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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY GALLUP The Gallup Small Business Development Center in partnership with the City of Gallup, the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Night Out Businesses are working collaboratively to promote local small businesses throughout Gallup this Saturday, November 25th. Schedule of Events: All Day Shop Small! Support Locally Owned and Operated Businesses in the Gallup Area 1:30-9pm:“Shop Small Selfie Scavenger Hunt” 4:00-6pm: Santa Claus (or his helper) will be visiting downtown Gallup to hand out treats to kids of all ages! 5:00: 31st Annual Santa’s Caravan & Official Gallup Tree Lighting at Courthouse Plaza by Millennium Media 6:00-10:00 Downtown Night Out Christmas Kick Off 6pm- Jerry’s Cafe- Live Music & Food Specials 6-8pm- Gallup Coffee Company- Live Music & Holiday Shopping Boutique 6-9pm- Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe- Live Music & Holiday Drink Specials 7pm- El Morro Theatre & Events Center- Free Celtic Christmas with the Desert Highlanders & Lowriders, Hoppers, & Hot Rods Exhibit 7pm- Coal Street Pub- Live Music and Food Specials 7pm- Quintana’s Music hosts Live Music and Open Mic Night at American Bar 9pm- Sammy C’s- Floyd Reyes & DJ One Entertainment & Gallups Best Dance Party with Food & Drink Specials

“Shop Small Selfie Scavenger Hunt”(#ShopSmall and #GallupShopSmall)

Take a selfie with the blue hearts that say “Show Love # Shop Small” in participating businesses and then stop by the El Morro Theatre and Events Center between 1:30-9pm on the 25th. When you get there, show the staff your 10 selfies posted to social media, and you’ll be registered to win one of these prizes: •Balloon Ride for 2 from X-treme Lee Fun Balloon Adventures •Downtown Night Out Businesses Gift Package with a value of over $250 •$100 Gift Certificate from Butler’s Office Supply

Shop these businesses participating in Small Business Saturday & the Shop Small Selfie Scavenger Hunt 4 Corners Yoga A-J Tires & Auto Center Amigo Automotive ART123 Butler’s Office Supply Camille’s Sidewalk Café Chee Montano’s State Farm City Electric Shoe Shop Coal Basin Stoves Coal Street Pub Consignment Boutique Desert Dove Indian Jewelry Desert Indian Traders


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NEWS Diné dentist brings career, family to Gallup “Every person’s anatomy of their tooth looks different,” Damon-Mallette said. “You have to look at what’s around the tooth and how to form it to that same type.” There’s a lot more to observe than just fixing a tooth. DamonMallette said the real work is in noticing little things, like how the patient chews. There’s a ton of sculpting and persistence that takes place during her treatment.

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riginally from Aztec, N.M., Diné dentist Dr. DezBaa DamonMallette returned to her people of the Navajo Nation in July to work at Rainaldi Dental in Gallup. Damon-Mallette was previously working in the Rio Rancho area of Albuquerque, at The Hygiene Center, a small private office. At the time, her husband, Louis Mallette, was completing his education at the University of New Mexico School of Law. After earning his degree, Mallette and his wife discussed where they might settle down with 2-yearold son, Miles Mallette. Damon-Mallette touched base with Dr. Lidio Rainaldi, owner of Rainaldi Dental. Rainaldi said that Damon-Mallette came out to visit, and he told her to work for a couple of days to try it out. “She did that and it worked out well,” he said. “She made the decision over time to come.” Being in business for over 30 years, Rainaldi said having Damon-Mallette on staff has been great for him. Especially when

Dr. DezBaa Damon-Mallette, a dentist at Rainaldi Dental. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe they’re not so busy. Rainaldi said he finds himself spending more quality time with his patients, instead of feeling like he’s just checking in on them. “She’s very compassionate and warm with the patients,” Rainaldi said. “Plus, she has 10 years of experience, which is great because she has a lot of experience with patient care and procedures. She just brought new life to the business.”

A FAMILIAR HOME Things took off for the 39-yearold dentist. Damon-Mallette felt

welcomed by the community’s open arms. “It’s very difficult to find the right person to come to any small town,” Rainaldi said. “But what helped was that she has family in the area, which is great.” Despite having made a big move, Damon-Mallette adjusted to Gallup quickly and comfortably. She has established herself thanks to her hard work, and to the focus and dedication she provides her patients. Rainaldi was surprised at first by how welcoming the patients were towards Damon-Mallette, a newcomer, and how trustworthy they were. “I’m just getting a lot, a lot of compliments about her,” Rainaldi said. “For every business owner, you kind of wonder how that person’s going to fit in, and she’s been a very good fit.”


Damon-Mallette, who spent time in Alaska, settles down in Gallup. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe


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For Damon-Mallette, when it comes to her patient’s appointments, it’s not just about filling a cavity or caring for a toothache. “It’s constant listening and problem solving,” she said. “It’s not always, ‘They need this done and that done,’ that’s not always the case.” Damon-Mallette said that the anatomy of a patient is what’s most important, because not everyone has the same symptoms. A good dentist needs to look at the person fully, and treat current problems for how they might affect the patient in the long run. A cavity, of course, is a hole in the tooth. But it’s also much more than that.


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Mayor McKinney addresses the County Commissioners over a reduction in alcohol statistics. Photo Credit: Deswood Tome

City: New alcohol sales hours results in fewer police calls By Deswood Tome Sun Correspondent


d m is sion s to t he Na’Nizhoozhi Center Inc. detoxification ser v ices are down by 700 clients since a new law by the City Council was approved in July, city officials claim. “Gallup police few dispatches regarding intoxicated persons in the morning hours since the new ordinance,” Mayor Jackie McKinney told the county commissioners on Nov. 14. The city council enacted a new ordinance that prohibits the sale of alcohol before 10 am. Ga l lup Pol ice Capt a i n Marinda Spencer says grocery stores open sales at 7 am selling alcohol. “Some businesses begin selling alcohol as they open their doors,” she said. In 2016, there were 103 emergency calls for persons suffering from convulsions on the streets of Gallup. Calls have dropped to 68 during the same reporting time period for 2017. Other reports of calls for persons down on the streets have decreased by 112. “We have had no unattended deaths since February,” the mayor said. “Calls are not getting back up.”. Addressing the commissioners on the sale and use of


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Mayor Jackie McKinney. alcohol was McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith. “ T he dog i n ou r f ig ht i s S u nd ay l iq uor s a le s ,” Silversmith said. “Sundays everyone is going out to the bars that are open. They are out there to get their package liquor.” The city of Gallup does not allow retail package alcohol sales on Sunday. “I was at Casamero Lake for Veterans Day,” Silversmith said. “I was so shocked to see by 10:30 in the morning people were intoxicated. Three or four people are bootlegging. It happens everywhere. If they want it they are going to get it.” The sheriff reported that problems are occurring on South Second Street, where a




Construction of the new Gallup Skate Park east of the Cultural Center will cease for the winter and re-open in the spring, due to soil contamination set backs. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Contaminants delay Gallup Skate Park By Deswood Tome Sun Correspondent


he completion date for the construction of the north side Gallup Skate Park has been pushed back to next summer, due to a condition found in the soil from historic coal train activity. The new park is east of the Gallup Cultural Center. “They found a coal seam that is not suitable for foundation,” Gallup Public Works Executive Director Stanley Henderson said. “It’s from historic train activity — old fashioned steamed shovel trains.” The Gallup Cultural Center is the site of the historic train depot built in 1918. “It’s where the loading and unloading of passengers we believe where they serviced the engines and cleaned out the burner boxes,” Henderson said. Creosote was found in the

soil, a contaminate the U.S. EPA classifies as a “probable human carcinogen” that affects the skin and liver. Other contaminates found were benzene and hydrocarbons. Benzene is a chemical the Center for Disease Control lists as cancer causing. More than 3,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil were removed, which required the city to treat it as a coal environmental mitigation matter. The city denied that a sinkhole was found on the property, as some sources have claimed. “There is no sink hole,” Henderson said. “The coal stream is seven to eight foot deep.” Henderson appeared before the City Council in July to report on the findings that delayed the project. “We were due to finish the project this year,” Henderson












The Gallup Skate Park on Nov. 20. Construction to resume next March or April, according to officials. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura NEWS

Gallup Sun • Friday November 24, 2017


Spiritual leaders call on Trump Administration to protect Bear Ears LEADERS SAY IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO UPHOLD BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT Staff Reports


AN JUAN COUNTY, Utah – In the middle of Native A merican Heritage Month, nearly 30 spiritual leaders traveled to a threatened Native American heritage landscape: Bears Ears National Monument. When religious community leaders received news that President Trump intends to make an early December trip to San Juan County to announce he will downsize and diminish conservation protection for Bears Ears National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and possibly other public lands, they were compelled to go there to stand with the tribes. P re sby t er i a n M i n i s t er and Director of Community

The Bears Ears National Monument, a threatened sacred site in San Juan County, Utah. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the US Bureau of Land Management Relations for New Mexico Wi ld l i fe Feder at ion Rev. Andrew Black planned the trip in collaboration with a national ecumenical Christian organization, Creation Justice

Ministries. In organizing the trip, Black said, “For the Administration to consider shrinking the monument and fragmenting this pristine landscape is a grave

injustice that fails to understand the sacred interconnectedness between the area’s land, water, wildlife and people who have been on this landscape for thousands of years.” The Bears Ears National Monument is unique in that official tribal appointees serve as the primary advisory body for managing their spiritual, cultural, and natural heritage. Yet, the Trump Administration is indicating it does not plan to heed recommendations of the Bears Ears Commission of Tribes, comprised of Hopi, Navajo, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Zuni appointees. The Commission has urged the Trump Administration to uphold the monument. Over 30 tribes from throughout the nation have ancestral, historical and contemporary ties to

Navajo Nation member Davis Filfred. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council Bears Ears and have expressed support for the monument.



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Navajo woman pleads Gallup Police Officer arrested guilty to involuntary for aggravated battery manslaughter charge By Deswood Tome Sun Correspondent

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L BUQU ERQU E – Bryana Agnes Henio, 30, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Little Water, N.M., pled guilty on Nov. 20 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an involuntary manslaughter charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Henio was arrested in October, on a criminal compla int cha rging her w ith involuntary manslaughter. According to the complaint, Henio killed a man by hitting him with a vehicle on Sept. 8, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. At the time Henio ran over the victim, Henio was driving under the influence of alcohol. During the Nov. 20 proceedings, Henio pled guilty to felony information charging her with involuntary manslaughter and admitted to killing the victim by driving recklessly while



Bryana Agnes Henio under the influence of alcohol. Henio acknowledged that the alcohol rendered her incapable of exercising clear judgment and a steady hand in operating the vehicle. At sentencing, Henio faces a maximum statutory penalty of eight years in federal prison. She remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. This case wa s investigated by the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle is prosecuting the case.

Gallup Police Department officer wa s a r rested for aggravated battery on Nov. 20 by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, following a call that was made by a nurse at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Ga l lup Pol ice O f f icer Ransom Lee William James of Vanderwagen, N.M. was arrested at his home in the Zuni Mountain Apartments in Fort Wingate as Deputy Sheriff Josie Bowman was following up with her investigation after interviewing the female victim at the hospital. Booking records show t h at Ja me s wa s booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center sometime after 7:30 pm. The report lists James as 27-years-old, with a physical description of 6’3” and 210 lbs. The victim suffered injuries to her right and left eye and to her lips. She had scratches above her left eye and a red neck from being choked, according to the

GPD Officer Ransom James police report. The alleged incident began as the victim returned to her home from work on Nov. 19 at about 11:30 pm. Verbal insults from Officer James toward the victim escalated as she said to him, “I’m going to tell your boss tomorrow morning,” according to the report. “That’s when he grabbed me and [threw] me back and I fell.” The victim was hit with both of his fists on the right and left

of her face. “All I saw was black and white,” the report quotes the victim. “I thought he was going to stop after that. We have a little area, he dragged me there, throwing me around and pulling my hair. That’s when he started choking me.” The victim responded by hitting and kicking back in her defense. She admits scratching his face, arms, and chest. She repeated her statement in notifying James’ supervisor. “I was at the point where I could not fight anymore and [was] out of breath,” she is quoted from the report. “I didn’t want to say anything else. I don’t know what he would’ve done next. I was in fear of my life.” The victim is four months pregnant. Police have responded to other calls of disturbances at this residence. Officer James was arrested without incident by Sheriff Deputy Josie Bowman, who


Gallup Sun • Friday November 24, 2017


Local man jailed on kidnapping, rape charges By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor


obby Caldwell was released from jail mid-November, after being charged with allegedly kidnapping a disabled woman and forcing her into a sex act Oct. 22. McKinley County Sheriff’s Inv. Robert Turney said the victim, who at was first hesitant to tell police that she was forced into the sex act, said Caldwell talked her into going with him to pick up his other vehicle in the Pinedale area that was recently repaired. The arrest warrant report states that Caldwell, 28, was a trusted person – friends with her husband and stepmother’s son. And out of all the people who could help him retrieve his other car, she was the only one with a driver’s license. However, things didn’t go according to plan when Caldwell headed down some dark backroads in the White Cliffs area, where he allegedly pressured her into having sex with him by threatening to tell her husband that she made advances toward him. It turns out the story about

Bobby Caldwell picking up another vehicle was a ruse to get the victim alone. She told the reporting deputy that he showed her a cellphone video of him raping two teen girls, and threatened to “pull her out of the vehicle and rape her.” He also proceeded to expose his private area to her, and tried to pressure her to engage in a sex act. Seemingly desperate, he offered to pay her $200 to have sex with him. Caldwell also broke her phone, and stranded her in the pitch-black night three miles away from Deadhorse at about 3 am. Walking with a cane, and after a harrowing three hours,

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she made her way to a store at Deadhorse and called the police. “The victim stated that she was falling down hurting her knees walking on the dirt road trying to find help,” the report states. A deputy took a report and transported her home. Three days later, with the encouragement of her mother, she told MCSO investigators the details of her sexual assault, which entailed forced oral sex and the unwelcomed groping of her breasts. Among other disturbing details in the report, Caldwell reportedly asked the victim to help him hold down “a young girl” while he raped her. Turney said that Caldwell’s phone was confiscated, and while it contained plenty of porn, at this juncture there are no videos of him engaged in rape. He was formally charged with kidnapping, third degree criminal sexual penetration, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, aggravated indecent exposure, criminal sexual contact, and prostitution. Caldwell has a preliminary examination scheduled in Magistrate Court Judge Robert Baca’s chamber at 1:30 pm, Dec. 13. Turney encourages any other women that may have been victims of Caldwell to contact the Sheriff’s office at (505) 722-7205.

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING Leland H. Ashley, 38, is wanted for questioning regarding the Oct. 23 District Court bomb threat. If you know of his whereabouts, please call Inv. Robert Turney at the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 722-7205.

ALCOHOL SALES | FROM PAGE 6 local plasma center is located. “It’s the reason we had the issues there,” Silversmith said. Paid plasma givers spend their money on alcohol purcha ses at package l iquor stores repor tedly at early hours. There are 38 full service liquor licenses in Gallup that the state regulation department classifies as dispenser’s licenses, the mayor told the commissioners. “We are certainly watching liquor establishments,” McKinney said. Retail sales outlets that do not comply with the law put their licenses in jeopardy, the mayor added. “There are 33 liquor licensee s for Ga l lup,” Ber n ice Geiger said. Geiger is the communications director for the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing department in Santa Fe. “State laws have changed so there is no longer limits over allocation of licenses,”

Geiger said. “No licenses are allowed to be transferred under state law.” A New Mexico law that no longer exists used to allow one full service liquor license per population of every 2,000. The law was changed in 1997. At the time, Gallup had 25 liquor licensees. A year later the legislature outlawed drive up liquor sales. “You and I both agree [on] the availability of package liquor in convenient stores,” Commissioner Bill Lee said as the mayor addressed the commission. “We got rid of drive up. But we really didn’t. Get your liquor and get back in your car and go.” McK i n ney wa nt s st ate legislators to change laws on alcohol sales. “Alcohol should not be sold in a service station,” he said. “If we yell loud enough we could see laws change.” St at ist ics t he mayor shared on Tuesday were compiled from Metro Dispatch, the communications office for the Gallup Police Department.

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Weekly Police Activity Reports Staff Reports

Randy Mann 11/15: A McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s Office Deputy was dispat ched t o Williams Acres over a domestic dispute early in the morning. The 4:46 am call to Deputy Roxanne Slim informed her that a suspect had possibly thrown a victim out of a window, according to the police report. After arriving on the scene and speaking with the victim, 26, Slim found the suspect, Randy L. Mann, 28, inside the house. The window to the residence was indeed broken, but the victim told Silm that she had broken it herself trying to escape the residence. She also told the deputy, “I believe he did try to keep me inside to keep me from leaving and from calling the cops,” according to the police report. Slim then arrested Mann for false imprisonment, battery against a household member, and criminal damage to property. M e rle Lefthadbull 11/10: Gallup Police Department officers caught a man driving a stolen vehicle on East Highway 66 after two men informed them of a drunk driver passing through a McDonalds parking

lot. W hen police found the vehicle matching the plates given to them by the two men, they encountered Merle Lefthandbull, 23, who was intoxicated and gave the officers a fraudulent identity. The officers allowed Lefthandbull to call his sister, but as he was on the phone he quickly turned eastbound on Aztec Avenue. Police gave cha se a nd caught Lefthandbull attempting to hide behind a trashcan, according to the police report. The officers called his sister to the scene, and after giving officers the correct identification Lefthandbull was arrested for unlawful taking of a vehicle, false evidence/registration, resisting an officer and concealing identity. Bruce Donovan Begay 11/10: Just before midnight, at roughly 11:30 pm on Nov. 10, security d i s c ove r e d two teenage boys, 13 and 16-years-old, left in a car. One of the minors was “extremely intoxicated” and had to be taken away by ambulance, according to the police report. One of the boys told GPD Off icer Dougla s Hoffma n that it was his brother, Bruce Donovan Begay, 26, who purchased and supplied them with alcohol. Begay then left with a friend, 26, to Sports Page Bar. The teenagers were left alone in the car for almost an hour in 45-degree weather

before Hoffman arrived on the scene. The intoxicated teenager later registered a blood alcohol level of 0.171. Begay was arrested for abandonment of a child on two counts, and one count of supplying alcohol to a minor. Anthony Madrid 11 / 0 9 : G P D o f f i c e r s

apprehended a candy bar thief on Nov. 9, after a secur it y g u a r d not ic e d Anthony R . Madr id, 29, stea ling a Butterfinger from a store.

When the guard approached him outside, Madrid sprayed him with mace, according to the police report. Madrid then fled the scene, hitting a bush and the curb on the way out. Off icer s caug ht Madrid at Economy Inn, and then arrested him for armed robbery.

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Kyle Amon; 51 years old; Candy Kitchen, New Mexico


Amon was shot in the back and died from those wounds.

SKATE PARK | FROM PAGE 7 said. “We will close the project for the winter and start next March or April.” The Public Works Department suspends projects involving the pouring of concrete during winter months. The project’s original cost was $911,000. $44,000 of that cost was matched through a capital outlay fund by Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-9). The delay in the project caused a carry over of construction cost into fiscal year 2018. The Gallup City Council a p pr o v e d a n a d d it io n a l NEWS

$250,000 to excavate the soil and to put in a geo-pier. A geopier is a patented foundation solution used for replacements of foundation. “It drives in the aggregate into the ground, compacts the soil and minimizes the disturbances,” Henderson said. The new site for the skate park is replacing the skate park that was demolished in Chihuahuita, an older part of the city. The now demolished skate park site is being prepared for the construction of the new Lincoln elementary school. The new skate park will be entirely concrete with half pipe skating features.


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Murder victim Kyle Amon Found dead outside his home on October 24, 2017

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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Lorena Tso Nov. 8, 10:46 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s D e p u t y L oren zo A . Guerrero responded to a call from MCSO Deputy Roxanne Slim about a n i ntox icated d r iver on Interstate 40. Slim had noticed a vehicle straying from its lane, and made a traffic stop. When Guerrero arrived at the scene, he saw an intoxicated Tso, 43, holding on to her truck bed for balance, according to the police report. Tso admitted to drinking two long island iced teas prior to driving her car that night. Tso failed two field tests, and a breath test for her measured at 0.16 g/210L, and 0.15 g/210L. Armondo Eddie Nov. 2, 7:21 pm 4th DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer was d i s p a t c he d to 1717 South S e c o n d Street after a call about a drunk driver in the parki ng lot of Rocket Liquors. When Thayer spotted the car, the suspects began driving away. Thayer stopped the car and approached Eddie, 33, who had watery red eyes and smelled like alcohol, according to the police report. Eddie submitted to three field sobriety tests, and struggled on each. He then submitted to three additional tests, and showed signs of intoxication on those as well. Eddie took a breath test and blew a 0.21 and a 0.23. He was then transported to jail and booked for the DWI. Christopher Morgan Nov 2, 10:15 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated GPD Officer Thayer was d r iv i n g by t he R a nch it o

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Motel when he hea rd a man yelling at a car that wa s dr ivi n g a w a y, according to the police report. Thayer spoke to the man and learned that the driver in question was his brother Morga n, 28. T hayer went after the car and noticed it traveling slowly and straying from the lane. Morgan pulled into a McDonalds parking lot, where Thayer stopped and approached him. Morgan appeared intoxicated, according to the police report. Morgan was arrested after showing signs of intoxication six sobriety tests. He refused to take a breath test. Luke McCorkey Oct. 31, 6:55 pm 3rd DWI, Aggravated GPD Of f icer Ci ndy Romancito was traveling on Highway 66 when she got a call from an officer about a possible drunk driver.

Romancito arrived at Coal Avenue and 6 th S t r e e t , where Sg t . B e n n i e Ga ona wa s administering a breath test to M c C o r k e y, 44. The test results showed a level of 0.233. When Romancito attempted to perform additional field sobriety tests, McCorkey refused. Romancito arrested McCorkey following his refusal. Myron L. Watchman Oct 29, 1:49 am 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r S t e v e n Eldridge wa s heading west on Highway 66 when he saw headlights approaching him, from a car going the wrong way down a one-way street. Eldridge pulled over the vehicle and made contact with Watchman, 29. Watchman was bleeding from his mouth, an injury he claimed was from a woman’s


boyfriend, according to the police report. While talking, Eldridge noticed the smell of alcohol in the car. Watchman showed signs of intoxication on three field sobriety tests, and later registered 0.21G/210L and 0.2G/210L on a breath test. Gabrielle T. Yazzie Oct. 28, 6:06 pm DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f i c e r D a n i e l Brown found Ya z z ie, 2 6, on We s t Maloney and Allison Roa d a f t er hearing reports of an intoxicated driver in a car matching hers. Yazzie’s vehicle and another vehicle had been in a collision, with heavy damage to each car, according to the police report. Ya z z i e a l l e g e d l y t o l d Brow n t hat “she i s so drunk” and to “take her in, go ahead,” according to the police report. Brown found Yazzie to appear highly intoxicated and her statements to be nonsensical, according to the report. Yazzie initially agreed to a breath test but later refused.


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OFFICER ARRESTED | FROM PAGE 9 received James’ account of the incident. The report contains no mention of alcohol or drugs. Gallup Police Capt. Marinda Spencer, department spokesperson, says, “We know that he was involved in a domestic incident. It was reported to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and they made an arrest.” NEWS

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OPINIONS The power of a Navajo education After that, her career flourished and took her around the world.

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here is true beauty i n educ at ion, a nd diverse opportunities that can come from pursuing it – especially if you are Native. I say that with such aspiration because I recently spoke to three Diné women, all of whom went on to share their education a nd k nowledge with Navajo people and other ethnicities. These women inspired and influenced me. They assured me that Navajo knowledge, education and self-identity come from what we discover throughout years of furthering our studies. As a 25-year-old Diné grad student studying poetry and working as a freelance writer and photographer, I believe I am fulfilling my destiny with Navajo education. When I say Navajo education, what I mean is how to be buoyant, and how to take that voice and later apply it toward a career. However, before I continue, know that I am still progressing in this culture and widening my studies as a poet and writer. Being born Diné and raised in a rich culture, I was taught at an early age who I am, where I come from and what my purpose in life is. This was taught to me through education, ceremonies, art, community and so forth. My mom and grandparents still teach me and guide me in different directions so that one day I will become someone better than myself. Someone important. But where would I be today without the discipline, the teachings and the support that I received from my mom and grandparents? I ask those questions to reassure myself. And I’m sure you do too. I am reassured that even though I am pursuing my master’s degree in creative writing, it does not mean I am better than anyone, nor that I know everything.



Esther Yazzie-Lewis trains the Navajo Judicial staff. Her students are trained to translate Navajo work at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint. Photo Credit: Boderra Joe What really matters to me is how can I be a voice for and to Navajo people. Which brings me to one of my grandmothers, Esther Yazzie-Lewis. I went through a kinaałdá (a woma nhood ceremony) and my grandmother was the one who tied my hair. I knew of her level of education, her determination to give back to her people and to keep the Navajo culture alive and thriving.

SHÍMÁSÁNI, MY GRANDMA She has been and still is someone that I admire to this day. She gives Navajo people the ability to live and survive in Western society. How? Yazzie-Lewis was born and raised on a farm and sheep ranch in Farmington. She attended Navajo Methodist Mission School, now known as Navajo Preparatory School, located in Farmington. After an incident in her senior year at Navajo Mission School, she wa ited for 10 years to attend college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she received her Ba chelor of Science degree in political science with a minor in English, a s wel l a s t wo m a s t er ’s degrees in public administration and in American studies

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in language and culture. She didn’t have support from her family, as her mother passed when she was 16 and her father was too strict, forcing her to learn to do things on her own. Still, she was still able to continue on, and survive.

CAREER PATHS She lives in Edgewood, and currently teaches conversational Nava jo language at UNM Continuing Education in Albuquerque. She also trains the Navajo Judicial staff on translating Navajo work at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint. Between those 10 years, she started out working with the Navajo Nation police in Arizona, as the first Navajo woma n police officer a nd radio dispatcher. She then worke d for t he Jud ic i a l Branch of the Navajo Nation as a deputy court clerk for the tribal courts and with the tribal probation office. In the judicial branch, she was trained for court administrative work in criminal proceedings at The National Judicial College in Reno. She mentioned that during her time at tribal courts she was introduced to federal courts by a U.S. Probation Officer, who told her that federal courts were in need of an interpreter in Albuquerque.

Her life branched out in different states as a Navajo i nter preter u nder federa l cou r t s i n New Mex ico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Washington. Today, she is not only an interpreter, but also an active member at the Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque. Her work there deals with uranium and gas exploitation and contamination, and has taken her to diverse countries overseas, including Austria, Germany, Africa and Japan.

EXPOSURE Through her work with the non-profit Environmental Justice in Uranium Mining, Yazzie-Lewis translated testimonies for Navajo people who worked in the uranium mines. Alongside her was Dr. Doug Brugge of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Together, they edited the book “The Navajo People and Uranium Mining.” She also gained exposure after traveling to Switzerland to help the Navajo people who resisted the Navajo-Hopi land dispute. She interpreted in the International Court of Justice, also known as the “world courts.” Constantly traveling and teaching, she now volunteers her time as a guest speaker during conferences, committees and school events, where she talks about the Navajo culture and the Navajo way of life.

SHOVELING THROUGH When I asked my grandmother for her perspective on education, she said, “You have to unravel everything t h a t you’ve le a r ne d a nd reconstruct it to how it helps

people.” In other words, you must learn to adapt your education toward your career and your community. “As a Navajo person, you should get up with a new page in life,” she said. “Every day the sun comes up, which means new experiences. New understanding of things.” Nowadays, when it comes to applying our knowledge to jobs, businesses want to hire people with an associate or higher degree plus years of experience. But sometimes having a higher degree with no experiences can put you at the bottom of the list. That shouldn’t be the case. It is all about how you use your education. “You have to keep yourself in the real world,” my grandmother said. “Understanding the real life that is out there because a lot of times, individuals will advance themselves and still be ignorant.” She added that if you don’t k now how to apply what you’ve lea r ned to people, you’re not beneficial to the people. Bei ng educated is one thing, but being young is another. As a Diné person pursuing my education, I am already breaking barriers that try to eliminate my existence as another Native with knowledge and identity. “It’s like having a brand new shovel. The only way you can understand your shovel is if the handle is worn by your hands,” my grandmother said. “That the blade of the shovel is worn by the way you push down into the dirt.” She continued, “You can do many things with a shovel. If you don’t ever use that shovel, it never gets worn to your character, to your way of life.”

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DINÉ DENTIST | FROM PAGE 4 at Arizona State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in anthropology in 2001. After graduation, DamonMallette worked for two years at the Arizona Department of Education’s Certification and Investigative Unit. She later applied to the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Ariz., where she was accepted into the school’s first class in 2003. She graduated four years later, in 2007. After graduation, DamonMallette found herself on an adventure, working in Bethel, Alaska, setting up and managing small clinics in different villages across the state. “I went out there because I

like the fact that you can fly out to different villages,” she said. “It was hard work and something really different. Not a lot of dentists really do that.” After spending four years in Alaska, Damon-Mallette decided to move back to the reservation. She took a job in the Four Corners area at Nizhoni Smiles, Inc., in Shiprock, N.M., as the dental director.

PURSUING A CAREER “I always knew I wanted be a dentist since I was 5-years-old,” Damon-Mallette said. “When I went to the dentist, I liked what they did with their hands. I really enjoyed seeing the instruments and people working together. It was just something I really liked.” Growing up, she wouldn’t

hesitate to ask questions during appointments with her childhood dentist, Dr. Kenneth Dunston. It was during these appointments that Damon-Mallette learned which classes to take in high school and college. The more Damon-Mallette became determined to pursue a career as a dentist, the more she grew fond of working with her hands, working with people and solving problems. But it wasn’t easy. Once she began her career, there were sacrifices she had to make, like moving to numerous locations, adjusting to new environments and questioning herself. One thing that DamonMallette had to overcome was being by herself. “When you first go somewhere new, it’s very lonely,” she

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said. “It’s always hard in the beginning when you first move somewhere different.” New places may open up new opportunities but they also bring new challenges. One particular challenge Damon-Mallette remembers occurred while she was in college. Her guidance counselor refused to help her with her classes. Damon-Mallette said the guidance counselor indirectly let her know that becoming a dentist wasn’t an option for her. “She made it seem like I couldn’t do it,” Damon-Mallette said. But she took matters into her own hands. She registered for classes that she needed, reviewed everything she needed to do and made her own schedule to get into dental school. “That was one thing that was always hard,” she said. “I always tell people that if someone tells you you can’t do it, don’t take it to heart and give up. You have to believe in yourself more than anything.” Damon-Mallette admitted that she didn’t get straight A’s and that she had a hard time with some of her classes. Those were the times where she questioned herself, asking, “Okay, can I do this? Will I be able to get in?” Becoming a dentist is competitive, but she continued to work hard, continued to ask herself tough questions and refused to give up. “I think that’s one of the biggest things I’ve learned,” DamonMallette said. “Even now. There are new things that come along and you wonder, ‘Okay, can I do it?’”

INFLUENCING SUCCESS Damon-Mallette’s parents, Betty Patterson-Damon of Mexican Water, Ariz. and Al Damon of Mexican Springs, and her late grandmother, Bessie Patterson, were the foundation of the dentist’s success. “We always encouraged her to go after what she wanted to be,” Patterson-Damon said. “If being a dentist was what she really wanted to be, we told her that she really needed to study.” The couple raised their daughter to also take interest in other things, and encouraged multi-tasking, since it often takes time for someone to figure out what they really like. But becoming a dentist was always on top of Damon-Mallette’s list. “I wrote down my goals,” Damon-Mallette said. “The bigger the goal, the harder it’s going to be. You have to be willing to

endure your challenges.” Patterson-Damon said that her daughter has always been a serious child and student, and set the bar high for herself growing up. She was always competitive. “She had different life experiences and exposure in her upbringing,” Patterson-Damon said. “Self-identity played a big role in her life.” When it came to talking about her grandmother, DamonMallette expressed compassion and affection. She said her grandmother had a huge influence on her life. “She’s still with me,” DamonMallette said. “Even though she’s gone, she’s still with me.” Patterson-Damon said that her own mother would have been proud of her granddaughter, since she has finally reached the milestone that she always dreamed of. “She [Patterson] set the example for DezBaa,” PattersonDamon said. “And she always said, ‘Nobody is going to wait for you. Nobody is going to hold your hand.’” The knowledge that DamonMallette has gained from her grandmother, mother and father she now gives back to her patients and the people she works with. Her family taught her how to be aggressive, how to get educated and how to develop a career. These lessons could be difficult– especially as a Native woman. “My husband and I are very proud of our daughter for taking the challenge to become a dentist,” Patterson-Damon said. “We love and support her in all her endeavors and aspiration as she journeys on in her dental career. We will continue to encourage her to reach the next level in dental work and patient care.”

ENCOURAGEMENT Damon-Mallette’s journey to become a dentist wasn’t easy. And she said there were no shortcuts. Damon-Mallette would like to encourage others who are interested in dentistry to prepare themselves. Her advice: gather all the classes you needed, make sure it’s something you really want to do and work with your hands more. Even if becoming a dentist isn’t on your list, she encourages you to write down your goals, to remember them and to remind yourself of what you want to do with your life. At the end of the day, “The goal is how you want to see yourself,” Damon-Mallette said.

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COMMUNITY Craft lovers brave cold to attend nd 2 Street Arts Festival CRAFT FAIRS MARK THE SEASON

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ack Frost made his presence known on Nov. 18, as craft lovers braved the cold to attend various craft fairs throughout the city. This year’s 2nd Street Arts Festival featured dozens of artists and vendors, along with live music, food and the Kids’ Craft Corner. The event was sponsored in part of SSAF, gallupARTS and the Gallup Lodgers Tax. Next to the homemade crafts, baked goodies were on display to tantalize the sugar monster. Talented jewelry artists from around the area also came to proudly show off their crafts. Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings filled with native stones from the Southwest caught the eyes of many. The event began at 10 am and the cold weather would


determine the ending, as Drey Hamilton said. “ T here were so m a ny arts and crafts to see but the weather [began] to bite. If only it was just a little bit warmer,” she said. Veterans Helping Veterans also held their craft fair at the old senior center, as did the Rio West Mall, which held their 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Red Rock Care Center displayed their Angel tree. A purchase of an angel meant a gift would be given to a resident of the care center. The gift could be just a simple scarf or hat, but it showed the resident that he was thought of during the holidays. Dawes Wilson chose to donate money directly to the center instead of purchasing an angel, to help cover any expenses. “I just thought I do what I can afford, and pass the

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love onto an elderly grandpa or grandma and to let them k now they a re loved this Christmas,” she said. “I know some of them don’t have family to come v isit them for whatever reason.” The center also put on a cake walk that anyone could join in for the chance to win a delicious homemade cake or other goodie. Shoppers made their way around variou s vendor s sel l i ng a i r brushed T-shirts, hand painted Christmas ornaments, and even sweet smelling soaps from SHIMA’ of Navajoland. Judy Begay of SHIMA’ of Navajoland says the soaps are made from different Native herbs gathered here in the Southwest. The herbs that are collected are named for the soaps such as: Bluecorn, Mint Clan, Navajo tea and Grandmother M o u n t a i n . S H I M A’ o f Navajoland also sold honey, which was taken from their own hives at their shop in Fort Defiance, Ariz. “It’s been going pretty good. What we’re doing is making business advertising for Christmas gifts,” Begay said. “These are just our raw material that we have and for showing and displaying for Christmas. We’ve had positive feedback on them.” Brock Elmore, who helps in making the tea, has been working with SHIMA’ of Navajoland for a year, and starting out making compost. “A lot of the soil that I was turning I decided to plant some of the herbs like blue corn. I picked it, shucked it, and grinded it down to put it in the soap,” Elmore said. “I even use Yucca extract from the Yucca plant, and different other types of oil. As for the tea, you can find Navajo tea all over the reservation.” Alphonso John, who owns

Joyce Toledo-Bayle shows off her holiday signs from crafts by “Joyce.” Photo Credit: Dee Velasco JJJ’s Beaded Jewelry, displayed his handcrafted jewelry with a unique magnet lock. Normally, bracelets and necklaces have a clasp to keep the jewelry on your neck or arm. John came up with a magnetic clasp that clasps itself, which keeps the piece from falling off. This idea has helped his sales. “The craft fair is going really great actually, good turnout. I figured it was going to be a slow morning but it turned out to be pretty busy,” John said. John does all the bead work himself, but also gets help from his family, though on Nov. 18 they were at other craft shows. “They would have been here with me, but they are out displaying our jewelry as well,”

he said. Joyce Toledo -Bayle, of Cra f ts by Joyce, proud ly showed off one-of-a-kind signs that she made and designed herself. “I have an online store on Facebook where I do a lot of personalized crafts, from T-shirts to wood signs, glass etching, anything I can think off,” she said. “The craft fair has been really good. I just do this on the side, I’m a teacher by profession this is just a hobby for me.” Anyone who missed out on the Nov. 18 fair will still get the chance to suppor t local artists. Several more craft fairs will be coming up in the area as the holidays approach. COMMUNITY

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SAILE, Ariz. — Diné College students Brian Jones a nd Ma r v i n McKenzie stood amid a slew of digital conceptions on display at the recent “Art Walk,” an annual community and campus event whereby students showcase their work to the public. Such sights are part of the new look intending to promote Diné College’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts program in studio art. As part of “Art Walk,” participating students displayed paintings, drawings, digital photography, graphic design and computer illustrations. Jones is a finance major f r om C h i n le, A r i z ., a nd McKenzie is from Shiprock, N.M., and studies fine arts. Each displayed recently done digital works. “Our goal is to share the professional motivation of our students with local folks, while also regionally promoting our academic programs in Arizona and New Mexico,” R. Matthew Bollinger, a faculty member with Diné College’s Fine Arts and Humanities Department, said. Bollinger assisted in the organization of the event. “We want to be the premier academic resource for folks seeking dynamic careers in art and design.” Dozens of student works were on display at the Guy Gorman Sr. Classroom Building and the Charlie Benally Library.

Diné College graphic arts student Marvin McKenzie stands next to a caricature of rock musician Tom Waits, which was featured in the college’s recent “Art Walk” event. Photo Credit: Ed McCombs/Diné College Among them were “The Dark K n ig ht ,” a computer i zed Batman caricature by Jones and another caricature by McKenzie called “Tom Waits,” also computerized and done in homage to the California-based rock musician. Jones won a first place award for the graphic design of Batman and McKenzie won first, second and honorable mention awards for his digital photography, graphic design and painting. More than twodozen Diné College graphic art and design students participated in the event. “This was all done on a computer,” McKenzie said of

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ixar, once the leader in the animated film industr y, has been i n somet h i ng of a creative slump lately. While still boasting excellent technical merits, recent titles like Cars 3, Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur haven’t exactly been earning raves from the press. Their latest, Coco, attempts to tackle unique and visually arresting subject matter by using the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday as inspiration. But does it do the material justice? The stor y involves 12-year-old Miguel Riviera (A n t h o ny G o n z a le z). He wants to be a musician like his hero, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benja m i n Brat t), but h is shoemaking family doesn’t per m it a ny mu sic i n t he house. When the boy enters a talent contest on the holiday, his relatives destroy his guitar. Undeterred, Miguel visits the grave of de la Cruz a nd tr ies to “borrow” one

displayed in the star’s crypt. This passes him through to the Land of the Dead. The boy learns that the only way to return to the living world is to find a special marigold petal and receive a family member’s blessing before sunrise. Believing that de la Cruz may be his great-great-grandfather, Miguel befriends Hector (Gael García Bernal), a trickster who promises to help him complete his task. This is a warm-hear ted e f fo r t t h a t s t r e s s e s t he importance of family bonds, forgiveness and remembering the dead. These themes are further stressed by the clan’s shunning of a late relation and a plot complication; when the deceased are forgotten by their family, they completely vanish from all realms. These little touches add a bit more drama to the proceedings, as certain skeletal characters begin to fade away (and while I’m not sure if the studio intended this, it will probably make young children whose families celebrate the holiday feel incredibly guilty should they not take part). T h e r e a r e few m i n o r issues. Miguel’s guitar playing skills are exceptional, despite the fact that he really hasn’t

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manner. And being a Disney film, there is a great deal of emotional manipulation as the filmmakers push to elicit a tear or two towards the close. However, it is a movie about the dead, and as such the tear jerking doesn’t feel as forced

or unwarranted as in other titles of its ilk. Ultimately, Coco is effective at pulling the heartstrings. A nd a s ex p e c t e d , t he i m a ge s a r e eye - poppi n g. There are some vibrant colors on display in the Land of the Dead. Of course, the bony skeletons add another level of interesting imagery and make for a nifty contrast to the neon pink, purple and or a nge hue s l ig ht i ng t he stacked buildings and homestead s of t h is a f ter world metropolis. The movie also earns points for its arresting alebrijes, bright spirit guides who f ly through the night sky. There’s also a goofy dog named Dante that provides some comic relief with his drooping tongue and dopey expressions. Thankfully, the screenwriters also developed the character to give it a purpose in the story besides providing obvious sight gags. In the end, Coco may not be remembered as the greatest title in the Pixar catalog, but it is a charming and enjoyable exercise that easily bests the last few features from the studio. Most family audiences will find that the f i l m ca r r ies a sweet a nd enjoyable tune. Vi sit: cinema stance. com 207 WEST COAL GALLUP 505.863.1250 www.elmorrotheatre.com Facebook @elmorrogallup


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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Nov. 21, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time once again to take a look at new arrivals on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, there is a lot to look at in a wide variety of genres. 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! B e a c h Rats - A s c r u f f y Brooklyn teenager comes of age in this drama, experimenting with drugs and his own sexuality while palling around with local delinquents. Reviewers were generally positive about this independent effort. There were a few who thought that the character study was too surface level and didn’t delve deeply enough. However, the majority stated that the work was gritty and compelling, and felt that the energy level on display made up for any missteps. It features Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein and Kate Hodge. Bir t h of the Dragon - This biopic is set in San Francisco du r i n g t he 19 6 0 s a nd chronicles a legendary fight between two kung-fu experts... legendary master Wong Jack Man and up-and-comer Bruce Lee. The film didn’t end up being screened for critics and the ones who did see it panned it. There was a comment or two stating that it was a passable B-movie. Still, most critiqued the picture for being surprisingly dull and dramatically flat, stating that fans of Lee would be best served by avoiding it and re-watching one of the stars classics instead. The cast includes Yu Xia, Philip Ng, Billy Magnussen and Terry Chen. Good Time - When a heist goes completely wrong, one of the two brothers involved in the job is caught. Feeling guilty that his mentally ill sibling is

about to be prosecuted, the other spends a night trying to help his sibl i ng by raising cash for bail and eventua lly breaking him out. Reaction to this indie thriller was very strong. While there were a few who couldn’t get on its wavelength, the consensus was that this was a kinetic and punchy effort that featured an excellent performance from the panicked lead. It stars Robert Pat t i n son, Ben ny Sa fd ie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barkhad Abdi and Taliah Webster. T h e Hit m a n’s Bodyguard A protection a ge nt i n a personal and professional rut is given a bizarre a s sig n ment when he’s asked to guard and assist a hitman in testifying against an Eastern European dictator. Of course, the sinister leader sends his own men to ensure that the pair don’t survive long enough to testify. This action/comedy was a hit at the box office but garnered mixed reviews from the press, with a few more pans than recommendations. Some thought that the charisma between the two actors earned it a pass, but several complained that it didn’t present enough laughs or thrills to feel like anything more than a low-rent buddy picture. It features Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek. Jun g l e Based on a t r ue s t or y, t h is d ra ma fol lows a group of adventurers who decide to trek into the Amazon rain forest. After a horrific accident, one man finds himself lost and on his own. The film captures his struggles to survive the elements and make his way out over the following weeks. Critics were split down the middle about the feature. All were impressed with the lead performance. Half didn’t think the

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script was interesting enough and found it sluggish, while the other half were impressed with the man vs. nature struggle. It stars Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell and Lily Sullivan. Leap! - Titled Ballerina i n t he rest of the world, this multi-nat ion a l a n i mated effort fol lows a young orphan in the French countr yside who dreams of going to a world-fa mous dancing school in Paris. She runs away with a friend who aspires to be an inventor and tries to get herself enrolled in the program. Reaction to the picture in this part of the world was muted. Some thought that it was formulaic but fun for the youngsters, but more complained that didn’t compare with other features like and found story and technical elements anachronistic. The voice cast for this release includes Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kate McKinnon. Lemon - A middle-aged man’s life literally begins t o d i si nt e grate in this release. The lead’s career is bottoming out, his girlfriend decides to leave him and his family announces that he is a complete disappointment to them. Things get even worse in this independent black comedy as more attempts to right his course fall apart. According to those who have seen it, this is a polarizing feature. It seems that a good portion of viewers didn’t like the protagonist and found the events painful to watch. Yet more complimented the weirdness and originality, saying they couldn’t look away as terrible events unfolded. It features Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long, Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby, Gillian Jacobs, David Paymer and Martin Starr. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - This expensive French science-fiction flick is based on a popular

comic book and involves a duo of special operatives sent to a floating planet city called Alpha that houses almost every kind of life in the known universe. Once there, they uncover a plot that could threaten the universe. This was another movie that garnered a wide variety of responses. About half disliked the film, calling it nonsensical and bizarre. The rest admired the incredible vision on display and the willingness to do anything to entertain. It stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna and Ethan Hawke. T h e Vi l l ain e ss - Note: This flick was supposed to be released last week, but was delayed. In this South Korean effort, a young girl is trained to be an unstoppable assassin and is eventually recruited by the government as a special agent. After fulfilling her duties and retiring, she sets out to start a new life. However, strange characters from her past begin to appear and make threats. The lead doesn’t take kindly to their threats. The press was generally positive about this foreign-language action f lick. They claimed that while the story and characters weren’t new, the fight sequences were stunningly staged and sure to give viewers a visceral kick. Kim Ok-bin is tasked with beating down the bad guys.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! S o m e great older titles a re also arriving on Blu - r ay t h i s we ek . Criterion is delivering the comedy Jabberwocky (1977), the first film from director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Set in the Middle Ages, it follows a village doofus played by Michael Palin who is tasked with becoming a knight and slaying a dragon. This release features a high quality 4K transfer of the film, a 2001 commentary

from the star and filmmaker, a new documentary on the production, an interview with the woman who designed the title creatures, an audio interview with Gilliam and publicity materials. Sounds like a great release for any Monty Python enthusiasts out there. Kino has a large slate as well, including the box set, Fritz Lang: The Silent Films. It’s a twelve-disc set that includes 11 silent features from the director, dating between 1919 and 1929. Besides the upgraded image quality, many come with film historian commentaries and other extras. The distributor also has plenty of features in the form of the war film, Cease Fire! (1953) and the drama Dr iftwood (1947), about a collie who survives a plane crash. In addition, you can pick up the film-noir Hangover Square (1945), the Ginger Rogers romance pic, I’ll Be Seeing You (1944) and the war/drama, Since You Went Away (1944). Finally, MVD Entertainment Group has a Special Edition of The Man from Earth (2007), an independent science-fiction title that marks the last work by the late screenwriter Jerome Bixby (It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Fantastic Voyage).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some new additions that may appeal to kids. Bob the Builder: Mega Machines: The Movie T h om a s & F r ie n d s: Thomas’ Christmas Holiday Collection On the Tube! And here are the week’s TV-themed titles. C S I : Crime Scene Investigators: The Complete Series T h e Fa l l: Series 3 H i g h School Lover (Lifetime TV-movie) The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series The Librarians: Season 3 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIX (Girls Town, The Amazing Transparent Ma n, D i a boli k, S at e l lit e Dishes) Red Dwarf VII COMMUNITY

SPORTS 360 Miyamura falls to Belen, 46-21 PATS OUT OF STATE 5A PLAYOFFS

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


ELEN, N.M. — The No. 7 seeded Miyamura Patriots looked good on offense and defense going into the locker room Nov. 18, with the score tied 14-14 against No. 2 and undefeated Belen High in the state quarterfinals of the 5A football playoffs. But the Patriots (9-3) failed to muster that same enthusiasm and fell to the Eagles 46-21 before a rather large throng of travelling Patriots’ fans. The Eagles scored an unanswered 13 points in the third quarter. “We had a bye game last week and I guess you could say we were trying to shake off some rust,” Eagles’ head coach Greg Henington said after the game. “We’re pleased with the win.” Eagles senior quarterback Zach Halterman threw three touchdown passes in the second half and ran in two to end the game with 257 yards on offense. Belen is considered one of the best running teams in 5A. Junior running back Diego Casillas of Belen rushed for

NAVAJO EDUCATION | FROM PAGE 14 “I was able to live through those times without giving up,” she said. “Without saying it’s too hard. And going through that made me stronger in able and capable to deal with Western society.” Of course, she is not alone in her struggles, as some of us are resisting every single day. “Learn to be tough. Live with it and be able to withstand it,” my grandmother sa id. “Be st rong a nd not infuriated.” My jou r ney towa rd ser ving the Navajo people has come through being a writer. Whether it’s poetry SPORTS

The Miyamura High School Varsity Football team, who fell to the Eagles 46-21 to finish in the post-season. It was a vibrant run for the Patriots. Photo Credit: RAH Photography 280 yards on 25 carries, which included TD runs of 12 and 25 yards. The Eagles finished the game with an eye-popping 609 total yards on offense. Senior quar terback Matthew Chavez was again

superb in the loss. The lefthanded Chavez ended the game with 302 of the Patriots 353 total yards on offense. Chavez was sacked four times by the Eagles’ defense. Belen got on the scoreboard

first in the game with a 25-yard run by Casillas. The Patriots answered on a 26-yard pass to tie the score. A 5-yard pass to senior wideout Branon Vidal enabled the Patriots to tie the score at 14-14.

Belen (11- 0) adva nced to play Roswell (8-3), which beat Aztec 42-35 on Saturday. Miyamura head coach Wes Shank did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

or reporting, not many can write, so I feel that I am creating and building a voice for myself and for Navajo people. The beauty of writing is that my words will be remembered. To be a Diné writer as my grandma is an interpreter is rare and important, because we are a voice for the people. I am where I am because of the seeds that my grandmother planted. My huge gratitude goes to my mother and grandparents, for they truly inspire me.

faculty and trainer for the Navajo Interpreter Training Institute at UofA. She has retired, but went back to freelancing as an interpreter with different federal state, local and Navajo courts. She assists attorneys who are preparing their clients to go to court, as well as interpreting medical ter ms for Navajo people in the hospital, courts and prisons. She h a s done a t on of tra nscr ibing from English t o Nav a jo for t he Nav a jo Nation Depa r tment of Justice, the Environmental P rotection Agency a nd t h e U. S . D e p a r t m e n t o f Education.

She transcribed the Navajo Nation Employee Benefits into Navajo and the Navajo Nation Wells Fargo 401(k) plan. S he wo rke d w it h t he EPA out of San Francisco, and worked with people in Cameron, Ariz. to clean up uranium waste.

state inter preters through the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz. where over 115 Navajos were being certified. 1996: She interpreted big ca ses i nclud i ng Cobell v. Salazar along with more than 20 other cases. 1990-2013: She devoted her career to Navajo interpretation, and then retired. 2014 -2016: She wa s the Nava jo La nguage instr uctor at UNM, where she also taught Basic Navajo Language and Basic Medical Nava jo Language. 2 017: S h e i n t e r p r e t e d for the Nava jo Generating Station in the Yazzie v. U.S. EPA case in Page, A riz. in the spring.

OTHER EXPERIENCES Yazzie-Lewis was the lead

EDUCATIONAL TIMELINE 1979-1990: She moved to Albuquerque and was a freelance Navajo interpreter for federal courts. 1990: She was recruited and certified for a full-time position at federal courts. 1991-1992: The state of N.M. approached her to certify

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BEAR EARS | FROM PAGE 8 In supporting the recent v isit by spiritual leaders, Davis Filfred, member of the Navajo Nation, Bears Ears Commissioner and U.S. Marine Veteran, said, “we encourage all people to come to Bears Ears because there is nothing like it in the world. We want people to come to see the land, how we use the land and how it is sacred to us.” While visiting Bears Ears,

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the spiritual leaders met with representatives from the Utah Diné Bikéyah, a local nonprofit actively working to protect Bears Ears and whose mission it is to “preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth.” Calling tribal and religious leaders to come together to protect Bears Ears National Monument as a place of sacredness a nd hea ling, Joseph

Brophy Toledo, traditional leader from Jemez Pueblo, said, “If we express our concerns as one, we can be heard louder. Sacred sites are like our churches, kivas, white house boundaries, and places of great healing and magnetism.” The trip’s spiritual and faith leaders would like to especially thank the Utah Diné Bikéyah for their leadership, hospitality and wisdom during the trip.

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STATEMENTS AND QUOTES ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT Jeff Swanson, pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); retired military chaplain and veteran: As a veteran of our nation’s combat spanning from Vietnam to Iraq, my spirit was calmed at Bears Ears. I departed wanting other veterans and Americans to behold the expansive beauty that will embrace their being. R e v. L a r r y D a v i s o f

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Trinity Lutheran Church in Farmington, New Mexico journeyed as a representative of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA: It was very humbling to see all people of faith rally behind the preservation of the Bears Ears National Monument along with holding in awe and reverence the sacred sites. When we fight for creation, creation fights for us. Sister Joa n Brow n, OSF, Franciscan Sister and Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light: As we pray, speak, and act, we stand in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters. Already we have too much polluted land and water from irresponsible and short-term profit extractive industries like uranium, oil and gas. As we enter more deeply into climate change, we must protect these areas for all including future generations. Rev. Dr. William M. Lyons, Southwest Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ: Reducing its size will not

only reap tragic consequences for the land and the wildlife, but that effort overflows with racism. I hope to lend my voice to the voices of the Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain tribe, Hopi tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and the Ute Indian tribe who are being ignored. Bears Ears National Monument has so much more to offer generations to come. Protecting these sacred lands will allow ones following us to learn from them, to be healed by them, and to reap their abundant blessings. S i n c e 1914 t h e N e w Mexico Wildlife Federation has worked on behalf of New Me x ican spor t sm e n an d women, youth, and outdoor enthusiasts to protect our public lands and wildlife. Creation Justice Ministries represents the creation care policies of 38 C hr i sti a n c o mmuni o n s, including Baptists, mainline Protestants, Historically Black Churches, Peace Churches, and O r thodox communions. Learn more at www.creationjustice.org

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR NOV. 24-30, 2017 FRIDAY, Nov. 24 CLOSED The Library will be closed Nov. 23-25. THANKSGIVING BREAK UNM-Gallup Campus Closed SATURDAY, Nov. 25 SBCD SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY The Gallup Small Business Development Center has partnered with the City of Gallup and the Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce to promote “Small Business Saturday.” Our organizations are working collaboratively to promote local small businesses throughout Gallup for this special Saturday event. Take a selfie with the blue hearts that say “Show Love # Shop Small” in participating businesses, and stop by the El Morro Theatre between 1:30-9 pm on Saturday Nov. 25. When you get there, show the staff your 10 selfies posted to social media, and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win some fantastic prizes. Santa will be visiting downtown Gallup. Call (505) 722-2220. SUNDAY, Nov. 26 JEFFERSON CRAFT FAIR 9 am-5 pm @ Jefferson Elementary School, 300 Mollica Dr. A concession stand will be available all day. For more information call (505) 721-3001. MONDAY, Nov. 27 UNM-GALLUP The Grey Area: Mandatory Student Training, 2 pm CH 248. TUESDAY, Nov. 28 MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29 CROSSING OVER: UNDERSTANDING THE DYING PROCESS “Crossing Over” A twohour program to help understand the dying process. A great resource for terminal illness caregivers or others interested in understanding this life event. $10 per person to cover cost of supplies. 6:30 pm at the Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 CALENDAR

Avenue. To reserve a space call Robert (505) 615-8053. 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. Popcorn provided. This week’s movie: “Coyote Waits”. THURSDAY, Nov. 30 NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING We invite residents of District 1 to visit with Councilor Linda Garcia 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 1 are also welcome to attend. Call (505) 879-4176. Location: Northside Senior Center, 607 N. 4th St. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Christmas Cards. GROWING UP DINÉ, AUTHOR JIM KRISTOFIC 6-7 pm @ Main Branch. The library presents Jim Kristofic, author of “Navajos Wear Nikes”, “The Hero Twins: A Navajo-English Story of the Monster Slayers” and “Black Sheep, White Crow”. Call (505) 863-1291. 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) 7220039 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, TueFri., 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 6-8 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-1 pm 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) 721-9208, 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. The monthly meeting of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council regularly scheduled for 2 pm on first Saturdays at the Red Mesa Center is cancelled for November. MCRC encourages the community instead to come celebrate America Recycles Day at the Arts & Crafts Fair and Recycling Jamboree on Nov. 4 at the Gallup Community Service Center from 9 am-3 pm. Contact: Gerald / Millie (505) 722-5142 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. TEDDY BEAR DRIVE We are collecting NEW stuffed animals to donate

to hospitals, police and fire departments for children in need. Donation locations: Navajo Treatment Center for Children and their families Admin. Bldg. #2, second floor Division of Social Services in Window Rock, Az; Nava jo Treatment Center for Children and their families Kit Carson Rd, Fort Defiance Az. Call (928)871-6807 or email t.yazzie@navajo-nsn.gov. SAVE THE DATE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING On Dec. 1, join us for a Community Christmas Tree lighting event, 6 pm. Tuba City Bashas’ Parking lot. COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE On Dec. 2, the City of Gallup and The Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Community Christmas Parade. Begins: 1 pm. Route: starting on the corner of 6th St. and Aztec Ave. Santa will be there. Call (505) 722-2228.   UNM-GALLUP On Dec, 07, UNM-Gallup will host “New Student Orientation.” 2 pm in room SSTC 200. HOLIDAY IN NEW MEXICO On Dec. 07, join us for Holiday in New Mexico. 5-8 pm @ Gurley Hall. ARTSCRAWL: FIRED UP On Dec, 9, this ArtsCrawl, we’re turning up the heat. Chili lovers get in the Christmas spirit and help choose who makes the best red or green. Feel the fire in your belly another way by following the lead of cheerleaders and marching in our Parade of Lights: 7-9 pm, Downtown Gallup. TAIZE ADVENT CANDELIGHT On Dec. 10, a Taize Advent candlelight service will take place at 4 pm. The theme of “Joyous Expectation” will be explored through music, chant, prayer, quiet time, Scripture and readings. Please join us. Location: 151 State Hwy. 564 (Boardman Drive near Orleans Manor Apartments). Call (505) 870-6136. 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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