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NEWS City entertains $35K library ‘concept’ report IS A NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE WORKS FOR GALLUP?

This would be a premier facility in New Mexico.” – Gallup Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup City Council received a concept report April 25 on a possible new library. Gallup Public Works Director Stan Henderson and Library Director Mary Ellen Pellington stressed that the report was a follow up to last year’s downtown redevelopment planning sessions. The report was presented by the Dallas-based Huitt-Zollars and at a cost to the city of around $35,000. The Texas firm is not scheduled to appear before the full council again in the near future. “Staff has proceeded with a feasibility study for a new public library on the site as proposed in the Gallup Downtown Redevelopment Plan,” Henderson told council members. “This study follows up the library planning and feasibility study of 2013 and refines both location and conceptual project costs.” Joe Gallegos and José Zalaya of Huitt-Zollars told council members about design layout and cost, saying a new library would cost in the range of a little more than $18 million. The 20-minute PowerPoint presentation by Gallegos and Zalaya included tidbits of information on how to improve library efficiency and engage a wider segment of greater McKinley County via library services. The proposed location of a new Gallup library is at the northwest corner of Second Street and Aztec Avenue, which is the current location of Gallup Children’s Branch. The diameter of the



CASE OF THE MISSING CONTRACT Chiapetti’s revised contract M.I.A.

Mayor Jackie McKinney

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Octavia Fellin Library and the Children’s Branch is a little more than 24,000 square feet Gallegos and Zalaya told council members. A new facility would expand to some 44,000 square feet, the two representatives said. “You have a building at the moment that gets a lot of use,” Gallegos said. “The new building would be designed to accommodate that use and much more.” The concept presented by Gallegos and Zalaya stipulated a three-story structure with a basement. The basement would be the children’s area and the first floor designated for the community at-large. The first floor would serve as a reception and collection area and house some books and services, the two explained. A second floor would house the majority of books and periodicals and a third floor would be designated for teens, Gallegos and Zalaya said. Funding the project is something that the city hasn’t decided on yet, Henderson said. Henderson said talks are sure to continue on funding prospects.


Mayor Jackie McKinney said the city and county would get together and at the very least talk about cost at some point in the future. “There are many people from the county that utilize the library,” McKinney said.

MCKINLEY COUNTY Former McKinley County Ma nager a nd cur rent Commissioner Bill Lee said county commissioners have to see some project numbers, some raw data, to move on a possible

County Commissioner Bill Lee cost-sharing request. He said everyone at the county is aware that there are numerous county library users that come from far into McKinley County. “What we want is numbers, or any kind of information and data, that we can review and study about the situation,” Lee said. “We’re not against a cost-savings measure. This is an issue where we can work together.” Lee broke it down even further: “Just like the city gets its data: We (the McKinley County Board of Commissioners) want and need that same data.”


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Meanwhile, Pellington said a new library would be a stateof-the-art facility that greater McKinley County would appreciate. She said such a facility would have across-the-board expanded community services. “We would house expanded collections for children and adults,” Pellington said. “We would have expanded information technology. Just everything. In general, we’re talking about a much bigger facility that would serve many, many, many generations to come. This would be a premier facility in New Mexico.”


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Has anyone seen Chiapetti’s GMCS contract? $132K CONTRACT WASN’T PROPERLY FILED, OFFICIALS SAY

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he contract of former Gallup-McKinley County Schools Superintendent, the binding document between employee and employer, isn’t on file at district headquarters on Boardman Drive and school district officials are at a loss as to where it is. As far as anybody at the district knows, including the top brass and at least one GMCS school board member, the Board of Education simply did not place a new contract in the personnel file of Chiapetti. A career school district employee and a former principal at Miyamura High School, Chiapetti earned an annual salary of $132,500. “We believe it was an oversight,” interim superintendent Mike Hyatt said. “The contract was voted on to extend with same pay, but we never received the new contract.” T he sole ent it ie s t h a t


GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt. File Photo receive copies of such cont r a c t s a r e t he employe e and employer, Hyatt noted. The Gallup Sun has made attempts to contact Chiapetti via telephone, but to no avail. Chipetti was in the candidate pool for school superintendent jobs at Las Cruces, Flagstaff and Silver City. Ch iapet t i, who worked a t t he Ga l lup d i s t r ic t a s

Former Superintendent Frank Chiapetti is on the payroll until June 30. File Photo super i nt endent for a bout three years, was placed on pa id ad m i n ist rat ive leave by the Boa rd of Education in December. His evaluative details have not been made publ ic. T he pa id ad m i n is trative leave ends June 30, 2017. Hyat t , a l so a ca reer school d istr ict employee, officially starts the Gallup

superintendent job at the end of June and at an annual salary of $150,000. The former school board president who over saw Chiapetti’s contract extension was Joe Menini. Menini did not run again for a school board seat this year. Kevin Mitchell, vice president of the school board, said nobody r e a l ly k now s wher e t he Chiappetti contract is. “It’s not at the district,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we know about the matter right now.” T here wa s a pay ra ise g i ve n t o s c ho ol d i s t r ic t employees at the beginning

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couple of members of the GallupMcK i n ley Cou nt y Schools Boa rd of Education were elected to new board seats in a school system leadership shake-up May 1. Another board member retained the seat as vice-president. The moves took place at the regular board meeting at school district headquarters on Boardman Drive. Newcomer Charles Long, who was nominated by fellow school board newcomer Michael Schaaf, is the newly elected board president by a 3-2 majority. Long, a former McKinley County Treasurer a n d C r ow n p o i n t n a t i v e , replaces Prescilla Manuelito who is now board secretary. Long-time board vice-president Kev i n M itchel l wa s re - elected to t he position. Scha a f, Ch r istopher Mortensen and Long voted for Long. As per policy, the board can elect its own president, vice president and secretary. “The kids are still going to be a priority,” Long said after being elected. “It’s my vision to see that our children are receiving the best possible education that can

Newly minted Board of Education member Charles Long was voted in as the board’s new president May 1. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Priscilla Manuelito lost her seat as president, but became the secretary May 1. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

be provided. If our children desire to go to college, I want our students to be able to go to a college or university without any problems.” Typically, the election of new board officers occurs during the first board meeting of July. But that policy cha nged v ia a boa rd vote when Long, Mortensen and Schaaf took office. It was L ong who su g ge st ed t he change and at a board meeting prior to the new members being sworn in. Mitchell let it be known during the election process who he preferred as board president. He held up two state awards that Manuelito

Kevin Mitchell retains his seat as Board of Education vice-president May 1. File Photo recently received for leadership skills. “I would like to sta nd behind the belief that you are the most qualified person to be president of our school board,” Mitchell said. “These are state awards that were given to you as a leader. I would like to nominate you to continue as our school board president.” M a nuel it o w a s n’ t s hy i n retu r n i ng the favor to Mitchell. Manuelito’s nomination of Mitchell garnered the 4 -1 winning vote margin of Mortensen, Long, and Manuelito and Mitchell. “I will not sell out our children,” Manuelito said upon giving up the board president seat. “Plea se conti nue to speak out and let your voices be heard.”


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EURO TRIP UPDATE Cody Moody and Garrett Stolz, who teach AP history at Miyamura High School, gave board members an update on a planned summer trip to Europe for students in 2018. The two said there are 29 students and four chaperones registered to go on the 12-day excursion. The venture includes cultural exposure trips to Berlin, Dresden, Potsdam, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Auschwitz. “We already have $2,500 raised,” Moody told board members. “We have 29 students who are interested. Our cap was 24, but we could not say no to the others.” Moody a nd Stolz, who

agreed to periodically update board members on the trip, said the $4,220 cost includes round-trip flights and transportation, hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, entrance fees to attractions and an educational itinerary, among other things. “Have all of the students worked on getting passports?” Long asked. “Sounds like fun,” Mortensen said. “I wish you guys the best of luck in meeting your (financial) goal,” Mitchell told the pair. Essentially, Moody and Stolz want the board’s stamp of approval in taking the students overseas. There is no class credit involved, but the two have called the get-away beneficial. Moody and Stolz gave an ethnic breakdown of who’s registered for the trip so far: There are 12 Native Americans; 4 Asians; 10 Hispanics and 3 Caucasians.

NM LEGISLATORS HONORED The Board of Education recognized Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, and Sen. John Pinto, D-Tohatchi, and Rep. D. Wonda Johnson, D-Gallup, for their achievements at the state level. Each received a certificate of appreciation. Pinto is the longest serving member of the New Mexico Legislature. Johnson narrowly beat Mitchell in last year’s race. Muñoz was first elected in 2009 and is the son of the late Gallup mayor Ed Muñoz. A lso, the state School Boards Association awarded t welve d i s t r ic t s t udent s for outstanding academic achievement. NEWS

2 killed, 3 injured in fatal rollover crash Staff Reports


he two victims that died in a vehicle rollover accident May 1 have been identified. The driver, 21-year-old Elijah King of Gamerco, was subsequently arrested for DWI and two counts of vehicular homicide, among other charges. According to a statement released by New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Carl Christiansen, passengers Janice Miller, 20, and Jennifer Johnson, 43, both of Iyanbito, were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The remaining occupants were taken to University of New Mexico

Hospital in Albuquerque. Their conditions are unknown at this time. The the Ford truck, driven by King, had overturned multiple times, ejecting all five occupants near mile post 27 on State Highway 118. State Police arrived at the scene at 12:15 pm. New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit was called to the scene to process all evidence associated with the crash investigation, Christiansen stated. In addition to facing DWIrel at ed double hom icide charges, King was charged with three counts of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm, and additional traffic violations.

Traffic was rerouted through the Sundance area as seen in this photo, while New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatality accident on State Highway 118, near the Fire Rock Casino May 1. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Banjo Gonzales

GPD officers cleared in Sylversmythe shooting OFFICIAL: CASE IS NOW CLOSED to avoid bias, officials said at the time. Sylversmythe was at the housing project hanging out and drinking with friends, witnesses said at the time. He

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


here won’t be a ny charges filed against the Gallup police officers who were part of the July 2016 shooting death at the Arnold Street public housing project, officials said. McKinley County Deputy District Attorney Earl Rhoads said in a March 20 piece of correspondence addressed to Gallup police chief Phillip Hart that, “This letter is to inform you, and the officers of your department, that I have completed my independent review of the New Mexico State Police reports in the matter,” Rhoads wrote. “After lengthy, careful and multiple reviews of the reports, and particularly the pathology report, I have been authorized by (McKinley County) District Attor ney Karl Gillson to inform you that there will be no criminal charges brought against these officers.” Rhoads explained in the one-page letter that Alvin Sylversmy the, 29, wa s a n angry, suicidal and intoxicated person who weighed more than 300 pounds. Rhoads wrote that Sylversmythe, who possessed a prior criminal record dating back to 2012, “was quickly moving toward officers whilst armed with two knives and repeatedly ignoring NEWS

later died at Gallup Indian Medical Center. The shooting death was the first involving Gallup police in 13 years.

“The officers were cleared and have returned to work,” Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the GPD, said.

Alvin Sylversmythe police commands to drop the knives even after being hit multiple 12-gauge bean bag rounds.” “… The actions of these officers were clearly in the defense of themselves and a nyo n e e l s e w h o m i g h t b e i n t h e p a t h o f ( M r. S y l v e r s m y t h e),” R h o a d s recorded. “This was a justifiable homicide. No rational person with an understanding of New Mexico law could conclude otherwise.” The Gallup police officers involved in the fatal shooting were Justin Benally, Clarissa Morgan, Steven Peshlakai and Dominic Molina. The four carry some 16 years of city police department experience. The incident happened in the early morning hours of July 24 at 304 Arnold St., part of the Gallup Housing Authority, and was immediately put in the hands of the state police so as Gallup Sun • Friday May 5, 2017


Milan druggies jailed; one released Gallup man

jailed on child sex abuse charges

By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


ne Cibola County man remained behind bars May 2 on felony charges stemming from an interagency drug bust, officials said. Another Cibola County man, arrested in the same drug raid, bonded out May 2, officials said. Joseph Torrez, 39, and George Gallegos, age unavailable, were taken into custody at the Cibola County Detention Center on a myriad of felony charges. The charges ranged from drugs to weapons violations. Torrez is jailed on a $76,000 bond and Gallegos had a bond set at $16,000, before he bonded out, according to jail records.


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Here’s what 1.2 ounces of black tar heroin looks like. This amount was confiscated during the April 28 drug bust in Milan. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Milan Police Department

Joseph Torrez

George Gallegos

Gallup man remained incarcerated May 4 on custodial interference (no right to custody), criminal sexual conduct of a minor, false imprisonment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges, records show. Christopher Lambert, 32, was taken into custody after Gallup police were contacted by the Riverton, Utah, police regarding Lambert bringing a 15-year-old girl across state lines. Lambert’s bond was set at $30,000 and a separate Magistrate Court bond doesn’t have a specified amount. The girl in question is identified in police records as “A.P.” An arrest warrant indicates that the girl emailed a photo of her breasts to Lambert prior to him traveling to Utah to bring her to Gallup. Gallup police officer Steven Peshlakai went to Lambert’s address in Gallup on April 24 to see what could be found out about the matter. Lambert denied anything about the situation. But Lambert did tell police that he spoke with the 15-year-old by phone. A few days later, police got a call from a Crestview

Christopher Lambert area man who said a girl had come to his door seeking help. The girl had been living at a trailer on Taos Road in Gallup for about three days after the neighbor gave help, the police papers indicate. The girl later revealed to a Utah detective that Lambert, indeed, came to Utah to pick her up. The two had sex along the way, the girl told the detective. L a mber t gave t he g i rl drinks in Gallup and when the cops arrived at Lambert’s home she was hiding to avoid police, she told the Utah detective. When the girl’s parents arrived in Gallup from Utah they took her to the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for a sexual examination test. But RMCH couldn’t perform the test. So, the girl was taken to Utah. There was not an attorney listed in jail records for Lambert.

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GPD looking for shooting suspects By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


he Gallup police remain on the lookout for two male suspects who beat up and shot at someone at the Hacienda Motel along East Historic Highway 66, according to a criminal complaint. The incident apparently was over a $10 debt, according to written police information. Gallup police officer Steven Peshlakai recorded in written correspondence that on April 29 he arrived at the hotel at about 11:12 pm and found Jeffrey Webster, 40, sitting on the bed and bleeding heavily from the face and head.

“I noticed coagulated blood on his lap. I also saw shell casting on the floor,” Peshlakai wrote. The written police information states that Webster was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center by MedStar. A witness to the incident said he heard gunshots and a loud banging noise coming from Webster’s room. The witness said he saw two males holding down and hitting Webster with their fists and a gun. It was discovered that one of the male suspects goes by the name of “J.D.” He is described as Native American and with short hair. The other male suspect goes by the name “Benzall” and is also Native American with

short hair. The witness said “Benzall” was brandishing a silver pistol and hitting Webster in the face with it. “J.D.” possessed a baseball bat and was hitting Webster in the head. The suspects ran off when the witness managed to surreptitiously enter the hotel room of Webster. The witness told police that the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park might be the hiding place of the two suspects. Webster told police that the three got into an argument over $10 that was owed to the two suspects. “J.D.” fired several rounds from the gun in the direction of Webster, the written information by Peshlakai states.

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Home Depot thief nabbed for Police plan to $8K heist; U.S. Marshal hold collaborate on DWI TEXAS MAN WANTED TOOLS; TAKES COPS ON WILD NEIGHBORHOOD CHASE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent


Texas man, jailed on stealing more than $8,000 worth of tools from Home Depot, was still in jail at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center May 4 for aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, shoplifting, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, an accident involving damage to a vehicle and criminal damage to property of a household member charges, according to jail records. Roy Gene Ramsey was jailed on a $5,000 bond amount and also on a U.S. Marshal’s federal hold. The federal hold typically stipulates that there is a prior criminal charge in which someone is wanted. In giving a rundown of the situation, Gallup police officer Dominic Molina recorded in a

police report that on April 24 at about 4:07 pm that Ramsey, 50, who lives in San Antonio, Texas, took cops on a high speed chase in the Home Depot, U.S. 491 and Rio West Mall areas. Ramsey reportedly cut a 2-foot hole in the fence behind Home Depot in an effort to steal some power tools and batteries, according to store employee accounts. He


apparently was going to put the stuff in his van. “I was shown the hole in the fence,” Molina wrote in the police report. “Outside the gate below the hole in the fence were several packages of power tools on the floor. There was also a trash can which contained several batteries to power tools.” Ramsey apparently had pla n ned to put t he item s in his white va n, but wa s stopped i n h i s t r a ck s by store employees. Molina and another GPD official caught up w it h R a m sey, but not before he took police on a wild chase that ended in the backyard of a residence on West Maloney Boulevard. Ramsey jumped out of the van and had to be rundown by Molina. The cost to repair the home depot fence hole was estimated at $500, Molina recorded in the report.

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MILAN DRUGGIES | FROM PAGE 8 Both individuals reside in Milan and possess prior criminal records, officials said. Village of Milan Police Chief Pat Salazar said at about 6 am on April 28 that officers from the Milan and Grants police departments and the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office raided the San Jose Street residence of Torrez and came away with a litany of drug-related crimes. “This is something that won’t be tolerated in Milan or anywhere in Cibola County for that matter,” Salazar said. In expla ining the ra id, S a l a z a r s a id Tor rez wa s cha rged w it h pos se s sion of heroin with the intent to traffic (50,000), possession of ma r ijua na ($250), possession of dr ug paraphern a l i a ($1,0 0 0), r e ceiv i n g stolen property ($5,000) and two counts of child abuse ($20,000). At the time of the drug raid, there were two

Patrols within McKinley County. “We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising,” NMSP Sgt. Chad Pierce said. “These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.” Pierce reiterated that hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision. “People are choosing to not drink and drive,” Pierce said. “This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.”

minors present in the residence, hence the child abuse charges, Salazar said. Gallegos was at the Torrez residence at the time of the raid and he was charged with possession of a stolen firearm ($5,000), possession of heroin ($5,000), and possession of drug paraphernalia ($1,000), and possession of stolen property ($5,000). There was $2,700 in cash confiscated at the residence along with 1.2 ounces of heroin. The confiscated heroin has a street value of about $2,400, Salazar said. The address of the drug raid is 618 San Jose St. in Milan. Torrez and Gallagos are convicted felons with past drug charges in Cibola County. “This is an example of what a multi-agency task force can do with respect to putting resources together,” Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said. The drug bust was the first for Salazar since he took on the sheriff’s job a little more than two months ago.

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Santa Fe soda tax rejected after record-high turnout S By Joey Peters NM Political Report

anta Fe voters delivered a decisive rejection of a proposed 2-cent-perounce tax on sugary beverages to support early childhood education in a special election May 2. As of 10 pm Tuesday night with votes counted in all but one voting convenience center, the proposal was losing by a near-15 point margin. The vote capped the end of an intense, expensive and heated debate that saw nearly $1.9 million in direct spending overall from political action committees on both sides as of May 1. More than $1.2 million of that money was spent on opposition to the tax proposal, while a PAC in support of the tax spent roughly $685,000 to convince city residents to vote yes on the measure. This doesn’t include in-kind donations on each side of the vote. The pro-sugary beverages tax PAC Pre-K For Santa Fe, released a statement once the election results became clear. “The need is great. The time was not now. But the longer we wait, the more children will be left behind,” the PAC’s statement read. Outside special interests dominated the spending for both sides. The largest antisugar tax PAC, Better Way for Santa Fe & Pre-K, raised all $1.3 million of its money as of May 1 from the American Beverage Association, the national trade association for the beverage industry. This PAC also took at least $85,000 in in-kind contributions from local and national branches of Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe also gave $10,000 to another anti-tax PAC called Smart Progress New Mexico. On the pro-sugary beverage tax side, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered $400,000 of direct cash plus nearly $685,000 of in-kind contributions to Pre-K For Santa Fe, bringing his total contributions so far to nearly $1.3 million. Other large donors to this PAC included Organizing NEWS

Sodas on a shelf. Photo Credit: NMPR in the Land of Enchantment, the Voqal Fund and, for in-kind contributions, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480. The proposed tax, championed by Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, was meant to fund 1,000 spots for low-income children to attend existing pre-Kindergarten education programs across the city. Opponents dismissed the tax as regressive and harmful to low-income people who are likely to drink sugary beverages. “ Ta xe s l i ke t h i s o ne threaten jobs and burden small, local businesses and working class families the most—not just in Santa Fe but in every community,” the American Beverage Association said in a prepared statement released after the vote. David Huynh, a spokesman for Better Way for Santa Fe & Pre-K, emphasized that voters still support early childhood education. “Our coa lition of loca l businesses and community organizations remains united in support of expanded Pre-K and we welcome the opportunity to work with the city and community to find better ways to fund this much-needed program,” Huynh said in a statement. Supporters of early childhood funding often point to the dismal statistics for children in New Mexico such as the Annie E. Casey Foundations’s 2016

Kids Count Report that found the state ranking 49th in the nation in overall childhood wellbeing. For years, advocacy groups and liberal-leaning lawmakers have unsuccessfully pushed

to tap the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for early childhood education on the statewide level. Earlier in the day, as the vote was still underway, New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez said his organization was “excited” to see city-level leadership attempting to solve the problem of childhood poverty and lack of education amid inaction at the state level. “We’re very much reliant on state funding,” he said, referring to the idea of tapping the Permanent Fund. “People at the local level are finding solutions.” Still, Jimenez said municipa l it ie s don’t h ave t he resources to solve the state’s need for pre-K funding alone. But given the divisiveness of the eventual defeat of the Santa Fe proposal, New Mexico cities may not attempt to replicate proposing similar municipal

taxes to fund pre-K. The defeat is also a blow to Gonzales, who has been said to have gubernatorial ambitions. Ron Trujillo, a Santa Fe city councilor who is running for mayor next year, emerged as one of the loudest opponents of the tax, saying it would hurt families and businesses in the city. Trujillo was the only city councilor to not approve putting the measure to a special election vote. Ahead of voting to oppose placing it on the ballot, he read a fivepage statement explaining his opposition. Nearly 20,000 people voted in the election, according to the Santa Fe City Clerk’s Office, a record for a special election and even besting turnout for the the city’s previous mayoral election in 2014, when roughly 17,000 voters showed up to the polls. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

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Jeff Apodaca officially announces bid for governor By Andy Lyman NM Political Report


he son of a former New Mexico governor announced his plans May 1 to follow in his father’s footsteps. Jeff Apodaca, a former media executive and son of former Gov. Jerry Apodaca, told NM Political Report he wants to “turn New Mexico around” in early childhood development, job creation and health care. “I’m not running because of any legacy,” Apodaca said.

If elected, Apodaca , a Democrat, said he would work to diversify New Mexico’s economy so the state is less dependant on oil and gas. Not only could New Mexico use wind and solar power for its own purposes, Apodaca said, but the state could power other states using renewable energy sources. “There are billions of dollars on the sideline looking for renewable energy,” Apodaca said. Funding early childhood development is another one of Apodaca’s campaign platforms.

A governor’s agenda can only move so far if there isn’t a cooperative state Legislature to move bills, but Apodaca said he’s confident he can work with lawmakers. He remembers in middle school and high school getting ready for school in the governor’s residence and overhearing his father and legislators arguing about policy. “ Su r e t hey bicker e d ,” Apodaca said. “But they always found solutions for the greater good and the people of New Mexico.”

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Apodaca grew up in Las Cruces and later Santa Fe when his father was elected governor. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, he began his career in television. Apodaca worked as an executive for a number of television media companies, including in Los Angeles. Eight years ago, Apodaca and his wife moved back to New Mexico with their children. Upon return, Apodaca said he saw elected officials not representing their constituents. “Moving back here, I just got frustrated with the political leadership,” he said. Despite his family connections, Apodaca said he considers himself a political outsider.



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“Politicians who are running, or who are rumored to run, have been in the system for 20 or 30 years,” Apodaca said. A po d a c a s a id he u lt i mately decided to r un for gover nor a f ter consulting with his wife. “We feel we have new ideas,” he said,referring to all New Mexicans who are behind him. “My successes in life have already been a team effort,” Apodaca said. The only other candidate to announce a run for governor so far is U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat from Albuquerque. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

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From left, Ralph Richards, past-Lions club president Bill Lewis, Dr. Christopher Dyer, and Lions Club President Dr. Linda Hite. The trio presented the check to Dyer to put toward the renovation of Lions Hall. Lewis was president of the Lions Club when the land and building was donated to UNM-G some decades back The hoedown fundraiser took place April 28 at Red Rock Park. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

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OPINIONS May Day inspires protestors to come out in support of illegal immigrants By Isaac De Luna United We Dream


LBUQUERQUE – We a r i n g t h e i r emblematic orange a nd yellow shir ts w ith messages stati ng #HereToStay & #FightBack– immigrant youth, families and children staged a mock

“immigrant detention center” outside the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court to denounce the racist, anti-immigrant attacks being carried out by the Trump administration across the country through senseless deportations, family separations, and militarization of our southern border.

Community members rallied together to showcase the power of community protection networks and empower more immigrants and people of conscience to join in the fight for sanctuaries of safety for all. During the demonstration, members of the NM Dream Team held a press conference


to announce the launch of their “#FightBack! Campaign” designed to continue building sanctuaries of safety in our city, state, schools and places of worship which are models for the world we want to live in: where all immigrants are #HereToStay, where all Black lives matter and where there is no trans and queer violence.

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A Full Moon is coming on May 10—you know what that means—it’ll be bright! Human beings are fascinating. We ascribe meaning to everything good and bad. Sometimes a pipe is just a pipe. Madame G suggests you pull your head out of the sand and look around. It’s May! The sun might be shining. Birds may sing. A blizzard may come, who knows. Look up! Smile.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

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If you create a mountain out of a bad dream—you’re bound to face the heat. Stop wasting your energy controlling others. Take a breath and say hi! My name is… and I’m a chronic worrier. The first step is always admitting your weaknesses or you’ll ruin relationships along the way. It won’t be worth it. So, take ahold of yourself. Wake up! Smell the coffee. Today is wonderful.

Catching up with old friends is fun and terrible. Stop comparing yourself to others. Now is the time to live the life you’ve always wanted. You don’t need to meet someone else’s expectations. You do you, and you’ll be happy. You can’t expect anyone to be happy for you unless you take the time for yourself. It’s on you to live. It’s on you to be happy. Choose wisely!

You’re in need of a change. This is true with or without a real vacation lined up. If you can’t get away, consider taking time off of your troubles. You can’t walk away from them. You can certainly take a vacation from yourself. Read a book. Take the dogs for a walk and enjoy the sun. You don’t have to go far to get close to nature and away from negativity.

Catering to the needs of others is a dutiful task. But, only Jesus admires martyrs. You have a choice, stand up for your rights or get knocked down. Remember, survival of the fittest. Stop asking what others can do for you and ask: what can I do for myself and others? This is a more empowering path. This leads to happiness and contentment. The other stuff can wait, for never.

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Poor sensitive soul. You sting with a thousand deadly suns. But, you’re mushy on the inside. If someone brings you down, ask: why? Your responsible, for your words and actions, not those of others. Take this storm like any other. Don’t take abuse, especially from a loved one. This is not healthy for either of you. Be strong. Be kind. Keep going and don’t look back. Let go!

Your heart of gold suffered a loss. Remember your heart didn’t really break, your expectations of the other person did. You may wish they were different. That’s absurd. They are who they are. This is, and always will be true. You will always be you too. Perhaps you’ve disappointed them. In the end, what does it really matter. You must live your life, not theirs. Choose you.

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You have a fierce spirit. It’s just hidden by all that flab. You may be fit physically, but you’re letting your mind go to waste. This doesn’t have to be. Reach out to those who need you. Read a book. Attend a lecture or head downtown for ArtsCrawl. The time is now. You can’t put your life on hold forever. Time won’t wait around for you.

Friendships are complicated. They bring happiness and joy. You’ll notice disappointment and regret too. It’s up to you to choose what you’ll accept and what you won’t. For once in your life, consider the road less traveled. Take the high ground and admit that no one is perfect—even your perception. Be you. And share that with the world. Peace!

You try to keep it together, and you do. Go you! You’re on top of the world and spinning faster. Nothing is out of your reach. You seem unstoppable. Is there something missing? Perhaps you alienated a loved one over the recent elections. Reach out, family and friends will always work it out, if someone sets aside the hate. Be the hero! Be the leader. Save the world. GO!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your heart’s in the right place. Is your head? You shouldn’t stick it out too far and lose it. You need it. It’s a gamble to let others do the thinking. You’ll surely regret the outcome. If you don’t know what to do—take the first step. The hardest part is trying. If you fail, you win. If you win you win. If you don’t try—you lose by default. That’s terrible. WIN!


Life is funny. We don’t always have what we need when we need it. This is especially true of knowledge and wisdom. They say youth is wasted on the young. But, this teaches us so much about gratitude and living in the moment. Enjoy what you have, including wisdom, now that you have it. It’s a blessing that know you know what you didn’t back then. It’s called happiness.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) So far to go and so much to do. You may never stop. You may never quit. You may take a trip to Wonderland and chase the fairy bunnies around a mushroom patch. Eventually you must return to reality. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if all of life was so carefree? NO! Of course not. Where would you be without challenge? If you’re not growing, you’re stagnating.

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MAY DAY | FROM PAGE 14 by immigration agents outside the court. T h is act ion is pa r t of National Worker’s Day, where thousands across the country in over 50 cities will be showcasing local power and a vision for a more equitable future. The following are statements from community leaders with the NM Dream Team: Gabriela Hernandez, Southwest Regional Organizer for United We Dream and member of the Nm Dream Team said, “My stepfat her wa s deported when I was 14. He didn’t have a driver’s license because at the time he couldn’t get one. He also didn’t have insurance, and one day going to work he got stop by police for a simple traffic violation. This caused me to never see my

father again. It’s been ten years and I haven’t seen my father and I don’t know when I ever will. That moment in my life made me realize what it meant to be undocumented and all the injustice not only my family and I were living through, but the millions of people that had to live through that pain. It was heartbreaking to know that I would never see my father, and that’s why i’m here today because deportations are not new. “At th is ver y moment, Trump is asking Congress for billions of dollars to pay for his mass deportation agenda which would imprison 45,00 people in detention camps each and everyday. We’re here to demand that our Members of Congress say NO and block any funding that would incarcerate, detain and deport people like me and my family. “Today, here in Albuquerque

and cities across the country, people are rising up to show the power, resilience and unity of our communities. “We have been fighting against Gov. Martinez– an anti-immigrant governor– for years, and our community has

stand back and fight back! New Mexico is our home and we will not be pushed out. We are #HereToStay and organizing to win!” The NM Dream Team and UWD makes a call to all people of conscious who wish to

join the opposition to Trump’s racist agenda to join us by signing our #FightBack pledge and sending a text that reads HERETOSTAY to 877- 877. Together we can build a better home where all of us will be free, safe and secure.

Protesters stand firmly behind the message on this banner at Metropolitan Courthouse May 1. Photo Credit: NM Dream Team

Another protester stands behind makeshift bars to show her opposition to arresting and deporting illegal immigrants outside of Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Courthouse May 1. Photo Credit: NM Dream Team

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COMMUNITY Annual Navajo Sovereignty Day teaches important cultural lessons Story and photos by Dee Velasco For the Sun


ocky View Elementary recently celebrated its, “Third Annual Navajo Sovereignty Day” April 27, with different activities and booths to teach students the signif ica nce of Navajo Sovereignty Day through cultural activities,

Rocky View Elementary students participating dressed in their regalia. Kindergarten up to the fifth grade participated in several dances. According to Jimson Joe, who is the Navajo Language and Culture teacher, the dancing carried the whole festivities this year. “The students really put a lot of work into it,” Joe said. “It teaches them harmony and

emphasized the Four Sacred Directions in the Navajo culture. Students this year have become more attune to the dances than the previous two years. “I’m surprised there was a big interest in Navajo dancing this year, and they made it look easy. I’m really proud of them,” Joe said. Parents also showed their support as well as volunteering at several of the booths,

Mr. Jimson Joe, Navajo Language and Culture teacher at Rocky View Elementary, stands proudly by students making frybread.

Various Dine arts and crafts displayed for students and parents.

From left, Rocky View Elementary first grade students Makayla, Rosie, and Bethany dressed in traditional Navajo regalia. displays and regalia. Activities included how to make fryread, Navajo rug weaving, and Dine dancing with the

working together.” Joe taught the students dances, which included the Line and Circle dances, which

that included an Origin of Clans, video on the Dine, and a puppet show. Tasty samples of fry bread were given out to

all participants. “Navajo Sovereignty Day was presented to have students become more aware of who they are as Dine’ and how history has importance in what we are teaching as far as language is concerned,” Joe said. Debbie Arthur, principal of Rocky View, it was a learning experience for herself as well

as fun and hopes next year will be bigger. “We’re very fortunate to have Mr. Joe here to help us out, and I’m learning a lot from our students more than anything,” Arthur said. “Everyone had a good time and it was fun. Next year we would love to bring in more dancers, storytellers, and make it even a little bigger.”

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Participants gathered together for a group photo at the “Dress for Success” program. Photo Credit: Dine Hoghaan Bii Development, Inc.

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RMCH CEO David Conejo and Duane Haven of Dine Hoghaan Bii Development, Inc. Photo Credit: Dine Hoghaan Bii Development, Inc.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ doesn’t soar, but still a fun journey RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 138 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


nother month, another comic book adaptation. At least this one isn’t quite as familiar as some of the other offerings from Marvel. The original feature worked a lot of its magic courtesy of introducing new, interesting characters and a unique, cheeky tone. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, things don’t feel quite as fresh or new and the results are a little more uneven. Still, there’s enough fun to be had from the proceedings to earn it a recommendation. The latest adventure finds Peter Quill (Chr is Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax ( Dave B a ut i s t a), R o cket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) on the run from an angry planet of aristocrats known as the Sovereign, as well as old enemies like Nebula (Karen Gillan). Adding to the confusion is the arrival of Ego (Kurt Russell) a powerful cosmic being who reveals that he is Quill’s father. While the protagonist tries to process this new information

Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) and his posse are on the run from an angry planet of aristocrats in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.’ This movie needs some serious movie-goers’ cash as it looks like it took a city of folks to put this film together, according to IMDb.com’s list of the full cast and crew. Go see it, it’s funny. Now Playing. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures and decide whether or not he wants to forge a relationship, various bad guys converge on the heroes. One can tell that the makers decided to double-down on elements that audiences responded to in the first feature. There’s a lot of dancing and action scored to classic 70s tunes. In general, the movie has a goofier, less serious tone. This follow-up is also filled with early 80s references, even in the sound design, which at one point appears to borrow effects from old arcade games like Pac-Man. The latter provides a

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 5, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s another busy edition with a large number of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. The highlights are all covered below. 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! Beyond the Gates - A nyone out there remember t he “ v ideo board game” Nightmare? Inspired by these types of 80s VHS games, this horror/sci-fi feature is about two brothers reeling after the disappearance of their father. They find an old game like the one described above and start to play, only to learn that the host on the tape is a sinister, supernatural force. Genre critics were positive about this low-budget, independent effort, calling it a slow-moving but fun little slice of 80s-inspired cheese with fun references and impressive, neon-tinged effects. It features Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant and Barbara Crampton. The Comedian - An aging, once famous comic struggles to reinvent himself in this comedy. Unfortunately, those who remember the jokester only want him to repeat the same old gags. While working a wedding, the angry comedian meets a woman who may rekindle his creative spark. A scant few were amused by the movie’s strangeness and odd tone; otherwise, the press disliked this one intensely. They called it a long, tedious, hackneyed effort that veers into melodrama and wastes a great cast with subpar material. It stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman and Billy Crystal. A Dog’s Purpose - This drama follows a dog through several lifetimes and owners as it attempts to discern the meaning of life. Guess this suggests you might want to bring a few hankies, as you’re going to COMMUNITY

see this dog meet its end over... and over... and over. Overall, reviews weren’t favorable for this effort. While stating that it was nicely shot, most didn’t respond well to the attempts at emotional manipulation. In fact, several commented that the film felt like a corny, Hallmark TV-movie. Josh Gad voices the dog and Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance and Britt Robertson play the humans it encounters. Gold - Based on the Bre-X scandal in the 90s, this tale involves a gold-hunting prospector who teams with an associate to find the mineral in the uncharted jungles of Indonesia. After locating an enormous deposit, the protagonist’s life quickly changes. However, he comes under suspicion after new facts are revealed. Notices for the drama were mixed, with reaction slightly more negative than positive. Many praised the lead performance, but had issues with the presentation, calling the story a bit of a jumble that is oddly flat and less-than-exciting. Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll and Craig T. Nelson appear. I Am Not Your Negro - Using sections of late author James B a ldw i n’s u n f i n i shed novel, th is documentary explores the cur rent state of race relations in America. It also includes observations from the writer on his friendships with assassinated civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.. Reviews for the feature were exceptional and it was nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards. It has been described as a fascinating, engaging and enlightening work featuring strong and effectively outlined points about race issues. The movie is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The Red Turtle - Nominated for Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards, this unique France/Belgium/Japan Studio Ghibli co-production has no dialogue. It follows a castaway who finds himself stranded on a tropical island. When all of his efforts to escape are foiled

by an enormous red turtle, the pair begin to form an unusual bond. It earned mostly raves from critics. They all called it a unique, thoughtful and beautifully animated tale that depicts our relationship with nature and many of the stages we all experience in life. While no one speaks, Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson and Barbara Baretta provide some vocal accompaniment. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone - This Christian, faithbased comedy come s f rom some unusual producers; horr or s t ud io Blu m house Tilt and the W W E . T he s t o r y fe a tures a Hollywood actor who returns home after seeing his career fall into decline. He decides to fake being a Christian in order to land the part of Jesus in an Easter play and help bolster his resume. Reviewers had a middling response. They suggested that the story is routine and won’t convert any followers, but complimented the charismatic cast (featuring a few pro-wrestlers) and said it would appeal to its target demographic. Brett Da lton, A njela h JohnsonReyes, Shawn Michaels and D.B. Sweeney headline. Right Now, Wrong Then Here’s another interesting production from South Korea. It is a drama that follows a director who arrives in a town to show his next movie at a film festival. He meets a female painter and the two spend the day talking. A relationship blooms, but as events progress the movie shifts perspectives and retells the story from a different point of view. Overall, critics gave it strong notices. Reportedly, it’s a talky one (and bears some similarities to movies like Before Sunrise), but most complimented the feature for its unique take on human interactions and hidden agendas. It features Jae-yeong Jeong, Minhee Kim and Yeo-jeong Yoon. Rings - The cursed videotape causing death to anyone who views it returns in this second sequel to the 2002 American remake of the Japanese property (everyone still following me?). This time out, a college professor buys

an old VCR and presumably discovers the tape. Students are soon watching it and it is revealed that there may be a film hidden within the film that causes the students to meet an ugly end. Notices were awful for this one, calling it almost incoherent in its mythology and largely unoriginal in the scare department. It stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onforio and Aimee Teegarden. The Salesman - A young couple in Tehra n are put th rough hor r ible circu mstances when the wife is physically assaulted by an intruder after moving into a new home. Fallout from the event is examined as she deals with trauma from the attack and her husband considers taking revenge on the responsible party. This Iranian feature from Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) was praised by the press for its low-key approach, engaging performances. They also suggested that there was a whole lot more going on beneath the surface of the story. It ended up winning a n Osca r for Best Foreign Language Film. The cast includes Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Plenty of oddball, eccentr ic, older films are arriving t h i s week on Bluray. Shout! Factory have a couple of new releases. The Naked Cage (1986) is an exploitation flick about a woman being forced to endure various hardships in prison after being convicted of a crime she didn’t commit. Enthusiasts will be pleased to see that this is a new and sharp high definition transfer from the Inter-positive and that the Blu-ray includes the theatrical trailer. They also have the horror/ sci-fi flick, Virus (1999). This was a big and expensive comic book adaptation about an artificial life form that takes over a Russian barge. When a crew finds it, they come under attack from various bio-mechanic

organisms. The cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland. Honestly, at the time of release it didn’t quite come together for me, but the movie is impressively mounted and apparently has a fan base. They’ll enjoy the numerous extras, including two commentary tracks from the director, new interviews with cast and crew members, vintage featurettes, deleted scenes and promotion material. If you like the flick, this package is as good as it’ll get. J e r r y Maguire (1996) S o n y have a couple of titles arriving on Blu - r ay a s well, one of wh ich is a personal favorite. The first is a 20th Anniversary edition of Jerry Maguire (1996). That’s all well and good, but more importantly the studio are also putting out a Blu-ray of Real Genius (1985). This is one of those comedies enjoyed as a youth that has always stayed with me. It’s about a group of student geniuses who are being abused by their PI (Principal Investigator and boss at the University). When they discover that the project they’re working on is being sold to the military for villainous purposes, they put their brains together to stop the deal. Their biggest prank involves lots and lots of popcorn. It features an early starring role for Val Kilmer and includes some hilarious verbal jabs. This one is a whole lot of fun for 80s comedy fans and the “Choice Collection” disc includes an all new commentary from director Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl, Rambling Rose). Looking forward to revisiting this one. Paramount are also putting a cla ssic title out on Blu-ray. In conjunction with its 40th Anniversary, they’ve got an extras packed new version of Saturday Night Fever (1977). Besides a new 4K t ra nsfer t hat i ncludes both the Director’s Cut and original Theatrical Version, there’s a director’s commentary, a 70s disco-pedia and other bonuses.


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he 5th annual Gallup Teen Film Festival capped off a one day run April 29 at the Children’s Branch of the Octavia Fellin Library with an awards ceremony that recognized the best of the fest. Anne Price, youth services manager and film festival coordinator at the Children’s Branch, oversaw the event. Price thanked the volunteers, judges, attendees, filmmakers and guests for contributing to the success of the 2017 festival. “It was great,” Price said. “I think everyone who attended was pleased with the film selection.” The film entries were Vide En Rose by Angeline Noelle Diongson, An Artist’s Block by Abigail Littlefield, and Some

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Christmas Story by Michael Mar tinez. Each film averaged about 5 to 10 minutes in length. The three filmmakers are juniors at Miyamura High School and worked together and apart in making the films. They call themselves Wired Panda Productions. “Making this film was a great experience,” Diongson said. “I was pleasantly surprised that I won an award.” Diongson’s Vide En Rose won an audience pick award and a separate jury award. Diongson, 16, wrote, directed and produced the film. The

film’s English title translation is Life in Pink and is about the study of music. It is described by Diongson as a modern day perception and tribute to the art of Alt-J and its respectable philosophies of song. Alt-J is classified as indie rock. Some Christmas Story is a comedy about a dysfunctional family’s holiday. An artist’s Block is the summation of an artist who has never had trouble putting pen to paper. “I saw all of them and liked them,” Gary Connors of Gallup said. “They are very talented and young and made some very good films.” Diongson said she was in Albuquerque on family business at the time of the film festival and heard about winning the award from afar. Price said 20 people came through the Children’s Branch to see and talk about the films.

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Noah Vickers, Abigail Littlefield and Angeline Diongson pose in front of the Children’s Branch in downtown Gallup. Diongson, 16, won two awards at the 2017 Gallup Teen Film Festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Angeline Diongson

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 19 Universal are putting out a pair of catalog titles on Blur ay. T hey include the Richard Pryor/John C a n d y come d y, Brewster Millions (1985) and, on a completely different track, The Hindenburg (1975). The latter is a disaster flick about the airship crash that adds a conspiracy narrative to the proceedings. It’s directed by Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Sound of Music) and features George C. Scott and Anne Bancroft. Finally, Mill Creek are putting out Spa cehunte r: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) on Blu-ray. This is not a quality piece of cinema, but it is an amusingly cheesy B-movie with plenty of r ubber y monsters a nd ridiculous action. It stars Peter Strauss, Ernie Hudson,

Michael Ironside and a very young Molly Ringwald. The film was originally photographed in 3D, but sadly, this is the 2-dimensional version, so you’ll just have to imagine that the various objects being hurled at you are flying off of the screen and landing on your lap. For the low price point, it still might be worth picking up until someone does put out a proper 3D version.

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GHS Bengal Tyler Sanchez (2) pitching in the snow during the last game of the season at Ford Canyon Park April 29. The Bengals lost to Kirtland Central 11-1. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Christian Torres (21) connects for the hit on Saturday’s game in the snow at Ford Canyon Park. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

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Miyamura High School Patriot Giovanni Chioda (2) at bat against Farmington during the regular season home closer at the MHS Baseball Field April 27. MHS would go on to win the game 5-2 to face off against Aztec for the district Brett McFarland (12) gets the out at second base against the Farmington runner trying to advance April 27. Photo championship to be played in Aztec. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

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ico trails invite fourth thru eighth grade girls to attend a five-week Health and Wellness series. This event will focus on cooking traditional foods with Native American chefs from the local community. There will be fun physical activities, guest speakers, and a family and community celebration. 12 - 4pm at the Community Pantry and Hope Garden, Gallup. Free. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step 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. MONDAY May 8 NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEEK GGEDC’s Executive Director, Patty Lundstrom will present an economic overview of McKinley County and the Greater Gallup areas. This 30-minute lecture will include discussion on future economic development followed by Q&A. This event coincides with National Economic Development week. Gallup and McKinley County residents are encouraged to attend. Call (505) 722-2980. Eastside Fire Station, 3700 Church Rock St. NEW REHOBOTH HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING The school officially breaks ground and dedicates the building project. (505) 8634412, rcsnm.org TUESDAY May 9 AGING OUT LOUD The Navajo Health Education Program celebrates older Americans month with “Aging Out Loud”. This drug and alcohol free event will provide luncheon for eligible seniors. Registration begins 9:30 am. Location: Churchrock Chapter. Call (505) 7221741. NAVAJO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE FESTIVALS Gallup McKinely County Schools hosts Navajo Language and Culture Festivals. Sponsored by the GMCS Johnson O’Malley— CALENDAR

Indian Education Committee and Indian Education Program. 9 am -1pm hosted by Gallup High School. Contact (505) 721-1044 or visit: www.gmcs.k12. nm.us. 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: Eye Spy Science REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING Regular City Council Meeting: 6 pm. Location: City Hall, 110 West Aztec Ave. WEDNESDAY May 10 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. All GMCS welcome. Contact (505) 721-1044 or visit: www. gmcs.k12.nm.us. 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. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. Film: Doctor Strange. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. THURSDAY May 11 PROJECT SEARCH COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION Join Gallup McKinley County Schools and the Gallup Hilton Garden Inn: 6-8 pm. Celebrate the 2nd Annual Project Search Commencement Celebration. Contact John Overheim (505) 721-1880. Location: Hilton Garden Inn. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Chil-


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