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Who is eligible? o McKinley Academy will be open to High School students for the 2018-2019 school year.
What if my child does not attend GMCS, can they still apply? o Yes, all students are welcome to apply.
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Is a college environment for me? o
Yes, all students will go through an application process and interview. All information regarding this process will be published on the GMCS website by January 2018.
That is a question each student and parent will need to ask themselves. McKinley Academy is academically challenging and will condense 6 years of school into 4 years.
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No, the payment for tuition, books and technology will be handled through Gallup-McKinley County Schools.
I live outside of Gallup; will this program be available for me?
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Students who are able to receive an Associate’s Degree reduce the financial costs of college, choose to enter the workforce with higher credentials or may even choose to enter the military with higher incentives and pay.
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Academic achievement will be the primary focus of McKinley Academy. However, you may still be able to participate in some of these activities at your enrolled High School.
What are the benefits of receiving an Associate’s Degree and my High School Diploma? o
The Associate’s Degree will be awarded by the University. Your High School Diploma will be awarded by the high school you are enrolled in (i.e., Crownpoint, Gallup, Gallup Central, Miyamura, Ramah, Navajo, Thoreau, Tohatchi, Tse Yi Gai).
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Richard Anderson Jr. owns the most patriotic guitar in the world HE TURNED HIS LOVE FOR GUITARS INTO A LIFESTYLE
and Anderson performed at renowned venues like Whisky a Go Go, Troubadour, Gazzarri’s, the Roxy Theater, and others. In 1999, he moved back home. Soon after, Mother Earth Blues Band was formed. Anderson started the band with his nephew, Merlin “The Wizard” Yazzie. “We had two guys from Hopi playing with us and it was a really good band. We had good gigs and we were getting hired for shows in different cities before it all fell apart,” he said. “The drummer and singer got hooked on stuff and they couldn’t shake it.” When the band imploded,
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ichard Anderson Jr. spends his days surrounded by guitars, thanks to his work as a guitar tech at Juggernaut Mu sic repa i r i ng st r i nged instruments. He couldn’t be happier. The guitar has been the salvation for his life. An introduction to the electric guitar at the age of 14 provided an outlet for expression. “I used to get beat up all the time in high school,” Andersen sa id. “I went to M is sion Academy in Farmington. It was rough. Music was the only thing I had.” Albums like “Alive II” by KISS and “Frampton Comes Alive” by Peter Frampton made an indelible impression on Andersen, and formed his vision to pursue the musician’s life. “When I first heard Jimi Hendrix…I never heard a guitar sound so beautiful in my life. The music was coming out from his heart and soul,” he said of his early inspirations.
PURSUING A DREAM Upon graduating from high school, Andersen moved to Hollywood and attended the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, where he gained the foundation for his music career. At the Musicians Institute, he lea r ned music theor y, ear training, harmony, and
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As a guitarist for hire, Richi Anderson played at some of the most famous venues in Hollywood. Now, he writes and performs music of his own with the outlaw country band, Navajo Wranglers. Photo credit: Rick Abasta performance. “They taught me a lot about music, including playing live. I was just trying to learn the business and found out that the music business is wicked. If you have a weak heart and thin skin, it’s going to eat you up,” he said. Eventually, Anderson began playing as a hired gun throughout California with bands like Haight-Ashbur y, Redbone, and Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show. “I was in LA for 10 years, just playing music,” he said. It’s a sad life. Most of the time you want to do your own thing, but you have to survive. I’d play for as many bands as I could and make $40 here and $20.” Surviving those lean years provided opportunity, however,
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The signatures of Navajo Code Talkers are proudly displayed on Richi Anderson’s most prized possession. Despite an offer as high as $50,000 Anderson has never thought twice about selling the guitar. Photo credit: Rick Abasta
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Sci-Fi Fest brings special guests, games to the library CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY WITH EVENTS ALL WEEK LONG By Rick Abasta For the Sun
Science fiction fan Markos Chavez started Sci-Fi Fest at Octavia Fellin, and invited Steven Gould to speak at the library Jan. 4, at 6 pm. Photo credit: Rick Abasta
n observation of National Science Fiction Day, the Octav ia Felli n P ublic Library is hosting its own Sci-Fi Fest from Jan. 2 – 6. Events include a screening of The Dark Tower, a special guest appearance from science fiction author Steven Gould, and a lock-in game called the “Sci-Fi Escape Room.” There will also be a sci-fi challenge throughout the week where participants will have the chance to win prizes. Library director Tammi Moe cred ited tech nolog y trainer Markos Chavez as the driving force behind the Sci-Fi Fest. “Ja nua r y 2 i s Science Fiction Day and we recognize the sci-fi movement throughout
the nation,” Moe said. “Markos is a huge fan of science fiction and he invited Steven Gould, author of Jumper, to come out to Gallup.” Gould will be at the library 6 pm on Jan. 4. Jumper, released in 1992, was adapted into film in 2008, starring Hayden Christensen. Chavez contacted Gould and shared information on the library’s decision to host a festival in honor of National
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Gallup Sun Publishing, LLC Publisher/Editor Babette Herrmann Editorial Assistant Abigail Rowe Correspondents Rick Abasta Boderra Joe Deswood Tome Tom Hartsock, emeritus Calendar Editor Lealia Nelson Photography Knifewing Segura Design David Tsigelman On the Cover: Richi Anderson’s 1963 Gibson Les Paul is utilized for songwriting duties. He traded a 1961 Stratocaster for the Les Paul at Voltage Guitars off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Photo by Rick R. Abasta The Gallup Sun, published Fridays, is not responsible or liable for any claims or offerings, nor responsible for availability of products advertised. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. The Gallup Sun distributes newspapers in McKinley, Cibola and Apache counties. Office: 102 S. Second St., Gallup, NM 87301 The Gallup Sun, pending USPS number 1, is mailed weekly. Application to mail at periodical rates is pending in Gallup NM. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gallup Sun, PO Box 1212, Gallup, NM. Mailing Address: PO Box 1212 Gallup, NM 87305 www.gallupsun.com Phone: (505) 722-8994 Fax: (505) 212-0391 email@example.com Letter to the editor/guest column ACCEPTED BY EMAIL ONLY. State full name and city/town. No pen names. ID required. All submissions subjected to editor’s approval. Guest columnists, email Sun for submission requirements.
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New Gallup theater troupe to teach classes, perform classics THE GALLUP REPERTORY THEATER, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GALLUP ARTS, LAUNCHES THIS YEAR
The production staff performs “A Christmas Carol” Live Radio Show at ArtsCrawl in December 2017 at the El Morro Theatre in Gallup. Photo Credit: Suzanne Hammons By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent
he Gallup Repertory Theater, a new, nonprof it theatr ica l ensemble, has partnered with gallupARTS and will launch in Gallup this year, bringing with it performances of plays, skits a nd gra nd entertainment. Gallup is known for its rich
arts culture, with Indian dance performances during summertime, ArtsCrawl, and numerous murals highlighting its bountiful local beauty. The upcoming performing art theater group will add yet another element to the art scene downtown. Su z a n ne H a m mon s i s t he g raph ic desig ner for the Diocese of Gallup. She also serves as the artistic director and one of the four
founding members for the Gallup Repertory Theater. The other founders are Leslie Farrell, literary director, Erik Pederson, production director, and Kelli Furney, education director. “We each have different ba ckg rou nd s i n t heater,” Hammons said. “We also have a few people who are acting ensemble for shows and few other people we call for stage
management or design.” Their mission statement promises to bring a new form of entertainment to Gallup: “Gallup Repertory Theater strives to present the very finest in performance art,” it reads. “We endeavor to build and maintain a trained ensemble of actors, artists, and designers to stage an eclectic repertoire of plays from the classics and intimate dramas
to robust musicals and emerging new voices.”
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Native films to look out for at Sundance 2018 By Boderra Joe Sun Correspondent
I The Octavia Fellin Public Library has deep roots in Gallup history, from it’s humble beginnings in 1920 to the modern facility it boasts today. From Jan. 2-6, the library will feature games, movies and guest appearances in the spirit of the Sci-Fi genre. Photo credit: Rick Abasta
SCI-FI FEST | FROM PAGE 5 “I asked Steven Gould if he would be willing to come and speak to our library about science fiction, especially since he’s had experience having some of his work produced in Hollywood and he was more than willing,” Chavez said. Chavez is a “Trekkie,” and a fan of novels by William Shatner. His other favorite science fiction writers include H.G. Wells and A r thur C. Clarke, and anything Star Wars related. The Sci-Fi Fest activities at the library are free to the public–and some of them will be truly out of the ordinary. “We have a very special event on Friday, it’s the Sci-Fi Escape Room. People are welcome to participate throughout the day and we’ll have different sessions. You can participate as a team or individually. It’s a zombie theme,” he said.
The library is also hosting a cultural exchange for the next four months, featuring water for the month of January. Moe encouraged Gallup residents to continue their visits to the library to experience the cultural exchange, even after the excitement of Sci-Fi Fest quiets down. “In December, we featured a cultural exchange for food. Now, the focus is the four elements and we are starting with water. Come in and see what we have on the history of water in this area, water security and the importance of water in life,” Moe said. If you’re planning your visit, know that Mondays are the busiest day of the week at the library. Monday through Thursday, the library is open from 9 am – 8 pm. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are 9 am – 6 pm. For more information, visit www.galluplibrary. com.
n an exciting star t to t h e Ne w Ye a r, M u d (Hashtl’ishnii) written and directed by Shaadiin Tome, Diné, will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. This will be a significant year for indigenous filmmakers at Sundance. Here are some other new films that you should add to your watch list, sourced from the Sundance Institute’s website: Feature films include: • Deirdra & Laney Rob a Train. Director: Sydney Freeland, Diné • Dolores. Director: Peter Bratt, Quechua • RUMBLE: T h e In dian s W ho Rocked T he World. Execut ive P roducer s: Stevie Salas, Apache, Tim Johnson, Mohawk • Sami B l ood . Di rector: Amanda Kernell, Sámi • A ki c it a: T h e B att l e of Standing Rock. Director:
Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, directed by Cody Lucich, will be featured at Sundance 2018. Photo Courtesy: Cody Lucich Cody Lucich, Maidu Tribe in Northern California Short films include: • My Father’s Tools. Director: Heather Condo, Micmac • N u t a g . – H o m e l a n d . Director: Alisi Telengut, Mongolian • Shinaab. Director: Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr., Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians • Vi s i o n s of a n Is l a n d . Director: Sky Hopinka, Ho-Chunk/Pechanga
Special events include: • Rise. Director: Michelle Latimer, Métis/Algonquin According to Sundance Institute’s website, “More lineup announcements, including Shorts, new-this-year Indie Episodic and New Frontier, are forthcoming…” The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will host screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 18-28 in Utah. For more information, visit sundance.org.
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PATRIOTIC GUITAR | FROM PAGE 4 he nearly gave up on music. Thankfully, he met singer Chucky Begay and pursued newfound inspiration. “She made me want to play again. She pulled me out of a really dark place. She changed my life around,” he said. T he duo w rot e song s together, including “Someone Like You,” “Female Rain,” and “Long Walk.” “We still perform to this day. These days, we play with a lot of different players, many of them professional hands from other bands,” he said. The most prized possession for Anderson is a 1971 Fender Telecaster that he calls the “Most Patriotic Guitar in the World.” The guitar bears the signatures of various Navajo Code Talkers. “These are the men who gave us all the freedom that we enjoy today. These men sacrificed their lives for the freedom of rock and roll. The guitar is made in America, too. You can’t get more patriotic than that.” “I’d like to have it displayed in a museum,” he added. Anderson’s songwriting
guitar is a 1963 Gibson Les Paul. His all-purpose third guitar is a 1993 Peavey that was signed by Buddy Guy, Buffy Sainte Marie and Bill Miller. “They say God looks out for fools and I guess I’m the biggest fool of all because there’s no way I could afford these guitars,” he said. “Each one of my guitars is a blessing. If these guitars could talk ...” These days, Anderson is performing with the Navajo Wranglers, a local outlaw country band. Recently, the band recorded tracks at Juggernaut Music, which opened a recording studio component for the shop. “I’ve been working on new material, native pride kind of songs. I’m hoping to have some guest rappers on these tracks to express native pride and our native world today,” he said. For now, Anderson is content to be surrounded by guitars and sitting in with visiting bands headlining at the venue. The struggle is real, but in the end, the love of music is the basis for survival through good times and bad. For more information, visit www.woundcloud.com/ ponestone.
These cackling little birds sure create a racket in downtown Gallup, but loveable nonetheless. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
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A close up of the birds as they settle in the trees along the downtown walkway during the early evening, and chat up a storm. Species ID anyone? Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura
A story on the university’s deep con nection to the jungle involving chimpanzees made UNM-G’s top-10 research stories for 2017. Visit: news. unm.edu/news/ u n m - s - 2 017 top-10 -research-news- This little Lobo was named shortly after his birth in honor of UNM’s affiliation with the Kibale Chimpanzee stories project. Photo Credit: UNM
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UPDATE: The Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association By Kern Collymore LCRWCA Sr. Youth Coordinator Diné Bikéyah Community Leadership Program
PSA: gallupARTS announces ‘Rangoli: Traditional Folk Art of India’ at ART123 gallery
hope the New Year is starting well for you. For the past 4 years our program has worked with across 35 chapters on the Navajo Nation doing land restoration, water conservation and food security work. We have direct experience working with chapters as well as understanding of the
land policies that sometimes hinder trail development. T he L it t le C olor a do River Watershed Chapters Association (LCRWCA) to do Watershed planning in 15 Navajo communities. Since that time LCRWCA has been a community-led watershed planning organization focused on nurturing water security and food security in Navajo communities. Using a Dine planning paradigm, we work with community stakeholders to deter mine appropr iate
su s t a i n a ble solut ion s t o address their priority resource issues. We employ an experiential training model to build community capacity in citizen science, land restoration techniques, water har vesting, and the restoration of t r a d it ion a l food sy st em s using Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). To view videos of the organization’s projects, visit: www.facebook.com/ LCRWCA
painting, except with different designs and meaning, of or its first ART123 course! Ga l ler y show of “Rangoli: Traditional Folk 2 018 , g a l lu pA R T S Art of India - The Art of Colors is trying something and Patterns” will open on Jan. new. This month, local artist 13 from 6:30 – 8 pm. As part of Padma Komaravolu will cover the opening, Padma will do ART123 in Rangoli. Rangoli, a live demonstration of the or Muggu or Kolam, is a tra- technique. The show will be folk ar t in on view through Feb. 6. o live byditional such asIndian honesty, integrity and clarity. As a family-owned which colorful patterns are For more information, old these values every day. It’s the wayART123 you liveGallery and the freehanded from rice flour. follow on way Rangoli is kind of like sand Facebook. Staff Reports
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* Provisional Data Aurora and Charlotte make their top 10 debuts on this year’s list among girls; Santiago, Ezekiel, Logan and Mateo among boys. In addition, since the Department of Health began releasing this top 10 list in 2014: • Mia and Sophia have been the top two names for newborn girls in New Mexico, but this is the first year the Sophia has overtaken Mia for the top spot. • Noah has been first or second among the top names for newborn boys. • Aria has returned to the top 10 after falling off the list in 2016.
Kelli Furney (left), Leslie Farrell and Erik Pederson (right) rehearse for the Complete History of America (Abridged), which was staged in May 2017 at the El Morro Theatre in Gallup. Photo Credit: Suzanne Hammons
THEATER TROUPE | FROM PAGE 6 and theater at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Her and the rest of the production staff felt that Gallup needs a performing arts theater to house new aspiring voices and artists. “We [the production staff] feel like the community can support professional quality theater group,” Ha mmons said. “We want to do work that represents the community. We want to show work that a re both cla ssic a nd people who’ve never seen Shakespeare before or something that represents them or
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serves their interest.” Hammons mentioned that, presently, the nearest places to attend professional plays are in Albuquerque or Phoenix. “Part of our mission statement is we want to do things that challenges people, artistically. You shouldn’t have to go to Broadway [to] attend an award winning play, when originally we can do that right here,” she said.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT T he Ga l lup Reper tor y Theater will be offering classes for adults and kids, as well as monologue and musical training as they move forward. “We want to give back to the community as much as we [gain] from it,” Hammons said. Since the troupe is still in the process of launching, its staff is still preparing a board for those involved or that will be involved for this new year. They are also working in different locations between the El Morro Theatre and the Gallup Cultural Center.
SCHEDULE T he Ga l lup Reper tor y Theater and the production staff encourage the community and the surrounding areas to attend future plays or to get involved. For spring: February: the production staff will call on people to send short plays or one acts that
they will workshop and polish with you. March and April: the production staff will have scene study and monologue classes for adults, and these two classes, plus the one-acts will be performed and shown at the first annual Gallup Performing Arts Festival on May 5 at the Gallup Cultural Center. They hope to have dance performances, a poetry slam, food, and other interesting events to see. Apr il 26 – May 6: T h e Frybread Queen by Native American playwright Carolyn Dunn, from California, will be the first play to perform for spring at the Gallup Cultural Center. Not to mention, the production staff is planning on bringing Dunn in for the weekend in May, to do talk-backs and a lecture on her career as a Native playwright, poet, and writer. For summer: June 11 – 30: Children’s theater classes. June 29 & 30: Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. $30 for the class. $40 with t-shirt and lunch included at the El Morro Theatre. For Fall: October 5 – 7, 12 – 14: Performances of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe at the El Morro Theatre. For more information on Gallup’s newest artistic voices, vi sit Gallup Rep on Facebook, or check their website at galluprep. org GALLUP FUN!
Insidious: The Last Key produces the odd jolt but feels worn By Glenn Kay For the Sun
RATING: «« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 103 MIN.
n m a ny ser ie s, t here eventually comes a time when it feels like things become so familiar that they cease to be exciting or engaging. In sidiou s: T h e Last Key is the fourth title in the very successful franchise. Last many series, the f irst wa s a ver y effective scare picture, but each subsequent chapter has become less effective at providing h a i r- r a i s i n g c h i l l s . T h i s effort provides a couple of interesting ideas and one or two effective jolts, but it’s all beginning to feel a bit worn out. The feature focuses on parapsychologist Dr. Elise R a i n ier ( L i n S h aye) a nd her pa r a nor m a l t e a m of investigators Specs (Leigh W ha n nel l) a nd T ucker (Angus Sampson). This time out, they’re called to investigate supernatural events at a house next to a penitentiary. As revealed through exposition and flashbacks, the location was the childhood home
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Wa r y to retu r n home but determined to help the new owner (Kirk Acevedo) and face her own fears, the doctor comes face to face with a la nk y being credited a s KeyFace. She also encounters long lost members of her family. Viewers will get more of what they’ve come to expect from the series. That is, many shots of silhouetted figures ra ci ng a cros s t he screen behind the characters accompanied by the loudest musical stings imaginable. It almost feels like they’re cranking the noise up louder and louder to combat the familiarity of the jolts. Still, to be fair a couple of them do work and there is a suspenseful sequence involving a pile of suitcases that does generate some tension. Also admirable is the attempt at a plot twist that pushes the story in a different direction.
Unfortunately, the additions a nd ex pa nded back story also end up emphasizing how implausible these events really are. The family reunion results in some bizarre behavior and awkwardly written exchanges between characters. It’s not a good sign when encounters with a supernatural being feel more believable tha n the human interactions. And there are still plenty of silly rea ct ion s to some pret t y crazy events that take viewers out of the film. A s ex pected, t here a re always tropes that one sees i n t hese t y pes of mov ies. The paranormal team carry all sor ts of equipment, but it’s ra re that we see them enter a ny haunted or da nger ou s lo c a le w it h mor e t h a n a si ng le, d i m f l a shl ig ht . T here’s a l so a st ab at hu mor f rom Specs a nd Tucker. One gag involv ing
entr y into a n a ir tunnel is funny, but most of it plays way too broadly to be effective. It also doesn’t help that the pa i r a re made to f li r t awkwardly with college-age g i rl s; it ’s e s peci a l ly ick y g iven t h at t he l a d ie s a re their boss Rainier’s nieces. T he f i l m is rea sonably well made and does earn a jolt or two here and there, but it’s hardly in the same league a s the or igina l. By the time it starts setting up another sequel promising to bring back elements from the first movie, it’s pretty clear that the events and characters have run their course. In si di ou s: T h e L a st Ke y isn’t intended to be the final feature in this ser ies, but one certainly feels like now might be the right time to check out and give the property a rest. Vi sit: www.cin ema s tance.com
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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 5, 2018
elcome to another ed it ion ch ron icling new releases on Blu-ray a nd DVD. Again, it’s a surprisingly busy time with plenty of big arrivals coming your way. 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! T h e Adventurers - A notor ious thief is relea sed from prison, only to instigate a new plot that involves stealing some of the most valuable jewels in Europe. As they set out, the lead and his team are pursued by a relentless cop determined to put them away once and for all. This is a China/Hong Kong/Czech co-production and it didn’t receive the greatest of reviews. One or two complimented the movie’s sense of humor, but the majority complained that it was a generic, unmemorable and overlong heist picture. The cast includes Andy Lau, Qi Shu, Jean Reno, Jingchu Zhang and Eric Tsang. Amer ican Made - This a c t i o n / comedy is based on a t r ue stor y, detailing the ex ploit s of Barry Seal, an American p i l o t who was recruited by the CIA in the 80s to head an undercover drug operation in Central America. In the process, he ends up creating even more trouble that results in the arrival of a new and even more powerful cartel. Critics were very positive about this dark tale from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow). A few had trouble reconciling the charming lead with his deep character flaws, but most called it an enjoyable adventure with subtle pokes at American foreign policy. It stars Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson and Sarah Wright. Battle of the Sexes - Here’s
a not her biopic, this time chronicli ng the famous 1973 tennis match between Bi l l ie Jea n King and Bobby Riggs. Coming at the height of the sexual revolution, this comedy/drama examines the highly-publicized event. It shows the strong rivalry between the pair, their personal motivations for staging the showdown and the effects of the media circus that surrounded the event. The press liked the film overall. A small percentage didn’t think the narrative covered the details as well as a documentary would have, but most found the characters interesting and the subject matter just as relevant today. It features Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman and Elisabeth Shue. Brad’s Status A father de c ide s t o a ccompa ny his son to the Ea st Coa st for a t ou r of potential college campuses. However, the visit triggers old memories of his own college days. The parent begins to question his choices as he compares his life with his more successful school chums. There were a small section of reviewers who couldn’t relate to the lead’s internal crisis, but most appreciated the themes and recommended it. They believed the story addressed relatable issues and enjoyed the neurotic lead role. Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson and Jemaine Clement headline the film. Breathe This period feat u re i s a l so ba sed on a tr ue story. It’s an inspirational t a le about the trial and tribulations of Robin and Diana Cavendish. When Robin is diagnosed with polio, he is given a few months left to live. However, he and his wife team with an inventor and other
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professionals to break out of the hospital, seek alternative treatments and enjoy their remaining time together. Writeups were positive, if not exemplary. Most commented that the story was a bit formulaic and elements were corny, but more responded to the positive message and complimented the lead performances. The cast includes Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander and Diana Rigg. T h e H o u s e s October Built 2 - The sequel to the 2014 hor ror fea ture involves a sinister figu re k now n as the Blue Skeleton. After the kidnapping events of the first film, the traumatized returnees decide to head on the road and visit more haunted sites in order to face their fears. Of course, they start seeing signs of the same tormenting force. There are currently only a handful of reviews for the movie and they’re pretty much split on the end results. Some found it atmospheric, other claimed it was repetitive and that the events ultimately came across as dull. Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe, Bobby Roe and Jeff Larson return. L o v e B e a t s Rhymes - A young rapper struggling to make an impact on the club scene de c ide s t o take a poetry class. The process inspires her to find her true voice and she sets out again to define herself at rap shows and poetry slams. Over the course of the journey, she also finds a potential mate. This romantic drama was directed by rapper RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and it divided critics. Half thought events played out in too predictable a fashion and didn’t quite buy into the world set up in the screenplay. Others thought that the movie moved at a good clip and featured two strong central characters. It stars Azealia Banks, Hana Mae Lee, Common, Method Man and Jill Scott. Rebel in the Rye - Famous
author J.D. Sa l i nger is the subject of this biopic. It traces his time as a solider in World Wa r II a nd its effects on his psyche as well as his relationship with a young socialite. Of course, it also goes into the man’s writing process on his most well known work, The Catcher in the Rye. Reaction to the film was muted with more negative notices than positive ones. A few thought the lead performance was powerful enough to recommend, but the majority found it to be a bit generic and didn’t think the movie created enough dramatic sparks. It features Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, Victor Garber and Hope Davis. S h o c k Wave - This Hong Kong action f lick follows a terror i s t who t a ke s ho s t a ge s i n a large underground tunnel. With special skills in explosives, the bad guy threatens to kill his captives and detonate his weapons unless his demands are met. The police send in a special agent who has a lengthy history with the criminal in order to help eliminate the threat. Those who saw the movie generally had good things to say about it. They referred to it as a pulpy but tense and exciting B-movie with some impressive chase scenes and shoot-outs mixed into the personal drama. The cast includes Andy Lau, Jiang Wu and Song Jia. Slumber - A traumatized family ex per iencing ser ious sleep problems decide to meet with a doctor and get some help. After agreeing to take part in a sleep study, strange events begin occurring and the institute discovers that the clan are actually being tormented by an evil demon known as the “Night Hag.” This horror feature hasn’t gotten many write-ups yet,
but so far the ones that have appeared haven’t been complimentary. While they liked that the film attempted to develop its characters, they ultimately found it increasingly silly as the threat intensified. It stars Maggie Q, Kristen Bush, Sam Troughton, Sylvester McCoy and Will Kemp. T h e Stolen - This low- bud get we s t er n i s s e t i n t he 18 6 0 s a n d involves an aristocrat who leaves the safety of her large estate in England in order to find her kidnapped son. The lengthy journey takes her to New Zealand, where she must join a group of Gold Rush miners, ex-cons, hustlers, prostitutes and a Maori warrior in order to recover to her child. Critics didn’t enjoy this UK /New Zealand /Germany co-production. In fact, they suggested that despite a reasonable set-up, the movie became totally preposterous as it veered to an over-thetop finale. Alice Eve, Graham McTavish, Jack Davenport and Richard O’Brien headline the feature.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST! If you grew up in the 80s, then you’re more than likely familiar with the films of John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Fer r is Bueller’s Day Off and many more). This week, Cr iter ion is relea si ng a n extras-packed edition of one of his most beloved titles, The Breakfast Club (1985). It’s about a group of high school students from different cliques forced to spend a day in detention together. While there, they end up relating and talking about the issues affecting their lives. As long as you can accept the idea that a Saturday detention could happen, this is a funny, sweet and well-acted movie that was quite unique in its day for its emphasis on character development. The movie is arriving with a 4K digital restoration, 2008 commentary with Anthony Michael Hall and Judd Nelson, new interviews with Molly Ringwald and Ally
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her up with a man (played by Sidney Poitier), but his introduction and affections end up having the reverse effect on the woman.
YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS! I f you r ch i ld l ikes Teletubbies looks like this is your week. Here are some new releases for young tykes. Teletubbies Classics: Fun with Colors Teletubbies Classics: My First Nursery Rhymes Teletubbies Classics: Paws and Play! Te l e t u b b i e s C l a s s i c s: Seaside Adventures Tom & Jerry: Hearts and Whiskers
ON THE TUBE! And here are the latest TV-themed releases. The Executioner’s Song Last Tango in Halifax: Christmas Special Love at First Glace (Hallmark TV-movie) L ove L ock s (Ha llma rk TV-movie) The Moonstone Ten Days in the Valley: Season 1
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NEWS One dead in Saturday night crash By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor
A view of the Jan. 1 fire, that occurred at an abandoned house on the 400 block Maloney Avenue. Photo Credit: Ryan Hudgeons
Fire rages on Maloney Avenue New Year’s Day
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A reader captured this close-up, dramatic shot of the Monday night fire.
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he first few hours of 2018 were exciting for McKinley County and Gallup Police officers. At about 4:14 am on New Year’s Day, McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s D e p . Roxanne Slim was sent to Flying J in Jamestown over a domestic dispute in the parking lot. Slim detained Daniel Yazzie at the scene, who
told officers that the woman “attempted to crawl on [him] in the driver seat. To stop her [he] kept pushing her away and [his] bracelet scratched her forehead,” according to the police report. The woman denied that any altercation took place, although she had scratches and bruises on her face. Officers found that Yazzie had a bench warrant in Gallup, and was booked. The woman was transported to detox. Also on the morning of the New Year, at about 2:48 am, MCSO Dep. Johnson Lee witnessed a truck with no
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the left hand turn. The passenger, 25-year-old Ray Livingston Jr. died at a local hospital as a result of his injuries. The driver of the eastbound vehicle, whose name hasn’t been released, is still in the hospital with injuries. Other individuals involved with this accident were taken to the hospital, treated and released. Spencer said alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.
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By Babette Herrmann Sun Editor fire ravaged an abandoned house on Maloney Avenue and 4th Street, between Ted’s Pawn and the shuttered Plese Grocery Market Jan. 1 The call came into Metro Dispatch at about 5:45 pm. One man was rescued from the building and treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was readily contained, and no other injuries were reported. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said the man could face charges as he wasn’t granted permission to enter the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
n a ccident a long H i g hw ay 6 6 a nd To l t e c D r i v e i n Gallup has left one man dead. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said the call came in at about 9:35 pm Dec. 30. The collision, she said, occurred when a driver heading eastbound on Highway 66 rammed into a vehicle traveling westbound as it attempted to turn left onto Toltec Drive. The vehicle traveling eastbound struck the passenger side of the vehicle attempting
headlights speeding out of All Star Towing. The truck refused to stop even when Lee turned on his emergency lights in pursuit. The tr uck drove dow n Crestview Road and entered “straight to the back of a residence,” according to Lee’s police report. Two men wearing black exited the car and fled on foot. Lee and his patrol K9 Max ran to follow them, but because of the darkness it was difficult to discern where they might have gone. Lee gave out
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n the early afternoon on Dec. 27, around 2:14 pm on the day leading up to the New Year, McKinley Cou nt y Sher i f f ’s of f icer s found an unattended body on Country Road 1. The body was reported by a man, 44, from Gallup, who discovered a decomposing leg while walking with his dogs around Rock Springs. “My dogs were nibbling on something. I went to go check what they were eating and I notice a leg that had green pants,” he told MCSO Dep. Jo sie B ow m a n i n a statement. The identity of the deceased person is not yet known, although officers did find identification near the body at the scene. They have yet to confirm a link between the ID and the physical remains. Police spent a full day checking for the remains that
were scattered in the rugged area. MCSO Sgt. Elreno Henio uncovered a leg bone, and a spinal column “still attached to r ibs,” according to his repor t . Hen io a lso fou nd a pair of black boots lying upstream. T he i nve s t i g a t ion r a n until nearly midnight, when of f icer s’ prog ress wa s impeded by da rk ness a nd rough terrain. The scene was secured and work was set to resume again the following morning. Officers did retrieve a lower jawbone, which is currently being examined by a forensic scientist in an effort to identify the John Doe. Forensics will confirm whether the remains belong to the individual through dental records. Cadaver dogs will search the area for the rest of the remains, hoping to find the top half of the skull, and for more clues on what may have led to this person’s death. NEWS
WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Latanya Livingston Dec. 26, 6:35 pm 1st DWI McKinley C o u n t y Sheriff’s Sgt. Ta m my S. Houghtaling w a s responding to an anony mou s t i p about an intoxicated driver who had staggered into her vehicle with a young child in tow, according to the police report. Houghtaling located the reported car on Highway 602 and Skeets Road, where she encountered Livingston, 25, with a child in the backseat. Liv ingston wa s unable to give the child’s age when Houghtaling asked, first telling the officer seven months, then six, then “maybe about a year,” according to the report. The child was only wearing a tanktop shirt and no jacket, despite t he w i nt er t emper at u re s
outside. Livingston exited the vehicle, and Houghtaling was able to see signs of intoxication in her. She also showed signs of intoxication on two field sobriety tests, and was then arrested for DWI and abuse of a child due to dangerous situation. Westley D. Yazzie, Dec. 20, 1:38 am 1st DWI M C S O Dep. Nocona C l a rk w a s d ispatched to State Highway 371 a f ter reports of a crash with possible injuries, then found a heavily damaged gray Chevrolet Tahoe that had crashed on the guardrail. Clark asked Yazzie, 29, what had caused the accident, who replied that he had fallen asleep at the wheel. Yazzie also admitted to having been drinking. Yazzie, who suffered head, neck and back injuries, was transferred to the hospital
before he underwent further questioning. Ya zzie aga in admitted to drinking and driving, and agreed to a blood test to gauge his alcohol level. He was booked and his license revoked. Colencia A. Lynch Dec. 17, 3:23 pm 1st DWI, Aggravated Gallup P o l i c e Department O f f i c e r N i c o l e Diswood was on patrol when she saw a car parked in the middle of the road on Mine Run and East Aztec Avenue, with hazard lights blaring. A man stood outside of the car, staggering and attempting to enter the passenger side. Diswood approached the car and encountered the driver, Lynch, 23, who smelled strongly of alcohol, according to the police report. Lynch was breastfeeding a baby, and told the officer that she had parked because her
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Diné College names James McKenzie director of Navajo Language Institute Staff Reports
SAILE, Ariz. — Diné Col lege’s com m it ment to maintaining and revitalizing the Navajo language continues, and college officials hope the hiring of a Navajo Language Immersion Institute Director will strengthen that progress. Ja me s McKen z ie, who previously served as Navajo L a ng uage Development Coordinator at the College, assumed the new role Dec. 18. McKenzie brings to the job
more than five years of experience with Navajo language immersion efforts and said he’s eager to create community partnerships and improve success with Navajo language initiatives. “I’m humbled and excited at t he new oppor tu n it y,” McKenzie said. “While I will have some new duties, I will still collaborate with a lot of the people and departments with whom I have worked at the College and beyond.” McKenzie, who has roots in the Shiprock area, has worked
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in various capacities at Diné College, including stints as a Senior Policy Analyst and Interim Director of the Diné Policy Institute, as well as co-chair for the College’s 2015 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit, before work i ng w ith the Center for Diné Studies as Navajo L a ng uage Development Coordinator, where he helped to initiate immersion programming and contributed to the development of a proposed bachelor’s degree. In his new role, though, McKenzie will oversee the establishment of new initiatives and spaces for Navajo language immersion and, “reach out and forge partnerships with Navajo Nation educational institutions and schools,” he said. “What we aim to do is serve as a resource for programs a imed at bolster ing Diné language learning through
immersion efforts,” McKenzie explained. “To address the decline we are seeing in the language, this institute will work to promote more effective collaboration, Navajo Nation-wide.” McKenzie, who has studied with immersion programs in Mexico, Germany and China, has played a key role in the development and implementation of Diné College’s highly successful Navajo language immersion camps and courses. He said future plans include the development of a Navajo language immersion “campus,” where students and groups can fully immerse themselves in the Diné language and culture. “This immersion campus idea will center Navajo language learning in a culturally relevant environment, including multiple hogans and other culturally grounded spaces, which will serve as places of learning,” McKenzie said.
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undergone two back surgeries prior to the assault. The next morning, officers dispatched to the shared home of the victim and the alleged attacker. Once there, they found the woman who was thought to be the attacker, but found that she too had noticeable scratching on her face and swelling around her eye. The woman claimed that the boyfriend of the woman who reported the crime had attempted to separate the two during the fight, and that he had caused the injuries. This woman was taken to the hospital. The two women, who had been living together prior to the fight, decided to find new arrangements, and the original complaining victim returned to the home to retrieve her belongings that day. Officers photographed the second woman’s injuries but made no arrests. No further actions were taken that are known at this time. On Dec. 26, about 5:25 pm, reports came in to Metro Dispatch that a paramedic
descriptions of the two men to other officers, noting that they were approximately 5’9” and 5’10”, wearing black jackets and black beanies. Lee went to inspect the abandoned truck and located its tow tags. He also sent an officer back to All Star Towing to check out any damage. The fence at that location had reportedly sustained about $1,500 worth of damage. No one appeared responsible for the car after it had been towed, and it was auctioned off. The suspects have not been caught. Back in 2017, on Dec. 27 around 7:40 pm, MCSO Dep. Lorenzo A. Guerrero was sent to the Navajo Estates Fire Department because of a battery. There, he met with the victim, 24, who told officers that she was on Tso Drive when she was attacked by a family member. The attacker, 20, allegedly began insulting the victim’s small children, causing the victim to yell back and escalating the fight. The attacker then pushed her and kicked her in the back, according to the victim. The victim had recently
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Balderas reaches $45 million settlement with PHH APPROXIMATELY 265 NEW MEXICO HOMEOWNERS WILL RECEIVE PAYMENTS standards, conduct audits, and provide audit results to a committee of states. The settlement does not release PHH from liability for conduct that occurred beginning in 2013. “Ou r set t lement hold s PH H accountable for harms homeowners suffered from improper loan servicing and demonstrates our continued dedication to protecting New Mexico homeowners and their families and obtaining relief for them whenever possible,” Balderas said. T he $45 m i l l ion set t lement includes $30.4 million in payments to borrowers, with the remaining amount to go to mortgage regulators and to reimburse the costs of investigation. Borrowers who were subjected to PHH foreclosures during the eligible period will qualify for a minimum
LBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, 48 other state attor neys gener a l, t he Di st r ic t of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement. The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mor tgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2012. The agreement requires PHH to ad here to comprehensive mortgage servicing
$840 payment, and borrowers who did not lose their home, but that PHH started foreclosure proceedings on in the eligible period, will receive a minimum $285 payment. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners are eligible for a payment. A settlement administrator will contact eligible payment recipients some time later in 2018. As always, homeowners should be wary of offers to participate in settlement agreements or obtain assistance with their mortgages unless they are sure the offer is legitimate. If any homeowner has a question about the authenticity of any offer they receive in the mail, they should call the Office of the Attorney General’s Keep Your Home New Mexico program at 1-800-220-0350.
Navajo Nation Council overrides Begaye veto Staff Reports
INDOW ROCK – Wit h a vote of 22-0, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council unanimously supported an override of President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income Act, during a special session held on Dec. 22. The Council approved the Veterans Trust Fund Income Act during the Fall Council Session in October. Begaye subsequently vetoed the resolution on Nov. 6, which is subject to override pursuant to Title II of the Navajo Nation Code. Cou nci l Delega t e Tom Chee (Shiprock), who sponsored the override legislation as well as the legislation approved by the Council in October, has previously explained that the intent of the bill is to clarify specific definitions within the Navajo Nation Code that guide the administration of funds that are held in the Veterans Trust Fund to provide more dollars for direct services for Navajo veterans. Chee a lso noted t hat t he la nguage contained in the legislation resulted from numerous meetings
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a nd discussion held over severa l months with veterans groups and o r g a n i z a t io n s , t he D e p a r t me nt of Just ice, a nd t he Of f ice of t he Controller. “I thank the veterans for their support and I also thank my colleagues for supporting the veterans with their votes today,” Chee said. “The overall goal in this process is to increase annual funding to provide direct services for Navajo veterans.” Many veterans were seated in the gallery of the Council Chamber on Friday, to show their support for the override of the president’s veto. Various veteran’s organizations have passed resolutions supporting the override including the Navajo Nation Veterans Advisory Council, Northern Navajo Agency Council, Western Navajo Veterans Organization, Nor ther n Agency Veterans Organization, Shiprock Chapter Veterans Organization, and others. Furthermore, Chee emphasized that the legislation does not “cease” funding for the veterans housing program, nor does it diminish the growth of the Veterans Trust Fund principal. According to an analysis provided
alcohol coming off of one of the men, and he brought him into his unit. The man appeared quite intoxicated, having trouble balancing and slurring his words, according to the report. The victim who called in to report the crime claimed that the man in the patrol unit had swung at him and hit him with his elbow, but that he was
Russell Begaye by the Office of Legislative Counsel, the president’s veto memorandum dated Nov. 6, misquoted and incorrectly presented the new language approved by the Council by negating the word “income,” which changes and mischaracterizes the application of the amended language. “W hen t he word ‘ i ncome’ i s
OK now. Todachine did not observe any injuries. The witnesses on the scene did not feel that the strike was intentional. No arrests were made, but the man in the police unit was taken to detox. On Dec. 19, a victim of telephone fraud reported his crime to MCSO, reporting to have lost $1,686 transferred via
correctly included, the president’s argument that the ‘amendment directs the entire 4% to now be appropriated into the Trust Fund income’ fails. The amendment does not co-mingle the separate set-asides to the Veterans Trust Fund and to the Housing Program for Veterans. The amendment, in fact, only changes the character of the annual set-aside to the Trust Fund and does not affect the Housing Program for Veterans’ annual appropriation, i.e., set-aside, at all,” states the analysis from the OLC. Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) has also introduced Legislation No. 019117, a separate bill that would increase the annual set-aside from four-percent of the Nation’s annual revenues to 10 percent. He previously stated that the bill will maintain an investment into the principal of the Veterans Trust Fund and increase the amount of annual funds that provide direct services to veterans. The Navajo Nation Council approved Legislation No. 0466-17 with a vote of 22-0 and serves as the final authority for the bill.
Western Union on Dec. 11. It was on Dec. 11, around noon, when the victim received the call from an unknown man claiming to be a lawyer, and telling the man that a relative of his was incarcerated and needed bond money. The man immediately transferred the amount asked. The next day, the victim received
another call from the same man, who said the bond had increased and that he needed more money. The victim at this point realized a fraud had occurred and contacted Western Union to file the claim. Officers were unable to get any further information from Western Union. There are no suspects at this present time.
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OPINIONS Udall Responds to Trump’s Heartless DACA Brinkmanship Tom Udall, senator for New Mexico
ASHINGTON — On Ja n. 3, U.S. S en a t or Tom Uda l l, D -N M, responded to P resident T r u m p’s t we e t o n t h e Deferred Action for Childhood A rrivals (DACA) program, and to reports that the White
House is seeking to avoid discussion of DACA during a meeting with congressional leadership: “President Trump’s continued heartlessness toward DREA Mers a nd his political brinkmanship with their future is a stain on our country and on the office of the president. The fear and chaos in immigrant communities
following the Trump administration’s DACA decision are heartbreaking problems that the president himself has caused. But once again, President Trump won’t take an ounce of responsibility for the hurt he has caused our country. As the president tweets dangerously erratic broadsides about DREAMers, the White House is saying
that it wants to put DACA on the back-burner. The Trump a d m i n i s t r a t ion wa nt s t o sweep this Trump-created emergency under the rug at today’s meeting with congressional leaders, as an urgent deadline looms. “ The future of 800,000
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GUIDE TO THE STARS WEEK OF JANUARY 5
Happy New Year! Have you already jumped off the bandwagon? Maybe you’re heading for the gym right now, and perhaps you’re not. A new year is a perfect way to gauge progress, but about 80 percent of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by February. Don’t do that. Madame G recommends you take stock of your life and don’t give up. Good luck and godspeed!
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct.22)
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
So, how are you doing? This world is a beautiful miracle it’s time to buckle down and start kicking ass. This may mean cutting out the negative people from your life, or substances that inhibit positive thinking. Consider what serves your move to greatness and do that. Don’t wait around for anyone. Get out there and make the most of this life. You only have one to live. GO!
Stop going crazy! It’s not a good look on you. It’s on you, if you’re ready for the next phase or not. Call a spade a spade. Don’t give up on your dreams, but it might be a good time to reflect on how you’ll get there. In times of strife we always head in a specific direction, sometimes it’s the right way and sometimes it’s not. Decide what you’re willing to do for yourself and goals.
It’s the beginning of a new year. What will you make of it? Will you continue on the path you started? Perhaps you realize that you’ve been lost and pulling at the wrong plants. If you want more connections stop harming the lives of others (even if it’s only with your words). Everything matters and words matter more than ever. Remember it was so in the beginning…
Wishes are worth about what you paid for them: nothing. Stop acting like the bubbly best friend in the movie and start taking a starring role. A prince will never come to save you and Daddy Warbucks won’t swoop in either. That’s for fairytales. Instead consider the fact that you’re your own hero or heroine and are capable of taking care of yourself. You got this year handled.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
It’s on, baby! It’s time to make it happen. You can wait all day for the sun to shine, but nothing will happen without your approval. In this world or the next you must decide what’s worth it and what’s not. You can’t expect people to choose for you. Only you know if this is the best year or just another one that got away. Don’t wait for the end of the movie to be you. Just do it.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying life. In fact, it’s better to stay young at heart. So, if your daughter gave you an awesome new book that sparks the nostalgic feeling of reading under the covers when you were 10 years old—just do it. It’s never too late to have the spark of joy pervading your life. Make this year, and every year, the best that you can make it. Have fun!
Let go dear Scorpio, let go of everything that no longer serves your path. This is the time to act. Stop wasting time with distractions and pettiness. Nothing will change unless you make it happen. Yes, your sense of rightness may keep you trapped in jobs you don’t like and getting walked over by people who don’t deserve you, but that’s over now. Let it go. Let it go. Let it go.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
What’s your song? You might need a pick me up right now. So bust out your favorite song and get pumped up. Get back to the gym and pump some iron. Those butt cheeks won’t lift themselves. Run in place or to the neighbor’s house for tea. Whatever the case get out there and start living it up. You can’t afford to wait around. You may have to climb a tree to see the light.
Clocks are ticking and you hear everything. Well, that’s awesome and crazy. Are you a superhero? No. Then maybe it’s time to start focusing on one thing that you really want to enjoy and do it. Don’t get lost in quicksand, you’ve got to rollover and pull yourself out. You may lose your Jimmy Choo’s and that’s okay. In other words, you can always buy new shoes. Better ones.
You have a choice to make. You know this. You can continue on one path that will likely lead to destruction, or head into an unknown and possibly harder direction. It’s important to consider what you want out of life. If you’re okay with the bare minimum then that’s okay. It never hurts to try a new way even if it doesn’t work. The old path is also acceptable, if you choose it.
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Enlightenment is just around the corner. The Pantone color of the year is indigo, and that is the color for greater understanding. Not many people will choose this path, it’s terrifying for most. You’re the exception. You’re not afraid of the great mystery nor are you afraid of your own self. The time has come for you to make the greatest stand of your life. Be kind to those around you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You don’t know what’s next and that’s okay. But, you might also be standing around wondering where the hell everyone else has gone. In this case, it might just be you. Look for patterns. You don’t have to buy people things for them to love you. Love in its truest form is always an exchange of positive free will energy between you and the universe. It’s free. Stop trying. OPINIONS
SPORTS 360 Gallup girls beat Cleveland, 52-45 PHOTOS BY KNIFEWING SEGURA
Cleveland Storm’s Jordan Barnard (34) and Gallup’s Journey Gillson (4) square off in the Dec. 29 game that was a win for Gallup.
Freshman guard Shawntae Salazar (10) of Gallup plays defense and gets up close on Cleveland player Alycia Harriott (4), a junior, in a Dec. 29 win (52-45) for the Lady Bengals. Gallup heads into 5A play in the coming weeks.
BRINKMANSHIP | FROM PAGE 18 promising young immigrants – including nearly 7,000 from New Mexico – is in jeopardy. Congress must make protecti ng DREA Mer s a n urgent priority. These young people know no other home than the United States. It’s shameful for the president to use them as a bargaining chip to try and build an unnecessary, ineffective and immoral border wall. It’s time for Republicans in Congress to step up to the plate, live up to their years of rhetoric, and join with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act. And we must continue the fight to pass real, comprehensive immigration reform that protects and honors the millions and millions of immigrants who are the lifeblood of New Mexico and the nation.” For more information, visit www.tomudall.senate.gov. SPORTS
Gallup players Ashley Antone (1), Summer Chee (34), Kamryn Yazzie (20) and Ashia Smith put the clamps on a Cleveland (7-5) player during the Dec. 29 girls basketball game played at Gallup High School. The Lady Bengals (8-3) won the game, 52-45. Antone, a junior, has emerged as Gallup’s most versatile offensive and defensive player this year. Gallup Sun • Friday January 5, 2018
Tse Yi Gai, St. Michaels advance at Striking Eagle
ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN TOURNAMENT SEES VARIETY OF TEAMS COMPETE By Bernie Dotson For the Sun
LBUQUERQUE – The St. Michaels Lady Cardinals beat Red Mesa 51-43 in a Dec. 29 semifinal game of the annual Striking Eagle Native American Invitational Tournament. The tournament was played at the University of New Mexico’s Joh nson Gy m na siu m a nd included various teams from a rou nd g reater McK i n ley County. As a result of the semifinal win, the Lady Cardinals advanced to play Santa Fe Indian School, which beat Cuba in an earlier tournament game. On the boys’ side of the tournament, Tse Yi Gai advanced after beating Native American
C om mu n it y Ac a demy of Albuquerque by the score of 53-41. The Tse Yi Gai girls won over Pine Hill 47-43 and played Mescalero. In another boys game of the tournament, Red Valley/Cove of the Navajo Nation lost to Alamo Navajo 77-58 in a semifinal contest. And, in another boys game, Tohajillee (6-3) beat Navajo Pine (1-7), 68-51. In a nother tour nament br a cket , St . Ma r y’s beat Shiprock, 38-31. The Lady Chieftains won the 4A state championship last year.
STRIKING EAGLE FINALS Bot h t he St . M ichaels Lady Cardinals and the Tse Yi Gai Lady Dine Warriors lost in the finals of the Striking
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E a g l e Na t i v e A m e r i c a n Invitational Tournament. The Lady Cardinals (7-5) got out to decent leads, but couldn’t maintain the advantages and lost to Santa Fe Indian School, 58-53, in the Hawks bracket. St. Michaels led 30-22 at halftime of that game. At the end of the third quarter in the finals game, the Lady Cardinals led 42-40, but ultimately fell victim to turnovers and stepped up defense by SFIS. The Lady Cardinals play Red Mesa (5-6) Jan. 3 at the old Window Rock High School gymnasium in Fort Defiance, Ariz. The Tse Yi Gai Lady Dine Warriors lost to the Mescalero Lady Chiefs in the f ina ls game of the Striking Eagle Native American Invitational Tournament. The first half of
the game ended with the Lady Dine Warriors behind 25-22. A strong second half by the Lady Chiefs put the game out of reach and still undefeated Mescalero won the game, 60-37. Senior point guard Janiece Comanche of Tse Yi Gai scored a team high 16 points in the finals game. The Lady Dine Warriors next play Newcomb Jan. 15 in an away game and the beginning of 3A play for both teams.
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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, §§ 2225-1 through 22-25-11;
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By: /s/ Alfred Abeita II, City Clerk PUBLISH: Friday, December 8, 2017 Friday, January 5, 2018 *** RESOLUTION AND PROCLAMATION OF SPECIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL 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
TOHAJIILEE 60 TSE YI GAI 42 (BOYS) Tohajiilee beat the Tse Yi Gai Dine Warriors in a Dec. 30 boys game of the Striking Eagle Native American Invitational Tournament.
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
The Warriors led at halftime, and then pulled away with a 40-point outburst in the second half to beat the Dine Warriors, 60 - 42. The Dine Warriors mustered just 4 points in the second half of the game. Tse Yi Gai (7-2) was playing in the tournament for the second consecutive year, having lost last year to Alamo Navajo. As has been the case over the years at Tse Yi Gai, which student body numbers just under 200, the varsity boys basketball squad fielded two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup throughout the tournament. Jacob Trujillo of the Dine Warriors scored a team high 16 points. Tse Yi Gai takes on 3A Crownpoint (0-4) Jan. 9 in Pueblo Pintado. 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 pub-
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 20 lic 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 activities; 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 CLASSIFIEDS
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 (28th) day immediately preceding the Election, during regular business hours and days of business, at the office of the McKinley County Clerk at the McKinley County Courthouse, in Gallup, New Mexico, or by any voter registration agent at a designated agency, as provided in NMSA 1978, §§ 1-4-48 and 1-4-49. Section 5. The polls for the Election will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the day of the Election. Section 6. The Voting Districts and voting locations for the Election shall be as follows: Election Precinct Polling Place 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * *Electors Voting at Precincts 27, 28, 29 and 30 may vote at any of the following Voting Center Locations on Election Day: Zuni Fire Station 4 Third Street Black Rock, New Mexico Zuni Tribal Building NM-53 Zuni, New Mexico
The Absentee Voters Precinct will be as described in Section 8 herein. Section 7. Voting on the day of the Election shall be by a voting system defined in NMSA 1978, § 1-9-1(B). At least one voting system shall be used at the polling place for each Voting District. Section 8. Pursuant to the Absent Voter Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6-1 through 1-6-18, the Absent Voter Precinct Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6-19 through 1-6-23, and NMSA 1978, § 1-22-19, qualified registered electors may also vote absentee at the office of the McKinley County Clerk during regular hours and days of business, from 8:00 a.m. on January 12, 2018, being the twenty-fifth (25th) day preceding the Election, until 5:00 p.m. on February 2, 2018, being the Friday immediately prior to the Election. Pursuant to the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6B-1 through 1-6B-17, a federal qualified vot-
er or overseas voter may vote absentee as provided in that law. Absentee voting shall be by paper ballot, pursuant to NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6-8, 1-6-9, and 1-22-19, or by the procedures authorized by the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. PASSED AND ADOPTED this 13th day of November, 2017. President, Board of Education [District Seal] Attest: Secretary, Board of Education *** RESOLUCIÓN Y PROCLAMACIÓN DE ELECCIÓN ESPECIAL SOBRE IMPUESTO DE MEJORAMIENTOS CAPITALES DE ESCUELA PÚBLICA CONSIDERANDO QUE, la Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Público de Zuni (“Junta” y “Distrito” respectivamente), en el Condado de McKinley y el Estado de Nuevo México, ha determinado que se llevará a cabo una elección especial sobre un impuesto de mejoramientos capitales de escuela pública (“Elección”) el 6 de febrero, 2018, conforme a la Ley de Elecciones Escolares, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-22-1 a 1-2219 y La Ley de Mejoramientos Capitales de Escuela Pública, NMSA 1978, y§§ 22-25-1 a 2225-11 y CONSIDERANDO QUE, conforme a NMSA 1978, § 22-25-3, la Junta ha determinado, y por medio de éste determina, que en la Elección, se debe presentar al electorado la cuestión si se debe imponer un impuesto de propiedad de $2.00 por cada $1,000.00 de valor neto imponible de la propiedad asignado al Distrito conforme al Código de Impuestos Sobre la Propiedad, NMSA 1978, Capítulos 7, Artículos 35 a 38, para los años tributables de propiedad 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 y 2023, con el fin de hacer mejoramientos capitales en el Distrito. AHORA, POR LO TANTO, LA JUNTA DE EDUCACIÓN DEL DISTRITO ESCOLAR PÚBLICO DE ZUNI, EL CUAL CONSTITUYE EL CUERPO GOBERNANTE DE DICHO DISTRITO, EN EL CONDADO DE MCKINLEY Y EL ESTADO DE NUEVO MÉXICO: Sección 1. El 6 de febrero, 2018, se llevará a cabo en el Distrito Escolar Público de Zuni, Condado de McKinley, Nuevo México, una elección
especial sobre impuesto de mejoramientos capitales de escuela pública con el fin de presentarles a los electores calificados registrados del Distrito la cuestión de imponer un impuesto de propiedad para hacer mejoramientos capitales en el Distrito. Sección 2. En la Elección, la cuestión siguiente será sometida a los electores calificados registrados del Distrito: CUESTIÓN SOBRE IMPUESTO DE MEJORAMIENTOS CAPITALES DE ESCUELA PÚBLICA (2 MILL) ¿Se le concederá a la Junta de Educación del Distrito Escolar Público de Zuni, Condado de McKinley, Estado de Nuevo México, la autorización para imponer un impuesto de propiedad de $2.00 por cada $1,000.00 de valor neto tributable de la propiedad asignada al Distrito conforme al Código de Impuestos Sobre la Propiedad para los años tributables 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 y 2023, para hacer mejoramientos capitales dentro del Distrito incluyendo pagados hechos con respecto a los arreglos de arrendamiento con opción de comprar como definido en la Ley de Equipos de Tecnología de Educación NMSA 1978, Capítulos 6, Articulo 15A, o la Ley de Arrendamiento con Opción de Comprar de Escuela Pública pero excluyendo cualquier otro gasto de servicio de deuda para: construyendo, remodelando, añadiendo a, proveyendo equipo para o amueblando los edificios escolares públicos; comprando o mejorando los terrenos escolares; mantenimiento de los edificios escolares públicos o de los terrenos escolares públicos, incluyendo comprando o reparando equipo de mantenimiento y participando en el sistema de la administración de información de instalaciones conforme a la Ley de Mejoramientos Capitales de Escuela Pública NMSA 1978, Capítulos 7, Artículos 35 a 38, y incluyendo pagos según contratos con cooperativos regionales de educación para servicios de apoyo de mantenimiento y desembolsos para capacitación y certificación técnica para personal de mantenimiento y manejo de instalaciones, pero excluyendo los gastos salariales de los empleados del Distrito; comprando vehículos de actividades para transportar estudiantes a las actividades escolares extracurriculares; comprando programas y equipo de computadora para el uso estudiantil en las aulas escolares públicas, y comprando
e instalando mejoramientos de tecnología educativa, excluyendo los gastos salariales de los empleados del Distrito, pero incluyendo herramientas utilizados en el proceso educativo que constituyen recursos aprendizajes y aprendizajes y administrativos, y que también puede incluir: transmisión por satélite, cobre y fibra óptica; equipo y dispositivos de conexión de red; equipo de comunicación digital; incluyendo equipo de voz, video y datos; servidores; interruptores, dispositivos de medios portátiles, como discos y unidades para contener data para almacenamiento electrónico y reproducción; y la compra o arrendamiento de licencias de software u otro tecnologías y servicios, información de mantenimiento, equipo e infraestructura informática en las escuelas e instalaciones relacionadas; y mejoramientos, alteraciones y modificaciones a, o expansiones de edificios existentes o propiedad personal tangible necesario o aconsejable para almacenar o si no albergar cualquiera de las herramientas enumeradas en este párrafo? Sección 3. El impuesto contemplado por la cuestión sobre el impuesto de mejoramientos capitales de escuela pública se agregarán también a cualquier impuesto que se imponga para pagar el servicio de la deuda en cualquier bono pendiente o para cualquier otro fin. Dicho impuesto será autorizado conforme a la Ley de Mejoramientos Capitales de Escuela. Sección 4. Una persona es un elector calificado del Distrito si en el día de la Elección él o ella es ciudadano(a) de los Estado Unidos, tiene por lo menos 18 años de edad, y es residente del Distrito. Para votar, electores calificados del Distrito deben haberse registrado previamente con el McKinley County Clerk, o cualquier agente de registro de votante conforme a la ley. Cualquier elector calificado del Distrito que no está registrado ahora y que desea votar en la Elección debe registrarse antes de las 5:00 p.m. el 9 de enero, 2018, siendo el vigésimo octavo (28th) día inmediatamente antes de la Elección, durante las horas regulares y los días hábiles, en la oficina del McKinley County Clerk en el McKinley County Courthouse en Gallup, Nuevo México, o por cualquier agente de registro de votante en una agencia designada según lo
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CLASSIFIEDS | FROM PAGE 21 dispuesto en NMSA 1978, §§ 1-4-48 y 1-4-49. Sección 5. Los sitios de votación para la Elección permanecerán abiertos entre las 7:00 a.m. y las 7:00 p.m. el día de la Elección. Sección 6. Los Distritos Electorales para la Elección y los sitios de votación serán como sigue: Recinto de Elección Sitio de Votación 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * *Electores votando en Recintos de Elección 27, 28, 29 and 30 pueden votar en cualquiera de los siguentes sitios de votación: Zuni Fire Station 4 Third Street Black Rock, New Mexico Zuni Tribal Building NM-53 Zuni, New Mexico
La votación ausente será según se expresa en Sección 8 aquí. Sección 7. La votación en el día de la Elección se llevará a cabo usando un sistema de votación definido en NMSA 1978, § 1-9-1(B). Por lo menos un sistema de votación se utilizará en el sitio de votación para cada Distrito Electoral. Sección 8. Conforme a la Ley de la Votación Ausente, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6-1 a 1-6-18, la Ley de Recinto de Votante Ausente, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-619 a 1-6-23, y NMSA 1978, § 1-22-19, electores calificados registrados también pueden votar ausente en la oficina del McKinley County Clerk durante las horas regulares y en los días hábiles desde las 8:00 a.m.
el 12 de enero, 2018, siendo el vigésimo quinto (25th) día antes de la Elección, hasta las 5:00 p.m. el 2 de febrero, 2018, siendo el día viernes que antecede inmediatamente la Elección. Conforme a la Ley Uniforme de Votantes Militares y Extranjeros, NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6B-1 a 1-6B-17, un votante federal calificado o votante en el extranjero puede votar en ausencia según lo dispuesto en dicha ley. La votación ausente será por boleta de papel conforme a NMSA 1978, §§ 1-6-8, 1-6-9, y NMSA 1978, 1-22-19, o por los procedimientos autorizados por la Ley Uniforme de Votantes Militares y Extranjeros.
APROBADA Y ADOPTADA este día 13 de noviembre, 2017. __________________________ Presidente, Junta de Educación [Sello de Distrito] Atestiguado: __________________________ Secretaria, Junta de Educación *** COUNTY ASSESSOR ODER NO. 17-26 NOTICE OF REQUIREMENTS TO REPORT CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO PROPERTY VALUATION AND CLAMING EXEMPTION FROM PROPERTY TAXATION The County Assessor hereby publishes notice to property owners, pursuant to Section 7-38-18 NMSA 1978, as follows: 1. All property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes not valued by the Assessor in 2017 for property taxation purposes must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018, unless it is not subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in 2018. The report must contain the required information and be
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on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8, NMSA 1978. If you have made improvements to real property during 2017 and the improvements cost more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), the improvements must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last February 2018. The information require and the form may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-8 (C), NMSA 1978. All real property owned by any nongovernmental entity and claimed to be exempt from property taxation under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of Subsection B of Section 7-36-7 NMSA 1978 shall be reported for valuation purposes to the appropriate valuation authority. If a change in eligibility status or ownership of the property has changed, the change shall be reported no later than the last day of February 2018. Section 7-38-8.1 NMSA 1978. If you own property that has decreased in value during 2017, and that property is subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report the decrease in value to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The report must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-13, NMSA 1978. If you believe that your real property is entitled to head-of-family exemption, veteran exemption or disabled veteran exemption from property taxation, you must apply to the Assessor for exempt status no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from taxation in to 2017. Exceptions: If an exemption from taxation was in effect for 2017 and the basis of the exempt status or use is unchanged from that year, application for exemption need not be made for 2018. If you have previously been granted an exemption and now have a change in ownership or status you must notify the Assessor of the change no later than the last day of February 2018 of the change. If required, application for exemption must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office.
Section 7-38-17, NMSA 1978. 6. Property subject to valuation is presumed to be nonresidential and will be so recorded by the assessor unless you declare the property to be residential no later than the last day of February 2018. If your property has changed in use from residential to nonresidential or from nonresidential to residential use you must declare this status to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The declaration must contain the required information and must be in a form that may be obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-38-17.1 NMSA 1978. 7. If you are a person who is sixty-five (65) years of age of older or disabled, and whose “modified gross income” was not greater than $32,000 in 2017 and you own and occupy a single-family dwelling you may be eligible for a limitation on the taxable value of your residence. The limitation of value specified in Subsections A, B and C under Section 7-36-21.3 NMSA 1978 shall be applied in the tax year in which the owner claiming entitlement files with the county assessor an application for the limitation. The application must contain the required information and must be on a form that is obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-21.3 NMSA 1978. 8. If your land was valued in 2017 in accordance with the special method of valuation for land used primarily for agricultural purposes, and the land is still used primarily for agricultural purposes, you need not reapply for that special method of valuation in 2018. If your land was valued in accordance with the special method of valuation in 2017, but it is no longer used primarily for agricultural purposes, you must report the change to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. If you land was not valued in accordance with that method of valuation in 2017 and it is no used primarily for agricultural purposes, application must be made under oath, in a form and contain the information required by department rules and must be made no later than thirty (30) days after the mailing of the County Assessor’s notices of valuation in order to be entitled to the exemption from tax-
ation in 2018. Section 7-3620 NMSA 1978. 9. If your own “livestock” that is subject to the valuation for property taxation purposes, you must report such livestock to the Assessor. All such livestock present in the county on January 1, 2018 must be reported to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. If the livestock is transported into the county after January 1, 2018, it must be reported to the Assessor no later than the first day of the month following the first month in which the livestock has been present in the county for twenty (20) days. The report must contain the required information and must be on forms obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-21 NMSA 1978. 10. If you own a manufactured home [that was no previously assessed] and it was present in the county on January 1, 2018, you must report it to the Assessor no later than the last day of February 2018. The report must contain certain required information and must be on a form obtained from the Assessor’s office. Section 7-36-26 NMSA 1978. THIS NOTICE IS ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 7-38-8, 7-38-8.1, 7-38-13, 7-3817, 7-38-17.1, 7-36-21.3, 7-36-20, 7-36-21, AND 7-36-26 NMSA 1978, and related Taxation & Revenue Department Regulations. It is not intended to reflect the full content of these provisions, which may be examined at the office of the County Assessor. Done this 21st day of December 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bryson H. Frazier, Director Property Tax Division I request that you publish this Order, exactly as written, in the legal notices of your newspaper once each week during the weeks of: January 01, 2018 through January 07, 2018 January 08, 2018 through January 12, 2018 January 15, 2018 through January 21, 2018
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN. 5-11, 2018 FRIDAY, Jan. 5 SCI-FI FEST: ESCAPE ROOM Jan. 5 @ Main Branch. The Library will host various programs dedicated to the art of science fiction. Throughout the week take our Sci-Fi Challenge, which includes puzzles, questions, and a photo-op. Details will be on our Science Fiction Display. The Library will feature a sci-fi escape room. The Escape rooms are fun adventures that require participants to work together and escape form the scenarios put in front of them. The escape room will run every 90 minutes beginning at 10 am. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. GALLUP POETRY SLAM There will be a Gallup Poetry Slam. Join us for the Gallup Poetry Slam 6:30-8:30 pm @ ART123 Gallery in downtown Gallup. SATURDAY, Jan. 6 SCI-FI FEST: ESCAPE ROOM Jan. 2-6 @ Main Branch. The Library will host various programs dedicated to the art of science fiction. Throughout the week take our Sci-Fi Challenge, which includes puzzles, questions, and a photo op. Details will be on our Science Fiction Display. The Library will feature a sci-fi escape room. The Escape rooms are fun adventures that require participants to work together and escape form the scenarios put in front of them. The escape room will run every 90 minutes beginning at 10 am. PIRATE PARTY PART 2 Avast ye landlubbers! Swagger on down to the Farmington Museum for some salty sea fun. Everyone is invited to stop by the Farmington Museum between 1-4 pm and enjoy free fun, family-friendly pirate and seafaring crafts and activities. Landlubbers and seadogs who show up in their best pirate or oceanthemed costumes will take home some pirate booty! Don’t forget to stop by the Museum’s newest visiting exhibition, Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure while you’re here! For more info call (505) 5991174. STARS AND STORIES This early evening walk is an opportunity to learn winter stars, constellations, and the myths which help remember them on a stroll through Animas Park. Meet @ the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park in Farmington @ 7 pm. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Binoculars are helpful. Children should CALENDAR
be old enough to understand listening quietly. No pets, please. Call (505) 599-1422 for more information. SUNDAY, Jan. 7 TORREN/STAR LAKE CHAPTER Regular chapter meeting @ 10 am. MONDAY, Jan. 8 TECH TIME: MS WORD FOR BEGINNERS 6-7 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer classes are available every week. Class size is limited to 10. No registration is required. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. TUESDAY, Jan. 9 TECH TIME: INTRO TO THE INTERNET 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer classes are available every week. Class size is limited to 10. No registration is required. Call (505) 863-1291 or email libtrain@ gallupnm.gov. MAKER ZONE (6 AND OLDER) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you supply the ideas. WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10 STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 11 am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. TECH TIME: ONE ON ONE TECH HELP 3-4 pm @ Main Branch. The Library is offering one-on-one technology assistance. Bring your personal technology devices or software questions to one of the scheduled session and our technology trainer will help guide you through the process. Services are provided on a first-come first serve basis. Call (505) 8631291 email libtrain@gallupnm. gov.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS: AWAKE 5:30-7 pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, Awake. Free popcorn provided. DEMENTIA/ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP There will be a Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Support Group. Call (505) 615-8053. 6:30 pm @ Gallup Masonic Center, 4801 E. Historic 66 Ave. THURSDAY, Jan. 11 WINNIE THE POOH SCAVENGER HUNT 10 am-7 pm @ Main Branch. Today 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.
TECH TIME: INTERMEDIATE POWERPOINT Free computer classes are available every week at the Main Library. Class size is limited to 10. No registration is required. Call (505) 863-1291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CRAFTY KIDS (ALL AGES) 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Fun crafts for the whole family. This week’s activity: TBD. 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: email@example.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226.
MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-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. The monthly meeting of the McKinley Citizens’ Recycling Council regularly scheduled for 2 pm on first Saturdays at the Red Mesa Center is cancelled for November. MCRC encourages the community instead to come celebrate America Recycles Day at the Arts & Crafts Fair and Recycling Jamboree on Nov. 4 at the Gallup Community Service Center from 9 am-3 pm. Contact: Gerald / Millie (505) 722-5142 SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting BeBe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. TEDDY BEAR DRIVE We are collecting NEW stuffed animals to donate to hospitals, police and fire departments for children in need. Donation locations: Navajo Treatment Center for Children and their families Admin. Bldg. #2, second floor Division of Social Services in Window Rock, Az; Nava jo Treatment Center for Children and their families Kit Carson Rd, Fort Defiance Az. Call (928)871-6807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. WOMEN’S AA MEETING Join the women’s closed AA step study meeting from 7:30-
8:30 pm on Friday evenings. Call (919)619-9432. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church South Boardman Ave. SAVE THE DATE ARTIST TO ARTIST: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP On Jan. 13, join us for “Artist to Artist: Business Mangement 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. 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) 4882136 or email email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. To post a nonprofit or civic event in the calendar section, please email: email@example.com or fax: (505) 212-0391. Deadline: Monday at 5 pm.
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