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NEWS Gallup hires new $105K City Attorney KOZELISKI RETIRING AT END OF JULY
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
hen the Gallup City council went looking for a replacement to fill the shoes of George Kozeliski, they didn’t have to look that far. A vote on an employment agreement to hire local attorney Curtis Hayes away from Western New Mexico University in Gallup took place June 13 and was unanimous. “The full council was in on the interviewing process,” Mayor Jackie McKinney said. “This is a vote for an approval of an employment agreement.” The city first announced June 7 that Hayes, currently a professor of criminal justice and business law at Western New Mexico University in Gallup, had been chosen as the next city attorney. Hayes starts the new job on July 17. George Kozeliski’s official last day at city hall is July 31. Hayes will engage in part-time duties after July 4. Hayes will earn an annual salary of $105,000. The amount is a
little lower than Kozeliski’s annual salary of $117,045. “Curtis Hayes’ background a nd ex per ience i n ma ny aspects of the law, and specially in the area of criminal justice, will be a very valuable asset to the city of Gallup,” McKinney said. As city attorney, Hayes will be responsible for providing legal representation and counsel on matters related to city business. The city attorney is an appointed position, a job that serves at the pleasure of the Gallup city Council. Hayes, who is originally from Alamogordo, has worked at WNMU since 1993 and has been employed at the Gallup branch of the school since 2014. Prior to becoming a full-time educator, Hayes practiced law in New Mexico for 10 years, mostly as a prosecutor. As an attorney for the 6th Judicial District Attorneys Office in Silver City, he served as the general counsel for Grants County. During his tenure at WNMU, Hayes oversaw the creation of
Gallup’s newly hired attorney Curtis Hayes. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura an online criminal justice degree program and the creation of a criminal justice degree program at the Gallup branch. He obtained a National Science Foundation grant to create a digital forensics program at WNMU that provides training in cybercrime investigations to police officers in new
Gallup Council approves GRT investment ordinance By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he Gallup City Council unanimously passed a Gross Receipts Tax I nve st ment Pol icy ordinance June 13 at the regular city meeting. The item was introduced by Cit y At tor ney George Kozeliski and was not met with opposition. The ordinance is solely used in “Home Rule”
UNM-G DAYCARE TO CLOSE Budgetary constraints cited as reason
municipalities to permit developers to help pay for city infrastructure on large projects by recouping costs by offsetting gross receipts tax over a period of time. “This allows for private parties to put in infrastructure such as water lines, sewer lines, power, streets and sidewalks and recoup those costs
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Mexico. He has taught legal topics in the WNMU Police Academy for the past 15 years. Upon being introduced at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Hayes said he was pleased with the application process and looked forward to the city attorney duties. “I look forward to working with the council,” Hayes said after the vote process. “Thank you.” Hayes possesses undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Utah. Besides Hayes, the city received city attorney job applications
from John Bernitz of Gallup, Alfred Quintana of Albuquerque and Robert Medina of the Pueblo of Zia. Bernitz is a public defender at McKinley County District Attorney’s Office; Quintana is a prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque and Medina is general counsel to Zia Pueblo. The next big departmental hire at the city is for a library director. Current Gallup Library Director and New Jersey native Mary Ellen Pellington announced her retirement about two weeks ago.
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UNM-G daycare center to close By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
NM-Gallup administration issued a press release June 13, that effective July 31, the Early Childhood and Family Center will shutter its doors. The center had its grand opening on May 12, 2015, and has been available to students and community members offering educational and childcare services to children from infants to preschool age. “As an institution, we are committed to providing high quality educational services to ou r st udent s,” I nter i m Chief Executive Officer Jerry Dominguez stated, in a press release. “We realize that a lack of childcare options can be a barrier for our students so we will work with them to identify available resources and help them start, continue and complete their education at UNM-Gallup.” ECFC Ma nager Kel ly
Di neya z he -Hu nt er sent a letter to parents on May 24, broadly stating the reasons for the closure. “Due to the financial constraints of current operating costs, and the uncertainty of the state budget to higher
education institutions, it is in the best interest of the University of New Mexico to suspend operations presently,” she said. Pet ra nov ich echoed Di neya zhe -Hu nter, say i ng that budget shortfalls were
a contributing factor, but did not have dollar figures immediately available. She said the college’s CFO will likely discuss budget shortfalls at the next UNM-G advisory board meeting. Petraonvich also said the university will further explore the academic angle, such as pairing early childhood education development programs with the daycare program. Dominguez express a similar tone in a press release. “It is our plan to look at different operating models for the Center and hopefully re- open in the future,” he said. Petra nov ich sa id a s fa r
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she knows, no incidents or ma nagement pit fa l ls cont r i bu t e d t o t h e lo o m i n g closure. About 12 employees will be out of job when the facility closes in July, she added. T he col lege’s a dv i sor y board meets at 1 pm on June 20, in the director’s conference room, 705 Gurley Ave.
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Bernard stepping down from top union post MCFUSE HEAD TO REMAIN MEMBER
By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
r ia n Ber na rd, the p r e s i d e n t of t h e McKinley Federation of Un it ed S chool Employees, no longer holds the top title with the union that represents dozens of employees at Gallup-McKinley County Schools, according to a May 20 letter given by Bernard to the MCFUSE executive council and shared with Gallup Interim Schools Superintendent Mike Hyatt. The one-page letter is not a resignation letter, but notification that Bernard, originally from Wyoming, wants to maintain union membership — but not as its president. “Throughout my tenure as president, MCFUSE has had impressive accomplishments, being very successful in our efforts to defend education, represent and service the bargaining unit and members and support our students,” Bernard wrote. “MCFUSE can be very proud of its professional and
GRT INVESTMENT | FROM PAGE 3 from the GRT they will generate at the location they are extending the infrastructure to,” City Attorney George Kozeliski said. “It helps with economic development because the city cannot afford to put it in, although we are allowed by law to do it, and the developer cannot afford to put it in if they don’t recoup the costs. This allows the developer to recover its costs over time out of the GRT that they generate.” Kozeliski noted that the matter is a proven economic development tool used by
collaborative relationship with Gallup-McKinley County Schools.” Bernard, union president for nearly ten years, said the organization now has to select a new leader. He said he’s leaving the group not out of a sense of dismay or frustration, but to serve MCFUSE in a different capacity. “Although a volunteer job, this is like a regular full-time job,” Bernard said. Bernard is a career school district employee, with Spanish language teaching stints at Gallup High School and, most recently, Miyamura High School. “While MCFUSE never seems to get the credit or recognition that it’s due, especially in day-today personnel issues — rest assured that MCFUSE has fought the good fight and brought balance and stability to Gallup-McKinley Schools.” Bernard said he’s proud of various union accomplishments over the years, among them: • A $2 million SIG grant for Crownpoint High School in 2010. municipalities such as Rio Rancho and Alamogordo. “The attorney general of New Mexico put out an opinion that “Home Rule” cities like Gallup can do this and so far two have adopted it. We are the third to do it,” Kozeliski said. Kozeliski noted that the GRIP ordinance matter simply sets up the policy. He said individual developers can come to the city and request to do this, saying a separate contract will be drawn up on each development as to what the costs will be and what percentage of GRT they can recover, up to 75 percent of what they pay as the city’s share, Kozeliski said.
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• The addition of Nava jo Sovereig nt y Day to the annual School Calendar. • The guarantee of prep time for elementary school teachers added to the collective bargaining agreement. • The negotiating of a 7.5 hour work day or 37.5 hour work week. • The raising of classification vacation time to 15 days. • The negotiation of successive multi-year CBA contracts. The news of Bernard stepping down hit district administrators by surprise. “ Ye s , I a m s u r pr i s e d that he’s leaving,” Priscilla Manuelito, the former GallupMcKinley Schools Board of Education president and current board secretary, said. “But change may have been needed with respect to union leadership. For example, he’s a school district employee and also the head of the union. I have heard that some people have questioned the objectivity of being a district employee and at the same time the union boss.” Bernard, who speaks fluent
From left, Miyamura High Spanish teacher and out-going teacher union president Brian Bernard poses for a photo with Medal of Honor recipient and hometown hero Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura. Photo Credit: Courtesy Spanish, said the next union president would most likely be decided by the organization’s current membership. He did not specify election dates. “None of that has been decided yet,” Bernard said. “I can’t specifically comment on that.” A GMCS teacher for 22 years, Bernard said he’s never
really made it a practice to reveal the amount of members within MCFUSE. He said he’s enjoyed decent dealings over the years with local and state education leaders. “He did not resign from his job,” Hyatt said. “But he let me know that he was no longer the president of the union.”
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Work progressing at 66/ Elizabeth in Indian Hills By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
he construction work being done at the intersection of Historic H ig hway 66 a nd Elizabeth Street is connected to the bigger Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, officials said. Gallup Water and Sanitation Director Dennis Romero said the work is directly related to Reach 27.6, saying the reach brings water from the Gamerco water storage tanks north of Gallup to the residences and businesses located on the east side of the city. “The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project will connect to an existing city water line at this location,” Romero said. “We need the transmission main and connection as soon as possible to the existing water system so that residents and businesses get an
uninterrupted water supply.” Romero noted that as part of the overall Navajo-Gallup Water Project, the work being done is contracted by the city of Gallup and paid for by the state of New Mexico and the federal government. The contractor, TLC Plumbing and Utility of
Albuquerque, was awarded the work via a competitive bidding process, Romero said. The cost of the reach 27.6 is $7.7 million. When done, the estimated $1 billion NavajoGallup Water Supply Project will bring water from the San Juan River and to the eastern
parts of the Navajo Nation and Gallup, officials have said. The work at Highway 66 and Elizabeth began in August 2016 and is scheduled to end in February 2018, Romero said. William Ward, 40, of Indian Hills, the neighborhood where the work is being done, said the
work really isn’t an inconvenience, considering it’s important for city water purposes. “It might take some time for them to do the actual work, but I think it will be worth it in the long run,” Ward said. “At least it will make for a better water situation.”
The road construction in the Indian Hills area – Highway 66 and Elizabeth Street, is part of a bigger project – the connection to a major water pipeline. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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New NHA Board selects officers APPROVES 90 NEW HOMEOWNERS
I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – On June 10 t h e n e w l y a p p o i n t e d Nava jo Housing Author ity Boa rd of Com m i s sioner s held their first official board
meeting and the first order of business was the election of of f icer s, a mon g ot her pending items, including the approva l of 90 new homeowners recognized after paying off their homes. K r is Beecher wa s honored t o t a ke h i s s e a t a s
cha ir ma n of the NH A Boa rd of Com m is sioner s. Beecher, who will start his second year of law school at Arizona State University this fall, said, “My promise to the Navajo people is that I will work with the other member s of t he Boa rd to
OSA employee wins financial manager of the year award Staff Reports
ANTA FE – Two of the three nominees for the Financial Manager of the Year Award of the Association of Government
Accountants were from the Office of the State Auditor. The nominees were announced June 14. Sha n non Sa nder s, a n Audit Manager at OSA, was nominated for her hard work a nd dedication to helping
gover n me nt work b e t t er t h rou g hout New Mex ico. Deput y Aud it or Sa njay Bhakta won the award and
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From left to right: AGA President Vince Lithgow; Miranda Ntoko, GSD; State Auditor Tim Keller; Shannon Sanders, OSA; AGA President-Elect Wanda Gonzales; and Deputy State Auditor Sanjay Bhakta. Photo Credit: Justine Freeman
make the Nava jo Housing Authority into a success, and inspire a new way of thinking at the NHA based on our traditional Navajo teachings and philosophy.” “ I o f fe r m y s i n c e r e s t efforts and resolve to make NHA into the organization that we know it can be, and t he orga n ization t hat ou r people want and deser ve,” Beecher added. Derrith Watchman-Moore, who hold s a n M BA , wa s elected as vice chairwoman. “As a former official in HUD a nd the Env iron menta l P rotect ion A gency, I w i l l be keen on monitoring and reporting,” she said. “These areas are vital to the operations of NH A in showing results and homes actually bu i lt . It i s i mpor t a nt for trust to be restored and I am honored to ser ve alongside my colleagues to help the Navajo People.” “I am humbled and honored,” said Sean McCabe, a Certified Public Accountant elected a s secreta r y/treas u r er, “O n beh a l f of t he Nava jo people, this is the third board that I will now ser ve on. I a m excited to s e r ve a lo n g s id e my c ol lea g ues to br i ng a v ision a nd direction to NH A. My col leag ues a nd I a re cogniza nt that a s a Boa rd we a re nothing more tha n a n extension of the people we
represent and we will do our best to work with all levels of the Navajo Nation in the best interests of the Navajo people. Thank you again for this opportunity.” The NABI committee has not yet confirmed Frankie Lee, the fourth NHA board member. A fifth member has yet to be named. Wit h enou g h member s for a quorum, and the tribe’s Indian Housing Plan needing approval, the board met for six hours to get through their three-page agenda. The last official NHA board meeting was held April 28. The Board acted upon the following resolutions: A fter much discussion, the boa rd approved a resolut ion for t he “Rever sa l of I n su ra nce Cha rges for Paid-off Homebuyers on the Tenant Accounts Receivable at t r ibut able to i n su ra nce coverage in the amount of $763,832.81.” Approved the “Transfer of It s I nt ere s t i n Home s and Recommending to the Navajo Nation President the Assignment of a Leasehold Interest to Six Homebuyers of the Mutual Help Homeownership Program in Ganado, Round Rock, Ariz., Rocksprings, NM, Cr ystal, Ariz., and Red Mesa, Utah.”
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Arson suspected in 2nd St. fire By Bernie Dotson Sun Correspondent
rson is believed to be the preliminary cause behind a fire that occurred in the early morning hours of June 11, at 502 S. 2nd St., close to the Old Post Office, officials said. Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said at about 5:50 am that firefighters responded to a report of a door on fire at the residential structure. Morales said the two-story brick structure was engulfed in flames and a small fire was burning in the back of the home when firefighters arrived on the scene. “A quick response and attack allowed fire personnel to extinguish the flames to the exterior,” Morales said. “There were also several small fires in the stairwell.” Morales said the brunt of the fire damage was to the exterior side of the residence along the door frame and roof area above the front door. He said the residence was vacant at the time of the incident, adding that the first floor windows of the home were covered with
Several downtown trashcans were reportedly set on fire. Photo Credit: Gallup Fire Department plywood. A second floor window of the residence appeared to have been vandalized and broken, Morales said.
“Several empty cans of alcohol were found throughout the home,” Morales said.
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A brick house next door to the post office on 2nd Street goes up in smoke June 11. Photo Credit: Gallup Fire Department
DOWNTOWN TRASH CANS BURN Morales said fire dispatch received a separate call about several trash cans downtown being on fire. He said the engine units already deployed responded to the trash can situation. Mora les sa id t he residence initially called in was secured by the Gallup Police Department and turned over
to the home owner. The home’s electricity and gas meter were disconnected for safety reasons, and police assisted in the cordoning off of lower Second Street, Morales said. Morales did not estimate the cause of damage to the residence, saying the matter remains under investigation. There were no injuries to city firefighters in either incident, he said.
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HOREAU – Around 1 pm on June 9, New Mexico State Police officers investigated a fatal crash on I-40 near mile marker 53 in McKinley County. The initial investigation indicated a recreational vehicle traveling westbound left the roadway, crossed the median, and went into oncoming traffic. The RV then collided with a semi-tractor trailer traveling eastbound. Debris from both vehicles was scattered in a wide area along both lanes of eastbound traffic.
The tractor-trailer blocked both lanes after sliding to a stop on the east side of the bridge, and traffic in that direction was backed up for several miles to the west, in both lanes. Eastbound traffic was diverted from the exit at Continental Divide and along Old Highway 66 to the eastbound ramp of I-40 at Prewitt. The driver of the RV sustained fatal injuries, The identity of the driver is being withheld pending next of kin notification. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in this crash, which remains under investigation. NEWS
Chrispin Wallace jailed on warrant WALLACE RUNS NN TRIBAL CLOTHING PROGRAM
indicates that Wallace possesses three prior DWI convictions — including two from Gallup in 1994 and 2005. A bench warrant was issued for
Wallace in March 2011 for failure to comply with probationary terms that stemmed from a DWI and the failure to deal with that got Wallace jailed. Wallace failed to turn himself in to San Juan County authorities to serve a 30-day jail sentence followed by 29 days of substance abuse treatment, according to jail records. That was part of a plea bargain and reduced sentence. Wallace is a member of the board of directors at the Nazlini Community School, Inc. It is unclear how long Wallace has been affiliated with Tribal Clothing program and Nazlini schools.
Dr. Tommy Lewis, superintendent of the Department of Diné Education, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on the matter. But tribal law imposes a lifetime ban on crimes involving alcohol relevant to tribal school board members. Matthew Tso, legislative analyst with the Department of Diné Education, said he’ll forward the necessary paperwork to the Navajo Nation Elections Ad m in istration rega rd ing Wallace. That office oversees the Nazlini school district. “There are rules and regulations against this kind of behavior,” Tso said. “There are
violations in this situation.” Tso noted that there are three other similar matters to that of Wallace that are undergoing “looks” from his department, including one case of shoplifting. The Navajo Nation Tribal Clothing Program has been in existence since the 1950s. Its mission is to provide clothing for Navajo children who are attending school and emergency assistance to children whose families are experiencing crises such as a burnout or family displacement due to family hardship, according to the agency’s mission statement.
Housing Plan after receiving information from the Office of the President a nd Vice President and other updates. Item will move forward to next board meeting. Approved the “NH A T r a n s fe r o f I t s I n t e r e s t for 84 homes and Recommending to the Navajo Nation President the A s sig n ment of L ea sehold I nterest to Homebuyer s of the Mutual Help Homeownership program in Shonto, Cottonwood, Pinon, Round Rock, Greasewood, Ariz., Twin Lakes, Naschitti, and Rocksprings, NM.” NHA staff announced that under a new system, about 75 -100 cl ient s per mont h wou ld obtain homeownership status upon transfer of NHA’s interest in the homes a nd
conveya nce to the new homeowners. After considerable backg r ou nd pr ov id e d by t he staff, the board approved a resolution to recommend to the Navajo Nation Council to a mend resolution CJA0 3 -14 , “ E x t e n s i o n o f a Limited Waiver of Sovereign I m mu n it y A l low i ng t he Nava jo Nation to be Sued i n Federa l Distr ict Cou r t Regarding Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act in Carrying Out HUD Grants and Authorizing The President of the Navajo Nation to Sign Form 7015.15 Through September 30, 2021.” T he nex t N H A reg u la r board meeting is scheduled to be held on July 13. The board went into executive session from 3 to 5 pm.
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on our team, Deputy Auditor Sa njay Bhak ta a nd Audit Manager Shannon Sanders. Congratulations to all of the nominees, we value your hard work for our state.” A photograph of the nominees with State Auditor Tim Keller and AGA’s President Vince Lithgow and PresidentElect Wa nda Gonza les is attached. The AGA is a member organization for financial professionals in government.
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A RMINGTON — A Nazlini, Ariz., man, who is the director of the Navajo Nation T r iba l Clot h i ng P rog ra m and a member of the Nazlini Community School’s Board of Directors, remained jailed Ju ne 13 at the Sa n Jua n County Detention Center on an outstanding warrant out of Farmington Municipal Court, records show. Ch r ispin Wa llace, wa s booked into the jail on a no bond warrant. The paperwork connected to the arrest
NHA BOARD | FROM PAGE 7 Ms. Yazzie explained to the new board that as soon as they get the leasehold interest they would then begin the process to obtain their homesite lea se t h roug h a streamlined process under the rev ised homesite leasing regulations. Leases were held by the NHA until homebuyers completed payments of the home. Approved “NHA Release of Col later a l A s sig n ment of Home sit e L ea s e for Participation in Mutual Help Homeownership Program” for one fa m i ly i n Teesto, Ariz. Voted to hold off action o n a n i n fo r m a l a m e n d ment to the FY 2017 Indian
credited the collaboration and contributions of all staff at OSA. The third nominee was Miranda Ntoko from the General Services Division. “We are honored that our office’s efforts to help taxpayers and make government work better were recognized,” stated State Auditor Tim Keller. “We are lucky to have two outstanding financial managers
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Convicted child sex offender, rapist wanted By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
cK i n ley Cou nt y Sher i f f ’s Of f ice Sex Of fender Compliance Officer Judith Grijalva is asking for the public’s help in locating Jonathan Bitsilly, 55, a registered sex offender. Registered sex offenders living in McKinley County are required to check in with her whenever they move, and check in with her, per the conditions of their release from jail or prison. Grijalva said her last contact with Bitsilly was on Jan.
Jonathan Bitsilly 13, when he moved in with his
brother. However, he failed to
show up for his scheduled follow-up appointment on Feb. 7, so she notified sheriff office investigators. “We went a week later to (his address on file) see if he was there … he wasn’t there,” she said. A warrant for his arrest was issued Feb. 21, for failure to comply with registration of a sex offender, a fourth-degree felony. She believes he’s in the area, and may be living on the streets. And she wants the public to know that he was convicted twice for sex crimes. I n 2 0 0 3 , Bit s i l ly w a s charged and conv icted of criminal sexual contact with a
minor. Grijalva noted that the victim was a 9-year-old girl. He struck again in 2010, but this time he was convicted for the rape of a 37-year-old woman. Additionally, he’s wanted on a DWI warrant out of Gallup. Grijalva said Bitsilly likely changed his appearance by growing his hair out, and was last seen selling pinions in the Zuni area. But, she believes he’s back in Gallup. “He knows that he’s supposed to come in and register,” she said. If you have any information on Bitsilly’s whereabouts, call Grijalva at (505) 722-8514.
Top of June marred by car wrecks with injuries Staff Reports
he first week of June got off to a rock y sta r t on McK in ley Cou nt y roa dway s, with more than a handful of accidents with injuries. Below is a list of the fender benders that range from a few bumps to critical injuries, reports from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. There’s even vehicle vs. pedestrian incidents. However, not all of the accidents that occurred during the first week of the month have been listed here. June 3: The owner of a tractor-trailer parked in the Golden Corral parking lot found Frank Yazzie, Jr. lying under his rig, with a backpack under his head. The driver called the police, and Lt. Eric Jim responded to the scene. Yazzie was incoherent, according to the report. When Jim pulled him out from under the semi, he noticed a large laceration on his forehead, and large pool of blood collected
on his bag. He could smell the strong odor of booze coming from his breath. Upon arrival to the hospital, it was noted in the report that Yazzie suffered a broken rib, and two cracked vertebrae. Jim noted in the report that the injuries were consistent to being run over. However, the semi-trailer had no blood on it, with Jim noting in his report that there was no blood on the tires. Yazzie was flown to UNM in Albuquerque for treatment. June 7: A serious accident with injuries occurred in the McGaffey area. Deputy Nacona Clark was dispatched to State Highway 400 in response to a rollover crash. When she arrived at about 4 pm, she found the driver Israel Gallegos, 24, of Thoreau in the driver’s seat, sitting upright with his “legs tangled under him.” He complained of chest pain and that he couldn’t breathe. He was drifting in and out of consciousness. Passenger Skye Cummins, 18, of Gallup, was ejected
from the vehicle and lying on the ground. She complained of abdominal, neck, back and leg pain. Another passenger, seemi n g ly u n i nju r e d , S h i n ay Begay, 19, of Sundance, N.M. told a nother deput y that Gallegos consumed a bottle of Importer’s Vodka before they departed from McGaffey Lake. Gallegos wa s f lown to Albuquerque for treatment, and Begay and Cummins were transported to Gallup for treatment. Clark noted in her report that Cummins sustained critical injuries. June 8: Thomas Robbins of Texas sustained a bump on the head after he reportedly misjudged a turn at Defiance Draw Road, causing him to overcorrect and drive through a fence line. *** Fifteen-year-old Denisha Tsosie was out for a drive with her two younger siblings when she rolled her mom’s SUV Near Hassler Valley and Superman Canyon roads. Deputy Frank
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Villa, Jr. noted in his report that she likely took a corner too fast when she rolled the vehicle. Everyone checked out fine, and mom was notified. They were taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. June 9: A Murrieta Calif. ma n repor tedly on meth, or some kind of speed, was parked on the shoulder when he ran on foot across the I-40 to the median. To witnesses horror, he covered his face and ran back into traffic and was hit by a vehicle. Other drivers stopped and moved him off the roadway. According to Deputy Merlin Benally’s report, he sustained injuries to this arms, head and right shoulder. At a local hospital, the man told Benally that he was hearing voices and the paranoia got the best of him. He told Benally that a friend put something in his drink that would help keep him awake for the long drive. He was let go with a warning. June 10: As Ernest Begay made his way across State Highway 118, near mile post
16, he was struck by a vehicle. According to Deputy Roxanne King’s report, the force of the impact caused “him to fly thru the air.” Begay told King that the driver, a man in his 20s, about 5’10” with a slender build, and dressed in an Applebee’s uniform asked if he was okay. When he said yes, the man got back into his blue-grey passenger vehicle, and reportedly drove off. So, King made her way back to Gallup Applebee’s where she spoke to shift manager Gerald Harper. King got the feeling that Harper didn’t want to assist her with the investigation. He refused to fully step outside, and when she gave a description of the driver, he replied, “that could be anybody.” When she asked him what employees had ended their shift in the last half hour, he replied with a “mmmm,” the report states. King point blank asked Harper if he was going to assist with her investigation, and he replied, “no” and walked back into the business. NEWS
MULTIPLE OFFENDER DWI REPORTS Staff Reports Anthony R. Tom 5.28.17, 10:38 pm 5th DWI, Aggravated T o m , 33, of Albuquerque was arrested after Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r A n d r e w Thayer was dispatched to the Sonic Drive In at 2404 E. Highway 66, where Tom was attempting to order food. When asked for his Driver’s License, Tom responded by showing the officer two credit cards. When his license was finally found, GPD Officer Thayer started to ask where Tom was coming from when Tom opened the rear door of the police unit and sat down on the seat. His effort to close the rear door was stymied when Thayer placed himself between the open door and the body of the unit. Tom admitted to Officer Thayer that he didn’t want to go through the hassle and refused to take a Field Sobriety Test. Tom finally got out of the police unit and told Thayer that he came to Sonic to get food and would then drive home, but that story did not sit well with the officer. Thayer then read the New Mexico Implied Consent Advisory to Tom and following another refusal to take the SFST, was placed under arrest. An attempt was made to obtain a warrant for a blood draw but no judges were available. Although Tom admitted his guilt to Thayer, he continued to attempt to strike a ‘deal’ with the officer by agreeing to not show up at his hearing if he was released. Instead he was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Joyce A. Estrada 4.18.17, 12:10 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated Estrada, 54, of Farmington was discovered i n the area of Mossman Pa rk when GPD Officer John Gonzales and GPD Sgt. NEWS
Nicola Martinez were dispatched for a welfare check on a parked vehicle. Another vehicle had been seen in the area but Gonzales and another officer could not locate it on the adjacent streets. When Gonzales returned to the scene, he noticed a bulge in Estrada’s sock, who reached down and presented the office with a plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance. Estrada claimed the bag belonged to her grandson and said she had a medical card for its use, but did not have one on her at the time. A portable breathalyzer was used on Estrada and she blew a 0.11 BAC. Estrada agreed to take a SFST as well but did not do well, so she was placed under arrest. About an hour after first contact, Estrada consented to a regular breath test, but blew 0.09 both times. She was then transported to the MCADC and booked on charges of DWI, 2nd Offense, and Possession of Marijuana under 1 ounce. Shannon Yazzie 4.6.17, 3:31 am 3rd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r A d r i a n Quetawki was first d ispatched to the parki n g lo t of Denny’s North but observed the subject vehicle on Munoz Overpass going south and then turning onto the ramp for I-40 Eastbound.. He quickly turned his unit around and followed the vehicle to the off-ramp and then to the intersection of Ford Drive and Hwy 66. After gathering the necessary info from Yazzie, 45, Officer Quetawki asked her to step out of the vehicle. Noticing that one of her feet was injured, he asked if she would be willing to take the eye portion of the SFST since she wouldn’t be able to stand or balance herself on the injured foot. Yazzie could not perform the visual test as her eyes continued to jerk back and forth and could not seem to focus. Yazzie refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Officer Quetawki transported Yazzie to the Gallup Indian Medical
Center for a medical clearance and then to the MCADC where she was booked. Anna B. Antonio 3.28.17, 12:32 am 2nd DWI, Aggravated Dispatched to the McDonald’s Ea st for a compla int of a possible drunk driver in the drivet h r u l a ne , GPD Officer A d r i a n Quetawki activated his emergency lights when he spotted the subject vehicle. As the officer was getting out of his unit, the brake lights of the subject vehicle came on as the driver attempted to leave the scene. The driver only went around to the west side of the building where she found a vacant parking place for her vehicle. Officer Quetawki quickly parked his unit behind the subject to prevent her from moving it again. Antonio, 32, was the driver and steadfastly refused to take
a breath test or a SFST and was placed under arrest. She stated that she just wanted to go home. A passenger in her vehicle was removed and transported to Gallup Detox for her safety. Cain Trevor Thomas 3.22.17, 6:42 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r Douglas Hoffman was dispatched to t he cor ner of 5th Street and Coal Avenue to meet with a complainant about a vehicle driving erratically. At about the time the two were talking, the subject vehicle was seen going northbound on 5th directly towards the officer. Hoffman fell in behind, activated his emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of Rico’s. Thomas, 19, was identified as the driver of the vehicle and refused to take either the SFST or Breathalyzer test since his dad had gotten mad at him on his first DWI when he had taken the tests. Keeping his dad happy resulted in Thomas being
immediately arrested and transported to the MCADC. Verna J. Tso 3.16.17, 11:15 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated Dispatched to 1001 N. 491, GPD Officer Clarissa M o r g a n was met by a Sonic employee who c a me outside and pointed to the vehicle the suspect was driving. Waiting for an opportunity to make a safe stop, Officer Morgan did not activate her emergency lights until she had crossed over Munoz Overpass, where it intersects Aztec Avenue. It took the subject vehicle some distance to come to a stop, across the road from the Sports Complex. The driver Tso, 52, at first denied drinking but admitted it when asked the question a second time. She also agreed to take a breath test but later refused it since her license was already revoked. Tso was booked into the MCADC.
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Pearce describes ‘very traumatic’ scene of shooting at congressional baseball practice By Matthew Reichbach NM Political Report
teve Pearce, a Republican congressma n from souther n New Mexico, was present at a congressional baseball practice that ended with gunshots as someone opened f i re on t hose practici ng. Pearce described it as “very traumatic.” One congressman, Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot and underwent surgery. At least four others were wounded, though none were killed. Scalise is the House Majority Whip. Pearce was unhar med. Pearce even met with students from a Silver City high school after returning from the practice. “When he was at the thirdbase side. I was walking to the first-base side. As I lay out in the parking lot, looking, I saw him walk around the building and could him fire again, probably 30 shots into our group.” The alleged shooter has since been identified by media reports, citing law enforcement sources, shooting as James
DWI REPORTS | FROM PAGE 11 Joshua L. Shirley 3.3.17, 11:59 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated Patrolling we stbou nd o n Hw y. 66, GPD Officer John Gonzales obser ved a vehicle enter the roadway from Strong Avenue, also heading west. The vehicle swerved from the left lane to the right,
T. Hodgkinson of Illinois. P resident Dona ld T r u mp announced Wednesday morning Hodgkinson died in the hospital after being shot by police officers. Pearce described Scalise as being shot in the hip, and two staffers shot, one in the chest and another in the leg. A Capitol Policeman was shot in the foot, Pearce said. Capitol Police were on hand because of Scalise, who is a member of the Republican leadership. “People were trying to help, they were running for cover. It was, just as you would expect,” Pearce said. “We were dragging the wounded to the side and not knowing exactly where the shooter is made it—i seen him standing there but he was not carrying a gun.” Pearce said the shooter first shot at Trent Kelly first, but missed. Kelly was running and the shooter continued to shoot. Kelly is a Republican from Mississippi. Pe a r c e l a t e r t o ok t o Facebook to describe what happened. Other members of the New Mexico delegation reacted with staying in both lanes before Gonzales activated his emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over at the 2nd Street railroad crossing, whose gates were down. Agreeing to a SFST, Shirley, 28, was transported to the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce for safety reasons. The testing did not go well for Shirley and he was then transported to the Gallup Police Depa r tment where he blew 0.19 and 0.21 on the Breathalyzer. Shirley was then taken to the MCADC for booking.
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Congressman Steve Pearce speaking at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2011. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore cc shock to the shooting. “It is shocking and troubling news that our colleagues were under attack this morning,” U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Truly sick that someone would turn a firearm on our nation’s leaders. Our thoughts will be with Congressman Scalise, the
Capitol Police and everyone grappling with this appalling attack.” “Jill [Cooper Udall, Tom’s wife] and I are praying for Congressma n Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, and the heroic Capitol Police officers affected by today’s tragic shooting,” U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,
a Democrat, said. “I want to extend my deepest thanks to the brave first responders on the scene, and I join the entire Congress and country in wishing a speedy recovery for all those injured in this horrific event.” Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com
Farmington man sentenced to prison for manslaughter Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE – Sage A nd rew Ya z z i e , 21, a n en rol led member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Farmington, N.M., pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque June 14, to voluntary manslaughter and firearms charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Yazzie will be sentenced within the range of 12 to 15 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Yazzie was arrested on March 10, 2016, on a criminal
complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M., on Feb. 23, 2016. According to the criminal complaint, Yazzie entered a residence and shot the victim in the head with a firearm. Yazzie was indicted on March 23, 2016, and charged with first degree murder and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. According to the indictment, Yazzie committed the offenses on Feb. 23, 2016, in San Juan County. During today’s proceedings, Yazzie pled guilty to a felony information charging him with
voluntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. In entering the guilty plea, Yazzie admitted that on Feb. 23, 2016, he entered a residence in Huerfano, N.M., and killed the victim during a sudden quarrel by shooting the victim with a handgun. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI, the Navajo Nation Div ision of Public Sa fety and the Farmington Police Depa r tment a nd is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Raquel Ruiz-Velez and Elaine Y. Ramirez. NEWS
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striking him with a rock. Nez was indicted on Nov. L BUQU ERQU E – 1, 2016, and charged with secZachariah Nez, 19, ond-degree murder on Oct. 17, an enrolled member 2016, in San Juan County. of the Navajo Nation During the proceedings, who resides in Shiprock, N.M., Nez pled guilty to a felony pled guilty June 15 in federal infor mation charging him court in Albuquerque to a vol- with voluntary manslaughter. untary manslaughter charge. In entering the guilty plea, The plea agreement recom- Nez admitted that on Oct. 17, mends a prison sentence within 2016, he killed the victim by the range of six to 11 years fol- striking him several times lowed by a term of supervised with a rock. Nez remains in release to be determined by the custody pending a sentencing court. hearing which has yet to be Ne z w a s a r r e s t e d i n scheduled. October 2016, on a criminal This case was investigated complaint charging him with by the Farmington office of killing a Navajo man on the the FBI and the Navajo Nation Navajo Indian Reservation in Division of Public Safety and is San Juan County, N.M., on Oct. being prosecuted by Assistant 17, 2016. According to the com- U.S. At tor ney Joseph M. Arron Anderson and Lonn Parker organizers of Gallup Indian Art Market August 10-12. Council approved the closure of the lower parking plaint, Nez killed the victim by Spindle. lot at the Courthouse Square. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Staff Reports
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OPINIONS NM 49th for child well-being IMPROVEMENT SHOWN IN HEALTH INDICATORS
NM Voices for Children
LBUQUERQUE — While New Mexico is stuck near the bottom in child well-being — ranking 49th out of the 50 states — there is some good news in the annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which was set for release on Tuesday, June 13, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
“We’ve seen really great improvements in measures of health and, as with last year, we can attribute much of that to the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,” said New Mexico KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin. “This is additional proof that the policies enacted at the state and federal levels really do impact the lives of our children and their families.”
KIDS COUNT is a program of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which releases the annual Data Book ranking states on 16 indicators of child well-being. The indicators, which include measures like the child poverty rate, reading proficiency among fourth graders, and teen birth rates, NM Voices for Children Executive Director James C. Jimenez, MPA
KIDS COUNT Director Amber Wallin, MPA
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JUNE 16
A Last Quarter Moon appears on Saturday, June 17 and the Summer Solstice arrives on Wednesday, June 21. Summer is officially here! You may feel a little less coordinated and unsure of yourself as that Last Quarter Moon regroups. The Solstice will let that tiger loose. So, stop worrying about how you look and cut loose. Madame G recommends healthy fun and sun!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Hey chum, don’t be glum! Change is hard and a wee bit scary. You’re totally up for it though. It may seem like this is just one more thing, on top of one more thing, and it is—you can still do it. You’re made of tuff stuff and this aint nothing, but a little thing. Your heart will live and learn. This may make you a better human being in the long run. What’s life without a little strife?
‘Itsy-bitsy spider…’ You know the rest. What’s the moral of this child’s song? Never give up? Keep climbing? Check your drains before you shower? EEEK! Pick your poison. Not all battles are worth fighting. You may need to decide what’s worth doing and what’s not. You could fight in so many battles that you lose the war. That would be a shame. Think wisely my friend.
What’s up doc? The world is heading towards something. It’s not always clear what or why. You may think those around you are completely off their rocker. They probably are. This is the time for rest and relaxation. Stop listening to the negative. Those naysayers are just scared anyway. It’s time to get up, stand up for your rights! Bullies beware, there’s a new girl/ boy in town.
Momma got some new moves now! Go you! You’re getting ready to take on the world and be happy. Go you! The time is now, not later. Your can-do attitude will get you through anything. Did you know that you can whistle while you work? Maybe you can hum a little song about corners: “she’ll be coming around the corner when she comes.” Who? You! That’s who.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Decisions decisions! Really, this is the best to place to be. You have time for thought and reflection. You also have the ability to decide what you want for yourself. Aye remedio! You’ll find a way, one way or the other—nobody can get this girl down. You’re all ready for the next challenge—it just needs to be the one that says: HELL YEAH! That’s for me! GO!
Two cards represent this week for you: Circle of Crows (five of spades) and The Rivals (two of diamonds. You may interpret this any way you like. Madame G suggests this is good thing. In fact, you’re about to do a whole lot of growing. You may feel a little conflict that forces you to confront both sides of your nature. In the end, you’ll be better for it. You’re capable.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Hey girl (or guy)! It’s gonna be alright! Sometimes it feels like the world is crashing and burning down hard. And sometimes this is true. There are very real dangers, disasters, and horrible things in the world. But, not everything is a crisis. You know what’s right. You know what you can do. You know what you’re capable of. Get out there and be the best Eeyore you can be.
Know any corny jokes? A man walks into a bar with a wheelbarrow full of asphalt. He tells the bartender “I’ll take one for me, and one for the road.” Drum sound: ba-dum-tss. Deja Moo—the feeling you’ve heard this BULL before. Where can you find chicken broth in bulk? The stock market. Perfect. You’re all set for the weekend. Now, go embarrass the kiddos. You’re welcome.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You’re a hot mess. But, you look nice. You may appear totally calm on the outside, and on the inside, you’re freaking out two ways to Friday. Is your hair on fire? No. Then stop worrying. How? Take a deep breath. Look in the mirror. Is your hair on fire? Yes? Call the fire department. No? Cool! Then you’re doing fine and it’s going to be okay. You got this.
Two cards from the tarot help you on your way. Sir Gawain (nine of diamonds) is gallant and rides his steed into battle for the common good. This Summer Solstice you may find yourself acting selflessly and bravely—you’ll be a hero— it’ll pass. The West Wind (four of hearts) will gently push you into the loving embrace of your lover and friend. Embrace this time and enjoy.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Hickory-dickory-dock… Are you a little mouse running away from a challenge? Maybe, maybe not. The time for discovery is now! Not tomorrow, or next year, or hundred years from now—NOW! It’s impossible to predict the future. You can’t always make the best decisions. You can’t always make the best moves. You will fail. But, it’s better to fail trying to jump up than fail falling down.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) If you’re looking for a little girl power or supporting girl power, Wonder Woman is the movie for you. This lady leaves little to the imagination, but beware. Make any wrong moves, do anything but look and-WHACK! Out you go. You may want to tone down the violent aspects and consider standing in the Wonder Woman pose for a few minutes-you’ll feel the difference. OPINIONS
Heinrich’s statement on Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to shrink Bears Ears
ASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. S enator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement June 12, regarding Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to significantly reduce national monument designation for Bears Ears National Monument: I cannot help but think if Theodore Roosevelt were alive today he’d bedeeply disappointed in Secretary Zinke’s actions. His recommendation to shrink Bears Ears National Monument is a direct affront to sovereign tribal nations and people throughout the region who worked tirelessly to protect their cultural heritage for future generations. Mo r e t h a n a m i l l i o n Americans have flooded the Inter ior Depa r tment with public comments pleading with President Trump to safeguard our national monuments instead of erasing them from the map. W hile I appreciate Secretary Zinke heeding my call to extend the public comment period for Bears Ears through July 10, 2017, to allow
for more engagement and public discussion, I’m disappointed his actions so far have ignored the will of the A mer ica n people. (The) announcement also sets the stage for additional attacks on all of America’s national parks and public lands, including New Mexico’s own Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments. It’s a page out of the playbook by a small contingent of special interests to dispose of America’s national forests, conservation lands, and open space. But the campaign to transfer or even sell off our shared lands should not be mistaken for the mainstream values of Westerners whose way of life depends on the region’s land and water. Not only are these treasured landscapes a piece of our historical, cultural, and natural heritage, but they are also good for business. Shrinking or eliminating our national monuments jeopardizes rural jobs and tourism dollars. I was proud to support southwestern tribes like the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo, who are part of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition that
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national average. “This is great for the state because when children have insurance they are more likely to get well-baby and well-child checkups, vaccinations, vision and hearing screenings and other preventive care that helps ensure healthy development and helps them do their best in school,” he added. In economic well-being, New Mexico saw a very small decrease in child poverty (from 30 percent in last year’s Data Book to 29 percent this year), which bumped the state up from a rank of 50th to 49th in that indicator. The state saw improvements in a few other indicators relating to economic security, but remained behind most of the nation due to its sluggish economy. For example, while the percentage of children living in families burdened by spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing remained at 31 percent
among others, are organized under four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Mississippi was ranked 50th and New Hampshire took the top spot this year. The Data Book also ranks states on each of the four domains, and that is where New Mexico can see some progress. “This year we have something to celebrate because our health ranking rose from 44th to 37th, which shows additional and sustained improvement,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, which runs the KIDS COUNT program in New Mexico. “The percentage of our children without health insurance, which used to be consistently high, is now lower than the OPINIONS
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke called for monument protection. The thousands of historic and cultural sites within this stunning landscape of big skies and red rocks play a prominent role in the oral histories, traditions, and ceremonies of regional tribes. I encourage the Administration to work to ensure full engagement with tribal communities on the question of the monument’s future.
Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. I will continue to stand up for our nation’s conservation legacy, our obligation to
respect tribal heritage, and for the places that make us who we are as Americans.
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from the previous year, the ranking dropped from 20th to 27th because other states improved. “De s pit e t he prog re s s in ch ild ren’s hea lth, New Mexico still has a very long way to go before we can say we’re making the best, most strategic investments in our children,” said Wallin. “This is our future workforce, so the investments we make today will pay off for everyone in the long-run. “Conversely, our unwillingness to make these investments will have negative impacts for years to come,” she added, “because preventing problems — whether it’s child abuse, hunger, poor school outcomes or births to teens who are unprepared for the responsibility of parenting — is always more effective and less expensive than remediating them in the future.” Visit: nmvoices.org Gallup Sun • Friday June 16, 2017
FEATURING MATO NANJI OF INDIGENOUS By Dee Velasco For the Sun
allup, for a small city, gets its share of diverse concerts, whether it’s a Cuban jazz ensemble or a rock n’ roll gig and everything in between. It was the fusion of blues and rock that hit the stage in the downtown area at the Gallup Downtown Conference C e n t e r t h i s p a s t we ek . Taking the stage June 8 was
bluesy/rock music, and with a base core of fans still grooving on it. The Gallup Sun got the chance to rock out to the band that has been going strong for nearly two decades; then afterwards this reporter sat down for one-on-one interview with lead guitarist Mato Nanji. Sun: Hey Mato how’s it going … cool sound brother! Nanji: Oh, thank you glad you enjoyed it. Sun: I really liked the killer guitar riffs … how would you
Jam, Black Crowes, you know different stuff like that. Sun: Are you currently on a small tour right now? Nanji: Yah, we’ll probably be out for a couple of weeks, we were in Phoenix the other night and it was great there. Then heading up north here in New Mexico for some shows there, (then) off to Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, kind of doing the whole East Coast thing. Then coming home after that (he laughs) … get some rest, you know. Sun: What’s your latest album? Nanji: The album is called “Time is Coming.” I just finished a new record recently, which will hopefully be out this summer or hopefully in the Fall. It’s called “Gray Skies
“Indigenous,” featuring Mato Nanji, make their yearly stop in Gallup at the Downtown Conference Center June 8. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura “Indigenous.” Indigenous is an American rock band that debuted in the late 1990s. The band originally consisted of two brothers, Mato Nanji and Pte Nanji, their sister Wanbdi, and cousin Horse – all Yankton Sioux Native American Indians from the Nakota Nation, growing up on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Currently, Mato Nanji is the remaining member of the original line up, keeping the band going with a diverse string of
classify your music? Nanji: Well, it’s just good ole’ blues and rock n’ roll I guess. I grew up listening to the old blues guys, a lot of the 60’s/70’s rock, like Cream, Santana, the Eagles, you know just everything. Everything I’ve heard I tried to kind of incorporate into what I’m doing. Sun: So those guys were your inspiration? Nanji: Yeah, and I kind of grew up in the 90’s too … I listened to a lot of the rock bands that were in like Pearl
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Indigenous.” Yeah, so pretty excited about getting that out. Probably be out on the road again with that. Sun: You’ve won numerous awards, too right? Nanji: Oh yeah, in fact at NAM (Native American Music), we played a couple of those shows, which was pretty cool. Sun: How many guys are in your band right now? Nanji: Right we got three guys. and every once in a while, my brother Horace from the original band accompanies us
‘Indigenous’ guitarist Mato Nanji. Photo Credit: indigenousrocks.com on our tour. Sun: How do you get inspired? Nanji: Well, uh I just saw my dad’s guitar … always been interested, I guess it was always in my blood. Sun: Who have you toured with? Nanji: We’ve toured with quite a lot of people like: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Los Lobos, we even did some stuff with the Dave Matthews band, just a long list. Bob Dylan, did a few shows with him, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Indigo Girls … yeah … it was pretty awesome to play with all of them. I also did a part in the Experience Jimi Hendrix tour, which was a couple months back and finished that. Touring the whole country for about six weeks. That had a bunch of guitar players in it like, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zack Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, and Billy Cox, last guy of Jimi Hendrix. It was definitely one my highlights of going out on the
road, having to get up there every night and play with these guys was pretty awesome! Sun: How does it feel to play here? Nanji: We’ve been here a few times and it’s been awesome, always love to come back and you know it’s a good spot because it’s between Albuquerque and Phoenix. It’s cool to come here and play … like I always say … we’ll play anywhere. Sun: Any side projects you doing? Nanji: I’ve been working with Noah Hunt the singer from Kenny Wayne Shepherd. He’s a great singer and I’ve toured with him a couple times. So, that also we’re hoping to release it soon too. It’s cool to play and make a good living out of it (laughing). Sun: Well cool Mato, hey thanks for doing this, and hope to meet you again brother, take care. Nanji: Thanks for coming out brother … we’ll just keep touring and playing and enjoying it.
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Former Redskin players coach, inspire a new generation of players ABOUT 120 KIDS ATTEND SUMMER FOOTBALL CAMP
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atching your favorite football team and for that matter, your favorite player on television is always exciting. Kids dreams about becoming just like them, and any chances of getting there enhances their self-esteem. Well that chance was made available to about 120 kids from the Gallup area June 14-16, and it was free. The Washington Redskins Original Foundation Youth Summer Football Camp, in part with, Riddell Protect and Perform, the National Football League Foundation, USA Football, Footballs National Governing Body, and National Native American Law Enforcement Association, held its first ever football camp at Miyamura High School. Eager high school and midschool kids came out to learn drills, helmet safety, 26 shoulder tackling skills, and attend workshops, along with three former Washington Redskins player s: Richa rd “Rick y” Ervins, Mark Moseley, and Ravin Caldwell. Miyamura Athletic Director Linda Anderson said they were approached by the WROAF to see if the school would be interested in holding this first ever football camp at Miyamura High School. “When I got the call, I was happy so I talked to all
the GMCS athletic directors/ coaches and all agreed this would be a fantastic opportunity for the area kids,” Anderson said, “The district helped in busing the kids from the surrounding area. This chance happening gets the kids more involved, and the parents. We hope to have better football programs like this for GMCS.” Riddell Southwest Regional Manager Chris Houdmann, who taught helmet safety features, said he was surprised at the great turnout. “Had a great turnout you know,” he said. “I’m surprise to see that many kids out here. It’s my first time out in this part of the New Mexico area, and I’m pleased to see this many student athletes participating.” Often camps like these are held in bigger cities like Phoenix or Albuquerque, making it challenging for rural kids to attend. Washington Redskins Special Programs Manager Kendra Brown lobbied to hold the camp in smaller communities, such as Gallup. “I had to explain to some of our organizers that if they could start holding them in smaller cities, the kids would come out and the fruit of their effort would show,” she said. “We have been embraced by the community and by the GMCS district … to us that is a success and we’re very happy.” Mark Moseley, a Redskin’s kicker, from 1974-1987, also saw the need and knows it’s
Local youth practice their football skills with the mentorship of former Washington Redskins players June 15. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura every kid’s dream to meet an actual player. “A lot of the kids never had the chance to meet a real NFL player, so that’s why I’m here, and I know there’s a need,” he said. On hand also, was former Redskins running back Richard “Ricky” Ervins, who stands at 5’7.” He said a positive attitude matters more than size. Having played with the Redskins from 1991-1994, he owes his success to his high school coach, who told him once that his size is no failure and for him to pass that story onto others. “Once they see my stature, I tell them they can do it because they have crazy heart and then they really want to do it,” Ervins said, “That’s my story, and I want these kids to have their own story and to make it happen.” He said he wishes he could
reach more youth with his message, but if he just reaches one, it’s worth it. “So why not come out and give my expertise to these kids? They have heart, they got soul, and all they need is teaching,” he said.
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Former Redskins running back Richard “Ricky” Ervins paused long enough to allow the Sun to take this photo of him. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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Sharks steal the show in ‘47 Meters Down’ RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 89 MINUTES By Glenn Kay For the Sun
here are plenty of fun things to do while vacationing in Mexico. Sunbathing on the beaches, strolling through quaint towns, swimming in the gorgeous waters, hopping into rickety old motorboat heading to the middle of nowhere, entering a rusty, dilapidated cage surrounded by hungry great white sharks more than 25 feet in length. Well, maybe not the last bit, but there’s no 47 Meters Down (or Johannes Roberts’ 47 Meters Down, as the title credit bafflingly proclaims) without some serious lapses in judgment. Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are sisters who find themselves in this unlikely scenario. The equipment looks about ready to fall apart. Still, they continue. They watch their boat captain (Matthew Modine) illegally throwing chum into the waters to attract hungry fish. They enter the cage and are lowered into the waters. It isn’t long before the cable breaks and the sisters plummet to the ocean floor. Panicked, they are forced to try to get into contact with those above and arrange a rescue. Preventing their escape are the very sharks they
Lisa (Mandy Moore) is trying to get over a break-up. So, she heads to New Mexico with her sister Kate (Claire Holt) to process it all. They hop into a shark tank. This doesn’t go so well for them. Now playing. Photo Credit: Dimension Films wanted to see up close. I imagine none of this makes sense on a technical basis for divers. But as for the filmmaking, it’s impressive to see so much of a film shot underwater. For much of the running time, the characters are submerged and attempting to take on one problem after another. Whether they’re trying to free themselves from the cage or avoiding their pursuers, one imagines it must have been incredibly difficult to stage and choreograph. The computer animated sharks are well realized too, looking appropriately menacing and
threatening. There are also a couple of decent jump scares that feature the fish appearing from the darkness and swimming past. But before you run out and buy your tickets, there are several other elements that don’t work nearly as well. The leads are too simply drawn with next to no back story before they find themselves in the deep. Lisa is upset because of a recent break-up, fearing she was dumped because she’s too reserved. By contrast, Kate is outgoing. Yep, and that’s about it for character development.
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‘Cars 3’ sputters on its way to the finish line RATING: «« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 109 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
ell, if nothing else, it certainly looks g rea t . C a r s 3, the newest from Pixar, is an admittedly slick little vehicle that will most certainly impress the young tykes. Unfortunately, this reviewer hasn’t been seven years old in a very, very long time. Despite the incredible animation on display, the story offers significantly less to anyone standing over four feet in height. Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) begins to feel long in the tooth when younger vehicles like Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) arrive and take the championship from him. Desperate to continue, Lightning begins working with new sponsor Sterling (Nathan Fillion) and attempts to take advantage of advancements in racing technology. He forges a tenuous relationship with trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), who wanted to be a racer but couldn’t find the courage to compete. When early exercises fail to get the desired results, Lightning seeks alternative methods, attempting to find Smokey (Chris Cooper), the original trainer of his previous crew chief, Doc Hudson (Paul Newman). There’s a clear attempt here to follow the style of the original film. However, it can’t help but feel a little flat and stale. Cars 2 may have had its flaws, but at least it attempted to do something different, adding new locales and Formula 1 into the mix, as well as an elaborate spy plot. This new picture doesn’t really have much of anything to offer in the way of drama, which may ultimately be its biggest issue. Yes, Lightning does struggle with whether or not to retire and Cruz needs encouragement to achieve her dreams, but these aren’t compelling, life-ordeath stakes. As a result, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of tension, leaving this entry feeling a bit, well, dull. Despite the subject matter of aging being less than relatable
If cars could only talk … well, they do, and a lot in ‘Cars 3.’ Now playing Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures to young ones, when the cars zip around the track, the movie shifts into gear and kids will be enraptured. The point-of-view stays low to the pavement on the race track, moving around the many vehicles and adding a bit of punch to the proceedings. Equally stunning are the background environments. All of them, from the desert to the beaches to the mountains, look almost photorealistic. If I was giving my rating based solely on the visuals, it would be much higher. Alas, the story is just as important as a film’s looks; in this case it just didn’t do much for me. It’s focused on Lightning and Cruz exclusively and there is little else going on. The comic relief from Radiator Spring residents and other cast members isn’t sharply written. A couple of deadpan visual gags are amusing, but the one liners are blunt and most are of the eye-rolling variety. The events are very predictable and considering the length of the feature, it all appears drawn out. And while one appreciates the positive messages being relayed about believing in yourself and finding a new direction in life, other moments feel ill-advised. At one point, Lightning gives a speech to his new sponsor, announcing, “I don’t want to cash in...” on past successes. The second sequel (not even counting a spin-off feature) of a heavily marketed franchise
probably isn’t the best place to try and make this point. Personally, I know that I’m not the target audience. Kids will generally enjoy the fast cars on display and on
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 16, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t’s time for another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This time out, there’s a good mix of studio and independently produced titles, meaning there’s lots of variety. 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! A l o n e in Berlin Based on a tr ue stor y, this wa rtime feature involves a working-class couple who defy the Nazi par ty after learning that their son has been killed when he resisted the orders of his superiors. They send out postcards with anti-Nazi slogans and find themselves being hunted by the Gestapo. This UK/France/ Germany co-production split critics. Half complained that it was muted in its approach and lacked tension, while others enjoyed the strong performances enough to ultimately give it a pass. This title is currently only being released on DVD and Amazon Video. It stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl and Uwe Preuss. Bitter Har vest - In the 1930s, an artist joins a resistance movement in the Ukraine to help rescue his lover from Stalin’s Holodomor, a program that caused millions of deaths through starvation. Unfortunately, this independent drama earned a scant few positive notices. A few felt that it raised awareness of this little-known event and was important enough in subject matter to recommend. However, the overwhelming majority felt it didn’t do its subject matter justice. They hated the romantic subplot and called it old-fashioned and clumsy. It is debuting exclusively on DVD and features Max Irons, Samantha Banks, Barry Pepper and Terence Stamp. Growing Up Smith - This comedy follows a 10 -year
old i m m igrant from I nd i a who a r r i ve s i n small town America. He attempts to f it in with loca ls a nd quickly falls for the girl-next-door, but these changes cause stress in his relationship with his father. After being sent back to India by his dad, he returns as an adult to make sense of what happened. Reviews were solid for this indie film. Plenty of compliments suggested that the movie is warm, sweet and reminiscent of the TV-series The Wonder Years. At this time, the movie is currently only a DVD and Amazon Video release. The cast includes Jason Lee, Anjul Nigam, Brighton Sharbino, Hilarie Burton, Roni Akurati and Jake Busey. John Wick: Chapter 2 The highest profile release of the week is this action sequel to the 2014 surprise hit. This time out the titular assassin is forced against his will to take on one last hit. In doing so, his employer and several underworld organizations come out of hiding, leading to danger around every corner. Notices were very good for the picture. A few didn’t care for way the sequel appeared to be setting up a franchise, but almost all praised the action sequences and photography as first rate. It stars Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Lawrence Fishburne, John Leguizamo and Bridget Moynahan. T h e L E G O Batman Movie Fol low i ng up on t he hit LEGO movie from a few years ba ck , t h i s feature takes one of previous film’s most popular characters and sends him out on his own adventure. Bruce Wayne/ Batman must contend with a plot by The Joker to take over Gotham City and give up his brooding loner status by taking in a teenage orphan. Critics appreciated the effort to prov ide a funny, family-friendly animated take on
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the character. They enjoyed the pop-culture references and appreciated the eye-popping visuals provided. The movie is voiced by Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes and features dozens of cameos. Mine - A US soldier in North Africa finds himself in deep trouble after an assassination attempt leaves him on his own in the desert. Stranded for a minimum of two days, he must survive the blistering heat, numerous barrages of gunfire and psychological trauma to stay alive. Sadly, the press weren’t taken with this effort. While almost all admired the work of the star, they criticized the story for being too clichéd and drawn out, as well as failing to really get under the skin of the protagonist. In essence, they wrote that it was a waste of an excellent premise. It features Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cullen. The Son o f Jo s e p h - Details are sketchy for this foreign-lang ua ge a r t f ilm, but essentia lly it tells the story of a Parisian teenager who travels searching for a father figure. Apparently, biblical motifs are plentiful as the movie pokes fun at yuppies and the greed of adults. Word on this effort is that it the style of storytelling takes a bit of getting used to, with characters speaking directly into the camera. Reviewers appreciated it uniqueness, suggesting that while it was bit too long and didn’t always work, the results were still original and intriguing. The cast includes Victor Ezenfis, Natascha Regnier and Mathieu Amalric. Table 19 - A maid of honor at a wedding is dumped by the best man, but decides to attend the ceremony anyway. She finds herself seated at a table of odd outcasts who come together to try and support each other as they determine how they ended up seated together. Awkward! No less uncomfortable was the critical drubbing the movie took. While critics admired the numerous familiar faces
headlining this comedy and thought they managed to eke out a chuckle here and there, the consensus was that the movie didn’t have the laughs or emotional depth to make an impression. It stars Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant, June Squibb and Tony Revolori. Un Padre No Tan Padre - This Mexican, Spanishlanguage comedy/ d r a m a involves an elderly man who finds himself evicted from his retirement home. He travels to his adult son’s hometown to reconnect and live there. However, he’s surprised to find his child living in a commune environment with some eccentric residents. Notices were generally good. While it was mentioned that the film follows a recognizable formula, the charming cast earned adoration as being entertaining and likable. The title is arriving exclusively on DVD only this week. The movie features Jacqueline Bracamontes, Camila Selser and Zamia Fandino.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Some interesting classic titles are arriving in high definition as well. Most assuredly not to be confused with the 1990 John Larroquette/ Kirstie Alley comedy of the same name, Madhouse (1981) is a horror flick arriving as a 2 disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack courtesy of Arrow Video. It’s about two twin sisters who take sibling rivalry to new levels. After one twin breaks out from an insane asylum, the other gets a surprise guest for her birthday party. This release features a new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, new interviews with the cast and crew, an audio commentary with fans of the film, alternate opening titles and theatrical trailer among many other extras. Shout! Factory also have s ome a mu s i n g Blu - r ay s . Alienator (1990) is a ridiculous sci-fi action flick about a big-haired alien convict who
escapes an intergalact ic pr i s on and crashes to Earth. This release features a director’s commentar y, a trailer and behind-the-scenes footage. They also have Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980) which finds the comic duo stoned and in LA, encountering the likes of Pee Wee Herman and even aliens. This release includes a new interview with co-star Cheech Marin and publicity materials. Criterion a r e d el i ver ing the film-noir T h ey Live By Night (1948). This one follows an escaped convict who is injured and nursed back to health by a woman. The two fall for each other, but with authorities closing in, how long will they be able to avoid capture. The Blu-ray includes a new restoration of the feature, a film historian commentary and interviews with film critics about the movie’s importance in cinema history. Warner Archive have an updated, hi-def transfer of the car-race comedy The Gumball Rally (1976). Preceding The Cannonball Run (1981), this effort follows a group of car enthusiasts who decide to race each other from New York, New York to Long Beach, California, providing plenty of vehicle related mayhem along the way. Familiar faces involved include Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia and Gary Busey. And there are a couple of B-movies making their high definition debuts as well. Brink have a double-feature of Don’t Look in the Basement (1973) and Don’t Look in the Basement II (2015). Yep, I had no idea that they made a sequel either, but you can now pick them both up in one package. Finally, Mondo Macabro have the Paul Naschy flick Inquisition (1978) on disc as well.
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Church (Farmington, NM) community food pantry. For more information please visit: www.fontainesca.org/ medievalfaire SUMMER READING PROGRAM: ANDY MASON MUSIC Award-winning New Mexico children’s musician Andy Mason brings his educational, interactive and fun musical performance to the library: 2-3pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec. Free. TUESDAY June 20 GALLUP INTERFAITH GATHERING 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 for more information (505) 290-5357 or (505) 905-3247. 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: 3D Printing WEDNESDAY June 21 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: Underworld: Blood Wars. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. THURSDAY June 22 COMO INICIAR SU NEGOCIO SBDC and UNM Gallup present Como Inciar Su Negocio 1-4 pm. Register today! Location: Gallup Small Business Development center. Call (505) 722-2220. ODY ON WHEELS TO WIDE RUINS CHAPTER ODY on Wheels will be visCALENDAR
iting Wide Ruins, Arizona from 1-4 pm. Come out and join JaNelle and have some fun! Open to the youth and community. Call (928) 7294336. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Build Your Own Robot. 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 the first Monday from 3 - 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library (management room). Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 7220039 for information. CARS & COFFEE Meet the neighbors and car enthusiasts each Sunday from noon to 2 pm at Camille’s Sidewalk Café, 306 S. 2nd St., Gallup. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue – Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@ gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems on the first three Wednesdays of each month, 6 - 8 pm, at 113 E. Logan
Ave. All welcome any week. No registration required. For info call: (505) 7289246. GREEN REVOLUTION Through September 9, enjoy: Green Revolution. This Smithsonian Institution “Traveling Exhibition Service” uses recycled and repurposed materials to teach creative ways to reduce waste and conserve energy. Don’t miss this free exhibit full of hands-on fun for everyone at the Farmington Museum, 3041 E Main Street, during regular museum hours. For more information visit www. fmtn.org/FarmingtonMuseum or call (505) 599-1174. 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. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 721-9208, or (505) 870-1483. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN HOFFMAN Through July 22, experience the photography of Ken Hoffman. New Mexico: A Meditative State features 25 photographs Hoffman has taken throughout the state. All of his photography is film based utilizing a Chamonix large format camera. Working exclusively in black and white, he develops and prints in his
own darkroom. Nothing is manipulated digitally. This exhibition is free to the public with a SUGGESTED DONATION of $3 per person. For more information contact the Farmington Museum at (505) 599-1174 or online at www.fmtn.org/ FarmingtonMuseum. 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 5TH ANNUAL KIDS COUNT CONFERENCE On June 26, join KIDS COUNT fifth annual conference from 8am-3:15 pm. The conference theme is, Opportunity Matters: Advancing the Well-Being of Children, Women, and Families in a New Political Era. New Mexico Voices for Children, which hosts the annual conference, will also present several awards to honor New Mexicans who have worked to make New Mexico and the world a better place for the most vulnerable. Location: Alb. Marriot Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE. MONTHLY MEETING Meet with Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Call (505) 879-4176. Councilor Garcia will listen
to your concerns, compliments, and complaints. 6:30-8 pm, Northside Senior Center, 607 N. 4th St. 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. PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT— NMDOT New Mexico Department of Transportation seeks comment for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) 2018-2023. The program will serve as a four-year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program and will be implemented on Oct. 1. Please visit: http://dot.state.nm.us. NMDOT accepts public comment through Aug. 11. In person comment will be accepted at the following locations: Public Comment on Thursday, July 20, at NMDOT District 6 office: 1919 Pinon Drive, Milan, NM. Final Public Comment in Santa Fe on Friday, Aug. 11 at NMDOT: 1120 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM. Email Rebecca.Maes@state.nm.us. 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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