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NEWS Gallup Council approves preliminary $92M budget KOZELISKI GIVES DAVID GALLUP PAINTING TO CITY
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he Gallup City Council passed its fiscal 2018 preliminary budget May 9, getting the document ready for final state submission in about a month. The $92 million proposed budget is set to come back before council members at the June 13 regular city meeting for formal adoption and prior to submission to the state Department of Finance. The entire council and department heads met over the past month in two informal workshops to fine tune the document. The budget includes $29,271,391 in the city’s general fund and $7,529,749 in cash reserves. “It’s good to see a balanced budget,” Gallup Councilor Yogash Kumar said. “Unlike the one at the state level.” Among other things the proposed budget includes: * The elimination of a fulltime position at the El Morro Theatre, which wa s overlooked when the city theatre manager job was moved to tourism and marketing. Some $41,000 was saved in salary a nd benef its cost rega rding the move, City Manager Maryann Ustick said. * About $15,000 to the animal control budget for overtime costs was approved. The city division of animal control is now housed under the planning and development department. * An allocation of $25,000 to the Jim Harlin Community Pantry emergency food assistance program and $50,000 toward city special projects. * An allocation of $115,000 to the capital budget of the electrical department. The amount
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City Attorney George Kozeliski presents Mayor Jackie McKinney with a portrait of David Gallup, the founder of the city. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons came from the city’s enterprise fund and was primarily done to accommodate the cost of new street lights along Church Rock Street between Indian Hills and Rehoboth. * A few new personnel changes are within the budget: they are a part-time secretarial job at Red Rock Park, which was moved from part-time to full time and at a lodgers tax cost of $16,365. * A part-time Cecil Garcia Fitness Center position was moved f rom pa r t - t i me t o f u ll-ti me a nd at a cost of $13,000. * A utility specialist job i n customer ser v ice wa s
unfrozen, and at an enterprise fund cost of $42,000. * Five new police officer positions were added at a general fund cost of a little more than $233,000.
KOZELISKI’S OUTGOING ART DONATION City Attorney and Gallup native George Kozeliski is set to retire at some point in July and he gathered council members during the comment portion of the meeting regarding a painting that he had commissioned by a Gallup artist. The painting was done by
Michael Schmaltz who grew up in Gallup. Kozeliski did not disclose the private fee paid to Schmaltz to do the 2/12-X-2 painting, but stressed that it’s something that he wanted to give back the city. “I wa nted to g ive t he city something for keeping me around all these years,” Kozeliski said. “The reason I selected David Gallup is that there is only one known picture of the man and it can’t be enlarged. It has always bothered me that we did not have a portrait or a bust or something of our town’s namesake, so I took it upon myself to fix that situation.”
As far as where in City Hall the painting will hang, Kozeliski said, “That’s up to mayor and council. It was just a gift on my part.” Dav id Ga l lup wa s t he railroad paymaster with the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad when the railroad first came to the city in the late 1870s. Also at the meeting, counci l member s a ccept ed a public easement from ELR Enterprises for a power line bet ween Gr a nd v iew a nd Country Club Drive. Kozeliski said the power line has been at the location for close to 40 years, saying the city never had a formal easement on it.
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GFD battles two local fires By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
May 4 br ush f i re near the intersection of Patton and Da ir y d r ives wa s q u ick ly ex t i n g u i s he d by crews from the Gallup Fire
Depa r tment, according to reports. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Mora les sa id a ca ll regarding what looked like a tree on fire came into dispatch at a rou nd 6:05 pm. When firefighters arrived, there were residents of the
neighborhood attempting to put the fire out. “We don’t encourage that,” Morales said of resident participation. “This was a brush fire. We were able to contain it.” Morales said the fire was centralized behind a church
nea r t he i nter section. He did not identify the church in the fire repor t. He said the fire was put out by using hand tools and a chainsaw. A damage estimate was not immediately available. A n official cause of the fire was not listed in the report, but Morales said the investigation involving that fire is still open.
In that situation, firefighters were dealing with what is classified as a structure fire, Morales said. “There was heavy smoke coming from the attic vents,” Morales recorded in a fire repor t on the matter. “A ll
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FIRST FINANCIAL FIRE A second fire this week at the First Financial Credit Union at 313 Boardman Drive was called in at about 9:32 am on May 5, Morales said.
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Thoreau Community Center lease renewed MCKINLEY COUNTY TO STEADILY MONITOR TCC
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he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners voted 3-0 May 9 to renew the lea se of the Thoreau C om mu n it y C e nt er. T he Community Center, whose executive director is Priscilla Manuelito, appeared before the panel last month in a last-ditch effort to get funds and argue for keeping the rental agreement in place. The current agreement was
and left for other opportunities about three years ago. The community center was operating on an expired lease, yet has three full-time employees. The rent for the building, which the county owns, is $1 per year. McKinley County Manager Anthony Dimas and McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker rem i nded com m is sioner s t hat t he state Boa rd of F i na nce is involved in the lea se matter. In such a scenario, the state must have proof that
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Priscilla Manuelito put into place four years ago and expired in 2015. Manuelito told commissioners at an April 25 county meeting that the expiration matter just slipped everybody’s mind. “This is a very good sign,” Manuelito said after the meeting. “Obviously, the Community Center is something that is very much needed in Thoreau and the surrounding communities. I think they know that and that’s why they voted the way they did.” Thoreau has gone through a string of suicides over the years, hence the opening of the community center. The center’s original director, Juliana Ko, taught at Thoreau High School NEWS
there is a symbiotic relation between the community and the center. “The state must have information and data on usage numbers that pertain to the anti-donation clause,” Dimas said. “You don’t have the numbers to support the anti-donation clause,” Dimas said. The vote – Commissioner Bill Lee appeared via telephone due to the fact that he was attending a tourism meeting out-of-state – was for a one year lease with Manuelito or for Program Specialist Jasmine Henio to come before the commission with budget updates and numerical data on how many people come through
the center’s doors and for what purpose. The center’s operating hours and attendance numbers were points of contention with Lee at the last meeting. Also, the commissioners asked Manuelito about sharing the location w ith the Nava jo Nation Behavioral Health, which has already met with county officials several times on origination their own building lease. “What are your operating or business hours,” Lee asked. Manuelito said the center operates from 9 am to 5 pm from
Monday through Thursday. Lee even pressed Manuelito about square footage of the building and appraisal. The Thoreau Community Center is located at 19 Paradise Lane and in a former abandoned and broken down building. McKinley County Facility Manager Darrell Jimson said the building’s square footage is about 2,400. Lee estimated the value of the building at $228,000. “How many hours do you provide to the community?” Lee said. “Have you looked in to possibly sharing the building
with Navajo Nation Behavioral Health?” Commissioner Ca rol Bowman-Muskett motioned to reduce the lease agreement to one -yea r, “so we (commissioners) can evaluate your group,” BowmanMuskett said. Manuelito has said that the center is good to go until 2021, which is when a current $800,000 Substance Abuse Mental Health Service grant runs out. Along those lines, Manuelito said she is strictly a volunteer director so that operational cost doesn’t go up.
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Alleged rapist released from jail OFFICIAL: DEADLINE NOT MET By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he ca se aga i nst a Gallup man charged with criminal sexual penetration in the second degree was dismissed May 5 due to a city police detective not submitting a rape test to the state by a prescribed deadline, court documents show. M a j o r S i n g h , 47, o f Bakersville, Calif., and working in Gallup as a cook at the Bombay Restaurant and Bu f fet , 3404 W. H i stor ic Highway 66, was released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on May 5 after the deadline mishap. The deadline matter was disputed by the Gallup detective who said in court papers that the information was sent. Eleventh District Judicial Court judge Robert Aragon gave the McKinley County District Attorney’s office the right to refile the charges at a future date. The court papers do not specify if those papers will be filed again. Singh was taken into custody in November after Gallup police were dispatched to the EconoLodge at 3101 W. Historic
Major Singh Highway 66. There, Singh apparently checked-in to the hotel with a female co-worker and things got out of hand. A couple more females who were friends of Singh from the restaurant came by the hotel, before the victim called police to report a sexual assault. At least one other hotel worker was present at the hotel at the time of the apparent assault, according to police documents. The victim said in police reports that Singh grabbed
her and threw her on the hotel bed and raped her. Singh, who has Indian roots, was initially jailed on $100,000 bond, but that amount was decreased to $10,000 after an arraignment. McKinley County Deputy District Attorney Earl Rhoads said in court papers that the state’s case was going to rely on DNA evidence should the case go to trial. Rhoads said in written correspondence that he sent two emails to Gallup police Det. Stephen Collins in early April asking if a rape kit was sent to the state lab. Collins replied that a rape kit was sent to the state on April 28. Singh’s jury trial was set to start May 5. “The state does not believe that this is acceptable behavior in a case where the defendant has been in custody since the date of his arrest,” Rhoads wrote in court papers. There were no restrictions placed on Singh’s release. Singh possesses a prior jail record in Texas.
LOCAL FIRES | FROM PAGE 4 staff and occupants had been vacated prior to our arrival,” Morales said. Mor a le s s a id t he f i r e wa s isolated to t he at t ic area. Gallup Fire Chief Eric Babcock said at this week’s cit y cou ncil meeting that something electr ica l tr iggered the F irst F ina ncia l Bank fire. Mo r a l e s a n d B a b c o c k
sa id t he dol la r a mou nt of su st a i ned da mages to t he F i r s t F i n a nc i a l bu i ld i n g hasn’t yet been determined. The McK inley Cou nt y F ire Depa r tment a ssisted in t he ex t i n g u i s h i n g of t he f i re, accord i ng to t he f i re repor t. There were no injur ies reported in either incident, Mora les sa id. T he Ga llup Police Department assisted in the incident, too, Morales noted.
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DOMESTIC ABUSE 5/8, Gallup A resident liv ing in the area of State Highway 118 and Williams Acre s w it nessed a man beating on a woman. The caller was on the phone, giving Metro Dispatch updates of what was occurring before their eyes. According to MCSO Deputy Johnson Lee’s report, the calling party said that the man,
identified as Adrian Wilson of Ganado, Ariz., was threatening to kill his significant other. When Lee arrived on scene, he found the couple standing west of where their vehicles were parked. Lee asked Wilson, 23, to get on the ground, but he refused to comply. At that point the deputy walked up to him and placed handcuffs on him and detained him in his patrol unit so he could interview the alleged victim. Lee noted that her face was swollen and her clothes were dirty. She was also crying, but was tightlipped when pressed for infor mation. She said Wilson pushed her because they were arguing. She also blamed herself, and told Lee
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that she “loves him.” Regardless of her statements, Wilson was arrested and booked at the county jail for battery against a household member. He was also cited for possessing less than one ounce of pot and a pipe.
FAMILY BLOW OUT 5/4, Gamerco Ryland Huffman, 29, was reportedly having an argument with his wife before the situat ion e s c a lated out of cont rol. Accord i ng to
McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy J.Toadachine’s report, Huffman’s wife called on her mother to pick up their three children so they wouldn’t be exposed to the couple’s arguing. But it was too much for Huffman to bear. As the mother-in-law started to drive away with the three children in tow, Huffman fired at the vehicle, striking the tire. “You’re not taking my kids,” he reportedly said, as he fired off one round from his Glock .40 caliber handgun. Deputies found additional firearms in Huffman’s vehicle, and three knives on his person. He was booked for two counts of aggravated assault; three counts of abandonment/abuse
of a child; and one count of shooting at a dwelling/or from a motor vehicle. Huffman has a preliminary examination in Magistrate Judge Cynthia Sanders chamber at 8:30 am May 17.
HIDE THOSE VALUABLES 5/3, Gallup The owner of a vehicle parked at Walmart, along with her passenger, were the victims of a car burglary in broad daylight, about 2 pm. One woman lost her ID, social security card, Galaxy phone, and cosmetics. The other lady was parted from her Pendleton purse, ID, EBT card, pawn ticket, and cell phone. The owner of the vehicle told Gallup Police Department Officer Steven Peshlakai that there were no signs of forced entry. Police don’t have a lead on any suspects.
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ANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of T ra n spor t at ion announced that one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Pablo Salazar, was recently captured by the Espanola Police Department. He is back behind bars on a probation violation. Salazar has been on the run since September 2016. This was the third time he fled supervision. “I am very grateful to law enforcement for getting this dangerous offender off our streets,” said NMDOT Secretary Tom Church. “Everyone needs to make the responsible choice not to drink and drive. New Mexicans deserve to get home to their families safe at the end of the day.” The “Top 10 List” of DWI
Pablo Salazar absconders in the state is part of an initiative enacted by Governor Susana Martinez to crackdown on repeat offender absconders. The top 10 DWI absconders are listed on the ENDWI website, along with absconders who have been captured. This is just one of the many initiatives spearheaded by Governor Martinez to combat drunk driving.
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statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. “Yet again, President Trump is breaking the law and New Mexicans stand to pay the price for his illegal actions,” Balderas said. “New Mexico taxpayers must be properly compensated for coal produced in our state, and a big part of that compensation should be for the environmental impact that directly affects our families, natural environment and
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Brandon Benallie speaks to a crowd of 80 people “In the spirit of Larry Casuse” event at Gallup Downtown Conference Center May 9. Casuse’s image was removed from a planter on Coal Avenue, sparking outrage from local activists. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
COMPENSATE | FROM PAGE 8 impact statement. The PEIS was needed due to significant changes in the coal industry, and developments in the understanding of climate change, since the last PEIS was performed in the mid-1980’s. Jewel pointed to the need to ensure conservation of the public lands, to protect their scientific, historic, and environmental values, and to Interior’s statutory duty to ensure a fair return to the taxpayer. The January 2016 moratorium was preceded by extensive public outreach, including listening sessions around the country and the receipt of over 94,000 written comment.
The first phase of the PEIS process was completed on January 11, when the Department released the “scoping report,” informed by more than 214,000 public comments, which further defined the scope of the PEIS to be drafted by January 2018 and finalized by 2019. On March 29, without any opportunity for public comment , P resident T r u mp’s new Secretar y of Interior Ryan Zinke issued an order restarting new coal leases and abruptly terminating the environmental review. Secretary Zinke’s order provided no rationale for this action, other than objecting to the time and expense of complying with the law. New Mexico has a strong interest in the leasing program
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CITY OF GALLUP 7th ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY CLEANUP
SOUTHWEST RESIDENTS – AREA 2 If you live in the Chihuahuita area, Elva Drive area, Gallup Housing area, Cedar Hills area, Cipriano Street area, and UNM-Gallup College area, please join in on AREA 2 of the Residential Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Place all unwanted junk, bulk items, appliances and furniture curbside away from all obstructions (trees, cars, mailboxes, fences, utility meters/covers) by 8 a.m. and City crews will dispose of items that day. Please separate metal and tires from other debris. PLEASE DO NOT PUT OUT HERBIES as they WILL NOT be emptied. Residents hauling their own refuse to the Gallup Transfer Station will be subject to fees. For more information, please contact the City of Gallup Solid Waste Division at 863-1212 or visit the City’s website at: www.GallupNM.gov
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Gallup Express employee honored by NMTA
MADELYN BARNEY OF TWIN LAKES TO TRAVEL TO DETROIT TO FRY BIGGER FISH By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ometimes, if you work hard enough an award is in the works for what you do. T h a t ’s t h e s t o r y l i n e behind a New Mexico Transit Association honor won by Madelyn Barney of Twin Lakes. Barney has worked as a bus driver at Gallup Express for a little more than six months. “I was so surprised that I won,” a beaming Barney recently said. “It is an honor to get this award.” Tommy Mims, the executive director at Gallup Express, said Barney competed in the annual NMTA Bus Road-Eo in Rio Rancho at the end of March. There were hundreds of contestants from around the state at the affair, Mims said. “She won first place,” he said. “We’re all happy and proud to have her as a colleague.” In winning the awa rd, Barney gets to travel to Detroit for two days in June where
she’ll represent the Land of Enchantment in the National Community Transportation Bus Road-Eo. NMTA will cover expenses for the trip, Mims said. W h i le i n R io R a ncho,
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say that I won something for Gallup,” Barney said. “ I consider this to be a very special award and honor.” Up and running since 2013, Gallup Express operates on a near six-figure annual budget provided by federal, state, city and county funds and under the auspices of the Jim Harlin Community Pantry. The bus
ser vice operates about 10 vehicles and operates anywhere from three to four $1 bus routes that go around the city and beyond. Gallup Express will offer free rides on all routes on June 15 in honor of “Dump the Pump Day,” Mims said. The day promotes bus riding as a way to save gas.
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On June 4, 2016, Pizarro stabbed the victim, also an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, to death. The incident occurred on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Christina Covault, Assistant U.S. Attor ney, Distr ict of Arizona, Phoenix.
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OPINIONS Economic Development Week … PROGRESS IN NEW MEXICO’S ECONOMY
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espite strong headwinds from federal bud get cut s, t he national recession, and a crisis in the oil and gas industry, we’re continuing to diversify New Mexico’s economy. Under the leadership of Governor Susana Martinez and her administration, we’re
making our state more competitive for jobs and investment. We’re fighting for bold reforms that make it easier for businesses to grow, like cutting taxes 37 times. New Mexico used to punish companies for selling goods out of state – not anymore. Now we have a single sales factor, which makes it easier for manufacturers to make and sell products. Since these and other reforms, New Mexico has been recognized
by renowned professional services firm Ernst and Young as the Best in the West for manufacturers. We’re also building and supporting critical tools that help companies grow – and recruit new ones to our state as well. We fought to grow our closing fund – which was nearly zeroed out when Governor Martinez took office – to more than $56 million. This is a valuable tool that helps communities invest
in infrastructure – like water and electricity – so that companies know they will have what they need to do business. Our job training program has been recognized as one of the best in the country. It helps companies hire more New Mexicans and train them – both in the classroom and on the job. And our new Rapid Workforce Development Fund helps quickly train employees in specialized skills like
Matt Geisel languages, computer technology and others. With these and other tools
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MAY 12
The Sun is in Taurus. This earthy aspect highlights the need for outdoor exploration and the power of feminine energy. Exude strength by providing shelter for the weak. Listen when others shout. Breathe deep and show kindness and love. Madame G recommends leaning into your feminine strength. You’re more powerful than you know. Your time is now. Be heard. Listen.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You have masculine grace. This comes through the firey tone in your voice. The heat in your eyes and the electricity in your touch. Others fear and adore these qualities. Remember, a raging fire is extinguished by a steady stream. Take heart! You may find happiness in the balance of life. If you find that special someone, who provides a cooling gaze— keep them close.
You’re ready for the next stage. If you pursued your passions to the final stages and you realize— you’ve gone as far as you can go. Stop. Back up. It’s okay to change your mind and review your wishes. It’s a cruel thing that we make our youth chose their life’s path while they’re children. You may have many paths. They’re not wrong. They’re you. Good luck!
Madame G recommends one thing: rest. But, here’s the thing, if you step away from the office— rest. Put down the phone and email. Stop taking the work with you. They’ll survive without you. More importantly, you’ll survive without them. This is how it works. You need rest in order to function at your best. Take all that you are and lock away the phone. You need this. GO!
Your heart is adrift with worry. Knock it off! This unease is killing you. Even if it all falls apart, so what? Is it worth the loss to mind, body, soul, or relationships? The journey of life is about discovery and journey—not the destination—that’s the grave. All life is suffering and pain (so say the Buddhists) let go of desire and you’ll find happiness. It’s right in front of you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your heart is full. Perhaps you feel drawn and quartered between two competing ideals: passion or money. It might be wise to re-think your strategy. It’s not unreasonable to desire both. Once your basic needs have been met, you’ll seek higher forms. What brings you joy? You may find that life takes you on a journey of selfdiscovery that ends up on your front porch. Lovely!
The mighty lion roars. A thorn torments his paw. He can’t get it out. A kindly mouse bravely steps forward and plucks it out. What’s the moral? Even a mighty king requires help once in a while and a lowly creature may provide wisdom and dexterity. So, don’t look down on others. If they need a helping hand always show grace. You may be in need someday too.
SO this is love…You may find yourself feeling out of kilter. Maybe you feel stressed and pressured at work. If so take a moment for yourself. You may be imagining all the pressures and ill will. Don’t take your anger out on others. In the end, you’re a powerful creature. Others are drawn to your strengths and even what you perceive as weakness. You’ll be fine. Breathe.
You’re a true philosopher at heart. You may have an understanding of a few things down and you may forget to tie your shoes. This is thought. You must learn to balance lofty thoughts with daily concerns. It’s hard to write in sh*t. It’s even harder to think on an empty stomach. Most great philosophers have lots in common—they’re dead. Join us among the living.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You must take action. Stop wallowing in pity and self-doubt. This will only result in sadness and self- hate. Do yourself a favor. Walk out the door and push yourself. What are you running from? Who are you hiding from? This is all part of life. You may need to make changes. You may need to seek shelter with a friend. But, in the end it’ll all be worth it. You’ll find yourself.
Your hearts in the right place. But, maybe you’re confused. If you think your losing your mind or have seen another side to a friend—don’t fret. This is all part of the plan. You must continue to work hard on yourself discovery. Don’t trust people who promise without delivery. Remember this, a promise without a contract doesn’t mean anything. Get it in writing.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Where do you go from here? Balance is not always obvious especially in love and life and work life balance. If you’re finding that it’s harder and harder to have it all. Take a moment to step back and reassess the situation. You may be overlooking something. You might just be trying too hard. If you want to find the answer step back, let go of the outcome, and breathe. This is life.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You’re going on a fantastic adventure. If only all of life could be a day at Meow-Wolf. Alas, there are responsibilities and mortgages to pay. But, this shouldn’t stop you from moving onward. Growing up and “adulting” doesn’t mean giving up or giving in. Instead it means taking on the adventure of life in a new light. This is not the end. It is the beginning. Once upon a time.
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COMMUNITY Economic Development Week … A THRIVING DOWNTOWN TO HELP BUSINESSES, THE ARTS PROSPER By Liz Hannum Executive Director MainStreet Arts & Cultural District
ince joining Ga llup M a i n St reet A r t s & Cultural Distr ict in November we have been working to help would-be entrepreneurs create new businesses, attract new businesses to the district, expand the existing businesses by creating a population density in the downtown, and make physical improvements to the public areas to revitalize and redevelop downtown Gallup to make you proud of where you live. Creating a thriving downtown, of course, is no small task. It requires local leaders, business owners, and c om mu n it y r e s id e nt s t o come together to identify our strengths, strategically sit u a t e ou r s elve s w it h i n the regional economy, and develop a shared vision and identity to sell to the world. Through things like creating quality public spaces, prioritizing local entrepreneurship, emphasizing production, and suppor ting downtown housing, we can make this a reality. Activating public spaces creates a sense of excitement a nd pr ide in Ga llup that can sustain long-term
Liz Hannum rev ita lization effor ts a nd promote outside investment in our community. Nationally, MainStreet programs generate $39.70 of private investment money for every public dollar. Dollar for dollar it has been the most successful economic development program created. In Gallup we’re not there yet, but we’ve started moving the needle – last year we generated $13 of private money for every $1 of public investment. We’re well past that number already this year only 5 months into the year and we’re continuing to learn how to bring more investment and density into our downtown. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual conference of the National Main Street Center, Inc. Over 1,600 Main Street directors from small towns, mid-sized cities and urban neighborhood busi ness d istr icts sha red
successes a nd i nsig hts, addressed challenges, and planned for the future of our communities. The conference affirmed what we’ve been working on and gave us more goals to aspire to. Here’s what we lea r ned a nd what Ga llup MainStreet will continue working to accomplish: Placemaking – a peoplecentered approach to transforming public spaces i nto com mu n it y pla ces – helps to create a sense of belong i ng a nd emot ion a l connection to place. This sense of connection is critical to quality of life and is an important factor in successful talent attraction by helping build a place where people want to be. Gallup MainStreet ACD does this through the planning and designing of new community public spaces. You’ll start to see more of this as the weather gets warmer. Connection is the si ng le best i nd icator of a community’s prosperity. A higher level of community attachment – an emotional connection to a place that t r a n s c e n d s s a t i s f a c t io n , l o y a l t y, a n d p a s s i o n – corresponds with a higher GDP g row t h. O ne way GMSACD is promoting this t y p e of con ne c t ion i s t o e ncou r a ge r e s ide nt s a nd bu si ne s s ow ner s t o “ buy
loca l.” This helps to build r el a t io n s h ip s w it h i n t he com mu n it y a nd creates a r i p ple e f fe c t t h a t c a n include the creation of new jobs. Economic gardening is a n a lter nat ive ED model based on the principle that it is entrepreneurs that drive econom ies, rat her t ha n large firms. Every Tuesday morning at 9 am we meet at Gallup Coffee Company to talk through ideas for the community and struggles of local business owners so that we can find solutions together. Stor y tel l i n g: Ever y community needs a stor y teller. Work i ng w ith the City of Gallup’s Tourism Depa r t ment , GMSACD i s working to tell your stories to get the word out about the amazing people who work and live in Gallup. Use i n fog raph ic s to communicate important, but complicated, points more quickly and easily. I’m just barely a millennial but I’ve bought into the idea that storytelling through graphics is a quick and easy way to get people’s attention. Ga llup Ma inStreet ACD prov ides free graphic and marketing services to all the interested business downtown. When faced with the challenge of determining potentia l re -uses for a n empt y
com mercia l or i ndu st r ia l building, it can be helpful to “l isten to the bu i lding.” Does it have a large, reinforced, open floor plan, l ike, for exa mple, a n old pr i nt i ng compa ny ? W h a t other ty pes of compa nies need a large facility with this type of floor? A brewery? A restaurant? GMSACD works w i t h e n t r e pr e n e u r s a n d existing businesses to find the right use for each building and fill in the vacant spaces downtown. You need big ide a s t o create excitement a nd momentum, but if you actually want to get something accomplished, chunk those bi g idea s i nt o sm a l ler, more doable pa r t s. For example, we have thousands of talented artists in the area a nd we wa nt to showca se and support them. It is more feasible for us to start with a n a r t i s t i nc u b a t or t h a t ca n help entrepreneu r s lau nch a nd g row t hei r bu si nes ses t ha n it wou ld be to tr y to open a multim illion- dolla r museu m to sta r t out. GMSACD works in incremental and v isible ch a n ge t o cre a t e l a s t i n g development that will make you proud to be from Gallup. Economic development
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Two renderings of the old Alpine Lumber space converted to an artist incubator. Photo Credit: Liz Hannum COMMUNITY
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Meet your ‘Economic Development’ professional By Tommy Haws President Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation
eginning today, profe s sion a l s a cro s s the country are celebrating Economic D e v e l o p m e n t We e k . To r e cog n i z e t he o cc a s ion , GGEDC and partners in the Gallup Executive Directors Association (GEDA) will present a series of six articles over the course of this week to highlight economic development. You may say, “How does the work of these organizations really impact me?” It does so by helping to create jobs for our region, thereby increasing our
tax base for government services and infrastructure. When you take your children to school in the morning, that public school benefited from local corporate taxes. And, the company where you work — where did that firm originate? It might just be a company that was recruited to Gallup-McKinley County by the economic development professionals — those men and women we are recognizing this week. Our community’s prosperity depends upon these diligent, hard-working individuals — for they are the bearers of business growth and job opportunities for our region. Hav i ng sa id a ll that, I wou ld l i ke t o i nt r o duce you to you r econom ic development professional. Patty Lundstrom, GGEDC E xec ut ive D i rec t or, i s a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recognized by the I nter nat iona l Econom ic Development Council (IEDC). W hat is an economic developer’s role? I see myself as a facilitator
Patty Lundstrom between potential opportunities and the communities in which they want to learn about. At the end of the day, I gauge my successes not by the number of deals I land but by how the communities continue to improve and stabilize the tax base, improving the overall quality life in a community, and enabling the creation of family-sustaining job opportunities. What is one thing you wish people knew about economic development? The public typically sees the result of a successful project through an article in the local paper. It’s important they
know that many months and sometimes years are put into the projects they read about. It’s also important for them to know that plans for a project often change many times and economic development practitioners wear many hats throughout the process. What are the daily succes ses of a n econom ic developer? The daily successes of an economic developer have little to do with buildings or jobs and everything to do with the evolution of our community— from engaging economic base employers to building excellent roads and utilities. What do you like about work i ng i n econom ic development? I enjoy putting the puzzle together: assisting a company with finding the perfect home and the best employees; or finding the right developer to build the needed facilities in our community. We connect the dots and find the partners to create a complete community. What kind of challenges do you help solve as an
economic developer? Talent recruitment and retention is the number one challenge in the economic development field. We must work closely and collaborate with our businesses and educational institutions to further education and training of our population. Furthermore, we must consider not only business growth and development, but also population growth in our communities that will expand our talent reserves. What do you love most about Ga l lup -McK i n ley County? I a m fo nd of s ay i n g , “McK i n ley Cou nt y’s be st years are in front of it.” Our entire region has the promise of the future and opportunity to alleviate many burdens of the past. I truly believe we can focus on an economic development strategy which gives our residents the best quality of life in New Mexico and the United States. And in that very fact, lies the treasure of enormous business opportunities we can’t even imagine today.
The role of the Chamber of Commerce By Bill Lee, CEO Gallup Chamber of Commerce
n discussing economic development a nd t he role of the Chamber of Commerce, it’s good to have all the troops rally around the same definition so we’re all on the same page. Economic development generally refers to the sustained, concerted actions of policymakers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area. The purpose of local econom ic development is to build up the economic capacity of a local area to improve
Bill Lee its economic future and the “quality of place” for all. It is a process by which the public and private sector partner and work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and job creation.
T h e G a l lu p McK i n l e y County Chamber strives to be the driving force for positive influence and action in business and leadership for Ga l lup -McK i n ley Cou nt y. The Chamber represents and promotes the area’s business economy, a nd encourages bu s i n e s s a n d i n d u s t r i a l i nvestment, broaden i ng the tax base which in turns builds capacity for the community. To business prospects and newcomers, the Chamber works to represent the community’s pride and self-image. Chambers of commerce are increasingly involved in non-commercial areas, such as education, human relations,
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environmental, cultural and gov e r n me nt a l c o nc e r n s . These challenges have caused Chambers of Commerce to become a viable force that seeks to pull people and organizations together creating successful collaboratives. Chambers of Commerce advocate on behalf of their members to influence national, state and local legislation affecting business. Greater Gallup Economic Development Cor poration (GGEDC), and the Chamber of Commerce partner frequently in likeminded goals for the region. For us, making the move from definition to action is the next step. Beneficial legislation, job creation and tourism are all areas where
the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce works w it h reg iona l, st ate a nd national groups and organizations to help create jobs and promote our area. Strong affiliations with the New Mexico Chamber E xe c u t i v e s A s s o c i a t io n , New Mex ico Ho s pit a l it y Association, and GGEDC help us to accomplish our mission to advocate, promote, and be a strong voice for business. Building leadership through relationships that create a v ibra nt community where business can flourish. This includes helping all companies understand the chamber’s relevance, opportunities and benefits that membership affords.
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boat will go further, faster if everyone is rowing in the same direction. If you would like to get involved or would like to learn more, please contact us at: gmsacddirector@gmail. com or (505) 399-2890.
isn’t just oil, gas and coal so don’t overlook the potential of Gallup MainStreet as a partner or an ally in your business development. The
Continuous Revitalization By Francis Bee, Executive Director Gallup Business Improvement District
ew Mexico’s Business Improvement Di st r ict Act wa s created to “provide municipalities and entrepreneurs a more flexible and proactive vehicle to collaborate in the revitalization efforts of their downtowns, commercial districts and central business districts.” In enacting the Business Improvement District Act, New Mexico’s legislature recognized that in many cases improvements and action are more quickly addressed through the private sector. Gallup BID has enjoyed the ability to respond to capital proposals, event sponsorship requests, maintenance projects, marketing concepts, and other initiatives in a timely manner. Gallup Business Improvement District is a partner with City of Gallup and Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District for Alley Improvement Pilot Project in the block between 1st and 2 nd Streets, Coal and Aztec Avenues. The project includes: Replacement of water and sewer lines and relocation of electric and communication cables. Replacement of commercial trash “herbies” with in-ground trash containers, user-friendly design to encourage pedestrian use. Upon completion, the design and engineering solutions will be used for additional alleys. City of Gallup received a grant from New Mexico “Clean & Beautiful” program for a Downtown Walkway Improvement Project to make Walkway cleaner and more user friendly for families, individuals, both local residents and visitors. B.I.D. provided funds for new walkway lighting. During 2016, BID managed and paid for a program to bring work of local artists to the general public. This program brought together dozens of excellent local artists who painted hundreds of fine images on approximately 80 concrete planters and receptacles for trash cans. This “open-air museum” artwork
Francis Bee has delighted residents and attracted visitors. Public spaces definitely require ongoing funding. It is important to note that research has shown that attractive and successful downtown public spaces can be maintained at low cost per visitor, producing an excellent “bang for the buck”. Gallup BID will continue to fund downtown private security patrols from June through early September. This investment is Gallup BID’s largest annual expenditure. Gallup BID continues its support for monthly downtown Arts Crawl events and its sponsorship of the Annual Route 66 Freedom Ride Flight and Cruise 3 day event. In 2016, this event brought nearly 5,000 people into the downtown area and produced $295,000 of economic activity in the City of Gallup. Given its size, visibility and proximity to downtown retailers, one might anticipate that the downtown Courthouse Plaza and Walkway areas will have positive benefits for nearby merchants, restaurateurs’ as well as residents and visitors, who then become potential shoppers for local merchants. Developing the downtown’s central social district functions, which include housing, food stores, restaurants, bars, entertainment and cultural venues, is a sound strategy for attracting these shoppers. For small downtown retailers, restaurants and public spaces are especially helpful because they are active when the merchants’ shops are open. Outcomes of BID related projects: • Intergenerational connections though participation in the downtown district improvement projects • Reweaving community infrastructure and physical connections from roots in the
historic downtown district • Reinvigorated awareness of community history, heritage and pride • Elevation of artists and creative work as one of the keys to community improvement • Strengthened cooperation among cultural, environmental, economic and civic leaders, sectors and institutions. • Emergence of new community leaders • Increased contact among communit y members in new public spaces, and in the organization of new or expanded activities taking place • Increased access to professional economic development technical assistance and to funding • Consumer spending in conjunction with downtown events Indirect and Potential Impacts: • Enhanced tourism • Greater cooperation and planning among diverse economic sectors • Rei nv igoration of loca l economy
• New sense of ownership in the community, helping to retain youth Once work has commenced on replacing existing infrastructure including alleys, water and sewer and broadband internet access, Gallup’s downtown commercial district will be able to attract or create new businesses downtown that have a low carbon footprint, generate a high (taxable) profit and require/demand little in the way of cash incentives to start operating in Gallup. Internet based businesses; light artisanal manufacturing and work in the areas of creative economy are also appropriate businesses. Gallup Business Improvement District and Gallup MainStreet Ar ts & Cultural District invite downtown business and property owners to utilize existing programs that provide loans, grants and rebates for work done to improve the appearance and safety and value of their locations. Owners of buildings that are not currently in use are invited
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to work with Gallup B.I.D. and Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District. State of New Mexico and U.S. government programs and consulting services are available to put unused buildings back into service. Ga l lu p’s D ow nt ow n Commercial district produces 14% of total retail sales occurring within the City of Gallup, and most of these sales are related to non-food and beverage related activities. Even a small percent increase in downtown economic activity will produce substantial economic benefits for City of Gallup and its residents. In addition to its efforts to help the continued success of Gallup’s Downtown District, Gallup BID participates in meetings of Gallup Executive Directors Alliance and its Economic Development Subcommittee to assist analysis and planning for regional economic growth. We invite and need your help in our efforts to keep Gallup’s downtown district economically healthy with a vibrant culture. Please contact us if you wish to help your city, or to examine existing programs that may help your own businesses or property values.
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A contest for the rankest shoes around ODOR-EATERS SMELLY SHOES CONTEST
By Dee Velasco For the Sun
he smell of victory was literally in the air as 15-year-old Quannie Burnham took home first place in the fifth annual
“Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest” at Walmart May 6. Boys and girls, ages 5-15, competed in the contest hoping that their stinky, wretched sneakers would win them cool prizes like Burnham, who won a trophy, a year supply
of Odor-Eaters, and a $250 gift card from Walmart. When asked how he got his sneakers so smelly, Burnham said it didn’t take much effort. “I just don’t wash them and often I go sockless which is the key,” he said. “I’ve gotten use to
From left, back row: Odor-Eaters representatives Mike Martin, David Gragino, and Tripp Cashion. From left, front row: Odor-Eaters representative Eric Martin; winner Quannie Burnham; and odorologists’ Michelle Sanchez, Amy Coats and JC (Dee Velasco). Photo Credit: Courtesy
the smell.” Second runner up 10-yearold Sirvondo B., and first runner up 7-year-old Axton Sedillo, both took home some goodies from Odor-Eaters and cash gift cards from Walmart as well. A panel of Odor-Eaters, “Odorologists,” were on hand to judge the contest. Odorologists included the author (myself) from local classic rock station “93X”, and Michelle Sanchez and Amy Coats, both dance instructors from the Foundations of Freedom Dance studio. All came poised to sniff for a winner. These expert sniffers from the Gallup community rated the shoes based on how bad they looked, and, of course, how rotten they smelled. “My eyes stung a couple times when some of the shoes passed before me.” Coats said. “One kid’s shoe smelled so bad that it made my hair flat and I usually have it spiked up” Sanchez quipped. This has been the fifth
consecutive year that a Rotten Sneaker Contest has been held here at Walmart in Gallup. It is the only smelly sneaker contest in America held at a local store. Why? Because the Walmart, here in Gallup, sells more OdorEaters products than any store anywhere in America, and the folks from Odor-Eaters like to come here once a year to say, “thank you,” and to have some fun. “We love coming here, and Gallup has always been so kind to us and it’s so much fun to see everyone get into it,” OdorEaters representative Mike Martin said. “Plus, we love coming here for the green and red chili too.” Prior to the contest, a breakdancing routine entertained the crowd, performed by members of the Foundations of Freedom Dance studio. When all was “smelled and done” the crowd was treated to free Odor-Eaters products as well as refreshments.
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From left, Odorologist Michelle Sanchez, winner Quannie Burnham, and Odorologist Amy Coats. The odorologists managed to remain standing after getting a whiff of some foul smelling sneakers at the fifth annual “Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest” May 6. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco COMMUNITY
Local players bring American history, Shakespeare comedies to life Staff Reports
omet h i ng ha s been m issi ng at t he El Mor ro T he a t r e for some time – theatrical plays that is, featuring local actors. This weekend the El Morro presents an encore presentation of “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” It’s not that the players can capture 241 years into a short hour or so, but they must make every minute count, punching up the level of comedic timing and delivery. And tickets are only $5. There will be a performance at ArtsCrawl 7 pm on May 13. Bring the family. Kids 12 and under get in free. For fans of the Bard in Gallup who have been waiting for this day to come, you ca n’t miss “The Complete Wo r k s o f S h a k e s p e a r e (Abridged).” It’s a fun show, with the addition of some
ECONOMY | FROM PAGE 12 and reforms, New Mexico is competing with states like Texas, California and others like never before. Companies like Facebook, Ray theon, Fidelity Investments, Safelite, Keter Plastics and many others are creating new jobs in communities all across the state in industries like manufacturing and high-tech, finance and insurance. We’re also investing in road and rail infrastructure in Northwest New Mexico. Under Governor Martinez, New Mexico has launched a massive overhaul of U.S. Highway 491 to allow for increased business traffic in and out of the San Juan Basin. And just a few months ago, BNSF Railway named Gallup Energy Logistics Park as one of ten certified sites in the nation. Companies that plan to build in the Gallup Energy Logistics Park can expect to save between 6 to 9 months of construction with the park’s business-ready infrastructure. The certification signals to companies that the Gallup is COMMUNITY
modern twists as the frenzied player s r u n t h roug h
Shakespeare’s plays. Tickets are $5, and the
Erik Pederson, Leslie Farrell and Kelli Furney rehearse for “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Suzanne Hammons ahead of the curve in the development of business infrastructure and puts Northwestern New Mexico at the top of the list for business development. Unfortunately, in the face of budget and revenue challenges posed by the downturn in the oil and gas industry, some lawmakers are trying to bail out government on the backs of New Mexico’s families and businesses. That is the wrong approach. It is more important than ever before to keep fighting to diversify and grow New Mexico’s private-sector economy. By reforming our tax code through closing loopholes, reducing rates and broadening the base, we can make New Mexico even more competitive for jobs and investment and provide more predictability and stability for revenue in the future. The progress we’re seeing in New Mexico shows what we can achieve when we work together to change the way we do business. I look forward to continuing to work with businesses and communities to keep growing and diversifying our economy – and creating more jobs for our families.
performances take place at 7 pm May 12; 5 pm May 13; 2 pm
Hannah Sowers as Juliet, Curtis Gill as Romeo, and Patrick Moore as the narrator in the “Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged).” Actors run through every one of Shakespeare’s plays during the play, including Titus Andronicus as a cooking show. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Suzanne Hammons
and 6:30 pm May 14. Children 12 and under get in free.
Hannah Sowers as Juliet and Curtis Gill as the nurse in the “Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged).” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Suzanne Hammons
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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ update falls flat RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 126 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
he tale of King Arthur has cer tainly been around a while, igniting the imagination of children (and in some cases, adults) for centuries. The 12th century fable gets a new update from an unlikely source in the big budget, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. But does some additional snappy banter and shirtless, bare-knuckle boxing add to the experience or even justify its existence? For this adaptation, the plot has been simplified from its source material. Born into nobility and raised by the dignified King Uther (Eric Bana), the titular character is ushered away after his nefarious uncle Vortigern (Jude Law) makes a deal with supernatural figures in order to kill the family and claim the throne. Spending his childhood in a bordello, the grown Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) doesn’t remember his past, but knows his way around darker elements of the city. Vortigern
continues to search for the hero, whose lineage will be revealed if he pulls the magical sword Excalibur from a stone. In the process, Arthur must come to terms with his destiny and seek revenge on his uncle. On a positive note, there is a lot of spectacle on display from the opening scene onward. Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) excels at shooting in inventive ways and constantly keeps the camera moving and placed in interesting positions. The camera is mounted on actor’s shoulders as they run through alleys and the large-scale battles are remarkable to behold. This movie was previewed in 3D and while it is a post-conversion, it looks quite strong with depth constantly evident. Overall, it’s a very good-looking movie. Unfortunately, this is essentially an origin story about a young man’s rise to power, so don’t expect much in the way of well-known supporting characters like Merlin or any sightings of Lancelot and Guinevere. In fact, the plot has been turned into a simple revenge tale; there can be no doubt that the ultimate goal here is to spark a lengthy series of films detailing all the events rather than do it
Jude law as Vortigern in ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. all in one sitting. It’s funny though... for a film with a much narrower focus, it still jumps around haphazardly. As mentioned, the battles are incredibly elaborate and impressive on the eyes, but are hurried. The fast-cutting, time-shifting edits offer some humorous moments when characters are talking about their ideas ahead of time cross-cut with the plans being carried
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out. Yet while zippy, the action featured is oddly truncated; there are too many montages (one is even backed to a song) and as a result the big set pieces don’t feel fully formed. Tonally, things don’t really gel either. The movie makes an attempt at keeping the traditional melodrama and heavy themes of loss, greed and revenge (captured with plenty of slow-motion screams and wails). Law makes for a
nasty villain and his interrogations are effectively tense. Yet it comes as something of a contrast with the snappy banter between Arthur and his outlaw cohorts. In fact, this street-wise Arthur is a wiseass, trading barbs and insults with the bad guys in equal measure. There are even some modern-sounding turns of phrase that feel out of place. Sure, the lines do result in a laugh or two, but it’s a jarring shift from the more serious material. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has some fun individual moments, but the story is purely escapist and is lacking in majesty or importance. The movie isn’t as effective as previous Arthur adaptations like Excalibur (1981). It also isn’t nearly as strong as director Ritchie’s previous features. While watching, I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn’t just allow the filmmaker to tell a modern day story about a London thug discovering he’s the descendant of King Arthur. That would have justified the banter, gags and presented the chance for a funky update on the fable. Oh well, given that the story has been around for 800 plus years, I’m sure there will be another opportunity in the future. Visit: cinemastance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 12, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s an edition filled with plenty of quirky and eccentric films. 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 American Mummy - Set in New Mexico, this independent horror flick involves a group of university students who find a hidden tomb and unearth an ancient mummy. Of course, strange rituals are performed and the crusty corpse rises from the dead, possessing several of the kids and forcing them to wreak havoc on one another. This feature was completed a few years back, played at a film festival or two and is now making its debut on DVD. So, viewers shouldn’t expect too much more than some low-budget, B-movie chills. The cast includes Suziey Block, Aidan Bristow, Aaron Burt and Esther Canata. Fifty Shades Darker - In this follow-up to the hit film Fifty Shades of Grey, heroine Anastasia decides to resuscitate her relationship with mysterious (or more accurately, creepy) businessman Christian Grey. However, their new start draws the attention and ire of his ex-girlfriends. As one might imagine, notices were terrible for this unusual romance flick. There were a few who called it entertainingly awful, but almost all others had nothing positive to say. They called it dull and slowly plotted with wooden dialogue and little onscreen chemistry between the lead characters. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Kim Basinger and Maria Gay Harden. A Street Cat Named Bob - This UK production is based on a true story and tells the tale of a London street busker named James COMMUNITY
Bowen. Emotionally isolated, the recovering drug addict makes an unlikely friend in the form of a stray cat that he discovers and names Bob. The feline ends up changing his life in ways he never could have imagined. In general, the press were fond of this little picture from director Roger Spottiswoode (Turner & Hooch, Tomorrow Never Dies, Shake Hands with the Devil). While some suggested it was a little too cutesy for its own good, most were charmed by its good will and sweetness. Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat and Ruta Gedmintas headline the feature. Things to Come - A philosophy professor finds herself alone and unsure of what to do next after her husband of 25 years suddenly leaves her and a family member dies. She decides to reexamine and reprioritize her life, making a fresh start in the process. This French drama (which was released in its homeland under the title of L’avenir) earned plenty of raves from critics. They praised the work of lead actress Isabelle Huppert and called the feature compelling and thoughtful, dealing with personal issues in both a believable and relatable manner. The cast also includes Andre Marcon, Roman Kolinka and Edith Scob. The Void - This low-budget, independent horror feature from Canada i nvolve s a police officer who finds a bloodsoaked man by the side of the road. He r u s he s the injured party to a nearby hospital, but things get even stranger after arriving; the emergency room is understaffed and soon, sinister hooded figures begin appearing. Notices were pretty solid for this outing. While a few commented that the movie loses momentum in a few sections, most found it to be a chilling, fun and effective throwback to those old, 80s slasher flicks. It stars Aaron Poole, Kathleen Monroe, Ellen Wong and Kenneth Welsh.
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quirky cult film arriving. The 2-disc special edition of Brain Damage (1988) contains the film on both Blu-ray and DVD with plenty of bonuses. This low-budget, independent horror/comedy comes from Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Frankenhooker). It’s about a young man who befriends a parasite. The organism creates a chemical that causes euphoric visions, but forces its host to kill in order to deliver the powerful highs. There’s a new transfer from original elements, an exclusive director commentary, new interviews with cast and crew, promotional material like trailers and numerous other extras. Their other line, Arrow Academy are releasing the Bluray box set Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anachronism. This collection contains three hard-to-get films from Japanese filmmaker Kiju Yoshida. In this case Eros + Massacre (1969), Heroic Purgatory (1970) and Coup d’Etat (1973). Again, there are a ton of extras including scene specific commentary, a documentary on the films, trailers and a booklet on the director and the works contained. Shout! Factory also have some Blu-rays of note. A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012) is a more recent film, but certainly fits into their cult catalog. Simon Pegg stars as a novelist who begins to develop paranoia while writing his latest project... or is the threat real? If memory serves, it’s an enjoyable little indie comedy with some chuckles and a strong lead performance. They also have a Collector’s Edition of Serial Mom (1994) from director John Waters (Polyester, Hairspray, CryBaby). This hilarious dark comedy involves a suburban housewife who brutally murders anyone that offends her sensibilities or does wrong to a member of her family. Kathleen Turner plays the titular character. This release includes a new interview with Waters, a commentary with the director and Turner, a second commentary with Waters, interviews with the cast and crew, promotional featurettes and other bonuses. It’s a good time if you haven’t seen it. Michael Mann’s Heat (1995) is a much beloved cops and robbers crime flick that famously
featured the first onscreen teaming (w e l l , a t least, in one s c e n e) o f R ober t De Niro and Al Pacino. This is the Director’s Definitive Edition, meaning that it is Mann final say on the feature. Reportedly, the movie has been remastered in 4K as well. It comes with plenty of extras including a commentary, deleted scenes and featurettes and is currently selling for under $10, making this an appealing purchase. Paramount are definitely going with a crime theme as well this week. While they have released all of these films before, but they’re bringing them back to Blu-ray with a low price-point and new cover art. The titles include the classics Chinatown (1974), Road to Perdition (2002) and The Untouchables (1987). They’re all phenomenal movies worth picking up if you haven’t already. Actually, the three would make for a pretty great movie-night triple feature. Jeanne Dielman, 32, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) is certainly a long title in a number of ways, but that hasn’t stopped Criterion from putting out an elaborate Bluray. This three-and-a-half-hour, Belgian-set French drama involves a lonely, widowed housewife going through her daily routine until an unusual event changes things. The disc includes numerous bonuses, including a documentary shot during production, interviews, French TV programs about the production among other extras. Kino have a few westerns arr iv ing on Blu-ray. They include old westerns, Adios, Sabata (1970) starring Yul Brenner, The Return of Sabata (1971) featuring Lee Van Cleef and The Indian Fighter (1955) with Kirk Douglas. They also have the German E.T. knockoff, Making Contact (1985). Just like Spielberg’s famous kid’s film, this one’s about an alien life form that befriends a child. In this case, it does so by taking the form of a (oddly unsettling) puppet. It was an early feature for director Roland Emmerich, who would
eventually find success with blockbusters like Stargate (1994) a nd In d e pe n d e n ce Day (1996). Alas, this release only contains the shorter US version and not the extended international cut. You’ll have to hold on to your out-of-print, special edition 2-disc Anchor Bay DVD to own both versions. And they also have Marjorie Morningstar (1958) with Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood. Finally, Cult Epics are releasing the Netherland/West German thriller Obsessions (1969) in high definition. Believe it or not, this Englishla nguage production wa s co-written by a young Martin Scorcese.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles kids may enjoy. Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom Barbie’s Princess & Puppy Pa ck (Five Movies) K - 9 World Cup
ON THE TUBE! And here are all the week’s TV show releases. There are plenty of great shows both new and old coming your way. The Alf Collection: Seasons 1-4 Divorce: Season 1 Emergency: Season 1 Inside A m y Schumer: Season 4 Ironside: Season 3 Mannix: T h e Complete Series N OVA : T h e O r i g a m i Revolution (PBS) Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Plants Behaving Badly (PBS) Rake: Series 1 Secrets of the Dead: Nero’s Sunken City (PBS) Simon & Simon: Season 5 T h e Street s of San F ran cisco: The Complete Series XIII: The Complete Series
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‘Snatched’ manages to steal a few laughs RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 97 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ccasionally, a critic just ends up giving a movie a pass simply based on how many times it brings a smile to their face. The new comedy Snatched doesn’t offer a new or unique take on the comedy genre and is by no means a classic. What it does possess is an excellent and very funny cast who manage (sometimes on charm alone) to steal just enough laughs to earn it a modest recommendation. In many respects, this flick feels like it came off a comedy movie assembly line. The story is simple and the act breaks as well as plot points are obvious. Its central theme and mother-daughter relationship isn’t anything you haven’t seen a hundred times. Mom is smart but too conservative and closedoff for her own good, while her
Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer add some comedic charm to a predictable story line in the film “Snatched.” Now playing. Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. adult child is selfish and needs to take more responsibility in her life. Along the way, they must deal with their personal issues and remind themselves of how much they care for one another. Yes, the story details as mentioned are about as generic as it gets. Emily (Amy Schumer) gets fired from her job and is dumped by her boyfriend
(Randall Park) only days before setting out on a resort vacation in Ecuador. Desperate for company, she convinces her divorced mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to join her. Of course, things don’t go as planned. Lost, alone and on the run, they find themselves chased by heavies and traversing through the jungle in the hopes of finding safety at an American embassy.
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The tale itself is episodic with the ladies encountering plenty of eccentrics along the way. In some respects the concept is culturally insensitive (Ecuador and Columbia are presented as life-threatening places), but it’s played in such a broad manner that one can’t take that aspect seriously. Thankfully, the interplay between the two leads is amusing, with Hawn more than game to sell some of the film’s cruder gags. And each and every person they encounter during their exploits is appropriately goofy, leading to many of the film’s most memorable moments. This includes Barb (Joan Cusack)
and Ruth (Wanda Sykes), two oddballs at the resort who are highly suspicious of everyone’s motives and claim to be experts at covert military maneuvers. Roger (Christopher Meloni) also makes an impression as a brawny “adventurer” who confidently claims that he can lead the pair out of the jungle to their destination. As the protagonists learn more about the mysterious figure, their fear for their own safety is only exacerbated. Emily’s brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz) may be the highlight of the supporting cast thanks to his character’s bizarre, yet affectionate way of referring to his mother. He uses the term so frequently that it becomes funnier and funnier as the film progresses. It’s almost as if the performer simply wills the joke into working. One also can’t help but note and be entertained by the fact that the majority of men in the film are completely useless and of no help to the heroines. Snatched is uneven and takes a while to get going, but there are a few big laughs to be enjoyed along the way. And unlike many comedies of the past few years, it’s quickly paced and doesn’t overextend itself with lengthy improvisations and an untenable running time. If you’re able to forgive some missteps and a few flat gags, you’ll likely get a chuckle or two out of it.
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SPORTS 360 Patriots shut out Farmington, 1-0 MHS BEATS ALAMOGORDO THURSDAY
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PDATE: The Miyamura Patriots beat No. 1 seed Alamogordo May 11 at St. Pius X. They won 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals, taking them one step closer to the state championship. The Miyamura Patriots beat the Farmington Scorpions 1-0 in a third and decisive game May 6 to advance to the second round of the 5A state baseball playoffs. The No. 8 Patriots advanced to play No. 1 Alamogordo (23-5) May 11 at St. Pius X near Rio Rancho. The Tigers have won eleven straight games and beat Bloomfield (11-17) last week to get to the second round game. The last loss by the Tigers was 7-3 against Santa Teresa. Played before a capacity crowd at Miyamura High School, Saturday saw two games played by Miyamura and Farmington. Miyamura (16-10) lost the first game 8-2 in the weekend best-of-three state playoff series. “This was a very good effort with respect to defense and pitching,” Patriots’ head coach Brian Silva said. “We will take
that same approach into the Alamogordo game.” The game started off slow and each team seemed to be concerned with defense. The Scorpions (14-15) couldn’t get hits off of Patriots’ starter and the left-handed Matt Chavez. Chavez was steady in the early innings, retiring the first three batters on strikes. S en ior Da n McDon a ld scored in the bottom of the first on a base hit by sophomore Jay Cordova and the momentum swung Miyamura’s way. The hit appeared to catch Farmington starting pitcher Joseph Mihelich off guard. Cordova was equally adept on defense, making consecutive diving stops from the shortstop position as was two cases against Danny Carpenter of Farmington. Miyamura third baseman Will McKinley was superb in the latter innings, on one play stopping a line drive by Fa r ming ton’s Dominic Hines. The play was another momentum booster for the Patriots. Both teams were continuously steady in the third a nd fou r t h i n n i ng s w it h Farmington getting a couple of hits, but not much more against a stingy Miyamura defense and
“You’re out!” Miyamura gets the best of Farmington during their playoff games last weekend. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons SPORTS
Miyamura Patriot Ozzie Guerreo (8) makes it to the home plate with ease during the team’s playoff against Farmington last weekend. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Chavez. “They played very good defense in the third game,” Scorpions’ head coach Sean Trotter said. “We weren’t able to sustain a lot of what we had going in the second game. But give Miyamura credit. They have a good team.”
Chavez struck out four and walked two in the decisive game. He gave up just four hits in Saturday’s second game. Miyamura had no errors in that game. In the previous game that Farmington won 8-2, Brandon Vidal scored on an infield
error in the third inning, but Farmington went ahead 7-2 in the fifth with four straight runs. “It was a very close game,” Miyamura fan and Gallup High graduate Jim Chase, 25, said afterward. “The last day game was very good.”
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Tohatchi High School Senior Cheyenne Begay signs a Letter of Intent to play Women’s Basketball at Mesa Community College. She was a part of the Tohatchi girls basketball team that snagged a state championship title this year. She’s accompanied by her mom Priscilla Bitsoie and Head Coach Tanisha Bitsoi. Photo Credit: John Brooks Gallup Sun • Friday May 12, 2017
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or email: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 7 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am - noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. K-3 PLUS: A SUPER START TO SCHOOL Give your kids a “Jump Start” this summer. Program is available at participating 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 2017 GMCS COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE Congratulations 2017 GMCS Graduates! 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. NATIVE AND XERIC PLANT SALE The 18 th Annual Plateau Sciences Society Native and Xeric Plant Sale and workshop will be held on May 20: 9am-3pm. The society is sponsoring a one-hour workshop on Xeriscaping: 10-11 am. The Workshop is free and open to the public. For more information call Martin Link (50) 863-6459. Holiday Bursery, 1214 E. Aztec Ave. FREE LEGAL FAIR On Friday June 2, meet with a lawyer noon-4 pm. Free legal advice! This is a first come first-served event. Bilingual lawyers and staff available. If you require an ASL interpreter for this event, contact Eldora Morris (50) 310-2351. El Morro Events Center, 210 S. 2nd St. JUDO CLUB ENCHILADA FUNDRAISER On June 3, join Garcia’s Judo Club for an Enchilada Fundraiser. Enchiladas will be sold by the dozen for $10, with red chile, cheese and/or onions. To place your order, call (505) 506-6287. Proceeds will help support judo players, as they head to Spokane, Washington for the Junior Olympics. Pick up: Gallup Christian Church, 501 S. Cliff: 12 pm. 5K RUN/WALK SCHOLARSHIP FUND On 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. E PLURIBUS UNUM: DINETAH In September 2016, artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman traveled to the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas to create the third project in the ongoing series E Pluribus Unum. These projects use their Axle Contemporary mobile art gallery as a photographic portrait studio. The Navajo Nation Museum will exhibit all of the black and white portraits, images of the artists at work, and a life-size photograph of the mobile portrait studio. Exhibition Dates: July 12, 2017- January 31, 2018.Opening Reception: July 12 (5:30-7pm). The Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264 and Post Office Loop, Window Rock, AZ 86515. NATIONAL SEAL OF BILINGUAL PROFICIENCY TEST Oct. 7, and Nov. 4: There’s no fee to take this proficiency assessment for graduating high school. High school seniors may participate in the Navajo Nation Bilingual Proficiency test held at the Department of Dine Education Building, Window Rock, Ariz. Call (928) 871-7660 for more info. Navajonationdode. org. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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