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NEWS Labor Day crash shines spotlight on distracted driving WOMAN ESCAPES WITH MINOR INJURIES
By Jonathan Gregg Sun Correspondent
his past Labor Day weekend could have ended tragically for one mot orc ycl i s t . Francisca Wright’s ride down eastbound Highway 66, ended abruptly when a car darted out in front of her, near the UPS Store, 2418 Hwy 66, at about 5:15 pm on Sept. 3.
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Wright rammed into the silver-colored sedan as the driver attempted to cross the road to turn left. The driver apparently did not see or yield to Wright, and she struck the driver’s side door. Witnesses said Wright’s husband, who was riding next to her, stopped immediately, dropped his bike, and ran to her aid. When police arrived a few minutes later, Wright was writhing in pain, and frightened from the ordeal. Wright is a member of the motorcycle group “Endless Riders,” and shortly after the emergency responders showed up, several members from the group also arrived to provide support for their “family,” allowing Wright’s husband the ability to drop everything and focus on his wife’s wellbeing. Gallup Police Department spokesperson Capt. Marinda Spencer said that Wright was
later released from a local hospital with “minor injuries.” In addition to Wright’s accident, it was a bad month for motorc ycle r ider s i n McK in ley Cou nt y in general, and Jim Smith of the Gallup-based Western New Mexico Motorcyclists Rights Organization, keeps up on this sort of news. “We have already had four accidents in the last month in McKinley County, which is a lot for just one month,” he said. It wasn’t just a bad month though – the month was part of an overall bad year in the state of New Mexico. R ay mo nd G a l le go s of the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Motorcyclists Rights Orga n i zat ion, sa id t hat according to the statistics,
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Nightly Indian Dances closes on another season By Dee Velasco For the Sun
s the sun begin to set in the western skies, the Cellicion T r a d it ion a l Zu n i Dancers closed out yet another momentous year at the Gallup Summer Nightly Indian dances
with their Buffalo Dance. Sponsored by the City of Gallup and the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce, the Nightly Dances have become a yea rly trad ition dow ntown at the McKinley County Courthouse plaza for surrounding Native American tribes to showcase their cultures
through songs and dances. Ending its 34th season, the Nightly Dances has continued to please not only locals but has thrilled more tourists than ever. Tourists came not only from North America, but from as far as Australia, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Europe, India, Netherlands, and other
countries. Director of Summer Nightly Indian Dances Teri Fraizer said the number of those who attended from out of the country was high, as she hopes next year will be even higher since new groups will be brought in such as: the Hopi Dancers, Taos Dance group, and the return of the Navajo Pollen Trail Dancers. “I think the dances ran well, not too many rain outs,” Fraizer said. “I would like to commend the staff, the Chamber of Commerce Cecelia Perez, Bill Lee, Jennifer Lazarz … and thanks to everybody who attended the dances overall.” A favorite to the nightly dances who opened as well as closed out the season, were
the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers, under the direction of Fernando Cellicion. He commented on the increase of tourists from outside the U.S. “I think it was great and I noticed we had an increase in tourists,” he said. “The word is definitely getting out to all the tourists we talked to. It
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Gallup Housing Authority
How I lost my Housing Unit - Part III
Richard F. Kontz, Executive Director
This is the third and last in a series entitled: How I lost my Housing Unit. When I was about 9 or 10 years of age I was in little league baseball. So, after school several of us would gather in a vacant lot and play baseball. As a result, we accidentally hit a baseball through a neighbor’s window. We all scattered and ran home. When my dad came home from work the neighbor came over and told my Dad what happened. [My Dad was the coach of the team I was on]. After the neighbor left my Dad came to my room and asked what happened. Long story short I got a paddling for not “fessing up” and then my Dad paid for the damages. YOU SEE I WAS TAUGHT – RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY and if you cause damages then pay for the repairs. The 3rd biggest reason why tenants lose their housing units is simply because they cause or allow costly “damage to their units”. HUD allows Housing Authorities to charge Tenants for “damages beyond reasonable wear and tear”. For instance, we had a single parent with a couple children move in after a lengthy time on the waiting list. Then within two months a police call was made by the neighbors because a women and a man were drinking and �ighting in the street outside the house. They started throwing bottles at one another. The police came and hauled both of them away. Then the next week after getting out of jail, the lady came into the of�ice and made a work order request to have four windows replaced and several holes in the interior walls �ixed. After checking with the neighbors the Housing Manager determined that the man [who was not authorized to live there] had been living there within one week after the “single mother” moved in. When the lady was informed that she would be liable for the damages for two reasons: [a] the damages were beyond normal wear and tear; and [b] the damages were caused due to her behavior and the behavior of the unauthorized live-in. She immediately became very agitated and just couldn’t understand why she had to pay for the damages. After all, she was “low income” and a “single parent”. Well, to end this story when later confronted with the Police reports she simply moved out. THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: Tenants need to understand taking care of their housing units is part of their responsibility under their lease. The low-income excuse doesn’t give tenants the right to destroy GHA property. Again, “maintaining good order” in one’s life certainly would help here too. Comments are welcome.
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Police Activity Report By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
GPD WARRANTS Rashid Ahmend (Magistrate Court), Renee Becenti (Parole/ Probation), Christopher Begay (Municipal Court), Christopher Bitsilly (Magistrate Court), Joh n Cabrera (Mu n icipa l Cour t-5), Johnathan John Casamero (Out of County), Ricky M. Chavirez (Magistrate Court), Myron G. Chischilly (Magistrate Court), Sarah R. Clauschee (District Court), Tommy Cordova (Magistrate Court-2), Rikki Ar Daniels (Magistrate Court), Bridgette Etsitty (Magistrate Court), Juston Joel Gasper (Parole/ Probation), Nolan R. Healing (Municipal Court), Akugeezhig Hud son (Dist r ict Cou r t), Matthias Lee Joe (Municipal C o u r t - 3), Ly l e Jo h n s o n (Municipal Court), Elroy Kiyite (Municipal Court), Darin M. Lewis (Magistrate Court), Drew C. Lonetree (Magistrate Cour t), Jamie J. Mahooty (Municipa l Cour t), Ca sey
Nelson (Magistrate Court), Mario Romero (Magistrate Court), Bobby Sandoval, Jr. (Magistrate Court), Tyler K. Wauneka (Municipal Court), Julian J. Willie (Magistrate Cou r t), A lphon zo Wi lson (Magistrate Court), and Ned Yazzie (Magistrate Court).
MCSO WARRANTS Melvin Benally, Diane Billie, Rafealita Littleben, and Andre Toledo. T h r e e l a rcen ie s wer e reported last week, with cell phones being the big target. One was stolen from a student’s bag at Ramah High School and another was stolen by a 27 yearold who was still living with his mother. He had also been drinking. It was a Walmart pay as you go phone and the mother had been advised to have him leave numerous times. The third larceny was more brazen, if not more expensive. Two males had entered the Family Dollar Store in Yahtahey at the same time. One distracted the cashier while the other walked out of
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the business with $55 worth of Bluetooth Speakers, a white Gildan T-shirt, and a pair of black ankle socks, worth altogether $69.75. What amounted to a playground squabble broke out after school at the trailer park where the boys live. Both students attend Del Norte Elementary School and a pair of glasses were broken during the fight. “He said, (he) became the order of the day as both boys said the other started the fight. One of the grandmothers offered to pay for half the glasses but since there was two boys involved, that was her limit. No price was set on a new pair, however, and no agreement could be reached while the deputy was present. A domestic dispute erupted in Jamestown when a man spent most of the day drinking while his girlfriend was working across the interstate at Denny’s. The boyfriend had two buddies to back him up and a general knowledge of cars, pulling two fuses from under the hood to prevent the vehicle from starting, stranding his girlfriend, who just wanted
to leave. MCSO Deputy Monty Yazzie later found the two fuses and replaced them, making sure the vehicle started. Yazzie straightened out most of the spat by chasing off the two friends, allowing the girlfriend back inside the house where her five month old baby, and some extra clothes were picked up for them as they left. MCSO Deputy Nocona Clark was dispatched to a house in Ramah in reference to a neighbor shooting a dog. Tammy Neidhardt and her husband Jeffrey heard a gunshot early that morning followed by a dog yelp west of their house in a field area. Their black and white Labrador mix came into the house bleeding. The father and son drove him to the vet in Gallup for treatment. Tammy thought the shooter was from
the direction where Shane Evans lived. Evans is known in the area for shooting dogs, according to Tammy Neidhardt. Shane denied shooting the dog and his wife backed up his alibi. Bryce, aka Richard River, also denied doing the shooting but did say the Neidhardt’s dogs had attacked his horses on July 16, and showed the deputy pictures on his phone of the wounds they had suffered. After a few more give and takes, River did admit to shooting the dog because of what they had done to his horses, and agreed to write a statement for the deputy. Two accidents with injuries, two without, a couple of burglaries, two other reports with arrests, six without including three for harassment and even one for littering in Williams Acres round out the rest of the reports.
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Gallup Sun • Friday September 8, 2017
AG files lawsuit against opioid manufactures, distributers LAWMAKERS AGREE: OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS CRIPPLING NM
LBUQUERQUE – Attorney G ener a l Hec t or Balderas announced Sept. 7, that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people. The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale drug distributors. The manufacturing companies pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids, falsely representing to doctors that patients would only rarely succumb to drug addiction, while the distributors breached their legal duties to monitor, detect, investigate, refuse and report suspicious orders of prescription opioids. “New Mexico continues to endure the most catastrophic
ef fect s of the opioid cr isis, a l l while major out of state corporations make billions in prof it s at the expense of our families and communities,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This lawsuit is part of my office’s multi-pronged effort, Project OPEN, to combat the opioid crisis in New Mexico by holding drug manufacturers and distributors accountable, securing treatment resources, and increasing funding for law enforcement.” “I support Attorney General Ba lder a s’ conti nued effor ts to combat the opioid epidemic, particularly in Rio Arriba C o u n t y,” E s p a ñol a M ayor A l ic e Lucero said. “Families in Española know all too well what the realities of this crisis look like and this action is much needed to stop the flood of these dangerous drugs into
our community.” “As the District Attorney of communities with some of the highest opioid and heroin abuse rates in the country, I see the daily effects of this crisis in our own backya rds,” sa id 1 s t Jud ici a l District Attorney Marco Serna. “Attorney General Ba ldera s’ ef for t s t o combat this problem are part of a cr ucia l s t a t ew i d e solution, and are the only way rural communities will be protected from this epidemic. I helped Attorney General Balderas launch Project OPEN earlier this year and I will continue to partner with his office to combat this crisis as one jurisdiction cannot do it alone.” “ T h e Doña A na Cou nt y District Attorney’s O f f i c e supports Attorney General Ba ldera s’ lawsuit and leadership on
this impor tant issue, and I look forward to hosting the next Project OPEN with the Attorney General in Las Cruces,” said 3 rd Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio. We must attack the opioid crisis that is ravaging our families and straining our law enforcement resources in Doña Ana County and across New Mexico.” Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima said, “The opioid crisis is s pr e a d i n g across New Mexico at a n a la r ming rate and in Las Cruces we are working to get ahead of the epidemic by focusing on prevention and treatment. That is why I am proud to partner with Attorney General Balderas to host the next Project OPEN training in Las Cruces and to support his lawsuit seeking critical resources for New Mexico communities in this battle.” The lawsuit was filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe County. The lawsuit alleges, among numerous
counts, that the drug manufacturers falsely and misleadingly downplayed the serious risk of addiction to prescription opioids and falsely touted the benefits of long-term opioid use, reversing the popular and medical understanding of opioids. The wholesale distributors, meanwhile, violated their duties by selling huge quantities of opioids that were diverted from their lawful, medical purpose, thus causing an opioid and heroin addiction and overdose epidemic in the State of New Mexico. T he opioid epidem ic has grown worse as people addicted to prescription pills have-- thanks to heightened enforcement efforts--found them harder to come by. Very often, these individuals have turned to cheaper, illegal street drugs including heroin and fentanyl. The residents of New Mexico continue to bear the burden of the epidemic as the costs of health care, addiction treatment, education, and law enforcement have continued to rise. W h i le de a t h s i n New Mexico due to illicit drugs have
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NM Financial Health: State Auditor releases report CITY OF GALLUP ON THE ‘NICE’ LIST
ANTA FE –State Auditor Tim Keller recently released “The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits.” The third annual report from the Office of the State Auditor compiles information that would otherwise remain buried deep within thousands of pages of
NM State Auditor Tim Keller annual audits. The report allows policymakers and the public to easily access comparative information about the financial health of hundreds of state agencies, counties, municipalities, schools, and courts. The Fiscal Year 2016 report compiles and analyzes data from the audits of 461 government entities across New Mexico government. The report provides a snapshot of financial health from information compiled from audits including audit opinions, types of audit findings, and audit findings that repeated from year-to-year. The report also identifies entities that have improved since the previous fiscal year. “In order for New Mexicans to hold ou r gover n ments accountable, we need to know how our tax dollars are being handled,” Keller stated, in a news release. “This report turns hundreds of annual audits into a useful tool that allows New Mexicans to easily check on entities they care about like state agencies, counties, cities and schools. This is the third year we’ve compiled this data, giving folks the chance to look at year-to-year progress, or lack of progress, in their communities.” The report identifies the following information regarding the entity’s most recent audit: Audit Opinions: a NEWS
determination of whether the financial statements accurately reflect the position and activities of the entity. T h e v a s t m a j o r i t y of New Mexico’s gover nmental entities, 94 percent, are providing reliable financial information to the public. However, 26 entities, or six percent , ha d u n favorable aud it opi n ion s, i nclud i ng d i s c l a i me d o pi n io n s for Depa r t ment of Homela nd S e c u r it y a nd E mer genc y M a n a gement ( F Y15), t he Office of Superintendent of Insurance, the Northern New Mexico College, the Towns of Bernalillo, Estancia and Vaughn; and the Villages of Capitan (FY15) and Maxwell. Audit Findings: the number of audit findings indicates whether entities follow accounting practices and comply with federal and state laws (fewer findings is better). There were over 1700 total findings across audited entities, a four percent improvement since FY15. Thirty percent of all entities had no findings at all however the frequency and severity of findings across governmental entities show that a few especially challenged entities are in dire need of improvement. The entities with over 30 findings are: Public Education Department (184), Albuquerque Public Schools (52), Northern New Mexico College (37), Deming Public Schools (37), the Town of Estancia (34), and the Office of Superintendent of Insurance (31). For each agency, the number of findings includes its component units
such as charter schools, housing authorities, and hospitals. Over 600 of all audit findings were repeated from a previous year, indicating a need for those entities to focus on corrective action plans to address weaknesses. The entities with the most repeated findings are Public Education Depa r tment,
Ta o s Mu n icipa l S chool s, Albuquerque Public Schools, Cibola County (FY15), the Central Consolidated School District, and the Village of Cimarron (FY15). For each agency, the number of findings includes its component units such as charter schools, hou si n g aut hor it ie s, a nd hospitals.
Audit Improvements: many entities made improvements in reducing the total number of findings or the audit opinion they received from year-to-year. Some of the improved entities are: Alamogordo Municipal Schools, City of Gallup, City of Rio Communities, Rio Arriba County, and Eunice Special Hospital District.
Gallup Sun • Friday September 8, 2017
Gov. Martinez: More students Church Rock man gaining access to high-speed sentenced to prison for child sex abuse Internet at school conviction Staff Reports
LBUQUERQUE — G o v. S u s a n a Martinez announced Sept. 1 that 110,000 more New Mexico students have access to high-speed internet at school. Governor Martinez began an initiative to connect every New Mexico student with high-speed internet at school by the 2018 school year. Since the Governor’s 2015 announcement, 99 percent of New Mexico’s public schools now have access to high-speed internet – and the partnerships
leveraged through the initiative have reduced costs to connect students by more than 60 percent. “Every child can learn, and it’s up to us as leaders to give our kids the tools they need,” Martinez said. “High-speed internet is a necessity today, and progress like this will help more of our students and teachers have more of the digital tools and experience they need. I’m grateful for all our partners as we work to make the vision of high-speed internet access for all New Mexico students a reality.” 99 percent of New Mexico public schools now have
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NM Gov. Susana Martinez state-of-the-art, high-speed internet connections, up from 89 percent in 2015. According to a press release from Martinez’s office, the partnerships leveraged through her
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L BUQU ERQU E – Adrian Tom, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Church Rock, N.M., was sentenced Sept. 5, in federal court in Albuquerque to 37 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. Tom will also be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence. On March 29, Tom pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. In entering his guilty plea, Tom admitted that in March 2010, he engaged in sexual contact with an 8-year-old Indian child while on the Navajo Indian Reservation. This ca se wa s investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
Adrian Tom initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. L ed by Un it ed St a t e s Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Cr imina l Div ision’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sect ion, P roject Sa fe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
WEEKLY DWI REPORT
Leonard Jim, Jr. 09.02.17, 0:52 am Agg DWI, 1st Offense Approaching Munoz Blvd on Aztec Avenue, ea stbou nd, McKinley C o u n t y Sher i ff ’s O f f i c e D e p u t y Monty Yazzie saw a white car traveling southbound on the overpass at a high rate of speed. Unable to get a fix with his radar, Yazzie proceeded after the suspect, noticing the vehicle’s tires were going onto the inner yellow line and he could not see a license plate. The emergency lights were then activated and the vehicle turned onto Park Avenue where it came to a stop about a hundred yards east of State Highway 602. Yazzie made contact with the driver, Jim, who did the best he could on the field sobriety test, just not good enough. Yazzie then arrested Jim for DWI, Careless Driving, Roadway laned for traffic, No driver’s license, Expired registration, and No insurance. The passenger, identified as Tyrell Lee, was also inebriated and was placed in the rear seat of Yazzie’s cruiser. Moments later, Lee abused the privilege of security by vomiting all over himself and the back seat. Yazzie then transported both to Gallup Detox, dropping Lee at that location and cleaning up his unit. On his arrival at the Sheriff’s Office, Jim blew two separate results into the Intoxilyzer 8000, 0.20 and 0.18. He was booked on the above charges as well as Open y-owned container. the way Thiesman Billsie 09.01.17, 7:49 pm
DWI, 1st Offense Traveling northbound on U.S. Route 491, MCSO Lt. Eric D. Jim confirmed an orange Saturn traveled at 80 mph in a posted 55 mph safety corridor. Once the suspect vehicle was stopped, Lt. Jim could notice the strong odor of alcohol and see the red watery eyes of Billsie. Billsie failed the field sobriety test and was arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office. At the office, Billsie submitted to a breathalyzer and his results were 0.13 and 0.12. Billsie’s vehicle was released to his mother who had arrived on scene. He was transported to the MCDC and booked. Roy John Thompson 8.31.17, 9:47 pm DWI, 1st Offense M C S O D e p u t y Johnson Lee w a s go i n g south on U.S. Route 491 with his in-car radar getting the speeds of northbound traffic. A red truck caught his attention and so did the radar, showing 66 in a 55 mph zone. As the truck passed by, he noticed a silver tool box in the back. F i na l ly get ti ng tu r ned around, the deputy caught up with the speeder and activated his emergency lights, but the vehicle did not come to a stop for about one mile. When questioned by the deputy, Thompson admitted that he had to drive because he was the only licensed driver in the vehicle. He refused the
field sobriety test but took the breath test on the IR 8000, showing results of 0.08 twice. He was then transported to the MCDC and booked. Shane Manygoats 8.31.17, 3:23 am Agg DWI, 1st Offense Driving n o r t h bound on Boardman Avenue, GPD Officer A n d r e w T h a y e r observed a silver Chevy Malibu in front of him with a broken tail light. The vehicle was driving in the construction zone at the time and swerved from the northbound lane into the southbound lane, forcing another vehicle to veer to the opposite lane. Thayer activated his emergency lights a nd brought the vehicle to a stop at 451 Boardman Drive. Manygoats kept increasing the number of drinks he had, from one to two and then three, but he tried to bluff a jackpot win by refusing the field sobriety test and then doubling down by refusing the breath test. He lost the pot when called by Officer Thayer, and was booked into MCDC. An attempt to contact his grandmother, Mary Lee, was unfruitful and his vehicle was left on scene since it was private property. Guadalupe Prieta 8.26.17, 3:57 pm DWI, 1st Offense G P D Officer Julio Ya zzie wa s d i s pat ched t o 2410 E . Aztec in reference to a DW I . T h e
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suspect Prieta was already out of his vehicle and admitted that some lady had hit his car but he had left the scene. He also said his air bags had come out following the crash. Prieta agreed to the field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DWI after he had failed. Transported to the GPD for a breath test, he blew a 0.20. He was then transported to the MCDC and booked. Phyllis J. Byjoe 08.23.17, 1:06 am DWI, 1st Offense G P D O f f i c e r R a n s om Ja mes wa s on patrol when he obser ved a red Silverado going southbound on U.S. Route 491 without headlights. Turning around, Officer Ransom attempted to make a stop on this vehicle but it did not yield until it came to the intersection of 491 and Maloney Avenue. Ransom turned on his siren to signal the driver to pull off the roadway but instead the vehicle continued south to Munoz Boulevard. The vehicle attempted to stop at the entrance of the I-40 westbound on-ramp. Ransom instructed the driver to move the vehicle across the Munoz overpass to a safe location. After a few more instructions, the driver complied. The vehicle was occupied by two women, the driver was Byjoe. She seemed confused when asked where she was coming from, mentioning Lukachukai, Farmington, Shiprock, and Albuquerque as her starting places. Byjoe agreed to a field sobriety test but she failed, and a couple of samples given at the GPD later both confirmed his suspicions, registering 0.11 on both. She was then booked into the MCDC. Angel Lynn Joe 08.15.17, 2:53 pm Agg DWI, GPD Of f icer Steven
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INDIAN DANCES | FROM PAGE 4 was good on our part since we had no cancellations due to the rain, which was great.” Not only does the audience get to see the various performances, they can also take a stroll down the walkway and visit with local artisans displaying and selling their crafts. This can vary from silversmithing, pottery, paintings and much more. This gives the artisan the opportunity to showcase their talents. L o c a l A r t i s a n / Ve ndor
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Chester Benalli said this year was a fun year overall as he sold his jewelry to many tourists out of the area. “We had a really good turnout from the start. It was a really good summer for me, tourist wise and sales wise,” he said. “Hope it’s the same next year and thank you to the city for getting out there to sell our jewelry.” Benalli said it was great as an artist to meet the customer directly and not have to go through a middle man. “It was nice asking the customer where my jewelry is
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going and to have that artist to customer relationship, and actually meet the customer,” he added. Another integral part of the Nightly Dances are the staff who help in this yearly event, which includes those who provide local information to the tourists wanting to know more about the area, such as where to visit, what to see, and where to find the best red or green chili. One of those staff members returning to the Nightly Dances is Ambassador Dawn Lujan, who says this year made an impression on her. “It was great, the groups were good and the people really seemed to enjoy it,” she said. Another returning staff member, Emcee Br it t ney Garcia, said the number of tourists attending the events each night was phenomenal. “I feel like we had more tourists, not local visitors, this year than in previous years,” she said. “We seemed to consistently have people from a different country.” Garcia also said with the local ArtsCrawl moving towards the McKinley County Courthouse plaza, they enjoyed a greater
Calela Lamy and Alexandra Nastacio perform a pottery dance June 27. File Photo audience size and perhaps that is something the Nightly Dances and ArtsCrawl should consider and work towards. “Overall enjoyable and definitely a Gallup staple,” Garcia said. One frequent visitor to the dances that has made Gallup her hometow n is Cit y of Gallup Tourism and Marketing Director Jennifer Lazarz, who says the dances are something everyone should experience.
“I think the dances are a beautiful part of Gallup every summer … they give the tribes surrounding us an opportunity to showcase that native culture is alive and well,” she said. “The non-native audience gets to experience something unique.” Lazarz also said she is grateful for Fraizer and the Chamber of Commerce for helping coordinate the dances every year because it is an integral part of the tourism here in Gallup. NEWS
OPINIONS Arizona, NM Catholic Bishops’ statement on DACA
Immigration supporters are seen outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., April 18. On May 23, more than 65 college presidents representing U.S. Catholic institutions asked for a meeting with the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security about the Trump administration’s policy on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Photo Credit: CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA By Diocese of Phoenix
n light of increased tensions and speculation over the future of the Deferred Action for Ch i ld hood Arrival program, the Catholic Bishops of Arizona and New Mexico want to reiterate our strong and unwavering support for DACA youth so they do not have to live in fear of deportation. These young people entered our country as children and should have the opportunity to remain in our country to be educated here and to have opportunities to exercise their gifts for the enhancement of our nation. P r e s e n t l y, DACA pr o tects nearly 800,000 of these
INTERNET | FROM PAGE 10 initiative have also decreased the cost of connecting New Mexico students with high-speed internet by nearly 60 percent in less than two years – one of the largest drops in the country. “Giving students and teachers reliable access to highspeed internet has never been OPINIONS
young people, while allowing them to live and work in our country without fear of deportation. Through DACA they have f u r thered thei r educ a t ion , s t a r t ed sm a l l businesses and become integral members of our communities in A rizona and New Mexico. While DACA is not a permanent solution, we support its continuance until a permanent solution can be found. Accordingly, we urge our federal elected officials to move forward with permanent solutions that grant relief to these young people along with the chance to earn permanent residency and eventually to seek citizenship.
We ask that all people of goodwill join us in praying and advocating for governmental efforts to protect DACA youth and for reform of our broken immigration policies. Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Rev. John C. Wester Archbishop of Santa Fe Most Rev. Oscar Cantú Bishop of Las Cruces Most Rev. Gera ld F. Kicanas Bishop of Tucson Most Rev. Eduardo A. Nevares Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted Bishop of Phoenix Most Rev. James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup
more important,” New Mexico Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski said. “This is great news for our kids – they deserve the tools they need to achieve their dreams.” “Work i ng closely w it h Governor Martinez and her BB4E program, we have made incredible progress in connecting New Mexico’s public school districts during the past two
years,” said Evan Marwell, CEO at EducationSuperHighway. “The FCC’s E-rate program has also been crucial in giving New Mexico’s schools the funds that they need to attain high-speed Internet access. Together, we are continuing to move the needle forward and are thrilled that we’ll be able to meet the connectivity goals of the program next fall.”
DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 11 vehicle parked near the intersection of E. Montoya and the Miyamura overpass. A second man was chasing and catching the first man just off the road, apparently tr ying to hold on to him. As Hoffman g rabbed t he f i r st ma n, a female approached and said that he was the driver of the car that had hit hers and then drove off. The suspect was placed in the rear seat of the police unit. The suspected driver, identified as Harding, had run into the vehicle driven by Yvette Ponce near the cattle guard on Hasler Valley Road, but had then driven off. When Ponce began chasing Harding’s vehicle, he stopped in the middle of Montoya Blvd. and the foot chase began between him and the female driver’s husband. Fa iling the field sobr iety test, Harding was placed under arrest for the Aggravated DWI as well as an Altered or Forged License, Display of Registration Plates, No Insurance, and Failure to Notif y of a n Accident. The breath test at the police department resulted in two samples, one at 0.15 and the other at 0.16. Lance Owens 06.13.17, 12:58 am Agg DWI, Dispatched to 211 Florence Street in reference to a welfa re check involving a fight, Gallup P o l i c e O f f i c e r A n d r e w Thayer saw a Black Saturn facing eastbound on Barbara with the driver’s side door open in the wrong lane with the engine running. He made contact with an unconscious male in the front seat bleeding from the head and dispatched medical personnel to the scene. The driver, Owens, woke up when a f la shlight wa s shone in his eyes, but was confused. When asked if he had any intoxicating beverages, he said he ‘didn’t have
enough.’ When asked if would take a field sobriety test, Owens said no. Medical personnel arrived on the scene but the subject did not require any major medical treatment. An inventory of the vehicle was made and four open containers of Steele Reserve were found in the center console, all with alcohol in them. On the passenger side floor was a nearly empty tub of marijuana. He admitted that he did not have a medical marijuana card. The vehicle was picked up by his mother-in-law at the scene. Owens was transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center for his injury and then transported to the McKinley County Detention Center for booking. Leon Larry Sandoval 06.10.17, 11:50 pm DWI, 1st Offense An anony m o u s ca l ler had spotted a reckless v e h i c l e northbound on U.S. R o u t e 4 91 a f t er it h it a cu rb at m i le ma rker 4, and was swer ving all over t he r o a dw ay. T he c a l ler followed the vehicle until MCSO Deputy Josie Bowman could catch up. The stop was made at the interchange of highways 264 and 491. The deputy did notice an 18-pack of Miller Lite and a 12-pack of Corona in the back seat, but both were unopened. T he d r iver, S a ndov a l, denied hitting a curb and also that he had consumed any alcohol, but the more honest passenger in his vehicle told him, “Just be honest, dude.” He had previously told the deputy that his friend had also hit the curb. Sandoval agreed to the field sobriety test but wasn’t able to pass it completely, and was asked to take a portable breath test. The results on that test were 0.121 and Sa ndova l wa s a r rested at that time. At the Sheriff ’s Office, Sandoval was given two more test, blowing 0.10 on each, and was booked into the MCDC.
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AG Balderas Files Lawsuit against Trump to Protect Dreamers & Preserve DACA NEARLY 7,000 DACA GRANTEES IN NEW MEXICO
Office of NM Attorney General Hector Balderas
LBUQUEQUE – Attorney General He c t o r B a l d e r a s joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit Sept. 6, to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grantees in New Mexico and across the United States. The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Ea st er n Di st r ict of New
York, details how the Trump Administration has violated the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution by discriminating against Dreamers of Mexican origin, who make up 78 percent of DACA recipients; violated Due Process rights; and harmed States’ residents, institutions, and economies. “I f i led su it aga i nst President Tr ump a nd his administration to protect DACA because Dreamers are just as American as First Lady Melania Trump,” Balderas said.
“President Trump cannot continue compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, or putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.” The lawsuit filed today by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and attorneys general from Connecticut, Delawa re, the Distr ict of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon,
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Protestors outside Trump Tower in New York City Sept. 5. Photo Credit: Rhododendrites Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, and Washington. New Mexico is home to nearly 7,000 DACA grantees. T here a re approx i mately 800,000 DACA recipients across the country. According to the Center for American Progress, 97 percent of DACA grantees are employed or go to school, and they pay millions annually in state and local taxes, as the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy has detailed. The lawsuit also includes a number of declarations from businesses, academic institutions, local governments, DACA grantees, and others impacted by the Trump administration’s decision.
AS THE LAWSUIT STATES: Since 2012, DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people to live, study, and work in the United States, and to become stable and even more productive members of their communities, without fear that they could be arrested and placed in deportation proceedings at any moment. Throughout the country, DACA grantees are employed by various companies and State and municipal agencies, which benefit from their skills and productivity. DACA grantees also contribute significantly to State and local revenues and tax bases. Yet, as a result of the DHS Memorandum, approximately 1,400 DACA
grantees will lose their work authorization and risk termination of employment each day as their terms begin to expire. DACA recipients will lose their eligibility for public and employer-based health insurance programs that reduce the States’ health expenditures and promote public health. They also will lose their right to enroll in higher education institutions with in-state admissions preferences and tuition; thus, public universities will be deprived of a means by which they enrich the experience of all students and faculty through diversity and new perspectives. More than 78 percent of DACA grantees are of Mexican origin, which is more than double the percentage of people of Mexican origin that comprise of the overall foreign-born population (29 percent) of the United States. Ending DACA, whose participants are mostly of Mexican origin, is a culmination of President’s Trump’s oft-stated commitments— whether personally held, stated to appease some portion of his constituency, or some combination thereof—to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots. The consequence of the President’s animus-driven decision is that approx imately 800,000 persons who have availed themselves of the program will ultimately
DACA | SEE PAGE 21 OPINIONS
COMMUNITY Local educator wins prestigious international teaching award By Jonathan Gregg Sun Correspondent
restigious. World class. Best institutions in the world. These phrases are not generally associated with Gallup’s educational system – until now. Martin Olea of Gallup Middle College High School recently won a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grant. The Fulbright is a huge deal, according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. “The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges,” a UNM-G’s press release states. Olea will be in the Netherlands for 6 months on the Fulbright award where he said he plans on studying and learning “how the Dutch incorporate entrepreneurship into their high schools.” While there he will be based at Utrecht University, the flagship university of the Netherlands. Olea, who received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley a nd his Ma ster’s in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, has worked for the past 13 years as a teacher and instructional leader in the northwest New Mexico area. He has been with Middle College High School for three of those years. In his capacity as a teacher at Middle College, which is a charter school operating in partnership with UNM-G and Gallup McKinley County Schools, Olea’s teaching and research both center around entrepreneurship. When Olen speaks of entrepreneurship, a fire comes to his eyes, and a passion is clearly there. He means “entrepreneurship” in the traditional sense of starting a business. But, he also speaks often on what he calls “institutions.” “I want them learning how to organize not only businesses, but also social enterprises,” he said, of his students. “Many traditional schools are not preparing students to build those COMMUNITY
Gallup Middle College High School teacher Martin Olea, proud to be in partnership with UNM-G. Photo credit: Jonathan Gregg institutions, rather they are just preparing them for work”. In addition to entrepreneurship and “institutions,” Olea is also passionate about leadership. “One of the main issues with rural communities is economic development, or lack thereof,” he said. “Kids leave and they don’t come back, and part of that is mindset. We need to work with them to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, the visionaries that can lead.” Middle College is a unique program in which sophomores and juniors can apply, and if accepted they take college courses along with their high school courses, and graduate with both a high school diploma as well as an Associates of Arts degree. The school is in high demand, and has a maximum capacity of 100 students. Olea said that “applications usually exceed that number,” and when they do, spots are allocated based on a lottery. Olea has positively impacted many students lives during his time at Middle
College, such as Max Olsen. Olsen, who graduated Middle College this year and is currently a junior at UNM, said Olea certainly deserves the Fulbright. “Honestly, if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in college,” he said. While Olsen said that “his classes are the best,” what really stood out to him was Olea’s “Socratic Seminars.” According to the website readwritethink.org: “The Socratic seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks openended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.” “Those classes taught me how to actually listen, process information, formulate a thought, and respond,” Olsen said. “They laid the groundwork for me to think about starting my own business, to be the master of my own fate.” Olea’s colleagues are also impressed
with his level of work and passion. Ron Schali, who teaches at Middle College and has known Olea for over 10 years, lauded his teaching skills. “Martin is one of those rare people who have a broad range of knowledge across a broad range of disciplines,” he said. “He is one of the smartest people I know.” The theme of Olea being multi-disciplinary comes up often with both his students and his colleagues. His alternative approaches to teaching, and multiple viewpoints help to stimulate participation from students in the classroom. “Many of our students come from non-traditional or challenging life situations. He helps them,” Schali said. “Martin has worked with many students on the verge of dropping out, and now several of those kids are in college. He is a very positive person with young people.” Olea will be leaving in January and will be back in Gallup the summer of 2018.
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COG Annual Awards: Jaramillo, Wilson recognized as ‘champions’ By Don Jaramillo City of Grants Special Projects
RANTS – Two longtime City of Grants residents were recognized during the Northwest New Mex ico Cou nci l of Governments annual luncheon. Each year, the NWNMCOG, commonly referred to as COG, selects individuals from each of the three counties it serves for the awards of “Regional Champion”. In addition, COG, the non-profit organization that assists local governments, this year chose to include an “At Large Champion.” City of Grants manager Laura Jaramillo was awarded Regional Champion for Cibola County and Arnold Wilson, a US Forest Service and Mt. Taylor Ranger District representative, was awarded as At Large Champion. Both, Jaramillo and Wilson, were recognized for their part in the Zuni Mountains Trails Project and associated projects.
From left, COG board chairwoman GloJean Todacheene; COG executive director Jeff Kiely; City of Grants manager and “Regional Champion” Laura Jaramillo, and Grants’ assistant city manager Les Gaines. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Kiely “It is an honor to be recognized and acknowledged for the work that not only I, but many, conducted over an 8-year time span to help in the process that now will enable us to designate trails and trailheads in the Zuni Mountains,” said Jaramillo after she accepted the award.
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Jaramillo, a longtime strong advocate for trails, is a member on the Mt. Taylor Zuni Mountain Collaborative and the Zuni Mountain Trail Partnership. “This award reinforces the idea that commitment, hard work, patience, and perseverance pays off,” she said. “As we
move forward with the Zuni Mountain Trails project, I feel proud to know that I was able to make a contribution to a project that I feel will have a tremendous benefit to our region. I thank McKinley County and more specifically Larry Winn, and The Cibola Forest Service for reaching out and inviting Grants/Cibola County to be a part of this project and for helping to lead the process.” New assistant city manager for the City of Grants, Les Gaines, presented Jaramillo with the award on Wednesday at the El Morro Events Center in Gallup, where COG’s annual luncheon took place. Jaramillo, a former educator including being principal at Mesa View Elementary for three years, was director of Future Family Foundations Center for 14 years where she was credited for gaining more than $3 million in grant funds. The Family Center provides services and programs to support the positive development of individuals and families
in Cibola County. Jaramillo, who is married with three grown children and two grandchildren, has now been Grants’ city manager for three years. Recently, she strongly recommended to the mayor and council that the city provide fiscal agent services to the county for its upcoming Recreational Trails Program grant to build-out the Quartz Hill trail system. Jaramillo’s recommendation was supported unanimously by the council. “She is in no doubt the most diligent member of the Partnership highlighted in her willingness to go the extra-mile,” said a COG representative. “The partnership depending on the fact that when Laura gave her word, things got done… The COG is bestowing Laura Jaramillo with this award to cement her leadership in this critical project and on many successful regional initiatives. She never lost sight of the bigger picture that this regional project would raise all boat and provide an economic driver for the region. Without her vision and leadership, the Zuni Mountain Trails Project would not have been possible.” Also recognized as regional champions were Larry Winn of McKinley County and Arvin Trujillo San Juan County. The outside partner, or “At Large Champion,” recognized was Wilson, a Forest Service employee in the area for more than 20 years. From timber to recreation; from fires to restoration, Wilson has managed area forests and its resources with distinction and with a light touch. COG provided Wilson with the award to shine a spotlight on his humble and unsung service to the region and for assisting the Partnership in navigating the Forest Service system for decades. A COG representative said, “In May 2017 when District R a n ger A lv i n W h it eh a i r signed the Decision Notice, the Partnership learned that nearly $1.7 million was going to be invested to start the 200 plus non-motorized, multi-use trail system. While many of us dreamed that this day would happen, Arnold made it happen, day in and day out.” Trail design and construction will start in the Spring of 2019. COMMUNITY
CRASH SHINES | FROM PAGE 3 he said “there have been 213 crashes year-to-date, which is 56 more then all of 2016. There have also been 32 fatalities, which is one less than all 2016.” A com mon theme w ith many of these crashes is distracted driving. According to a 2015 study by the National H i g hw a y T r a f f i c S a fe t y Administration, 14 to 18 percent of all crashes involve distracted dr iv ing, which includes texting. There were over 391,000 distracted-drivi ng cra shes i n 2015, a nd almost 3,500 deaths. One of those deaths was Michael Jakino of Farmington, N.M., father of 2016 Miss New Mex ico Su m mer Ja k i no Whistle. On the bike riding with him was Jacinko-Whistle’s mother, Robin Jakino, who was severely injured. This Labor Day weekend ma rked the two-year anniversary of the accident. On Sept. 6, 2015, Michael and Robin Jakino were on U.S. Route 550, north of Durango, when a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction crossed over the center line and hit them head on. Michael Jakino was pronounced dead on the scene, and Robin Jakino had to have a significant portion of her leg amputated. Robin Jakino is still dealing with the physical trauma now two years later, having several surgeries to repair damage from infections. “Her leg is now amputated up to near the hip, which makes getting a prosthetic diff icult because there is nothing left to attach it to,” Jakino-Whistle said. Jakino-Whistle describes her father as “an amazing m a n .” He w a s ch a i r m a n of the board for San Juan Regional Medical Center, and he worked extensively with underprivileged youth. “Daddy was also the head of the Kiwanis Club,” she said, adding that he “was very popular with the community.” One of the men Michael Jakino counted among his f r iend s wa s S en. St even Neville, R-San Juan. After the tragic death of her father, Jakino-Whistle pa r tnered with Nev ille to i ntroduce Senate Bi l l 55, which would increase fines for the first offense for careless COMMUNITY
Paramedics work on getting motorcyclist Francisca Wright stabilized after she crashed into a vehicle that made a left turn in front of her Sept. 3. Photo Credit: Sandra Pruitt driving from $25 to $100, and fines for subsequent infractions would cost wayward drivers $500-$1,000. Nev i l le s a id t h a t t h i s “would put careless driving at least on par with speeding tickets.” He went on to say that while the penalty for careless driving currently does not carry any penalty of points on a dr iver’s license, a nd getting the fines more in line with speeding tickets would help facilitate the conversation of applying points and “that could be a real deterrent for many drivers,”and would penalize those who do not pay attention. “The more offensive it is to the offender, the better,” Jakino-Whistle said. Neville said that the bill made it all the way through the Senate, but it ran out of time before the 60-day legislative session ended. When asked if he would be introducing the bill next session, Neville said that it would “be challenging,” as ever y other session is a shor ter 30-day session, and topics are supposed to be confined to budget matters.
A DANGEROUS COCKTAIL: TEXTING/TALKING WHILE DRIVING While it’s not immediately clear what caused the driver to hit Wright, texting and talking on cellphones keeps making news headline in the form of tragic accidents. Cit ies such a s Ga l lup, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe have bans on texting/talking and driving, but there’s no st ate -w ide ba n, w it h one exception – novice drivers. Or those who are younger than
18, or drivers holding a learner’s permit or a provisional license. They are prohibited from using hand held devices while driving. According to DMV.com, “New Mexico is one of the states with the most lenient d i s t r a c t e d d r iv i n g l aw s , and has no statewide text
messaging ban for all drivers,” a ban that has been enacted in many other states.” In addition to the leniency in the current distracted driving laws, another issue is the accuracy of witness statements on exactly what happened when a motorcycle vs. car accident occurs. Gallegos said that often bystanders “associate noise with speed,” and that when it comes time to give a statement the recollection of a loud motorcycle, it may color their memory of events. According to Huffington Post, 98 percent of adults know that distracted driving is “unsafe.” It’s even enough for CNBC to declare that “texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving.” Despite the claims and data, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 31 percent of people admit to having sent/read text messages in the last 30 days while driving, and
according to a Virginia Tech study, this takes drivers eyes of the road for 4.6 seconds. At a speed of 60 miles an hour, a driver would cover 134 yards in that time. To put that in context, the longest play in NFL history is 109 yards. So, in the space of one text, a driver would travel farther than anyone in the NFL’s 97-year history. While distracted driving is an issue for drivers, it is particularly important for a motorcyclist. A NTHSA study found that in all motorcycle accidents occurring between motorcyclists and cars, the motorcyclist was either not at fault or less at fault than the other driver 80 percent of the time. Furthermore, the federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars. D e s p i t e t h i s d a n g e r, Gallegos said, “We love to ride, it is a sense of freedom”
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“It’ will send shivers down your spine RATING: ««« OUT OF 4 STARS RUNNING TIME: 135 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun
t has only been a few weeks since a Stephen King adaptation has been at cinemas. T he Dark Tower came and went without much fanfare or success. However, the horror film It seems likely to fare much better with audiences and bring in stronger box office returns. Previously produced as a popular miniseries, the new feature updates the story and adds gruesome and disturbing turns too violent for network television. But does the end result send chills down the spine? For most, the answer will be yes. In fact, this feature excels at maximizing the creep factor out of its supernatural lead antagonist, an ancient and evil life form known as Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). Every 27 years in a small town in the state of Maine, the monster comes out of hibernation to terrify and devour children, often using the guise of a clown. The movie begins in 1989, where a new group of young outcasts find themselves targeted by the creature and must do everything they can to survive the onslaught.
Those familiar with the book will know that the events are set over two separate time periods. However, this movie only tackles the first half of the novel, dealing exclusively with the characters as children and their early encounters with Pennywise. In some respects, it’s a wise move, allowing several of the characters a chance to be more developed than they might have been in a more condensed version. The roles of Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Beverly (Sophia Lillis) are given the most emphasis and make the biggest impressions. However, while given much less to work with, the young supporting cast still come across as agreeable and likable. As with many horror movies, the villain is as important as the heroes. The latest take on Pennywise is certainly chilling, even if some viewers may wonder about the character’s motives and reasoning for not being more aggressive at certain points in the film. Still, CGI technology allows this version to morph disturbingly. It also chases and hunts the kids in a more blunt and physical manner than in the previous version, at times twisting its body around or moving in strange and unnatural ways. Several early attack scenes work well, including a bit with a character being chased through a library. Still, the antagonist’s sewer grate introduction is the film’s
Pennywise the clown is back in town to gobble up some kids. Hmm, maybe leave the younger children at home for this one, as this is the stuff made of ghastly nightmares. Now playing. Photo Credit: New Line Cinema highlight and most unsettling sequence. There’s a real attempt to follow the book as closely as possible here, which does lead to a few story issues. This movie features seven youngsters as its leads and that’s an awful lot of people to deal with. It also means that all of the kids have to encounter Pennywise individually before teaming up. So, even though the scare scenes are effectively rendered, it does become repetitive to see similar variations on a theme occur again and again. Ultimately, this slows the pacing down. And all of the adults in the film come across as utterly horrible,
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nother edition, another busy slate of releases on Blu-ray and DVD featuring all kinds of flicks. Don’t worry, we’ve got all of the highlights right here. 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! All Eyez on Me - This biopic chronicles the short life of rapper/actor/ p o e t /a c t i v ist Tupac S h a k u r. Starting with his early days in New York, the story charts his rise to fame in the music industry as well as the events that ultimately led to his untimely death. Unfortunately, notices were quite poor for the drama and the film wasn’t even screened for critics before its theatrical run. Those who did see it commented that while the lead actor was solid, the screenplay was flat and the movie felt like a rushed, superficial effort that didn’t offer any new insight into the artist. It stars Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohen, Hill Harper, Jamal Woodward and Danai Gurira. Austin Found - A mother who yearns for fame and celebrity takes extreme action in this dark comedy. She decides to fake her daughter’s kidnapping for publicity, enlisting the help of her ex-boyfriend and his ex-con buddy. Of course, these actions result in unexpected consequences. Reviews were weak for this feature. There were compliments directed towards the lead actress, but complaints that the tone was never clear or consistent, muting many of the attempts at humor. The cast includes Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Jaime Pressly, Kristin Schaal, Patrick Warburton, Chris Parnell and Craig Robinson. Band Aid - The plot of this music-themed indie release involves a couple who can’t stop bickering and fighting. In an attempt to save their COMMUNITY
relationship, they take the advice of a therapist and start a band, writing and dealing with their issues specially through a collection of tunes. Critics really enjoyed this independent feature. A few called the concept gimmicky. However, the vast majority liked the couple, found the approach unique and enjoyed the amusing story turns. Sounds like this could be a fun one. It features Zoe Lister- Jones, Ada m Pa lly, Fred Armisen, Susie Essman, Hannah Simone and Ravi Patel. A Dark Song - This indie horror feature from Wales involves a bereaved young mother who decides to take up black magic in order to establish contact with the dead and have her deepest wish fulfilled. She befriends an occultist and after performing a few rites, the pair end up raising something far more dangerous than they imagined. The press didn’t mind this chiller and had many positive things to say about it. Apparently, it does a decent job of creating tension and a creepy mood. And two leads were said to be engaging enough to hold attention through a story set, for the most part, within one locale. Steve Oram and Catherine Walker headline the picture. First Kill - A Wall Street broker tries to reconnect with his estranged son by heading out for a vacation at a cabin in the woods and do some hunting... if you’re ever seen a movie before, you know that is always a bad idea. They run afoul of some crooks, witness a murder and must survive in the elements with bad guys on their tail. That’s one way of bonding, I suppose. Reviews were very poor for this little action flick. Terms like unmemorable, run-of-the-mill, bland and generic were used in writeups to describe the action flick. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Hayden Christensen, Ty Shelton, Megan Leonard and Gethin Anthony. The Ghoul - In this independent UK thriller, a homicide detective goes undercover in order to investigate a psychiatrist that he believes is linked to a bizarre
double murder. Posing as a patient, he begins to question everything as his therapy sessions bend reality and cause mental instability. Notices were pretty decent for this low-budget effort. Not everyone was charmed, but it was stated by many that the movie does an excellent job of creating a strange, trippy atmosphere and that it stays with the viewer after the credits roll. It features Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe and Rufus Jones. The Last Face - This effort features some big names but didn’t get much publicity during its limited run a month or so ago. Set in Liberia, the plot involves a love affair between a member of an international aid organization and a doctor, all set against the backdrop of war. The majority of reviewers hammered this movie (that was directed by Sean Penn), calling it a well-intentioned project, but one that was also confusing, heavy-handed and at times pretentious. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It stars Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos, Jarrid Harris, Jean Reno and Denise Newman. Lowriders - Set in East LA, this tale involves car enthusiasts; specifically, a talented young artist who finds himself trapped between his aesthetic interests and those of his vehicle-obsessed father and ex-con brother. He decides to design spray paint art for their cars in order to help them win a competition. Reaction to this drama was split down the middle. Half thought it was a bit too low-key and uneventful, but just as many believed the movie was earnest and provided a curious look into a very specific cultural scene. The cast includes Gabriel Chavarria, Demian Bichir, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Melissa Benoist. Megan Leavey - This true life war story tells the tale of a marine corporal deployed to Iraq. She is assigned to train an aggressive military combat dog for bomb retrieval. The two form a bond and help save numerous soldiers on over one hundred missions. However, a tragic accident in the line of duty threatens the lives of both heroes. Reviews were quite good for the drama. A few complained that it tried to
emotionally manipulate viewers in too obvious a fashion, but most found it a sweet and heartfelt tribute. Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Common and Will Patton headline the movie. P a r i s C a n Wa it - Eleanor Coppola (wife of filmmaker Francis Ford C o p p ol a) directs this romantic c o m e d y about an American woman who decides to take a little trip to the south of France while her workaholic husband tends to business in Paris. She meets a charming local who agrees to take her around the countryside for some good food and discussion. Critics were mixed on the final result. Some thought that the locations and food were beautiful, but a few more criticized the movie for offering little in the way of deep conversation and having a very passive heroine. It stars Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard. Queen of the Desert - The latest narrative feature from acclaimed director Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man and too many others to list here) involves a turnof-the-century woman who decides resist the social codes of the day and head out on a lifelong adventure across the Middle East. Along the way, she encounters various romantic interests and unique personalities. This one didn’t make much of an impact with the press. Reviewers called it pretty to look at, but slow-moving and they didn’t find themselves emotionally invested in the proceedings. The cast includes Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson and Jenny Agutter. Raw - This French-language horror flick tells the story of a vegetarian veterinarian who is forced to eat animal flesh during a student hazing ritual. Unfortunately, it has a strange effect on the woman, who begins to develop and insatiable hunger for raw flesh. Extreme creepiness ensues. Critics were very disturbed by the end results and gave it strong marks for its efforts.
They called it an effectively shocking and occasionally funny coming-of-age tale that tackles deeper themes between the graphic bloodshed. It features Garance Miller, Ella Rumph and Laurent Lucas. Rough Night - A group of college friends reunite for a wild bachelorette party in Miami. They hire a male stripper whom they accidentally kill and spend the remainder of the trip attempting to cover up the mishap and the complications that follow. Notices were not particularly strong for the comedy. There were a few who admitted it had enough laughs here and there to grant it a pass. However, while liking the cast, most referred to the movie as badly-paced and mentioned that the jokes generally missed the mark. Some suggested that it ultimately came across as too formulaic to be funny. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Grazer, Jillian Bell and Demi Moore. S c o r e: A F i l m Mu s i c Documentary - Numerous movie music composers are interviewed for this documentary feature about the process of scoring. They talk about how the notes elevate emotional investment in features and what makes a piece of music coupled to a film not only memorable, but occasionally iconic. Reviews were excellent from those who saw it. While they admitted that it detailed a very brief look at the history of compositions created for movies, the write-ups said that all of the genial participants offered up interesting tidbits and thoughts about their professions. Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Quincy Jones, John Williams and Trent Reznor are just some of the featured interviewees. The Wedding Plan - This foreig n-la ng ua ge comedy from Israel is about a fiancé who receives a shocking message from her husband-to-be a month before their wedding. He has decided to bow out of the ceremony. While most beg her to cancel, the young woman decides to go ahead, believing that fate will provide her with a new husband in time for the event. Notices were very good for this feature.
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SPORTS 360 Week in area sports: Four-school roundup By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent
GALLUP SPORTS Gallup H ig h d id n’t have a lot going on this week as the Football team had a bye, and the Volleyball teams and Cross Countr y squads do not play until the weekend. That leaves the two soccer teams, neither of which are doing all that well. There are some glimmers shining through though. For the girls team, it is a spark plug freshman, Kennedy Smiley, who has already earned one Player of the Game Award this season. To be honest, I have not seen her play but I understand that she covers the field well and gives the opponents fits from whatever position she plays. Keep me informed on her progress as I likely will not attend too many games this month. And the boys team finally earned a W, 2-1 over Grants. Fans can only hope for more as the season wears on. Otherwise it was a dismal week. After the win by the boys, they went to E. Mountain and got clobbered 9-1. The girl didnt do any better, getting shut out twice, 4-0 by Grants and 9-0 by E. Mountain. Smile, take a deep breath, and keep your fingers crossed!
MIYAMURA SPORTS Soccer O n ly t he t wo s o c c e r tea ms d rew los ses t h is last week, the boys losing to Piedra Vista 3-1 and Belen 2-1 while the girls went down 7-0 to Valencia and 6-1 to Belen. Otherwise, the week couldnt have been much more perfect. Cross Country The Lady Pats not only took first at the Rehoboth Invite but
had runners in first place for both races. Freshman Kila Vicente (22:24) and junior Ty McCray (17:51) finished in first as Vicente pulled two more teammates into the top 15: seniors Lauryn Thomas (6th in 23:57) and Ashley Thomas (13th in 24:35). The other scorers for the Lady Patriots were sophomore Autumn Enot (27th in 26:39) and freshman Nikkie Nez (35th in 27:37). The Miyamura boys placed fou r th beh ind some ver y strong teams from LagunaAcoma, Many Farms, and Zuni. Patriot sophomore Rylie Watson placed 11th in 19:39, and Elijah Begay was 14th in 20:15. Incomplete information was responsible for the lack of more places for the Pats in this story. Football A quick look at the football stats on Max Preps will let you know that the Patriots are playing well this year. The national stats show the Miyamura team is only slightly down in the rushing category but they are way up in passing and receiving, touchdowns, interceptions, and passing touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Chavez is 25-38-1 in the air for an average toss of 16.7 yards. Chavez is also the teams leading rusher with 259 yards of the teams 324, though coach Wes Shanks attributes most of that to broken plays and a talent for scrambling. The only QB on the team that has better stats is the backup McFarland, who is 2-2 (100 percent) and his average yardage per pass is 19.5 yards. He has no touchdowns though, so well still list him at #2 for now. The top receiver is Brandon Vidal with 145 yards on five catches and four touchdowns. He also has an interception return for another 82 yards. A J Silva ha s caught seven passes for 123 yards and one touchdown, while Giovanni Chioda has caught five passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Chioda also returned a kick 40 yards. To be blunt, Rio Grande did not have a chance Saturday
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aftersoon against the Patriots. Miyamura scored the first 26 points of the contest, then took a prolonged time out for the Ravens to score twice, holding the Pats to a three and out series for the first time this year. Miyamura came back with the last 12 unanswered points and that was it. Volleyball Coach David Scott pushed his ladies to two wins lat Saturday, 3-0 over Santa Fe Indian School and 3-1 over Bosque and then ran his team record to 6-0 for the season with a 3-0 shutout over Laguna Acoma. Keep up the winning string, ladies!
REHOBOTH SPORTS Boys’ Soccer A tie at 2 in St. Johns and a narrow 2-1 loss to Round Valley will all be chalked up to experience since both games were against Arizona teams. Districts are upcoming though and the boys will have to start playing better and harder. Cross Country Could not get in touch with coach Elmer Yazzie today; stuck in a rut. Promise I’ll do better next time. Devin Toddy was the highest place finisher for the boys at their home meet, coming in 13th in 19:58. Girl’ Soccer The Lady Lynx only had one game on the pitch this week, losing to Round Valley 5-1. Volleyball The Lady Lynx beat Dulce and Cottonwood Classical Prep by identical 3-0 scores, running their record to 5-0 for the season.
WINGATE SPORTS It is a familiar story for Wingate, the only one of t he fou r s cho ol s we cover that has absolutely no
summer sports program to help prepare for the Fall season. Its a shame that most of the athletes at Wingate do not get much of a chance to practice until they move into their dorms when school starts. This phenomenon occurs only in the Fall, after school has been dismissed for almost three months. It it the time of the year when almost every student has to regroup his mind and his body to the rigors they will face for the next nine months, in the classroom and
on the fields of play. I have a special place in my heart for the coaches and their athletes who endeavor to put their best efforts forward at this time of year. The football Bears lost to Santa Fe Indian School 57-6, Crownpoint blanked the volleyball girls 3-0, but the best results may have been in Cross Country, where the scores from the Thoreau Meet were not reported. Keep working, and dont forget, «Yeego, Shush, Yeego!»
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see this excellent film getting some attention with a nice high definition upgrade. Universal are putting a couple of notable flicks out on Bluray as well. Dea d Me n Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) is a funny, comedic homage to Film-Noir that stars Steve Martin as a gumshoe detective. Incorporating footage from movies of 40s and 50s, he interacts with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and other classic film stars as he attempts to unravel a mystery. It’s quite funny and may also provide some enjoyment by picking out all of the different titles that have been incorporated into the narrative. They also have the comedy sequel, Fletch Lives (1989). In it, the title character (played by Chevy Chase) heads down to Louisiana after inheriting property from a deceased relative. After arriving, he ends up trying to solve a local murder. Honestly, in my opinion this effort isn’t nearly as hilarious and sharp as the 1985 original. However, looking online it appears that there are some out there do prefer this sequel to its predecessor. They’ll be happy with its release, as will anyone who wants to own both Fletch features. Criterion always do their
While all suggested that it was a fairly straight-forward comedy, they complimented the movie’s sweet and charming approach to the material. The cast includes Noa Koler and Oz Zehavi.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! There’s plenty of classic titles arriving in high definition as well. Shout! Factory have the Michael Keaton comedy Mr. Mom (1983). While it certainly wouldn’t be a big deal today, the plot of this feature is centered on a man who gets laid off and decides on being a househusband. Humor is derived from his clueless attempts at taking care of the home and family. The movie arrives as a Collector’s Edition that includes a documentary on the film with its producers and co-stars. There’s also a theatrical trailer included. Kino are releasing a Bluray of the Osca r-w i n ner, T hey Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969). Jane Fonda and Michael Serrazin star in this Depression-era tale of a group of desperate contestants trying to win a cash prize at a competitive dance marathon. If memory serves, it’s a really tense film that maintains an effectively rough and gloomy tone throughout. This one hasn’t gotten as much recognition as some of its contemporaries over the years, so it’s nice to
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OPIOID | FROM PAGE 8 remained steady during the past 10 years, deaths due to prescription drugs – particularly opioid pain relievers – have increased dramatically, nearly doubling between 2000 and 2014. New Mexico’s death rate from drug overdose grew in lockstep with the increasing sale and distribution of opioid drugs by the manufacturers and wholesale distributors. The New Mexico Department of Health estimates that in 2007 alone prescription opioid abuse and misuse cost the State of New Mexico $890 million for items such as excess medical and prescription costs, lost earnings from premature deaths and costs associated with correctional facilities and police services. Attorney General Balderas filed this lawsuit as part of the Office of the Attorney Gener a l’s P roject OPEN:
Opioid Prevention & Education Network. Through this targeted enforcement effort, the Office of the Attorney General works aggressively to bring civil enforcement actions against individuals and businesses who have harmed vulnerable New Mexican populations and New Mexican taxpayers.
rates were more than five times the national rate. · DOH reports that Naloxone was deployed by self-reporting individuals pursuant to the needle exchange program 850 times in 2014 and 790 times in 2015 in the State of New Mexico (otherwise resulting in overdose/wrongful deaths in the State of New Mexico). THE PROBLEM: · Close to ha l f of NM counties have a drug overdose · Since 2008, New Mexico death rate that is one and half has had one of the highest rates times higher than the US rate. of drug overdose death in the · New Mex ico’s deat h United States. rate from prescription drugs · On average, over 500 exceeds the statewide death New Mexicans die annually rate from illicit drugs in more of a d r ug overdose, a nd than half of the counties. approximately 70% of those · Over the last 14 years, we deaths resulted from either have seen overdose deaths caused opioid pain relievers or heroin. by prescription opioids rise faster · On average, that’s seven deaths a week resulting from either opioid pain relievers or DACA | FROM PAGE 8 heroin. · In Rio Arriba County and Mora County, overdose death lose its protections, and will be exposed to removal when their authorizations expire and they cannot seek renewal. The individuals who have relied on Sept. 14, Thursday DACA are now more vulnerGHS BS vs. Los Lunas, 4/5:30 able to removal than before GHS GS @ Los Lunas, 4/6 the program was initiated, MHS BS @ Valencia, 3 as they turned over sensitive MHS VB vs. Wingate, 4 RCHS GS @ Laguna Acoma, 4:30 RCHS VB vs. Rehoboth Tourn., TBA (3-day Tournament) WHS VB @ Miyamura, 7 Abbreviations used as follows: GHS-Gallup High School, MHS-Miyamura High School, RCHS-Rehoboth Christian High School, WHS-Wingate High School, BS-Boys’ Soccer, CC-Cross Country, FB-Football, GSGirls’ Soccer, VB-Volleyball All schedules are subject to change without warning. Please check with your schools’ Activity Director to ensure the event will take place on that particular day.
Sept. 08, Friday GHS FB vs. Thoreau, 7 GHS VB @ Piedra Vista, TBA MHS FB (Bye Week) RCHS BS @ Show Low Tourn., TBA WHS VB @ Piedra Vista, TBA Sept. 09, Saturday GHS CC @ Chinle, 8 GHS VB @ Piedra Vista, TBA MHS CC vs. Miyamura Invite, 9 RCHS BS @ Show Low Tourn., TBA WHS VB @ Piedra Vista, TBA Sept. 11, Monday MHS BS @ Wingate JV,5 Sept. 12, Tuesday GHS BS vs. Rehoboth, 6 GHS GS @ Rehoboth, 4 GHS VB vs. Shiprock, 7 MHS GS vs. Navajo Prep, 4 RCHS BS vs Gallup, 6 RCHS GS vs Gallup, 4 Sept. 13, Wednesday GHS VB @ Navajo Prep, 7
counties, over 80% of every 100 citizens has a prescription for opioids. · Approximately 175,800 people in New Mexico are currently prescribed opioids. · More people use prescr iption opioids tha n tobacco. · In Rio Arriba County, 64 out of every 1000 babies born suffers from Neonatal A b s t i nence S y nd r ome - - a condition caused when the child is exposed to addictive opioids while in the womb and is born addicted. That’s 10 times the national average for this syndrome. · Drug overdose deaths as a leading cause of death has surpassed motor vehicle crash deaths in New Mexico.
information to the federal government in their applications. Despite the federal government’s repeated promises that it would not use such information to conduct enforcement measures, the Memorandum does not explain how the government will keep that information secure, nor does it provide any assurances that immigration enforcement agents will not use such
information to find and remove those who applied for DACA. Rescinding DACA will cause harm to hundreds of thousands of the States’ residents, injure State-run colleges and universities, upset the States’ workplaces, damage the States’ economies, hurt State-based companies, and disrupt the States’ statutory and regulatory interests
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Aug. 31, Thursday GHS BS 2, Grants 1 GHS GS 0, Grants 4 MHS BS 1, Piedra Vista 3 RCHS BS 2, St. Johns 2 WHS FB 6, SFIS 57 WHS VB 0, Crownpoint 3 Sept. 2, Saturday MHS CC @ Rehoboth: Girls (1st Place) 75 Points; Boys (4th Place) 117 Points. MHS FB 38, Rio Grande 13 MHS GS 0, Valencia 7 MHS VB 3, SFIS 0 MHS VB 3, Bosque, 1 RCHS BS 1, Round Valley 2
than deaths caused by heroin. · Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. · From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died in the US from drug overdoses. · In New Mexico, Hispanic men had the highest drug overdose death rate with an average age of death of 45. · In Lincoln County, 92.6% of every 100 citizens has a prescription for opioids. · In over a third of NM
RCHS CC vs 17 teams; Girls (10th Place) 231 Points; Boys (9th Place) 182 Points. RCHS GS 1, Round Valley 5 RCHS VB 3, Dulce 0 WHS CC @ Thoreau, Scores Not Reported Sept. 5, Tuesday GHS BS 1, E. Mtn. 9 GHS GS 0, E. Mtn. 9 MHS BS 1, Belen 2 MHS GS 1, Belen 6 MHS VB 3, Laguna Acoma 0 RCHS VB 3, Cottonwood Prep 0
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DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 20 best to give classics their proper due. This week, they have a Blu-ray of the Alfred Hitchcock mystery, Rebecca (1940). It comes with a 4K restoration, a film historian analysis, an interview about the special effects, multiple making-of documentaries, screen tests, notes from Hitchcock about the production, interviews with the stars and director, multiple radio versions of the film being performed for broadcast and many other bonuses. And finally, ClassicFlix have a Blu-ray of the FilmNoir, Crime of Passion (1957) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden and Raymond Burr.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some titles children may enjoy. Curious George: Spooky Fun Daniel Tiger’s
Neighborhood: King Daniel for a Day G umby: The Gumby Movie L E G O N I NJAG O: Ma st e r s of S p injitzu: Season 7 Litt l e Wolf ’s Book of Badness
ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. Criminal Minds: Season 12 Endeavour (PBS - BBC) The Flash: Season 3 Hawaii Five-O: Season 7 Ju st S h oot Me: The Complete Series LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 7 Poldark Revealed (PBS) Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark (PBS) South Park: Season 20 Supernatural: Season 12 A Time To Dance (Lifetime) W hen Calls the Heart: Healing Heart (Lifetime)
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR SEPT. 8 - 14, 2017 FRIDAY Sept. 8 COMPUTER CLASS: BASIC TABLET SKILLS 10:30 am to 12:30 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You can register at the library Front Desk, call (505) 863-1291, or e-mail: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov SATURDAY Sept. 9 ARTCRAWL: FAIR AND SQUARE Come on down to ArtsCrawl in for hayrides, pie eating contests, square dancing, a street picnic, and more county fair-inspired fun. 7-9 pm, Downtown Gallup. Free. SATURDAY STORIES 10:30 - 11 am @ Children’s Branch. Join us at 10:30 am for the first Saturday Stories Session. This story time is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family while encouraging literacy and lifelong learning skills. GET UP AND GAME 4 - 5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Get moving with these fun and active Kinect video games! SUNDAY Sept. 10 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. TAIZE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE A Taize candlelight service will take place at 4 pm. Peace will be explored through music, chant, prayer, quiet time, scripture, and readings of various faith traditions. Location: 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive near Orleans Manor Apartments). Call Kathy Mezoff (505) 8706136. MONDAY Sept. 11 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. COMPUTER CLASS: 3D PRINTING 5 - 7 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You can register at the library Front Desk, call (505) 863-1291, or e-mail: libtrain@gallupnm. gov LINCOLN ELEMENTARY “A” GRADE CELEBRATION Come out and celebrate Lincoln Elementary school’s “A” grade, a designation given by the New Mexico Public Education Department from 5:50 - 7 pm. It’s also the groundCALENDAR
breaking of the new Lincoln Elementary! 502 Old Zuni Rd. TUESDAY Sept. 12 GADGET GARAGE TECHNOLOGY HOUR From 3 - 4 pm @ Main Branch. Bring in your personal technology devices and our technology trainer will answer questions and help you trouble shoot. Gadget Garage is on a first come first serve basis. For questions call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. MAKERS CLUB (6 AND OLDER) 4 - 5 pm @ Children’s Branch Science and engineering for the whole family. This week: Spaghetti Challenge WEDNESDAY Sept. 13 GMCS EDUCATION MATTERS “LIVESTREAM” Join the school district’s livestream session today at: gmcs.k12.nm.us or facebook. com/gallupmckinleycountyschools. Today, the community engagement team will be on hand to share recent news, research, trends, and thoughts. HISPANIC HERITAGE FILMS: MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR 5:30 - 7 pm @ Main Branch. Throughout Hispanic Heritage month, the Octavia Fellin Library will be showing great films about Hispanic culture and characters. This week we’re showing Milagro Beanfield War, a comedy-drama adapted from a novel by John Nichols. Free popcorn provided. TODDLER TIME (AGES 2 TO 4) 10:30 - 11:30 am @ Children’s Branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. THURSDAY Sept. 14 COMPUTER CLASS: EL PORTAL DATABASE AND SEARCHING 3 - 5 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You can register at the library Front Desk, call (505) 863-1291, or e-mail: email@example.com CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4 - 5 pm@ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Tissue Paper Collage MONTHLY MEETING Meet with Councilor Fran Palochak (District 4). Councilor Palochak will listen to your concerns, compliments, and complaints. 6-8 pm, Stagecoach Elementary school, 1498 Freedom, Dr.
ONGOING CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3 to 5 pm at the Octavia Fellin Library. When those Mondays are holidays, the meetings are on the following Monday. Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues are welcome. Call (505) 722-0039 for information. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am - noon, Tue - Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7 - 9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. GREEN REVOLUTION 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 handson 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. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week.
Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. 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) 7219208, or (505) 870-1483. 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 NORTHFEST On Sept. 15, celebrate the Northside Community! Events: language, community, and storytelling. Special thanks to event sponsor, Councilor Linda Garcia. 10 am-3 pm, UNM-G North Campus, 425 N 7th St. Free. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES Gallup McKinley County Schools wants to remind that parent-teacher conferences begin Sept. 18. Please check with your child’s school for exact date/time. FALL INTO BOOKS Roosevelt Elementary parents and students are invited to the “FALL into a GOOD BOOK Reading Night, from 6 - 7 pm. The first half hour will be spent going over interactive research based strategies for parents. The second half hour will involve an interactive session between parents, students and teachers. Each student will receive a book, and parents a certificate of attendance. Light refreshments will be served. 400 E. Logan, Gallup. GALLUP INTERFAITH GATHERING On Sept. 19, Gallup Interfaith Gathering will be held at 6:30 pm. Bring food or drink for a shared meal. All are welcome! Bring a friend. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 State Highway 564 (Boardman Drive). Call (505) 9053247. MONTHLY MEETING On Sep. 21, meet with Coun-
cilor Fran Palochak (District 4). Councilor Palochak will listen to your concerns, compliments, and complaints. 6-8 pm, Turpen Elementary School, 3310 Manuelito Dr. COMEDY LEGENDS, THE SECOND CITY On Sept. 23, Chicago’s legendary sketch and improve comedy theater is coming to the Farmington Civic Center at 7:30 pm, with “The Best of The Second City.” This mustsee show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. For ticket information, call (505) 599-1148. FALL CAREER FAIR Hosted by UNM-Gallup. 10 am- 1pm, Gurley Hall, UNM-Gallup. GMCS EDUCATION MATTERS “LIVESTREAM” Join the school district’s livestream session Sept. 27 at: gmcs.k12. nm.us or facebook.com/gallupmckinleycountyschools. Today, Superintendent Mike Hyatt will be on hand to share recent news, research, trends, and thoughts. MONTHLY MEETING On Sept. 28, meet with Councilor Linda Garcia (District 11). 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. 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.
Gallup Sun • Friday September 8, 2017
SEPTEMBER 14 – 16, 2017 EL MORRO THEATRE GALLUP, NEW MEXICO
The Watchman’s Canoe Cast
SPECIAL GUESTS • ADAM BEACH • ROGER WILLIE • KIRI GOODSON • CARTER JOHN
FROM: United States, Canada, Israel, Spain, Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Denmark, China & Belgium
COMEDY SHOW Featuring Ernie Tsosie III, Isiah Yazzie, Drew Lacapa and more!
SPECIAL GUESTS Joseph Tessay &
The Apache Crown Dancers
Gallup Downtown Conference Center
El Morro Theatre
204 W. Coal Ave, Gallup NM
207 W. Coal Ave, Gallup, NM
Wanted! Sponsors, Volunteers, Vendors Gallup Film Festival (505) 722-8982