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NEWS Reporter’s picks: Top 5 best stories of 2017 MEMORIAL DAY STORY COVERAGE TOPS THIS LIST syndrome, Hashimoto, inflammatory bowel and rheumatoid arthritis. Part two of his story reflects on Navajo history. Searching through the Navajo museum he finds no photographs of the early Navajo people being overweight. McNeil concludes that change can occur in all of us, with healthier choices, patience, and understanding what is not good for us.

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1. “Memorial Day in full bloom” by Tom Hartsock. With this piece, the Sun captured the spirit of the veteran holiday while showcasing its importance. The number of participants illustrates that fallen soldiers are acknowledged for their service in keeping America safe and at peace. Accompanying the written story was a cadre of event photos by several photographers capturing Gallup’s diversity gathering for the commemoration of fallen soldiers.

2. “Haatiishaa aaldi nei (Autoimmune Disease)” by Greg McNeil. In his two-part story, instructor and clinical counselor Greg McNeil writes about the 88 types of autoimmune diseases. Some include lupus, colitis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, psoriasis, cardiovascular, seizures, chronic fatigue



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3. “Diné Dentist brings career, family to Gallup” by Boderra Joe. Dr. DezBaa DamonMallette returned to the local area after serving four years in emote Alaskan villages. Now with Rainaldi Dental, Damon-Mallette focuses on patient care. Dr. Lidio Rainaldi compliments her compassion and warmness to patients. Her addition to his staff allows him more quality time with patients. She serves in a field that was meant for her showing her patients she cares about their health. 4. “During a cold winter, GPD officers take steps to serve their community” by Rick Abasta. The ride along story gets in the trenches and gives readers an up close look at what the Gallup police and

Community Service Aides do to save lives. Gallup suffered four exposure related deaths in 2016. 5. “Mud (Hastł’ishnii) film debuts at Su nd a nce” S t a f f Reports. Last s u m mer w a s production season for Mud, a f i l m w r it t e n a nd d i rect ed by Sha a nd iin Tome that portrays the character of Ruby, whose relationship with her teenaged son Joseph is inhibited by alcohol. In September, Mud crew and talent spent five days in Gallup shooting their film from Saturday to Monday. On Dec. 4, the Sundance Institute selected 60 short films out of 9,000 submissions. With a less than one percent chance, Mud made it to the 2018 Film Festival. Mud will bring attention to Gallup through the screen. Tome and Aroonsri Khamsamran, producer, will enter Mud in film festivals throughout the United States and around the world. They plan to bring the 2018 Sundance Film selection to Gallup on Feb. 9.

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Reporter’s picks: Top 5 best stories of 2017 By Bernie Dotson For the Sun

1. “GPD officers cleared in Sylversmy the shooting” by Bernie Dotson. Reportedly, the 300 pound-plus Sylversmythe lunged at several officers with a knife that he wielded as a weapon. The incident happened in the wee hours of the morning at Gallup Housing Authority’s Arnold Street complex in the summer of 2016. 2. “Tohatchi wins NM 3A championship” by Bernie Dotson. The Tohatchi girls basketball team won the New Mexico 3A state basketball

ch a mpion sh ip beh i nd 20 points by junior point guard Kalian Mitchell and 18 points by Cheyenne Begay. The team is one of the best in the history of state sports. Now a senior, Mitchell made all-state in the 8th grade and has made first or second team all-state since then for consecutive years. The Lady Cougars beat Eunice 57-50 in March and beca me the sole tea m in Tohatchi basketball history to win a state championship. 3. “Beloved elections director, husband, father pa s ses on” by Babet te Herrmann. Rick Palochak was a familiar name to reporters who covered politics, particularly during election times. Palochak worked tireless hours with area journalists to make

sure every detail was correct. 4. “Kentucky fugitives caught in Gallup” by Bernie D o t s o n . D av id T hom a s a nd Elizabeth Nea l were

apprehended by the GPD at the Super 8 along West Historic Highway 66. The pair shot two people in Owen County, Kentucky, and made their way to Gallup. The GPD received a tip that the two, along with two kids, were at the Super 8 and apparently on the run. 5. “Nat ive A mer ic a n themed films feature star power” by Dee Velasco. The Gallup Film Festival kicked off yet another successful year, showcasing films such as “The Watchman’s Canoe,” which was made by filmmaker Barri Chase of Washington. The festival has proven that it is one of Gallup’s top annual attractions with respect to star power. At the 2017 film festival were film starts Adam

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Reporter’s picks: Top 5 best stories of 2017

By Dee Velasco For the Sun

2 “A puppet’s blueprint to ‘Building A Better You’” 1. “Quilts of Valor” by Dee Velasco. This story highlights the heart-warming actions of quilters by Dee Velasco. This piece told the story of a puppeteer who who chose to honor veterans with their skills. showed kids how to build up self-esteem in a unique way. 5. “Hope Wins…I am Alive” by Dee Vel a s c o. I choose t h i s s t or y because of the importance of the issue discussed, and how 3. “Tiny Tot Pageant and Best Dressed Grandma 4. “Totonac Danza de los Voladores wow the 96th Annual it relates to anyone who has survived and Grandpa Competition” by Dee Velasco. It was won- Ceremonial” by Dee Velasco. It was fascinating to learn the suicide or who knows of someone who derful to see little kids demonstrate their culture through background of these men, and how they came to realize their has committed suicide. special talents. particularly dangerous talents.

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Reporter’s picks: Top 5 best stories of 2017

1. “Drunk driving in McKinley suffers 43 percent dismissal rate” by Deswood Tome By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent


rapping up 2017 with just five top stories is a challenge. Really, each of these stories are on “top” to me. But if I had to pick out just a few, I would choose the pieces listed above. Notice the top five stories I chose. Read each headline. Read them again. What do you notice about them? I picked t he se piece s because they are the kinds of stories that are ignored or

2. “New services now underway at Gallup NCI” by Deswood Tome

skimmed over by other publications. But given the chance, these are stories that can (and did) have a big impact on their community. The top stories I shared are of issues people face daily. As writers, we are the voice for the people. It is our duty to highlight parts of society that demand attention. To encourage people to look at difficult problems, and ask how they (as a community) plan to address them. These pieces hold purpose. They hold a voice. One of the stories listed,

3. “Humane Society’s intake problem” by Boderra Joe

4. “Hope Wins…I am Alive” by Dee Velanco

“Hope Wins…I am Alive” by Dee Velasco is about suicide, its victims and its survivors. Velasco wrote: “Suicide is a subject that is often difficult to deal with, and much harder to discuss with other people.” But good reporting does not just shock us. Nor is it necessarily sad. Joyful and inspiring stories can likewise have an impact. Deswood Tome’s stor y “New preschool opens at Indian Hills Elementary for deaf, hard hearing” brought with it new opportunities for the community and the surrounding areas. 5. “New preschool opens at Indian Hills Elementary for deaf, hard of hearing” by Deswood Tome Since the publication of the piece, Gallup now has a new preschool for the deaf and hard

hearing. I ’d s a y t h a t ’s p r e t t y remarkable.

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and learned that the 2018 Kenworth CMV was approaching a red light at the intersection and had begun to slow. The CMV was struck from behind by a 2016 Buick Sport utility vehicle traveling west, in the same direction. Indicators at the scene show no signs of skid marks or braking prior to the impact. The driver of the Buick


Gallup Sun’s picks for top 10 national stories of 2017 1. LAS VEGAS SHOOTING The shooting in Las Vegas claimed the lives of 58 people on Oct. 1, and injured nearly 550 more. It was the deadliest shooting committed by an individual in United States history. This was a national tragedy that had particular resonance in Gallup, as one of the victims, Lisa Romero-Muniz, was a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School.


Miyamura High School Discipline Secretary Lisa Romero-Muniz died during the Las Vegas shooting incident on Oct. 1.

Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria swept across the U.S. and Puerto Rico within weeks of each other in a devastating hurricane season. The storms took lives, destroyed power grids, and cost states billions of dollars in repairs. The full extent of the damages in Puerto Rico are still unknown.

Scores of women have come forward to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct on multiple levels – from being a creepy pervert to straight up rape.

In August, a “Unite the Right” rally brought white nationa l ist s to Vi rg i n ia’s Emancipation Park in protest 7. WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA of the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Counter protesters arrived California wildfires broke to challenge the group. In retalrecords in 2017, with over iation, James Alex Fields,, Jr. 250 fires igniting in October drove his car into the counter alone. Strong winds and harsh protesters, killing 32-year-old drought conditions exacero live by such as honesty, integrity and clarity. As a family-owned Heather Heyer and bringing the bated the flames, which burned old these values every day. It’s the wayDonald you live and the way city into a state of emergency. President Trump more than 505,900 acres as of the end of December. 4. SOLAR ECLIPSE Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, credited as the A rare total solar eclipse largest single-day protest in crossed over the United States in U.S. history. August, aweing spectators and inspiring some to travel great 6. ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HARVEY distances to get the perfect view.

P resident T r u mp took the oath of office on Jan. 20 to a polarized reaction from the country. Trump’s swearing in was followed by the NEWS

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea were heightened by North Korean missile tests, which ignored sanctions and were regarded as direct threats by U.S. politicians and journalists. North Koreans are reportedly working on missiles that are capable of reaching the United States.

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in the world of arts and entertainment. The ramifications of Weinstein’s ousting from power were also felt in the political sphere, with Republican Roy Moore losing a special election in part due to similar allegations, and the resignation of Sen. Al Franken.

9. RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS Investigations into poss i ble c ol lu s io n b e t we e n Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign dominated the news cycle following his election, and new information continued to sur face throughout the year, despite T r u mp’s f i r i ng of severa l officials probing the claims. F r audu lent news repor t s made popular on Facebook and controversial testimony from members of Tr ump’s a d m i n i st r at ion m a de t he Russia investigations one of the most polarizing stories of 2017.


Kim Jong-Un, the nefarious leader of North Korea.

A shooting in a church near San Antonio left 26 dead, after a gunman with unclear motives used a military-style rifle to kill victims, who were between five and 72-years-old. It was the deadliest shooting in Texas history, and reignited debates over gun control across the nation.



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n Dec. 26, at about 8:13 pm, McK inley Count y Sheriff’s Dep. Roxanne Slim was sent to Buttercup Lane in response to an attempted suicide. A woman had called in the report over her father, who could be heard in the background of the call “yelling ‘Don’t look for me… don’t come back for me…” according to the police report. Upon arriving at the scene, officers were directed inside the residence by a nother woman who appeared “scared and in a panic,” according to the report. S l i m handcuffed T o m m y Denetclaw, 49, who d e n i e d that he had attempted suicide, and Tommy Denetclaw

told the officer that he had held the woman who met the officers against her will inside the house because “he didn’t want her to go,” according to the report. The woman told officers that she was made to believe that Denetclaw had been cheating on her, and when she went to gather her things from the house to leave he backed her into a corner and kicked her, according to the report. Tommy was placed under arrest for the crimes of false imprisonment and battery against a household member. Tommy was held on a $1,000 cash/surety bond and remains in custody. Slim also responded to a call on Dec. 25, this time near St. Bonaventure Elementary School in response to damage to the lock and door of the school’s gym equipment room. The school is on a short holiday, so staff were not present when the break in occurred. The school carpenter estimated the damage to be around $1,400. So far, nothing has been

reported missing. M C S O officers were dispatched to the 100 block i n Ba dger Roa d Dec. 21 at 12:28 am, over a fight where Dominic Sanchez two brothers had reportedly attacked one another with pepper spray, and had inadvertently sprayed their mother when she came to break up the fight. MCSO Dep. Johnson Lee, along with Slim, spoke with the two men. One of the men, Dominic Sanchez, 21, began yelling at his family, according to the police report,

and he was detained to prevent any escalation of events. Officers then found marijuana in Sanchez’ room. Sanchez was charged with distribution of marijuana and battery against a household member. Gallup Police Department officers also kept busy this week, when Officer Kelsey Francisco was dispatched to East Adams Street Dec. 20, at 9:58 pm, due to a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was spotted by Bubany Park. Francisco caught up to the stolen car and apprehended the driver, who was then identified as Jayestivene Smith, 28. Smith had a bench warrant over

driving with a r e v oke d license. T he v ictim told p o l ic e s h e w o r k e d between 9 a m a n d Jayestivene Smith 4 pm, a nd when she ca me ba ck t he car was gone. Smith is her ex-boyfriend, according to the police report, and she had suspected he was responsible, because “he knows how to start the vehicle without the keys,” she told officers. The car was returned to the woman, and Smith was booked.

of the Com mercia l Motor Vehicle were not injured in the crash.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor in this crash, which is still under investigation.

ACCIDENT | FROM PAGE 8 Mr. Dannon Jim, 34, and the right rear passenger Shynoah Jim, 11, both from Tsaile, Ariz., sustained fatal injuries during the crash, and were pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The other two occupants of the Buick, also family members, were transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, and subsequently f lown to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque with critical injuries. The driver and co-driver


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WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Aquille Lamont Tsosie Dec. 14, 6:57 am 1st DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f ic e r V i c t o r Madrid was dispatched to Mentmore Road a nd Remington Lane to investigate a car parked on the roadway. Madrid located the blue Ford passenger car parked in the northbound lane on County Road, and then found its driver, Tsosie, 24, sleeping inside. Madrid woke Tsosie after some effort, according to the police report. Tsosie appeared dazed and disoriented, and when he exited the car he began to sway. Madrid noticed signs of intoxication in Tsosie, including watery eyes and slurred speech. Tsosie agreed to participate in field sobriety tests, and he performed poorly on three of them. Madrid also found open containers of alcohol in his car.

After he was arrested, he was given a breath test, and blew a .16 and a .19. Olsen Paul Yazzie Dec. 13, 12:04 am DWI, Aggravated G P D Officer Cindy Rom a ncit o wa s t ravel i n g e a s t on U.S. Highway 66 when she saw a truck pass by the Allsup’s store without its tail lights on. Romancito made a traffic stop, and then encountered Yazzie, 30, who said he was driving his sister’s car and had been heading home from Arizona. Yazzie admitted to drinking beer “about three hours ago,” according to the police report. He agreed to field sobriety testing, Yazzie stopped participating in field sobriety tests after performing poorly on the first test, and was then placed under arrest. Yazzie refused to take a breath test. He also admitted to having driven the car without knowledge or permission from the owner.

Brandon T. Caballero Dec. 12, 10:47 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated Caballero, 29, was drivi ng dow n Highway 602 when he encountered McK inley County Sgt. Ta m my S . Houghtaling a nd MCSO Dep. Frank Villa. The officers had received an alert about a drunk driver in a vehicle matching the description of the car Caballero drove. Caballero denied drinking that day, but said he had been yesterday. He participated in three field sobriety tests and performed poorly on all of them. Caballero eventually submitted to a breath test, blowing .18, .21, and .18. Shena R. Pete Dec. 11, 9:34 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated MCSO Dep. Johnson Lee was heading south on Chino Loop in Gamerco when he saw a vehicle speed past him down the middle of the roadway. After the car sped off,

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ew Mex ico St ate Police officers are out in force this holiday season, encouraging everyone to not drink and drive, and arrive safely. On Dec. 14, around 12:05 pm New Mexico State Police Officer Todacheenie made a traffic stop for a registration violation. The violation occurred on U.S. 64 near mile post 31, however the violator continued driving until he reached the Navajo Reservation. The driver James Lee was charged with Driving while Under the Influence, NEWS

James Lee Driving While License Revoked and Unreadable Registration. A warrant has been issued for these charges by the Eleventh District Attorney’s Office. Fast-forward six days ... On Dec. 20, around 9:51 am,

Lee was stopped on U.S. 64 near the 32-mile marker for another traffic infraction. The officer witnessed actions that led him to believe that Lee was unable to operate a motor vehicle safely, and visually witnessed an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Standardized field sobriety tests were administered, and Lee was subsequently arrested for Driving while Under the Inf luence with test results of breath alcohol content (BRaC), .08/08. Lee was also cited for Driving While License Revoked, Open Container and Unreadable Registration, and was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Lee was able only to see a “heavy cloud o f d u s t ,” according to the police report. Lee traveled through the dust cloud to find an abandoned Toyota Corolla, with alcohol open inside of it. While inspecting the car, a man emerged and told Lee that the owner of the car was his daughter. Lee noticed tracks in the field heading away from the car, and followed them with his flashlight until he spotted a woman running about 200 yards away, according to the report. After a short chase, he apprehended Pete, 26, who admitted to having been drinking. Pete agreed to field sobriety testing, where she showed signs of intoxication. She blew a .18 and a .16 on a breath test before being booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Lewis Joe Jr. Dec. 9, 2:31 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r Nor m a n Bowman was advised of a reckless dr iver near South

Second Street in the Rocket Cafe parking lot, who had narrowly missed crashing into another vehicle. Bowman caught up with the driver, Joe, 52, who met him with “a blank stare,” according to the police report. Joe admitted to drinking alcohol but excused his behavior by telling Bowman he was “just going home,” according to the report. Joe said he had had a “bottle of vodka this morning,” according to the report. He blew a .29 and a .28 on the breath test before he was booked. Brandon R. Sam Dec. 8, 10:53 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated G P D O f f ic e r Douglas Hoffman stopped a ca r over a broken taill ig ht, a nd encountered Sam, 24. Sam did not have a driver’s license or insurance. When he was made to exit the car, Hoffman noticed that Sam smelled like alcohol. Sam admitted to taking four shots at a concert prior to driving, according to the report. Sa m per for med poorly on three field sobriety tests. On the breath test, he blew a 0.24.

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10 financial resolutions for 2018 interest on your everyday card, you’ll know you spent too much that month.

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1. SIGN UP FOR CREDIT MONITORING Thanks to the increased availability of free credit scores, most people have a good sense of their credit standing these days. Too few of us are familiar with the actual contents of our credit reports, though. That might be because we assume our credit scores tell the full story, but that’s just not the case. For starters, as many as one in four people have an error on their report that could affect their credit score, according to research by the Federal Trade Commission. Furthermore, reviewing at least one of your major credit reports on a regular basis will allow you to spot signs of fraud before they get too serious. You can start by checking your free TransUnion credit report on WalletHub. With that being said, no one can keep tabs on their credit around the clock. And that’s where 24/7 credit monitoring comes in. Signing up for free credit monitoring will enable you to receive an instant notification anytime there is an impor tant change to your credit report. In other words, it reduces lag time when spotting issues and gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you won’t miss anything.

2. PAY BILLS RIGHT AFTER RECEIVING YOUR PAYCHECK Taking care of monthly obligations before letting yourself indulge in any luxury expenses is a helpful budgeting strategy. It gives you a better sense of what you can truly afford and what you can’t. It also helps you avoid ever having a late payment reported to the major credit bureaus, which is one of the easiest ways to damage your credit score. Furthermore, paying your bill early improves your credit utilization, and thus your credit score, by reducing the balance listed on your monthly statement. We recommend setting up two automatic monthly payments from a deposit account: one for right after payday



and another for a couple days before your monthly due date. The second payment will help you avoid interest on any purchases made between your first payment and the end of your billing period. If you don’t know when your billing cycle begins and ends, simply check your monthly statement. You can also request to change it to whatever day of the month is best for you. To learn more about keeping your payment train on schedule, check out our 8 Tips For Never Missing A Due Date.

3. REPAY 20% OF YOUR CREDIT CARD DEBT Americans owe way too much credit card debt. By the end of 2017, we’ll likely break the a ll-time record and cross $1 trillion in outstanding balances. That debt is extremely expensive, too, growing even more so with each Federal Reser ve rate hike. Something eventually has to give. And you’d much rather that be your outstanding balance, paid down on your own terms, than your ability to afford monthly minimum payments and, in turn, your credit score. So it’s time to get serious about getting out of credit card debt. Some of the other steps mentioned here – including budgeting, automation and the Island Approach – will help in terms of reducing your future reliance on debt. But the problem of what to do about existing balances still remains. The answer for people with at least “good” credit is the combination of a 0% balance transfer credit card and a credit card

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calculator, which has the potential help you save hundreds of dollars while getting out of debt months sooner than you would otherwise. But it’s probably best to start small, considering the average household will owe approximately $8,548 by the end of 2017. So we recommend making a plan to pay off 20% of what you owe over the course of 2018. That would amount to about $1,710 for the average household, requiring monthly payments of $143 with a card offering 0% on transfers for at least 12 months. You can use a credit card payoff calculator to crunch the numbers in your situation, and if you can afford higher payments, by all means make them. The sooner you can reach debt freedom, the better off your wallet will be.

4. USE DIFFERENT CREDIT CARDS FOR EVERYDAY PURCHASES & DEBT T he I s l a nd A p pr o a c h i nvolve s u si n g d i f fer ent accounts to serve different financial needs, as if they are a chain of islands. The most basic example is using a rewards credit card for everyday purchases and a 0% APR card for balances that you’ll carry from month to month. Doing so enables you to get the best possible terms on each card, rather than settling for average terms on a single card. It will also help you reduce the cost of your debt, considering everyday purchases won’t be inflating your average daily balance. And if you ever incur

Roughly 54% of Americans do not have a rainy-day fund, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Like someone without insurance, people who lack an emergency fund are tempting fate, putting themselves at risk of financial catastrophe in the event of unexpected unemployment or major medical expenses. So building up some reserves should be one of the first orders of business for any financial makeover. We recommend ultimately building a fund with about 12 to 18 months’ take-home income. But it’s important to understand that won’t happen overnight. In other words, you don’t need to put the rest of your financial life on hold until your emergency fund is complete. Rather, chip away at it over time.

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7. GET AN A IN WALLETLITERACY Financial literacy levels in this country are far too low. In fact, the U.S. tied for 14th globally for financial literacy in a survey by Standard & Poor’s, behind the likes of Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore – just to name a few. What’s more, roughly 43% of Americans grade their financial know-how at a C or below, according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. So start 2018 by taking our WalletLiteracy Quiz and getting a baseline score. Then, throughout the year, study the areas where you struggled and periodically re-test yourself to gauge your progress. Your goal should be to get at least an A- by

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8. FOCUS ON YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH There is a clear connection between physical, emotional a nd fina ncia l hea lth. For starters, the average person spends about $4,612 on health care each year. Money is also our biggest sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association. And people who get regular exercise tend to have better credit scores. This underscores the importance of getting your financial house in order as well as exercising regularly and engaging in other healthy practices aimed at reducing health care costs. It won’t be easy, but this is one resolution that will certainly pay dividends in multiple areas of your life. “If you begin to make small healthy changes to your diet, increase exercise in small increments, and practice yoga and meditation, you will feel better,” says Deborah Bauer, a distinguished senior instructor of finance at the University of Oregon. “Feeling better will lead to wiser financial decisions that

focus on the long term.”

9. MAKE A REALISTIC BUDGET & STICK TO IT The fact that we’re on pace to end 2017 with more than $1 trillion in credit card debt is a bit less surprising when you consider that only about 40% of adults have a budget, according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Both statistics also signal the need for greater urgency on our part. In short, missed payments and credit score damage are in our future if we don’t cut back, which requires re-thinking how we allocate our money. The best way to make a budget is to gather your bills from the past few months and make a list of all your recurring expenses. Then rank them in order of importance, with true necessities such as housing, food and healthcare obviously taking the top spots. After that, you can simply cut from the bottom of your list until your take-home exceeds what you plan to spend. Finally, keep track of your monthly spending throughout the year to make

sure you’re abiding by your budget.

10. LOOK FOR A BETTER JOB Somet i mes, we get so caught up in spending less and saving more that we forget to address the other side of the equation: how much we earn. But the benefits of finding a higher-paying job could actually end up outweighing everything else put together. Trading up career-wise isn’t necessarily as simple as scouring local job postings, though. You might need to consider moving in search of higher wages or a lower cost of living. Or you could go back to school to gain skills that will add to your earning potential. Not all industries and areas of the country offer the same opportunities. For example, the best city for jobseekers in 2018 – Scottsdale, AZ, according to WalletHub research – has more than one job opening per unemployed resident. Meanwhile, the worst city for jobseekers – Detroit, MI – has just one opening for every five unemployed residents. Visit: wallethub.com

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OPINIONS The no B.S. tips for successful weight loss By Greg McNeil


t the star t of the New Year, millions of people across the United States will make weight loss a big part of their resolution. Diet books, fad exercise equipment, outrageous marketing claims and extreme weight loss practices will dominate the first three months of 2018. Around March the spark of the New Year starts to fade and gym membership begins to drop off. This is the time people start to realize once again that when it comes to weight loss, magic doesn’t exist. There is no magic cure for weight loss but there are proven practices that lead to successful weight loss and the ability to maintain the weight you lose. To successfully lose weight and maintain your weight loss you need to understand three things and how they impact your efforts: personal history, stress management and lifestyle. Since this column is titled “The no B.S. tips for successful weight loss”, we’ll cut through the manure and give you information you can use.

HISTORY The first step to succeed at weight loss is getting a clear understanding of your weight loss history. If life is a journey then your weight loss is a part of that journey. Make sure your desire to lose weight is reflected in your life history. If not, evaluate the strength of your desire to lose weight. Is it 5 out of 10, or 10 out of 10? We need to factor in that not everyone who claims to want to lose weight is willing to do what is required to succeed. You need to know if you are this person. The next thing we need to do is clear away the myth that people cannot lose weight. Sluggish weight loss is not the same as the inability to lose weight. Every person that starts a diet will lose weight 100% of the time, even if the weight loss is less than desired. The rea l cha llenge


people have is maintaining their weight loss, not losing the weight. Anyone that has lost weight before already knows this to be true. If I cou ld encou rage a not her point of view to assist your efforts I suggest the following example. Let’s say your weight loss average is conservatively 2-3 pounds a month but you worked to maintain this consistency. At the end of one year you would lose 24 to 36 pounds, or 48 to 72 pounds in two years if you needed to lose that much. Like a great relationship that needs to grow, successful weight loss and management requires discipline. Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment.

CORTISOL AND STRESS MANAGEMENT Cor tisol is t he h idden enemy to every successful weight loss attempt, and like

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the weeds in your garden, you must always work to keep cortisol levels under control, both for health and weight loss. What is cortisol? Cortisol, often referred to as the “stress hormone” is a master hormone that affects the production and function of other hormones in the body. Within the circadian rhythm (the body’s natural clock) the peak time for cortisol production is between 6 am and 8 am. If the cortisol levels are elevated after this time the other hormones in the body are compromised and don’t work as efficiently as they should. A perfect example is the individual who is chronically stressed about losing weight. Because the cortisol levels are elevated the person’s metabolism does not operate at peak efficiency so the ability to lose weight will be severely hindered no matter how calorie restricted the diet is or how much you exercise. In fact, a calorie-restricted diet

that is not followed by medical professionals is one of the fastest ways to raise your cortisol levels and knock your diet plans in the dirt. There are two more examples related to cortisol I need to mention. The first is workplace stress. If you are not able to change your career or your current state of employment then do everything in your power to improve your working relationships. Most situations that involve chronic stress involve people, so if you can improve your relationships at work by addressing issues head on, getting a mediator or simply standing up to the bully or injustice it will make you feel better and decrease your stress. The second example relates to our current relationship or significant other. In working with couples I am quick to point out that I am not in the business of facilitating breakups or divorce, but I do point out that in our one life to live, everyone has the right to be happy. Intimate relationships are designed to help us evolve and for this reason there will be challenges. Challenges are meant to be solved, but chronic fighting and the stress it produces is a sign of much bigger problems. Make sure you’re with the person you truly desire to be with and seek assistance if needed. If you are not with the right person, that is someone who brings out the best in you, move on. Many issues are solved through this simple truth.

LIFESTYLE Changing unsuccessful habits can be difficult to do, but if you have a history of struggling

to maintain weight loss you probably know there is no way to get around it. If you need your toes to help count the number of diets you’ve tried in your life then it’s time to stop dieting and begin looking at the causes that prevent your success. This may be painful, but it is the truth we all need. The first step in front of us is not losing 10 pounds, or making a million dollars, the first step in front of us is correcting behaviors that prevent the success we seek. If this is hard to accept keep trying the new diets, restricting your calories or participating in other questionable activities without changing your lifestyle, including how you manage stress and watch your results 6 months from now.

MY BEST ADVICE FOR 2018 1. Take your time. Be patient with the process. 2. Find a pattern of eating that can be maintained especially as you deal with the challenges in your life. 3. Find an exercise program you can stick to. 4. Keep a food journal. This is critical and the most successful people will have one. 5. Love yourself now, not after you have lost the weight. If you can follow this advice you WILL succeed. Success to you! Coach G Coach G G reg McNeil is a S t r o n g F i r s t In s t r u c t o r, P rofe ssio n a l Stre n gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author, and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www.gallupschoolofstrength.com)

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Industry’s impact on the land and peoples of the four corners By Ray Begaye The Torun Group


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to facilitate access for various corporations exploring for oil, coal, and gas. Upon summiting a particularly high section of the mesa, Hogback Ridge, I looked down into the lower valley where the San Juan River flows. The dirt roads we had come across earlier had reappeared below me and now lead to numerous pump stations scattered across the valley floor. At the time, these “road scars” deeply offended my friend, who had grown up in California. As for me, I didn’t wholly comprehend what these roads and stations meant for the future of the Four Corners. It was not until years later that I truly understood my friend’s indignation in the desert that day. In the years following, the corporations came and influenced the powers-that-be to allow their various industries to mine, drill, and dig. By commissioning cheap indigenous labor, they extracted the ores, oil, and gas they sought and, having made their riches, moved on leaving destruction and contamination behind. There are multiple examples of this devastation: In Shiprock, N.M., late one night in August of 1960, roughly 600,000 gallons of contaminated material spilled into the San Juan River when the storage pond containment walls broke at the Shiprock uranium mill. The spill barely made local news. The San Juan River was the source of water for the people and livestock in the area. Many of these people suffered negative effects later on. There were no medical and/ or environmental studies done, but in the following years, people died from cancer and other diseases throughout the valley all the way to Mexican Hat, UT. I was only a child when this devastation happened but I remember fish dying along the banks and frogs jumping out of the water that day. This spill was the worst spill prior to the one at Churchrock, New Mexico. On July 16, 1979, the United Nuclear Corporation disposal pond breached its dam at Churchrock upstream from

Gallup, N.M. Over 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and 93 million gallons of acidic radioactive tailing solutions flowed into Rio Puerco and the contaminates traveled 80 miles downstream. In both of these major spills, local residents, who were mostly Navajo, used the rivers for irrigation and livestock and were not aware of the dangerous effects of the contamination. United Nuclear washed their hands of the deaths of these indigenous people. On August 5, 2015, 3 million gallons of heavy orange a nd yel low met a l sludge spilled from an abandoned mine near Silverton, Colorado into the Animas and San Juan River thereby devastating the economy and forever affecting the lives of the locals. The United States Environmental P rotect ion A gency wa s uncovering the mine when their machinery accidentally dug into a hill that blocked the contaminants. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the federal government to do nothing by way of maintenance or compensation. On July 14, 2016, a massive fire at a fracking site in rural New Mexico scorched 36 oil storage tanks and prompted the evacuation of 55 Navajo residents. The fire still burned some three days after the first explosion was reported. WPX Energy, the Oklahomabased company, has about 159,000 net acres under lease in the San Juan Basin, according to the Unconventional Oil and Gas Center. The company operates some 880 natural gas wells and holds a joint ownership interest in another 2,400 wells. Government documents show that WPX has, in the past, received violation notices for drilling wells before receiving all the needed approvals. Moreover, the nonprofit organization, Environment New Mexico, reported that prior to leaving Pennsylvania, WPX was one of the top 10 violators of health and environmental codes in the state,


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COMMUNITY A Despicable Me Christmas delivers on holiday meaning THE CHILDREN’S PLAY WAS HELD AT THE DOOR GALLUP CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH By Dee Velasco For the Sun


he spirit of Christmas is expressed in many ways: through music, through kind gestures, and even through a simple children’s play. A Despicable Me C h r i s t m a s w a s held a t The Door Gallup Christian Fel lowsh ip Chu rch on Christmas Eve. This was a funny play with a spiritual spin, based on the popular film. Children of the church acted it out for a packed audience. The play was performed by kids ranging from ages four to 12. A professional set was constructed, with puppets and a black light show also supporting the handful of children dressed in costume singing numbers from the movie. Tony Vitali, who oversees the Children’s Ministry of the church, has been organizing the plays since 1999. Vitali was intrigued with the idea one day

and that was all it took. “I thought hmm, this looks kind of interesting, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” Vitali said. He says it takes a lot of planning, lots of prayer, and patience, but it always comes out smoothly at the end. The entire process is done with a team that is involved from the beginning. The team helps to choose the play by considering what is popular at the moment, and then deciding what to use and go from there. “We get a sort of idea, and for example we did the play Frozen and did a different spin on it,” Vitali said. “It depends on the children too, we get different kids each year and they are all talented. Every year you don’t know what we are going to get, some can sing, some are shy, and we help with that. It’s challenging and fun at the same time.” With Frozen, the approach involved individuals with frozen hearts, who could not feel love nor give it. For this year’s

Puppets based on the minions from popular childrens’s franchise Despicable Me take the stage during a Christmas Eve performance at The Door Gallup Christian Fellowship Church. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura A Despicable Me, the church reimagined the popular characters by giving them a condition that turns them evil. The only cure is to hear the true meaning of Christmas. Pa st plays have ta ken inspiration from Star Wars, Frozen, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and so many others. Vitali said it takes a lot of practice and is challenging work for everyone, especially the kids, since they have to

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perform the final effort in front of their families and friends. Vitali said they just work with what they are presented, and that’s the beauty of it. “We are blessed with the kids, to have them perform and simply just have faith that all will go well, and it always does,” he said. Other adults also lend a hand in the whole production, like Cheri Bertinetti, who has been an active member since 1976 and has always been involved with the activities with the church. “I’ve always been involved w ith ch ild ren, whether it’s Sunday school or children’s church, it’s my heart,” Bertinetti said. Another church member, Roberta Yellowhorse, said it’s a lot of fun and quite exciting not knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Starting in 1981, Roberta Yellowhorse has been lending a hand to the productions. “I was asked one time to help out and not knowing what was involved with it. I soon found myself contributing to these plays,” Yellowhorse said. Although the tiny actors are kids, the total production from the beginning to the end

is so phenomenal and polished, one would think a professional acting troupe was brought in from Los Angeles. The sets are masterfully created, thanks to the handiwork of Leo Lucero, who also was asked to help one day. Along with constructing the sets and backdrops, Lucero works with black lights. He finds the work all worthwhile even if one person gets the message of the play. “The best part in working with these plays is seeing the people respond to the message that is given in each play,” Lucero said. “If it’s just one person or multiple people hearing the message, then it’s totally worth it, it’s what we strive for.” Audience member Dion Calabaza said the play was surprisingly funny, and made special note of the theatrics involved, especially the black light performance. “I couldn’t believe these were little kids doing all this, I was left with my mouth open, and it was nice to see a play like this on Christmas Eve,” Calabaza said. “But I was totally blown away with their black light show, they definitely gave an outstanding performance.” COMMUNITY

Navajo 2017 top stories: Ten Nation offers vetoes overturned condolences for Marie G Neswood NM POLITICAL REPORT’S

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INDOW ROCK – On behalf of the 23rd Nav a j o Na t io n Council, Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) offers condolences to the family of former Council Delegate and Navajo District Court Judge Marie Roanhorse Neswood, who passed away on Dec. 24 at the age of 85. She was originally from the community of Crystal, N.M. “Honorable Marie Neswood represented her community and the entire Navajo Nation with great dignity and pride throughout her lifetime,” Bates said. “Her honorable service will always be remembered and cherished. To her family, we offer our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” Neswood served with the Judicial Branch from 1976 to 1989. According to the Judicial Branch, she became the Navajo Nation’s first district court judge and also served as acting Chief Justice for a period of time. She worked for the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and the Navajo Nation Police Department prior to being elected as a member of the 17th Navajo Nation Council from 1991–1995, representing the community of St. Michaels. Council Delegate Jonathan Hale (Oak Springs, St. Michaels),

Marie Neswood who currently represents the community of St. Michaels, described her as a dedicated public servant who worked hard to better the lives of her neighbors and communities. “We will forever be grateful for Honorable Neswood’s service to our Nation and our communities,” Hale said. “As the first Navajo woman to serve as a district judge, she was a great role model for our Navajo youth and all of our people.” Neswood married Nelson Neswood from Lower Greasewood and together they had eight children and resided in St. Michaels. A planning meeting is scheduled for Dec. 27 at 6 pm at the St. Michaels Chapter house. A rosary will be held on Dec. 28 at St. Michael Catholic Church at 7 pm, and a funeral mass will take place on Dec. 29 at St. Michael Indian School Chapel at 10 am.

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ov. Susana Martinez saw ten bills she vetoed instead become law this year. Not because of any legislative action, but instead because a court ruled she failed to follow the state constitution when vetoing the bills. Du r i ng t he leg i slat ive session, Ma r ti nez vetoed many bills, but Democrats in the Legislature felt ten were i mproperly vet oed. The Legislature voted to sue Martinez over those ten, saying she failed to explain why she vetoed the bills, violating the state constitution. A judge agreed. “It’s telling how some in the legislature love running to the courts when they know they don’t have the support

Susana Martinez during the 2016 State of the State Address. Photo Credit: Andy Lyman to override a veto,” Martinez spokesman Joseph Cueto said in an emailed statement at the time. Democratic legislators, meanwhile, celebrated the ruling. “ T h i s ca se wa s about

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All the Money in the World is buoyed by a late addition to the cast By Glenn Kay For the Sun



f you’ve been following entertainment news, you might have heard about t he st ra nge sit uat ion that befell All the Money in the World, the latest feature film from director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Prometheus, The Martian). Kevin Spacey was cut out of the film and replaced just a few weeks ago, with significant material re-shot and edited into the feature. While a critic never wants such reports to influence him, the story has all been so public that it’s difficult not to acknowledge it to some degree. This isn’t a small change. The character is hugely important to events and seems to appear in almost a third of the movie. Strangely enough, the last minute alterations aren’t overly noticeable in the final film. In fact, it’s an impressive technical accomplishment, with the new material providing some of the strongest stuff in the entire feature. Overall, the biopic is a solid, if not exemplary examination

of a famous figure and some unusual, true-life events. It all centers around a kidnapping that took place in Rome in 1973. While wandering the streets, teenager John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) was taken and held for ransom by kidnappers. Demanding $17 million for his safe return, the boy’s mother Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) approaches family patriarch, wealthy oil baron and ex-father-in-law, J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer). She asks him to provide the money for the exchange. Naturally, the cold and icy figure refuses to the deal and instead asks his security advisor, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) to poke around and ask questions. One can completely empathize with Harris and her struggles to secure assistance from the elder Getty. Frustrated by the assumptions of others that she lives in splendor (the figurehead had virtually ignored all of his offspring and relations) or that the boy has staged his own kidnapping, the situation worsens when mutilation is threatened on the boy. Still, these particular characters and their motivations offer little that is new and don’t make as strong an impression. A late, dressing-down speech from Chase to Getty even comes off as a little false. It’s the J. Paul Getty scenes

Christopher Plummer stars as the stingy reptilian millionaire J.Paul Getty, who refuses to pay his grandson’s kidnappers ransom. Now playing. Photo Credit: TriStar that really fascinate. Plummer takes joy in playing this horrid, devious and perhaps even sociopathic individual. Simply put, whether he’s dealing with violent kidnappers or panicked family members, he will do anything to get the best out of the situation financially. This includes taking a tax deduction on ransom payments and causing pain and bloodshed simply to protect his fortune. He’s a terrible person, but Plummer is dynamic in the role. There’s also interesting interplay between the teen and one of his kidnappers (Romain Duris), who form an unexpectedly empathetic relationship after being stuck together for an extended period of time.

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Dec. 29, 2017 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


t’s time for another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. While this week isn’t overloaded with new material, there are a few notable discs arriving. 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! Brawl in Cell Block 99 - A n out of-work ex-boxer is for c e d t o work as a d r ug r u nner and is sent to prison after a deal goes wrong. Once there, powerful forces kidnap his wife a nd threaten to do ha r m unless he kills a maximum security inmate for them. The lead encounters incredible brutality as he attempts save his wife from the inside. This bloody, grindhouse-style action picture earned strong notices from reviewers. While some suggested it was a bit too slow-moving for its own good, most found the lead performance compelling and suggested the flick completely delivered the midnight-movie goods. It stars Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson. Flatliners - This remake of the 1990 thriller tells the story of a group of medical students who get a l it t le too obsessed with investigating near-death experie n c e s . They begin experimenting on themselves, stopping their own hearts for a period of time in order to see what lies beyond. A fter coming out of their medically-induced states, the protagonists begin experiencing supernatural phenomena. Critics were not impressed and almost uniformly panned the film. They referred to it as bland, dim and COMMUNITY

poorly-executed, even failing to match the not-so-beloved original. The cast includes Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and Kiefer Sutherland. Jeepers Creepers 3 - The monstrous “Cr e ep er ” returns in this horror sequel. Set between the first and second films, the story follows the beast during a 23-day feeding frenzy on his human victims. Desperate to stop the carnage, the police set out to destroy it. Of course, the task is much harder than initially anticipated. The feature played as a special event in theaters for one night some months back and is now premiering on disc. Reaction wasn’t all that strong from those that saw it. The consensus was that this effort was the weakest in the series and lacked scares. It features Stan Shaw, Gabrielle Haugh, Brandon Smith, Meg Foster, with an appearance by the first film’s lead, Gina Philips. Ki l lin g G unthe r Contract killers are the ma in characters in this action/comedy. T hey force a film crew to d o c u me nt them as they set off to hunt down the world’s most dangerous hit man. Naturally, the hunters become the hunted when their target turns the tables on them. The press was split on this independent feature. Half didn’t feel there was enough in the script to justify a full feature and suggested it only provided a sporadic laugh or two. The others claimed the cast appeared to be having so much fun hamming it up that their efforts became infectious. It stars Taran Killam, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bobby Moynihan, Cobie Smulders, Hannah Simone and Allison Tolman. Mayhem - An employee at a corporate business headquarters is fired, only to find that

the bu ilding has come under quarantine. He discovers that a s t r a n ge v i r u s has been relea sed, making those infected act out their wildest impulses. The hero teams with a co-worker to fight off their bosses and escape the building. This small, independent horror/ action picture received decent notices. A few found that the violent events became too repetitive, but most thought it delivered the B-movie goods and liked seeing the nasty corporate heads meet their ends in spectacular fashion. Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox and Dallas Roberts headline the feature. T h e Mo unt ain Between Us - T h i s roma nce/ d r a m a involves a plane crash that strands its two survivors in the snowy wilderness. Alone on a mountainside, the pair realize their only choice in finding safety is to trudge hundreds of miles through the elements. Overall, more critics disliked the film than enjoyed it. There were a few who thought the stars were likeable and charismatic enough to keep them engrossed. However, more thought the movie really lost its way as it reeled into melodrama. They suggested it ended up feeling like a Hallmark made-for-cable movie. Now viewers can make up their own minds. The cast includes Idris Elba, Kate Winslett, Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney. T h e Recall In this low-budget sci-f i t h r i l ler, a group of college-age kids decide t o v i sit a cabin in the woods. B a d ide a ,

because an alien presence arrives immediately, setting out to kidnap as many humans as it can. The leads ask the assistance of a rugged mountain man who claims to know about the otherworldly beings and their sinister plot. This film received a very limited release and was reviewed by few members of the press. They were not taken with what they saw. Almost all wrote that it was incredibly dopey and the only enjoyment came from the overthe-top performance of the most recognizable cast member. Wesley Snipes, RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre and Laura Bilgeri star. Revolt - Her e’s another alien invas i o n s picture. This one involves a US solider and a foreign aid worker stationed in the African countryside. Together, they must fend off a UFO attack and search for safety as the planet comes under assault. Once again, this effort didn’t get much of a release and received little in the way of write-ups. The ones that have popped up complain that while the action is reasonably well handled for a low-budget feature, events quickly became tiring and there wasn’t much that was memorable about what followed. The cast includes Lee Pace, Berenice Marlohe and Jason Flemyng.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! It’s a bit of a qu ieter week for classic releases, but Un iver s a l is debuti ng a few older titles on Blu-ray. The f irst is perhaps the best of the bunch with the Steve Martin film-noir spoof, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982). Martin plays a private investigator attempting to get to the bottom of a strange murder involving a scientist and

discovers an elaborate, evil plot behind the killing. The big novelty is that the movie reuses classic film footage and incorporates the actor alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney. The feature comes from director Carl Reiner (who also worked with Martin on The Jerk and The Man With Two Brains). While it’s all a bit of a gimmick, it’s a fun one and the high energy lead performance make it a zippy, entertaining ride. They also have Fletch Lives (1989). This is the sequel to the popular 1985 comedy, Fletch. Chev y Chase returns as a smart aleck news reporter who uses plenty of disguises to get to the bottom of a mysterious murder. This follow-up doesn’t come close to measuring up to the original, which (if you ask me) is one of the performer’s best flicks. Still, it’ll provide a couple of chuckles here and there for fans. Additionally, there is now a B lu - r a y of the Tim A l l e n / K irstie Alley come d y, F o r R i c h e r or Poore r (1997). The pa ir plays a wealthy couple who go on the lam from an IRS agent and hide in an Amish community. Finally, Universal has The Paper (1994), which stars Michael Keaton and an all-star cast as reporters at a New York tabloid. The movie was well-received in its day, so it’ll be interesting to see how it holds up.

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! Sorr y kids, you’ll have to make due with what you already have. Nothing new out this week.

ON THE TUBE! And here are the week’s TV-themed releases. Acceptable Risk: Series 1 Frontline: Fight for Mosul (PBS) Manhunt: Unibomber NOVA : S e c r et s of t h e Forbidden City (PBS) The Sultan and the Saint (PBS)

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Defensively-minded Gallup beats Los Lunas, 50-38 JOSH LYNCH SCORES 20 IN WIN

By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


he Gallup Bengals dug in defensively long enough to hold off a scrappy Los Lunas team and beat the Tigers 50-38 Dec. 21 in a boys prep basketball game played at Gallup High school.

The Bengals (6 - 4) never trailed in the contest, which saw Los Lunas (8 -2) make sever a l r u n s at t r y i ng to either tie the ga me or get a head. The Tigers sta r ted two versatile big men, which gave Gallup trouble. But by t he s a me t oken, Ga l lup’s Josh Lynch was agile enough to get free for inside points

a nd rebounds to maintain scor i ng edge s. Ly nch led Gallup with 20 points in the game. “We made some runs, some key runs, but weren’t able to get out in front,” Tigers’ head coach Travis Julian said. “I thought both teams played well defensively the whole game.”

GALLUP GETS OUT FRONT EARLY Gallup scored first on a left side drive by sophomore guard Quincy Smith. Los Lunas experienced trouble handling the speedy Smith who scored seven of Gallup’s first 11 points and was able to decoy himself for points scored by other Gallup

players. The Tigers ultimately put the clamps on Smith, but to see other Gallup players step up. S m i t h’s e a r l y s c o r i n g deluge wa s limited to the first quar ter, only to pave the way for junior forward


Gallup Bengal Tyrell Begay (23) stops a Tiger from scoring at Gallup’s winning Dec. 21 game. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Gallup Bengal Seth Manuelito (25) scores against the Los Lunas Tigers on Dec. 21 in Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

Los Lunas Tiger Zanen Zeller (22) plays at the boys prep basketball game Dec. 21 at Gallup High School. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

An attempt from Gallup Bengal Johnny Blueeyes​(34) at the Dec. 21 boys prep game that was a win for Gallup. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

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INDUSTRY | FROM PAGE 15 with 86 violations from 2011 through 2014. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation was number one with 265 environmental and health violations. Currently, there are pumping stations positioned along US Highway 550 and these companies are still extracting oil and gas from the earth. The noxious odor from the plumes is most prominent Nageezi and Counselor, New Mexico, the fumes will follow you for the duration of the trip. A 2011 article in the journal, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, examined the potential health impacts of oil and gas drilling in relation to the chemicals used during drilling, fracking, processing, and delivery of natural gas. The paper compiled a list of 632 chemicals (an incomplete list due to trade secrecy exemptions) identified from drilling operations throughout the U.S. Their research found that 75% of the chemicals could affect the skin, eyes, and other sensory organs, and the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Approximately 40–50% could affect the brain/ nervous system, immune and

TOP STORIES | FROM PAGE 17 House Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said in a statement at the time. “Today’s ruling is a victory for our youth, our farmers, our communities and our constitution.” Two identical bills would allow the research into the use of industrial hemp, while another would allow students to use a computer science class as one math credit for graduation requirements. T he bi l ls pa s sed w it h wide, bipartisan votes before Martinez’s improper vetoes. The ten bills were split into two different camps. For three, she vetoed them within the three-day period allowed for legislation passed during the session but failed to provide any reason why. For five others,

CHECKPOINTS | FROM PAGE 11 in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2018. Pol ice a re br i ng i ng SPORTS

cardiovascular systems, and the kidneys; 37% could affect the endocrine system; and 25% could cause cancer and mutations. F racking is the surest way to extract gas from deep beneath the earth. According to Wikipedia, fracking is defined or explained as, “hydraulic fracturing (also fracking, fraccing, frac’ing, hydrofacturing or hydrofracking) is a well stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a pressurized liquid. The process involves the high-pressure injection of ‘fracking fluid’ (primarily water, containing sand or other proppants suspended with the aid of thickening agents) into a well bore to create cracks in the deep-rock formations through which natural gas, petroleum, and brine will flow more freely.” The question often asked is, “What goes into the water before it is injected into the ground?” The stories vary, but the end result is the destabilization of subterranean earth. It has been documented that the fallout due to this manmade destabilization comes in the for m of increa sed seismic activity, and aquifer contamination. O n O c t ob er 27, 2 017,

Sandoval County attempted to pla n for a n oil & ga s development. Ma ny loca l residents opposed this proposal. SandRidge Energy, an Oklahoma based company, proposed to drill an exploratory well on the west side of Rio Rancho. Subsequently, they withdrew their application and filed for bankruptcy. Sandoval County and its powers-that-be are now being pressured with baseless promises of economic gain and community enhancement by more of these wealthy, out-of-state, and (sometimes foreign) corporations so that they may continue this abhorrent practice of exploitation and evisceration of the land and people of the Four Corners. While New Mexico’s legacy is one of abundance in natural resources, this legacy has come at a price to its people. This energy-rich basin in the A mer ica n West continues to offer unlimited profits for predatory conglomerates and faceless multi-national corporations, and yet its residents have yet to see their homes and communities receive any sustained improvement from any of these ventures. Ray Begaye, Advocate Torun Group, LLC

she vetoed them on the day she received them, again without explanation. She later issued what the Legislature called “a blanket statement concerning all ten bills without a specific objection on any bills.” In October, Martinez’s office filed to appeal the decision over the ten vetoes to the state Court of Appeals. That appeal remains pending. The Legislature had also legally challenged Martinez’s veto of the state budget. The courts said that they should exhaust all possible legislative remedies before a lawsuit, and the the two sides were able to come to a deal during a special legislative session later in the year. Martinez’s attorney is frequent high-dollar contract attor ney Paul Kennedy, a former state Supreme Court justice. awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention a nd intensive adver tis ing. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s



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Here are the ten bills that were vetoed, but became law because of the lawsuit: HB 126, Financial A s s i s t a nc e For Me d ic a l Students HB 144, Industrial Hemp Research Rules SB 6, Industr ia l Hemp Research Rules SB 24, Loca l Gov’t Broadband Infrastructure SB 64, Public School Capital Outlay Time Periods SB 67, Notification Of TIDD To County Treasurers SB 134, Computer Science For School Graduation SB 18 4, Hor se R a ci ng Licenses, Health & Testing SB 222, “Local Public Body” Exemption SB 356, Notification Of Public Improvement Districts Visit: nmpoliticalreport. com

Josh Sm it h. T he bu lk y Lynch, listed as 6-feet-1 and 202 pounds, got free inside of ten a nd t he T iger s’ big man duo of junior forwards Zanen Zeller and senior center Sebastian LaLonde just couldn’t keep up with Lynch. T he decision by Ga l lup coaches to keep Ly nch in the game for long periods of time proved wise. Lynch put up a game high 20 points and was everywhere in the third and fourth quarters. The fact that Gallup’s g u a rd s were helpi ng out defensively on the Los Lunas big men was a plus, too. The game was a pleasant outcome for Gallup, which gave up 92 points a few days earlier in a loss to Piedra Vista . Pr ior to the Piedra Vista game, Gallup dropped games to Rio Rancho 69-45, to St. Pius X 77-55. “G e t ba ck , ge t ba ck ,” Ga llup head coach Ja mes Voi g ht i n s t r uc t e d plyer s during fast break attempts by L os Lu na s. “Rebou nd. Rebound. Box out,” Voight s a id s ever a l t i me s when Gallup was on the defensive end.

Sm it h ended t he ga me w it h 9 poi nt s, a l l scored in the first quarter. Julian said a stepped up defensive effort by the Tigers helped limit Smith on offense after the quick first quarter start. Junior guards Tyrell Begay a n d S e t h M a nu e l i t o fo r Gallup were instrumental in hitting shots for the Bengals a nd m a k i ng st ea l s dow n the stretch in the latter two quarters. T he Benga ls took a 23 -18 lea d i nto t he locker room a ha l f t i me a nd bu i lt on that in spite of r u ns by Los Lunas. When Manuelito h it a t w ist i ng lef t-ha nded scoop shot with 3:17 left in t he t h i rd, it wa s appa rent t h at Ga l lup wa sn’t g iv i ng up a lead that they’d capita lized on the entire ga me. Zel ler scored 14 poi nt s i n the loss. Ly nch scored Ga l lup’s f ina l two ba skets a nd got to the foul line a few times in the last few minutes of regulation. The Bengals hit 12 of 15 foul shots. Gallup takes on Lovington (5-6) on Dec. 28 in an away game in Roswell.

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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 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 Carmelita 505-870-4095. LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTCE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Gallup-McKinley County Animal Control Authority will consider the following action at its Regular Meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. The Meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, located on the corner of South Second Street and West Aztec Avenue. ITEM ONE: Review and discuss the influx of animals from the Navajo Nation Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request. Please contact C.B. Strain at (505) 863-1244, at least one (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible in ad-

vance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend. City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk PUBLISH: 29 December 2017 *** LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Gallup Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the following action at its regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall located on the corner of South Second Street and West Aztec Avenue. ITEM ONE: CASE # 1700600004: Request by USA RV Park/John Moore, property owner, for the Rezoning of a 0.47 acre portion of an existing parcel containing 13.8 acres FROM Heavy Commercial District (C3-B) TO Planned Mixed Use District (PMU). The property is located at 2925 West Highway 66, more particularly described as 13.8 Acs M/L in Sec. 24 & 25, T15 R19 K.O.A. Subdivision.  Auxiliary aides for the disabled are available upon request. Please contact C.B. Strain at

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(505) 863-1244, at least one (1) week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements. All interested parties are invited to attend.  City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico  By: /S/ Alfred Abeita, City Clerk  PUBLISH: 29 December 2017  *** MCKINLEY COUNTY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the County of McKinley will receive competitive sealed bids for IFB #2017-13, NEW 2018 FULL SIZE SUV POLICE PURSUIT RATED VEHICLES until Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud, in the County Commission Chambers, as more particularly set out in the specifications, copies for such may be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or McKinley County website: http://www.co.mckinley.nm.us/bids.aspx . McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information please contact Ronald M. Caviggia at (505) 722-3868, Ext. 1076. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 131-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 29th day of December, 2017 BY:/s/ Carol Bowman-Muskett Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, December 29, 2017 The Gallup Sun Friday, December 29, 2017 A l b u q u e rque Journal *** MCKINLEY COUNTY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the County of

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McKinley will receive competitive sealed bids for IFB #2017-02 Waterline Crossings for Johnson Road until Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., Local Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the County Commission Chambers, and as more particularly set out in the Bid documents. Copies of the Bid documents and the Construction Plans can be obtained from the Purchasing Department, 207 West Hill Street, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, or are available for download on the McKinley County website: http://www. co.mckinley.nm.us/Bids.aspx. McKinley County reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. For more information please contact Hugo G. Cano at (505) 722-3868, Ext. 1010. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 Through 131-199, NMSA, 1978 imposes civil and criminal penalties for code violations. In addition the New Mexico criminal statutes impose felony/ penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks. DATED this 29th day of December 2017 BY:/s/ Carol Bowman-Muskett, Jr. Chairperson, Board of Commissioners PUBLISHED: Friday, December 29, 2017, The Gallup Sun *** ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF GALLUP PARK PUMP STATION TO GRANDVIEW TANK 16” TRANSMISSION WATER MAIN Formal Bid No. 1717 Notice is hereby given that the City of Gallup, New Mexico will receive sealed bids for construction of CITY OF GALLUP PARK PUMP STATION TO GRANDVIEW TANK 16” TRANSMISSION WATER MAIN until the hour of 2:00 p.m., local time, January 30, 2018 at the office of the Procurement Manager at City Hall, 110 West Aztec Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico. Bids will be opened, read and tabulated at that time. No bids will be received or considered if received after the time stated above. PARK PUMP STATION TO GRANDVIEW TANK 16” TRANSMISSION WATER

MAIN This project consists of installing approximately 3,200 linear feet of 16 inch CL350 ductile iron waterline. Work will include installation of two (2) 28” O.D. 0.375” wall steel casing with internal locking 16” CL350 ductile iron pipe by jack and bore under State Highway NM 610 (2nd Street), and under Apache Circle, three (3) tie-in connections to existing 16-inch ductile iron waterlines and 10-inch waterlines, and will include installation of two (2) 16-inch gate valves, one (1) 10-inch gate valve, one (1) combination air release valve, removal and replacement of existing water and sewer lines may be required to meet minimum bury and separation at crossings. Fittings as required to meet horizontal and vertical deflections. Traffic control will be required. Work will include importing soil and grading. Sidewalk, curb/gutter and asphalt removal and replacement will be required. Rock excavation will be required. Advertisement and notification of water shut-off(s) of all affected customers 48 hours prior to shut-off is included in this project. This project is located in Gallup, New Mexico within Park Avenue, South 2nd Street (NM610), Apache Circle, Strong Drive, and Philipin Avenue Right-of-Ways and adjacent properties. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be examined at the office of the Purchasing Director 110 West Aztec, Gallup, NM 87301, (505) 863-1334. Additional information regarding this bid may also be viewed at www.GallupNM.gov/bids. Plans, Specifications and Bidding Documents may be obtained from DePauli Engineering and Surveying, LLC, 307 S. 4th Street, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, (505) 863-5440, upon deposit of $250.00, all of which will be refunded upon return of the documents within ten (10) days after bid opening. /s/ Jackie McKinney cember 29, 2017 Mayor


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEC. 29, 2017 - JAN. 3, 2018 FRIDAY, Dec. 29 GET UP AND GAME 4 pm @ Octavia Fellin Public Library - Main Branch (All ages). Join us for family-friendly video games every Friday afternoon. 115 W. Hill Ave. (505) 863-1291. SATURDAY, Dec. 30 UNM-GALLUP Winter Break—Happy Holidays! University Closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2. MONDAY, Jan. 1 Happy New Year! TUESDAY, Jan. 2 PLANNING MEETING 10 am @ Torreon/Star Lake Chapter. Contact (505) 7312336 for more info. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Octavia Fellin Library - Children’s Branch, 200 W. Aztec Ave. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. OCTAVIA FELLIN LIBRARY SCI-FI FEST 6 pm @ Main Branch. Join us for a Library presentation on “Science Fiction to Science Fact.” Learn about the great technology available today that started as just an idea in a Science Fiction novel or show. WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3 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. TECH TIME: ONE-2- ONE TECHNOLOGY HELP Jan. 3 @ 10 am. The Octavia Fellin Public Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled sessions and our technology trainer will help guide you through the process. One-2-One Tech Help is on a first come first serve basis. For questions call (505) 8631291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS 5:30 pm @ Main Branch. CALENDAR

Free weekly movie. Popcorn provided. This week’s movie: The Dark Tower. THURSDAY, Jan. 4 READING SERIES CITY OF GALLUP ONLINE APPLICATION HELP Jan. 4 @ Main Branch, 3 pm: Get help using the city of Gallup’s online job application and apply for jobs with the city. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch: Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: Suncatcher Craft. SCI-FI FEST SPEAKER 6 pm @ Main Branch: Author Steven Gould will share his work and discuss the different series he created, including the Jumper series, which was made into a feature film. 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) 7268068 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: gmchu-


manesociety@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.

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. WOMEN’S AA MEETING Join the women’s closed AA step study meeting from 7:30-8:30 pm on Friday evenings. Call (919) 6199432. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church South Boardman Ave. SAVE THE DATE GALLUP POETRY SLAM On Jan. 5, there will be a Gallup Poetry Slam. Join us for the Gallup Poetry Slam 6:308:30 pm @ART123 Gallery in downtown Gallup. ESCAPE ROOM On Jan. 5, the library will present a sci-fi escape room. The escape room will run every 90 minutes beginning at 10am. Escape rooms are fun adventures that require participants to team up and escape from the scenarios put in front of them. @ Main Branch MOVIE MARATHON On Jan. 6 beginning at 10 am, there will be a sci-fi movie marathon in the meeting room Popcorn will be served. For more information please contact the library at (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@gallupnm.gov. REGULAR CHAPTER MEETING Jan. 7: 10 am @ Torreon/Star Lake Chapter. Contact (505) 731-2336 for more info. DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP On Jan. 10, there will be a Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group. Call (505) 615-8053. 6:30 pm @ Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. ARTIST TO ARTIST BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP On Saturday, Jan. 13 join us for an “Artist to Artist Business Management Workshop,” 11:30 am-2:30 pm. Location: Navajo Tech Innovation Center in Church Rock. Register at www.gal-

luparts.org. Free. RANGOLI: TRADITIONAL FOLK ART OF INDIA Saturday, Jan. 13 @ 6:30-8 pm. There will be an opening show by Padma Komaravolu. For more information follow @ ART123 Gallery on Facebook. 2ND ANNUAL ARTSCRAWL COMMUNITY BRAINSTORM Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 4:30-6:30 pm. Join us for the 2nd Annual ArtsCrawl Community Ballroom. Everyone is invited to share ideas for the 2018 season ArtsCrawl. El Morro Events Center. Call (505) 488-2136 or email executivedirector@galluparts.org. BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP On Jan. 17, there will be a Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Call (505) 615-8853. 6:30 pm @ Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. SBDC WORKSHOP On Jan. 17-18, there will be a “Boots to Business Reboot” workshop: Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business. 8am-3pm, Gallup Small Business Development Center, 106 W. Hwy 66. Call (505) 248-8227 or email ivan. corrales@sba.gov. WINNIE THE POOH SCAVENGER HUNT Jan 18 is National Winnie the Pooh Day! Join us all day at the Children’s Branch for a scavenger hunt. Find Pooh and all his friends for a sweet treat. 200 W. Aztec Ave. WINE & PAINTING: SNOWY BIRD Thursday, Jan. 25 @ 6-9 pm. Have a creative night out with ART123 Gallery. Register at www.galluparts.org. ART123 Gallery. NAVAJO TRAILS CONFERENCE Feb. 20: It’s the 3rd annual Navajo Trails Conference, all day at the Navajo Nation Museum! Come join us for an amazing and inspiring day. Hear from local chapters about their successes and challenges, meet some trails experts, learn the process from Navajo tribal officials and interact with tons of awesome folks who are as interested in trails as you are. 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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