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NEWS Rep. Doreen Wonda Johnson: ‘Now she’s an angel’ COMMUNITY COPES WITH THE LOSS OF BELOVED MIYAMURA SECRETARY

Lisa Romero-Muniz By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor

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isa Romero-Muniz, 48, a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School, went to the Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, NV to cut loose and enjoy top country music stars perform during the three-day festival. People danced and sang along with Jason Aldean when it began to rain bullets, shortly after 10 pm on Oct. 1. This is when Romero-Muniz, as many of her friends, students and co-workers alike have said, she earned her wings as an “angel,” albeit, well before her time. Romero-Muniz was one of 58 victims gunned down by crazed shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, NV, who booked a suite on the 32nd floor at Mandalay Bay resort on the south end of the

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Las Vegas Strip. He broke out two windows to launch what is being called, according to media reports, “the worst mass shooting in modern history.” In watchtower sniper fashion, he fired at concert-goers, who were more than 1,000 feet across the street from his perch at the high-rise hotel. Revelers had few places to run for cover inside of the open-top arena. The siege ended when Paddock shot and killed himself as police closed in on his room. The next day, in the early morning hours, social media was abuzz with reports of RomeroMuniz’s death. The death of this beloved wife, mother, and grandmother sent shockwaves through the Gallup community. During a candlelight vigil held on a chilly Monday night, Oct. 2,

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Two of Lisa Romero-Muniz’s co-workers, Darci Sanchez and Rosie Fernandez, speak fondly of her during the candlelight vigil at Miyamura High Oct. 2. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

Balloons fly near New Mexico and U.S. flags flown at half staff at Miyamura High to honor Lisa Romero-Muniz, and the 57 other victims gunned down in Las Vegas, NV Oct. 1. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons

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Weekly Police Activity Report By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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t was a busy week for serving warrants. The Gallup Police Department and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office were both kept busy at insisting area scofflaws live up to their responsibilities.

GPD WARRANTS Moses D. Alonzo (Parole/ Probation Violation), Randy Austin (Magistrate Court), Ouray Benally (District Court), Randall Bill (Municipal Court), Leroy S. Bitsie (Municipal Cou r t), Benjoe Caya d it o (Magistrate Court), Randy Chee (Magistrate Court), Edison Dav is (Mu n icipa l Cou r t), Daryl J. Desiderio, Jr. (Failure to Appear), Joshua Desiderio (Out of County-Arizona), Paul Dubois (Magistrate Court), Da r rell Eskeets (Distr ict Court), Manuel Garcia (Failure to Appear and Magistrate C o u r t), Jo s hu a P h i l l i p s Harrison (Magistrate Court), Mon ique Sh a nt el Ho sk ie (Magistrate Cour t), Eva n

Johnson (Municipal Court), Montoya Johnson (Magistrate Cour t), Ba rba ra A. Jones (Magistrate Court), Robert Jones (Magistrate Cour t), Tammie Latham (Magistrate Cou r t), Mont y Wa de L ee (District Court), Shawn M. Leonard (Magistrate Court), Crandall Lewis (Out of CountySa n Jua n), Etha n Litsu ie (Parole/Probation Violation), Tamickka Money (Magistrate a n d M u n i c i p a l C o u r t) , Daniel Montoya (Failure to Pay-State Police), Candace Or tiz (Magistrate Cour t), Thomas A. Ortiz (Magistrate Court), Ray Peterson (State Police), Raymond R. Romero (Municipal Court), Franklin C. Sandoval (Parole/Probation), Kyle A. Sands (Magistrate Court), Richard M. Sedillo, Jr. (Municipal Court), Wacey Smith (Magistrate Cour t), Wendel l S m it h ( D i s t r ic t Court), Natasha A. Tahy (Out of County-Bernalillo), Auna M . Ter r a z a s ( M a g i st r at e C ou r t), S h a r o n T ho m a s (District Court), Gilethia S. Tom (District Court), Brittany Tsosie (Magistrate Court),

Eddie Tsosie (District Court), Za ne A. Vicente (Distr ict Court), Watson Watchman ( Mu n icipa l Cou r t), Ma rk Williams (Failure to Pay), and Terrance Yellowhorse (Magistrate Court).

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POLICE ACTIVITY Deputies were called to 14 accidents during the week, but most were without injury. The list included an elk hit on Interstate 40 at milepost 52, a rollover on I-40 at milepost 40, a vehicle being towed jack-knifed and blocked the roadway at Exit 16 on I-40, and another vehicle that lost control on wet roadway at Exit 26. There were also two accidents in the parking lot of the

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Mario Romero to another large truck, which damaged the front bumper. Two other fender benders occurred when vehicles were hit from behind.

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A more serious incident happened when GPD Officer Christian Vasquez was called to a house on Stagecoach Road in reference to a domestic altercation involving a knife. The mother of the knife-wielder reported that an argument over a mattress had escalated when her son, identified as 29-yearold Mario Romero, allegedly grabbed a butcher knife and threatened her.

Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Correspondents Duane Haven Tom Hartsock Calendar Editor Lealia Nelson Photography Knifewing Segura Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: A candlelight vigil in honor of the late Lisa Romero-Muniz. Photo by Ryan Hudgeons. Photo of RomeroMuniz by Ana Hudgeons The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 722-8994 Fax: (505) 212-0391 gallupsun@gmail.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.

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Dope house down: Narcotics task force arrest four in Gamerco By Tom Hartsock Sun Correspondent

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he Region One Narcotics Task Force, utilizing five police of f icer s f rom t he Gallup Police Department, and one agent from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office swept through a residence at 907

the increase in drug use in the county. A s Under s her i f f Pa u l Lucero said, “Tell everyone that if they are going to deal drugs in McKinley County, we’ll be knocking on their door.” Arrested in the raid today was Vernon Lasiloo with a state warrant in his name, and three family members who face

drug paraphernalia, and three counts each of child abuse. The last charge stems from three minor children found in the same room as three loaded (with heroin) syringes. The children are ages 11, five, and four. The three youngsters were also rescued from a house with hundreds, if not thousands of cockroaches, no

Law enforcement officers arrive at a drug house in Gamerco to serve arrest warrants for four individuals Sept. 28. Photo Credit: Courtesy

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Cascade on Sept. 28, and arrested four people involved in the drug trade. T he o p er a t io n i s t he end result of a month-long investigation. The Sheriff’s Office in particular is very concerned about

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repor tedly mouthy in the presence of law enforcement officers. W he n A ge nt A nt ho ny Morales was explaining to Steve Howe about CYFD coming to pick up the younger children, Andrew allegedly threatened the officers with physical violence, resulting in charges of assault on a peace officer and disorderly conduct.

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Federal jury convicts Gallup man of first degree murder, witness tampering Staff Reports

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LBUQUERQUE – A federal jury sitting in Santa Fe, N.M., returned a verdict on Sept. 30, finding Brian Tony guilty on first-degree murder and witness tampering charges after a five-day trial, announced Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special  Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety. Tony, 46, a n en rol led member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, N.M., was arrested on June 3, 2016, on a cr i m i na l compla i nt charging him with killing a man by stabbing him in the head and neck and hitting him with a hammer.  According to the criminal complaint, Tony committed the murder on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M., on May 9, 2016.  At the time, Tony was

Brian Tony on supervised release for a prior conviction on a federal assault charge. In June 2016, a federal grand jury indicted Tony on a seconddegree murder charge. The indictment was superseded on Aug. 8.  The superseding indictment charged Tony with first-degree murder and two counts of witness tampering.  The superseding indictment charged Tony with murdering the victim deliberately and with premeditation by beating

him with a hammer and rock and stabbing him with a knife on May 9, 2016, in McKinley County. It also charged Tony with engaging in witness tampering between May 2016 and August 2017, in Santa Fe County, N.M.  Trial on the superseding indictment commenced on Sept. 25, and concluded the afternoon of Sept. 30, when the jury returned a guilty verdict on all three counts in the superseding indictment.  The evidence at trial established that on the evening of May 8, 2016, Tony, who was accompanied by his brother and his girlfriend, drove to a residence in Gallup, and picked up the victim and the victim’s friend.  While at the residence, Tony retrieved a hammer and placed it in his vehicle. The victim’s friend testified that Tony drove the victim and the three others to a location called “Superman Canyon,” where Tony directed the victim to get out of the car and follow him to an area beyond the sight

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of those in the vehicle. Thereafter, the victim’s friend attempted to get out of the vehicle after hearing the victim yell, but Tony’s brother prevented him from doing so by threatening him with violence.  The victim’s friend testified that Tony later returned to the vehicle covered in blood, without the victim, and with the victim’s knife sticking through his forearm. While Tony and the victim were off on their own and out of the sight of the other three, the victim called “911,” and requested assistance.  The jury heard the victim’s nearly ten minute call to “911,” during which the victim said that he was on foot in a ditch and was bleeding as the result of having been hit in the head with a hammer.  The victim identified Tony as the person who hit him and described the vehicle in which they had traveled.  The call ended with the victim saying, “Hurry, here he comes now!  Hurry!”  The following day, law enforcement authorities found the victim’s body in a ravine located by Rock Flats Road near Church Rock. A hammer was located in the ravine near the victim’s body and a large rock with bloodstains was next to the victim’s body.  The victim was wearing an empty knife sheath on his belt.  An autopsy revealed that the victim had been stabbed repeatedly in the head and neck and had bluntforce trauma wounds on his head.   The evidence at trial established that, following Tony’s arrest in June 2016, he was detained at the Santa Fe County Detention Center from which he placed more than 1,000

calls to friends and relatives. During these calls, which were recorded, Tony implored his friends and relatives to convince the victim’s friend to leave town and to prevent him from testifying.  The jury heard a number of these calls and heard Tony as he attempted to intimidate, threaten and persuade his girlfriend from cooperating with law enforcement authorities. Tony testified in his own defense and claimed that he acted in self-defense when he killed the victim.   The jury deliberated approximately 10 hours before returning the guilty verdict.   Tony has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.  At sentencing, Tony faces a statutory mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. This case was investigated by the Albuquerque and Gallup offices of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.   Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Joseph M. Spindle and Nicholas J. Marshall are prosecuting the case under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution.  Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies work with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders primarily based on their prior criminal convictions for federal prosecution with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Montana Skyler Jordan 09.30.17, 09:31 pm Agg. DWI, 1st Offense A tra ff ic stop on Highway 491 fo r s p e e d ing led to an upg r a de i n ch a r ge s a s McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Josie Bowman pulled over an inebriated driver. Jordan, 36, was nabbed at the 5.9 mile marker and readily admitted doing 60-65 mph. Jordan agreed to a field sobriety test but almost fell in the third part of the test. Transported to the Sheriff’s Office, Bowman discovered the Intoxilyzer 8000 was not operating. Back in the squad ca r, Bow ma n a nd Jorda n had to test on the unit at the Gallup Police Department. The machine at that location worked just fine, registering twin results of 0.24, enough for another upgrade to an aggravated charge, and a trip to the McKinley County Detention Center. Risa Becker 09.30.17, 10.36 pm Agg. DWI, 2nd Offense Dispatched to the Heritage Giant Station, 990 N. U.S. Route 491 in reference to a drunk driver, Gallup Police Depar tment Officer Julio Ya z z ie met with Becker, 56. Though she agreed to a field sobriety test, she claimed to have pins in her legs and probably would not be able to perform those tests. She did, however, agree to do the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, that only uses the eyes. Unable to do a smooth pursuit of the eyes, Yazzie placed her under a r rest. Hav ing read Becker the New Mexico Implied Consent Advisory, that test was refused and Officer Yazzie booked her into MCDC. Leandra Bitsie 09.29.17, 05:09 pm Agg. DWI, 1st Offense Dispatched to the Munoz overpass in reference to a vehicle crash, GPD Officer Victor Rodriguez met with GPD Detective Jon Whitsitt, who NEWS

had removed the keys from the vehicle because Bit sie, 38, attempted to drive away. Bit s ie failed the field sobriety test and was arrested. While walking to the police car, Bitsie was asked if she would take a breath test, but she refused that test as well. She was also driving with a suspended/revoked license. She was transported to MCDC and booked. Seth Jay Dixon 09.25.17, 04:06 am DWI, 1st Offense On patrol nea r A z t ec A v e n u e a nd A r nold Street, GPD Officer Julio Ya zzie conducted a traffic stop on a brown Toyota Avalon that was running with no head lamps. Claiming there was a problem with his lighting system, Dixon, 21, agreed to the field sobriety test, which he flunked. A portable breath test was given by another officer. Based on the results of the SFST and the portable breathalyzer, Dixon was placed under arrest and transported to the Gallup Police Department for another breath test. Dixon blew a 0.14 and was then transported to MCDC. Shawn M. Slim 09.24.17, 01:58 Agg. DWI, 1st Offense Dispatched to McDonald’s ea st , GPD Officer Julio Yazzie made contact with Slim, 23, in the drive thru lane of the fast food

business, where he had fallen asleep. Officer Yazzie asked Slim to move his vehicle to the parking area on the east side of the business, which he did. When he exited the vehicle, Yazzie noticed that Slim staggered, and had to hold onto the door so he would not fall. Slim did fail this test and then refused to give a breath sample after having been read the N.M. Implied Consent Advisory. Yazzie then placed Slim in handcuffs and took him to the MCDC for booking. Joshua D. Liscombe 09.23.17, 08:22 pm Agg. DWI, 1st Offense W h e n GPD Officer R a n s o m Ja mes f irst contacted Liscombe, 35, when dispatched to 1602 Camino Rancheros, Liscombe did not obey the commands from James. Eventually Liscombe rolled down the driver’s side window and said, “Me and my friend are just trying to leave the parking lot,” according to the report. W hen Ja mes a sked Liscombe where his friend was, he pointed to the front passenger seat. “She’s right here!” he said, but he was the only one in the vehicle. James instructed Liscombe to stay in his car and when he asked the driver what had happened to his head, he wiped at his the wound and told me, “Nothing man, there’s nothing wrong with me.” When James asked Lisombe where he was, he replied, “I’m in Albuquerque. We just got out of the bar,” he said. We’re going to leave Albuquerque, we’re going back to Gallup.” Medical personnel at a local hospital determined Liscombe

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LBUQUERQUE – L a nce W i l s on , 30, a n en rolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty Oct. 2, in federal cour t in Albuquerque, to an assault charge. Wilson’s plea agreement recommends a prison sentence within the range of 60 to 72 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Wilson was arrested in January 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo man by striking him in the head with a pair of wire cutters on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M. Wilson subsequently was indicted on Jan. 24.  The twocount indictment cha rged Wi lson w it h a ssau lt w it h i ntent to com m it mu rder a nd a s s a u lt r e s u lt i n g i n serious bodily injur y. The i n d i c t m e n t a l l e ge d t h a t Wilson committed the crimes on Dec. 24, on the Nava jo Indian Reser vation in San Juan County.

Dur ing proceedings, Wilson pled guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with assault resulting i n s er iou s bod i ly i nju r y. In entering the guilty plea, Wi l son a d m it t ed t h a t on Dec. 24, 2016, he struck the v ict i m t w ice i n t he hea d w it h a cable - cut t i ng tool because he was angry with the victim.  Wi l son f u r t her a d m it ted that as the result of the assault, the victim required multiple surgeries including one to place a plate in his skull.  Wilson acknowledged t hat, a s t he resu lt of t he assault, the victim suffered permanent injuries including memory loss and loss of speech, requires the use of a wheelchair, and resides in a health care facility.   Wilson remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. This case was investigated by the Fa r m i ng ton off ice of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Div ision of Public S a fe t y.   A s s i s t a n t U. S . Attorney Michael D. Murphy is prosecuting the case.

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L BUQU ERQU E – Charley Joe, Jr., 68, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Oct. 3, in federal court in Albuquerque, to 78 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.

Jo e w a s a r r e s t e d i n September 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with murder for killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reser vation i n Sa n Jua n County, N.M., on Sept. 15, 2016. According to the complaint, Joe killed the victim by repeatedly striking him with an ax. Joe was indicted on Oct. 12, 2016, and was charged with voluntary manslaughter on

Sept. 15, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County. On March 23, Joe pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement. This case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Shiprock office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine Y. Ramirez and Kristopher N. Houghton.

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HOENIX – Last week, U.S. District Judge Steven Loga n sentenced Vestah Tikium to 33 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Tikium’s son, Terdell Dawes, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, while her other son, Terrell Dawes, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.  Tikium and her sons also were ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution.  All three had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  All defendants are members of the Navajo Nation.   Tikium and her sons falsely

billed Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System for tens of thousands of medical transports that never occurred, generating more than $3 million in fraudulent payments from AHCCCS. AHCCCS is Arizona’s Medicaid agency that offers health care programs

to low-income Arizona residents. Tikium and her sons owned and operated Diné Transport, which purported to provide non-emergency medical transportation for AHCCCS recipients

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FRAUD | FROM PAGE 8 on the Navajo reservation. Approximately 95 percent of the claims submitted by Diné Transport between March 2013 and July 2013 were false. “Health care fraud is a prevalent problem that causes higher health care costs and increased taxes for everyone,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange.  “Our office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to target those who perpetuate health care fraud, and we will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.” “The FBI views health care fraud as a serious crime problem,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael DeLeon. “It degrades the integrity of our health care system and legitimate patient care. The sentences handed down on these individuals sends a clear message to those persons who are defrauding our health insurance programs. The FBI remains committed to investigating health care fraud and bringing these individuals to justice. The FBI will continue to work aggressively with our law enforcement partners to investigate those who violate the public trust by cheating the medical insurance system.” In the last year, five other

individuals have been convicted and sentenced for perpetrating similar frauds to falsely bill AHCCCS for non-emergency med ic a l t r a n s por t s t h at purportedly occurred on the Navajo Reservation: In November 2016, Sylvia Begay was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $2.1 million in restitution. Also in November 2016, Virgil Begay was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution. In March 2017, Natasha Begaye was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay approximately $380,000 in restitution. Also in March 2017, Cortasha Upshaw was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay approximately $245,000 in restitution. In April 2017, Elseddig Musa was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution (CR-15-01265). The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and AHCCCS Office of Inspector General. The Navajo Nation Police Department also assisted in the investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Bridget Minder and Peter Sexton, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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I N DOW ROCK , Ariz. – The Navajo Housing Authority is announcing a settlement reached with the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development over a dispute about housing expenditures dating from 2012. On April 2013, HUD issued a Letter of Warning citing that NHA did not complete a number of housing activities as outlined in its 2012 Indian Housing Plan.  After an administrative hearing, HUD ordered NHA to repay $96 million for failure to complete 10 of 17 affordable housing projects in 2012.  NHA appealed this decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals whose mediator asked the parties to mediate if possible before continuing court proceedings.  With the assistance of the 9th Circuit Cour t mediator, the NH A and HUD signed a settlement

agreement on Sept. 8 for $26 million.   “As a result of the mutually negotiated settlement, NH A wa s able to aver t a potential loss of $70 million,” said attorney Craig Kaufman, who presented the case and negotiated on behalf of NHA. “Furthermore, the $26 million will be returned to the housing funding pool and will be included in NAHASDA’s 2018 formula allocation.” NHA has kept the public and tribal leaders informed about the case, starting with a 2013 press release on the initial HUD notice. “Over the years, we have also periodically updated

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the Council’s Resources & Development Com m it t e e (RDC) on this issue,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer Roberta Roberts. RDC is the oversite committee for NHA. “We ev a lu at ed a l l t he options and determined it was in the best interest of the Navajo people to settle with HUD and restore balance rather than endure a lengthy and costly litigation process,” said Roberts. “The new Board wanted to begin with a clean slate and a renewed relationship with HUD so with this behind us, we are now out of the unknown and we can now begin to move forward.”

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Judge: Zinke has to stop delaying methane rule By Laura Paskus NM Political Report

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e d n e s d a y, a U. S. d i s t r ic t cou r t jud ge i n California slapped down the U.S. Department of the Interior’s attempts to roll back its own rule aimed at cutting the waste of natural gas, or methane, from wells and pipelines on federal and tribal lands. T he Bu reau of L a nd Management’s waste prevention rule limits routine flaring of natural gas from oil wells, calls for industry to modernize leak-detection technology and fix leaks that are found and prohibits venting natural gas directly into the atmosphere, except under certain circumstances. Flaring and venting are in some cases unavoidable, such as when new wells are being drilled or for safety purposes, and have been regulated since the late 1970s. With the new rule, BLM sought to tighten the waste of natural gas and also address greenhouse gas pollution. After Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suspended the r ule, conser vation groups sued. In her order yesterday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth LaPorte wrote that the BLM had violated federal law when

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Flaring in the four corners. Photo Credit: Laura Paskus it postponed the compliance date for provisions of the Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Roya lt ies a nd Resource Conservation Rule after the rule had already gone into effect. LaPorte ordered Zinke to immediately reinstate the rule in its entirety. If you’ve had a hard time keeping track of the issue, that’s understandable. (The BLM methane rule, by the way, is different from a U.S. Env ironmental Protection Agency methane rule that EPA

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Administrator Scott Pruitt has tried to suspend.) The BLM finalized its rule

POLICE ACTIVITY | FROM PAGE 4 Romero said at first that it was his mother who had pulled the knife, then changed his story and said his mother did not do that. The officer reported that Romero told different stories and was not consistent. Medstar was called to treat a small cut on Romero’s hand and he was then arrested for aggravated assault on a household member and transported to MCDC for booking. Another case of Larceny occurred at the Giant station at Deadhorse when an unidentified male walked in the store, picked up two 18-packs of beer, and walked outside to a waiting truck where he made his escape. In addition, Lena Begay went to work one Thursday morning (Sept. 21) and came home about 4 pm to find her front door smashed in, her house ransacked, and appliances and jewelry missing. Only the landlady had a clue as to the identity of the thief. She had seen a vehicle between 9:30 and 10 am heading out at a high rate of speed. She signaled him to slow down and he actually stopped, telling her “I thought I heard someone calling me.” The landlady described the driver as a Hispanic in his early

in November 2016 after years of study and public comment. T h e We s t e r n E n e r g y A lliance, Independent Petroleum A ssociation of America and four states sued in federal court in Wyoming, asking for it to be put on hold. In January, judges said the rule did not exceed the government’s authority and was not “arbitrary and capricious.” The judges denied the request for an injunction. Immediately, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans tried to overturn the rule administratively and legislatively. In March, Trump issued an executive order, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” directing Zinke to review the rule for consistency with new federal guidance on energy development. Zinke responded by issue a secretarial order

reviewing the rule. Then in May, Congress tried to over t u r n it  u nder t he Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn federal regulations they disapprove of within 60 days of receiving those regulations. But in a surprise defeat of the effort, Senate Republican Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voted with Democrats to keep the rule. The next month, Zinke suspended the standard at the request of the Western Energy Alliance and the American Petroleum Institute. In July, Zinke also signed an order  directing the BLM to hasten permits and boost development on federal lands in New Mexico, Utah and Alaska. Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

to mid 20s with short hair, light complected and wearing a red T-shirt. The vehicle was an early 2000 model, extended cab, and charcoal gray in color. It had a distinct damage on the left fender and a an old yellow NM license plate with a partial number of 114. Taken in the Burglary were a 65” Flat Screen TV, about 20 necklaces, a concho belt, purse, and a DVD player. The total value was estimated at slightly over $2,700. One of the units at St. Bonaventure Mission was broken into by someone who needed a place to stay, or so it is thought. The unit is for Mission visitors that come from out of town to do volunteer work. The only item missing appears to be a small solar panel while the intruder left behind some blankets on the beds and some water bottles. The unit had not been checked in over a week, so it is unknown when the intruder visited. A theft incident occurred in Williams Acres. A woman reported that a neighbor had stolen a jar of change from her house. When she went across the street to visit a neighbor, she locked the front door. When she returned, the back window was open and some of the $30 of loose change was scattered in the bedroom. W hen MCSO Deput y Jeff Barnhurst spoke to the

neighbor man next door, he said his son had been gone for about three hours. The woman that complained wanted these people to move, and the neighbor said he was only waiting for the first of the month to move into Gallup. Case solved, hopefully. A Dialysis patient moved from her trailer in Gamerco to her daughter’s place in Gallup, and discovered recently that she had been robbed while she was gone. An alert friend down the street had noticed a tan SUV and a car parked near her trailer and had seen two males carrying something, but the friend was not sure what it was. W hen Ter e s a L . Ta l k returned to her residence, everything looked OK from the outside and the front door was locked. Inside was another story as the house was trashed. Missing was a 72” Sony TV, a DVD player, and a jewelry box with jewelry inside. Since the front door was locked, she could only think of one person who might have a key to the house, a relative that always helped out before. Her husband had given him a key and they had never gotten it back. She named the two suspects for the deputy and gave them addresses, one in Ramah and one in Gallup. The investigation continues. NEWS


Vaccination remains the best protection against influenza symptoms. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness. Flu symptoms may include rapid illness onset with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle aches. In addition to vaccine, New Mexicans can avoid catching the flu or passing it on to others by washing their hands frequently, covering their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and staying home when ill. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, public health offices, and pharmacies, as well as by many employers and some schools. NMDOH encourages those with health insurance to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting the flu vaccine. The Department offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are Staff Reports

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Superintendent Mike Hyatt issued a press release, describing Romero-Muniz as “an incredibly loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students in many of our schools … we will miss all of these great attributes she shared with students, staff and parents in our community.” Her cousin, Paul Romero of El Paso, TX, said Monday afternoon

that he was feeling a mix of emotions, ranging from shock and anger to pure grief. He was at work when his daughter called him with the horrible news. “I grew up with her in Gallup,” he said. “She was a very sweet person. She was liked and loved by everyone.” It has been some time since he has seen his cousin, but he

said he has been bombarded by numerous interview requests from different media groups. Meanwhile, Romero-Muniz’s family has quietly dealt with their sudden grief, piecing together what to do next regarding how to best honor her memory and legacy. The family plans to release a statement soon, according to a family spokesman.

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ditor, Without elaborating on the systematic genocide, the vicious cycle of homelessness and alcoholism and the undue suffering of our native people and the loss of our land since 1492, the countless termination of Indigenous Peoples lives, the rape of our women and the enslavement of everyone else still alive and the exploitation of our cultures, it is our desire to allow healing to take place, to honor our ancestors, to

Recognizing Indigenous People’s Day 2017 educate the world, to establish our rightful place in history and to demonstrate and teach our children—to the Seventh Generation—what equality, diversity and inclusion is all about. The man who was lost and about to thrown overboard by his crew in 1492 (Chrisobal Colon) is not acknowledged by the Indigenous People of the Americas and throughout the world.  Here in Gallup (NM) we intend to join others worldwide in the recognition of the

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correct history and celebrate “Indigenous Peoples Day 2017”; with an official Proclamation from the City of Gallup we are a part of this recognition and celebrate with honor and dignity. A heartfelt “Thank you” to the City of Gallup, Mayor Jackie McK inney a nd the CityCouncilors (Linda Garcia, Fran Palochak, Allen Landavazo and Yogash Kumar) for their support with last year’s

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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF OCTOBER 6

The Full Moon lead to some interesting changes. Now, what will you do? You may discover it’s time to change and transform. You may even say: chance it. You’ll never know what will happen until it’s over and you’ll never know what stuff you’re made of until you try. Madame G recommends you get out there and just do it! It’s better to try and fail than not at all.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You’re heading out on a new adventure. Instead of a burden, imagine you’re a pirate looking for treasure. You didn’t commit to a 30-year mortgage—you set off in uncharted territories. You may have years of payments ahead of you, but that’s life. You have to live somewhere. It might as well be in your dream home or better yet, the house and life you’re satisfied with.

A rolling stone gathers no moss. You know this. This is not your problem. You’re a worried about moving forward. You face the world with a brave face. You don’t hesitate in your areas of expertise. But, you haven’t’ pushed yourself in a while. Now, is the time to get out of your comfort zone. Reach for the moon and even if you miss you’ll still be among the stars.

If someone keeps trying to convince you, you’re a terrible mess—maybe you are—and maybe you’re not. Understand what you can change and what you can’t. This doesn’t’ make you bad. It just means this is you, with all your beautiful mess. In that case, stop the horrible blame and guilt. If it’s you—how bad can it be. It’s just you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

That’s just the way it is. Sometimes you win big and sometimes you don’t. You can’t blame others for the circumstances. They may not be any better than you at guessing. But, you know you’re not the queen of the world. Instead of giving away all your power take the time to imagine where it will lead. People can’t make us feel bad without our permission.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

You don’t know where this is going and you’re terrified. Control is a fickle friend. It gives the illusion of power when in fact, the facts suggest a different story. You control much less than you think. So, let go. You may not end up exactly where you thought you wanted, but you will end up where you need to be. Bloom where you are planted and let the breeze ease your fears.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) This is a tough road to tow. You may start to feel as if you’re gathering dust and getting caught in the corner. Only you know if this is right for you. Don’t stay at a job just because you’re comfortable. Don’t stay in one place because you’re afraid of a little turbulence. The worst mistake you’ll ever make is standing around waiting for something to happen. OPINIONS

What can be done is done. What will be done is done. You can’t change the future or the past. You also can’t change the minds of your friends of ramify. You must live according to your own values and be available when people need help. You can’t force a horse to water if they’re not ready. All you can really do is be there when they need you. In the meantime, enjoy your life!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) So much to do and so little time. You’re like the frantic white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland always looking at your watch. Always late. Always running behind. Are you really? Perhaps this sense of falling behind is all in your mind. You may not really be late or out of place. You may in fact be right where you need to be and doing exactly what you should be doing.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Burn the ships! You’re holding onto the past. The loss of control is killing you. You may be missing out on the biggest victory of your life. You may be preventing yourself from living the dream. What a loss? If only you could let go of your internal beliefs about your lack you could move forward. Get rid of the obstacles and move forward. Victory or death, there is no try.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) What can you do? This is your life. You have choices. Sometimes you make the wrong ones. You may be bored at work, but it’s not in your best interest to quit because of this. You should have a plan of action. There may come a time when you won’t want to work so hard and talking your way out of trouble. Try giving yourself planning deadlines and move forward from there.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) In the end, this is all there is. There is no destiny outside of our own minds and bodies. You must commit to yourself and see beyond the normal realm. You can make a change if you chose to. You may also remain where you are. It doesn’t matter if this is the right path or not, you can still head towards the light if you want. There are no guarantees.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Showing love and appreciation for others is wonderful. But, don’t forget to do the same for yourself. Ease up on your own worries and get out of your head. Take a few moments to jot down what makes you happy and unhappy right now. Find a way to kick the negative out and bring in more of the positive. What does your best day look like? Do that!

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NATIONAL NEWSPAPER WEEK OCT. 1 -7

Real newspapers, real news “Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real

stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats. This is the 77th annual National

NEWSPAPER MEDIA HAS THE POWER TO INFORM, ENTERTAIN AND CONNECT. When you hold your local newspaper in your hands – whether in print or on a mobile device – you hold a powerful tool to inform and inspire. For centuries in towns and cities across North America, local newspapers have served as the voice for the public good and as a powerful connection between citizens and the communities around them.

Newspaper Week, a time to reflect on the job of newspapers to keep all things “real” such as real conversation, real democracy, real science, real trade, real fact-sharing, real faith and real friends. Of course we hear lots these days about what’s not real—  so-called fake news and alternative facts and the non-stop stream of internet-based noise, disruptions and misinformation. The job of newspapers in America and in thousands of hometowns like ours has never been more challenging — or more challenged. Once upon a time, newspaper circulation grew faster than the country’s population. In many places, newspaper subscriptions actually outnumbered total households. But since at least the 1980s, newspaper circulation in America has been on a steady and worsening decline. At the same time, newspapers remain the top choice for people seeking real news and reliable information. More than half of all Americans still subscribe or pay for newspapers or access to their websites. America’s newspaper audience exceeds today’s TV news watchers. Less than5 percent of this audience tune into FOX, CNN or MSNBC, according to a recent National Newspaper Association survey. Just 11 percent of the survey’s respondents said the internet was their primary news source. Newspapers have sur vived the advent of radio and broadcast TV. But the threat of 24/7 internet-delivered media, commercials and amusement is disrupting the very reality for which newspapers were first invented. More and more people can’t tell the difference between real news and fake

Rollie Atkinson news. We use Facebook for faceless conversations, and we won’t accept that social media is very often anti-social. No amount of tweets will protect the public’s right to know or watchdog our government. A growing number of people, especially younger ones, think real news should be free and magically appear on their smart phones. Real journalists are losing their jobs because the old business model of newspapers is busted. Advertising revenues are declining faster than circulation at most newspapers, and hundreds of hometown papers have gone out of business in just the past few years. “Keeping it real” has become a rallying cry in newsrooms and news websites where journalists are trying to reinvent themselves and keep real news alive — and paid for. What is the future for newspapers? Cars will soon drive themselves and keyboards may disappear from

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Oct. 1-7, 2017, is National Newspaper Week, a time to salute the dedicated professionals who work hard to bring you the news. In this digital age, the newspaper audience has never been greater, with millions reading in print, online or via mobile. No matter the medium, those millions of readers rely on their local newspaper. “Real Newspapers ... Real News!”

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Your local newspaper: The real deal By Jim Zachary

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hile no one should ever say “I know it’s real bec au s e I s aw it on the inter net,” ever yone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporti ng rea l news have never be en mor e i mpor t a nt or more valuable to readers and communities. This week, newspapers a cro s s t he n at ion recogn i ze Nat iona l Newspaper Week and the theme — Real Newspapers…Real News — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers in more ways than ever before. In print, on digital sites, v i a l a pt op, de sk t op a nd mobile devices, through SMS or social media, newspapers

across the nation continue to be the leading source of reliable information in all the communities they serve. In a world of fake news spread on social media and attacks on the media from people in power, it is important for the public to know the difference between legitimate reporting by credible sources a nd a ll the noise posing as “the media.” Here are some of the reasons your local newspaper is the most trustworthy source for news and information: — Newspaper newsrooms are staffed with real people — people you know — reporters, photographers, editors — gathering the news, conducting interviews, covering meetings, attending events, writing, editing, fact-checking and making sure every day you can trust what you read. — Newspaper s rely on recognizable sources. Quotes in the articles you read are attributed to real people and

Jim Zachary can be easily verified. — Newspaper s work hard to stay away from single source reporting, giving readers context and balance. — Newspaper websites have legitimate URLs ending in .com or .org extensions, listing contact information, the names of staff members a nd t he med i a or ga n i z a tion’s leadership team on the website. — Newspapers cor rect mistakes. Everyone makes

mistakes at times, but there is a big difference between an error and intentionally and knowingly publishing a false report because of some political or social agenda. Spurious websites, blogs and social media do not correct errors. They thrive on them. I n t h e Un i t e d S t a t e s newspapers have a long and impor ta nt legacy of holding the power ful accountable, defend i ng t he F i r st Amendment and advocating for government transparency. Democracy is protected when the newspaper provides checks and balances as the Fourth Estate of government from city hall to the courthouse to the statehouse to the White House. Newspapers are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, counties, states and coverage areas they serve. S t r a i g ht for w a r d new s reporting and thought-provoking commentar y give a voice to the voiceless and emp ower t he p owerle s s .

Newspaper s hold gover nment accountable because at our very core we believe that government belongs to the governed and not to the governing. Don’t be emba r r a s s ed because you sha red some sensational, agenda-driven report on social media only to find out it is totally fake. Get your news where real news has always been found: Your local newspaper, the real deal. Jim Za ch ar y, CNHI Regional Editor for Georgia and Florida newspapers, is th e preside nt an d ch airm an of th e R ed & B l a ck P u b li s hin g C o., se r v in g the University of Georgia, director of the Transparency Project of Georgia, open government trainer and member of the board of directors of the Georgia First Am e n d m e nt Fo un d ati o n and a member of the Grady College of Journalism and Ma ss Communication s Board of Trust.

Power of the press is in being the ‘Way to Know’ for news consumers By Gene Policinski

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ASHINGTON – The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value. Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good. But also notice in those words the key to the future for newsrooms across the nation: A visible role in the daily life of the nation rooted in real benefit and sustained credibility. Newsprint may not be the medium-of-choice today for many readers, and perhaps certainly not the one for the desired next generation of readers. But the news organizations behind what certainly will be a

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Gene Policinski blend of printed and electronic pages must be again the mediums-of-choice for that group, whether they be thought-leaders in society, officeholders in government or voters. The nation – our audience – needs facts, presented clearly, accurately and completely. For those who are help rapt by the comings and goings of the Kardashians and turn away from discussion of policy in the Keystone Pipeline

System debate: Well, perhaps it’s time to say “goodbye” and leave them to vacuous talking heads, unreal “reality” shows and the assortment of cable TV geek-fests that offer a chance to feel superior just by sitting on a sofa. “ Ta rgeted ci rcu lat ion” indeed. Let’s leave behind the prideful ignorant who proclaim little faith and demonstrate even less actual consumption of news, and target those readers and users who want news and data and informed decisions – and who will pay a reasonable fee to get it. Ok, not as easy to gather in and report out as feature items and single-interview chats. It means bucking the system to place journalists in seats where daily decisions are made and social issues discussed – from City Hall to church pews. It means bringing the news of the day in new ways, but with the same old standards that separated opinion from fact, news

pages from editorials and commentary from reporting. The Newseum Institute’s latest St ate of t he F i r st Amendment national survey, published on July 4, showed that 70% of respondents disagreed with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias.” To be sure, the change of bias has been leveled at journalists since the nation began – and was, in fact, welcomed by many in the first “journals of opinion” and later by media moguls making no pretence at publishing anything but “news” filtered through their own views. But over time, and by dint of the hard work and credible reporting by tens of thousands of journalists – in newspapers, and later in radio, television and now online – readers, listeners, views and users gave their loyalty to news operations that brought them what

they needed. As emotional as one can be when waxing about ink-onnewsprint, it was the information that was printed with that ink, on those pages, that made newspapers strong and powerful – and that information was the stuff – not the fluff – of life. Of course there is room for enter taining, uplifting stories and reports on that part of the day that makes us chuckle, smile or simply shake a head. But editorial decisions ought not to start and end there. “Click-bait” ought not to squeeze out real debate. “Metrics” ought not to rule over meaning. And the challenge in thorough reporting on the county’s budget next year ought to mean finding a new way – perhaps through the new studies of gaming technology as applied to news reporting – of telling a complex story.

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Manufacturers reach future workers, customers through Mfg Day By Damon Scott for Finance New Mexico

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ctober 2017 marks the third yea r that Albuquerquebased window and door ma nufacturer GlassR i t e i s p a r t ic i p a t i n g i n Manufacturing Day, a nationwide celebration of manufacturing and its impact on local economies. “People want to see the manufacturing facility, so we walk them through it and try to have all the equipment operating — our automated glasscutter, frame welder — it’s what people are interested in,” said Steve Hoberg, vice president of sales and public relations for the company that employs about 30 workers. Glass-Rite will open its doors to the public and student groups for tours on Oct. 25. “We also have groups of students from CNM once or twice a year as well,” he said, which can spur interest in future employment. Creating interest in manufacturing careers is one of the core goals of Manufacturing Day. Many events are geared to students in an effort to excite young people about engineering, design and production careers. Events are organized by New Mexico Manufacturing Ex tension Pa r t ner sh ip, a nonprofit organization that

offers manufacturers training and expertise in efficient production and administrative practices that allow them to maximize their competitive edge. This year’s events include workshops, round table discussions and manufacturing facility tours that allow the public to see designs turned into products and products repurposed into other products. Hoberg said the tours are more than just a feel-good activity for the manufacturer. They have provided the company with an important way to stay connected to current customers, add potential new clients and contracts, and open the door to prospective employees. About 60 to 70 percent of Glass-Rite’s business comes from residential projects, and the rest comes from the multifamily sector. Glass-Rite uses Manufacturing Day tours to demonstrate its fabrication processes to multifamily property managers and housing directors from the state’s pueblos. “We’ve gotten some pretty good contracts out of it,” Hoberg said. Glass-Rite was formed in 1984. Hoberg and his brother, Bill, purchased the company in 1987. “We had a couple of tr ucks a nd a few saws at that time, making windows even back then,” said Hoberg. Bill took over full

Glass Rite participates during Manufacturing Day in 2016. Photo Credit: NM Finance ownership in 2011, allowing Hoberg to focus on business development. Loca l refer ra ls a re a n important source of business for the company. “We have competition from companies that are much larger and more national than us, that advertise extremely heavily,” said Hoberg. “We don’t have the national advertising allowance that these other companies do, so we have to work hard and make sure our referrals are solid and it’s a lot of word of mouth as time goes on,” he said. The company has also tapped

into the New Mexico True marketing program, recently completing its certification. Hoberg said that while the state is facing challenges that affect the economy, it’s not all doom and gloom. “From a manufacturing standpoint, New Mexico is a good place to locate. The labor pool is pretty good. From what I can understand, there’s a huge desire for people to work with local companies — that’s been beneficial to us.” The tour of Glass-Rite’s 20,000-square-foot window and door manufacturing facility

is one of about 50 events taking place in New Mexico in October. All public tours are free and can be found at http:// newmexicomep.org/mfgday. The site links visitors to a cor responding Eventbr ite page where pre-registration is requested. To learn more about GlassRite, visit http://glass-rite.com/. Finance New Mexico connects individuals and bu sinesses with skill s and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to www. FinanceNewMexico.org.

Majority of Benefits of Trump Tax Plan Would Go to NM’s Highest-Income Earners By Sharon Kaye Communications Director, NM Voices for Children

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LBUQUERQUE —The tax plan just released by the T r u mp Ad m i n ist rat ion would largely benefit those who earn the most money, with 80 percent of the tax cut going to the top 20 percent of Americans, and about two-thirds going to the richest 1 percent. In New Mexico, 72 percent of the tax cuts would go to the top 20 percent of the state’s taxpayers. These are taxpayers earning $98,400 and up. In addition, the proposed

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tax cuts would impact how much tax revenue New Mexico collects, further reducing the amount of money the state has to invest in education, health care, and public safety. These are among the findings in a report released today by the Washington, D.C.-ba sed Institute on Ta xation and Economic Policy (ITEP). The report includes a set of estimates of the net cost of the tax plan as well as how each income group would be impacted by it. “It should come as no surprise that this tax plan delivers the most benefit to those who are the most well-connected,” said James Jimenez,

executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, which analyzed the report. “Unfortunately, it also makes the federal tax system much less fair, and the result will be that the responsibility for funding our infrastructure and essential programs will fall most heavily on those who can least afford it—our hard-working families.” A mong t he t a x ch a nge s t h at would benefit those with the highest incomes, are: Repealing the alternate minimum

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TRUMP TAX PLAN | FROM PAGE 16 tax (AMT) paid by high-income tax filers; Reducing the top income tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 35 percent; R epe a l i n g t he feder a l estate tax, which is paid by a very small number of filers; Reducing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and providing other corporate tax cuts; and Reduci ng the ta x on so-called pass-through business income. Pass-through income is often described as going to small business, but that is inaccurate. The plan also calls for doubling the standard deduction. This is the only proposal that might help low-income taxpayers but it’s also the

REAL NEWS | FROM PAGE 14 computers and offices. All news — including the real kind — may be delivered to our phones or even via brain implants. Who knows? T he ter m “newspaper” may soon define something that has nothing to do with ink or paper, just like Xerox used to mean making copies or an iron horse was actually a train. Newspaper may become a misnomer the way “service station,” “ice box” or “tin foil” all refer to vanishing artifacts. The real matter here is not so much keeping newspapers real; rather it is keeping journalism real. Real news requires

LETTER TO EDITOR | FROM PAGE 13 Resolution R2016-40, declaring the Second Monday of October as “Indigenous Peoples Day” into perpetuity.  This is actually “historic” because very past city council had the chance to do the same official action but refused to do so. G a l l u p M a y o r Ja c k i e McK i n ney s t a t e d a t t he September 26, 2017 Gallup City Council meeting that the Proclamation will be placed on display in City Hall.  I am hoping this will also be in perpetuity as well.  In this manner, Indigenous People everywhere will be honored. With that I once again extend my invitation not only OPINIONS

provision that could most hurt states like New Mexico. “Doubling the standard deduction will significantly reduce New Mexico’s taxable income, which would mean the state collects less tax revenue,” said Gerry Bradly, Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst at NM Voices. “The tax plan also eliminates the personal exemption, but that is not likely to bring in enough money to offset the revenue loss from doubling the standard deduction.” The total cost of the tax cuts is estimated at $550 billion nationally. The plan’s tax increases are estimated to take in $316.1 billion. In total, then, the tax plan would add $233.8 billion to the nation’s deficit in 2018. ITEP’s report is available online at https://itep. org/trumpgopplan/ fact-checking, research, practice, trust-building and a devotion to truth, honesty and democratic decision making. Rea l newspapers were born in times before electricity and telegraphs. Real newspapers have witnessed and experienced changing realities, including the founding of this nation, world wars, space travel and personal computers, and next, robots and artificial intelligence. Whatever reality that newspapers next face to stay real and keep real news alive will require real readers and real revenues. — Rollie Atkinson, Publisher Sonoma West Publishers, Sebastopol, Calif. to the Gallup City Council but also to the McKinley County Commission, the Navajo Nation Council, the State representatives and Senators and everyone else near and far to stand with The People in our celebration of “Indigenous Peoples Day 2017” on Monday, October 09, 2017 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Gallup Cultural Center located at  201 East Historic Highway 66.  Bring your signs, banners, posters and prayers. A f t er t he Celebr a t ion (at  5:00 PM) there will be a short march to the McKinley County Court House Square located between Second and Third Streets on Aztec Avenue in the down town area. Mervyn Tilden Gallup, New Mexico

PRESS | FROM PAGE 15 Decades ago, USA TODAY showed us how color weather maps and national sports rankings could be fun while still bringing needed information to commuters, gardeners and golfers – and while also reporting on AIDS, national security issues and unsafe military vehicles. Consider that most news today still originates with mainstream media – and that the value for those aggregators was simply in finding a new way to package and deliver the content. A simple text-andphoto site called Craig’s List wreaked havoc on the financial underpinnings of a massive industry just by finding an

easier way to post and peruse the same information. Cannot we collectively continue to find such innovation within newsrooms as well? Journalists have learned many hard lessons over the last two decades: Nobody really loved us because of our nameplates, innovation was not just a good idea but a daily consideration on survival, and we no longer are the gatekeepers anymore between news makers and news consumers. But in those tough, even brutal, decades, we’ve also discovered how to make our pages come alive – literally, via the Web – and found new ways to know about and be in contact with those interested in news and information. To the old axiom about being “Clear,

concise and accurate” those who have survived have added “responsive.” The power of the press was, is now, and will be in the future, bringing consumers the news they need – and having the fortitude to seek and report the news they don’t even yet know they need, but will. Ignorance and apathy is the challenge. Credibility and necessity are the means to overcome those challenges. Oct. 1-7, 2017 is National Ne w s p a p e r We e k . G e n e Policinski is chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and of the Institute’s First Amendment Center. A veteran multimedia journalist, he also writes, lectures and is interviewed regularly on First Amendment issues.

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COMMUNITY Downtown Night Out – a boost for local biz SPOTLIGHT ON THE PHOENIX-BASED BAND ‘DAISY’

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allup Coffee Company was one of several establishments that teamed up to bring the community of Gallup together to join in on a night of special offerings and entertainment, hosted by downtown businesses. The American Bar, Camille’s Sidewalk Café, Coal Street Pub, Sammy C’s, and the El Morro Theatre all took part in Gallup’s Downtown Night Out Sept. 30. The Gallup Coffee Company with the support from Zia Sound welcomed the band “DAISY” from Phoenix, Ariz. DAISY is an alternative/ pop combo with classic rock influences. They balance themselves to the likes of U2 and other guitar classics. They were created at a young age, growing up with family that was into music. Fast forwarding

to today, DAISY was created among childhood friends. The collection and creation of the band’s songwriting comes from all of their own individual parts. It is a collaborative environment as they create their music. DAISY lead singer Anthony Perre personally writes about his life at the moment or maybe something that has happened to his friends or family. “Nothing is ever plastic,” he said. “It’s always going to come from the heart and it’s always got to make sense for us to want to play it live.” DA ISY ba nd member s include lead singer Anthony Perre, bassist and keyboards Ty Kidd. D Drummer Dylan Keilly and lead guitar Michael Petry could not make the trip to complete the four-man group due to prior engagements in Phoenix, band manager Philip Young said.

Gallup Coffee Company patrons listen to the melodies of DAISY Sept. 30. Photo Credit: Duane Haven

The band DAISY rocked the Gallup Coffee Company Sept. 30, with Anthony Perre on vocals and Ty Kidd on keyboards. Photo Credit: Duane Haven

A band performs for the folks gathered at Coal Street Pub during Gallup’s Downtown Night Out Sept. 30. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lazarz

DAISY band from Phoenix seen from outside of Gallup Coffee Company Sept. 30. Photo Credit: Duane Haven

The band “Faceless” performs at Camille’s during Gallup’s Downtown Night Out Sept. 30. Photo Credit: Jennifer Lazarz

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Kidd was impressed with the Gallup area. “I’m in love with this town. It is such a quaint little town. I was born and raised in New Hampshire. I always had that

small-town vibe,” Kidd said. As well as Perre, who was taken by the friendly downtown atmosphere. “You can just walk up to anyone on the street and ask

how their day is, and they’re just happy to see you,” he said. The Ga llup Dow ntow n Night Out is held on the last Saturday of the month. COMMUNITY


DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Oct. 6, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Once again, there’s a good mix of big studio fare and smaller, independent features. 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! 6 Days - This UK d ra ma recreates a reall i fe cr i si s f r om 19 8 0. It i nvolve s a g roup of armed gunmen breaking into the Iranian Embassy in London and taking more than twenty hostages. On the outside, Police and a SAS team hatch a plan to gain entry and release those captured. Reaction was decent for the picture. A few commented that it was a bit stiff and too low-key for a thriller, but more complimented the efforts at not sensationalizing the scenario and offering a more realistic view of events. It stars Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish. 13 Minutes - The second time-themed title of the week is the story of a failed assassination plot against Adolf Hitler. It occurred in 1939 and the movie depicts the event itself, as well as the resistance fighter’s arrest and interrogation, revealing the specific thoughts and reasoning behind his actions. This German, foreign-language film earned solid notices. A few did argue that the movie didn’t offer much in the way of intrigue. However, most felt that it was well put together character study that gave viewers a frightening glimpse into the Nazi party and the horrors of nationalism. The cast includes Christian Friedel and Katharina Schuttler. Atomica - Set in the future, an officer is sent to a nuclear facility, where all communications have gone silent. Soon after arriving, the agent e ncou nt er s t wo o dd ba l l employees. As strange events COMMUNITY

o c c u r, s he begins to suspect them of nefarious activ ities. Reviews were weak for this l it t le i nde pendent feature. A small selection thought it delivered enough cheesy thrills to earn a pass, but the majority called the film awfully slow moving and unable to sustain tension. It features Dominic Monaghan, Tom Sizemore, Sarah Habel and Phil Austin. The Book of Henry - A single mother of a two children, one of whom is a genius, works to make ends meet in a small town. When the family discover a young girl living next door is being abused, the mother and her offspring plot an elaborate plan to save her. The critics didn’t enjoy this particular tale. There were a couple of journalists who enjoyed the work of the cast enough to recommend it, but all opined that the movie has difficulty maintaining a consistent tone and fell into disarray and sentiment as it progressed. Now viewers can make up their own minds. It stars Naomi Watts, Jaedem Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler and Dean Norris. The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography - This documentary gives an overview of the life and art of photographer Elsa Dorfman, who primarily works using an oversized Polaroid camera. The movie comes from noted non-fiction filmmaker Errol Morris (Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War and many others); believe it or not, Elsa, the subject of the movie, is the director’s neighbor. The press had almost nothing but praise for the latest project from Morris. They stated that the photographer was sweet and endearing and that the movie shines new and interesting perspectives on her work. Churchill - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is the central character in this UK biopic set during WWII and specifically dealing with the events leading up to the Normandy invasion. The film attempts to recreate the real

life figure’s ex h au s t ion after several years at war, as well as his d e pr e s s io n a nd de si re not to make the same kinds of errors he made during WWI. Critics were mixed about this effort. About half thought it was well-acted and nicely shot, while the remainder also described it as being an exaggerated, silly and surface-level portrait. The cast includes Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson and John Slattery. Cult of Chucky - The creepy killer doll returns in this sixth sequel to Child’s Play. This latest take is also from writer/ director Don Mancini, who has been involved in one way or another with all of the features. Made as a direct-to-disc release, the plot involves the human survivor of the previous installment. Now locked up in an asylum, a psychiatrist brings Chucky into the facility as a therapy tool. Things do not go well, and a new string of murders begin. This has only played festivals so far, but those who have seen it suggest it’s a fun B-movie that will please fans. Brad Dourif returns to voice Chucky, along with Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif and Alex Vincent. A Gh ost Story - Here’s a drama with a n unusua l concept . A man dies and comes back to his suburban home as a ghost, literally taking on the appearance of a person covered in a bedsheet with two eyes cut out. He attempts to reconnect with his still-grieving wife, but finds that he can’t, instead watching their lives play out. Reaction to this odd feature was very positive. It has been called a low-key but unique, meditative and strangely moving feature that isn’t easy to forget. It stars Academy Award winner Casey Affleck (although he spends most of the flick under a sheet), Rooney Ma ra , Ken neisha Thompson, Grover Coulson and Liz Franke. Goon: Last of the Enforcers

- This sequel to the 2011 cult comedy finds its hockey playing protagonist in trouble; the years of fighting have resulted in lingering injuries. When a new tough guy enters the league, the hero finds himself in the role of grizzled veteran. The movie earned split reviews, with a few more negative reactions than positive ones. A portion gave it a pass thanks to some raunchy laughs here and there, but more felt like this effort regurgitated too much material from its superior predecessor. Now hockey fans can decide for themselves if it measures up. It features Seann William Scott, Alison Pill, Marc-Andre Grondin, Liev Schreiber, Wyatt Russell, Kim Coates, Elisha Cuthbert and Jay Baruchel. T h e Layover A pa ir of ladies going t h roug h tough times decide to take a road trip and drive to F lor ida for some fun. Unfortunately, a hurricane completely alters their course. Along the way, they do pick up an interesting passenger and ultimately find themselves competing for his affections. Sadly, this comedy has been described as a misfire by all who have seen it. Among the list of criticisms, almost all wrote that the characters weren’t relatable and that the jokes were poorly

written, obvious and ineffective. The cast includes Kate Upton, Alexandra Daddario, Matt Barr, Matt Jones, Kal Penn, Rob Corddry and Molly Shannon. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - This fifth entry in the popular series based on a Disney themepark ride finds Captain Jack Sparrow down-on-his-luck and being pursued by ghost sailors. To save himself from certain death, he must team with a pair of younger adventure-seekers to find Poseidon’s trident. Reviewers appeared to have had enough with this franchise, even though it has been reputed to be the final chapter. A small percentage thought that it did its job and in bringing events to a close, but many more described it as the worst in the series. It stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario. Realive A young man learns he has a terminal illness in this independent sci-fi flick. He opts for cryogenic freezing and the hopes that he can be cured at some point in the future. Some 60 years later, the lead ends up as the first person ever to be awakened from his chamber.

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DWI REPORT | FROM PAGE 7 a vehicle blocking the entrance to G ood fel l a’s with the passenger door open. Opting for a welfare check since the vehicle was still in the traffic lane, Thayer noticed that Simpson, 28, had a cut above his right eye and called for an ambulance. Simpson stated he had been in the Shalimar and got in a fight, getting cut with a piece of rebar. Simpson agreed to a field sobriety test but did not perform well. He was read the Implied Consent Advisory and agreed to a breath test. At the State Police office, he blew a 0.18 and 0.17, and was transported to a local hospital for the cut on his head. He was then transported to MCDC and booked. Drew C. Lonetree 07.07.17, 9:25 pm Agg. DWI, 1st Offense G P D O f f i c e r Christian Va squez assisted a no t he r of f icer on a traffic stop at 4th and Hill Street. Lonetree, 26, at first

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denied consuming alcohol but he was having a tough time sitting upright on the curb. Agreeing to a portable breath test, Lonetree blew an amazing 0.249 and was read the NM Implied Consent Advisory, agreeing to that as well. There his readings showed a 0.20 and a 0.18. He was immediately transported to MCDC and booked. Ryan J. Turpen 06.20.17, 3:04 Agg. DWI, 1st Offense G P D O f f i c e r N o r m a n Bowman was d i s p a t c he d to the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of east Logan and south Strong in reference to a possibly impaired driver. Turpen, 29, was driving westbound on Logan and failed to stop at the octagonal sign at Strong. When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, Turpen said no, but had taken some medication called Suboxin. Turpen agreed to a field sobriety test but was stopped during the second part for his own safety. Officer Bowman did read the Implied Consent Advisoty but Turpen refused that as well. Turpen was then transported to MCDC and booked into jail.

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Sports Scores Tuesday, Sept. 19 MHS VB 3, Wingate 0 Thursday, Sept. 21 GHS BS 0, Miyamura 3 GHS GS 1, Miyamura 4 GHS VB 3, Ramah 2 MHS BS 3, Gallup 0 MHS GS 4, Gallup 1 MHS VB 3, Grants 0 RCHS BS 0, Moriarty 4 RCHS GS 0, Moriarty 6 RCHS VB 3, Laguna Acoma 2 WHS VB 1, E. Mountain 3 Friday, Sept. 22 GHS FB 0, Los Alamos 47 MHS FB 44, Espanola 20 RCHS VB 3, NACA 0 WHS FB 8, Monument Valley 54 Saturday, Sept. 23 GHS VB 1, Grants 3 RCHS BS 0, Socorro 2 Tuesday, Sept. 26 GHS BS 1, Bloomfield 1 GHS VB 0, Farmington 3 MHS BS 3, Kirtland 1 MHS GS 0, Kirtland 1 MHS VB 3, Bloomfield 0 RCHS GS 1, Navajo Prep 2 RCHS VB 3, Crownpoint 0 WHS VB 1, Laguna Acoma 3 Thursday, Sept. 28 GHS BS 0, Kirtland 7 GHS GS 0, Aztec 10 GHS VB 0, Miyamura 3 MHS BS 1, Farmington 2 MHS GS 0, Farmington 10 MHS FB 36, St. Pius 33 MHS VB 3, Gallup 0 RCHS VB 3, Newcomb 1 Friday, Sept. 29 RCHS VB 3, Desert Academy 1 WHS FB 24, Tohatchi 40 Saturday, Sept. 30 GHS GS 1, Bloomfield 3 GHS FB 8, Grants 38 RCHS BS 6, Desert Academy 3 Tuesday, Oct. 3 GHS BS 1, Kirtland 0 GHS GS 0, Kirtland 3 GHS VB 3, Bloomfield 2 MHS BS 1, Aztec 0 MHS GS 0, Aztec 10 MHS VB 1, Kirtland 3 RCHS BS 4, E. Mountain 2 RCHS GS 0, Socorro 7 WHS VB 1, Thoreau 3

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Gallup Cross Country ran in two separate meets over the last two weeks. Individual places and times will follow runners’ name with Totah results first and Curtis Williams results after. Totah Meet - Farmington Sept. 22 GHS Girls 3rd Place with 107 points GHS Boys 7th Place with 143 points Curtis Williams Meet - Gallup - Sept. 30 GHS Boys 3rd Place with 66 points GHS Girls 5th Place with 114 points Boys’ places and times Demetri Begay, 12-18:18.9, 2-18:09.2 Shawn McCraith, 22-18:49.4, 8-18:46.7 Thomas Eriacho, 34-19:33.9, 19-19:40.7 Wacey Begay, 36-19:37.2, 2519:55.8 Ilijah Lester, 39-19:45.9, 2019:42.9 Brandon James, 42-19:55.8, 21-19:44.2 Rylie Begay, 49-20:23.0, Did Not Run Camaron Benally, Did Not Run, 17-19:36.1 Girls’ places and times Jessica Ramirez, 3-20:36.9, 1-20:21.8 Katelyn Thompson, 2324:14.9, 38-26:23.8 Celine Nez, 24-24:16.0, 1923:31.0 Cearra Williams, 32-24:57.6, 33-25:17.4 Jordan Begay, 33-25:02.0, 2624:41.4 Hunter Livingston, 36-25:09.5, 35-25:28.0 Cherianna Bennett, 44-26:11.1, Did Not Run Miyamura Cross Country ran in two separate meets over the last two weeks. Individual places and times will follow runners’ name with Totah results first and Curtis Williams results after. Totah Meet - Farmington Sept. 22 MHS Boys 4th place with 120 points MHS Girls 6th place with 142 points Girls’ places and times Kila Vicente, 5-21:04.4, 3-21:05.0 Ashley Thomas, 6-21:29.3, 2-20:34.7 Autumn Enot, 42-25:37.6, Did Not Run Rheanna Smallcanyon, 5027:37, 32-25:16.7 Nikki Nez, 51-27:52.2, 2724:46.1

Lauryn Thomas, 54-28:52.6, 15-23:02.3 Keyana Goodman, 55-30:09.5, Did Not Run Boys’ places and times Ty McCray, 1-6:57.9, 1-17:05.8 Rylie Watson, 15-18:26.8, 6-18:17.4 Elijah Begay, 21-18:5, 318:12.4 Jairyn James, 30-19:16.5, 1119:09.5 Courage Adaki, 53-21:56.3, Did Not Run Joshua Naljahih, 54-22:17.1, 44-21:55.0 Maurice Murphy, 56-22:57.2, 45-22:45 Jermayne Chee, Did Not Run, 21:02.9 Rehoboth Cross Country ran at a meet in Pecos but the standings and times were not reported. Wingate Cross Country actually ran three times in the last two weeks, but only two of those meets had team scores, the Skyhawk Classic and the Heartbreak Classic. Skyhawk Meet - Sept. 23 Newomb WHS Girls 1st place with 35 points WHS Boys’ 2nd place with 51 points Heartbreak Classic - Sept. 30 - Navajo Pine WHS Girls 3rd place with 93 points WHS Boys 6th place with 149 points Girls’ places and times Latisha Lopez, 1-22:04.18, 1-23:49 Octavia Long, 6-24:58.83, Did Not Run Erica Yazzie, 11-26:07.82, 1728:23.68 Dellena Payton, 12-26:09.13, 25-28:40 Rose Nez, 13-26:23.41, 2829:07 Melayia Becenti, 17-26:47.12, 33-29:50 Nezbah Young, 22-28:14.73, 44-31:33 Marcella Kee, Did Not Run, 49-32:21 Boys’ places and times Kyren McCray, 3-19:31.91, 19-21:15 Trevor Morgan, 8-20:14.36, 32-22:51 Miles Whitehair, 11-20:38.98, 38-23:17 Reshawn Begay, 14-20:53.78, 40-23:30 Jerome Smith, 17-21:06.44, 42-23:43 Shawne King, 18-21:07.16, 34-22:55 Colin Tracy, 20-21:19.76, Did Not Run COMMUNITY


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Applicants may apply in person or submit by email the email address given above. Deadline: Completed applications must be received by Noon on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Gallup Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Job Vacancy Announcement Administrative Assistant [Front Desk] Gallup Housing Authority General Job Description: This person’s primary duty is tenant accounts receivable functions. Person will serve as the initial “point of contact” with the public, applicants, tenants, and vendors. Person will perform secretarial and receptionist duties as needed. Person will manage a companywide schedule of all organizational functions, deadlines, and internal events. Person will be responsible for electronic and paper file management for the Administration and Finance Departments. Duties also include agenda preparation, public notice of meetings, recording and filing of meeting minutes and approved resolutions. Person will provide general administrative support to the Executive Director, the Accounting Specialist, and the Board of Commissioners. The successful candidate will have excellent computer skills and significant experience with Word, Outlook, and Excel spreadsheets; must be skilled in standard office procedures and operations; have knowledge of cash management policies and procedures; Must maintain confidentially where require; and have ability to communicate effectively with applicants, tenants, other employees and the general public. The successful candidate should have significant experience in performing similar

work in a high paced public service environment. Relevant college coursework is highly preferred; and Applicant must have a current valid driver’s license; and be able to past a criminal/credit background check. Applications and/or a copy of the job description may be obtained at 203 Debra Drive, Gallup NM 87305 or requested by email at: GHAmain@galluphousing.com. Applicants may apply in person or submitted to the email above.. Deadline: Wednesday, 2017

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Pursuant of the New Mexico Self Storage Lien Act, the following Items will be sold or disposed of in order to satisfy a lien for delinquent rent and/or related charges. Property is located at: Sunrise Self Storage 2610 E. Hwy 66 and Sunrise II Self Storage 3000 W. Hwy 66 Gallup, NM 87301. Sale will take place TBD Please call 505-722-7989 for time or more information.

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Last Known Address of Tenant Shawn Begay PO Box 1450 Sheepsprings, NM 87364 Shovel, gas cans, plastic tub Boxes & Bags of Misc. items. Everette Baker PO Box 364 Sanders, Ariz. 86412 Clothes, shoes, stereo, Boxes & Bags of Misc. items. Corrie Williams 7165 Blythewood R. Beaumont, Tx. 77713 Folding chairs, kitchen items Boxes & Bags of Misc. items. Items may be viewed on the day of sale only. CASH ONLY Please call office to verify info. Sale May Be Cancelled By Right of Lien Holder. JLG NM NORTH 2017, LLLP REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION STATEMENTS FROM GENERAL CONTRACTORS The JLG NM North 2017, LLLP (JLG North Portfolio) (Owner) will be accepting Contractors’ Qualification Statements at its Consultant’s office at Community Preservation Partners, 17782 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, California 92614 for the renovation of six (6) Multi-family Rural Development Apartments Projects located in Gallup, Bloomfield and Bernalillo, New Mexico. The Owner will only consider proposals from general contractors that have demonstrated a successful track record of renovating

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 multi-family rental housing developments. A Qualification Statements Packet may be obtained by contacting James Hingston (949-236-8123) or by e-mail request to jhingston@ cpp-housing.com on or after September 22, 2017. Qualification Statements must be submitted by 2:00 PM PST, October 6, 2017. Successful Bidder will be announced on or before October 9, 2017. Publish Date: September 22, 2017 State of New Mexico County of McKinley Eleventh Judicial District No. D-1113-CV-201500219 State Farm Bank, F.S.B., Plaintiff, v. DORI K. SMITH, IF LIVING, IF DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, OF LEGATEES OF DORI K. SMITH, DECEASED, GARY FONTaNETTA, THE UNKNOWN SURVIVING SPOUSE OF DORI K. SMITH, DECEASED, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Special Master will on October 12, 2017 at 11:00 am, outside the front entrance of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 W. Hill, Gallup, NM, sell and convey to the highest bidder for cash all the right, title, and interest of the above-named defendants in and to the following described real estate located in said County and State: A certain tract of land situate

within the Northeast Quarter of Section 12, T11N, R16W, N.M.P.M., McKinley County, New Mexico, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Northeast Corner of said tract, being a point in the East Line of said Section 12, whence the East l/4 corner of said Section 12 bears S 00° 01’ 53”E, and is 1303.16 feet distant; Thence from said point of beginning, S 00° 01’ 53”E along said East line of Section 12, a distance of 310.28 feet to the Southeast corner of said tract; Thence N 89° 47’ 39”W a distance of 701.74 feet to the Southwest corner of said tract; Thence N 00° 06’ 40”W a distance of 310.28 feet to the Northwest corner of said tract; Thence S 89° 40’ 42”E a distance of 702.17 feet to the point and place of beginning, as shown on PLAT OF TRACT A AND TRACT B LANDS OF DORI K SMITH SECTION 12, T.11N., R.16W., N.M.P.M., MCKINLEY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO, as said plat was filed in the office of the County Clerk of McKinley County, New Mexico on the 27th day of August, 2004 in Book 23 Comp., Page 2475, No. 314,335. The address of the real property is 109 Elk Drive, Ramah, NM 87321. Plaintiff does not represent or warrant that the stated street address is the street address of the described property; if the street address does not match the legal description, then the property being sold herein is the property more particularly described above, not the property located at the street address; any prospective pur-

chaser at the sale is given notice that it should verify the location and address of the property being sold. Said sale will be made pursuant to the judgment entered on July 7, 2017 in the above entitled and numbered cause, which was a suit to foreclose a mortgage held by the above Plaintiff and wherein Plaintiff was adjudged to have a lien against the above-described real estate in the sum of $111,892.37 plus interest from December 1, 2016 to the date of sale at the rate of 5.250% per annum, the costs of sale, including the Special Master’s fee, publication costs, and Plaintiff’s costs expended for taxes, insurance, and keeping the property in good repair. Plaintiff has the right to bid at such sale and submit its bid verbally or in writing. The Plaintiff may apply all or any part of its judgment to the purchase price in lieu of cash. At the date and time stated above, the Special Master may postpone the sale to such later date and time as the Special Master may specify. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this sale may be subject to a bankruptcy filing, a pay off, a reinstatement or any other condition that would cause the cancellation of this sale. Further, if any of these conditions exist, at the time of sale, this sale will be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Special Master and the mortgagee giving this notice shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damages. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the real property and improvements concerned with

herein will be sold subject to any and all patent reservations, easements, all recorded and unrecorded liens not foreclosed herein, and all recorded and unrecorded special assessments and taxes that may be due. Plaintiff and its attorneys disclaim all responsibility for, and the purchaser at the sale takes the property subject to, the valuation of the property by the County Assessor as real or personal property, affixture of any mobile or manufactured home to the land, deactivation of title to a mobile or manufactured home on the property, if any, environmental contamination on the property, if any, and zoning violations concern-

ing the property, if any.

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unpredictable throughout. The cast includes Mia Goth, Martin McCann and Olwen Fouere.

But just because the world has changed and progressed doesn’t mean that his checkered past hasn’t followed him. Notices were good for this little English-language co-production from Belgium, Spain and France. The majority complimented it for being a thoughtful and original fantasy flick with plenty of thematic elements to ponder afterwards. It features Tom Hughes, Charlotte Le Bon and Oona Chaplin. The Survivalist - In this independent production, a man decides to live off of the land and retreats to a remote farm in the wilderness. After many years out on his own, he encounters a lost and starving mother and daughter. They make a strange arrangement to stay with him and it becomes clear that the years alone have resulted in mental distress. Reviews were very good for this dark and disturbing effort. They admittedly it was a grim tale, but praised its unique approach and called it compelling and

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BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Once again, Arrow Video have a couple of notable cult items. First, they have a Special Edition Blu-ray of Children of the Corn (1984). Based on a Stephen King short story, the plot involves a couple who drive into a small town only to find it run by kids who murder anyone over the age of 18. That’s bad news for the visitors. The movie comes newly remastered in 2K and includes an incredible list of extras. There are multiple audio commentaries (one with the filmmakers and another with horror historians), a lengthy making-of, a bucket-load of interviews with the cast (including co-star Linda Hamilton) and crew, as well as publicity materials a 1983 short film adaptation of the same written material. This is about as detailed and remarkable a package as one could hope for.

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Oct. 6, Friday GHS GS @ Farmington, 7 MHS FB vs. Bloomfield, 7 WHS CC @ Ancient Trails-Cortez, 3 WHS FB @ Whitehorse, 7 Oct. 7, Saturday GHS CC @ Los Lunas, 8 MHS CC @ Zuni, 9 RCHS BS @ Tierra Encantada, 1 RCHS CC @ Zuni, 9 RCHS GS @ ATC, 2

Oct. 10, Tuesday GHS BS vs. Miyamura, 4 GHS GS @ Miyamura, 4/6 GHS VB @ Kirtland, 4/5:30/7 MHS BS @ Gallup, 4 MHS GS vs. Gallup, 4 MHS VB vs. Aztec, 4/5:30/7 RCHS GS vs. Navajo Prep, 5 RCHS VB @ Tohatchi, 4:30 Oct. 12, Thursday GHS BS @ Bloomfield, 3/5 GHS GS vs, Bloomfield, 4/6 GHS VB vs. Farmington,

4/5:30/7 MHS BS vs. Kirtland, 3 MHS GS @ Kirtland, 3 MHS VB @ Bloomfield, 4/5:30/7 WHS VB vs. Navajo Prep, 4 Oct. 13, Friday GHS FB vs. Miyamura, 7 MHS FB @ Gallup, 7 RCHS VB @ Crownpoint, 4:30 WHS FB @ Zuni, 7 CLASSIFIEDS


COMMUNITY CALENDAR OCT. 6 – OCT. 12, 2017 FRIDAY Oct. 6

MONDAY Oct. 9

COMPUTER CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET 10:30 am12:30pm @ 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 email: libtrain@gallupnm.gov  FALL CARNIVAL Don’t miss Rehoboth Christian School’s “Fall Carnival”. Games and bake sale in the Rehoboth Sports and Fitness center from 4-8 pm. Navajo Taco dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5-7 pm. Silent Auction including gift certificates and jewelry. Proceeds support the bands and choirs of Rehoboth Christian School. GALLUP POETRY SLAM: WORDS & MUSIC Join us for the Gallup Poetry Slam: Words & Music. Held every first Friday of the month. 6:30-8:30 pm, ART123 Gallery. Free. GET UP AND GAME Get moving with these fun and active Kinect video games. 4-5 pm, Children’s Branch 200 W. Aztec Ave.

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: BASIC TABLET SKILLS 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 

SATURDAY Oct. 7 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. ROAD APPLE RALLY Road Apple Rally Returns for 37th year. This mountain bike race is open to participants at all levels. Cal (505) 599-1184. All races start and finish at Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater, Farmington. SUNDAY Oct. 8 MESSY CHURCH Learn about “courage” through arts and crafts, activities and a story about David and Goliath. We’ll also share a meal together. 5:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Call (505) 863-4512 or, email: galllupumc@gmail.com. Free.  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. CALENDAR

TUESDAY Oct. 10 GADGET GARAGE TECHNOLOGY HOUR 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. Bring 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. Call (505) 863-1291. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. Every Tuesday at 4pm join us at the Children’s Branch for creativity, innovation and fun. Open to all ages. Children’s Branch 200 W. Aztec Ave. BORDERLANDS, POETICS, AND SLAM POETRY 6pm @ the Main Branch. The library presents poet Jessica Helen Lopez. She was the Poet Laureate of Albuquerque (2014 – 2016) and is best known for her Slam Poetry. Lopez believes “sharing the message” of poetry is important and reveals how the spoken word can both empower and continuously be shaped by the people. Call (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@ gallupnm.gov.  WEDNESDAY Oct. 11 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.  WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30-7 pm @ Main Branch. Free weekly movie and popcorn provided. This week: Blair Witch THURSDAY Oct. 12 CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm@ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole

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family. This week’s activity: Paper Plate Holder Jack-OLanterns SOMOS GALLUP WORKERS WORKSHOP 6pm @ Main Branch. The library will host Somos un Pueblo Unido of Gallup as they discuss worker’s rights and how to prevent wage theft. This informative session is open to anyone that wants to know more about this topic and services available in the area. Call (505) 863-1291, or email: libtrain@gallupnm.gov. ONGOING CITY OF GALLUP’S SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD Meets on the first Monday from 3-5 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. CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets Wednesday, 6-7 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 1800 Redrock Dr. (in the library). All are welcome. COMMUNITY PANTRY The Hope Garden offers organic produce for sale from 10 am-noon, Tue - Fri., 1130 E. Hassler Valley Road. All funds go to helping feed local folks. Call (505) 726-8068 or when visiting, ask for Vernon Garcia. FRIDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY Gallup’s longest-running live show! Every Friday night from 7-9 pm. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 306 S. Second St. GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY Wednesdays are low-cost Spay and Neuter Days, at the Gallup-McKinley County Humane Society. For more information, please call (505) 863-2616, or email: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR 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. 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.  MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1pm at the New Mexico Cancer Center across from UNM-Gallup. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in discussions about health, education, economic, and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change in those systems. Call (505) 906-2671. 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 FALL FESTIVAL On Oct. 14, there will be an “Ancient Way Fall Festival & Art Market.” 3-6 pm. For more information visit: www. zunipuebloart.org. ART123 WHODUNNIT? On Oct. 14, solve the case of the “missing art work” an art heist detective game. (Obligatory disclaimer: the case of a missing artwork is make-believe for your entertainment.) Enjoy live music, free face painting, and more. 7-9 pm, ART123. CROP HUNGER WALK 2017 On Oct. 15, the Gallup community will come together to raise awareness about hunger and poverty both locally and globally for the annual CROP Hunger Walk. Schedule: 1pm, Community Pantry and Hope Garden Tour; 2pm Welcome and Opening Comments; 2:15 pm Walk from the pantry through Downtown Gallup cross the RR tracks at the

Second street—return to the pantry. Call (505) 721-9879 GALLUP INTERFAITH MEETING On Oct. 17, the Gallup Interfaith Community will meet at 6:30 pm. A dialogue on the “Search for Oneness” will be facilitated by Jeff Kiely. Bring food and drink for a shred meal. All are welcome in friendship in community. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 151 state Hwy 564. Call (505) 290-3557. REGIONAL TOURISM SUMMIT COMES TO GALLUP On Oct. 23, the Regional Tourism Economic Summit Series is coming to Gallup. The New Mexico Hospitality Association chose Gallup as one of its 10 regional meeting locations in a partnership with the City of Gallup and the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. From: 3:30-5:00pm, El Morro Events Center, 210 S Second Street. Call (505) 863-1227. SBDC WORKSHOP On Now. 3, join the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce for a workshop with artist Maggie Hanely “When ART is your business.” Topics include: pricing your Artwork, presentation of your art, online sales opportunities, and more. Call (505) 722-2220. 9 am-3pm, Gallup Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Hwy. 66. NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING On Nov. 4, we invite residents of District 4 to visit with Councilor Fran Palochak at 6 pm. Councilor Palochak will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and we welcome your compliments and complaints. Please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. Residents outside of District 4 are also welcome to attend. Location: Stagecoach Elementary School, 1498 Freedom Dr. AMERICA RECYCLES DAY Save the date! The annual American Recycles Day and Crafts Fair and Recycling Jamboree will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Gallup Community Center, 9am-3pm. Call (505) 721-9879. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: gallupsunevents@gmail.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.

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