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GALLUP ON FILM Filmmaker seeks local talent By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n original short film production is set for this summer based on the skills of a budding young Navajo female, Shaandiin Tome, who briefed the Gallup City Council on the project May 23 at the
regular city meeting. “Actors and actresses are needed for film production,” Tome told council members. The film is about young Navajo mother who lives her last day before she succumbs to alcoholism. A character by the name of Ruby struggles with her 18-year-old son in the film that was selected
by the Utah-based Sundance Film Institute and Native and Indigenous Program in Los Angeles. The organization operates under the bigger Sundance Film Festival. “We will be holding a casting call June 4,” writer and director Tome said. Tome, who submitted the film story, wa s selected a long with
filmmaker Erin Lau of Hawaii. Tome, the daughter of former Navajo Nation spokesman Deswood Tome, said the casting call for actors will be from 12 noon to 5 pm. in the Knifewing Production Studios at 204 W. Coal Ave., across the street from El Morro Theatre in downtown Gallup. Knifewing Segura is
the founder and CEO of the annual Gallup Film Festival. “We invite everyone who’d like to tryout for a role in this production,” Tome said. “Taped auditions of those interested are welcomed.” Tome said there are roles for
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NEWS GPD: ‘Coffee With A Cop’ series successful COPS, COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER OVER COFFEE
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t. Roseanne Morrissette of the Gallup Police Department said officers weren’t doing anything out of the ordinary May 19 at the Coffee With A Cop event held at the Silver Stallion Coffee and Bread Restaurant near the Downtown Walkway. Rather, the event was simply another formal attempt at bringing the police department and members of the community together for informal conversation. “It went well and each one that we’ve had has gone very well,” Morrissette, a public
information officer with the GPD, said. “I have noticed that we see some new faces and we see some familiar faces that stop by. It was a lot of fun.” For about two hours, officers from the GPD met and talked with an estimated 90-plus members of the community and talked about things police officers typically don’t talk about when patrolling the streets. That’s one of the goals of the Coffee With A Cop setting – to bring both sides together over a cup of coffee. Friday’s Coffee With A Cop was the third that the GPD has put on in the last year. About 20 officers from the GPD came out and Gallup police chief Phillip
National Indian Youth Leadership Project poses with some local cops at the Coffee With a Cop event at Silver Stallion Coffee May 19. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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Hart was also on hand to field questions. “Anytime you get police officers and random members of the community together in a setting like that, it’s always positive,” Hart said at this week’s city council meeting. “That’s the goal: To communicate with one another.” A lot of the people that dropped by had seen a flyer put up throughout downtown. There was a school group of from A laska, too, that showed up. Wonda Johnson of the New Mexico House of Representatives stopped by. Overall, some area residents deemed the event as positive. “I think it’s a great occasion,” Linda Spacey, 68, a Gallup
resident, and retired county employee from Cibola County said. “You sort of get to know people at the police department in a whole different manner.” Morrissette and Lt. Francie Martinez of the GPD were key to starting the community outreach series in Gallup. The two attended a training session a little more than a year ago in Hawthorne, Calif., and things took off from there. The event is now a mainstay of more than 100 police departments around the United States. The two previous Coffee With A Cop events in Gallup were held at the Octavia Fellin Main Library and the other at Angela’s Café at the Gallup Cultural Center along East Historic Highway 66.
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Update from Richard F. Kontz Executive Director of the Gallup Housing Authority When I first came to Gallup Housing Authority 3 years ago the organization was designated by HUD as being in “trouble status.” At the time the occupancy rate was in the mid-eighties, the tenant delinquency rate was over 40%, there were over 260 work orders for repair and maintenance outstanding, and it was taking 2 to 3 months to turn vacant units into leasable units. FY 2014 ended 3 months after my arrival and we ended up with 23 findings. The agency was in danger of being turned over to the Northern Housing Authority.
Housing Manager Selina Paradise Housing Assistant Pearl Reed Accountant Telisia Montano Administrative Assistant Patricia Patterson Maintenance Director Michael Burnside Maintenance Supervisor [recently moved] Tracey Smith Maintenance Technicians Mike Lahi, Watson Benally, Vangie Benally, Mike Sice and Brian Ahiyite Board Chairman Mr. Alfred Abeita, Sr. Board Vice-Chairman Mr. Joe Zecca Mr. Jim Saucedo, Member Mr. Roger Morris, Member
Today as I write this update to you the citizens of Gallup, we are no longer considered a “troubled” housing authority. Our occupancy rate is 94-95%, our tenant delinquency rate is below 1% and the maintenance staff average less than 15-20 outstanding work orders at the end of each month and are able to prepare a housing unit for re-leasing with 13 days. And, the most recent Audit completed for Fiscal Year 2016 resulted in only two audit findings which have already been resolved. I cannot express in words how proud I am of the staff – all local hired. I picked staff, with strong moral values, who were smart, talented and trainable and who were willing to buy into the vision and mission of the agency. I also give “high praise and honor” to my board of Directors – I would never have been able to lead Gallup Housing Authority “out of the swamp” without their support, honesty and integrity. Are we done? Certainly not! The best is yet to come. For FY 2018 my key management staff defined what it will take to become the “PREMIER” Housing Authority in the state of New Mexico. We also want to put the City of Gallup on the map nationally as having one of the top Public Housing Authorities in the Nation. One of my former employees, Tracey Smith made us all laugh, in a staff meeting before she left us, when she said “This is the hardest job I ever loved.” We all laughed but we all agreed. It is hard work but it is very rewarding. Keep us in your prayers. Thank you.
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Gallup fire hydrant maintenance, testing coming up the city,” Morales said. “We will divide the duties according to crews.” Customers who experience discolored water problems after the hydrants are tested are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet outside of the house and let it run for five or 10 minutes, Morales said. “This will normally clear up the agitated water from the service line to the residence. Sediment can accumulate in the lines which can cause discoloration. It is recommended to check that both the hot and cold laundry water is clear before washing.” “A slight decline in water quality is common immediately after fire hydrant testing occurs,” Morales said. “If water By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup Fire Department will conduct its annual fire hydrant testing and maintenance operation, starting June 1, officials said. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said the program is very important as it
allows the city fire department to identify the amount of water available for firefighting purposes. “This testing will be done to all of the hydrants in the city,” Morales said. “It doesn’t require that the water be turned off by the fire department or residents.” “Fire hydrant testing and maintenance includes pressure readings, flowing water of
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The annual ‘Run for The Wall’ hits Gallup EVENT IS LIKE ROLLING THUNDER
“This might be one of the better stops,” Paramore said. “There are scheduled events and a lot of times free food and discounted hotel rates.” G a l l u p M a y o r Ja c k i e McKinney has been participating in the event for two decades and has assisted the city in hosting the riders since 2000.
“Gallup is a fantastic stop for the folks in the ride,” McKinney said at this week’s city council meeting. “It truly is a great event.” “It’s just a great event,” Gallup Councilor Linda Garcia said. ‘It’s like a holy site with a lot of people teary-eyed at the veterans.”
Up front, a few local veterans pay homage to the fallen. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he hardest thing isn’t the noise. It isn’t the motorcycles. Rather, it’s making sure that riders have what they need when they get to Gallup. “It was a wonderful event,” Sandra McKinney, the wife of the city’s mayor and an organizer of the annual Run for The Wall, said. “We received a lot of compliments about how orderly everything was.” A n estimated 300 -plus motorcycles and riders rocked and rolled through Gallup and at nearby Red Rock Park, May 18, where they stopped
to pay homage to the men and women in uniform who have served the country May 19 and 20. Run For The Wall is a cross-country motorcycle venture whereby thousands of bikers ride from Ontario, Calif., to the Monument grounds in Washington, D.C. Guy Young, 45, of Phoenix said this was his first time joining the event. He said it was hot weather driving and catching up with the group in Gallup from central Arizona, but worth it. “I was in the U.S. Marines for 21 years and six months and two days,” Young said. “This is giving something back to all of the people who fought and
never came back. This is giving something back to everybody who served.” Young spoke about the tremendous amount of gratitude from onlookers along the route in cities he’d never been to. He said people, “strangers,” Young said, frequently hold up American flags and give the thumbs up sign along the ride route. Ba r igno Pa ra more, 59, from Seattle, Wash., said he’s been participating in Run For The Wall for the past three years. He said there are a lot of riders who look forward to stopping in Gallup. The entire cross-country trek constitutes a 3,000-mile route and can get very hot.
Some 3,000 bikers rode through Gallup last week as part of the annual “Run For The Wall” event. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
Dancers and drummers celebrate the sacrifices of veterans at a ceremony at Red Rock Park. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
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City of Grants inaugurates new road equipment TEACHING/TESTING IN THE PARKING LOT
By Helen Davis Sun Correspondent
RANTS— As a test run of new equipment and the start of necessary street work, the City of Grants plowed up the parking lot at the dog park and Streets Department building Monday, introducing
The first stage of resurfacing is crushing the road surface into chips. Photo Credit: Helen Davis
the Asphalt Zipper to the city’s stable of roadwork equipment. T he Z ipper, pr iced at $138,000, is a relatively lowcost solution to road surface problems. Dedicated loaders for resurfacing can cost $500,000 or more. “We have it under a lease to own with five payments of $27,600,” City Manager Laura Jaramillo said. “The toothy machine can be mounted in the shovel of a loader and in ideal conditions prepare as much as two miles of road,” Chris Roybal, Administrator for the Street Department and maintenance fleet said. The entire resurfacing project involves laying crusher fines over the surface before the Zipper grinds it into small chunks. After grinding, road workers apply oil binder and chip seal before the surface is bladed and rolled. Roybal said ‘It will be rolled and rolled again.” At this point, the department is not certain how many times the surface will need to be rolled before it is stable.
“That is why we are starting today; we don’t really know how long it will take. We want the citizens to know this is a
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Road surface before grinding foreground and after grinding in mid- ground. The Zipper temporarily mounts in the shovel of a loader. Photo Credit: Helen Davis
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ROAD EQUIPMENT | FROM PAGE 7 wants to make sure they can schedule work on a section to be done in a day and free up access for people as they come home. The road work is beginning in areas that will cause the least residential disruption until the practical aspects of the projects can be determined. Before committing to projects throughout town, the city will give the Zipper another testdrive in front of City Hall and on 911 Ave. “Citizens need to know,” Roybal said. “The Zipper has ad justable blades that can be set at dept h s f rom one i nch to 12 inches,” Roybal said. “It includes a water ta nk mounted on the back to help keep dust down and cool the
massive bits as they eat up the roadway.” Earlier this year, Asphalt Zipper, ba sed in Plea sa nt Grove, Utah, demonstrated the machine on the torn-up surface of Sakelares Blvd. ‘It worked alright,” Grants Street Superintendent Manuel Blea said. “I hope it does what it says it will,” he added, and said the Village of Milan has one. Mila n Village Ma nager Marcella Sandoval said the village Zipper is smaller than the one Grants is purchasing. “I like it. It is good for little jobs. Here, we do a block at a time,” she said. She said that when Grants approached them about borrowing the village Zipper she was happy to provide it but told them it was too small for the city’s projects. Asphalt Zipper representative and trainer Bryan Knight
said the company has sold thousands of Zippers over the last 20 years. “They use them at the Denver and Phoenix airports for small jobs,” he said. “State departments of tra nspor tation a nd towns use them on their projects,” he added. The condition of roads in Grants has been a concern for citizens and city government for many years. Roybal said the water in the area is high, and the alkaline nature of the water, affects road stability. “The city is excited at the possibility of effectively addressing the ongoing problems with the new equipment,” she said. “We look forward to moving ahead with the streets. We will address them as fast as we can. “I think the residents will be excited once they see the results and the return on investment,” she said.
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Gallup man jailed on assault, weapons charges By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
Gallup man, jailed since March at the McK i n ley Cou nt y Adu lt Detent ion Center, was given an October 24 trial date after a run-in with a McKinley County sheriff’s deputy, records show. Patrick Barbone, 21, went before 11th Judicial Court Judge Lindy Bennett May 11 to give his side on an incident involving aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, negligent use of a deadly weapon and carr ying a concealed de a d ly we a pon ch a r ge s, according to jail records. Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero of the MCSO held Barbone at gunpoint after Barbone threatened a security guard at the Flying J Truck Stop in Jamestown. The report states that Guerrero encountered an intoxicated Barbone who refused to put his hands up in the air and who was carrying a CO2.177 BB gun, according to the police report on the matter. Barbone has a bond amount on the assault charge for $5,000. He has no bond set on
Patrick Barbone the weapons charges. “I proceeded to take the safety off my rifle and continued to give verbal commands to him,” Guerrero wrote in the police report. The report states that Guerrero was ultimately able to secure Barbone and take the man to jail. A security guard at the truck stop said Barbone came into the restaurant looking drunk and she called Metro Dispatch to have someone come and pick him up. That’s when Barbone lifted his shirt and displayed the BB gun. The female security guard was trying to call for assistance when Barbone told her, “Don’t you dare do that,” the police report states.
GPD looking for stabbing suspect Quentin “Q” White TRAILER PARK PARTY ENDS IN VIOLENCE By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
n arrest warrant has been issued for a Gallup man in a stabbing that took place May 20 at the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park along east Aztec Avenue and that ended at the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital. According to the arrest warrant, Quentin “Q” White, 19, was at a party at the trailer park with Levi Dawes and other people. The party was at the residence of David Turner, the warrant says. Dawes and White fought over something and had to be separated by some other people attending the function, the arrest warrant states. Dawes eventually left the party and got into a car driven by his sister, Desiree Dawes. That’s when he noticed
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Quentin White that he had been stabbed and was driven to a local hospital by his sister. The arrest warrant states that Dawes was stabbed in the left torso area. W h it e, st a nd s 5’8”a nd weighs about 148 pounds. He’s wanted on a $5,000 cash only bond. He faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. NEWS
MULTIPLE OFFENDER DWI REPORTS The legal limit is .08 Bennie McDonald 5/6/17, 8:58 pm 3rd DWI, aggravated McDonald, 46, was found by McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Department D e p u t y Lorenzo Guerrero when d is patched t o C ou nt y Road One at the Mentmore Rock Climbing area near the
railroad tracks. MCSO Deputy Guerrero spotted the crashed vehicle stuck between two fence posts and observed a male subject sitting in the driver’s seat, apparently passed out or sleeping. When Guerrero woke the driver, he seemed impaired and did not know where he was. At this time, Guerrero also noticed an open bottle of Imports alcohol on the floorboard under the driver’s legs. The bottle’s seals were all broken and the contents were missing from the bottle.
New Officers Join Grants Law Enforcement Agencies By Helen Davis Sun Correspondent
R A N T S – Cibol a County law enforcement agencies added three new officers or deputies this week. All three graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe May 18. Grants Police department gained Grants native Officer K ately n Du r a n, for merly Detective Secretary for the department, and Officer Daniel Martinez. Martinez comes in as a new officer after spending time in the field with currently-serving GPD officers. Cibola County Sheriff’s Of f ice br i ngs on Deput y Kimery Ward, 35. Ward served the CCSO as Court Security Officer. beginning in December 2016, before passing the test for the position of deputy and later attending the Basic Police Academy. Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said Ward
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House on Aztec. As Spencer entered the lot, the driver of the vehicle was attempting to drive away but came to a stop when Spencer engaged his emergency lights. Moore had some difficulties after that as he attempted to pass off three one-dollar bills as his driver’s license and claimed he had not been drinking though his speech was slurred, his eyes bloodshot, he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and was swaying as he stood in front of the officer. He also failed the field sobriety tests and Officer Spencer stopped them at the midway point for fear that Moore would fall and injure himself. While conducting a search prior to calling Moore’s mom to retrieve the vehicle, Spencer opened the trunk and found two rifles covered with a blue pullover. When the serial numbers were run through Metro Dispatch, one of the rifles came back stolen out of Houston
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at Second a nd A ztec, and then made a reckless u-tur n on Coal St. where Gallup Police Department Detective N. Yazzie stopped him. GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman responded to 221 Coal St. in reference to this possible drunk driver. Hoffman asked the suspect if he had been drinking, to which he replied he had had one can of Steel Reserve about t wo hou r s ea rl ier. Subsequent field tests were failed and after transport to the GPD, he was administered the Intoxilyzer and blew a 0.20 and a 0.21. Benally was then taken to the jail and booked for DWI and other charges of Driving on a Revoked License, No Insurance, No Registration Plates, and Reckless Driving. Asa Pete Moore 4.21.17, 1:09 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated Moore, 39, was located by Gallup Police Department Officer Mark Spencer on April 21, sitting in his vehicle in the City parking lot located just north of the County Court
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Family receives tragic news about missing family member
An image of Michael Lewis, copied from missing person flyer. By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he remains of a man found on Gallup’s west side May 15 have been identified as Michael Lewis, 55, of Sanders, Ariz. On May 8, the family of Lewis had circulated flyers in the area, saying that they had last seen him at the hair salon in the Gallup Walmart at about 3 - 4 pm on March 27. Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said on May 15 that a call came
into dispatch at about 10:26 am regarding the found body. “We got a call from the workers that were working that area,” Spencer said. However, she said that police don’t suspect foul play in this case. Spencer said the Lewis was found north of United Rentals at 2323 W. Historic Highway 66, and was there for some time. The area where he was found is remote, with railroad tracks to the north and United Rentals, across the road to the south, the closest landmarks.
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Gallup Film Festival attracts films worldwide
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uilding on the success of the la st t h ree yea r s t he Ga l lup F i l m Festival is set for its annual event this September. There is a near 13 percent growth from last year with nearly 60 entries this year. Categor ies for this year will be narrative short, docu me nt a r y s hor t , s t ude nt f i l m , shor t come dy, do c u ment a r y feat u re, a n i ma tion, narrative feature, and music v ideo. New catego ries for this year are SciFi fantasy and web series-new med ia . A categor y w ill be held for filmmakers of New Mexico.
Mo s t subm i s sion s t h i s year are from the U.S. from 12 states. The Gallup Film Festival ha s received f ilms from Israel, Spain, Korea, Sw itzerla nd, Denma rk, China, Brazil, Belgium, the Un ited K i ngdom, Ca nada , and Mexico. Last year there were 668
attendees in the three-day fe s t iv a l, a ccord i ng t o a n ordered study turned over to the Gallup city government. There are 19 award categor ies that a re judged by seven panelists. The audience par ticipates by voting among 12 categories.
Two others include best New Mexico film, and best language preser vation film. “We a re plea sed by t he s u c c e s s o f e a c h y e a r ’s grow th,” says founder a nd director K nifewing Segura. Beginning on Thursday, S e pt e m b e r 14 t h i s ye a r s t h ree days w i l l go i nto Saturday.
Ac t o r s w ho h a v e p a rticipated in prev ious years i n c lu d e D a r y l To n e m a h , Gar y Farmer, Ernie Tsosie, R oger Wi l l ie, a nd M a r t i n Sensmeier. Wr iter for the a ccla i med Te’ At a , a 2016 relea se, Jea n n ie Ba rbou r attended last year’s festival. “It’s joyful to see so many people enjoying the festival,” Segura said. “It’s a way for new and up and coming talent to get noticed.” Some film winners f rom la st yea r a re Ta r a z , Te’ Ata , a nd Scatter Their O w n. T wo loca l w i n ner s include Honor Riders, Mon s t er Sl ayer, a nd T he Rebou nd a ll w in ning multiple categories. Cit y Cou nselor A l la n Landavazo says of the festival, “It’s a positive event for the city of Gallup, and continues to grow ever y year.” Tickets will go on sale in August. They can be purchased on the Gallup Film Festival website or at the Ga llup Downtown Conference Center at 204 West Coal Avenue. Visit: gallupf ilmfestival.com
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ON FILM | FROM PAGE 1 at least six speaking characters. “Filmmaking is all about starting with a desire,” Tome said. The title of the film is MUD and is based on the Navajo word “hastl’ishnii,” which is Ruby’s clan. Tome, a cum laude film and media graduate of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wrote the film. She was first chosen as a Full Circle Fellow with the Sunda nce Institute in 2016. After graduating from UNM Tome worked on film sets in multiple roles from running sound, pulling focus and serving as a production assistant. Gallup filmmaker Sydney Freeland helped Tome with MUD. Gallup Councilor Allan Landavazo asked Tome if there was one or more persons who ha s inf luenced
her filmmaking work. Tome replied that Freeland, who made “Drunktown’s Finest (2014),” has given her numerous pointers. “Everyone has been helpful,” Tome said. “Knifewing has been helpful. Sydney has been helpful.” Tome said her work in technical positions has been for independent films, documentaries, and major motion pictures. The film is Tome’s first taking aim at writing and directing. Late last summer she interned for the Sundance Institute in Los Angeles and served on staff during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. M o s t r e c e n t l y, To m e wa s awa rded a “Best Ci nematog rapher” recognition by the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for work in a production of “Raven.” Production for MUD is scheduled to begin in July.
Navajo man sentenced for federal child abuse conviction Staff Reports
L BUQU E R QU E – Julian King, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Vanderwagen, N.M., was sentenced May 23 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in prison for his conviction on a federal child abuse charge. King will be on supervised release for a year after completing his prison sentence. King was charged by felony information on Jan. 19, 2017, with abusing a child abuse from March 1, 2011 through April 13, 2011, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in
McKinley County, N.M. King pled guilty to the information on Jan. 19, 2017. In entering the guilty plea, King admitted that between March 12, 2011 and April 6, 2011 he abused a seven-month old infant by striking the infant on the head and causing the infant’s head to strike a wall. King further admitted that the instances of abuse were intentional and with enough force to cause injury to the child. This ca se wa s investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall.
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Dyer resigns Auditor’s office confirms from executive ongoing investigation into director position UNM Athletics Dept. expenses Staff Reports
he University of New Mexico Acting Provost Craig White announced on May 19 that Dr. Christopher Dyer, chief executive officer of the UNM-Gallup Campus, resigned from his position. Dyer will remain at UNMGallup as a faculty member, beginning in fall semester of 2017, and will also pursue other professional initiatives. Dyer joined UNM-Gallup as the top administrative officer on July 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as dean of academic affairs and tenured professor of anthropology at Missouri State University – White Plains. “During his tenure as CEO at UNM-Gallup, Dr. Dyer placed strong emphasis on connecting the campus and the local community,” Marilee Petranovich, spokesperson for the college, noted in a press release. Acting President Chaouki
S Dr. Christopher Dyer Abdallah and White expressed thanks to Dyer for his four years of service to the UNMGallup Branch. “He has worked diligently to honor the traditions and cultural identities of students and local citizens of the Gallup area,” White said. Dr. Jerry Dominguez, currently UNM’s branch campus liaison, will serve as the interim CEO pending completion of a national search for a permanent CEO.
Former supervisor at the Laguna Pueblo Superette sentenced for federal embezzlement Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE – Ma rsha ll J. Cheromiah, the former super visor at the Laguna Pueblo Superette, was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for embezzling funds belonging to the Pueblo of Laguna. Cheromiah was also ordered to pay $21,758 in restitution to the Laguna Development Corporation and to perform 40 hours of community service. Cheromiah, 32, of Mesita, N.M., wa s cha rged in a n indictment filed on Nov. 5, 2015, with embezzling approximately $48,953.47 from the
Pueblo of Laguna. According to the indictment, Cheromiah was working as an employee or agent of an Indian Tribal Organization when he committed the crime between July 2013 and Oct. 2014, in Cibola County, N.M. On Feb. 7, 2017, Cheromiah pled guilty to the indictment. In entering the guilty plea, Cheromia h acknowledged that from July 2013 through Oct. 2014, he was employed as a supervisor at the Laguna P ueblo Superet te, wh ich is ow ned by t he L ag u na Development Cor poration and the Pueblo of Laguna. Cheromiah admitted that while he was employed at the Laguna
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ANTA FE, NM – State Auditor Keller confirmed today that the Office of the State Auditor has an ongoing investigation into financial practices at the UNM Athletics Department. T he i nve s t i g a t io n , w h ic h h a s b e e n under way for the la st three weeks, is in response to numerous concerns that have been raised. These issues include a 2015 golf trip, financial controls and practices of executive management, credit card transactions, payments to non-UNM employees, and possible violation of the Anti-Donation Clause as well as other legal restrictions on the use and handling of public funds. The Attorney General’s Office is also reviewing potential violations of the Government Conduct Act. The OSA is in communication with the Attorney General’s Office regarding the matter. The OSA’s findings will be made public upon the completion of the review. “New Mexican’s deser ve to know how their money is being handled,” Keller stated, in a press release. “Some of the practices
NM State Auditor Tim Keller that we’ve seen are deeply troubling, especially in light of the significant fiscal challenges that higher education institutions are facing.”
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he Grants MainStreet Project will present the inaugural 7 Trails of Gold Outdoor Festival in Fire and Ice Park June 3. The family event runs from 9 am to 9 pm and will feature four geocaching trails around the area for adults and teens, an on-site scavenger hunt for the less adventurous, allday children’s activities, two bands in the evening, food and crafts vendors, a raffle for a GPS and other prizes, and more. Geocaching trails include levels from relaxed
veh icle - or iented, one for horse-mounted adventurers, to a more strenuous mountain hike. Trail descriptions and event schedule are available on the Project’s website. The festival day is also free fishing day in Riverwalk Park, a short walk from the event, Josephine Hur tado, MainStreet board president and an event organizer, said, so bring your poles and bait. Vendor space for non-food items will be available until the evening of June 1; food vendors will need permits and should register with the event by May 30, Hurtado said. Cost is $75 for a 10’ x 10’ space with electricity and $50.00 with out electricity. Applications
can be downloaded from the Project’s website or at the office. Vendors should call before they stop by as hours are variable. Ra ff le tickets a re $5 a piece or two for $8 and can be purchased online or at the Gra nts/Cibola Cou nt y Chamber of Commerce, 100 Iron Ave., Grants. Hurtado said they may also be purcha sed from her at Quest Title Co, 1016 Rodeo Rd., Grants. Website: /w w w.g ra nt s mainstreetproject. com/7-cities-of-gold Grants MainStreet Project office: 523 W. Santa Fe Ave., Grants Phone: (505) 285-3573 NEWS
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Drive (Pinon Hills) in reference to a fight, and one of t he t wo men fighting h a d pu l led a g u n a nd threatened the other man. The caller then described a silver vehicle driving away and the pursuit began Northbound on Patton, ending at the Allsup’s next to a gas pump. The driver then f led the vehicle heading East on Aztec, South on George Lane, then back West on Aztec where he was apprehended at RAC Transport with the assistance of another GPD Officer. Dwayne Charlie, 28, of Albuquerque was returned to his vehicle at Allsup’s and agreed to Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed, and refused any further testing. Charlie’s vehicle was picked up by family members and Charlie was cited for Aggravated DWI (Refusal) 2nd Offense and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer. Elijah S. Wrate 1.7.17, 11:09 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated Elijah Wrate, 22, led Gallup
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OPINIONS Racial Reconciliation in Gallup PART 1 OF 2 By Richard Kontz
ear Editor: With all the recent controversy regarding the removal of Larry Casuse memorial by the City, I have been thinking about whether to say anything or not. I know “racism” is a touchy issue to talk about because most people like to believe it doesn’t exist anymore.
Anyway, it reminded me of a book I read in March of 2008 written by a man named Edward Gilbreath. The book is ca lled “Reconciliation Blues.” He was writing about what he saw in the segment of society known a s W h ite Eva ngel ica l Christianity, which has had its share of problems with “integration”. He told of how on his first Pastoral assignment
he and his wife took an associate Pastor position in an upper White middle class church. He and is family settled into an all -white Neighborhood for this new undertaking. His first day driving to and from the Church he was stopped by the police four times. Each time he was asked to get out of the car at gun point and told to spread eagle for a body search. It took several months for the local
authorities to realize that a Black family lived in the “all-white” neighborhood and that the nice car he was driving wasn’t stolen. This is just one of many examples he gives in his book. As I think about the City of Gallup, historically the “Indians” were always welcome to come in to dance, trade, shop and then go home. The “drinking” was okay as long as they bought the booze and went home to drink rather than stay in Gallup and hang around. Times have changed now that
RECONCILIATION | SEE PAGE 15
GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF MAY 26
The Sun is in Gemini and a First Quarter Moon emerges on June 1. During the quarter moon phases, Madame G recommends rest and reflection in preparation for change. You may notice tempers flaring and drivers enacting creative driving. Take your time and don’t rush. Enjoy this season, remember we only have so many left. Honor the memory of those no longer present.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’re noticing changes within your own heart. Perhaps desires that seemed so insistent no longer bother you. Maybe you’re growing old. Maybe you’re growing up. Age is just a number. How you live your life intentionally is more important. Don’t give up your dreams. Allow your heart muscles to dream and expand. Just give it a try—they may surprise you. Go!
Your heart’s a lonely hunter. This is the name of the game of life. You stop to reflect and consider: why am I always restless? If you continue to feel as if you need to fill yourself up with outside influences: STOP! You’re enough as you are. You don’t require another degree, certification, or gratification in order to be you. You are you as you are. That’s enough.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Happiness is a choice. You may choose your happiness or you may choose the opposite, but it’s a choice. The thing is, it doesn’t always feel like a choice. It’s a moment when a driver cuts you off, your boss yells at you, or you fall on your ass. Whatever the case, take a bad or less than stellar moment and breathe deep. Don’t be happy or sad. Just be. It’s going to be fine.
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Vacation’s over get back to work! If that’s how you feel—on a daily basis—you have some restructuring to do. If a vacation is not in your sights. Stop. Breathe. Take time to reflect on the life you want to live. Really think. Do you really want to be on the Real Housewives? If so, look around, do you see an agent? If not you may need to rethink your priorities. Go ahead, do it.
Jumping off a cliff takes a huge leap of faith. Perhaps you don’t really want to do it. Maybe you don’t really trust your sister, who packed your base-jumping gear. Decisions. Decisions. To jump or not to jump? Whatever your cliff looks like, STOP! Consider what’s in your best interest. You may decide that base-jumping is for you. Maybe it’s not. Learn to be okay with either decision.
Reflection is excellent. Rumination is not. Dust of the cobwebs and take a walk on the wild side. It’s easy to become obsessive about projects you love. They’re fulfilling and soothe that lonely achy place deep in your soul. There’s nothing wrong with them. But, take a moment to enjoy life. Consider the bounty of the season. Learn something new. Explore. Aint life a hoot!
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The Sun is shining in your corner. You can’t lose. Except you must learn to stop and look both ways. You have the enthusiasm of a child, but it doesn’t last. How will you maintain momentum? First, figure out what you really want in this life? You may be perfectly content with the status quo. If so, great! If not, why not? You can change anything, with patience.
Do yourself a favor and consider possibilities. You may be overlooking something important. The best way to move on to the next step—is to shape up and clean up your old life. If you’re planning a move—clean your house. It will make you more grateful and you’ll have less stuff to move. If you’re ready for a new life. Begin by taking care of this one—right now!
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) It’s funny how the little things really make a difference. For instance, if you tidy up your house—really tidy up—you may notice how much calmer you feel. You didn’t really change anything or spend any money—you took the time to consider what to keep. This is important. If you want to find happiness and live a joyful life—do this for yourself. Take time for joy. Today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re ready for the next step. Does this mean you can stop? No! You must keep on pushing through. You’re heading straight for the top and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop you. This is going to be a wild, fun, ride. You can totally do it. Go ahead try it! Be happy.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You have your entire life ahead of you. No matter how old you are— it’s never too late to be who you’ve always wanted to be. Think about those adorable rescue dogs who experience grass or freedom for the first time. They don’t cry over what they’ve lost—they’re excited for the moment. Breathe deep into this moment. This is all we really have. Own it!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re heading out on a new journey. This is the life you’ve always wanted. You just don’t know how to get there alone. You may need to move out of your dad’s house. Maybe you need to reach out to people in a new way. Remember, if you have to buy someone something to be your friend—that’s not a friend. You have choices. Move onward and upward. Go! OPINIONS
I want to get off Gov. Martinez’s wild tax reform ride By Raphael Pacheco NM Voices For Children
his week lawmakers will meet for the second special session called in eight months. At a cost of $50,000 a day, and no formal agenda or tax plan presented by the administration, New Mexicans should feel like they are being taken for a ride. Although Governor Susana Martinez has announced her priorities for the reconvening— the budget, comprehensive tax reform, and confirmation hearings for her university regents—the focus of this special session should be the budget. Our universities have no state funding for their fiscal year, which begins in less than 40 days. In addition, thanks to her veto of the bipartisan revenue package, the state lacks about $156 million needed to pay for critical services like education, health care, and public safety, and to shore up the depleted reserves.
RECONCILIATION | FROM PAGE 14 43 to 45% of the people who live in Gallup are “Indians.” So, what I see is happening here is long time City folks, the business community and our government leaders have a major “integration dilemma” to deal with. I have been saying for 6 years that there needs to be a “vision” for the City of Gallup which takes that into consideration. I have yet to hear anything of substance presented by our local leadership, unless you consider the “Tourism Branding Study” as an attempt to re-define Gallup to make it more “friendly to tourists”. T here w i l l be fr iction because having the “Indians” come and visit to trade and shop but not stay is not the same as “welcoming” them as your neighbor who may be living next to you. Going back to Gilbreath’s book as I read this book it was a hard thing for me to do. Why?? But, I could definitely OPINIONS
Raphael Pacheco With her term ending next year, it’s a good bet the governor wants to say she left office without raising taxes, and having her legacy be that she cut taxes 37 times instead. As you may know, this doesn’t fly with me. But her tone has changed and, citing a tax reform bill crafted by Representative Jason Harper, she now says she would be fine with taxing food as part of larger tax reform. The fact that she and several lawmakers are considering eliminating tax breaks that help children, students, the disabled, working families, and charities is simply another relate. When I was a young boy about 10 years of age, I remember we used to go home after school and watch afternoon “Cowboys and Indians” shows. So, one day on the playground during recess, several kids decided to play “Cowboys and Indians.” I wanted to be the Cowboy who saved the damsel in distress, but one of the little girls who was the prettiest [and was White] said no that won’t work you’re a “dirty rotten red skin” so you have to be one of the “red savages.” That was my first real experience with blatant racial stereotyping. After that I didn’t play with that group of kids anymore. Does this type of things still happen? Well, let’s see – yesterday I heard grade school boy [who was Hispanic] say to another grade school girl [who was Anglo] – “if you don’t leave me along I am going to take off my belt and beat you, white girl”. Oh, boy who taught him that? To be continued next week.
iteration of the administration’s reckless fiscal stewardship. Comprehensive tax reform is a good idea but it needs to be done carefully, not rushed in a three or five day special session. Broadening the tax base and lowering the rate is ideal, but to attempt to make these changes during a special session is irresponsible at best. Harper’s tax bill, House Bill 412, which the governor wants to use as a model for tax reform, tries to do too many things at once. It’s like trying to solve a half dozen 500-piece jigsaw puzzles all jumbled together without looking at the art on the boxes. Outside. On a windy day. Even during the 2017 regular session when the bill was crafted and introduced, the Legislative Finance Committee made note that, “it is impossible to score precisely the fiscal impact of this bill, or any tax reform bill of this magnitude.”
In fact, of the 91 proposed amendments to the tax code, the fiscal impact of 44—almost half—is unknown. This demonstrates that the executive’s plan to change New Mexico’s tax code is built upon 48 percent uncertainty. Below are a few bad bits of the bill, should you want to know what’s at stake. Bipartisan collaboration and, more importantly, time
and responsible leadership are required to undertake tax reform this large. Please, governor, stop taking us for a ride and do your job. Raphael Pacheco, MBA, is a Research and Policy Analyst for NM Voices. To c o n t i n u e r e a d i n g Pacheco’s breakdown on hot button issues, visit nmvoices. org
EMBEZZLEMENT | FROM PAGE 12
Cheromia h admitted that, when t he Ba nk del ivered cash for the ATM, he would skim or siphon approximately $10,000 or $20,000 for himself, which he used for gambling, paying off loans for friends, and a pleasure trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Laguna Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. Spiers prosecuted the case.
Pueblo Superette, he embezzled approximately $48,953.47 belonging to the Pueblo of Laguna. Court filings indicate that Cheromiah was responsible for super v ising the operation of the ATM machine and ordering cash deliveries from t he Ba nk of A lbuquerque for stocking the ATM with cash. In his plea agreement,
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COMMUNITY Miyamura High School Class of 2017 STUDENTS HIGHLIGHT FUTURE PLANS
By Dee Velasco For the Sun
t was once again another momentous year for high school graduation ceremonies here in the Gallup area. This time, the Miyamura Patriots Class of 2017, joined in those ranks at their graduation ceremony in the Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium May 19. Although it was a chilly night, this didn’t daunt the 203 graduating seniors of Hiroshi Miyamura High School as they received their long-awaited diploma to the bursts of cheers from family and friends.
motto… “If you can imagine it, you can dream it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” Perhaps this very car awaits its new owner as Leo John expressed when he came to see his cousin, Tyneesha Charlie, graduate. “I feel pretty excited for her, and I know she has a big surprise waiting for her…a brandnew vehicle for work that she doesn’t know about,” John said/ P roud pa rent , L iona ld Miller, of graduate Tiana Miller, expressed his enthusiasm. “Oh, I’m very excited it’s been a very long four years. It was pretty hard for her, I’m
Tiana Miller and Jeremiah Hinkley introduce Medal of Honor recipient Mr. Hiroshi Miyamura, and welcomes the crowd to the ceremonies. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
Salutatorian Tyler-Brooks Arviso of the class of 2017. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons Definitely a different mood was felt, a little more reserved yet an exciting overall feeling for everyone. A car parked with words scribbled on the windows that read, “Just graduated,” reflected their class
very happy that she made it,” he said. One person who was very emotional considered all the graduates “her k ids” wa s Rosie Fernandez, Miyamura’s lead secretary, who is coming
Mr. Miyamura addresses the class of 2017 during graduation at Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium May 19. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
Valedictorian Samyuta Komaravolu gives her speech to the crowd and class of 2017. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
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up on 10 years working for the school. “I’m really excited that they are graduating, they all put forth to this big day,” she said. “A lot of them are going to college, some into the military, two or three of them have scholarships to the medical field … I’m really going to miss
them.” As the last student was announced, caps went into the air and now the future awaits these graduating students of Miyamura High School. Lucia DeSantis, school counselor, was quite pleased with how the graduation went. “I thought it was fabulous,
very dignified and classy,” she said. “They were a great class, it was an honor to be with them.” Despite the temperature dropping, it was a fantastic day for graduation according
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Tohatchi’s Begay off to Mesa, Ariz. BITSOI HONORED BY USA TODAY
“I’m confident that I will do well,” Begay, the oldest of four children, said. “I am going to work hard and play hard.” John Brooks, athletic director at Tohatchi High School, called Begay a very special player. “She can play point guard and shooting guard and is a very good defensive player,” Brooks said. “She’s definitely one of the best in the state.” A first team all-state player for the Lady Cougars, Begay was named the Most Valuable Player of the April 1 New Mexico-Arizona girls’ all-star basketball game.
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he player who helped the Tohatchi High School Lady Cougars win the 3A girls state ba sketba l l cha mpion sh ip signed a letter-of-intent May 4 to attend Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. The signing, Tohatchi’s first since the end of the 2017 girls basketball season, took place in the gymnasium at Tohatchi High and with Begay’s parents and head coach present. Cheyenne Begay is the first player coached by head basketball coach Tanisha Bitsoi to receive a basketball scholarship. Bitsoi noted that guard Crystal Haley is set to sign with a school in the coming weeks. “(Cheyenne) is a very versatile player and can play multiple positions,” Bitsoi said. “Everyone at Tohatchi High School is very happy for her.” Begay was a mainstay in Tohatchi’s offense, averaging big numbers per game over the past few seasons. Begay transferred to Tohatchi from Wingate High school after her
CLASS OF 2017 | FROM PAGE 16 to, Tine Hayes, art teacher. “You know I think graduation was a fantastic day, it’s great to see the kids move on, it’s great to see that culmination of all that experience and it’s totally a celebration, a great process,” Hayes said. “Great bunch of kids all around. I have quite a few students who are going on to look at a future in art, not just in visual art but in other aspects of art as well, film makers, graphic design kids.” That same sentiment was also felt by a few of the graduates. Kylan Begay, who was inspired when talking of his time at Miyamura. He plans
With Cheyenne Begay’s mother on her left, Priscilla Bitsoie, and her basketball head Coach Tanisha Bitsoi on the right, Begay signs a letter of intent to attend Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. Photo Credit: Courtesy of my career in terms of basketball at Tohatchi,” Begay said. “That was the best feeling. I will remember that for a long time.” Bitsoi said she, Begay and assistant girls’ basketball coach Darrell Bitsui visited the school several months ago. She said each came away with a good impression of the school. Bitsoi said they were looking for a shooting and defensive
to enter the nursing program at t he Un iver sit y of New Mexico. “I feel awesome,” he said. “It’s one of the most exciting experiences I’ve ever had. I just loved going to this school, and it’s sad to see it just go out like this. The people that went to it; my family, my friends, just people I cared about, that I made memories with.” On the flip side of that sentiment, graduate Cierra Cross, can’t wait to get back to her home in Alabama. Her mother’s job brought the family down to Gallup, but her heart is in Alabama. “I feel awesome … I finally made it! But I’m going back home to Alabama to go to college.”
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Bitsoi, who has coached for five years at Tohatchi, was recently honored by USA Today by winning a 2017 Coach of the Year award. In recognizing Bitsoi, the newspaper stated that Bitsoi, a former all-state basketball player at Tohatchi, guided the small reservation school to a 26-5 record and the first New Mexico championship in Tohatchi girls’ basketball history. Begay averaged 15.7 points a game for Tohatchi.
freshman year at Wingate. She played volleyball and basketball at Tohatchi. Begay hit a late 3-point shot in the 3A state championship game that solidified the Lady Cougars’ win over Eunice 57-50. Tohatchi made it to the state quarterfinals last year, but lost that game 74-57 in overtime to Tularosa. “That was the biggest moment
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g ua rd, t wo t h i ngs Begay excelled at while at Tohatchi. “She’ll fit in very well,” Bitsoi said. “She’s one of the smartest players I have ever coached.” MCC is the largest of the 10 community colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. It is the largest such district in the United States in terms of enrollment.
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 26, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s time for another look at what is coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There are several huge movies arriving and you can read all about them below. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! Get Out - An AfricanAmerican man agrees to visit his Cauca sia n girlfr iend’s family in this thriller. Shortly after
arriving, he begins witnessing strange behavior from the clan as well as area locals. He slowly begins to fear that something sinister may be lurking beneath the family facade. This low-budget flick written and directed by Jordan Peele was a massive hit at the box-office and scored with critics. They called it a complex and engaging thriller that both entertains and makes effective points on the issue of racism. It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones and LilRed Howley. T h e G reat Wal l - Two European mercenaries out to discover the formula for gunpowder find themselves at the Great Wall of China. They are recruited to help a secret military sect face off against a
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mo n s t r ou s threat. This big-budget, multinationa l product ion didn’t make a very good i mpression with reviewers. A few found it to be a fun diversion with entertaining action, but most complained that resources were wasted on a very silly creature feature that doesn’t engage on any emotional level and strands a good cast. It features Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal and Hanyu Zhang. I Am Heath Ledger - Actor Heath Ledger is the subject of this documentary. The feature combines home video shot by the performer and personal
recollections from co-workers, friends and family to pay tribute to his life and accomplishments. Reaction to the feature was generally positive. While a few critiqued that it didn’t go into as much depth on its subject as it could have, most found it to be a sweet and genuine reflection on a much-admired entertainer. Sounds like it will certainly please fans of the actor. Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Emile Hirsch, Ang Lee and Ben Harper all share stories. Jonny’s Sweet Revenge This small, independent comedy involves a couple who decide to see a therapist in the hopes of salvaging their flailing relationship. Unfortunately, the counselor’s sessions lead the pair to begin plotting a heist in the hopes of bringing some excitement back into their lives. As one might imagine, the robbery doesn’t go as planned. This one is also making its debut on disc, so there aren’t any write-ups to go on as of yet. The cast includes Jeff Lorch, Andrea Bowen, Kacy Owens, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Bradley Fowler and Priscilla Barnes. Logan - A nother massive success from the early part of the yea r wa s this grim take on an X-Men superhero. Set in the future where most mutants have died off, Wolverine finds himself living a quiet existence, trying not to attract attention. However, he’s forced back into action one last time when he encounters and must protect a young girl with similar abilities. Notices were strong for this one, with the overwhelming majority praising its down-and-dirty, soulful approach and calling it one of the best superhero efforts in recent memory. It stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, St ephen Merchant, Dafne Keen and Richa rd E. Grant. Ma x 2: White House Hero - In this sequel to the 2015 film, the title ex-Marine canine is assigned
to provide security at the White House when the regular secret service dog takes maternity leave. Specifically, the animal must follow and assist the President’s 12-year-old son while he entertains the daughter of a foreign dignitary. The pooch forms a bond with the boy and tries to help the kids get themselves out of some trouble. This one is “premiering” on Blu-ray and DVD and hasn’t been seen by the press, so make what you will out of that. It features Zane Austin, Francesca Capaldi, Lochlyn Munro, Andrew Kavadas and Reese Alexander. My Life as a Zucchini - A depressed young boy must deal with tragedy after his mother passes away and he is placed into an orphanage. Struggling to fit in with other children suffering from similar circumstances, he makes friends with a local police officer and eventually learns how to assimilate. This French animated film drew raves from critics. They described it as a heartfelt and powerful little movie, punctuated with bright and beautiful imagery. It also earned a nomination for Best Animated Film at last year’s Academy Awards. The disc includes a subtitled French version and an English dub voiced by Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris. Rock Dog - This a nimated feature involves a Tibetan Mastiff who spends his days in the mou nt a i n s protecti ng sheep from wolves. To the chagrin of his music-banning father, the lead dog discovers that he can’t resist the urge to rock. After picking up a guitar, the animal decides to head for the big city to start a career as a musician. Notices were pretty terrible for this feature. A couple of write-ups thought it wa s innocuous enough for small children, but most found it to be bland in execution and unmemorable. J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black and Kenan Thompson lend their vocal talent to the production.
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ provides proper closure to swashbuckling franchise RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 128 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s impor tant to know when to say when. Back in 2004, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (based on the Disney theme park ride), was far more entertaining and enjoyable a movie than it had any right to be. However, it was soon followed by increasingly flawed and unmemorable sequels. To be completely honest, I can barely remember the last film. The latest sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is still not a return to form. The witty banter and humorous pirate shenanigans remains less-than-razor-sharp and can’t match the original’s charm. Most of the new characters aren’t particularly interesting. And there is very little in general that can be added to a pirate battle than what has already been captured in this series. However, despite its flaws, this is a handsomely mounted production featuring a few new wrinkles here and there. By the close, most of the plotlines continued throughout the series have been wrapped up. This is a good place to bring events to a close, allowing the
He may be long in the tooth, but Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has a few tricks up his sleeves that should elicit some chuckles from moviegoers in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Now playing. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures participants a graceful exit. As the film begins, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) has been having a rough go of it, with heist after heist failing to bring in coins and leaving his skeleton crew ready to walk away for good. On Sparrow’s trail are several characters from varied backgrounds. He n r y T u r ner ( B r e nd a n Thwaites) is the grown son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and seeks Sparrow to help in his search for Poseidon’s Trident. Located somewhere at the bottom of the sea, Henry believes that the magical spear will free his father from a curse and reunite them. However, they must contend with the ghost of a Spanish 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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Navy Captain named Salazar (Javier Bardem), who wants the item’s power to return him to his human form. Also involved in the hunt is Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), who is also on a quest to find her lost family. As mentioned, these movies are all about action, adventure, humor and character interplay. Depp is given the usual routine with Sparrow, stumbling around drunk and cracking wise at the events occurring around and within the group. We’ve seen this all before, but at least he manages to sell the odd exaggerated expression here and there. When veterans
like the actor and Rush are trading jabs, they land with far more efficiency than in some of the other moments. However, a lot of the other dialogue and gags don’t hit the mark, often landing flatly. The new characters of Henry and Carina aren’t very sharply written, coming off as rather bland and forgettable. There isn’t a whole lot of onscreen chemistry between the pair either, making any sort of budding romance between them less-than-compelling. It’s too bad that there is little in the way of exciting material given to these main characters to help them stand out from the more familiar and distinctive
supporting cast. At least there are a couple of good visual gags when the dialogue lags. A spinning guillotine provide a solid running joke during one action scene. Also providing some amusement is an early heistgone-wrong that results in an entire bank, walls and all, being pulled down a street. The finale, which involves the ocean opening and closing as the characters hurry down and up, is impressively photographed and looks great. This is an elaborate and expensive production, and every bit of money spent is right up there on display. The movie was previewed to the press in 3D and the depth also works; there’s a lot of ship parts and water spray flying off of the screen. Just about every sequel made these days leaves some loose ends. Thankfully, this film ties most things up. Admittedly, there is a post-credits tag that suggests further adventures if box office grosses are strong enough. But after five films and revenue of nearly 4 billion dollars, I’d advise them to let it go and end things here. As it stands, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales feels a bit worn, old and ratty, but at least it will provide a proper and satisfying close to fans of the series. It’s not great, but no embarrassment either. Let’s hope Disney knows when to say when. Visit: cinemastance.com
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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 18 Seeking Dolly Parton - A lesbian couple decide they want to have a child together. When their initial plans fall through, they opt to use one of the pair’s ex-boyfriends as a live-in donor. The man is unsure if he still carries feelings for his ex, and old feelings are brought up and examined after he moving in. This small, independent t it le ha s played at a few film festivals, but was only recently picked up for distribution. It is debuting on disc so unfortunately there aren’t any reviews available as of yet. The cast includes Kacey Clarke, Anya Monzikova and Michael Worth. XX - This horror anthology features four scary tales all directed by women. The first features a strange old man with a red box, the second tells the tale of a birthday party gone horribly awry, the third is about a desert-expedition gone wrong and the final segment involves a single mother who discovers her child may be Satan. Critics were generally enthusiastic about the compilation. While there were complaints that the short film format didn’t allow enough time to develop much suspense, more thought it was a capable and at times very effective anthology boasting a strong female perspective. It stars Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Wow! T here’s a lot of great, quirky stuff this week, so let’s get right to it. Arrow Video are delivering Cops vs Thugs (1975), a well-regarded Japanese crime flick from Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor or Humanity, Battle Royale) that involves a Yakuza gang war over a plot of land that escalates into brutality. The 2-disc Special Edition includes the movie on Blu-ray and DVD as well as other extras, including a video appreciation of the film from a Fukasaka biographer and another featurette with a film scholar examining the director’s crime flicks. They also have Wolf Guy (1975), a bizarre cult oddity that has been next to impossible to locate. After remaining unreleased in this part of the world, it’s finally arriving in a Blu-ray/DVD combo package. Based on the Manga comic series, Sonny Chiba (perhaps most known for The Street Fighter films) plays the title character. He growls and kicks his way through an outrageous supernatural plot that features manifestations of evil spirits, gang violence and evil government officials who plot to steal his wolf-man powers. The disc includes interviews with the director, producer as well as star Chiba. As for the movie itself, it’s utterly fascinating because of its sheer weirdness. A r r o w A c a d e m y, t h e a r t hou se d iv ision of t he
distributor, have a nice Bluray box set called The Jacques Rivette Collection. It includes three of the French filmmaker’s titles remastered in high definition - Duelle (1976), Noroit (1976) and Merry-Go-Round (1981). Among the many extras, the discs also include archival interviews with the director, cast interviews and an interview with a critic who was present on set for two of the productions. Shout! have a cult odd it y of t he i r ow n arriving on Blu-ray. The Vagrant (1992) is a dark horror/ comedy that follows a business executive and new home owner who just can’t get rid of a tramp hanging around his property. Events escalate when the homeless man starts playing tricks, getting the owner in trouble and causing the executive’s sanity to be questioned. The movie stars Bill Paxton, Marshall Bell and Michael Ironside. A theatrical trailer is included. T he p owe r f u l F r e nc h d ra ma Dh ee pan (2015) is getting the Criterion Blu-ray treatment. This Palm d’Or Winner is about a Tamil fighter struggling to make a new start after escaping his war-torn country. He ends up escaping to France with a woman and young girl posing as his wife and daughter. However they are placed in a tenement
popu lated w ith d r ug dealers who push him to his limit. The disc includes a d i r e c t or commenta r y, interviews with the filmmaker and star, deleted scenes, trailer and a critic’s essay on the feature. Kino have some quirky offerings arriving on Blu-ray. The Funny Farm (1983) is a Canadian comedy about the life as a stand-up comic trying to make it in their field. It stars Howie Mandel and Peter Aykroyd (Dan Aykroyd’s brother). How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) is a comedy/ musical with Robert Morse and Michelle Lee, while Those Redheads From Seattle (1953) is a western-themed musical. Finally, there’s The World of Henry Orient (1964), starring Peter Sellers as an egocentric pianist whose life is turned completely upside down by a pair of mischievous teenage girls. Finally, Massacre Video have a Special Edition of the slasher f lick, Hack-OLantern (1988). Also known as Halloween Night, the Blu-ray/ DVD combo release includes a 2K restoration of the feature, producer audio commentary and featurettes, a public access show interview with the cast and director, as well as stills and trailers.
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NMSD students take action on Capitol Hill By Hollie Fleming
ew Mexico School for the Deaf High School students, Vergena Chee, Lindsay Hand, and Jacob Stevens, accompanied by NMSD Student Outcomes Specialist Gary Hand, recently attended the second Annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Along with the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, NMSD’s students met with New Mexico’s U.S. congressmen and women to raise awareness about the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act of 2013 (H.R. Bill 1120) which advocates for Deaf and Deaf/Blind education and evaluation.
From left: Jacob Stevens, Lindsay Hand and Vergena Chee with Representative Steven Pearce from District 2, NM. Photo Credit: Hollie Fleming NMSD Superintendent Dr. Rosemar y Gallegos determined that this was a powerful opportunity for students to utilize their self-advocacy skills and to better understand the inner workings of congress.
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From left: Jacob Stevens, Lindsay Hand, and Vergena Chee with the famous statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell that graces the Gallaudet University’s campus in DC. Photo Credit: Hollie Fleming
Students had the opportunity to meet Representative Matt Cartwright, U.S. Congressman of the 17th District in PA who sponsored the bill. They also met New Mexico’s Representative Steven Pearce,
U.S. Congressman of District 2; Graham Mason, assistant to Ben Ray Lujan, District 3 Representative; Elya Taichman, assistant to Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham; and U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich
and Tom Udall’s assistants. Upon returning from their trip, students learned that Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan agreed to co-sponsor the bill. NMSD is proud of the students who were able to convince twothirds of our state’s representatives to support this critical bill. Ve r g e n a , J a c o b a n d Lindsay’s initiative, self-advocacy skills, and efforts on Capitol Hill was a successful endeavor. A big thank you to Representatives Matt Cartwright, Steven Pearce, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan and Senators Mar tin Heinrich and Tom Udall, for supporting students’ efforts and The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act. COMMUNITY
‘Baywatch’ drowns with nary a laugh RATING: « OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 118 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
’m not very familiar with the TV series upon which the new Baywatch feature is based, but one imagines that it provided viewers with a bit of tongue-in-cheek camp and escapism over the course of an hour. The sad thing is that during a screening of the new and updated version of this property, I actually spent much of the time feeling I might have been better served watching the original show. The new Baywatch mixes blunt, illtimed gags with straight-forward action and does neither of the two particularly well. This effort sinks early on and completely drowns before anyone or anything can rescue it. The plot revolves around heroic M itch Bucha n non (Dwayne Johnson) and his team of lifeguards (Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrbach) taking on three new recruits. They include obnoxious, disgraced, ex-Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron), Summer ( A l e x a n d r a D a d d a r i o) a nd a n ent hu si a s t ic but
Their bodies may be hard, but the dialogue is soft in this modern take on the 80s television series “Baywatch.” Now playing. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures less-than-statuesque Ronnie (Jon Bass). Together, they team up to rid the beaches of a new designer drug being distributed by resort owner, Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra). As the lifeguards investigate, they discover a deeper (but not particularly interesting) conspiracy. The problem with this movie isn’t the cast or the concept itself. It’s the script, which never finds the right tone or approach to the material and leaves the performers next to nothing to work with. The opening, in which Mitch
saves a life and the title credit rises from the sea is an amusingly over-the-top moment, and there are perhaps two or three half-chuckles (one involving two men fighting in a child’s room), but the writing never allows its characters to truly have fun with or satirize traditional hero roles. Instead, the plot focuses on
the bickering between Mitch a nd u nwa nted newcomer Matt. One gets the impression through early news clips that Matt is supposed to be dim. Unfortunately, as written he comes across as arrogant and obnoxious, but not always lunk-headed. It’s only here and there where his lack of brains are displayed, too late for us
to identify with him. And with the two irritated leads having to insult each other, even Mitch comes off as a bit haughty and self-important. Strangely enough, with an action star in the cast, the chases and fights play out in a straightforward manner that don’t come across as exciting. And as for the humor, it all falls flat. Many of the male characters lust after their female co-workers, which isn’t exactly a hysterical jumping off point. Ronnie is so enamored with one of the ladies that at one point he can’t stop, well, showing his excitement at being around the girl of his dreams. After falling on a deck chair, he finds his male parts wedged. Another sequence involves the characters breaking into a morgue to check a body. Upon learning that he has to look underneath the corpse’s testicles, Matt displays disgust and contempt, almost getting the characters caught and harmed in the process. These
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CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR MAY 26-JUNE 1, 2017 FRIDAY May 26 MEMORIAL DAY ASSEMBLY From 10-11am, there will be a Veterans appreciation assembly at Roosevelt Elementary. ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SPRING CONCERT A Spring Concert for K-5th grades, at Roosevelt Elementary. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors. Concert will feature choir, recorders, theatrical events, steel drum band, puppets, and much more at 1pm. GET UP AND GAME (ALL AGES) Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 4 pm at the Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. SATURDAY May 27 FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MAY The library is offering free
‘BAYWATCH’ | FROM PAGE 21 are intended to be the movie’s big comic moments and they’re horrifically unfunny. And of course, the female leads a ren’t given nea rly enough to do. Even they look surprised at one point in the film when they are forced into taking physical action against a villain. These characters should have been far more integrated into the battles, but perhaps they didn’t want to be saddled with some of the clunky one-liners Mitch has to deliver when taking out the bad guys, like, “Bath time, shithead.” There is some comic potential in a group of lifeguards taking it upon themselves to do their own cr iminal
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. SUNDAY May 28 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. MONDAY May 29 MEMORIAL DAY No School Continued on page 23 investigation, but it only results in a passing comment. So much entertainment could have resulted from the idea of a chiseled hero attempting his own police investigation and struggling with his lack of intelligence. Heck, even flipping stereotypes and making the characters extraordinarily verbose and witty and annoyed at not being respected for their smarts would have been something to build on. Instead, everything about this bloated enterprise feels forgettable, forced and difficult to endure. The screenplay is terrible and no amount of charismatic personalities or characters onscreen can save it. Baywatch completely misses the mark and stands as one of the summer’s lesser efforts. Visit: cinemastance.com
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VFW MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY Join us for the VFW Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. Call: (505) 7222228. Location: Courthouse Square. TUESDAY May 30 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Gallup-McKinley County Schools WEDNESDAY May 31 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY Gallup-McKinley County Schools TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. Starts: 10:30 am. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, popcorn provided. Film: Arrival. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. THURSDAY June 1 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Seed Picture Painting IEC BUDGET MEETING Gallup-McKinley County Schools, SSC Boardroom from 6-7:30 pm. BE CONTRACT READY A series for your small business: 9 am - noon, Part 3: Labor Law Compliance; 1:30 - 4 pm, Part 4: Estimating and Pricing. Register for each class individually with the Gallup Small Business Development Center, (505) 722-2220, firstname.lastname@example.org. ONGOING ARTSCRAWL ArtsCrawl is held the second Saturday of every month from 7 to 9 pm, CALENDAR
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. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the second Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 8 pm, at 113 E. Logan Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 728-9246. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am - noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on
construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. K-3 PLUS: A SUPER START TO SCHOOL Give your kids a “Jump Start” this summer. Program is available at all GMCS Elementary Schools. For students who will enter Kindergarten and 1st-3rd Grades next school year. Contact your local Elementary School for enrollment information RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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- Jan. 31, 2018.Opening Reception: July 12 (5:307pm). The Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264 and Post Office Loop, Window Rock, AZ 86515.
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
GALLUP INTERFAITH GATHERING On June 20, celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Gallup Interfaith Gathering. Bring food for a shared meal. Location: 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive). Call Reverend Kay
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for more information (505) 290-5357 or (505) 905-3247. TAIZE’ WORSHIP On June 11, Westminster Presbyterian Church hosts the non-denominational monthly Taize’ service at 4pm. Take this opportunity to calm and quiet the soul before a new week begins. Location: 151 State Highway564. Call Kathy Mezoff (505) 870-6136. TRUMPETS SHALL SOUND On June 30, The Trumpets Shall Sound at 7 pm. Join us for a concert celebrating the trumpet. Expect to hear historical instruments including: the Norwegian wooden lur, the Baroque trumpet, the jazzy flugelhorn, and the modern trumpet. This will include poems about turtles, pythons, and hyenas. Sponsored by the Church of the Holy Spirit and is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and the Thai Burma Border Health Initiative. Players include: Mick Hesse and Julian Iralu accompanied by Edie Farm on piano. Location: upstairs at the Gallup Cultural Center. Call (505) 728-8194. Free. 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: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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CONGRATS! Class of Spring 2017 HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA Andrea Chavez Lane Ellsworth Kaldiina Glasses Amber John Willard Kee Shane Kien Marianna Lucero Cindy Nelson Courtney Nieto Lyla Smallcanyon Chad Yazzie MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL Gil Alvarez Isabel Aycock Jordan Baca Audrey Brokeshoulder Cole Buser Christian Coffey Kealey Collison Annel Cota Shaylyn Creech Toni Garcia Ariana Gonzalez Reyes Grano Joshua Haws Haley Herrera Juanita Kaus McKenzie Kenneth Joshua Klumpenhower Tanita Livingston Karla Lopez Baez Tana Menapace Zane Munoz Alexandra Nail Maximilian Olsen Kelsey Padilla Dineah Peterson Adam Rutherford Tyler Sanchez Megan Shirley Seth Sowers Tieley Tsosie Randy Vargas-Lopez Kodi Vigil Brett Woods Samuel Yale Cheyenne Yazzie Darius Yazzie
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