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NEWS Native activists, local intellectuals confront city council REMOVAL OF PLANTER BEARING CASUSE’S IMAGE STIRS CONTROVERSY

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup City Council heard sentiments from community members about a downtown planter that was removed from the front of the law office of attorney Barry Klopfer. The planter depicted images of Larry Casuse, a Native American female bearing an AK-47 rifle, and a Native family of elders. In the eyes of the Native Americans that spoke during the public comment portion of the April 25 council meeting, removing the planter was a slap in the face to a people who already feel economically, politically and socially subjugated by Gallup. “Do you know the Native population of Gallup,” Brandon Benallie asked Mayor Jackie McKinney. “Look at the council: How many Natives are on the city council?” B en a l l ie’s r em a rk s were pa r t of a str i ng of remarks aimed at alleged Native discrimination and marginalization. Casuse was a Navajo-born college student at the University of New Mexico-Gallup who kidnapped then-mayor Emmitt Garcia at gunpoint in March 1973. Casuse, and others in the area Native communities, were opposed to the inordinate amount of liquor licenses in Gallup at the time. The city continues to have more such licenses as per population – practically three times the amount as suggested by state guidelines.



LOWE'S CLOSING SHOCKER Building was ‘red-tagged’ by city

Navajo activist Brandon Benallie shares some strong words with the Gallup City Council April 25. Community members sounded off about the removal of a planter that featured controversial figure Larry Casuse. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Jerry Garcia, the brother of the former mayor whom Larry Casuse held hostage in an attempt to make a political statement, fires back at activists in attendance at the April 25 City Council meeting. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Ca suse aimed to show Garcia the impact alcohol had on the Navajo community. Casuse was killed, according to some reports, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. K lopfer com m i s sioned the painting of the planter. Local artist Ric Sarracino was reportedly paid $300 to do it and that was recently refunded to Klopfer, Francis Bee, the executive director of the city’s Business Improvement District, said. “ T he money ha s been refunded,” Bee said. “I think the painting may have violated some rules that were put in place when the planters were being done.” McKinney said the planter was removed after the city re ceive d nu merou s com plaints about the depictions. As far as where the planter

being hurled at the entire panel. “You don’t k now me,” McKinney told Benallie, and supporters. “If you did you wouldn’t be saying that.” Jerry Garcia of Gallup and the brother of the mayor that was taken hostage by Casuse addressed council members and had some pretty choice words for the Native protesters. “We sit here and we talk about our liquor laws and you


is right now is undetermined. The Gallup Sun has reached out to the city’s parks and recreation department, but has not received retur ned telephone calls. The parks department would have been the city department charged w it h t he r emov a l of t he planter. “This is outright discrimination against the Native American people,” Mike Butler, a white protester who also spoke against the removal of the planter. “The sad thing is that the city is hypocritical. There are murals right outside on the walls of City Hall that bear the same thing. The fact of the matter is they don’t care about anyone who isn’t white. How many Natives have top level jobs at Gallup City Hall?” McKinney argued against the racial aspect of what was

go to your casino where your president is ripping you people off by tons of money,” Garcia, a local builder, said. “You don’t know nothing.” A meeting on the whole Native discrimination matter, as well as the planter removal, is set for May 9 at the Downtown Conference Center. The Sun has received reports that the planter was painted over.

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he entire one-story Dow ntow n Pla za Shopping Center structure is unsafe for occupancy and the Lowe’s grocery store and Subway outlets probably won’t open until a repair or new structure is built, officials familiar with the situation said. C.B. Strain, director of the

city planning and development department, said the grocery store and the other stores located within the plaza were red-tagged by the city on April 20. “There was an engineering report on the structure of the building and that report indicates that the entire structure is not safe,” Strain said. “We red-tagged it. At this point, either repairs have to be made or the entire building has to

Lowe’s downtown shopping center, and surrounding businesses, were vacated due to the building being red-tagged by city code enforcers. An engineering report indicated that the building was unsafe to occupy. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Joe Di Gregorio’s family used to own the California Supermarkets chain before selling to Lowe’s some years back. Other shops in the Lowe’s downtown plaza were also forced to vacate the premises due to the premise being “red-tagged” by city code enforcement. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura


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Lowe’s. The report, done on behalf of Texas-based Lowe’s, states that there is movement in a back retaining wall and large cracks adorn interior supporting walls. “In our opinion, the building should not be occupied until the steel support beam and the retaining wall above the onestory building can be shored up to ensure that neither will collapse,” the report concludes. A telephone call to Lowe’s headquar ters in Amarillo, Texas, resulted in a receptionist referring to a news release put out last month by Lowe’s Chief Executive Officer Roger Lowe, Jr. “The safety of our customers and our employees is of utmost importance and we have transferred all of our employees from our store on West Aztec to one of the surrounding locations in Gallup u nt i l f u r t her det a i l s a re known.” The release goes on to say that a re-opening of the shopping center depends on a further analysis of the engineering report. There are four Lowe’s locations in greater McKinley County. Joe Di Gregorio, whose family owned and operated Ca l i for n ia Super ma rkets, before the chain was sold to Lowe’s in 2006, still maintains a back business office at Lowe’s Downtown Plaza. He said the whole episode hit him like a ton of bricks. “I don’t think anybody saw this coming,” Di Gregorio said. “I’m just as surprised as

anybody by this.” A Gallup native, Di Gregorio said the city notified the businesses of the need to vacate. He said the Gallup Catholic Church Diocese owns the property that Lowe’s and the other buildings on the parcel. The entire West Aztec Avenue site was once the home of Sacred Heart Cathedral School before that entity changed its name and moved across town. The Gallup Diocese did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment about the situation. But the closure has hit the Chihuahita community hard. Chihuahita borders the Downtown Plaza. “My family has been going there for more than 40 years,” Gallup City Councilor, and Gallup native, Linda Garcia said. The shopping center is part of Garcia’s council district. “We are working with Gallup Express to see if they can provide transportation to people who don’t have vehicles. We’re all very surprised by this.” Garcia said half of the residents of Chihuahita don’t own cars. She said she hopes the situation can be fixed soon. The city has been going through some busted water mains in the Downtown Plaza area, but Gallup Water and Sanitation Director Dennis Romero said the situations are not connected. “One is not associated to the other,” Romero said. “The water breaks are close to being fixed.” NEWS

Thoreau Community Center decision postponed TCC DIRECTOR SCRAMBLES TO MAKE DEADLINES

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he McKinley C ou nt y B o a r d of Commissioners postponed a decision on the funding of the Thoreau Community Center. The act

took place at the April 25 county commission meeting and was unanimous. Priscilla Manuelito, the executive director at the Thoreau Center, told commission members that after the year 2021 that an $800,000 Substance Abuse Mental Health Service

Administration grant from runs out and there is no more funding on the horizon. At the moment, there is $200,000 received yearly by the center for the grant, Manuelito said. “The center has proven to be very helpful with respect to preventing suicides,” Manuelito,

a review and action item, but was tabled to the May 9 meeting to give Manuelito, who now volunteers at the center due to the funding irregularities, more time to get paperwork together to show commissioners the status of the center.

Thoreau Community Center Executive Director Priscilla Manuelito. File Photo a Thoreau native and Thoreau High School graduate, said. “But we need funding to continue. That is the reason why I am here.” The matter was listed on the commission meeting agenda as


The Thoreau Community Center, which serves as after school program for area kids, front entrance in 2013. Funding is low, and commissioners, executive director grapple to find options. Photo Credit: Courtesy

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he Gallup-McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Education has approved across-theboard pay raises for employees, officials confirmed. The action took place at the April 3 regular school board meeting at district headquarters and was unanimous. The action took place alongside the twoyear ratification of the current collective bargaining agreement between GMCS and the McKinley County Federation of United School Employees. “A ll retur ning sa la r ied employees are receiving a daily wage increase for the 2017-2018 school year,” Interim Superintendent Mike Hyatt told the Gallup Sun this week. Hyatt is interim superintendent until the end of June. “I cannot give a specific number as to who is to receive the raise because the number of employees at the start of the year varies.”

GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt Hyatt said the pay increase was done at the same time of a collective bargaining agreement. He said members of the general public may have missed the increase because the two were taken up together. Hyatt said the pay raise amount depends on the employees’ current rate of pay. Hyatt, appointed to the interim position in December 2016, said the increase varies from 4 to 10 percent “where the higher end rate was negotiated for the lowest paid employees and the higher paid employees received a lower rate increase.” Hyatt is set to earn $150,000 under his

Board of Education Vice President Kevin Mitchell superintendent contract. Hyatt said members of MCFUSE received a pay raise, saying union membership represents approximately 90 percent of district employees. An exact number of full and parttime school district employees was not immediately available. The last time district employees received a pay raise was about two years ago and that was for 1 percent, Hyatt said.

MCFUSE, GMCS REACTION Brian Bernard, president of the school district union, said

the new collective bargaining agreement and the pay raise component were welcomed wholeheartedly. Bernard was part of the collective bargaining negotiating team and said the agreement, among other things, tightens existing terminology. “It’s a very good and welcomed two-year agreement,” Bernard said. “In years past, the agreement has been for one year. This document was unanimously approved by union membership and unanimously approved by the members of the school board. That’s always a good equation.” Kevin Mitchell, vice president of the school board with a near seven-years of board service, said the pay raise was something well-deserved by t he employees. “ T hey work hard and they deserve t he ra ise,” M itchel l sa id. “Everybody was in agreement with this.” Mitchell noted that discussions regarding the pay raise were started back before new

board members Charles Long, Chris Mortensen and Michael Schaaf were elected. The new board members were elected in February and Long has publicly championed the work done by district employees. Hyatt said the pay raises took place at this juncture because t he d ist r ict a nd MCFUSE hold negotiations at least once yearly and the subject of pay raises usually surfaces. “Our employees deserve an increase in pay as they are on average paid less than many K-12 school entities that are within or surround our district’s boundaries,” Hyatt said. “This increase is one benefit that helps recruit and retain quality employees to serve our students.” On the reaction of employees receiving the pay raises, Hyatt said, “I have never met a person who is unhappy to receive a pay increase. Everyone that I was able to speak with seemed pleased with the increase.”

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Gallup Council approves easement vacation APPROVAL RELATES TO ISLAMIC CENTER By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup City Council unanimously approved the vacation of an easement for the Islamic Center at its April 11 regular meeting. The action was introduced by city water and sanitation d i r e c t or D en n i s R omer o and was not met with much discussion. “The Islamic Center is in the process of building an addition to their facility,” Romero told council members. “An abandoned sewer line runs through their property which has a 25-foot public utility easement associated with it. There are no current or future plans to replace this line or place it into service.” Romero sa id ea sement vacations must be approved

by the full council. He said the vacation of the easement won’t cost the city anything because the easement was provided by a sub-division at the time it filed the plat, so the city never originally had to pay for it, he said. “This was a public utility easement for a sewer line,” Romero commented. “That is why it falls under the water and sanitation department a nd not the public works department.” Romero said in order for the proposed addition to meet city code requirements, they cannot build the addition within this easement. “Utility staff located the sewer line and verified that it is abandoned,” romero sa id just before the council vote. He said the easement measures approximately 0.12 acres. T he Isla m ic Center is

The front of Gallup Islamic Center at 3100 E. Historic Highway 66. The center is in the midst of a renovation project. Photo Credit: Courtesy located at 3100 E. Historic Highway 66 in the Indian Hills

neighborhood. Councilor Linda Garcia motioned to pass the

matter. “I see nothing wrong with this,” Garcia said.

Diocese of Gallup add three names to list of ‘credibly accused’ clergy, church workers SEXUALLY ABUSIVE PRIESTS, WORKERS EXPOSED By Suzanne Hammons Director of Communications, Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup


he Diocese of Gallup has added three new names to its list of credibly accused clergy and church workers. There have been credible allegations of past sexual abuse of a minor (all occurring prior to 2004) against Br. Mark Schornack, OFM, Fr. Ephraim Beltramea, OFM, and Fr. Diego Mazon, OFM. After careful investigation, the Diocese of Gallup has come to the conclusion that these names should be added to the list. Their assignments in the diocese were as follows:

BROTHER MARK SCHORNACK, OFM (DECEASED) Assignments: St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michaels AZ (02/1952) St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michaels AZ (09/1956) Our Lady of Guadalupe, Kayenta AZ (06/1968) Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Fort Defiance AZ (06/1969) St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michaels AZ (01/1970) St. Francis, Lumberton NM (1978) St. Francis, Gallup NM (1979) St. Anne, Klagetoh AZ (06/1979) Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Ft. Defiance AZ (06/1980-07/1981) Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Ft. Defiance AZ (1983-1984)

FR. EPHRAIM BELTRAMEA, OFM Assignments: St. Francis Church, Gallup NM (06/1970-05/1973) NEWS

FR. DIEGO MAZON, OFM Assignments: St. Joseph Church, San Fidel NM (06/1977 - 05/1980) St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michaels AZ (06/1980 - 06/1981) Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Ft. Defiance AZ (06/1990-06/1994) St. Francis Church, Gallup NM (07/1994-12/2003) As Bishop James S. Wall has stated in his letter to the affected parishes and survivors: “When I became the Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, I committed to ensuring that the children in this Diocese and in the Parishes, Missions or Schools that operate within the Diocese were protected. In the past the Diocese published names of those working within the Diocese against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. That list is available on the Diocese of Gallup’s website (http://www.dioceseofgallup.org). “The publication of additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here as the investigations remain ongoing. The survivors who have come forward should be commended for their bravery and courage, and I express my deepest apologies for the actions of those who violated the trust of the survivors and the parishioners within the Diocese by committing these terrible acts. I reaffirm my commitment to protect our children and my commitment to continue to assist those who have been harmed. I call upon all the faithful to participate in our programs designed to provide a network of protection for our children from the many sources that can bring them harm. Together we can provide a safe environment for all.” The Diocese of Gallup strongly encourages anyone harmed by the sexual misconduct of an employee or clergy within the diocese to contact law enforcement. We also welcome you to contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator of the Diocese of Gallup, at (505) 906 -7337. Gallup Sun • Friday April 28, 2017


Dead couple on hard times; car being repossessed By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


wo p e o p l e a n d a dog a re dead from g u n shot wou nd s a f t er a n appa rent ca r repos se s sion rea ched t he poi nt of no r et u r n a t Ga l lup’s Wa l m a r t . T h a t ’s the stor y li ne stem m i ng f rom a n Apr i l 25 i ncident t hat lef t a wh ite ma le a nd fe m a l e a n d a d o g d e a d , police a nd w itness repor ts suggest. Accor d i n g t o a pol ice repor t , Ga r y Cr a kow, 70, a nd Virgina Leichliter, 70, of Mesa , A r i z., were pro nounced deceased by Gallup emergenc y re sponder s i n Row 10 of the parking lot at Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave. The police repor t, rele a s ed A pr i l 27, s t a t e s t h a t Je r e my G r e e s o n of Reser vation Recover y

Police shield the scene of a murder-suicide that occurred in the Gallup Walmart parking lot April 25. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura towing service, told Gallup pol ice t hat he wa s about t o t ow a bl a ck Hy u nd a i

Santa Fe when the shooting occurred. When the shootings happened, the Santa Fe

was hitched to the towing veh icle, t he pol ice repor t states. T he mot ive beh i nd t he s h o o t i n g i s n o t k n ow n . The Hyundai Santa Fe was towed to the Gallup Police Department. Capt. Ma r i nda Spencer of the Ga llup Police Depa r tment sa id a ca ll regarding a fatal shooting at the West Maloney Boulevard s t o r e c a m e i n t o Me t r o Dispatch at about 12:30 pm. When officers arrived it was determined that the incident involved a male and a female and an animal, Spencer said. The Gallup Fire Department determined that both indiv idua ls a nd t he dog were dead. “Yes, I can confirm that there was a fatal shooting,” Spencer said. “The incident is still under investigation.” A w itness at the scene who asked not to be identified said the female was in Walmart shopping and came

out of the store to see the repo man hooking up towing cables. The couple was a p p a r e nt ly e x p e r ie nc i n g some hard economic times and may have been living out of the vehicle. Upon seeing the repossession in place, the female grabbed a handgun out of the car and proceeded to shoot the male passenger who was sitting in the passenger side back seat of the vehicle, and the dog, before turning the gun on herself. Of f icer Joe Roa n hor se a r r ived on scene at about 12:4 4 pm, a nd s aw t he woma n slu mped over a nd ble e d i n g f r om t he he a d . She still had the gun in her ha nd w ith her f inger nea r the trigger. Mea nwh i le, t he st ore has continued with normal busi ness, Spencer sa id. Spencer a lso sa id there is not a gunma n on the loose in Ga llup, say ing the pub lic should have no wor r ies about a lone renegade trigger man. Spencer did not identify the exact t y pe of weapon used in the incident.

Gary Crakow, Virginia Leichliter and their dog. The dog’s name may be “Raj.” Their lives came to a tragic end in Gallup April 25. Photo Credit: Facebook

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West Side Gallup Thrift victimized, again NO ARRESTS MADE

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


t least one unknown i nd i v idu a l br oke into and robbed the Gallup Thr ift gas station and convenience store April 24, according to a police report. Gallup police officer Adrian Quetawki recorded that at about 6 am he responded to a burglary at 3320 W. Historic Highway 66, in which cigarettes, knives and cigars were stolen. The owner of the business said store cabinets containing

THOREAU | FROM PAGE 5 McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas continuously pointed out that the county has wanted to sit down with Manuelito and go over youth and adult attendance numbers and gauge whether it’s worth county dollars to fund the place. Commissioner Genevieve Jackson motioned to have Manuelito, who is the president of the Gallup-McKinley County Board of Education, return at the May commission meeting, but that request was met with some hesitation by Commissioner Bill Lee. Lee, a former McKinley C ou nt y M a n a ger, a ske d Manuelito about sharing the building with the Navajo Nation

smoking pipes and vapor juice were broken into, too. “W h ile on the scene I observed a large rock that was used to break into the business,” Quetawki wrote in the police report. “The business entry point was at the front door and the same as the exit point.” The police report states that glass particles covered the inside and outside areas of the convenience store. The Gallup Thrift has been the scene of at least two similar incidents over the past two years. In one instance, someone broke the glass partitions Behavioral Health and hours of operation at the center. Com m issioner Ca rol Bow ma n-Muskett sa id to Manuelito, “Your numbers have gone down.” On some correspondence that Manuelito presented to commissioners, BowmanMuskett added, “Do you have updated stuff that you’ve done?” Jackson reminded Manuelito about the importance of keeping meeting dates with county staff. She also said Manuelito must “read the fine print” on lease agreements and pay extra attention to expiration dates. “What are your hours of operation?” Lee asked Manuelito. “Are you OK with sharing a building with the Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health? It seems like

Smoking supplies, tobacco, and knives were stolen from west side’s Gallup Thrift April 24. Photo Credit: David Tom and holding cabinets and took smoking pipes and cigarettes. In another incident, an

unknown person helped himself or herself to some pipes, cigarettes, potato chips and

cigarettes. There have been no arrests in either situation.

the two off you could get along very well.” Manuelito said the center is open daily and serves kids and adults off various ages with after school programs, general equivalency degree assistance and youth activities, among other things. The attendance numbers have decreased over the years, with more than 1,700 youth served in 2015 and some 4,400 adults passing through the center in the same year. That decrease can be attributed to the fact that the center is fulfilling its mission, Manuelito suggested. But those numbers have decreased over the years, and Lee and Dimas questioned Manuelito on operation hours and availability. “People comment that the

center is not open,” BowmanMuskett and Dimas said. “What are your hours of operation?” Lee asked. Danny Yazzie, a bus driver with the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School, said he knows first hand about the suicide and other problems experienced by Thoreau youth. “Definitely, the Thoreau Community Center is very much needed,” Yazzie, 23, said. “Closing it would be a blow to the community.” Also speaking on behalf of the TCC were Virgil Manuelito, Jr.,15, DaMarco Pierre, 20, and Jacob James, 18. “None of us wants to see the center close,” James said. “It is important to have the center open for everyone in the

community. My friends tell me the same thing that they like the center and want it to stay open.” The Thoreau Community Center was established in 2010 by former Thoreau High School math teacher Juliana Ko. Manuelito was one of the people who helped bring the former broken down TCC back to life and start a library and garden. The center has received as much as $60,000 from the county over the years, but the current building lease expired in 2015 and Manuelito lost sight of deadlines. McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker said the center pays $1 a year rent for the use of the building. He said the purpose of the requested meetings is to show that there is a reciprocal effect on building use.

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Roanhorse, 40, refused to take the required breath tests, earning an aggravated DWI. He was also cited for having no registration and no evidence of insurance. Norman Chee April 12, 5:18 pm 2nd DWI Chee was a p p a r e nt ly too drunk to flee a hit and run scene in the parking lot of Pronto F i n a l au n dromat, 2424 E. Highway 66, according GPD Officer Joe Roanhorse’s report. When the driver confronted Chee, he started to hit things, like a bumper cat, while trying to take off, according to the witness, or victim, in this case. The victim said Chee handed him his insurance card, then tried to drive off. The victim then said that Chee crashed into a cement retaining wall, then backed up into a light pole. Then Chee reportedly tried to drive between the laundromat and a retaining wall, nearly flipping the truck. Chee eventually went back to the other side of the lot where he parked, stepped out of the truck, and fell on the ground. He got back in his truck, and the victim boldly confiscated his keys until officers arrived. When Roanhorse arrived on scene, he noticed that Chee, 63, was parked halfway up a curb. He noted the obvious signs of intoxication, but Chee denied having anything to drink, at first. He then admitted to drinking two beers. Chee failed field sobriety tests, and blew .08 during a breath test. Albertina Sandoval April 11, 10:02 pm 2nd DWI Gallup Police Department Officer Adrian Quetawki was

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d i s pat ched to 1870 E . Highway 66 “for a female that was dow n a nd out inside of a vehicle,” his report states. Sandoval, 27, was also blocking the driveway to a business, and one of three witnesses reached into her vehicle and took the keys out of the ignition. He asked Sandoval to step out of the vehicle and “she started to yell and become disorderly.” About that time, another officer arrived on scene and helped to take Sandoval out of the car. Quetawki said that Sandoval repeatedly refused to give him her name or date of birth. Uncooperative, he placed her under arrest and into the back of his unit. He called Metro Dispatch to see if he could get her name. Next, Sandoval laid down in the backseat, and began to kick and scream. Quetawki got out of his patrol unit, and attempted to have her sit upright, but she returned to the former position. Eventually, a family member arrived on scene and ID’d her. The screaming and disorderly fiasco continued at the jail, then a local hospital, and back at the jail. Raelene Calladitto Jan. 24, 10:14 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f icer Timothy H u g h t e r e s p o nd e d to the area of Henrietta a n d Ridgecre st avenues to assist Shift Sergeant Nicola Martinez with a vehicle that was pulled over in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Calleditto was found to show the signs of intoxication, so Hughte took over the scene, according to the report. When he asked her to step in front of the vehicle, he noticed that she was off balance. “She stated that she had a fifth,” the report states. Calladitto, 28, engaged in the field sobriety tests, which she failed. But, she refused to take the breath test, earning an aggravated DWI charge. NEWS


STILL WANTED BY POLICE 4/28, Gallup T her e’s a wa r ra nt out for the arrest of J e r e m y Madrid, 28, whose last known a dd r e s s i s Ya t a hey, but he is known to hang out in the Ga llup, Gra nts a nd Albuquerque areas. According to police, he a l lege d ly br oke i nt o h i s ex- g i rl f r iend s hou s e a nd raped a 12-year-old girl in early February. La st repor t states that he was driving a red, 2008 4-door Pontiac Grand Prix with New Mexico plate 163RZT. He may also be attending biker functions in the region. Call Crime Stoppers (877) 722-6161. You name will be kept confidential and there may be a cash prize for information leading to his arrest.

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING 4/28, Gallup Junior Yazzie was found unconscious at the La r iat Lodge, 1105 E. Highway 66 on March 15. It’s reported that he was struck in the head by the door of a moving vehicle. Gallup police are looking to question the owner of a 2015 Chevy Trailblazer with New Mexico plate 187-TFP, driven by an unknown woman. Yazzie died from his injuries April 4, and police would like to question the woman driving this vehicle. Cont a c t Ga l lup Pol ice Depar tment Sgt. A nthony Seciwa (505) 722-2231.

STOP ‘METH’ ING AROUND 4/27, Gallup A Gallup man remained in jail April 27 after an arraignment before 11 t h Di st r ic t Judge Robert Aragon. Merle L ef t ha ndbu l l, of Chu rch Rock, wa s fou nd NEWS

lying on the f lo o r of a residence and next to a glass smoking pipe used to smoke “G,” the street name for methamphetamine. When the cops checked for warrants, it was discovered that Lefthandbull had two outsta nding warrants from McKinley County. A search of Lefthandbull revealed three small plastic baggies in his shirt pocket. O ne of t he ba g g ie s con ta ined a sma ll a mou nt of what resembled marijuana, a ccor d i n g t o a c r i m i n a l complaint. A second baggie contained what appeared to resemble meth, the complaint states. Lefthanbull is jailed on a $7,000 bond and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and receiv ing stolen proper ty, more than $500, but less than $2,500, according to records at the McKinley County Adult detention Center. Lefthandbull must appear before 11 t h Distr ict Cou r t Judge Lyndy Bennett on May 12 that relates to a 2015 incident. That case connects to non-residential burglary, conspiracy to commit non-residential burglary and burglary of a vehicle.

ANGER MANAGEMENT ISSUES? 4/25, GALLUP A n I n d i a n Hills man wa s ja i le d and later released from the McKinley C o u n t y A d u l t Detention Center after being ch a r ged w it h ba t t er y on a hou sehold member a nd re si st i ng a nd ev a d i ng or obstructing an officer allegations, records show. Dav id Ha lona , 25, wa s released from the McKinley C ou nt y A d u lt D e t e nt io n

Center on his own recognizance after a fighting and yel l i n g epi s ode w it h h i s father on April 20, according to a police report. David Halona, the father, t old p ol ice t h a t h i s s on “punched him in the chest and shoved him.” The elder Halona stated his son was highly intoxicated and had been disorderly all day on April 15. T he you nger Ha lona resisted being put in handcuffs by Gallup police officer Dominic Molina. The police report taken by Molina states t h at t he you nger H a lon a yelled and cursed at Molina. “He was telling me that he would kick my ass and knock me out,” Molina wrote in the report. When officers finally got the younger Halona in cuffs a nd placed into the p ol ic e c a r, t h e yo u n ge r Halona “jumped out of my unit and leaned towards me in an aggressive way,” Molina wrote.

BAD CHECK WRITER BUSTED 4/20, GALLUP T h e Gallup man w a n t e d on identity theft a nd forgery charges w a s t a ke n into custody

April 20 by the Gallup police, according to jail records. Josh Cucciardi, 33, was taken into custody April 20 by the Gallup police without incident. “He was arrested at his place of residence,” Capt. Ma r i nda Spencer of the GPD said. “He is still in custody.” Cucci a rd i wa s pa r t of a check- ca sh i ng cr i m i na l enter pr ise that ter ror ized Gallup years. Cucciardi and accomplices would create false checks and cash them at loca l places like Per r y Null Trading, Co. When the che ck s cle a r e d P i n n a cle Bank is when banking officials got a grip on what was going on. The checks did not belong to Cucciardi and were drawn on the name of another individual who informed police of the matter. Spencer said Cuccia rdi a n swered t he door when Gallup police arrived at his East Maple Avenue address. He was listed in custody as of April 27.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT 4/17, Thoreau McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e Sg t . Sha ne Bennett responded to a family br uha ha in Jeremy Delgarito progress in f r o n t of a home on Windsong Avenue

in Thoreau. H e i m m e d i a t e l y det a i ne d a woman who wa s “yel ling loud p r o f a n i t y Jarvis Delgarito and f lipping a m idd le f i nger” t owa rd s the home. The woman told Bennett the reason for her anger. She said as her family was peacefully dining on Easter dinner when Jar v is D el g a r it o, 18 , “ w a s yel l i ng profa n it y a nd h is dad Jeremy was yelling too,” she said, according to the police repor t. The woman said “it all star ted yesterday when they jumped my brother at the baseball field.” Jer emy Delga r it o t old deputies that a man, possibly the brother of the woman and her family, came over to his house with drunk friends and was throwing sticks and rocks. “Me a nd my fa mily were defending ourselves and our house,” Jeremy Delgartio told police. But, a v ideo recordi n g pa i nt e d a d i f fer e nt ly s t o r y. It s h owe d Je r e m y Delga r ito, 42, pa s si ng out stick s “ to ot her subject s.” Ja r v is Delga r ito wa s holdi ng a a r ray of potent ia l w e a p o n r y – a h a m m e r, wooden stick, a nd severa l r o c k s . I t s h ow s t h e d u o s t e ppi n g ont o t he nei g h bor’s proper t y a nd hurling their items. The men were booked for disorderly conduct a nd cr im i na l da mage to proper ty.


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Local man booked for alleged murder staged as suicide By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


Ga l lup m a n w a s b o oke d for f i r s t degree murder and tampering with evidence April 20 for the murder of Gallup resident 57-year-old Jami Nechero. Randolph “Randy” Schmaltz reportedly left plenty of clues for police to arrest him for the murder, as revealed in the arrest warrant. W hen Ga l lup Pol ice Department officers arrived at the 1700 block of South Cliff Drive on Sept. 2, 2014, at 1:22 pm, in response to shots fired, they talked to the caller who said that she heard at least six gunshots in a row, coming from a home north of her residence. Officer Douglas Hoffman made his way over to that home at 1710 South Cliff Dr., the home of Schmaltz, 64, who greeted the officer at the door with his small dog on a leash. Hoffman eventually handcuffed Schmaltz, and

that’s when he began to make “spontaneous utterances,” saying “she shot herself” and “she killed herself” to the officers present at the scene, the arrest warrant states. Officers made their way to the bedroom and found Jami Nechero on the bed, deceased. It appeared that she died from a gunshot wound to the face, possibly self-inflicted. “Officer Douglas Hoffman stated that on Jami Nechero’s upper chest was a handgun, the barrel was resting on Jami’s neck area, and her left hand was lying on the handgun,” the warrant states. “The handgun is described as a semi-automatic pistol silver in color.” As Hoffman began to take a look around the home he noticed some things that struck him as odd. Hoffman stated that as he stood near the front door, he noticed a washing machine with its lid open. The washer had clothes in it and was filled with water, but not running. He looked down at the

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Randolph Schmaltz tile and noticed some possible dried drops of blood. Hoffman stepped out the door to let other officers know to keep an eye on Schmaltz as he may have forensic evidence on his body. As he proceeded to get Schmaltz’s dog some water from the kitchen, he noticed drops of blood on the floor. It was at that moment that Hoffman asked for all officers to leave until detectives arrived on scene. When GPD Detective Neil Yazzie arrived, Hoffman told him about some rugs by the front door that appeared wet, as if recently cleaned. M e a nw h i l e , S c h m a l t z was transferred to the police

department for questioning by former GPD Capt. Rick White and Det. Steven Collins. Wet swabs were taken of the blood spatter on his arms and legs. During this procedure, Schmaltz made two attempts to wipe the blood off, and each time it came with a warning for him to stop the attempts. Du r i ng t he i nter v iew, Schmaltz said that when he woke up on the fateful morning, Nechero was making statements about wanting to commit suicide. He said that he cut up a sandwich and fed it to her, which she choked on. He said that he had to perform the “Heimlich Maneuver” on her. And he also brought up that he had to call a local plumber to take care of a water leak and had the receipts to prove that he purchased a sandwich and paid the plumber. Next, Schmaltz cleaned off the rest of the blood, then complained of chest pain. He was taken to a local hospital and later flown to Albuquerque for further treatment. That’s all the warrant report reveals about the first interview. During the crime scene investigation, Office of the Medical Investigator Richard

Malone and Yazzie confirmed that Nechero was holding a gun in her hand, but the amount of “blow back blood splatter on the Kimber handgun” didn’t match the blood surrounding the victim’s face. It also appeared that someone tried to wipe areas of the scene clean. There were also bullet holes in the box springs that penetrated the floorboards, and one in the ceiling panel. This would line up with what the first witness reported – that multiple shots were fired. Another neighbor interviewed also heard multiple shots fired. A Smith and Wesson .44 caliber revolver that was found in a bedroom drawer, which reportedly had human blood and tissue on it, was taken into evidence. After an arduous investigation, and multiple interviews, including Schmaltz’s ex-wife, who reported that she was assaulted by him during their marriage, resulted in his arrest. Schmaltz is currently being held at McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 cash only bond. He’s scheduled for a preliminary examination hearing in Magistrate Judge Kenneth Howard’s chamber at 1:30 pm on May 3 .

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Report: Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in NM By Joey Peters NM Political Report


nt i - S e m it ic i nc i dents in New M e x i c o, a s we l l as the rest of the country, increased dramatically during 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, according to an annual audit from the AntiDefamation League. The group’s Audit of AntiSemitic Incidents reported seven incidents in 2015, 11 in 2016 and seven in 2017 through the end of March. Those this year included two widely publicized bomb threats at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque. ADL also cited threats to a local website called ABQ Jew and an incident in an Albuquerque parking lot where a woman allegedly spit on a Jewish woman and told her to “get ready for the next exodus” because of the election of Donald Trump. Suki Halevi, the ADL New Mexico regional director, also cited an interview on KSFR public radio with Christopher Bollyn, a conspiracy theorist who has called 9/11“a massive Zionist Jewish crime.” The inter view, which ADL said was apparently favorable to his point of view, occurred la st su m mer on “Ca mp Lovewave,” a program that

Screenshot of Anti-Defamation League map of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States. KSFR has since discontinued. I n a s t a t ement , K SF R Program Director Merrylin LeBlanc said, “To say the least, we were disappointed by the one-sided inter view of Christopher Bollyn and expressed our dissatisfaction with that particular show to the Lovewaves. We expect our producers to seek justification for any disparaging remarks, and found no such justification in that show. Criticisms backed by facts are welcomed. We certainly do not support ‘hate’ speech.” LeBlanc noted that the station’s shows “are produced by a combination of professional

and non-professional people.” Many of the non-professional producers a re volunteers, she said, who do not need to get the station’s approval for guests “as long as they stay within their program abstract.” “One of the criteria used in allowing volunteers a voice on our airwaves is that they be responsible for what they broadcast and respectful of the community we ser ve,” LeBlanc said. “ADL strongly suppor ts the First A mendment a nd free speech,” Halevi said of the public rad io station’s decision to interview Bollyn.

“However, it’s important to speak out against anti-Semitism and the people who perpetuate it.” She added that KSFR was “very receptive” to ADL’s concerns on the matter. Halevi also said she was especially alarmed to hear about anti-Semitism going on in Albuquerque schools. “Je w i s h s t u d e n t s a r e being harassed by other students using Jewish jokes and anti-Semitic slurs,” she said. School administrators in Albuquerque and across New Mexico “need to be aware this is happening and take steps against it,” she added.

A l l of t he se i ncident s are examples of viewpoints “usually considered extreme finding their way into the mainstream,” Halevi said. The current political climate, in order words, is emboldening people with extremist views to gain access to mainstream venues. “There’s been a kind of normalization of hateful rhetoric and targeting people individually and in groups based on who they are,” she said, emphasizing that the hate is not only directed at Jewish people. “When there’s a sense that it’s OK to do this, then more people do it. If anything, it demonstrates the importance of speaking out against these incidents.” That said, Haveli added s he w a s e nc ou r a ge d by President Donald Trump’s statements earlier this week at an event commemorating the Holocaust. At the event on Tuesday, T r u mp c a l le d Holo c a u s t deniers “an accomplice to this horrible evil.” This came just two weeks after Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer appeared to downplay Hitler’s crimes against Jews when comparing his use of chemical weapons to that of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

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From left, Bengal of the year Cyrus John, offensive player of the year Troy Etsitty, and defensive player of the year Nate John hold their awards as parents and family take pictures April 25. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons NEWS

OPINIONS Successful elevator pitches are part prep, part improv By Sandy Nelson Finance New Mexico


hether it’s made on a n elevator or on the ground f loor, the 30- to 60 - second business pitch that’s named for the place it’s often made should sound unrehearsed and authentic even if it’s the product of exhaustive thought and preparation — which it should be. The “elevator pitch” is a concise su m ma r y of a

product, service or idea that is so intriguing or compelling

that the listener wants to hear more. It’s the hook that catches


the attention of the potential investor, client or collaborator. Too often, these proposals sound contrived or desperate, crammed with so much data or drama that the intended recipient can’t digest it all in the allotted time and consequently tunes it out. The trick to a successful elevator pitch is understanding what’s essential about its content and delivery: The elevator pitch should be brief, honest and presented with passionate professionalism. It should

convey information about an opportunity for the listener without sounding like a sales job. Striking that balance isn’t easy, but it’s possible when the pitcher prepares thoroughly to sound unpracticed and spontaneous. Sound like a real person: Because the most effective elevator pitches are written and polished before they’re delivered, they often sound staged



Crisis much? May 2 ushers in a New Quarter Moon and this stirs up anxiety. You may use this for good or bad. A little stress is good—it encourages growth and action. Too much of a good thing—and stress kills. You must seek the balance. First listen, what emotions are gnawing at you. Madame G suggests listening. You already know what to do. Eat the elephant!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

A one-thousand-mile journey begins with one step. Are you ready? This is your chance. You’re planning and plotting is over. You adventure takes time and you have much to learn. At the end, you’ll know what you’re made of. You’ll lose all fears. You’re enough. For you’ve pushed yourself so far—you don’t even know how far you’ll go. Now is your time. GO!

So, this is love? Your heart is a silly stranger. There is a fairy tale (a German) about a man who locks his heart in a box. When he gives away the key—it kills his love. What did those morbid Germans mean? Well, if you hide yourself—you’ll hurt the ones you love. The heart is a muscle and requires use. Don’t lock it away and hide. One day, you’ll need that heart and then what.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You balance the scales. Are you being fair or greedy? Think through your next moves. This is not the time for missteps or anger. Contain yourself. Don’t let them see you sweat. You can’t control the actions of others, but you may have contributed to their disloyalty. At the heart of the issue, you are the common factor. Stop blaming. Start taking responsibility. You need it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

You have lots to do. The chores and lists of to-do-lists are neverending. You could run around haphazardly forever. This is a choice. Slow down. The key is not running straight towards the edge at full blast. You may stop and enjoy the roses and chamiso. (Take your allergy medication first.) Even if it doesn’t feel like it. You’re in charge. Don’t ask. Don’t demand. BE in command.

Everything sounds good in theory. The practical reality may be quite different. If you’re losing friends, sleep, or loved ones over an idea—it’s time to dial back. It’s all good and fun until someone loses an eye. There’s no need to seek vengeance. Re-think your values. What’s really important? We die alone. But, we don’t have to die lonely. Choose wisely.

The Farmer in the dale… Have you heard any good jokes lately? Well, if you haven’t, you may need social interaction. Some pretty crazy things are happening in the world. As human beings, we always assume the time we live in, is worse or better, than the last. It’s another form of bias. Yours manifests in hidden ways. Discovery is the surest thing against ignorance. Have fun!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This is the way of the world: you gain and lose. Life is a risk. The price for life is death. We enjoy life because someday we will die. You’re focusing on the wrong things. Quality is valuable. Perfection is unattainable and halts progress. Never let perfection get in the way of the good. What do you really value? Live well! And share your imperfect heart. What’s to lose? OPINIONS

It feels like a “crisis” of spirit. We’re heading into a First Quarter and feel the burning tension. This is good. You’re stepping back and assessing the situation wisely. Consider what you’re learning for good and bad. What are the steps needed for progress? Remember the key phrase, WIFL: what’s in it for me? You must learn and grow for progress. Reflect on your life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re an odd duck. But, that’s okay we’re all in this together. You might think there is only one right answer—we’re taught that in school. The truth is, there are many correct answers. For instance, is it: The American Civil War or the British Colony Uprising? Both are technically true, one is remembered. When looking at the situation, remember there are always two sides.

You need action! This is not a request or suggestion. You must reach out and grab these moments. It’s up to you. In this life, you can make or break yourself. You are more than whatever has happened to you or what will happen to you. All you have is the here and now. This is enough. In order to eat the elephant, take one bite at a time. Bon appetite!

What’s next? You’ve been thinking and planning again. You’re ready for action. You just don’t know where you’re going or when. This is good. Allow this time to push you forward. Now is the time to get the blood going. Soon you’ll know what to do. Change the shape of the story—you’re not worried—you’re excited. Have fun!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) This is time for self-reflection. You’re not always popular with the other signs. You’re too wish-washy for some and too headstrong for others. All you can be is yourself. You can’t please everyone, nor should you. If you sense a pattern, consider the common factor. Are you too high maintenance? Remember, you may think you can—but, you can’t buy friends.

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Expect plenty big, action packed flicks THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ime sure flies, doesn’t it? Well, it appears to pass even faster in Hollywood. After something of a lull at cinemas this week (the newest releases aren’t even being screened for the press), the summer season is about to arrive. Sure, according to the Gregorian calendar we’re not even close to those long, lazy, heat-filled days of shorts and sunglasses. Yet the movie studios have other ideas. They’re already hoping to pack cinemas with big, expensive, and often goofier movie fare. Here are the highlights. It all starts on May 5, with the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Based on the Marvel comic book characters, it’ll find protagonist Peter Quill on a search for his long lost father and is pretty certain to be one of the biggest titles of the season. The following week, audiences will be taking a trip to England to be reintroduced to an old fable about the Knights of the Round Table in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Snatched arrives the very same week. It’s one of the few flicks this season that isn’t a sequel or remake; this is a buddy picture featuring comedians Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as mother

and daughter who end up kidnapped and lost in the jungle while vacationing. Later in the month, Alien: Covenant attempts to answer a few questions after the events of Prometheus, while drumming up more scares and chills along the way. Who knows what to make of the tonguein-cheek Dwayne Johnson/ Zach Efron take on the David Hasselhoff show, Baywatch? Or for that matter, Everything, Everything, a teen romance that sounds like an update of the John Travolta TV-movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. May ends with another franchise tentpole, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow setting out to find Poseidon’s Trident i n order to f ig ht a mea n ghost pirate played by Javier Bardem. Original co-stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are also said to return. With the arrival of June, t he mov ie s get even bigger and presumably louder. Wonder Woman is another superhero get ting the big screen treatment; Gal Gadot plays t he t it le cha ra cter. A different kind of guardian takes to the screen in the (tha nkfully) a nimated ch i ld ren’s f l ick, Ca pt ain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Universal Pictures has been trying to resurrect

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 kicks off the summer movie season. It’s predicted to become one of the biggest box office draws of the summer lineup. Photo Credit: Marvel Movies


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their classic monster line and set up a new universe featuring all the characters. They had some trouble with 2014’s Dracula Untold, but hope to change things with the more elaborate and expensive Tom Cruise redo of The Mummy. Animation studio Pixar are also prepping the release of a sequel; Cars 3 features Lightning McQueen heading out to face off against new vehicles and prove he’s still the fastest. And while

(Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) is a heist film about a young getaway driver that wowed festival audiences at South by Southwest. Whether it’ll find a larger audience remains to be seen. Scarlett Johansson stars in the bachelorette party comedy, Rough Night. And Despicable Me 3 promises more animated family-friendly fun as ex-evil mastermind Gru discovers that he has a cheerful and exceedingly upbeat sibling.

forces trapped in the titular city is considered a tide-turning mission in the war. The all-star feature comes from filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Me m e nt o, T h e P re sti ge, Batman: The Dark Knight, In c e pti o n, In t e r st e l l a r). Finally, Charlize Theron plays an undercover secret agent in the comic book adaptation, Atomic Blonde. As always, August is a little slimmer, but there are a couple of big movies, including The

Spiderman can do whatever a spider can and spin mega box office hit It’s sizzling August, and Idris Elba packs plenty of heat in the movies over and over again. “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” opening in July, movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Tower.” should be a huge draw. Photo Credit: Marvel Studios Photo Credit: Imagine Entertainment no one appears to clamoring for yet another follow-up, T r an sfo r m e r s: T h e L a st Knight aims to make eardr ums bleed a nd confuse those attempting to decipher any kind of logical plot as a war breaks out between humans and the robots. Hopefully Baby Driver can help alleviate some of the cinematic repetition. The latest from director Edgar Wright

Forget the June gloom, the focus is on red hot Gal Godat, who stars in “Wonder Woman.” Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

July also has some very intriguing releases. Hoping no one has gotten tired of superheroes by mid-summer, Marvel will release SpiderMan: Homecoming, the latest live-action revamp of the popular web-slinger. Personally, it’s the next couple of weeks that boast some of the most exciting releases. So far, the new Planet of the Apes movies have marked one of the better attempts at revitalizing a preexisting property. The latest, War For the Planet of the Apes, portrays an epic struggle between lead simian Caesar squaring off against an army of angry humans. Director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) returns to his science-fiction roots with an eye-popping adaptation of the French comic series, Valerian and the City of a Thousand P l a n e t s. D u n k ir k of fer s weightier fare for movie fans. This WWII tale about Allied

Dark Tower, a fantasy based on the books by Stephen King. The horror film Annabelle 2 finds a possessed doll getting up to more malevolent mischief with a new set of owners. Find clowns scary? It is safe to say that most people do find them unsettling, and as September rolls around, audiences will get a feature version of another popular Stephen King novel, It. Word on the street is that the movie is the first of a planned twofilm adaptation. The movies won’t all be excellent, but some of them are sure to provide fun entertainment for viewing audiences. Who knows, a couple of films might provide thoughtful, insightful fare as well. And let’s hope there are a few sleepers no one knows about that might surprise us all. Whatever happens, there will be no shortage of flicks to see this summer. COMMUNITY

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It was a festive concert Sunday night at Gallup’s downtown El Morro Theatre. Septo Nacional de Ignacio Pineiro Cuban jazz ensemble reportedly rocked the house.

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without sounding pretentious or losing the listener in a sea of high-sounding syllables. This is especially important if the pitcher and listener don’t share a common language or cultural experience. Make it snappy. Elevator rides are brief, and the audience is captive: Thus the pitch named for the popular people-moving machine is designed to deliver a message to someone who shares the same confined space for just a few moments. An elevator ride is not long enough for someone to tell the history of a company or product, so it forces the presenter to distill the message to its essentials and nothing more. But it’s good to have extra details in mind in case the one-way speech develops into a twoway conversation. Stress the value proposition. Make the pitch about the invention, service or product that makes it attractive to customers. Even if the listener doesn’t decide to invest in bringing it to market, he or

she might provide a reference to someone who will. Make the value proposition specific and credible. Practice makes presentable. Once the pitch is perfected on paper, it should be rehearsed again and again — ideally in front of a mirror and a friendly critic who’s willing to give honest feedback — until it sounds natural, relaxed and genuinely interesting. With enough practice, the pitcher might feel confident enough to go completely off script if the moment is right and the listener is engaged — to offer a few more details and do some listening as well. That’s how a real connection is made. Entrepreneurs can practice their pitches at one of many pitch-fests throughout the state. Search “pitch” on New Mexico’s Biz Calendar at: bizcalendar.org to find an upcoming event. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and bu sinesses with skill s and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to: www. FinanceNewMexico.org

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for April 28, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


elcome back to another edition listing all of the highlights coming your way on DVD and Blu-ray. There’s plenty to choose from here, including a big Oscarwinner and a sequel in a major action/horror franchise. 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! Bokeh This drama involves two American tourists vacationing in Icela nd. A f ter waking up one morning, they are surprised to discover that literally everyone has disappeared. The pair go wandering around to try and find out what happened and what to do about it. Reviews for this independent production were split right down the middle. About half thought the movie looked gorgeous and effectively maintained an eerie mood. The others found the characters bland and didn’t feel that enough was revealed in the end to justify the journey. The cast includes Maika Monroe, Matt O’Leary and Arnar Jonsson. Catfight - Two college friends reunite at a party but find that their lives have moved in very different ways; one is wealthy wine enthusiast, while the other is a struggling artist. The two come to verbal barbs and a physical altercation that leads to conflict for years to come. This independent feature is a black comedy from writer/

director Onur Tukel (Summer of Blood). It earned good reviews from the press. A few complained that the characters were just too nasty and unlikable, but more believed that it was a unique and at times biting satire. It stars Sandra Oh, Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone. T he Daughter - After a 15-year absence, a man returns to his small-town home for his father’s marriage to a mill owner. He reconnects with old friends, only to learn that his dad and new bride plan on closing the mill, putting the protagonist in the middle of a community quarrel. Critics were generally positive about this updated, Australian adaptation of the 1884 play, The Wild Duck. A few described it as too melodramatic for their liking, but more complimented the photography and fine work of the cast, helping to make the drama compelling. It features Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Nicholas Hope, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill. La La Land - One of the biggest films of last winter was this Oscarwinning musical, which took home prizes for Best Actress, Director, Cinematography and Music. It follows an aspiring actress and jazz musician attempting to fulfill their dreams in Hollywood and the struggles they face on a personal and professional level. As you might have guessed, notices were extremely strong for the feature. They called it an impressive homage to musicals of the past with great performances and a somewhat melancholy tone. The cast includes Ryan Gosling, Emma

Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Legend and J.K. Simmons. The Marine 5: Battleground - The fourth sequel in this action series that originally stared John Cena follows the lead character from the last couple of installments in an all new adventure. This time out, the ex-marine is working as an EMT. He must help an injured man who has been targeted by a ruthless biker gang. This one has been made by WWE Studios for the DVD market exclusively, so there have been no reviews. In essence, you shouldn’t expect too much from this one. It features Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, Maryse Mizanin, Heath Miller, Trinity Fatu and presumably even more wrestlers in supporting roles. Mean Dreams - This coming-of-age thriller involves a 15-year old boyfriend and girlfriend living in a small, farming community. When the two decide to run away to escape an abusive father, they steal some cash from the dad for the trip. Unfortunately, the parent is a crooked cop and the money is part of a drug deal. As a result, the pair are ruthlessly pursued by the policeman. Notices were strong for this independent production, with compliments suggesting that it is a simple, tense and beautifully shot effort that bears some resemblance to Terrence Malick films like Badlands. It stars Sophie Nelisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton and Colm Feore. Shangri-La Suite - Here’s an indie drama with an eccentric premise. Set in 1974, a relationship develops between two institutionalized individuals with mental issues. When the Elvis-obsessed man is told in a vision to kill the famous singer, they both head on the road and plot an assassination. This one

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only played at festivals and reaction wasn’t particularly good (many have stated online that the tone is off), so there haven’t been many write-ups. For most, this release will be the first opportunity to see it. The headlining cast includes Emily Browning, Luke Grimes, Ashley Greene, Ron Livingston and Trevante Rhodes, with narration by Burt Reynolds. Underworld: Blood Wars - The fifth film in the action/ horror series picks up with its heroine “Death Dealer” fighting both Lycan forces a nd vampires who have turned against her. With each group close to wiping out the other, she plots a way for both to survive and stop the current war between species. The press were less-than-thrilled with the latest installment. They called it dull, repetitive and humorless with stiff, exposition-heav y dialogue and a lack of interesting characters. There were lots of comments about putting a stake through the heart of this franchise. It stars Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies and Charles Dance.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! We’ve got a lot to get through this week. Olive Films have some very rare and intriguing titles arriving on Blu-ray. The first group are from Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk. Known for his unique movie poster art and animation work, the artist moved to France and began a filmmaking career. Some of his live-action titles can be explicit when it comes to sexual content. Reportedly, the ones here aren’t particularly graphic, although they are well-regarded by cinema fans for their uniqueness and political commentary. Blanche (1971) tells the tale of a young woman in Medieval France who casts a spell over a King and his associates. They all fall for her, and violence erupts during their attempts to woo her. Goto: Island of Love (1969) is a fable about a simple thief on an island led by a dictator. He moves up the ranks when

others are eliminated after getting caught up in political dealings. Also arriving are two Blurays featuring earlier, animated efforts. Theatre of Mr. & Mrs. Kabal (1967) aka Mr. & Mrs. Kabal’s Theatre involves an eccentric married couple and their strange and at times surreal activities. Finally, you can pick up a collection of shorts in a disc titled, Waler ian Borowczyk: Short Films (196273). There’s an introduction from filmmaker Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, Time Bandits), who is a fan of the artist and his work. Olive Films also have a couple of non-Borowczyk titles hitting high definition. There’s the French effort Ophelia (1963). It’s said to be a modern take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. They also have The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964), an anthology about cons taking place in different parts of the world and featuring filmmakers like Jean Luc Godard behind the camera. Alas, this is the short version that does not include the Roman Polanski segment. On a different tact, Shout! Factor y have some great cult films for your amusement. There’s a Blu-ray of Exterminator 2 (1984); it features a heroic vigilante armed with a flamethrower facing off against a villainous gang. The disc includes a commentary track with the director along with co-star Mario Van Peebles (who plays the villain) and publicity materials. I Bury the Living (19 5 8) i s a little, low-budget chiller that I’ve always had a sof t spot for. It’s definitely a low-budget B-movie, but an atmospheric one with an eerie, ominous mood. It’s about a cemetery director who accidentally puts the wrong pin on the wrong plot on his wall map. When the person suddenly dies, the new manager begins to fear that the board has some supernatural power. Who knows, maybe it can even raise the dead? The Blu-ray includes a


SPORTS 360 Miyamura all over Gallup in 5A play, 10-2 PATS COMPLETE SEASON SWEEP OF BENGALS

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he Miyamura Patriots never loosened their defensive grip on the Gallup Bengals and sailed to a 10-2 win April 22 in a boys prep baseball game at Miyamura High School. The win was the second for the Patriots against Gallup this season. Miyamura mercy-ruled Gallup 17-0 on April 11 in a game played at Gallup High School. “This was about defense,” Patriots’ head coach Brian Silva said. “We could have hit the ball a little better, but I was very pleased with our defensive effort in this game.” The win tied Miyamura (13 - 8, 6 -2) w it h a record of 7-2 in District 1-5A play. Aztec was sitting at 7-2 and the Tigers played Farmington (13-10, 6-1) this week beat the Scorpions 5-4. The Patriots played Kirtland Central (139, 3-4). The Broncos are the sole team to be Miyamura in 5A play this season and beat Miyamura again 5-3 April 25. The Broncos won the first game at Gallup 5-4. Saturday’s game looked to be Miyamura’s from the star t. The Patriots led 7- 0 after three and appeared to be coasting into the fourth and latter innings. The only early scare the Patriots got was when freshman superstar

outfielder Lance Evans got hit in the face by accident with the ball. Ju n i o r B r a n d o n V i d a l a nd ju n ior Mat t Chavez s cor e d i n t he f i r s t , w it h Vidal coming in on a pop f ly by junior Giova nni Chioda and Chavez picking up a run on an error. The Patriots scored five r u ns i n t he t h i rd i n n i ng. Vidal hit a double to score s e n ior Br et t McF a rl a nd . Chioda hit a sacrifice fly and Vida l ca me home. Sen ior Daniel McDonald scored on a Vidal fly ball to right field for another Patriots run. Meanwhile, Gallup painstakingly kept at it trying to get somebody on base. The Bengals got their first runner on base in the fourth inning when Kevin Stewart benefitted from a lead-off walk. Bengals head coach Martin Arias remained optimistic throughout the game, though. “If we eliminate errors and some mental and physical mistakes, you’re talking about a different ball game,” Arias said. “We put for th a ver y good effort.” M a r c R io s s t a r t e d a t pitcher for Miya mura a nd recorded 10 strikeouts while g iv i ng up ju st t wo r u n s. Senior Tyler Sanchez started for the Bengals and threw two strikeouts and gave up 10 runs. Both pitchers threw complete games.

Miyamura starting pitcher Marc Rios lets one go against Gallup high. The Patriots won the 5A game 10-2 April 22. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

A Gallup Bengal player gives it his best shot during their game against the Miyamura Patriots April 22. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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Farmington turns up Lady Bears battle it the heat on Gallup out with Shiprock PHOTOS BY RYAN HUDGEONS

Damian Hausner of Gallup High pitches to Farmington during Thursday’s (April 20) game. Farmington won 14 to 0.

Gallup High Bengal Jarek Thomas first basemen gets the out against Farmington at Ford Canyon Thursday afternoon (April 20).

Keanu Littlecrow (6) gets a ground hit during the Bengal’s game against Farmington.

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Meah Begay (17) of Shiprock rounds the bases after a home run with a big smile on her face.

Meah Begay of Shiprock jumps onto home plate as her team surrounds her after a home run at Ford Canyon Park game against Fort Wingate. Shiprock would go on to win the first game of a double header 13 to 5 on April 20.

Denise Kee (7) of Fort Wingate gathers up a base hit to stop the runners from advancing to home. SPORTS

High School Sports Scoreboard

GALLUP BENGALS Boys Tennis 4/22: Farmington vs. Gallup 9-0 Belen vs. Gallup 9-0 4/19: Gallup @ Rehoboth (forfeit) 9-0 4/13: Miyamura @ Gallup 8-1 Girls Tennis 4/22: District Duals Part 2 (Farmington, NM) - 4th Place 4/19: Rehoboth (forfeit) vs. Gallup 0-9 4/15: Valencia (forfeit) vs. Gallup 0-9 Los Lunas (forfeit) vs Gallup 0-9 4/13: Miyamura @ Gallup 8-1 Varsity Baseball (6-18) 4/25: Bloomfield @ Gallup 12-1 4/22: Gallup @ Miyamura 2-10 4/20: Farmington @ Gallup 14-0 4/18: Gallup @ Kirtland Central 6-11 4/15: Aztec @ Gallup 12-0 4/13: Gallup @ Bloomfield 0-5 Varsity Softball (9-11) 4/21: Gallup @ Aztec 0-32 Gallup @ Aztec 3-18 4/19: Gallup @ Los Lunas 6-12 4/13: Bloomfield @ Gallup 15-5 MIYAMURA PATRIOTS Boys Tennis 4/22: Belen vs. Miyamura 9-0 4/22: Miyamura @ Farmington 1-8 Girls Tennis 4/22: District Duals Part 2 (Farmington, NM) - 3rd Place 4/15: Los Lunas (forfeit) vs. Miyamura 0-9 Valencia (forfeit) vs. Miyamura 0-9 4/11: Miyamura @ St. Pius X 0-9 Varsity Baseball (13-8) 4/25: Miyamura @ Kirtland Central 3-5 4/22: Miyamura @ Gallup 10-2 4/20: Miyamura @ Bloomfield 11-5 4/18: Aztec @ Miyamura 5-1 4/15: Miyamura @ Farmington 4-1 4/13: Kirtland Central @ Miyamura 5-4 SPORTS

Varsity Softball (10-12) 4/22: Farmington @ Miyamura 6-5 Farmington @ Miyamura 2-3 4/13: Miyamura @ Kirtland Central 1-3 Miyamura @ Kirtland Central 6-8 REHOBOTH CHRISTIAN LYNX Varsity Baseball (3-8) 4/24: Rehoboth @ Tohatchi 4-1 Rehoboth @ Tohatchi 5-1 4/20: Rehoboth @ Laguna Acoma 0-10 4/14: Zuni @ Rehoboth 13-2 Zuni @ Rehoboth 10-0 Varsity Softball (9-5) 4/20: Zuni @ Rehoboth 2-17 Zuni @ Rehoboth 9-20 4/17: East Mountain @ Rehoboth 1-8 East Mountain @ Rehoboth 6-4 4/14: Shiprock @ Rehoboth 9-5 Shiprock @ Rehoboth 12-11 WINGATE BEARS Varsity Baseball (5-11) 4/20: Wingate @ Shiprock 6-25 Wingate @ Shiprock 1-23 4/15: Tohatchi @ Wingate 2-7 Tohatchi @ Wingate 9-10 4/13: Thoreau @ Wingate 4-10 Thoreau @ Wingate 3-2 Varsity Softball (12-7) 4/20: Shiprock @ Wingate 13-5 Shiprock @ Wingate 12-6 4/15: Tohatchi @ Wingate 12-14 Tohatchi @ Wingate 1-16 4/13: Wingate @ Thoreau 0-10 Wingate @ Thoreau 12-2 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

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 new, high definition transfer, trailer and photo gallery. J e r r y Lewis fa ns can pick up Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959), which features the comedian as a Junior Officer in the Navy who loses a destroyer and is tasked with returning to the sea to find it. The Optimists (1973) is a drama starring Peter Sellers as a song and dance man who befriends two children; they help him understand the world as much as he tries to offer guidance to them. The music comes from famed producer George Martin. Criterion have a couple of great ones as well. Rumble Fish (1983) comes from famed director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders), telling the coming-of-age story of kid from the wrong side of the tracks. This one is much more introspective and existentialist than The Outsiders, with the filmmaker himself

calling it an “art film for teenagers.” It’s a great looking movie too, beautifully photographed in black and white by Stephen H. Burum (Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, Mission: Impossible). The Bluray includes a new 4K transfer, audio commentary with the director, new interviews and conversations with the cast and crew and a bevy of other incredible bonuses. If you like the movie, you’ll want this disc. They also have a high definition version of Tampopo (1985), a well-regarded Japanese film all about food. Specifically, the widow of a noodle shop owner who is determined to find the perfect recipe and her adventures in life while doing so. This one also comes to Bluray with a new, 4K transfer, a feature-length documentary on the making of the movie, an earlier short film from the director and new interviews with participants. Warner Archive also have a couple of Blu-rays that can be specially ordered from their website. From Hell It Came (1957) is a low-budget monster movie about an island price who is wrongfully accused of a crime and executed. He

comes back as a walking t r e e , t a king revenge on those who caused h i s de a t h . Sounds like fu n stu ff. And T h e W heeler Dealers (1963) is comedy starring James Garner and Lee Remick. It’s about an entrepreneur trying to make some fast money on the New York stock market, but he’s distracted when he falls for an analyst during his stay.

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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,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.

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: 9 am -1 pm. Hosted by Miyamura High School. 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: Pull my finger! Science



5TH ANNUAL TEEN FILM FESTIVAL: THROUGH THE LENS Octavia Fellin Public Library will hold its annual Teen Film Festival at El Morro Theatre. For more information call (505) 726-6120 or e-mail childlib@gallupnm.gov. 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) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483.

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: 9 am - 1 pm. Hosted by Gallup High School. 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.

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lup Calvin Hall Auditorium. Sessions: $100 per person. Call: (505) 7222228. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Paper Plate Sombrero ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 - 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: 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. CALENDAR

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) 7224226. 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 ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION May 5, 4 - 6pm: Coyote


Canyon Rehabilitation Center—Art Exhibition Reception. Throughout May residents of the Coyote Canyon Rehabilitation Center will display their works of art in the library. Main branch: Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. GET UP AND GAME May 5, 4 - 6 pm: Get moving with these fun and active Kinect video games! Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY May 6, 2 - 4 pm, join us for a comic book giveaway and a chance to create your own comic book with artists from 7,000 BC. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. 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. NAVAJO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FESTIVALS Gallup McKinley County Schools hosts Navajo Language and Culture Festivals. Sponsored by the GMCS Johnson O’Malley—Indian Education Committee and Indian Education Program. 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 cyder@rmchcs.or or call (505) 863-7282. MCKINLEY CITIZENS’ RECYCLING COUNCIL MEETING May 6, 2 pm: McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council Meeting. For more information about local recycling opportunities check out the MCRC website: www.recyclegallup.org. Call City Solid Waste Department (505) 863-1212. Call (505) 7225141. Location: Red Mesa Center, 105 W. Hill. 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. 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. 5K RUN/WALK SCHOLARSHIP FUND Saturday, June 17 Smile like Jesse for a 5K run/ walk scholarship fund. Entry fee: $20 in advance at Rehoboth Christian School Business Office; Day of Event: $25. Free T-shirt for the first 100 registrants. Upload registration form on Facebook fit: #smilelikejesse 5k/ walk, online: admission@ rcsnm.org, mail: PO Box 41 Rehoboth NM, 87322. Call Verlena Livingston (505) 726-9692. Make all money order or checks payable to: Rehoboth Christian/ smielikejesse. Registration starts 8am; Run/walk starts 9am. For more information contact Esther Sanchez (505) 8621459. 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) 2120391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm. 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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