea lou sly over Mikael’s and Ana’s budding relationship. There is a lot of flip-flopping back and forth as Ana spends time with each man individually, leading to doe-eyed stares and, when apart, looks of longing. It’s more than a bit corny, and the emphasis on who Ana will ultimately choose feels especially unimportant given the horrific executions occurring around them. In the end, The Promise is a polished and well-intentioned feature, but one that doesn’t quite hit the emotional or dramatic heights that it should due to its overly theatrical bent on the love lives of the characters. It’s really too bad, because the Armenian genocide deserves more attention. At least it may inspire some viewers to find out more about the real events. In the meantime, if you’d like to see a picture that handles the subject matter more effectively, I’d suggest renting the smaller art film, Ararat (2001). For more awesome reviews, and the latest DVD reviews, visit: cinemastance.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 21, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s time for another look at the highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. This is a busy edition with new releases that include hit films and curious independent fare. There are also great older features coming your way. 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! Before the F lood - This documentary from actor/ director F i s h e r Stevens was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and follows the Oscar winner as he talks to experts about climate change. The feature shows how increasing temperatures are affecting the environment around us and ruining ecosystems. It also gives examples of what we can do to help stop it from happening and prevent some of the negative repercussions. On the whole, critics liked the film. There were a few who stated that it could have done with more concrete solutions, but the majority found it to be a well-intentioned effort that presented some strong ideas at combating the problem. Bigger Fatter Liar - Anyone out there remember the 2002 comedy Frankie Muniz comedy Big Fat Liar? This direct-toDVD sequel features a character with the same last name as the hero from the first film (so there must be some familial relation). In this story, the lead is a teenage tech genius who has his video game idea stolen by a greedy businessman. He travels to Seattle to take his revenge via a series of pranks. No one has seen the film as of yet, so interested parties will just have to throw caution to the wind and give it a try without any info. It stars Ricky Garcia, Jodelle Ferland and Barry Bostwick. A Cowgirl’s Stor y - In this family drama, a teenage girl moves to live with her grandfather on a ranch after her parents are called across COMMUNITY
the Ocean for military service. New to town, she tries to make friends, eventually forming an equestrian team. After hearing bad news from abroad, the group decides to put on a public show to benefit soldiers. This independent production appears to made for the straight-to-DVD market, so there are no reviews or advance word on the film as of yet. The cast includes Bailee Madison, Chloe Lukasiak and Pat Boone. The Duelist - This period, foreign-language feature is set in the 19th century and involves a mysterious hired gun who settles aristocratic disputes by fighting duels for them. As it turns out, the man isn’t just doing it for the cash; he has a long-standing personal grudge against someone in town and is drawing closer to taking revenge. This Russian film was shot in IMAX, which makes it unfortunate that it is only debuting on disc in North America. Notices were mixed, with some referring to it as silly, violent and melodramatic, and others suggesting it was incredibly stylish and amusingly exaggerated. It features Pyotr Fyodorov, Vladimir Mashkov, Yuliya Khlynina and Yuri Kolokolnikov. The Founder - Businessman Ray Kroc is the subject of this biopic. For those who don’t know, he was the driving force behind the success and growth of McDonald’s fastfood restaurant chain. The picture depicts his struggles, success and attempts to take the company over from his co-founders. There were some who believed that the movie should have gotten darker and explored the subject’s nastier traits, but the press generally liked the film overall. In particular, they complimented the compelling lead performance. It stars Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern and Patrick Wilson. Punching Henry - This independent comedy involves a comedian who decides to try his luck in Los Angeles after a TV producer promises to cast him as the star of a reality program. Unfortunately, the intent of the show seems to be to paint him as a “loser” and the lead must decide if the embarrassing nature of the gig is worth the fame. Write-ups
were positive, calling it an understated, but amusing and well-obser ved look at the dark side of reality-TV. They also were impressed with the incredible cast, which includes Henry Phillips, Tig Notaro, J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Clifton Collins Jr. and Derek Waters. Sleepless - A Las Vegas cop with a c r o oke d p a r t ne r i s talked into helping his buddy pull a heist. Big mistake! The officer soon discovers that the goods have been taken from a mafia outfit aligned with a casino. His son is kidnapped and the protagonist must return the goods that night if he ever wants to see his boy alive again. Reviews were quite poor for this action/thriller remake of the 2011 French film, Sleepless Night. Apparently, the original blows it out of the water in every conceivable way. This one was described as having a very flawed script full of gaping plot holes and pedestrian action scenes. It stars Jamie Foxx, Michele Monaghan, Demot Mulroney, David Harbour, T.I.. Gabrielle Union and Scoot McNairy. Split - The latest suspense/ th r iller from d irector M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Visit) follows a teenager invited out by schoolgirls in her class. When the group are kidnapped and taken hostage by an unstable individual with multiple personality disorder, she must desperately attempt to free herself from his clutches. This one was a hit at the box office and impressed more members of the press than it left cold. There were some who found the story distasteful, but most found the lead performance exceptional and believed the film maintained an effective level of dread throughout. It features James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley and Haley Lu Richardson.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Wow, it’s another busy week with plenty of classic
titles getting a high definition upgrade. Arrow Video have three titles hitting Blu-ray this week. The first is a 4-disc special edition of the incredible cult feature, Donnie Darko (2001). This release includes new 4K restorations of the theatrical and director’s cuts of the movie. You’ll also get multiple audio commentaries, an all new documentary on the film, a short from director Richard Kelly, deleted and alternate scene, a rchive mater ia ls, music videos, B-roll footage and much, much more. It essentially contains every conceivable extra you could possibly imagine or hope for. Oh, and the movie is pretty fantastic as well. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a teen who begins experiencing strange phenomena after a jet engine falls out of the sky - in particular the appearance of a strange and threatening figure in a bunny suit. The set contains both Blu-rays and DVDs of the contents, so you can watch the film on either format. They also have the horror picture The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) is an Italian feature in the “giallo” mold. It’s about a wealthy English lord who loses his wife. When he decides to remarry, family members visit and begin turning up dead. But is he killing them? Or his new bride...? Or is it something of a more supernatural nature? This Blu-ray includes a 2K restoration, critic interviews and commentary, interviews with some of the cast and publicity materials. Finally Arrow have The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972). This one involves an ancient curse that begins to take its toll on the members of another clan. Or, could the deaths be the result of a real person who wants to do the family harm? Besides the new 2K transfer, this one has bonuses that include a critic audio commentary and interview, as well as features with cast and crew members, archival interviews and featurettes, an alternate opening and trailers. Art film offshoot Arrow Academy are also releasing The Assassin (1961) as a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo. This is a highly acclaimed Italian film with Marcello Mastroianni as a man whose life comes under scrutiny by a police force after the death of his older lover. It’s
a critique of social and political morals of the era and arrives with a 2K restoration, an introduction about the film and documentary on its screenwriter. Shout! Factory have some interesting titles coming to Blu-ray too. Contamination .7 aka The Crawlers (1993) is an Italy/Canada/US co-production that lands firmly in the realm of B-movie horror. The story follows characters who dump nuclear waste into a forest. The tree roots become carnivorous, attacking campers and townspeople. Apparently, it’s really bad but might provide cheeseball laughs for some voewers. The movie arrives with a new, sharp transfer. On a different note, T h e Handmaid’s Tale (1990) is an adaptation of the Margaret A t w o o d book, set in a religious rightwing future where the environment is polluted and where human fertility has become rare. A woman who believes can conceive is placed within a family to reproduce. However, when she discovers that she is also sterile, her life is threatened. This one comes as a Blu-ray/ DVD combo. Finally, you can pick up a Collector’s Edition of Tales From the Hood (1995). This horror anthology with a socio-political slant that features four creepy tales. They include zombies taking out racist cops, monsters striking out against child abusers and voodoo dolls possessing the souls of murdered slaves. As low-budget anthologies go, this one is pretty solid, with a couple of excellent segments. Cr iter ion have ex tra s packed Blu-rays of two titles. There’s the Wim Wenders music documentary Buena Vista Social Club (1999), in which several Cuban musicians are brought out of retirement to collaborate on new music. They also have Woman of the Year (1942), a romantic comedy with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy about bickering new reporters who get married. This disc contains an 86 minute documentary on Tracy
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Gallup Sun • Friday April 21, 2017
SPORTS 360 Miyamura boys, girls run away from pack at MHS Invitational THE LATE ANGELO DIPAOLO HONORED AT MEET
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Miyamura boys and girls track and field teams ran away with a slew of victories April 15 at the 3rd annual Miyamura Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium. The Miyamura boys totaled 137 points and the girls held up their side with 84.5 points, edging out Grants which accumulated 83 points. The Grants boys tallied 124 points to come in second place at the meet. The Gallup
High boys earned third place bragging rights with 49 points and the Rehoboth girls took third with 77 points, according to meet results. “It was just a great meet,” Miyamura head coach Petersen Chee said. “The boys and girls teams performed well.” Miyamura’s Aaron Alejo came away with 19 points to top the boys’ field. Alejo garnered first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump events. Nicolas James of the Patriots took first place in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs with winning times of 4:33:38 and 10:00:63, respectively. Patriot teammate
The Public School Stadium now bears the late Angelo DiPaolo’s namesake. DiPaolo was involved in sports and served as an athletic director at several schools in the region during the course of his career in education. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
Ty McCray was second with a time of 10:12:13 in the 3200. Besides Alejo winning the long jump with a jump of 20’1.25, Ernesto Giran and Dominic Brite of Miyamura took second and third place with jumps of 19’ and 18’1. Jessica Ramirez of Gallup came away with the highest amount of points on the female side of the meet with 21 points. “I thought Jessica did very well,” Gallup head track and field coach Andrew Rodriguez said. “We had a few very good individual performances on the boys and girls sides.” Josh Bustos of Grants took first place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11:32 and senior Michael Anzures of the Pirates won the 400 with a winning time of 53:02. Anzures, who just came off playing in the recent New Mexico/ Arizona boys basketball all-star game, set a personal and school record in the 800 with a winning time of 1:52:28. Grants came in first place in the 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x400 relays with times of 45.97, 1:38.44 and 3:48.19, respectively. “We ran well,” Grants boys’ head coach Jessica Thompson said after the meet. “We did well individually and as a group in many of the events.” In the boys high jump, Justin Mattila of Grants was the first place finisher with a jump of 5’8. Mattila was the starting quarterback for the Pirates’ 2017 football team that went 5-5, 1-3. Grace Huzinga of Rehoboth was first in the 100 meter hurdles with a winning time of 17.96. Sidni Brown of the Lady Lynx finished first in the 300 meter hurdles with a winning time of 53:62. The Rehoboth girls took first place in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:40.00. Tahleah Herron of Ramah finished first in the high jump with a winning jump of 4’8 and teammate Kourtney Lewis of Ramah was first in the triple jump with 31’25. Besides Miyamura, Grants and Gallup the other teams that participated in the Miyamura Invitational were Ramah, Tse Yi Gai, Rehoboth, Zuni, Wingate, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Navajo Pine and Pine Hill high schools.
HONORING ANGELO DIPAOLO Miyamura High Patriot Makdes Lash running a relay race during the track meet and stadium dedication April 15. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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Joe Menini, a former member of the Gallup-McKinley County Board of
Former school board member Joe Menini spoke about the legacy of Angelo DiPaolo at the Miyamura Invitational April 15. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Education, was one of several former and current school board members who spoke midway through the meet with respect to a formal stadium dedication to the late DiPaolo. School Board President Priscilla Manuelito spoke about DiPaolo, also. “He was a very respected person not only around Gallup, but around all of New Mexico,” Menini said. Menini and DiPaolo knew each other for nearly 50 years. “It is a terrific honor in naming the stadium after (Angelo).” DiPaolo was a career school educator and administrator and athletic director at Gallup schools, Gallup Catholic Schools and the Window Rock Unified School District. He worked at Gallup school for some 39 years. DiPaolo died at age 66 in 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, of brain cancer. The Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education re-named the former Public School Stadium in honor of DiPaolo in November 2016. DiPaolo was posthumously inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2015. “My entire family and I are humbly honored by this fantastic recognition of Angelo’s dedication to the youth of our community. He spent hundreds of hours at the stadium. It is wonderful that it now bears his name!” Diane DiPaolo, widow of Angelo DiPaolo, said. “We are forever grateful to Gallup-McKinley County Schools. Angelo loved Gallup and I’m pretty sure he was loved by everyone.” SPORTS
Gallup’s Kiara Whitmore signs with PCC of Kansas By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
i a r a W h it more, a s t a ndout s of tba l l pl a ye r a t G a l lu p H ig h S chool, h a s announced that she’ll play softball next year for Pratt Community College of Pratt, Kansas. W hitmore made the announcement April 17 at the Gallup High School gymnasium among a cache of family and coaches at Gallup High. Whitmore, 18, played softball for the Lady Bengals each of her years at Gallup High. “I’m happy and excited,” Whitmore said. “I’m eager to start classes in Kansas and eager to start playing softball for my new school.” Whitmore said a memorable moment for her as a starter on the Gallup High softball team was beating cross-town rival Miyamura High School in a double-header game played this year. She said the Lady Patriots were playing on a new field. “That felt great,” Whitmore
DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 19 from 1986 and new interviews with those who knew the stars. Believe it or not, it has been quite a while since the comedy A League of Their Own (1992) arrived in cinemas. Sony are releasing a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray to commemorate it. The story follows the formation of a female baseball league during WWII and features Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Jon Lovitz, Bill Pullman and many other. In addition to previous bonuses on the last version that arrived 5 years ago, there’s a new feature about the legacy of the movie featuring a new interview with Davis. Warner Archives are putting out a couple of Blu-rays for a pair of westerns. They include the lighthearted title The Rounders (1965) with Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda, and Spencer’s Mountain (1963) with Fonda a nd Maureen O’Hara. On DVD, you can now order these out-of-print films; the Kevin Costner cycling d ra ma Am e r i c a n F lye r s (1985), Amongst Fr ie n d s (1993), the comedies Book Of Love (1990), Dog Park (1999) SPORTS
said. “It was a rival game and we won both games on their field.” Ray Spencer, the head softball coach at Gallup High, said Whitmore, who got recruitment looks from other schools, played catcher for the Lady Bengals. He said Whitmore has hit 5 home runs in 2017 and has recorded 15 RBIs. Whitmore has hit an astounding 380 at-bat, Spencer said. “She is a very intelligent
player, and a very hard-working player, and a very good athlete,” Spencer said. “I’ve coached her for several years. She will do great in and out of the classroom when she gets to (Pratt).” Eric Taylor of Truth Spin, which assists area athletes in getting college scholarships, said he facilitated the recruitment process between Whitmore and Kansas offic i a l s . He s a id t he L a dy
Bottom left to right, Michelle Whitmore (mother), Kiara Whitmore, Martina Whitmore, top GHS head softball Coach Ray Spencer, Eric Taylor, and Assistant Coach Bud Pino. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
Kiara Whitmore on signing day at Gallup High School gym as family and coaches look on. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons and Forget Paris (1995), as well as the ensemble Storytelling (2001). The last disc mentioned contains both the R-rated and Unrated versions of the film. Finally, Kino are putting out Blu-rays of the Jimmy Stewart western, Broken Arrow (1950) and the Rock Hudson adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel, A Farewell to Arms (1957). They’ve also got the film-noir The Scar (1948) aka Hollow Triumph and Sunset in the West (1950) with Roy Rogers and his best horse-pal, Trigger.
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Beavers were impressed with W hitmore from the sta r t. “They liked her,” Taylor said. “They really wanted her to come to Kansas.” Whitmore said she wants to major in nursing at Pratt. She said she’ll miss her family and friends at Gallup High. Her family said they’ll miss her. “We’re ver y happy for her,” Kiara’s mom, Michelle Whitmore, said. “We’re all very
happy and pleased. She’s been playing sports since she was a small kid.” Pratt Community College is a two-year college located in Pratt, Kansas. The school is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and fields 11 different sports for men a nd women. The Beavers play in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
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Aztec Tigers take a hit off the Gallup Bengals at Ford Canyon Park April 15. Gallup fell prey to the Tigers, 12-0.
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A Gallup player steals a base at Ford Canyon Park April 15.
Gallup Sun • Friday April 21, 2017
CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR APRIL 21 - 27, 2017 FRIDAY April 21 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: email@example.com or visit the front desk of the library. Word Intermediate Course: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. GET UP AND GAME (ALL AGES) Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 4 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
SATURDAY April 22 CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION McKinley County CYFD and GMCS present: Child Abuse Prevention. Free food, prizes, and information. Location: Gallup Courthouse Square, 11 am - 3 pm OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 - 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 23 NASCHITTI COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT Join us for a Community Meeting potluck, bring your favorite dish. Legislation will be heard by the Navajo Nation Council – Summer session. Naschitti Governance Center: 9 am. SEPTETO NACIONAL DE IGANCIA PINEIRO 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
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TUESDAY April 25 COMMUNITY PROVIDERS MEETING On Agenda for Community Providers Meeting: 12 - 1 pm at Sammy C’s restaurant. This meeting is open to anyone who provides services to the people of Gallup. Join us for discussion and we’ll work together as a professional community. No RSVP necessary. Introduction and Sign in: 12 pm; 12:10 pm Bill Lee-Chamber of Commerce/ Right Choice Right Fit Program; 12:20 pm Scott McIntire-RMCHCS Acute Care/ After Hours Clinic; 12:30 pm Tracy Jones-GMCS Parent Educator; 12:40 pm Jay Azua Peer Support Worker Licensure Training in Gallup. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 726-6916. 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. Advanced Facebook: 3 - 5 pm. 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: LEGO Challenge REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Regular City Council Meeting: 6 pm. Location: City Hall, 110 West Aztec Ave. Continued on page 23
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THURSDAY April 27 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Lunchsack Animal Puppet. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Join the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce for “Business After Hours.” Build important business relationships and “keep up” on what’s happening in Gallup, and with your chamber. Light snacks and drinks are always served and there are great prizes to be won. Time: 5:30 - 7 pm. Call: (505) 7222228. Visit: www.thegallupchamber.com NORTHSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING Join Councilor Linda Garcia for the Northside Neighborhood CALENDAR
Association meeting: 6:30 - 8 pm. Northside Senior Center. For more information, call (505) 879-4176. Address: 607 N. 4th St. GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Catherine Miller Heritage Day, visit: www.gmcs.k12. nm.us ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. 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) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. 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: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration
required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity 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. K-3 PLUS: A SUPER START TO SCHOOL Give your kids a “Jump Start” this summer. Program is available at all GMCS Elementary Schools. For students who will enter Kindergarten and 1st-3rd Grades next school year. Contact your local Elementary School for enrollment information 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 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 crafts persons 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. 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. PowerPoint for Beginners, April 28, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. 5TH ANNUAL TEEN FILM FESTIVAL: THROUGH THE LENS Octavia Fellin Public Library will hold its annual Teen Film Festival at El Morro Theatre on April 29. For more information call (505) 726-6120 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org NAVAJO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FESTIVALS Gallup McKinely County Schools hosts Navajo Language and Culture Festivals. Sponsored by the GMCS Johnson O’Malley— Indian Education Committee and Indian Education Program. May 2, 9 am -1 pm hosted by Miyamura High School; May 3, 9 am - 1 pm hosted by Gallup High School; May 9, 9 am -1pm hosted by Gallup High School; May 10, 9 am - 1 pm hosted by Miyamura High School. All GMCS welcome. Contact (505) 721-1044 or visit: www. gmcs.k12.nm.us. ALL-SCHOOL COLOR RUN May 5, 1 - 3 pm: Rehoboth Christian School is coordinating an all-school color run. 2017 COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR May 6, 10 am - 2 pm: Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Services community health fair. Description: fun run/ walk, healthy eating, parent/child activities, fire safety, super blood screening results. Location: Rio West Mall. Contact Cynthia Dyer at email@example.com or call (505) 863-7282.
NEW REHOBOTH HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING On May 8, the school officially breaks ground and dedicates the building project. (505) 863-4412, rcsnm.org PROJECT SEARCH COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION May 11, 6 - 8 pm: join Gallup McKinley County Schools and the Gallup Hilton Garden Inn. Celebrate the 2nd Annual Project Search Commencement Celebration. Contact John Overheim (505) 721-1880. Location: Hilton Garden Inn. UNM-G COLLEGE SEMINAR May 12, 10:30 - 11:30 am: Learn time management, self-awareness, self motivation, effective study skills and beyond. Call (505) 863-7706, UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave. gmcs.jpg 2017 GMCS COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE Congratulations 2017 GMCS Graduates! May 13, Thoreau High School: 4 pm; May 20, Navajo Pine High School: 10 am; May 12, Gallup High School: 6 pm; May 18, Tohatchi High School: 6 pm; May 13, Crownpoint High School: 11 am; May 19, Miyamura High School: 6pm; May 19, Ramah High School: 6pm; May 20, Tse Yi gai High School: 11 am; May 20, Gallup Central High School: 4 pm; May 11, Project Search: 6 pm. Contact: (505) 721-1000. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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