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NEWS Summer Nightly Indian Dances: Where culture, traditions merge By Dee Velasco For the Sun
he distant sound of drums beating, voices singing of prayers and thanksgiving, the aroma of fresh frybread lingering in the air in downtown Gallup can only mean one thing – the Gallup Summer Nightly Indian Dances are underway once again. Marking its 34th year, the always anticipated Summer Nightly Indian dances are held nightly at the McKinley County Courthouse plaza from 7-8 pm Monday through Sunday, sponsored by the City of Gallup and Chamber of Commerce. In the beginning, the event was held at the Red Rock State Park and attracted mostly tourists to the park’s museum and trails. Today, it not only attracts tourists from all over the world,
but it entertains many locals as well according to Nightly Indian Dances Director Teri Fraizer. “The visitor numbers are steady, we see many more visitors outside the U.S. this year, and we are grateful to those who attend nightly,” she said. “Now that summer has officially arrived and more people get out on the road, we should see increases in attendance.” The goal of the dance program as it relates to the city, and chamber tourism efforts, is to have visitors stop in Gallup, catch the dances and spend the night. “Our specific program mission is to help promote economic development and tourism for the City of Gallup by providing a safe, high quality, educational, and cultural venue for all visitors to the Richardson Courthouse Plaza.” she said.
The Cellicion dance ensemble poses for a photo June 27: From left to right: Raydean Johnson, Alexandra Nastacio, Calela Lamy, Belyle Johnson, Fernando Cellicion. Center: Florentine Johnson. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura Fraizer supervises three ambassadors, three sound engineers, two emcees, and seven groups this summer. Involved since the beginning, she still looks forward to working with the groups and attending nearly every evening. “I have the best crew this side of the Rio Grande,” Fraizer said, “Through the hard work of Bill Lee at the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor McKinney, and Jennifer Lazarz from the city, we have been able to secure more lodgers tax funding for the staff and dancers.” One group that has been a major attraction for more than 30 years is the, Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers, from Zuni. Directed by Fernando Cellicion, he says they enjoy dancing, and meetingpeople from around the
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world. Cellicion’s group consist of Ray Johnson, Belyle Johnson, Calela Lamy, Alexandra Nastacio, and Florentine Johnson. “This has become so popular and its good exposure for tons of people to share our culture and dances,” Cellicion said. “It’s a very important program for the City of Gallup, the vendors selling their crafts, and it’s a friendly event. In fact, some people come even though they’ve came many times, they just want to see it because they enjoy seeing the many dances done each night.” Twenty-two-year-old group member Alexandra Nastacio has been dancing with the Cellicion group since she was 5, and has
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June 3 traffic stop landed a Zuni man in some hot water for providing a Sheriff’s investigator the wrong name during a traffic stop. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates pulled Rodney Laiwakete over when he noticed that he turned down a dirt road leading from Rehoboth, to avoid a sobriety checkpoint set up by New Mexico State Police on State Highway 118. Bates stated in the affidavit for an arrest warrant that Laiwakete actually went around a coned area set up by State Police. “ T he d r iver t hen t old (Bates) that he was trying to avoid the check point due to his passengers being intoxicated,” the warrant states.
Rodney Laiwakete Laiwakete claimed that he didn’t have his driver’s license with him, so he gave the name “Donovan Laiwakete” with his year of birth as 1976. Metro Dispatch drew a blank when running the name and birthdate, leading Bates to believe that he provided a false name. When Bates told Laiwakete that he suspected him of providing a false name, Laiwakate
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Arson suspect jailed By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
homeless man faces two counts of arson for allegedly setting fires around Gallup earlier this month. Leo Ray Vermillion, 49, was arrested June 20 for setting a car and two abandoned buildings ablaze. He was charged with one count of improper handling of fire, and arson over $500, but not more than $2,500. Gallup Police Depar tment Det. Joh n Yea rly led the investigation. According to the arrest warrant, Yearly responded to the first fire at 502 S. Second St., near the old post office June 17, where fire and police officials initially suspected, based on evidence, that the fire was deliberately set. Two days later, on June 20, Yearly responded to the scene of an abandoned white sedan on fire near the Rex Museum, 220 Highway 66. Yearly suspected foul play, as the windshield was broken out and a cigarette butt looked as if it was purposely placed on a seat, partially melting it. Plus, other flammable debris was found in the car. Yearly also found a can of black spray paint, some small tree wood limbs, strips of paper, and snack food debris – all items that make excellent fuel for a fire. Under the car, Yearly found a large trash bag filled with household trash and
Leo Vermillion cans, and a jelly jar. “(Yearly) believed that the rock found was used to break the windshield in order to gain entry into the vehicle,” the warrant states. “Once access was gained, strips of paper, maybe other paper trash, possible snack debris, dry wooden sticks were placed onto the seat and was lit by an open flame starting the fire.” While at the scene of the car fire, Yearly contacted Kerry
Smith, an off-duty Community Service Aid for the Gallup Police Department. She told him that through her daily contacts with “street people,” the suspect was “a white guy who hangs around the old post office” and may go by the name of “Tony.” Smith also told him that the suspect, Vermillion, rubs ashes on his face; always has sticks with him, using them like swords; and he always has a sack of trash with him. After finishing up at the car fire scene, Yearly and another detective headed to the scene where the arson fire ocurred three days earlier on Second Street. There they found items similar to items used in the car fire. The fire-starting items also matched what Smith had told Yearly about the suspect. “Affiant noted two propane lighters with no fuel, I noted a lot of domestic trash, and a
Leo Ray Vermillion was arrested for setting this abandon car on fire June 20. Photo Credit: Courtesy
An abandoned structure, at 502 S. Second St., was also reportedly set on fire by Leo Ray Vermillion. Photo Credit: Courtesy stick very similar to the sticks I had found in the burnt car,” Yearly stated in his report. The two detectives set out to search for the suspect, but they didn’t have to search for long. At about 1 pm, Gallup Fire Department responded to a brush fire near Bubany Lumber Company. “… The suspect was running around the area wearing only shorts,” the warrant states. The detectives located Vermillion and began following him. Yearly noted in the warrant that the suspect was a white male with ashes on his face, arms, hands and body, as CSA Smith had indicated from her conversations with sources. Ver million gave Yea rly
information about the car fire that no one would know about, except a suspect. However, the conversation with him quickly digressed. “(Yearly) could not get any other information from Vermillion because he would go into bizarre rants that made no sense and appeared to take on different identities including one who is gay and female like, one who is a (hardcore) biker, one who speaks with a Mexican accent, and talks Spanish, and that is very mean and aggressive,” the warrant states. Ver million remained in custody as of June 29 on a $2,500 bond. He has a preliminary hearing with Magistrate Court Judge Cynthia Sanders July 5.
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WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER Staff Reports
NOT YOUR CAR 6/22, Gallup A s McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f ice I nv. Anthony Ashley was d r i v i n g by C o n o c o gas station, 2654 E. Highway 66, he noted an
employee “who was frantically waving” him down and pointing to a white passenger car. Ashley immediately pulled up behind the vehicle and f lashed his emergency lights. The vehicle, driven by Frederick Butler of Thoreau, N.M., took off from the scene at a high rate of speed. Butler, 32, weaved recklessly a nd da ngerously a s he he a ded e a s t on S t a t e Highway 118, almost striking another vehicle before he slid sideways into a ditch, rolling the car one time at
the intersection of Highway 118 and County Road 5. “I ran to the vehicle and I (saw) the driver crawl out the driver side window and bega n r u n n i n g e a s t i n a ditch,” Ashley noted in his repor t, adding that Butler took his shirt off before fleeing the scene of the accident. Two other people were in the car and paramedics were called to the scene. As he interviewed the male and female subjects, he learned t h a t t h e t r i o h a d pl a n s of stea l i ng beer from t he Conoco gas station.
Police found Butler at Gilbert Ortega’s Shell on East Highway 66. Ashley caught up with Butler at a local hospital, where he kept on insisting on using the restroom. On his fourth trip to the loo, Butler slipped away. Once again he was caught, this time in a nearby neighborhood. B u t le r h a s a pr e l i m i n a r y he a r i n g i n f ront of M a g i s t r a t e C o u r t Ju d g e C y nt h i a S a nde r s Ju ly 5. He faces multiple charges, including DWI.
JAIL ASSAULT 6/21, Gallup A booking room incident turned violent, briefly, when Douglas Van Dyk, who was bei ng booked for a DW I, allegedly punched inmate
Shannon Brown multiple times. Van Dyk, 35, was sitt i ng about 10 feet away from Brown, according to MCSO Deputy Garylle James report. “I had looked away and I heard the male subject (Van Dyk) say ‘what is so funny’ and when I looked in that direction I saw the male subject punching Shannon Brown in the face numerous times with a closed fist,” James noted in the report. T he v ict i m repor ted ly said he did not require medical attention. Van Dyk was charged with one count of aggravated battery.
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Red Rock, N.M. man remains incarcerated at McKinley County Adu lt Detention Center a s of June 29, on charges of armed robbery, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, and two counts of false imprisonment. Jason Farnham allegedly walked into Allsup’s at 1:24 am on June 24, and pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money. He demanded that no one leave the store while he collected the cash. Far nham, 27, who was donning mostly black attire, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. According to Gallup Police Department Of f icer A nd rew T hayer’s police report, one of the workers recalled feeling “nervous” about Farnham’s appearance, and began to hide cash from the would-be robber. The victim said the man “walked through the front entrance, up to the counter, and pulled a black revolver from the front of his shorts,” the report states. Another victim, also an Allsup’s employee, said that he recognized the suspect and believed that he lived close to a trailer park on Viro Circle. It was a solid lead as police
Jason Farnham located him “running” in the Viro Circle area, near Copper Street. Farnham was taken back to the store where the employees identified him as the armed robber. Farnham was reportedly intoxicated, and was not formally interviewed by Thayer. But, he spoke out when he arrived at the jail. “… He stated he was ‘At the wrong place at the wrong time.’ I asked what he meant and he stated he was in jail for ‘robbery, I guess.’” Thayer said Farnham didn’t have a gun on him and was missing some clothing items that he allegedly wore during the robbery. Farnham has a preliminary hearing with Magistrate Court Judge April Silversmith July 5. He’s being held on $5,000 cash only bond. NEWS
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MULTIPLE OFFENDER DWI REPORTS Staff Reports Jasamine Begay 6/22/17, 2:02 am 3rd DWI, aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department officer Luke Martin was d i spatched to the Shalimar on June 22, in regard to an intoxicated female passed out in her vehicle with the engine running. After knocking repeatedly on the window to wake up the driver, Officer Martin was finally able to rouse the driver, who appeared startled and confused. When the driver finally sat up, she looked at the officer and then placed the vehicle in reverse, running over a curb. She then drove forward and entered Historic Highway 66 at a high rate of speed going east. She did have her parking lights on but not her headlights. Officer Martin activated his emergency equipment and began to follow the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. The chase continued east where the vehicle turned right at the West Y onto Coal Avenue and then right on S. 11th Street, where it came to a stop in the parking lot of Point S American Tire. Now assisted by two GPD officers, officer Martin
repeatedly gave verbal commands to the driver, which she refused to obey. Finally, when she did roll down the window, Martin was able to reach inside and opened the door, at which time the suspect was removed and handcuffed. Identified as 28-year old Jasamine Begay of Chambers, Ariz., she became belligerent and combative, refusing to give her last name until her wallet was found in the center console with all the necessary information. She agreed to a breath alcohol test, but didn’t do well, blowing a 0.19 on the first try and 0.20 on the second. She was transported to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center and booked on several charges including a McKinley County Magistrate Warrant. Freda Yazzie 6/29/17, 1:52 am 2nd DWI, aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s O f f i c e Deputy Josie Bowman was dispatched to North Highway 491 in regards to a vehicle in a ditch. Yazzie, 59, was getting out of her vehicle when she arrived on scene. She readily agreed to a
Standard Field Sobriety Test, but failed badly. Yazzie was transported to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and administered two breathalyzer tests, where she blew a 0.10 and a 0.09. She was then booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Her vehicle was towed from the scene. Sophina James 4/30/17, 2:51 pm 3rd DWI, aggravated Ga llup P o l i c e Depa r t ment Off icers N o r m a n Bowman and Mark Spencer were both working a DWI Saturation Patrol when notified of a suspected drunk driver. Bowman got to the vehicle first and pulled over James at the intersection of State Highway 602 and 564. Refusing to take the standard field sobriety tests, James insisted she be arrested, but then changed her mind. It didn’t matter much as she failed the tests anyway. James was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance and then to the Gallup Police Department for a breath test, where she blew a 0.17 and a 0.15. She was then transported and booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center.
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State makes ‘shockingly little progress’ in mending SNAP scandal By Joey Peters NM Political Report
ore than one year after three top state officials refused to answer questions in federal court about fraud allegations and nine months after a federal judge held their cabinet secretary in contempt of court, the state Human Services Department (HSD) appears to still be seriously mishandling
how it processes federal benefits to New Mexico’s poor. This includes an apparent department directive instructing caseworkers to limit interviews with those enrolled in and seeking federal benefits and lie to their superiors about it. Now, the advocacy organization representing plaintiffs in a decades-long lawsuit against HSD is asking a judge to impose monetary sanctions on HSD and its secretary, Brent Earnest.
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months since the special master came on board, according to the memo. Lawrence Parker, the special master and former Texas state administrator who District Judge Kenneth Gonzales picked last fall to oversee HSD’s handling of federal benefits, is expected to give recommendations to the court Thursday afternoon on how the department should proceed from here. Gonzales scheduled the status conference for the afternoon and required Earnest to attend. An HSD spokesman, through an automatic email message, referred NM Political Report’s questions to a spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez, who did not answer them before press time.
MULTIPLE DEFICIENCIES The Center’s latest memo reveals alleged systematic problems with how HSD responds to requests for help from some of New Mexico’s most vulnerable. The Center’s memo lays out problems including: —HSD’s lack of a functional phone system in its customer service call center for SNAP and Medicaid applicants and recipients. Currently, the call center answers just 35 percent of its calls from English language speakers and 19 percent of its calls from Spanish speakers. —HSD own “illegal directives that restrict access benefits and instruct workers to misrepresent facts,” including one order to stop all SNAP and Medicaid interviews after 3:30 p.m. Another order “instructs workers to withhold information from applications” and “give false information about
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ETHICS COMMITTEE | FROM PAGE 9 sit-in by House Democrats on the House f loor in which Democrats sought to force a vote on legislation that would bar those on the federal no-fly list from purchasing guns. A spokesman called the complaint “frivolous” and “without merit” and that it was “filed by a highly partisan outside group about activities during the sit-in last year.” The complaint noted that Luján sent an email asking for contributions, and that it “included a photograph of the House floor that credited ‘video provided by House Television.’” The House’s Official Code of Conduct says representatives cannot use House Television images “for any partisan political campaign purpose.” The organization also said the sit-in itself was part of the
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INDIAN DANCES | FROM PAGE 3 become an icon at the nightly dances as well as for the “New Mexico True” campaign. Her regal image can be seen on tabletops at local area restaurants and a billboard along Interstate 40. Nastacio says she is excited to represent her group as well as her tribe of Zuni Pueblo. “I feel great dancing for the people that come to our show, and I feel proud that they choose me.” Nastacio said. The Cellicion group has done so well that group leader Fernando Cellicion will be receiving the New Mexico Music Commission’s Platinum Music Award at the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe on July 21, for his contribution to the Native American music genre. “The Platinums” are an evolution of the New Mexico Music Commission’s Platinum Achievement Awards, established in 2013 to celebrate the role that the music industry plays in the cultural life and economic success of New Mexico. “I feel honored and overwhelmed. I received one similar in 2012 at the House of Representatives in Santa Fe, but this one is going to be pretty exciting to receive.” Cellicion said. Dawn Lujan, an ambassador for the summer nightly dances, was approached by Fraizer several years ago, asking her to come aboard. Lujan says she loves her role, and it’s a wonderful way to
introduce the public to the Native American culture that this area is so rich in. “I’ve been doing this for the past three years and I love it … it gives me the opportunity to meet with people all over the world and locally, and to let them know the good things that are happening in Gallup,” Lujan said, “I think that we need to get the word out to local people, to see what we have to offer, the positive side, the culture; if more people knew about it they would get a better idea of what the Native American tribes have to offer.” Summer dance visitor, Tina Pablo from Lake Valley, said she enjoys the dances and believes this event helps keep the culture alive. “I think it’s really good and how they keep the culture going by these various dances and seeing not only my Dine’ culture, but others as well makes you proud to be a Native American,” she said. Also believing the nightly dances are a beautiful way of showing one’s culture through songs and dances is Fran Henry of Gallup. “The dances are an expression of one’s belief and culture … colorful and deep. I love it … great company, great weather,” she said. Free to the public, the summer dances run until Sept. 4. Visit: www.nightlyindiandances, www.thegallupchamber.com, or contact the Chamber of Commerce (505) 722-2228 or toll free (800) 380-4989.
The back of Zuni Eagle Dancer Raydean Johnson’s regalia features the traditional Zuni sun face. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
Fernando Cellicion and Florentine Johnson perform during the Nightly Indian Dances at Courtyard Square June 27. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
Alexandra Nastacio and Calela Lamy perform a pottery dance June 27. Photo Credit: Hawk Segura
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SNAP SCANDAL | FROM PAGE 10 the client’s wish to reschedule the interview” to their superiors. —The department’s proposed new SNAP regulations that “contain many errors and delete entire sections that explain verification requirements for non-citizens” in apparent violation of federal law. —HSD overall lack of processing SNAP renewal applications in a timely manner, despite progress. —The department’s delays on Medicaid applications, which continue to increase. Overdue Medicaid renewals, for example, more than doubled between January and early June from nearly 24,000 to almost 53,000 and then dropped to 38,000 by June 21. —Two HSD administrators, Laura Galindo and Marilyn Martinez, remain employed with the department one year after asserting their Fifth Amendment rights numerous times in court by refusing to answer questions about their involvement in allegedly instructing employees to falsify emergency SNAP applications. Galindo is currently the department’s director of child NEWS
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support enforcement while Martinez is chief of the department’s financial services bureau in the administrative services division. Perhaps most serious of these detailed allegations is the revelation of an internal HSD directive from April obtained by the Center.
‘ILLEGAL’ POLICY The order, w r it ten by Customer Service Center Staff Manager Gwen Br ubaker, instructs state employees to cease interviews and communications with Medicaid and SNAP recipients and applicants every day at 3:30 p.m. and to lie to the clients and their office superiors about the interview limits. “We discussed in the manager’s meeting today that we are not going to do interviews after 3:30, effective immediately,” Brubaker wrote in the April email to staffers. She went on to admonish employees for telling applicants the truth about the policy. “We also discussed that we were not saying this to clients, but I have seen 3 emails go out to offices since that that state per directive/instructions
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CUSTOMER SERVICE PROBLEMS STILL APPARENT A big part of HSD’s problems, according to the Center’s memo, is that the department doesn’t have enough staffers to meet its mission. A June email from HSD to the Center reveals the state has more than 100 vacancies in the department’s Income Support Division, which manages federal benefits for New Mexicans. To fix problems with the customer service phone line, HSD contracted with Conduent, the company formally known as Xerox. It’s not clear when the contract, which does not show up in the state’s Sunshine Portal, will begin. Hager questioned how effective this contract can be since federal law mandates that only public employees are allowed to work on SNAP benefits. “They can’t really do anything on people’s cases because they’re not state employees,” Hager said of Conduent. Altogether, the poor customer service means “people get caught in a web of not getting answers to questions,” Hager said, and showing up at an HSD office in person is “a multi-hour wait.”
The department’s leadership has apparently suffered as well. After the department demoted ISD Director Marilyn Martinez, who refused to answer questions about her alleged involvement in systemic fraud last year by pleading her Fifth Amendment rights, it left her position unfilled for more than one year. The Center also argues that HSD is wasting what limited resources it has on new and unneeded programs like requiring more Medicaid patients to pay co-pays for service. The special master, in some ways, echoed this criticism. In March, Parker recommended HSD “cease all efforts to plan, develop or implement new programs, with the exception of programs required by state or federal agencies to meet requirements within regulations.” It isn’t clear what, if any, decision Gonzales will make during or after the Thursday hearing. Parker is ordered to serve as special master through the calendar year. If by then the court finds that HSD is still not in or on its way to federal compliance, the judge could appoint a federal receiver with much broader authority to come in and fix the problems. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com
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OPINIONS International business opportunities thrive in New Mexico By Damon Scott for Finance New Mexico
nternational trade and export opportunities have been a consistent bright spot in the New Mexico economy. Edward Herrera, director of the Off ice of International Trade at the New Mexico Economic Development Department, would agree.
The longtime trade expert hopes business owners will take advantage of the services his office offers. Finance New Mexico asked Herrera what small businesses can do to boost their bottom line through exporting. Finance NM (FNM): You head the Office of International Trade at the EDD. Tell us about that.
Edward Herrera (EH): The Legislature created the Office of International Trade in 1990. There had been the EDD, but no division that addressed specific issues related to international trade. I’ve been in the office now for almost 27 years. FNM: It seems like Mexico would be a natural for export business in our state. EH: Actua lly, a lot of
companies limit exports to Mexico or Canada. Not shockingly, many of the exports are made to English-speaking countries — Australia, Canada, U.K. — where there are also cultural similarities. We try to help companies break the ice and not be intimidated by the process. The idea is there is a whole wide world out there to expand to.
FNM: You have trade connections in other countries? EH: We’ve previously had a trade office in Israel and in Taiwan. Under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s STEP (State Trade Expansion Program) grant, we now help organize trade missions. More
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JUNE 30
A New Quarter Moon emerges on Friday and Venus is in Taurus until July 4. Celebrate our Independence Day with a brilliant display of lights! You may notice it’s not only the stars, stripes, and fireworks heating up. You may well experience fierce passion. This may be for a side project, lover, or life. Madame G suggests you get out there and light up the sky!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Your hands and your head are filled with concern. You overthink everything. You know this. However, it’s not always easy to let go. Instead of forcing it to go away. Embrace it. Consider yourself as having two halves: light and dark. You must embrace both in order to live. If you hide from one you neglect the other. Share yourself with the world and let it amaze you.
You’re a power unto yourself. You don’t share this easily. However, you can’t hoard a good thing—that’s you. If you want more happiness get out there and share yourself with the world. You don’t need to be everything to everyone. You may find that to one person you are a friendly stranger to someone else a lover and to another a friend. You have the capacity to live fully. GO!
You’re a little hunter. You may fear spiders and things that go bump in the night, but your prey is subtler. You spy with your little eye, the wounded soul. You may try to fix the problem or bend this to your needs. Everyone loves a little attention now and then. Beware the temptation to use this to your advantage. People realize manipulation and won’t thank you for it. Try again.
You may ask: what’s in a word? Well, that’s a good question. But, the word is loaded. Remember the Book of John, in the beginning was the word. You may not put a lot of stalk in what you or others say. Reconsider. Our words have the power to heal, reconnect, and torment. You may argue there are worse things—you’re right. You’re also wrong. Words matter.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You’re a worrier. You may reveal a tough exterior but that doesn’t mean you don’t feel a little crazy. In fact, you may feel drained by those who seek your energy—it’s often a balm for the needy. But, you must first care for yourself before you can possibly share this with others. Look within and prepare to fight for yourself. Forgive yourself. Live the life you’ve always wanted.
Live with an open and free heart. You’re working miracles as you speak. If you decide on the next course of action you may just encounter your next path. This may lead to your destiny as you create the life you’ve always wanted. It’s on you to live well. You may face many unintended consequences both good and bad. Whatever the case, you’ve made the decision.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Your sign is in Venus until July 4. Let this energy surround you and fuel you with the necessary energy to complete what’s been left undone. Take charge of your energy force. Don’t share it around willy-nilly. Learn to embrace change and let go of fear. You’re not free falling. You’re living. It’s a beautiful contradiction and you must let go of the worry. Live free my friend!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Who knew a stranger could be so cool? You may find yourself opening up around those you’ve never met. This is a good thing. Get out there and meet new people and embrace new ideas. You never know what doesn’t work unless you try it. You may find that this is not your destiny and doesn’t really fit—but you’re that much closer to what will. Take care and have fun!
Don’t limit yourself. It’s often easier to dispense advice that doesn’t directly impact you, but take your own good advice. You’re worth more than you think. Instead of coming at the problem like a bulldozer come at it from the side. Bend their reality to fit your needs. Consider that everything is a win-win or a winwin-win. Be the best person in the room and they’ll give or you walk.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The heart wants what it wants. It’s no crime that you love who and what you do. However, you can’t remain stuck. You will not grow to new levels if you don’t take that first shaky step forward. If you really care about the whims of others that means you’re not listening to the song within. Take a deep breathe. Plot your next move. Execute. You’ve got this.
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Hardheaded and foolish? You may find this is one and the same. It’s good to resist when there is a reason and it’s good to stick to your guns. Sometimes you must let go and let others have a say. You can’t just sit around and assume you’re right. Your new phrase shouldn’t be: “am I right or am I right.” You’re not. You may in fact be wrong. Take care. Show compassion.
Your heart is incredlby full. It’s nearly bursting. You may feel overwhelmed with grief and hollowness. It’s on you no matter what you decide. You have a life to live and it’s never easy to discover the way of the world. You may discover that others are not what they seem or that you’re not ready for the journey you chose. This life is never sure. It’s a trial by fire. OPINIONS
RMCHCS re-opens helipad By Cynthia Dyer RMCHCS Interim Marketing Director
ehoboth McK inley C h r i s t i a n He a lt h Care Ser vices and Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG)/Gallup Med Flight are pleased to announce the re-opening of the rooftop helipad this week. On June 22, AMRG Gallup Flight Program began operations at RMCHCS. It has been seven years since the RMCHCS helipad has been in use. Use of the helipad was suspended in 2010 because it did not meet new FAA regulations, but recent renovations have upgraded the helipad to meet current FAA standards. AMRG will be providing a helicopter on the helipad with highly trained and qualified pilots, flight nurses and flight paramedics occupying AMRG quarters at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital. The Helicopter will provide a rapid response to emergency calls and inter-facility patient transports in McKinley County and surrounding communities.
“A great deal of work was necessary before reopening the pad. New regulations require a 40 x 40 foot pad to accommodate today’s helicopt er s,” R MCHC S Ch ief Operating Officer William Kiefer said. “Our old pad was 30 x 30 feet. While renovating the pad, steel reinforcements, improved dra inage, lighting and state-of-the-art fire suppression equipment were added.” The helipad will allow for quick and efficient access to and from RMCH and decrease wait times for patients needing critical-care transportation. A s pa r t of la st yea r’s Charity Invitational, RMCHCS received a generous donation of $500,000 from AMRG to complete the re-fitting of the rooftop helipad. AMRG/Gallup Med Flight is a leader in the air ambulance industry and has successfully served the four corners area for more than 30 years. The helicopter, known as an A-Star, will complement
City Councilors Fran Palochak (stripes) and Linda Garcia (blue) hear about the helicopter’s capabilities from one of the flight crew with Gallup MedFlight June 26. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cynthia Dyer
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A group listens to the AMRG Flight Crew member June 26. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cynthia Dyer
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Hats off to the ladies! SCENES FROM ‘BEST OF THE BEST TIMED EVENT’ JUNE 21 – 24, 2017 Congratulations to Cassidy Evans, winner of the trailer at the team roping jackpot held Sunday! She is also 4th in the average in the breakaway at Best of the Best TE.
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U NI, N.M. – T he Journey of Hope South team arrived in Zuni, N.M. this past week. This overnight stop comes after a 105-mile ride from Lakeside, A rizona, and is the 15th day of a 3,745-mile cycling event from Long Beach, California to Washington, D.C. This group of 28 cyclists and seven crew members is one of three Journey of Hope teams that will directly enhance the lives of thousands of people with disabilities through grant funding and community engagement. Although there is not one scheduled in Zuni, the team frequently stops at local community sponsors for Friendship Visits. At Friendship Visits, the cyclists will connect with the people they are riding to support as a way of breaking barriers and highlighting the abilities of all people. These Friendship Visits often include activities like dance offs, games and sports. The team will be staying at St. Anthony Church, who has been providing lodging and serving as a community sponsor for the Journey of Hope since 2015. The Journey of Hope team consists of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity men from across the country. The team will cycle
The Journey of Hope team pedals its way across the country to raise awareness and money to help enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Photo Credit: Reed Jones
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‘Baby Driver’ hits the gas and never stops RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 RUNNING TIME: 113 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t has been a few years si nce d i rect or Edga r Wright (Sh aun of th e Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End) has treated us to another one of his quirky and idiosyncratic feature films. His latest is an homage to car and heist movies with a modern spin. Admittedly, Baby Driver isn’t as eccentric as his previous efforts. However familiar the path may be, he throws in enough twists and turns to make it a very enjoyable ride. Baby (A nsel Elgor t) is a getaway driver for criminal mastermind Doc (Kevin Spacey), who sends the kid out on a series of wild robberies through the streets of Atlanta. He’s teamed with various suspicious and occasionally unhinged partners, including couple Buddy (Jon Hamm) and Darling (Elza Gonzalez), Griff (Jon Bernthal), the aptly named Eddie No-Nose (Flea) and the hot-tempered Bats (Jamie Foxx). Owing a debt to Doc, Baby works his way closer to leaving his dangerous profession with each job. However, the situation is complicated by a burgeoning relationship and when he overhears his
Ansel Elgort is the ‘Baby Driver,’ who possesses some insane driving skills. Now playing. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures various cohorts plotting to double-cross each other during a big score. The new aspect to this feature is its use of music. This movie is loaded with tunes from beginning to end and the songs play a big part in dictating the editing and general feel of the story. Our protagonist isn’t a big talker, suffering from tinnitus and using various iPods with the music turned up to block the ringing in his ears. Particular songs, when both driving and walking, set a bouncy and consistently exciting rhythm to events (including a nifty long take early on scored entirely by a song). Another big plus is the driving itself. It appears as though
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bad situation through no fault of his own. Elgort makes him easy to root for, but one does wish that the role itself had a bit more edge to it to add some extra tension and uncertainty to events. The finale also resolves itself in a more straightforward manner than one might have expected. Still, these are very minor, nitpicking points. For the most part, Baby Driver slams its foot on the gas and never hits the breaks. Anyone who has ever enjoyed an action film or walking around listening to music on their earbuds will find this effort a whole lot of fun. It easily bests a lot of the bigger and more elaborate summer movies out there. Visit: cinemastance.com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for June 30, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun
his is another one of those extremely busy weeks. There is a huge variety of new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD, with something in just about every genre. So if you can’t make it out to the movies, give one of these titles a try!
BIG NEW RELEASES! Absolutely Anything - It took a long time for this British comedy t o ma ke it to US theaters, c o m i n g some t wo years after it relea se el s ew he r e . The stor y i nvol ve s a group of aliens who arrive on Earth. They decide to experiment on humanity by giving an Average Joe incredible powers and then watch what he does with them. While a few found it enjoyably silly, this effort from Terry Jones of the Monty Python troupe didn’t impress most critics. They called it a hit-and-miss effort lacking satirical bite and wasting a great cast. It stars Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhasker, Rob Riggle and Eddie Izzard, as well as the voices of Robin Williams, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. The Autopsy of Jane Doe - This one was released on DVD a few months back but is now making its debut on Bluray. The independent horror film is about a father and son team of coroners who get an unusual arrival at the morgue – a perfectly preserved body that is the victim of a brutal and violent murder. As they begin an autopsy to identify her and get to the bottom of what happened, eerie questions are raised which put the team in mor tal peril. Reviewers gave this feature (from Trollhunter director Andre Ovredal) high marks. They stated that it effectively created a sense of dread from the very beginning and built the tension to a fever pitch by the climax. It features Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia
Lovibond, Michael McElhatton and Olwen Catherine Kelly. The Belko Experiment - A group of American businessman working at a high rise in Bogota, Columbia become part of a deadly social experiment in this action/horror picture. They’re locked inside and told to murder each other or they will all be killed. Members of the group all react in different ways as they search for some kind of exit. The movie split the press. Some found it violent, mean and sadistic while others called it nasty, grimly fun dark comedy. Guess it just depends on your taste. The movie comes from director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and writer James Gunn (G u ardian s of th e Galaxy). The cast includes John Ga llagher Jr., Adr ia Arjona, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Josh Brener and Brent Sexton. CHIPS - This adaptation of the cheesy, late-70s-early-80s cop show becomes a straight-forward comedy featuring two new actors in the roles of Poncho and Jon. Newly paired, the California Highway Patrol members don’t get along and must overcome personal conflicts in order to help take down a sinister group working within their own headquarters. Sadly, reviews were quite poor for this effort. Most complained that the film relied too heavily on crude humor and ultimately wasn’t funny enough to recommend. The cast includes Michael Pena, Dax Shepherd, Vincent D’Onofrio and Rosa Salazar. Heli - Here’s another arthouse picture made in 2013 that is finally being released here on video. This Spanishlanguage feature set in Mexico involves a family who accidentally get themselves in the middle of a brutal drug war. The patriarch must protect them after cocaine ends up in their hands. The drama earned decent rev iews during its release. Some found it too glum and nihilistic, but more were impressed by the tense, horrifying and unrelenting events depicted as the clan come under assault by the cartel. It also earned plenty of nods around the festival circuit. The cast includes Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara, Linda Gonzalez and Juan Edwardo
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Palacios. Money - Two businessmen manage to steal $5 million dollars in this independent crime thriller. Unfortunately, an uninvited houseguest arrives and plots to take all the money from them, leading to several kinds of double-crosses and attempts at misdirection. This one is arriving exclusively on DVD and there isn’t any word on it yet. It has played at several festivals and earned some prizes here and there. Online write-ups have suggested that it’s not exactly unique, but is twisty and well put together for a little indie picture. Jess Weixler, Kellan Lutz, Jesse Williams and Jamie Bamber headline the feature. Sun Choke - This independent horror film involves a young character who undergoes a psychotic break. As part of her treatment, she’s subjected to some very unusual holistic remedies from her odd lifelong nanny and caretaker. The bizarreness of the routine begins to take its toll and the lead finds herself headed towards another violent breakdown. Reviews were strong for this effort. A few didn’t think it hit the mark, but it seems that the majority found the acting exceptional and enjoyed the creepy low-key vibe maintained. The cast includes Sarah Hagen, Sara Malakul Lane and Barbara Crampton. T2 Trainspotting - Those Scottish heroin addicts are back in this s e q uel s e t some 20 years after the original cult classic that helped launch several careers. This time out, the central character Renton returns home from abroad, reuniting with his old friends. Together, they get involved in more trouble. The entire cast, as well as director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later) have reunited and the press appears to have enjoyed their latest adventure. While there were some who didn’t find it to be particularly memorable, far more complimented the onscreen chemistry between the actors and the dark comedy, highlighting the maturity
seeping into the character’s lives. It stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Kelly MacDonald. Walk of Fame - In this little comedy, a man decides to join an acting class after falling for an aspiring performer. Unfortunately, the teacher is a bit of a nut and his obsessive exercises and assignments begin to get under the skin of the new recruit. Can he overcome the course’s obstacles and act his way into her heart? Critics didn’t think so. Actually, there were very few who saw it during its limited release and they were largely unimpressed. They called the movie very forced and completely unfunny. Yikes! The cast includes Scott Eastwood, Malcolm McDowell, Chris Kattan, Jamie Kennedy and Laura Ashley Samuels.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! This is one of the busiest weeks in some time for older titles debuting on Blu-ray. Olive Films have a few noteworthy Blu-ray releases. Deja Vu (1985) is a UK drama with Jaclyn Smith about a man and wife who fall for one another. The man soon begins to believe that he was reincarnation and that his new lady is the reincarnation of his fiancée in a previous life. They also have Money From Home (1953), one of many wacky comedies that pairs Dean Martin up with Jerry Lewis. T h e Savage Innoce nt s (1960) is an adventure film about an Eskimo who accidentally kills a missionary. He goes on the run from police in the great white wilderness. It stars Anthony Quinn. Set in 1963, Shag (1989) is an ensemble coming-of-age film about a bunch of friends heading to college who head out for a final party of sorts in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The cast includes Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish and Page Hannah. We’ll get a review copy of the disc up later today. Arrow Video have a Blu-ray/ DVD combo of Doberman Cop (1977). This gritty Japanese action picture about a cop working to investigate the murder of a young woman in the nightlife district. It stars Sonny
Chiba and comes from director Kinji Fukusaku (Battle Royal). Besides a new high definition transfer, the disc includes new interviews with Chiba and the film’s screenwriter, a video analysis and appreciation of the movie by a Fukusaku biographer, as well as publicity materials. T he r e’s some fun stuff arriving from S h o u t ! Factory as well. T he Angry Red Planet (19 5 9) i s about a group of astronauts who end up landing on, you guessed it, Mars and find the planet populated with all sorts of freaky monsters. Trespass (1992) is perhaps the most notable of the Shout! Factory batch. This crime picture involves a pair of firefighters who find a map leading to stolen gold in an abandoned factory building. They arrive to claim the loot, but walk in on a gang deal gone wrong. Perhaps the biggest release arriving from Kino is a Blu-ray set called The Pink Panther Film Collection. This contains all of the Peter Sellers features in the series, including The Pink Panther (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), T he Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). Personally, I’m a big fan of A Shot in the Dark (The Return of the Pink Panther isn’t bad either). By the first sequel, director Blake Edwards had figured out who the most engaging character was and what to do with him. Those two pictures feature Sellers at his manic best. Still want more? You can also pick up the non-Sellers efforts which are being made available individually on Bluray. In Inspector Clouseau (1968), Alan Arkin takes over the role (as Sellers and director Blake Edwards were too busy filming The Party). After the passing of the series star, Ted Wass was hired to take on the role of an equally inept
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detective sent to find the missing Clouseau in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983). Finally, Roberto Benigni steps in to take the lead role in Son of the Pink Panther (1993), playing another goofy cop who may actually be the son of the investigator. Criterion also have a Blu-ray of the Sam Peckinpah disturbing classic, Straw Dogs (1971). It features Dustin Hoffman as a mathematician forced to take a stand against a bunch of intimidating, beer-swilling locals in his village hitting on his wife. There’s some pretty brutal stuff in this picture and it caused quite a stir upon its original release. The disc contains a restored 4K transfer, audio commentary from a film critic, a 2003 documentary about the making of the movie, 1993 doc about Peckinpah himself, a conversation with editor Roger Spottiswoode (who later became a noted director in his own right), a piece addressing the film’s controversies, archival interviews and behindthe-scenes footage and other bonuses. Sounds like a great package.
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BUSINESS | FROM PAGE 14 than anything it’s navigating cultural barriers and language and the requirements in legal systems and the like. FNM: What kind of businesses export now or should consider it? EH: They r un the full gamut. We have companies making sophisticated simulators and companies that make protein analyzers used in ultra sophisticated labs. We have companies that export craft beer and nitrogen coffee, and companies that manufacture lip balm. Some have grown their business tremendously. The growth isn’t exclusive to the help [offered] through the STEP grant. Some companies are aggressive in pursuing business overseas. FNM: You help owners understand export options? EH: Under guidelines, I reach out and embrace companies and engage a conversation in the export process. For example, Old Wood LLC in Las Vegas — they make quality flooring. They’ve been utilizing the program and have grown and expanded in the market. They’ve achieved much under the STEP grant. FNM: Is exporting something every business should consider? EH: I don’t mean to convey that exporting is for everyone. But it’s a great opportunity to
diversify your market. When there is a slowdown or recessionary periods, it’s a way to pull through. When I pitch exporting, many companies say ‘I run a lean operation, and if I deviate from the domestic market and if I devote my time [to] other markets, what will happen to my domestic markets?’ The company needs to be confident in their posture in the domestic market and needs to be ready to invest time, energy and money for international trade opportunities. FNM: What’s the first step to working with you? E H : O nce a bu si ne s s expresses some interest, we do a one-on-one consultation. I try and qualify them for the STEP grant program. We might end up picking up the tab on booth space overseas and defray shipping costs, for example. Sometimes we fund an interpreter. We cover about 50 percent of participation in a trade show. We try to help companies avoid the pitfalls. We keep them in the areas in which they have a better opportunity for success. For more information, visit gonm.biz or contact Herrera at Edward.herr er a@ sta te . nm .u s a n d (505)827-0315. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and businesses with skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www.FinanceNewMexico.org
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Mayor Jackie McKinney, Julia Azua, and RMCHCS Board Chair Dave Dallago cutting the ribbon in front of the helicopter atop the roof of the hospital June 26. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cynthia Dyer
HELIPAD | FROM PAGE 15 t he f i xe d -w i n g a i r c r a f t s currently based in Gallup. Ga llup Med F lig ht ha s ser ved t h is com mu n it y
since 1996. “It’s i mpor t a nt for t he community to know this is a resource they can count on. The A-Star is known for its altitude performance and is ideal for f lying in the high
altitude of the desert southwest. In fact, this helicopter is the same as the production model that landed on top of Mount Everest,” Julia Azua, regional director for AMRG, said.
GALLUP MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS Now Hiring K-12 Teachers GMCS Signing Incentives 2017-2018 School Year Special Education Teachers (K-12) - $7,500* Special Education Teachers (GATE) - $5,000* Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Diagnosticians, Social Workers, School Psychologists - $7,500* Math Teachers (6-12) - $5,000* Science Teachers (6-12) - $3,000 School Counselors (K-12) - $5,000* Elementary (PreK - 5 core teacher only) - $2,000 *Signing incentives at or above $5,000 will be paid over the course of two school years.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 30-JULY 6, 2017 FRIDAY June 30 TRUMPETS SHALL SOUND 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. Sponsored by the Church of the Holy Spirit and is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and the Thai Burma Border Health Initiative. Location: upstairs at the Gallup Cultural Center. Call (505) 728-8194. Free. 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 July 1
CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH FILM Celebrate Independence Day: 2 pm. Film: Hacksaw Ridge. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. Free. SUNDAY July 2 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. MONDAY July 3 BRAIN INJURY PEER SUPPORT GROUP Meets every Monday from 11 am-1 pm. Facilitator Ken Collins. Discussions designed to help relieve stress for those living with a brain injury. Hozho Center for Personal Enhancement, 216 W. Maloney Ave. Call (505) 870-1483 or (505) 330-1885. TUESDAY July 4 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: Lego Stem 4TH OF JULY STARS AND STRIPES CELEBRATION Everyone is invited to the citywide “Stars and Stripes 4th of July Celebration” sponsored by the City of Gallup and iHeart Media at the Sports Complex on July 4th from 2 to 10 pm. There will be free cake and watermelon, food and game booths, arts and crafts, live music, gourd dance, face painting and jumpers for the kids, and a fireworks show in the evening. Come celebrate our nation’s independence!
Gallup Sports Complex, 925 Park Ave. 2-10 pm, WEDNESDAY July 5 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: Xanadu. Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W. Hill Ave. THURSDAY July 6 GADGET GARAGE: TECHNOLOGY HOUR One-on-one technology assistance. Bring in your personal devices to receive help from the library’s technology trainer. He’ll be answering questions and trouble shooting. This program is first come first serve: 3-4 pm. Octavia Fellin Library, Main Branch, 115 W. Hill Ave. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) Fun crafts for the whole family. Starts at 4 pm. Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. This week: Create Game Boards 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 of the month 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) 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: gmchumanesociety@ gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR The nonprofit, Gallup Solar, is hosting free Solar 101 class-
es 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. 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 agen-
cies. 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) 7211055. SAVE THE DATE CAMP ARTSCRAWL TALENT SHOW On July 8, singers, dancers, mimes, and air guitarists show off your skills for a chance to win: 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize. 8-9 pm, at the intersection of 2nd and Coal. Sign up for a 5-minute time slot by emailing email@example.com or call (505) 488-2136. All ages and varieties are welcome for family-friendly acts! RUNNING DINE BIKEYAH July 10-17 join the Navajo Nation for the 7th Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation. For more information visit: www.nnsdp. org or call Eddie Scott Yazzie (928) 871-6553. 38TH ANNUAL COMMEMORATION EVENT On July 15, join us for the 38th Annual Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill Commemoration. 12 Miles North of Red Rock State Park. Sunrise prayer walk to the site, now a Superfund site. Red Water Pond Road. GALLUP INTERFAITH GATHERING On July 18, join the Gallup Interfaith Gathering. Bring food for a shared meal. Bring a friend! 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive). Call (505) 290-5357. GREAT MUDDY ENDURANCE RACES On July 22, come out and experience the Great Muddy Endurance Races at the Gallup OHV/MX Park. There will be lots of mud, obstacles, music, food and fun for the whole family. Online registration: active.com. Registration packet pickup begins on Friday July 21 5-9 pm. Registration continues on race day from 6-7:30 am at the Gallup HV/MX Park. Free camping is available. Parking: $3. Call (505) 8637136 or (505) 863-7519. FAMILY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP
On July 26, join us for a Family Engagement Workshop 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Topics include: cultural perspective of male
and female roles as a father and mother; trauma informed care, adverse childhood experiences, and active parenting. Call (505) 722-1660. RMCH 3rd Floor Solarium. SHREK THE MUSICAL Through July 29, enjoy an evening of live entertainment under the stars amidst a natural sandstone amphitheater at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater: Shrek the musical. Performance held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from June 15- July 20. Shrek the Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life onstage. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Performance begins at 8pm. Come early to eat dinner before the show or enjoy concessions and drinks. Visit: www.fmtn.org/Sandstone for tickets or call (877) 599-3331. SBDC NEW MEXICO On Aug. 3, join us for a short presentation on Worker’s Compensation for New Mexico Employers. Please register in advance. 10 am-2pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Hwy. 66. Registration (505) 722-2220. TAIZE WORSHIP On Aug. 13, join us for the non-denominational Taize service. 4pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church-Gallup, 151 State Highway 564 (near the Orleans Manor Apartments). Call (505) 870-6136. 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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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