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NEWS GMCS newspaper lawsuit settled By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education put into place a time limit on how long members of the public can speak at school board meetings. The act took place at the May 15 regular Board of Education meeting at school district headquarters on Boardman Drive. The vote to go to the change was 4-1. Kevin Mitchell, school
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board vice president, was opposed to the change, suggesting the move challenged openness and free dialogue. “I would like to stick to the five minutes that we are allowing our community members and students to voice their concerns to the board,” Mitchell said. “We need to be able to hear from everyone in the community and three minutes doesn’t seem like enough time for community members to voice their concerns.” The change in time comes
about a month after board members approved a limit of five minutes during public comment sessions.
THE IPRA CHALLENGE A lawsuit brought by the Gallup Independent has been settled in favor of Gallup-McKinley County Schools, interim superintendent Mike Hyatt said after the meeting. The suit was about access to information and documents pertaining to former
school superintendent Frank Chiapetti who remains on the GMCS payroll at $132,500 until the end of June. The Board of Education placed Chiapetti on paid administrative leave toward the end of 2016. Eleventh Judicial District Court judge Lyndy Bennett ruled on the lawsuit along personnel lines, at one point stating, “This document is exempt pursuant to IPRA, Section 14-2-1(A)(3) in that it is rife with matters of opinion regarding the employer/ employee relationship and performance assessments.” Bennett’s ruling was the result of a motion for summary judgment against (plaintiffs) the Gallup Independent and (Reporter) Kyle Chancellor. The lawsuit accused the school district of violating the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act by not handing over a copy of an investigation done by GMCS on former superintendent Frank Chiapetti. GMCS argued that the investigation was part of Chiapetti’s personnel file and, therefore, off limits to the public. Under IPRA, the recipient has 15 days to respond to a formal records request. Denying such requests includes paying a fine up to, in some cases, $100 per diem. Bennett r uled that Independent reporter Kyle Chancellor was at all times
GMCS Superintendent Mike Hyatt an employee and agent of the Gallup Independent on business on behalf of the newspaper and therefore couldn’t maintain a separate cause of action against the defendants. Chancellor at the time covered education for the newspaper and had reportedly submitted four individual IPRA requests to GMCS regarding the Chiapetti investigation. Of Hyatt and school district secretary Joan Nez, Bennett wrote, “... Hyatt, as the designated decision-maker for IPRA requests for the defendant Gallup-McKinley School District and Joan Nez, Custodian of Records for the School District, acted within the scope of their duties of the public entity and therefore no private cause of action lies against the two individual defendants.” Hyatt did not elaborate on the ruling which is dated May 17. The lawsuit matter was part of the school board’s executive session agenda at the May 15 meeting. The lawsuit was set to go to trial at the end of May.
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McKinley County approves Johnson Road improvements By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners una nimously approved a plan for improvements to Johnson Road. The act took place at the May 9 regular meeting and was met with enthusiasm from people who utilize the road. Com m issioner Bill Lee at tended t he meet i ng v ia telephone due to the fact that he was out of town. His comments were in favor of improvements. There was no immediate timeline or cost placed on the improvements. “It h a s been a bout 50 yea r s t h at t h i s roa d h a s n e e d e d i m p r o v e m e n t s ,” Eloise Johnson told board members. “It’s named after my dad, Jack Johnson. It is such a relief to see that this is actually becoming a reality and I want to thank you for doing this. I’m glad that t h i ng s a re rea l ly com i ng about.” Johnson noted that the
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road ser ves a s a way for school buses to go back and for th from Twin Lakes to Tohatchi. “The community and the schools of Twin Lakes and Tohatchi have a lot of students that ride buses along this route,” Johnson said. “It makes me very happy that improvement is within sight. Thank you to each of you.” McKinley County Roads Superintendent Jeff Ir ving said Johnson Road has faced various challenges over the years. He said the road contains spotty holes and is a
danger for vehicles. Ir ving prefa ced rem a rk s t o t he panel by saying that whatever direction the situation goes in, it has been noted in county records that there may be archaeological sites that might prop up along the way of improvements. “ It ’s s ome t h i n g t o b e mindful of,” Irving said. “This has been talked about in the past.” Lee said after the meeting that the county would respect the sacred site aspect and hold additional meetings,
if necessary, to still carry out the improvements. He stressed the importance of everybody being on the same page. “I f more meet i ng s a re required we will hold those meetings,”Lee said. “I think we all understand that there might be archaeological sites here and there once the project gets underway.” Commissioner Ca rol Bow ma n-Muskett wa s pleased with the commission vote on Johnson Road. “This project started a long time ago,” Bowman-Muskett said. “It was on the books for a long time and no one ever did anything with it. When I came on as a commissioner,
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this was one of the projects that I started on.” Bowman-Muskett added that improvements to Joh n son Roa d have been “seven years in the making.” Bowman-Muskett concluded, “Let’s move on a nd get it done.” Johnson Road is north of Yatahey and reachable from U.S. 491.
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Dead body found on Gallup’s west side
A decomposing body was found on Gallup’s west side May 15. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he deceased remains of an unknown male were discovered by city work crews May 15, officials said. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a call came into dispatch at 10:26 am about the matter. “We got a call from the worker s t hat were worki n g t h a t a r e a ,” S p e nc er said. “The incident is under investigation.”
Spencer said the badly decomposed body appears to have been across the road from United Rentals at 2323 W. Historic Highway 66 and near an arroyo for some time. Foul play is not suspected in this case, Spencer said. The area where the body was found is remote, with railroad tracks and United Rentals the closest landmarks. Spencer said police are in the process of determining identity, adding that the body has been flown to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Albuquerque for further autopsy tests.
One dead in Cibola County crash By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ne person died and two others were sent to an area hospital in a May 10 two-vehicle crash along Interstate 40 in Cibola County, officials said. Carl Christiansen, public information officer with the New Mexico State Police, said at around 1:41 pm that a Ford pickup truck was hit by a commercial vehicle near mile marker 95 which is about five miles east of the I-40 Cubero exit. Christiansen said a preliminary investigation indicates that both vehicles were traveling east on I-40 during inclement weather and with limited visibility. There was heavy rain in the area at least two days last week. “There weren’t very good
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conditions in terms of weather,” Christiansen said. “That factor contributed to the incident.” Christiansen identified the driver of the pickup as Jerald Jones, 48, of Phoenix. The passengers in the pickup were Robert Parker, 81, and Carlos Alvarado, 42, both of Phoenix. Neither was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, Christiansen said. Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Christiansen said Jones was taken to Cibola County General Hospital in Grants with non-life threatening injuries. Alvarado refused hospital treatment, Christiansen said. Christiansen said the incident remains under investigation. He did not identify the company connected to the commercial vehicle nor state anything about possible charges against either driver. NEWS
Gallup comic book fans get their nerd on at Fellin library CITY LIBRARIAN: ‘THEY HAD FUN’
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
nd t hey sa id it wouldn’t last. Jeffrey Benham, a n A lbuquerque based illustrator of comic books, has witnessed the changing trends in the comic book industry throughout the years – even before he became a comic book a ficionado decades ago. Benham, a member of the northern New Mexico group, “7,000 B.C,” an organization that provides opportunities for comics writers and artists to develop their styles and storytelling abilities, while promoting an understanding of the cultural significance of comic art through seminars and workshops, was at
the Children’s Branch of the Octavia Fellin Library May 13 in a two-hour educational event for kids. “It was a lot of fun and I learned how to draw comics,” David Garrison, 12, of Rio Rancho, said. Garrison was in Gallup visiting relatives. “I read comic books with my friends all the time.” Benham, 51, is a Californiaborn comic book illustrator who promotes the industry and travels where and when he can to give workshops to kids and adults. The comic book industry – both readers and artists – was once a male dominated industry, Benham said after the event. But not anymore.
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Jeffrey Benham of Albuquerque hosts a comic book illustration workshop for kids at the Children’s Branch of the Octavia Fellin Library May 13. Photo Credit: Courtesy
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Family injured in DWI-related crash Staff Reports
ver y Thoma s wa s released from McK i n ley Cou nt y A d u lt D e t e nt io n C e nt e r o n a $ 3 ,0 0 0 c a s h b o n d M a y 15 , t w o d a y s a f t er he i nju red a mom a nd her t wo daug ht er s i n a suspected dr unk dr iv ing cra sh. Accord i ng to Ga llup Police Department Harland Soseeah’s repor t, Thomas, who was driving a Chevrolet Subu rba n, f lew th roug h a stop sig n at t he i nter section of Aztec Avenue and 7th Street a nd str uck Ma r ieta B u c k ’s C h e v r o l e t C r u z e around noon May 13. GPD Capt . Ma r i nda Spencer sa id a 4 -yea r- old g i rl wa s ejected from t he veh icle. She wa s t ra n s por ted to UNM hospital in Albuquerque for treatment of skull fractures.
Avery Thomas Buck, 27, who i s pregna nt, told the off icer that her water broke. The other ch i ld, a n 11-yea r- old g i rl, complained of head pain. W hen he spoke w it h Thoma s, Soseea h cou ld smell liquor on his breath and noted that he had bloodshot, water y eyes and was
slurring his words. Thoma s, 27, ref used to e n g a ge i n f ield s o br ie t y a nd breath tests. Soseea h was able to obtain a search wa r r a nt f rom M a g i s t r a t e Judge Kenneth Howard for a blood draw to determine T h o m a s’s b l o o d a l c o h o l level. The result of that test is pending. Mea nwh ile, Spencer said the Buck and her two daughters were recovering at home Monday. In add ition to bei ng charged with his first aggrav a t e d DW I , T hom a s w a s charged with three counts of g reat bod i ly i nju r y by motor vehicle, driving without a license, careless driving, and failing to stop at an intersection. T homa s ha s a prel i m in a r y ex a m i n at ion sched uled for 1:30 pm on May 24 i n Mag istrate Judge Apr il Silversmith’s chamber.
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Gallup rape case charges to be refiled FILING MISHAP WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he case of a rape kit not being submitted to the state on time appears to be a big misunderstanding, officials said.
Major Singh As such, the charges in the case are expected to be refiled in the near future and the case re-opened, Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said. Spencer did not give a date in the situation. “The deadlines were originally met. Ever ything on our part was properly filed,” Spencer said. “We don’t anticipate a problem going forward.” T he s it u a t io n r el a t e s to a repor ted rape at the EconoLodge, 3101 W. Historic Highway 66, on Nov. 20, 2016. Major Singh, 47, of Bakersville,
Ca lif., a nd a cook at the Bombay Restaurant along West Historic Highway 66, was arrested in the case and charged with criminal sexual penetration in the second degree. A bond amount was originally set at $100,000, but later reduced to $10,000, record s at t he McK i n ley County Adult Detention Center show. “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. Rhoads stated in the same court document that the state’s case h i nged on DNA ev idence should the situation go to trial. Singh was released from jail on May 5. Rhoads stated in the court document that two emails to Collins gave the impression that Collins sent the kit to the state lab on April 28 and not within time to move the case ahead. “That was not true,” Spencer said, stressing that the paperwork connected to the case was, indeed, submitted on time. Spencer said the kit was sent to the state lab in February and could have been sent at an even earlier date had it not been for a personnel changeover at the police department. When the Gallup Sun ran the case dismissal story last week, Spencer and Collins
immediately pointed out the misunderstanding. Officials at the McKinley County District Attor ney’s Off ice did not return telephone calls seeking comment. Singh, who possess a prior
arrest record from Texas, and at least one other employee at the restaurant met up with the victim and some other fema les for d r i nks at the EconoLodge. That’s when the rape allegedly took place.
The victim stated in a police report that Singh grabbed her and threw her on the bed and raped her. Singh has been free and without restrictions since the dismissal of the case.
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NTU boasts grad numbers Brown invites public to attend Navajo language, C culture summit By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
ROW N P OI N T – Nav a jo Tech n ic a l University conferred 211 degrees, certificates and general education
diplomas on May 12, officials sa id. A mong t he deg rees confer red were 18 baccalaureate degrees and NTU’s third master of arts degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership, Daniel Vandever, communications director at
NTU, said. John Gritts of the U.S. Department of Education was speaker at the NTU graduation. Vice President of the Navajo Nation Jonathan Nez gave congratulatory remarks at the NTU commencement.
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INDOW ROCK – Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown (C h i l c h i n b e t o , Dennehotso, Kayenta) and the Summit Planning Committee invite the public to the 2017 Navajo Language and Culture Rev ita lization Su m mit at Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz., from May 22 - 24. Delegate Brown said the purpose for the Navajo language summit is to build awareness and advocacy, create dialogue and understanding, and to foster unity and action to maintain Navajo language and cultural revitalization efforts in order to broaden the language initiative Navajo Nation-wide. “We understand that the Navajo language is slowly diminishing, and according to the last U.S. Census, only 53-percent of Navajo households speak the Navajo language. This summit is one way to bring awareness to this issue and encourage Navajo communities throughout the Nation to begin implementing language and cultural revitalization programs in their areas,” Brown said. Brow n added that the Navajo language summit concept is a response to the commonly observed need to better address the perpetuation of the Navajo language and culture, as well as the importance of bringing people together from
various walks of life to share, learn, and organize around several topics and issues related to creating unified efforts to preserve indigenous languages. The summit is open to anyone who would like to be involved in maintaining and revitalizing the Navajo language and culture, such as educators, community partners, elders, youth, cultural knowledge holders, language and culture advocates, parents, grandparents, policy makers, community leaders, and organizations. “Our Diné elders always told us to never forget or leave our Diné Bizaad (Navajo language) behind, or we would lose our identities and our way of life forever,” Brown said. “However, there is hope as we continue the conversation through this language summit, because we communicate with our Holy People, Diyin Dine’é, through our Navajo language.” Delegate Brown, a member of the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee, thanked his committee colleagues for supporting the initiative, as well as their participation at the summit. For more information regarding the 2017 Navajo Language and Culture Revitalization Summit and to register, please visit: https://www.navajolanguagesummit.com, or contact James McKenzie at jmckenzie@dinecollege. edu or call (928) 724-6946.
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• Hazards mitigation • Transportation • Housing Paul Peña, Project Manager for the City, said: “From the community survey, we learned there is overwhelming support for making Grants an outdoor recreat iona l dest i nat ion, improving sidewalks and fixing streets. These are some of the recommendations that we further researched and developed in the comp plan.”
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The pla n incor porates key recommendations from om t he recent Met ropol it a n ic Redevelopment Area (MRA) A Master Plan for the downtown. The plan also discusses Economic branding Grants in prepaDevelopment ration for its emergence into outdoor recreation, creating new trails and other recreational amenities, improving parks, and erecting Housing wayfinding signs for the Continental Divide Trail. Code enforcement, clean-ups and demolitions were also important subjects identified for the plan in the community survey and by the steering Transportation committee. The plan recommends updates to the land use code, including changes to the home-based business conditional use permits, creation of a downtown zone district, specific
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RANTS – The City of Grants will conduct a public meeting May 24 at the City Hall Council Chambers beginning at 6 pm. The City and consultants will give a brief presentation on the draft plan. They will ask participants to express their level of support for the plan’s draft recommendations and to help further refine the recommendations. Since October 2016, the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has worked on the plan with assistance from consultants Architectural Research Consultants (ARC). Activities included distributing a community survey in city utility bills in January and February 2017. The draft plan can be downloaded on the city’s web page at www. cityofgrants.net. The draft plan is a complete update of the plan adopted by City Council in 2007. It contains an implementation plan stating recommended actions, a city assessment and existing conditions chapter, and detailed plan elements for: • Land use • Economic development • Facilities • Recreation, trails and open space • Utilities • Water
landscaping requirements for large commercial uses, local regulation of medical cannabis, and incentives to encourage growth in mixed-use commercial and residential priority nodes and districts in the city. Economic development recommendations include advancing Grants as a community for retirement, for manufacturing and logistics businesses, and “downtown pop-up days.” The comprehensive plan is an official public document adopted by the City of Grants as a policy guide to decisions about the physical development of the community over the ensuing 20 to 30 years. For additional information conta ct: Paul Pe ñ a , C i t y of G r a n t s Special Projects, Project Manager: (505) 285-3981 or Steve Burstein, Planner, Architectural Research Consultants, Inc.: (505) 842-1254
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“GROWING STUDENTS TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS IN A MULTI-CULTURAL SOCIETY” GMCS Parents and Guardians, We are excited to announce a new initiative related to classroom supplies for our students. In an effort to ensure that GMCS is providing necessary instructional and classroom school supplies for your student(s) we will no longer request you purchase instructional supplies for your student(s). As a result, starting next school year schools/ teachers will no longer be allowed to require a request from you to purchase school supplies to meet the basic needs of the instruction in your child’s classrooms. In addition, GMCS will also not allow schools/teachers to require lab, art, vocational, and other fees to participate and specific courses and the necessary activities in these classrooms. To ensure that your student(s) has access to General instructional supplies and materials, we as the district will use operational funds to purchase these necessities to ensure your student has these vital instructional materials. With the district purchasing power we will be able to acquire these supplies at a significant cost reduction then what parents can purchase in retail stores. Please be assured that GMCS will provide the necessary funds to provide for your students’ full academic classroom needs. The practice of putting the cost of necessary General supplies on the backs of our parents and guardians has traditionally been a part of the GMCS system and we are eager to eliminate that burden from you. We hope you find these changes a relief to your families as we have found that some families at times are bearing the financial responsibility of 100’s of dollars and supplies for their student’s school/ classroom lists. If you receive any requests for supplies from your student’s school for the next year then please contact the school site principal immediately. Thank you for your support of GMCS and your trust in our staff and providing a quality education to your children. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you and growing our future leaders. Sincerely, Mike Hyatt
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OPINIONS Martinez tax pledge could lead to what happened in Louisiana By Patty Lundstorm State Representative, 9th District
he governor vetoed the entire higher education budget totaling almost $3 billion, along with the entire budget for the Legislature, to force lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special legislative session to redo the state spending plan
for the budget year that starts on July 1 and to overhaul the gross receipts tax system. She says she is against raising taxes on New Mexicans but willing to allow some new revenue to support the budget. We’ve seen “no tax” pledges coupled with deeps cuts to higher education in other states and how distressing the combination has been to students, families, and communities.
For years, a number of governors have pitted higher education against corporate and other tax cuts to spectacular and devastating results. This trickle down economic approach has gutted revenues in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kansas and Louisiana, among others. And when it was time to take responsibility and fix the revenue shortfalls, these governors locked
themselves into a no tax pledge and instead cut state support for higher education, sticking students with the tab of higher tuition. Sound familiar? Louisiana, like New Mexico, is challenged by high poverty and low education. Louisiana’s former Governor Bobby Jindal
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State Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MAY 19
The Sun exits Taurus and enters ever-changeable Gemini. Expect the unexpected. You may discover new things about yourself this month. Madame G suggests you take a risk and try new things. Travel to new places. Eat new foods. Meet new and exciting people. Try something you’ve never tried before. You may just surprise yourself. Give life a chance! Live well.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re heading into a new chapter. This is exciting. You’ve probably noticed that developing muscles takes effort. It can be painful. Don’t fret! This is to be expected. It’s the growing pains before enlightenment. You’re on the right track. Madame G suggests you take a long hard look in the mirror repeat this every day: “I’m capable and worthy.” Good luck!
Your starting out on a new journey. What will it entail? Do you have a plan and a map? Maybe you’re just doing research. Whatever the case, your heart is calling you away from the den and out into the open. Is it time for a new house? Maybe you’re shedding your shell. Go out and find a new one. Find a new purpose. Find hope and happiness. Take on the world!
The most important this is making the first thing—the first thing. Stop reprioritizing your life to satisfy a crisis. Stop getting distracted by petty things. Stop neglecting yourself. Though it’s hard you may need to tell your loved ones, co-workers, and friends: NO! You don’t have time. You must take action for yourself. The time is now not later—NOW! No excuses.
You’re heading out on a new path. What will happen? What won’t happen? Are you prepared. Only you know. Instead of looking to others for the answer look within yourself. You know if this is the right thing for you. You know if it’s wrong. Take a long walk in nature. Breathe deeply and enjoy the day. Find pleasure in the simple things. It’s worth it.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Have you made friends with all the little animals of the Earth? If so, good for you. Maybe you’ve a family of geckos living in your wall and a chipmunk in the closet. Perhaps the spiders on the roof are encouraged to hunt by a friendly broom. You have more wisdom than most. Take heart and share kindness with the world. For what else is there, but finding joy with others?
Sometimes the most important thing is letting go and moving on. You may hang onto the job, relationship, and duty with the strength of a thousand swords— what good is it? By not letting go of what you should, you prevent what should enter your life from entering. This is tragedy. You’re missing out on a better life, by refusing to see what’s already there. Live free.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
You have some explaining to do… You’re ready for commitment and taking the next step, but are you really? What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back? This is life. You get one shot to try new things and live the best life you can. You may pursue whatever activities you like—but what’s worth your time. Choose wisely. You may regret your choice, either way.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Welcome! The Sun is shining on you as it enters your sign this month. You have great expectations and hope—you also have great fear. Fear of what? The future, society, life in general, perhaps you’ve grown afraid of stagnation. Whatever the case, you know the answer. Go out and discover something new. Experience life’s pleasure’s in your daily life. Live free!
Heading to a new city? It might be time for relocation when you feel you’ve seen all there is to see. It could be that you’ve had every conversation imaginable. You may have heard all the gossip and learned all the secrets. If you’re stagnating—it’s time to move onward. But, how? The first step is taking action. The first step is taking the first step. Put on your walking shoes. GO!
You’ve taken action and now you must act faster. You don’t have time to waste. You don’t need it to be perfect, but now is the time for action. Once you’ve taken it, enjoy the outcome. You must live according to your conscience. Only you know what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Only God (and the law) can judge you. The rest, well that’s up to interpretation. Seek peace.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) As the Sun exits your sign, you may feel a tinge of regret. What have you left undone? Now is not the time for wallowing. Get out there and get fixing. Whatever needs to be done—do it now! There is no time like the present. There is no time to waste. You’re capable of doing everything that needs to happen. The way to eat the elephant is one bite at a time. GO!
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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Unless you’ve insulted that person to their face. Seek deep within your soul. What are your motivations? Are you driven by fear or insecurity? Maybe the other person noticed. Maybe they’ll forgive you—perhaps they won’t. Forgive yourself and live, that’s all you can do. It’s a lesson well learned. OPINIONS
COMMUNITY GHS Class of 2017 readies for the world By Dee Velasco For the Sun “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr. Seuss. h is wa s t he cla s s motto for the 182 students graduating from Gallup High School Class at the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium May 12. The stadium was packed
to hear their child’s name called to receive their diploma. “Pomp and Circumstance” was played by the GHS Band as proud parents try to hold back their tears as the processional began to take off. Presentation of the Colors was done by the GHS ROTC and the Pledge of Allegiance was done by Miss Gallup High Ashtynn Samuels. A prayer was done in English and Navajo and the speeches were ready
Braiden Lutrick says a prayer during the Gallup High School commencement at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium May 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Valedictorian address by Kyler Edsitty served to inspire. The Diploma Bestowment, by Dominic Romero, was given as parents and family members held their breath waiting for this moment.
Proud fa mily members such as Lara Padilla of Gallup came to see her cousins, Cydell Yazzie, and Ashley Dawes, both graduate. “I’m here to see them graduate. One is planning on going
to college in Albuquerque and the other one hasn’t decided on which college to attend,” Padilla said.
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Speaker Mike Butkovich addresses the class of 2017. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
Gallup High graduates display messages of personal inspiration on their caps. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons to capacity, as family, friends, and relatives came to see their graduate wrap up more than a decade of schooling. Bleachers were dotted with balloons and party favors of eager family members awaiting COMMUNITY
to begin. G u e s t s p e a ke r, M i ke Butkovich gave a powerful message to the graduates with cheers afterwards. The Salutatorian address given by Destiny Touchine, and
A shot of Gallup High School’s graduation from the air May 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Gallup Sun • Friday May 19, 2017
A scientist crowned Camille’s ‘Teacher of the Month’ FROM CONSERVATION CORPS TO TEACHING IN THE SOUTHWEST
Story and photos by For the Sun
nne Burke, sixth grade science teacher at Gallup Middle School was selected Camille’s Sidewalk Café’s Teacher of the
Month. Coming to the end of the school year, students have only one thing in mind – anxiously awaiting for the last day of school. So, anticipations are high and keeping their minds on the scholastic agenda is definitely a challenge. This award could not have come at a better time as Burke told the Gallup Sun. “I so thank Camille’s for sponsoring such a lovely award for teachers, it was given at a point where I really needed it,” Burke said. “Oh, my goodness, I was just so pleased and excited, it came at a great time, because getting towards the end of the school year we’re all feeling a little tired, it was just a wonderful morale booster.” Raised in Wisconsin, Burke’s teaching career began at Gallup Middle school in August 2016. Prior to that she spent the last seven years living and working with the Crane and Wetlands Conservation Corps in the country of South Africa. She has spent a combined total of 23 years in the Conservation Corps. When she came back to the United States, Burke decided it was time to give back. “I have had a wonderful life and career, as a female scientist, and I really wanted to enter the teaching
TAX PLEDGE | FROM PAGE 14 enacted massive tax cuts in his state during the oil boom. When the inevitable bust followed, he turned to higher education students to bear the financial brunt of his failed tax policies. A 50 percent drop in state support for higher education was replaced with a massive Jindal-brokered increase in tuition. Even as students and college administrators struggled with the fall out, Jindal bragged
From left, Camille’s Sidewalk Café Manager Carolyn Stansberry congratulates sixth grade science teacher Anne Burke with goodie basket for being selected as Teacher of the Month.
Sixth grade Science teacher, Anne Burke, poses with her gift from Camille’s Sidewalk Café.
profession to get young men and women really excited about careers in Science, Technology, and Biology.” Colleagues throughout Burke’s career had told her she would make a great teacher. She was facilitating training programs in various positions at the time. She started thinking about it, and reflected on an old high school biology teacher who made an impact in her life.
“I was probably in the seventh or eighth grade, and I had this female high school biology teacher who told us that she had studied in the Amazon Rain forest,” she said. “She had blow guns, and described how they made poison from toad skins, things like that. From that day on I decided I wanted to be a female biologist, she just so inspired me, mentored, and always encouraged me.”
that he hadn’t raised taxes. At the end of his term, Louisiana faced another budget crisis. According to school officials at the time, Governor Jindal’s budget proposal would have cut state spending by another 82 percent and forced layoffs and massive cuts to class offerings and degree programs. When it came time to make hard decisions to compromise with the Legislature to avoid further cuts and raise revenue, such as cigarette taxes, he balked. He insisted
on a tax reform concoction that would allow him to say he didn’t raise taxes. It involved smoke and mirrors accounting and creating a tax credit that didn’t really exist, oddly enough raising revenue but somehow not “taxes.” At the end of the day, Louisiana’s higher educational attainment fell and now lags at the bottom of national rankings. Is this happening in New Mexico – strangle and cut higher education funding while advocating for a never-ending string
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Burke said she thought a lot about her biology teacher before making the decision. “She would want me to pass it forward as well.” Upon entering the teaching field, Burke says she had no idea how complex it would be. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But afterwards it all fell in place. “There are so many different moving parts; the classroom management, individual students, the administration, the actual subject that your teaching,” she said. “I’m finding it a tremendous learning curve, but I’m enjoying every minute of it and I really like the kids.” Burke says what she loves most about her job is seeing the kids learn something and really understand it. The excitement in their faces, and for them to come to the realization that they have whatever it takes to learn and to become successful in life. “So, when I see that in the kid’s faces of that growing confidence, that is my reward.” When asked of what advice she has for those wanting to enter the teaching field, Burke teared up. “I would say if you follow your heart, and your heart will tell you; it’s a lot of hard work … but very rewarding.” In her spare time, Burke spends it in Gallup, and the surrounding areas bird watching. Being based in conservation, she visits national monuments looking at all the birds of different species.
of tax cuts for business? Google “what attracts businesses to an area” and article after article will cite national studies showing businesses are looking for available skilled labor. It’s more important to them than the low-tax environment most states and cities emphasize as all or part of their economic development package. The governor’s insistence on “tax reform” to fund higher education next year makes her sound a lot like Bobby Jindal. Conceptually, her proposal has many positives, including broadening the tax base by eliminating a myriad of deductions and credits, many of which have questionable benefits. However, at the same time she wants to give new tax breaks to businesses that could cost anywhere between $250 million to $500 million, resulting in very little revenue for the state and minimal impact on the overall tax rate. Reducing the tax rate could help all families and business, not just the ones she picks. Overall the proposal has too much uncertainty; in fact, the bill takes the
tax rates out of state law, leaving them to unelected state bureaucrats to calculate. We can’t play political chicken with the higher education budget to enact a tax reform package with so many uncertainties just so the governor can say she didn’t raise taxes. Her vetoes – not only of college and university classroom funding but also the funding for special schools for the blind and deaf, the military institute, the cancer center, children’s hospitals, the neo-natal intensive care unit and agricultural extension offices – will cost every county jobs and economic development and threaten the health of every New Mexican. Is the governor willing to endanger New Mexico’s higher education system and toss students, parents, and communities into insecurity all to bolster her doggedly determined opposition to tax increases? It is the wrong approach to economic development and a great disservice to the people of New Mexico and our future. COMMUNITY
Academic success Diné College ‘Class of at Diné College 2017’ radiates tradition BLACK ROCK’S TRAVIS TELLER IS PROUD DC GRAD
Diné College graduate Travis Teller overcomes the odds to earn his AA degree May 12. Photo Credit: Courtesy By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he reality for a lot of Native American males is that they’ve already been left behind academically. To complicate matters, there is no public policy or system reform designed to help them catch up. By the time they reach high school, 42 percent have failed a grade at least once due to a myriad of circumstances. But there are a lot of Native American males who finish school, like Travis Teller of Black Rock, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, who was part of the 2017 graduating class at Diné College. Teller, 37, graduated May 12 from Diné College with an associate of arts degree in Diné Studies. “It took a lot of effort for me to get through what I started,” Teller said. “It took the understanding and help from my wife and family. And it took guidance and direction from God.” A graduate of Chinle High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, Teller is the father of two kids, Kayeona,
18, a math major at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and Ian, 16, a student at Navajo Prep in Farmington. He is a traditional practitioner, or medicine man, and took some years off from Diné College to further the craft. When family responsibilities set in, he put Diné College aside, but vowed to return. In Native culture, a medicine man is a traditional healer and spiritual leader who serves a given community. Teller first enrolled at Diné College in 2001 and worked at the college as a Diné counselor where he assisted in the development of traditional counseling curriculum. “I was a young parent,” Teller said about his stop and go path at Dine College. “I had to quit school and support my family. But I knew I’d return one day. I kept to the teachings of my grandparents with respect to healing and balance.” Teller grew up in an alcoholic environment, but a very loving one. At Diné College, Teller followed academic cues from the most qualified people in his life - teachers, advisers and administrators. By the time Teller graduated, he was already well-respected in family circles. “He never gave up and that in itself says a lot,” Tonya Teller, Travis’ wife of more than a decade. Tonya Teller works as an administrator at Diné College. “He wants to continue his education and that is another positive thing.” Added Teller, “Diné College has formally given me a foundation and an opportunity and furthered my identity. It has given me a true understanding of what is sacred in this world.” Diné College opened in 1968 as Navajo Community College. It is a two-year tribally controlled community college. The 2017 graduating class at the college consisted of a little more than 170 students.
About 170 students graduated from Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz. May 12. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
A graduate seen here beaming with pride. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
Gallup Sun Classifieds Getting ready to have a garage sale or shed some unwanted items? Perhaps you want to sell your home or car. Place your classified ad today. See page 22 for rates and details! Students graduating from Diné College in Tsaile, Ariz. May 12. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura COMMUNITY
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Local historians to sign books at Cibola Gallery By Helen Davis Sun Correspondent
RANTS – Two local authors will showcase their recently-released books at an afternoon reception and book signing May 20 at Cibola Arts Council Double Six Gallery in Grants. The event will highlight different aspects of Southwest history. Featured authors include Gallup historian Martin Link and area native Evert Clawson, currently of Bluewater Village, each looking at a different period in western history. Evert Clawson’s Dine’ Da Hogaa, released in December 2016 by Green Ivy Publishing, is a fictional first-person account of the military life of West Point graduate Jedidiah Jenkins under the command of Southwest legend Kit Carson, Jenkins’ experiences in what were called “The Indian Wars.” Clawson said that as a career military man involved in the taming of the West, Jenkins confronted moral difficulties. “Jed had do to things did not want to do,” Clawson said. The story covers Jenkins’ experiences from the fall of 1863, when at age
23 the young captain came out West, “banished” from the more civilized East, until he closes his narrative as a brigadier general in the summer of 1876. “Dine’ Da Hogaa” translates as “Battles of the People.” Clawson, who learned “trader Navajo” at his family’s trading post in Bluewater Village, said that “the people” refers to both Apache and Navajo Nations.
Martin Link takes a more recent look at the Southwest in New Mexico Kicks on Route 66, released in October 2016 by Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, with photographs by noted Southwest photographer, Larry Lindahl. The book is divided into chapters about sections of the Mother Road, with highlights describing points of interest accessible from the the main route, such as Acoma
and Laguna as well as a chapter tracing the frequently rearranged routing of the road itself. Link said Santa Fe is covered as a suggested trip off the current path since Route 66 closely passed the capital in one of its previous configurations. The book came about at the suggestion of the publishers who found their Arizona book about Route 66 in the Tucson area to be successful enough to encourage Link to draw on his extensive knowledge of New Mexico and team up with Lindahl to produce a New Mexico look at the most historic of highways. The book signing is part of the gallery’s ongoing programs to promote local artists of all kinds. Writing “is part of the arts. It is real important to promote new work,” gallery Director Robert Gallegos said. “As arts council we feel responsible for promoting all the arts,” Link and Clawson will be at the gallery, 1001 W. Santa Fe Ave, Grants, to discuss their work and sign copies of the books from 2 - 4 pm. Copies of the books will be available from purchase. The gallery beverages and light snacks. The gallery is open from 1 - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Phone: (505) 287-7311.
Gallup part of film takes for ‘Will Gardner’ NEW FILM CHRONICLES IRAQI WAR VET
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he independent feature film “Will Gardner” recently began filming around New Mexico and set shots include parts of Gallup and McKinley County, officials said. Lisa Rodriguez, city film liaison, said the film, produced by Mona Vista Productions of Albuquerque, will be shot around the communities of Gallup, Albuquerque, Belen, Zia, Santa Ana and Jemez pueblos. The film is about an Iraqi
war veteran. Rodriguez said the essence of the film ties in with Gallup’s designation as the “Most Patriotic Small Town in America.” The city acquired the moniker in 2013 via a Rand McNally Best of the Road national contest. “This is to a large degree a road-oriented film,” Rodriguez said. “Gallup, obviously, was selected because of its beauty and its magnificent scenery and history.” New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said, “This is really an intriguing production. It is a road trip mov ie that will showcase
many New Mexico landscapes including three of our pueblo communities.” Gallup officials praised the oncoming filming. “We our very excited about the upcoming film production of “Wi l l Ga rd ner” shoot ing in Ga llup a nd in New Mexico,” Gallup mayor Jackie McKinney said. “The geography of Gallup should enhance the beauty of the film. I am also confident that the supportive citizens of our area will connect to the emotional story being told.” Rodriguez and Maniatis said the production employs
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Gallup and surrounding landmarks, such as Pyramid Peak, featured here, are a part of a feature film that chronicles the life and struggles of an Iraqi war veteran. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lisa Rodriguez approximately 60 New Mexico members and 10 New Mexico principal actors and some 130 background talents that have New Mexico roots. The film is directed by Max Martini and produced by Martini, Michael Hagerty, Tony Mark and executive produced by Tanya Hill and Matt Hanson. Some of the cast member s of t he f i l m i nclude Martini, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” (2012),
“Captain Phillips,” (2013); JoBeth Williams “Poltergeist,” (1982) a nd “ K ra mer v s. Kramer,”(1979). Rodriguez, city film liaison for a little more than decade and a former cast member in the blockbuster film Superman (1978) that filmed in Gallup, said she doesn’t know where the Indian Capital film shooting locales are for “Will Gardner,” but said the landscape and terrain of Red Rock Park would be ideal. COMMUNITY
UNM-Gallup’s dazzling ‘Class of 2017’ All decked out in red caps and gowns, 174 University
of New Mexico graduates beamed with pride as they
took home their diplomas in a variety of GED, certificate and
degree programs at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium
May 13. Keep moving forward graduates!
Feeling accomplished, two graduates give a high five to one another during UNM-G’s graduation ceremony May 13. Photo Credit: UNM-G Some proud graduates stop and pose for the camera May 13. Photo Credit: UNM-G
Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Larry Curley shares some encouraging words with graduates. Photo Credit: UNM-G
University of New Mexico graduates show their pride on graduation day at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium May 13. Photo Credit: UNM-G COMMUNITY
The cowboy way. Two recent graduates trade in their graduation caps for cowboy hats. Photo Credit: UNM-G Gallup Sun • Friday May 19, 2017
‘Alien: Covenant’ gets the job done RATING: ««« OUT OF 4
RUNNING TIME: 123 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
his is an odd way to start a review, but your enjoyment of this creature feature will likely have a lot to do with your feelings about Prometheus. Since it’s release, I’ve heard all sorts of reactions from viewers both positive and negative. Alien: Covenant is the latest in the series and fits somewhere between the last film and a proper Alien movie. It continues with the themes set up previously, adding a dash or two here and there of face-hugging monster mayhem. The end result isn’t perfect but is ambitious, with enough new and compelling material to earn it a pass. The story follows a spaceship carrying humans set to colonize a new planet. A strange event awakens the crew and brings attention to a distress signal from a remote but habitable world. Leader Oram (Billy Crudup) suggests visiting and potentially setting up roots there, much to the displeasure of terraforming authority Daniels (Kathleen Waterston). Oram overrules objections and orders pilot Tennessee (Danny McBride) to land the ship. Assisting is android Walter (Michael Fa ssbender), a n updated, more obedient version
It’s back. Bigger and grosser than ever. Be prepared to get totally freaked out while viewing ‘Alien: Covenant.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. of the David automaton (also played by Fassbender) introduced in the previous film. As you might imagine, things go south quickly and the group come under assault before meeting the unexpected origin of the transmission. Yet, the aliens are still more of a sideline to what I imagine the last pair of films are really about. There appears to be a theme repeated, mixed with elements of the Greek legend the previous film was titled after. These characters want answers to eternal questions of life and how they came to be. However, they’re ultimately disappointed in their creator, be it an alien or their own human parent. Invention isn’t pretty; in
fact, it is messy and ugly, resulting in enraged children and parents of various species lashing out and attempting to punish one another. This is a much darker and more unpleasant journey than the last film, but that doesn’t mean that it looks anything less than spectacular. The cinematography from Dariusz Wolski is phenomenal, from the neontinged spacecraft to the earthy but darkly foreboding planet terrain. There are some absolutely gorgeous shots in this feature. And the chills and thrills come in good measure, with shocks expertly timed and crafted. The two climactic battle sequences
involving an alien are spectacular and thrilling, adding a real adrenaline rush to the finale. Still, like its predecessor this follow-up isn’t without a few minor missteps. Some of the supporting characters are thinly drawn, not all of the motivations are clear (although this may be intentional and setting up further sequels) and some of the behavior on display at times appears illogical; in particular, a shower sex-scene arrives at a very strange and inappropriate moment in the story. Moments like this also seem to be a bit of a contrast with all the philosophizing going on. And although it’s amusing, most will see the
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CLASS OF 2017 | FROM PAGE 15 Emily Ellison came to see her relatives Sierra Chopito and Troy Tom both graduate. “Troy is a certified welder now and is eager to start working, while, Sierra will be heading up into private school in Colorado. She is really interested in Culinary Arts. It will be really exciting to see where they will be at in ten years,” Ellison said. A s t he f i n a l s pe e che s were given the handing out of the diplomas were finally here, a total of 182 GHS graduates were sent off into the world. Dea n of St udent s Jef f Hartog felt good about the ceremony and was overall pleased. “It was a good ceremony I think that the kids had fun, it was respectful, we had good messages, glad to send them off,” he said. “Our Valedictorian Kyler Edsitty d id a g reat job w it h t he Valedictorian address. He’s got great things in front of him. Our Salutatorian Destiny Touchine is going to Duke University, she’s got great things as well. Just an allaround good class, good kids, good group of people. We’re happy to send them off … we think they’re ready.” Georgianna Lonjose, parent of graduate Reyes Lonjose, said her son wants to become a
medic and attend the University of New Mexico. “It’s awesome, he’s growing up, he’s a real smart kid (and) he’ll be taking classes before he takes off to the National Reserves,” Lonjose said. “He was highly directed in the ROTC program.” Graduate Dade Lincoln is eager to start college at New Mexico Tech to study Mechanical Engineering, and he’s hoping to give back to his community. “Everything just went by too fast, it’s a great experience to get past high school but that’s only the beginning,” he said. “Now I’m moving on to college where that’s even going to be a step higher. I want to come back and help out this a rea; the Nava jo Nation and the City of Gallup hopefully.” Other proud parents Morris and Natalie Morgan, of graduate Tonia Morgan, who came from Jamaica, have been living in Gallup for the past two years. Morris Morgan teaches eighth grade science at Chief Manuelito. “It’s a great day, of course we have put in a lot of work together at this point, and the next step will be college,” Morris Morgan said. Graduate Tonia Morgan, had this to say: “Amazing, emotional because I’m going to miss all my friends, but I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot.”
Melissa Vega giving the welcoming and introduction remarks at Gallup High’s graduation May 12. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Tonia Morgan will be going to the University of Technical Institute, in Glendale, Ariz., where she will be going into the automotive technician field, hoping to work for the BMW industry. Graduating from GHS is
indeed a great accomplishment even when one is faced with obstacles that try to tear down that dream as newly minted graduate Betha ny Keeto expressed. “I did a lot to get here and I’m really happy,” she said.
“There was a lot of struggles like family problems, my education, but I fought through it to get here. My grade point average was 3.2. I’m planning on going to the University of New Mexico and becoming a registered nurse.”
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2017 GMCS COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE Congratulations 2017 GMCS Graduates! Miyamura High: 6pm. Contact: (505) 721-1000.
DRAWING WORKSHOP Adult figure drawing workshop (two sessions with a one hour lunch break). 9am-4pm, at ART123 Gallery in downtown Gallup. Event description: Curious about life drawing, but not sure where to start? Interested in joining in ART123’s new figure drawing group, but want some instruction first? This workshop is for you. Fee: $80/person. www.galluparts.org/art-classes.
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MAY The library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email: btrain@ gallupnm.gov or visit the front desk of the library. Intermediate Power Point: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. GET UP AND GAME (ALL AGES) Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 4 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
NATIVE AND XERIC PLANT SALE The 18th Annual Plateau Sciences Society Native and Xeric Plant Sale and workshop will be held from 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 (505) 863-6459. Holiday Nursery Continued on page 23
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1214 E. Aztec Ave. gmcs.jpg 2017 GMCS COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE Congratulations 2017 GMCS Graduates! Tse Yi Gai High School. Contact: (505) 721-1000. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12-step meetings. Held every Sunday at 6 - 7 pm at the Hozho Center, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 3075999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483.
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TUESDAY May 23 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: Forensic Science: Think like a Detective.
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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Join the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce for “Business After Hours.” Build important business relationships and “keep up” on what’s happening in Gallup, and with your chamber. Light snacks and drinks are always served and there are great prizes to be won. Time: 5:30 - 7 pm. Call: (505) 722-2228. Location: Rocket Café. Visit: www.thegallupchamber.com. MAY WINE & PAINTING Have a glass and take a class! Enjoy two complimentary glasses of vino while learning to mix colors and making a masterpiece to take home. Teacher: local master artist, Tine Hayes. Cost: $35/ person (includes painting materials). 6-9 pm at the ART123 Gallery in Downtown Gallup (on the corner of Second Street and Coal Avenue). Register at www. galluparts.org/wine-andpainting. Space is limited. Call (505) 488-2136. NORTHSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING Join Councilor Linda Garcia for the Northside Neighborhood Association meeting: 6:30 - 8 pm. Northside Senior Center. For more information, call (505) 879-4176. Address: 607 N. 4th St.
ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, downtown Gallup. CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on first Monday each month from 3:30 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley
Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MAY On May 27, the library is offering free computer training throughout the month. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required, (505) 863-1291 or email: libtrain@gallupnm. gov or visit the front desk of the library. MS Excel (Beginners Course): 3-5 pm. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. VFW MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY On May 29, join us for a VFW Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Pick up a parade entry form at the Gallup McKinley County Chambers of Commerce. Call: (505) 722-2228. Location: Courthouse Square. 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: email@example.com, 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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