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NEWS Travelin’ Jack stops by Gallup for patriotic fundraiser By Rick Abasta For the Sun

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n Dec. 1, Travelin’ Jack’s “Howl-I-Day Give Ba ck Tou r” stopped in Gallup to support the Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura Scholarship Fund and the Toys For Tots drive for area youth. Travelin’ Jack is also known as U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Jack. He is an Old English bulldog and the official mascot for

the Delta Company Marines, based in Albuquerque. Jill Lane, self-proclaimed chauffer and handler, accompanied Jack, who donned the rank of corporal for the Gallup fundraiser. “He [has] been the mascot of Delta Company for about five years. He [has] been in front of the camera doing a lot of modeling and TV work for about eight years,” Lane said. Jack holds more than one impressive title. The bulldog

On display is Gallup’s Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and resident hero, Hershey Miyamura. Photo credit: Rick Abasta is also known as Travelin’ Jack: New Mexico’s Pet Travel Reporter and Adventure Dog. “Jack’s been to Gallup a number of times and he likes to promote and explore things all over New Mexico that are pet friendly for folks who are traveling with pets,” Lane said. The pup also visited Gallup in 2012 for the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial and filmed the pet friendly segment of the television broadcast. Jack’s latest visit brought him to Comfor t Suites of Ga llup. La ne commended Kenneth Riege, general manager, for inv iting Jack to Gallup to support the community toy drive and scholarship fundraising.

A PLACE TO HONOR VETERANS Travelin’ Jack and his official chauffer, Jill Lane, commend Gallup for its pet friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Photo credit: Rick Abasta

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The Comfort Suites proved a perfect location to host the patriotic bulldog. Visitors there

cannot help but notice all of the military memorabilia featured in the lobby. Among the items on display are jungle boots spit shined to perfection, a combat rifle in a display case, American flags and information about the beloved Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. The military and veteran heritage of Gallup is reflected t h rou g hout t he Com for t Suites, Riege said, noting that patrons of Comfort Suites of Gallup donated the military memorabilia. “We are happy that Jack suppor t ed ou r f u nd r a i s ing efforts for the Hershey Miyamura Scholarship and our local Toys For Tots drive,” Riege said. Ga l lup r e sident s s t i l l have time to donate to the Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura Scholarship Fund. “Our toy drive will continue until Dec. 15, and people are welcome to drop off toys or make a

monetary donation for the scholarship,” Riege said. Jack’s visit coincided with Gallup’s balloon rally, an event that Riege said is great for business. Hotel guests are often overwhelmed by the sight of 50-60 hot air balloons flying first thing the morning, he added. Riege is an Air Force veteran and served eight years at air bases in Panama City, San Antonio and Korea before returning home for duty at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. There, he met his wife, a resident of Gallup, and made the move to the Most Patriotic Small Town in America. “I immediately fell in love with the community and I started getting involved with community activities,” he said. A trip to the breakfast

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mid her schedule-packed day on Dec. 2, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lu ja n

Grisham, D-N.M., a candidate for New Mexico governor, stopped in a downtown local business for a “meet and greet” with campaign aids. L u j a n Gr i s h a m s p e nt the mor ning in Rama h at

the Eastern Navajo Agency Council to address the eastern Navajo leadership for the 31 chapters. “I get to meet someone new and see the incredible pride and sense of New Mexicans,”

she said of her reason for the visit. The congresswoman discussed economic strategy with the modest gathering at the Gallup Coffee Company on West Coal Avenue. She also bought coffee for everyone who attended that afternoon. “This is a race about the economy,” Lujan Grisham said. “I [absolutely] don’t blame the current governor for the 2008 recession. Congress enacted a sequester. I’m equally certain

that she didn’t [weigh] into national gas prices.”

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Office in Santa Fe. The permit allows cutting one piñon pine or juniper tree on designated BLM lands, and is intended for individual use only. Maps and directions are available with permit purchase. The cost per permit is $5. The BLM will accept credit cards, cash, and checks made payable to the BLM. To acquire a permit, visit the following BLM office locations: Farmington Field Office 6251 College Blvd, Suite A Farmington, NM 87402 Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a .m. – 4:30 p.m. 505-564-

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Navajo Nation Council condemns downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument Staff Reports

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ALT LAKE CITY – Leaders of the Navajo Nation expressed disappointment at President Trump’s announcement that he will diminish the size of the Bears Ears National Monument. President Trump made the announcement at the Utah State Capitol Dec. 4. Former President Obama desig-

The Bears Ears National Monument, a sacred site in San Juan County, has been slated for reduction by the Trump Administration. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Council Delegate Davis Filfred nated the national monument on Dec. 28, 2016. The proclamation established the Bears Ears Commission to guide and provide recommendations on management of the landscape, honoring traditional knowledge as a resource to be protected. Navajo people continue to use the monument to collect firewood, herbs and medicine, and to hunt.

Navajo Nation Council members have supported the Bears Ears National Monument through several resolutions, including the most recent resolution passed in January, which supports former President Obama’s proclamation establishing the Bears Ears National Monument and opposes any congressional action that seeks to reverse the designation that created the national monument. “Navajo people have advocated for protection of the Bears Ears for decades, and continue to use and value the land for their livelihoods and cultural practices. Navajo Nation has been consistent in our message – we

support the 1.35 million acre monument designation,” said Council Delegate Davis Filfred (Mexican Water, Aneth, Teecnospos, Tółikan, Red Mesa), who represents several Navajo communities in the state of Utah and has been a strong and outspoken advocate for Bears Ears. Delegate Filfred also stated that President Trump did not seek input from Navajo Nation, or the coalition of tribes that worked with the Nation to designate Bears Ears as a national monument. “Bears Ears has protected Navajo people in the past, and now we must protect it. Navajo Nation will continue

to work with the Hopi, Zuni, Ute Indian, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes to fight for our ancestral lands and permanently protect this landscape. This decision disrespects Native Americans across the country by acting against the Antiquities Act, which has been used countless times since 1906 to protect Native American heritage. Navajo Nation will be filing a legal challenge to President Trump’s decision and we will not back down,” added Delegate Filfred. The Navajo Nation has previously indicated that the Nation will seek legal action to address the reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Annual Wreaths Across America ceremonies in Santa Fe to honor veterans giant wreath donated by the Worcester Wreath Company. The Maine-based company is donating similar wreaths to all 50 states to honor the service of our nation’s military veterans and active duty personnel. On Dec. 16, the public is also invited to place nearly 2,000 smaller wreaths on gravesites at the Santa Fe National Cemetery for the annual 10 am Wreaths Across America ceremony presented by the Santa Fe Chapter of the Civil Air Patrol. This ceremony is similar to ceremonies at more than 1,200

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ANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Veterans S er v ice s S ecret a r y Jack Fox will take part in a special 10 am Christmas wreath ceremony on Dec. 11, at the State Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe. The public is invited to attend this annual ceremony presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter. Fox will represent the state of New Mexico in accepting a

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LUJAN GRISHAM | FROM PAGE 5 Lujan Grisham was making reference to congress’s 2013 budget sequestration to curtail federal spending on discretionary programs to reduce deficit spending. The sequestration responded to previous increases in deficit spending. The deficit was recorded at $1.4 trillion for fiscal year 2010. Lujan Grisham sits on the House Budget committee. One of her committee functions is to set annual congressional spending caps for all appropriations. At the Dec. 2 meet up, Lujan Grisham spoke about her commitment to reversing the present economic downturn in western New Mexico. “What Gallup identifies as the top five strengths that the state should recognize is the returns on investment are small businesses operating along the I-40 corridor,” she said. “Farmers and ranchers are aging out. And local economies need to keep local people here.” Lujan Grisham believes that New Mexico is losing population in part due to graduate students receiving their degrees and leaving for better career options elsewhere. An improved economy, Lujan Grisham said, is what will draw them back. She also told the gathering about her plan to “jump-start” the economy. She believes that the billion-dollar solution lies in green energy, management of funds, and the film industry. “Those three things [alone] can give you a billion dollars,” she said.

EARNING THROUGH CLEAN ENERGY Lujan Grisham promoted the development of solar power in New Mexico and wind turbine energy. She pointed out that Clovis, N.M., is the joining point of all three national power grids in the United States. Presently, the three

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electrical transmission power gridlines operate separately: The western, eastern, and southern interconnections. Energy developers in Santa Fe are proposing to combine all three transmissions in Clovis. Lujan Grisham also acknowledged New Mexico’s abundance of oil and gas as well as uranium as a source of potential profit. “We have a ton of uranium,” she said. “There is a great interest on uranium mining. And we want to be invested.” But there are community concerns about what could be environmentally unsafe practices. “My sense that the local communities recognize the serious environmental impacts,” she said. “We wouldn’t have to make such draconian choices. I have committed to making New Mexico the lead energy clean state.” Speaking at the meet up, Lujan Grisham prioritized cleaning past un-reclaimed mining activity through par tnerships with energy companies, and pointed to Colorado as an example. She referenced methane, hydraulic fracking, water quality production, and specific drilling issues as areas she will concentrate on as governor. “Methane mitigation—that’s money that goes right back,” she said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists methane mitigation as a voluntary, multilateral partnership to reduce methane emissions by abating and recovery to make methane use a clean energy source. “Bringing environmental protections and environmental justice that works together to balance, and mitigates risk to oil and gas,” she said. “You don’t create such an imbalance.” Prioritizing the environment through clean energy could benefit a state that boasts a major tourism industry. Lujan Grisham sees the tourism industry as a strong point in New Mexico’s economy. “I met with an Albuquerque hotel

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private and national cemeteries nationwide — including the Ft. Bayard National Cemetery in southwestern New Mexico — which are all synchronized with the noon (EDT) Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the A rlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. T h e s e s m a l l e r “ l i v e” wreaths are also provided by the Worcester Wreath Company and have been paid for by donations from private citizens or civic organizations wishing to honor the service and memory of deceased veterans.

For more information about the Dec. 11 State Capitol Wreath Ceremony, contact Eleanor Ortiz at eleanorbortiz@yahoo.com or call (505) 670-1089. For more information the Dec. 16 Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, contact Santa Fe CAP/Composite Squadron Commander Angie Slingluff at akwoman86@yahoo. com or call (907) 330-4977. For more information about the Wreaths Across America program, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Local business owner Rhonda Quintana speaks to gubernatorial candidate Michell Lujan Grisham about the decline of music education in New Mexico schools on Dec. 2. Photo Credit: Deswood Tome owner,” she said. “His hotel marketing budget is nearly three times the tourism amount he budgeted from previous years. We have three world heritage sites. There are 20 in the country. Don’t fly to Peru — go to Chaco Canyon.” Lujan Grisham spent an hour and a half with patrons at the Gallup Coffee

Company, speaking individually one on one and with small groups. The congresswoman’s next scheduled stop was the Shalako ceremonial dances in Company, where she was invited to attend by the Zuni governor. The congresswoman returned to Washington on the night of Dec. 3. NEWS


Active shooter in Aztec High School leaves three dead

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ZTEC, N.M. – An active shooter opened fire at Aztec High School on the morning of Nov. 7, leaving at 2 students dead and 15

others injured. The numbers of the injured were reported in a statement from the Navajo Nation. The suspected shooter is also dead, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen confirmed. First reports of the shooting

came in at around 8:30 am. As of noon on Dec. 7, police had not yet released information about the shooter, or confirmed

ACTIVE SHOOTER | SEE PAGE 11

Families and friends of students of Aztec High School are gathered outside city hall, following a shooting at the school Dec. 7. Photo Credit: Meg Hilling/KOB.com

Gallup business owner beaten, robbed in home

TWO SUSPECTS REMAIN AT LARGE By Abigail Rowe Sun Editor

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oe Ca rlo Zecca , 87, answered a knock to his door on Nov. 30, expecting a visit from an employee. Instead, Zecca was met with the barrel of a gun, wielded by one of the two men who then robbed and assaulted him in his home on the 1200 block of East Aztec Avenue. Gallup Police Department Officer Kelsey Francisco arrived at the scene at around 9:10 pm. Francisco saw that Zecca was bleeding, but Zecca said he did not want to receive medical attention, according to the police report. Zecca is the owner of the infamous American Bar in downtown Gallup. The gun the suspects used to threaten Zecca was described to police as a 9 mm, semi automatic with a black slide and an orange tip, and was possibly a fake gun. Zecca described one suspect as being about 5’10” and wearing a dark hoodie, and the other

Joe Zecca suspect as about 5’9”, and wearing a black beanie hat and a dark jacket. Both suspects remain at large. The two suspects pushed Zecca into a cedar chest before punching his face and stealing the gold ring off of his finger. The suspects demanded Zecca give them his guns, which he had locked in a safe. The suspects then demanded money of Zecca, who gave them $900 out of his wallet, according to the police report.

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Bitsilly; Shawn A. Desiderio; Ja netta Stevens; a nd Shyleka-Rain K. Goldtooth.

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Foster; Sa m m ie Joh n; Ve r n e e M o r g a n ; J a m e s Day; Nicholas Livingston; Cla i re Chuyate; Isid ro Encinia s; Va ndell Billa h; A ndrea Long; Tyler Long: McArthur Jones; Francisco Holber t; Ca sey Sm ith; T y s on R ed hor s e; Mo s e s A lon zo; a nd F reder ick Begay. Gallup Sun • Friday December 8, 2017

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Navajo man from Hogback Smith Lake man sentenced to nine years for pleads guilty federal assault conviction to federal child abuse charges Staff Reports

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LBUQUERQUE – Gary Begay, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Hogback, N.M., was sentenced this mor ning in federal court in Albuquerque to 108 months in prison for his conviction on an assault charge. Begay will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. Begay was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging him with sexual assault a nd a ssau lt resu lti ng i n ser ious bod i ly injury. According to the indictment, Begay committed the crimes on March 14, 2015, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M. On Feb. 16, Begay plea ded g u i lt y to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. In entering the guilty plea, Begay admitted to assaulting the victim by striking the victim with his fists and a bottle, breaking the victim’s teeth and causing serious bodily injury to the victim. T h i s c a s e w a s i nve s t i g a t e d by t he Farmington office of the FBI, the Navajo

Nation Department of Public Safety and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle prosecuted the case.

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L BUQU ERQU E – Roland Skeets, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Smith Lake, N.M., pled guilty Dec. 6, in federal court in Albuquerque, to child abuse charges. Skeets’ plea agreement recommends that he be sentenced to a prison term within the range of 15 to 21 months. Skeets was arrested in August 2017, on an indictment charging him with child abuse resulting in great bodily injury to a male victim and child abuse endangering a female victim.  According to the indictment, the crimes took place on March 25, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County.

During the proceedings, Skeets pled guilty to an information charging him with assault resulting in substantial bodily injury. In entering the guilty plea, Skeets admitted that on March 25, 2016, he assaulted a 4-yearold child by pushing the child to the ground and yanking him back up by the arm, which fractured the child’s clavicle.  Skeets acknowledged that at the time he assaulted the child, he was intoxicated. Skeets further admitted that, after assaulting the child, he continued yelling, causing his girlfriend to flee with the injured child and other children to a neighbor’s house in order to call police.   Skeets remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

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HOENIX – Brennan Lee Sumatzkuku, 23, of Tuba City, Ariz., wa s sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 36 months in federal prison Dec. 5, followed by three years of supervised release. Sumatzkuku had previously pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter. On Jan. 22, Sumatzkuku, an enrolled member of the Hopi Nation, was driving a vehicle with two passengers on the Navajo Nation reservation. In dark and snowy conditions, Sumatzkuku, whose blood alcohol content was

later determined to be .188, drove at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle, causing all three occupants to be ejected. One victim, 29, an enrolled member of the Hopi Nation, was pronounced dead at the scene, and another victim, 20, also an enrolled member of the Hopi Nation, was seriously injured.    T he i nvestigation i n this ca se wa s conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Depa r t ment of Criminal Investigations. The prosecution was handled by Christina Covault, Assistant U.S. Attor ney, Distr ict of Arizona, Phoenix. NEWS


WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Vanessa Arviso, 42 Nov. 17, 5:40 am 1st DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher iff ’s Dep. Johnson Lee was dispatched to Carbon Coal Road nearby the shooting range after receiving information about a drunk driver on the road nearby. Lee arrived on the scene early in the morning at roughly 5:40 am, when he saw a vehicle with the engine still running stuck on the side of the roadway. Lee then saw Arviso, 42, exit the vehicle. Arviso appeared to have red watery eyes, and allegedly to have urinated herself, according to the police report. Lee conducted two field sobriety tests on Arviso, and she showed signs of intoxication on both. Lee then arrested Arviso for DWI. She refused to take a breath test. Carlos Jim Nov. 16, 7:03 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated MCSO Dep. Frank Villa Jr. got word from Metro Dispatch of a vehicle traveling eastbound in a westbound lane on Interstate 40. After a frustrating search for the car, MCSO

Lt. Eric Jim called Metro Dispatch and notified them that he h a d fou nd the vehicle parked and unoccupied. As Villa was en route to the location where Carlos Jim found the abandoned car, Villa spotted Carlos Jim, 28, “stumbling across the roadway,” according to the police report. When Villa approached him, Carlos Jim confirmed that his car was parked at the location where Eric Jim had found the empty vehicle. Villa smelled alcohol on Carlos Jim, according to the police report. Carlos Jim “had no idea where he was and did not know what he had hit a semi [truck]” prior to his being found by the police, according to the report. Carlos Jim did agree to take a breath test, and blew a 0.19 and a 0.20. Ronison Hosteen Nov. 15, 8:13 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated S g t . Lasheena Johnson placed a call to MCSO Dep. Frank V i l l a Jr., after she attempted to pull over a vehicle at the

ACTIVE SHOOTER | FROM PAGE 9 if the shooter was a student. Aztec High School was placed on lockdown and evacuated following the shooting. Nearby Bloomfield High School and Farmington High School were also placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, but those lockdowns were soon lifted. Attorney General Hector Balderas responded to the Dec. 7 shooting in a statement. “Our hearts break for the victims and their families,” he said. “We pray for the survivors, and are grateful to the brave first responders for their heroic actions on the scene. We have offered Office of the Attorney General resources to support the victims, the Four Corners community, and first responders during this horrific tragedy.” Just under 1,000 students attend Aztec High School. Following the shooting, school busses brought students to McGee Park in Farmington, where they were reunited with their parents. NEWS

intersection of Kachina Street and Maloney Avenue, and the car refused to stop. Villa placed “stop sticks” on U.S. Highway 491. The escaping vehicle suffered four punctured tires, but still refused to stop or slow down and continued northbound on 491. After this dramatic chase, the vehicle eventually drew to a stop on State Highway 264, where Villa encountered Hosteen, 30. Hosteen appeared intoxicated, according to the police report, and Villa performed two field sobriety tests on Hosteen, who failed both. Hosteen later blew a .20 on his breath test on two samples, before he was booked. Robert R. Jensurd Nov. 14, 6:18 pm 1st DWI Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r N i c o l e Diswood was dispatched to Panz Alegra at 1201 Histor ic Highway 66 after learning of a drunk driver from Metro Dispatch. Upon arriving at the scene, Diswood found a truck parked in the middle of the roadway, according to the police report. Diswood found Jensurd, 68, in the truck, and he would not answer her questions when

ROBBED IN HOME | FROM PAGE 9 The money Zecca handed to them proved insufficient for the two suspects, who then stole Zecca’s billfold, which contained several credit cards along with Zecca’s ID. The suspect in the black beanie hat also stole Zecca’s Samsung Galaxy S6 phone. After the two suspects had gathered the stolen items, Zecca attempted to recover his property, leading one suspect to brutally beat him, throwing Zecca on the ground and attempting to tie Zecca up with Zecca’s own back brace, as described in the police report. Still, Zecca fought back.

“I tried to get a hold of [the suspect], but I was hit in the face by him and was pushed to the ground in the living room by the couch,” Zecca said of the struggle. All totaled, the suspects left with about $11,705 worth of property, according to itemized values listed on the police report. The suspects face charges of aggravated burglary and robbery. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (877) 722-6161. Your name and phone number will remain confidential, and you could receive an award of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

she spoke to him, according to the report. Diswood also spotted a gun laying on the floor of his truck. Diswood patted Jensurd down to be sure he did not have any additional weapons on him. Jensurd failed to keep his balance, and appeared intoxicated, according to the report. Jensurd refused to take standard field sobriety tests, but later blew a 0.15 and a 0.14 for his breath test. Janelle Rose Francis Nov. 14, 2:25 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated M C S O S g t . Ta m my S. Houghtaling a r r i v e d at t he Tse B o n i t o M o b i l e Home Pa rk in the early afternoon and encountered Francis, 34, passed out in the driver’s seat in a vehicle that was not running, according to the police report. Houghtaling smelled alcohol on Francis, a nd noticed that she had wat er y eye s a nd slu r red

s p e e ch . F r a nc i s s howe d signs of intoxication on three field sobriety tests, leading Houghtaling to place her under arrest. Francis refused to take a breath test. Vincent T. Tsosie, 22 Nov. 12, 1:05 am 1st DWI Tsosie was swer ving on East Highway 66 when GPD Officer A n d r e w T h a y e r stopped him, after receiving a call from Metro Dispatch about a drunk driver at a McDonalds drivethru. Thayer noticed Tsosie to have bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, according to the police report. Tsosie told Thayer that he had had a single Coors Light to drink, but performed poorly on three field sobriety tests. Thayer then found a 6-pack of Coors Light in the car, with three open containers. Tsosie blew a .13 and a .12 on his breath tests before being booked.

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area of the hotel lobby will reveal five framed photos of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who have stayed at the hotel. “This area is dedicated to the Medal of Honor recipients who have been here: Mr. Miyamura from the Korean War, three recipients from the Vietna m Wa r a nd one from Afghanistan. It’s here to honor our veterans,” Riege said. The Comfort Suites opened in November 2009 and is celebrating its eighth anniversary. “We’ve had a good run and we look forward to serving our community and increasing our veterans’ memorial,” Riege said.

A GOOD DOG FOR GALLUP Travelin’ Jack will return to Gallup again. Until then, he

encourages people to share the greatest gift this holiday season by helping others. Gallup residents can look to the bulldog’s own work for inspiration. Thanks to his dogged advocacy for animal welfare organizations across the state, Jack has raised about $25,000 for New Mexico shelters. “It’s a good time for everybody to reach deep and ask, how can I give back to my community,” Lane said. She also encouraged adoption for anyone looking to add a pet to his or her life. “Adopt from a shelter and save lives [of] animals that need a forever home,” Lane said. For anyone feeling the spirit of the giving season, contributions to the Hershey Miyamura Scholarship Fund can be sent to Miyamura High School, 680 South Boardman Avenue, Gallup, NM 87301. Find more information about Travelin’ Jack at www.travelinjack.com.

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OPINIONS Thanking the Sun for its coverage of Mud, now an official Sundance 2018 selection LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Nov. 24, 2017 Ms. Babette Herrmann Publisher and Editor The Gallup Sun Post Office Box 1212 Gallup, New Mexico 87305 Dea r P ubl i sher/ Ed it or Herrmann: On Beha lf of Mu d (Hashtł’ishnii), our production crew and talent, I want to thank you for the news coverage you gave us while we were

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in Gallup, New Mexico. The combination of film crew and talent thoroughly enjoyed being in Gallup and on the Navajo Nation during the three days of production. It was a learning opportunity for us all and a great place from which to convey our story. Following the production of Mud on September 9-11, this past summer, our team went immediately into an arduous

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schedule of post production editing and finalizing our film for a quick turn around submission to the Sundance Film Festival. We were given 30 days. Now, the Thanksgiving holiday gave us a much-needed respite from working hours, days, and weeks in sharpening our rough cut we were ready for the next step. The Sundance Film Festival will be finalizing

their selections. We are competing for our selection among thousands of film submissions. We ask that you remain positive with all of us that we have a chance in making it. Thank you for all your contribution. Mud is a production you have made possible. We are deeply grateful. Very truly yours, Shaandiin Tome Writer and Director

GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF DECEMBER 8

Mercury is in Sagittarius, so we’re less inclined to dig deep and more likely to go with the flow. This is a great time to enjoy freedom and discovery. Explore the world around you. Madame G recommends you learn how to hunt for treasure without leaving your house. Don’t lose sight of your true purpose. Use this time to add to your true gifts and passion. Bon Voyage!

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)

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Start planning for the future. But don’t go overboard. Remember the saying: “life happens when you’re busy making plans.” It’s important to look at the big picture, but you don’t want to get so lost in the details that you lose sight of your life. Take a moment to breathe and enjoy the quiet moments in this world. If you can’t find those moments yourself, take time to create a little coziness with your friends.

You’ve got miles and miles to go before you stop, and that’s a good thing. You’re tired of resting on your laurels barely making it happen. You’ve got the ambition to take yourself beyond this first trial and on to the next one. You’re perfectly capable of doing so much more than you ever imagined. The time is right for you to take up the sword. You’ll get there, just keep going.

You’re a little miffed. Maybe the world doesn’t understand that this is a very important thing you’re working on. Maybe they don’t realize how amazing you’ve been. Maybe you are really amazing. But does it really matter if you’ve alienated everyone? The world might not really be wrong. You might need to rethink communication—it’s a two way street, not a one way.

You have wild ideas about life. Are they wild enough? Don’t get trapped in the delusions of a drunk fantasy. Enjoy the fruits of a well-examined life. You could travel for perspective or read a new book. Enjoy time outside and the smell of freshly cut flowers. Treat yourself with something beyond money. Don’t get lost behind the mirrors of smoke and flesh.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

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You’re probably feeling a little stressed. Maybe your scalp is sore and you’re losing hair. This might not be your imagination. Visit the doctor. When you’ve ruled out medical issues, consider lowering your stress levels. The Swedes practice “lagom,” which means “just right” You don’t want to work or relax too much–you want it just right. Ask yourself: Where is your lagom? Where is your just right?

You’re tackling life goals and turning them into dreams. You’re living the dream. How wonderful! This is exactly what you should be doing at this point in time. But don’t forget to stop and enjoy the little moments. Stop and watch a sunset. Enjoy a baby deer running after its mother. Play with the dogs and enjoy a long hot cup of coco. Yum! Life is good.

You’re exploring options. Now isn’t the time to spring from the trap. You’ve built the template and prepared the assault. You’re simply waiting for the right time. It’ll come, and before you know it—you’ll be there and onto the next phase. You don’t want to jump on the first halfway decent offer. You want the chance of a lifetime. You want the big ticket that reeks of passion.

You’re a brave soul. This manifests itself in funny ways. Maybe you stand up to rude people at check-out lines, or work hard for the rights of all human beings. Whatever you do, don’t lose heart—this is the best you can do. Look inward for peace and let that radiate out of your heart. It’s a blessing and a curse to be wise beyond your years. It’s also important to practice self-care.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your time in the Sun is fading. You must consider where you will go from here. It’s not a simple matter of looking for the least bad option, you must make a choice. Stop wasting time. If you don’t like it that’s fine, but don’t pretend you’re happy with what you see. Now is the time to make the right effort and live the life you’ve always wanted. Don’t fret–it’ll come.

All you need is love…and maybe some perspective. You have to live with yourself. You may think that others are out to get you, but this isn’t the case. You have your own ambitions and challenges, but that doesn’t entitle you to anything else. Stop trying to tell people what to do. Live your own life as you need and be who you would like to be friends with. Good luck!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You’ve got a pretty flexible “go with the flow” vibe, but that doesn’t mean you don’t take things seriously. You just take them in stride and that’s perfect for you. You also realize that everyone has their way and it might be different from yours. Consider using your talents of bringing people together to bring people together. Make plans with a friend and invite someone new. OPINIONS

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) So much to do and so little time, you may feel that it’s all a little disappointing after a while. This is to be expected. You’re looking outside of yourself. You don’t have to really look for anything beyond yourself. Start looking inside. What do you want? Where is your passion? You may not find it right away, but looking will be so much better once you’ve started. Bon Voyage.

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Working across party lines to address the dental care crisis LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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s elected officials, it is our duty to listen to our constituents about the problems they face and work together to look for common sense solutions. We need to work across the aisle to find creative and innovative ways to do what the people sent us to the Roundhouse to do. One of the biggest problems facing New Mexicans is a lack of access to dental care. It doesn’t matter if you live in a remote rural area or right in the middle of one of our

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cities, our dental care system isn’t getting people the care

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they need in a timely manner, if at all. A recent workforce

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Yvette Herrell report found that over half of all counties in New Mexico are dealing with a shortage of dentists, especially in rural New Mexico. This ora l hea lth cr isis impacts our kids, our veterans, our elderly, our Native American communities. More than half of New Mexico’s residents have advanced gum disease -- the highest percentage of any state in the country. For years we have heard from constituents about not being able to find a dentist who accepts their insurance, going months without treatment, and even travelling to Mexico to get the care they need. The recent Mission of Mercy (an annual free dental care event) showcased the issue that people all over the state face. As legislators, we can’t wait any longer to take action on this issue. We need to take steps to address this crisis, such as allowing dental therapists to practice in New Mexico. Dental therapists are highly trained mid-level professionals on the dental team who can perform routine and preventative ser v ices in a role similar to that of physician assistants in medicine. This blends a free market and public health approach to tackle a critical issue facing our state. Many states, such a s A la ska , Minnesota , Wa sh i ng ton, a nd Oregon, are using dental therapists to increase access to dental care – and evidence is showing that this is a safe, cost-effective solution t hat w i l l work. One recent study found that the use of dental therapists in remote Alaska Native communities has dramatically

Jerry Ortiz y Pino reduced the need for restora t ive c a r e, l i ke f i l l i n g s , because they have prevented tooth decay from occurring in the first place. In Minnesota, dental therapists are working in both rural and urban areas, increasing access to quality dental care and saving money for both private practice dentists and nonprofit health clinics. Several of us had the opportunity to meet with a dental therapy team from Minnesota to learn about the work they do to improve oral health in their communities. We were amazed to hear about the innovative ways they were able to get care to people all over the state. We know that New Mexico can develop our own model to meet the needs of our state in a way that creates good-paying jobs and addresses a critical need in our communities. The New Mexico state legislature came very close to passing a dental therapy bill in the 2017 session. The bill was developed through a first-ofits-kind collaboration between public health advocates, dental hygienists, and dentists. It had strong bipartisan support from policymakers and widespread support across the state. The momentum and support behind dental therapy has continued to grow in New Mexico and we encourage our colleagues to support this critical effort to address New Mexico’s oral health care crisis. By Senator Benny Shendo (D), Representative Dennis Roch (R), Senator B i l l Ta l l m a n ( D), R e p r e s e n t a t i v e Yv e t t e Herrell (R), and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D) OPINIONS


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OS ANGELES — The Su nda nce Institute r ele a s e d it s I nd ie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events selections for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Dec. 4. Among those chosen is Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) a film about Ruby, a young Navajo mother, who faces the inescapable remnants of alcohol, family and culture on the last day of her life. Mud writer and director Shaandiin Tome wrote the script earlier this year, having known the impacts of alcoholism on her own family growing up.

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Trini King plays the lead role of Ruby in Mud. “This film serves as a reality that a lot of Native people face, but it is also a conversation starter to how we as a people can strive towards a life where we are able to discuss the harshness of addiction and the impact it has on not only those addicted but the community as well,” Tome said. “But

most of all, I wrote Mud to capture a mother-son relationship and how a mother is striving to tell her son she loves him.” The nine minute short film will premiere at four screenings in Park City, Utah in January 2018. The first premier is Saturday, Jan. 20, at Temple Theater. It shows again on

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Ernest David Tsosie of Fort Defiance. More information i s available at: www.sundance.org.

Forrest Goodluck plays Joseph alongside Trini King in Mud. Gallup Sun • Friday December 8, 2017

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Navajo models host ‘meet and greet’ for Thunderbird Supply Company By Rick Abasta For the Sun

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odel s for t he Thunderbird Supply Company signed calendars and posters at the company’s

flagship operation in Gallup on Dec. 2. The meet and greet was part of an effort to get Christmas shoppers into the store. Fou nded in 1971, Thunderbird has been steadily supplying individual crafts

people and manufacturers with raw materials to make the beautiful southwestern style jewelry that dominates the area. General manager Danny Thomason has been with the company since 1978.

Customers walked away happy and with a smile after receiving their official 2018 Thunderbird Supply Company calendar. Photo credit: Rick Abasta

From left: Sesha HC., Fallyn B., Rita-Marie B., Bobby Brown, Wanda Brown, Shicura B., Yvette P., and Melaina S. pose for the Dec. 2 meet and greet. Photo Credit: Rick Abasta

Thoma son joked about his long association with Thunderbird. “I guess I’m part of the original furniture,” he said. Through the yea rs, Thomason has seen the operation bloom into the thriving jewelry supply company it is today, with additional operations in Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Online mail order services are also available for those who reside outside the area. “We sell the fabricated silver, the stones, the tools, the findings and all the items that go into making southwestern style jewelry,” Thomason said. The decision to use beautiful Navajo models to showcase the jewelry that has made the store a success over the years was a no-brainer. “Originally, we star ted working with the Women of the Navajo Calendar about 10 years ago. We sponsored them and did what we’re doing today, which is a meet and greet,” Thomason said. The company decided to begin their own model search and publish a calendar after the Women of the Navajo Calendar decided not to publish one year. The result was the new

ca lenda r for Thunderbird Supply Company, which features six models. The models were promoted at all store locations and in area magazines and newspapers. “We found out that we could do more with the models as far as promoting them,” Thomas said. On Dec. 2, cu stomer s patiently stood in line for the chance to meet the calendar models and take advantage of the photo opportunity. A live remote broadcast added to the excitement as people lined up to meet the 2018 models: Fallyn B., Melania S., Rita-Marie B., Sesha HC., Shicura B., and Yvette P. Thomason said Thunderbird Supply has anywhere from 15-20 renowned artists from the community who frequent the store on a daily basis. “Their work blows me away every time. I’m always willing to take a chance when it comes to working with natives because of their ability to contribute to the community,” Thomason said. “We took a gamble [with the calendar] and it definitely paid off.” For more information, visit www.thunderbirdsupply.com.

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Delegate Yazzie congratulates Navajo elders during the Churchrock Senior Center grand opening celebration Staff Reports

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HURCHROCK, N.M. – On Dec. 1, Council Delegat e Ed mu nd Yazzie (Churchrock, Iy a nbit o, M a r i a no L a ke, Pinedale, Smith Lake, Thoreau)

participated in the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the Churchrock Senior Center, located approximately nine miles east of Gallup. The newly constr ucted 5,500-square foot center features an administrative office,

‘Parading Around’ Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie expressing his appreciation during the Churchrock Senior Center grand opening celebration in Churchrock, N.M. on Dec. 1. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council

two activity areas, a dining room, two bathrooms with showers, a fully equipped kitchen with two pantries, craft storage, and a fireplace. The new center was constructed using the New Mexico capital outlay projects funding. During the event, Yazzie commended the community of Churchrock, tribal and New Mexico leadership, and the construction team for successfully completing the senior center. “The senior center was successfully completed due to the strong and continuous community and leadership efforts. Our elders are the foundation Anissa Roanhorse shows off her crown as Tohatchi High School Princess during the Dec. 2 of the Nation and they deserve Gallup Community Christmas Parade. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura the best facilities and services,” said Yazzie, who represents the community of Churchrock. Senior center supervisor Jerry Frank expressed his appreciation for the continuous support from tribal leadership and stated that the new facility will provide services to o live by such as honesty, integrity and clarity. As a family-owned over 65 Navajo elders within old these values every day. It’s the way you live and the way Churchrock and surrounding communities.

Throughout the opening ceremony, numerous Navajo elders reflected on the progress achieved by their community and shared their appreciation for the new facility. “Churchrock Chapter is one of the most outgoing and productive local governments in the Nation. Each chapter meeting would be packed with community members, who

express their concerns and motivate each other to complete projects. They worked hard to advocate and finish the senior center,” said Yazzie. Navajo Nation President Russell Begay, Vice President Jonathan Nez, and Churchrock Chapter officials were also in attendance at the celebration. The Churchrock Senior Center is currently in full operation.

The newly constructed senior center located in Churchrock, N.M. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council

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A consistently entertaining Disaster Artist features remarkable performances By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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suppose, to a cer ta in degree, how much one enjoys the new biopic The Disaster Artist might have something to do with how appreciative one is of the surreal 2003 drama, The Room. This biopic chronicles the making of the cult item that many describe as “so-bad-it’s-good,” as much as they do the eccentric man who made it. Even still, it’s hard to believe that audiences unfamiliar with the events upon which the movie is based won’t be enraptured by the enjoyable strangeness on display. Based on the non-fiction book, this tale begins with aspiring thespian Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) meeting enigmatic and over-the-top performer Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). Taken by Wiseau’s bold, fearless acting technique, the two begin hanging out and a friendship forms. Along the way, Sestero confirms that his mysterious new pal has a flair for the dramatic as well as an unwillingness to share

personal details about his history. As the pair struggles to make it in Hollywood, Wiseau announces that he will write, produce, direct and star in his own feature, titled The Room, and have Sestero co-star with him. What follows is one of the most bizarre productions in cinematic history. James Franco deser ves a great deal of praise for his work as Wiseau. He completely embodies the part, undertaking a subtle and unobtrusive but substantial physical transformation (his face and chin even appears wider thanks to some superlative make-up). The unusual tics and speaking voice are all there and the actor commits himself to the actual person so effectively that it’s difficult to tell them apart (the final scenes show comparisons between the real-life figure and the actor, and it actually takes a moment to discern which one is which). While the part allows Franco to be funny in turns, he isn’t mocking his subject. It’s a remarkable performance that earns empathy for Wiseau. Much like the Oscar-winning 1994 film Ed Wood, there is plenty of hilarity derived from the tactics used to create the finished feature film. Wiseau is a bold but green writer and filmmaker; a great deal of humor is created by confusion from the performers on what they are

Dave Franco plays thespian Greg Sestero, and James Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau in this tribute to the so-bad-it’s-good master in Disaster Artist. Now playing. Photo Credit: Warner Bros. trying to accomplish within a particular scene, as well as the director’s unusual technical choices used in making the feature (like spending money to build an alley set in-studio next to an actual alley). Thankfully for fans of The Room, this is the filmmaker’s vision and the performers are forced to acquiesce. While there is plenty of amusement from the making-of sequences, the friendship between Wiseau and Sestero is the main focus and adds a layer of depth and humanity to the story. Anyone can relate to the ups and downs of friendships, even those that form under

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 8, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun

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elcome back to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s some really interesting stuff coming... everything from family pictures to horror and even documentary. 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! American Assassin - Ba sed on the series of book s, t h i s action/thriller involves a you n g m a n who tur ns into a muscular vigilante after a group of terrorists kill his girlfriend. The hero is hired by the US government to be trained as a secret operative. His first task involves stopping a villain out to start war in the Middle East. Reaction to the feature was muted. The film was complimented for some of its action scenes, yet the majority complained that the story was lacking and that it wasn’t memorable enough to recommend. It stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch and Shiva Negar. Bette r Watch Out Horror fans who want to get into the holiday spirit m ay enjoy t h i s ef for t . It’s about a babysitter who decides to work at a neighborhood home during the Christmas season. When threatening intruders break in, she does all she can to protect the children of the house, but soon learns that all may not be what it initially seems. Reviews were better than average for this genre picture. There were a few who derided it for being vicious and nasty, but most described it as an effective, funny and disturbing variation on the home-invasion scare flick. The cast includes Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Patrick Warburton and Virginia Madsen. COMMUNITY

Crash Pad - In this comedy, a romantic thinks he’s found the love of his life after falling for an older married woman. He soon discovers that she’s only using him to get revenge on her spouse. When the lead comes clean to the husband, they begin a friendship and decide to move in together in order to annoy the lady who pitted them against each other. Critics were split on final results. Half found the leads and their situation likable enough to earn the movie a pass, while the remainder found the humor forced and the story by-the-numbers. It features Domhnall Gleeson, T h o m a s H a d e n C hu r c h , Christina Applegate and Nina Dobrev. T h e Crucifixion The filmmaker s b eh i nd this possession f lick claim that the events depicted are based on a true story. In it, a journalist out to prove that demons aren’t real interviews a priest who has been locked away after his exorcism results in a death. While investigating the case, the writer discovers that the pastor’s tale wasn’t as exaggerated as he initially thought. Critics hated this effort. In fact, there hasn’t been a single positive review as of yet. It has been criticized for being dull and uneventful exercise that will quickly tire out even the most patient of viewers. Sophie Cookson and Corneliu Ulici headline the feature. Endless Poetry - The latest from arthouse and cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) is a biopic about the filmmaker’s early days as a young poet in Chile. It depicts the conflict between himself and his authoritarian father as well as his days mingling in the art world with other young creative-types. Critics were quite positive about this foreign-language feature. A few found the movie to be an acquired taste, but almost all others complimented the unique and bizarre images in addition to the ideas presented. The cast includes Adan Jodorowsky (playing his father), Pamela Flores and Leandro Taub. Guardians - Here’s an odd

one... this foreign-language, Russian superhero film is about a team of special guardians (including one who is a half-bear, half-man) who were created during the Cold War. Decades later, a scientist creates a serum that gives him incredible powers to control machines. Naturally, he wants to take control of the world. Now in hiding, the group is brought out of retirement to take on the foe. This comic book style effort hasn’t been reviewed in this part of the world and is making its debut on DVD. It was a bit of flop in Russia and online reviews have suggested that it is quite silly, but that the action is well-done. Anton Pampushnyy, Sanjar Madi, Sebastien Sisak and Alina Lanina play the team members. On Wings of Eagles - This biopic follows the life of Olympian Eric Liddell (who was also featured in the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire). The religious Scot won the United Kingdom a gold medal in the 400m a nd didn’t compete in other events because he refused to run on Sundays. As one might have guessed, he spent a great deal of his life as a missionary. The story follows him as he returns to the country of his birth, China, and his efforts to help comrades as Japanese forces invade. This China/USA co-production only received a limited release here and didn’t get many reviews; the ones that have appeared suggest the story was interesting but the execution lacking. It stars Joseph Fiennes, Shawn Dou and Augusta Xu-Holland. T h e Osiris Child - A n i nt erplanetary ex- con a nd a space lieutenant team up a nd traverse across the universe in this Australian science-fiction picture. Their mission is to rescue the lieutenant’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by nasty alien forces. Members of the press who reviewed it were fairly complimentary. There were comments that it couldn’t compare to its big-budget counter pa r ts, but severa l were pleasantly surprised by what the cast and crew were able to pull off on a limited

budget. They suggested that it was a fun, pulpy B-movie. It features Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Luke Ford, Isabel Lucas and Rachel Griffiths. Santoalla - T h i s foreign-language documentary/mystery involves the s t o r y of a Dutch couple who moved to a remote farming community in Spain to live off of the land and away from modern distractions. Unfortunately, they also ran afoul of the locals, leading to the disappearance of one of the new arrivals. The doc attempts to get to the bottom of what happened. Critics like the film a great deal. A few members of the press didn’t find the mystery engaging, but the majority were captivated by the events and believed that the deeper themes may resonate with viewers.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Olive Signature, a line of releases from Olive Film that features upgraded transfers of classic films with numerous bonuses, has two new Blu-ray releases this week. The first is Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948). It’s about a womanizing concert pianist who receives a note from a past love and learns that his actions in the past may result in a tragedy. Besides a new 4K restoration, it arrives with a film historian commentary track, as well as several featurettes on the making of the movie and a detailed analysis of some of the themes presented. They also have the Elaine May comedy, A New Leaf (1971). In it, Walter Matthau plays a wealthy, snobby socialite who goes broke and tries to solve his financial woes by marrying rich and possibly murdering his new bride. He picks a smart but clumsy mark (played by writer/director May), who influences the snooty New Yorker in ways he would never have expected. This disc includes another film expert commentary as well as an interview with the movie’s assistant editor about the lost, extended cut, a trailer, a talk with Amy Heckling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High,

Clueless) about female directors and other extras. Arrow Video is releasing a Blu-ray of the The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), an unusual horror film about an abused child turned troubled woman and a series of murders that follow as she hits adulthood. It arrives with a 2K restoration, producer audio commentary and other extras. Shout! Factory has a season release with the psycho Santa picture, Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). There are two versions coming your way. A Deluxe Edition that comes with an action figure and a two disc “Collector’s Edition.” The camera negative has been rescanned at 4K (apparently, it looks fantastic) and the Blu-ray includes the theatrical and unrated cuts of the feature, multiple audio commentaries as well as interviews with the cast and crew. Severin is putting out a Blu-ray set of The Amicus Collection. It includes the anthology horror film Asylum (1972), And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) as well as The Beast Must Die (1974). It also comes with a documentary about the British studio called The Vault of Amicus (2015).

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Here are some releases that kids might enjoy. Despicable Me 3 Illumination 3 - M o v i e Collection: Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me 3 T h e Octonauts: Season 1 P i g g y Ta l e s: Ho li d ay Heist

ON THE TUBE! And you’ll find the week’s TV-themed releases below. Dickensian (BBC) Fargo: Season 3 One Day at a Time: The Complete Series The Simpsons: Season 18 Twin Peaks: A Limited Series Event

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SPORTS 360 Gallup beats Tohatchi, 71-67

GAME WAS PART OF ANNUAL JOHN LOMASNEY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT By Bernie Dotson For the Sun

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enior all-state guard Ka lia n Mitchell put up 27 poi nt s a nd was strong through the third a nd four th quarters, but Tohatchi had no a nswer for junior for ward Ashley Antone and dropped a Dec. 1 second round John Lomasney tournament game to Gallup, 71-67. The game was played before a capacity crowd at Gallup High School, most of whom came out to see the Lady Cougars, who won the 3A state basketball championship last year. As a result of the win, the Lady Bengals advanced to the tournament championship game, but fell to Bel Air of El Paso, Texas, 69-63. Tohatchi lost 54 -29 to Ca rlsbad in the runner up game of the tournament. “It wa s a ver y wel lplayed game by both teams,” Tanisha Bitsoi, head coach of the Lady Cougars, said of the Gallup game. “We made runs in the third and fourth quar ters, but just came up short.” Bitsoi downplayed the 5A (Gallup) versus 3A (Tohatchi) matchup, say ing the Lady Cougars (1-2) are up for whatever team that comes their way.

GALLUP LEADS EARLY The game star ted with Gallup getting out to lead behind free throw shooting. The Lady Bengals got inside scoring attempts from Antone, and junior guard Kamr yn Yazzie was near perfect in setting up teammates for points off of assists, which helped the team get a commanding 24-13 lead after the opening period. Tohatchi stayed close, even though Mitchell, who has been a first or second team all-star since eighth grade, was passing up shots to get people like sophomore gua rd K r ystal Benally some points. Mitchell sat the bench during a long stretch of the second quarter. When Benally fouled out in the fourth quarter, Tohatchi lost a reliable scoring punch that was the perfect complement to Mitchell. “We got ahead early on foul shots and that helped us a lot,” first-year Gallup head coach Todd McBroom said. “They are a very good team. Mitchell is a very good player.” Mitchell hit a 3-point shot late in the third quarter that cut the Gallup lead to 46-43. Benally and junior forward Sherika Watchman of Tohatchi hit a few jumpers and the Gallup edge was 52-50. But the Lady Cougars simply could not contain the roving

All-state girls basketball player Kalin Mitchell of Tohatchi looks for an opening Dec. 1 against the Gallup Lady Bengals in the annual John Lomasney Invitational Tournament. Mitchell single-handedly led Tohatchi in a near win against the host Lady Bengals. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura Antone, who not only scored crucial inside and outside points for the Lady Bengals but also grabbed key rebounds. Gallup had five players who scored in double figures, compared to three for Tohatchi.

THE SHOW The versatile Mitchell went down swinging and took over down the stretch and hit a driving, off-balanced lay up in a crowd to give Tohatchi a 55-54 lead. Mitchell’s speed,

Gallup junior forward Ashley Antone puts up a shot over Kalin Mitchell of Tohatchi. Antone scored 23 points in the Dec. 1 tournament win. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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intelligence and ball-handling skills allowed her to get inside at-will. Bitsoi called a couple of time outs in the closing minutes of the fourth, but a hustling Yazzie and the roving Antone proved too much. When Antone and Yazzie weren’t giving the Lady Cougars scoring and defensive fits, senior forward Journey Gillson picked up the slack. Gillson finished the game with 8 points. Antone finished with 23 points and junior guard Hanna Toledo chipped in 11 for Gallup.

Besides Benally, sophomore forward Samantha Belone fouled out of the game with about six minutes left in regulation. Gallup is averaging about 70 points a game on offense thus far into the 2017 girls basketball season. Gallup shot 24 of 32 from the foul line and committed 21 fouls. Contrarily, Tohatchi shot 15 of 23 from the line and committed 20 fouls, most in the first half. Tohatchi made seven 3-pointers in the game, three were put in by Mitchell.

Gallup’s Ashley Antone passes the ball back out to the perimeter and to a teammate. Tohatchi had no answer for the versatile Antone, who not only scored 23 points but was a terror on the boards and on defense for Gallup. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura SPORTS


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receives lodgers tax funds annually from the city of Gallup. The 2017 rally cost the association about $90,000, a good portion of which was spent on mass advertising.

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he 37 th annual Red Rock Balloon Rally experienced two unexpected cancellations the past weekend, but still managed a fun time for everyone, officials said. Bill Lee, executive director of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Red Rock Balloon Rally Association, said there were no flights Dec. 1 or Dec. 3 due to threatening weather conditions. The Dec. 2 schedule went off without interruptions. This year’s rally included pilots from as far away as California, Idaho and Florida, and there were at least two pilots that came from the United Kingdom. Gallup’s balloon rally is one of two in New Mexico and one of the largest and most popular in the world. “We did not fly Friday morning or Sunday morning due to weather conditions [winds],” Lee said. But even without the balloon flights, the rally could boast success for other events that day. “We did have the largest GALLUP SUN ARCHIVES Need a past issue? $1.50 per copy. Note issue date and send check or M.O. to: Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM 87305. Subject to availability. HOMES FOR RENT PLACE YOUR REAL ESTATE AD HERE! FIRST 25 WORDS FREE. LOGO and/or PHOTO $5 EACH. APPEARS ON GALLUPSUN.COM FOR FREE! EMAIL: gallupsun@gmail.com CALL: 505-728-1640 MOBILE HOMES MOBILE HOME SPACES Mobile Home Spaces – Single wide – any size $205/mo.  Double Wide $260/mo.  Call Mike 505-870-3430 or CarmelSPORTS

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Balloons soar above Red Rock Park on Dec. 2 at the 2017 Red Rock Balloon Rally. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura balloon glow we have ever had on Friday night at the ‘Glow in the Rocks.’ We had more balloons participate in the glow and the largest number of spectators that we have ever had for that event,” Lee said. Lee said the “Dawn Patrol” and “Mass Ascension” shows on Dec. 2 were big successes. Each of the 135 balloons registered for the rally flew, Lee said. “Many of the flights were

over two hours in length,” Lee said. “We had a great crowd for the launch of the balloons.” Lee noted that the “Pyramid Rock Run” was equally successful, with the run and walk event kicking off at 9 am while the balloons were still high amid Gallup’s red rocks. The mor n ing pa rade a nd “Balloominaria” on Dec. 2 were crowd favorites, too. Glenda A nderson of T hor e a u w a s a mo n g t he

a t t e n d e e s of t h e D e c . 2 ra lly. “We have been coming to the balloon [rally] for almost five years,” Anderson said. “I like it. My kids like it. Sometimes it’s not good weather, but the parade is always fun to see.” Lee said the balloon flights this time around were strictly from Red Rock Park in east Gallup and not the Fox Run Golf Course as in years past. The Red Rock Balloon Rally

Lee commented that the 135 registered balloons this yea r wa s consistent w ith registrant numbers over the years. “In past years, we have had as many as 200 balloons, but we now focus on the quality of the event more than the number of balloons. Our goal is to have about 100 balloons each year and to build a much larger attendance from spectators.” Lee said one of the things the association puts a lot of effort into is getting young people to come out. About 45 newcomers attended the rally this year, which bodes well for the future, Lee said. With respect to cancellations, Lee said weather, obviously, plays an important role. He said in the decades of putting on the Red Rock Balloon Rally, “We have had to cancel all three days and every event only twice.”

ita 505-870-4095. LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday December 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Among other items the Commissioners will consider the following; 1st reading of the McKinley County Ordinance (JAN-18-001) placing restrictions on the hours during which a Dispenser or Retailer may sell alcoholic beverages in unbroken packages for consumption off the licenses premises and not for resale within the local option district that is the unincorporated area within the statutory boundaries of McKinley County New Mexico.

CLASSIFIEDS This meeting will be held in the Commissioner Chambers, Third Floor of the McKinley County Courthouse, 207 West Hill, Gallup, New Mexico. A copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting in the Manager’s Office and the County Clerk’s Office. Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request; please contact Michelle Esquibel at (505) 722-3868 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Done this 5th day of December, 2017 McKINLEY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS /S/ Carol Bowman-Muskett, Chairperson Publication date: Gallup Sun December 8, 2017 Albuquerque Journal December 9, 2017 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 1:00 PM MST, at the Gallup Housing Authority

board room, 203 Debra drive, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The agenda will be available to the public at the Gallup Housing Authority office. All interested parties are invited to attend. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board *** RESOLUTION AND PROCLAMATION OF SPECIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 IMPROVEMENTS TAX ELECTION WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Zuni Public School District (“Board” and “District,” respectively), in the County of McKinley and the State of New Mexico, has determined that a public school capital improvements tax special election (“Election”) be held on the 6th day of February, 2018, pursuant to the School Election Law, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-22-1 through 1-22-19, and the Public School Capital Improvements Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 22-25-1 through 22-25-11; WHEREAS, pursuant to NMSA 1978, § 22-25-3, the Board has determined and does hereby determine that there should be submitted to the electorate at the Election the question of whether a property tax of $2.00 on each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of property allocated to the District under the Property Tax Code, NMSA 1978, Chapter 7, Articles 35 through 38, should be imposed for the property tax years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, for the purpose of capital improvements in the District. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE ZUNI PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, CONSTITUTING THE GOVERNING BODY OF SAID DISTRICT, IN THE COUNTY OF MCKINLEY AND THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO: Section 1. On the 6th day of February, 2018, there will be held in the Zuni Public School District, McKinley County, New Mexico, a public school capital improvements tax special election for the purpose of submitting to the registered qualified electors of the District the question of whether a property tax should

be imposed for the purpose of capital improvements in the District. Section 2. At the Election, the following question shall be submitted to the registered qualified electors of the District: PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS (2 MILL) TAX QUESTION Shall the Board of Education of the Zuni Public School District, County of McKinley, State of New Mexico, be authorized to impose a property tax of $2.00 on each $1,000.00 of net taxable value of the property allocated to the District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, for capital improvements in the District including payments made with respect to lease-purchase arrangements as defined in the Education Technology Equipment Act, Chapter 6, Article 15A NMSA 1978, or the Public School Lease Purchase Act, Chapter 22, Article 26A NMSA 1978, but excluding any other debt service expenses, for: erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings; purchasing or improving public school grounds; maintenance of public school buildings or public school grounds, including the purchasing or repairing of maintenance equipment and participating in the facility information management system as required by the Public School Capital Outlay Act and including payments under contracts with regional education cooperatives for maintenance support services and expenditures for technical training and certification for maintenance and facilities management personnel, but excluding salary expenses of District employees; purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to extracurricular school ac-

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tivities; purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public school classrooms; and purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district employees, but including tools used in the educational process that constitute learning and administrative resources, and which may also include: satellite, copper and fiber-optic transmission; computer and network connection devices; digital communication equipment, including voice, video and data equipment; servers; switches; portable media devices, such as discs and drives to contain data for electronic storage and playback; and the purchase or lease of software licenses or other technologies and services, maintenance, equipment and computer infrastructure information, techniques and tools used to implement technology in schools and related facilities; and improvements, alterations and modifications to, or expansions of, existing buildings or tangible personal property necessary or advisable to house or otherwise accommodate any of the tools listed in this paragraph? Section 3. The tax contemplated by the public school capital improvements tax special question shall be in addition to any tax imposed to pay debt service on any outstanding bonds or for any other purpose. Such tax shall be authorized pursuant to the Public School Capital Improvements Act. Section 4. A person is a qualified elector of the District if on the day of the Election he or she is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of the District. In order to vote, qualified electors of the District must have previously registered with the McKinley County Clerk, or any voter registration agent, in accordance with law. Any qualified elector of the District who is not now registered and who wishes to vote at the Election should register prior to 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2018, being the twenty-eighth

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEC.8-14, 2017 FRIDAY, Dec. 8 GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Get moving with these fun and active Kinect video games. Free. WINTER GROUP SHOW From December through February, LOOM Indigenous Art is premiering our first annual “Winter Group Show”. We are a cutting-edge and experimental space. The Winter Group Show features innovative contemporary and traditional artwork from Indigenous artists from the Southwest and across North America. Dec. 9, opening at 7-9 pm @ 209 W. Coal Ave. SATURDAY, Dec. 9 SATURDAY STORIES 10:30 am @ Children’s Branch. Join us for songs, stories, and a little silliness. It is story time fun for the entire family. Free. WINTER WONDERLAND 12-4 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for wintry stories, city science and a visit from Santa! ARTSCRAWL: FIRED UP 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. GMCS CRAFT FAIR Come to the largest craft fair in Gallup. Red Rock Elementary @ 9 am-4 pm. Table space is $20. Contact Red Rock Elementary for registration (505) 721-3900. COMMUNITY EDUCATION DIALOGUE Join us for “Community Education Dialogue.” Social Studies teachers and members of the public are encouraged to attend. 9 am-12 pm @ GMCS Board Room. Lunch provided. RSVP to Natalie Martinez natliecmtz@gmail.com SUNDAY, Dec. 10 TAIZE ADVENT CANDELIGHT 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. HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES The American Cancer SociCALENDAR

ety’s Relay for Life Ups ‘n’ Downs Team presents the Holiday Tour of Homes. Meet at the Cancer Center at 5 pm. Tours start at 5:30 pm. Tickets: $20/ per person. Tickets available Pinnacle Bank or call (505) 722-2175 or (505) 863-3075. MONDAY, Dec. 11 COMPUTER CLASS: HOLIDAY CARD MAKING (WITH TECHNOLOGY) 5-7 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You may register at the library Front Desk, call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupunm.gov. TUESDAY, Dec. 12 GADGET GARAGE 10 am @ Main Branch. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring in your personal technology devices to one of the dates listed 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 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. QPR SUICIDE PREVENTION 1 pm @ Main Branch. The Library will host a presentation by Wendy Linebrink-Allison, Program Manager of the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL). Linebrink-Allison is a behavioral health advocate who believes working collaboratively builds a healthier community. She is a prevention trainer and offers a variety of curriculums that help people identify suicide warning signs, and tips on how to offer support to people when they are struggling. Call (505) 863-1291 or libsuper@gallupnm.gov. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. DR. STEFANIE BENIATO-POPE AND NARANJO: THE PUEBLO REVOLT 6 pm @ Main Branch. The Library presents Dr. Stefanie Beniato’s presentation on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680—also known as Popé’s Rebellion— was an uprising of indigenous Pueblo people against the Spanish colonizers in the province of Santa Fe. Beniato will discuss Popé and Naranjo and their roles as leaders of the revolt. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm. gov. WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13 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: A Madea Christmas THURSDAY, Dec. 14 COMPUTER CLASS: POWER POINT FOR BEGINNERS 3 pm @ Main Branch. Class size is limited to 10 participants per session. Registration is required. You may register at the library Front Desk. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupunm.edu. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Pinecone Christmas Tree. GATE ADVISORY COUNCIL The GATE Advisory Council will hold its regular meeting in December. All GATE students, parents of GATE students, and GATE teachers are invited to attend. Please plan to attend and participate in the sharing of information about the GATE program and services for our students in the Gallup-McKinley County Schools. 5-6:30 pm, Educational Development Center Gymnasium, 1000 E. Aztec Ave. 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 6-8 pm @ 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) 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. 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, Ariz.; Navajo Treatment Center for Children and their families Kit Carson Rd, Fort Defiance, Ariz. Call (928)871-6807 or email t.yazzie@navajo-nsn. gov. SAVE THE DATE BENEFIT CONCERT On Dec. 15, join “On Call Jazz” as they play the annual Christmas benefit concert for the Thai Burma Border Health Initiative. Enjoy an evening of Christmas jazz favorites. 7-9 pm, upstairs at the Gallup Cultural Center at the Gallup train station. Donations are appreciated and 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefit refugees on the Thai-Burma border: www.tbbhi.org. Contact Tammy Iralu: (505) 726-7206. MONTHLY MEETING 6:30 pm @ Northside Senior Center. We invite you to meet with Councilor Linda Garcia at the Northside Neighborhood Association meeting. Councilor Linda Garcia will be there to listen to your concerns. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and welcome your compliments and complaints. Feel free to bring a friend or two. Call (505) 879-4176. Location: 607 N. 4th St. ARTIST TO ARTIST: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP This workshop will be led by father and son artist duo Bahe Whitehorne Sr. and Bahe Whitethorne Jr. This business management workshop for artists will focus on how to start your business, manage it and grow capital, as well as making the most of social media and digital marketing. 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Navajo Tech Innovation Center, 309 B Historic Highway 66, Church Rock, NM. (Bring your own lunch; light refreshments provided.) Free. 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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Gallup Sun • Friday December 8, 2017  
Gallup Sun • Friday December 8, 2017  
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