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Who is eligible? o McKinley Academy will be open to High School students for the 2018-2019 school year.

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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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NEWS Local real estate agent suspended, fined Valentine was born in New Jersey and has been a real estate broker in Gallup since 2010. His office is in the north business district in Gallup at the El Mercado Shopping Center. “I am absolutely thankful … even though I made bad decisions, no one was harmed,” he said. Asked if he plans to remain in the Gallup area following the fulfillment of his suspension, Valentine replied, “I don’t know (if) I would fit in anywhere else.”

By Deswood Tome Sun Correspondent


he New Mexico Real Estate Commission has ordered the suspension of local real estate agent and broker Jason Valentine for his involvement in allegedly passing along a fraudulent document. According to official notification from the Commission, Valentine also faces some hefty fines. Accord i ng t o record s obtained by the Sun, Valentine gave a fraudulent document to a fellow real estate agent for the pre-qualification of a homebuyer. The letter was issued from the Bank of Colorado Mortgage Division on Nov. 13, 2013. The amount of the pre-qualification was for $399,000. Ja me s H a l l i n a n , w ho serves as the communications director for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, spoke to the repercussions of the Commission’s findings. “Any criminal action would be based upon a referral from the board,” Hallinan said Jan. 4 during a phone interview, after being asked if criminal charges would be pursued. The fraudulent letter bears an electronic signature from Andy Roach, a senior loan officer with the Bank of Colorado. Roach is no longer with the bank. Bank letterhead was used to create the fraudulent letter, according to the Commission. The Real Estate C o m m i s s io n fou nd t h a t Valentine made a “substantial misrepresentation,” and that he violated New Mexico state statute covering fraud. Wa y n e C i d d i o , t h e C o m m i s s io n’s e xe c u t i v e

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Coldwell Banker High Desert Realty Qualified Broker Jason Valentine is facing suspension from practicing real estate sales and brokering, effective Jan. 15, for allegedly forging a home loan pre-qualification letter. He’s seen here in a video tutorial, dated Dec. 14, instructing first time buyers on how to pre-qualify for a home loan. Photo Credit: YouTube d i rector, sa id t he se t wo infractions were discussed in executive session on Nov. 20. Following that session, the board ordered to suspend Valentine’s license for six months and imposed on him a $5,000 fine. He was also issued a letter of reprimand and fined an additional $1,000 for a second violation. He was ordered to pay for administrative hearing costs. Ciddio declined to comment on the matter, and deferred questions to the New Mexico Licensing and Regulation Dept. Several calls were made to Licensing and Regulation’s spokesperson Bernice Geiger, which went unanswered. Tommy Haws, senior vice president of Pinnacle Bank, said parent company Bank of Colorado, acknowledged in a letter that the pre-qualification letter for a homebuyer was fraudulent. “This letter is to confirm reports to you that a letter dated November 13, 2013 regarding a

pre-qualification for a mortgage loan … was fraudulently generated,” Haws wrote. Further findings of the real estate commission state that on Dec. 13, the “respondent [Valentine] admitted he altered the pre-qualification letter.” Clark Johnson, who serves as the president for the Bank of Colorado Mortgage Division, also spoke to the actions taken by the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. “ They have appa rently [done] their due diligence and taken the right course of action,” he said during a Jan. 4 telephone interview. The bank declined to take action on the matter, according to the Commission’s findings and relied on the matter being handled internally.

REGRETS Valentine responded to the allegations against him during an interview on Jan. 8. “There are some

inaccuracies,” he said. “I’m going to clear some of that up. There is some additional information.” When asked if he has received notice from the state’s Real Estate Commission, Valentine replied, “My attorney is working today on that order, so I’ll have to defer to him until then.” Va lentine’s lega l counsel is Rudolph Chavez, an Albuquerque-based criminal defense lawyer. The beleaguered Valentine went on to say that rea l estate agents make mistakes. Valentine is listed on the front door of Coldwell Banker High Desert Realty, 970 Metro Ave., as the qualifying broker. It’s not clear who will assume the office’s top supervisory role when Valentine begins his suspension sentence. “Making mistakes is part of life,” Valentine said in an emotional outpouring. “I won’t be ridiculed for mistakes. This will make me a better real estate broker.”

REPERCUSSIONS The Commission had issued a stay on Valentine’s infractions per an agreement with Valentine’s attorney and the Attorney General’s office, temporarily halting his suspension for 30 days. “They wanted the suspension to go into effect immediately,” said Chavez, attorney for Valentine. “We talked and we both agreed that you have to give someone the time to know what they want to do.” The suspension goes into effect Jan. 15. Additionally, Valentine has been ordered to take a 30-hour continuing education course for brokers within 90 days. He was also ordered to pay $769.06 to the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. Additional disciplinar y action may occur if Valentine fa i ls to comply w it h t he decisions of the Real Estate Commission. He has been given 30 days to file an appeal. Chavez said that appeals are expensive, but that his client has up until Jan. 15 to decide whether he will appeal the decision.


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County restricts alcohol sales while City disapproves liquor license transfer By Deswood Tome Sun Correspondent


he McKinley C o u n t y B o a r d of Commissioners voted Jan. 9 to restrict operating hours of liquor retail sales in the county. The ordinance will restrict hours of sale to 10 am from Monday through Saturday going forward. Currently, liquor is sold in some stores in the county as early as 7 am. The action taken is the first reading of the proposed ordinance. It now passes to the Jan. 23 commission meeting for adoption. The ordinance cites the New Mexico Liquor Control Act, which gives counties a local option to restrict hours of sale of alcoholic beverages. Commission Chair Genev ieve Jack son, a f ter being elected a s the new chairperson, asked for public comment on the action. No


Genevieve Jackson one offered. The Gallup City Council also met Jan. 9, starting their meeting at 6 pm, and also discussed alcohol sales in the area. A proposed liquor license transfer from the shuttered El Dorado Restaurant and Lounge to the Allsup’s convenience store, 112 Arnold St., was on the agenda for the council’s vote. T he pot ent i a l for t h i s

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Yogash Kumar transfer to increase alcohol sales in the city proved a controversial topic. G a l lu p D e pu t y Pol ic e Chief Franklin Boyd gave statistics to the City Council. The Gallup Police Department received 58,615 calls for service in 2017. City Cou nci lor Yoga sh Ku m a r pointed to the significance of this number, considering that the city’s population is

only 24,000 residents. On the other side of the debat e, George Ba n i st er, Allsup’s business director, pushed in favor of the transfer. Allsup’s, the New Mexico b a s e d c o nve n ie nt s t or e , started in Roswell in 1956. Of the 318 stores statewide, 280 sell liquor. Ba n ister a ssu red the council that Allsup’s employees a re tra i ned to fol low rules and laws as it comes to liquor sales. “I’ll give you an example,” Banister said. “Anyone who sells liquor to a customer

not 21 years of age they are fired immediately. Same for selling to someone under the influence. If we don’t follow the rules we stand to lose the


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from Richard F. Kontz Executive Director of the Gallup Housing Authority

I recently read a book entitled: “The other Wes Moore – One name, Two fates” written by Wes Moore. I highly recommend you read this book. This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore who grew up in the same low income neighborhood within several blocks of one another, but without each other’s knowledge. One Wes Moore has grown up to be very educated, very successful in life and has experienced seeing things he never ever dreamed of seeing as a child coming from a poor neighborhood. The other Wes Moore got involved in drugs and drug dealing at an early age and went to prison after getting involved with an armed robbery which resulted in the killing of an off-duty police officer. He died in prison. They both had mothers who loved them and as single parents tried to raise their kids the right way. One mother an immigrant came to the United States when she was very young. She eventually married and both [her husband and herself] saw America as the land of opportunity, if one worked hard and applied themselves. Unfortunately, this mother lost her husband one day when he died of a heart attack resulting in her becoming a single parent. When her son started to run with the wrong crowd she did everything she could to get him into military school. She felt he needed the discipline. She worked three jobs to help pay for his schooling and her son who at first resisted eventually accepted the disciplined approach of military prep school. He would go on to serve in the military and would eventually graduate from John Hopkins University and become a Rhodes Scholar. The other mother got hooked on drugs and had men in and out of the household. While she tried to raise her son right she failed. Her son found he could make easy money running drugs for dealers and would eventually become a dealer. At one point he tried to get out knowing that most of his friends died young in this line of business. But, the lure of the fast life and money sucked him back in. He eventually attempted an armed robbery with some of his friends and shot an off-duty cop who attempted to stop them. The police were relentless in pursuing the “cop killer”. As a result of the publicity on the killing of the police officer the “successful” Wes Moore received a call one day from his mother telling him about the Wes Moore who killed a police officer. He eventually made contact with the imprisoned Wes Moore and much of the book is about their life parallel life stories. How did one Wes come out okay and became a very successful person in life and the other Wes ended up in prison and eventually died there. WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE? Clearly the book shows the ticket out was EDUCATION and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Wes Moore also had to learn that life isn’t fair but to sit around and complain about it wasn’t going to change your circumstances. He also realized that while “racism” still exists and will probably always exist that shouldn’t become an excuse not to become successful in life. And, he had to learn proper behavior is part of being a productive and successful citizen no matter where you choose to live. He learned “Respect is earned not demanded”. In closing, I see the same things locally amongst many low income families. This book has much to teach about how “Life’s roots determine Life’s routes”. Just because you are born in poverty doesn’t mean you have to live there for the rest of your life. Things can change and be different. The choice is yours. There are numerous resources here in the Gallup area to help you with that. Take advantage of these resources this coming New Year. Your comments are welcome!

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McKinley, Cibola unemployment rates drop MCKINLEY IN TOP 5 IN NM UNEMPLOYMENT, STILL

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ew Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in November 2017, unchanged from October but down from 6.7 percent in November 2016. The unemployment rate in McKinley County the past November was 8.2 percent. The unemployment rate in October was 8.5 percent. In Cibola County, which is about a 55-minute drive from McKinley, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November. Cibola’s October unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. “This is holiday hiring picking up a little,” Tracy Shaleen, an economist with the New Mexico Department of Work Force Solutions, said. “This same scenario is relevant in Cibola County.” Referencing state data, Shaleen said New Mexico added 9,600 total nonagricultural jobs between November 2016 and

November 2017, representing an over-the-year increase of 1.1 percent. Nine industries added jobs, three posted losses, and one reported no change from its November 2016 estimate. Employment in construction was up 3,000 jobs, or 6.7 percent, which represented the largest numeric and percentage gain of all industries. The leisure and hospitality industry added 2,600 jobs, representing a gain of 2.7 percent, Shaleen said. There are 33 counties in New Mexico. The county with the highest unemployment rate in November was Luna, in the southwest corner of the state, with 14.4 percent. The lowest unemployment rates in New Mexico were Los Alamos and Union counties at 3.7 percent. Bill Lee, executive director at the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, has echoed Shaleen’s unemployment decrease remarks in McKinley County in past interviews with the Gallup Sun.

Shaleen noted that there is a one-month gap between state unemployment reports due to the amount of time required to complete them. He said there will be a two-month end-ofthe-year lag after the December 2017 update comes out in the

coming weeks. The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, also unchanged from October, but down from 4.6 percent a year ago, according to Work Force statistics. McK i n ley Cou nt y is

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McKinley County man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charge remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has L BUQU E RQU E – yet to be scheduled. Jothon nie Ya zzie, This ca se wa s investi29, of Rocksprings, gated by the Gallup office N.M., pleaded guilty of the FBI and the McKinley on Jan. 8 in federal court in County Sheriff’s Office.  The Albuquerque, N.M., to an indictcase is being prosecuted by ment charging him possessing Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah child pornography.  Yazzie Mease as part of Project Safe entered the guilty plea under a Childhood, a nationwide iniplea agreement recommending tiative launched in May 2006 a sentence within the range of by the Department of Justice 37 to 63 months in prison fol(DOJ) to combat the growlowed by ten years of super- Jothonnie Yazzie ing epidemic of child sexual vised release.  He also will be exploitation and abuse.  required to register as a sex 2016, in McKinley County, N.M. L ed by Un it ed St a t e s offender after he completes his During today’s change of Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s prison sentence. plea hearing, Yazzie pled guilty Cr imina l Div ision’s Child The FBI a nd McK inley to the indictment.  In his plea Exploitation and Obscenity County Sheriff’s Office arrested agreement, Yazzie admitted that Section, Project Safe Childhood Yazzie on Dec. 20, 2016, on the from January 2016 through May marshals federal, state and indictment, which was filed 2016, he downloaded videos and local resources to better locate, on Dec. 7, 2016, and charged images of child pornography apprehend and prosecute indihim with possessing visual from the internet and saved viduals who exploit children depictions of minors engaged them onto his cellular phone.  via the Internet, as well as to in sexually explicit conduct.  Yazzie further admitted that identify and rescue victims.  According to the indictment, the phone contained approxiThe case also was brought Yazzie committed the crime mately 366 images and 61 videos as a part of the New Mexico between Jan. 2016 and May of child pornography.  Yazzie ICAC Task Force’s mission, Staff Reports


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Navajo man sentenced to federal prison for deadly weapon assault Staff Reports


HOENIX – On Jan. 8, Sergio Charley, 37, of Tonalea, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 46 months in prison followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release. Charley had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. On April 12, 2016, Charley assaulted the victim with a


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license.” Liquor products a re kept in glass sales cabinets and are only accessible by Allsup’s employees. L ou i s M a ldon a do wa s not convinced by Banister’s promises. M a ld o n a d o i s a g a i n s t adding a nother store that sells liquor products, a nd testified as such before the council. “Adding one more [vendor] cannot be considered a n improvement,” he said. “Gallup has been ‘drunk c it y ’ lo n g b e fo r e M ayo r Munoz named Gallup ‘drunk city’,” Maldonado said. Stagecoach Elementa r y Principal Shannon

knife, causing the victim to sustain serious bodily injury. The victim is also a member of the Navajo Nation and the assault occurred on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. T he i nvestigation i n this ca se wa s conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Department of Law Enforcement. The prosecution was handled by Christina J. Reid-Moore, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix. McFa rl a nd a l s o g ave her concer ns, citi ng t he issue of alcohol sales near schools. “I had too ma ny times parents picking up children who [arrived] under the influence,” McFarland said. “Keep our little guys sa fe – especially when there’s such a high substance abuse. It will [make] alcohol more readily accessible.” Cit y Cou nci l member s cited a range of concerns about the topic: from the number of liquor licenses already in Gallup, to locations of sales, high statistics of alcohol related incidents and crimes, and health concerns. In the end, the Cit y Council voted unanimously aga inst approv ing the transfer. NEWS

WEEKLY DWI REPORT Staff Reports Erwin Alliosn Dec. 30, 4:37 pm 2nd DWI, Aggravated McKinley C o u n t y Sher i f f ’s Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling was notified by metro dispatch that a man was found unresponsive behind the wheel of a blue Dodge Dart. Houghtaling located the car and approached the driver, Alliosn, 50. Alliosn was by that point awake and accompanied by a woman, 26. The woman told Houghtaling she was worried he was in a medical emergency, but Alliosn denied that that was the case, and admitted to having been drinking earlier in the day. A l l iosn wa s ha nd i ng Houghtaling his license and registration when the sergeant smelled alcohol coming from his breath, and noticed that his eyes were watery

and bloodshot, according to the police report. Alliosn performed poorly on two field tests and failed to complete a third. He also showed signs of intoxication on additional alternative tests. Alliosn blew a 0.16 on two breath tests before being booked for DWI. Larrick Johnson Dec. 30, 1:58 pm 1st DWI M C S O S g t . Houghtaling was traveling west on Highway 264 when a blue car made a w ide tu r n onto the highway and caught his attention. Houghtaling followed the vehicle and pulled it over, and then asked to see the information from the driver, Johnson, 38. Houghta ling smelled alcohol coming from the car, and Johnson admitted to having drank a beer at about 11 am that morning. Johnson showed signs of intoxication on

three field sobriety tests, and blew a .08 on two breath tests. Siobhan Harvey Dec. 29, 6:34 pm 1st DWI MCSO Lt. Eric Jim was d i spatched to State Highway 602, after getting reports of a car swerving into oncoming traffic. The car was continuing northbound toward city limits, and was being followed by an anonymous caller, according to the police report. Jim located the car and made contact with Harvey, 36, who appeared intoxicated and was slurring her speech. Harvey denied drinking alcohol that day, but submitted to field sobriety testing. She performed poorly on these tests and later blew a 0.15 on a breath test before booking. Skyler Will Jimmie Dec. 25, 9:45 am DWI

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d r i ve r nor pa ssenger w a s we a ring a seatbelt. Jim approached Bitahey and smelled alcohol on him. He asked where he was headed to, and Bitahey replied that he was headed to Rehoboth Hospital. He denied drinking alcohol that day, and agreed to sobriety testing. Bitahey demonstrated signs of intoxication during the field tests, and blew a 0.12 and a 0.11 on breath tests before booking. Jeradine Thompson Dec. 20, 1:02 pm DWI A cr a sh on East Highway 66 brought GPD Officers Daniel Brown and Angelo Cellicion to t he s ce ne, where t hey encou nt ered Thompson, 35. Thompson smelled like alcohol, according to the police report, and she admitted to drinking two shots of alcohol before driving. She showed signs of intoxication on field sobriety tests and blew a 0.18 and a 0.17 on two breath tests. She was booked for DWI and careless driving.

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Special interests threaten New Mexico’s energy industry with frivolous court actions By Carla J. Sonntag President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition


ew Mexico’s vibrant e ne r g y s e c t o r, which helped lead t h e s t a t e’s e c o nomic recovery, is facing a new threat. Despite being a critical source of jobs and providing millions of dollars of revenue for the state’s schools, the energy industry is being challenged, not only through regulation, but through little-known lawsuits funded by deep-pocketed special interest groups aimed at ending the industry altogether. One group in particular is seeking to initiate a federal case and proceedings in all 50 states, filing lawsuits in eight


Carla Sonntag of them, including Oregon, Colorado and right here in New Mexico. Behind the activist activit y is a group ca lled Ou r Children’s Trust. They are f ina ncia lly backed by the “ who’s who” of we a lt hy anti-fossil fuel foundations, i nclud i ng the Rockefeller

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Brother s F u nd a nd the Wallace Global Foundation. They even have the support of Hol ly wood el it e s l i ke Leonardo DiCaprio and climate alarmists like James Hanson. In an attempt to make their case a little more PR-friendly, they’ve enlisted dozens of kids to file the complaint as plaintiffs, deemed the “Climate Kids” in media reports. The overall purpose of this campaign amounts to a coordinated attempt to legislate through the courts—using legal avenues to set climate and energy policy. All the while, their legal maneuverings are exhausting judicial resources and tying up courts throughout the country. We saw this process unfold firsthand here in New Mexico in just the past few years.

Back in 2011, a teenage activ ist sued Gov. Susana Martinez and the state gover nment alleging they did not do enough to protect the Earth’s atmosphere, and thus were in violation of the public trust doctrine—a principle that resources must be protected for use by the public. The case made it to the New Mexico State Court of

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OPINIONS Returning the medicine man By Greg McNeil For the Sun


n the rush to embrace our “app-driven” technological future, we have tendency to both discount and disregard the powerful teachers that have kept indigenous cultures together across the planet. When this occurs, it cuts a hole deep within the fabric of society, preventing individuals from evolving in ways that produce growth while negatively

impacting the cultures that intimately connect us. We need to learn to truly appreciate the knowledge these teachers provide to the world in which we live. In our story, this is exactly what happened to Mr. Sherron Doesn’t-change. Mr. Sherron Doesn’t-change was a gorgeous young Native American boy growing up in the heart of the twenty-first century. He had heard his parents use the word medicine man once or twice

but he really had no use for it because he was too busy playing sports, learning advanced mathematics and playing video games. While no one should criticize the efforts of parents to provide an excellent education for their children, young Sherron Doesn’t-change never learned how to speak his native language and as a result he discovered that he was often at odds with things that were considered native. Sherron


Doesn’t-change is not connected to his history nor can he fully appreciate its legacy. As young Sherron grew he began to have health issues. It started with allergies. Sherron began to struggle to breathe until it got so bad that he had to stop playing sports. Sherron was devastated. He had developed a severe case of exercise-induced asthma and now had to use an inhaler. Two years later Sherron began having issues with his bones and

teeth, and the once stunning young boy was now dealing with obesity and childhood diabetes. Sherron Doesn’t-change would go on to complete high school, graduate college, get great job as an engineer and marry. However, Mr. Sherron Doesn’t-change, now a young man, realized that something wa s wrong. He wa s sick. Sherron followed the doctor’s orders, took his insulin regularly and watched the fatty foods. He lost weight – but



Say goodbye as the Sun leaves grounded Earth sign, Capricorn, and enters Aquarius. The emphasis will change from “what is” to “what is possible.” The New Moon shifts our perspectives as well. It’s time to reflect on what we have, what we want, and who we need to become. Madame G recommends you take time now, to live your fullest self, and become it.

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Life is painful. If you find that you’re in the middle of a growth spurt, know that this too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever, not even pain. You may need to ground down your ego, so that you may become your greatest self. This may mean taking a few blows. This doesn’t mean you don’t have talent. You may just need to sit down and rewrite the entire story. Keep going.

You have but one life to live— it’s important you give it all you’ve got. You don’t need to be the superstar of Instragram or YouTube to be happy. You just need to be you and live to your fullest potential. This means pursuing your bliss and being there for your family. If you haven’t yet discovered your true passion, you may feel insecure and confused. Keep looking. You’ll find it.

You’ve tried and tried and now you don’t know what’s next. You have ideas for changing what’s in front of you, and maybe going back to the drawing board. Instead take a moment to think about what’s in your best interests. Then consider your family. Then ask yourself what you’d be doing if time, money, and fear weren’t in your way. When you discover that—go with it.

Now is an excellent time to reflect on what you’d like to change this year. Swap one bad habit for one good habit. If you want to give up junk food—you want to eat healthier. If you want to stop being so angry all the time—you also want to be happier. This will require that you start acting in a more positive way. Try meditating on what you have and reward yourself. It’s good.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) What an interesting dilemma: to be happy, or super-duper happy. You have the option. The choice is right in front of you. What will you do? This great adventure of life is full of opportunity and interesting ideas. Once you’ve discovered your bliss, grab it by the horns and love it. Gratitude is an important feature as well. How blessed we all are to know such things.

Follow your bliss. What does that mean to you? You may want to travel the world, enter politics, go to school, or write poetry. You bliss is right in front of you. You will not be any happier in another job, career, or relationship than you are right now. If you want something greater, you must first become the person who is of that vision. Reflect on this and act on it. Embody it.

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You don’t need to win the lottery in order to live a fulfilling life. If you find yourself saying: “I’d be happy if…” Take a moment to reflect, you live the life you’re working towards. If you don’t put good effort and thought into living and loving those around you— you probably won’t be happy, even with millions. Think on this before you head towards risk taking and thrill seeking.

What’s in a name? Sometimes everything we know is wrapped up in one idea or another, and sometimes it’s trapped in something else. Don’t lose hope. You can do so much more than you ever imagined, just keep trying. You have great potential to achieve your dreams, but you must first let go of fear. You must first believe in yourself and that you’re capable of success.

You’re stuck. You don’t know if this is a good or bad. But, you’re quickly heading nowhere. Life is full of crazy potential and happiness. It’s also got the same potential for pain and suffering. You’re the creator of both. Sometimes they happen to you. In the end, it’s how we react to life that matters. Make your decision. This is either happening to you or because of you.

The life we choose is always better than the one that’s thrust upon us. You don’t have to go to work—you choose to so that you may provide for your family. You don’t have to eat healthy—you choose to because you want to live a happy beautiful life. You don’t have to do anything— you choose to live the best life possible. Give more to others and they’ll surprise you.

The greatest talents require practice, practice, and more practice. You may not be good at something the first time around or even the hundredth time, but you will eventually notice progress. You may not be the best at it, but you can be better. Take time to reflect: “is this what you really want?” If your love and purpose is greater than the pain you’ll succeed.


You’re ready for some action. This is an excellent time to go out and try what you’ve been learning. It’s simply not enough to keep learn and not apply. You must also take time to educate those around you. They may not want what you have to offer, but they are capable of hearing it. You don’t need to slap them around merely present it in the best light and give.

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MEDICINE MAN | FROM PAGE 13 Sherron Doesn’t-change still didn’t feel well. One day a buddy said to him, “Sherron, perhaps it’s time for you to go see one of those medicine men you heard about as a young boy.” Sherron replied, “I don’t know about that. I don’t see how rattles and chants in a language I don’t understand is going to cure what’s ailing me.” One day Sherron Doesn’tchange fainted at work and woke up in the hospital, as a result of complications from his diabetes. When Sherron was released from the hospital he made an appointment with a medicine man he heard about that lived 45 minutes drive from where he grew up. Sherron Doesn’t-change was

embarrassed and ashamed. He was now in the home of a man who practiced a way of life he didn’t understand or believe in, yet the doctors couldn’t help him and now he was very afraid. After they shook hands and sat down the medicine man said, “So you’re a chemical engineer, is that right?” Sherron replied, “Yes.” The medicine man continued, “Since you’re familiar with stuff like the periodical table of elements, let’s talk about minerals.” Sherron look confused. The medicine man continued talking. “Instead of talking about your connection to Mother Nature, I’ll put this in the language of your education and training. The problem you’re experiencing in your world is called autoimmune disease,

of which diabetes is just one. However, the simpler answer is that your diet consists of too many substances, including the medications you take that are not consistent with your genetic makeup.” Sherron replied, “What do you mean my genetic makeup? What does my Native American heritage have to do with my diabetes besides the fact of how we are perceived?” “Pay attention,” the medicine man said. “The human body is composed of exactly 102 organic minerals, the same amount found in the natural animals, birds, fish, soil and plants that surround you. The other 40 or so minerals that have been identified are called inorganic minerals, however as an engineer you know this part, but what you failed to realize is

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how much of the food you currently eat is engineered using the inorganic chemicals you work with in the lab.” Mr. Sherron Doesn’t-change was floored. He had assumed that he was going to hear chanting and singing but what he learned was that the medicine man in front of him not only spoke the native tongue, was versed in the traditional ways of healing but he also had a background in biochemistry. “I will pray for you” the medicine man said “but to heal your condition there are specific things I need you to do. If you are committed to follow my suggestions I need you to nod your head yes.” Sherron Doesn’t-change nodded his head in agreement. “First, you must fast for the days I prescribe for you and then cleanse the body of the toxins that created your condition. Afterward you will consume the natural foods we discussed that contain the 102 organic minerals your body needs, especially chromium and vanadium.” One year later Mr. Sherron Doesn’t-change was no longer

diabetic nor did he have issues with his bones or any medical condition that plagued him for so many years. Without accurate knowledge of his Native American ancestry, he had no idea that his ancestors were part of the original organic family and that diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and others did not exist in his culture prior to colonization. The other powerful lesson he learned was that it was disrespectful to assume that the term “medicine man” implied an uneducated shaman practicing earth magic and completely out of touch with twenty-first century medicine. The character is fictional, the account is real. Coach G Greg McNeil is a StrongFirst Instructor, P r ofe s si on a l S t r en gth & Conditioning coach, Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Life Coach, Author, and the owner of Gallup School of Strength (www. gallupschoolofstrength. com)


Constitutional rights to “life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” The case also argues that the young people are being discriminated against, since future impacts of climate change will disproportionately affect that generation. But, as we’ve seen in other states, many aren’t buying that argument. In an editorial about the related case in its own state, the Colorado Gazette wrote, “What the students asked for in their petition is beyond unreasonable. If turned into a rule, it would cripple Colorado’s oil and gas industry, which seems to be their intent… All human activity has a cumulative effect on the environment. One cannot power a city without affecting the environment.” We don’t yet know if the federa l ca se will proceed or how far each state case will progress. But as this legal campaign wages on, we should remember that those behind it are trying to destroy the source of many jobs and livelihoods in New Mexico— and we should be prepared to fight back. Visit www.nmbizcoalition.org.

people submitted a petition to the state’s Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) demanding drastic cuts in New Mexico’s emissions. The petition makes the intent of the lawsuit clear—this is about attacking the energy industry, not about protecti ng re sou rce s or a l leged rights. The proposal by the new crop of young petitioners—to mandate a 91 percent cut in emissions by 2050—is unrealistic, and would harm business, manufacturing and job creation in our state. While New Mexico’s Court of Appeals saved the state from undue ha rdship, the push by activ ists to bring these frivolous lawsuits forward is nowhere near the end. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to decide whet her or not a federa l case will proceed to trial in the new year after hearing arguments on the matter last week. This ongoing federal case, Julia na vs. United States, asserts that that the government’s actions have led to climate change and that those impacts have violated their


COMMUNITY Steven Gould, Jumper author, comes to Gallup LOCALS GET A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MAKING OF A SCI-FI HOLLYWOOD HIT By Rick Abasta For the Sun


ccla i med science fiction writer Steven Gould was the special guest speaker at the Octavia Fellin Public Library Jan. 4, during “Sci-Fi Fest,” a weeklong schedule of events in observation of National Science Fiction Day Jan. 2. Gou ld, who resides in Albuquerque, is the author of 10 novels, most notably his 1992 release Jumper, which was adapted into film in 2008. He spoke to the eager crowd about his experience in Hollywood, from the film adaptation of Jumper to working with James Cameron and other writers on the sequels for the 2009 blockbuster Avatar. One of Gould’s most exciting opportunities in the film world came about in 2013, when his agent received a call from Jon Landau, the Academy Award winning producer for Titanic and Avatar. Landau asked if Gould was willing to come to Hollywood for a meeting with Cameron. “I would work for a period of time out there as they created the story arcs for the next

movies,” he told Gallup sci-fi fans. The work involved refining the more than 1,000 pages of notes Cameron had for the four novels based on the movies, including the first one. Gould was f lown out to Hollywood and stayed at a hotel that was next door to Lightstorm, Cameron’s production company in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Cameron wanted to meet at his house in Malibu and sent a production assistant to pick up Gould. “We arrived at two big houses with a parking lot in between. I was taken to the Lower House, which used to belong to George C. Scott,” he said. “He wanted to meet at the Upper House.” While waiting in the living room of one of the icons of the film world, Gould noticed place settings for two people in the dining room. “And then, like five minutes later, James Cameron walked in and that was something,” Gould said. Cameron was scheduled for two hours for the interview. “About 20 minutes into it, I turned to him and said, ‘I’m a huge fan of your movies, but 12 people have walked on the

Steven Gould shares his experiences with traditional publishing, electronic books, royalty rates, having your book optioned and other inside information at the Octavia Fellin Public Library Jan. 4. His discussion on working in Hollywood with director James Cameron received ample attention. Photo credit: Rick Abasta moon and only three have been to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. I’d really like to talk to you about that,’ ” Gould said. The interview went over schedule by 45 minutes, and covered various topics ranging from engineering to the Avatar sequels. “Around two weeks later, they said yes, we want to work

Steven Gould, special guest at Octavia Fellin’s Sci-Fi Fest Jan. 4, dedicated his novel Exo to his late friend John Robert Stahl. While in college, the duo would often play the hypothetical question game, “what would you do if...” Gould said the exercise was the basis for Jumper. Photo credit: Rick Abasta COMMUNITY

with you,” he said. For six months, from June to December 2013, Gould joined Cameron and four screenwriters – Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa – to begin working on the sequels. Gould began working on the four novels adapted from the films. The storyline remains top secret. “I can’t talk about the plot, just general stuff,” he told the curious crowd Jan. 4. After completing the first Avatar novel, Gould had to wait 14 months to get notes back on the book, but his patience was well worth it. A visit from Hollywood stars cast in the lead roles was a big perk, and Gould namedropped a few sci-fi heroes he met from the silver screen. “ T he w r iter s met Zoe Saldana, who hugged everyone in the room after seeing the character sketches and storyboards,” he said. “Then Sigourney Weaver walked into the room. I mean, that’s Ripley.” “It’s a little sad now, but Bill Paxton came by one day

to take Jim out to lunch for his birthday,” he added. The first sequel will be released in two movies, followed by the two remaining sequels after that. Cameron has an agreement with Fox to deliver three films. “They did finally start actually filming, though. They’re in production. They’re doing what they call the ‘performance capture.’ They’re in the suit to capture their physical motions,” Gould said. The first Avatar sequel is slated for release in 2020.

HOLLYWOOD BREAKTHROUGH Beyond Avat ar, Gou ld spoke about the breakthrough adaptation of his novel Jumper, and the subsequent adaptations of his first work that are soon to take the internet by storm. “Jumper [the film] was based on the first book and a little bit of the second book, Reflux,” Gould said, referring


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Paddington 2 shines in an era of sequels

RATING: ««« OUT OF «««« RUNNING TIME: 103 MIN. By Glenn Kay For the Sun


couple of years ago, I was completely taken aback by the family f ilm Pa d din gt o n. The movie won me over instantaneously as a charming and funny tale of a Peruvian bear immigrating to England after a terrible disaster in his home country. It was easy to empathize with the character and his struggles in transitioning to his new life. In the end, the movie was a critical and financial success, leading to an inevitable sequel. While one might approach such a follow-up with trepidation, this reviewer can report that Paddington 2 is another winner. As sequels go, this is as exceptional as it gets. Now officially living with the Browns and having adjusted to his new home, the good-natured Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) sets his sights on finding a perfect birthday gift for his Peruvian aunt. He settles on saving up to buy a unique London pop-up book from antiques dealer Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent). After mentioning

A warmhearted Paddington 2 is as charming, funny and playful as the bear himself. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. it to actor Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant) the bear is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Locked away, he worries about clearing his name and whether or not his adopted family will forget about him. Problems also arise within the neighborhood, as Paddington’s politeness served as a calming and uniting influence within the community. It’s much of the same cast and crew for this follow-up and they pick up right where they left off, maintaining the same tone. Much like the original, there’s a lot of physical comedy on display early on. It takes a few scenes to really find its rhythm, but soon there are some great jokes as Paddington

tries his hand at various forms of employment (his problems with using an electric razor in a barber shop and an unusual method of cleaning windows being the highlights). However, the movie hits high gear by effectively taking the gentle bear and placing him in a completely contrasting environment. In this case, it’s a prison filled with people like Knuckles McGinty (Brendan Gleeson) and other hardened ruffians (or as close as a family film will get to tough-guy behavior). It provides an endless supply of comedic material, and the film takes full advantage. The interplay between Paddington and

the convicts is hilarious, with the lead attempting to open up their horizons and add a dash of color and variety into their lives and the prison itself. It’s all great stuff. Grant also has a great deal of fun in his role, playing an egotistical cad with a penchant for disguising himself in exaggerated costumes. The adult Browns (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins) get a little more to do this time out as they attempt to find some sort of evidence that can free Paddington. Along the way, they come into contact with characters from the previous installment, adding laughs with amusing callbacks. Even

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Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters) earns a big chuckle while expressing her distaste for the acting profession. Credit must also go to the screenplay (by director Paul King and actor Simon Farnaby) for the way they write much of the humor. The witty jokes are set up and left just long enough that you begin to forget about the reference by the time the payoff arrives (a Yoga gag being one such example). And on a technical level, the photography and production design is equally gorgeous, with the bright costumes and sets popping off of the screen like a children’s book. The carnivals, circus trains, the Brown home and even a visit into the pop-up book are remarkable. While it doesn’t deal with as much heavy thematic material this time out, there’s a subtle plea for community, with distinctive and diverse characters from varied backgrounds all working together in the neighborhood. It’s a warm and winning family movie that will delight viewers of all ages. As strange as it sounds, in an era of sequels and franchises, this series may prove to be at the top of heap. Paddington 2 and its marmalade-loving lead are delicious all around. Visit: Cinemastance.com

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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 12, 2018 By Glenn Kay For the Sun


ello. Wow, it’s another incredibly busy edition with a number of new discs arriving. And when there’s a large amount of releases, there’s always a ton of variety. 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! Ba d Day for the Cut This independent action / thr iller is about a docile, middle-aged fa r mer who lives with his mother in Northern Ireland. When she is murdered by some thugs, the man decides to head out for revenge, searching for the responsible parties in the criminal underworld of Belfast. Reaction to the feature was very positive. Comments stated that while the movie wasn’t perfect, it was filled with tension and featured plenty of dark and unexpected twists and turns to keep the attention of viewers. The cast includes Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Jozef Pawlowski and Stuart Graham. Bitch - A housewife undergoes a strange transformation in this indie comedy. Finally snapping due to mistreatment by her philandering spouse and bratty kids, the woman takes on the persona of a vicious dog. It forces the members of the family to come together in an attempt to deal with the crisis. The movie received more positive reviews than negative. Some liked the idea but didn’t think the screenplay made its points effectively enough. However, more found it unique and thought the satire worked well enough to recommend. It stars Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter and Jaime King. Bullet Head - Three criminals have a really bad day after their heist fails miserably. Hiding out in an abandoned warehouse and awaiting a getaway vehicle, they soon discover that a vicious dog also resides in the building. Trapped, they try to survive the attacks as they desperately wait for assistance to COMMUNITY

arrive. The press was split on this low-budget thriller. About half found the set-up difficult to believe and never felt that it kicked into high gear. The remainder enjoyed the work of the cast and thought it delivered a few B-movie kicks. It features Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Rory Culkin and Antonio Banderas. D in a - This documentary follows a very eccentric middle-aged woman finally getting ready to tie the knot. Viewers follow the woman has she attempts to organize all of the wedding events and assist her groom, a quirky Walmart greeter who has never left his parent’s home. Despite her many troubles, the subject maintains a positive spirit and shows great determination in her quest. Critics were very positive about the feature. They wrote that the film was ultimately sweet and inspiring and suggested that it even managed to make its viewers empathize and appreciate its distinctive characters. T h e Fo re i g n e r A man loses his daughter after a bomb is detonated i n London. Devastated by the crime and deter mined to find those responsible, he takes it upon himself to find those responsible. The search takes him to Northern Ireland, where he begins to apply pressure on a government official who has ties to the criminals. This thriller marked a more serious turn for star Jackie Chan and it generally received good reviews. Some found it too dark and thought it focused too much on the villainous organization, but more suggested that it was an interesting change of pace and that the action bits were exciting. Pierce Brosnan, Katie Leung and Rufus Jones also appear. Fr ie n d Request - This horror flick involves a popular teenager who has something of an obsession with social media. Unfortunately, after she accepts a Facebook friend request from a complete stranger, bizarre events begin taking place. Her friends begin to die violently and the lead’s life is soon threatened as well.

The press didn’t think much of this attempt to scare using technology. A couple write-ups stated the movie was so ridiculous that it was entertaining, but the vast majority found it ineffective at building anxiety or adding much subtext to the subject matter. Alycia DebnamCarey, William Mosely, Connor Paolo and Brit Morgan headline the feature. Hollow in the Land - After her father is arrested for a series of crimes and her mother leaves, a teenage girl is forced to become the matriarch of her family and care for her brother. Strange things begin occurring on the anniversary of her dad’s incarceration when a murder is committed and her brother disappears. The desperate youngster is forced to head out, find her sibling and sort out exactly what happened. Notices were very good for this independent mystery/thriller. One or two found it formulaic, but almost all others complimented the excellent performances and suggested it was nail-biting and engrossing throughout. It stars Dianna Agron, Rachelle Lefevre and Shawn Ashmore. It - The Stephen King bestseller gets a new adaptation with this feature, the first in a two-part series. This chapter deals with a group of outcast children who are terrorized by a malevolent clown out to kill them. As they band together and fight back, relationships are formed and they learn more about the monster’s supernatural origins. The movie was a massive hit and earned solid reviews as well. Some did complain that it wasn’t as scary as it could have been and felt a little long and repetitive, but the general consensus was that this was an effective horror flick with strong performances from its young cast. It features Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House - This biopic fo c u s e s o n t he s p e c i a l agent a nd whistleblower who offered valuable information about the Watergate break-in. He was known to journalists as

“Deep Throat” and his actions helped dethrone President Nixon. The movie details the scandal as well as his personal life, attempting to help viewers learn more about the individual. Unfortunately, the movie earned mixed-negative response. Reports suggest the acting was strong but the events depicted didn’t come together in an exciting or dynamic manner. Instead, it reportedly comes across as heavy-handed. The cast includes Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas, Tony Goldwyn and Michael C. Hall. Marshall Here’s another biopic, t h i s time chronicling the life of A f r ic a n American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. It follows his time as an attorney defending a chauffer accused of attempted murder. Forced to work in a segregationist court room, he and another young Jewish lawyer team up to help clear the man’s name. The film also shows how his actions eventually helped create the NAACP legal defense fund. The movie earned solid notices. A few complained that this was a by-the-numbers effort that didn’t get into enough detail about Marshall, but far more appreciated the performances and the attempts to define the man through his courtroom interactions. It stars Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and Sterling K. Brown. November Criminals - This crime/mystery feature involves a Washington, D.C. high school student struggle with bad habits that include insulting teachers and his fellow students, as well as dealing drugs. However, after one of his classmates is murdered, the kid decides to use his troublemaking talents for good and find the guilty party. Sadly, critics were not wowed with the end results. They complained that while the cast was good, the movie never found the appropriate tone and ended up as a routine and run-of-the-mill affair. It features Chloe Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort, Cathleen Keener and David Strathairn. So B. It - A 12-year old girl

who lives with her mentally disabled mother decides to set out on an adventure after her parent makes an unexpected comment. Knowing little about her family’s past, the child begins deciphering the meaning of the statement and unearths secrets about her mother and the history of her clan. Reaction to this independent drama was slightly more negative than positive. A few thought that the performances made up for its deficiencies, but most described it as melodramatic as well as obvious and ineffective in its emotional manipulations. The cast includes Talitha Batema n, Jacinda Barrett, Alfre Woodard, Cloris Leachman and John Heard. The Tiger Hunter - This little comedy/drama is set in the 1970s and involves an Indian immigra nt who moves to Chicago after landing a job as an engineer. The position falls through after his arrival and he’s forced to look for another source of income. He then makes new friends who decide to help him win the affections of his childhood sweetheart. The feature only got a limited release, but received plenty of good reviews. A few thought it was too frothy to make an impression, but the majority found it sweet, inspiring and very funny. It stars Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karin David and Kevin Pollak.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST! Some very interesting older flicks are hitting Blu-ray this week. The first is The Witches (1967) arriving courtesy of Arrow Academy. This was an Italian/French anthology co-production consisting of five segments dealing loosely about the role of women in society. Five big directors took on the segments, including names Pier Paulo Pasolini and Vittorio De Sica. This edition includes a 2K restoration from the original film elements, the original Italian soundtrack with English subtitles, a film critic commentary, an interview with


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he 2018 King Holiday observance will mark the eighty-ninth birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the thirty-second anniversary of the national holiday in King’s honor. It is celebrated in some form in more than 100 countries around the world. Wit h t he t heme, “Ou r Community: Strong in Love, Peace and Unity,” Gallup will hold city wide events commemorating King’s life and legacy, with an invitation to all to attend. The theme empha sizes the importance of remembering King’s work and legacy, celebrating his birthday as a national holiday and acting on his teachings and principles of nonviolence and respect for human rights. King’s legacy is a challenge to people of our country and all nations to create a new era of nonviolent conflict reconciliation bringing people together across racial, religious, political and cultural differences in keeping with King’s vision

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of the essential unity of all people. The annual March of Unity on Jan. 15 will begin with an interfaith prayer circle at the Gallup Cultural Center and Train Station on Highway 66 at 12:30 pm. The march will proceed to the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center where the program, refreshments and award presentations will take place. Donations of nonperishable food items to replenish the Gallup Community Pantry would be appreciated.

DVD REVIEW | FROM PAGE 17 a cast member, and an Englishlanguage version of the De Sico segment (which stars Clint Eastwood). Shout! Factory is putting out a gem with Matinee (1993). This period piece f rom d i rec tor Joe Dante (Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, The Burbs, Small Soldiers) is about a kid in Florida during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He befriends a visiting horror film producer and decides to help him out with the premiere of his new monster movie as the country braces for war. It’s a really charming and effective comedy that didn’t get much of a push during its initial release. Thankfully, it has developed a following. The Collector’s Edition Blu-ray includes some

STEVEN GOULD | FROM PAGE 15 to his novel and its sequel. “The director, Doug Liman, is the same guy who did the Bourne Identity.” YouTube Red, an online subscription service, has also purchased the rights to “Impulse,” the third book in the Jumper series. The pilot for the TV series was completed outside Toronto between December 2017 and January 2018. “They’re actually filming right now, for the whole series. They’re planning on doing nine more episodes. They’ll release four of the episodes on YouTube to hook people on subscribing to YouTube Red,” he said. Gould never imagined having competing adaptations for the Jumper series when he wrote the novel in the early 1990s and has likened this

great bonuses like new interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes and a complete version of the movie-withinthe-movie, Mant! Publicity materials and other extras are also included. If you’re a movie buff and haven’t seen it, this film is well worth your time. Criterion has a new Bluray of the classic film, Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). This one stars Henry Fonda as Abraham Lincoln in a fictionalized courtroom drama that involves the future president struggling with a murder case. The movie has been given a 4K restoration and features a film critic commentary track, interviews with Fonda and director John Ford and other bonuses. F i n a l l y, Australian d istr ibutor Umbrel la is put t i n g out a high def in ition version of t he Stephen King

flick, Silver Bullet (1985). It’s a goofy little horror flick, but it has a few fun moments. It also features Everett McGill, Corey Haim and a wild performance from co-star Gary Busey. Apparently, the distributor claim this is a region-free disc, meaning it can be played on any machine in the world. Hopefully that’s the case, as the fact that it’s an import will mean that it’ll cost North Americans a little more to purchase than they would for a domestic Blu-ray.

Hollywood success to winning the lottery. But his luck involved a lot of hard work. “To get in the lottery, you have to actually have published something,” he said. Optioning the film rights is every author’s dream and Gould knows he has been fortunate with his success in Hollywood. “I’ve had 17 options with my books over the course of my career. The fact that I had two things make it into production is good,” he said. In 2008, 16 years after the novel Jumper was released, the book was on the New York Times Bestsellers list because of the movie adaptation.

novel, turnaround time with his editors, and his work as an officer and president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He said writers must concer n themselves with the things they can control, like improving their craft through reading, interacting with peers at writing workshops, and encouraged multiple submissions with various publishers. “Write about what you want to read. Don’t write something because you think it’s the hot thing happening right now,” he said. Before conclud i ng, he shared insight on electronic books and royalties from paperback and hardback releases. For the audience in attendance, many left the library with stars in their eyes. For more information, visit www.digitalnoir.com/s/ jumper.html.

A WORD OF ADVICE During the question and answer segment, Gould spoke about his writing process, the time needed to complete a

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LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Gallup Housing Authority will conduct its monthly Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 1:00 PM MST, at the Gallup Housing Authority board room, 203 Debra drive, Gallup, New Mexico 87301. The agenda will be available to the public at the Gallup city office. All interested parties are invited to attend. Gallup Housing Authority Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico By:/S/ Alfred Abeita, Chairman of the Board


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Senior forward Zakarri Fields of Gallup defends against junior guard Burk Williams of Window Rock as the Scouts get ready to set up on offense. Gallup won the Jan. 6 Gallup Invite tournament game, 68-45. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura By Bernie Dotson For the Sun


he W i nd ow R o ck Scouts hung with the Gallup Bengals for most of the first quarter, before junior guard Quincy Smith and eighth-grader forward Joaquin Ortega proved too much to handle and Gallup rolled over the Scouts 68-45 in a boys third place consolation basketball game of the Gallup Invite played Jan. 6 at Gallup High School. T he con solat ion ga me was played after the tournament championship because Artesia and Sandia Prep were attending the tournament from far away locales. Artesia won the championship game over Sandia Prep, 58-48. T he ot her tou r na ment teams were Artesia, Sandia P rep, Wi ngate, Tohatch i, Miyamura and Deming. “We were competitive in the first quarter, but just couldn’t susta in that momentu m,” Window Rock head coach Joel Harper said. “We played a good team. Had we hit a lot more shots, we’re talking a different outcome.” The Scouts took possession of the ball at the outset of the game, and it was the versatile Smith that put the Bengals up 2-0. That was answered by a 3-point shot by junior guard Burk Williams of Window Rock. T he of fen sive a nd SPORTS

defensive pace of the game was up and down for both teams, with Gallup ultimately surging ahead on shots by Smith, Ortega and junior guard Tyrell Begay. Gallup (9-6) went up 13-8 on a long jumper by Begay and never relinquished the lead after that. The Bengals ended the first quarter leading 19-8. “Good job. Good defense,” Gallup head coach James Voight told his players after the end of the first half. “Way to go,” Voight said, simultaneously slapping hands with players. “Way to go,” Voight repeated. The Scouts came out in the second quarter with a slightly different offensive team than the first quarter. Window Rock senior point guard Dereny Long settled in to trying to run some plays, but senior forward Zakarri Fields of Gallup and pesky junior guard teammate Seth Manuelito weren’t going for it. The tough defensive play by Fields and Manuelito set up the free-wheeling Ortega for back-to-back drives in the first few minutes of the second quarter for a 23-10 Gallup cushion.

Gallup sophomore shooting guard Quincy Smith goes up for a floater over a Window Rock defender. Smith scored in double-figures for the Bengals in the win. Photo Credit: Knifewing Segura

roving Ortega and every time Window Rock (4-9) got close to getting on a roll, Manuelito — at times he’d go from one side of the court to the other — was there with a steal or to disrupt a pass. Window Rock junior guard Trevor Herber t scored 11 points in the first half, which included some deep 3’s. Senior forward Kalem Roanhorse of Window Rock hit some key baskets early in the third, but the Scouts still trailed 33-26 at one point in the quarter. Senior Tristan Nez hit a turn-around jumper with 3:44 left on the clock in the third for Window Rock, but Fields, who made the Gallup Invite all-tournament team, was there for two consecutive steals.

THE FOURTH QUARTER The Bengals led 52-34 at the end of the third quarter. Williams fired up a few errant 3-point shots to start the fourth quarter, but at that point Gallup was already in its prevent defense. Additionally, Ortega seemed to have barely broken a sweat. Not only was Ortega scoring big points, but he was grabbing rebounds, getting out on the break and mixing it up inside with the Window Rock big men. The Scouts cut the lead to six points at one juncture in the second quarter, but that was as close as Gallup’s defense permitted. A 7-0 run in the third pushed the Bengals closer to

the win column. In that run, senior big man Asa Holyan scored four points. Williams and Herbert of the Scouts each scored 11 points in the loss. The Scouts were 1-2 in tournament play. Or tega scored a ga me high 17 points for Gallup in the game. Begay put in 11 and Smith chipped in 10 as did junior forward Josh Lynch. Ga llup outrebou nded the Scouts, 50-26 and that was a stat that made a difference as well, Harper lamented. In the championship game, Chaney Hardt scored 16 points in the win for Artesia. In the other tournament games, Miyamura beat Wingate 53-33 for fifth place and Deming beat Tohatchi 64-46 for seventh place.

THE THIRD QUARTER The previous quarter wasn’t completely lost on Window Rock, as the Scouts outscored the Bengals 14-12. But the Scouts could not stay with the

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Ryan Benavidez in the ring training for upcoming fight. Benavidez cites his grandparents, along with MMA stars Diego Sanchez and Holly Holm, as his idols. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco By Dee Velasco For the Sun


LBUQUERQUE – W hen l i fe get s you down, you can either run from the fight or hit back with all you got. Striking back is what Albuquerque hometown mixed mar tial ar ts fighter Ryan Benavidez did. I had the fortune of meeting Benavidez while visiting Duke City, where we struck up a conversation. Growing up, Benavidez was raised by his grandparents. With no mother or father figure to offer guidance and stability, he soon found himself turning to drugs and alcohol. Mainly, Benavidez says, he was addicted to marijuana. He started smoking pot when he was a sophomore in y-owned high school and even began to the way sell it. Thankfully he never got caught.

Ryan Benavidez gets ready to do some heavy duty sparring at the gym. Benavidez, 29, turned his life around when he found a spare key to a private gym and started training. Photo Credit: Dee Velasco

“I’ve been wanting to quit pot but I couldn’t, it’s a controlled substance and you get addicted. You do get the withdrawals, and you lose your mind,” Benavidez said. He hated this life that had taken him over, he wanted help but could find no one to help him. He said he was at the end of his rope with no hope in sight. He began to believe all the negative emotions stirring inside of him. “I was tired of being a loser, couldn’t get a job, had no aspects of wanting to become anything and wanted the help so bad,” he said. His help came one day in the form of key. It was a simple weight room key that was left behind at a friend’s apartment complex where he would watch people exercise. Benavidez said that was quite literally the key to changing his life. “My friend lived at a gated

apartment complex where there was a weight room,” he said. “I usually had to wait outside the gate for someone to open it and sometimes I would sit there for hours to just get in.” Benav idez believes his prayers were answered that day. “Finding that key was a game changer, I believe it was meant for me because no one has ever left their key and no one asked about a lost key either. I started working out, I didn’t have to go to rehab, and working out at the gym was my rehab.” Now 29, Benavidez’s life has fully transformed. It’s been four years without marijuana or drinking. Weighing in at 260 pounds before his transformation, he’s now at 160 pounds and has been training to be an MMA fighter at a mixed martial arts studio, Invictus Brazilian JiuJitsu and Muay Thai Training Academy, in Albuquerque.


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the spiritual sense,” he said, “ I never gave up, you have to vision it, see it and then live it. You have to believe it and you can accomplish whatever you dream of. Don’t ever let negative thinking come your way, we are the masters of our destiny, we all have choices, you live and learn and you have to aim high. Just being free and sober and thinking for me is the best part.” Benavidez hopes to turn professional and be a role model to kids, to give a good word and something positive. “I would love and hope to go professional one day, otherwise just be a mentor to those who want to do the art, to tell them to be healthy, stay off drugs, and don’t give up and don’t use that as a crutch as to why they don’t succeed in life. My father was not in my life, I had to learn how to be a man to make it on my own. ‘Am I mad at the world?’ No, I feel I am much better for what I have been through.” Benavidez’s cites his grandparents as inspirations, as well as his MMA idols, Holly Holm and Albuquerque local Diego Sanchez.


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Albuquerque is known as the “Fight City,” and fighters come from all over the world to train at the academy. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai consist of kick boxing, throwing elbows and knees, and MMA. Benavidez says MMA is blowing up here in New Mexico and the training consists of determination, focus, and positive thinking. “It’s all determination, I thought it would never come to this in my life,” he said, “When I got into shape, I was in a professional status and I met some guys who were in amateur fighting. I see them training and hitting the pad. They inspired me. They told me to just go for it.” Besides the physical aspects of training, Benavidez says good eating habits and positive mental thinking are big parts of it. His diet consists of lots of water, along with “clean” foods like tuna, chicken and lots of greens. He avoids “dirty eating,” and greasy foods. High endurance cardio, lifting weights, and positive thinking is just a part of it. “It’s a learning process, not just the physical aspect but

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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. 4. 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. 5. 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 2018. 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 or 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 7-3621.3 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 taxation in 2018. Section 7-36-20 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 re-


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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.

Done this 4th day of January 2018 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 07, 2018 through January 13, 2018 January 14, 2018 through January 20, 2018 January 21, 2018 through January 27, 2018 *** 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,

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

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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 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

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JAN.12-18, 2018 FRIDAY, Jan. 12 TECH TIME: JOB SEARCH WITH TECHNOLOGY 10:30 am-1 pm @ Main Branch. Free computer classes are available every week. Class size is limited to 10. No registration is required. Call (505) 863-1291 libtrain@gallupnm. gov. MAKER ZONE (ALL AGES) 2-3 pm @Children’s Branch. We provide supplies, you provide ideas. GET UP AND GAME 4-5 pm @ Children’s Branch. Join us for a family-friendly video games Friday afternoon. SATURDAY, Jan. 13 ARTIST TO ARTIST: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP Join us for “Artist to Artist: Business Mangement Workshop. This workshop will be led by father and son artist duo Bahe Whitethorne 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 6:30-8 pm, there will be an opening show by Padma Komaravolu. For more information follow @ART123 Gallery on Facebook. SUNDAY, Jan. 14 2ND ANNUAL ARTSCRAWL COMMUNITY BRAINSTORM 4:30-6:30 pm, join us for the 2nd Annual ArtsCrawl Community Ballroom. Everyone is invited to share ideas for the 2018 season ArtsCrawl. El Morro Events Center. Call (505) 488-2136 or email executivedirector@galluparts.org MONDAY, Jan. 15 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY Closures Octavia Fellin Library (both branches) UNM-Gallup Gallup-McKinley County Schools INDIGENOUS RIGHTS GATHERING 10 am-2 pm @ Quality Inn Restaurant, Window Rock, Ariz. Will discuss civil rights, CALENDAR

human rights, indigenous rights, protecting mother earth, tribal public health booths, voting issues, women’s march and more. For more info call (505) 567-0398. TUESDAY, Jan. 16 UNM-GALLUP Spring 2018 Classes begin Tech Time: Intro to the Internet II 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. 17 TECH TIME: ONE-2-ONE TECH HELP 10-11am @ 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. STORY TIME (AGES 2-4) 10:30-11am @ Children’s branch. An active and energetic program for toddlers, featuring music, movement, rhymes, and stories. INTRODUCTION TO GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING 2-4 pm @ Main Branch. The library will present an introduction to crafting a complete and competitive grant proposal. This class will help you understand grants from a funder’s perspective, cover the basic elements of a grant proposal, and help you identify funding sources. WEDNESDAY NIGHT FILMS: ERIN BROCKOVICH 5:30-7 pm @ Main branch. This week’s movie, Erin Brockovich. Free popcorn provided. BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP 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 Jan. 17-18, there will be a “Boots to Business Reboot” workshop: Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business. 8 am-3 pm, Gallup Small Business Development Center, 106 W. Hwy 66. Call (505) 248-8227 or email ivan. corrales@sba.gov. 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. GMCS 6:30 pm @ GHS Auditorium. McKinley Academy Presentation for Chief Manuelito Middle and GHS students. THURSDAY, Jan. 18 DISTRICT SPELLING BEE Jeff Hartog and Cindy Arsenault are the co-coordinators of the district spelling bee for 2018. 10 am-12 pm @ Gallup High School Kenneth Holloway Auditorium. If there is a two-hour delay due to snow it will start at 12 pm. If school is canceled due to snow, it will occur on the next school day. 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 3-5 pm @ Main Branch. 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 libtrain@gallupnm.gov. 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: gmchumanesociety@gmail.com. Location: 1315 Hamilton Rd. GALLUP SOLAR Gallup Solar is hosting community conversations about all things solar Wednesdays from 6-8 pm at 113 E. Logan. Call: (505) 728-9246 for info on topics and directions. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  Habitat for Humanity yard sales are held every Saturday, 9 am-noon on Warehouse Lane, weather permitting. Volunteers wishing to serve on construction projects may sign up there or call (505) 722-4226. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - WORK SESSIONS Habitat for Humanity work sessions held each week. Volunteers to serve on decision making meetings or wish to volunteer at or help fund construction projects. Call Bill Bright at (505) 722-4226. 

Saturday at 10 am. The First Methodist Church, 1800 Red Rock Drive. Open to anybody who has a desire to stop compulsive eating. Contact info. (505) 307-5999, (505) 7219208, or (505) 870-1483. RECYCLING COUNCIL McKinley Citizens Recycling Council is a local nonprofit working to increase recycling through education, community outreach, and partnership with local government agencies. MCRC meets the first Saturday of the month at 2 pm, at Red Mesa on Hill St. For more information, please call (505) 722-5142 or visit Recylegallup.org. SUPPORT EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS! Gallup McKinley County Schools is currently recruiting pregnant women and teens in McKinley County with children from birth to 5 years of age. There are no income guidelines and services are free to ALL community members. Learn more about this opportunity by contacting Bebe Sarmiento at (505) 721-1055. WOMEN’S AA MEETING Join the women’s closed AA step study meeting from 7:308:30 pm on Friday evenings. Call (919)619-9432. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church South Boardman Ave. SAVE THE DATE COMMUNITY COFFEEHOUSE Saturday, Jan. 20, 6:30-9 pm @ Church of the Holy Spirit, 1334 Country Club Drive. Free and fun. This open mic event is open to poets, storytellers, musicians and court jesters. WORKERS’ COMP WORKSHOP Tuesday, Jan. 23 10 am-2 pm @ Gallup Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, 106 W. Highway 66. Join the Gallup Small Business Development Center for a short presentation on workers’ compensation for New Mexico employers. Call to register at (505) 722-2220.

MCKINLEY COUNTY HEALTH ALLIANCE McKinley County Health Alliance convenes on the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am-1 pm at the New WINE & PAINTING: SNOWY BIRD Mexico Cancer Center across Thursday, Jan. 25 @ 6-9 pm. from UNM-Gallup. Everyone Have a creative night out with is welcome to attend and ART123 Gallery. Register at engage in discussions about www.galluparts.org. ART123 health, education, economic, Gallery. and environmental inequities and to help facilitate change To post a nonprofit or in those systems. Call (505) civic event in the calendar 906-2671. section, please email: OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Overeaters Anonymous 12step meetings. Held every

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